Lavera Basis Sensitive Skin Care Range

As I've previously mentioned, I absolutely love Lavera! I've been using their sensitive skincare products for about three years now. I have very sensitive skin that can break out in a rash easily and have had absolutely no problems with these products.


There are a lot more products in the Basis Sensitiv range, but i'm only covering a selection of their skin care products in this post.


2-in-1 Cleansing Milk with organic jojoba & organic shea butter - 125ml

I absolutely love this cleanser! It has a really lovely fresh scent and works really well. This is definitely one of my favorite cleansers that I've ever tried. It has a perfect consistency; not too thick and not too runny. It also makes a wonderful make up remover and you don't need to use a lot of product at once. Retails at £7.65.


Cleansing Gel with organic lemon balm & organic mallow - 125ml

While this is a good cleanser and does the job, I think the cleansing milk is a much better product and is only 46p more. The scent is stronger then the cleansing milk but is still very fresh smelling. I've personally never been a big fan of gel cleansers, but if you do like gel cleansers I would recommend giving this one a go. It defiantly does what its meant to and is a very good price. Retails at £7.19.


Moisturizing Cream with organic jojoba, organic aloe vera & coenzyme - 50ml

This is a perfect lightweight moisturizer for the warmer months. It gets absorbed very quickly and does not sit on the skin. I was a little dubious of this when I first bought it because I have used products that contained aloe vera in the past and they have caused a massive rash on my face. Luckily I have had absolutely no problems at all. I use this mainly in the summer. This is the most expensive of the products here however I really do think its worth it. I've had this for maybe about two years and there is still around two fifths of the pot left. You really only need a very small amount at once. I have very dry skin naturally and a tiny amount does wonders! It contains zero parabens, paraffins, silicone or synthetic preservatives and of course is cruelty free vegan! Retails at £12.99.



All-Round Cream with organic shea butter & organic almond 150ml

This is such an amazing moisturizer. It is an all over cream but I mainly use it as a face moisturizer. I don't use it in the summer months as it is a bit too heavy to wear in the heat. But it is great for the rest of the year, especially in winter. Keep in mind though that I have a very dry skin type and it may be a bit to heavy for people with oilier skin.
I have talked about this product before in my skincare routine post. I have changed a lot of products I use since then but I still use this moisturizer. Not only is it a wonderfully smelling, highly moisturizing cream, it is also very gentle and is really good value for money. The size of the tin is huge! Considering I use this every day for approximately 7-9 months of the year, It took me around two and a half to three years to get through one tin. I haven't had any problems with the product going off either. 
Retails at £7.15


I just want to make clear that I haven't been sent any of these products, I bought them all with my own money and just genuinely love the brand. The Basis Sensitiv range is amazing quality and such good value for money, especially for natural products. There are a few skincare products in the range that I haven't tried yet but I plan to in the near future.
The Lavera brand can be found at most Holland & Barrett stores and they are even doing a 'buy one get one half price' deal on them at the moment.

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Actually Naturally No Poo Shampoo Bars

So I've been "no poo" for over a year and a half now. I will go into my full routine of how I wash and take care of my hair in another post, but I thought I'd share my experience with some shampoo bars I have been using. They are all made by a small UK business called Actually Naturally. All products have been bought with my own money and I'm not being payed to review.


All bars sold by this brand are cruelty free and free of nasties like sulfate. They also contain a fair amount of organic ingredients. Although they don't test on animals, some of their soaps do contain animal products like goats milk. Also the packaging is super simple which I love and is also recyclable.


Neem, Shikakai & Amla - 3oz / 85g

This was the first shampoo bar I ever used and is still one of my favorites. It smells lovely and cleans the roots really well. It has a slight gritty texture to it which I really like as I find it helps scrub away the dirt and excess oil from the scalp easier. This tiny bar lasted me about six months. Small bars retail for £3.75
I am currently using a Rhassoul Clay, Rosemary & Lavender bar by the same brand which also has a gritty texture to it. I wouldn't have expected a clay to be any good as a shampoo ingredient but I absolutely love it!



Herbal Babassu & Jojoba - 6oz / 170g

I was expecting to like this more then the neem soap, which is why I bought a bigger bar, but I actually prefer the neem one. That's not to say this isn't a good shampoo bar though. It smells wonderful and contains some great ingredients like jojoba. But this is a much smoother soap and does not contain the slight grittiness which I really love about the other bar. This large soap lasted absolutely ages and I had no problems with it going off or anything like that. Large bars retail for £6.99.
I more recently tried their Cedarwood and Ylang Ylang one which was very similar. They both worked equally as good, the texture was about the same but the scent was different. They both smell super good so it just depends what you personally prefer. 

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Lavera Express Care Leave-in Conditioner and Repair & Care Hair Serum

I love Lavera, its one of my favorite skincare brands. A little while ago they released a couple of organic hair care products. I new I had to try them and as they were fairly priced at £6.95 each I bought them straight away. As usual, I completely used all of the product from both bottles before reviewing.


The containers is great. Really simple, strong and no unnecessary packaging. Both containers are recyclable too.


Express Care Leave-in Spray with organic orange and green tea

This spray has a very strong sickly orange smell to it. I really don't like the smell at all, but as soon as it sets on your hair the smell isn't too noticeable. I can't say I really liked this spray too much if i'm honest. I found it to be more drying then moisturizing like it claims to be, and considering alcohol is second on the ingredients list, its not too surprising why.
On the plus side it is silicone free, vegan and does contain a few organic ingredients. Its also not too badly priced for a product like this and retails at £6.95.


Repair & Care Hair Serum with organic rose and plant keratin

I actually quite liked this serum. Its a good consistency and you only need a small amount as a little goes a long way. It has a rose scent which I didn't like at first but I really like the smell now. I found it useful during winter months as it would coat my ends and protect them a little from the weather. It isn't really that moisturizing though. Again alcohol is second on the ingredients list. This is why I will not be buying it again. My hair is naturally very dry so I really have to be careful with alcohol and other drying ingredients.
Considering its meant to prevent damaged hair, its a shame that it contains alcohol. I feel that with prolonged use it could possibly do the opposite. However it does not contain any horrible silicone and is also vegan like the spray. If they changed the formula to contain no alcohol I would defiantly buy it again.

Burt's Bees Herbal Blemish Stick With Tea Tree Oil

I don't really get breakouts that often but I do like to have something to help when I do get them. I've been trying this Burt's Bees Herbal Blemish Stick out for quite a while now and just finished the tube up so I think I have used it enough to give a fair review. The photos contain product as I took them a few months ago before the tube was empty.

This is the older version of the packaging with Burt's face. The new version looks like this. The older version is 99.90% natural. For a while the newer versions had been changed to 100% natural which I was pleased about. But sadly it appears on their website that they have changed the ingredients again.


The formula itself is good, the rollerball makes it easy to apply and it also drys very fast. I didn't have the problem with the liquid running down my chin like I've heard others have. You really don't need to apply very much as once. I have had this stick for about 2-3 years and have only just used it up.
As for clearing blemishes, I don't think it does an awful lot. I like it due to the antibacterial ingredients and I would say it definitely helps prevent spots from becoming infected. But it won't dramatically speed up the healing time of a blemish.
 The packaging is great. The sleeve that it comes in is made using recycled materials and it is also recyclable. The tube is a tough glass with a plastic screw on top. I've had this in my bag and bashed it about a bit and there is absolutely no damage. There are zero cracks in the plastic lid and even the text on the side of the tube has remained completely in tact and has not rubbed off.
While I would say this is a good little product and great to keep in the handbag, I don't really think I would buy it again as it is essentially just alcohol mixed with oils. I have a large bottle of pure tea tree oil which I find works just as well and is completely natural.

PETRICHOR





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