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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 Post

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Eve Lom’s Dynaspot is currently my go-to spot treatment. I don’t get too many breakouts anymore, and this seems to get rid of any that I get. What I like about this is that it seems to work on all kinds of zits, be it whiteheads, under-the-skin cysts or small pustules (not a pleasant thought, I know!). It’s very similar to Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion and Kate Somerville’s Eradikate, but I find Dynaspot to be gentler and more versatile/effective than its like-hued cousins. View Post

I love trying out new cleansers. I know cleansers are products that you don’t leave on your skin for too long and that most of it ends up down the drain, but a good cleanser can really make all the difference. Our skin is protected by a slightly acidic film called the acid mantle, and this acts as a barrier to bacteria, viruses and other toxins. Harsh cleansers can change the pH of your skin and upset this gentle balance. A lot of people who experience breakouts mistakenly think (I used to be one of them) that they need a harsh cleanser to prevent breakouts, when it’s often the opposite. Stripping all the natural oils disrupts the acid mantle, making the skin more susceptible to breakouts and other infections.

If you are thinking of getting a good water-based cleanser, make sure it’s free of sulfates and it doesn’t foam (there are some exceptions to this rule, but if you are not sure, go with a non-foaming cleanser). When I first saw The Little Alchemist Wild Apple & Mint Purifying Gel Cleanser, I was apprehensive it might be a little too harsh for my combination skin, but it’s very gentle and perfect for any skin type. View Post

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I’ve been trying to simplify my skincare routine. After being sucked into the world of natural Korean skincare (thanks Glow Recipe!) and noticing how my skincare regimen was spiraling out of control, I’ve been trying to cut down on the number of products I use. It is lovely to have a satisfying regimen that includes 10-12 steps and a number of products with varying levels of viscosity, but did I really need it? Maybe not! So I’ve been on the search for some multi-tasking natural products. And that’s when I discovered Kypris.

Kypris is an American brand founded by the lovely Chase Polan. I’ve been watching her on YouTube and she’s a great advocate for her brand. Her ingredients seem exceptionally high quality and I like that she has got potent naturally-derived ingredients like Vitamin C ester, Retinol and Coenzyme Q10 in her products (in addition to organic oils and extracts). View Post