Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Blog & Life Update

  I have been wanting to write this post for a while now, and I have finally got around to doing it. If you are a follower of my blog you may have noticed that my posts have been few and far between recently. This is partly because I have been busy with other things and haven't made time for blogging, but mainly because I have fallen out of love with this blog. 

It's not the actual blogging I have fallen out of love with; I still love writing, I always have and I hope I always will. Although I still (and always will) lead a vegan and cruelty-free lifestyle, I feel that I have outgrown this blog. I yearn to write about other things as well as veganism, but I don't feel that the content would fit the theme of this blog.

Over the last year or so I have been learning how to deal with some health issues, and this has taken priority over everything else. I have been diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) probably caused by insulin resistance, and this has caused me to evaluate my lifestyle and make some changes. I have overhauled my diet, cutting down on processed foods, refined sugar and gluten, as well as trying various supplements and natural therapies. I am trying to live a more relaxed and happy lifestyle, and as a result I have become significantly more interested in wellness. 
My discovery of wellness, along with some other factors, has in turn led me to change my outlook on life, namely striving to be more ethical in other areas of my life. I want to be more minimalist, spiritual and positive. 

It's hard for me to give up on something, and I know that I never realised this blog to its full potential, but I feel that the time has come to leave it behind and start a brand new chapter. And so I have decided to make a new blog focusing on holistic wellness and an ethical lifestyle. I will be sharing my health journey, as well as tips on natural health and green living. I will definitely still be writing about vegan food, although most of my recipes will now be free from gluten and refined sugar. I will still be writing about vegan and cruelty-free beauty, although all of the products I feature will be natural. I want to write more about ethical fashion too.

I'm currently in the process of getting my new blog up and running, and I will post a link to it here once it is ready. I will probably leave this blog up as a resource, but I hope you will join me over on my new blog. And if anyone has any advice for managing PCOS naturally, I would love to hear from you!

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Monday, 27 June 2016

Botanicals Rose & Camellia Cleanse & Polish

Botanicals Natural Organic Skincare aim to make a range of personal care products which are as close to nature as possible. The company was founded by Wendy Stirling in 2004 after her daughter had an allergic reaction to a shampoo that sounded natural but actually contained SLS, SLES and parabens. 
All of Botanicals' products and the ingredients they use are vegan and cruelty free, and they are also endorsed by Naturewatch Foundation. Botanicals are certified organic by the Soil Association, and are free from artificial colours, fragrances and preservatives. Their products come in minimal yet elegant packaging that is recyclable. All the ingredients they use are fully biodegradable and are derived from sustainable sources.
Botanicals kindly invited me to try out one of their products: the Rose & Camellia Cleanse & Polish.
The product is a gentle exfoliating cleanser that contains crushed rosehip kernels to brighten dull and dehydrated skin and restore moisture balance. It is suitable for normal, dry and mature skin types and retails at £24 for a 60g jar. 
Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter*, glycerine***, cetyl alcohol, cetearyl alcohol, sesamum indicum (sesame) seed oil*, decyl glucoside, cocos nucifero (coconut) oil*, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil*, rosa canina seed powder*, camellia sinesis leaf extract*, tocopherol, zea mays seed flour*, parfum*; rosa centifolia (rose) flower oil* pelargonium graveolens (rose geranium) flower oil*, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower oil*, cymbopogon martinii flower oil*, cananga odorata flower oil*, geraniol**, citronellol**, benzyl benzoate**, linalool**, limonene**, citral**, farnesol**. (*Certified organic. **Natural constituents of essential oils. ***Organic origin.)

The polish does not contain water and instead uses a base of several plant oils and shea butter. This means that not only does the product go a long way, but it feels really luxurious on the skin. I really love the texture of this product: it melts beautifully into the skin and feels heavenly as you massage it into your face. The rosehip kernels gently buff away dead skin cells and help to bring a glow to the face without scrubbing at your skin. 
I also love the delicate, calming smell of this product. My skin felt really soft and smooth after using the polish and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a gentle, natural exfoliating product.
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Saturday, 4 June 2016

Be.Loved Skincare

Be.Loved is a Latvian natural skincare company who ship worldwide. They are a cruelty free company and their products are vegan, with the exception of the face cleansing masks which contain yogurt powder.
The company was founded by Kinga, a yoga teacher and natural lifestyle enthusiast, who began researching and experimenting with natural cosmetics after experiencing skin problems. Be.Loved's main goal is to formulate a range of highly effective skincare products that deliver only beneficial and nutritive compounds into the skin. Every ingredient used in their products is there for a specific therapeutic reason.
Since Be.Loved are an ethical company, all their products come in recyclable and upcyclable glass containers. They are so passionate about reducing their impact on the environment, they will even send one free full size product to every customer who sends them back five empty Be.Loved containers!
I was kindly sent two products to try: the Rose Rain Floral Water and Follow Your Bliss Tangerine Balancing Face Serum.
The Rose Rain Floral Water is a pure rose water spray, recommended for ageing and delicate skins. Rose water is my favourite toner, so I absolutely loved this product! It feels so calming and refreshing on the skin, plus the delicate scent of rose is so soothing.
Rosa Damascena Flower Water.
The Follow Your Bliss Tangerine Balancing Face Serum is designed to energise and restore the skin’s elasticity and help maintain a correct oil and moisture balance. It contains a nourishing blend of plant oils and extracts, as well as tangerine and palmarosa essential oils to help balance the skin and frankincense to firm and tone. 
I loved the scent of this product; as an aromatherapist, I create many different blends every day for my clients and for myself, and some of my favourite blends contain essential oils of the orange family. Tangerine is closely related and very similar to mandarin essential oil, which is one of my favourite oils to help reduce stress and anxiety. Since essential oils can evoke memories and feelings when inhaled, I felt an immediate sense of calm when I first opened the bottle, and every time I used it after that. 

The serum goes a long way, so you only need to apply one or two drops. It is easily absorbed and doesn't feel greasy, which can often be a worry if your skin is prone to oiliness like mine is. It made my skin feel wonderfully soft and smooth afterwards, and although I usually applied it underneath my moisturiser, I found it to be hydrating enough to use alone. I especially enjoyed applying a little extra at night and thoroughly massaging it into my face to give my skin a boost.
Rosa canina (Rosehip) seed oil; Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil; Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Seed Extract; Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Extract; Tocopherol (Vitamin E); Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Oil; Cymbopogon martinii (Palmarosa) Oil; Boswellia serrata (Frankincense) Oil; Farnesol* Limonene* Geraniol*and Linalool* Citral*
*Natural Ingredient of Essential Oils.
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