Monday, 1 September 2014

Natural Skincare: Sukin Facial Moisturiser Review



I chose to purchase the Sukin Facial Moisturiser from Holland and Barrett because I found that my previous moisturiser (the Faith in Nature Facial Moisturiser) was still leaving my skin fairly dry after use. The Sukin Moisturiser appealed to me because it has some  really good ingredients such as aloe leaf juice, sesame seed oil, vitamin E and cocoa butter. It also claims to have no sulphates, no synthetic fragrances, no artificial colours and no parabens.

The moisturiser costs £8.15 for a 125ml bottle which I think is reasonably priced for a natural product. the product should also last for a decent amount of time. I have been using this moisturiser consistently for around 2 months and I think it should last for a further month or two.

This moisturiser softens my skin and it replenishes moisture quite well. The only downside to this moisturiser is the smell, it has an earthy aroma which some people may not be fond of. Luckily the smell doesn't linger, it disappears after application.

Ingredients:

Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Ceteareth-20, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil (Rose Hip), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Arctium Lappa (Burdock) Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Vanillin,Vanilla Planifolia Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Linalool, * Limonene. * * Natural component of essential oils.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

To and Flo Hair: My Whipped Shea Butter Mix




Shea butter is one of my favourite things to use on my hair. I like it because it is really thick and it does a good job at sealing the moisture in my hair. My hair is very thick and dense so I need heavy products to make my hair feel good. I tend to use shea butter after moisturising my hair with my Cantu Leave In Conditioner. 

I usually add a few oils to my shea butter mix and I am not too particular about the oils I use. I don't go out to buy oils specifically for my shea butter mix, I just use what I have in my house. 



In my most recent mixture I used:



  • 550g Shea Butter
  • 4 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 4 Tablespoons of Almond Oil
  • 4 Tablespoons of  Castor Oil
  • A Mixing Bowl
  • An Electric Hand Mixer


I mix the shea butter and the oils together until it has a soft creamy consistency.





Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Natural Skincare: Desert Essence Thoroughly Clean Face Wash Review



A few months ago I was looking for a new face wash and I came across the Dessert Essence Thoroughly Clean Face Wash in my local Revital Health store. This product contains a lot of naturally derived ingredients and it claims to have no parabens, no artificial fragrances/dyes, no petroleum, no mineral oil, no sulphates, no PEGs, no PPG, no MEA, no glycols..... the list literally goes on. The Desert Essence brand is ideal for those who are interested in using products that are free from harmful ingredients.

It costs £5.99 for 120ml and £9.99 for 250ml and I think this is reasonable because a little bit of this product goes a long way. I have been using the 120ml bottle for around three months and I am only half way through the product. The face wash has a watery consistency and it produces a very light lather. It thoroughly cleans my face without leaving it feeling too dry afterwards. My skin tends to be quite oily and this face wash helps keep the oiliness at bay. I really like this face wash and I have repurchased it in the bigger size because I think it will be one of my staple products. 


The ingredients are:

Castile soap (water (aqua), cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, tall oil, potassium hydroxide), glycerin, melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) leaf oil*, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, hydrastis canadensis (glodenseal) root extract (awapuhi), fucus vesiculosus extract (bladderwrack), cymbopogon martini oil (palmarosa), citrus aurantium amara (bitter orange) peel oil, lavandual angustifolia (lavender) oil, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower oil, calendula officinalis flower oil, callitris introtropica wood oil (blue cypress) *Eco-Harvest


Have you used this product? Let me know what you think of it in the comments. x

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Tosin Cooks: Stir Fry





This past weekend I put some ingredients together and made some delicious stir fry. I like cooking stir fry because it is quite simple to make and there are many different ways of doing it. 



What I Used:
1 onion (chopped), 1 bell pepper (chopped), 1 table spoon of all purpose seasoning, 1 table spoon of mixed herbs, a dash of salt and pepper, 1 sachet of hoi sin stir fry sauce, 4 nests of fine egg noodles, 240g of chicken chunks, 1 stock cube and a table spoon of oil.

Method: Serves 2-4
1. Place the oil and the chicken in a wok on medium heat and add the all purpose seasoning, mixed herbs, salt, pepper and the stock cube. Stir regularly for 5 mins.
2. Whilst the chicken is cooking, heat up the noodles in a separate pan with water for 3-5 minutes until it is soft. Once the noodles have reached the desired softness drain the water from the pan.
3. Add the chopped pepper and onions to the wok and continue stirring for 2-3 minutes. Then add the hoi sin sauce and continue stirring for 1-2 minutes.
4. Add the drained noodles to the wok and mix it together with the sauce until it is spread evenly.
5. It should now be ready to serve!

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Natural Skincare: Faith In Nature Intensive Moisturising Cream Review


Lately I have been trying to take better care of my skin by using more natural products. One of my first purchases was the Faith In Nature Intensive moisturising Cream. I bought it from one of the Wholefoods branches in London and it cost me £6.65 for a 50ml bottle.

It contains some really good ingredients such as coconut oil, sunflower seed oil, aloe vera juice and shea butter. (A full ingredients list is at the bottom of this post.) The majority of the ingredients are either vegetable derived, organic certified, community certified or from essential oils.

I have used more than two thirds of the product since I  purchased it.

I have been using this product for the past two months and I have used it every morning and night. It has a very creamy texture and it absorbs into my skin very well. The smell is not very distinctive and it resembles the fragrance of an average face cream. Most of the time it provides my face with adequate moisture, however, it is not the most moisturising product that I have used. Sometimes my face still feels a little bit dry when I use this to replenish moisture after thoroughly washing my face with face wash. This product is good when I use it on skin that doesn't feel too dry before use, for example, when I use it during the day or after light cleansing with face wipes.

I do recommend that people give this a try because it is fairly reasonably priced for a product that contains a lot of natural ingredients and it is hypoallergenic and paraben free.

Ingredients

Aqua, Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil*, Glyceryl stearate SE*, Glycerin*, Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil**, Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice**, Prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil*, Stearic acid* Olea europaea (olive) fruit oil**, Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil*, Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter)***, Cucurbita pepa (pumpkin) seed oil**, Ginkgo biloba leaf extract**, Cetearyl olivate*, Tocopherol* (vitamin E), Parfum (natural aroma)*, Sorbitan olivate*, Citric acid*, Sodium benzoate, Potassium sorbate, Xanthan gum*, Limonene°, Linalool°
* Vegetable derived ingredient, ** Organic certified ingredient, *** Community trade ingredient, ยบ from essential oils

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Have Your Business Featured On The Business Spotlight Page!



I have created a page on my blog that is dedicated to featuring fashion/beauty related businesses. 

The purpose of The Business Spotlight Page is to encourage entrepreneurship. This page is open to businesses that are either upcoming, new or fairly small.

If you own a UK based business that you think will appeal to the readers of this blog, I would like to hear from you! 


Send an email to toandflo@outlook.com and I may feature your business on the Business Spotlight page!

Sunday, 15 June 2014

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