Natural & Organic Fall 2020 Faves – Collab with The Natural Beauty Sisters

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Natural % Organic Fall Favourites - Collab with Natural Beauty Sisters
Natural % Organic Fall Favourites – Collab with Natural Beauty Sisters

It is that time of the year again – favourites time, that’s it 🙂 I filmed a Youtube video (not without some challenges) and as I do not like to leave things unfinished, I made a matching blog post too.

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What’s In My Bag – YouTube Collaboration with Natural Beauty Sisters

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What's in my bag - collaboration with Natural Beauty Sisters
What’s in my bag – collaboration with Natural Beauty Sisters

How are You, I hope You are well? Another day, another Youtube video from me, this time What’s In My Bag one 🙂 It seems like I hit the ground running with Youtube after so many years of being afraid to put myself out there – if you are an introvert, you know what I mean. Many thanks for all the warmth and support from all of You – You know who You are 💕

Sending love and gratitude!

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My Natural Bath & Shower Products – YouTube Collaboration

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My natural bath & shower products - Green Life In Dublin
My natural bath & shower products – Green Life In Dublin

How are all of You, I hope You are well? Today I am coming at You with another Youtube video collaboration with my Natural Beauty Sisters on what natural and organic bath & shower products I use. Let’s have a look?

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Natural hand sanitisers

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Natural hand sanitisers
Natural hand sanitisers

How are you, I hope You are all well? I might be three months late for this post, but I still think it would be helpful of me to round up natural hand sanitisers I know of? I do think hand sanitisers are here to stay long term and I will always prefer them natural to the ‘conventional” ones. I hope You are with me on that one, and if not aren’t (yet), then please save do yourself a favor. Save this post. Go on to research the ingredients in them one by one. If You are horrified, come back to this post! Send this to your friends too!

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Green Beauty Deals & Discounts May 2020

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Green Beauty Deals & Discounts
Green Beauty Deals & Discounts

Hope all of You are holding up well! I’ve come to realize that our favourite indie brands and online shops need our support now more than ever. If we stopped buying from them now, they would find it very hard to keep going & when we will come out out of this haze a few months on, they might *not* be there anymore – gasp.. This post lists deals and discounts from my favourite brands and stores that truly have my heart.

Also don’t forget to follow my FB page offers or this Pinterest board if that’s what You like better? I think we all spent a bit more than we liked recently stocking up on goodness-knows-what recently, so savings can’t hurt, right?

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How I use essential oils

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How I use essential oils
How I use essential oils

Essential oils. These little bottles of plant magic help me so much in these difficult times when the world is upside down. You might remember this Soil essential oils review (here) or this Living Libations Nebulizing Diffuser review (here) posts I’d done recently – both are still the loves of the moment! In this post I will explain the ways I use essential oils, as I get lots of questions about it. The brands I love and trust are Living Libations, Neal Yard Remedies & more recent addition, Soil. Organic is always best, but if can’t afford it, at least do the homework on brand’s background check – do they grow their plants? How they are sourcing their raw materials if not? What is their extraction method? Do they use solvents? All that matters greatly, because the finished product is only as good as your starting material. You don’t want concentrated pesticides, am I right? Here is a good article on what good practices principles You want to be looking for.

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Revisiting My 2018 Love Lula Favourites

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Love Lula Best Natural & Organic Products

How are all of You? I hope everyone is keeping up well during these difficult times? If You need a distraction & are up for some blog reading, let’s revisit my 2018 Love Lula Best products & see how many of them are still standing strong today? See this FB album for 80 more Love Lula related posts here & check out their online shop here.

Idea for this post came when I was backing up my blog posts – being still is the best time on catching up on all the things I knew I needed to do, but never had time to actually do it. You can see my blogger recommendations here, but as life doesn’t stand still, my Holy Grail product change over time too, due to many different reasons – the brands sell out, products change in formulations, stop working for me or are no longer stocked by Love Lula. If You want to know my Love Lula Loves from two years ago, You are in the right place 🙂 Continue reading “Revisiting My 2018 Love Lula Favourites”

How I Diffuse Essential Oils To Stay Healthy

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I think I am a couple of weeks too late for this post, but let me tell you of one of the ways I keep my family on the healthy path this winter – without any effort & costing just cents per day. Please step forward essential oils diffuser(s) & Living Libations, NYR & SOIL essential oils!

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My Healing Essential Oil Blend

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My healing essential oil blend

I hope You and Your family are well! If not so much, Your or Your child has sniffles or worse, have all the symptoms of upcoming flu, then this post is for You! I will be showing You my tried and tested healing recipe using Neals Yard Remedies & Living Libations essential oils in a roller ball format. You might also want to check out my Natural Medicine Cabinet post for what other natural remedies I use to keep my family healthy or heal fallen soldiers in natural ways.

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Affordable Natural Products at Love Lula

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Affordable natural products - all from Love Lula
Affordable natural products – all from Love Lula

How are all of You, I hope You are well? Today I am coming at you with a post on natural and organic products that won’t break the bank – all available at one place, no less! Please step forward Love Lula! I have been meaning to do this post for a while now  and I got requested to do so via Love Lula Natural Beauty Club on Facebook, so this post is for you, my lovely readers. Shall  we get started?

Clean and natural beauty is the place to be, there’s no question on that, but at the same time it might be overwhelming place, and with so many new brands focusing on “luxe natural” (read = more expensive) products these days, one might make a quick assumption that green beauty is all expensive and out of reach for those of us on a budget. I certainly remember feeling this way at the start of my switch over a decade ago, when there were no online stores to order from (hard to believe, I know – even Love Lula didn’t exist back then) and the only organic face balm cleanser I could find had a price tag of more than 50€. Thankfully we all came a long way since, and I am here to help you find all the best natural stuff – without the hefty price tags! I have had a good long thinking session about it and here are my picks in all areas. Trust me, natural products can be done well even on a budget.

BLOOMTOWN – FOR BODY OILS, SCRUBS, SHAMPOO BAR & ROLL ONS AS A PERFUMES

Bloomtown is a brand I discovered when I tested/judged for The Beauty Shortlist Awards last year and it was so good I had to come back and blog about it (here). Practically all the items in the range are well under 10£ and that price point pleases me so much. No palm oil and scents sooo good you just want to use this stuff over anything else you own. Contains perfume though, so it depends on your level of purity. I have a very sensitive skin and I’ve experienced no problems.

Ayumi products
Ayumi products

AYUMI – FOR SHAMPOOS, BODY OILS, SOAPS, SCRUBS, ETC

Another great budget brand to come to Love Lula recently(ish) is Ayumi – I wanted to know more as soon as I saw the products & I wrote my thoughts here and here. Not everything is at purist level natural, so I skipped skincare and went mainly for products that I can wash off – shampoos, scrubs, which the whole family enjoyed and have repurchased or oils, which are clean. And good. I will continue to use the line and trying new products, want to try Sandalwood body oil next.

Alteya Organics Certified Organic Facial Sprays/ Mists
Alteya Organics Certified Organic Facial Sprays/ Mists

ALTEYA ORGANICS – FOR FLORAL WATERS AND ORGANIC FACE OILS

Alteya Organics is a brand that hails from Thracian Kings Valley in Bulgaria, they grow their own roses and produce not only essential oils but also natural products infused with them. I loved what I have tried so far and I can definitely recommend. As this is a post on a budget products, I would go for their certified organic floral waters, my favourite are rose and chamomile ones (reviewed here) but there’s more to choose from and also their rosehip or jojoba face oils, again, certified organic – but without hefty price tag! Both really really good.

NATURA SIBERICA – FOR EVERYTHING, BODY CARE, HAIR CARE, SKIN CARE

There was the time that I was absolutely dying to try Natura Siberica because I knew they used extracts of wildcrafted plants, so I was hoping they were budget ISUN skincare, but they are not. Most of the stuff is way too fragranced for me to handle, so now I only go for shampoos, washes and body scrubs, but if you have no issues with fragrance, please feel free to sample the whole range, practically everything is budget priced, with some exceptions of targeted skincare.

NEALS YARD REMEDIES – FOR BABY RANGE AND HAND CREAMS

Neals Yard Remedies is a brand that has my respect for years, I have been a customer for the last five years if not more. Really good quality products with highly organic percentages, and the company does everything right in my mind. Anything that can be sustainable, is, anything that can be organic, is, anything that can be carbon free, is. I could go on, they were one of the firsts in the field, looong before it was trendy to care for the plants or the earth. While most of the products are not budget at all, I will admit to that, but may I bring your attention to their baby range, which is affordable and pure? And grab their hand cream while you are at it, I find them really good for the day time.

LABORATOIRE DU HAUT-SEGALA – FOR ORGANIC OILS, BUTTERS, FLORAL WATERS, ETC

They do lots of different pure and organic single ingredient oils, hydrosols, butters and some ready made products too. All Ecocert certified, no less. Perfect if you are a purist – a lot of their products are under 10£, just pick and choose what you want or need. Another brand you might want to check out is Balm Balm?

 

Organii Everyday Organics
Organii Everyday Organics

ORGANII – FOR BODY AND FACE CARE PLUS ORGANIC PATCHES

Organii was launched as a personal care brand by Pravera, one of the UK’s leading distributors in the natural and organic skincare & cosmetics sector. The brand has a collection of 30+ products now including cream soaps, liquid soaps, shower gels, plasters, mouthwash, sun care, hand care, skin care and health care! Each product within the range is certified natural and organic; all the soaps and shower gels are ECOCERT1 certified, whilst the plasters carry the ICEA² logo. All products other than the plasters are also Certified Vegan. See full review here.

MAKE UP – BENECOS & LAVERA

These seem to be the most cost effective ranges from Love Lula. I think that you can do a nice make up look with cheap cosmetics, taking care of the skin is way more important – so I would skimp on make up and spend on skincare. While I am yet to try loads from Benecos myself, my blogger friend Evelyn from We Were Raised By Wolves just reviewed their make up, see it here. I have a review on Lavera make up – see it here. My own personal make up is a right mix of higher end and budget products. Higher price does not necessarily mean good product, so pick from all price ranges and stick with what works. I am yet to trade my Alverde brow products for something more pricy, because it works and why would I pay more, right? Same with lip liners, but I am yet to find cheapie mascara that would work for me, I keep trying but I can’t win on this front for some strange reason.

 


Here’s what I would choose if I had to repurchase my stash all over again on a budget:

Body wash – Ayumi Sandalwood & Jojoba Soap 100g – £2.49

Body scrub – Ayumi Sandalwood Body Scrub 200ml – £6.99

Body oil –Bloomtown The Hedgerow Nourishing Dry Oil 100ml – £10

Body cream – Benecos Sea Buckthorn & Orange 150ml – £5.95

Shampoo – Ayumi Argan & Sandalwood Hair Shampoo 250ml – £6.99

Conditioner – sorry, no recs, I use hair oils instead.

Hair Oil – Ayumi Bio Active Growth Hair Oil 150ml – £8.99

Deodorant (sans soda) – Elsa’s Organic Skin Foods 45g – £12

Lip Balm – Hurraw Moon Balm 4.3g – £4.99

Face cream – choose according to your skin type please. My own skin is uber sensitive and dermatitis prone, so understandably I am too afraid to switch my skincare, especially knowing from experience I react to 95% of other products when I do. It takes weeks weeks to heal an outbreak, so please excuse me if I won’t embark on this journey much further. Heard good things about Laidbare though?

Face oil – Alteya Certified Organic Cold Pressed Rosehip Seed Oil 20ml – £8.75

Make Up –BENECOS & LAVERA

Face/ Hair Mist – Alteya Organics Certified Organic Rose Water 100ml – £7.20

Perfume – Walden roll ons or Bloomtown roll ons 10ml – 4.80£

Etc – Organii Organic Cotton Patches (from 2.95£), Lyons Cotton Face Cloth (only 1.99£)Preserve Razors ( 9.95£),

SEE MORE PRODUCTS ALL UNDER 20£ HEre.

 

*A few thoughts after posting – You can also collect points to get ££ off your next purchase, so make sure to create an account with them if you haven’t already. Also, watch the deals like a hawk (I know I do, it pays to follow me, lol!) as well as checking out their sale section frequently. They often have good sales on more expensive beauty products, but once they are gone, they are gone, so grab something you fancy fast. Another thing I would recommend you do is keeping an eye on this section here – you can get past beauty boxes for far much cheaper than the products are worth individually (with an added bonus of seeing what actually comes in the box), but once again, they go fast. Also remember Love Lula ships for free worldwide for all orders 15£ plus – so easily done!

And last, but least of my tips – maybe, just maybe you might want to subscribe to Love Lula Beauty Box? It is perfect if you love surprises and want to try lots of clean products at a fraction of the cost! I have been getting the boxes for the last two years and I can vouch for it, amazing value guaranteed on a consistent basis – July’s box is worth whopping 101£ – no kidding! The lowest I have seen is 49.95£ and they are working hard at making the selection the best possible, you can expect everything from skincare, body care, hair care, less frequently make up. You know those flimsy one use sachet samples? Not here! Well, very rarely – you are almost guaranteed 3-4 full size products every month. Want a sneak preview on many boxes to date? Check my posts on All Things Love Lula here 🙂

 

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