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HelloSkin skincare plus giveaway

I was very pleased to be offered the chance to choose a selection of 3 products from HelloSkin free to review. The lady at HelloSkin had seen that I have previously blogged about Flexitol footcare products which is a line they stock.

HelloSkin products

HelloSkin is an online store selling skincare products suitable for those people with psoriasis, eczema, acne and dry skin conditions. The site has been designed so that you can easily shop by need, type or ingredient. Alternatively there is a product finder which is refinable by age group, body part, symptom, need and when to use.

I initially chose the following three products
DermaTherapy Fitted Sheet
Moisturising Cotton Sleep Socks
Neutrogena T/Gel 2-in-1 Dandruff Shampoo Plus Conditioner

But as my first choice of socks were out of stock at the time, I swapped to
Jasmine 100% Silk Moisturising Socks for dry and cracked skin

The products were dispatched on a next day service and arrived well-packed. I spotted that they also offer a free standard delivery service, which I always appreciate.

DermaTherapy fitted sheet

So I’ll start with the DermaTherapy Fitted Sheet which is billed as being the first clinically proven Therapeutic Bedding. I chose this in a king size which currently retails for £84.95 but it is also available in single and double sizes. The fabric feels amazingly smooth compared to standard sheets, but to really understand this, you should look at the zoomed in image of the weave. The HelloSkin website focusses on the benefits for those with sensitive skin conditions, but the packaging also indicates that it is ideal for those undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Pity I hadn’t heard about it a few years earlier, as when son1 was diagnosed with leukaemia, I thought I was making the right choice to buy best quality pure Egyptian cotton bedsheets for him.

They also stock duvet covers, pillow case, flat sheets and sleep sacs. I tend to often wake up sweaty in the middle of the night and I found that this sheet is very effective at wicking away heat and moisture. Now I just need the rest of the range, as my ordinary duvet meant I was still sweaty above, although much more comfortable underneath. Significantly more expensive than standard bedding, but definitely worth the investment for those that it helps to a much better night’s sleep in my opinion. It is 50% polyester and 50% polyamide and is so easy to fit on your mattress compared to most sheets. I actually had to double check the packet to make sure I hadn’t accidentally got super-king rather than king size. I washed it on a 60 degree cycle and tumble-dried it on low. It came out almost crease-free, so I didn’t even need to iron. And the packaging indicates that it will withstand washing upto 90 degrees.

Jasmine Silk Socks

Next the socks, which fit size 3-7. I’ve been planning to get a pair of moisturising socks for ages, but had never got round to it. The idea behind moisturising socks is to apply your usual footcare product and then the socks will help the absorption whilst you sleep. I’m loving these. I can definitely say they work. I’ve blogged before about how dry and cracked my feet are, as per image on left. Well I’ve seen a marked improvement in the mornings since I started wearing the socks, as per image on right. At £7.99 for a pair, they are great value in my opinion. Wish I’d got some sooner. Although the socks are silk, they can still be machine washed on a low 30 degree setting, but I chose to hand-wash them.

Neutrogena T/Gel Dandruff Shampoo

And finally the shampoo. I frequently get a flare up of flaky scalp and have tried many different brands of anti-dandruff shampoo, but this is the first time, I’ve tried this brand. At the time of testing, I only had a very mild case of dandruff (as per top left image), which I’m happy to say it treated. I do prefer using combined shampoo and conditioner like this rather than two separate products. This shampoo lathered up well and also had a nice fragrance and my hair felt soft and tangle-free afterwards. This was the 125ml size which currently retails for £3.99 and it is also available in a 250ml size. More expensive than most shampoo at the supermarket but competitive with salon brands.

So in summary, I was very happy with all three products and will certainly be using this site in the future.

Also I have an offer to pass on to my readers – 10% off your next purchase at HelloSkin with discount code: “HELLOCLAIRE”. This offer is valid once per customer.

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway HelloSkin products to three lucky winners. The first winner drawn will win a DermaTherapy fitted sheet in their preferred choice of size. The second winner drawn will win a pair of Jasmine Silk Moisturising Socks. And the third winner drawn will win a bottle of  Neutrogena T/Gel 2-in-1 Dandruff Shampoo Plus Conditioner.
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I’d love to hear your top skincare tips.

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Flexitol footcare plus giveaway

It’s been a while since I last talked about footcare on the blog, but I’m always keen to try new products on my feet, as they do look ugly with callouses, heel cracks and bunions when they are forced to come out of hiding in the summer. So I was pleased to be offered the opportunity to review a couple of products from Flexitol for free.

Flexitol footcare products

In order to test both products in parallel, I tried one on each foot. Both were simple to apply.

Firstly there is the heel balm for which the packaging indicates visible results in 3 days. This is a medically proven treatment for dry and cracked feet, which I certainly suffer from. And look at the photos showing before and after 3 days. They are spot on. You can see that yes I did get visible results in 3 days. I highly recommend this product and I’ll certainly be continuing to use it.

Flexitol heel balm

And secondly the Moisturising Foot Cream, which I tried on the other foot for comparison. The packaging indicates that this is intensive hydration for very dry feet and legs. I was pleased with this product, but think I would be more inclined to use it on my legs which always need loads of moisturising, and stick to the heel balm for my feet. Or alternatively treat both feet with heel balm initially until rehydrated and then continue to moisturise with the foot cream.

Flexitol moisturising foot cream

Flexitol products are stocked at most leading pharmacies and supermarkets. A 56g tube of heel balm currently retails at around £4.75 and an 85g tube of moisturising foot cream at around £5.69. And the heel balm also indicates that it is suitable for diabetics.

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway a bundle of Flexitol products to one lucky winner. This comprises Heel Balm and Moisturising Foot Cream as per my review plus Heel Magic and Hard Skin & Callus balm. And five runners up will receive a Heel Magic Stick.
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Balance Active Formula Spray Body Lotions Review and giveaway

I took an extended break from reviews over Christmas, which also explains the lack of giveaways on my blog recently. However those of my followers who love a giveaway will be pleased to see I’m back with the first for 2016. And there are more to follow shortly.

This time I have received two Balance Active Formula spray body lotions free to review.

Balance Active Formula Body Lotions

Firstly the one with the red lid. This is a Nourishing Spray Body Lotion which is infused with Argan Oil and a snake venom-like peptide Syn®-Ake to intensely moisturise and target anti-aging skin.

Balance Active Formula Body Lotions

Balance Active Formula Body Lotions

Secondly the one with the turquoise lid. This is a Hydrating Spray Body Lotion which is infused with Hyaluronic Acid and Coconut Oil to deeply hydrate dry skin.

Balance Active Formula Body Lotions

To test them out, I used the Nourishing Body Lotion on my lower left leg and the Hydrating Body Lotion on my lower right leg, whilst leaving my upper legs unmoisturised for comparison over a period of several days. I liked the spray functionality and you then just massage it into your skin. I found it was easily absorbed and didn’t feel greasy. My lower legs are usually drier than my upper legs but instead my lower legs both felt much softer and smoother than my upper legs, right from the first application.

The packaging indicates that these products are Paraben and Phthalate free.

These body lotions are available to purchase from Beauty & the Bunch, currently priced at £5.49 each for 200ml, a very reasonable price in my opinion. I loved them both equally and highly recommend them.

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway a pair of these body lotions courtesy of Balance Active Formula to one lucky winner. A lovely pampering prize.

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ORGANii Mouthwash Review

Oral hygiene is very important. Most people will get gum health issues at some point and a lot of us are unaware that it is the biggest cause of tooth loss. Each time I visit the dentist now I get told that my gums are starting to recede and that I may be prone to gum disease. Brushing alone only cleans 25% of your mouth and I get reminded about flossing and mouthwash, both of which I’ve been doing for years.

So I was certainly up for trying a different brand of mouthwash to my usual. I’ve been sent a free bottle of citrus flavour ORGANii mouthwash to review.

ORGANii mouthwash

ORGANii mouthwashes are currently priced at £5.95 for a 500 ml bottle and come in two flavours (citrus and eucalyptus).

ORGANii is not a brand I had come across previously, but all its products are organic. The mouthwash is formulated with organic aloe vera juice, which made me more interested to try it, as I’ve heard a lot of good things about aloe vera juice recently.

For instance I have a friend who has been drinking aloe vera juice for the last couple of months. Her skin complexion is noticeably clearer, although she does admit that it doesn’t taste very nice.

So forewarned about the taste of aloe vera juice, I gave the mouthwash a try. Result – no problem with the taste at all. I found the citrus flavour very refreshing. Admittedly I was only having a capful at a time and not drinking it. Which brings me on to my next comment. The bottle says to pour a small amount into the lid, then swill around mouth. That makes me shudder at the thought of potential mouth germs multiplying on the lid for over a month. I would much prefer it to say pour into lid, then into a glass for hygiene reasons.

Organii mouthwash

Note it says on the bottle that the product is not suitable for children under 6, however I’m not ready to offer my older children mouthwash yet. Also on this point, I think it should really have a childproof cap, even though it does warn you to keep out of reach of children. Toddlers could easily attempt to drink the bottle if they succeeded in getting hold of it whilst your back was turned, especially if they have watched the parent putting the product in their own mouth.

However putting these concerns aside, it is very competitively priced, has a great flavour and doesn’t contain any controversial nasties like artificial preservatives and added colourants that may be present in other brands.

I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks now and haven’t noticed any difference in plaque and tartar build-up from my usual brand. But I am impressed how natural it is, so I would be very happy to buy this product.

ORGANii products are available at independent health stores nationwide and online at www.ORGANii.co.uk

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A hamper of goodies from Superdrug

Hot on the heels of Katherine de Riera winning my recent Superdrug footcare products giveaway, I’ve now received a free hamper of goodies from Superdrug including yet more items to pamper my feet.

Superdrug goodies hamper

Superdrug goodies hamper

So let me tell you about some of the goodies that I discovered inside my lovely hamper.

scholl luxury pedicure set

Scholl luxury pedicure set

The item that immediately got my attention was the Scholl Luxury Pedicure Set. Having never used anything more sophisticated than a pumice stone, I couldn’t wait to try this out. It consisted of a Velvet Smooth Express Pedi Electronic Foot File and a Velvet Smooth Intense Serum. The foot file was amazing. The roller just glides over the feet, really working well on my unsightly callouses. How I wish that I had discovered a product like this years ago. My feet already are starting to look much better. I highly recommend it. The roller head is easy to remove for washing. And the serum, which I applied after using the foot file felt nice too. This set currently retails at Superdrug for £29.99, reduced from £44.99.

scholl luxury pedicure set

bare foot scrub and balm

Bare Foot products

Then there was a selection of products from the Bare Foot range. Two travel size products and two full size products of Foot Scrub and Foot Balm. I haven’t had time to try them all yet, as I’ve  been too busy with the Scholl roller. But I have tried both the travel size ones. They work well and smell divine. But I do have one little bugbear with the travel size sachets. Once they are open, you have no way to close the packets. I had assumed they would be individual use, but no at 15ml, there was more product than I needed for one application. I would have preferred them to be in a tube or pot. The travel size versions currently retail at Superdrug for 99p and the full size 150 ml at £4.25.

bare foot scrub and balm

Detox Smoothie

Next up the Detox Smoothie. There were two of these, so my other half and I had one each. I added 200 ml of cold water and mixed it up in a jug using my electric hand mixer, as my liquidiser broke several months ago and I haven’t replaced it yet. It mixed well, but sorry neither of us particularly liked it, even if it is branded as a superfood. I thought the taste was bearable but my other half hated it. The main ingredients are pineapple, banana and apple. I much prefer the ready-made smoothie cartons that I regularly buy at the supermarket. This currently retails at Superdrug for £1.99 for a single 45g sachet.

detox cleansing smoothie

Leader Barebar Apple & Cinnamon

Then the Apple & Cinnamon Barebar, a gluten, wheat and dairy free snack from Leader, the same brand as the Detox Smoothie. I cut the first bar into 4 pieces so we could all try it. We all loved the taste of this and the boys argued over should have the second one. This 40g snack bar currently retails at Superdrug for £1.29 and also comes in Orange & Chocolate and Red Berries flavours. I want to buy the other two flavours to see which is my favourite.

Apple & Cinnamon Barebar

Skin Beauty vitamins and oil capsules

Next the Skin Beauty vitamin / mineral tablets and oil capsules which the box says are exclusively sold through Superdrug in the UK. Basically there are three types and you take one of each daily at meal times. They are conveniently labelled by day. It wasn’t specific as to whether you take all three at the same meal or one each at breakfast, lunch and tea, so I’ve been taking all three at the same meal instead of my usual multi-vitamin tablet. I’ve only taken them for three days so far, so too early to notice any effect. These currently retail at Superdrug for £14.99 for a 28 day packet.

Skin Beauty vitamins and oil capsules supplements

Lighter life products

And finally there were several LighterLife Fast products, namely 5:2 LighterLife Fast Chocolate Shake Pack X4, 5:2 LighterLife Fast Chocolate Peanut Bar and 5:2 LighterLife Fast Chocolate Raisin Bar. I am lucky as I have never needed to diet, so I hadn’t come across LighterLife Fast before. Again the packaging indicates that this range is excusively sold at Superdrug. I had a look at the LighterLife Fast website and the idea is that in a week you fast for two days and eat normally for the other five days, hence the 5:2 in the branding. On your fast days, it is not that you are having nothing. Instead you may eat four Lighter Life products, plus you may still have tea or coffee with a splash of milk. I decided to give a fast day a whirl.

Lighter life chocolate shake

First I made up one of the chocolate shakes for a late breakfast, using 220 ml cold water as recommended. However I made the mistake of initially trying to mix it with my electric hand mixer in a mug and it went everywhere. So after cleaning up, I swapped to using a fork, which left the remainder rather lumpy. But the taste was still nice. Then I had the chocolate peanut bar for lunch. Pleasant enough but I much preferred the chocolate raisin bar which I had at about 5pm. Finally I had another of the chocolate shakes, but hot this time. I preferred the cold version.

And I can definitely say I did feel hungry. Glad I don’t diet usually. Also I think i would have preferred to try one of the savoury products in the range rather than just eating sweet products, but there wasn’t one in the hamper. Currently the 56g meal replacement bars retail at Superdrug for £2.49 each and the packet of 4 shakes for £8.49. Also there is currently a buy 6, get 1 free promotion on some of the LighterLife products including the bars, but not the shakes.

 5:2 LighterLife Fast Chocolate Peanut Bar

So what a nice interesting selection of products in my hamper. I understand that Superdrug is the only UK stockist for these products although some are sold independently on the brands’ own websites.

And I’d love to hear what is your favourite product from Superdrug?

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of products I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own. I did receive two additional adult items in the hamper, but i have agreed with the PR not to review those on my family-friendly blog.

Yves Rocher hair products review

I have just received two free hair care products to review from Yves Rocher.

Yves Rocher delicate cleansing cream and rinsing vinegar haircare

First up we have the Delicate Cleansing Cream, a low shampoo with organic hawthorn. It says that the non-foaming formula protects the integrity of the hair fibre even when used daily. Apparently inspired by the ‘no shampoo’ method seen in the US, something I haven’t heard of.  I found it quite strange washing my hair with a product which didn’t foam up. It felt a bit like I was trying to wash it with conditioner. The tube didn’t indicate how much to use, so I started with a handful. Without the foaming, I wasn’t convinced whether I had used enough, so I repeated with a bit extra.

Yves Rocher Low Shampoo

A handful of delicate cleansing cream

Yves Rocher Low Shampoo

Look, no foam!

Following up with the raspberry-scented Rinsing Vinegar which it says will eliminate limescale and mineral build up, leaving your hair ultra shiny and smooth. The word vinegar is slightly off-putting, as you think of fish and chips. But don’t worry this product smelt fantastic and the raspberry aroma lingers. However it is a liquid and tends to start running between your fingers if you try to pour into your hand. Second attempt, I got round this by pouring into the lid instead before tipping onto my hair before the final rinse. Again I didn’t know how much of the product to use, so I went for two capfuls, as it is a very small cap.

Yves Rocher Rinsing Vinegar

A capful of Rinsing Vinegar

Both products are silicone, paraben and sulphate free and are composed of 98% natural ingredients. Once my hair was dry, it did look nice, so I was pleased with both these products and recommend them. However I would have appreciated guidance on how much to use.

Yves Rocher Low Shampoo

Soft and silky results

The Delicate Cleansing Cream currently retails at £3.45 for 200 ml, reduced by 50% from £6.90 whilst the Rinsing Vinegar currently retails at £5.65 for 150 ml, reduced by 50% from £11.30.

This is my second Yves Rocher review. You can read my previous review of Comme Une Evidence perfume here.

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Superdrug Foot Scrub and Foot Cream review & giveaway

I received two Superdrug foot products to review, their own brand exfoliating foot scrub and intensive foot cream.

Superdrug exfoliating foot scrub and intensive foot cream

My feet always need a lot of tlc. Foot ailments, you name it, I have it, bunions, heel cracks, corns to name but a few. Every bathtime I’m there with the pumice stone trying to soften the rough callouses on my feet. And I dread summer, because not only do my feet look unsightly, they blister so easily if I’m not wearing socks and trainers. No pretty shoes and sandals for me. I even get blisters wearing flip flops. So as you can imagine I already use plenty of foot care products on a daily basis.

Tamper-proof seal on Superdrug exfoliating foot scrub

Tamper-proof seal

And now on to the testing. I was pleased to see on opening both tubes that they have a tamper-proof seal. They both smelt pleasant and were easy to apply. I have been using them every day for a week now. I’m using the foot scrub in either the shower or bath, so that it can be rinsed off. Afterwards I’m following up with the foot cream. And I’m also applying the foot cream again at bedtime.

I have to say as yet I haven’t noticed any improvement in the condition of my feet, however a week is early days. But also my feet are no worse than if I was still using my usual products which are certainly more expensive than these.

superdrug exfoliating foot scrub & intensive foot cream

Each of these products currently retails at £3.49 for a 100ml tube, so really good value for money in my opinion. Also Superdrug currently has a promotion on selected footcare products including both of these to buy one, get a second half price.

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway a tube of foot scrub and a tube of foot cream to one lucky winner.

a Rafflecopter giveaway – Please click on the link to enter.

And you may see my other giveaways here.

I’d love to hear what is your favourite product from Superdrug?

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of products I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

Comme Une Evidence review

I have just received a very attractive looking bottle of perfume free to review from Yves Rocher.

Comme une evidence Yves Rocher perfume

This perfume is called comme une Evidence which sounds so much more glamorous in french than its literal translation – as evidence. And the bottle looks very glamorous too, with its bulb spray, like vintage bottles from years gone by.

I’ve never used a bulb spray before and it took a little getting used to for applying to my neck, although easy for wrists. I’ve been using it for a week and I have improved my directional aim. It didn’t help that the instructions on the box said to turn the bulb clockwise, when I found that it actually needed to be turned anti-clockwise.

It is very difficult to convey a description of a fragrance via writing, so I do recommend you try a sample on your local perfume counter, if they stock it. But I’ll try my best. In my opinion, it has a delicate floral scent which I love. And it lasts very well. I’m not very clever at identifying the individual components but the box says it contains patchouli essential oil and jasmine absolute. Delightful. I thoroughly recommend it.

This perfume currently retails at £25.50 for a 30ml size spray bottle, reduced by 50% from £51.

Comme une evidence Yves Rocher perfume

I’ve always liked Yves Rocher fragrances ever since they opened a store in my hometown back in my teenage years. No idea if the shop still exists, but I have fond memories of getting the free sample sachets there. And I love how Yves Rocher only use botanical-based ingredients, no animal ingredients.

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London Butterflies bodycare

London Butterflies is a new brand offering a range of beauty products which are chic, luxurious and elegant using naturally active British ingredients all blended with beautifully delicate fragrances. Being made in Britain, they therefore have a low carbon footprint. The products are also Paraben free and not tested on animals. The brand has been founded by entrepreneur Lubna Ahmad who has turned her hobby of making her own beauty products for friends and family into a business.

I was delighted to have the opportunity to review three of their gorgeous products for free. What a treat!

London Butterflies Bodycare

I received 30ml or 34g sample sizes of the following 3 items.

Winter Jasmine and Starflower with Sweet Almond Oil Whipped Body Cream
170ml Whipped Body Cream in Glass Jar & Black lid – Outer decorative box Description: Delicately enrich and nourish the skin without pulling or stretching. This whipped silky cream is exclusively blended with soothing Jasmine, calming Starflower, Evening Primrose and Sweet Almond Oil allowing it to be readily absorbed leaving skin perfectly softer. It offers rich sensuous hydration from top to toe. The light flowery scent relaxes the body and mind and is wonderfully indulgent.
RRP £37

Whipped Body Cream

British Tundra Berries & Meadowsweet with Golden Jojoba Oil Body Butter Soufflé
175ml Body Butter Soufflé in Glass Jar & Black lid – Outer decorative box Description: London Butterflies wonderfully silky air whipped body butter is light and super absorbing. It allows the skin to be nourished without excessive pulling or stretching. Nutrient rich Shea Butter and deeply soothing Vitamin E, offers rich luxurious hydration all day. Golden Jojoba Oil naturally restores and highly enriches with antioxidants. Freshly fragranced with Lemon and Sweet Orange Oil it invites daily use and leaves the skin feeling divine.
RRP £37

Body Butter Souffle

Dead Sea Salt & Sweet Almond Oil Bath Salt Scrub
225gms Bath Salt Scrub in Glass Jar & Black lid – Outer decorative box Description: Through deep cleansing our Dead Sea Salt Bath Scrub leaves your skin feeling relaxed, refreshed and brighter. Our scrub particles buff and refine the skin and combined with the essence of Sea Minerals it gently exfoliates the skin helping it soften and rejuvenate. Natural Almond Oil locks in essential moisturizers leaving the skin supple.
RRP £35

Bath Salt Scrub

My first thought on looking at their website was why don’t they sell the sample size versions too. Several small pots packed in an attractive gift box would make a lovely present. I said this to their PR agent and she let me know that you will be able to get the sample sizes via the February Birchbox, which is a beauty subscription service.

And so on to the testing. Firstly I have to tell you that the fragrance is absolutely divine. They smell so good, particularly the body butter soufflé and the body cream. My comments relate to testing all the products at least several times during the past week. I already was using another body butter as part of my daily skincare routine since my skin dries out very easily, especially during these winter months. But I don’t usually use an exfoliant.

Now obviously you don’t need to use body butter and cream simultaneously, so I alternated each day using the body butter soufflé and the body cream. They both felt so luxurious and the effect of using them lasted amazingly well. I would apply one of them after a shower and when I woke up the next morning, my legs still felt moisturised. There is nothing more satisfying than feeling a product is working well, when you do the subsequent application. Also I didn’t need to use much of either to achieve these results. They were both far better than my previous body butter. If I was allowed to score them 11 out of 10, I would.

Moving on to the bath salt scrub. I’m more of a shower person than a bath person usually, but I’ve had 3 baths this week in order to test it out, as the directions indicate to apply to water-drenched skin. This time I found much more product was needed. A standard size blob didn’t go very far. I massaged it on with my fingers initially and then used a buff. I found it gave a pleasant tingling sensation, except for the first time on one very small area of my leg which felt itchy for about 10 minutes. I couldn’t see any specific reason for this and I didn’t have the same issue again. Perhaps I had a tiny cut that the salt had aggravated.

As I mentioned previously, I don’t usually exfoliate, so I don’t have anything to compare the bath salt scrub against. But I was perfectly happy with it. I don’t see any issue with the fact that I used more of it in an application than of the other 2 products, since you probably only would wish to exfoliate say twice a week.

London Butterflies bodycare

Now you may be thinking that the RRP sound expensive but really they are not. The full size tubs are about six times larger than the samples I received, which means the samples are approx £6.50 each. Very good value for such luxurious products in my opinion. In addition to retailing on their own website, these products are also available via NotOnTheHighStreet and AskHerFriends.

Do take a look at the full range of products on the London Butterflies website. And they will be adding more products to their range very soon.

London Butterflies don’t have any budget for me to host a giveaway here currently, but do keep checking back, as I shall update my post when I hear that they have launched their own Valentine’s giveaway. It is going to be a good one, along with some exciting partners. Meanwhile you can keep up to date with them at Scent From England on facebook and @LondonButterfli on Twitter.

What is your favourite bodycare product?

Update 13/2/15
London Butterflies have now launched their giveaway. You need to follow them, retweet their competition post and tweet the answer by 18/2/15.

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My review of miamoo travel goodies

When I saw that miamoo were looking for bloggers to review their travel set in March, I asked if I could do it in April, as I thought our holiday to Margate would be an ideal opportunity to test out their products. I told them what date I was travelling and they said they would send me a free pack of miamoo travel goodies at the beginning of April to review. However unfortunately it didn’t arrive in time, so we tested the products out at home instead after our return. My first thoughts on opening the package was what wonderful fun names for the products.

Having a month’s notice in advance of doing the review, I had plenty of time to read up about miamoo on their website, as I hadn’t heard of the brand previously. I found out that miamoo is owned by Saira Khan who was the runner-up on the first series of The Apprentice, a programme I really enjoyed watching. I was particularly interested to read Saira’s research indicating that facial wash, shampoo, bath gel and shower gel all contain the same key cleansing ingredients, so you could just buy the shampoo for all four purposes. Saira claims that the manufacturers just want you to buy four separate bottles, so they get more profit. But that means less money in your pocket, more clutter in your bathroom and more landfill.

The pack includes 6 travel-size products, all small enough to be allowed in hand luggage on an aeroplane, plus a wash cloth. The products are:-
splashy wash 30ml
fresh locks 30ml
spritz and wipe 30ml
huggy lotion 30ml
cheeky cream 10ml
baba oil 30ml

The outer packaging details Saira Khan’s recommended 3-step routine of cleanse, moisturise, then massage. You may use use the splashy wash, fresh locks, spritz and wipe for cleansing, huggy lotion and cheeky cream for moisturising and baba oil for massage.

miamoo products are suitable for all the family and are excellent for dry skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema. They are 98.5 – 100% naturally derived and are free from nasty harsh ingredients. None of our family have major dry skin conditions, but occasionally we do get small patches of very dry flaky skin.

So step 1, cleanse. I used the 3-in-1 fresh locks for the boys baths including hair wash one day and the splashy wash the next day. Both products smelt lovely. At ages 8 and 5, the boys refused to participate in steps 2 and 3 of the routine, but as miamoo products are suitable for all the family, it was over to me.

Onto the spritz and wipe, another multi-use product, I tested this out as both a toner and a hair detangler. Thumbs up to both, especially for the freshen up for my long hair between washes. And from a travel point of view, the spritz would be really useful on a plane journey.

Step 2, moisturise. Having read Saira’s comments about not needing four separate products for facial wash, shampoo, bath gel and shower gel, I thought I would put the huggy lotion to the test in a similar way. I currently have separate moisturising products for face, body, hands and feet. The miamoo website states that the huggy lotion is a 3 in 1 moisturiser that works on hands, face and body. I also tested it on my feet, as my heels are the driest area of my skin and it smoothed in really easily.

The cheeky cream is a barrier cream to help prevent sore and irritated skin. None of us had any sore skin, but I tried it on my hands anyhow. It takes more effort to be absorbed than the huggy lotion, but I would expect this. And would be really useful for babies bottoms.

Step 3, massage. My neck, shoulders and back always benefit from a massage, but these are not areas that are easy to reach to self-massage, so instead I opted to massage my legs, as the miamoo website mentions that baba oil may be used for tired legs and feet. I also tried it on my lips as they can easily get chapped, so I always carry a lip balm. It did feel good on my lips, and nicer than the vaseline that I usually apply each night.

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A great range of travel products in mini sizes. And I love how they are multi-use and suitable for all the family, saving you on packing space.

The pack of travel goodies retail at £15. Full-size versions of all the products may also be purchased online in the miamoo shop. Once I use up some of my existing bathroom products, I shall consider buying miamoo products, as they are such good value by being multi-functional and suitable for all of us to use.

miamoo also asked me to think about how they could add to the range. My idea would be wipes impregnated with spritz and wipe, much more natural than most wipes on the market and great for when you are out and about.

And I have an offer to share with my readers of 10% off at miamoo using the code Blog13, (enter code at checkout, applicable on full price products only).

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of a product I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.