Autumn skin and hair care

1st of September and the weather changes and I need to dig out my scarves and winter boots. Rain, wind, and it’s all got a bit gloomy. As seasons change, I find different skin products assemble themselves in my cupboards and I need something more substantial to get through the cold, dark months.

This is the time of year I started noticing my skin drying out and my hair getting dull. So I’m looking into some pre-emptive product buying as I’m bored of all my other stuff. These are a few that I’m looking at experimenting with; all vegan, all cruelty free and natural. I found the Alba Botanica range in town and sampled a few things so I’ve narrowed it down to these.

Alba Botanica Deep Sea Facial Mask


I’m really into clay masks. They’re pretty much the only type of mask that truly refreshes my skin. This one uses Chinese kaolin clay and contains aloe vera and a blend of sea enzymes (which sounds intriguing). I’ve heard great things about the Alba Botanica brand as a whole and have come across people who use only their products.

Alba Botanica Anti-Frizz Serum – Haiwaiin – So Smooth Gardenia

My hair is always a monster of frizz and nothing ever, ever seems to work. I’ve tried so much and virtually given up but the good reviews of this product have made me optimistic.

Alba Botanica Hawaiian Hair Conditioner Coconut Milk

I do like my coconut products. They smell so great and natural and I dislike products that smell too floral or sweet so coconut is perfect for me – it has a certain neutrality. Coconuts are just amazingly beneficial for our health in general but coconut milk has so much in the way of nutrients and vitamins that it probably makes all the other fruit jealous. (Note: coconuts are not, in fact, a fruit; nor are they are a seed – they are a drupe. Whatever that is.)

Maybe you’re wondering why I’m so focused on cruelty free products? Am I just a self-righteous snob? Or is it actually really important – and easy – to make ethical consumer choices every day that make a difference? I don’t want to go into too much depth today and have already expressed my views here. There’s also a detailed article on the merits of going cruelty free on the Cruelty Free Kitty site that explains the position succinctly.





Is it too late for my May Favourites

I’ve never done one of these monthly favourite blog posts before so I thought I’d join in and see how it goes. These are some of the things I’ve been enjoying in the last month (I know I’m a few days late but hey…)

New Toms

Toms are some of my favourite summer shoes, though I certainly don’t limit their use to one season as they are so comfortable. Now, I know they are not the most durable item of footwear – they’re made from linen, but that’s one of the reasons I like them so much as it means they’re often vegan. Some of their designs do include leather insoles, so you have to do your research.

I bought the below pair recently – the Birch Critters – and I’m so in love with the pattern and enjoying the usual comfort they provide my poor, misshapen and tired feet.

Charcoal face mask

I’ve been trying to find an affordable and effective mud face mask ever since Superdrug apparently stopped doing their own version and I have finally found this Quick Fix Facial Charcoal Mask in Boots. They’re currently on 3 for 2 and include the charcoal mask, brightening peel mask, collagen lift mask, vitamin C mask, and an exfoliating scrub.

It left my skin feeling so fresh and so clean (sing it).

New wheels

If you read my recent post, you’ll know I bought a new bike last month. And it’s beautiful, and it’s lovely and vintage, and gets me around when I don’t want to drive/find somewhere to park. What I’ve learnt is that is really helps to set your bike to the right position for you – my memory of bikes is that I was too tall for them, that I was always hunched over on the handlebar and had constant back pain. When actually I just needed an allen key to move things about a bit (what a fool.)


It’s a Pendleton Somerby and so far I’ve been cycling into town a few times, by the river, and along the local cycle path that used to be an old railway track.

That’s that then. Guess I’ll have to start buying new stuff for June!