Sunday, November 19, 2017

Rahua Voluminous Shampoo Review



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Rahua Volume Shampoo

Would you believe it took me eight years into the green beauty journey to try Rahua? I can't quite believe it either! Even though I knew about them from the start of my switch, in fact their was one of the first natural products to come into my radar, but I think I know why I resisted for so long - up until very recently I was a total bargain hunter when it comes to my products, and I could never cough up the cost for it, seeing as way overpriced. I am still a frugal girl in many ways, but I have come to my senses when it comes to clean and natural beauty products - I am happy to pay as long as the product is working well for me. I know the costs of quality raw materials and I am prepared to pay for the quality now, whereas before I used to look for cheapest versions of products (still natural though) and cry tears of crocodile when nothing was working or I couldn't find what I want locally! Don't get me wrong, I didn't went all posh and overpriced on you, I still maintain that good and really natural products can be found at all price points, it's just I relaxed my tight grip on prices now and will happily invest, as long as the product works well for me. So let's see if I think this product is worth the money? I've been testing the Rahua Voluminous Shampoo (around 32€, link) for quite a while now and I can finally give you my two cents on it.


Rahua's story began deep in the Amazon rainforest thousands of years ago where the women of the Quechua-Shuar tribe discovered the beautifying properties of Rahua oil. The oil is sourced from Rahua nut tree and its fortifying and shine-inducing effect on hair and nourishing and lasting glow on skin, quickly elevated it to an honored ingredient that has solidified its place in Amazonian beauty rituals for centuries. The ancient beauty practice was discovered by the New York hairstylist Fabian Lliguin who then went on to create Rahua with his wife Anna Ayers.


All Rahua products are vegan, organic, sulfate-free, paraben-free, gluten-free, cruelty-free and support indigenous people.
The brand is based on sustainable business in partnership with women from Amazonian nations such as Waorani, Achuar, Quichua, Quechua and Shuar. They are dedicated to the preservation of the Amazon rainforest and creating learning centres too. You can certainly feel good about it when buying Rahua products! Great ingredients too! Rates at 2 on the EWG Skin Deep Database, and a quick scan with ThinkDirty gave me a score of 3. Fabulous or what?

Ingredients:

Aqua, Herbal Infusion of Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract* and Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Extract*, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Aloe Barbadensis leaf Extract*, Coco Betaine, Sodium Chloride (Sea Salt), Saccharum Officinarum (Molasses) Extract, Glycine, Oenocarpus Bataua (Ungurahua) Oil, Hydrolyzed Quinoa, Potassium Sorbate (plant derived), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil*, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil*, Citric Acid, Panthenol, Chlorophyll. *denotes organic ingredients.


So, as you can see, all fabulous ingredients and extracts, but does it actually work? And how did I find it?

Well, it does work, and fabulously, actually, apart from one teeny tiny detail - I find it does not give me volume. I am fine with it though, as firstly I am yet to come across a shampoo that actually would give me volume, and secondly, I don't do much with my hair anyways, so it does not bother me one bit. Apart from this, I like it a lot, I am using it for quite some time now, about six months actually, and I still have some left - so I can see it lasting for a while. It lathers well and washes the hair well, you know, some shampoos are hard to wash out or don't give you that clean hair feeling - this is none of those things. My hair is shiny and soft just from the shampoo (I didn't buy the matching conditioner) and I find it passes my four day test (and by that I mean I wash my hair only every four days). Actually it would last even longer than four days, but my scalp gets oily and it shows, but the hair looks good! So I find myself only washing the scalp/roots now and not the full length of hair, which I've never done before. That means two things - I really think the shampoo will last for MONTHS, and I have long hair; and two - I am starting to eye up their dry shampoo, which isn't a part of my usual repertoire either, but after reading some glowing reviews on it, my curiosity is well piqued. I also think I will pick a travel size conditioner too - I need to see if it makes a difference, because I want to bring well rounded reviews for you guys. My hair is quite tangly, but less so with Rahua shampoo. 

Also, did you know that Love Lula has already started their Black Friday sale and you can pick this up at 15% off? Or any product for that matter? I know I am stocking up on some essentials :)


           


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That's my post for today. Have you tried Rahua line and what have you liked (or disliked) about it? Please share, I would love to know!


*Edit a couple of hours later. This shampoo smells of Palo Santo (earthy in other words) but does not linger.
My hair is fine, but lots of it, with very sensitive scalp. I haven't used any conditioners with it, just hair oils from the second day onwards, and only from half length down. 


Ta ta for now,


Lots of Love,
Renata.


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Friday, November 17, 2017

Things I am loving Fall 2017



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I have to be honest here and say this post almost didn't happen. Some of you might be aware I went through some terrible times recently, for the second time this year (seriously, I can't wait for this year to be over!) so I I feel down in the dumps, fighting really had not to spiral down the depression route and going through the whole spectrum of emotions. Needles to say I didn't think I am enjoying ANYTHING at the moment, but having looked around I saw there are some things that bring me joy, so I thought I'd share it with you. FIY, this post isn't product heavy, so if you want, you can exit it now, no hard feelings, promise.


In no particular order, here are a few of the things I enjoyed recently. And there will be one thing I didn't enjoy, to put it mildly, but I will leave it to the end. It takes a lot for me to bitch, most of the time I let things wash over me, but I have to say something here.






Being By The Sea


I don't know how to explain it, but it brings me healing and the peace of mind like nothing else. So I am drawn to it like a moth to the flame, and I am sure I am not alone. I once read sea vibrates at the same frequency as a human in a deeply relaxed state, so there is something behind it. It just brings peace and calmness to my soul, and I really wish I could live by the sea, that is my ultimate dream.


Mandalas

These have drawn me in big time, I can't even explain why. I have a lot saved in my Pinterest board, as well as my Instagram, and what can I say, all the adult colouring books with mandalas, come this way please!



Reading 

This is a all the time favourite activity, and although I am falling way behind 10-books-a-month habit, the best book I've read recently is Self Heal by Jill Rosemarie Davies. Unfortunately it is out of print for some time, so I am searching high and low to buy it second hand. The one I've read came from the library. It is a complete home guide to natural healing, herbs and nutrition. All the things I am interested in!



Vegan foods

Let's just say the eating/food situation is kinda difficult in our house - I often find myself cooking four different dinners! You see, I spoilt my family too much by cooking everything from scratch for years, and with four different eating plans, it takes it's toll sometimes. My husband is meat-is-the-best-vegetable kind of guy, my elder daughter is vegetarian who won't eat fish either, I myself have to be GF (gluten free) DF (dairy free) and sugar free as much as possible to stay dermatitis free; and my youngest is the fussiest eater you can find. So in order to simplify my life I now cook vegan meals most of the time, and let my hubby add meat to it should he fancy it, but I am pleased to say we buy less and less meat, which I am thrilled about. I am yet to make my hubs to watch Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, Cowspiracy, Forks Over Knives or any other similar movie - he refuses full stop. I asked nicely, left loaded movies on his laptop, sent him links and so on an forth, all I have left is bully option; but then again, if he chooses to buy next to no meat, maybe I don't have to?


Love Lula Natural Beauty Club (Facebook Group)

It is a forum on Facebook, where users of natural beauty products can get advice from knowledgeable writers, from their peers and from the brand owners and formulators. More and more of you joining in the conversations, as well as the founders such as Kimberly Sayer, Dee Stein from ESSE and Ben Lyons from Lyonsleaf to the club, to name just a few. I am certainly enjoying every minute of it! Not just giving advice or sharing my reviews, but also seeing what other people (not necessarily bloggers) are buying, using and enjoying. I've been chosen the most helpful member twice, once by Love Lula, and then by members of the group, the one time they were given the chance to vote. That has definitely warmed up my heart I have to say!



Lip Balms That Would Stay On The Lips

One of them is Hurraw Moon Balm, aka their night balm. I should class this is really an All The Time Fave, and it deserves a place in the Holy Grail Products category! It's replaced before it runs out, and l freak out if I can't find it. Different texture than the rest of the Hurraw balms, with slight vanilla scent. Surely a sign of love? 
Then there's also a lip balm from my favourite Irish company that is Bees Flying Wild, their Rosemary and Honey lip balm is my saviour in winter. Must stock up soon, because I am running out of them. 
And then there's my newest discovery, Fruu balms. Not as good as the first two imo, but they stay on pretty well too.


Crocheting

As soon as the temperatures drop, I get the urge to knit or crochet something, aka create things with my hands. I love creating full stop, and this time I am continuing to make these cupcakes crocheted decorations for the Christmas tree. I will show them later on. Don't hate me for dropping C word :) 


Wool slippers

I got them for incredibly cheap last year in Lithuania in second hand store (see my thrift haul post here if you want to). 1.5€ for brand new felted wool slippers, you can't beat that, can you? Long story short, I started wearing them just now, and can't be happier about it! So warm and cosy, and who does not like feeling warm and cosy? 


Elderberry 

I managed to forage quite a bit of it this fall,  so I made tinctures and syrup. Feeling prepared for sickness season!



Hempture products

A little correction - my mum, who is battling breast cancer, enjoyed the products, not me. Hempture is an Irish company who do hemp extracts and so much more - and I am really glad about it. The more I research about cancer and the enforcement of highly expensive but very ineffective treatments of chemo and radiation when there are natural and much more effective treatments available makes my blood boil. I won't go into the details of heartbreaking journey we had this far, but I want to include this product and Irish company who do this in order to spread the message of natural cures, because a lot of people are simply not aware of it. I thought of doing a review post on Hempture, but as I am not a doctor and don't have a training in the medical field whatsoever, I don't feel I have a leg to stand on to talk about it. I am simply someone who did a bit of digging and found natural cancer treatments available and wanted to give my mom what’s best. Please visit Hempture.ie to find out more about hemp products and uses. And no, this isn't weed, it won't make you high, and it is legal within EU! 


Tea

If I had my way, I could drink it non stop, at least five cups a day! Unfortunately life gets in a way, so I make sure to drink at least one cup of green tea in the morning, and some herbals teas in the afternoon. As I am really sensitive to caffeine, I make sure to drink caffeine free versions post 2pm. One of my favourites is still the rooibos tea with turmeric, ginger and honey, aka the Drink That Helps Me Stay Well In Winter (post here) and I keep trying to add new dimensions to it all the time too, like adding some cinnamon for speeding up metabolism and adding that festive touch to it. Hey, it is my tea, and there are no rules! Another tea I love of late is camomile tea with a bit of saffron, I read some reports on it being a natural anti-depressant, so of course I have to try it! I will keep you posted on whether it works or not. 
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And for the one thing I am NOT loving, is.. Is.. the greed of one Youtuber and blogger. I have followed her for a couple of years now, and at first I loved her - she invited me to check out her channel via comment on someone else's page, and I watched all 15 videos she had at a time in one go. Everything she was talking about resonated with me, so I sort of had a fan girl moment, leaving gushing comments on her videos. Fast forward a couple of years ago, I couldn't ignore her arrogance anymore that was grating on me for some time - and the last straw that broke the deal for me was when I found out she does skincare consultations at 50$ a pop despite having no qualifications in the field whatsoever. I unsubscribed there and then. Fast forward a couple of years to bring us back to speed - last month bored out of my mind I wandered to her Youtube channel and clicked on her favourites video - and what do I hear? She has set up Patreon account so her followers could support her! Now, let's see - she works full time and thus is well able to buy her own products. Plus she is an ambassador to a well known subscription box, meaning she gets free boxes, has a endless supply of PR samples, has affiliate links all over her YT channel and website, meaning she is making extra money on the side, AND she sets up a Patreon account ON  TOP OF ALL THIS? You might know her as the "one who loves music". Correct me if I am wrong, but when enough is enough?

P.s. I am the least bitchy person, and all my friends would confirm it, so it is isn't a moan out of jealousy or something. It takes me a lot to bitch, and I simply couldn't leave this unsaid. 


So that is it for today. What are you loving this fall? Pumpkin spice lattes? Crisp fall weather? Leave a comment down below.



Kind Regards,
Renata.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Love Lula Beauty Box November 2017




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Love Lula Beauty Box November 2017


Love Lula Beauty Boxes were one the best discoveries this year. With my aspirations towards minimalism I was not too sure at first, but it prove to be one of the best things that happened to me this year! With a good variety each month, these little boxes brought so much joy that I couldn't wait for the month to turn over to get the next box.  


Madara Smart Antioxidants Eye Rescue Cream


Wowzers, this is a full size product that is almost three times the value of the box! Eye cream has come at the right time, as I am out of one for the time being. I use Wabi Sabi Botanicals Budhi Eye Nectar, which is an oil, and although I enjoy it, it does not work for the day time being bright orange in colour. Madara is Latvian brand that is very much on my radar, I fully intend to pick up Time Miracle Cellular Nutrients Toning Mist, which vanished from Love Lula website before I could pick it up. Hopefully it comes back, as I really want to get my paws on it! It's base is birch water, and that intrigues me to no end. New products look promising too.

 Ingredients: Aqua Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil Glycerin Cetearyl Alcohol Isoamyl Laurate Arachidyl Alcohol Behenyl Alcohol Dipalmitoyl hydroxyproline Sodium levulinate Palmitic acid Stearic Acid Arachidyl Glucoside Propanediol Aroma CI 77288 (Iron Oxide) Sodium anisate Mica ( CI 77019 ) Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse-chestnut) Seed Extract Alchemilla Vulgaris (Lady's Mantle) Extract Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract Chamomilla Recutita (Camomile) Flower Extract Coco Glucoside Sodium PCA Xanthan Gum Xylitylglucoside Anhydroxylitol Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C) Polypodium Vulgare Rhizome (Fern) Extract Sodium Hyaluronate Sodium phytate Tocopherol Xylitol Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid Lactic Acid Cetraria Islandica Thallus (Lichen) Extract Citric acid Sphagnum Magellanicum (Moss) Extract Vanillin Escin Limonene Benzyl Salicylate Citral Linalool Eugenol  


Laidbare Working 9 to 5

This looks promising, I am looking forward to trying it as a alternative to my beloved DrHauschka Rose Day Cream - as much as I love it, I would appreciate a cheaper alternative to it. Ingredients look good, but coconut oil in it scares me a bit, it tends to break me out. But we will see. Laidbare is on my radar and I intend to review it someday.

IngredientsAqua (Water,Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water,Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut), Glycerin (Coconut),Isopropyl Myristate(Palm Oil), Cetearyl Alcohol (Palm Kernal Oil), Aloe Barbadensis(Aloe Vera)Leaf Juice, Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide(Senna Plant), Prunus Persica(Peach)Kernal Oil, Cetearyl Glucoside(Sugar), Glyceryl Stearate(Palm Kernal), Dehdroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol(Naturally Derived Preservative), Centella Asiatica(Gotu Kola)Extract, Cetraria Islandica(Iceland Moss)Extract, Xanthan Gum(Naturally Derived Thickener),Potassium Sorbate(Naturally Derived Preservative), Sodium Benzoate(Naturally Derived Preservative)


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Inika lipstick in Naked Kiss swatch
 
Inika Certified Organic Vegan Lipstick in Naked Kiss

I have an array of Inika products and I am way overdue a review. One thing I am lacking from the brand is lip products, I was browsing and looking at them online many times, but was afraid of getting the colour wrong. (Happened so many times in the past) So this is a perfect product at the right time, I will be happily including it in my review, and the colour Naked Kiss is what I would have chosen myself - well done Love Lula! I am not someone who switches to berry and dark colour lipsticks in Fall and Winter, so I am sure I will get lots of wear of this nude shade. You can see the swatch and how it looks on the lips in the photo above.

Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Argania Spinosa Kernel (Argan) Oil*, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba ) Wax*, Euphorbia Cerifera Cera (Candelilla Wax), Citrus Sinensis Peel (Orange) Oil Expressed*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), May Contain (+/-) Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Mica, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742). *Certified Organic 


The Seaweed Bath & Co Balancing Argan Shampoo & Conditioner (Eucalyptus and Peppermint) samples

Love Lula, how did you know I wanted to try these products? These are in my wishlist, although in different scent - I can't handle any peppermint anywhere on my body, but for the sake of testing I will give them a go. Seaweed in all kinds of products is calling my name, and I will definitely get this company's products sooner or later. Unless the samples will be disappointing, but I'd doubt it. Price point on all of these products seems to be on the lower end too, which I really appreciate. So fingers crossed they will work for me.

Ingredients: (eucalyptus and peppermint conditioner) Aqua (Water) with Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack Seaweed) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearylkonium Chloride, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Hydrolyzed Barley Protein (gluten-free), Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Citric Acid, Gluconic Acid (plant derived), Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Sodium Benzoate (natural version), Potassium Sorbate, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Essential Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Essential Oil. Contains ingredients derived from nuts. 

Ingredients: citrus vanilla shampoo
(peppermint eucalyptus seems to be out of stock for the time being) - Aqua (Water) with Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack Seaweed) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Seed Oil, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Linum Usitatissimum (Flax) Seed Oil, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Polyquaternium-70, Vegetable Glycerin, Hydroxyethylcellulose (plant derived), Babasuamidopropyl Betaine, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Citric Acid, Sodium Laurylglucoside Hydroxypropylsulfonate (vegetable derived), Citrus Sinensis (Orange) Essential Oil, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Sodium Benzoate (natural version), Potassium Sorbate, Amodimethicone, Citrus Reticulata (Mandarin Orange) Peel Extract, Decyl Glucoside, Gluconic Acid (plant derived), Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Extract. 


Ren Perfect Canvas Skin Enhancing Priming Serum sample

This costs £50 or €57 approx for 30ml, so no wonder we get a sample. I am excited to try this anyway, as i am yet to find my perfect primer that would make the make up stay in place all day. And I am down for the idea of combining primer with serum and thus eliminating extra products and steps in the morning routine. Let's hope this will impress me enough! By the way, Ren is the brand you will be seeing in my future social media posts and eventually blog review too - I am thinking of picking up a couple of products in the near future. This is one of the first brands I started my green beauty journey years and years ago, and then turned my back on because of phenoxyethanol in every product (it is man made preservative derived most often from petroleum more info here) but having tried many samples and seeing it gives me no contact dermatitis, I am coming round to the idea of letting them back into my life. Plus, it is increasingly hard to find a natural product without phenoxyethanol in it!

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Lactococcus Ferment Lysate, Glycerin, Maltose, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Agave Tequilana Leaf Extract, Xanthan Gum, Parfum* (Fragrance), Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, Lactic Acid, Sodium Chloride, Glucose, Limonene, Linalool * 100% Natural Fragrance - Parfum 100% Naturel

 


The total value of this box is £60, so it is well worth the price you pay if you ask me. And let's not forget you also get 20% off the brands featured in this box until the end of this month too!
 
They ship worldwide, and at the price is 13.95£ is is one of the best value boxes around! I mean you constantly get two or more full size products each month, and the sample sizes are always deluxe samples, allowing you to get a good feel of the product. And let's not forget, you get 20% off of the brands featured each month too! 13.95£ is a monthly recurring price for UK and for us international gals there are two options of three months (52.50£) or a year (210£) including post and packaging. Green beauty boxes are a great way to discover new items you might have missed otherwise, and I love that anything coming from LoveLula is cruelty free and guaranteed not to have any toxic ingredients - they have very strict criteria for any product (and brands) they accept, and that is taking the guesswork off your shoulders.Great or what? You don't have to do endless hours of research all by yourself and get more time to do what you actually enjoy, be it spending time with your family, running in the park or shopping, whatever it might be.

Also, one tip if you don't want to commit to subscribing - keep an eye out for previous month's boxes, as Love Lula started selling the remaining ones at a very good price.






You can subscribe to Love Lula box here.

Or shop LoveLula website here.
 

What beauty boxes are you guys subscribed to? What is your favourite products discovered this way? Please share, I really want to know. Have a great weekend everybody!



That is it for now, see you here shortly! I have more posts lined up than time to do it.


Lots of Love,
Renata.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Ireland's first Natural & Organic Subscription Box Review



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Natural Skincare Emporium Beauty Box

How are you today? I can't believe it is the middle of November already! I know everyone keep saying that, but the Autumn seems to be gone in a blur. 

Today I am coming at you with a review of Ireland's first natural and organic subscription box. It is about time, isn't it? It is from Natural Skincare Emporium, Irish owned online shop for all things natural and organic - they carry loads of brands and you can get everything you want from skincare to supplements, baby care, cosmetics, you name it! Let's just say I perused their website and my wishlist is well over four figures 😉

A few months back they started doing their own subscription box, with all products natural and organic of course, and that's exactly what we will be looking into today. It retails for less than twenty euro a month, and that includes registered post delivery, which is music to my ears, as I am always afraid of losing my packages in the mail. Each box includes four or five items (some full size) not including sachet samples. I received November's box for the review purposes, so let's look into it, shall we?


Benecos Body Peel, Apricot and Elderflower

Ingredients INCI:
Aqua, Coco-Glucoside, Glycerin, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Prunus Armeniaca Seed Powder, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Shell Powder, Xanthan Gum, Tiliayphyllos Flower Water*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Parfum**, Citric Acid, Benzyl Alcohol°, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Glycerin*, Arctium Lappa Fruit Extract*, Tilia Cordata Flower Extract*, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract*, Sambucus Nigra Fruit Extract*, Hypericum Perforatum Flower Extract*, Urtica Dioica Root Extract*, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Tocopherol, Sodium Phytate, Dehydroacetic Acid°, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil*, Potassium Sorbate°, Sodium Benzoate°
° preserved with * certified organic ** natural fragrance


This is a full size item. It uses apricot kernels to remove the build up of dead skin cells. Darker in colour and smells amazing, but for me personally it lacks scrubby bits, I am one of those people who like to scrub their body skin raw. If you like gentle body scrubs, this might be a perfect product for you? Bargain too!


Burt's Bees Coconut Foot Cream

Ingredients: glycerin, olea europaea (olive fruit oil), avena sativa (oat kernel flour), lanolin, parfum (fragrance), cocos nucifera (coconut oil), quillaja saponaria (quillaja bark extract), avena sativa (oat kernel oil), rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary leaf extract), canola oil, tocopherol, glycine soja (soybean) oil, butylphenyl methylpropional, coumarin, limonene, linalool. 

I was pleasantly surprised by it, it left my feet soft and nourished, but not slippy. Some foot creams use too much oils or butters, and while that is good for the skin, they can make your feet slip around in your shoes. This does not do that. My hubs loves and uses the shampoo and hand cream from this brand and likes them a lot. You get generous 20g deluxe sample size in this box.


Dr. Hauschka Facial Toner

Ingredients:
Water (Aqua), Anthyllis Vulneraria Extract, Alcohol, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Bark/Leaf Extract, Fragrance (Parfum), Linalool*, Citronellol*, Geraniol*, Limonene* *Component of natural essential oils

I love love love Dr.Hauschka Rose Day Cream (look for review in the search box if you want to) and I repurchased it multiple times. So after having such success with it I am keen to expand my horizons with this brand, aka try more products! This facial toner is a second sample size I own, I got one just a couple of days prior this box arrived, so I can only give you first impressions on it, but I can say so far, so good! It has witch hazel and alcohol in it, two ingredients I am always afraid to use because of my sensitive skin, but in this combo they don't give me any hassle, my skin isn't tight or reacting in any way. Which is good, so I will continue to use what I have. If you aren't using a toner, please look into it, as it regulates your skin's ph after washing it.


Ren Evercalm Rescue Mask

Ingredients:
Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Caprylate/Caprate, Olus Oil, Lactobacillus Ferment, Butyrospermum, Parkii (Shea) Butter, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Simmondsia Chinesis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Glucoside, Propanediol, Algae Extract, Cetyl Alcohol, Lactobacillus, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Parfum* (Fragrance), Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride Panthenol, Carbomer, Vaccinium Vitas-Idaea (Lingonberry) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Cocus Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Tocopherol, Magnesium Carboxymethyl Beta- Glucan, Malachite Extract, Albatrellus Ovinus Extract, Laminaria Ochroleuca Extract, Glucose, Phenoxyethanol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leat Extract, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool).
*100% Natural Fragrance 


What can I say, I want a full size of this, like asap! From small sachet I can already tell it is amazing for your skin - and I wish I have taken before and after photos, the difference is dramatic. I was sporting a dermatitis patch on my face due to accidentally glutening myself and it took care of it like no one's business - the redness was down and my skin soothed. This mask is specially developed to combat over sensitivity, which it does beautifully. Beta glucan will strengthen the protective barrier, and arnica will soothe any inflammation. Ren is definitely the brand I will dive into in the few upcoming months, starting with this mask. Calming serum is next on my radar.


Weleda Skin Food

Ingredients:
Water (Aqua), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Lanolin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Alcohol, Beeswax (Cera Flava), Glyceryl Linoleate, Hydrolyzed Beeswax, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Viola Tricolor Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Cholesterol, Limonene*, Linalool*, Geraniol*, Citral*, Coumarin*. * from natural essential oils.

Another sachet sample of great product, I have used it before, and have a review on my blog too, so all I can say is that you need this product in your life. Multi-use, but I mostly used it on my hands to protect them from harsh winter, and this product did that beautifully. A favourite with stars like Victoria Beckham. Apparently it sells out so much it even has a waiting list! Not for my vegan friends, sorry - it has lanolin in it.



Neal's Yard Remedies Frankincense Hydrating Cream

Ingredients:
Aqua (Water), Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil*, Glycerin, Cetearyl alcohol, Glyceryl stearate, Polysorbate 60, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) oil*, Triticum vulgare (Wheat) germ oil, Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Almond) oil*+, Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) kernel oil*+, Boswelia carterii (Frankincense) oil, Commiphora myrrha (Myrrh) oil, Sorbitan stearate, Tocopheryl acetate, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Limonene.
*Organically produced ingredient. +Nut/seed based ingredient. Natural constituent of essential oils listed. Made with 41% organic ingredients. This is a vegan product. 


Deluxe sample of a product I am well familiar with - I had a full size of it a couple of years ago. NYR get much of my respect as a brand, and they do such a wide range of products, which I appreciate and keep coming back to. Despite saying this, I am sad to report this particular cream didn't suit me uber sensitive skin, probably due to too much of essential oils for my skin to handle. If you don't react to every single ingredient like I do, be my guest, the ingredient list is fabulous, and I certainly wish I could use it. This will be either used as a hand cream or passed down to someone who will be able to enjoy it.



Caudalie Cleansing Oil

Ingredients:
Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, Polyglyceryl-4 Oleate*, Caprylic/Capric Tryglyceride*, Ricinus Communis (Castor) seed oil*, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) oil*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) seed oil*, Tocopherol*, Parfum (Fragrance)*.
* Plant origin. 


You get very generous 30ml of product in this box, and that will certainly allow you to get the proper feel of the product, and you will be able to decide whether it is for you or not. It has a very faint natural smell to it. I have to be honest I haven't tried this product yet as I haven't worn any make up last week, and I am very conscious of not testing too many products at once. I will let you know once I will. Ingredients list is nice and minimal, it is suitable for sensitive skin, which gives me confidence I will get on with this product. Fingers crossed. 


So all in all, I enjoyed being test bunny and reviewing this Natural Skincare Emporium beauty box! It has a good mix of products, you can use them all to get your skin party season ready. And if you love natural and organic skincare and love testing new products like I do, this is definitely the box for you. I love the fact that it all comes in the recycled packaging, I am all about reusing things too, and quite frankly, who needs all these fancy boxes when no one tends to keep them anyway? 

As I mentioned, this box ships free in Ireland, and if you are outside Ireland but want to order it, you can contact them at info@naturalskincare.ie and they will do your best to accommodate you.


That is all for now, see you here shortly!

Lots of Love,
Renata.

green life in dublin
 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Ecovida Gifts Review



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Welcome back! And if you are new here, welcome 💕💕💕

Ecovida Gifts review

Today's post falls into the natural and eco lifestyle category - and you are especially going to enjoy it if you are looking for the perfect present for that special someone! Let me introduce Ecovida Gifts, consciously curated gift boxes service with both quality and ethics in mind. Let me tell you upfront, the hard work they put into it really shows and I haven't been disappointed by a single item I got, but more on that in a minute.


Ecovida Gifts was created as a new way for the mindful consumer to shop for gifts. They are a small, family team run from Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK, who believe that gifting should be a purely positive experience for all concerned; we should be able to treat loved ones (and ourselves!) to luxury gifts without the hassle of shopping around, and with a clear conscience knowing that all the products are natural and ethically sourced.

The gift sets are consciously curated featuring products that are 100% natural (and mostly organic), vegan friendly, cruelty-free, fairtrade / ethically & sustainably sourced (locally, where possible) and all with minimum waste impact. They spend their time searching out ethical suppliers to source each and every product in their gift sets so you don't have to! Brands and products are handpicked, green-focused UK brands, prioritising those local to them to ensure a low carbon footprint.
With this in mind, it was also imperative that the packaging used is both recycled and recyclable so that Ecovida Gifts can provide a truly eco-friendly option for all your gifting needs. They deliver all over UK and ship worldwide as well. Brands include Cliff House Organics, Greenfibers, Raw Chocolate Company, Fruu Organics, Hamstead Tea and (I assume newly added) GK Natural Creations. I know for sure they are working hard at expanding this list as well as their selection in the near future too.


They offer two different collections, Bath and Flavours, and there's also Custom Box as well, where you can mix and match the products you fancy giving (or receiving!). I should also mention there are two sizes of boxes for you to choose from in each category. I got two boxes in medium size, one Bath set and one Custom set, and you can see the contents below.

Ecovida Bath Set
Ecovida Custom Set
Delivery to Ireland took less than a week, and it all made it here in one piece, no damages whatsoever. The box looks nice enough to gift it like it is, with no additional wrapping required, it is sturdy recycled cardboard with two magnetic closures. So you can stick a bow on it if you want to, or not, if you prefer sleek and stylish look. I usually keep no packaging whatsoever, but I kept those boxes, which is saying something! Chocolate was gone first, obviously, and I can say it is a really nice chocolate, you can tell it is high quality and handmade, very different from what you get in the shops. The bath bombs are lovely and moisturising, my five year old had a great fun testing them out. And she keeps asking for more. Teas are all lovely, and I really appreciate organic green tea, mind you! The face cloth might be the best face cloth I own, way better quality than the ones I own, it is bigger and dual sided too, one is a rougher, scrubby side, and the other is soft flannel, which I really appreciate. The Fruu lip balms impressed me in a way that they stay on the lips, which is rare for the lip balm to do - I know, because I tested buckets of them. I got two of them which I love, and hopefully they will last me trough the winter - I just have to make sure I won't lose them! The candles smell amazing and they are mighty for what they are - despite being small in size (which is not a bad thing, they are perfect for traveling) they managed to fill my thirty square metres living room with lovely smell, which is hard to do for a natural candle. Almost Yankee level of fragrance, which is a first for me when it comes to natural candles. So after digging a little deeper I discovered the company uses both essential oils and fragrance oils, so I want you to be aware of it. Having said that, these were the items Mr Green Life In Dublin liked the most, and he told me to find out the price and shipping costs for them. Imperfectly natural, moi?

All in all, these gifts were a hit in the house, and there were not a single thing that disappointed me, even though I wasn't expecting much to begin with. So Ecovida Gifts get Green Life In Dublin seal of approval, and I do not hesitate in recommending them to you, my lovely readers. 

So if you are not the most creative gift giver, or you simply don't want to (or don't have the time) to run round and search for the gifts that tick all the right boxes (natural and organic, sustainable, vegan friendly, fair trade, handmade and so on), this should be a music to your ears - it certainly is to mine! 

Psst, keep your eyes peeled, there *might be* a special discount just for my readers in my upcoming posts!

That is all for now, see you here shortly.


Lots of Love,
Renata.


 P.s. I guess I should add a boring disclaimer bit - these were sent for me for my consideration. I am not paid to do a review, it is all my own doing. Happy to recommend good stuff to my readers! If you are an Irish brand or business doing something similar, I would love to hear from you!

 

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Anti-flu bomb with turmeric, garlic and ginger



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Anti-flu bomb with turmeric, garlic and ginger

Today I am coming at you with a very short but useful post, at least I hope you will find it useful? As we are nearing the Sickness Season, aka Winter, every time temperatures drop, I find myself going over a list in my head of what I need to stock up on to keep my family healthy and what I need to have in the case they (or I) get sick. Such post will be published just before this or soon after this post, so keep your eyes peeled.
This anti-influenza bomb falls into the "keep them healthy" category, and it really comes in handy come Autumn and Winter. Actually I prepare and use this nearly all year round, maybe less so in Summer - we tend to eat more raw and cold foods in Summer (don't we all?) and raw garlic and ginger are not so much appealing or useful then. Comfort foods we all then to like/eat in Autumn & Winter? You can add this to nearly every dish!

So what is it you ask and how this will keep me healthy? Well, this essentially is a garlic and ginger paste made from scratch, to which I added fresh turmeric in order to get more anti inflammatory action going. So I will list the ingredients first and talk about the benefits after.

Here's what you will need:

  • four bulbs of garlic (organic if you can get it)
  • fresh ginger, about the size of a garlic bulb
  • a handful of fresh turmeric
  • a few peppercorns 
  • virgin olive oil (optional)


This started out as simple garlic and ginger paste a few years back, I started to make my own because I never liked the shop bought versions - these tend to be heavy on ginger, and I wanted it to have more garlic than ginger, plus fresh is always best, isn't it? So I started to make it my way, and then this idea came along, why don't I include fresh turmeric in it too, especially having in mind I always have it fresh too, and alongside this garlic-ginger paste I used to grate turmeric into my dishes nearly all the time. So I just put two and two together and this anti-flu bomb was born. I make it probably once a week or every two weeks - as you can see in the photo, it makes about half a litre of it, so depending on your circumstances/taste/family size use more or less ingredients. Another thing you will need is a good quality blender. As you can see, my mixture is chunky - and all I can say is this - I still curse the day I bought mine looking at the discount and not the power of it! Yeah, don't repeat my mistake. I am saving up for a nutri-bullet as we speak :)
I think I don't need to include step by step instructions, as it is pretty much self explanatory - peel garlic, ginger and chuck it into a blender. If you will peel turmeric, please wear gloves - it stains everything it touches! I must confess I don't peel mine because of this - I gave up after few tries, having to hide orange hands from people kinda gave me the idea of why I don't just wash and dry the thing? So that is exactly what I do, I wash turmeric roots well, scrubbing away as much of the skin as I can, I towel dry it well and leave to air dry it for quite some time too - you don't want any water in this mixture or it will spoil it pretty soon. Another tip on turmeric, try to get it in Asian supermarkets, it is way cheaper there. Also don't forget to include black pepper - about 5% of the turmeric amount in order to get the best out of it - this is a match made in health heaven, as pepper boots turmeric's anti-inflammatory action. When blending you will probably have to stop it and scrape down the sides a couple of times. I tend to add pure virgin olive oil in the mixture too, but you don't have to. I would advice not to use coconut oil in this case, the mixture has to be kept in the fridge, and coconut oil solidifies too much. You can use it if you want to, of course you can, but then you would have to remember to take it out of the fridge prior to using well in advance. 
I use it in cooking at almost every dinner - obviously it will depend on how much you like garlic (or not). I still laugh every time I remember what my mom said about me cooking - she said I use garlic in everything bar my coffee! (that was when she was staying at my place for a week on one of her visits).
You can add this into any stir fry, soup, stew or even some salads. My favourite ways of using it are exactly that, I cook a lot of Indian, Chinese food at home, and it can be added to any stir fry or even pad thai (in my house, that's it, I am sure many people will raise eyebrows at this!), lentil dishes, omelettes, roasted veggies, quickly stir fried with steamed broccoli, runner beans, sauteed kale, spinach and so on. I think you get the idea. I add this mixture raw into carrot salad (grated carrots, this anti-flu bomb and mayo, that is all you need for perfect fresh salad), potato salad and any salad with roasted veggies, it is a perfect compliment to anything roasted if you ask me. Any way you can think of, really.

Let's see the benefits of it?

Garlic has myriad of heath benefits, and I am sure all of us know that! If you can stomach raw garlic daily, then you have my respect - I never managed that, so this is my next best thing. Garlic is good for preventing and treating heart disease, reversing the plaque build up in the arteries, it is showing promising signs in being able to treat cancer (I urge you to do your own research, there are many studies out there), it also helps to lower high blood pressure, of course we all know it helps treat colds and infections. What's more, it helps with dementia and diabetes and used topically, helps with baldness. Amazing or what?

Ginger benefits to the body:
It helps fight stroke and heart diseases, nausea and vomiting (my pregnant ladies, take note), malabsorbtion of nutrients, it helps boost immune system as well as respiratory function, it helps fight bacterial infections, reduces pain, aids in weight loss, fights cancer, lowers cholesterol and I could go on! 


Turmeric benefits to the body:
As we all know it, turmeric has been hailed as a do-it-all hero in the recent years, and very rightly so. I have to say it took me a good few years to train my tastebuds to like it. I hated it with passion when I first tried it in the powder form (I never liked curry either), and of course I made a classic mistake of adding too much. So I never liked it much until I discovered fresh root, and let me tell you this, in this concoction it is quite alright :) Whoops, get back to the benefits Renata! 
Ok, I have to tell you, I like it due to the anti-inflammatory properties (anything anti-inflammatory is like a music to my ears), but it has so much more to it - it aids in treating cancer, myriad of skin conditions (I believe it was one of the factors in me overcoming my dermatitis for sure), arthritis, some studies show it to be antidepressant too, it helps in treating obesity and gastrointestinal treatments. Again, I could go on and on.



All in all, I urge you to do your own research and pick your best nature's medicine at the grocery store, not at the pharmacy in a pill form. 

This anti-flu bomb is a perfect example of it. If I can avoid colds, flu and a whole lot of other health conditions no one likes to think about, by consuming this mixture, then so be it!

The beauty of it is that you can customise it to your liking, you can add chilli if you can handle the heat, apple cider vinegar if that floats your boat, and any other health inducing herb or spice you like - I gave you a starting point with my version, and now it is your turn!

Please let me know what you will be adding to it, and don't forget to tag me in your social media posts - I would love to hear how you will like it!

Want to check out my Super Loaded Sauerkraut recipe? Click here. For Umami dip, click here. More super simple yet healthy recipes to come, I promise.

That's it for now, see you here again very shortly.



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Tata for now!


Lots of Love,
Renata.

Green Life In Dublin



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Sources:
Wikipedia
www.food.ndtv.com
www.healthline.com
https://www.organicfacts.net