Review: Funky Soap Solid Shampoo

Funky Soap Unwrapped

When I picked the daisies to use for this photo I was a bit of a plonker and decided to wait till the evening before I used them to photograph this product since I wanted to get some face charts done first. Needless to say as soon as it got dark the daisies closed up so I spent a good 15 minutes trying to blow the petals open and then wondered why I felt light headed. Sometimes I really do amaze myself at how dim I can be!

I’ve been using the Lush solid shampoos for well over two years now

I love the lush shampoos, but they do have SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) which is something I’m trying to eradicate completely from my skincare/haircare. This one does not so I was quite excited to see how well (or badly it worked!)

Funky Soap

When you cut out SLS from your shampoo it can make your hair go a little berserk for a week or two as your hair adjusts and get’s rid of the chemical build up. I was expecting my hair to go full on rebel on me, but it didn’t! I did notice it took about a week for my scalp to feel perfectly clear from any build up, but my actual  hair felt fantastic.

Basics: Hand made . Cruelty Free . SLS free . £4.50 . Travel Friendly

It does lather slightly less than the lush shampoos, but it’s such a tiny difference you hardly notice. One thing you do have to be careful of is to rinse out your hair properly, especially at the back of your head or you you get an residue left over that looks like you never washed your hair in the first place.

Cut

The only downside to this product, and it’s a small one, is that is doesn’t last as long as the Lush shampoos which normally laat me two or three months. I think because of the high amount of oils in this bar it has a tendency to melt a little in the shower.

But so far I’ve been using it for a month and I’m only half way through the bar so it really isn’t that much of a problem. It’s really easy to cut too, no crumbling, so if you wanted to cut it into little blocks you wont have any problems.

You can get this here (**)

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Review: Savon de Marseille Soap

Soap

When it comes to organic and (mostly) chemical free soaps I think the first brand everyone thinks of is Lush. Now don’t get me wrong, Lush are great and you all know how much I love their face masks, but there are many other brands out there!

You can use this brand for everything from washing your hair/face to the dishes 

I’ve stopped using fairy liquid because I notice it makes my hands swell up like something crazy and this soap is just as good. Though to be fair I use mostly ceramic dishes for my cooking and they’re a dream to cook with and clean anyway. So it might be a little more problematic for normal dishes.

Soap Mimosa

My sister uses this soap for her hair and skin and loves it! I have gotten her to write me a guest post all about the products that she used since she has severe eeczema (so many thing drive her skin crazy, even aloe vera!) but I’ll only be posting that in the next few weeks.

The ingredients vary from soap to soap, you can see the full list of ingredients here

Unfortunately this one does have sodium lauryl sulfate which is something I’m trying to avoid all together, but the other two which I bought (and will be reviewing later) are SLS free so this one I’ve been using just for washing the dishes.

As far as using this soap as a shampoo, though it leaves my hair feeling really thick and strong, I’m not to fond of the texture my hair has after so I don’t use it as a shampoo. Since my hair is already pretty thick I don’t really need a product which makes it even thicker and more unmanageable.

You can get this here (**)

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Review: Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic

I don’t know if i’ve mentioned this before but this is hands down my FAVORITE face mask! While there are many other masks that I love to use this one is the one that I can be sure will help my skin no mater what the problem is. While garlic is the primary ingredient in this, thankfully it does not smell of it.

Primarily this mask is fantastic for acne break outs, but it’s also great for dry or irritated skin

As much as I love garlic for how quickly it kicks acne’s butt, I would rather not smell of it. I’ve mentioned before that I’m not the best one with description when it comes to smells, but I would describe this as a creamy smell. The smell reminded me so much of creamy oats I was surprised there wasn’t any in the ingredients.

One of my favorite things about this mask, apart from the fact its amazing for my skin, is the texture. I HATE those thick drying cement texture some masks have where you have to scrape it over your skin. The texture for this is a bit like porridge.

Ingredients: Kaolin, Fresh Green Grapes, Fresh Free Range Eggs, Honey, Cornstarch, Glycerine, Fresh Garlic,Tea Tree Oil, Limonene, Perfume

But what I normally do with any of the Lush face masks is first spray my face with mineral water, and then apply the mask. That way I use less of the product and I really do enjoy massaging it into my skin, personally I’ve always found the mask to be more effective that way.

I think if you have an allergy to tee tree (or essential oils in general) then this might not be the mask for you. My skin can change at the flipp of a hat depending on my mood from oily to super dry, and no matter what state my skin is it always leves my skin feeling moisturised, refreshed and with slightly less redness and acne.

You can get this mask at any Lush shop or here

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Review: Tropic Organic Elixir Oil

Disclaimer: Items provided for review.

Anything made in the UK, especially beauty products, is practically an endagered species so when Tropic Skincare wrote to me asking if I wanted to review this product I very enthusiastically said yes, and…I’ll admit it. The bottle design was also a huge factor for me. I mean look at it! It’s so beautiful!

“The ‘hero ingredient’ is Moringa Oil, derived from the ‘Miracle Tree’. Boasting 1,700 antioxidants and enriched with natural Vitamin C”

When I opened the bottle, even though I have a horrific sense of smell, the smell reminded me so much of the smell of oil paints. Definitely not the best smell for a facial oil. Since it contains Pomegranate oil (one of my favorite smells) I was hoping it would smell like that, but it wasn’t the case.

They recommend to use this just before you sleep, which is the only time you could use it really owing to the smell. The oil is also surprisingly thick, for some reason I expected the oil to be runnier, but it turned out to be a good thing as the cap doesn’t have a rubber band between the glass bottle and the metal lid so it does leak a little unless it’s kept upright.

Basics:

  • £30.00
  • Vegan
  • Cruelty-Free
  • Make in the UK

The lid is so small it’t not really possible for it to pour out easily and the oil is quite unusual, feels like a ‘dry’ oil if that makes any sense. If you store it upright the slightly leaky lid is not a problem, but when it arrived obviously it was lying down flat and when I took it out of the packet I could feel oil around the edge of the cap.

The claim of this oil is to “improve skin elasticity, giving noticeably smoother, more supple and youthful skin in just 4 weeks”. Given I’m only 21 the youthful thing wasn’t really going to show up on me, but I did try it out over 4 weeks to really test it’s claims and see if it made a difference.

 Ingredients: Kiwi Seed Oil, Organic Rosehip Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Natural Vitamin E and Moringa Oil.

To be perfectly honest I didn’t really notice a difference with this oil other than being moisturising.  It didn’t really do anything remarkably different (or at least nothing that I could notice for my skin) and though I have a dreadful sense of smell the oil paint smell of this is one that I really cannot stand.

Would I recommend this product? No not really. I didn’t find it really made any significant difference to my skin, the expensive price and slightly faulty lid (though admitedly a beautifully designed bottle) would not make me purchase this. It’s a decent mosturiser if you like oils like myself, but frankly I didn’t find it to be worth the money.

For the website here

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