TanOrganic – finally a self-tan that I can use!

I am pale. And not the pretty kind of pale. I have lots of moles and freckles (and age spots on my shins *insert ugly cry*) and when it’s cold, I can actually look purple. The only way to get some colour on my skin is too bake in the sun. Not the best option, but I’m allergic to self-tan. I’ve even consulted a dermatologist and they just suggested that I steer clear. I have tried many (many!) self tanning products in my life, but I have had terrible reactions to them all. It’s probably due to a chemical ingredient in these tanners. Last summer I tried a drugstore lotion that contains a gradual tanner in the hopes that I can get some colour before having to put on a bather. What a disaster. My eczema flared up so badly that I had no other option but to treat it with cortisone. My skin even reacted badly in places that I have never had eczema before. It was horrible. Then I heard about TanOrganic a couple of months ago. I wanted to get excited, but I was worried that the same would happen. TanOrganic has this to say about their products: Streak Free Tan. Perfect Fade due to its nourishing moisturising qualities. No perfume or fragrance and especially no “fake tan” smell. No parabens, toxic preservatives or artificial drying agents. Ingredients are 99.6% natural ingredients. The world’s first and only Eco-certified self-tanning brand. Ethically made, Environmentally Friendly & PETA approved I e-mailed TanOrganic to find out more. Janine e-mailed me back and had this to say: ‘A big difference with TanOrganic is that it is all natural,...

Wema brings you the natural goodness of Mafura and Shea Butter

‘Mafura Butter (Trichilia Emetica) or Natal Mahogany Butter is rich in essential fatty acids (palmitic, stearic, oleic and linoleic) and has been shown to have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory activity due to the presence of limonids such as Trichilin A’. Now I have no idea what most of that means and why it’s good for you, but the anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial part caught my attention. This means that the butter could be great to treat enflamed eczema. And I am happy to say it is. I have used it to treat both mine and Cara’s and I am very happy with the results. It is a fantastic skin moisturiser and great treatment for dry and brittle hair.The butter itself is a caramel colour and the scent has ‘yummy nutty undertones’ (stolen from the web as I had no idea how to describe the scent). ‘Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii) or Karité Butter is rich in proteins of oleic acid, excellent moisturizer and emollient, provides extraordinary softness to dry skin protecting the tissues.’ I was so excited to try Shea Butter as most of my favourite moisturisers contain this wonder ingredient. I have used the Shea butter to moisturise my hands and cuticles and I have used it as a hair treatment. You can’t easily top the moisturising qualities of Shea Butter. I have also used it as an all over body moisturiser for Cara and it can’t be beat. I apply it after her bath in the evening and her skin still feels soft and supple the next morning. Note that her skin is extremely dry because of her eczema and the...

Naturalmente shampoo & conditioner review

The lovely people from Faithful to Nature saw my plight and sent me a couple of samples of hair products to try. Quick recap: my naturally curly and dry hair have endured many a highlighting session and that has resulted in crunchy, strawy hair that just looks horrible. The first samples I tried were from Naturalmente. If you don’t know the brand, here is a quick intro: ‘Naturalmente offers a range of natural, organic and eco-friendly plant-based products – hair to body, baby to home – using natural best choice ingredients from the botanical kingdom. Naturalmente products are free of petrochemical by-products and synthetic substances, and are not tested on animals. Best for your wellbeing and best for our earth!’ Naturalmente Fennel & Geranium Shampoo The natural ingredients in this shampoo have the following benefits:                         Fennel Normalising, soothing, revitalising effects                                       Geranium Conditioning, anti-aging effects                                                             Lavender Purifies scalp, heals, prevents hair loss                                               Chamomile Prevents allergies, soothing, calming                                                   Lemon Stimulates, refreshes            ...
Brand focus: BlendBox

Brand focus: BlendBox

A couple of months ago I noticed the brand BlendBox popping up more and more on Twitter and many South African beauty bloggers raving about their products. I started reading up a bit and was really keen to try some. All the reviews I’ve read were extremely positive.   This is what their website says about BlendBox:   ‘BlendBox was established after 16 years of blending essential oils with specific therapeutic properties. All blends have been carefully selected and was the result of feedback given by clients and the study of essential oils synergies and effective combination’s. In keeping with a Holistic philosophy, at BlendBox we blend our selection of essential oils with Grape Seed, Sweet Almond Oil and Apricot Kernel oils. We also use avocado, Shea and Cocoa butter to blend only the finest body butter. With more and more people understanding the need to move away from synthetic drug compounds, and to look for alternative natural remedies, we have formulated blends to suit your specific needs.’   Their product range is quite extensive. They have four specific ranges that have certain therapeutic properties, namely Soft, Firm, Pure & Calm. I am really keen to try products in the Firm range. Within these categories there are products that include body butters, hand creams, bath oils, cuticle creams, lip balms and more. There are also products for moms-to-be, kids, the man in your life (it’s called Moos Lee… he-he, I love it) and products for the home.   Miemie from BlendBox sent me a whole lot of goodies to try. Spoils for me and my baby girl :) I...

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