Tuesday, 14 June 2016

#GOORGANIC + GIVEAWAY ft Bed Guru


I've been really rubbish at everything as of late. Not just blogging. I am so super busy life has completely taken over. My little boy is growing by the second and he's just started to walk so you can imagine how little time one has to herself. The house was a mess so I decided to try out some home made cleaning recipes. I was actually pleasantly surprised at how easy they are to make, how well they cleaned and how affordable they are.


Bed guru have recently started stocking organic mattresses something I am coveting! Normal mattresses are highly toxic. We also want to buy a new bed so we'll have to save up for the mattress! 



I am happy to be apart of the #goorganic challenge and you can join me and make the switch too. For your chance to WIN a starter kit for making your own cleaning products check our the competition below.



I haven't had a chance to try all that many but there are a few that I wanted, well needed to make and use right away. One of which was the 'over night oven cleaner' I'm really impressed I was so sure I'd keep my new oven in tip top condition swearing I'd wipe it clean after every use... Ha... That didn't happen and it ended up looking like this...


and now this :)...



Destroyed by plenty of chicken juices splattering everywhere! (Disclaimer my vegetarian journey ended - so sorry, I am a breast feeding mama who eats 952 times daily, I found it very difficult!) moving on to how clean my oven is there is still some sticky fat on the bottom but I'm going to try out the 'sticky remover recipe' later this week to try and shift it. Another recipe I tried was the carpet stain remover, we have cream carpet which looks absolutely beautiful however it's not very practical, I now have green beauty stains all over it from oils to bronzer... Have no fear the stains came right out after an over night treatment :) I was kind of nervous about putting vinegar on my brand new carpet but all is well and it looks as good as new!


Another one I am loving, diaper tablets, these are absolutely great for diaper bins or kitchen bins they block out the horrible smells for up to two weeks! Very easy to make. Use any essential oils you like. I chose lemon and lavender for citrus fresh with a touch of floral!

So are you going to take the challenge? and #goorganic


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Wednesday, 8 June 2016

World ocean's day: Featuring Neals yard remedies and Dames & Dimes



Let's say no to microbeads. This is a really new subject for me as I didn't have that much knowledge on how bad microbeads actually are... I never use them in my skincare because evidentally they're made of plastic. I wanted to avoid putting this ingredient on my skin, what I didn't realise was the damage they are doing to our oceans. 

There is plenty of plastic flowing through the ocean unfortunitly approximatly around8 million tonnes. The thing with microbeads? They end up being swollwed by marine life thus meaning what goes around comes around... if you eat that fishy that ate an abundence of microbeads then whats going to happen? You're going to be eating the plastic too! But that's not the main problem here, plastic is practically impossible to clean up... especially plastic the size of microbeads. Its clogging up the ocean and it needs to stop! Microbeads may seam harmless because they're so tiny but they are found in an incredible amount of everyday beauty products incuding toothpastes... so imagine 100.000 microbeads enetering your sink on a daily basis x the rest of the nation of microbead users? that's a hella load of microbeads entering our oceans :(

New studies show that it's not just sealife that are digesting these plastics, birds have been found with plastic in there stomach's. Its great too see that companies like, loreal, asda, the body shop and boots are pledging not to use them in their own brands of products. Id love to see more comercial brands taking this step maybe one day these brands will remove all toxic harmful ingredients from their products, below you can find a list of some of my favourite green beauty brands that don't use microbeads.

FREE FROM MICROBEADS:


  • Neal's yard remedies
  • Dames & Dimes
  • Green people
  • Botanical brands
  • Pai
  • PHB ethical beauty
  • Triolgy
  • Rituals

Now for the petition. Please take a second of your time to sign this by the end of today... Lets BAN microbeads in the UK and hopefully everywhere else on planet earth. SIGN HERE.



Neal's yard remedies have NEVER used plastic in their scrubs. I have been treating my feet with their pumice foot scrub £15 I have never used a foot scrub before so this was an interesting try for me. Overall I thouroughly enjoyed it. I don't suffer terribly with dry feet but there are certain areas of my feet that needed a little smoothing over this product did just the trick. It's gentle yet thourough. I would've taken a before an after picture but people get super weird about feet! I paired my foot regime with the gorgeous smelling foot doctor £12 by the fabulous Dames & Dimes a new brand to the green beauty scene but one with great ethos fabulous ingredients and super cute packaging. I really enjoyed using this product to after application I wore my bed socks to lock in the moisture my feet were so soft my socks slipped off during the night! With ingredients such as Marigold, chamomile, ginger mint, mango, organic cocoa, st john's wort, tea tree and sweet almond... it's no wonder my feet were smelling and feeling incredible. If you need to treat your feet you'll most certainly want to purchase these two!
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Monday, 9 May 2016

5 Spring trends I adore



I am not one for following trends, but there are a lot just happen to love right now. I am a sucker for dewy skin (even during winter months) and messy hair is kind of the norm for a new mum, am I right? Its basically an excuse not to brush my hair... I don't ever wear the colour blue I really don't think it suits me but I had a little play around with some blue makeup and I am really loving this trend, I need to purchase the W3LL PEOPLE mascara! Spring means smoothie season right? Not really a trend although you will find a lot of recipes trending on twitter and instagram this time of year.

Dewy skin.
During spring months I start to eat much healthier, I drink more water, this leaves my skin clear and hydrated. The harsh winds calm and I finally have that natural glow. But I still love a good highlighter, lately I've been using ILIAs illuminator and/or the RMS master mixer read in depth reviews about them here. Around the eye area and tops of my cheek bones and a little on my nose. Now my skin is much clearer I can pull off just a few dabs of concealer and lipgloss. 

Messy hair.
Any excuse really to not do ones hair. I have a baby ok, so, my hair is like way to high maintenance. I have a natural curl and a whole lot of frizz. To tame frizz I've been using John masters detangler as a leave in conditioner. To texturise my hair I've been using John masters sea mist sea salt spray it has lavender in so I smell calm and fresh every time I rush by. Read full reviews of both products here.

Stripes.
Yes. This is a trend for fashionistas this ss16, for me though. Stripes = style, I have so many striped tops, dresses and playsuits. I just need some striped pants and I'm good to go. I have been slowly switching my wardrobe to 100% vintage, fair trade and/or organic clothing. It's far to expensive to do in abundance so here and their when a print catches my eye or an item calls out my name I'll purchase it. My favourite organic/fair trade clothing stores are people tree, American apparel and H&M have a range of conscious clothing, oh and myself (I make clothes) I find all three stores affordable as some organic brands can be very expensive.

Blue eyes.
Not literally, I love my browny, greeny, hazel eyes. Blue eye makeup, I'm toying around with eye shadows and I really like the way blue makes my eyes pop, I think purple is great to but blue is definitely a more brave bold look. Give it ago. I like honey pie minerals which you can purchase here.

Smoothies.
I don't know if this one is actually a trend, but I know a lot of people Instagram smoothies during this time of year. Myself being one of them. I absolutely love creating freshly blended fruit and veg into colourful tasty smithies or juices! This time of year I crave healthy foods and I find it much easier to eat well. This year I am lucky enough to own a vitamix so I am sure I will be blending up some delights! I'll be sure to share all my new creations here on 'Eloise loves nature' check out this one and this one oh and this tasty green one.

What trends are you loving right now? 
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