Monday, 14 December 2015

Mike Ellis New York Faux Leather Quartz Watch ♥

After years of not wearing a watch, my desire to start wearing one again was fueled by endless photos of beautiful timepieces appearing in my Instagram feed. I found myself particularly lusting after those classic, elegant watches from the likes of Olivia Burton. Sadly, most Olivia Burton watches are made of real leather and are therefore obviously not an option for me. Some Olivia Burton watches do have a metallic strap, but as they are on the high end of the price range I decided to hunt for a more affordable alternative to make sure I get on with wearing a watch before treating myself to something more expensive.

After browsing several websites I decided to have a look on good old Amazon, where I quickly discovered exactly what I was looking for: the Mike Ellis New York Faux Leather Quartz Watch.
Exclusive to Amazon, this gorgeous watch features a beige faux leather strap, a white face and silver coloured finishing. It was only around £15 so it is very affordable. After a little research, I found that Mike Ellis is a German brand who, as yet, don't appear to be very well known. They sell a wide range of men's and women's watches, and while most of them are made of real leather, they clearly label which ones are faux leather. They also sell a few metallic ones as well.

The watch comes in a long, rectangular box with Mike Ellis New York etched on the front. I didn't take a photo of the packaging as I didn't think it looked particularly special, but the watch itself looks pretty good. The faux leather strap doesn't look overly expensive, but neither does it look cheap and tacky. I love the neutral colour of the strap as it means it will go with any outfit. I think the watch face looks more expensive and is high quality; I have annoyingly knocked and scratched it a few times but luckily it hasn't marked or scuffed (so far!).  

I love my new watch and have been wearing it most days. I think I will get an Olivia Burton watch eventually, and a Daniel Wellington one too (after all, don't most bloggers have several watches they wear depending on their outfit or the mood they are in?) but for now I am really happy with my Mike Ellis one. At only £15 it would make a lovely Christmas present for someone (or yourself!). I am hoping Mike Ellis bring out some more faux leather watches as I would definitely buy another one. :)
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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Lush SLS & Paraben Free Product List November 2015

I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with Lush. I love that they are cruelty-free and promote the fight against animal testing, and I love that most of their products are vegan. I love that their products use a lot of essential oils and that they smell amazing, and I love that their products are fun (and like a lot of people, I especially love their Christmas products!). But what I hate about Lush is that they use a few chemicals that I and many others wish to avoid, as well as artificial fragrances. So many times I have wanted to try something from Lush only to discover it contains something which I am sure does not need to be in there. The good news is, I have discovered loads of Lush products that are more natural and have decided to make a list of them to make it quicker and easier to shop more green at Lush.

All of the products listed below are free from sodium laureth/lauryl sulphates and parabens (and are all vegan). These are two of the main ingredients that people choosing not to use harmful chemicals wish to avoid, since they have been linked to skin irritation and endocrine disruption respectively. There are other chemicals which some people may prefer to avoid, but others may not mind using, therefore I have included such products in my list but have noted what they contain in brackets so people can choose whether to use them or not. These ingredients are: 
  • Propylene glycol - possible irritant and is thought to enhance the absorption of other chemicals into the skin
  • Talc - possible carcinogen
  • Triethanolamine - skin, immune and respiratory toxin/allergen
  • Lilial - synthetic scent ingredient that has been linked to allergies and contact dermatitis
  • EDTA - widely considered as safe but could possibly enhance the absorption of other ingredients contained in a product
  • Laureth 4 - possible skin and eye irritant
  • Alpha-isomethyl ionone - possible human immune system toxicant or allergen; suspected to be an environmental toxin
  • Octocrylene - UV filter that may cause skin allergies in some; can penetrate the skin and may potentially cause the formation of free radicals
  • Octyl methoxycinnamate - UV filter linked to endocrine disruption.
If you think any other ingredients should be on this list then please let me know and I will add them in. Below is the product list correct as of November 2015 (let me know if you spot any I might've missed). I will aim to update this list whenever Lush add or remove any of their products.

  • Star Dust Bath Bomb
  • Cinders Bath Bomb
  • Butterbear Bath Bomb
  • The Icing on the Cake Roulade Shower Smoothie (EDTA)
  • Cranberry Festive Face Mask (talc) 
  • Bûche de Noël Fresh Cleanser
  • Bûche de Noël - Alcohol Free Fresh Cleanser
  • Fairy Dust Dusting Powder (alpha-isomethyl ionone)
  • First Snow Sparkly Dusting Powder (talc)
  • First Snow - Alcohol Free Sparkly Dusting Powder (talc)
  • Christingle Body Conditioner (triethanolamine, lilial)
  • Celebrate Body Lotion (triethanolamine) 
  • Celebrate - Alcohol Free Body Lotion (triethanolamine)  
  • Baked Alaska Soap (EDTA, alpha-isomethyl ionone
  • Yog Nog soap (EDTA)
  • Santa Baby Lip Tint.
Bath Bombs
  • Sakura (lilial)
  • Butterball
  • Tisty Tosty
  • Avobath
  • Think Pink
  • Blackberry (lilial)
  • Sex Bomb (propylene glycol, alpha-isomethyl ionone, lilial) 
  • Ickle Baby Bot 
  • Big Blue.
Bath Oils
  • Razzle Dazzle (laureth 4, propylene glycol)
  • Dreamtime (laureth 4)
  • Floating Island (laureth 4)
  • Mmmelting Marshmallow Moment (laureth 4, alpha-isomethyl ionone)
  • Ceridwen's Cauldron (laureth 4) 
  • You've Been Mangoed (laureth 4).
  • Lush Hippy (EDTA)
  • Lush Gardener (EDTA)
  • Grease Monkeys (EDTA, alpha-isomethyl ionone)
  • Parsley Porridge (EDTA)
  • Miranda (EDTA)
  • Figs and Leaves (EDTA)
  • Respect Your Elders (EDTA, alpha-isomethyl ionone) 
  • Layer Cake (EDTA)
  • Maypole (EDTA)
  • Devil's Nightcap (EDTA, alpha-isomethyl ionone) 
  • Sandstone (EDTA, lilial) 
  • Sultana of Soap (EDTA, lilial) 
  • Bohemian (EDTA) 
  • Pumice Power Foot Soap (EDTA).
Shower Products
  • Lemon Sherbet Showder
  • Candy Floss Showder (alpha-isomethyl ionone)
  • Dreamwash Roulade Shower Smoothie (EDTA)
  • Turkish Delight Roulade Shower Smoothie (EDTA, alpha-isomethyl ionone) 
  • Orange Roulade Shower Smoothie (EDTA, alpha-isomethyl ionone) 
  • Blueberry Roulade Shower Smoothie (EDTA)
  • Enzymic Roulade Shower Smoothie (EDTA)
  • Coconut Scrubby Roulade Shower Smoothie (EDTA)
  • Life's a Beach Body Scrub Powder 
  • Ocean Salt Self-Preserving Face and Body Scrub
  • Ocean Salt Self-Preserving & Alcohol-Free Face and Body Scrub
  • Salted Coconut Hand Scrub
  • African Paradise Body Conditioner (triethanolamine) 
  • The Sunblock Solid Sunscreen Wash - SPF 30 High (octocrylene, octyl methoxycinnamate)
  • Buffy Body Butter
  • King of Skin Body Butter.
  • Movis Facial Soap 
  • Let the Good Times Roll (talc)
  • Angels on Bare Skin
  • Herbalism
  • Dark Angels
  • Aqua Marina (lilial).
Body Lotions 
  • Charity Pot (triethanolamine)
  • Ultrabalm
  • Dream Cream Self-Preserving (triethanolamine).
  • T for Toes Foot Powder
  • Twinkle Toes Foot Powder (lilial)
  • Foot Soak and Fancy Free.
 Massage Bars
  • From Dusk 'Til Dawn
  • Tender is the Night (lilial)
  • Percup
  • Dirty (alpha-isomethyl ionone)
  • Shades of Earl Grey
  • Yes Yes Yes
  • Each Peach (and Two's a Pear)
  • Peace
  • Wiccy Magic Muscles
  • Therapy¿
  • Hottie (lilial)
  • Pearl (propylene glycol)
  • Shimmy Shimmy Shimmer Bar
  • Black Stockings Solid Body Tint.
  • T'eo
  • The Guv'ner
  • The Greeench
  • Aromaco (propylene glycol).
Dusting Powders
  • Silky Underwear
  • Powdered Sunshine (octocrylene, octyl methoxycinnamate).
  • Tea Tree Toner Tab
  • Dream Steam Steamer Tab.
  • Magical Moringa
  • Full of Grace Serum Bar.
  • Rosy Cheeks (lilial)
  • Don't Look at Me
  • Cup O'Coffee
  • Oatifix
  • Cupcake
  • Catastrophe Cosmetic (alpha-isomethyl ionone).
Toothy Tabs & Powders
  • Dirty
  • Sparkle
  • Limelight
  • Boom!
  • Bling!
  • Oral Pleasure (alpha-isomethyl ionone)
  • Miles of Smiles
  • Tooth Fairy
  • Ultrablast
  • Atomic.
  • Latte Lip Tint
  • Strawberry Bombshell Lip Tint 
  • None of Your Beeswax Lip Balm
  • Key Lime Pie Lip Balm
  • Rose Lollipop Lip Balm
  • Passion Fruit Lip Balm (alpha-isomethyl ionone)
  • Buttered Brazils Lip Balm
  • Popcorn Lip Scrub
  • Mint Julips Lip Scrub
  • Bubblegum Lip Scrub (alpha-isomethyl ionone).
  • Five O'Clock Whistle Shaving Cream (EDTA)
  • Veerappan Moustache Wax
  • Jo Jo Hair Wax.
  • R&B Hair Moisturiser (lilial)
  • Superbalm Scalp Treatment
  • No Drought Dry Shampoo (talc)
  • Marron Henna
  • Noir Henna
  • Rouge Henna
  • Brun Henna.
  • Emotional Brilliance Face Powder (talc)
  • Success Liquid Eyeliner (triethanolamine)
  • Drive Lipstick (talc)
  • Decisive Lipstick
  • Charm Lipstick
  • Believe Lipstick
  • Ambition Lipstick
  • Glamorous Lipstick
  • Strong Lipstick
  • Passionate Lipstick
  • Bubbly Lipstick
  • Vibrance Lipstick
  • Perspective Lipstick
  • Power Lipstick.
  • Butterbear Christmas Gift Box.
I haven't included any of the Gorilla perfumes in my list because they are all free from SLS and parabens. However, some do contain alpha-isomethyl ionone and other ingredients that may cause irritation, so let me know if you would like to see perfumes added to the list!
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Monday, 2 November 2015

Autumn Fashion Hall: New Look, River Island, Ebay & Peacocks

Moving house has given me the chance to sort through my wardrobe and finally get rid of those items that I keep telling myself I will wear one day but in reality I never will. It's also allowed me an insight as to the sort of things I did actually need to buy (okay, maybe not need need but I'm sure you understand!). I've bought quite a few things so far this season so I thought I'd do a little haul post and show you what I've been purchasing this autumn.
The first few items are from New Look. I ordered a sparkly clutch bag online last month for my friend's wedding, and as I had a birthday discount code to use, I decided to buy something else that I would get more wear out of. I've been wanting a skater skirt for a while, so I opted for this one which is a high-waisted skirt in a gorgeous dark teal/forest green colour. It was £9.99 and comes in a few other colours too.
Last week I was in Truro and spent ages having a proper browse of the New Look there. Loads of pieces caught my eye, but some things didn't suit me (being petite I sadly look swamped in oversized jumpers) or were out of stock in my size so in the end I came away with three things. The thing I actually went in there needing to buy was a pair of slipper boots to keep my feet cosy now that it's getting colder. A staff member was just putting these cute pink booties out on the shelf, saying they were last year's stock and they'd just found them downstairs.They were only £5 so I snapped them up. The materials are all man-made; the outside is a chunky knit and they are lined with super soft fleece. I've been practically living in them ever since I got them, they are so warm and comfy!
I don't have many shirts or blouses so I decided to get this khaki one, which is one of my favourite colours to wear this time of year. It was £17.99 and I think it will look nice with a chunky cardigan or layered under a jumper.
I also got this mustard boxy jumper which was only £7.99! I didn't think it would look right on me as my figure looks best in more fitted items of clothing, but it looks really nice on and isn't too baggy at all. I love the colour so much! They also had this in black and camel but they didn't have any in my size left. It is 100% acrylic.
I had my sights set on coming back from Truro with a pair of black ankle boots, a classic wardrobe staple I shockingly do not own. Having had no luck in my search for the perfect pair, I decided to try River Island. The first pair I tried on were gorgeous but were a little too big. My friend actually picked out this pair for me, and I'm so glad she did because I am in love with them! They were £38, have a chunky, wearable heel and are made of soft faux-leather. 
I've had a bit of an eBay addiction lately, and I'm finding myself adding new things to my wishlist all the time. I wanted some new coats for a while and as I had very specific ideas in mind I decided to try eBay. I decided to get a classic beige trench coat to wear now it's getting a little chilly, but not quite cold enough for a thick winter coat. I was initially outbid on the first trench I wanted, but I happily managed to get this lovely one for only £10. It is originally from Primark and had only been worn a couple of times so it was in excellent condition. I was really pleased with this purchase and I've been wearing it loads already.
Another coat I really wanted was a navy quilted jacket for casual outings and walking Jack. I saw a few with tweed or cord effect detailing and I liked the look of them, so when I saw this one for £15 I decided to buy it. It was listed as a size 8 but when it arrived it was a size 6. Luckily it does fit but I won't be able to wear any thick jumpers under it! I still really like it though and I think it will be good for the spring time as well.
My favourite accessory is probably a scarf and after getting a red/blue tartan one last year, I wanted to get this beige tartan one after seeing similar ones all over Instagram and Pinterest. It was only £7.98 including delivery and it is so so soft. It is made of acrylic and is a blanket scarf so it's huge but really snuggly! I think I'm going to be living in this scarf this season.
Another thing I spotted on Pinterest was a chunky mustard coloured cardigan. A quick search on eBay lead me to this one, which is 100% acrylic and was only £7.89! They had loads of other colours so I decided to get a cream one was well. I am tempted to get a wine one too if there are still some in stock!
Lastly is this checked shirt which was £12 from Peacocks. I've been wearing this under jumpers for a preppy look.
  I have a couple more shopping trips planned, so check back soon for another autumn fashion haul!
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Monday, 22 June 2015

The CosmEthics App: Your Personal Guide to Safe Cosmetics

I have recently started switching all my cosmetics and toiletries to more natural products. Whilst things like parabens, sodium laureth sulfate and triclosan may be easy to spot when reading a product label, I have to admit I have found it tricky to decipher whether other chemicals are safe or not. Some chemicals are irritants and others are thought to contribute to cancer and hormone disruption, as well as being harmful to the environment. It can be time consuming to read labels and Google ingredients, so I was intrigued when I was contacted by a company called CosmEthics, who have created an app that helps people make smart product choices tailored to their individual needs.
The CosmEthics app is free to download on Apple an Android devices. Every product in the CosmEthics database is reviewed for three default alerts, which are linked to research articles and an abstract (overview of research on the hazard ingredient). You will see a red traffic light appear next to the ingredient name, if the product contains an ingredient from the following alert groups: formaldehyde, parabens and phthalates. CosmEthics also has six ready-made alert lists including aluminum (24 ingredients), plastics (16 ingredients), vegan (209 ingredients), fragrance allergens (26 ingredients), chemical sensitisers (colourants) (6 ingredients), chemical sensitisers (preservatives) (3 ingredients). You add any or all of these lists to your alerts depending on the type of ingredients you wish to avoid. 
The app features hundreds of products on its database, which can be added to by users of the app. You can search for a product or brand, or use your phone to scan a product barcode. If the product you scan isn't already on the database, you can take photos of the product and its ingredients and submit it to CosmEthics for them to review and add to the app. If you are the first to submit a product, you are added to a monthly prize draw to win free products.

I found it really easy to scan products and submit photos, however, the camera quality on my Android phone decreased in the app, resulting in images that were blurry and the ingredients lists became illegible. CosmEthics advised me that they are aware of this problem and because there are different versions of Android on market, it takes time to get each version to have a good camera focus. Their IT department are now working on manual uploading feature, which will be live soon. However, despite me uploading blurry pictures, the products I submitted had been reviewed and successfully added to the database within a couple of hours!

 I added all the lists to my alerts. I had a go at scanning a few of my products. Some of them were already on the list but others I was the first person to submit pictures of. Once you've scanned or searched for a product it will tell you whether it is safe, or whether it contains any of the default hazard ingredients or an ingredient(s) on your personal alert list.

You can view the full ingredients list for each product and tap on them to be directed to a Wikipedia page to read more about them. The app also recommends alternative products that it deems safer. You can add a product to your 'washbag' if you already own it, add it to your wishlist, or buy it through the app via Amazon.

One thing that I will mention is that the vegan alert is a little confusing in that it doesn't mean a product is vegan, it means that it contains one or more ingredients that may not be vegan. It is also a little confusing that it flags up potential non-vegan ingredients in products that are definitely vegan (either Vegan Society registered or confirmed as vegan by the company). Therefore if you do not know whether a product is truly vegan, you may need to contact the company to find out. For example, I know that all Jason products are vegan with the exception of a couple of products that contain beeswax. However, this sun cream was flagged by the app because it contains glycerin which can sometimes be of animal origin.

The CosmEthics app also allows you to set up a personal profile, which is linked to your Facebook account. Here you can view your alerts, washbag and wishlist, as well as personalise your skin and hair type.
I decided to see if any cruelty-free products on the database were considered toxic. I searched for Superdrug as although their own brand products are cruelty-free and most are vegan, they do contain a lot of chemicals. Sure enough, some of their products flagged up toxic alerts. Their Naturally Radiant Brightening Day Cream, for example, has an alert for 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol
3-diol (bromopol)
. According to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (a website that is really handy for information on harmful chemical ingredients), this is a formaldehyde-releasing preservative which is an irritant and carcinogen and is banned from use in cosmetics and toiletries in Japan and Sweden. I was not aware of the dangers of this ingredient before using this app, so I will be careful to avoid it from now on.
from use in cosmetics and toiletries in Japan and Sweden - See more at:

On the other hand, the app does not flag up other ingredients that could be potentially harmful. For example, I have decided to avoid chemical sunscreens such as octocrylene (which can also be found in the Superdrug moisturiser), which is absorbed into the skin and acts as a photosensitiser, resulting in an increased production of free radicals. Free radicals cause DNA damage and can potentially contribute to malignant melanoma, something that is increasingly being seen in sunscreen-users compared to non-users.
I have made a suggestion to CosmEthics that they could include a cruelty-free alert, as not all the products on the app's database are cruelty-free (companies such as L'Oreal, Garnier and Herbal Essences are included for example). They have welcomed my suggestion and say they are going to look into this, so fingers crossed!

I have found the CosmEthics app really easy to use and I have a feeling it is going to come in very handy. If you are concerned about the ingredients in your cosmetics then I would definitely recommend giving it a try, especially when out shopping as it could save so much time studying product labels.

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Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Vegan Life Magazine Issue 6

 Issue 6 of Vegan Life magazine was fab as usual; another interesting mix of recipes, news, interviews and features.
I particularly enjoyed the interviews in this issue, as two of them featured the faces behind some of my favourite vegan businesses.
Fellow vegan blogger and founder of TheVeganKind monthly subscription box Karris McCulloch talked about why she went vegan and how she spreads the vegan message through her business and her personal life. I have been a subscriber of TheVeganKind since it started nearly two years ago and I always look forward to receiving a surprise box of vegan goodies (see my review here). When I first started this blog, Karris's blog was one of the first cruelty-free blogs I found, and I was really excited and happy for her when she annouced she was launching a vegan business. It was lovely to read more about her in this interview, and hopefully people will sign up to TheVeganKind if they didn't already know about it.
I also loved reading more about Rose Brown, the founder of PHB Ethical Beauty. PHB is one of my absolute favourite beauty brands as it just ticks all the boxes when it comes to finding perfect products. PHB make a wide range of cosmetics and toiletries which are all vegan, halal, free from harmful chemicals and palm oil, and are certified by Cruelty Free International. It was great to learn that, although Rose and her business partners (her partner and her mother-in-law) weren't vegan when they started PHB, they naturally made the transition after insisting that their products contained no animal ingredients made them think about the issue more. I think it is important that vegan businesses are run by vegans themselves as it earns them more trust and respect (I've heard reports of the owners of veggie cafes being seen cooking bacon sandwiches before the cafe opens in the morning!) and you can rest assured that your money won't be funding animal cruelty outside of the business. Rose is hoping to expand her range with more products, and is currently redesigning product labels to inform customers that 15% of profit each year will be donated to charity. She also hopes to turn the company into a not-for-profit organisation to raise money for people and animals in need. How amazing is that? I genuinely love PHB's products, and if you haven't tried anything from their range before then I strongly suggest you give them a try. I have previously reviewed some of their products which you can read here.
It was also interesting to read about Patrik Baboumian, an Armenian strongman who is known as the 'Vegan Badass'. Patrik has taken part in countless strength sports competitions over twenty one years and has set multiple world records as a vegan between 2012 and 2013. He has written a book - Vrebellion - to help tackle the stereotype that vegans are weak and deficient in protein. I think it's great to see more men dispelling the myth that you need to eat meat to be 'manly' and muscly, especially when they are compassionate too (Patrik realised that he had always been kind and helpful to animals since his childhood). Patrik said that one day he realised that it was hypocritical to want to help an injured bird and not let it suffer, but on the same day go into a supermarket and buy a dead chicken for his dinner. I wish everyone would make this connection!
Some of the delicious recipes that I fancy having a go at from this issue are lentil and mushroom pasties, vanilla bean chocolate chip cookies, puy lentil salad with roasted vegetables, Mediterranean quinoa salad, chickpea protein burgers, no-sugar, no-cheese cake, pink lemon coconut bonbons and superfood seed bars.
Issue 7 of Vegan Life magazine will be on sale very soon - you can subscribe to the paper version here and the digital version here.
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Friday, 12 June 2015

Herbatint Vegetal Temporary Hair Colour & Normalising Shampoo Review

I used to have my hair highlighted during my mid-teens but since then I haven't bothered with colouring my hair. Lately though, I've fancied a bit of a change and have thought about dyeing my hair. However, since I've started to gradually stop using products that contain potentially harmful chemicals, I've struggled to find hair dye that is natural as well as obviously cruelty free and vegan. 
Herbatint are an Italian company that make a range of ammonia-free permanent and semi-permanent hair colours as well as shampoo and conditioner. They are certified as cruelty-free by PETA and are registered with the Vegan Society. All their products are also gluten-free. Herbatint kindly offered to send me a hair colour to try. Their permanent colours, whilst free from ammonia, still contain PPD which is a known skin sensitiser and possible carcinogen. Therefore I decided to opt for their semi-permanent vegetal colour instead.
The vegetal colour retails at £8.30, is free from ammonia, peroxide and diaminobenzene and lasts for 6-8 washes. It doesn't lighten your hair but is formulated to add highlights to your natural hair colour and refresh colour tones between permanent hair colourings. My hair is brown but has golden and copper undertones, so I picked the Golden Blonde shade. Here is my natural hair colour:
The full ingredients list for the vegetal colour is:
aqua, PEG-200, cocamidopropylbetaine, hydroxyethylcellulose, tetrasodium EDTA, resorcinol, C.I. basic brown 16, C.I. basic brown 17, C.I. basic yellow 57, C.I. basic blue 99, C.I. basic red 76, C.I. 12251, ethanolamine.
I noticed after I used the colour that it contains resorcinol, and on Herbatint's website it claims that the product is resorcinol-free. I contacted Herbatint and they advised me that I was sent an old version of the vegetal colour, and since 2012 it has indeed been formulated without resorcinol. Therefore if you wish to avoid this chemical (which is linked to skin and eye irritation and sensitivity, organ system toxicity, and possible endocrine disruption) make sure you check that you are buying the new version of the vegetal colour. The new version is also free from ethanolamine, which has been linked to cancer, environmental concerns and organ system toxicity.
Cancer, environmental concerns (bioaccumulation), organ system toxicity - See more at:
Cancer, environmental concerns (bioaccumulation), organ system toxicity - See more at:
The ingredients in the newer version are:
Aqua, Hydroxyethylcellulose, PEG-18 glyceryl oleate/cocoate, PEG-2 oleamine, HC Blue 2 solid, HC yellow 4, Basic red 76.
Skin and eye irritant, skin sensitizer, organ system toxicity, and possible endocrine disrupting chemical - See more at:
Skin and eye irritant, skin sensitizer, organ system toxicity, and possible endocrine disrupting chemical - See more at:
Skin and eye irritant, skin sensitizer, organ system toxicity, and possible endocrine disrupting chemical - See more at:
Skin and eye irritant, skin sensitizer, organ system toxicity, and possible endocrine disrupting chemical - See more at:
I was also sent an application kit with the vegetal colour which consisted of a protective cape, a measuring jug and a brush which retails at £4.50. Plastic gloves were also provided in the vegetal colour box.
I found the colour was really easy to apply, especially as I've never dyed my hair myself before. I followed the instructions which were to wash your hair first before applying the colour to damp hair, covering with a shower cap and waiting 45 minutes. You then rinse out the colour until the water runs clear and apply the Aloe Vera Royal Cream conditioner sachet which was included in the box. I started off by using the pot and brush to apply the colour but as I don't have a lot of patience I opted to apply it directly onto my hair from the bottle and distribute it through my hair with my fingers. I found it easier to apply this way but if I were using the permanent colour where you have to mix the colourant and developer then it would probably be more useful. The kit doesn't supply a shower cap but luckily I had some at home courtesy of previous hotel stays! I found the protective cape handy as my hair is long and I didn't want to get any colour on my clothes. I did clumsily drop the bottle and some colour splashed all over the wall but it came off really easily with a damp cloth. As my hair is so long (waist length) I was a little worried that there wouldn't be enough colour to cover my whole head but there was just enough. If you have shorter hair then you can get 2 applications out of the bottle.
After rinsing the colour out I blow-dried it as I was eager to see the results. Whilst there may not be an obvious difference to my hair colour, I definitely noticed a subtle enhancement of the golden
 undertones. The pictures don't show it up too well, but when my hair is in the sunshine it really picks up the golden blonde highlights. I loved how soft, glossy and shiny my hair was after using the colour and the conditioner.
Herbatint also sent me their Normalising Shampoo, which retails at £8 and is specially formulated to work with Herbatint. It is a gentle, pH balanced product containing aloe vera to protect and enhance hair colour and is free from SLS and parabens. The ingredients are:
 Aqua (Water), Magnesium laureth sulfate, Cocamidopropyl betaine, Aloe barbadensis (Aloe vera) leaf juice, Moringa pterygosperma (Moringa) seed extract, PEG-75 Meadowfoam oil, Imidazolidinyl urea, Palmitamidopropyltrimonium chloride, Parfum(Fragrance), Sodium dehydroacetate, Propylene glycol, Sodium benzoate, Citric acid, Glycerin. 
When I used the shampoo a few days after colouring my hair, I thought my hair looked even more vibrant afterwards. My hair felt really clean and soft after using it. I have also tried the shampoo on my uncoloured hair and it had similar effects. My boyfriend also tried it and we were surprised to find that it showed up gingery undertones to his naturally dark brown hair that we hadn't seen before!
I would use the vegetal colour again now I am happy that the new version does not contain resorcinol. I prefer my hair lighter in the summer and darker in the winter, so perhaps in a few month's time I will see what effect a copper/red colour has on my hair.
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