Naturalmente Organic and Natural Shampoo

This is a brand that I am super excited to introduce, so I’ll just cut right to the chase. Naturalmente is another brand new to the UK, and formulate Organic and Natural Shampoos and Conditioners using an aromatic blend of botanicals. The reason I’m so enthused about this brand is that they seem to tick all of the boxes for guilt-free haircare. Created back in 2004 by top Italian hairdressers Brigida and Domenico Tomaselli, Naturalmente was inspired by the natural healing powers of aromatherapy. Naturalmente refuse to use: Parabens, Formaldehyde, Diethanolamine, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate (SLES) or synthetic perfumes and promise that their packaging is 100% biodegradable (and also toxin free if it’s burnt), leaving minimal impact on the planet, which is right up my street. I’ve been testing their Rosemary and Lavender Shampoo* and their Yogurt and Millet Conditioner*, here’s what I think!

Naturalmente

Rosemary & Lavender Shampoo

Natualmente ShampooNow, those of you that follow my blog will know that I’m a HUGE fan of the Liz Earle Botanical Shine Shampoo (review here), and it takes a lot to steer me in a different direction, though I did feel in the mood to try something a little different, and really fancied putting this to the test. Rosemary & Lavender are two of my favourite scents in the world; Rosemary simulates the brain, and gives us extra bursts of happiness and energy when we need it most, and Lavender is well known for it’s antibacterial and calming properties, so a match made in heaven really. This product has been formulated especially for those with oily scalps or problems with dandruff, and I have got to say that it does keep my scalp really balanced throughout the day. Having combination skin means that my hair tends to get oily very quickly, certainly overnight, but this shampoo helped me to feel fresher throughout the day which was fantastic. Despite this, I am still sat on the fence with this shampoo. I found that I had to use double the amount I would normally use as it almost refuses to foam up, meaning I didn’t feel like it was working very hard on my hair, which is fine as it’s a very natural shampoo, but I would be worried about the value for money if I purchased a full-size bottle. Saying that, even with all of the wonderful organic ingredients, Naturalmente is still a very affordable luxury, and this bottle retails at £9.00 for 250ml.

Yogurt & Millet Conditioner

Naturalmente ConditionerThis conditioner is especially designed for those that struggle with dry, damaged or dull hair, which unfortunately is a category I fall into. Having long hair is always tricky, it becomes hard to tame, and is more prone to tangles and environmental damage. I have got to say that this conditioner has been fantastic at helping to restore shine to my hair and has certainly made it feel really nourished and well looked after. The scent is very unusual – it smells sort of like biscuits, which does take some getting used to, but is by no means unpleasant. I haven’t seen millet used in hair care before, but millet is rich in protein which helps to restore your hair’s health, it also can help to promote hair growth, so would be fantastic for those that suffer with hair loss. The millet combined with the yogurt protein, lemon, eucalyptus and mint essential oils make this a highly nourishing product for both your scalp and hair – and definitely worth a try.

Just one final note.. the packaging is incredible. Not only is it 100% biodegradable, but it is this wonderful material that feels really great (I know that’s a weird thing to say, but it really does feel amazing) and is perfectly squeezy. There is nothing worse than having a shampoo container that you have to battle with each morning! Overall, I think these products make for a fantastic everyday haircare routine. Naturalmente also have a range of hair styling products, including this Smoothing Solution for a very reasonable £6.25, which has made its way firmly onto my wish list!

Top Tip:

Carry around some Rosemary Essential Oil when you travel for an instant, natural pick me up when you need it most!

Naturalmente Organic and Natural Shampoo

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*

Faith in Nature | Lavender & Geranium Shower Gel Review

Nourish Skincare – Relax Hydrating Peptide Serum

Nourish Relax Hydrating Peptide Serum
Nourish Relax Hydrating Peptide Serum

As you may have seen in my Nourish Balance Mini Kit review, for some reason my skin decided to have a slight disagreement with the Balance Serum, but no fear! The Nourish team are so amazing, they sent me over the Relax Serum to try instead! I’m pleased to say that this review has a much happier ending!

I never really thought of myself as having sensitive skin… rather just that my skin is particularly choosy about what it absorbs and what it doesn’t. The Relax Serum is aimed at those with sensitivities, and for this reason I normally wouldn’t have gone for it if I was just shopping online, but I’m really pleased that Dr Pauline (Curator of the products) saw outside the box and suggested to send it over!

The serum has quite a thin consistency, which means it’s very light on the skin and a little goes a long way, again making it fantastic value for money at only £16.95. It has a gorgeous Lavender scent, which is really soothing for my pre-bedtime skincare routine. I am delighted to say that my skin absorbs it a treat! Within about 5 minutes my skin is smooth and soft again, with no stickiness in sight. The light gel also has a slight cooling effect, which again is relaxing and gentle – especially great if you have skin prone to blemishes.

The active ingredients in this serum really bring home the benefits of making the transition to a more natural skincare regime. Whereas most ‘main steam’ cosmetics are loaded full of cancer causing chemicals, this product actually contains Carrot Root Powder, which is great for reducing the risk of cancer! Another active ingredient is Ginger Root Powder, which is excellent for reducing irritation and again, calming down inflammation if you struggle with problem skin.

I really like this serum, used alongside the rest of my Nourish products, it helps to maintain an even complexion, which is super important with winter rearing its ugly head! I would definitely recommend this product if you have sensitive skin or struggle to absorb rich, heavy products. Along with the rest of the Nourish range it also has anti-aging properties, which is a definite bonus. Never a bad thing to start early!

Are you using anything from the Nourish range? Let me know your thoughts!

Full Ingredients List

Aqua (water), Daucus sativa (carrot) root powder, Glycerin, Palmitoyl tripeptide-5, Coco glucoside, Xanthan gum, Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil*, Sodium levulinate, Levulinic acid, Potassium sorbate, Sodium hyaluronate, Bisabolol, Zingiber officinale (ginger) root extract, Courmarin, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool. *Certified organic. Naturally present in essential oils.

Nourish Skincare – Relax Hydrating Peptide Serum