Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Hemp oil as a cleanser and moisturiser? Vedani Botanicals Silky Cleanser and Moisturiser Review

I've been intrigued by hemp oil for skincare since I read Amy Get That Glow's blog, as she is a green beauty blogger that really knows her skincare onions. 

Apparently hemp oil is non comedogenic, which means that it won't block pores. It's also made up of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and is rich in vitamin D, which is necessary for calcium absorption, giving you smoother skin.* It's also the base oil in both the Vedani Silky Cleanser No22 and Silky Anti-Aging Moisturiser No32.

Using a oil to cleanse and moisturise is well known in the green beauty community, but if you're new to natural beauty, then having a couple large bottles of oil from the supermarket cluttering up your bathroom shelf is a little disconcerting. So luckily natural brands are stepping in. Vedani's packaging is seriously luxurious - floral turquoise boxes with black (Miron Violet) glass bottles, and a delicate muslin cloth etched with little hexagons - they would make a perfect gift for someone who wanted to try natural skincare. 

The cleanser is rich and nourishing - a couple of drops is all that is needed, and has smoky, floral scent: the softness of the rose geranium and neroli are made deeper with the sandalwood and patchouli. The moisturiser is a simple oil formula too - I love that this is labelled as a 'moisturiser' rather than a facial oil - it feels as though Vedani are rewriting the beauty rules. However, I think that any plant based oil can have a wonderful effect on the skin, so the 'anti-aging' label is slightly unnecessary. Nevertheless, it is a wonderful collection of skin comforting ingredients: hemp seed, baobab, pommegranate, seabuckthorn, rosehip seed and hazelnut oils are all renowned for their effect on the skin, and it has a similarly woody scent. The moisturiser is very rich - it could be used sparingly over many months. My range was for normal to combination skin, but they also have ranges for oily and dry skin. 

If you love exotic scents, and luxurious, organic skincare that is handmade in the UK (and vegan!) then Vedani Skincare is one to add to your wishlist. Oh, and they have a range for men too - their packaging is decorated with maps, instead of flowers. 

Have you tried hemp oil as a cleanser or moisturiser? Did it help your skin? 

*Cannabis sativa (hemp seed oil), *Sesamum indicum (sesame oil), *Corylus avellana (hazelnut oil), *Calophyllum inophyllum (tamanu oil), *Persea gratissima (avocado oil), Tocopherol (natural vitamin E), *Helichrysum italicum (helichrysum essential oil), *Pelargonium roseum (geranium bourbon essential oil), *Pogostemon cablin (patchouli essential oil), *Citrus bergamia (bergomot essential oil), *Citrus aurantium (neroli essential oil), +Melaleuca quinquenervia (niaouli CT linalool essential oil), Santalum austrocaledonicum (sandalwood pacific essential oil), +Juniperus mexicana (texas cedar essential oil), ^d-Limonene ^Linalool ^Geraniol ^Citral ^Citronellol
* Organic
+Wild crafted
^Natural constituent of essential oil

Cannabis sativa (hemp seed oil), *Adansonia digitata (baobab oil), *Plukenetia volubilis (sacha inchi oil), *Punica granatum (pomegranate oil), *Calophyllum inophyllum (tamanu oil), *Salvia hispanica (chia seed oil), +Mauritia flexuosa (buriti oil), *Rosa rubiginosa (rosehip seed oil), *Corylus avellana (hazelnut oil), *Sesamum indicum (sesame oil), *Persea gratissima (avocado oil), Tocopherol (natural vitamin E), *Hippophae rhamnoides (sea buckthorn oil), *Helichrysum italicum (helichrysum essential oil), *Pelargonium roseum (geranium bourbon essential oil), *Pogostemon cablin (patchouli essential oil), *Citrus bergamia (bergomot essential oil), *Citrus aurantium (neroli essential oil), +Melaleuca quinquenervia (niaouli CT linalool essential oil), Santalum austrocaledonicum (sandalwood pacific essential oil), +Juniperus mexicana (texas cedar essential oil), ^d-Limonene ^Linalool  ^Geraniol ^Citral ^Citronellol
* Organic
+Wild crafted
^Natural constituent of essential oil

Monday, 23 November 2015

Healthy junk food: homemade sort of crisps

This is the snack I whip up when I fancy something inbetween a crisp and a chip (don't pretend that you don't get crispy-chip urges!). A healthier option would be to thinly slice root vegetables such as carrots, beetroot, sweet potato, but I love organic potatoes. They're also pretty damn cheap. 

1. Thinly (really thinly if you want them extra crispy) slice two or three organic potatoes. 

2. Drizzle with rapeseed oil, and scatter on a few herbs: fresh rosemary and thyme are amazing with this. Sprinkle on a little sea salt or pink Himalayan salt, if you're a healthy hipster. 

4. Cook for around half an hour/forty minutes (it will depend on your oven) on a top shelf. Flip or at least shuffle the crisps halfway through. Switch to a grill setting for the last ten minutes for extra crunch. 

Serve with a cheap glass of red, alongside a trashy rom-com that you coerced your boyfriend into watching with you.

Sunday, 22 November 2015

All you need is glitter

It's Autumn. Or perhaps winter. It's cold. It's dark. The inclination to unfurl yourself from layers of blankets is not high. 

This is when you need a pot of glitter. 

Mineral makeup is a perfect source of natural glitter, and their loose eyeshadows are often quite similar to expensive mineral pigments sold in department stores. You can wear them loose, for a bold slick of colour, or dust loosely as a highlighter, or even mix with your existing eyeshadows for a unique, D.I.Y look. 

This post is more as an inspiration for party makeup - as I picked up these little delicious pots of mineral glitter in Copenhagen - if anyone is reading from Copenhagen or Sweden, it would be wonderful if you'd let us know if it is possible to buy these in Britain. 

Although I have three shades: bronze, gold (guld) and copper (kobberrod) a gold shade is the one I would recommend the most: it seems to be universally flattering on all skin tones, gives light to your face, and can layered easily on top of chocolate brown, damson or amythest toned eyeshadow. Basically if I mess up eyeshadow look I cover it in gold loose mineral powder, like icing sugar on a Victoria sponge. My holy grail British gold mineral eyeshadow is by Lily Lolo: review. 

Bronze can look lovely - especially on blue eyes, but I would avoid any shade that is too warm. Rachel from All Natural Aspirations has an enivable loose bronze mineral eyeshadow from Shiro cosmetics, which is a brand I've not tried yet, but Lily Lolo has a gorgeous shade called Bronze Sparkle that would work well too. 

As for the copper, I've not found a dupe, nor a way to wear it yet - it has red undertones that I don't really know what to do with. But it makes me happy every time I open my makeup desk (I have a vintage school desk to keep all of my makeup in). Should I give it up? Or is there a perfect copper makeup look that I'm missing out on? 

Thursday, 19 November 2015

The Weekend Bath: Moa Green Balm and Fortifying Bath Potion

As soon as the week turns to Friday, my thoughts are of the hot scented bath I will have that night. It is such a pleasure to discover new lotions and potions for bath time - I love the silence and simple decadence of a long, hot bath. 

My bath time has several components - a glittering candle, a deep cleanser to remove all makeup and grime, a face mask and a deep, potent, scented oil for my bath. 

For the candle, where possible, I favour natural beeswax tea-lights, as they have a delicate, nutty scent and reputedly cleanse the air. But they are more expensive than their ordinary counterparts, so are a luxury. 

For the deep cleanse, I like either a cream or balm. My latest discovery is the Moa Green Balm: an  all purpose product with a base of coconut oil, soybean and almond oil. The texture of this balm is like a slightly softer version of coconut oil - it melts immediately into warm skin. I apply a fingertip amount to my face, then steam it with a very hot flannel or muslin cloth. Once the cloth is a little cooler, I use it to remove the rest of the balm. The scent is very clean, with the most distinctive fragrance being tea tree oil - I love almost medicinal scents. Lots of cleansing balms include Shea butter, but the Moa Balm doesn't. If you have blemish prone skin - and are sure that coconut oil doesn't block your pores, as it is comedogenic - then this could be the right cleansing balm for you. The secret ingredient is yarrow - a herb that has been used in British remedies for years. As with all multi purpose balms, it is perfect on little cuts, bruises and dry or chapped skin. Oh, and it comes packaged sweetly with a soft muslin cloth, so would be a wonderful Christmas gift. 

Moa Daily Cleansing Ritual £17.50 (for a 50ml pot of the Green Balm and a muslin cloth).

I would follow up my deep cleanse with a face mask - my favourite is by Mallow and White: you can watch my review here. 

For my deeply scented bath oil I have the Moa Fortifying Bath Potion - I adore this product. From a purely aesthetic point of view, the heavy green glass bottle this is encased in is beautiful - and the white retro typography make it a lovely product to display in your bathroom. The scent is so unusual for a bath oil - typically you would expect a sweet or floral fragrance, but the closest thing I can compare this bath oil to is cough syrup - stay with me - it's divine. The scent is a mix of peppermint and fennel, and when you put a couple of capfuls in your tub, you feel as though your lungs are getting cleaner - this would be perfect if you had a cold or were generally feeling run down by the effects of a British winter. 

Moa Fortifying Bath Potion £27.50 for 100ml

Moa products are handmade in Britain and are cruelty free. 

Moa Green Balm Ingredients

Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Glycine Soja (Soy Bean) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Oil, Chlorophyll, Limonene*. *occurs naturally in tea tree oil.

Moa Fortifying Bath Potion Ingredients

Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) Seed Oil, Mentha Piperita (peppermint) Oil, Foeniculum Vulgare (fennel) Oil, Laureth-3, Simmondsia Chinensis (jojoba) Seed Oil, Achillea Millefolium (yarrow) Extract, Abies Sibirica (fir needle) Oil, Betula Lenta Bark (sweet birch) Oil, Tocopherol, CI 75810 (chlorophyll).

Monday, 16 November 2015

Dr Hauschka Lip Liners Review

As I was wandering around Copenhagen on my own (whilst Dan attended lectures) I discovered a little natural shop filled to the rafters with coconut protein bars and organic bars of soap. It also had a little basket filled with discounted makeup, a delight that I had not encountered since the days of being a teenager discovering cut price scarlet, purple and black lipsticks in my local chemist. 

So I picked up these lovely Dr Hauschka lip liners (in 02 and 03) for around five pounds each (they are normally £14.95). One is a soft rose, the other a Hollywood siren red - I love both shades. Dr Hauschka is a classic German brand that has been around since 1967. Their skincare products are coveted by makeup artists - Lisa Elridge swears by their Rose Day Cream. 

The shades of their lip liners are all neutral tones, and I adore the colourful gold edged packaging. The only thing that I wasn't convinced by was the formula - I like a creamy lip liner that I can wear over a lip balm as a stain. For the price, I would have expected them to be a bit softer and more blendable - but the pigment and staying power (with a lipstick) are as good as you would expect. 

What products do you love from Dr Hauschka? I've just bought one of their eyeshadows, and I'd love to discover more from this brand. 


Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Glycerides, Talc, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Rhus Succedanea Fruit Wax, Diatomaceous Earth (Solum Diatomeae), Rosa Damascena Flower Wax, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Anthyllis Vulneraria Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Bark/Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Fragrance (Parfum), Citronellol*, Geraniol*, Linalool*. [May contain (+/-) Mica, Carmine (CI 75470), Iron Oxides (CI 7749¹, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)].

Sunday, 15 November 2015

My Sunday Morning Routine

This is my ideal Sunday. I'd wake up late, have some Clipper tea and fruit with yoghurt or crème fraiche for breakfast (whilst reading the Sunday Papers) then have a bath or shower with some gorgeous natural beauty products. I'd then get dressed, apply some mineral makeup and go out for the day - perhaps for Earl Grey tea and carrot cake, or to the seaside, or just for a long walk. 

Products shown:

The lip balm I use when I first wake up is the Organic Essence Vanilla Balm. Review. 

Some of my bath and body stuff:

Basic hygiene:

Skin care routine:


Foundation, yellow corrector concealer, white highlighter and 'Mushroom' eyeshadow: All Honey Pie Minerals. Review.


The carrot cake was at a Cafe in Copenhagen, and I've been searching for its British equivalent ever since. Any recommendations? 

The beach was Portland Bill (near Chesil beach).

The long coastal walk at the end was in Aldeburgh, Suffolk. 

Saturday, 14 November 2015

The Hot Pink blusher that made me fall in love with the English Mineral Makeup Company...

Hot Pink, Rose, Coral. 

Look at that pink.

It's a fact universally acknowledged that a natural brand makeup brand will usually have very subtle, natural colours. It's not that I don't love soft apricot and rose petal shades, but sometimes the exciting part of makeup is choosing something that looks as though it has been lifted straight from a paint palette. 

I bought three blusher samples from The English Mineral Makeup Company, but it's their Hot Pink shade that makes me feel gleeful whenever I see it nestled in my makeup collection. It's a Schiaparelli shocking pink, a vibrant, lush fuchsia, the sort of blush that would be painted onto a Victorian China Doll, the exact shade that would line Barbie's Jeep. 

Bizarrely, despite looking like such an artificial hue, it is incredibly flattering, in the same way that Benetint or something from Nars with a rude name is universally gorgeous on everyone. Even better, it looks so pretty with all of those bitten, berry lipsticks that are so popular in Autumn. I don't always suit cooler pinks with blue undertones, but this looked wonderful on me. 

The other two shades - a classic Rose and a terracotta toned Coral - were lovely enough, but they simply weren't as exciting as Hot Pink. I love mineral makuep, and collect stacks of it, but I don't think I've ever seen a shade quite like this before. It's swooped straight to the top of my wishlist - helped by the fact that they have pretty white packaging and complimentary kabuki brushes. 

£25.00 for 10g.


Mica, +/- CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), +/- CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (Black iron oxide), CI 77007 (Ultramarines).
No Nano Particles. Vegan.