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16 September 2022

Review Sukin Hydrating Body Lotion with Coconut and Pineapple

(NOTE: ingredient correct at publication, please check before purchase as formulations may change)

Long time readers will know I'm a fan of Sukin. I feel like I've mentioned them a million times in the last 12 years. I was recently in need of a new body lotion and purchased the Sukin Hydrating Body Lotion with Coconut & Pineapple.

I'm going through a phase at the moment where I'm choosing lighter lotion over heavy creams and balms. I finding myself getting a bit overheated and my skin feels as if it's sweaty under the weight of some products. It isn't a pleasant sensation so I've held back on some products over the last year.

Sukin hydrating body lotion is light in texture but it feels moisturising. I have naturally dry skin but it's coping just fine with this product. What I love most is the scent. Oh My! I am in love with the tropical, vanilla aroma which isn't overpowering but delightfully delicate.

Lets chat about the ingredients. Unfortunately if you're allergic to sesame seed oil you will need to avoid this one. For those concerned about essential oil allergens you'll find citronellol and geraniol in the ingredient list. Aside from these you will spot aloe, jojoba, rosehip, wheat germ, cocoa, shea, borage and vitamin E.

"Our Coconut & Pineapple Body Lotion refreshes and stimulates the senses, while a nourishing combination of Rosehip, Avocado and Jojoba Oils, along with Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter hydrate and smooth skin. An infusion of Aloe Vera, Nettle, Horsetail and Burdock restores the skin’s moisture barrier and helps to nourish dry skin." (Sukin)

Also I'm loving that Sukin body lotion comes in a 500ml size as lets face there is a lot of surface area to cover. Smaller sizes don't last very long when covering head to toe on an almost daily basis. Current RRP is £14.95 but I bought it for less on special offer. I've now discovered there is a matching scented body wash and I definitely need to buy that at some point in the near future.

I recommend exploring what Sukin has to offer and definitely check out Sukin Hydrating Body Lotion with Coconut & Pineapple.

Sarah x

3 September 2022

Review Organii Neutral Shower Gel - free from perfumes and colourants
I think I can trace back my purchasing of Organii shower gels to around 2018 so I was disappointed when my beloved Shea Butter body wash was discontinued. Organii switched up their shower gel collection and it now consists of Tropical, Citrus, Nourishing and Neutral. I guess one good thing to come from this is only the Citrus contains linalool so three out of four options is a winner for me. A rather rare claim to make these days with the abundance of essential oils allergens in some products.

Body washes are not the most exciting skincare products to write about as I'm sure you're all familiar with the concept and function of this bathroom necessity. All I want from a product like this is to be non-irritating, non-drying, cruelty free, and vegan friendly and Organii ticks those boxes.

Saying goodbye to Organii Shea Butter shower gel was difficult as there are always worries about replacing items when you have allergies. However I was confident I was in good hands with Organii and so switched over to the Neutral shower gel. I will admit I do really miss the scent of the Shea Butter. As you may have guessed from the name 'Neutral' this body wash is free from perfumes and colourants. It's a mild option for those who are have sensitive skin. The Tropical shower gel was grabbed by my husband. As you might have guess it has a mild fruity scent of mango and peach. 

I've always bought Organii shower gels because I like the price point. At the time of writing this you can pick up a 300ml bottle for £6.95 which I think is good value for money. Compared to other scent free body washes I have always found Organii to be the most economical and it lathers up nicely with a konjac sponge.

Overall this is a simple review with a clear message that I don't think you can fault Organii shower gels. I'm confident there isn't much to dislike and they'd probably be happily shared with other people in your household.

Sarah x

29 August 2022

Natural Deodorants Free From Sodium Bicarbonate and Essential Oils
(Note - please double check ingredients when buying as formulations can change)

If your skin can't handle essential oils and you have a possible sensitivity to sodium bicarbonate (aka bicarb or baking soda/powder) then navigating the world of natural deodorants is rather tricky. I admit I got a little fed up testing and reacting so I fell off the natural deodorant bandwagon a while back. Despite this I thought it might be of interest to put together a list of brands that offer options for very sensitive skin.

Why avoid bicarb? You'll often see complaints from people who develop a rash when using skincare containing sodium bicarbonate. It can be highly abrasive and the alkalinity can irritate delicate skin especially after shaving. From my own experience, I find the sensitivity can develop over time, I start off thinking I can cope but then it ends up irritating. This could also be dependent on the quantity of bicarb in the product. Typically if you're very sensitive it can be agreed that avoiding bicarb might be a good option.

So here's a little shopping list for you. These deodorants are free from sodium bicarbonate, essential oils and suitable for vegans 
Sarah x

27 August 2022

Review Lavera Men Sensitiv Organic Calming After Shave Balm and Moisturising Face Cream
(gifted) 

I thought I would share some products that my husband has testing for several months which includes the Lavera Men Sensitiv Organic Calming After Shave Balm (50ml) and Lavera Men Sensitiv Organic Moisturising Face Cream (30ml)

Lavera is a brand I have recommended for many years as I have a long history of using their products. I can go as far back as the start of my natural skincare journey and I'm pretty sure they were one of the original green products I tried. I find Lavera to be reliable and affordable which is why they have stood the test of time. Lavera are one of the 'old school' natural cosmetic companies having been founded in 1987.

My husband is the first to admit that he isn't great at reviewing products in depth. He says he enjoys using both the after shave balm and face cream but doesn't have a favourite. I think he isn't favouring one over the other because he enjoys using them in equal measure. From the sidelines I can see and feel how great his skin is immediately after application. He will often point out how smooth his face feels. I encourage him to moisturise daily but in reality I think it only happens after he shaves. He doesn't have a sense of smell so I'm the one who gets to judge aromas and I'm very fussy. Both of these Lavera face creams have similar scent. I like the fragrance and it's not overpowering which is perfect as I am super sensitive to scents even when on other people. I've been known to ban him from products and sneeze at strangers. If you have sensitivities then it's worth mentioning these products contain parfum and essential oil allergens. 

As with all Lavera products the price point is good on both products. Currently at the time of publication you can pick up the Lavera Men Sensitive Organic Calming After Shave Balm for £7.95 and Lavera Men Sensitive Organic Moisturising Face Cream £10.95. Both products are suitable for Vegans and made with certified organic ingredients. 

Sarah x

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