Weleda, Calendula Shampoo and Bodywash

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My frizzy hair does not react well to any kind of chemicals. I dye it though which means my haircare has to be really gentle and natural in comparison, which this Weleda Shampoo and Bodywash is.

  • No synthetic preservatives
  • No fragrances
  • No colourants
  • No mineral oils

It’s active ingredients are Almond Oil and organic Calendula, which made my hair soft, clean and manageable. I really like how creamy it is because it’s easier to massage into my hair without using too much product or having to dilute it. It’s so creamy I actually re-read the bottle, wondering if I had bought conditioner by mistake!

I must add that after using this there was no noticeable fade to my turquoise streaks which made me very happy.

Rating ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Chrissie

Haircare Review – Naturtint Colour Fixing Shampoo & Styling Mouse

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Naturtint Colour Fixing Shampoo £8.59 400ml

What they say…

‘Rock Rose and Lemon Fruit Waters give nourishment and strength to your hair, whilst Natural Bio lipids and Polymers provide softness and shine, and Lavender Floral Water calms and moisturises the scalp. Sunflower Floral Water naturally seals split ends and locks in colour.’

My verdict…

I’m impressed that this shampoo is organic and contains no SLS or silicone. The consistency was thin enough and it foamed up enough to spread through my thick hair without diluting it in a cup of water first. On rinsing it did not leave my hair feeling like matted straw (like some other shampoos have) and I didn’t notice any of my blue dye escaping down the drain either. After conditioning with a standard conditioner, my hair looked incredibly shiny; it still had a lot of colour left and was no more frizzy than it naturally is.

Rating ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Naturtint Styling Mouse £10.99 150ml

What they say…

‘The active ingredients add body, elasticity and shine without drying the hair or leaving a tacky feel.
The gentle formula moisturises your scalp and guards against the effects of humidity, leaving a silky, not sticky feeling to your hair, with effective holding power.’

My verdict…

They are right about the non sticky feeling and the mouse not drying out hair. However it’s holding power is very tame and my hair frizzed out like crazy as soon as I went out in incredibly light rain. I’m used to rain re-activating mouse!? However, it defined my natural waves so well that I’d describe them as loose curls. The second time I used this on much wetter hair and afterward when it was still a little damp I applied some hair oil to seal it so it didn’t frizz. This combination worked incredibly well! If your hair isn’t naturally dry/wiry and you want natural looking definition that isn’t matte (unlike salt spray), then this is the perfect product for you.

Rating ❤ ❤ ❤

Chrissie

The Vegan Kind Beauty Box review – February

The Vegan Kind Beauty Box review - February

The first box I reviewed (here) was a backdated one from summer but this is the official The Vegan Kind – February beauty box (£15 + 3.15p&p), which is why I’ve gotten lip scrubs in two consecutive boxes, by chance I suppose.

Tea Face Healing Hydration Scrub (RRP £17.99)

Apart from me wanting to call this ‘Tea-y Mc Tea Face’ I actually think this product is worth a post of it’s own because I need to show it to you properly. It’s a face or body scrub made up of green tea granules and essential oils which hydrates and evens skin tone and texture. Very effective!

Discount Code: YTVEGANK10 for 10% off from 1st Feb – 31st March http://www.yourtea.com

Noughty Intensive Care Leave-In Conditioner 150ml (£6.99)

This newly launched haircare range is vegan and 97% natural, free from petrochemicals, silicones, parabens and sulphates. The last time I used an intensive conditioner all over my hair I had to wash my roots again the next day! Not so with this leave-in conditioner as the shea butter and argan oil moisturised all of my hair evenly and balanced it perfectly. Naturally, I still had to oil my coarse hair afterward but only nearer toward the ends as the rest simply didn’t need it – hurrah!

Discount Code: NOUTVK25 for 25% off from 1st Feb – 31st March http://www.naughtyhaircare.co.uk

Grounded Edible Mango Lip Scrub (£4.95)

When something has edible in the tittle, you know that it’s totally natural. This is the perfect flavour for a lip scrub as it’s tropical rather than sickly sweet. It also has the perfect amount of Jojoba oil to moisturise but not too much that the sugar granules slide around ineffectively like other lip scrubs I’ve tried. This actually worked perfectly!

Spectrum Collections Unicorn Tears Wonder Sponge (RRP £4.99)

The sponge is latex free which I appreciate and I like the idea that it comes in a zip lock pouch but the plastic of the pouch has that chemical kind of smell that cheap inflatables have, which rather spoils it. Still, a great tool to apply your perfecting/matifying moisturiser, foundation and shimmer or highlighter and also easily washable of course. I’m sticking to brushes when to comes to applying powder though.

Discount Code: VEGAN15 for 15% off http://www.spectrumcollections.com

PHB Ethical Beauty 100% Organic Apricot Lip Gloss (RRP £12.95)

I’d say around 80% of the lipgloss I’ve tried have immediately given me a mild sore throat. This does not and it doesn’t smell or taste of sweets and my hair and my Bloke don’t get accidentally glued to it and it actively moisturises lips (even mine) with Shea Butter and Jojoba oil. It’s more like a slightly frosted lip balm with a doe foot applicator. Again, another perfect product!

This is the best beauty box out there in my opinion because it’s great value for money, the products are natural and luxurious and the brands are all cruelty free.

Chrissie

The Vegan Kind (quarterly) Beauty Box

The Vegan Kind Beauty Box

I’ve subscribed to The Vegan Kind beauty box (£15 + £3.50 p&p) because it’s quarterly. That’s just enough time for me to use the products and not have then mount up, making every available space look like a beauty apothecary counter. Not that that’s entirely a bad thing.

The vegan Kind Beauty Box products

I really like that the box comes with an information sheet which describes each product in detail, and three codes for money off, encouraging you to buy from those very ethical brands in the future.

Twa Birds Woodland Rose Epsom Salts Bath Soak (RRP £2.00)

This has such a beautiful, comforting yet uplifting rose scent and the petals look really pretty in the water. My aching joints and back really appreciated this addition to my bath.

PHB Anti-aging Eye Gel, Argan & Rock Rose (RRP 16.95) handmade with 15% of profits going to charity

With active ingredients of Argan oil, seaweed, Rock rose, Lavender, this eye gel this eye gel is incredibly effective. I’ve been keeping it in the fridge for extra cooling and apply it every morning as soon as I get up. After an hour my bags are looking a lot less apparent and have decreased by around a third of there original size.

Fairypants Lemon Drizzle Lip Scrub (RRP £3.99)

This is delicious…I mean rather effective! Because I cheat and eat food I’m intolerant to once (twice) a week my lips freak out and get really dry and rough. This scrub helps to refine the texture of them and leaves them feeling moisturised for around three hours after, no mean feet, believe me. Oh and the little pot is utterly adorable!

Grounded Coconut and Lime Hair Mask (RRP £12.50)

This smells like the fruitiest cocktail you have ever ordered. Due to my sensory issues I somehow miss-judged the feel of how oily this mask is and put way too much of it all over my hair. I had to shampoo twice to get it out and my hair went greasy again the next day. However, a little bit used on mid lengths or ends will be incredibly effective and it will last much longer than I first thought. I’m so glad I’ve found this product!

Alva Natural Cosmetics Green Equinox Sparkling Harmony Mineral Powder (RRP £7.50)

Overall this looks gold to me. Different shades of gold in different lights, sometimes with a pale green tinge but I wouldn’t describe it as completely green. It glides on easily, is blendable, and highly pigmented although it doesn’t show up when confronted with a very bright camera flash but thats expected with most mineral make up.

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All of these products add up to £42.94 so getting this box at £18.50 (including p&p) rather than buying them individually is a huge saving of £24.44! All of the products here would suit a wide range of people as non are specifically aimed at a certain skin or hair type and the eyeshadow is universally flattering for all skin tones. This is another thing I really love about this subscription box.

20p from each box goes to Dr Hadwen Trust, the UK’s leading non-animal medical research charity who fund and promote the development of techniques to replace the use of animals in biomedical research.

This box was a back issue from Summer but you can buy the new 2017 Vegan Kind Beauty Box here.

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Chrissie

Dr Organic – Virgin Coconut Oil Shampoo

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I bought this shampoo because it’s cruelty free, organic, free from the usual nasties and has coconut oil which we all know by now is amazing for hair.

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As you can see this shampoo does not contain Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (used to create the lather in soap) which is good because it really strips hair of its natural oils. A lot of shampoos leave my hair like tangled straw because of the high SLS content.

Unfortunately it didn’t spread well through my thick wavy hair at all. So it was either use a third of the bottle on one wash or dilute it in a cup of water. This worked really well and surprisingly I did actually get some kind if minimal lather. It took the excess oil off my roots and my ends felt smooth and moisturised. I’m not sure how it would cope with really greasy hair though.

Rating ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

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Roots & Rituals Deep Conditioning Hair Oil

“You put oil on your hair? Seriously!” “Of course, before I shampoo…” “Ah right, I see!” “And whenever it starts to get too dry.” “Weird!” I’ve had similar conversation many times – even with people who have frizzy hair themselves. I think that’s weird, ha!

Who are Roots & Rituals?

Roots and Rituals are an independent company who see hair care as pampering time for your head and not just a necessity. They use natural ingredients and their products are silicone, mineral oil, SLS, paraben and artificial fragrance free.

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About The Product

Deep Conditioning Hair Oil £15.99 (cost and postage) 100ml ‘Pure and carefully selected ancient hair oils to create a truly effective ritual for both hair and scalp. Coconut, olive & avocado oils penetrate deeply into the hair shaft to lock in moisture. Amla, almond and sesame oils nourish and hydrate the scalp to help promote optimal hair growth. Argan, hibiscus and basil oils condition and repair the cuticle (outer layer of hair strands).’

How I Used It

I waited until I had an hour to myself and gave myself a soothing scalp massage with the oil. I also gently rubbed plenty into the very dry ends of my hair. I washed my hair as normal and then let it dry in the sunshine. When my hair was still damp I rubbed a tiny little bit between my palms and gently rubbed it onto the ends of my hair.

My hair is still damp in places

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Now my hair is dry

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Result!

I didn’t use any heat styling products or balms or curl cream. I was seriously impressed! I apologise that the bottom picture is slightly out of focus my Mum took it and she’s not used to my camera. It’s the first time I’ve not needed to flatten fly-away hairs at my roots with small hair straighteners. My hair is still like this two days later despite really bad humidity. In this climate I usually end up looking like Monica from that episode of Friends or Cousin IT or Side Show Bob from the Simpsons!

Good points

  • Wonderfully effective mixture of oils
  • The push and tip lid distributes one drop of oil at a time so you won’t spill it
  • I think the packaging looks cute and quite bohemian

Bad Points

  • The lid can be pressed open when the product is in the post but the packaging is so secure it won’t leak outside of the envelope.
  • I really didn’t find the scent appealing but my hair only smelled of the oil for a few hours and if you’re applying before washing only, then it won’t matter anyway.

Rating 4/5

Chrissie xx

Dr Cabello Argan Oil Treatment

If you regularly read this blog you will know that I have thick, coarse and rather wild hair, if not, you do now. Dominican Haircare were kind enough to send me a big tub of Argan Oil Treatment to try out, which as you can see looks rather like custard but smells wonderful! It contains essential fatty acids, Omegas 3 & 6 as well as Vitamin E.

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You can use this as a deep conditioner and leave in for ten minutes with hair wrapped in a turban or shower cap as I did and you can use a little sparingly on very damp hair as a curl cream. I did both. I used a blob a quarter the size of my palm in the shower, then a slightly smaller amount worked into very damp hair where it’s dyed as it’s naturally frizzier anyway.

Before using the treatment

(It was due for a wash so there’s some natural oil, rather than the usual fluff I get straight after washing)

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After using the treatment

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I couldn’t believe how defined my waves looked (my hair is completely dry in these photo’s) and it was so soft and shiny! I’ve also noticed that I’m not shedding as much hair as I used to throughout the day so my hair must be stronger after just one treatment. I only need to wash my hair every two weeks so this 16 oz tub will last me ages!

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Rating 5/5 

 

Chrissie xx

 

Well, Aloe There!

Forever Living is a company which gets the best out of Aloe Vera gel in so many ways – including fitness, beauty, home and pet care products – it would take me a very long time to sample them all. For this reason, I’ve chosen to stick with the skin care and wellness side.

Forever Bright Tooth Gel

Cruelty free toothpaste

You’ve cleaned your teeth and soon after you take a welcome swig from your first brew of the morning – which tastes of toothpaste – urgh! I hate it when this happens so I’ve been trying to find a solution for a while. I’ve tried fennel toothpaste and hated the taste but the natural spearmint and peppermint flavour here is so subtle I barley noticed it. It foamed up like a regular tooth paste and made my breath fresh and my teeth looked brighter. My following cuppa tea tasted great as well.

Aloe Moisturising Lotion

Aloe Moisturiser

I’ve known for a while that the best thing to apply to sensitive or combination skin is aloe moisturiser. This version is light, hydrating, soothing and contains collagen and elastin to smooth and balance the skins PH levels. As this works well under makeup, it’s the perfect everyday moisturiser.

Aloe Propolis Cream

Aloe and Propolis moisturiser

Propolis is the sticky glue that bees use to fill any gaps or broken parts of the hive. It also happens to have incredible healing properties when applied to the skin, which means it’s used to treat skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and even burns. The first thing I noticed about the cream was it’s sweet pleasant scent and the second was how thick it is. I’ve been suffering from chilblains which have left the skin on my fingers sore, damaged and dry. I applied a pea sized amount of the cream to my fingers twice a day for five days and my skin is now back to normal.

Aloe – Jojoba Shampoo

Aloe shampoo

I’ll admit I was sceptical about how effective this would be on my dry coarse hair but I needn’t have worried. A small amount of this shampoo was even more moisturising than my usual coconut shampoo, making my hair soft and manageable. I need to get more of this, quickly!

Aloe – Jojoba Conditioning Rinse

Aloe Hair Conditioner

Anyone who reads this blog regularly will know my hair needs a lot of conditioning, so as I only had a sample sized amount of conditioner, I tested it on the driest part of my hair, the front. I took my regular conditioner into the shower incase but this did the job perfectly. Apparently this conditioner ‘removes build up of electrostatic charges’ and ‘protects the hair from the effects of excessive blow-drying’. I honestly have to say my hair behaved in a calmer, more manageable manner after I’d used the hairdryer on my roots.

Aloe Heat Lotion

Due to my nerves struggling to automatically control my muscles when I’m sitting and standing, I often get back and shoulder ache, as soon as I stop paying attention to my posture. Just call me Miss Slumpy. My electric blanket over my seat sorts this out when I’m at The Blokes but at my parents it’s another, rather achy matter. This works exactly like Deep Heat (even the scent is similar) but without all of the chemicals. This heats up upon application and stays warm for a long time. This was massaged into my skin but applied fairly quickly. I then wrapped myself up in an old sweatshirt and a scarf and was able to completely relax for the rest of the evening. Quite a relief! Due to the strong smell of this product, do not use this if you are going out later and always wear something that you can machine wash afterward.

Aloe Vera Jelly

Aloe Vera Gelly

Waxing, prickly heat, laser hair removal and sun burn. No problem if you have a tube of this handy! I used it on my freshly waxed legs which were hot and stinging as if someone had just given them a good slap. The relief to my skin was instant as the gelly soothed and cooled. This is one of those products that you should always have in your medicine cupboard or even in your handbag, come summer.

It appears that most of my skins requirements can be met with Aloe Vera! It’s so handy that there is one place where I can get pretty much everything I could need all at once, rather than schleping around lots of different shops and websites.

Which products do you like the sound of?

Chrissie xx

These samples were was sent to me for review purposes. This does not affect my opinion of the products.

Paul Mitchell Express Dry: Dry Wash & Stay Strong

I’m a huge fan of Paul Mitchell since I read up on his long standing green ethics, so I was delighted to receive these samples to review. There are a lot of cruelty free haircare products out there that condition well but when you have really thick unruly hair like mine, you realise there are very few ranges that actually style hair effectively.

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Dry Wash

Dry shampoos are great for cleaning and adding body to hair. A lot of them are also white and smell like car air fresheners. This one is totally transparent and smells lovely. Not of anything in particular (like flowers or tropical fruit), just lovely. It made my hair feel so silky I didn’t need to straighten the top third, like I would normally after dry shampooing.

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Look, no frantic combing to make it blend in!

Stay Strong

Wow, they aren’t kidding, this could hold up a bank! I created a fancy (messy)  french pleat and secured it with a clip but no grips. I sprayed it with Stay Strong – but didn’t completely coat it as I would with my normal hairspray – then shook my head. It didn’t move. Not only did it not move all day and evening, it didn’t go frizzy in the rain! It was slow combing it out but my hair remained shiny and didn’t need to be washed afterward, which is a big plus point for me. This spray had the same lovely scent as the dry shampoo and didn’t make me cough after applying a cloud of it.

Rating 5/5

Cool Brands is an award by Ethicool given to brands which are cool because they care about the environment and keeping their natural ingredients fair and sustainable. I would have been surprised if Paul Mitchell hadn’t received one. Co-founder John Paul DeJoria states “Success unshared is failure.” Through sales of their Tea Tree brand 100,000 trees have been planted since the brands inception. Carbon emissions are offset through Reforest Action, a program that allows customers to choose from two locations where their tree will be planted  through an online platform. It allows people to choose the project they wish to support and to keep track of the trees.

 

Lush Fluff-Eaze & LUSH Styling Cream

LUSH Jasmine and Henna Fluff-Eaze Hair Treatment £12.25 for 220g

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This smells amazing and has a lovely luxurious texture. I’m advised to put it onto very damp hair and then style as normal, which for me is a bit of old fashioned ‘scrunching’ and a quick blast of cool air. I’m impressed by how much this defines my waves and the henna leaves my Auburn hair lovely and shiny. It doesn’t way down my hair and gives gentle hold without being too stiff – unlike gel. When I get caught out in the rain later I’m very glad I also used the product below though. The day after my waves still look fairly defined and my hair still feels soft.

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LUSH Dirty Styling Cream £6.95 for 100g

LUSH Styling Cream

Wow, when they say this holds your style, they really mean it. It’s like cement in a tub! The scent is the same as Lush’s Gorilla Perfume in Dirty which is an exotic flowery scent. If I had a shorter hair style this would give me the ability to get really creative. I use it to smooth (stick) down my roots and fringe so they don’t fuzz up in the rain. It works amazingly well and a day later my hair is still staying put. I use an afro comb so as not to undo my style and snag my hair and then run damp hands over it to revive the products.

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Results

As you can see, I’m really pleased with the immediate results: Soft relaxed beachy waves and shiny hair that’s  controlled but not all stiff and crunchy. Please try to ignore the weird uneven colour, I’m in between dye jobs.