Biolage R.A.W. Haircare

Matrix Biolaw R.A.W.* is a range of haircare products which aims to take natural origin haircare to a whole new level by offering professional quality products that are 97% natural in origin. With R.A.W. standing for Real, Authentic, Wholesome, Biolage R.A.W. haircare products promise to be great for you and the environment, with no sulfates, silicones, parabens, or artificial colourants.

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AA Skincare Conditioner

AA Skincare are still expanding their range of Ayurvedic inspired beauty products, and in addition to their shower gels and shampoos have introduced a lovely range of conditioners, designed to tackle any hair type or problem you can think of.

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Spotlight on Vegan Beauty

Hands up if you have gone Vegan for January? The aim of Veganuary is to reduce the suffering of animals by inspiring and supporting people across the globe to go vegan for the month of January, and many people have signed up to ditch meat and dairy products.

Going vegan however isn’t just about what you do and don’t eat, in fact many vegans also choose to avoid animal byproducts in their cosmetics, whether its beewax, milk proteins or lanolin.

Fortunately vegan beauty has in recent years become more mainstream, with greater choice and far better accessibility than ever before, so you don’t need to compromise your beauty regime for your principles.

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TLC Naturals Grow It Hair Activating Gel

I’ve been growing my hair for quite a while and towards the end of last year it had finally reached a length I was happy with. Unfortunately the ends were badly out of condition and discoloured from a home dye job, so I decided to get the worst of the dry, damaged lengths cut off.

As I lost a few inches to the hairdressers scissors I was really keen to try something to help stimulate healthy hair growth. So when TLC Naturals kindly offered to send me their Grow It Activating Gel to review I was more than happy to give it a try.

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Spa Magik Organiks Sleep Therapy 6 Oil Super Serum

From the makers of Dead Sea Spa Magik, Spa Magik Organiks is a new range of products that offer therapeutic spa solutions to help alleviate the most commonly suffered ailments, encourage overall well-being and nuture beautifully clear skin. Experts at Spa Magik Organiks blend pure essential oils, therapeutic plants and healing sea water – elements that have been used for centuries – to heal and revitalise our bodies, and each and every formulation is natural, organic and free from nasties.

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Nizz Cosmetics Lustre Lipstick

Nizz Cosmetics specialise in creating vegetarian, hypo-allergenic, paraben-free and long-lasting lip colours, the likes of which have been sported by celebrities including Caroline Flack and Little Mix as well as being featured in Look Magazine, Reveal, Closer and OK.

The Nizz Cosmetics Lustre Lipstick (RRP £16, available here) is a beautifully smooth lipstick made from all natural ingredients and paraben-free. All of the ingredients sourced are Fair Trade and cruelty free. The creamy formula features Shea Butter, an ingredient which has been used for centuries by women in Sub-Saharan Africa to nourish and protect their skin and hair. This is combined with Peach Kernel Oil, which protects the skin by supporting its barrier function, preventing moisture loss, and nourishing Sweet Almond Oil, which is rich in Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and E.

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AA Skincare Amla and Clary Sage Rejuvenating Shampoo

Natural beauty products are becoming increasingly popular as people shun ingredients such as SLS, Parabens, and artificial colours and fragrance, and what was once only a very niche market has now become mainstream. AA Skincare is one such brand leading the way in making natural skincare affordable and accessible and now they’ve launched a range of shampoos that replace harsh stripping agents found in some shampoos with beneficial essential oils that nourish the hair and scalp. I was recently sent one to put through its paces, so how did I get on?

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The AA Skincare Amla and Clary Sage Rejuvenating Shampoo (RRP £5.94)* we are told is suitable for all hair types but is particularly good for soothing irritated scalps, and to help strengthen roots and prevent hair loss. If you have issues with thinning hair or suffer with an irritated scalp this shampoo sounds like the perfect choice.

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Sweet Cecily’s Natural Skincare

Tucked into the stunning landscape of Whitby, North Yorkshire, is the gorgeous natural skincare brand, Sweet Cecily’s. Sweet Cecily’s began life in 2010 when tired of her troublesome skin, the brands founder Cecily embarked on creating an affordable, gentle and truly natural skincare range. After some trial and error the first products launched in 2011, swiftly followed by lots of activity branding, marketing and building up their presence in the marketplace, which culminated in their manic Christmas sales in 2014. You could say that Sweet Cecily’s had arrived!

Very kindly Sweet Cecily’s sent me their Elderflower and Almond Hand Cream (50ml, £6.95)* to try, and as an enthusiastic fan of natural beauty I couldn’t wait to put it to the test.

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