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I like the fact that this is a classy looking glass fully recyclable bottle but don't drop it on the bathroom floor and it is heavy so no good when travelling.
This oil has a slightly thick texture but it is clear and feels oily. It has a pleasant sweet yet fresh aroma that is very subtle and certainly doesn’t scent the hair but I like a bit of scent to my hair products.
The oil is a “precious blend of 6 flower extracts”. Looking at the list of ingredients I recognise chamomile, sunflower, Lotus flower, flax flower, gardenia and dog rose. The oils are coconut and soya bean oil.
You can either apply this to wet hair prior to towelling, after having towelled dry and before using the hair dryer or you can apply a little to dried hair. I think it entirely depends on your personal preference and type of hair and it is best to try each method and see which suits you best.
My daughter applies hers before towelling her hair while it is still pretty wet. I towelled mine dry first and applied t before the blow drying stage. I did try applying some to my styled hair on another day and that was just as good but I felt that I preferred the effect and feel of my hair when I applied it to towel dried hair. I also thought it protected my hair from heat damage from the hair dryer too when I applied it before drying.
You can also apply this before shampooing and use it as a kind of mask. When using it in this way I would use a bit more of the oil then put on a cheap shower cap and towel and let it do its work before shampooing, conditioning and applying a bit when wet and using as normal to style and finish your hair.
This hair oil promises to give hair a glowing shine. Make hair silky soft, intensely nourish the hair, protect it from UV damage and other heat damage, smooth fly away hair and give a sleek smooth shiny finish to styled hair.
I liked the way it made my hair look sleek and shinier and was not greasy and didn’t weigh down my hair. I applied a bit extra when my hair was dry just to the ends to give that little extra shine and condition.
I think at £10 it is quite expensive but does compare with other hair oils around in price. It is more natural than I had thought it might be coming from L’Oreal. L’Oreal have questionable ethics re animal testing and selling in China . This product may not be tested on animals but the parent company do still conduct testing.
This shampoo smells great, the rosemary stronger than the lavender but really fresh and natural like the herbs in my garden do when picked.
The shampoo not only has lavender and rosemary extracts but also has organic ingredients as well as soy protein which are all there as they are supposed to “leave hair healthy, shiny and manageable”
I like rosemary in shampoo as it is really good at adding shine to hair and that is something I always am trying to get in my hair. Rosemary also aids hair growth and adds volume but again not something I lack.I often use rosemary water made from my own rosemary to rinse my hair with The lavender balances and calms the skin and scalp and apparently slows hair loss but that is something I don’t think will ever bother me.
They state that all their products meets high standards to fit with their ethics and all of their stuff is made with at least 70-100% organic ingredients. They never use ant sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens, DEAs, MEAs, or TEAs and none of their ingredients are genetically modified and none are tested on animals.
They use no artificial colors, fragrances or fillers and the plant extracts and essential oils must be certified organic whenever possible .
They steam distil the essential oils so that the benefits remain and cold press the plant oils. The ingredients the products must be beneficial to hair or skin and not just there a fillers. The products are harvested in an environmentally friendly manner and must be as biodegradable as possible.
The surfactant is not a chemical one it doesn’t create volumes of lather however I found that the sachet lathered fine and that presumably was one dose. I used around the same amount when using the small bottle too. I didn’t have mounds of white foam but enough to make my hair feel as though it was being washed and it was easy to rinse out too.
I liked the scent as it was natural and herb like and was obvious in the shower but once rinsed out it didn’t linger in my hair much. My hair smelled clean but not of anything much.
I used my usual conditioner with this on some occasions and the John Masters neroli detangler conditioner on other occasions. It didn’t seem to matter which conditioner I use afterwards my hair still felt clean and light and not at all weighed down.
This costs £16 for 236 ml of the stuff while in the USA it would cost $16 so much cheaper there than here but it is an American company.
I don’t regularly buy Avon products as they are not special enough and as I don’t have an Avon lady
This one I bought a while back for around £1 so I thought it was worth a try. I comes in a plastic spray bottle but no aerosol just pump spray which is preferable as it doesn’t pollute the ozone layer that way.
The bottle is clear so you can see how much is left and the label is simple with a picture of pomegranates on the front and the name of the product. The bottle can be re used yourself at home for things like watering indoor plants and other beauty stuff or recycled through your plastic recycling scheme.
The actual leave in conditioner comes out pretty much like cloudy water and has a very slight conditioning feel but very slight indeed when felt in the hands.
It smells nice and sweetly fresh and fruity, not a lot like pomegranate to me more apple sort of scent.
The spray comes out quite wet so you don’t need a lot and I tend to spray this after I have dried my hair them give it another quick dry otherwise my hair has a tendency to frizz if it gets damp once dry.
In truth I don’t tend to use this much for my own hair as it doesn’t need extra conditioning but it is great for my granddaughter’s long fine hair and saves a lot of ‘ouching’ as I brush it as her hair is quite thick yet fine in texture and very long. This also dampens it for making it easy to plait as she loves he Disney Princess style plaits. My step daughter is now an expert and it s a really neat way to tie her hair away for school to save the constant nit issue for those with long hair.
I like the fact that this smells nice and does condition the hair that little it extra as well.
ETHICS AND ANIMAL TESTING
Avon declare that they do not test their products on animals but it does appear they hide behind ingredients in the products being tested prior to Avon using them.Also it seems that Avon is one of the companies paying to have their products tested on animals in order to sell their stuff in China. Peta have found this out and they are listed as a company to avoid because of this. I hate it when companies are two faced in this way and that is another reason why I have stopped buying their stuff recently.
My hair is short. It is thick, course and curly but I dry it smooth. If it is at all damp then I end up with very big hair ad it reverts to curly. I like it to have body but be smooth and non frizzy so I blow dry it but do not use straighteners as I look awful with straight hair.
I have used this in different ways. Sometimes I apply a little to my damp hair before blow drying and the smallest amount does the trick. It makes my hair feel silkier and it dries much smoother and shinier.
Sometimes I apply it after I have styled my hair. I squeeze one push pump onto my hands then gently apply this oil on my fingers to the ends of my hair first then king of ruffle my hair with my oily hands. I then give my hair a quick run through with my brush and this also makes my hair lovely and shiny and this way the scent really lingers on my hair which I love. I do have to be a but careful not to apply too much as it can get a bit greasy and heavy looking if I am too generous.
Apart from making my hair look smother, smell great and shine a bit this serum is also good for my hair as grape seed oil is good as helping dry damaged hair. Grape seed oil is also almost non-greasy and has anti-oxidants which are good for hair. So it not only shines and smells great but it is also good as it improves hair texture and helps hair growth.
This is a lovely light serum that really helps improve thick, dry, frizzy and coarse hair like mine. I love the fact that it does not make my hair look greasy, it doesn’t feel heavy or oily and makes my hair feel silky and soft. The trick is not to use too much – less is more with this.
Being Body Shop they do not test on animals but I am aware that they are under the umbrella company or P&G and L’Oreal and their ethics are not quite what Anita Roddik would have wanted I fear.
A couple of pumps gives me enough for my hair. I spread it on my fingers then gently apply it to my hair concentrating more on the ends.
You can use this on towelled dry hair which is still damp or apply it to your already dried and styled hair. I have tried both ways and still use both ways depending on how I want my hair to look or if after I have styled it my hair looks like it needs a bit of extra smoothing and gloss.
This is a nice light product in that it doesn’t weigh my hair down like the Frizz ease stuff did. This smooths without making my hair look greasy or lank and heavy. It gives it a nice smooth and healthy look, not fly away nor glued down.
It doesn’t have much of a smell to my mind and it would be nice if it did have a bit of scent to perfume the hair as well but it is not designed as a hair perfume so it does what it promises so I cannot really mark it down for that.
I can’t say it makes my hair shine but it does give it a healthy look. My hair takes a lot to get a nice shine and the straighter I dry it the shinier I can get it. So in many ways it depends on how I style it and what the weather makes my hair do.
This serum has vitamin E as well as UV filters so that the hair is protected from heat from styling as well as from sun damage too at the same time as smoothing each hair follicle giving that added shine and manageability.
I also like the fact that is makes my hair feel softer too when I run my hands through it. I don’t have that dry ends feel or the rough frizzy feel that I have when I have not used any serum or hair oil on my hair.
All in all for the price this is a fab little product as it is effective and cheap. I have not been able to find out anything about the ethics of the company re animal testing anywhere on line so I am hoping as they sell in Europe that they abide by the no animal testing law and do not sell abroad .
This is a lovely cuticle oil that is full of great of cold pressed organically grown plant oils. I found that when I use this my nails are stringer and more flexible. They tend not to get brittle and break nor do they split.
As I like to wear nail polish and gelish I try to look afte my nails and 'feed' them well. I try to not waer varnish at least one week in four and during that week apply even more oils to my nails than I do usually.
This is not a quick fix, it needs to be applied over time and the nails will gradually get stronger, I began to notice my nails had improved after a couple of weeks.
This cuticle oil also has essential oils so it smells great and works on your well being as well as your nails .
Prior to using this my nails were weak and splitting ans in awful condition as we had been doing a lot of cleaning and DIY and this oil has really made them improve and they are now growing and I am finding that they are not splitting as often. Some are now a decent length again.
This oil is especially good for anyone who works getting their hands in water or having to wash their hands a lot. I carried my bottle in my handbag and applied it whenever I had a moment. The oil I then rubbed inot my fingers and hands so my hands benefited too.
When you see the lovely oils in this you can see why it smells so great :Simmondsia chinensis oil, Prunus armeniaca oil, Citrus aurantium oil and Boswellia sp Oil - all organically produced and grown (Jojoba Oil, Apricot Kernal Oil, Neroli and Frankincense
The combination of sweet neroli with exotic frankinsence is always a winner for me.
This is a nice small brush that is used to style short hair styles. It can be used to lift and give body to thin fine hair used with a mouse or as I use it o straighten my curly hair and smooth it as I dry it. I sometimes add a bit of serum to smooth the frizz but mostly this orks just as is.
The drum of this is not silver like my other brushes but made of is made with TOURMALINE. This is supposed to hold the heat from the hair dryer and so speed up drying and hold the style better.
I am not convinced it is any better than my silver drummed styling brushes personally.
This costs between £10 and £12 and my other silver drummed ones cost a lot less . I am not sure I would spend the extra money on the TOURMALINE again.
I personally feel I was a bit conned by the hairdresser s to how good this brush was and feel you are paying for the brand rather than anything different.
A neat little gift wrapped habdbag containing two of Weleda products.
1 x Wild Rose Creamy Body Wash 200ml
1 x Wild Rose Body Lotion 200ml
Both good sized versions of these products and both lovely natural rose scented products.
I love both these so was quite thrilled to get given this as a gift.
The rose scented bath or body wash is creamy and gentle and smells lovely. It leaves my skin feeling clean and not at all tight or irritated. the snt doesn't linger on my dried skin but does smell good in the bath.
the lotion smells the same gently naturally rose like and not sweet and grandma rose like. it is very quickly absorbed into my skin and is a lovely light lotion that feels cool and refreshing and makes my skin feel lovely and soft and smooth and this does linger in my skin.
This is a lovely rose scented gift set for any lover of natural products that smell natural and feminine too.
This is a gift packaged version of Weleda's rose day cream. this is a fabulous rich and all natural, organic and vegan friendly face cream for day time use.
Personally I usually buy the cream without the cracker but as a gift this makes a quite dull packed item look much more gift like so I bought one for a friend and checked it out prior to giving it to her. I use the cream myself so I was interested to see this in a cracker.
The cream is lovely, gently rose scented , light and quickly absorbed into my skin.
I love the way this feels cool and smells so lovely on my face . It leaves my skin feeling well moisturised, fresh and soft.
I have never had any reaction from using this cream and my friend fell in love with it too and is now a regular customer as well.
Weleda make a beautiful range of gentle . natural baby products which are suitable for the most sensitive skins. This provides a great and effective and also nourishing and healing protective barrier cream.
Baby;s skin is ultra sensitive and calendula is a great sensitive ingredient and helps to heal and sooth any rash.
I bought this for my step daughter to use on my grandson as I really rate Weleda highly. She was impressed and has since bought the larger tube as grandson has sensitive skin but with careful care and constant nappy changes he has managed to remain rash free thanks to this cream
The cream is not just a barrier as it is all natural the ingredients benefits are absorbed into baby's skin to help prevent any rashes.
This has the benefits of organic and biodynamic calendula and organic chamomile and these are the active caring ingredienst that help both sooth and heal any redness to stop rashes before they happen in our case.
Soothe irritation and comfort the skin
I had two of these fitted on my micra sport in feb 2012 andthey have served me well and they passed the MOT in September 2014 with no prblem.
I drive regulalry most days of the week and go down very narrow lanes which require me to make quick decisions if something is coming the other way.
I drive at a consistent speed of 70+ on Motorwyas and the car has good grip in all conditions. I find I can stop quickly when needed .
In the last couple of winters I have had to drive on ungritted icy roads and driving with dur care I have not slipped at all nor had any times when I hav e felt out of control. i have managed to get up hills when otyhers have failed.
I am not a technical driver but from a lady driver 's perspective these have served me well and i would be happy to buy them again.
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These tyres are recommended for orts cars, powerful saloons and coupes
They not only have good grip and handling bit are also low noise and give better driving comfort.
I have been impressed woth how they have worn and hope they last me even longer.
I have been lucky enough to be able to try a number of Caudalie products by using samples bought through one of the many beauty sites I am a memeber of.
This is a lovely gentle but effective facial exfoliator. It comes in a neat white upside down tube with a lovely minimilist vine design in green like a number of their other products in the range.
The product has tiny exfoliating microparticles which mean that you get a great scrub and deep clean. After using this my skin feels lovely and soft but also looks as though it has been given a new lease of life.
This has a lovely refreshing aroma which comes from the menthol and the grape pulp wmoisturizes and soothes the skin following the exfoliation action.
The texture os soft and creamy but smells lovely and fresh and grapefruity fruity which I always find a lovely uplifting and a great wake me up aroma.
All you have to do is apply a very small amount to a wet face a couple of times a week and gently massge then rinse with warm water. After that tone to close the pores then apply your usual moisturiser and then make up if you want to.
The founder of Caudalie states that:"I believe in a greener planet and more committed cosmetics. I formulate my products for all women who, like me, don't want to choose between effectiveness and naturalness, between glamour and ecology."
This is far from being a cheap option and for 60 ml you will pay a whopping £18. I liked my sample but cannot see me paying the full price for this.
Personally I actually prefer Lush's Angels on bare Skin which is a gentke exfoliant using ground alsmonds and is considerably cheaper and just as natural. So well done for the natural product and not testing on animals but the price is a bit high for Mrs Average like me.
I had some Amazon vouchers 'burning a hole in my pocket', as they say. I looked through and found this rather luxurious and natural make up remover and I have read a lot about Dr Hauschka on here before so was keen to try something from the brand.
Thi is a lovely gentle cleansing milk that has a slightly spicy rose scent which is both refreshing and pleasant to use.
The idea is that you wet your face then apply a little of this cleansing milk and then gentley wip off any excess along with any make up. It is gentle enough for sensitive skins and also safe to use on your eyes as well which shows how gentle it is.
I found it thoroughly removed all traces of make up including mascara and left my face not only clean but also feeling soft and not dried out or itchy. I always tone after cleansing and sometimes also wash with a face wash but after using this I just used my Lush toner to tighten the pores then applied my night time moisturiser.
This is full of lovely ingredients such as Anthyllis, jojoba and almond oil which all work to maintain the skin’s natural protective function and stop the skin drying out.
This costs £24 for 145 ml of product the product comes in a cardboard box and inside that is a cylindrical push pump container. It looks classy and as though it is a quality product. I do like push pumps but I also like containers that allow me to see how much is left and ones that I can get ALL the contents out and waste none.
This does sound expensive but it is all natural, it works well and you don't need to use a lot so it works out quite good value really for such a lovely quality product.
I have been fortunate enough to visit Weleda and have over the last couple of years had a lot of samples from them to try and to review for them. This was not a sample but as I know the quality of Weleda products, when my latest grandson was born in December I bought a few Weleda products for my daughter to use on him.
they spend quite a lot of time with us and as a hand's on grandma I am happy to change nappies and have some sprare nappies and products here for when he comes over.
he was born 6 weeks early and so was very small and so we wanted the best for him. he does get a very red little bottom at times so we have to be vigilant with applying cream.
We used Sudasrem with other grandchildren but it is so sticky and gloopy that nappies would not then stick and I know the contents are not all natural as well.
This cream is healing and soothing and not just a barrier cream. the benefits are absorbed by baby's tender skin and the natural oils and butters protect the skin from the wet and poo that causes the rashes. My daughter is very good at changing his nappies frequently and with this cream she has kept his sore bottoms to a minimum.
This cream is pretty thick but doesn't have that sulpur smell that some nappy creams have. It has lanolin and zinc oxide to create a protective barrier and Organic almond oil and organic calendula and chamomile extracts which give the gentle healing and soothing to baby's skin.
This is a Certified Natural Baby Care product and is free of synthetic preservatives, fragrances, colourants. It also has absolutely no ingredients from mineral oils.
This costs £6.95 for 75 ml which is a bit more expensive that high street brands biut is comparable to the better quality and more natural alternatives and is well worth it as it is so much better than others.
You can use this from birth as it is so gentle and was fine on our premmy grandson who is ding well now and nearly three months old !
This is a nice gift for someone to introduce them to Weleda. This has two lovely Weleda products 1 x 200ml Citrus Creamy Body Wash and 1 x 200ml New Citrus Hydrating Body Lotion. Both products are a good enough size to give the person a really good idea of the quality of the product.
The Body wash is a lovely gentle creamy citrus scented body wash. it doesn't lather up a huge amount but cleans and leaves the skin feeling moisturized and clean and smells fresh.
The Body lotion is quite thin yet because it is full of natural oils it is quickly absorbed and leaves my skin feeling fabulous, smelling sweetly citrus and that feeling lasts the day through.
This gift set is not available at this time but may be back in the future but both products are available separately still so you could create your own gift pack.
Weleda only use 100% natural ingredients and every ingredients in the products is there because it is beneficial.They use organic and fairtrade ingredienst to ensure that their products are the hightest quality.