E:31/08/17, Win 1 Manuka Doctor Platinum Introductory 3-Piece Kit, RRP £29.99

For those looking for an introduction to Manuka Doctor, look no further! Enter our new giveaway for a chance to win this great-value set containing the best-selling products from each of the three brand's ranges: ApiClear, ApiNourish and ApiRevive. With the Platinum Introductory 3-Piece Kit, discover these functional product ranges, delivering an experience stemming from natural ingredients and harnessing the miraculous nature of honey.

Manuka Doctor Platinum Introductory 3-Piece Kit

  • Manuka Doctor ApiClear Skin Treatment Serum, 15ml:  This ever-popular serum manages to hydrate skin while calming it to give relief from blemishes. It’s a super smart Bee Venom Treatment that targets spots and acne, but also reduces the appearance of fine lines and scars. It is great for cell regeneration and protecting against free radicals too. Manuka Honey in the serum provides additional moisturising properties.
  • Manuka Doctor ApiNourish Rejuvenating Face Mask, 25ml: Nature’s face lift in a jar. A lifting and rejuvenating Bee Venom Mask that naturally lifts and fights wrinkles. It’s a mask that doesn’t look like you’re wearing a mask! A deeply hydrating and rejuvenating formula that is quickly absorbed and disappears into your skin instead of sitting on the surface. It features collagen boosting and nourishing Purified Bee Venom (PBV) to nurture natural cell regeneration and renew damaged skin cells. It also helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and even scars when used regularly.
  • Manuka Doctor ApiRevive Rub Ease Balm, 25ml: This non-greasy balm features a naturally anti-inflammatory Purified Bee Venom (PBV) and glucosamine, to help relieve tense muscles and aching joints. Experience a warming sensation when applied and a mild refreshing peppermint aroma.

How to apply for this trial?

Apply before the 31th of August 2017. To enter, follow us and retweet this article on Twitter or like us and share it on Facebook. The details of the winners will be published the next day and the products dispatched shortly after. Read carefully the Terms & Conditions before entering this giveaway. 

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E:15/12/16, Win 1 x APPLE & BEARS Honey & Hemp Luxury Body Care Gift Set, RRP £34.95

What about a special gift from APPLE & BEARS this Christmas? Discover their luxurious Body Care Collection and enter our Christmas giveaway for a chance to spoil yourself, or a loved one, with a radiantly balancing Honey & Hemp Gift Set - worth £34.95. The cold winter days of the festive season are the ideal time to enjoy a bath and body experience that will rejuvenate and re-energise body and soul.

The Luxury Body Silk Collection Honey & Hemp Gift Set

APPLE & BEARS Luxury Body Care Gifts are the perfect sets to pamper yourself or to treat someone special in your life. A wonderful present for any occasion, this set contains one full size Luxury Body Wash to indulge when bathing, alongside one full size Luxury Body Silk to rejuvenate and protect your skin after a bath or shower.

Luxury Body Wash Collection Honey & Hemp, 300ml: Revitalise your skin to reveal a healthy glow with this anti-oxidant rich and mineral balancing organic body wash, bursting with natural vitamins and minerals. Organic Honey, known to improve skin’s elasticity, leaves you glowing from head to toe, whilst anti-oxidant rich Hemp nurtures with Vitamin E, Carotene and essential minerals such as Calcium and Magnesium to balance dry skin.

Luxury Body Silk Collection Honey & Hemp, 250ml: Replenish the moisture in your skin with the fresh, subtle, earthy fragrances of this rich and luxurious silk, infused with organic natural ingredients to delight the senses. Nourishing Honey delivers power packed nutrients that hydrate, while Hemp’s concentration of Omega 3, 6 and 9 detoxifies and soothes. Light and non-greasy, this rich, smooth silk nourishes and renews, while the natural firming ingredients actively work to tighten and firm.

How to apply for this Twitter giveaway?

Follow @AppleAndBears and @beautyontrial on Twitter and Retweet before the 15th of December 2016 to enter this prize draw. Read carefully the Terms & Conditions before you apply.

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E:31/08/16, Win 1 x LUSH Honey Gift Set, RRP £22.50

Time for another reward! This summer, we are offering our reviewers a chance to win the over-popular Lush Honey Gift Set, full of luscious honey products and wrapped up with a lovely honey-themed knot wrap.

What is inside the box?

Make life a little sweeter for someone special in your life or treat yourself with this thoughtful gift featuring lots of products that are full of honey which is incredibly beneficial to the skin as it's a natural antiseptic, a skin-soother, and it helps retain moisture.

  • Lush Honey I Washed the Kids Soap, 120g: A caramel-scented soap that lifts your mood and soothes and softens skin. Gentle enough to wash young skins, it’s like washing with crème brûlée in solid form. This soap contains mood-brightening sweet wild orange and bergamot oils as well as the soothing properties of honey and aloe vera gel.
  • Lush Honey Bee Bath Bomb, 175g: A good soak in a Honey Bee bath will soothe and cleanse the skin thanks to its wonder trio of honey, aloe vera, and rhassoul mud, a clay mined near Morocco’s Atlas Mountains. Honey is a wonder ingredient that soothes, retains moisture and is antiseptic, and we add plenty of cooling aloe vera, too. Rhassoul mud has natural cleansing properties, and also helps condition and soften the skin.
  • Lush Soft Coeur Massage Bar, 30g: For lovers of sweet smells, this massage bar featuring a familiar, comforting toffee fragrance. Lush added almond oil to our cocoa butter and shea butter massage bar base to allow this bar to melt quickly on the skin. The honey and cocoa centre will leave the skin smelling delicious. Smooth this sweet-smelling massage bar over the body for deliciously-scented and soft skin.
  • Lush It's Raining Men Shower Gel, 100g: When your skin’s crying out for some TLC, It’s Raining Men will come to the rescue. God bless Mother Nature for providing all the honey packed into this luscious gel that nurtures as it washes. Honey is used for its many benefits for the skin. Lush also add softening rosehip oil for good measure, while bergamot and sweet wild orange oils add brightness and lift the mood.

How to apply for this reward?

All reviews posted in July and August 2016 will be considered and the winner will be selected taking into account the number and the quality of all the findings. Read carefully the Terms & Conditions before applying. Follow us and share on Twitter and Facebook.

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Apple & Bears Honey & Hemp Gift Set

I was so excited when I was accepted for the trial of the Apple & Bears Honey & Hemp body duo. This is a brand that I have not tried before, and with my love of natural ingredient body products, I was intrigued.

When my gift set arrived, I was thrilled with the packaging. The Body Silk & Body Wash are housed in a stunning, high quality sturdy box package that instantly spelled quality and the promise of something special inside… I will start with the Honey & Hemp Body Wash as this is the first product you use in your bathing routine.

Apple & Bears Honey & Hemp Gift Set

Apple & Bears is a wonderful family run UK based business and I was thrilled to note that 5% of all profits are donated to the charity Breast Cancer Care. The ethos of this company is clear to see even from the packaging!

The bottles are beautiful! They look classy, quality and make a beautiful visual addition to your bathroom. They are made of recyclable plastic in a block white with beautiful and intriguing logs printed on the front. The Body Wash bottle has a handy and practical flip top lid which makes the gel easy to dispense.

On the rear of the bottles is an extensive list of ingredients. Pure proof of what is in your product with no veiled or hidden ingredients. Honey is a well-known ingredient that has instant and effective firming qualities whilst hemp is a deeply nourishing, moisturising and protective ingredient. There is an impressive and extensive list of natural oils and minerals in this product that in combination have amazing benefits on the skin.

Apple & Bears Honey & Hemp Body Wash

The Body Wash has a surprisingly thick consistency which promises a quality bathing experience. It has a beautiful gold colour and the fragrance is stunning!! You can certainly detect the hemp, which is a fragrance that I adore and there are tons of juniper and citrus which in combination give a mildly heady, exotic scent that infuses the bathroom during bathing! This fragrance is definitely suited to both male and female tastes and my husband was also rather impressed with this unisex fragrance.

I always use a body puff to apply my product and it is always a true test of the concentration of a product. Many shower gels that use synthetic ingredients result in an overwhelming explosion of bubbles which whilst being a pleasant bathing experience, always causes concern for me as to how much detergent ingredients are contained within a product.

The Apple & Bears Body Wash creates thick, creamy bubbles that are completely different to a synthetic product. This is proof for me that the ingredients are quality and I am not applying nasty chemicals and detergents to my skin. My skin feels instantly cleansed and energised and the product wraps you in a soothing and exotic cocoon of fragrance! The foam is easily and quickly rinsed away.

After drying with a towel, you can truly feel and instant toning and tightening sensation on the skin but do not mistake this for dryness, it is by far the opposite. My skin feels toned but moisturised with a subtle fragrance of product remaining on the body. The gel is so concentrated you only need a small amount for a full bathing experience.

On the hair, I did not find this product as favourable as my hair requires deep moisturisation. As a quick fix, on the go product, it has great benefits of being a multitasker but I think this is better suited to my husband as a shampoo as he cares a great deal less about moisturisation of his hair. Saying this, I suffered no irritation from this product as a hair wash so it is a big thumbs up for the capabilities of this bottle.

Apple & Bears Honey & Hemp Body Silk

The Body Silk is housed in a practical and beautiful shatter poof bottle with a handy pump action dispense lid. This is perfect for an easy application and prevents over dispense of your product. At no time, has the pump clogged with product like some other lesser quality products can do.

The Body Silk has an indulgent medium thick consistency and pearly white in colour. Its fragrance is intriguing. I was expecting the same fragrance as the Body Wash; however, there is a combination of the same fragrance of hemp, juniper and citrus but with a nostalgic and simplistic tone of a generic un-fragranced body cream.

This is very difficult to describe in written words but it gives a feeling of the expected fragranced body creams most popular on the market but with a simplicity of a quality, non-fussy body product! I use 4 pumps of silk for my entire body and the cream is absorbed quickly and easily into the skin. A testament to a highly concentrated product! Once again you can feel a toning sensation upon application and your skin is left mildly fragranced and deeply moisturised. The moisturisation lasts throughout day with no dissipation.

In combination with the Body Silk the Honey & Hemp range most certainly does as it says on the bottle. You are not bowled over by overwhelming fragrance but you are treated to a very effective, toning, nourishing and indulgent bathing experience. I would not hesitate to use other options from this brand.

Throughout my trial, these products have proven their worth and I could not fault their performance in any way. All in all, I have developed a very fast love affair with these products. The price tag is high but the quality and quantity of the ingredients justify it. If you are looking for a high performance and high quality bathing product that uses only natural ingredients then I could not recommend this brand enough! As an addition to your own bathroom, or as a gift for a loved one, Apple & Bears have rocketed to the top of my list of quality bathing products.

A luxury body product range with visible benefits and quite clearly ‘made with love’

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My Weleda Insight Day Experience 2014

This week I was lucky enough to be invited to a Weleda Insight Day. We were asked to arrive by 9.30 and as everyone was gradually arriving from paces as far away as Northern Ireland, London and so on we were offered a drink and biscuits. The drinks ranged from delicious organic cordials , fresh filtered water and a range of organic fruit and herb teas as well as the usual tea and coffee.

Once everyone was there we had a short introduction before we were taken by mini bus to the thirteen acre organic and biodynamic gardens about a mile from the main Weleda buildings. This site is in Ilkeston in Derbyshire and is the pharmaceutical side of Weleda. They don't make any of the skin care products here , only the medicinal stuff.

We were given a tour of the gardens by the ex head gardener at Weleda who had been there thirty years. He was fascinating and told us so much about the work of Rudolph Steiner, the founder of Weleda. Steiner observed the plants and they way they grew and from these observations and studies he developed his medicines, both homeopathic and for general use.

Every product made by Weleda is created using their philosophy “ In harmony with nature and the human being”. 

So not only are the medicines made this way but also all their skin and beauty products too. There is nothing in any Weleda product that does not have a job to do. There is no padding or bulking out with unnecessary scents or perfumes. Every single Weleda product is 100% natural, there are no parabens or other synthetic preservatives, no colourants, no mineral oil derivatives and ever since they were founded Weleda has never tested on animals other than will human volunteers.

After our tour of the garden we went into a marquee where the current head gardener showed us ,with the help of a couple of volunteers, how they made the tinctures for the calendula through using the fresh maceration method. Our volunteers had to chop up a weighed amount of calendula plant, the whole plant minus the root. This chopped mixture had a very specific amount of plant based ethanol added to it. They weigh the calendula, work out its moisture content and the ethanol added is based on that calculation.

This mix is then allowed to sit for a fortnight before being pressed and strained. The resulting tincture can then be stored for up to five years until needed for whatever medicine or product requires that tincture. The ethanol is the natural preservative.

Having made our tincture we were then transported back to the Weleda base for a really lovely lunch. It was a bit like a posh afternoon tea with mini sandwiches, a tasty salad, strawberries dipped in chocolate and some cakes and scones.

Then came the second fun part. We were told about the products, how they are beneficial and much more. We got to try different oils so that we could tell which were natural and which were petroleum based. Interestingly one oil we tried was actually a well known product sold as a natural oil which in fact is far more petroleum based if you look at the ingredients.

We got to try lots of the lovely Weleda products and my arms and legs have never been so well fed with cream and oils.They also let us try some of their new products recently released and then told us what was about to be released later this year.

The ladies who did the talks were not only informative but we also so enthusiastic about the company, its ethics and the products that it was a real pleasure to see and share their excitement.

At the end of the day we had to go to their little shop to hand in our badges and be given a bag full of great products as well. Inside the bag was a voucher for 25% off so I felt it would be rude not to take advantage of that and treated myself to a full sized bottle of Birch cellulite oil and also a bottle of their new hayfever relief oromucosal spray as I do suffer from hayfever and would love not to have to take ant histamines daily all summer. 

This was a fantastic day and I would like to thank Weleda for treating us to such a lovely welcoming and interesting day. I met a few other bloggers too and we all got on so well that I feel I have also made new friends as well.

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The Manuka Doctor ApiNourish Try Me Kit

Manuka Doctor ApiNourish Range

  • Powerful Natural Ingredients
  • Sourcing the best natural products that create balance
  • Inspired by nature
  • Bee friendly - no bees are harmed in the sourcing of our raw ingredients
  • No harsh chemicals or GM ingredients
  • Harnessing nature's essenceCrafted with care for the wellbeing of our customers

I received a trial pack of the Manuka Doctor ApiNourish products and have written individual reviews for all. This is a new brand to me and I was captivated by the brand’s ethic, ingredients and products. Purified bee venom is renowned for its powerful benefits and this is what Manuka Doctor has to say about its cosmetic benefits

“Research into Purified Bee Venom has proven that this potent combination of enzymes, peptides and amino acids works on all levels of the skin to encourage naturally occurring cell regeneration, boost collagen formation, prevent sun damage and accelerate the recovery of damaged skin cells”

I was naturally intrigued to try these products based on these facts.

Manuka Doctors ApiNourish

I received a 7ml sample of the ApiNourish Age-Defying Serum as part of a set of 3 ApiNourish products and here is my review.

Manuka Doctor ApiNourish Age-defying Serum

The Serum is housed in a plain white squeeze tube with a screw top lid. The packing is simple and does not detract from the natural source of the ingredients. The tube is easy to dispense the product from and the serum is a semi opaque white colour with a medium consistency. The ingredients in this serum are really quite a powerful combination! It contains the amazing Purified Bee Venom (PBV™), Manuka Honey, Propolis Extract, Royal Jelly, Rosehip Seed Oil, Blackcurrant Seed Oil, Olive Oil, Vitamin E, Hyaluronic Acid. All of these ingredients have amazing benefits for the complexion and I was very excited to see the results after use.

Manuka Age Defying Serum

After cleansing and toning I dispense an approximate large ‘pea size’ of serum and smooth between the palms before applying to my skin. The serum has a dry silky feel and glides beautifully and easily onto the skin. Upon application the serum immediately and rapidly absorbs into the skin. Initially this gave me the feeling that I needed to apply more but do refrain! The results after just one application proves that less is more with this powerful serum! The product has a beautiful but not overpowering fragrance that is a slightly sugary, sweet scent. It is fresh and uplifting and an absolute delight to the senses. My first application of this serum was after my evening cleanse and underneath the Manuka Rejeuvanting Night Cream (as directed). The following morning I was really quite stunned at my refection in the mirror! For a while now I have suffered prolonged stress which has resulted in some rather upsetting and prominent frown lines, both on my forehead and between the eyes. No matter what I use I have not been able to tame these visible lines. Remarkably, on the first morning these lines were more than half their usual depth and prominence and my whole facial area looked plumped, smoothed and more even toned! I am absolutely thrilled and over awed by these results!

The effects of the serum are immediate but over several weeks of use it just gets better and better. I have suffered no reactions from the serum and my lines are barely visible in comparison to their previous appearance before the trial.

I am overjoyed at the results on my skin and would highly recommend this as a night cream for most complexions. Do not be put off by the thick texture of the cream, as once applied you will quickly see the benefits of these wonderful ingredients.

I cannot recommend this product enough, especially for those who have concerns mainly with ageing! I would suggest using it in combination with the rest of the ApiNourish range. The results have astounded me and I am saving very hard to buy the full size products. To sum this serum up, it is powerful, pure and perfect!!

Manuka Doctor ApiNourish Restoring Night Cream

The Night Cream is housed in a plain white squeeze tube with a screw top lid. The packing is simple and does not retract from the natural source of the ingredients. The tube is easy to dispense the product from and the cream is of a thick, indulgent consistency so there is no danger of over dispensing your product. After cleansing and toning I dispense an approximate ‘pea size’ of cream and smooth between the palms before applying to my skin. The product feels more like a balm to me that almost melts with the heat of your hands and glides beautifully and easily onto the skin. The product contains a mixture of oils, cocoa butter, honey and Shea Butter and it has a beautiful but difficult to describe fragrance. I can only describe it as a sugary, sweet fragrance and I love it so much I literally look forward to my night routine just to smell this wonderful cream. The cream absorbs extremely quickly and leaves no trace of residue or stickiness on the skin. The product is so highly concentrated this little tube has lasted me 3 weeks and I still have a quarter of a tube remaining. This is definitely a “less is more” product and although not on the cheaper end of the cosmetic pricing scale, it is excellent value for money based on its concentration.

Manuka Restoring Night Cream

The effects of this cream are immediate. Your skin drinks it in and the hydration is obvious. Each time, after application my skin feels plumped, soothed and has a rosy glow. Overnight the product continues to work and in the morning my skin is plumped, hydrated and rosy. I have suffered no breakouts or irritation at any time.

I am overjoyed at the results on my skin and would highly recommend this as a night cream for most complexions. Do not be put off by the thick texture of the cream, as once applied you will quickly see the benefits of these wonderful ingredients.

I, for one will be purchasing a full size jar of this cream as based on my trial I believe the results will continue to show and get better with each usage. A wonderful, indulgent, nurturing cream with instant results. And best of all…..it is bee friendly and not one of our ‘buzzy’ friends has been harmed in the process! This is a potent product that won’t sting your budget!!!

Manuka Doctor ApiNourish Rejuvenating Bee Venom Face Mask

The last product to review in the range is by no means the least! What better way to give your complexion a boost than a weekly Face Mask. The Bee Venom Face Mask by Manuka Doctor is a potent and high contender in the world of beauty masks!

The Face Mask is housed in a plain white squeeze tube with a screw top lid. The packing is simple and does not retract from the natural source of the ingredients. The tube is easy to dispense the product from and the mask is of a thick, indulgent consistency so there is no danger of over dispensing your product. After cleansing and toning I dispense an approximate ‘5 pence size’ worth of product and smooth on to my face, neck and décolleté as directed. The product is quite thick in consistency so I find that patting it evening over all areas before smoothing is the best way to distribute the mask affectively, without building up a concentration in one area. The mask contains n amazing cocktail of Manuka Honey, Propolis Extract, Purified Bee Venom, Royal Jelly, Kaolin Light Clay, Rosehip Seed Oil, Blackcurrant Seed Oil, Vitamin E, Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter. The fragrance is subtle and beautiful I can only describe it as a sugary, sweet scent. The mask does not fully absorb into the skin but there is no visible sign of product after application. The instructions state that you should leave on the kin for up to 30 minutes. This is how I use it as I want maximum effect from the product.

Manuka Rejeuvanting Face Mask

The effects of this mask are immediate. You can feel a toning, tightening sensation which is not uncomfortable and I noted a slight tingling sensation from the powerful cocktail of ingredients. After 30 minutes it is recommended that you remove the product with a warm damp cloth and this is easy and quick to do. After removal my skin feels toned, extremely smooth and not at all dehydrated or stripped of its natural oils. You can definitely see a reduction in your fine lines and wrinkles and with the application of the Age Defying Serum and Day/ Night Cream afterward the results are even more visible. My complexion looks plumped, toned and refined and there is a marked reduction in my open pores.

I have used this mask twice weekly and alongside the rest of the ApiNourish range I am thrilled with the results. My skin feels so smooth and looks more radiant and toned, just perfect for the ageing complexion. The collagen boosting ingredients in this product are evident after the first usage.

I cannot recommend the ApiNourish range enough to the ageing generation of skins and the proof of the potency of these are products is evident very quickly. This product and its partners in the range may not be suited to all budgets but the proof of quality and performance are immediately evident. This in itself justifies the high price tag for me and these products are going to be a future staple for my skincare regime!

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Honey Honey How You Thrill Me

This is one of the newest of lush’s shampoos just released in the last few weeks and I couldn’t wait to try it. Whenever I hear of new products I have to restrain myself from rushing straight to Lush to get them.

A bit more about Lush's philosophy

Lush only buy ingredients from companies that do not test on animals. They invent their own products and fragrances and make everything fresh by hand. They use as little preservative and packing as possible. They put the date made on the product so you can see how fresh they are and they use vegetarian ingredients.

“We believe in happy people making happy soap, putting our faces on our products and making our mums proud.
We believe in long candlelit baths, sharing showers, massage, filling the world with perfume and in the right to make mistakes, lose everything and start again.
We believe our products are good value, that we should make a profit and that the customer is always right.
*We also believe words like 'Fresh' and 'Organic' have an honest meaning beyond marketing.” Lush UK. Read more

How much and What do you get?

This shampoo is sold in the usual clear Lush plastic recyclable squeezy bottles , the same ones that their shower gels come in. It comes in three sizes 110g for £7.00, 300g for £14.00 and for the very wealthy you can buy 600g for £23.50.
This is not a really thick shampoo but I still prefer the shampoos in the black screw top pots as I find them easy to get the product out of. The squeezy bottles are quite stiff and I find I have to keep them upside down towards the end as the stuff is hard to squeeze out. The plastic tubs also contribute towards a free face pack which these don’t, and with the black pots there is no waste as you get every last bit out.

 “This bottle is full of the power of flowers, collected and concentrated for you by the bees. While they were collecting the pollen, we searched the meadows for beautiful flowers to fragrance their work.”

“With lashings of honey in here for its lovely effects on the hair – the natural properties of honey also means we didn’t need to put any preservative in this product.

A shampoo this good deserves the finest of perfumes. So Simon has created a geranium/honey perfume with beeswax absolute, geranium, rose, bergamot and neroli. This is a no expense spared shampoo.” Lush UK

For the vegans amongst you this has no animal products at all and is vegan friendly carrying the Vegan friendly symbol on its bottle label.

What you get is a golden coloured reasonably thick shampoo that smells strangely not of honey which I found odd considering that it is 50% honey. It smells sweet and slightly slightly floral which must be the neroli and rose oils. It isn’t the best scent I have ever smelled in a shampoo but it is perfectly pleasant and not offensive in any way to me. It is a much nicer scent that the Blousey shampoo in my view.

 My experience

I was really looking forward to using this one as I do dye my hair and am constantly aware that I must feed it with moisturising goodies in order to keep it in good condition because of using these rather harsh dyes.

I scooped out only a very small amount of this shampoo into my fingers from the black pot mine came in as mine was a generous sample from the lovely people in my local Lush shop. I massaged it into my wet hair. My hair isn’t long and I really need the smallest amount to get a lovely creamy lather.

 

The amount I used was two fingers dipped in the shampoo and I used what came out on my fingers.The scent is hard to describe and I really struggled to pick out any strong scents in this but it did give a really luxurious but light lather.

When I rinsed the shampoo out my hair felt almost squeaky clean which it doesn’t usually and I did feel that it needed conditioner. I wasn’t about to test drying my hair without having conditioned it so I can’t say what it would be like but it did feel very stripped clean when rinsed.

 

Update since writing that last bit and being the thorough reviewer that I am I decided to test the shampoo without conditioner. It does feel a bit drier and slightly less silky than I would normally like having dried it but it actually smells really nice as the rose and neroli essential oils come through quite strongly. I don’t think I would use it without a conditioner but it didn’t feel too dry and unfed afterwards so it can be done, if you have greasy hair then you may well get away with it but my hair is quite dry.

 

 What have they added and Why?

Half of this product is Honey, Fair trade honey and only the best and so why is honey so important for hair that they put 50% in this shampoo?

Honey’s natural sweeteners nourish the hair and honey retains water and moisture, allowing it to hydrate hair whilst at the same time also providing copper, iron, manganese, calcium, sodium, potassium, phosphorous and Vitamin B.

Honey is also supposed to help with hair loss and itchy scalps. It is said that if you rub a mix of honey and cinnamon on your scalp for two or three minutes daily it will stimulate hair growth. I am not sure how true this is but if you suffer from thinning hair it might be worth a try.

You can also use honey as a shine treatment for hair. If you coat your hair with honey and leave it for ten minutes before washing as usual you will find that the honey works as a clarifying and conditioning treatment, leaving you with healthy and shiny hair. Read more

  • Linseed Mucilage creates a gel-like texture in the shampoo as well as benefitting the hair by adding the seeds’ vitamin and mineral content to the hair.
  • Sunflower Lecithin is good for healthy hair growth.
  • Geranium Essential Oil is thought to have a balancing effect on the nervous system, sebum production and circulation and is a natural antiseptic.
  • Beeswax Absolute is there for its soothing, protective and antiseptic properties benefitting both the scalp and hair.
  • Neroli is here for its scent and also it is “one of the few essential oils to be scientifically proven to increase serotonin production in the brain.” So a feeling of goodwill is created when this oil is smelled.
  • Rose Oil is great for its scent and it is perfect for dry rough skin so is here to feed and soothe the scalp as well as add scent.
  • Bergamot Oil is here for its antibacterial qualities and its acidity encourages the hair to lie flat, giving great shine and gloss to the hair.

What do I think of this?

I found it was a lovely shampoo to wash my hair with. It felt great while massaging it into my hair. When i rinsed it out I thought my hair felt rather stripped but after conditioning it and then drying it my hair was left with a lovely light feeling. It was quick to dry and easy to style, i dry my rather curly, frizzy hair straightish and it lay nicely and almost even looked shiny. My hair really never look s shiny because it is wavy but it did have a bit of a sheen as I dried it straightish and I loved the way it felt smooth, light and not weighed down at all.

I only wash my hair every second day and even on day two it still looked and felt good. I can’t say the smell of the shampoo did much for me, it didn’t smell sweet and honey like, more herby with a slight citrus sweet aroma.


I really recommend Lush for all the lovely things in this shampoo but I am disappointed to see that it does have Sodium Laureth Sulfate which I know you do need a surfactant but this has been considered controversial and there are other more natural ones that could be used.

I loved the shampoo but do think it is quite expensive for the amount you get. You do however only need a small amount so it may well work out as economical as a cheaper one in the long run. Write a review

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