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Sulphate Free Skincare: Vanessa Megan Lemon & Eucalyptus Handwash and Lemon & Rosemary Cleanser

Vanessa Megan Lemon & Eucalyptus Handwash and Lemon & Rosemary Cleanser

Vanessa Megan Lemon & Eucalyptus Handwash and Lemon & Rosemary Cleanser Vanessa Megan Lemon & Eucalyptus Handwash and Lemon & Rosemary Cleanser Vanessa Megan Lemon & Eucalyptus Handwash and Lemon & Rosemary Cleanser



Vanessa Megan is an Australian certified organic skin care and home fragrance company founded by Vanessa Gray, based on their philosophy that “you should never put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t eat”. The range is cruelty free and eco friendly, with 100% recyclable packaging.

I was introduced to this range a couple of months ago, and have been trialling their exfoliating hand wash as well as their exfoliating cleanser.

The Vanessa Megan Lemon and Eucalyptus Exfoliating Hand Wash ($75.95)  is a creamy product interspersed with some jojoba beads for exfoliation (a glob of this is pictured above). Thyme and eucalyptus essential oils are used for their anti-bacterial qualities and a sense of freshness. Their Lemon and Rosemary  Exfoliating cleanser ($54.95) is a similar formulation (creamy and with jojoba beads), but includes Rosemary oil to “ease congestion and puffiness”.

Overall the formulation is not bad- it’s non drying, smells nice, and is sulphate free. My only qualm is that the texture of the products feel more like a moisturising cream rather than a wash and doesn’t rinse off as easily as I would like . From a personal perspective I prefer a smoother, more gel like texture for both products, especially for a hand wash- but this is purely personal preference and you might have a totally different view on what you like.

These products make my bathroom look and smell like a health spa- the scent of both the products are heavenly and I love the packaging.


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Posted by on Oct 13th, 2014 in Skincare | 0 comments.


Multi purpose plant oils from Aveda, Crop, and A Bit Hippy


I love how so many brands are now offering a pure plant oils and blends in their skin care lines. I remember a time when all treatment oils- whether it be for hair or skin- were mostly mineral oil and silicones.

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Posted by on Oct 8th, 2014 in Skincare | 0 comments.

Burt’s Bees Radiance Night Cream with Royal Jelly, Eye Cream, and Radiance Toner

Burt's Bees Radiance Night Cream with Royal Jelly, Eye Cream, and Radiance Toner

Royal Jelly is made by worker bees to nourish queen bees. It is rich in nutrients and has been used for centuries for skin care as well as various ailments- check out Sarah’s post on The Science Of Beauty for an excellent background review of royal jelly in skin care.

Burt’s Bees Radiance line is focussed on harnessing the anti-aging and skin nourishing benefits of royal jelly. The Radiance line got a bit of a packaging makeover recently so I was contacted about trying the line out for myself.


Radiance Night Cream

Burt’s Bees Radiance Night Cream is a medium weight moisturiser well suited for dry skin all year round or oilier skin types in winter. It features royal jelly as it’s star ingredient and various plant oils (primarily sweet almond oil)  and botanical extracts (horsetail extract, rosemary leaf. Ingredient wise- it’s a lovely formulation, with no petrochemical fillers, glycols, parabens, and other nasties, but it does have an artificial fragrance. The scent is quite strong and irks my nose a little (although I’ve gotten use to it after several weeks of use), so if you’re sensitive to fragrance check this out in person first.

I do find that it needs a bit of massaging to get this to fully absorb into the skin. A toner helps this product sink in considerably easier- which is where the Radiance Toner with Royal Jelly comes in!

Ingredients: aqua (water, eau), prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, stearic acid, glycerin, tapioca starch, cholesterol, lecithin, parfum (fragrance), royal jelly, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, citrus medica limonum (lemon bioflavonoids) peel extract, equisetum hyemale (horsetail) extract, humulus lupulus (hops) extract, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, pinus strobus (pine tree) cone extract, beta-carotene, olus (vegetable oil, huile vegetale), xanthan gum, chlorphenesin, phenoxyethanol, butylphenyl methylpropional, citronellol, hexyl cinnamal, hydroxycitronellal, hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde, isoeugenol, limonene, linalool

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Posted by on Sep 9th, 2014 in Reviews, Skincare | 1 comment

Jurlique Daily Moisture Balancing Serum, Jurlique Advanced Eye Serum review

Jurlique Rose Moisture Plus Daily Moisture Balancing Serum

Jurlique Rose Plus Daily Moisture Balancing Serum Review


I have been trying a few Jurlique serums in the past month, and my favourites are their lovely Daily Moisture Balancing Serum and their Advanced Eye Serum.

The Jurlique Rose Moisture Plus has been fantastic for my parched skin during winter. I use it after cleansing, and before applying my moisturiser- the humectant (water retaining) properties of this serum gives the skin a hydration boost and seems to make subsequent skin care products sink into my skin better.It also incorporates lovely botanical extracts like rose hip oil, hibiscus extract, camellia leaf extract, and green tea extract. My skin feels more plump and happy when I’ve used this consistantly underneath my usual skin care.

It is light in texture and absorbs pretty fast, although there is a slight residual tackiness (from the glycerin), that will disappear when you add the moisturiser on top. I use a pea sized amount- morning and night.

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Posted by on Aug 13th, 2014 in Reviews, Skincare | 0 comments.


MooGoo Milk Shampoo, Milk Wash, Scalp Cream, Full Cream: Review and Giveaway

MooGoo Milk Shampoo, Milk Wash, Scalp Cream, Full Cream: Review and Giveaway

MooGoo Scalp Cream ($17.90)It is packaged in a 120ml tube and a 270g pump bottle.

MooGoo Scalp Cream (and their Milk Shampoo, of course)  have been a godsend for my dermatitis-prone scalp and hairline. When my scalp is particularly dry, irritated, or itchy it feels incredibly soothing to massage it in and there is almost instant relief from itchiness.

The formula uses anti-inflammatory actives and base ingredients (allantoin, aloe vera, hydrolyzed milk protein) as well as an anti- fungal (Piroctone Olamine). It is unique in that it is completely free from irritants often found in drugstore scalp care products (sulphates, glycols) and is safe to use on babies. For severe chronic inflammation you will probably still need prescription medication, but this should reduce dosage requirements for anti-inflammatories like topical steroids (which come with unwanted long term side effects).

I like using it before I wash my hair- massaging the scalp cream in for a good few minutes to loosen dandruff, then leaving it in for 10-20 mins before I shower.

MooGoo Scalp Cream ingredients: Aqua, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Squalene (Olive), Hydrolized Milk Protein, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera), Allantoin, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Piroctone Olamine, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride (Guar Gum), Polysorbate 60 (Food Grade Emulsifier), Mel (Honey), Acetum (Apple Cider Vinegar), Pyrus Communis (Pear) Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract.


MooGoo Scalp Cream, MooGoo Full Cream review


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