Do you ever feel like you have too many unnecessarily complex products and steps in your skincare routine that you want to go back to the basics? I have been feeling a lot like that lately. I was judging The Beauty Shortlist awards last year, and I was getting up to 30 new products sent to me each week. The more products I received, the more I wanted to pare back my skincare routines and go back to pure, unadulterated products. I found myself gravitating towards 100% natural products with minimal ingredient lists. However, it was a challenge to find premium-quality skincare basics. Luckily, my friend Samantha Sargent of Be Naturally You introduced me to a UK-based brand called Moroccan Natural that focuses on sourcing the best natural ingredients, most of them from Morocco. View Full Post
Tabitha James Kraan (or TJK for short) was one of the first brands I reviewed on this blog. Recently, Tabitha’s husband Dennes sent me some of their new products, including their Dry Shampoo Compact for Dark Hair and Golden Citrus Hair Perfume, to review.
For those who are new to the brand, TJK is an award-winning line of ‘clean’ professional haircare products from England. Tabitha is a passionate advocate of sourcing the best local organic ingredients to create products that are both gentle and effective. View Full Post
Josh Rosebrook and I got off on the wrong foot. His cleanser was one of the first things I reviewed on this blog, and he was very upset by my negative review. I had no idea that ‘the’ Josh Rosebrook would read my review when I wrote it, and it was a good learning experience as it taught me to consider the people working tirelessly behind these brands while reviewing their products.
Although his cleanser didn’t work for me, I was curious to try some of his other products. The products I most wanted to try were his mask and exfoliator, but they were both sold out on I Am Natural Store and Be Naturally You, the only two stockists for this brand in Australia (as far as I know). However, his styling cream was in stock on Be Naturally You, and I ordered a tub recently. View Full Post
Living Libations is one of those rare brands that have unanimously positive reviews online. Normally, you always see one or two people complaining about cystic acne from using cleansing oils, but their Sea Buckthorn Best Skin Ever Cleansing Oil has probably the most number of positive reviews I’ve seen for ANY skincare product. These reviews are not just positive but poetic: people often use words like ‘magic’ and ‘alchemy’ to describe their experience with the brand.
Living Libations is a Canadian brand created by Nadine Artemis, and if you are interested, do check out her YouTube channel, where she demonstrates some of her products with husband Ron. Living Libations products range from cleansers to dental care, hair care, perfumes, salt inhalers and personal lubricants. They are all very intriguing formulations, and if I had unlimited funds, I’d try every one of them. Since I’m always on a strict budget, I had to narrow my options down to three. Here are my reviews: View Full Post
I love multi-tasking products, so I was really excited when I saw this 4 in 1 Contioner on I Am Natural Store. The brand claims that this product can be used as a traditional conditioner, a nourishing scalp cream, a leave-in conditioner and a high performance styling tool.
This is my first product from Tabitha James Kraan, and I bought the trial 60ml size. Tabitha James Kraan (let’s call the brand TJK from now on!) is a London-based label that focuses on organic haircare. Its eponymous founder, some research revealed, believes in reducing the use of harsh cleansers and using organic oils to nourish the hair and scalp. Her star product is her dry shampoo (available in two shades for dark and fair hair). According to her website, she advocates ’employing her organic dry shampoo as part of a cunning care routine, stretching the time between shampoos, and allowing the hair to enjoy the enviable rewards of regained natural equilibrium – high gloss, bounce and healthy body.’ I’m now really curious to try her dry shampoos, but I’ll try not to digress too much and talk about her conditioner instead! View Full Post