I'll be honest, I love a beauty product or two, some would say I'm addicted but recently my feelings and expectations have taken a sharp turn. 

I've always had sensitive skin. Once, when I was 14, I made a face mask from a Frube and within minutes I looked nothing shy of hideous. I'll be frank - I resembled the elephant man.
So gentle has always been on my list, something I can never forget, but since becoming a vegetarian and attempting to head down the natural route instead of formulated medicine, I want different ingredients in the products I choose to use.
I'm not perfect, I buy MAC, L'oreal and a lot of other brands that don't have the teeniest of creatures best interests in mind but I'm nervous about chemicals.

I've recently been using coconut oil as a base beauty product, my 'go to gal'. I use it to remove my makeup, as an overnight conditioner for my hair and slap layers on my skin, body and face, day and night. Usually not under makeup I might add, my skin is shiny enough as it is.

I hit up the local Lush shop in Bournemouth and was met by an extremely attentive, super keen lady to give me all the advice I needed. I like foam but apparently foam is created by a certain type of chemical that cannot be replicated naturally. So for me, foam is now a no no!

She showed me 'Ultrabland', their most gentle facial cleanser. It's main ingredients are almond oil, rose water and beeswax and it kills two birds with one stone. Not only does it cleanse away oil and dirt, it leaves a soft residue that acts like a moisturiser. I tend not to bother with moisturiser much on a daily basis, other than coconut oil, as my skin produces tonnes and tonnes of oil all by itself but this is enough to make my skin feel soft as well as clean.

Here's what the experts say:

"Based on an ancient Greek formula for cold cream, Ultrabland is beautifully simple and very effective. Made with almond oil, rose water, beeswax and honey, this cleanser removes all traces of dirt and makeup, without stripping away your skin's natural defences."

At £11.50 per 100g, it is a little pricey but for me, totally worth it's weight in gold! Although it advises you use generous amounts, little appears to go along way.

The second product to tickle my pickle was 'Tea Tree Water' Toner. The mantra 'it does what it says on the tin' has never rung truer! It's main ingredients are tea tree water, grapefruit water and juniperberry water so extremely simple but not without it's medicinal qualities. It's considered to be  antibacterial, antiseptic and antimicrobial which is perfect for my oily and somewhat spot prone skin. Our relationship is like an old romance movie, I've loved it since the day I set eyes on it!

The experts say:

"Keep skin clear and refreshed. Tea tree is antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial, so can help keep away the bacteria that can cause spots. Grapefruit is rich in vitamins and is also lightly astringent on the skin, whilst juniperberry is antiseptic and helps keep skin clean and clear."

At £7.95 per 250g, I'm one happy bunny. It has a spritz top so I really feel it keeps wastage to a minimum! Two big, fat thumbs up!

So all in all, I'm in a great, natural and extremely clean place. 

I'd love to know your own thoughts on these products or any others you may have tried that you really couldn't live without.

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