February Favourites!


I thought it would be fun to start a new recurring series that highlights all of my favourites in skincare, makeup, aromatherapy, books, food, or whatever else really stood out to me during the month.  And since February is coming to a close, and I have tried a LOT of products over the last 28 days, what better time to start!

Now, this isn't everything I have used (you can see all my empties in a few days!), nor is it everything I found fantastic, but it is a great rundown of brands that I discovered and love, items that surprised me, and products that have really made a difference.

Skincare:


Alteya Organics Bulgarian Rosewater:
I love me some floral sprays, and rosewater is definitely a staple in my beauty cupboards.  This organic spray from Alteya Organics is not only 100% pure thermal distilled rosewater, but is super affordable which is great seeing how much I go through!  Also, they offer large bottles so you can refill your own at home, and have started doing bio glass packaging so you can go plastic free.

Ingredients: 100% pure organic steam-distilled Rosa Damascena floral water. 


MOA Aphrodite Oil:
I have mentioned this oil before in my MOA Brand Spotlight, and my thoughts on it remain the same -- it is simply gorgeous.  My skin has been extra glowy and clear since I started using this, and I have really grown to love the smell.  Plus, the oil is not too heavy on my skin which is perfect as I have had to use a different product on my chin with some other oils I have tried in the past.  I love that this face oil comes in a dark glass bottle (see why here) and has a little dropper to apply, as this makes it so much easier to control how much product you are using.  I have so many face oils to use still, but this will definitely be a re-buy when it comes time.

Ingredients: Rosa Canina Fruit Oil (rosehip oil), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Achillea Millefolium Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Oil, Tocopherol, Althaea Officinalis Leaf Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Citral*, Citronellol*, Geraniol*, Limonene*, Linalool*. *occurs naturally in essential oils


Awake Organics Green Tea + Detox Mask:
If you missed my post about this face mask from Awake Organics, you won't have heard me rave about how divine this truly is.  My skin is prone to breakouts when I use most face masks, but with this one my face is so soft, smooth, and healthy afterwards with no spots in sight, even the next day!  It smells good enough to eat, a mix of frankincense, geranium, and matcha, with undertones of all the other lovely botanicals included in the formula.  This has quickly become a weekly ritual, and I highly recommend as both a detox and as a radiance boosting treatment.

Ingredients: Unprocessed Pure Dead Sea Mineral Mud, British Raw Honey, *Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Natural Bentonite Clay, Camellia Sinensis Leaf (Matcha Green Tea), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Essential Oils of *Boswellia Neglecta (Frankincense) Oil, *Daucus Carota (Carrot) Seed, *Pelargonium Graveolens Roseum (Rose Geranium), Non-GM Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, ^Limonene, ^Citronellol. (*Organic, ^Naturally Occurring).


Okko Skincare Natural Face Balm:
This convenient little multi-purpose balm came in two of my amazing subscription boxes this month (The Cruelty Free Beauty Box and The Natural Beauty Box) and I could not be happier to have two of these 'try me' size sticks.  I have the Geranium and Clary Sage scent which is so relaxing and lush, and I have been really happy with how the balm works - it is not too heavy when on, nor very oily.  I tend to use this on my forehead and random dry patches, and those areas have been loving the extra TLC.

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Butter, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil*, Calendula Officinalis Flower Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Oenothera Biennes (Evening Primrose) Oil*, Euphorbia Cerifera Cera (Candelilla wax), Salvia Hispanica (Chia) Seed Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Essential Oils of Salvia Sclarea (Clary Sage)* & Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium)*. Citronellol**, Linalool**, Geraniol**, Limonene**, Citral**. *Organic. **Occurs naturally in essential oils


De-Stress & Unwind


Tisserand Aroma Spa Diffuser:
When I was trying to figure out what to spend my Boots gift voucher on, I discovered they carried one of my favourite aromatherapy brands, Tisserand.  I lucked out and got the very last one in stock in all of Norfolk, only to find out they had placed a defective machine on the shelves.  Luckily, Tisserand reached out to me and when they discovered my diffuser wasn't working, they offered to send me out a new one - talk about amazing customer service!  And I am SO thankful that I did get a replacement, as this machine is game changing.  Not only does it act as a quiet and effective diffuser, it has various colour changing options you can set to make the room the ultimate spa retreat at home.

I will be talking about this Spa Diffuser again in the next week or so, so keep an eye out for my Tisserand Brand Spotlight -- coming soon!


Kiss the Moon Glow Bath Salts:
You can read my full rundown of these bath salts on my Kiss the Moon Brand Spotlight, but the short version is that they are totally dreamy.  I have only recently gotten into bath salts, and I am so happy that I finally decided to give them a go - they really do help release muscle tension, and the Kiss the Moon formula also helps with radiant skin and to clear your mind and get you ready for a stress-free sleep.

Ingredients: Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom salt), Maris Sal (Dead Sea salt), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Orange Tree) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Oil, Camellia Oleifera (White Tea) Seed Oil, Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Oil, Litsea Cubeba (Litsea)Fruit Oil, Citral*, Citronellol*, Geraniol*, Limonene*, Linalool*   *naturally occurring in essential oils


Organdle Felicity Candle:
I discovered Organdle in January, and after following them on social media for a while I decided I absolutely HAD to try their products ASAP.  I ended up buying several of their brand new wax melts as well as the mini-candle gift set, as I wanted to try out every one of their signature scents.  One of my favourites so far is Felicity: Inner Peace, as it is so incredibly calming and makes my stresses float away.  Organdle's products are all ethical, vegan-friendly, non-toxic, and use only high quality natural and organic ingredients -- total win for me!

Ingredients: 100% natural soy wax, 100% organic essential oils


Organdle UNRELEASED Organic Tummy Oil:
Definitely keep posted on this oil, as it is proper magic in a bottle.  I was lucky enough to get a sample to trial, and I have found it has been another game changer for me this month.  The oil is geared towards women who suffer from chronic cramps, PMS, and other prevalent menstrual symptoms.  The blend of carrier oils and essential oils smells amazing, with the bergamot, chamomile, geranium, and clary sage coming through strongest.  When applied directly to the skin it seems to instantly start to sooth the area, and I have genuinely never experienced anything like it.  I have also tried it in the bath (huge success!) and in my hair (brilliant!).  As soon as this is released I will definitely be a permanent buyer.

Ingredients: Full list TBA


Other


Little Ondine Nail Polish:
I have been loving this 'Radiance' glitter polish from Little Ondine, as it has little flecks of holographic glitter in the clear peel off formula.  Not only is it stunning, but it is also non-toxic, 9+ free, vegan friendly, cruelty free, and is composed of mainly water, mineral pigments, and resin.  I have a few other glitter polishes from this brand, and since I love 'Radiance' so much I am definitely looking to branch out and try even more!

Ingredients: aqua (water), polyurethane-35, acrylates/vp copolymer, laureth-21, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, triethanolamine, ci 77000, polyethylene terephthalate


Reusable Chopsticks:
Okay, so this is probably the 'odd one out' compared to the rest of my post, but I really felt I had to share these as I just love them so much!  Something you may not know about me is that I am a huge fan of anime.  I grew up watching Miyazaki films and Sailor Moon, so when I found these back in December I was desparate to buy them.  They took ages to arrive, but boy were they worth it.  The cases are really sturdy and the designs on the front of all of them are perfect -- I chose a Sailor Moon set, a Kiki's Delivery Service set, and a Totoro set.  The chopsticks (and in the case of the larger set, the added spoon!) fit snugly inside, making them perfect to carry around on the go, and they are super easy to wash.  We make/eat a lot of Thai and Japanese food, so this was the perfect purchase for me.



So that's it for my February favourites!  There were loads more products I loved, but these ones just really stuck out to me.  I hope you enjoyed, and would LOVE to hear about your own favourites in the comments below!  And, as long as you're up for it, I plan on making this a monthly series! xx






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15 comments

  1. A great round up of products. I'm loving the idea of the Tisserand diffuser. I was in a spa recently and they had a diffuser, was wondering how I can get my hands on one. Would love it, especially when I'm working.

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  2. I really need to try that face mask from Awake Organics, it sounds really good!

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  3. I love face oils and have recently incorporated it into my skincare. It's great the the MOA Aphrodite Oil leaves the skin nice and glowy. I might have to try the detox face mask as my skin is prone to breakouts too.

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  4. I love the sound of the Organdle candle, can't resist trying new candles at this time of year.

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    1. Organdle is amazing - I am terribly sensitive to anything with a strong smell, and most candles have me in sneezing fits, but these don't bother me at all :)

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  5. These all sounds really lovely. Glad to see you've got a diffuser though - i couldn't live without mine! it is always on the go with essential oils

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  6. I love the sound of the Aroma Diffuser - I need a little stress relief! Kaz

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  7. I love the sound of the Rosewater, Rosewater is really under appreciated I find! Also the Spa Diffuser sounds lovely!

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    1. I'm becoming obsessed with blending oils for the diffuser - my best buy of 2018 so far!

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  8. I really love the sound of the bath salts, they sound the perfect way to relax after a stressful day. Do you know if the brand is cruelty free by any chance?

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  9. Every brand I write about is cruelty free and natural :) and most are vegan as well!

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  10. I was thinking of doing a similar roundup as it’s great for new readers and also remember what products worked and should continue with

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  11. I so want to try that tummy oil. Organdle is not a brand I have heard of before but their products sound fab.

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  12. I'm not sure I've heard of any of these actually but I really like the sound of Awake Organics and the matcha ingredients :)

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