Picture reproduced with kind permission from Valeria at AromaVille
My sister has been going “natural” for a few years now. She researches everything and will only buy natural products. We were talking the other day and I mentioned that I had discovered some lovely looking shampoo bars on Etsy and wondered if she’d like to try it. After a lot of scouring of ingredients and umming and aaaahhhing we stumbled upon AromaVille who are based in High Wycombe (UK).
The price of these bars was really reasonable £3.50 each plus £2.70 postage. They arrived beautifully wrapped and smelt divine!
I’ve been hesitant to use a shampoo bar before as I’ve always figured you don’t get a lot for your money but a lot of makers claim they can last 1-2 months so this is on a par with bottled shampoos. Of course it does depend how often you shampoo and how long/thick your hair is or if you live in a hard or soft water area!!
The first time I used this I wasn’t too sure what to do so I made sure my hair was really wet and rubbed it into my hair, I then massaged it in further as I would with a normal shampoo. I was surprised at how well this mixed into my hair as, usually, I find the first wash doesn’t seem to sink in and I have to do a second! The smell of this shampoo is gorgeous and reminds me of one that my mother used on us as kids. It also lingers a lot more than any other shampoo I’ve used and I continued to get lovely whiffs all through the day even after using a conditioner!
My hair felt so clean and the shampoo washed out really well which was a concern as I live in a soft water area. I definitely needed a conditioner with this (mainly due to my hair being dyed!), but the differences in the feeling of residue was amazing. I really had to work to get rid of the conditioner and I hadn’t used as much whereas the shampoo washed out quickly and didn’t feel heavy at all.
I absolutely love this product and I’m really pleased I tried it. The great news is they ship all over the place 🙂 and a number of their products are vegan!!!
I also got a shave bar which I’ll review soon.
Find the lovely AromaVille on Etsy and their main website.
So, I am so excited about this whole blogging thing and thought I’d just write a quick note about what I’m hoping to do in the coming weeks.
As my skin is 35+ I will concentrate on products and cosmetics that will suit my skin more. I’ve struggled a bit to find women of a similar age doing this in the bloggosphere tho this may be because there are so many blogs it’s hard to find them. This is one of the reasons I started this, alongside my naivety when it came to animal testing.
I am currently have an absolutely amazing time searching the Internet for products to review and try. This is my idea of heaven and I only wish I could do this 24/7 but, family and work take priority (which is why this is being written way past my bedtime 🙂 ).
With the current trend towards entering the Chinese market it is sad to say that a number of companies are losing their Leaping Bunny status (the most recent I’ve seen is Urban Decay). This is due to the Chinese rules surrounding their right to test cosmetics on animals as they see fit. It doesn’t mean the products will definitely be tested but, as there’s no guarantees it means the cruelty free statuses of these companies are no longer trustworthy. What saddens me is the fact that I feel this is very much money led rather than “change from the inside” as UD claim. China is a growing economy and so there is a massive opportunity for companies to get in there and exploit the growing wealth of the middle classes and the obsession that some Chinese have with the west. But hey, I digress!
Back to the fun stuff! Well, as there seems to be this narrowing of the mainstream market regarding cruelty free I’ve been exploring online the small indie companies that are out there. I’ve even got some gorgeous eyeshadow’s coming from Aus to test, more to follow when they arrive 🙂
As I’m UK based I’m also looking for home grown products as I like to keep my airmiles down re co2. I’ve found a couple of lovely sites who do such nice looking stuff I will deff be trying them!
So I’m hoping to really get going in the next month or so and really bring some lovely stuff to this blog! It’s the most fun I’ve had in years.