Dr Organic Lip Balms

As regular readers will know by now, I need industrial strength lip balm everyday and it needs to have natural active ingredients to have any effect.


Some natural, cruelty free lip balms can be really quite expensive but at £3.49, I like how reasonably priced the Dr Organic one’s are. I also like the fact that they have hardly any flavour so they don’t get in the way of anything I’m eating or drinking. They have an SPF of 15 and protect against UVA and UVB rays and are obviously organic.

Dr Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Lip Balm has a very subtle coconut scent. Dr Organic Aloe Vera Lip Balm has a pleasant fresh scent and Dr Organic Morrocan Argan Oil Lip Balm has a slightly stronger almond scent. All of them hydrated and moisturised my lips for over five hours and surprisingly smoothed the texture of them back to normal!

Rating ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Chrissie

Your Tea – Tea Face Healing Hydrating Tea Scrub

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Your Tea is a company which sells all kinds of tea, tea accessories and tea based beauty gifts. Tea Face Healing and Hydrating scrub ($24.95) is said to assist with a radiant complexion, healing scars, addressing uneven skin tone and drawing out impurities. It contains all natural ingredients including Rosehip Oil, Patchouli Oil, Jojoba Oil, Ylang Ylang, Cold Presed Coconut Oil.

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I thought this scrub would be messier to use than it actually was but the tea granules stuck together quite well as I scrubbed my skin in circular motions. I leaned back to chill out for 15 minutes to let the oils soak in before removing with a damp flannel and rinsing my face with tepid water. I was impressed with how effective the exfoliation of this scrub was as it left my skin feeling really smooth. It also looking radiant and a lot calmer than before. Some scrubs leave my skin a little red or flushed but Tea Face actually calmed down the redness that I had across my nose and cheeks.

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I decided not to use any moisturiser straight afterward as I loved my skin the way it was! I really like the packaging as it’s easily recyclable and I’m going to re-use the glass jar as I think it’s lovely. It’s important to keep the scrub in the fridge once it’s opened, which keeps it fresh and really adds to how refreshing it feels.

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

Bull Dog Skincare for men Review

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The Bloke has been looking for a reliable cruelty free mens skincare brand since L’Oreal took ownership of The Body Shop, which was his usual go to brand.  So he was really pleased to come across the British brand Bull Dog.

  • BUAV (leaping bunny) approved cruelty free
  • No animal derived ingredients ever
  • Certified ‘Ethical Company’ by Good Shopping Guide
  • No artificial colours
  • No synthetic fragrances

Original Moisturiser (with Aloe, Camelina and Green Tea) £6.00

The Blokes face gets battered by the weather when he’s on his bike and this moisturiser really protects, calms and replenishes his skin.

Original Face Wash (with Aloe, Camelina and Green Tea) £4.00

So many face washes are either too scented, too foamy or too oily but he says this one is perfect and also uses it as a body wash in the bath and shower.

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.

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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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@TheVeganKind @PHBbeauty @alvaCOSMETICS @fairypantsuk @groundedscrub @TwaBirdsSoaps @DrHadwenTrust

Chrissie

This Works, Clean Skin 5-in-1 Water

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Clean Skin 5-in-1 Water £21 is basically a cleansing ritual in a bottle. It’s a wonderful makeup remover, cleanser, toner and is one of the most refreshing and moisturising cleansers I’ve used.

This is a result of rosewater, olive and almond oils and wild mint. Afterward I apply a vitamin C serum for day or retinol moisturiser for night and my combination skin stays balanced for around twelve hours.

It might seem expensive but 200ml is going to last ages as the spray novel easily lets you control how much you use. It’s also narrowed my skincare routine down to only two products so it’s now cheaper and quicker!

This Works uses 100% natural fragrances and 100% pure essential oils.

Free from

  • phthalates
  • sulphates
  • synthetic colour and fragrance
  • parabens
  • GMOs
  • mineral oils
  • petrolatum and propylene glycol.

Rating ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Chrissie

Dr Organic Mini Haul

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Pomegranate Deodorant

Organic, Aluminium free, SLS free, Paraben free, Alcohol free.

I like this deodorant a lot as it feels wet on contact but dries quickly and is easy to apply. It has a pleasant and mild natural scent.

Rating ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Whitening Aloe Vera Toothpaste

Organic, vegan, free from: parabens, SLS, synthetic colours, Phthalates, petroleum, glycols silicones.

I was impressed with how much brighter my teeth looked after just one use of this toothpaste. Now because it doesn’t have any kind of bleaching agent it hasn’t made my teeth whiter than their natural colour but (after a week) it has taken them back to the pale cream colour they were when I was a kid. Pretty impressive!

Rating  ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Manukau Honey Shampoo

SLS and Paraben free.

Ive had the exact same problem with this shampoo as I had with the Dr Organic Cocount shampoo – it just does not spread! I wish I had tried one first, rather than buying the two together. I diluted it in a cup of warm water and it still wouldn’t spread through my thick waves and ended up making the ends like tangled straw instead. Useless!

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Chrissie

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It’s My 3rd Blogversary! Thank You ^_^

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An absolutely mahoosive thank you to everyone who has been with me since the start or found this blog a while ago or have just discovered it. Your comments and likes have spurred me on to keep blogging and have been the highlight of my day when I’ve been having a bad one. Your support and enthusiasm has made me feel like I’m actually good at something when Dyspraxia has made me feel otherwise. You have made me laugh (with you, not at you), you’ve been as excited about geeky things, urban things and cruelty free things as I have and really made me think about life with your observations and advice. You are all awesome!

It is so strange to think that three years I finally took peoples advice and started a little unassuming blog. A blog which turned into something that a lot of lovely strangers actually started to follow and commented on and then some of my fave brands which I’ve used for years started to gift me their products to review and invites started arriving for blogger events, meals and cocktails!

The most surprising thing however, is that I’ve actually kept this up for three years and yes, people leave but new people follow every week. When ever I’ve felt bored because of illness or Winter weather or I’ve felt lonely, this has been a little sanctuary that I can visit, with a cuppa and snuggly wrap around cardigan, which always makes me smile.

To anyone who’s followed this blog for a long time, I appreciate you putting up with the early days of back-to-front structured sentences (thats how my thoughts sound in my head) and under or over exposed photo’s. I never realised that as a blogger I would become a copy writer, an editor, a photographer of all sorts of subjects, a photographic editor, a creator of layouts and an organised (gasp!) person capable of meeting deadlines, tagging and scheduling blog posts and the owner of several busy and successful social media accounts. Phew!

To anyone reading this who isn’t a blogger, why ever not? Give it a go, what have you got to loose? Even if you only get a small amount of followers, you will still have a creative journal of your life and maybe learn some new skills along the way.

Now give me some cake!

Genuine thanks from the bottom of my heart

Chrissie

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Making blogging events look glamorous since 2013.

Eden’s Semilla Hyaluronic Acid Serum & Vitamin C Serum

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 Eden’s Semilla are the producers of effective natural skincare in the form of oils and serums. Their products are organic, cruelty free and excellent value for money.

Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Active ingredients: Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Retinol, Aloe Vera, and Shea Extract.

I applied this to my face when my skin was paper dry and within 30 minutes my skin felt more moisturised so I didn’t need an extra moisturiser. The product carried on drawing moisture into my skin throughout the day and the oil levels in my skin were kept balanced. I have a lot of old acne scarring which has created an orange peel texture on my cheeks and they looked plumper and therefor smoother. I’m very impressed with this product!

Vitamin C Serum

Active ingredients: Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, Retinol, Vitamin E, Ferulic Acid, Rosehip and Jojoba oil.

I’ve only been using this for four days so I’m not sure of the effect long term use would have. I have noticed that my skin feels moisturised and doesn’t need any additional moisturiser and it has a youthful radiance to it (which it usually never has) and looks a little plumper. I was told by a friend that I looked really well and they asked if I’d changed my base (foundation, BB cream ect.) but I was barefaced without any makeup. I don’t always have the confidence to do this (even when I’m not blotchy) but now I have.

Note

Retinol can make skin sensitive to sunlight so I do not recommend using these two products together and use sparingly on very sunny days along with your usual sunscreen.

Chrissie

The Organic Pharmacy

Don’t you just love it when you buy a magazine with a free gift which introduces you to a cruelty free brand, you hadn’t noticed before? The Organic Pharmacy specialise in skincare, makeup, candles and fragrance. So nice to have everything I want all in one place!

  • The first pharmacy dedicated to all things organic
  • Pharmaceutical and medicinal quality herbs
  • Free from artificial colourants, fragrance, petrochemicals and preservatives
  • No animal testing, respect for the environment and fair trade

The organic pharmacy review

Hand Cream – Marigold and Comfrey

This has a beautiful fresh flowery scent and sinks in quickly. I wouldn’t say it’s as protective as a hand balm (if you are going to be gardening etc) but it’s perfect those of us who hate that greasy feeling other hand creams leave behind. It left my hands feeling moisturised for around 12 hours.

Antioxidant Lip Balm 

Every now and then I come across a lip balm or lipstick which immediately gives me a sore throat. I’ve never been able to find a common factor in the ingredients to be able to figure out why. I’m going to be using this as a foot balm from now on as my feet are very dry and this balm is already making a positive difference to them.

Face Cream – Double Rose Rejuvenating

This cream also sinks in quickly and has a very light formulation which gently moisturises skin without making it greasy a few hours later. After using this for a week my skin was left naturally moisturised and looked a little more radiant This is the perfect ‘every day’ moisturiser for me.

Chrissie