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1 January 2018

Top Green Beauty Natural Skincare for 2017
Happy New Year Everyone! 

When I started thinking about this article I realised that 2017 has been a slower year on my blog. Life had its ups and downs so naturally blogging took a back seat. May 2018 will be my 7th blog birthday and I hope to reach it because as many of you know blogging is a labour of love with little reward. The blogging community has changed a great deal, one thing I notice most is the decline in comments so if you left me one this year I really do appreciate them.

As you know food is a huge part of my waking thoughts, probably because my allergies have limited me for so long, I get overly excited when new free from products launch. I think 2017 has been a huge year for Vegans. So many amazing brands have become accessible and restaurants have taken noticed. We had an amazing trip to Berlin which aside from its historical and cultural importance has the most amazing options for Vegans. If you're interested in what I eat then I mainly share on Instagram but if you'd like to see more food on my blog then please let me know.

Moving on lets look back at some of my beauty reviews and take a minute to talk about my favourite discoveries in 2017. In April I wrote about Odylique 3 in 1 Maca Mask and it's been a favourite ever since along with the Coconut Candy Scrub, if you like enjoy using treatments I would certainly recommend them. In June Evolve won me over once again with their Daily Defence Moisture Mist. I finally found a linalool free toner which doesn't leave my skin feeling desperate for moisture. I'm also back using the Evolve Daily Renew face cream on a regular basis, it's wonderful in colder weather, very hydrating. Many of you will know that I don't often write about makeup however this year I've been trying a number of products from Ere Perez. I never really caught on to the RMS Beauty trend, they simply didn't wow me like everyone else but in my opinion the Ere Perez Carrot Colour Pots are much better. 

You'll have notice over time that my reviews have leaned towards fragrance free skincare and the two cleansers that impressed me this year are Siskyn Camellia & Safflower Hot Cloth Cleansing Oil and Harbour Elements The Truly Gentle Cleansing Balm. Of course they are different in their formulations but both have delicate skins in mind and I welcome a fragrance free formulation. Lyonsleaf launched some new products and the Marshmallow Soften & Rejuvenate Facial Oil (Unscented) quickly won me over. There was also Ihana Skincare Beri-Activ Cleansing Cream which I tried in August and I think it's a brand I'd like to explore more of in the future. I also loved discovering Trilogy Pure Plant Body Oil, another fragrance free find which has been helping my dry skin through the colder weather. 

I look forward to seeing what 2018 brings in terms of Green Beauty. I predict we might see some big changes. Back in September Pukka announced its sale to Unilever causing worries that the independent ethical brand would lose its values. We've finished the year with news that Unilever acquired Schmidt's Naturals and Trilogy announced a proposed sale to Chinese private equity firm Citic Capital China Partners. Also John Masters Organics have been changing up their product formulations and that's making some of us a little unhappy for a variety of reasons.

What have been your favourites from 2017? Do you have any Green Beauty predictions for 2018?

Sarah x

30 December 2013

As everyone prepares to say Goodbye to 2013, I thought I would round up my blogging year with a summary of my personal highlights. I wrote a similar post last year and it's interesting to look back on the goals I set out to achieve with my blog.

New Beauty Brands Discovered - I found some wonderful brands this year – Bathing Beauty, Lyonsleaf, Peppy Galore, Inner Soul, Opulentia Organics, Bloom Remedies, B Skincare, Big Green Tree, Mel Millis, Marble & Milkweed and Kris D'Armour.

Favourite Skincare - It would appear cleansers and facial oils were my most loved products to review. I can see myself repurchasing Antipodes, Blue Labelle and Odylique during 2014.

Favourite Brands - I think it's fair to say this year was dominated by Essential Care and Deep Steep with a bit of Antipodes, Bodhi and Desert Essence thrown in along the way.

Exciting Experience - Taking part in the Free From Skincare Award judging stages was a brilliant experience which I thoroughly enjoyed. 

New Ventures - I ventured into the world of YouTube this year and I have enjoyed the experience so far despite the pain of editing and camera issues. I see it as an extension of my blog and it offers a new way to interact with followers. I'd like to thank my friend Pete for allowing me to use his music for a little intro jingle, he's a talented person.

Meeting People - A shout out to the fantastic bloggers I finally got to meet up with this year – Alice (Brightown Girl), Kat (Tales of a Pale Face), Jessica (Spoiltface) and Andy (Pampered Prince).

Green Blogging Community - this year I have seen a rise in the number of bloggers, from around the world, who have a passion for the environment and non toxic skincare. It is really nice to finally fit in somewhere after always feeling a bit of an outsider to the main beauty blogging community. I have experienced online bullying and in a weird way I feel safer in this little niche community where I know people have similar beliefs and passions about ingredients.

Free From Foods - The release of Ms Cupcakes cookbook was hugely exciting and it has been a year of delicious Vegan cupcakes and an ever expanding belly. Vegfest was also another highlight for me, my first "cream" cake in over 20 years and not forgetting the amazing Mighty Fork hot dogs.

Fingers crossed 2014 brings me as much blogging excitement as 2013.

Sarah x


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