Isle of Wight Natural Candle Company at Christmas!

ImageThose of you that read my Christmas Gift Guide will know I’m a huge fan of natural candles… I think they’re a bit of an unsung hero of the natural product world.

Paraffin wax is a major ingredient in most household candles, scented or not, and is a slimy waste product from the petroleum industry. When burned it produces carcinogenic chemicals, similar to the fumes released from a diesel engine (very relaxing!). It is said to be about as dangerous as second-hand cigarette smoke, and a big contributor to respiratory issues, including asthma. ANYWAY, I don’t wish to scaremonger, but that’s pretty much why I like to buy natural candles made from soy or beeswax with simple, safe fragrances derived from essential oils or something similar.

It just so happens that the Isle of Wight is home to some of the most incredible natural candles around, and it also just so happens that I know the owner of the Isle of Wight Natural Candle Company, Heather! She invited me into her workshop for a candle sniffing session, and told me all about how she makes her candles – Rosie heaven! Without going into too much detail, Heather uses a soy wax base, and works with as many essential oils to fragrance her candles as possible, using other carrier oils and safe ingredients to create a gorgeous balance of scents in her mixed-fragrance candles.

ImageSince it’s Christmas time, I was given a very thorough tour of the festive section of her workshop. Heather has worked hard to create unique festive scents for her candles, which give a much needed breather from the overbearing cinnamon and plasticy sickly sweet berry combination you seem to get in most shops. I chose the Orange, Nutmeg and Clove flavored candle, and it is absolutely divine. Heather explained that she thought it was essential to create a candle represented the ‘food of christmas’ – and this was the combination she chose (what can I say, I love Christmas food!) It has a really rich, but fresh scent all uplifted by some gorgeous orangey high notes and just a hint of nutmeg and spicy clove. Whilst burning it really does smell as though you have something delicious in the oven and creates a gorgeous homely, warm smell – I cannot get enough!

Other scents featuring in the festive collection include fresh fig, sweet roasted chestnut, strudel spice, mulled wine and many more! There is of course an extensive range of other fresh scents that can be enjoyed all year round including Rose Geranium, Tuberose and Hibiscus and my personal favorite, Sweet Lemon.

Isle of Wight Natural Candles come in 3 different sizes. Small candles burn for approximately 19 hours and cost £5.50, medium candles burn for 36 hours and cost £10.50 and large candles burn for 45 hours and cost £13.50 – all are amazing value for money and can be bought online here! There are also special offers regularly, and at the moment you can pick up four small candles for £20, providing a perfect opportunity to try a number of fragrances – it can be hard to narrow down your choice!

Do you light up natural candles too? Tell me about your favourites!

Isle of Wight Natural Candle Company at Christmas!

A Q&A with Jennifer Young

Jennifer Young SkincareSo, you may have heard all about Jennifer’s recent venture on the news over the previous weeks. I was so intrigued by the bespoke skincare idea that I decided to check it out, and found myself in love with the ethos behind Jennifer’s incredible products from the Defiant Beauty range – created especially for those going through cancer treatments such as chemotherapy. I was so impressed I decided to email Jennifer to express my enthusiasm for the products and ideas – and we ended up getting talking about a feature on my blog! So here it is, for your viewing pleasure… My Q&A session with Jennifer Young, founder of Jennifer Young Bespoke Skincare and Defiant Beauty!

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A Q&A with Jennifer Young

Botanic Purity Christmas Gift Guide

ImageWelcome to my very first Christmas Gift Guide! I know that this time of year can be stressful, rushy and unpleasant for some, but Christmas Shopping is actually one of my favourite parts of the festive season – it just fills me with joy and anyone knows that I simply can’t resist the amount of cute packaging on offer, but for this guide I’ve had to think INSIDE the box and consider the contents of the package. I’ve hand picked some of my favourite gifts for him, her and the home covering a range of budgets – I hope you enjoy reading it!

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Botanic Purity Christmas Gift Guide

Blue Labelle Botanic Skincare Review

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I have always had trouble with my skin, every product I have used was too heavy, not heavy enough, too greasy, too scrubby, scratchy or too chemically. I hit a bit of a gold mine when I discovered natural skincare products, but this is not to say the problems had solved. I recently discovered Blue Labelle Botanic Skincare and couldn’t resist getting in touch!

Blue Labelle is a company founded on the Isle of Wight, made by founder Pascale Labelle and is truly amazing. Everything I could want in a company, really!

Excellent Personal Service

It wasn’t long before I purchased some products after Founder, Pascale’s advice on where I’m going wrong with skincare. I had put it all to the test. She advised me that most moisturisers leave my skin greasy because the binding ingredients in creams will only create an illusion of moisturisation whilst they sit on the skin, whereas facial oils will be absorbed by the natural oil layer on the skin, as well as this, normal cleansers will use scrubby or synthetic ingredients that will break down this natural oil, which is why skin often becomes oily or unbalanced throughout the day.

My Order:

Cleansing Oil For Normal/Oily Skin & Balancing & Toning Facial Oil Trial Set (Including 2 Muslin Cloths) – £13.50

FREE Cleansing Oil (as part of offer)

Overall this has gave me about 2 months worth of skin care – bargain! I received my products within a couple of days of ordering, which is great for me as I’m stupidly impatient waiting for treats in the post! For all of you that also hate paying for delivery, I was delighted to discover that if you didn’t spend over £15 to qualify for free delivery, it was under £2 – that I could stretch to!

Putting the Products to the Test

ImageI was eager to try my new oils. The cleansing oil needs to be used on dry skin, which I must admit is tricky when you’re in the bath/shower and prefer to cleanse in the morning, so be sure to keep a towel close by! I have actually switched to cleansing in the evening now, just because I have found it helps to balance my skin a little more.

I found about 4 pumps is enough for me. The smell takes a little getting used to as it’s not packed full of perfumes, but is by no means unpleasant. Once your skin is dry it’s bizarre not to feel the ‘just had a face lift’ or ‘my skin is about to tear’ feeling that you normally get from mainstream face washes. Instead it feels super soft, moisturised and healthy – lovely! After using the cleanser I applied a few drops of the facial oil, the bottle suggested 4-5 drops, but I have since found that 1-2 drops is more suitable with the added bonus of making my products go even further!

Since using the products I have had lots of compliments on my skin, that I’m looking very ‘matt’ – a definite compliment from another anti-shiny-face obsesser! I’ve been really pleased with my Blue Labelle products, and can’t recommend highly enough.

Summary

Pros:

  • Completely natural way of caring for your skin – no added ingredients with no benefits to our faces
  • Supporting an independent retailer – Pacale is a lovely lady!
  • Leaves skin super soft
  • Quick, cheap delivery
  • Excellent value for money – products last a long time

Cons:

  • I suppose you could say the smell is a conif you’re not used to super natural products – it doesn’t smell super flowery or sweet
  • Not available in stores off Island

Ingredients & Benefits

Balancing & Toning Facial Oil

Corylus avellanna (hazelnut) oil, Oenothera biennis (evening primrose) oil, Juniperus communis (juniperberry) oil, Pelargonium graveolens (geranium) oil, Boswellia carterii (frankincense) oil, Limonene*, Citral*, Geraniol*, Citronellol*, Linalool*, Eugenol*.  *natural constituents of essential oils.

Cleansing Oil for Normal/Oily Skin

Prunus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, Ricinus communis (castor) seed oil**, Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil**, Cymbopogon martinii (palmarosa) oil, Citrus aurantium (petitgrain) oil, Limonene*, Linalool*, Citral*, Geraniol*, Farnesol*. *natural constituents of essential oils. **organic.

Palmarosa helps to naturally balance the sebum

Jojoba oil unclogs pores

Hazelnut Oil helps regenerate and strengthen cells on our skin

Geranium balanced the sebum production

Evening Primrose Oil keeps us moisturised!

Blue Labelle Botanic Skincare Review