Wednesday, 26 February 2014

IW Natural Candles

I recently ran out of tea lights and wanted to look for a natural soy option. 
I came across IW Natural Candle Co via Evelyn's blog, the fantastic We Were Raised By Wolves and after visiting the website, I made a couple of purchases.

The IWNC.Co hand make their candles using natural soy wax and essential oils, creating beautiful blended scents. By using soy wax, the candles have a cleaner burn that does not pollute the air we breath in; another bonus of using soy wax is that it lasts much longer than standard paraffin wax.

The tea lights are sold by individuals at 60p each, by packs of 6 for £3.50 or packs of 12 for £6.50. I picked up a 12 pack as I was completely out. They are unscented which is a huge bonus as I like to use them with an oil burner and this means that the only fragrance filling the air is of my choosing.  
My candles arrived on Friday and I am totally impressed by the burn time on these dinky tea lights - one candle lasted from 6pm all the way through to about 10.30pm.

While I was on the site, I also bought a small candle in Sweet Roast Chestnut for £5.50. The description for this candle says that it is a warming and comforting fragrance, reminiscence of a walk through Paris on a cold December evening with the festive lights twinkling in the trees and chestnuts roasting over open coals. 
Whilst I have never walked through Paris in December, or at any time to be honest!, I can attest to the warming and comforting scent that reminds me of freshly made Marron Glacé and the sweet candied smell that would fill the room. 
Sweet Roast Chestnut is such a lovely scent and I'm really pleased it was the one I bought. So pleased that I couldn't even wait until I took a photo of the candle before I used it, I just had to light it up!

You can buy your soy tea lights from the IWNC.Co's website here or have a look at their scented candle range here, you wont be disappointed!

I've got a post coming up with some of the candles I have been lusting over recently and you won't be surprised to see that there is another IWNC candle in there too :)

What is your favourite scented candle? Where do you buy your tealights from?

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Review: Yarok Feed Your Shine

Finding natural hair care products that really work can be difficult.
I think we should all take a moment to thank God for A Beautiful World for bringing Yarok to the UK! 

A Beautiful World very kindly sent me Yarok Feed Your Shine* in December for which I will be forever grateful as this product has been a game changer for me.

Quite simply, this is a little bottle of magic!

Yarok have created a fantastic hair serum that can be used on either wet or dry hair to promote a healthy scalp, add shine, smooth frizz and protect the hair from heat styling. The blend of oils really deliver on conditioning and nourishing the hair and scalp.

I've been using this for the last 4 week on wet hair before styling  - just two pumps into my hands which I then rub together before running through my hair, concentrating on my scalp and ends. The serum is light, non-greasy and easy to distribute, even with my wild locks!

Although this is light, I've found if I used more then 2 pumps my hair looked a bit darker and heavier than it should so keep this in mind, you really don't need to use much in order to get fantastic results.

Since using this, my scalp is in a much better condition. I love to really massage this into my scalp and then work my way though sections of my hair before blow-drying. My hair feels so incredibly soft now that I've found myself touching it more that before!

Feed Your Shine can also be used on dry hair to tame flyaways and frizz, boosting the natural shine in your hair. 

At £22 for a 1oz bottle, it appears pricey but remember, when you only need 1-2 drops, this will last you for months so I think it works out at great value.

You can buy Feed Your Shine, and other Yarok goodies exclusively from A Beautiful World - so go check them out!

Have you tried anything from this range?

*PR Sample

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Review: Yes To Carrots Exfoliating Body Wash & Body Butter

I was gifted these Yes To Carrots products for Chrsitmas from family - an Exfoliating Body Wash and a Super Rich Body Butter.

One of the things I'm really rubbish at remembering to do is exfoliate. I don't know why but there we are! I was pleased to try the Yes To Carrots Exfoliating Body Wash and I have to say I really loved using it. 
The 'grit' in the wash is ground up walnut shells and they provide a really gentle exfoliation to remove dead skin and leaves skin feeling so soft and smooth. 
I've used this up now but I really wish I had taken a photo to show the consistency, it was like using a light lotion which meant it was easy to apply to the skin. Being dispensed from a tube also allowed to me to use the right amount, rather than scooping it from a  pot; I always find I use more than I need if I have to scoop!

The Yes to Carrots Super Rich Body Butter is another really lovely product to use. I would say it was more of a rich cream than a butter as it has a lighter texture than traditional butters. Anyway, I've been using this as part of my night time routine and my skin has been drinking it up and is left feeling very happy.

Both of theses Yes To Carrots products have a deliciously refreshing scent - no over boiled carroty smell but something beautifully light and clean.

I'd not tried anything from the Yes To range before so I was really happy that my family had taken to time to look for something that had fairly clean ingredients. 
I know they use some questionable ingredients which is why I wouldn't personally call them a green brand but they do not use SLS, parabens or petroleum which is important to me as a starting point.

Have you used anything from the Yes To range? Which body exfoliator do you like to use?

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