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Review: Ere Perez Carrot Colour Pots
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Ever since I got interested in green beauty, I have lusted after the perfect multi-purpose colour pot a la RMS. Unfortunately, the cult favourites are not vegan-friendly due to their use of beeswax. Every now and then I similar product comes on to the market but I am yet to be impressed. That is, until now. Ere Perez have intrigued me ever since they first popped onto LoveLula. Hailing from Australia, Ere Perez offers super high-quality natural and organic makeup that is more often than not, vegan-friendly. Although they do occasionally use beeswax, I am happy to say that these colour pots are totally bee-free. 

The Carrot Colour Pots* have been an absolute pleasure to use and I am happy to have finally found something like this that is both vegan and up to the job. The two shades I have tried, Holy and Healthyare beautiful on both lips and cheeks and I have been using them non-stop since I received them. Amazingly, I believe they are also dye-free and so attest to the fact that beautiful bright colours can be achieved without carmine or dyes. Holy is a wonderful bitten berry colour (that leans more pink than it does below), and Healthy is a blush nude that looks very subtle and well, healthy on the cheeks. Although the shade range is limited, it covers most ground and you're sure to find a shade that you like. 

They seem to last really well on me (which is a feat with my oily skin) and I'm yet to experience any irritation or break-outs. I was a little dubious of the caprylic as it is a form of coconut oil, but my skin doesn't seem to react in the same way that it does with the raw kind. With that in mind, these seem to be relatively acne-friendly which is brilliant and very much welcomed for a cream product. Ere Perez seem to be ticking all of the boxes here.

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In addition to the vegan ingredients and lovely shades, I also appreciate that they come in little glass jars. Although the lid is plastic, I'm sure it'll be easy to repurpose the packaging once the product is either used-up or expired. I really appreciate this fact and sustainability can (ironically) often be lacking within the green beauty space. Ere Perez have been making some really significant changes in their packaging recently and it has been refreshing to see. Their new skincare range is a great example of this and I would be lying if I wasn't keen on adorning my dressing table with more of their beautiful frosted glass.

Will you be trying the Colour Pots from Ere Perez?

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Thank you in advance if you choose to use one!

Introducing | Wearth London Ethical Department Store
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"We partner with British brands who fit our ethos of promoting sustainable and ethical shopping in the UK. Our aim is to create a bustling online community where people can find brands which align with their values, whilst creating a platform for small independent companies to grow."
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A big thank you to Wearth London for sponsoring this post. I recieved this product to review, but all opinions are my own.

Today I'm sharing something with you that I'm very excited about. Wearth London is a new ethical online department store offering beauty, home, and other categories of products that are all ethical, vegan, and sustainable. Wearth London champions independent brands and offers eco-conscious consumers access to these brands all in one place. Brands are chosen with ethics and sustainability in mind, with all options being vegan-friendly and zero-waste in direction. Their strict ethos of glass packaging, cruelty-free ingredients, and transparent production mean that you can easily shop and be sure that everything aligns with your own ethical priorities. 

After a browse of their website, I treated myself to these beautiful earrings from Smoke and Ash. Sarah of Smoke and Ash is an Essex-based jewellery-maker (yay local), and the majority of her pieces are made from recycled silver. In addition to this, her business cards are made from recycled t-shirts, she donates to the Marine Conservation Society, and each pieces comes with this wonderful reusable cotton bag for safe-keeping. The earrings are excellent quality and look so lovely when they catch the light. I have been wearing them non-stop since I recieved them. It sounds silly, but I also love that the hooks are flat rather than round... it's the little things. 

Shipping through Wearth London was quick and I was generally very happy with the buying process. I'd be lying if I said I didn't have my eye on a few of their other offerings like these stacking rings also from Smoke and Ash; these soaps from Soap Daze; and this beautiful ceramic expresso cup from Nina+Co. 

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I decided to ask Edward of Wearth London a few questions so we could get to know them a little better...

Introduce us to Wearth London.
Wearth is a sustainable and ethical online department store selling products from a range of independent UK brands which make high-quality stylish products whilst taking the environment seriously and being ethically minded. We launched at the end of October with 20 brands and now we have over 30, from natural skincare to reclaimed furniture. What I think sets us apart is our transparency and our aim to keep our customers informed. For example, we try and keep the amount of plastic sold to an absolute minimum and you can see exactly what packaging has been used for the product itself and the delivery. We also have a range of visual tags (e.g. handmade, plastic-free, made in the UK) making it easier for people to quickly see the main values of each product. We have also created a new innovative way of shopping where you can the discover products which have these certain values by using our shop by values page.

What was the inspiration behind starting your own online department store?
The idea for Wearth came about around a year ago when we were both still students (Imogen is still finishing her degree at Manchester). We felt firstly that retailers could do more to reduce their impact on the environment and the more we learnt about how plastic was destroying eco-systems and killing animals the more we felt we needed to do something. At the same time, we also could see lots of exciting new brands coming out which genuinely cared about their impact but often it was difficult to find them without really searching hard on the internet or social media. This is where we decided that there was a need for an online department store which brought all of these brands together, making it easier for people to find brands which have aligned values with theirs, be it being zero waste or made in the UK.

How would you describe your ethical ethos?
Our ethical ethos in general is being exploitation-free. This means that we try and ensure that the products we sell do not exploit the planet, factory workers or animals. In each of our departments we have certain criteria to help adhere to this ethos. For example, for our natural beauty department we have carefully selected brands which make their products in small batches in the UK with all natural vegan-friendly ingredients and that they also use glass packaging. Likewise, our jewellery is all handmade by small independent jewellery designers who use recycled silver, reducing the demand for newly-mined silver which has a devastating impact on the environment.

Why is offering vegan products important to Wearth?
Having all of our products vegan-friendly is something which was very important to us right from the start. Imogen has been a vegan for over 2 years and she felt that it was difficult to find products which not only aligned with her aim to live more zero waste but also were vegan. I have been vegetarian for over a year now and we both wanted to create an online store where people could shop with confidence knowing no harm was caused to animals. As the animal agriculture is also one of the leading causes of devastation via pollution, climate change and deforestation, we also wanted to ensure we weren't supporting these industries in any way. 

If you see anything you like, you can 10% off your first order by signing up to the Wearth London newsletter!

 

Review: Alchemy Oils Grapefruit Hair Remedy

Wow, I can't remember the last time I actually did a dedicated product review! And, to be honest, I'm really late to the train with this one. Alchemy Oils is a well-loved brand within the green beauty community and only now have I been able to try one of their lovely products. I was kindly sent the Grapefruit Hair Remedy* to try and I really have been enjoying using it. Firstly, the packaging is absolutely stunning - I just adore the old-style apothecary look and the bottle looks so beautiful on display (what's inside isn't half bad either). 

I've always had a problem with hair mask oils - especially those marketing as 'repairing' - being too heavy for my hair. My hair is very thick, but it is weighed down very easy and so I have, for many years, just skipped the hair oil step in my haircare routine. And as you might of guessed from me writing this post, I have finally found one that doesn't do this - woohoo! It is not exactly the cheapest at £24 for 100ml, but if you don't use it very often, the bottle will last you a very long time. I also had concerns about the stopper lid being a bit of a gimmick (will I end up with oil everywhere?), but I can happily report that I haven't had any leaks or mishaps as of yet.

I have been using the Grapefruit Hair Remedy* as a leave-on hair mask, applying the oil liberally and leaving for at least ten minutes before washing out. In the past, I've had trouble with this method and other oils (straight coconut oil for example), often leave a gross residue that is still visible after a thorough wash. Luckily, I don't experience this with this product and I'm safe knowing that any applied product will be easily washed out, even when I'm in a rush.

This blend does contain coconut oil, but it is joined by a wonderful concoction of avocado, almond, and castor. It definitely has a thick consistency but as mentioned, I don't think this to cause too much trouble, even for my hair that is prone to oiliness. The blend is finished off with a touch of grapefruit essential oil which, while smelling gorgeous, works to reduce dandruff and calm an angry scalp. This is something that I most definitely have experience with and so I really enjoying the soothing effect that this oil has when I use it. 

I've also heard great things about some of the other blends in Alchemy's range, namely the Amla Hair Remedy that is scented with lemon to encourage a gentle cleansing effect. They also offer a Peppermint Beard Remedy - perfect for beauty bloggers with beardy boyfriends (like me!)

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Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Fractionated Coconut Oil), Persea Gratissima (Virgin, Organic Avocado Oil), Ricinus Communis Seed Oil (Organic Castor Oil), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil (Organic Sweet Almond Oil), Citrus Paradisi Peel Oil (Organic White Grapefruit Essential Oil)

 

Review: Lyonsleaf Beauty Balm

I'm so excited to finally be sharing with you my review of the Lyonsleaf Beauty BalmLyonsLeaf is probably not a new brand to most people by now. They're an interesting and innovative company creating simple water-less products and they have been nominated for (and have won) a multitude of awards. I had tried a small sample of the Beauty Balm sometime last year but it's only within the last few months that I've really come to appreciate the product's true potential.

Don't get me wrong - it is 'another' shea-based balm but it's so much more than that. Lyonsleaf's Beauty Balm is the most effective multi-use product that I have ever tried. The short list of high-quality 95% organic ingredients work together beautifully to create my favourite cleanser, treatment balm, barrier cream, AND hydrating mask. 

This was my first experience using a proper balm cleanser and I was incredibly impressed with its healing properties. My skin always looks plump and moisturised following cleansing with this and it also works brilliantly at removing the small amount of makeup that I tend to wear on an everyday basis. In addition, I've recently started using it as a barrier cream/hydrating mask while in the shower. Tamara introduced me to the life-changing ritual of applying a thick layer of balm before taking a shower. In the past my skin has been easily affected by heat and so this act has been helping my skin to retain its natural barrier while being exposed to warm water. My skin can often look dull and dehydrated following a shower but now it can sometimes look even better than it did when I got in!

I really cannot recommend Lyonsleaf enough and they also come high-commended from a plethora of fellow green beauty bloggers. Out of my sometimes insane collection of skincare products, I can faithfully say that this is one that I will be repurchasing time and time to come.

 Find out more at their website or follow them on Twitter.

Ingredients: (95% organic/wild harvest): orbignya oleifera, butyrospermum parkii, macadamia ternifolia, simmondsia chinensis, prunus amygdalus dulcis, tocopherol, cymbopogon martinii, salvia sclarea, tyrax benzoin, pogostemon cablin, rosemarinus officinalis, calendula officinalis. Note: the essential oils naturally contain: citral, geraniol, benzyl benzoate, benzyl cinnamate, farnesol, limonene, linolool.