Winter Skincare: Organii Intensive Organic Face & Body Oil and Soothing Cream review

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Organii Intensive Organic Face & Body Oil and Soothing Cream reviewWith the recent snow and freezing temperatures, Organii's newest Intensive range couldn't have arrived at a better time to save dry skins everywhere!

Organii are a fantastic natural and organic brand. I recently featured their Argan Shower Gel in my Cold Weather Skincare post, and the brand were kind enough to send me two of their brand new Intensive products to try when they found out that I had eczema. 

Specially developed by Hannah Pearson, (a fellow eczema sufferer, natural health consultant and herbalist), Organii's latest Intensive range currently comprises of two beneficial products designed to help soothe, moisturise and protect very dry, sensitive and eczema prone skin types.  I've had eczema ever since I was a young child, so I'm always on the lookout for natural products that will help, especially as my flare-ups tend to get aggravated by the colder weather. When these two newbies landed on my doorstep last month, I couldn't wait to slap them on!

Organii Intensive Organic Face & Body Oil and Soothing Cream review
Organii Intensive Organic Face & Body Oil* (100ml, £29.95, link)
Oils are amazing for dry and sensitive skin types and I frequently use many oil-based products all over my body and on my face. This one can be used anywhere and everywhere and is free from a long list of common 'nasties' and irritants, so it's as gentle and kind to your skin as possible.  It's also been formulated without nut oils which is interesting to see as many natural brands regularly use Argan or Almond Oils as a base ingredient, and whilst I have no problems with these, I can appreciate that they can't be used by those who have a nut allergy. 

Instead, this Face & Body Oil is made up of just five ingredients; cold-pressed Sunflower Seed Oil, cold-pressed Rosehip Seed Oil, Nettle Leaf extract, Chickweed extract and Ribwort Plantain Leaf extract, making the overall composition 100% natural and 100% organic (certified by the Soil Association and Cosmos Organic). The oil feels very light and is easily absorbed into the skin with a quick massage, bringing instant relief to itchy areas and helping to reduce any inflammation. Being free from essential oils means that it doesn't really have much of a scent to it, and I find that this product is particularly beneficial for people who have larger areas of dry skin and eczema to cover, as the oil spreads so easily over these without leaving the skin feeling sticky or greasy.

Organii Intensive Organic Face & Body Oil and Soothing Cream review
Organii Intensive Organic Soothing Cream* (50ml, £29.95, link)
If you prefer a super rich cream to treat your eczema or dry skin, the new Intensive Organic Soothing Cream is a wonderful concoction of cold-press hypoallergenic oils and plant-based butters. This award-winning formula is exactly the same formula as the well-known Gentle Green Soothing Cream and has now been made especially for Organii's Intensive range, so you know it's one that can be trusted to work! It includes a range of ingredients which have been proven to have natural anti-histamine, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, making it suitable for those who have eczema, psoriasis and rosacea, plus you can use it on any rashes, stings, burns, scars, stretch marks and wrinkles to treat and nourish.

It really is a powerhouse multi-purpose cream that's packed full of some of nature's most skin-friendly ingredients such as Shea Butter, Avocado Butter, Coconut Butter, Chamomile, Manuka, Sunflower Seed Oil, Rosehip Seed Oil, Hemp Seed Oil and Seabuckthorn Oil to name but a few. It's perhaps no surprise, but a little of this goes an incredibly long way and it hydrates and soothes like a dream. I like using this on really sore patches and leaving it on overnight to do its magic - it works a treat!

Have you tried anything from Organii?

Christmas Gift Guide 2017: Budget Friendly Green Beauty Stocking Fillers & Gifts Under £15

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Budget Friendly Green Beauty Stocking Fillers & Gifts Under £15
Need some stocking fillers or looking for some smaller, affordable green beauty gifts? This is the Gift Guide for you and everything featured is under £15!

 Lyonsleaf 100% Natural Body and Face Gift Set
 Lyonsleaf 100% Natural Body and Face Gift Set* (£14.99, link)

Lyonsleaf are one of my favourite British skincare brands and they always have these amazing value for money giftsets where you can try out their bestsellers in smaller jars. This particular set features two of my personal faves; the multi-purpose Beauty Balm (30ml) which can be used as a cleanser, exfoliator and moisturiser, and their super-rich and intensive Body Butter (30ml). Both of these products are 100% natural and waterless, meaning that they're free from preservatives. You also get a soft white cotton face flannel and two muslin face cloths to complete your skincare routine with. A fantastic introductory set to this wonderful brand! 

Nizou Scented Candle in Luscious Fig & Amber
 Nizou Scented Candle in Luscious Fig & Amber* (190g, £14.90, link)

I love receiving candles as gifts at any time of the year, but they are of course absolutely perfect for Christmas and Winter time! You can't beat Nizou for affordable luxury candles that come boxed and ready to gift. Theirs are made from pure, natural, biodegradable, soybean wax, have a cotton wick, and are hand-poured here in the UK. They have a range of beautiful scents available including this Luscious Fig & Amber fragrance which I love burning at this time of the year.

JOIK Vanille et Noisette Scented Candle
 JOIK Vanille et Noisette Scented Soy Wax Candle* (145g, £13.50, link)

Another company that does exceptionally good affordable luxury candles are JOIK, who make all of their products by hand. This Estonian brand has a mouthwatering selection of scented candles in sweet and foodie scents, as well as some gorgeous classic fragrances, so there's something for everyone. I've been enjoying their Vanille et Noisette Candle which blends together heavenly sweet notes of Caramel, rich Maple and Chestnuts in a warm buttery base. It smells good enough to eat! 

Madara Hand & Body Soap in Cranberry Juniper
 Madara Hand & Body Soap in Cranberry Juniper* (150g, £6.50, link)

Soap lovers will adore these luxury Hand & Body Soaps from Madara which are made of 99% natural ingredients, of which 71% are certified organic by Ecocert. My favourite is the festive Cranberry Juniper soap because it's fresh and fruity, and makes my skin feel so soft afterwards. A perfect Stocking Stuffer!

Green People Spice & Root Hand Cream
 Green People Spice & Root Hand Cream* (30ml, £7.95, link)

Hand cream is always a popular gift with many people and Green People's festive Spice & Root Hand Cream comes beautifully boxed for an easy Secret Santa or Stocking Filler gift. Boasting a formula of 91% organic ingredients, it smells subtly of Ginger and Lemongrass and is a wonderful pampering treat for dry hands. 

Dr. Hauschka Invigorating Lemon Body Trial Set
 Dr. Hauschka Invigorating Lemon Body Trial Set* (£11, link)

For a complete pampering body set that's just over £10, Dr. Hauschka's Invigorating Lemon Body Trial Set features four travel size/try me products (all 10ml) from their incredibly popular Lemongrass Vitalising range. Inside, you'll receive the Bath Essence, Body Wash, Body Milk and Body Oil, which are suitable for all skin types. I love this refreshing and zingy Lemongrass scent so much!

Conscious Skincare Amyris and Vetiver Organic Body Lotion
 Conscious Skincare Amyris and Vetiver Organic Body Lotion* (250ml, £14, link) & Rhubarb and Cinnamon Organic Hand and Body Wash* (250ml, £13, link)

If you're shopping for singular luxury organic body care gifts, look no further than Welsh brand, Conscious Skincare who have recently introduced several new products to their eco-friendly ranges. Their Amyris and Vetiver Organic Body Lotion features a Christmassy blend of Amyris, Vetiver and Frankincense essential oils in a hydrating moisturiser base, and their equally festive Rhubarb and Cinnamon Hand and Body Wash is formulated with added Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Mandarin essential oils for extra Christmas spirit!

JOIK Orange & Cinnamon Bath Truffles
 JOIK Orange & Cinnamon Bath Truffles* (set of 6, £10, link)

A hot bath when it's freezing cold outside is one of life's most appreciated little pleasures, so give the gift of luxury bathing with JOIK's decadent Orange & Cinnamon Bath Truffles. Packed full of nourishing ingredients such as Cocoa Butter and scented with Orange and Cinnamon essential oils, these bath truffles come in a set of six generous portions and cost just £10.

Balm Balm Limited Edition Christmas Cracker
Balm Balm Limited Edition Christmas Cracker* (£12, link)

It's not Christmas without a cracker and this Limited Edition Cracker is stuffed with four mini Balm Balm skincare products and a muslin face cloth - now that's better than a plastic toy and a naughty joke isn't it?! Inside, you'll find travel sizes of their bestselling Super Light Coconut Cleanser, Rose Floral Hydrosol, Little Miracle Rosehip Serum and Beauty Balm. A fun and festive way to introduce this lovely brand to a friend or loved one!

What's on your Christmas list this year?

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Christmas Gift Guide 2017: Gifts for Tea Lovers with Adagio Teas

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Christmas Gift Guide: Gifts for Tea Lovers with Adagio Teas
For all your tea gifting needs this year, head over to the specialists Adagio Teas, who have something for everyone!

Regular readers will know that I love my tea and I've featured Adagio Teas on here many times in the past because they offer such an incredible selection of high-quality teas in a vast range of flavours. They specialise mostly in loose tea, but they do have some pyramid bags now as you'll find out below. 

I was thrilled to work with them again this year for this little Gift Guide selection to show you some of the presents that they have to offer - enjoy!

Adagio Teas Holidays Cheer Stocking Stuffers Set
 Adagio Teas Holiday Cheer Stocking Stuffers Set* (£12, link)

One of my favourite gift sets from Adagio are their popular Holiday Cheer Stocking Stuffers sets which contain six flavours of loose full leaf black tea in decorative tins. They are super festive and they all taste delicious! In this set you'll receive the following flavours; Gingerbread, Candy Apple, Pumpkin Spice, Cranberry, Chestnut and Candy Cane. It's hard to pick a favourite, but I'm particularly partial to the Gingerbread and Candy Cane flavours! Great to give as it is or you can split them and pop a tin into numerous stockings.

Adagio Teas Sweet Tooth Teas
 Adagio Teas Sweet Tooth Teas* (£6, link)

If you know someone who loves sweet flavoured teas, this Sweet Tooth set is a fantastic way for them to try out four different loose leaf Ceylon black tea flavours. Comprised of four sample bags, it includes Caramel, Cream, Tiger Eye and Chocolate Chip, and there's enough in this box to make 40 cups of tea (10 of each flavour). Yum!

Adagio Teas Chai Teas
 Adagio Teas Chai Teas* (£7, link)

For the chai tea lover in your life, you can't beat this amazing sample set of Chai Teas for something different. The set contains four flavours featuring unique chai blends such as Masala Chai (spicy and bold), Chocolate Chai (rich and sweet), Spiced Apple Chai (sweet and fruity), and Thai Chai (a mix of coconut, lemongrass and masala spices). Like the set above, this one also makes up to 40 cups of tea. 

Adagio Teas Holiday Cheer Gourmet Teabag Set
 Adagio Teas Holiday Cheer Gourmet Teabag Set* (£14, link)

As I mentioned earlier, Adagio Teas also stock blends of full-leaf tea which come in pyramid tea bags and this gourmet Holiday Cheer set is a great way to try out their festive blends without the need for an infuser. It contains the same flavours as the Holiday Cheer Stocking Stuffers set above (GingerbreadCandy ApplePumpkin SpiceCranberryChestnut and Candy Cane), and you get 30 gourmet pyramid tea bags that are individually wrapped for ultra-convenience (5 of each flavour). 

Adagio Teas toastTEA
Adagio Teas toastTEA* (£28, link)

In addition to their tea blends, Adagio Teas sell a range of tea-related accessories and their bestselling toastTEA is a must-have for commuters and eco-friendly people who still want to enjoy their loose-leaf teas on the go. This handy travel infuser is made from stainless steel and will keep your tea hot or cold for several hours. It has an infuser section to perfectly brew your loose leaf tea and can hold up to 500ml. Available in three colours, this is one of those gifts that will be appreciated over and over again!

Lastly, I wanted to give a quick mention to Adagio's Storage Tins (£8 for a set of three, link) because they are great quality, keep your loose tea airtight and come in a range of colours. Very handy to have in your kitchen and I love how you can stack them if you're short on space.

To shop the full range of Adagio Teas Christmas Gifts, visit

Are you a tea lover?

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Foodie Friday: Sage and Ricotta Rice Cakes (Waitrose recipe / Vegetarian)

Friday, 8 December 2017

Sage and Ricotta Rice Cakes (Waitrose recipe)
If you're looking for a vegetarian starter or side to accompany your Christmas dinner spread this year, why not try making these tasty Sage & Ricotta Rice Cakes

I was browsing through some old Waitrose magazines the other day and came across a recipe which I think is perfect for this time of the year. It features the rather festive Sage, a herb that's often used during Christmas in many meat-based dishes, as well as in classic stuffing recipes. Sage is a strong and slightly bitter herb, so a little goes a long way and it really helps to add a boost of flavour to this Ricotta based rice cake dish. 

These rice cakes are quite filling so the recipe below will make adequate starters for 4 people, or you can make smaller patties and serve them on a plate so your guests can help themselves.

(makes 4 large Rice Cakes or 6-8 smaller ones)
  • 2tbsp Olive Oil
  • 150g Risotto Rice
  • 1 small bunch of Salad Onions, finely sliced
  • 2 tbsp fresh Sage, chopped
  • 400ml Vegetable Stock
  • 125g Ricotta
  • Salt & Pepper to season
  • 260g pack of Spinach (to serve, optional)
  • Pinch of Ground Nutmeg (to serve, optional)

  • Heat 1tbsp of Olive Oil in a frying pan, add the Risotto Rice and sliced Salad Onions and fry for 1-2 minutes. 
  • Add the Sage and gradually pour over all of the Vegetable Stock. Cover with a lid and simmer for 15-20 minutes until the rice is tender and all of the stock has absorbed. Remove from the pan and allow to cool.
  • Mix the Ricotta into the cooled Risotto Rice, season with a little Salt & Pepper and then mould into 4 large patties or 6-8 smaller ones.
  • Heat the remaining Olive Oil in a frying pan and fry the rice cakes for 2-3 minutes on each side, until golden and crispy, and warmed fully throughout.
  • Serve with wilted Spinach sprinkled with a pinch of Ground Nutmeg.

Sage and Ricotta Rice Cakes (Waitrose recipe)
What do you use Sage with?

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Christmas Gift Guide 2017: The Luxury Green Beauty Edit

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Christmas Gift Guide 2017: The Luxury Green Beauty Edit
For this year''s Luxury Christmas Gift Guide, I wanted to focus on some of my favourite natural and green beauty brands, so needless to say I had a lot of fun putting together this extra special edit!

REN All Is Calm, All Is Bright Gift Set
 REN All Is Calm, All Is Bright Gift Set* (£29, link)

Every year, REN really pull it out of the bag when it comes to having some of the most beautifully designed gift sets, and this year they have collaborated with Silken Favours for an array of gifts that are all adorned with the London brand's hand-drawn prints - no need for any extra wrapping! 

One of their bestsellers is the All Is Calm, All Is Bright Gift Set which contains three much-loved REN skincare favourites; Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask (15ml travel size), Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream (50ml full size) and Keep Young And Beautiful Instant Firming Beauty Shot (10ml travel size). A stunning set for anyone who loves their skincare and a cost-effective way to try out these popular products.

Green People Forest & Fruit Cypress & Tangerine Body Collection
 Green People Forest & Fruit Cypress & Tangerine Body Collection* (£22.95, link)

Bodycare sets always make popular gifts and if you want to shop organic this year, Green People are one of the best British brands to stock up on. They have a whole range of festive giftsets, including this Forest & Fruit Collection that features their wonderfully uplifting Cypress & Tangerine scent. The set comprises of a botanical-based Shower Gel (83% organic) and a matching hydrating Body Lotion (91% organic), both of which are 100ml sizes. 

This is a lovely feel-good set that can appeal to both men and women, plus a donation from the sale of each Green People Modern Botanicals gift goes to Plantlife, a British conservation charity that works to save threatened wildflowers, plants and fungi, to help keep the good vibes flowing.

Bodhi & Birch Limited Edition Bath & Shower Oils Collection
 Bodhi & Birch Limited Edition Bath & Shower Oils Collection* (£30, link) & Body Oils Mini Collection* (£20, link)

For the ultimate in luxury pampering, you can't go wrong with anything from Bodhi & Birch, but their new Limited Edition Collections are one of the best ways to introduce this high-end brand to a friend or loved one this Christmas. 

The Bath & Shower Oils Collection is a decadent trio of three beautiful oils; Rosa Verde (Rose, Lime, Geranium and Frankincense), Jasmin de Lune (Jasmine, High-Altitude Lavender and Vetiver) and La Botanica (Lemon, Eucalyptus, Rosemary and Juniper Berry), which each bottle providing enough for five bath or shower experiences. All of the scents are gorgeous, but I think Jasmin de Lune might be my favourite!

For those who love their pampering body products, the Body Oils Mini Collection is a truly luxurious gift with three 15ml bottles of Bodhi & Birch's delectable body oils in Sicilian Rose, Nordic White and Chinois Blue. Each one is so different from the other, so it's a great way to experience a range of exquisite scents that you won't find anywhere else.

Aveda Renewal For Your Journey Gift Set
 Aveda Renewal For Your Journey Gift Set* (£22, link)

You can never have enough hand cream, so treat someone to the softest hands imaginable with Aveda's Renewal For Your Journey Gift Set. Beautifully wrapped in handmade paper sourced from the brand's empowering partnership with local women's communities in Nepal, this set contains a trio of their bestselling Hand Relief Hand Cream in three different scents; Shampure, Beautifying and Candrima. Each hand cream is 40ml, making them the perfect size to tuck into handbags, carry on cases, and desk drawers, so your recipient can always keep them nearby.

Kiss The Moon LOVE Rose Ritual Bedside Set
 Kiss The Moon LOVE Rose Ritual Bedside Set* (£30, link)

I love Kiss The Moon's emphasis on getting a beautiful night's sleep and their sleek black packaging really makes them stand out from the crowd. I was truly spoilt for choice when it came to picking a gift for this edit from their incredible range, but in the end, I opted for the LOVE Rose Ritual Bedside Set because it's something that I would be thrilled to receive myself.

The set contains two perfect accompaniments to anyone's bedside table; a luxury anti-ageing Night Cream For Hands (40g) and an After Dark Pillow Mist (30ml) which comes with a lovely vintage-esque squeezy puff. Both of these products have Kiss The Moon's popular LOVE fragrance that contains Rose, Frankincense and Ylang Ylang essential oils to promote a restful night's sleep. Pure bliss in a box! 

INIKA Limited Edition Beauty On The Go Giftset
 INIKA Limited Edition Beauty On The Go Giftset* (£44, link)

Makeup fans will love this Limited Edition set from INIKA which is cruelty-free and suitable for vegans. Inside the box, they'll find a complete set of products for all their base needs; a Vegan Kabuki Brush (full size), Certified Organic Pure Primer (4ml), Certified Organic Liquid Foundation (4ml) and Loose Mineral Foundation with SPF 25 (3g). These Beauty On The Go sets are available for a range of different skin tones and they are a fantastic way to try out some of INIKA's most popular products in convenient travel-sizes. 

Tropic So Sleepy Pillow Mist
Tropic Whipped Body Velvet
Tropic So Sleepy Pillow Mist* (£20, link) & Whipped Body Velvet* (£28, link)

The last two for this edit are new from Tropic and although they're not in gift sets, I think they would make lovely luxury gifts if you're looking for a single product (and if your budget allows, they would be incredible stocking fillers!). The new So Sleepy Pillow Mist is formulated without alcohol and is packed full of relaxing essential oils such as Lavender, Eucalyptus and Frankincense, whilst the Whipped Body Velvet is a heavenly blend of plant-based oils and butters, all whipped together to deeply hydrate dry Winter skin. Divine!

What's on your Christmas wishlist this year?

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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Luxury Christmas Gift Set from Apple & Bears
Fancy winning a gorgeous gift set from Apple & Bears, in time for Christmas?  Whether you want to treat yourself, or a loved one, this bestselling duo is sure to delight anyone who enjoys a luxury pamper!

Apple & Bears are one of those luxury English brands that have been on my radar for a while, so I was over the moon when they got in touch to ask me to host this special Christmas giveaway for my readers. I was even lucky enough to be sent one of these gift sets to try out for myself and let me tell you, this Pomegranate & Aloe Vera Collection is simply beautiful.

Luxury Christmas Gift Set from Apple & Bears
The set comprises of two full-size bottles (300ml and 250ml so these are going to last you some time!) of Apple & Bears Body Wash and Body Silk, both of which are from the Pomegranate & Aloe Vera Collection. The formulas are 99% natural, with 12% of the ingredients being organic (certified by Ecocert) and they are seriously luxurious!

When used with a sponge, the Body Wash creates a nice rich lather and the scent is incredible - it's very sweet with fruity and floral tones which is perfect for evening showers before bed, and you can also use it in the bath. The matching Body Silk moisturiser has a light and non-greasy texture, yet hydrates my dry skin a treat and leaves a subtle scent that feels very high-end and pampering. 

As it's the festive season, Apple & Bears have kindly offered to giveaway this same Pomegranate and Aloe Luxury Giftset to one of my lucky readers, which is worth £34.95. For your chance to win, simply follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter below - easy! Giveaway is open to UK readers and closes on 12/12/2017. Good luck!

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Luxury Christmas Gift Set from Apple & Bears
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