Wednesday, 22 August 2007

Hold your hair in place the natural way with Suncoat

suncoat.jpgFor those who have switched to natural beauty and hair care products and for those sitting on the fence, I bet you never thought you’d be able to find natural hair spray. I had resigned myself to using a slick of moisturiser to keep my locks in place, that is, until I discovered Suncoat Hair Styling Spray. Regular hairsprays are fundamentally liquid plastic and overexposure to the stuff has been linked with a respiratory illness known as ‘hairdresser’s lung.’ Other health concerns related to hairspray include contact dermatitis, breathing problems and nail abnormalities. The synthetic resins used in hair spray, such as PVP (polyvinyl pyrrolidone polymer) and acrylate polymer are not very eco-friendly.

Suncoat’s hair spray is sugar based and derived from natural renewable sources, as well as being alcohol-free, to avoid dry hair. A quick look at the ingredients will reassure you of the innocuous nature of this styling product and a quick spray on your hair will have you converted. This hair spray provides plenty of hold without compromising your health or the environment. It certainly gets my vote and while you are perusing Suncoat’s website be sure to check out the other fantastic items, such as the sugar based mascara and liquid eyeliner. These are the most natural make-up items I have seen to date!

Porcelain Skin offer natural skincare solutions

porcelain%20skin.jpgFor beautifully packaged, richly textured and luxurious, (mostly) natural skincare products, Porcelain Skinis the brand to buy. The founder Alis McKay established Porcelain Skin to reduce the volume of chemicals she was routinely applying to her skin and utilises organic ingredients as much as possible in her skincare range. You won’t find a wealth of dubious ingredients such as mineral oils, SLS and SLES, DEAs and TEAs lurking within Porcelain Skin products. The main ingredients consist of cold-pressed oils, dried herbs and floral waters.

Some substances that have been identified as possible toxins are included in the range of products, such as: glycerin, lactic acid, potassium sorbate, phenoxyethanol and benzyl alcohol, but Porcelain Skin items are highly preferable to the chemical cocktail imbued goods produced by the global manufacturers of the most well-known personal care items. Plus, some of these ingredients act as anti-microbial preservatives to avoid contamination.

Porcelain Skin products are perfect as a gift for that special person, or simply to pamper yourself, coming neatly wrapped in muslin and grosgrain ribbon, which you can re-use in numerous nifty ways!

For silky smooth skin the
Cleansing Milkis a good option and to soothe and moisturise your skin before bedtime try the Passionflower Seed Night Cream. If your skin is incredibly dry opt for the Nourishing Facial Oil packed full of super natural ingredients such as almond oil, sea buckthorn oil and borage oil and for drawing out impurities you can’t beat the Nourishing Clay Masque.

Tuesday, 7 August 2007

Raw Gaia gift sets

My favourite organic skin care brand Raw Gaia are launching three luxurious gift sets, available for purchase from September 10th. I know it seems early to be thinking about Christmas, but it will be upon us before we know it and Raw Gaia's gift sets would make fab pressies for your loved ones. Raw Gaia use only organic, vegan, fairtrade where possible, hand-made and unheated beauty products, which maintains the nutritional integrity and is great news for your skin. All of Raw Gaia's beauty products have a wondeful smell and consistency, as well as gliding effortlessly onto your skin and making it feel nourished and nurtured.

The three sets being launched are the Pamper Box for £48 - containing some of Raw Gaia's best selling products: For Her Daughters Living Moisturiser, Floral Face Toner, Living Facial Cleanser, Wild Crafted and Fairly Traded Shea Butter, Sun-dried Green Clay Face Pack and Sweet Orange Living Lip Balm, the Lovely Box for £29 - a starter pack which includes the For Her Daughters Living Moisturiser, Floral Face Toner, Detox Living Massage Bar and Sweet Orange Living Lip Balm and the Baby Box for £27 - allowing parents to provide their babies with pure, natural skin care, rather than chemical filled products. This set consists of: For Her Babies Living Cream, Massage Oil For Her Babies and Floral Water Spray For Her Babies.

I will definitely be buying my mum the Lovely Box this Christmas and I might even buy it for myself as a treat!

Thursday, 2 August 2007

Get the crème de la crème of organic beauty buys at Kickfresh

kickfresh.jpgFor a selection of natural and organic beauty products, available online, take a look at Kickfresh offer a range of products for the skin, hair and body by well-known beauty brands such as: Aubrey Organics, Beauty Bible fave - Spiezia, Suki, Mother Earth and Weleda.

Kickfresh was established by Kerry Ojari. During her pregnancy Kerry became concerned about the nature of the products she was using on her skin and how these might affect her unborn baby. As a result, she refrained from buying most of her usual beauty products, which led to another problem, how to avoid smelling a bit whiffy. Kelly says,

“I quickly realised there aren't many places to shop where you could get a wide choice of really good quality skin care products, so there and then I decided to start my own business selling natural and organic skin care for all the family. Every product is tested out on my willing human guinea pigs to make sure they really are as good as they promise and if they don’t pass the grade they don’t get on the website. Every product on the website features a review by its guinea pigs.”

All the products available on Kickfresh are cruelty-free, natural or organic and many of them are Soil Association certified. Kelly is now passionate about using natural products,

“I have always been environmentally aware but becoming a mum is the most powerful incentive for ensuring that not only would you do your utmost to ensure the planet has a future but also to protect yourself and your loved ones. I am extremely dedicated to issues now that I would never have crossed my mind before. I think it's never too late for anyone to start getting interested in what they eat, what they put on their skin and the environment.”

There are some fabulous products available at Kickfresh and you can rest assured that you are purchasing skin care solutions that are both natural and excellent quality, without having to scour the internet for hours!