Madara Bio-Active Deodorant Vs Madara Herbal Deodorant

Deodorant. It may not be the most glamorous of items, but I think most of us would agree, it’s an essential. Since deciding to cut chemicals out of my beauty regime a few years ago, I have tried a few natural alternatives and found Hippy Paste to be good, if a little inconvenient to apply.

When that ran out, I bought Madara Herbal Deodorant from Love Lula in the hope that it would give the benefits in a more convenient format.

Madara Herbal Deodorant: RESULTS

I wasn’t disappointed. The Herbal Deodorant works really well.

Although on the pricey side (£12) that little bottle lasted five months, so I think it’s good value.Madara Organic Skincare Herbal Deodorant Review

It’s a roll-on, and dries fairly quickly. As the name suggests, it has a pleasant herbal smell that I would say is unisex. At the end of the day, there is no unpleasant smell, and you can’t say fairer than that! It does sting a little if you apply it straight after shaving, but it doesn’t last long. Continue reading

PHB Ethical Beauty Brighten & Volumise Body & Hair Mini Set Review

PHB Ethical Beauty Brighten & Volumise Body & Hair Mini Set Review

I am very excited to announce that I have been chosen as an official blogger for natural beauty online store Love Lula**, which just happens to be my favourite online shop! So this means you’ll be seeing more natural beauty reviews on my blog.

As part of my first order* I chose this PHB Ethical Beauty Brighten & Volumise Body & Hair Mini Set to review. It’s normally £14.95 but is on offer at £10.46 until the 6th of March.

I have used some of this brand’s make-up before, (also on offer) and loved it! You can read my review of their amazing mascara and lovely blusher, if you’re interested.

PHB Ethical Beauty Brighten & Volumise Body & Hair Mini Set

Anyway, back to this mini kit. It contains 50ml each of Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash and Body Lotion. These are the ideal sizes to take away for a weekend away, or to keep in a gym bag, if I had one…
PHB Ethical Beauty Brighten & Volumise Body & Hair Mini Set

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Zoya Natural Nail Polish and Mini Color Lock System

Does Natural Nail Polish Actually Work? Zoya Nail Varnish Review

I’m working towards cutting chemicals out of my beauty regime, but one thing I’d never tried was natural nail varnish. Every normal nail polish I’ve tried stays about two days before they chip, or sometimes three, if I’m really careful. I’ve tried high end and high street and they are all pretty much the same. So I didn’t really think there was any point trying one with reduced chemicals.

But a friend posted a scary article on Facebook about the damaging effects of regular nail varnish on your body. I don’t know how much truth there is in it, but it did get me thinking. She recommended Zoya so I used some of my Christmas money to treat myself. I got this gorgeous bright coral shade, and a base coat and top coat kit from LoveLula, my favourite natural beauty shop*.Zoya Natural Nail Polish Mini Color Lock System

The colour I chose is Wendy, and it’s absolute perfection. It’s really bright, almost neon. I love it. Continue reading

PHB Ethical Beauty Mascara review

PHB Ethical Beauty Mascara Review: The Perfect Natural Mascara?

The perfect mascara: it’s is the holy grail of make-up, right? So hard to find, and I have set myself an extra challenge by trying to cut down the chemicals in my beauty products! I haven’t had much luck with natural mascaras in the past, so I wasn’t too optimistic about PHB Ethical Beauty Mascara. This All-In-One Natural Mascara has a lot of promises:

“It lengthens, thickens and volumises lashes with a gentle water-resistant formula that lasts all day without ever smudging or flaking. Made with a unique blend of botanical oils which nourish and protect, helping to lengthen and strengthen lashes naturally for beautiful eyes.”

So did it live up to this description?

PHB Ethic Beauty All In One Natural Mascara with box

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My Favourite Five for April: Desert Essence, Dining Chairs & Blooms

April has flown by, hasn’t it? We have been really busy with the Easter holidays and work, but we have been able to enjoy the garden in the sunny days in between the crazy storms. We’ve enjoyed a weekend away with extended family, where Ava and Thea got to play with my cousins’ lovely kids whilst we caught up with the grown ups. We also had a fun day out in Tring, where we went to the Natural History Museum (blog post to come soon) and Pizza Express afterwards. Here are a few other things I’ve been enjoying this month…

1. Desert Essence natural body products.  I do my best to avoid chemicals, and I’m trying to cut them out of my beauty regime. This is easier said than done, however! I have tried loads of different brand of ‘natural’ shampoos and they have pretty much all been useless. I put ‘natural’ in inverted commas because I find it hard to distinguish between genuinely natural products and ones that have been ‘greenwashed’ to make them seem more natural than they are. But I picked up this little set of travel-sized Desert Essence goodies at my local health food store and they actually work! Normally the low-chemical shampoos don’t lather very well, but this does, and it smells lovely too. So I’m going to try and track down the full sized version now. These were £10 for the set, so not cheap, but I think it’s worth it. Desert Essence coconut shampoo, conditioner, body wash and body lotion2. Ava’s ladybird. I have written about Ava’s ladybird love before, but she took it to a new level this month by making her own, from a polystyrene egg, pipe cleaners and googly eyes. She even made it a poo, as she noticed that when one was on her hand, it pooped out a little yellow poo. She was laughing her head off at that.  Ava's ladybird3. Our new dining chairs and cushion. I am doing a mini makeover on the dining area of our kitchen/diner to try and cheer it up a bit, and made a start with the new BESTA unit from our LiveLagom project. I recently found this reproduction Charles Eames Style DSW ‘Eiffel’ White Dining Chair* for under £27 on Amazon (yes, you did read that right. Now, they aren’t going to last forever. But as much as I’d love an original, I don’t have £300 plus to spend (times two!) I also love these grey and white cushion covers from H and M, which are made with organic cotton. We will actually use them in the lounge, or they will get wrecked.

White Eames style dining chair with monochrome cushion

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