NATURAL SUMMER BEAUTY

7th August 2016

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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.

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