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Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Skincare | 2 comments

Living Nature – Sensitive Day Moisture

Living Nature – Sensitive Day Moisture

It’s been a while since I did a post about natural skincare, but it’s something that I’m really passionate about as I think it’s important we know exactly what ingredients we are putting onto our skin. If you’ve not heard of Living Nature before it was launched in 1987 in New Zealand. Their products contain no synthetics, use only 100% natural ingredients, preservatives and fragrances and are never tested on animals. Their full range of cosmetics and skincare is Certified Natural by BDIH Germany, and their policy is ‘if there is any doubt about the safety of an ingredient, we don’t use it’. I love their philosophy! They also harness a lot of New Zealand’s native botanicals like Manuka Oil, Hallo Clay and Kelp and use these within their products. I’ve been using new Sensitive Day Moisture cream for almost two weeks now, part of Living Nature’s new Sensitive range. It’s a perfectly pH balanced, gentle daytime moisturiser that contains Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Harakeke Flax Extract and Avocado Oil. The Harakeke...

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Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in Haircare | 3 comments

Naked – Rescue Shampoo & Conditioner

Naked – Rescue Shampoo & Conditioner

Those of you who are regular readers of Beauty Best Friend will know that I suffer from a very sensitive, itchy scalp and I am constantly on the hunt for haircare products that are natural and non-irritating but that also treat my hair well and leave it feeling soft, shiny and clean. So far my experience has generally shown me that natural, SLS-free shampoos and conditioners do not irritate the scalp as much as their chemical filled cousins, but that they do not always clean the hair as well and can leave it looking and feeling greasy, sad and lifeless. One of the first SLS-free shampoo and conditioners that I tried, back in 2013, was Mild Shampoo and Gentle Conditioner from Naked. The relief that I got from my itchy scalp was almost instant, but I did find that it didn’t remove grease and oil from my hair too well, and I had to wash my hair a lot more often. Since then I’ve tried lots of different SLS-free haircare...

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Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in Haircare | 2 comments

The best shampoo for a sensitive scalp?

The best shampoo for a sensitive scalp?

Regular readers of Beauty Best Friend blog will know that I suffer from an extremely sensitive scalp which can be really itchy, and I have to be very careful what shampoo I use. I know that I’m sensitive to shampoos containing sodium laureth sulfate (also known as SLS, it’s the ingredient that makes shampoos, shower gels and soaps lather) but I’m also sensitive to some other ingredients in shampoos too – mainly fragrances. I had previously been using Rainforest Balance Shampoo and Conditioner from The Body Shop®, but I found the conditioner a bit too rich and my hair didn’t always feel totally clean after using it. So I started doing a bit of research into recommended natural shampoos – and this Sensitive Shampoo from Lavera kept coming up again and again! Several of the reviews I read said that this was the best shampoo for sensitive scalps and that it left hair feeling really clean and soft, so I decided to try it. The shampoo is a translucent...

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Posted by on Sep 1, 2014 in Skincare | 0 comments

Salcura – Face Wash & Face Hydrator

Salcura – Face Wash & Face Hydrator

I’ve reviewed, and loved, quite a few skincare and bodycare products from natural skincare brand Salcura now, you may have previously read my reviews of their Antiac products for acne-prone skin. Today I am reviewing their Face Wash* and Face Hydrator* for sensitive and dry skin. Salcura’s products are 100% natural and many of them contain sea buckthorn as one of their main ingredients, which helps to reduce inflammation and soothe skin, making them great for sensitive and problem skins. Salcura Face Wash is a bright orange lightly foaming cleanser with a gentle citrusy orange fragrance. It dispenses easily from the pump bottle and feels quite thick in your hands until you add a drop of water. It feels a bit like a cream cleanser when you apply it to your face as it’s so thick, but it does gently foam and rinses off easily. It feels really gentle on my skin and doesn’t leave it feeling tight like some soapy cleansers can do. I like to use a...

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Posted by on Aug 1, 2014 in Bath & Body | 0 comments

Salcura – Body Hydrator

Salcura – Body Hydrator

I only discovered natural skincare brand Salcura a few months ago when they sent me some products from their Antiac range for acne-prone skin. Since then I’ve also reviewed their Sensitive & Dry Scalp Shampoo & Conditioner and today I will be talking about Salcura Body Hydrator lotion for sensitive and dry skin. Salcura products are created using only the highest quality of natural oils, vitamins and minerals, they contain no nasty chemicals neither are they tested on animals. The star ingredient in the Body Hydrator is Sea Buckthorn Oil which helps to calm and soothe skin and reduce inflammation making it a great body lotion for those with sensitive skin or eczema. Salcura Body Hydrator is a yellow coloured lotion which turns white when it is massaged into the skin. It has quite a strong sweet fragrance for a natural product but it’s not an unpleasant one and it fades quite a lot after a few minutes on the skin. The body lotion feels quite refreshing on the...

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Posted by on Apr 19, 2014 in Haircare | 0 comments

Salcura – Sensitive & Dry Scalp Shampoo & Conditioner

Salcura – Sensitive & Dry Scalp Shampoo & Conditioner

I was recently sent a whole host of skincare and haircare products from natural skincare specialists Salcura – you may have already read my review of their Antiac Daily Facial Wash and Activ Liquid Spray. Included in the package was this haircare duo of Shampoo and Conditioner* for sensitive and dry scalps, the aim of which is to ‘deal with a problem scalp and leave hair looking full of vitality’. I have had problems with a dry itchy scalp for about 3 years now, at its worst I visited the doctor who gave me a steroid liquid to apply to my scalp every night before bed. At first it did soothe the itching, but after a couple of weeks it started making my scalp sting and the dry flakes got worse and I vowed then I would treat it myself using gentle natural products. I have found that using sodium laureth sulphate free shampoos do help and the itching isn’t as bad as it used to be, but my...

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Posted by on Feb 18, 2014 in Skincare | 1 comment

Lancome – Gentle Softening Cleansing Fluid

Lancome – Gentle Softening Cleansing Fluid

I received this sample size of Lancome’s Gentle Softening Cleansing Fluid (Galateis Douceur) in my Selfridges Beauty Advent Calendar in December, although I have purchased it in the past. It’s a really simple, gentle product, and can also be used around the delicate eye area reducing the need for a separate eye make-up remover. The product is a very light milky white lotion and it has a gentle creamy scent. It turns almost transparent when you warm it in your hands before applying it gently to the face. I have combination skin with a particularly oily chin but this Gentle Softening Cleansing Fluid doesn’t feel oily at all on the skin, just gentle and light, and I think it would be great for oily skins. It would also be great to use in Summer when skin naturally produces more oil in humid temperatures (if we get a Summer that is!). My skin feels light and refreshed after using this product, but not dry, and it does easily remove eye...

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Posted by on Jan 15, 2014 in Skincare | 0 comments

Clarins – Pure And Radiant Mask

Clarins – Pure And Radiant Mask

The New Year is traditionally a time when people detox and try different ways to re-energise and rejuvenate their bodies after a busy and excessive Christmas period, and it’s no different for our skin. So when the lovely people at Clarins asked me if I would like to review one of their products in the New Year I said I would like to review a skincare product that would be perfect for tired and dehydrated skin, and they sent me this Pure And Radiant Mask from their Truly Matte range. Pure And Radiant is a deep-purifying mask that contains refreshing Pink Clay. It aims to clean and tighten the skin whilst refining pores, leaving a fresh matte result. It also helps to  comfort red or irritated skin which is perfect for this time of year. The mask has a soft creamy texture, is very pale peach (almost white) in colour and has a gentle divine scent. In fact when I think about it I love the smell of most...

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