Introducing: Elsa's Organic Skinfoods Natural Deodorants review

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Elsa's Organic Skinfoods Natural Deodorants review
Natural deodorants can be incredibly hit and miss, and I've tried out countless brands over the years in the quest to find 'the one' that works for me the most. But I think I've finally found it! Meet Elsa's Organic Skinfoods.

Deodorant is something that most of us use every single day, and I never really thought much about what goes into the average pit roller until I had a reaction to a Nivea one several years ago. It set off a nasty eczema flare-up straight out of the blue which took a long time to calm down, and I've been reading the ingredients lists ever since to try and avoid any future incidents. After some trial and error, I pinned it down to a sensitivity to aluminium which is a common ingredient found in nearly every mainstream antiperspirant. 

Aluminium is usually combined with alcohol in deodorant formulas, and the two work together to stop sweat in its tracks by blocking the sweat glands in your armpits. You might think this is a good thing, after all, you use deodorant to stop unsightly sweat patches and body odour right? Well, the problem is that constantly blocking those pores can leave your armpits incredibly dry, and in some people like myself, it causes irritation or an allergic reaction. It's also not a great idea to stop your body doing something so natural such as sweating. There are also the more pressing concerns about the volumes of aluminium and parabens in deodorants being linked to breast cancer, but more research needs to be done in this area.

With all this in mind, I decided to switch to aluminium and paraben-free natural deodorants and it's been an eye-opening journey ever since! Natural deos come in all shapes and formulas, and finding the one that's right for you may require some patience and money. As I mentioned earlier, I have tried a LOT of natural deodorants from various brands and I've had varying levels of success. The best ones that I've used though come from Elsa's Organic Skinfoods.

Elsa's Organic Skinfoods Natural Deodorants review
Elsa's Organic Skinfoods was created by a mother who was concerned about scientific studies that showed that the underarm area could have an absorption rate of up to 100%, which means that anything you apply to it could be absorbed into your bloodstream and stored in fat cells (hence the reported links to breast cancer etc). She spent 18 months trying out different formulas and finally Elsa's was born; a natural deodorant that she was happy to use on herself and her children.

Elsa's deodorants are 100% natural and contain certified organic ingredients such as Arrowroot Powder, Coconut Oil, Castor Bean Oil and Cocoa Seed Butter. They are free from the most common underarm irritants such as Aluminium, Propylene Glycol, Parabens, Bicarbonate of Soda and Alcohol, are vegan-friendly, cruelty-free and also gluten-free.

What I like the most about Elsa's is that they just work! Many natural deodorants seem to work for a few hours at keeping body odour at bay, and then let you down when you need them the most, but I found that Elsa's have been keeping me as fresh as a daisy all day long which is super impressive. They are very absorbent and I haven't yet had any problems with worrying about sweat marks peeking through during a normal day's activity. You will obviously sweat when you're doing a work out as natural deodorants are free from aluminium, so they're not antiperspirants, but these do a fantastic job of ensuring that body odour isn't an issue.

Elsa's Organic Skinfoods Natural Deodorants review
I especially love how easy these are to use - they have normal twist-up tubes and feel like a standard cream/stick deodorant - there's no messing around with sticking your fingers into pots or anything like that, which I know puts many people off trying natural deodorants in the first place. The formula feels a little stiff at first but quickly warms up with your body heat, and as its concentrated, you only need 1-2 swipes and you're good to go.

Elsa's Organic Skinfoods Natural Deodorants are currently available in four different scents and I've had the pleasure of trying out all of them over the past two months. Dew is a lovely one to use first thing in the morning as it has Bergamot and Lime, so smells very fresh, citrusy and uplifting. Ocean is literally like a sea breeze with strong notes of Peppermint and Tea Tree, and is the most 'typically' unisex scent of the bunch. Sensitive is the one to opt for if you're looking for a fragrance-free deo and it feels very gentle on sensitive skin with a blend of Aloe Vera and Green Tea. 

My personal favourite though is Love as it has Rose Geranium and Patchouli, which combine to make a warm, sensual and floral fragrance that's very feminine - I absolutely adore it!

   Elsa's Organic Skinfoods Natural Deodorants* (45g, £10 each) are available online from who offer free worldwide delivery on orders over £15.

Do you use a natural deodorant?

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3 Finishing Touches for Your Valentine's Day Date Night Look

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

3 Finishing Touches for Your Valentine's Day Date Night Look
You've picked out your outfit, your shoes, bought a new bag and know how you want to do your hair, but there's still something missing? If yes, add these finishing touches to your V-Day evening look, and go out there and have some fun!

 KISS True Volume Lashes in Spicy
 KISS True Volume Lashes in Spicy* (1 pair with glue included, £5.99, link)

A pair of glamourous falsies will give your smokey eye look that extra va-va-voom oomph that it deserves for a special occasion like Valentine's Day, and these ones from KISS tick all the right boxes. These 'Spicy' lashes are from their True Volume range and are made from 100% natural hair for an ultra fluttery and soft feel. They've been designed with tapered ends to give your look more volume and sex appeal. Ooh la la!

 imPRESS Nails in Night Fever
 imPRESS Nails in Night Fever* (1 set with 30 nails, £7.99, link)

If you want to get your nails done for Valentine's Day, but don't have the time or lots of money to spend, head straight to the high street and pick up a set from imPRESS. These press-on-manicure false nails have a gel-like finish and are so easy to use - you simply size them up, peel off the dual-layer adhesive part and stick them on - no extra glue needed. I use these a lot as they don't damage my natural nails and many of their styles are much shorter than other brands which I prefer. These nails in Night Fever are gorgeous with a deep purple base and pretty silver glitter splash effect, plus the set has some silver glitter accent nails so you can play around with how they look.

KITSCH Headband/Choker Set
KITSCH Headband/Choker Set* (£11.50, link)

Can't decide on what accessories to add to your outfit? Most of the time you can't go wrong with a 90s style skinny black choker and if you want more options, these sets from KITSCH are absolutely perfect. They do various sets, but I particularly love this one as it covers all bases; you get a skinny black choker, a studded one for a more rock chick look, and a thicker lace one for some extra glam. Each choker is fully adjustable and stretchy, plus they also double up as headbands - how neat is that?!

What are your plans for Valentine's Day?

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New In Beauty: B. Face Mask Pods review

Monday, 12 February 2018

B. Clay Pod Face Masks review
Looking for a new face mask to try out? These cute mini Face Mask Pods from B. are cruelty-free and suitable for all skin types, and they're vegan-friendly as well!

I've been a long time fan of B. who are an exclusive brand to Superdrug. They have a fantastic range of affordable makeup and skincare, so I was excited to see them branch out further into the world of face masks with the launch of these adorable Face Mask Pods. There are four newbies in this line and each one serves a different purpose, making them easy to mix and match to suit your personal skin care needs.

Individually packaged into single-use sealed pods makes them perfect travelling companions, especially as each one is 10ml. I've tried out all four over the past few weeks and found that each pod provided a generous amount to fully cover my face for one mask, so you could easily use half and transfer the rest to a little plastic pot if you wanted to keep the mask to just a specific area like the T-Zone. You can even multi-mask with different pods and get additional uses out of them if preferred!

B. Clay Pod Face Masks review
B. Glowing Clay Face Mask*
Designed to brighten, exfoliate and refine the skin's texture, the Glowing Clay Face Mask contains a base blend of three natural clays and uses Red Seaweed extract to help get rid of impurities. This mask also has tiny ground Apricot granules that buff and polish the skin to remove dull dead skin cells, leaving the complexion visibly brighter. I found it did a good job at giving my face a much softer feel and it delivered a noticeably brighter result, even if it was just temporary until the next day.

B. Purified Clay Face Mask
If your skin is more on the oily side, this Purified Clay Face Mask is the one that I would recommend to try the most. It refreshes, deeply purifies and cleanses thanks to a Kaolin clay blend and Eucalyptus Extract, and it also helps to minimise excess sebum and shine. I was worried that it might be a little too drying for my skin, so I was really happy when my skin felt more refreshed and balanced afterwards instead.

B. Detoxed Clay Face Mask
For blemishes, blackheads and stubborn clogged pores, the Detoxed Clay Face Mask will definitely come to your rescue! It has a rich clay formula that's blended with plenty of Charcoal powder (hence it's natural grey colour), which does an excellent job of drawing out dirt and impurities from the skin. This one was a bit drying afterwards as it has quite a powerful detoxifying formula, so I'd suggest following it up with a good moisturiser afterwards.

B. Hydrated Leave On Face Mask*
The only one out of the four to not feature a clay base is the Hydrated Leave On Face Mask. This creamy treatment feels like a rich moisturiser and uses key ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, Squalene and Babassu Oil, to give all skin types a good boost of moisture when it needs it the most. It's perfect for this time of the year when most people's skin is suffering from the cold weather, and it's also ideal as a follow-up mask after using the Detoxed Clay Face Mask above, to replenish and restore moisture levels.

B. Clay Pod Face Masks review
B. Face Mask Pods* are £2.49 each, or you can purchase larger 50ml pots for £7.49 each. Available exclusively at Superdrug, both in stores and online at

Have you tried these yet?

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Weekend Style: Cosy Up on Valentine's Day with Bolsius Candles

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Cosy Up on Valentine's Day with Bolsius Candles
The big loved-up V-Day is just around the corner and if you're on the lookout for some home products to create a cosy evening in, why not pick up some of these beautiful candles from Bolsius?

Candles are one of the easiest ways to create a welcoming and warm environment in your home, and there's something mesmerizing about flickering candlelight- it's almost magical isn't it? I have candles dotted all over my house, and I like to use them to not only offer an inviting fragrance, but to add a pop of colour or style to a room.

I usually opt for scented candles, but when I saw these mid-sized, chunky ones with a pretty metallic detailing from Bolsius, I couldn't pass up on the opportunity to feature them in a Weekend Style post.

Cosy Up on Valentine's Day with Bolsius Candles
Cosy Up on Valentine's Day with Bolsius Candles
Part of Bolsius' Rustic range, these un-fragranced Faded Metallic block candles are available in several different colours to suit a range of home decors and you can pick up different ones to suit the change in seasons. They feel very substantial and good quality, with a graduated metallic finish towards the bottom of the candle that looks very contemporary and stylish.

I was kindly sent a pair in cream and a pair in pink, and I love them! I have a lot of neutral themes throughout my home so the cream ones work in any room as they go with everything, whilst the pale pink pair makes a nice central feature for a subtle hint of colour on a table or windowsill - perfect for Valentine's Day.

Shop the full range of Bolsius Rustic Candles* online here.

Do you have a lot of candles in your home?

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Foodie Friday: Sea Salt & Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Bites recipe (Dairy-Free/Vegan/Gluten-Free)

Friday, 9 February 2018

Sea Salt & Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Bites recipe (Dairy-Free/Vegan/Gluten-Free)
If you're a fan of the salted chocolate trend and you love Nutella, you'll want to try these seriously moreish Sea Salt & Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Bites, which are made from just 4 ingredients!

Whoever decided to first sprinkle a teeny amount of salt onto chocolate is a flavour-genius, and I'd like to buy this person a drink (honestly, DM me!). It's one of my favourite flavour combinations when it comes to experimenting with chocolate, but you know what else I also love? Nutella. That classic chocolate hazelnut spread was a childhood favourite of mine, and I always still have a jar of it in the cupboard for those moments when you just need to get a spoonful of it into your mouth. 

I was browsing Pinterest the other day and came across lots of variations of these Chocolate Hazelnut Bites which combine chocolate, salt and hazelnut butter, all together in tempting bite-sized pieces of heaven. Best of all, they're made from only 4 ingredients and help to satisfy a Nutella craving in a much healthier way - just skip the salt if you want! 

Sea Salt & Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Bites recipe (Dairy-Free/Vegan/Gluten-Free)
Ingredients: (makes 8-10)
  • 1 tsp of Coconut Oil
  • 3 tbsp of Hazelnut Butter (I used Meridian)
  • 50g of Dark Chocolate
  • Tiny sprinkle of Sea Salt Flakes (optional)

  • Melt the Coconut Oil and allow to cool slightly. In a small bowl, mix together the Coconut Oil with the Hazelnut Butter and pop into the freezer for a few hours to set.
  • Next, break up the Dark Chocolate into small chunks and slowly melt in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering hot water. Set aside to cool.
  • Remove the set Hazelnut mixture from the freezer, and using two teaspoons, mould small chunks into balls until you have around 8-10 balls.
  • Dip the balls into the melted Dark Chocolate, getting a good even coating all over, and place on a small plate baking tray lined with greaseproof paper. Sprinkle over a tiny amount of Sea Salt Flakes. Return to the freezer to set for another 2-3 hours.
  • Take them out of the freezer 5 minutes before you want to eat them and enjoy! 

Storage: They can be kept in the freezer for up to a month and may start to go soft at room temperature depending on which brand of Hazelnut Butter you have used, so it's best to keep them frozen until you want to eat them.

Sea Salt & Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Bites recipe (Dairy-Free/Vegan/Gluten-Free)
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Currently Loving: 4 Vegan-Friendly Skincare Favourites from Antipodes

Thursday, 8 February 2018

4 Vegan-Friendly Skincare Favourites from Antipodes
Antipodes are one of my favourite natural and organic skincare brands, but did you know that many of their products are also suitable for vegans to use? Here are my top 4 vegan-friendly picks from the popular luxury New Zealand brand. 

Best for Sensitive Skin: Antipodes Grace Gentle Cream Cleanser* (120ml, £24.99, link
One of the most annoying things about the mainstream skincare industry is the prevalence of products that are targeted at sensitive skin, which are anything but gentle. The mind truly boggles! Luckily though, sensitive skin types can enjoy this Grace Gentle Cream Cleanser from Antipodes which is fragrance-free and dermatologically approved for sensitive and irritated skin. The ultra-soothing formula uses a natural but powerful anti-inflammatory ingredient called Vinanza Oxifend, which is extracted from sustainably grown Pinot Noir Grapes. It also contains Avocado Oil and Marigold Bloom to nourish and soften, making this cleanser suitable for both morning and evening use. You can use Grace as a makeup remover too, but I prefer it more as a second cleanser in the evening, as it struggles with waterproof and stubborn liquid foundation formulas. However, if you wear light or mineral based makeup though, this will work a treat!

Best for All Skin Types: Antipodes Reincarnation Pure Facial Exfoliator* (75ml, £21.99, link)
If you're looking for an extremely gentle manual exfoliator to add to your skincare routine, Reincarnation is a must-try. Key ingredients include Avocado Oil, Kaolin, Apricot Oil, Calendula Oil and Marigold Flower Oil, which results in a thick and creamy formula that's studded with tiny, natural Jojoba beads. These minute scrubby particles expertly lift away dull, dead skin cells, leaving your complexion looking much clearer and brighter in a matter of minutes. The beauty of this exfoliator is that it's so gentle and feels very nourishing, so if you suffer from blackheads or clogged pores, you can use this on a more regular basis than most other manual face polishes, without worrying about it being too harsh or abrasive for your skin. 

4 Vegan-Friendly Skincare Favourites from Antipodes
Best for Oily, Sensitive & Combination Skin: Antipodes Rejoice Light Facial Day Cream* (60ml, £25.99, link)
I've used this moisturiser on and off for many years now and it's one of the best light day creams that I've found for oily skin. In fact, it's one that I use the most during the Summer months when my combination skin is at its oiliest because it does such a fantastic job of helping to balance those excess sebum levels. I think Rejoice works so well for me because of this awesome balancing formula - it doesn't strip the skin and it doesn't mattify, which is the most common downfall of most moisturisers that are aimed at oily skin types (stripping and mattifying only leads the skin to produce even more sebum as it tries to compensate for this moisture loss, so you end up getting stuck in a vicious cycle!).  Alongside Avocado, Macadamia and Jojoba Oils, you'll find Organic Manuka Flower Oil which is revered for its natural healing properties and I feel like this plays a part in helping to keep blemishes at bay. If all that doesn't sound good enough, this moisturiser is also clinically proven to boost the skin's natural production of Type l and lll collagen and elastin by up to 59%, so it's great for anti-ageing too.

Best for Everyone: Antipodes Immortal SPF 15 Face & Body Moisturiser* (60ml, £28.99, link)
Although Summer is a long way off, if you're starting to think about SPF protection for the coming Spring months, swapping your moisturiser for one that contains SPF 15 like Immortal can be a very beneficial skincare step to take. Formulated with a hero plant-based Hyaluronic Acid that locks in moisture, it also has the likes of Vinanza Grape, Kiwi Extract and Reishi, the latter of which encourages healthy cell growth, so this moisturiser is ideal for those looking for anti-ageing and firming benefits. Suitable for both face and body, Immortal has a slightly thicker than I was expecting consistency and feels a bit greasy when first applied, however after a few minutes or so, it absorbs and creates a nice smooth canvas for applying makeup afterwards. A hidden gem in Antipodes' skincare range!

Have you tried any of these?

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