100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Sukin Purifying Shampoo

Hi there! Today’s post is about Sukin‘s Purifying Shampoo.

This shampoo, which is aimed at daily washers and all hair types, contains lots of natural ingredients like aloe vera leaf juice (which is listed as the 2nd ingredient), nettle, horsetail and burdock.

The product promises to cleanse, nourish and soften any type of hair, and to be gentle on sensitive scalps.

I’ve used the shampoo for a few times now, and I think it’s OK.

This shampoo doesn’t contain SLS, but it lathers up well. However, it doesn’t feel very cleansing, so this isn’t the best shampoo for post-gym use (believe me, I tried).

The fragrance is very sukin (= the product smells like the sum of its ingredients which is nice).

I will continue to use this shampoo once a week (and followed by a deep conditioner). However, I don’t love it, and I don’t think I’ll miss it once it’s gone, so I won’t be buying it again.

If you’re interested, Sukin‘s Purifying Shampoo is available as 50ml, 250ml, 500ml and 1l. Sukin also offers a matching conditioner.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

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100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Calm Skin Skincare De-Stress Refreshing Facial Spritz

Hi there! Today’s post is about Superdrug‘s Calm Skin Skincare De-Stress Refreshing Facial Spritz. This product contains chamomile, hyaluronic acid and niacinamide, and it promises to target the visible signs of stress on the skin.

On top of that, this product claims to soothe the skin, with visible results promised after 4 weeks.

So how’s the product? I’ve been using it for 4 weeks now, and I think it’s great. I know I’ll buy it again! I have very dry skin and I suffer from occasional bouts of eczema, but my my skin is also quite moody, and it’s prone to impurities.

This facial spray helps me because, thanks to its high glycerin content, it helps lock in moisture which allows me to stay on top of my eczema patches.

My skin hasn’t been moody for a few weeks, so I’m satisfied that this spray soothes my skin. On top of that, I’ve noticed that blemishes come and go faster than usual. I’m used to dealing with blemishes for weeks at a time. Seeing them heal within a few days is a very welcome change!

But there’s one thing I need to mention as not perfect. You cannot spray this product over your make-up because it can’t be dispensed as a fine mist. I thought it was the spray nozzle, so I filled the contents of this bottle into an empty B. Confident facial spritz bottle (which has always dispensed the finest and most wonderful hyaluronic acid face mist). However, there was no change at all.

I tried another spray bottle that I was always happy with, but again, no change. So if you spray this product on your face, it comes out quite “targeted”, and you’ll end up with big wet patches on your face. For this reason I only use this spray as the first step of my skin care routine (= after cleansing). I use it right before I apply a serum. That way I get to mix the facial spray with the serum. 🙂

All in all, I’m actually very happy with the product. I got used to the spray, and like I said, I’ll buy it again. No doubt!

By the way, Superdrug confirmed that this product contains more than 5% of niacinamide. This is really impressive! Niacinamide is a powerful skin-restoring agent that is known to help with dull skin, enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, fine lines and blemishes. Pretty awesome, right?

Superdrug‘s Calm Skin Skincare De-Stress Refreshing Facial Spritz is available as 100ml for £2.99. On top of that, the Calm Skin collection seems to be on a buy 1 get 1 half price promotion almost all the time. So if you’re not at least trying these products, that’s your own fault really!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Cruelty-Free – Dr. Organic Aloe Vera Body Wash & Manuka Honey Body Wash

Hi there! Today’s post is about Dr. Organic‘s Aloe Vera Body Wash & Manuka Honey Body Wash. I’ve already reviewed Dr. Organic’s Aloe Vera hair products, and if you’d like to read that review, click here. Now, without further ado, onto the body washes!

Dr. Organic‘s Aloe Vera Body Wash is average. The faint aloe vera and lemon fragrance isn’t unpleasant, but very forgettable. I’ve noticed that this shower gel isn’t very cleansing. It’s definitely not for your post-workout shower…

Dr. Organic‘s Manuka Honey Body Wash is disappointing. Whilst it smells wonderful from the bottle, the fragrance changes as soon as the shower gel hits the skin. I’d describe the fragrance as… warm plastic! And just like the aloe vera shower gel, this one isn’t very cleansing. If you’re sweaty, use something else!

All in all, I wouldn’t recommend these shower gels. I wanted to love them, but they’re not great. If you’d like to try them, Dr. Organic Aloe Vera Body Wash & Manuka Honey Body Wash are available as 75ml and 250ml. I paid £1 each for the small travel size bottles (special offer).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Pacifica Island Vanilla Perfume

Hi there! Today’s post is about Pacifica’s Island Vanilla Perfume. I’ve already tried quite a few Pacifica products – some were good, some weren’t. So now I’m reviewing their vanilla fragrance!

But before we get to the actual review, let me say a few words about the brand. Pacifica is a company from Oregon, USA. They specialise in vegan and cruelty-free products. They sell body care products, candles, fragrances and cosmetics. If you’re in the UK, you can find Pacifica products at Holland & Barrett’s.

Onto the fragrance! Pacifica’s Island Vanilla is based on Tahitian vanilla – which is said to have fruity and floral nuances – and bourbon vanilla – the ultimate “sweet treat” vanilla.

I think this vanilla fragrance is really nice. It smells sweet and cuddly, and it has a youthful feel to it. It’s not the most sophisticated fragrance, but it’s pleasant and inoffensive. I also think it’s a reasonable (but not perfect) replacement for Yves Rocher’s stellar Bourbon Vanilla fragrance which seems to be out of stock almost all the time.

Pacifica’s Island Vanilla Perfume is available as 29ml spray and 10ml roll-on. Pacifica also offers vanilla-scented candles and body care products!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Gentle Foaming Facial Wash For Dry Skin

Hi there! Today’s post is about Superdrug’s Gentle Foaming Facial Wash For Dry Skin. I paid £1.69 for the 150ml bottle.

It appears that this product has been discontinued recently. However, some stores may have stock left, so someone else might still benefit from a review.

Alrighty… this product promises to remove make-up and impurities and to leave skin feeling fresh and revitalised. It contains vitamin E as well as aloe vera, rose and camomile extracts.

On the back of the bottle it says… dispense 2 to 3 pumps of product into your hand and massage it all over your wet face. Then rinse with warm water… job done.

I’ve been using this product once or twice a week for a few weeks now, so here’s what I think.

First of all, there’s no need to be wasteful. 1 pump dispenses enough foam for my face and my neck. 👍

I love the formula. The foam feels soft and gentle – which is exactly what you want if you have moody skin.

Having said that, I’m satisfied that the foam cleanses my skin properly.

All in all, this is a nice face wash! It’s certified cruelty-free, and it’s suitable for vegans! If your local SD still has it, just pick it up! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Cucumber Peel-Off Mask

Hi there! Today’s post is about Superdrug’s Cucumber Peel-Off Mask.

This face mask with cucumber extract is suitable for all skin types, and it promises a fresh and radiant complexion.

How does it work? This mask is like every other peel-off mask. You apply it to your face, leave it alone until it has dried (which takes about 15 minutes), and then you peel it off – gently! 🙂

What’s the result? I think this mask is really nice. It left my face looking refreshed and feeling soft. I also like the mild and pleasant cucumber fragrance, and I’m happy that this mask is easy (and fun) to peel off.

Superdrug’s Cucumber Peel-Off Mask is available as 75ml for £2.59. I bought 2 tubes (2 for £4 offer). This face mask is certified cruelty-free (it carries the Leaping Bunny logo), and it’s suitable for vegans!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Day Cream (Normal To Dry Skin)

Hi there! Today’s post is about Superdrug‘s Naturally Radiant Brightening Day Cream for normal to dry skin (there is also a face cream for normal to combination skin, but I haven’t tried that one).

This day cream with SPF 15 promises to hydrate and brighten skin with the help of sugar beet and fruit extracts. It also claims to make skin feel softer, smoother and more energised. I’ve been using this product on and off since mid-February. And here’s what I think!

The first thing I need to mention is that this moisturiser is very rich. It’s as rich as the matching night cream. So if you don’t have dry skin, this is not your ideal face cream. However, if you have dry skin, this one’s definitely worth a try!

I can’t comment much on this face cream’s brightening properties. This is because, thanks to a number of different skin brightening products which I’ve been using for a while now, I don’t think that my skin could look any brighter. Having said that, I know from experience that skin brightness and radiance need to be maintained, otherwise it’s back to dull and uneven skin in no time. So… I do think that this face cream helps maintain my skin’s brightness.

I’m not sure whether this face cream makes my skin look more energised. But it makes my skin feel smooth, soft and plump which is nice!

Superdrug‘s Naturally Radiant Brightening Day Cream is 100% vegan and cruelty-free. The 50ml pot is £5.99 which is great value. On top of that, Superdrug runs BOGOF or half price promotions frequently. I paid £2.95 for this face cream! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde