Thursday, 30 October 2014

Balm Balm Organic Chamomile Floral Water - Soothing Baby Mist

Balm Balm Organic Chamomile Floral Water - Soothing Baby Mist

I have been using Balm Balm Organic Chamomile Floral Water for months and it some how slipped my mind to write a review. I love Balm Balm products because they are organic, have simply ingredients and affordable prices. 

The website blurb for this floral water is - "Mist over sore, inflamed or itchy skin; rashes; cracked nipples or any areas that need a little soothing. Also perfect for spritzing over bed linen to induce sleepiness. Suitable for use from newborn but a ‘must-have’ for grown ups too."

For those of you not aware, a floral water is the by product of steam distillation of essential oils. They will have similar properties to essential oils but they are less concentrated. Floral water is a good product to have in your beauty cabinet as it has a number of uses. As I find chamomile works well with my sensitive skin, this suits me as a facial toner or for spritzing liberally when my skin is feeling delicate. Chamomile has a pungent earthy scent which may not be to everyone's taste. 

Balm Balm have four floral waters (including chamomile) in their range so you can chose according to personal taste or skin type. Products can be purchased direct from their website but are also stocked on many of the popular natural and organic online stores. I paid £11 for this 100ml bottle.

Have you tried Balm Balm products? Do you like to use a Floral Water?

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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Green Beauty Blogger Meet Up (Reading, October 2014)

Remember the Field Trip Tour of July? Once that was over, Rachel (All Natural Aspirations) decided we needed another gathering and set the wheels in motion for a meet up in Reading. The plan was lunch, shopping and lots of chatting about beauty and learning more about each other. Somewhere along the line Jen (Jen's Green Skincare) and I were roped in to help put together a goody bag for the day. We pooled our contacts and honestly expected to get told to go away but the support we received was overwhelming. We under estimated the generosity and so yes we went slightly overboard and perhaps ended up with the biggest bag ever seen in blogger history, oops! :D

Sugarpuffish Green Beauty Blogger Meet Up (Reading, October 2014)

I'd like to personally thank all the brands we contacted between the three of us. I specifically reached out to my favourites as I wanted to give the other ladies a chance to try brands that I personally love. A huge thank you to -

The goody bags were organised in secret which was great fun and wonderful to see everyone's reactions. I think it's fair to say that Bodhi & Birch stole the show on the day. I did capture the moment on camera but since my footage is identical to Rachel's I'm unsure whether to bored everyone with uploading it.

Sugarpuffish Green Beauty Blogger Meet Up (Reading, October 2014)

I had a wonderful day in the company of some amazing bloggers. Thank you to all for your love and support. I can not think of a better way to spend a Sunday, wish we could do it every week :D

Amber - Amber's Beauty Talk
Annie - Hello Purple Clouds
Carrie - What I Love Today
Hephzibah - Good for me, Good for you
Jen - Jen's Green Skin Care 
Katie - Katie Vibes 
Liz - Well Meaning Being 
Malin - Just Malins 
Rachel - All Natural Aspirations

You are probably thinking what does a blurry car park picture and pizza have to do with this meetup. Well truth is turns out I'm a rubbish blogger and unable to multi task. They are the only two pictures I took from the day :D

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Debunking Skincare Myths - Does our skin absorb 60% of skincare?

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Science is not my strength. Unfortunately, that does mean I must remember to not take everything on board as the gospel truth. In the past, I have been guilty of sharing articles claiming that 60% of the cosmetics we put on our skin ends up in the bloodstream. The concern is synthetic and toxic ingredients are entering our bodies and causing ill health. Only the other day, I saw a natural company using this same statement to market their skincare. They are by no means the only ones using this statistic. At the start of my green journey, I naively trusted that the people sharing this fact had done their homework but the more I learn, the wiser I become to those spreading "half truths". 

I highly recommend everyone reads the following excellent articles. Both explain why the statement about our bodies absorbing 60% is somewhat flawed. 

These articles explain that our skin is made up of layers (epidermis, dermis and hypodermis) so there is a distance which an ingredient must travel before reaching the bloodstream. Not every ingredient will be absorbed. It is dependent on the "chemical" and the size of the molecules as to whether it will pass through. I am guessing this is why hormone and nicotine patches work. These are treatments which are specifically designed to be absorbed. If an ingredient does make it into the body, some will naturally pass through our system as we are designed to reject what is not needed. What we must remember is when it comes to skincare we are looking to treat the top layer of skin so cosmetics are not deliberately manufactured to penetrate all the way to our bloodstream. 

Whilst I am looking at this topic, I wanted to once again highlight the issue of gluten and food allergens in skincare. It is widely debated whether there is a need for gluten free cosmetics/skincare. I certainly understand the demand for them, my sister is coeliac. Of course, I have my own allergies and do not use any skincare that contains milk and citrus. I understand the concern for allergens in lipstick but should I really be concerned about them in body lotion? I have read that gluten molecules are too large to penetrate through to the bloodstream and a reaction to a product containing gluten is more likely to be down to other ingredients in the formula. There was a case in Australia of a woman who used goat milk soap and went on to suffer a severe allergic reaction when she ate goat cheese. The reaction did not happen overnight, she started using the soaps to treat eczema in 2009 and reacted in 2011. It is also worth remembering that eczema can cause broken skin and the skin layers are not as robust as they are meant to be. I am guessing eczema would leave you vulnerable to ingredients penetrating into the bloodstream. It was an unusual case but it certainly gets you thinking.

Our daily lives are filled with undesirable synthetic ingredients which are not needed. That is why I advocate natural and organic skincare. I am not entirely dismissing the idea that some ingredients appear to be making it into our bodies but I am saying that some scary facts floating around on the internet are not always accurate. It is unlikely we are are absorbing 60% of what we put on our skin.

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Monday, 20 October 2014

Blue Labelle Biologique Chamomile & Avocado Cleansing oil

Blue Labelle Biologique Chamomile & Avocado Cleansing oil

You all know my favourite cleansing oil is from Blue Labelle (the dry/sensitive skin formula). I have lost count of how many times I have bought it but one thing I do know is it is a staple product in my beauty cabinet. Blue Labelle recently launched the Biologique range, a line of oils which are 100% Organics and includes Supercritical CO2 extracts of Amaranth, Sea Buckthorn & Chamomile as well as cold-pressed (raw) oils of Marula, Moringa, Red Raspberry Seed & Argan. I have been testing the *Chamomile and Avocado Cleansing oil. 

You are probably wondering what is Supercritical CO2 extract (I know I was). It is a method of extraction which produces superior plant oil that has not been altered by heat associated with steam distillation.

"The CO2 extraction process consists of pumping pressurized carbon dioxide into a chamber filled with plant matter. When carbon dioxide is subjected to pressure it becomes "supercritical" and has liquid properties while remaining in a gaseous state. Because of the liquid properties of the gas, the CO2 functions as a solvent, pulling the oils and other substances such as pigment and resin from the plant matter. Thus, the difference between CO2, or supercritical, extraction and traditional distillation is that CO2 is used as a solvent instead of heated water or steam. The temperature involved in the supercritical extraction process is around 95 to 100 degrees F as opposed to 140 to 212 degrees F in steam distillation." (source -

The Chamomile and Avocado cleansing oil contains sweet almond, caster oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil, amaranth (CO2 extract) Chamomile (CO2 extract), geranium oil, palmarosa and rosemary (CO2 extract). For me, it is a lovely blend and a pleasure to use. All the ingredients offer great benefits to my skin. If I compare the Biologique to my old faithful from Blue Labelle’s original range, there is not a significant difference in terms of performance. Both contain ingredients that do not disrupt my skin and without putting the product under some sort of laboratory testing, to the naked eye there is not a dramatic difference. 

Overall, I like the Biologique cleansing oil but I am also very happy with the original formula (review link). I feel that the decision of which range to purchase from would be purely based on personal preference. The Biologique does contain a higher quality of essential oils because of the extraction technique and is 100% organic. I imagine that is a selling point which will be embraced by some customers. I highly recommend Blue Labelle products, which ever product you buy, I do not think you would be disappointed.

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