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      24.10.2014 11:53
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      • Gentle
      • Non-drying
      • "Cleanses skin"

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      • Price

      An excellent face wash

      A while ago I got some Balance Me Face Wash free with a magazine. I took it on holiday with me to use it up. The Balance Me brand specialises in natural beauty created in the UK.

      The packaging consists of a white tube with an attractive design. There is a flip-top lid which is handy when controlling the product coming out of the tube. The product is described as a skin-balancing cleanser, and is suitable for normal to combination skin. My own skin is combination so I hoped this product would help. It usually costs around £16 for 125 ml, from places such as lookfantastic.com. It seems to be widely available online.

      The product has a fresh, slightly herbal smell. It doesn't smell at all synthetic. To use, I squeeze a small amount onto my hand and lather up with warm water. It lathers up pretty well for a natural product, I think. I massage it onto my face and rinse off. I find that it makes my skin feel thoroughly cleansed without feeling tight or irritated. It seems to help balance the oil in my skin, which looks clearer, fresher and more even-toned.

      The cleanser is described as 98.8% natural in origin, and is free in petroleum and sulphates. It contains balancing spruce knot extract, anti-oxidant rich rice bran oil and frankincense, as well as grapefruit and ylang ylang oils. The ingredients work together to create a fresh and effective cleanser.

      Over time, I am impressed with the results of this face wash. My skin is brighter, clearer and more even-toned. There are no dry or particularly oily patches.

      Though this product is expensive, I do recommend it as it does a good job without the need for sulphates. Definitely one to try.

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      20.10.2014 12:50
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      • "Cute packaging"
      • "Good mix of scents"
      • "Get to sample several fragrances"
      • "Perfect for travelling"

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      • Price

      A set to help you decide

      My favourite store, Lush, makes beautiful and unusual fragrances under the name Gorilla Perfume. Many of these are available in-store, with some exclusively online. Several are available in sample sizes, and you can also buy two miniature sets each containing eight of the sample size fragrances. This set is the second one.

      *Love*
      It’s the sort of smell you can enjoy all year round – the freshness is ideal for summer, while apples can also evoke autumn and cooler weather, cinnamon being reminiscent of Christmas.

      *Cocktail*
      Initially I thought the perfume smelled a bit odd, and rather like cleaning fluid! However, it did smell better on my skin than it did in the bottle, though it was more like a daytime scent as it was so light and floral.

      *1000 Kisses Deep*
      When I first smelled this I thought it was really unusual. It was light and fresh with a musky undertone, unlike anything I’ve ever smelled before. Unfortunately, after a while the scent dried down and became a bit too musky for me.

      *B Scent*
      Because this fragrance is light, I see it as more of a daytime scent, although it would be suitable for the evening at a more informal event. I feel it would suit all ages – ideal for teenagers and young women, but not too sweet and girly for older ladies.

      *Ladyboy*
      I’m not sure what I really think about this one. I probably wouldn’t buy it for myself as I just wasn’t keen. Sometimes I thought I quite liked it, but overall this is not one for me!

      *The Smell of Weather Turning*
      The perfume continually evolves on the skin, and lasts for several hours. I think this is one which would smell slightly different on each person, so I would certainly recommend trying it before purchasing.

      *Ginger*
      I love this scent and it is one of my favourites. It is distinctive and unusual – I can’t think of any other perfume like it. I think of it as more of a daytime perfume than an evening one, and more of a summer fragrance than a winter one, despite the ginger aspect.

      *Superworld Unknown*
      I’ve had mixed experiences with many of the Lush scents. However, I loved this one. On first application, it has a lovely citrusy sweet scent which is very unusual. Underneath I can detect some spiciness in the form of sandalwood, and there is a sweetness which comes from tonka and vanilla.

      *Price*
      The set contains £19.95, which sounds like a lot for 8 miniature perfume vials, but you’d pay a few pounds more if you were to buy them individually.

      *Conclusion*
      I had mixed feelings about the fragrances in the set. I loved some, liked others and couldn’t get on at all with a couple. I do recommend the set, as it’s handy for working out which ones you like before you splurge on a full-sized bottle.

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        17.10.2014 11:26
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        • " effective"
        • " price"
        • "Lovely scent"

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        • "Weak scent"

        Cheap and cheerful bubble bath

        After Christmas I found that lots of lovely toiletries I like were on sale. I came across a number of I Love… toiletries on sale in Argos, of all places. I got two sets of mini bubble bath and shower crème bottles; each set was only £3.99 which I thought was a bargain.

        I like the I Love… range, which I’ve tried a few times from Superdrug. The clear plastic bottle showcases the product inside which is a very pretty deep shimmery red. This also means that you can easily see how much of the product you have left. The black lid is a flip-top one so you don’t have to mess around with unscrewed lids that might get lost.

        This particular “flavour” is raspberry and blackberry and it really does smell delicious. The product contains extracts from these fruits, as well as a “unique skin softening vitamin complex” which helps to moisturise the skin and keep it soft and supple. I Love… products are soap free, paraben free and pH balanced.

        I poured some of the bubble bath in while the water was running. I found that I could smell the delicious scent during this time and a reasonable amount of bubbles were produced. I am used to using Lush bubble bars and while the amount of bubbles here didn’t compare, there were a good few, covering the water well, though they weren’t particularly high. The water didn’t change colour, which is a shame as it would be lovely to bathe in such a beautiful deep red.

        During my bath, I was disappointed to find that I couldn’t really smell the scent at all. The water felt soft though and I did enjoy my bath, though the bubbles didn’t last as long as I would have liked.

        After my bath I was pleased to find that my skin felt soft and the bubble bath hadn’t irritated me at all. I did need to use moisturiser though. Sadly, once again the scent hadn’t lasted.

        I’ve used the product just as a bubble bath, as I have far too many shower gels, but have no reason to believe it wouldn’t do a decent job. The product lasts around 4-5 baths which is very good value for such a cheap bubble bath.

        I was impressed with this product and would buy it again. However I’ve removed a star, as I think it’s a bit of a shame the lovely scent doesn’t linger in the bath or on the skin.

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        16.10.2014 11:40
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        • " well priced"
        • " great sound"
        • Cute

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        Adorable speaker that does a great job!

        Even though I have a speaker system already, I decided I would like a small speaker or set of speakers to take away with me and use with my phone or my MP3 player. I saw this adorable Kitsound penguin speaker on Amazon and just had to buy it! There are many styles of speaker available, such as a cat, owl, monkey, bear, Union flag and more, but I adore penguins so my choice was easy. The speaker cost £9.99 which I thought was a very reasonable price.

        The speaker comes with a keyring attachment for easy transportation. The packaging, which is simple, states that it is compatible with Apple and Android devices, but as it has a 3.5mm headphone jack, I don’t see why it shouldn’t be compatible with any device that uses headphones. All you need to do is plug the speaker in and switch it on.

        I was really impressed at the quality of sound emanating from the speaker. It is pretty loud – much louder than I thought it would be looking at the small size of the speaker. The sound quality is really good too – music sounds rich and layered and not at all tinny.

        The speaker can be charged by using the supplied USB cable. I’m not sure exactly how much time it lasts before needing to be charged as I haven’t kept track, but it seems to have lasted a long time.

        This is a really simple device that does a great job and is cute too. Highly recommended for anyone wanting a speaker – it would be perfect as a Christmas stocking filler for kids, but adults will love it too!

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        10.10.2014 12:44
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        • " lovely scent"
        • Unusual
        • "Light and refreshing"

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        • None

        Make a beeline for B Scent

        My favourite store, Lush, makes beautiful and unusual fragrances under the name Gorilla Perfume. Many of these are available in-store, with some exclusively online. Several are available in sample sizes, and you can also buy two miniature sets each containing eight of the sample size fragrances.

        I bought the second set, including many of the perfumes originally called ‘B sides and rarities’. These are scents from Lush past and also from B Never, Lush’s sister company which closed a few years ago. I have sampled all the perfumes in turn and I am going to review them all. The fragrance I am going to review today is B Scent.

        *Packaging*
        Each fragrance comes in a tiny 2ml glass vial and the bottles are laid out together in a recycled cardboard case. It is also possible to buy the fragrances in the following forms:
        - Solid £8
        - Spritzer £15
        - Atomiser £31

        The concentrations are different depending on the form purchased, with the atomiser having the highest concentration. The perfumes come in the standard black packaging which is slightly dull, but fits in with the Gorilla Perfume ethos of concentrating on the perfume rather than the packaging. Some people on the Lush forum have found that perfume can leak from these black bottles, but I haven’t had any problems.

        *The Fragrance*
        B Scent is the original signature scent of B Never, Lush’s sister cosmetic company. Lush describe it as a light, feminine fragrance, and it contains lemon, bergamot, ylang ylang, fennel, jasmine, lavender, sandalwood and musk. These are quite traditional perfume ingredients and I thought they sounded appealing.

        *My Experience*
        On first smelling this scent I thought it was a very fresh, citrusy smell. When I first applied it I could smell the lemon and bergamot, it was a lovely refreshing scent. Over time, the scent dried down a little and I began to detect other notes, including the jasmine and ylang ylang, leading to a musky scent towards the end. The perfume lasted three or four hours on my skin, a good amount of time.

        Because this fragrance is light, I see it as more of a daytime scent, although it would be suitable for the evening at a more informal event. I feel it would suit all ages – ideal for teenagers and young women, but not too sweet and girly for older ladies.

        *Conclusion*
        After trying this, I can see why B Scent was the signature scent of Lush’s sister company. It’s a pleasant, refreshing fragrance which is easy to love – recommended.

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          09.10.2014 11:03
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          • "Effective cream"

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          • None

          A great product

          I got a couple of samples of the Avon Ideal Flawless BB Beauty Balm Cream in a magazine and decided to give them a go. I don’t often order from Avon – there’s no representative near me and it’s not very often I visit their website – but I’ve been impressed with the products I HAVE tried, so I was happy to give this a go.

          BB creams are everywhere these days, and this product – packaged in classy black – seems to be offering similar things to all the others, which is not necessarily a bad thing – it’s all about how well it works. I applied a small amount of BB Cream over my usual moisturiser for a good couple of weeks until it ran out.

          The product is described as a ’10 in 1’ beauty balm – 10 claims is rather a lot I must say! I will cover each claim in turn.

          - Infused with Vitamin E – obviously this is a claim I can’t directly test, but its presence suggests that the product cares for the skin and helps to protect it.

          - Infused with minerals and antioxidants – as above, I can’t directly test this but it reassures me that the cream is full of good things.

          - Hydrates skin – This is true to an extent. I have slightly oily/combination skin and so I wouldn’t want anything too moisturising. However, I still had to apply a thin layer of moisturiser before using this product.

          - Evens skintone – I found this claim to be true. I have slightly sensitive skin which is also incredibly pale, so any unevenness shows up a great deal. This product really helped with evening out my skin tone.

          - Visibly minimizes redness – Again, this is true, as any red patches I had were mostly covered up.

          - Conceals flaws – Similar to the prior two claims, I thought this cream did a reasonable job at concealing any flaws in my skin.

          - Lightweight feel – This is true – it doesn’t feel like I am wearing makeup at all.

          - Smoothes skin – I’m not sure about this one, as my skin feels pretty smooth already!

          - SPF 15 protection – Again, this is a claim that I can’t directly test, but the presence of the SPF reassures me that the cream will offer me protection from the everyday sun.

          - Skin looks better even after removing – Surprisingly enough, I found this to be generally true, although it might not be down to this cream – my skin goes through phases, it might look flawless for a few days then break out in several spots – so it’s possible that my use of this cream coincided with a series of good skin days.

          Overall, I am really impressed with this cream and would definitely repurchase. A tube costs £12 but is currently on offer for £7, which is a great price.

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            08.10.2014 10:21
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            • "Nice packaging"
            • "No parabens or sulphates"
            • "Ethical brand"

            Disadvantages

            • "Horrible smell"
            • "Not moisturising enough"
            • "Made my skin itch"

            Not a good product for me

            I have to admit that I am not the biggest fan of the Burt’s Bees brand. However, before I managed to properly work this out, I got hold of some Shea Butter Hand Repair Cream. Hand cream is an essential for me as I do get dry skin on my hands, and I’ve tried several brands in the past. Would this product confirm or belie my expectations?

            The product comes in a foil-like tube, a bit like a toothpaste tube, in yellow and white packaging like the rest of the Burt’s Bees brand. It costs £11.99 for a 90g tube, which isn’t cheap, but isn’t overly expensive either. I didn’t pay that much for it – I got it as part of a special offer after Christmas last year.

            The cream has the leaping bunny logo to show that it has not been tested on animals; it is 100% natural and contains no sulphates, parabens, phthalates or petrochemicals. These are positive points. It is made of sunflower oil and glycerine, as well as shea butter which is incredibly moisturising. It also contains ingredients such as macadamia nut, rosehip, lavender, neroli and borage.

            However I really wasn’t keen on the cream itself. It is very thick, with almost the texture of a thick mousse. It is yellow in colour and is best used as an overnight hand treatment, as it can be a little greasy. It is fairly rich, but unfortunately I didn’t feel that it really moisturised my hands intensively enough. The cream almost seemed to “sit” on my skin, rather than deeply penetrating my skin to deliver intense moisture. My hands did feel a bit more moisturised, but I’ve had better results with supposedly lighter creams.

            I also found that the cream made my skin itch, so clearly natural doesn’t always mean better! I don’t think it agrees with my skin at all. I also thought that the smell was disgusting. This sounds really odd but I thought it smelled of wasabi. I love wasabi but I don’t want the scent on my hands!

            Overall, I didn’t particularly like this hand cream. I can’t say I was disappointed as I didn’t really have high expectations of the Burt’s Bees brand. I’ve ended up using the product on my feet, where the smell doesn’t matter so much – seeing as my feet are further away from my nose – and the greasiness isn’t so much of a problem – as I can wear socks. This is one product that I definitely won’t be repurchasing.

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              01.10.2014 11:07
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              • "No sulfates"
              • Gentle
              • "Works well"

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              • Expensive

              Good product, but pricey

              A while ago, I got some samples from a magazine consisting of miniature REN skincare samples. REN is a company with a philosophy of “clean skincare” and combines the latest technology and product testing with 100% plant and mineral derived ingredients, free from skin-unfriendly synthetic ingredients. The full-size products can be bought from their own website at http://www.renskincare.com/, or from a number of other outlets.

              One of the items I got was the Rosa Centifolia Cleansing Gel. This is described as a “detergent and soap free gel cleanser” that removes make-up, oils, dirt and pollution without stripping the skin. It also contains no sulphates.

              The product comes in 150ml bottles with a pump dispenser and costs £14, which is pricey but not as much as some products I’ve seen around. My sample size is a tube with a screw top, which does make it a bit tricky to get the product out.

              Instructions state that you should apply one pump of cleanser onto damp hands and gently massage over the face and neck, then rinse off with warm water. I have to squeeze mine out of the tube before massaging. It doesn’t lather as well as some products I’ve tried – probably because of the lack of sulfates – but it does a reasonable job. The gel feels very gentle on my face: it doesn’t irritate my skin or eyes at all, washes off easily, and doesn’t make my skin feel dry or tight even before applying moisturiser.

              As far as I can tell the gel does a good job of removing dirt and pollution; my skin certainly feels clean afterwards. I tend to use it in the morning rather than at night, so can’t really tell if it would remove makeup or not as it claims. It seems to fulfil the claim of balancing, toning and soothing the skin without causing tightness. I’m not so sure about reducing pore sizes – that would be a challenge!

              Overall, I like this cleanser and would recommend it for those with sensitive skin or those who wish to avoid sulfates. Personally, I wouldn’t want to spend the high price, as there are other cleansers I like that are cheaper.

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              29.09.2014 15:54
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              • "Makes hair very soft & shiny"

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              • Expensive

              Effective repairing conditioner

              I often get samples from magazines, and I’ve received several samples of L’Occitaine’s Aromachologie Repairing Shampoo and Conditioner. It’s lucky I’ve got samples, because they are pretty expensive - £16 for 300ml of shampoo and £16 for 250ml of conditioner. Both products come in green bottles with silver flip-top lids and pink labels. Together, they are designed to make damaged and dry hair strong and shiny.

              This conditioner has been made with five essential oils (ylang-ylang, sweet orange, lavender, geranium, angelica). It also contains sweet almond oil and amino acids, derived from plants. Together, the ingredients are designed to smooth and soften the hair, as well as protect and repair hair fibres.

              The product is easy to use thanks to the flip-top lid, and a small amount is needed to create a good lather on wet hair. It has a pleasant floral scent that I can’t quite place. It doesn’t irritate my scalp and washes out easily.

              After use (alongside the matching shampoo), my hair looks soft, shiny and healthy. It is easy to manage and much less frizzy than usual. I am in the habit of letting my hair dry naturally, and it is still easy to manage and comb. It feels softer and more silky, too.

              This is a really good product. I’m not sure if I would buy it at full price, as it is pretty expensive, but as a magazine freebie it is great, and I would certainly keep an eye out for any special offers.

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              26.09.2014 10:44
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              • "Lovely shimmer"
              • "Very moisturising"
              • "Lovely scent"

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              • "Shimmer can transfer"
              • "Too moisturising for everyday"

              A lovely shimmery body butter

              I’m a huge fan of The Body Shop and am trying to sample as many of their products as possible. This summer I’m currently working my way through a tub of Coconut Shimmer Body Butter. The standard price is £13, but there are so many offers at the Body Shop all of the time that you never need to pay this price – around £7 is more like it!

              TBS makes a number of ranges which each have their own colour. Coconut Shimmer is slightly unusual in that it only comes in a Body Butter and a Body Lotion (though I can’t find the Body Lotion on the site, so it may well have been discontinued). There is, however, a standard, non-shimmer version of the coconut range which comes as a Body Scrub and a Shower Cream (as well as a Body Lotion and Body Butter). The colour theme for the shimmer version is pale cream with added shimmer: the butter tub is attractive, with a shimmering look. The label has a picture of coconuts.

              Inside the tub, the Body Butter, like other Body Shop butters, is very thick. It is designed for normal to dry skin and to provide 24-hour hydration – it contains organic virgin coconut oil for this purpose. It has a buttery texture and a relatively small amount covers the body. The butter is certainly incredibly moisturising – I have dry skin, but using this keeps it hydrated all day.

              As well as moisturising my skin, the butter, as the name suggests, gives it a subtle shimmer. I like this as it is subtle enough for work – I’ve worn it most days in August! It is a faint shimmer, almost white in colour. It also has an amazing coconut scent, which tends to last at least half a day.

              The only negative about this is that it is a bit TOO moisturising for every day. I generally prefer to use a body butter at night, and use a lighter lotion during the day. However, there’s no point in using a shimmer body butter at night! So although I like this product, I think I would prefer the body lotion version. Only, it doesn’t seem to be available any more. Oh well.

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            • Vichy Liftactiv Serum / Eye Care / 15 Readings / 14 Ratings
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              24.09.2014 10:20
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              • Effective

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              • Expensive

              Pleasant but pricey serum

              In one of my Birchboxes I got a little tube of Vichy Laboratories Liftactiv Serum 10. This Serum for Eyes and Lashes is designed to be used around the eye area. It helps to reduce puffiness and also helps fortify and strengthen lashes.

              The serum is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin, and suitable for sensitive eyes. I do have sensitive skin and eyes, and am especially careful with my eyes as I wear contact lenses and if my eyes are irritated I can’t wear them. However I experienced no irritation whatsoever with this product. It is paraben-free and hypoallergenic; it is made with Vichy Thermal Spa water.

              The serum contains rhamnose, ceramides and instant light reflectors. I don’t really know what any of these are (well, I imagine “instant light reflectors” is pretty self-explanatory) but it’s the effect I am concerned about. As I’m still under thirty, I don’t have wrinkles around my eye area yet but prevention is better than cure I suppose!

              The serum has a light satin texture and it feels refreshing on the skin, without being too heavy. I used it morning and night and it lasted a few weeks. I did notice that my eyes looked brighter and healthier, although as I mentioned, I don’t really have any wrinkles so wouldn’t see a huge difference.

              I did notice a bit of an effect with my eyelashes: they seemed to be a bit stronger and healthier, although I don’t know if this was just wishful thinking! Other reviews I’ve read, however, have commented that they have seen a genuine difference, so maybe I’m not imagining it!

              Though this is expensive - £24.50 in Boots, for instance – I’d consider repurchasing if I was a bit older and needed a little more help with the skin around my eyes. For now, though, I think I can managed without it.

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                22.09.2014 10:11
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                • "Amazing unusual scent"

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                • "None for me"

                A lovely vintage-style fragrance

                My favourite store, Lush, makes beautiful and unusual fragrances under the name Gorilla Perfume. Many of these are available in-store, with some exclusively online. Several are available in sample sizes, and you can also buy two miniature sets each containing eight of the sample size fragrances.

                I bought the second set, including many of the perfumes originally called ‘B sides and rarities’. These are scents from Lush past and also from B Never, Lush’s sister company which closed a few years ago. I have sampled all the perfumes in turn and I am going to review them all. The fragrance I am going to review today is Ginger.

                *Packaging*
                Each fragrance comes in a tiny 2ml glass vial and the bottles are laid out together in a recycled cardboard case. It is also possible to buy the fragrances in the following forms:
                - Solid £6.00
                - Spritzer £12
                - Atomiser £24

                The concentrations are different depending on the form purchased, with the atomiser having the highest concentration. The perfumes come in the standard black packaging which is slightly dull, but fits in with the Gorilla Perfume ethos of concentrating on the perfume rather than the packaging. Some people on the Lush forum have found that perfume can leak from these black bottles, but I haven’t had any problems.

                *The Fragrance*
                Ginger is one of the cheaper fragrances. The scent is the same as that from the Ginger Lotion, which I love. It isn’t your normal rich spicy ginger scent – there is certainly ginger there, but it is lighter, more feminine and with a hint of floral scent. It reminds me of vintage perfumes and products – but in a good way, not an old-woman way! It’s nothing like gingerbread and resembles more fresh ginger.

                *My Experience*
                I love this scent and it is one of my favourites. It is distinctive and unusual – I can’t think of any other perfume like it. I think of it as more of a daytime perfume than an evening one, and more of a summer fragrance than a winter one, despite the ginger aspect. It’s floral but not sickly, spicy but not too much. I think it would appeal to women of all ages (but not if you don’t like ginger, obviously!).

                The perfume lasts a good few hours on me, so I don’t have to reapply too often.

                *Conclusion*
                Ginger is a lovely fragrance from Lush. As I mentioned it’s one of my favourites. It won’t appeal to everyone, but I think it’s lovely, and it’s long-lasting too.

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                17.09.2014 10:12
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                • Refreshing
                • "Lovely scent"

                Disadvantages

                • Expensive

                A pleasant if pricey body wash

                A while ago I got some Balance Me Pure Body Wash free with a magazine. I took it on holiday with me to use it up.

                The Balance Me brand specialises in natural beauty created in the UK.

                The packaging consists of a clear plastic bottle that is handy when judging how much product you have left. There is a red label with an attractive but simple design and the name of the product. There is a screw top lid which to be honest isn't ideal as it can be a hassle to use with wet hands.

                Inside the bottle, the body wash is a dark yellow, honey colour with a fresh, natural, almost herbal scent. It contains juniper, bergamot, geranium and lavender oils to tone and refresh. It is 99% natural in origin.

                The wash lathers up really well on a shower puff, which is impressive with a natural shower product like this. It has a pleasant scent and is easy to use. It doesn't have much of a scent once I have finished washing, but I don't mind this as I always use scented body lotion and/or perfume anyway.

                The wash is really gentle on my skin. It doesn't dry it out and I don't have to use too much moisturiser afterwards. I really liked using the wash, and the only thing I wasn’t quite so keen on was the price - GBP9 for 200ml. However, I would consider paying this if I fancied a treat, as it is a really good product.

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                15.09.2014 11:26
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                • " unusual scent"
                • Amazing

                Disadvantages

                • "None particularly"

                Genuinely euphoric fragrance

                Lush, my favourite store, recently released a number of new fragrances under the Gorilla Perfume name. These look, smell and sound very different to other perfumes from both Lush and other brands, with unusual ingredients and concepts, and I was very intrigued when I heard about them.

                To coincide with the launch of the new fragrances, Lush opened a temporary gallery space in east London. I visited this gallery and had a memorable experience. The fragrances were displayed as works of art, with pictures or sets used to represent the perfumes. Simon Constantine, head perfumer at Lush, has stated that he wants to develop the concept of perfume as an art form, like painting or music, and I feel that he has met with success here. The new perfumes come in bottles of different sizes and shapes, and look like old apothecary bottles displayed in-store.

                I actually got this bottle as a freebie! I made a purchase at the gallery and received a goody bag which contained a little bottle of Euphoria. As you can imagine, I was – well – euphoric!

                ***Bottle***
                Unlike other Lush perfumes, which come in standardised black bottles, the new fragrances come in clear glass bottles of all different shapes and sizes. I really like these bottles as they are unusual and attractive. The perfume itself is a pale yellow liquid while the label shows a blue and white background with yellow and red lettering, reminding me of a Victorian fairground.

                ***The Fragrance***
                Euphoria, like Sun, was inspired by the concept of “healing” scents. It has been made utilising the principles of aromatherapy, and is meant to induce a positive mood in the wearer.

                The fragrance is suitable for vegans and, as the list of ingredients is so small, I have reproduced it here:
                DRF Alcohol, Perfume, Clary Sage Oil, Rose Oil, Petitgrain Absolute, *Geraniol, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Limonene, *Linalool, *Citral, *Farnesol, *Citronellol, *Benzyl Salicylate

                Clary sage, grapefruit, lime and neroli are all scents that help to cheer the wearer.

                ***My Experience***
                I loved this scent from the moment I first tried it. I thought it was fruity and refreshing, perfect for summer. However, it seemed different from most fruity fragrances in one respect. It seems to have more depth and complexity than most of these. It started off quite sharp and fresh, then mellowed slightly throughout the day to a slight honey scent.

                ***Price and Availability***
                Euphoria is available online and in Lush stores. Prices range from GBP10 for a 7g bottle (the one I got free) to GBP40 for a 92g bottle. I do think this is good value, as the scent contains essential oils.

                ***Conclusion***
                I love this scent, it is a fruity and uplifting fragrance but it has more depth than you might expect. Definitely recommended.

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                11.09.2014 12:30
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                Advantages

                • "Lovely product"

                Disadvantages

                • Expensive

                A lovely shampoo for dry and damaged hair

                I often get samples from magazines, and I’ve received several samples of L’Occitaine’s Aromachologie Repairing Shampoo and Conditioner. It’s lucky I’ve got samples, because they are pretty expensive - GBP16 for 300ml of shampoo and GBP16 for 250ml of conditioner. Both products come in green bottles with silver flip-top lids and pink labels. Together, they are designed to make damaged and dry hair strong and shiny.

                The shampoo contains an “anti-breakage complex”, and contains five essential oils (ylang-ylang, sweet orange, lavender, geranium, angelica). It is free of silicones and contains amino acids, derived from plants. Vitamin B5 has also been added. Together, the ingredients are designed to smooth and soften the hair, as well as protect and repair hair fibres.

                The product is easy to use thanks to the flip-top lid, and a small amount is needed to create a good lather on wet hair. It has a pleasant floral scent that I can’t quite place. It doesn’t irritate my scalp and washes out easily.

                After use (alongside the matching conditioner), my hair looks soft, shiny and healthy. It is easy to manage and much less frizzy than usual. I am in the habit of letting my hair dry naturally, and it is still easy to manage and comb. It feels softer and more silky, too.

                This is a really good product. I’m not sure if I would buy it at full price, as it is pretty expensive, but as a magazine freebie it is great, and I would certainly keep an eye out for any special offers.

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