Recent Empties #8

Come on guys, do I really need an intro for these things anymore?

Odylique Tea Tree & Herb Shampoo
This will forever be in my empties. No explanation needed (but I will be doing a full review soon). I’m trying to hunt down a cheaper alternative but unfortunately, I think I’m coming to the conclusion that nothing else keeps my scalp as soothed and itch-free, without the need for an ACV rinse. Also, it smells AMAZING.

Green People Quinoa & Calendula Shower Gel*
Green People sent me this a while ago along with the deodorant from the same line. I have done a full review, but in short, I do enjoy this shower gel. It has a really fresh scent but if I’m honest, if I’m to spend this much on a shower gel, then I’m probably more likely to spend the money on something like Bodhi & Birch that lasts about five times as long.

Acure Organics Argan Oil
I bought this argan oil way back when I first started using green beauty; in my first ever iHerb order in fact. I bought it with my hair in mind but actually ended up using it as a straight body oil in a bid to use it up. I also used it on my eczema and my skin actually reacted really well to it. However, I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing as there are other basic oils (like Soil Association certified sunflower oil from eNaissance – love!) that are easier to get hold of and have a similar effect on my angry skin.

Hugo & Debra Naturals Grapefruit Himalayan Pink Salt Scrub
This was a really lovely basic scrub with decent ingredients, a decent price, and decent availability. I got this as a Christmas present from my boyfriend’s Dad who bought it from TK Maxx. The grapefruit was refreshing but not overpowering and the ‘scrubiness’ was just perfect. TK Maxx can actually be a bit of a gold mine for green beauty. I assume he picked it up just because he just saw the words ‘natural’ and ‘vegan’ but damn, he did well. Leave a comment below if you’d like to see a post on the kinds of brands you can pick up!

Herbfarmacy Pure Hydration Serum
I have done a full review on this. I absolutely loved this product the first time around when I received it as a PR sample and this was my repurchase. However, I do think my love has waned and I can no longer justify its price tag. These days I prefer to use something with a thinner consistency and a higher concentration of hyaluronic acid that can be mixed with other serums. I’m now really enjoying this offering from Evolve Beauty. The Herbfarmacy has more of a milky consistency and can pill when used with other products. If you prefer all your products to be organic certified then go for the Herbfarmacy (they are certified by the Soil Association – my certification of choice), but I do find the Evolve to be a lot more versatile.

Hynt Beauty Skin Prep Serum (sample)
I was sent the Hynt Beauty Skin Prep as a free sample when I ordered by Sweet Canyon Palette. It’s a really lovely makeup primer which gorgeous botanical ingredients like algae (it does also contain carageenan though which I need to look into). I’d really consider buying the full size of this, but cannot decide whether I’d be more suited for their SPF version, the Sun Prep. Maybe I’ll try a sample of the later before I make my decision as I’m thinking of making another order for their cult concealer to see my dark circles through the early university mornings this winter.

Harper's Bizarre Bizarre Zombielicious Candle
Harper's Bizarre is my absolute favourite indie vegan candle company. They make the most gorgeous scents and although they’re not all from essential oils, they don’t give me a headache (important) and they make me extremely happy. Zombielicious was another of their limited edition Halloween scents that I bought last year. And, as Halloween is again fast approaching, I’ll soon be stocking up when I see them at VegFest London and/or Cambridge Vegan Fair in October.

Schmidt's Bergamot & Lime Deodorant Stick
This deo has HG status. Full review here. I have repurchased put decided to try the Cedarwood & Juniper scent.

Vedani Botanicals No. 21 Cleanser
Another one of my favourite products that needs no explanation. Full review here (I swear I'm not doing this just to be lazy). I have loads of cleansing oils to use up at the moment but I will be repurchasing in the future.

Botanicals Mandarin & Chamomile Cleansing Melt*
This is a really gorgeous product but unfortunately it makes me a little nervous because of the coconut oil. My skin has reacted badly to coconut oil in the past and so I'm hesitant to try anything bigger than this sample jar. I did enjoy it though and definitely suggest you try it if you have more combo/dry skin.

What have you used up lately?

Gorgeously Green Gathering 2016

Finally, here are some pictures from Gorgeously Green Gathering 2016 that I attended last weekend with my lovely friend Hannah. It was originally planned that Rhys would be coming with me again this year but due to unforeseen circumstances, he could no longer attend. And so, after a wee freakout about how I would afford the hotel on my own, it came to be that Hannah would be attending with me and I'm glad to report that she really enjoyed it! So I had a brilliant time AND managed to convert a friend to green beauty...

The event was organised by the ever amazing Sarah and Jen, sponsored by Totally Organic, and we had the pleasure to hear from some great brands like Mallow & White, Terre Verdi, Evolve Beauty, and Beeutiful. Hearing brands' origin stories is always one of my favourite parts of GGG and they all had such lovely stories to share with us. It was also super exciting to see Amber get up and do a quick talk about Blossom Balm, her collaboration with Joanna of Mallow & White (unfortunately, not vegan!). 

I'm always a big fan of GGG because of its huge social aspect. Not only is it a great opportunity to meet up with some of my fave blogger babes, but you can't really beat a whole day of networking with some seriously inspiring brands. It's so lovely to talk to founders face-to-face, learning about their products, and really hearing first hand about what got them into green beauty. I'm also consistently humbled by how generous the brands are and not only did we all walk away with a smashing goody bag, but we even got to pour our own Terre Verdi cleansing oil (thanks Alessandra!) and get some skincare prescribed by Laura of Evolve Beauty & S5 Skincare. 

Gorgeously Green Gathering is my favourite annual event due to its personality, intimacy, and just how damn informative it is. Nothing has been confirmed for 2017 yet, but I really am hoping that GGG continues for a few more years! For now though, you can enjoy some of the (minimal) photos I managed to take and stay tuned for some reviews!


The After Sun Round Up

So most of you will know by now that I spent a few weeks of July basking in the beautiful (and hot) country of Croatia. Therefore, in the run up to my trip, I knew that I had to hunt down two things: a good SPF and a good after sun. I've already done a round up of the SPFs I took with me, and today I'll be going through the latter. If you want to hear more about the trip in general, then make sure you check out the fabulous first digital issue of The Peridot Mag as I did a write up for them going over things like what we got up to and where we stayed (there's also lots of sea pics).

Green People Hydrating After Sun*
Green People were kind enough to send me this product to try some time ago and and so I was happy to finally give it a fair trial on our trip. I will say now that this was my favourite of the two I took with me. The cooling mint element was saviour in the super hot heat and although I didn't really burn, I did find myself slathering this on every evening as a calming ritual following a day in the sun. I like that it is a tad thicker than your usual cooling after sun and so it is very moisturising. I also really appreciated the soothing ingredients as I'd actually gone for my first wax a few days before jetting off and my skin was feeling a bit sensitive. My boyfriend also really enjoyed this one and the small-ish lasted well considering we were away for just over ten days.

Organii Everyday Organics After Sun Cream
This after sun actually comes free when you buy the full size Organii SPF 50 (see SPF post). Although I didn't enjoy this one as much as the Green People, I did still really like it. The consistency is a lot thicker and it almost felt like a light balm rather than an after sun. This was especially welcome before my trip, as I'd naughtily managed to burn my neck quite badly while still in the UK. I needed as much hydration as I could get because the patch was quick to peel. The small tube was handy to take in my bag to work and keep on my desk, making it easy to remember reapplication throughout the day. I feel like this thicker formula and consistent application definitely led to quicker healing time for my sunburn. I will say though that I didn't really use this one when in Croatia!

Unfortunately, I don't think I will repurchase the Organii as I cannot see that you can buy this independently to the sun cream. The Green People definitely seems to be more accessible. This is a big factor when it comes to sun care as everywhere seems to suddenly sell out as soon as it hits June!

What SPFs and after suns have you been using this summer?


The Peridot 'Sun & Sea' Issue Out Now!

[image credit - the peridot mag]

[image credit - the peridot mag]

If you hadn't already heard the news, Peridot Mag just published their first shiny new digital issue! It's called 'Sun & Sea' and of course it's filled to the brim with lots of lovely mermaid goodness. Be sure to support the girls (the lovely Tamara, Jana, Liz and Nic) and download it, and you may even come across something from me! I put together a little article about my recent trip to Croatia so be sure to check that out if you want to see some dreamy pics of the Adriatic sea... I'm missing it already.