NATURAL SUMMER BEAUTY

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When Holland and Barrett got in contact to introduce me to some natural summer beauty, it’s safe to say I was very intrigued. While I had never dabbled in it, it’s certainly been something I’ve wanted to try but always found it difficult to know exactly where to start, so this was the perfect opportunity to try some new and very…unique products!

Perfectly Pure Coconut Oil*

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I’ve heard a lot about coconut oil and as a wonder product that can do a lot of things so I was looking forward to having this in my cupboard.We first started by adding a dash of coconut oil in place of our usual cooking oil when making a curry. At once when it’s heating up, you notice the incredible smell wafting around the kitchen. For that alone, I loved it! It adds no coconut taste to your food but then you wouldn’t want it to with certain dishes. It is however a lot healthier to cook with and a realistically, a really easy switch for us all to make.

There are a multitude of uses for coconut oil which (like me), you might not necessarily know about. I actually decided to try it out as a moisturiser on my face. You really only need a little bit and while it will obviously feel oily, after a minute or so your skin will soak it up. It definitely left my skin feeling quenched and while I personally prefer a cream, it does a great job. You can also use coconut oil for your nails, just rub a little around your cuticle area and on your nails to encourage growth. Failing that, apply it to your lips as a balm for smooth and soft lips.

You only need to search the internet for a plethora of ways in which you can use coconut oil to your advantage, benefitting everyone from your Grandma and even to your pets! I’m really impressed with the sheer amount of uses that it almost seems silly not to have even one pot in your house!

Ecodenta Extra Black Whitening Toothpaste*

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Just by the name, it was very clear what I was to expect with the Black Whitening Toothpaste! Sticking his head into my parcel, Matt decided he would give the toothpaste a go while I would stick to our usual toothpaste. Neither of us were aware that charcoal is actually known for teeth whitening properties. For me personally, the colour was off-putting, but you really have to move past that and remember the good it is doing for you. Matt commented afterwards that his mouth felt a lot fresher than usual and on the whole, squeaky clean.

He continued using the toothpaste for two weeks where we then evaluated the results. Admittedly, there was definitely a change in the whiteness of his teeth, but it wasn’t specifically anything that knocked us for six. I’m not too surprised about this though as I imagine if it were to work, he would need to continue for a lot longer. That said, Matt wanted to continue using the toothpaste as he enjoyed the lasting effect of freshness he got and believed the toothpaste to be a lot more effective than our previous one.

Bean Body Coconut Coffee Bean Scrub*

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I had a bit of double take with this product for as you can see, it would look at home on a shelf at Costa. I’m guessing that’s the idea though which I do quite like! It also smells wonderful and as expected, quite a lot like coffee. While I do moisturise, admittedly I don’t use any sort of scrub which is a great exfoliant and I’ve promised myself to start doing it numerous times (and still haven’t!) so this way I was forced to live up to my promise and try out the Coffee Bean Scrub. I waited until I was in the shower, scooped up a handful and began to massage it in circular motions into my wet skin. While it can be used all over the face and body, I concentrated mainly on my legs. I then left the scrub for about five minutes before rinsing it off.

It’s safe to say I was really impressed with the scrub. My skin was left super soft and smooth, so much so that it made me want to reach for it the next time I was in the shower, rather than missing out the step as I usually would. I’d recommend it if you have any dry problem areas as it really gets to work there especially. Even better, it’s both fair-trade and organic and being such a large pack, you get a lot of product for your money which is always a massive tick in my book!

Miaflora Cacay Oil*

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As I mentioned above, I’m not the biggest fans of oils on my skin. I think it’s literally because I’m impatient and I want it to soak in immediately, even though I know it’s just doing its job. When I applied the Miaflora oil to my face one evening after removing my make up though, I was pleased that the silky consistency absorbed really quickly, it’s definitely not greasy which tends to be my biggest gripe when using oils. A little really goes a long way and you’ll find you only need a couple of drops so you can make the 50ml bottle last a good length of time. I used this in place of a night cream and the next morning my skin felt hydrated and almost glowy, basically a hell of a lot healthier looking. While I don’t really have any fine lines or wrinkles so can’t comment on the Cacay oil assisting on that front, I do know that it’s bursting with Vitamin A and E and does a whole lot of good for your skin.

While talking about beauty is nothing new for me, natural beauty isn’t something I have really touched on previously, so I definitely feel a whole lot more educated on the subject and curious about what else is out there which is why I’d love to know any natural beauty products you could recommend?

*Post contains product samples, as always all views are 100% my own.

Emily x

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  • Great items, never heard of that oil before.

    xoxo

    Flowery

    BEAUTYNATURE

  • The toothpaste look super interest! Black toothpaste, powered by charcoal. I would love to use it myself!
    Angie | Chocolate & Lipstick | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

  • Great post!The black toothpaste looks interesting! .

    http://www.tessyonyia.com

  • That toothpaste is so innovative! I've heard that charcoal toothpastes really do work in terms of making your teeth whiter. They scare me a bit just by looking at the colour but I'll definitely give it a go! x

    |Georgia Megan|

  • The toothpaste looks so cool! Bit funky and weird to look at but as long as it does the job, why not 🙂

    http://www.sandrafsilva.blogspot.co.uk

  • That toothpaste looks interesting, I wonder if you will see long term teeth whitening properties.

  • The black toothpaste is great to look at totally odd but I love it. Definitely want to try it now!

  • I have wanted to try a coffee scrub for ages but never found one in my local shops. I might have to have a look at this one. Black toothpaste is a super unique idea and I'm impressed it was effective! I'm certainly going to have a look at buying myself some!
    Have a pretty day,
    Kayleigh xo
    havea-prettyday.blogspot.com

  • I love the smell of coconut too! And that black toothpaste seems so fun that I want to try it just for the novelty of it. I've never thought about coffee grounds on my skin, but it actually makes a lot of sense. I've got a post on natural beauty products today too – check it out if you're interested 🙂

    xx Yasmin
    http://banglesandbungalows.com

  • The cacay oil sounds interesting. I love that it's not greasy because as an oily skinned person, that's something I have to consider. :]

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  • Ooooh I'm really interested in that black toothpaste! Seems cool.

    Xx
    Molly
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  • Lovely products. The coconut oil looks great. Would love to try that.

  • I have used black toothpaste in the paste for its supposed whitening ability, sadly it wasn't any better than other products I have tried x

  • I love this toothpaste, looks very cool

    Donya

  • Lovely post! You've made me feel guilty about the poor neglected jar of coconut oil I have gathering dust in the cupboard x

    Emma | http://www.fluffandfripperies.com

  • I love using natural products! From food to makeup. I tried that ecodenta toothpaste and I have to say that I wasn't impressed. It didn't do much for me. And the taste of some of their products can be very bland and off putting for sure. Also, if you are looking for skincare, hair products of makeup that is more natural, I'll suggest giving Uoga Uoga (Berry Berry) brand a go, it's amazing 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  • Have a huge love for coconut oil so glad to see that you featured it here hahah! And the toothpaste looks so interesting, but annoying though that it doesn't make that big of a difference! Xx

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  • Coconut oil is seriously a miracle product! I use it for everything! I just got soem charcoal face wash, but have yet to try the toothpaste. Thanks for sharing!

    Love, Lindsey
    http://thenomisniche.com/

  • Cacay oil seems to be becoming more popular recently and I've been seeing it mentioned on a couple of blogs now. I personally am not a fan of using coconut oil as moisturizer, I mean I love anything coconut but on my face it turns into a stale coconut scent after a while and I just don;t like it.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  • I love coconut oil, it really is a wonder product with a million uses X

    Gemma ♡ Miss Makeup Magpie

  • Love coconut oil and its many uses (and there is a lot haha…) I think I would be a bit put off by the black charcoal toothpaste as well but I have read a bit about the benefits and it helping to whiten your teeth.

    Nicole xx | http://www.nicolesbeautybabble.com

  • I have heard about this toothpaste! Really wanna try it!
    Dora http://www.BangsBang.com

  • I love coconut oil, but I haven't used it to cook before. Gotta try it I guess. I came across this toothpaste few weeks ago on a friend's ig page and asked for a review. Well after reading yours, I guess its worth a try. Thank you, Matt! Thanks for sharing your honest review, helps a lot, Emily. 🙂

    http://missymayification.blogspot.co.uk

  • Wow this looks amazing I have to try it,

    Fowzia|Crazy4ties

    xoxo

  • I love the concept of black whitening toothpaste, and coffee scrubs have built up such a good reputation lately – I may give one a go sometime soon! 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  • I just recently tried coconut oil & coffee scrub, and I love both. I use coconut oil in my hair and on my skin. Coffee scrub is an excellent exfoliator. I am intrigued by the black toothpaste! I hadn't heard of it and think it would be excellent for cleaning. I've also never heard of Cacay Oil! I'm using a face cream that has Vitamin A & E in it and it makes my face feel so good. So I can imagine this would. Very interesting! Thanks for showcasing these and your sharing your thoughts.
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  • These are such gorgeous and definitely different products (read: unique)! Before I even start commenting, I have to say that I've missed your blog, hon. So happy to catch up a bit with Musings and More 🙂
    Now, the coconut oil is one thing I MUST try and it's on my list. This H&B one sounds lovely and yes, there are so many great uses for it. Cacay oil seems incredible for skin! I have heard so many great things about it and now this positive review from you, Emily. I am going to get this one ASAP!
    Really enjoyed this post!! Oh, and… black toothpaste looks so weird but the fact that it's based on charcoal makes sense, hence its effectiveness.
    In Ukraine people use charcoal for different things, even as an upset tummy remedy. I remember when I first told that to one of my friends here in the UK, they couldn't believe it 😀
    xox Nadia
    http://www.mielandmint.com

  • This looks amazing! I need to try! Thanks for sharing!

    Darriyan xx
    http://www.darriyancateland.blogspot.com

  • Whitening black toothpaste. I'd use it just because it's black to be honest! Coffee scrubs are becoming very popular here though I have yet to use them even though I love coffee. Maybe it's just me but I find them to be fads…maybe I'm wrong but I'd like to see more evidence from actual sources than Buzzfeed you know?

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  • I love natural products, I actually use coconut oil for my hair and I've been doing it for about a year. It has been a saviour since I bleached my hair to silver, my hair isn't at it's best yet but it was waaaay worst before I started using it. And come on, black toothpaste! It's something I really do need, haha, plus it has great qualities to it! I've heard a lot of charcoal toothpastes but I've never tried them.

    Cy | Dulce de Mango

  • coconut oil is in my daily routine! love it! That coffee scrub looks DIVINE. Coffee grounds are SO good for revitalizing your skin. I'm definitely trying this! thanks for sharing xX

  • lovely post, thanks for sharing dear!
    so in love with the aesthetic of this moodboard<3 thanks for sharing!
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  • I was using coconut oil once in awhile for cooking, however after reading that it is not actually that healthy for the body (clogging the veins), I stopped doing that. Coconut oil has more saturated fat than butter and all other products, too much saturated fat is really bad for the body.
    That black toothpaste looks odd, good to know that it is effective, I don't think I'd be able to use it 🙂 Also I am a fan of coffee scrubs, I tend to diy my scrubs and I love how soft my skin feels afterwards and the smell is the bonus 🙂

    Ela BellaWorld

  • Kay

    Ohh this is lovely! I didn't know that Holland and Barrett had so many interesting beauty products, I mostly associate them with food, I guess. 😀 <3 x x I was a little like 'wth?' when I saw that black toothpaste, but I'm glad it's actually effective! Also, coconut oil is like little miracle in a bottle. 🙂 I prefer argan oil myself, although I find that coconut oil is better for the hair and fab in cooking. x Thanks for sharing, lovely! <3

    Kay
    http://shoesandglitter.com/

  • Love all of these items <3

    DadieB. ~
    dadiebradshaw.com

  • Great post! I love coconut oil, it's just good for everything! xo, Sophia from http://www.sistersandglitters.com

  • Great post!! I've heard alot about coconut oil and using coffee as scrub but didn't know about cacay. Thank you for sharing.
    xo
    Sauniya | Find Your Bliss

  • I recently saw one of my friends use both the charcoal toothpaste and coffee scrub!! I'm not a huge coffee person (it's a sin, I know :P), but I still loved the smell from her bathroom afterwards haha. That Cacay oil sounds really good though, I might need to be on the hunt for that!

    Raashi
    reflectionswithraa.blogspot.com.au