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Natural Skincare for Acne Prone Skin

I know a thing or two about acne. Since my early teen years to now I’ve been figuring out a few things about dreaded pimples. I can’t say I’ve solved the pimple problem entirely, but I’ve given it a good crack. These are my tips to assist on your path to healthy skin. 1. Keep it clean This one is a no brainer really, as everyone should be washing their face each day! I love oil cleansing. It’s so good at removing making, regulating oil production and keeping my skin hydrated. I’ve written about it previously, here, if you’re keen […]

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ZKIN organics skincare

The brand that won me back to natural skincare

You may remember me not long ago lamenting the effectiveness of natural skincare. At the time I was feeling pretty down and out about natural skincare. Despite diligently trialing numerous brands and products, I didn’t really find any to be anything special. That was, until I came across this brand: Zk’in (pronounced “skin”). Here’s a little about the brand, directly from their website: zk’in certified organic skincare looks after, repairs and beautifies your skin with zero tolerance to anything less than the best. There are no parabens, no sulphates, no petrochemicals and no unnatural ingredients in any zk’in certified organic […]


Tried & Tested: KORA Organics Exfoliating Cream

I love a good facial exfoliant. They’re such an under-rated skincare product. What the do is scrub off the top layer of dead skin cells, making your complexion brighter and smoother. Also, by removing the old dead stuff you’re allowing your other skin care products (like your expensive serums) to sink in a little better and get to work where they’re needed. In my pursuit of great scrubs, I’ve trialed Miranda Kerr’s own range, KORA. Miranda Kerr is ridiculously good looking and always has amazing skin. So if this is what she’s using I’m prepared to give it a go […]

KORA Organics Exfoliating Cream

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DIY Skin Brightening Toner

Looking for a skin brightening toner? With just two ingredients (you probably already have) you can make a nourishing, yet hard working toner that’ll liven up your complexion. What I love about this DIY Skin Brightening Toner is that a) it works, and b) it’s dirt cheap to make. Toner’s one of those beauty items I’m a little unsure on. Is it necessary? I don’t want to fork out a lot for a product that leaves me wondering if I’m being ripped off. I know a toner is supposed to give your skin an extra clean, picking up any residue left […]


How ‘safe’ is your beauty regime?

Your skin is the largest organ of your body and since it is porous, it absorbs 60-80% of all chemicals applied to it. That’s not a made up figure, it’s backed up by science. How do you think nicotine or birth control patches work? Cosmetics are tested (to an extent) before they can be released for sale. So technically, all products are ‘safe’ by government standards. But it’s how they’re testing that’s the problem and the standards they’re required to meet. When determining the safety of a chemical in skin absorption it’s all about risk assessment. What determines the toxicity of […]

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Toxin-Free Tampons

The average female uses more than 12,000 tampons in her life. No doubt, if you’re reading this, you’re already a fan of natural and organic living. You look to avoid excessive consumption of pesticides and chemicals, and take a similar approach to your beauty regime. But there’s a little something in the back of your bathroom draw that you may be overlooking – your sanitary products. Organic cotton tampons, for instance, might seem a step too far. We often forget about our pads and tampons when making the shift to natural living. After all, they are essentials and we don’t […]


Road Testing LAVANILA Natural Deodorant

Review of LAVANILA Natural Deodorant Finding a natural, aluminium-free deodorant that works can be a pretty hard task. With all the right intentions you give up your trusty Rexona and embark on the trial and error process of finding an effective, safe deodorant. Sometimes you hit the jackpot, other times you’re paranoid about putting your arms up. I won’t lie, some of them are pretty crappy. So far, from my experience, I’ve found products containing bicarb soda works pretty well. However for those with sensitive skin, it can be pretty harsh. Bicarb soda is very alkaline so can irritate (especially […]

LAVANILA deodorant review

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Try IME Natural Perfumes

Everybody loves to smell good but so many perfumes on the market today are packed full of chemical nasties, enhancers and preservatives that we really don’t want to apply to our skin. Is there a clean, natural and safe alternative to traditional perfumes? IME Natural Perfumes are hoping to convince us of this. Back when I was at University I worked in a perfume shop and would spend every spare moment testing and sampling. I love perfume and matching a fragrance to a mood or outfit. But now, I’m just not comfortable with the idea of spraying a chemical concoction […]


Product Review: Lavera Organic Fake Tan Lotion

I’ve been using the Lavera organic fake tan lotion for a couple of months now and just realised I’ve never shared my results with you guys! The Lavera Self Tan has won many awards internationally so I had to try it for myself to find out why. I’ve mentioned the Lavera brand quite a few times already so you know it’s a brand I use and respect. The Lavera range is Certified Natural by the BDIH, which also means it must not contain toxins. So the DHA (the stuff that makes you tan) in this product must come from a natural source. About Lavera Self Tanning Lotion […]

Lavera Organic Fake Tan

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Lighten hair naturally with Chamomile Tea

Looking for ways to lighten your hair without all the toxic fumes and chemical burns? Whilst I am a natural blonde, I’m not as fair or highlighted as I would like to be. Ordinarily I would hit the hairdressers for a half-head of foils, but lately the fumes have been really getting to me. I’ve read about lightening hair naturally with chamomile tea and I’m a little curious to see if it works.  Chamomile tea is a traditional method for lightening hair. Naturally, I’m curious to see if it works. Chamomile tea works to lighten hair gradually, plus it will cause no […]