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3 January 2022

Top 8 Natural, organic and vegan skincare for 2021
(includes items gifted by PR which have previously been featured on this website)

Happy New Year everyone! I thought I would have a look back at 2021 and let you know which products have made a lasting impression. 

I'd rarely used hand sanitiser before the pandemic because it can be very unkind to delicate, eczema prone skin due to the high alcohol content and fragrance allergens. Needs must over the past couple of years and I was grateful that one of my favourite budget brands launched a sanitising gel which was free from linalool. Since my initial review back in January you can guess we've been through several bottles of Organii Purifying Hand Gel.

In March it was Silvan Skincare Pure Face Cream that was a hit. I recall a lovely whipped texture with ingredients that are calming on sensitive skin. Finding a decent fragrance free moisturiser has been a mission for many years and this is up there with my favourites.

Since April I've been through several jars of Maison Meunier Skincare Gentle Cleansing Gel Balm. I like this cleanser because it's an balm-oil to milk formulation. It has a beautiful golden syrup like texture which feels great massaged into my delicate skin and can be easily removed with water or damp cloth.

Over the summer Lily & Rabbit added to their product range with a vegan soap bar collection. The Coconut soap has been a pleasure to use and the bar recently came to an end. I've been impressed with how well it lasted and of course how gentle it has been on my skin.

I'd always been a fan of Odylique Repair Lotion but it can back into my life in last year and has been here to stay. I use it top to toe including on my face. Despite the name it's not a watery, runny product and is very much a light but rich cream. I've been using it as a general moisturiser but it is perfect on itchy eczema patches.

I was on a huge cleanser kick in 2021 and the next product to win me over was Adaptology Red Avert Cleanser. I loved the beautiful and unusual blue colouration from Blue Tansy with an aroma that reminded me of candy. As I mentioned balm-oil textures are one of my favourites and this one did not disappoint. 

In November I wrote about Nudge Boutique Whipped Body Butter and it has been a joy to use. I've seen a lot of body butters over the years but this one stands out. Not only do I enjoy the coconut aroma but it rarely feels greasy on my skin. I've always had a sensory aversion to heavy products and I think it stems back to years of eczema emollients. It is probably a odd thing to mention but my skin doesn't feel overwhelmed or suffocated by this product.

I rounded off the year with a review of Terre Verdi ThéBianco Camellia Oil. I think it beautifully sums up my love of simplicity. Skincare doesn't have to feel complicated and there is joy to be found in stand alone ingredients.

I don't know about you but I'm already excited to see what I discover in 2022.

Sarah x

27 November 2021

5 hand care duo sets suitable for any gifting occasion
(I have previously been gifted items from BAO & Nourish)

Surely I can't be the only one who secretly loves a luxurious hand care set to adorn the bathroom or kitchen sink. It makes a mundane daily task a little more special and can add a finishing touch to a stylish bathroom. Perfect for treating yourself and guests in your home. I believe hand wash and hand lotion can make the perfect gift so let me share with you some personal picks which you may wish to check out for yourself.

The Brightening Hand Cream nourishes sensitive, cracked, and dry hands with shea butter, baobab oil and vitamin e. The matching hand wash has an SLS free formulation which is kinder to skin, never leaving it feeling stripped or dry. Products are scented with Sweet Orange and Geranium

This set contains SOS Skin Shield+ which kills 99.99% germs, Fragrance Free Organic Vegan Soap Bar, Hand Wash and Hand and Body Cream. Beauty Kitchen states "this kit will not only have your hands and face squeaky clean but beautifully moisturised as well"
Lucky Cloud Soothing Hand Care Duo
This set contains a soap bar and balm ideal for reducing plastic waste. The soap contains shea butter, sunflower seed oil and castor oil for a luxurious feel and gives a rich, creamy lather. Pair it with the super soothing balm which contains oat oil to help itchy and dry skin.

Zesty lemon, ho leaf essential oils and black pepper leave your skin smelling fresh with a naturally antibacterial formulation. Nourish don't include sulphates, parabens, phthalates, mineral oils, retinyl palmitate, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, triclocarban or formaldehyde in their ingredients, making products better for your skin and the environment. Follow up with the matching scented hand lotion to help keep skin feeling nourished with added shea butter.

Designed in collaboration with Australian artist Anna Cole, you can cleanse and moisturise your hands, while indulging in an enhanced Sukin Signature scent of of Mandarin, Tangerine, Lavender and Vanillin

Sarah x

19 January 2021

Review Organii Everyday Organics Hand Gel and Surface Spray
(Gifted PR samples & affiliate link)

I had never used a hand sanitiser prior to the pandemic as they are not eczema friendly. The high percentage of alcohol required to kill germs can be painful on delicate skin. Handwashing with soap is our first line of defence against illness but hand sanitisers have become a necessity when grocery shopping or in the office. During the last twelve months I've struggled to find a natural brand offering a formulation that doesn't contain linalool. I have been using Biovène Barcelona 70% Alcohol Hand Cleansing Gel but was excited to see Organii launch a hand gel. Any long time readers will know Organii is a brand I have supported for a long time. I like that their products are affordable, organic, suitable for vegans and effective. I can no longer be without their Shea Butter Body Wash.

Organii Hand Gel - this gel does contains limonene but not linalool so that helps eliminate one of my personal concerns. Organii hand gel is certified natural by Eco Bio Control with 60% alcohol including aloe vera and glycerin for skin hydration. The smaller bottle is perfect for deep pockets and bags so I carry it with me when I make those occasional trips to the supermarket. If hand santisiers are our new future then it's important to me to opt for cruelty free brands and Organii ticks the box. This hand gel is a liquid consistency compared to others but I have no issue with that. I can't prevent the long term effects of alcohol on my eczema as it will always be stripping of moisture but Organii hand gel feels comfortable on my skin which is important.

Organii Surface Spray - pocket sized so works well on the go. I've been using this one on shopping trolley handles but it is suitable for other surfaces such as door handles and tables. The formulation is based on alcohol and tea tree essential oils due to its anti-bacterial and anti-viral effects. As expected with Organii products the surface spray is also certified natural and cruelty free.

Once again I'm more than happy to recommend Organii to you. Even though I wish sanitising hand gels were not a staple part of daily life and that this virus would bugger of. If we must use products to help prevent the spread I'm comfortable relying on Organii to help me out. 

Organii Hand Gel and Surface Spray are available to buy through online retailers If you missed my December review then hop across to this blog post - Sukin Spot Banishing Gel

Sarah x

11 October 2016

Series: Swap YouTuber Favourites for Green Beauty Alternatives #4
(contains affiliate links marked *)

I hope everyone is enjoying this series of blog posts? They take me a while to put together but I have fun looking for Green Beauty swaps. In most cases I can give a personal recommendation but other times I'm virtual window shopping which is dangerous as I'm adding to my wish list!

Clarins Stretch Mark Minimizer - nice an easy one for me to suggest swaps and whilst I don't have experience of pregnancy you all know that it doesn't stop me using Mum to Be products. Straight away two that spring to mind are Nom Nom Camillia and Vanilla Stretch Butter and Ermana Sooth Mama Body Oil

Zoella Hand On Heart Hand Cleanser - looks like Zoella has been influenced by those Bath & Bodyworks PocketBac Sanitizers that are popular on YouTube. I understand that there are occasions when you can't get to soap and water but the ingredients in these products are terrible. Swap this one for Dr Bronner’s Lavender Hand Sanitizing Spray, *Green People Organic Children’s Sticky Hand Sanitiser or Intelligent Nutrients Organic Sanitizer

Lush Love & Light Hand Cream - you're probably surprise to see me suggesting a swap for Lush but sadly their products are not to my standards when it comes to ingredients, they are still using parabens. Swap this one for *Odylique Lemon Butter Hand Smoothie or Pai Fragonia & Sea Buckthorn Instant Hand Therapy Cream

Garner Pure Active Micellar Water - I have a sneaky suspicion that micellar waters not as popular in the Green Beauty community. I could be wrong but many of us like balms, oils and double cleansing however there are a couple of alternatives out there. Swap for the newly launched Evolve Liquid Crystal Micellic Cleanser or Sukin Micellar Cleansing Water.

Nars Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder - high street powders tend to have a few added ingredients that you wouldn't see in natural mineral brands, for instance from my research this powder contains Dimethicone. I believe Nars is a cruelty free brand but they are owned by a parent company that tests. Personally, my favourite mineral make up brand is Everyday Minerals and they offer a range of setting/finishing powders.

If you would like to read my last swap article then click here - No 3: Green Beauty Alternatives featuring Lyonsleaf, Evolve Beauty, Ere Perez

Sarah x

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