All posts tagged: organic

Grown Alchemist Face Oils

Heads up: I am a face oil addict. Hard core face oil afficionado here. You can strip away anaything else from my skincare routine or even entire beauty cabinet, as long as I’ve got my oils, I am happy. Add in a botanical formula and an Instagram-worthy packaging, reminiscent of old-school apothecaries, sleek brown bottles that just exude quality and reliability, and you’ll be hooked in an istant. I know I was. No, no, I am not talking about Aesop or Antipodes here, but about the hidden gem that is Grown Alchemist. Oh, and did I mention it was Australian? Australian + botanical +sleek, minimalistic old-school looks = a triple winner! Why just try one when you can go for two, so I went and tried both the Grown Alchemist Antioxidant Rosehip & Camellia Seed Oil and Antioxidant+ Borago, Rosehip & Buckthorn Berry Facial Oil. Both are 100 % ACO certified and sustainably sourced, so the difference between them is to be found in their formula and purpose. Look at it as a booster and …

Voya Dream Restorative Night Cream

The luck of the Irish is upon us! Or at least upon my skin. One of the latest additions to my skincare cabinet was the VOYA Dream Cream Restorative Night Cream*, brought in to fill the void left when I scraped the last bit out of my previous nighttime sweetie, the Antipodes Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream. VOYA though probably not new to you beauty afficionada’s, is new to me (shame on me!). The core DNA of this Irish brand is  is organic seaweed, combined with the best botanical ingredients. In 2000, the Walton family re-opened the once renowed Strandhill therapeutic seaweed baths on Sligo’s rugged Atlantic shores, and after a few years, they started growing, harvesting and using organic seaweed to create their first own beauty product, the VOYA Lazy Days Seaweed Bath Soak. Fast forward a decade, and Voya has grown it’s range to well over a 100 products and a strong presence in spa’s and institutes all over the globe. If it’s good enough for the Walfdorf Astoria, is it good enough for me? The …

Oil It Up

To say that I love face oils is like saying The Great British Bake Off will no longer be the same, sweater weather is the best kind of weather or that twinning is winning (sweater weather twinning…. now there’s a thing…) …. it is, quite simply, stating the obvious. So when a while ago my stash dwindled to a mere single bottle, I rightfully panicked, sprung into action and immediately replenished my stash by going bringingback an old favourite and trying out a new kid on the block. Old favourite: Trilogy Rosehip Oil. What can I say about this that hasn’t been said before? This king amonst kings has been one of the first facial oils to amass critical acclaim and popular recognition, this one and the Pai Rosehip oil are the ones I always go back. I may stray, but I keep coming back, thanks to the hydrating, radiance boosting and anti-ageing effect it has on my Sahara-like skin. 100 % natural, so no nasties that might clogg up or irritate my skin, and mostly …

H&M X WWF for kids

Fashion with a heart, that’s how we like it! Swedish fashion giant H&M is teaming with the World Wildlife Fund and has launched a new kids’ collection aimed at helping conserve endangered species and make us aware of their plight. Made with organic cotton, the collection of sweaters, T-shirts, dresses, tights, pants and pajamas is available for babies and kids up to age 14. Roaring with prints of tigers, snow leopards, panda’s and other animals, the pieces are bound to strike a chord and get us to tbe donated to the WWF. Available now in your local H&M and online, so make a run for it! 12

ZenZ Therapy Wax Hairspray gets a firm hold on your hair – Giveaway

Anyone else suffers from Autumn-hair stress (or any season humidity hair-stress for that matter?). We all know that age old problem, after having spent hours in the bathroom perfectly styling and coiffing each strand of hair, it all goes down the drain the moment you step outside. As much as I love Autumn, when it comes to my hair, woe is all I know. Frizz is my middle name, and come November, it just cannot be tamed anymore. Time to break out the big(er) guns! Now that summer is over, that perfectly styled beach look takes a lot more work than before, and if I”m putting in the effort, I want to flaunt it all day long! Enter the ZenZ Therapy Wax Spray Firm Hold. Danish, organic and combining aromatherapy with hair treatments,  this hairspray is the first one to ever compete with my beloved Ellnett hairspray. Many have tried, many have failed, but this spray wax is still in the running! After drying my hair, I apply this all over if I feel like going …

Thickening up my tresses with Aveda Thickening Lotion

We all know the feeling, when your hair looks the part, you can run the world, and it falls flat, well, so does your day. A hairdo, good or bad, is such an intrinsic part of how we feel that day, and hair not behaving like you want it to is truly disheartening. My hair always been badly behaved, I may have been spared of the cuse that is fine hair, but because it is so thick, and there is so much of it, it is also bloody heavy! My locks fall flat under their own weight, it starts out like the perfect soufflé, but implodes after an hour or so. A lot of swishing, but not in an elegant, whoosing, movie-star slo-mo kind of way. I must have tried every brand under the sun in my quest for a thickening or strengthening spray, and where one was too sticky, number two created a Beetlejuice-type of hairdo (more like a hairdon’t!) and the third one was a real dud! When the Aveda Thickening Lotion* made it’s …

Olivine Beach Hair and Body Mist

Blake Lively has long been one of my girl crushes. Impeccable taste in clothes, a baking force par excellence (just google the birthday cake she made for Beyonce!), a down-to-earth persona, and best of all, those long, blonde locks! The ultimate effortless, tousled do that many of us dreams of, but only rarely achieve (and, especially in my case, mostly obtained through a sheer stroke of luck). Mrs Reynolds might have those mermaid-esque beachy waves to render the rest of the female population green with envy, but I’ve found a little helper that aids my locks go from straight to straight-up Californian. There are many recommended ways to create those elusive wavy locks, but almost each and every one of those include the use of a salt spray. Now I personally am not a big fan of using these sprays, crunchy hair that feels brittle is not exactly my definition of healthy hair,  but nothing beats a gorgeously, tousled, undone do, so when the Olivine Love + Salt Beach Hair & Body Mist flashed across …

Pai Macadamia & Rose Biorejuvenate Cream

When I wrote about my first online beauty shopping venture earlier this autumn, I mentioned that I had finally bitten the bullet and ordered some organic skincare, inluding this Pai moisturizer. Pai is a British natural skin care brand, created by Sarah Brown after years of allergic reactions to lab-created skin care. 100 % certified organic by the UK Soil Association, this brand only uses naturally derived ingredients, and makes a very strong case for never including any of the following in their products: alcohol, parabens, artificial fragrances, beeswax, formaldehyde, any kind of petrochemicals, phenoxyethanol, sodium lauryl sulfate or phthalates. Any of these ingredients can cause irritations, allergic reactions or worse, leaving one with great discomfort, itchiness or rashes. The Pai Macadamia and Rose Rejuvenate Cream is their cream for the very dry, dry-sensitive or mature skin (and though my skin may not yet be very mature, it is extremely dry and sensitive, so I figured this one to be my safest bet).  Promising to intensely hydrate and nourish my skin, whilst soothing it and keeping it plump …