Faith in Nature | Lavender & Geranium Shower Gel Review

I love a good shower gel, who doesn’t? Changing your ‘everyday’ products around is a great way to add just that little bit more excitement to your morning routine.

I can safely say I have over 15 products in my shower (don’t judge me), and I always look at them all and frown at myself for being such a hoarder, but there’s truly nothing I’d be without! This shower gel has placed itself firmly in my top 5 favourite products of the month, read on to find out why!

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I was lucky enough to have a friend in Lou, who kindly sent me over a sample of the Faith in Nature Lavender and Geranium Shower Gel (and some super delicious cacao coated mulberries, which sadly didn’t last long enough for the photo!) Lou is a local Wikaniko rep, and in case you haven’t heard of it, it’s a fab online eco supermarket! You can check out Lou’s page here.

Lavender can be a bit like the ‘marmite’ of the beauty world, people seem to either love it or loathe it, but as you have probably guessed… I love it! I think it’s something that comes with being an Isle of Wighter. You see, we have our own (award winning) lavender farm on the Island, so since a very young age I have learnt to love the smell! The geranium also really gives it that extra floral hit that makes it a very uplifting fragrance!

Anyway, as you didn’t subscribe to the history of the Isle of Wight, or a lecture on Rosie’s favourite smells, I’ll get on and talk about the shower gel shall I?

Well, aside from the gorgeous scent this product ticks all the right boxes! I have to say that I love the size of this product.. Weird I know, but I really like having a good supply of products I use every day. These shower gels come in a 400ml bottle, which is just about the perfect size for me. The product foams up really well, and although I haven’t used it in the bath yet, I have no doubt it will produce plenty of bubbles when it needs to! The shower gel has a really great smooth texture, and has worked wonders on my skin. Post shower I am definitely softer, and it keeps my skin hydrated all day!

This product is cruelty free and vegan friendly, and with all of the natural benefits, it really does make a great every day shower hero! If you’ve used any Faith in Nature products I would love to know about them – please leave a comment below!

Aqua, Ammonium laureth sulfate*, Polysorbate 20*, Maris sal, Cocamidopropyl betaine*, Lavandula angustifolia oil*, Lavandula hybrida oil*, Pelargonium graveolens oil*, Melaleuca alternifolia leaf oil*, Anthocyanins*, Potassium sorbate, Sodium benzoate, Citric acid*, Linaloolº, Citronellolº, Geraniolº

* Vegetable origin
º from essential oils

 *PR Sample*

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Faith in Nature | Lavender & Geranium Shower Gel Review

Arbonne Calm Skincare Review

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Huzzah – my first Arbonne review! Now, I don’t know about the ‘main land’ (Isle of Wight dialect for the rest of the UK) but on the Island Arbonne is exploding. For those of you that don’t know, it’s an opportunity based company, which offers people the chance to start their own business as a local ‘Arbonne Consultant’, which is a little bit like Avon, but allows the consultant to have much more independence and control and a considerably reduced investment (start-up cost is just £50). They offer Spa Parties, which are basically home visits where you can test the products and receive spa treatments (for free!) They also have a very generous hostess package (to the tune of £65 worth of free products) and various different discounts. What I also think is fab, is that to order online, you need your local consultant’s PIN, which forces people to keep ‘shopping local’ and supporting their peers – yay!

So, the first Arbonne range I will be reviewing is ‘Calm’, which as you may have guessed is aimed towards those with sensitive skin. I like to think that I don’t have much sensitivity, but I’m definitely not adverse to using products that are a little gentler and slightly less potent. Read on for my thoughts of the range!

Arbonne Calm Gentle Daily Cleanser Source: www.arbonneinternational.co.uk
Arbonne Calm Gentle Daily Cleanser
Source: http://www.arbonneinternational.co.uk

Gentle Daily Cleanser

A very simple, gentle facial wash. There aren’t really an awful lot of thrills with this range; they are straight to the point – no funny business! I used about two pea sized amounts for my face and chin, which was plenty. The cleanser is foamy, but not OTT and no matter how much sniffing I did, there was absolutely no fragrance to be detected, and none listed on the ingredients. I know that sounds funny, but sometimes even seemingly fragrance free products have perfume on the list! I found this cleanser to be non-drying and it just does exactly what it says on the tin – cleanses your skin, leaving irritation at the door. I just rinsed off with warm water (not too hot!) and a muslin cloth with no exfoliation.

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Arbonne Calm Soothing Facial Serum

Soothing Facial Serum

That’s right! Straight to the serum… there’s no toner and the moisturiser is still to come. It feels a little strange, but not awful, just weird to break the habit! Because there was nothing in between, it was a little tricky rubbing the serum in. It was so easily absorbed by my skin it really didn’t go very far, and didn’t leave a very smooth surface to work with! Though it’s not all complaints, easily absorbed is like a dream-come-true for me, so I was happy with that!

There are one or two questionable ingredients in this serum, but overall nothing to worry about, still a very, very low risk! Arbonne describe their less natural products as ‘Science’ ingredients, which to me feels a little sneaky, but not strictly false. All of the ingredients I didn’t recognise I googled, and there really isn’t a lot to complain about at all! The range also contains many beneficial ingredients such as Aloe, Mallow and Cucumber – all known for calming the skin.

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Arbonne Calm Gentle Daily Moisturiser
Source: http://www.arbonneinternational.co.uk

Gentle Daily Moisturiser

I really liked the consistency of this moisturiser, it wasn’t quite a gel, but was still a really easily absorbed cream. There is still no scent, and it was very soothing and gentle on my skin. Perfect for those, like myself, who struggle to absorb products like this.

I found that a pea sized amount took care of my whole face, and left me smooth. I must say that my skin does feel very soft, and not the slightest bit dry. There is a tiny bit of residue, but that is to be expected for me, things normally don’t absorb completely for a couple of hours.

Arbonne Calm Soothing Eye Gel Source: www.arbonneinternational.co.uk
Arbonne Calm Soothing Eye Gel
Source: http://www.arbonneinternational.co.uk

Soothing Eye Gel

Eye creams and gels are something I just don’t really understand… I’ve tried out a few now and they just don’t really seem to do anything. Though I’m not really sure what I should be looking for! This eye gel claims to be soothing, and that it is…

I think I’ve mentioned that I’m not a make up wearer, though this morning I had the luxury of time to get ready, so I put on some mascara. Taking off make up is horrible for me, no matter how soft my cotton pads are, the process always scratches up my eyes a treat leaving them red and sore, with very rough skin (which usually gets stained by my make up) so it’s no surprise I normally steer clear of the ordeal and go bare faced. Today this exact thing happened, but I must say after applying this eye gel my orbital area is noticeably calmer, but is left a little sticky. If I were using this in the morning and wore make up regularly it certainly wouldn’t make a good primer for me! Left overnight however, I wouldn’t see a problem!

The Calm range is recommended for use morning and night, and I would have to agree that it would be suitable for this. It is so incredibly gentle on the skin that it wouldn’t cause irritation if used regularly, though it’s probably good measure to keep use to a minimum with any products.

Overall, this is a nice range, though I guess I look for a little more oomph in my skin care products and enjoy nice smells and textures! It is quite expensive, the calm set would set you back £90, which is an unthinkable amount of money for lil old me – I’d want nothing short of a miracle for that much money. Though it has to be said, with Arbonne you are almost guaranteed never to pay full price, most consultants let you into their world of discounts, so the price would inevitably drop considerably. Although for me it hasn’t made my shortlist, I can imagine that for those with really sensitive skin, this range is a no brainer. When they say gentle, they really, really mean it!

If you fancy treating yourself to some Arbonne goodies, you can order online here. Have you tried Arbonne – what are your thoughts?

Arbonne Calm Skincare Review

Liz Earle Botanical Shine Conditioner

liz earle logoMy hair is suffering big style. Recent weather changes and lack of haircuts (don’t judge me) mean that my hair is looking a little worse for wear. Thankfully the Liz Earle team stepped in early enough to save me from another weeks misery, and sent me over the Botanical Shine Conditioner to partner up with my shampoo (See review here)Liz Earle Botanical Shine Conditioner

I’m quite particular about hair care. I like the products I use to be substantial and rich, which can be tricky when you’re trying to go natural. I usually find that most natural shampoos tangle my hair and the conditioners just… well, they don’t do anything! Lucky for me, the Botanical Shine Conditioner is rich, thick and luxurious and smells amazing, so it definitely ticks all my boxes whilst giving me a little more incentive to get up in the morning for my shower! That’s right, I wash my hair every day; and I know it’s a bad habit and isn’t very eco, but I feel like I’ve done enough in my life to compensate that!

As with all the Liz Earle products, the smell is absolutely amazing! The hair care range is probably one of my favourite smells ever, and it really sticks around throughout the day if you don’t load up your hair with products afterwards. My only concern is the perfume in the ingredient list… Perfumes can either be a million ingredients combined together to create the ‘perfect’ smell, or simply a few essential oils combined and added for a slightly sweeter scent. I’m hoping Liz Earle sit somewhere in the middle!

The active ingredients in this conditioner include: Apple Fruit Extract which leaves your hair super shiny as well as Yangu Oil and West African Shea Butter which conditions and restores moisture. Definitely a great cocktail of ingredients, with plenty of benefits to your hair!

Again, it does what it says on the tin, which is all I could ever ask of a product. It cares for my damaged hair and leaves it with a beautiful, natural shine. My hair can become brittle and dry very quickly, so it’s great to be able to use the Botanical Shine Shampoo & Conditioner every day to keep my hair nourished and soft! My tip would be to leave your conditioner in for a few minutes to set in if you don’t already, whilst you get on with other things – you’ll definitely notice the difference!

If you don’t have dry hair like me, there is also a conditioner for Fine & Oily Hair and one for Normal Hair too!

Are you a Liz Earle fan too? Let me know which of their products you’ve been using!

Full ingredients list

Aqua (water), Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, Cetearyl alcohol, Behentrimonium chloride, Glyceryl stearate, Vitellaria paradoxa (shea butter), Calodendrum capense (yangu) seed oil, Pyrus malus (apple) fruit extract, Citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) fruit extract, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Crambe maritima (blue seakale) extract, Panthenol, Limonene, Parfum (fragrance), Butylene glycol, Isopropyl alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Cetrimonium chloride, Linalool, Benzoic acid, Phytantriol, Dehydroacetic acid, Benzyl salicylate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium hydroxide, Citric acid.

Liz Earle Botanical Shine Conditioner