Saturday, 20 December 2014

Merry Christmas 2014

Sugarpuffish Merry Christmas 2014

Merry Christmas Everyone

Work gets crazy busy before the holidays so it's at this point that I have decided to take a break from blogging and enjoy the festivities with friends and family. I will return to my blog in the New Year.

A huge thank you to everyone who supports me. You are all awesome and I appreciate that considering all the blogs out there, you are still here with me. Can you believe 2015 will be my 4th year of running this blog? Blows my mind each time I think about it :D

As a side note, I wanted to let you all know that each year I donate some of my advertising funds to charity. This year I have made donations to -

I hope everyone has a wonderful time over the holidays. Sending love and happiness for the New Year ahead.

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Friday, 19 December 2014

I'm confused Tesco, can you explain dairy and milk free?

Tesco Free From Dairy free Milk free logo

There has been something which has been bugging me for a little while. Tesco own brand Free From range recently had a little make over. I do like the new bold allergy labels (pictured above) but I have been scratching my head over the dairy free and milk free logo. As far as I am aware dairy and milk free means the same e.g exclusion of milk, so I am curious why Tesco are labelling products in this way.  It crossed my mind if it had something to do with people thinking egg falls under the dairy category (FYI it does not) but Tesco are using a separate logo for egg free/contains egg (or combining it as per picture below). As a side note, I am very pleased to finally see a statement about egg included on the front of packets.

I wonder if Tesco are addressing that both terms are used by people avoiding milk and they are simply covering for language differences? Could it be that free from dairy is another way of saying there is no animal milk in this product, a catch all term for anyone not only avoiding cows milk but also sheep and goat etc? I have been considering if this logo confuses non-allergic shoppers, if a friend bought me the chocolate bar would they worry about whether it was suitable for me?

What do you think? Am I making a fuss over nothing or are you as confused as I am?

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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Introduction - LouLouBelle London

It has been a while since I discovered a "new to me" brand which has sparked my interest however, I recently found LouLouBelle Skincare

"All of our products at LouLouBelle Skincare are tested on friends, family or myself. We do not test on animals nor do we use any bleaching agents, parabens, sulphates or artificial colourings or fragrances."

LouLouBelle Skincare is a boutique aromatherapy company based in Islington, London. I have been browsing their website and I like what I see. All ingredients are listed on the site so that makes my life easier. I have my eye on this company and their products are on my shopping listAt the moment, the range includes cleanser, toner and moisturiser for dry, combination and oily skin. 

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Disclaimer - I am trusting that the information provided on website is an accurate representation of brand

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Konjac Pink Clay Bath Sponge & Green People Scent Free Shower Gel

Konjac Pink Clay Bath Sponge & Green People Scent Free Shower Gel
If you have been watching my YouTube videos, you will be familiar with the saga of my recent eczema flare up. For those of you who don't know about this, my trigger was narrowed down to a new cream and a change of ingredients in a fabric conditioner I regularly use. My skin became very angry quickly and in order to combat the problems I felt the need to switch things up with my shower routine.

I had been using Laughing Bird Lavender & Chamomile body wash which I purchased after reading Amber’s review. Unfortunately, I think the essential oils are a little on the heavy side and my skin was not coping very well. Aside from a leaky bottle, it is a lovely product so I am gutted that it did not work out for me. I decided the best thing I could do was change over to an unscented body wash. I purchased an old faithful, Green People Scent Free Shower Gel and to compliment this I bought a French Pink Clay Konjac Bath Sponge.

I think Green People is a reliable brand if you desire free from products and are prone to sensitivity. Avoiding essential oils during a flare up seems to be an effective method of treatment for me. I have previously mentioned in a video that this shower gel contains Sodium Coco-Sulfate and Cocamidopropyl Betaine. Green People responded to my video and informed me these ingredients are derived from coconut and on the EcoCert safe list but I was already aware of this. What I should have mentioned was my concern with Cocamidopropyl Betaine is the link to contact dermatitis. When I purchased the shower gel I considered all the ingredients, I was battling a skin flare up and did not wish to exasperate the issue. I want to raise awareness for those with extreme sensitivity because there is a small chance someone out there may have a problem with this ingredient.

Konjac 6 wave pink clay bath sponge

As my skin was very sore, I thought a Konjac sponge could be a good solution to add gentleness to my routine. It was back in 2011 that I discovered these sponges (review link). It has been a while since I last owned one but it seemed the obvious choice under the circumstances. Konjac sponges can be used with or without skincare products and I opted for Pink Clay because it is recommended for sensitive and irritated skin. I cannot tell if the Pink Clay makes a difference to my skin (it’s very difficult to judge) but I adore the softness of the sponge. It is very gentle, I can “scrub” across my eczema patches without causing further irritation.

My eczema is much better now, mainly because I realised my triggers but also with the aid of these products. I am certainly not going to make any claims for “curing” eczema but anything that is gentle enough to allow my skin to recover during irritation gets thumbs up. I have used the Green People shower gel in very small amounts and relied on the sponge to do the rest of the work and have been happy with the outcome.

If you are looking for other unscented shower gels, I have previously written about brands that have this option - click here.

Have you tried the Konjac Pink Clay Bath Sponge or Green People Scent Free Shower Gel? What do you think about these products? Would you recommend them?

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