Magic Soap

Dr Bronners Magic SoapDr Bronner’s 18-in-1 Hemp Peppermint Pure-Castile Soap (also available in Eucalyptus; Almond; Rose; Tea Tree; Lavender and Citrus 236ml £5.49)

First of all, I love the label. Its claims put me in mind of the kind of thing that might have tripped from the lips of some snake-oil salesman out of Huckleberry Finn. Here are just a few extracts:‘Absolute cleanliness is Godliness! Teach the Moral ABC that unites all mankind free.’… ‘100% VEGAN. HEALTH IS OUR GREATEST WEALTH.’… ‘Shakespeare’s Hamlet, 1606: “Act well your part, complete the great full-truth task, there all the honour lies”.’… ‘All-One! All-One! Exceptions eternally? Absolutely none!’

The soap itself feels silky on the body.

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How to Read a Label

cosmetic label abstractWhilst lurking around in the Liberty cafe, earwigging at women chatting over green tea and gluten-free toast, or nonchalantly strolling up and down the cosmetics hall at Selfridges, I hear a moan escape from many a glossed lip: “I really want to buy non toxic beauty products but it does my head in trying to remember what to avoid.”  Continue reading

Easy Summertime Makeup

A perennial problem: what to wear on a casual summer work day?

A perennial problem: what to wear on a casual summer work day?

Being a freelancer I spend most of my work days in the local coffee shop, or the park, with my laptop. Although these seem at first glance to be super-casual venues there is much social nuance that lurks beneath the devil-may-care veneer of café life. Many friends, work colleagues and even potential clients live in the area. As I sit at my table, my hair screwed into a straggly bun with a chopstick stuck through it, two pairs of spectacles pushed up on my head and a spot on my chin, they are liable to pop their head in the window shouting a cheery ‘good morning’ in such a manner as to cause the forkful of scrambled egg that was poised before my open mouth to slide gently down my t-shirt.

It would not do to admit defeat and be seen tapping away on my keyboard in a suit, high heels and full slap. In any case, as the thermometer hovers near 30˚ the thought of caking my face in heavy makeup, or indeed any makeup at all, seems irksome. Summer is the time to keep things simple.

Hence I am constantly re-evaluating the bare minimum that I can get away with in make-up terms whilst still appearing effortlessly groomed. This is my current routine:  Continue reading

A Bewitching Night Cream

Twelve Beauty Complete Regeneration Night CreamTwelve Beauty Complete Regeneration Night Cream (50ml – £48)

Is a night cream really necessary or is it just a thicker version of a day cream? In the name of research I decided to try out Twelve Beauty Complete Regeneration Night Cream.

First impressions – the unction is presented in luxe-clinical style in a heavy glass jar with minimalist white and silver packaging. I like it. It is not heavily scented but gives off a subtly fresh aroma that reminds me of Continue reading

A One Stop Beauty Pot

Herbfarmacy-skin-rescue-balm-grainyHerbfarmacy Skin Rescue Balm (30g – £11.75 or 15g – as part of ‘Totally Balmy’ 3 x 15g balm kit £18.50)

I recently flew long haul from Sydney to London – via Korea. I stayed overnight in a hotel in Seoul but my bags were checked all the way through to London. So everything that I managed to cram into my tiny carry-on case had to work double time: long t-shirt and leggings work as pyjamas, scarf works as wrap / headrest, inflatable pillow works as footrest, iPad works as book / music / video player, and so on.

Imagine my joy at discovering a mini size pot of Herbfarmacy’s Skin Rescue Balm. This rich, thick unction works as a Continue reading

A Storm in a B Cup?

Orico-Full-CupOrico Full Cup Bust & Neck Enhancing Elixir (30ml- £27)

Orico’s Full Cup claims to ‘enhance breasts by 2 to 4 cm after 6 weeks of use’. Seriously, body oil (unless perhaps you’re drinking the stuff) can’t make your tits bigger, can it?

Having had breast cancer, surgery and reconstruction, I am in a unique position to road test this product. After six weeks will my real, right breast grow bigger than the left, reconstructed one? Skeptical I am – but this I have to try. Continue reading

Iris investigates: Dr Hauschka Rose Garden Kit

Good Glamourista Iris tests the latest and best natural cosmetics…

wild roses by Nicolae Grigorescu

Wild Roses by Nicolae Grigorescu

Dr Hauschka Rose Garden Kit (Rose Day Cream 5g; Firming Mask 5g; Rose Body Oil 10ml; Rose Body Moisturiser 10ml; Hand Cream 10g – £19.95)

This little bag of trial size products from Dr Hauschka will make a wonderful gift to your self if you have been overdoing the party season and are in desperate need of a rejuvenating home spa treatment.

Normally the Dr Hauschka kits come in very practical little silver tins but the one I got was actually in a smart fabric makeup pouch. After a terribly busy week of roasting my body on the beach, Continue reading

The Trouble With Meditation OR How I Learned To Stop Worrying About Stupid Christmas Presents and Gave Myself the Gift of Freedom

blue sky white cloudI’ve noticed something about meditation: whenever I manage to do it consistently for a few days I feel utterly transformed. My mind is free; creativity begins to flow; fear and anxiety are diminished; I feel sexy; my body and face relax so I look younger. It’s some kind of a miracle, isn’t it?

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