Saturday, 21 March 2015

My Favourite Essential Oils..

I love doing DIY beauty products and to make your own products, you often have to add a scent to make them smell good. I own quite a few oils and whenever I go to my local health store I always browse their selection. Now, when you pick out an essential oil you have to keep in mind you will be diluting them, because essential oils have a really potent scent, so don't be frightened by that. Also you need to keep in mind a little goes a long way and some of these can work as a miracle wonder while others just adds a scent. I will go through my favourite four essential oils and talk a little bit about their purposes. 


1. Tea Tree Oil 

Tea tree oil can be used as an anti-bacterial agent when you're making products. You can make an antibacterial spray and dilute it with some water. This can be sprayed on pillows, in shoes and can be used as a sanitizer for hands. No wonder The Body Shop made a whole Tea Tree range. It can basically be used on different places that tends to gather bacteria or bad scents. Also tea tree oil has been used in a lot of acne products and so this could be used in skin care products to clear up skin, this I haven't tried yet, as I haven't ever had acne.  

2. Sandalwood Oil

I love the scent of sandalwood, as it just smells really manly to me (Rumour has it Brad Pitt smells like sandalwood). I always gravitate to more unisex and masculine scents rather than the stereotypical feminine scent. This has resulted in a perfume collection, where all of my perfumes are made for men or are unisex and yes, women can wear mens perfume without it being weird. I use this in my DIY perfume, which is just a little bit of almond oil and a few drops of sandalwood. 


3. Lemon Tea Tree Oil

I love the scent of Lemon Tea Tree in lip products, which I always put in my DIY lip balm. I like the freshness of Lemon and so I always put citrus-like scents in my lip products, as it's just really pleasant to sniff throughout the day. This I wouldn't make a perfume out of, but for skincare and for lip products this gets a huge thumbs up from me. If you want to check out how to make your own lip balm, press here.

4. Lily of the vally Oil 

Lily of the vally is my absolute favourite flower. I love the scent of them and they are quite rare in Denmark, but they always used to blossom in front of my childhood bedroom window. I use this when I make my own perfumes and it's just very fresh and very appropriate for Spring. If you want to view how you can make your own perfumes, press here. I also use this, when I want a scent in my DIY saltwater hair spray, the recipe for this will come up on the blog soon.


So, this was a tiny walk through of my favourite essential oils and how you can use them. I have a lot of DIY projects on their way and I'm just adjusting a few things in their recipes, so they will be perfect. Do you have any favourite essential oils?

I hope you guys are having a lovely weekend? 

Friday, 13 March 2015

Another Natural Beauty Haul..

Hi guys, so I'm basically becoming a shopaholic these days with all of these beauty hauls. However, I have finally emptied some of my conventional products and so I've slowly started buying products, which haven't got loads of bad ingredients in them. 

I started buying products without bad ingredients approximately a year ago and though that seems like a long time, I am the type of person who stocks up on products (I literally have three big drawers filled with unopened products). So it has taken me quite some time to get through the products and I wasn't going to throw them out, as that would just be absolutely ridiculous to throw out unused products, not to mention a complete waste of money. 

The most important things to me are the products for my face doesn't contain parabens, alcohol (pure alcohol, not the fatty kinds) and preferably no perfume. I have really dry skin and I suffer from eczema, so I have to be quite weary about what I put on my face or else I will break out and if you have ever had eczema, you will know how sore you skin feels, when you're having a break out.


1. Korres Mild Cleansing Gel For Sensitive Skin - For Face and Body 

Ingredients
"Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Coceth Sulfate, Coco-Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Betaine, Laureth-7 Citrate, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Allantoin, Benzyl Alcohol, Coco-betaine, Decyl Glucoside, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside, Gallyl Glucoside, Glycerol Oleate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Panthenol, Parfum, Phenoxyethanol, Phenylpropanol, Potassium Sorbate Propyl Gallate, Sideritis Syriaca Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate & Tocopherol"

My Thoughts
There's so many ingredients in this and the only ingredient that worries me is Parfum. This is without mineral oils, no petrolatum, no silicones, no parabens, no propylene glycol, no ethanolamines, no synthetic dye, no phthalates, no polycyclic musks, no alcohol, no retinol, no animal by-products and have not been tested on animals. 90,7% of the content is natural. 

It's no secret that I am a huge Korres fan. The Greeks really know their skin care. This is made for people with sensitive skin and I might as well say it straight away; this is my holy grail makeup remover. I have used this for about three years and it removes all signs of makeup on my face and it doesn't make you skin feel tight or dry. I always make sure I have a stock of this cleanser, as I literally can't live without it. The scent is absolutely gorgeous. I love all of the scents Korres products have, but this is my absolute favourite. It's suited for hypoallergenic people and I suffer so badly from allergies and I have extremely sensitive skin and I haven't reacted negatively to this. 


2. Kiehls Ultra Facial Mousturizer

Ingredients
"Aqua, Squalene, Glycerin, PEG-100 Tearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Butylene Glucol, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbitan Oleate, Carbomer, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Stearic Acid Cera Alba/Beeswax, Myrisstyl Alcohol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis/Sweet Almond Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Tocopherol, Persea Gratissima"

My Thoughts
My parents bought this to me as a gift, as they know I love Kiehl's. To me, Kiehl's is my skincare gods. They just make amazing products and I have yet to be disappointed with their products. This is such a nice moisturizer and it makes my skin soft and hydrated for a long amount of time. I use this on top of an SPF, just get covered from the sun. There's no scent to it, which is my preference and just feels very light on the skin. It's easy to apply makeup on top of it, without it looking too greasy.


3. Simple Kind To Eyes Revatalising Eye Roll-on 

Ingredients
"Aqua, Butylene Glucol, Panthenol, Niacinamide, Cucumis Sativus Juice, Hydrolyzed Lupine Protein, Sorbitol, Medicago Sativa Seed Extract, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Ethylhexylglycerin, Pantolactone, Algae Extract, Citric Acid, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Xanthan Gum, Tetrahydroxypropyl Ethylenediamine, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, 2-bromo-2-Nitropropane-1, 3-Diol, Sodium Propylaparabem, Potassium Sorbate"

My Thoughts
I haven't tried this eye roll-on yet, but my hopes are high on this one. It's rated a 2/10 on the EWG website, which means the ingredients are quite good (0 means hazardless and 10 means really bad). As you can see there are parabens in this eye cream, which is something I usually avoid, however I'm a little ambivalent on the subject of parabens. Parabens was originally used as a better substitute to preservatives and since parabens has gotten a really bad name the past couple of years, some brands will use the original preservatives, which are worse than parabens. So when I see a cheap brand like Simple use parabens, I'm not really concerned, as that's probably the best way, you can make sure a cheap skin care product can last a decent amount of time, without going the old-school route. So, when I say I prefer products without parabens I really mean products without preservatives, which basically means that it won't have as long a shelf-life, but that just tells me that it's more natural. 

It has a metal tip which I love, as I think that should have a cooling effect on the eye area and I need that in my life. I have really bad under eye circles and so I apply eye cream day and night to make sure the area is hydrated. Also, if you don't have a lot of money to spend on skin care, but still want a somewhat natural skin care routine, Simple is definitely a great choice. The products are really budget friendly and a lot of bad ingredients are cut out. I bought this on ASOS and if you're not based in the UK or USA, that's a great way to get a hold of some of their products. 

4. Urtekram Day Creme Nordic Birch

Ingredients
"Water, vegetable Oil Products, Glycerine, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Aloe Vera, Apricot Oil, Almond Oil, Corn Tarch, Evening Primrose Oil, Birch Sugar, Birch Leave Extract, Horsetail Extract, Perfume (Plant Extract), Polysaccharide, Bisabolol, Citric Acid, Magnolia Bark Extract, Vitamin E"

My Thoughts
I had my hopes up really high for this product, as I love Urtekram. All of their products are organic and this ways made for dry skin, which is my skin type. Now, I was going through a really bad skin phase and I was breaking out and getting dry skin, which was due to the moisturizer I was using (Curious? Dr. Hauschka Quince Cream made me break out like a bi-atch). This moisturizer does hydrate your skin, but it just sits really weird on my skin and I couldn't apply makeup on top of it, without it starting to smolder on my skin and that's definitely not a good look. So I quickly stopped using this as a day cream and started using it as a night cream, because smoldering creams are just an absolute pet peeve of mine. 

The scent is gorgeous and it does actually makes your skin look gorgeous, however I wouldn't repurchase it, as a moisturizer shouldn't smolder when you apply it and so that's the great downfall of this moisturizer. 


5. Simple Kind To Skin Repleneshing Rich Mousturizer 

Ingredients
"Aqua, glycerin, Caprate, Polyglycerol-3 Methylglucose Disearate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Stearyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Bisabolol, Pentylene Gycol, Sodium Lactate, Lactic Acid, Serine, Urea, Sorbitol, Pantolactone, Allantoin, Stearic Acid, Laureth-7, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, 4-Methylbenzylidene Camphor, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Methylparaben, Sodium Hydroxmethylglycinate, Propylparaben, BHT" 

My Thoughts
This moisturizer is a 4/10 on the EWG website for bad ingredients, however when I check some of the ingredients that EWG says is in it, it's not the same list as on my moisturizer, so it's potentially better than a 4. Again there's parabens in this Simple product, but as I wrote above I'm not too concerned about it. This moisturizer is the bomb.com. It's so inexpensive and it actually does what it advertise. I do prefer the Kiehl's over this, but I think it's amazing value for money. I haven't broken out from it yet and there's really nothing bad to say about it. There's no scent in it and none of the ingredients in it has been derived from animals, so thumbs up for that. 


So that was a short introduction to some of the products I got. I will be reviewing some of the products, when I have used them for a decent amount of time. I'm also considering to do an empty product post, as I have finished quite a lot of products lately. Let me know if you want to see that.

I hope you guys are having a wonderful weekend and hopefully you have as much sunshine as we are experiencing in Denmark at the moment! 

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Saturday Morning..

Saturday mornings are my favourite. I love sleeping in, however since Spring is here it has become much lighter early in the mornings, which means I get up much earlier. I'm one of those people who cannot sleep unless it's pitch black. So I have a lot of time during my weekend mornings and what better way to exploit that, than making a big lovely breakfast. 

So this is basically the meal I make, whenever I really want to treat myself. When I lived in Scotland, my host mum would make a huge breakfast every sunday, which I wasn't used to, but I became converted after a little while. I'm aware it's not the most healthy breakfast, but sometimes it's okay to splurge. 


I start out with making some freshly squeezed orange juice. I had a lot of oranges which were about to go bad and so they were perfect for orange juice. I'm not really a fan of juices, as I just find them to be too sugary, unless they're made with fresh fruit. 

Then I made some good old scrambled eggs. This is three eggs and half a deciliter of milk. I only put salt on my scrambled eggs, as I think whenever you add black pepper to scrambled eggs, it begins to taste more like an omelette. 


Then I made some turkey bacon and yes I eat turkey bacon and not bacon from a pig. I know the irony of being a Dane and not eating pig bacon. However, I think the taste is pretty much the same, however the calorie difference between the two are the thing, which has me converted to turkey bacon (honestly, if you haven't tried it, you need to grab your bag and find some right now!). I cannot rave enough about turkey bacon. 

I also added a gluten-free bun to eat, as I find eggs and bacon can be really fatty and a piece of bread can make it less overwhelming. I baked gluten-free buns the night before, basically as an experiment to see if I could make gluten-free buns, which taste like normal bread (I succeeded!). 

The tablets I take are fish oil tablets, which are really a big help for me, as I suffer from eczema. When you have eczema your skin is often dry and when your skin gets really dry, you will break out in eczema, so I use the fish oil tablets to add some fatty oils to my skin. I take two of them every day. The black tablet is an acai tablet. Acai has been labeled as the world's healthiest berry and so I thought I would try out the tablets, as the berries aren't widely available in Denmark yet. 


And there you have it; a perfect saturday morning breakfast meal. Let me know if you want a recipe on the gluten-free buns and/or a review of the acai tablets. 

Now, let me know; what kind of breakfast do you make when you make a big breakfast? 

I hope you guys are having a wonderful day!

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Recipe: Broccoli & Potato Soup..

Whenever, you have a lot of left-over, half-used vegetables, you don't know what to do with - throw it in a blender and make soup. I love soup all year round and I only eat homemade soup, as I think the ones you buy are too fatty in their taste. I love the true taste of a vegetable and so this is something I do often, as I don't want to let the vegetables go to waste. 

This is literally a no fuzz and so easy to make and you can make it within 10 minutes. This is also great for your skin and nails as it's packed with the vitamins from the vegetables. 


Ingredients

  • 1/2 a broccoli 
  • 3 potatoes which are cut in half
  • 4 deciliter of water 
  • 1 glove of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of curry

Instructions

Firstly, you cut out the broccoli and potatoes into small pieces. Afterwards, put them in a blender with the water and garlic. Heat a pot with a little bit of coconut oil in it and add the blended mixture into it. Heat it on a medium heat and add the curry. Taste it once in a while and add more curry if you want a more dominating taste. 


Look at that amazing green colour, it's just a yummy bowl of pure goodness. I love the taste of broccoli and potatoes mixed together and it's a great way to avoid throwing out vegetables. You can add a piece of bread to it, if you want to, but the soup it's quite filling on its own.

I hope you guys are having a wonderful day!

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Recipe: The Flower Power Pizza..

As everyone else; I am obsessed with the Hemsley & Hemsley sisters and everything they represent. After watching about a trillion of their TV appearances and reading every article about them I could find; I decided to finally make their Flower Power Pizza. The flower power pizza is special, because the base is mostly made out of cauliflower - say whaat? I know, it's mostly made out of a vegetable, as a healthier alternative to the regular flour based pizza. 

As you probably know, I have been trying to cut down on eating too many carbs. I used to eat pasta and bread with everything, but as I have discovered there's really no need to. To be honest this doesn't taste exactly like a normal pizza, but it is delicious none the less. I have replaced some of the ingredients in the recipe for more widely available and cheaper alternatives. 


Ingredients for base

  • 140 grams of cauliflower
  • 1 egg white
  • 50 grams ground almonds
  • 40 grams of buckwheat flour
  • 1/2 of a teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1/4 of a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda 

Ingredients for tomatosauce

  • 3 garlic gloves
  • 2 chopped tomates
  • 1 can of tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons of dried oregano
  • A pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1/2 of a teaspoon of dried chili flakes 

Ingredients for topping

  • One mozzarella ball
  • 5 teaspoons of basil pesto 
  • A small handful of fresh spinach 

Instructions for base

Grate the cauliflower with a hand grater into rice sized pieces. Mix it with all the other base ingredients with a spoon until everything sticks together. Spread the dough onto a baking sheet, with a diameter that's approximately 30 centimeters. Bake it in the oven on 190 celsius degrees for about 15 minutes and then take it out and flip it and bake the other side for approximately 5 minutes. 

Instructions for adding sauce and topping

Heat the coconut oil in a pan with chopped garlics for about a minute - make sure the garlic doesn't burn. Add the chopped tomatoes and the can of tomatoes. Add the oregano, chili flakes, salt and pepper and let it cook for a approximately 4 minutes at a medium heat. 

When the base has been baked you add the tomato sauce to the base and tear the mozzarella ball onto the base. Place the pesto sporadically onto the base and bake it in the oven until the cheese has melted. When the cheese has melted, take the flower power pizza out and tear the spinach on top of it. 


And there you have it; a delicious pizza with a lot of healthy ingredients. I really like this version of a pizza and it will definitely impress your friends. Obviously, you can decide whatever toping you would like to put on the base, this is just my personal preference. It does take some time to make, so this is definitely not one to make if you're in a time crunch. 

Are you just as obsessed with Hemsley & Hemsley as I am? And have you tried a cauliflower base pizza before? 

I hope you guys are having a wonderful day! 

Saturday, 21 February 2015

New In: Organic Towels..

If you have read my blog, you will know, I'm a huge supporter of organic everything. It's a personal choice and I try as far as possible to buy organic instead of conventional. The other day when I was grocery shopping, I discovered these wonderful towels and the best part, besides them being made of 100% organic cotton, was that they were on sale - we all love a bargain don't we? 

Towels are so important to me, as whenever I get up in the morning I am extremely grumpy and when I take my shower I need to be cuddled by the perfect towels afterwards or else my mood will become worse. I am definitely not a morning person. So if you're like me and you want to be cuddled by organic wonderfulness in the morning, continue reading..


I bought two bath towels, two smaller towels and two facial cloths. They're from Coop's brand Änglamark. I love Änglamark, as it focusses on making organic products affordable for the common man. It's also "svanemærket", which means that it's one of the least straining products in its category for the environment, so that's also great. I decided to buy the towels in black as I can't keep anything light coloured clean (Fun fact: Almost 100% of my clothing is black due to this). They're exceptionally soft to use and I'm really fussy, when it comes to towels - I always think towels are too stiff, too soft, too rough or shedding too much lint. So it's quite a wonder, I actually adore these towels.  


So that was a little insight in my journey to a completely organic lifestyle. I can recommend these towels if you're able to get a hold of them. They're extremely affordable and great quality, therefore completely worth it. 

I hope you guys are having a wonderful day! 

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Recipe: A Healthy Option To Strawberry Ice Cream..

This was actually supposed to be a smoothie, but it turned it out to have a texture closer to ice cream, than a smoothie and it tasted amazing. I love ice cream and I can eat loads of it, the only problem is; I don't react well to cream or refined sugar. So here's a recipe for a much more healthier ice cream option. 


Ingredients

  • 150 grams of frozen strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 4 dates
  • 1 deciliter of milk 

Instructions

Basically, you just blend it all and eat it straight away. If you want to use almond milk instead of cow's milk, then it's absolutely fine. 


And there you have it. It's so easy and it's really delicious. The dates makes the ice cream really sweet and fresh. This is perhaps closer to a sorbet than an ice cream, but it's without all of the refined sugar added to it. I can definitely recommend serving this and I will actually be experimenting with more healthy ice cream options in the near future.

I hope you guys are doing well!

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

My Diet Don'ts...

My thing with diet is; I don't like to constrain myself from things I want. Having said that I started something new a couple a months ago; listening to my body. I had eaten a lot of bad things for quite some time and I just didn't feel right. 
I started noting down what I had eaten, whenever I would feel tired, get headaches or felt it was difficult to concentrate. My eyes often wants a lot more food than my body actually can eat and so I thought it would be a nice thing to do. So whenever my eyes craves pizza or candy, I just listen to my body "am I actually hungry?" or "do I really want this?". 
During these months I have discovered a lot of things, which I haven't been attentive to before and I found I have been able to boost my energy level and I don't get any headaches anymore. So the things I cut out, isn't things I feel deprived of, it's just things I used to eat, which I basically didn't really feel like or need. Another thing; this wasn't because I wanted to loose weight, as I really don't need to loose weight (For reference: I'm a size x-small in clothing). It was purely an experiment to see, if I could boost my well-being through food. So here's the things I avoid on a regular basis.



  • Candy I found that I would get extreme headaches from eating candy and I would feel so tired within an hour of eating candy. Whenever I ate candy I felt like I needed a nap and my head would hurt for several hours and so I decided to cut it out. I substituted it with a bowl of fruit, as I would feel satisfied from the sweet taste, but wouldn't get headaches or feel tired. 

  • CoffeeI just don't really enjoy drinking coffee, which is a very unusual thing for a uni student, but I wouldn't get an energy boost and I would just feel my stomach reacting to the strong coffee. 

  • Drinking sugary drinks I will drink a sugary drink, when I'm at a party or going to a friend's house, but I just feel very tired after drinking sugary drinks. I do, however, really like to spoil myself with sparkling water with lemon taste. There's no fat or sugar in it and I just find it to be really refreshing. 

  • Light productsI have known for a while, that I just don't get on with light products and so I steer clear from them at all times. My body reacts very strongly to light products and I don't know why. First of all, I don't like the taste of them - if I'm going to splurge, I'm not choosing the light version. Secondly, I don't believe that sweeteners are a lot better for our bodies than sugar. And thirdly, my stomach will rumble and I start feeling light-headed (no pun intended), when I drink light products. So light is my worst enemy. 

  • Red wineI break out whenever I drink red wine and so I have always been careful with drinking it. Lately, I discovered getting immediate headaches and I would get hangovers from one glass and I really don't have time for hangovers, so that was cut out instantly.  


These were a few of the things I discovered I didn't really react well to and so I cut them out of my diet and to be honest; I don't really miss them. There are other things which I don't eat, but that's mainly because of the way I was raised for example my family never had butter, dressings or cheese in the house, so that's things I never really took to as an adult. I was pleasantly surprised how much your body really communicates to you, when you eat something and so I found it to be really educating to start noticing what my body actually tells me, contra what my mind is telling me. 

I hope you guys are doing well!

Friday, 30 January 2015

Small Natural Beauty Haul..

Hi guys. I recently did a little bit of shopping and of course I got some natural beauty bits. I usually make a disclaimer about what I consider natural beauty and although I think it's in is place, since so many interpret the word 'natural' in so many ways, I do think most of you guys know what I mean when I say 'natural'. Basically, I look up the ingredients on a website called ewg.org to see how harmful the ingredients are and I research where the ingredient originates from. 

So I make sure that the ingredients are safe to me and my lifestyle and steer away from ingredients I suspect will cause an allergic reaction. Some of these products are completely natural, while others target to be as safe as possible. 

I won't review the products here, as I haven't tried all of them yet. But if there's a product you're dying to know more about, let me know and I will make a review. 


1. Dr Hauschka Quince Day Cream

Claims
"Hydrates and protects. For balanced or slightly dry skin. Quince seed, marsh mallow and witch hazel hydrate and smooth"

Ingredients
Aqua, Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil, Anthyllis Vulneraria Extract, Pyrus Cydonia Seed Extract, Alcohol, Daucus Carota Sativa Root Extract, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Persea Gratissima Oil, Althaea Officinalis Leaf Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Cera Alba, Pyrus Cydonia Peel/Fruit Cera, Lysolecithin, Bentonite, Hamamelis Virginiana Bark/Leaf Extract, Parfum, Citral, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Eugenol, Benzyl Benzoate, Farnesol, Xanthan Gum.

First Thoughts
This purchase was inspired by my mum as she has been using Dr Hauschka products since I was a little girl. She has been raving about how the Quince Day Cream really made her skin soft and hydrated in these cold months. All of the main ingredients is quite good and not really harmful. However, there is some baddies in this such as alcohol, perfume and citral. These however are not main ingredients and therefore not used as much, but definitely keep this in mind if you want to buy it. The scent is really herbally and smells a little like citrus. I love herbal scents as it just seems more natural to me, than those really synthetic ones. I have used this a little bit and so far I'm pleased. 

2. Dr Lipp Original Nipple Cream For Lips

Claims
  • "Dr Lipp is a global cult beauty staple for leaving lips smooth & soft with a glossy sheen. An extremely versatile healing & nourishing SOS balm, originally developed as a nipple balm for breast feeding women. An ultra hydrating & hypoallergenic multipurpose balm. Helps heal burns, abrasions, minor incisions, cuticles, excema & any extreme dry skin patches. Famous for: long lasting lip gloss, cheek shine, eye gloss, eyebrow shaping, as a lip primer, intense night mask, for eye glitter & even last minute shoe polish. Loved by London's make-up artist as a favourite kit essential. Long lasting, tasteless & odorless"  
  • "Made from 100% ultra pure medical grade Lanolin. Harvested from natural sheep's wool & cleansed of all impurities, parabens, odours & tastes to make our ultra pure Lanolin. Soo pure babies can use it, too" 
  • "Reduces skin's roughness by up to 40% in one hour"
  • "Lanolin lipids are so similar to your skin's natural oils that they easily penetrate & absorb deeply into your skin"
  • "Accelerates the repair of the skin's natural barrier functions"

Ingredients
Medical Grade Lanolin

First Thoughts
I bought this because I just constantly found myself buying lip balms that were doing absolutely nothing for my lips and I remember I heard a lot about this lip balm a few years ago. I found out it was completely natural and that it was suited for people with eczema aka me. It's always a good sign when a product has a short ingredient list and this certainly does. I like the fact that it doesn't have any scents added to it, as I don't think perfume should be included in products. My philosophy is perfume doesn't reflect the quality of a product and therefore it's completely useless in my opinion. I haven't used this for a long amount of time and have only used it for my lips. I like it's thick consistency and the fact it does actually heal dry lips. The packaging is really fun and I really like it. 

 3. Korres Almond & Linseed Conditioner

Claims 
"Conditioner that nourishes dry/damaged hair, preventing breakage and split ends. 92,2% natural content"

Ingredients
Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Distearoylethyl Hydroxyethylmonium Methosulfate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Quaternium-91, Fragrance, Cetrimonium Methosulfate, Inulin, Althaea, Officinalis Root Extract, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Beta Vulgaris Extract, Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, Coumarin, Glycerin, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Hydrolyzed Ceratonia Siliqua Seed Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch, Hydroxypropyl Guar, Lactic Acid, Linalool, Linum Usitatissimum Seed Extract, Niacinamide, Orbinya Speciosa Kernel Oil, Origanum Dictamnus Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Origanum Majorana Leaf Extract, Panthenol, Polyquaternium-7, Polyquaternium-37, Potassium Sorbate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Fruit Extract, Sideritis Syriaca Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Gluceptate, Xanthan Gum & Zea Mays Starch.  

First Thoughts
First of all the ingredient list is quite long, but most of the ingredients are fairly harmless with the except of fragrance, Lactic Acid & Linalool. I love all of Korres' products and I think they smell so luxurious. I have tried a lot of their products in time e.g. shower gels, cleansers, exfoliates, toners, body lotions, eye creams and moisturizers. It's safe to say I'm a dedicated fan. I haven't used this yet, but I can tell you the scent is heavenly. It's very sweet, but not in a synthetic kind of way. The packaging is really gorgeous and also looks luxurious, this will definitely look good in my shower. 

4. Urtekram Brown Sugar Shampoo

Claims
"It's true - sugar has a soothing and anti-inflammatory effect and it keeps your scalp in balance. Therefore, we have used plenty of golden cane sugar crystals and nature's own moisture magnet, aloe vera, giving you soft foam and extra care for your scalp." & "11% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming COSMOS ORGANIC certified by Ecocert Greenlife according to COSMOS Standard"

Ingredients
Aqua, Saccharum Officinarum, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Coco-glucoside, Aloe Vera Barbadensis Extract, Lavandula Agustifolia Flower Extract, Lavandula Agustifolia Oil, Eucalyptus Globolus Oil, Perfume, Lauryl Glucoside, Glyderyl Oleate, Sodium Chloride, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Xanthan Gum, Lysolecithin, Citric Acid, Tocopherol, Beta-sitosterol, Squalene & Linalool.

First Thoughts
The ingredient list is quite good with the exception of perfume and Linalool. I haven't used this shampoo as of yet, but I have used a lot of Urtekram's shampoos in the past. What I like about Urtekram shampoo is you don't to use a lot and it makes your hair feel so nourished and clean. Their scents are often herbal and as I've said before I love that kind of scent. You always get a lot of product for your money and the ethos behind the brand is amazing. I love the packaging, as I think it really represents its CSR (fair-trade, organic etc.).


5. Sanotint Hair Colour With Golden Millet & Natural Plant Extracts

Claims
"Sanotint Classic is a nourishing hair dye with plant extracts like millet, birch, olives, grape seed oil, biotin and calcium panthetonate. Sanotint Classic hair dye doesn't contain parabens, ammonium, formaldehyde and metals. The product is easy to use, doesn't drip and covers grey hair the first time you dye. The hair will be soft and shiny. Sanotint Classic hair dye is a permanent hair dye, which cannot be washed out"

Ingredients (of hair dye, not the included treatments)
Aqua, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ethanolamine, Polysorbate 80, Isopropyl Stearate, Ceteareth-30, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Parfum, Sodium Hydrosulfite, Ascorbic Acid, Olia Europaea Leaf Extract, Betula Alba Extract, Vitis Vinifera Extract, Pentothenate, Amyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Benzyl Salicylate, P-phenylenediamine, 4-Chlororesorcinol, 1-Naphtol, Resorcinol, P-Aminophenol.

My Thoughts
Now, lets be honest it's a hair dye, the ingredient list is not going to be great. Having said that this is a really good hair dye ingredient wise compared to conventional hair dyes. Sanotint tries to make their products as natural as possible and therefore I decided to try this hair dye. My skin didn't get irritated from it, which was a great thing, as I have always gotten a lot of allergic reactions due to conventional hair dyes. If you're going to dye your hair and looking for a more natural choice, I would definitely recommend Sanotint. The result is very natural and it doesn't make your hair feel like a haystack. 

6. Sanotint Light Restructing Oil

Claims
  • "Product not tested on animals"
  • "Light restricting oil for all hair types"
Ingredients
I haven't been able to find the ingredient list for this product. But like the hair dye it doesn't contain parabens, ammonium, colourants, formaldehyde and metals. It has been dermatological tested. It hasn't been tested on animals.

My Thoughts
The scent of the oil is very overpowering and I'm not really a fan of it. However, it does the job amazingly. My hair feels so soft whenever I use it and even on bad hair days, this can really help tame my tresses. I have naturally curly hair and therefore my hair is naturally damaged. Curly hair is often more dry than straight hair and therefore you need to add additional moisture to your hair to be able to avoid frizzy hair. I therefore always use shampoos and conditioners, which are targeted towards dry hair and always an oil.

So this was my small haul. I hope you guys are doing great! 

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Recipe: Humus..

I love humus as it's so versatile. I can use it as a dip for carrots or eat it as a laying in a sandwich for lunch. Whenever, I make humus I buy dried chickpeas instead of canned chickpeas. I don't like the taste of canned chickpeas, as their taste is really evident in the finished product. However, making humus with dried chickpeas means a great deal of preparation. 


Ingredients

  • 2 dl of dried chickpeas 
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1,5 dl of olive oil 
  • 3 tablespoons of citrus juice 
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 tablespoon of sesame paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper 
  • salt and pepper 
  • 2 dl of water


Preparation of chickpeas

Put the chickpeas to soak in a bowl of water for the night (approximately let the chickpeas soak for 12 hours). 

Instructions

The next day you drain the water from the chickpeas and do not use this water in the humus, as the chickpeas will release some toxins in that water. Wash the chickpeas thoroughly and cook them at a low heat for an hour. When the chickpeas are done put them in a blender with all of the other ingredients and blend it. If it's to dry add some water or olive oil, but don't go overboard with the olive oil.

Notes

  • If you want a little spice in the humus, put a teaspoon of chili flakes in it.


This will provide you with quite a lot of humus and so I don't make it that often, as when I make it I make sure to eat it with everything. As you can see above I used it for a sandwich, which I brought to university. My friend told me that whenever she makes humus she puts carrots in it, so maybe I'll try that next time!

I hope you guys are having a great day!