Natural beauty and well-being

21 March 2012

Moving to The Netherlands

After living 8 years in the UK, it is time to move forward and explore a new country soon: the Netherlands.

The big move will take place in 2 months time with all my little family. I will be missing London, friends and everything, but changes always need to be seen as a positive thing in life. We are looking forward to this new experience. My level if dutch is close to zero but will make sure to get a hand on it as soon as I can.

I am as well very excited to get a closer approach at the dutch natural beauty market and discover new brands and beauty traditions. I will keep you posted :-).

Of course, I will be carrying on blogging as usual. Don't forget to follow me on Twitter @MlleNature for daily beauty tips and chit-chats.

A bientot,


16 March 2012

In search of... my dream shampoo. Part 1

I have long light brunette hair. Yes!
Finding a good shampoo has always been a big struggle for me. Why? because I have specific expectation for such a cleansing product.

After a shampoo, I expect my hair to :
- not becoming flat or heavy
- be full of shine and feel cleansed
- be easily manageable but not too much either

The search of my dream shampoo begins...

Waitrose have launched their organic beauty range (face and body) a few years ago, being the first UK supermarket doing so. They have two organic shampoo products. I decided to try the Moisturizing Shampoo, rather than the Purifying Shampoo. The reason for this is that the ends of my hair tend to be quite dry.

Product description: organic moisturizing shampoo
Certified: yes (Soil Association)
For: dry hair
Texture: emulsion
Price: 4.19 for 200 ml

My opinion

My first impression was that the shampoo was a bit disappointing. I found the texture really liquid and quite runny, so it was quite difficult not to spill some in the shower.... I prefer a texture that is a bit more creamy and consistent, which makes it easier to massage into my hair.

However, I really enjoy the delicate yet fresh smell (probably due to the presence of geranium essential oil): it gives me the "clean" feeling and this is something I find very important in a shampoo. It is also very easy to rinse off. Waitrose shampoo also does not leave any fake/superficial silk film on the hair and I like that too.

The composition of the shampoo is simplistic and this is always a plus for me. In general, a good shampoo needs only 4 main ingredients: water, detergent, active ingredient, botanical oil. Rather than using common detergents (that are also hair irritant) such as SLS or cocamidopropyl betaine, they choose to use decyl glucoside and coco-betaine as main tensioactifs and these are very mild.

My hair is left cleansed and fresh. Also, I enjoy the fact that my hair does not feel too heavy after one day or two.

Was this my dream shampoo? not entirely........ the texture was a thumb down to me. Nevertheless it is a good product.

My overall rating: 7.5/10

...why not trying it?

Have you ever bought this shampoo? what do you think? let me know!

Composition: aqua, decyl glucoside, helianthus annus (sunflower) oil*, coco-betaine, glycerin, Prunus Amygdalus (sweet almond) oil*, xanthan gum, phenoxyethanol, citric acid, Aloe Barbadensis* (aloe vera), benzoic acid, dehydroacetic acid, pelargonium graveolens (geranium) oil*, citronellol, geraniol.
*organically produced ingredients

Sunflower and almond oils brings softness and suppleness to the hair.

Glycerin and aloe vera are great moisturizers, so they help to lock moisture. Aloe vera contains anti inflammatories molecules that soothe any irritated scalp.

Phenoxyethanol and benzoic acid are allowed in the Soil Association certification as preservatives. Sometimes contested, these preservatives ensure your product will be kept free of mould and nasty bacteria.


04 March 2012

My little tips to maintain a happy mood

A couple of days ago, I saw the first crocuses and narcisses flourishing in the park. People were looking at them and they smiled. Spring is on its way! Yeah!

Flowers can make you smile at times and can boost your mood. I was thinking of my personal ways or moments that can truly keep me in an happy mood. Let me share those with you.

1) Thinking positive- I know, it is not always easy, but remember that there is a good side to everything that happens.

2) Looking at some of my favorite pictures. Good memories always bring a smile on my face. You too?

3) Reading beauty blogs. Love the perkiness of some and the fun sides of others.

4) Doing a at-home facial (face scrub+mask) not only brightens my skin, but my mind too :-).

5) Breathing exercices are one of the greatest way to re-focus and concentrate on the good :-)

6) Enjoying delicious homemade spaghetti bolognese or fish tajine cooked by my Monsieur.

7) Boosting my Vitamin C daily intake by drinking orange and grapefruit juice. FRESH!

8) Giving a quick call to my grandpa who is 99 years old and amazing!

Now you know some of my ways that help me to keep smiling, what are your mood lifting tricks? I would love to hear from you!


01 March 2012

Versatile Blogger Award goes to....

Thank you Naturally Sunkissed for awarded me the Versatile Blogger Award. That is very kind!

Versatile blogger Award is a great way to get to know each other. So let’s do it!

Rules of Honour

1. Thank the person that nominated you with a link back.
2. Tell 7 things about yourself.
3. Pass this on to newly discovered blogs & let them know they received the award.

Seven little facts about me

1- Every morning, I eat wholegrain cereals in hot milk (and do that since I am very young)
2- I have long curly brunette hair and green eyes
3- I love California
4- Could not live without internet...really!
5- I tend to be quite critical (positif or negatif)
6- I am a Green belt in Shotokan Karate
7- I am going to leave UK soon and move to another country

I would like to award the following (and great!) blogs with the Versatile blogger Award:

Check them out!

Hope you have enjoyed and thanks for reading! A tres bientot :-)
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