Thursday, 5 March 2015

Cocoa Libre Artisan Dairy Free Chocolates


Cocoa libre dairy free rice milk chocolate sheep
I think Dairy Free chocolate has to be the most exciting free from food on the planet. In recent years, I feel there is a growing understanding that those avoiding milk have been missing out. Long gone are the days when I cried into my pillow because Carob was my only option. Even dark chocolate can be problematic because some brands contain milk (or have trace warnings) and I have a sweet tooth so often find it too bitter for my taste buds. 

Cocoa Libre came to my attention thanks to fellow allergy tweeters and they have been shortlisted in the Free From Food Awards 2015. Their products are free from dairy, wheat, gluten, nut and suitable for coeliacs and vegans. I decided I had to place an order and emptied out my virtual piggy bank. A total indulgence for me to spend as much money as I did but I am willing to splurge on artisan chocolate. 

cocoa libre dark mint bar dairy free
I bought two bars (milk & mint), rice milk sheep and the 3D Easter Landscape. I have very much enjoyed these chocolates and appreciated the quality. This is far superior than what you can find in the supermarket. I have a couple of minor issues to report, an ingredient labelling mistake and the 3D landscape arrived broken despite lots of bubble wrap. I can appreciate errors happen (I have made Cocoa Libre aware of the mistake) and the landscape piece is fragile so I am not surprised it didn't make it to my doorstep in one piece. It does not put me off using their services again but I want to give a truthful account of my experience.

If you are looking for a special dairy free treat then I would recommend taking a look at CocoaLibre.


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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Bespoke Aroma Bath Tea Infusions


Bespoke Aroma Bath Tea Infusions
I accepted an offer to sample Bespoke Aroma Bath Tea Infusions*. Now this tea is for dunking your body in not some weird new diet that has you drinking from the bath tub. These bath soaks contain oatmeal and Dead Sea salts plus a selection of herbs and oils to meet the needs of different skin types and moods. As you can tell from the picture (and as the name suggests) these really are similar to tea bags, just larger in size than your traditional brew. 


Bespoke Aroma Bath Tea Infusions eczema

I was particularly interested to try the soothing infusion which is aimed at those with irritated skin, eczema and psoriasis. It contains ingredients which I gravitate towards and know work well for me. Burdock, comfrey, raspberry, calendula, chamomile and bergamot all contain antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and the oatmeal and sea salts help condition the skin. 

I enjoyed my time in the bath tub. You know I am not about to make any miracle claims but my skin felt nice and the soak did not appear to irritate my patchy and mild eczema. I would of course advise caution if you have a skin condition or allergies but worth a try if you know the ingredients are suitable for you as you would find it a challenge to patch test this product.

Check out Bespoke Aroma because the bath teas are just one of several natural and organic products in their range.


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Sunday, 1 March 2015

Gorgeously Green Gathering


Gorgeously Green Gathering Blogger Meet Up

Exciting news everyone, Jen, Rachel and I are looking to organise an event in September (Sunday 13th) but we need your input.

We would like to organise a day networking and talks from four Natural & Organic brands and invite the Green Blogger Community to attend. We are also keen to extend that invite to the wider community all we ask is that you have an interest in Green Living.

Now we’re not millionaires and room hire doesn't come free (unless you have a suggestion for us?). So far we have had a few quotes which vary greatly in price depending on the facilities on offer and providing attendees refreshments and/or lunch buffet. We have to sell tickets to cover these costs and we need 35 people to attend to keep this expense as low as possible. 

Jen, Rachel and I are going to hijack this evenings #greenchat (8-9pm) so we will be around to answer any questions you may have. In the meantime, it would help us greatly if you could register your interest with us and we’d also love for you to complete our survey - click here 

If any brands are reading this (or venues in Swindon?) and would like to work with us on this event, please get in touch.



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Saturday, 28 February 2015

Natural & Organic Skincare Haul - February 2015 (Video)


Sugarpuffish Natural & Organic Skincare Haul February 2015


Products mentioned in this video & links to blog reviews or websites where purchased 
(affiliate links marked with asterisk *)

Pacifica Reed Diffuser Indian Coconut Nectar *(retailer website)
Antipodes Grace Cream Cleanser (review)
Pai Chamomile & Rosehip Cream *(retailer website)
Rossi Hand & Body Lotion (review)
Apricot Kernel Oil & Manuka Floral Water (review)
PHB hand wash & hand cream (review)
Handmade Naturals Cleansing Oil (review)
Handmade Naturals Sensitive Face Cream (review)


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