Introducing: Zenon Kition - The Healing Body Moisturiser, Floral Beauty Mist & Hemp and Grapeseed Face Moisturiser review #OrganicBeauty

Thursday, 19 July 2018

The Healing Body Moisturiser, Floral Beauty Mist & Hemp and Grapeseed Face Moisturiser review
Discovering independent beauty brands that are made right here in the UK, is one of the many perks that comes with being a beauty blogger, and this latest introduction shines a spotlight on the London based organic skincare company, Zenon Kition.

They say that the best marriages are formed on shared interests and passions, and if that's right, Zenon Kition are definitely onto something. This natural cosmetics brand is a proud husband and wife venture that demonstrates a clear mutual love for all things natural, clean and environmentally friendly. Drawing upon their strengths, the two have created something which showcases their knowledge and talents. 

The husband Tas, has been working as a high-end hairstylist for over 22 years and owns a beauty salon in North London. He understands that gentle products are beneficial to the hair and scalp which inspired him to want to make his own products. His wife Dori, is an experienced herbalist who has always enjoyed working with organic plants and medicinal herbs, which she uses to treat her clients' dry skin conditions. After some courses focusing on natural formulations, Zenon Kition was launched.

The range is small but sweet, and they currently have several different types of Body Moisturiser, alongside a Beauty Mist, Multi-Purpose Oils, and some new products in the shape of a Shampoo, a Hair Styling Pomade and a Face Moisturiser. I was kindly sent a couple of their products to try, which you can find discover more about below.

Zenon Kition The Healing Body Moisturiser review
Zenon Kition The Healing Body Moisturiser* (120ml, £44.95, link)

Having read about Dori's experience with treating dry skin conditions naturally, I was very keen to try out one of Zenon Kition's Body Moisturisers. They currently have seven varieties available, each one blended with different essential oils, and I decided to choose 'The Healing' as I absolutely love anything that has Ylang-Ylang, Patchouli and Geranium in it.

Packaged in a weighty glass jar, this body moisturiser is super rich, but it has a lighter, whipped texture thanks to a base composition of three skin-loving organic ingredients; Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter and Coconut Oil. There's also Sweet Almond Oil and Vitamin E added, as well as those lovely essential oils which I mentioned earlier, all of which combine beautifully to form an ultra-hydrating body moisturiser that sinks into the skin nicely. This is a brilliant moisturiser to use after a shower or bath, or whenever your skin feels dry, and the delicate scent is very relaxing so it's a good one to use before going to bed to help you to sleep.

Zenon Kition Floral Beauty Mist review
Zenon Kition Floral Beauty Mist* (100ml, £9.99, link)

I don't know about you, but I've been spritzing myself silly since this heatwave of a Summer started! It's no surprise then to tell you that I've been thoroughly enjoying this Floral Beauty Mist which contains just 100% pure distilled Rosewater, made from carefully extracted rose petals that are grown in the famous Rose Valley in Bulgaria. 

Most pure rosewater mists are quite samey to me as I've tried so many from various natural brands over the years, and this one is no different if I'm honest, but it is wonderfully refreshing to use on a hot day. A great product to add to your daily skincare routine to keep even sensitive skin hydrated and happy for longer. My fave tip for using it? Pop it into the fridge for a cooling spritz whenever your skin feels thirsty - it always works a treat!

Zenon Kition Hemp and Grapeseed Face Moisturiser review
Zenon Kition Face Moisturiser* (60ml, £23, link)

I'm very fussy when it comes to face moisturisers because I have oily/combination skin that's prone to breakouts, but I was curious to try Zenon's newbie which is their first face moisturiser product. Developed for all skin types, this 100% natural facial moisturiser has been specially created with the skin's pores in mind, and the ingredients have been chosen to reflect this.

Now, I do have to disagree a little here because the first ingredient is Shea Butter and I know a lot of people can't tolerate Shea Butter in their face creams because it breaks them out, but luckily, I haven't had any issues with it. Instead, it has a lighter than expected texture that absorbs quickly so this would be ideal to use in the mornings underneath makeup, as well as the evenings. In addition to Shea Butter, there's Hemp Seed Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Clary Sage Oil, Rosemary Oil and Vitamin E - and that's it, making it a good choice for those who are looking for an all-natural face moisturiser that's definitely on the more balancing and soothing side of things.

All the products above are available from zklondon.com

Do you use organic skincare?

Mid-Week Pamper Treat: Absolute Aromas Relaxation & Lavender Epsom Bath Salts review

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Absolute Aromas Relaxation & Lavender Epsom Bath Salts review
Happy Humpday! If this week hasn't been treating you too kindly and you're in need of a budget-friendly, mid-week pamper, these Epsom Bath Salts from Absolute Aromas will have you de-stressed and relaxed in no time at all.

I'm a firm advocate of self-care and the many benefits that taking some time out for yourself has on your overall mental health. You don't need to spend hours in the bath with a million candles and glasses of wine either (although they can certainly help!) - a quick 20-minute soak in the tub can definitely help you to unwind and leave all the stresses of the day back at the office, instead of in your home. I always find that I can mentally re-focus and enjoy my hobbies more after a bath too, so it's worth making the time for a little pamper whenever you can.

Epsom Salts
I've written about my love of Epsom Salts many times on here before, and they are the key ingredient in several of my all-time favourite bath treats. Epsom Salts are naturally rich in Magnesium which is essential for many of the body's daily functions. Unfortunately, a lot of people have a magnesium deficiency which can lead to problems such as muscle cramps, anxiety, fatigue, insomnia and poor memory, so relaxing in a bath of Epsom Salts can help to boost your magnesium intake as you can absorb it through your skin (this is why a lot of athletes and regular gym goers use Magnesium sprays to help their sore muscles to recover faster)

I was recently introduced to Absolute Aromas who are one of the UK's leading aromatherapy brands and have been testing out two of their Epsom Bath Salts from their wide range. All of their products are 100% natural, cruelty-free and free from parabens and sulphates.  

Absolute Aromas Lavender Epsom Bath Salts review
 Absolute Aromas Lavender Epsom Salts* (300g, £4.50, link)

Anything Lavender scented is my go-to for when I need to help to get to sleep, and these Epsom Salts are infused with pure Lavender Essential Oil. They dissolve easily and you only need two generous handfuls to feel the full benefits. I loved the simplistic scent of these and they definitely helped me to get a good night's sleep after I used them. I've also tried these as a foot soak after a busy day, and they made my feet really lovely and soft afterwards, so that's another way that you can use them.

Absolute Aromas Relaxation Epsom Bath Salts review
Absolute Aromas Relaxation Epsom Salts* (300g, £4.50, link)

If you're not keen on Lavender, but still want a relaxing natural fragrance to help you unwind, the Relaxation Epsom Salts offer a more complex mix of essential oils which have been expertly blended to give you a blissful pampering experience. Although it still contains Lavender, the mix of the other essential oils means that it's not the dominant scent. Instead, this blend of infused Epsom Salts features Tangerine, Bergamot, Lavender, Petitgrain, Eucalyptus, Cedar, Clary, Patchouli, Lime, Vetiver, Clove, Chamomile and Ylang Ylang essential oils, and it's a much more potent scent that's wonderfully relaxing and fills the whole bathroom with fragrance. Perfect for those times when you really need to de-stress and take your mind off the world!

Shop the full range at absolute-aromas.com

Are you a fan of aromatherapy and Epsom Salts?

Summer Beauty: Tropic Sun Care Discovery Kit + Sun Balm SPF 50 review #MineralSunscreen

Monday, 16 July 2018

Tropic Sun Care Discovery Kit review
Jetting off on your summer holidays soon? Need some sunscreen for yourself and the family? Don't forget to pack this super handy Sun Care Discovery Kit from Tropic before you go if you're looking for the best in mineral-based sun protection.

Chemical vs Mineral
Most big brand sunscreens that you'll find in the shops are called 'chemical' sunscreens because they absorb UV rays which are converted into heat energy on the skin. 'Natural' or 'mineral' sunscreens on the other hand, use minerals such as Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide to reflect the UV rays, and this acts as a physical barrier which stops them from penetrating the skin. Both methods have been scientifically proven to be effective against sun damage, however, I have noticed a trend in more consumers wanting to go natural with their sunscreens because they don't contain certain ingredients which are harmful to the environment, and are less likely to cause allergic reactions in sensitive skin types.

A recent study by National Geographic found that a staggering 4,000 to 6,000 tons of sunscreen washes off swimmers into the oceans worldwide every year and this has been causing a problem because Oxybenzone, a common ingredient in chemical sunscreens, has been linked to coral reef bleaching which causes them to die. When you think about how vital coral reefs are to our ecosystem, it makes sense to switch to a sunscreen that doesn't contain Oxybenzone!

Tropic Sun Care Discovery Kit review
Thankfully, there are plenty of natural/mineral sunscreens out there, including this cruelty-free, vegan-friendly Sun Care Discovery Kit from Tropic which is perfect for the whole family to use. The kit contains a full set of travel-sized, mineral sun protection products and I've been enjoying testing these out recently during these wonderfully sunny spells that we've been having here in the UK. 

Inside the sunny tropical print, cotton drawstring bag, you'll find the following contents.

Tropic Skin Shade Mineral Sun Protection SPF 30 & SPF 50 (100ml each)
This water-resistant, broad-spectrum mineral sunscreen will protect against both UVA and UVB rays so you have the peace of mind that you're fully covered, whether you're in the UK or holidaying abroad. As mentioned earlier, the mineral sun protection in this formula comes from Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, and there's also Kahai and Roucou oils included to keep your skin feeling softer and hydrated for longer, whilst extracts of Kakadu and Illawarra Plum have been added for their natural antioxidant properties. 

Both of these have the same kind of texture and once fully rubbed in, don't leave a white residue on the skin. I have also tried these on my face and haven't had any problems with breakouts, but I do prefer using the specialised Tropic Tinted Skin Shade Mineral Facial Sun Protection (reviewed here), just because I like the tinted finish that it gives.

Tropic Sun Care Discovery Kit review
Tropic Sun Soothe Cooling Aftersun Lotion (100ml)
Even with the best of intentions, it can be all too easy to want to stay out in the sun for longer than you know you should, which is why I always, always pack an aftersun product in my suitcase. Tropic's Sun Soothe Cooling Aftersun Lotion ticks all of the right boxes that I look for in a high-quality aftersun that I can trust to work when I need it the most, and with Aloe Vera as its first ingredient, you know it's going to be good! 

In addition to Aloe Vera, it also has Argan Oil, Vitamin E, Bisabolol and Eucalyptus, to instantly soothe redness and irritation, as well as hydrating and repairing the skin at the same time. Needless to say, it feels absolutely lovely on and also helps to prolong your tan which is a welcome bonus.

Tropic Sun Balm review
Tropic Sun Balm SPF 50 (20ml)
This convenient travel-sized balm has been specially designed as a top-up sunscreen, and comes in especially useful as a way to keep those tricky areas that are prone to burning (such as ears, noses, cheeks, shoulders etc) fully protected whilst you're out and about. I was expecting this to be quite thick but was pleasantly surprised by how light it actually feels. As well as the water-resistant SPF 50 factor, key ingredients include Tamanu Oil which helps with healing the skin, Vitamin E, and Rosemary Leaf Oil to protect the skin from free radicals. Worth £16 on its own, you can add Tropic's Sun Balm SPF 50 to the Sun Care Discovery Kit for an extra tenner and given how much use I've gotten out of it recently, it's something that I would definitely suggest spending the extra money on!

Tropic Sun Care Discovery Kit* retails for £40 or £50 with the Sun Balm added. Available from tropicskincare.com

Do you use mineral sun protection?

Foodie Friday: Summer Chocolate Ganache Cake with Strawberries & Rose (Vegan/Dairy-Free recipe)

Friday, 13 July 2018

Summer Chocolate Ganache Cake with Strawberries & Rose (Vegan/Dairy-Free recipe)
Since I've been on a bit of a fitness kick lately, I've had the most insane cravings for chocolate, so earlier this week there was only one thing that I could do - make a chocolate cake of course! This one's vegan-friendly, dairy and refined sugar-free, but this is no low-fat version as it's still seriously rich and utterly decadent. 

Out of all of the cookbooks that I own (and I own quite a lot), the Deliciously Ella books are the ones that I keep going back to again and again. Not only are they packed full of healthy, plant-based recipes, but there are some seriously indulgent ones in there as well, so it made sense to have a browse when I was looking for something to satisfy my chocolate craving.

Summer Chocolate Ganache Cake with Strawberries & Rose (Vegan/Dairy-Free recipe)
I stumbled upon the following Chocolate Ganache Cake recipe from the Deliciously Ella Every Day book and I just knew that I had to make it! Luckily, I already had most of the ingredients at home as this cake is made from seven ingredients that I use on a regular basis, so it was mostly a case of simply blending everything together and popping it into the oven - super easy!

This cake is incredibly rich and satisfying. It's wonderfully chocolatey and fudgey, and one small slice with a cup of tea is more than enough to put a smile back on my face after a long and busy week. As it's Summer, I decided to add some fresh Strawberries and a sprinkling of edible Rose Petals over the top to finish it off (these work so well with the chocolate flavour too), so this would be a really beautiful cake to share with friends and family over the weekend.

Summer Chocolate Ganache Cake with Strawberries & Rose (Vegan/Dairy-Free recipe)
Ingredients: (makes 1 cake)
  • 3 ripe Avocados
  • 7 tbsp of Almond Butter
  • 8 tbsp of raw Cacao Powder
  • 11 tbsp of Maple Syrup
  • 140g Ground Almonds
  • 3 tbsp Chia Seeds

(For the frosting)
  • 4 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 4 tbsp Cacao Powder
  • 4 tbsp Maple Syrup
  • Fresh Strawberries & edible Rose Petals (optional)

Method:
  • Preheat the oven to 180C and line a 20cm cake tin with baking parchment.
  • Scoop out the Avocado flesh and discard the stones and skins.
  • Add the Avocados to a food processor with all the other cake ingredients and blend until smooth. Gently scoop out the batter into the cake tin and smooth out the surface.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until a knife pressed into the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool and bind together for at least 20 minutes before turning it out of the tin.
  • To make the frosting, warm the Coconut Oil in a saucepan over a low heat until it melts, and then stir in the rest of the frosting ingredients (minus the Strawberries & Rose Petals if using).
  • Apply a generous layer of frosting all over the top of the cold cake and leave to set. Add some chopped fresh Strawberries and sprinkle over a handful of edible Rose Petals to finish. 

Summer Chocolate Ganache Cake with Strawberries & Rose (Vegan/Dairy-Free recipe)
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New In Beauty: PMD Clean Smart Facial Cleansing Device review #SkincareRoutine

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

PMD Clean review
Skincare fans listen up! There's a brand new facial cleansing gadget in town, but is it worth the money? Let's meet the latest innovation from PMD and put it to the test.

Whilst I'm utterly addicted to trying out new skincare products, I don't have quite the same enthusiasm for skincare gadgets. Why? When all the hype around the Clarisonic saturated the blogosphere several years ago, I rushed out and bought one along with everyone else, hoping that it would somehow magically transform my skin. Want to know what happened next?

I ended up selling the damn thing on eBay less than three months later because it ruined my skin. The combination of too-harsh bristles and over-exfoliation was too much for my poor complexion to handle, and I was left dealing with more breakouts than I've ever had in my whole life. Needless to say, I avoided all facial cleansing gadgets for a long time afterwards until a facialist friend of mine used a Foreo Luna on me, and my skin loved it. I've been eyeing up buying one for a while now, but when I received this package from PMD for their latest launch called the PMD Clean last month, I think I changed my mind.

PMD Clean review
At first glance, the new PMD Clean looks suspiciously similar to the Foreo Luna in that it vibrates and is made from silicone, but that's about as far as the comparisons go. When I was playing with the Foreo Luna, I thought it was rather fiddly to hold and it's only since using this that I realised how satisfying it is to hold something that has an actual handle, especially when your hands are wet.

The PMD Clean uses 'SonicGlow' technology' which basically means that it vibrates over 7,000 times per minute. This allows the device to really break down any embedded dirt and impurities trapped within the pores, thus giving the skin a deep down clean and leaving it feeling much softer and smoother afterwards. The vibrations/pulsations also allow you to indulge in a nice anti-ageing facial massage, so it's one to look into if you're after a cleansing device that can also help to tone and boost the overall circulation of the skin. 

PMD Clean review
Looking closely at the head, you can clearly see that there are two types of bristles, all of which are short, but one section has chunkier and bigger bristles than the other. This section can be used to target more troublesome areas like the chin and jawline, though I found it worked just as well when I used it in circular motions all over my face.

This device has four settings so that you can change the speeds according to your skin's needs. I've mainly been using the first mode at it's the gentlest, so I'd recommend starting with that one, especially if you have sensitive skin, and then working your way up to the more intense mode two.  Flip the head over and you'll see three wider ridges (see the first selfie photo above). These can be used with the modes three and four to massage in serums and moisturisers after exfoliating, and they have more of a 'pulsing' sensation, rather than a vibrating one.

As the PMD Clean is made from silicone, it's waterproof, anti-bacterial and far more hygienic than the bristles that you'll find on the Clarisonic. It's also much easier to clean, plus you don't ever need to replace the head so it's more cost-effective in the long run.

PMD Clean review
Overall thoughts?
Having tested out the PMD Clean for about six weeks now, I can say that it's something that I can imagine myself continuing to use on a regular basis in my skincare routine. As I have combination/ sensitive skin, I've only been using it once or twice a week, but it's been doing a great job of blitzing some stubborn blackheads and helping to make my skin look and feel a lot less congested. The ease of using it and how gentle the silicone is has really won me over, and for hygiene freaks like me, I much prefer using something that I know I can clean properly after every use!

It's certainly an investment, but it's not as hideously expensive as similar cleansing devices on the market, so if you're looking for an effective, relatively budget-friendly option, the PMD Clean may just be what you're after.

PMD Clean* is available in three colours and retails for £89 (link)

Do you use a facial cleansing device?

Home Decor: INFINI London Pink Roses review

Monday, 9 July 2018

INFINI London Pink Roses review
Fresh flowers are one of life's little luxuries and a beautiful way to decorate your home, but if you've ever been disappointed by how long they last, INFINI London offer an interesting alternative option.

When I can afford to, I love buying fresh flowers. There's just something so satisfying about bringing home a bouquet, trimming the stems and arranging them in a vase - I'm sure I was a florist in a previous life! However, watching the flowers wilt and wither over the next couple of days is always depressing, and I've never personally liked the plastic gaudiness of fake flowers. 

So what's a girl to do?

INFINI London Pink Roses review
Whilst searching for alternatives to fake plastic flowers, I came across INFINI London who specialise in real roses that last up to a year. I know it sounds cliché but roses are one of my favourite flowers, as they always remind me of the rose garden that my grandparents used to tend to near their retirement home. I have many fond memories of running around the garden as a young child, often stopping to breathe in that classic floral fragrance (this is also why I still love rose-scented beauty products!), admiring the delicate structures of the petals and appreciating the various hues of red and pink.

INFINI London Pink Roses review
Presented in various gift-appropriate ways (the Signature Black Cube box is shown above), INFINI's roses are picked and cut at their most prime state, and each one is carefully treated with a special eco-friendly solution which perfectly preserves them in all their glory for up to a year.

When the box above arrived, I was absolutely enthralled by how perfect these pink roses are. The preservation treatment is truly outstanding as they have managed to maintain their delicate petals and structure, and even their natural rose scent is still detectable - my mind is blown as to how they do this!

With no watering required and only a light dusting needed every once in a while, you can place these INFINI roses anywhere in your home, making sure to avoid exposure to direct sunlight and high humidity so that they stay in tip-top condition. They are so beautiful and would make a wonderful housewarming gift. 

INFINI London Pink Roses review
P.S Although INFINI recommends that you don't remove the roses from their box, I couldn't resist picking one up to provide a better close-up photo!

INFINI London Signature Black Cube Pink Roses* (£59, link)

Have you ever bought any preserved flowers like this?

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