I have heard great things about Moroccan argan oil and have been been wanting to try it out for a while now but just never got round to it. The Mark Hill MiracOILicious Moroccan Argan Oil is actually not just argan oil but is a blend of 14 essential oils and plant extracts. A small drop is enough for your whole head as it is really concentrated – the first time I used it I made the mistake of putting too much onto my hair so ended up looking more than a little greasy! I can’t decide whether or not I like this product. Some days it seems to work brilliantly and gives my hair a glossy, frizz free shine, but other days it seems to dry out the ends and make my hair really static. I have no idea why this is happening! I think that there must be an exact right amount that you need to apply and some mornings I must be using too little meaning it doesn’t really help my ends. I plan to try the pure Moroccan Oil to see whether that is any better but in the meantime I will make do with the Mark Hill version. The major upside to the Mark Hill oil is that it is around half the price of the pure Moroccan Oil!
I love the products from the Calcot Manor summer range. I’ve been using the Lazy Evening Gentle Salt Scrub (RRP £3.99 for 350ml) and the Lazy Evening Dry Oil Body Spray (RRP £4.99 for 200ml) for the last few weeks. Both of them smell fantastic and the oil is really hydrating. I think the packaging makes them look much more expensive than they really are and I will definitely be trying more from the range! You can buy the products in Tesco or in Calcot Spa in The Calcot Manor which looks like an amazing hotel!
Tropic Skincare is the skincare range created by Susan Ma (from The Apprentice) and is 100% natural and organic. I have been using the Organic Luxury Oil for a couple of months now and was looking forward to trying it on my hair which has been drier than usually recently. When the oil arrived I was surprised to see that it wasn’t runny but then noticed on the bottle a note saying that it can solidify when it gets cold. As it was delivered when it was snowy, I didn’t think it was unreasonable that it was solid. It is easy enough to turn it back into a liquid – just leave it in a basin of hot water for a few minutes. In the few months since I’ve had the oil, there hasn’t been a day where it hasn’t solidified which is getting really annoying and puts me off using it! Even recently when it’s been up to 24°C, it hasn’t been warm enough for the oil to stay liquid.I love the design of the bottle and the oil smells lovely and fruity. It would be such a good product if it wasn’t such an effort melting (is that the right word?) it each time I want to use it! It means that I can’t just apply a little bit to get rid of frizz before I leave the house in the morning without leaving it in hot water first. And sometimes in the evenings I am too tired to wait for it to melt to use it as more of an overnight hair mask. When I do get around to using the oil a few days running it definitely does improve the condition of my hair so I really wish it didn’t solidify all the time! It seems especially good when I use it overnight.The oil costs £25 for 100ml and I would say it is worth it if you don’t mind melting it when you want to use it, or if you live somewhere warmer where it won’t solidify all the time! The oil itself is brilliant and I barely need to use any to see an effect on my frizz!
My sister Megan has been trying out Bio Oil and here is what she thinks of it….
The red pigments on the tops of my arms have always made me self conscious, especially when wearing t-shirts or bikinis which are pretty basic necessities for the summer. After using countless creams and tablets all claiming that they’ll “work wonders” and “clear everything up” and evidently doing absolutely nothing at all, I officially gave up. With summer fast approaching and a fun-filled holiday with friends getting nearer by the day, I finally found the wonder that is “Bio-Oil”. Weary of it at first (call me a cynic), I was tempted to just forget about it and go on with my day. But what the hell, I thought, may as well. Bio-Oil is a specialist skin care for all types of skin problems including stretch marks, uneven skin tones, ageing skin, scars and dehydrated skin and with the special ingredient of PurCellin Oil (I don’t know what it is either) it smoothes skin and makes it soft and refreshed. I have been using this product for well over two weeks now and have already noticed a difference. It must be applied twice a day which is easy enough when waking up and before going to sleep – quick and simple and perfect for people on the go. The red pigments on my skin are gradually going down and I am feeling more confident about showing my arms during my summer holiday – on the note of summer holidays, BioOil does have a particularly sun-creamy type smell, constantly making me think of going on sunning it up on a beach…not so good whilst I’m in the thick of exams! Sceptical at first due to being let down by so many other products, I am extremely glad that I gave this a try and am definitely going to go and buy myself another bottle!
Bio Oil costs £14.99 for a 125ml bottle in Boots.
1. Arbonne Ginger Citrus Body Butter: I love this body butter, it smells wonderful! RRP £23 for 340g
2. The Bubbles & Butters Company: I love the fun, colourful packaging of these products and they are not too expensive either. The Super Soft Bath Bubbles cost £6 for 450ml and the Skin Nourishing Body Butters cost £6 for 275ml. You can buy this range online here.
3. Calcot Manor Beauty Products: This is a spa range available from Tesco. I have the body scrub and de-stress shower gel and they are just gorgeous.
4. Ajala Spa Botanical Bath & Shower Oil – Energising Amyris & Bergamot: This is a brilliant oil and is really moisturising – perfect for winter skin. It’s not as expensive as other spa brands and you can but it online. RRP £12.99 for 100ml
5. Benbow & Blake: There are some great looking products in this range. I have the Bath & Body Wash which smells amazing! RRP Bath & Body Wash £12.50 for 15ml
6. Ahava Red Ornament Christmas Gift: This is a really lovely Hibiscus & Fig Botanic Cream Wash in cute packaging. RRP £6 for 85ml
After reading about how brilliant Cat from Reaching for the Stars thought Bio Oil was, I was really looking forward to trying it for myself. I sometimes get slightly dry skin on my face, my skin tone is also a bit uneven and I used to get little red bumps on the tops of my arms have left faint marks. These are all problems that Bio Oil is supposed to help with.
I’m never very sure about using oil on my face as I don’t like ones that take an age to skin in or just leave you looking greasy. Bio Oil however sinks in very quickly so is fine for applying in the mornings when you’re rushing around a bit – it also smells nice and fresh. After using the oil for a week or so, both morning and night, I did notice an improvement in my skin – it looked healthier and my skin tone looked a bit more even. I didn’t really notice any difference to the tops of my arms though. I kept on using the oil but started to notice little spots under the skin around my eyes and on my cheeks. I’ve been lucky enough not to have ever really suffered from spots, just the occasional one, so I thought maybe the oil was to blame. I cut down to only using it once every other day and although I didn’t get any more spots, they didn’t seem to go down very quickly. I’ve stopped using the oil regularly now and only use it maybe once a week to give my skin a bit of a boost. I’m not sure why my skin has reacted like this to Bio Oil as I’ve always had dry skin so I would have thought the oil would be suitable. I’ve read so many good things about Bio Oil and am quite disappointed that my skin doesn’t seem to like it! Has anyone else used it? Did it work for you?
The first thing I noticed about these soaps when I opened the packet was the gorgeous smell. The pack contains three 70g soaps: Kumerahou & Cinnamon, Manuka Honey & Calendula Petal and Manuka Oil & Clay. I really like the packaging which is bright, eyecatching and looks much more special than your usual supermarket soaps, which I did expect for the price of £10.72!
I find that the soaps are really moisturising which is brilliant as some soaps I’ve bought in the past have dried my skin out quite a lot. They lather very well and the smell seems to get even stronger when they are wet which is great.
The set is quite expensive but I think it would make a lovely gift or a special one-off for yourself! You can buy the Living Nature Nature’s Collection Soap Trio from MyPure.
A couple of months ago I review an Aromatherapy Associates Candle which I really loved so I couldn’t wait to try out the Miniature Bath & Shower Oil Collection. It is made up of 9 x 3ml cute little bottles of natural oil, each with a different scent. They all smell beautiful, make you feel as though your bathroom is actually a fancy spa and really are very relaxing! The only downside to these oils is that they will make you fall in love and want to buy the quite expensive full size bottles which are £37 for 55ml. I was planning to ask for a full size bottle for my birthday but not sure if I can wait until November! I think these would make a lovely gift – maybe a good idea for Mother’s Day which is coming up in a few weeks?