16/07/2018

So Simple Hyaluronic Acid Serum with Caffeine and Niacinamide Review

So Simple Hyaluronic Acid Serum with Caffeine and Niacinamide Review

'Waterless Skincare'-that's their motto. So Simple Skincare is an innovative natural skincare brand from New Zealand that claims to have cosmeceutical grade active ingredients in their serums, moisturizers and face cleansers, all without water in any of their products. 70-90% of all skincare is water so its commendable that a brand is thinking out of the box and making skincare that is eco-friendly yet full of all the good stuff.

So simple skincare nz review

I was sent their Plump + Hydrate serum to try out for my dry skin this winters. It has Hyaluronic acid, caffeine and B3 Niacinamide as primary ingredients, along with Cornflower hydrosol water, Mamaku, Licorice, Blackberry and Blue Lotus Extracts.

09/07/2018

Dept. of Soul Natural Deodorant Review




I’ve never reviewed a men’s product on my blog. This one isn’t exclusively men’s either because it’s a humble deodorant and we ladies are pretty much known to obsess-over and steal our man's perfumes and deodorants. My husband has been an Axe deo fan for as long as I’ve known him (14 years maybe?). I tried various times to get him to switch to natural versions because don’t we all know how nasty synthetic fragrances and especially deodorants are? Suspected cancerous ingredients like Aluminium! 

Starting this year, he made the switch. A lot of factors played a part- my constant nagging, me giving up all my perfumes (high end even!), me reading aloud pages from ‘The Case Against Fragrance’ book and the fact that deodorants effect male fertility and can lead to cancer. He’s a difficult man to please and convert, and hence I write this post. He made me write it! He loves his transition to natural deodorants and this particular NZ brand has him smitten. I bought this deo for him as one of his Christmas presents from Oh Natural website. The brand was then called Tankis but they’ve re-branded since to ‘Dept of Soul’. Nevertheless, the ingredients are exactly the same. Its just the change of brand name. 


Just to make it clear, I have not used this product personally. I do not use any deodorant. I never have. I did use perfumes sparingly but starting this year, I’ve given up on synthetic fragrances. We are slowly getting rid of all artificially scented products from our home. This includes fancy candles, deodorants, perfumes, room sprays, detergents with artificial scents and even toilet cleaners. This is our goal for 2018. Why? Please read the book ‘The Case Against Fragrance’ by Kate Grenville. It’s a very well researched book and lists the ill-effects of synthetic fragrances, notably hormone disruption, allergies and cancers. I don’t want this post to be all Science-y so I’ll leave at that. It’s an eye opener, please read it for your own health’s sake. Oh! and essentials oils aren't out of scope either. 
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