Fresh & Clean with Mangosteen!

I think it would be fair to say that every vegan knows the struggle of trying to find a good, reliable but most importantly NATURAL deodorant. I have to admit, I have not had much luck to date. I have tried several from various health shops and had varying results. Let’s face it, if there’s one thing you need to be able to rely on, it’s your deodorant!

So when I was offered the chance to review Native Uneathed’s Natural Crystal Deodorant with Mangosteen, I was only to happy to oblige! As a vegan and general “anything natural” lover, I wasn’t too worried about what this product might look like as long as it did the job – but for those who may be a little more concerned with aesthethics, you will be pleased to know, it looks like any other stick deodorant you would buy on the high street. In fact, it’s quite eye catching with it’s bold lettering and clear lid. I really liked that you can see the product immediately. The difference between this product and normal high street deodorants of course is that this one is completely natural. Native Unearthed is a crystal deodorant infused with Mangosteen which is a unique fruit bursting with antioxidants, nutrients and vitamin C. The Mangosteen fruit  contains a potent concentration of Xanthones, which are one of the most powerful anti-oxidants ever discovered and is also known for its anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory properties and has been used for centuries in the Far East. Sounds too good to be true right? Think again…..!

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The first time I applied this product was in the morning, after a shower and before a normal day at work (which actually turned out to be quite manic!). The instructions are to wet the stick slightly before applying. It glides on very easily and really didn’t have a scent of it’s own, which for me isn’t a problem at all because we all know other deodorants are artificially perfumed anyway and that’s definitely something I try to steer clear of as much as possible.

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I will admit I did do a quick “armit pitstop” around lunch time to see how the deo was faring and I have to say, there was no odour! I was quite surprised since, as I said, the day did turn out to be quite fraught and there was a fair bit of running around!

The same applied when I got home. There was no odour at all and I was really happy with the product’s performance, as I continue to be as I am still using it on a daily basis. It is worth noting that this deodorant is not an “anti perspirant” so it wont actually stop you sweating. What it does do however is it leaves an invisible layer of natural minerals on your underarms which works around the clock to prevent the build up of odour causing bacteria. I am not a very sweaty person naturally so this is no problem for me. Perhaps if you sweat quite a bit, you may notice wetness more than with an antiperspirant but to be honest, I always think supressing your body’s natural processes with things like anti-perspirant can’t be the greatest of ideas.

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At £6.49, I believe Native Unearthed’s Natural Crystal Deodorant is well worth it’s price and having used mine for several weeks now, I can tell it is going to last me months!

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This sample was sent to me free of charge through the blogger review service of the VEGAN lifestyle ASSOCIATION. I have not been paid for this review and it is my genuine and unbiased review of the product.

 

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I was recently lucky enough to be included on a review team for Love Shea and their wonderful range of natural skincare. The product I was sent to review was their Himalayan Sea Salt and Rose Moisturising Salt Scrub, RRP £12.99

I have to admit, it had been quite some time since I had used a scrub – mainly due to the worrying environmental side to them (we have all heard the horror stories surrounding those little plastic beads!), so it is fair to say that I probably had grandma elbows (and probably knees!) when this gorgeous little pot arrived to greet me one morning.

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The product boasts hand crushed salt, which is high in minerals including magnesium, potassium and calcium, great for detoxifying the skin, encouraging skin cell restoration and reducing the signs of ageing. Other ingredients include organic virgin coconut oil, rosehip oil, rose geranium essential and lemon essential oil – it’s one of those indulgences which you don’t have to feel guilty about in more ways than one, as it is also 100% vegan friendly!

Firstly, I have to say, I was very impressed with the packaging. The product comes in a very “on trend” and practical, “kilner” style jar, which I will most definitely be using after the product has been used up. It is beautifully branded, with the font and imagery on the flyer and label, reflecting a natural and calming feeling.

The next thing to hit me, as I opened the lid of the jar, was the amazing fragrance of rose – and I really do mean amazing. It literally smells like someone has just bought you a bouquet of a dozen roses – gorgeous! I couldn’t wait to try the product, and following the instructions, I used it on damp skin in the shower. It is quite a fine grit so it doesn’t feel too harsh on the skin at all, and I have fairly sensitive skin so if I can use it, anyone can.

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My skin felt immediately smoother and actually cleaner somehow, but I did use this for several days that week I have to say by the end of the week I was very happy with the difference. I could feel a complete difference in the trouble spots, like knees and elbows – in fact I think I had forgotten my skin could feel that smooth! More than that though, I genuinely felt that by the end of the week, my skin generally had a glow to it – even my best friend noticed; I just looked healthier.

I would thoroughly recommend this product to anyone, especially if you are looking for a good quality scrub which is 100% natural and 100% vegan friendly – what could be better! You can buy this and all the other tempting Love Shea products, including body soufflé, face serums and soaps here.

This sample was sent to me free of charge through the blogger review service of the VEGAN lifestyle ASSOCIATION. I have not been paid for this review and it is my genuine and unbiased review of the product. LoveShea Skincare is listed with the VLA and offers Associates a 15% discount and you can take advantage of this here. [https://veganlifestyleassoc.com/directory-entries/loveshea-skincare/]