Natural beauty and well-being

28 September 2018

2 french natural beauty products everyone needs to know

I love discovering new products (who doesn't like!) especially when they come from my native country France. This summer,  I have spotted many new products or products that went under a redesign from brands I usually use such as Melvita, B com Bio or So' Bio Etic.
Today, I want to talk about 2 lovely bodycare products I have been reaching all summer and that really need to be discovered by all of you.


So' Bio Etic shower cream Argan & Neroli Blossom flowers (€ 4.00 for 250ml)
If you are looking for an affordable sulfate-free shower body wash that gently cleanses and nurtures the skin, do not look further, this is it. The delicate and milky Argan & Neroli Blossom flowers emulsion slathers really well and gently dissolves all impurities to leave to skin soft and hydrated. The highlight of this shower cream for me is definitely the scent- it is absolutely LOVELY -calming and flowery and this is by far my favorite scents of all the shower cream ranges. So'Bio Etic is an affordable brand so if you do not want to spend too much, this is a great choice!
If you are new to green beauty and want to introduce natural greener choices to the all family (including children), then I recommend you to check their whole range. You can also read a more detailed review HERE. I'm not too sure if all the products are available in the UK/US, but in case you take a trip to France, you will find them at any local supermarkets. Always nice to see that organic beauty can also be on budget!



BioSphere natural Delice Body milk* (€19.00 for 200ml)
Biosphere natural is a natural beauty company created in 2011 by Dana. You can read her story here.  I was sent the body lotion a while ago so I had basically all summer to use and abuse of the lotion. The packaging appeared at first a bit blend, but I did not let myself fool by it: the body milk is actually awesome- soothing, repairing, fast-absorbing, and non-greasy! I used it almost everyday just to nourish and it kept my skin supple after the long sunny days: it really did a fantastic job! Composition-wise, it features nourishing Cocoa butter and some softening botanical oils such as Sesame or Sunflower oils that bring vital lipids and nutrients to the skin. The scent is really subtle and pleasant, nothing too overpowering. All in all, I have been pleasantly surprised by the body milk Delice and really enjoyed using it. I would love to see a little packaging revamp in the future, I think it would had a bit of charm and strenght to the product.

Discover So'Bio Etic HERE and Biosphere Naturel HERE.

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16 September 2018

September: 3 beauty things to do for your skin

 If holidays already seem far away, the light sunkissed tan I still have reminds me of the relaxing (and not always relaxing- mummies will understand ;-)) time I had throughout the summer (aka school holidays). So, how do you care best for your skin after a whole summer of intense heat, swimming sessions and perhaps hectic diets?
Read below the simple and easy beauty tips to have a glowing skin in September!


1- Gently exfoliate
If you think exfoliation is too harsh or may remove your holiday tan, then you may think twice. In addition of smoothing the skin out by removing dead cells and impurities, exfoliation helps to uniformize the suntan while helping the skin to look fresh and glowing like a baby skin. Best is to use a gentle and non-abrasive scrub for the face and the body but make sure to not overuse it.


                             My picks    Absolution La Creme gommante 
                                                  Kimberly Sayer Gentle Almond & Lavender face scrub
                                                  Madara Peel mask
                                        Bodhi&Birch Himalayan Pink salt scrub
                                        Patyka Revitalising body scrub


2- Generously moisturise
Slather your skin (and any dry areas) with a body cream will not only keep it hydrated and smooth but it will also strench your tan survival time. You need a cream that locks the moisture in the skin while naturally replenishing rough areas. For your face, opt for a cream or an oil that is able to quench your skin while supporting its natural functions.

                            My picks     Biosphere naturel body lotion
                                       Ellovi body butter 
                                       Weleda sensitive skin lotion
                                       Madara Smart antioxidant cream


3- Daily protect
The sunny months of July and August may be gone, but that does not mean you need to forget suncare and UV sunscreens. September can still have his fair share of nice weather! Needless to say, the skin needs to remain healthy and protected against UV exposure and this is why you still need to use a suitable SPF cream.


                          My picks      Kimberly Sayer ultra-light moisturiser SPF30
                                                 Madara Plant stem cell sunscreen SPF30


Remember: be kind with your skin.

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08 September 2018

2 sunscreens tried and tested this summer

This summer was one of the hottest summers I have experienced in the Netherlands. Actually, all Europe was hit by "the" heatwave, isn't it?
Anyway. So, despite being sweaty and dreading being in the water all day long, the other important thing for me was to find great suncare products to protect my skin against the sun rays. I had the opportunity to test 2 sunscreens*-the Eco Cosmetics sunspray 30 and the Green People sun lotion SPF 30 and have thoroughly used and re-used them during the whole summer. Read below my thoughts about these 2 suncare products!


Eco Cosmetics SPF 30 sunspray sensitive* (£31.95 for 100ml)

Housed in a spray tube, this sunspray is a gentle emulsion that massages well on the skin. Not too heavy nor too light, it glides without leaving a strong white cast. Silicon derivatives- and alcohol- free, the formulation is specially designed to protect sensitive skins against UV rays thanks to the Titanium dioxide/Zinc oxide duo it contains.
What I really like about this product is that it is mess-free, broad-spectrum, super easy to apply, and leaves the skin hydrated without that heavy white cast. In addition to the mineral sunblocks, you can find Canola oil and Glycine Soja oil to nurture and soften the skin.
All in all, I have reached the Eco cosmetics cream many days during the summer and I have been left quite impressed by its performance. I will definitely repurchase it.

Green People Sun lotion SPF30 scent-free* (part of the starter kit retailing at £14.50)

Included in the suncare starter, the SPF 30 lotion is a scent-free emulsion designed to protect the skin against UV radiations. If your skin tends to be sensitive or reacts to strong fragrance, be reassured: this lotion is scent-free. The generous sample size (30ml) is ideal to get a great feel for the product and gives a pretty good idea of how the emulsion delivers in terms of results.
 If you look at the ingredient list, the formulation includes Titanium dioxide and Isoamyl P-methoxycinnamate. Titanium dioxide is a mineral sunblock protecting against UVB and short UVA but can't be considered broad-sprectrum. Isoamyl P-methoxycinnamate- also known as amiloxate is a chemical UVB absorber. Although the Green People blog has stipulated that the latter also blocks UVAs, I have yet to find scientific references/articles that support these claims. I have contacted Green People to comment about it and I am awaiting their answer.
Application-wise, the lotion is quite quick to absorb and non-greasy plus "water repellant" which is always a bonus in summer.
All things considered, the sun lotion is a great pick for anyone whose skin and nose are reluctant to strong scent yet provide an effective protection against UV rays.


Bottom line// While both suncare lotions did a effective job at keeping my skin protected and smooth, the trophy goes to the Eco Cosmetics sunspray for its great performance and its ease of application.
                                     

What do you think? Have you tried them? What is your favorite sunscreen?


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