Have you used soapnuts so far? They are very versatile, you can wash your clothes with them, shower or wash your hair to name a few purposes. I like to have soapnuts at home, just in case. Once in a while I make a fluid soapnut cleanser and washing detergent.
I take 50 soapnut shells and cover them with 350 ml boiling water. I let them soak for half an hour and pour the liquid in a 1.5 litre container. Now I pour another 350 ml very hot water over the soapnuts, this time I use a blender to mix the soapnuts into the water. This will foam a lot! After another half an hour I pour liquid and foam into the container. After that I will soak the soapnut fibres in boiling water twice, 350 ml at a time.
After two hours you have nearly one and a half litre of soapnut fluid. Filter the fluid through a cotton cloth to hold back fine residue. Fill up to 1.5 litre with water.
Voilà, here you have your soapnut cleanser. You can wash your hair with it or take a shower, use it as hand soap or wash your dishes. Store it cool and use up within a week.
To make it a more powerful detergent for washing clothes, I add a tablespoon of baking soda and some essential orange oil (like 5 ml) to the fluid. Shake well to blend everything together, and also shake gently before every use. I take 150 ml for a single use, so the 1.5 litre last for about 10 machines.
Why do I take the time to boil and mix the soapnuts?
Hereby I use heat (boiling water) and physical power as well as soaking time to get the saponins out of the nut shells and into the fluid. This makes the detergency more powerful! In this way I do not have to use high temperature for the washing and can take a shorter and more gentle washing programme to get my clothes clean.
How do you use soapnuts? Do you have other alternatives to common cleansers and detergents?
I own herbal shampoo powders which do not contain any fluid. You mix them with water (on your head, in your palm, in a container) and use them like normal shampoo. Today there will be a beauty battle with the Khadi Herbal Hairwash Powder vs. Eliah Sahil Shampoo Natural Volume & Shine
Khadi herbal Hair wash is a unique combination of herbs, fruits and flowers. All of them contribute to keeping hair & scalp clean, promote hair growth & nourish hair roots. Khadi Herbal hair wash powder cleans the scalp without stripping hair and scalp of its natural oils. Regular use will give your hair tensile strength & prevent breakage.
It is extremely mild & beneficial for those who have sensitive skin. Free from any chemicals or preservatives it is especially for those who suffer allergies from chemicals which are present in soaps & shampoos. It can also be used as a mild baby shampoo for keeping scalp clean & free from infections.
Really good ingredients in this one, but I do not find any information if the herbs are from organic farming. BDIH certified and vegan.
The powder comes in a metal container and is sealed in an extra plastic bag inside. The packaging works perfectly with the powder. There is no trial size available for this product.
Marketing and Price (7/10)
Filling quantity: 150 g which cost 8,90€ (base price per 100 g = 5,93 €)
The marketing statements are not supported and I do not know if the advertising claims have been fulfilled on me, so: no. The price is okay.
When I first used the product, I liked it very much. It was the first powder shampoo I ever used, so I had nothing to compare it with. But after some time I just tried to use up the product even that I liked it: the powder is not finely ground, the application is messy, having it on my hair is messy, washing out the stuff is messy, the hair smells of the product which my husband doesn’t like. It was nice having it on my hair, but it took really long time to get my hair clean. For me, the Khadi powder is just not practical enough.
All in all: (30/40)
The Khadi Herbal Hairwash Powder has really good ingredients but is practically not usable for me. If the powder was really finely milled, that would improve the application so much.
The ingredients are great, but I do not find information if the ingredients are organic.
BDIH certified and vegan.
The powder comes in a metal jar; there is only a small hole in the top of the container, so you could use the powder directly on your hair.
I like the packaging in the metal jar. What I personally do not like is the small hole: when I use the product, I measure with a spoon. It is not convenient to do this with this packaging as I always spill some product. Yet when you use the powder directly on your hair, this could work very well to prevent overdosage.
Marketing and Price (6/10)
The marketing statements are not supported. The price is still okay. There is no travel size available at the internet shops I know, but I have seen some in unboxing blog posts.
I really, really like the products from Silvio Perpmer, the owner of Eliah Sahil and Planet Pure. When I use this powdered shampoo, I measure a sponge into a small container, fill it with water and shake gently. After that I use it absolutely the same way as I would use every other diluted shampoo. It feels nice on the scalp and gently foams in my hair, and it is very easy to wash it out. It smells softly like Indian herbs, but the scent does not stay in my hair in a bad way, more like an earthy, herbal background scent that works good with my perfume and other body products. The ingredients are good, and the price is totally okay for me. Silvio wants to create products that are both good for the environment and the consumer, and he hits the target with this powder shampoo. The only thing which I do not like is the opening in the container as mentioned before. It would be easy to refill the powder into another container, but I simply do not want to.
All in all: 31/40
Yeah. I like. Totally. All that marketing stuff is not that important for me, as I know, Silvio would never ever use something in his products that would harm anyone. The stuff cleans my hair, I have nothing at all to worry about!
So how went the battle? INCI: no winner. Both products have really good ingredients. Packaging: Khadi has one point in advantage. Both have environmentally friendly and reusable packaging, but I like the Khadi one more. Price: Eliah Sahil costs more than twice the price of Khadi. My personal experience: Eliah Sahil’s powder shampoo is a lot more convenient than Khadi’s.
My personal winner is the Eliah Sahil shampoo. I do not mind paying for it as it is a great product. In fact, I want to try more products from Eliah Sahil. They are by far underestimated in terms of ingredients and production conditions.
Dr. Hauschka changed the design of most of their products by now, after the skin care products the body care followed. According to this alteration in layout, some of the products got a new packaging. Some of the body lotions are no longer packed in glass bottles but come in tubes instead, so now you can get every little bit of lotion out of the container. They have worked hard on a solution on that known problem, and I think, they solved it in a good way.
I have watched the third season of Switched at Birth and really like the characters and how everyone has to solve the “problem” with Daphne being deaf. To some words of German sign language (coffee, tea, family, smart phone, which I already can sign) I learned some ASL ones, like amazing and sorry. If you like soaps, have a look. If you are more the Blacklist-type, the second season is just being aired.
If you are more into reading and like easy young-adult fiction, have a look at Mythos Academy. It’s more like watching a film and eating popcorn than high literature, and I like a page-turner once in a while. By now I have gone through the first four books, the rest is already ordered.
We are planning our vacation to New Zealand, it takes a lot of time to read all the travel literature and mark interesting places on the maps. The whole living room is covered in maps and books and photo stuff (my husband got a new camera and has to shoot like thousands of photos to get all the features of the camera) which makes me happy: finally, New Zealand is just a few months away, and my anticipation is growing.
I have seen a beautiful eye make-up on Roses of Beauty, looks simple but versatile.
Zao Cosmetics sells eyeshadows, powders etc. in refillable bamboo containers, read more about it on Pura Liv – she shows lots of photos, too.
Marula Oil seems to be an oil that could work superb with my oily-dry skin, read about it on Jenni Raincloud.
Another choice for me could be a facial oil blend from Blue Labelle, Beatuy Balm got some samples of these very affordable blends.
My small make-up bag has been shown on Beautyjagd, have a look what I carry around with me on week end trips!
On my German blog I wrote some posts that might be interesting for you:
In my beauty stash I have some eyeshadows and lots of eyeshadow samples. But what I’m really looking out for is a green (organic) palette that fits my colour range. Here it is, my personal palette to start with, if someone would ask me!
I would start with a really nice white duochrome eyeshadow with violet-and-blue reflections. It is Purple Ice
from Zuii and works really well as a highlighter. But it can also be layered onto every other colour to give it a violet and not-so-matte finish. It is buildable from soft reflection to noticeable effect.
Next, there would be the ChriMaLuxe Minerals eyeshadow in Eggplant. The colour is purple with a hint of lavender and combines nicely with the purple-white highlighter. This is a matte one, but as I said, the Zuii white gives every shadow a soft light reflecting finish.
I really like duochrome eyeshadows combined with matte ones, so the third one would be a Zuii again. Mermaid is a bluish green (or greenish blue) duochrome colour that shifts to golden-yellow. Nice!
Dr. Hauschka has a palette with neutrals, and I picked the third colour, a matte, cold to neutral soft brown. It is almost taupe, especially when you only layer a thin coat on your lid. It helps to blend colours and gives a silky soft contour to your eye.
Not to forget a warmer brown tone, also matte, from Une natural beauty: S09. This colour is the only warm one in my palette as I do not like too much warmth in my make-up. It is very versatile, though, and makes a good start for a brown smokey eye.
The last colour would be a matte Black from ChriMaLuxe. It is the blackest black without shimmer or glitter, and it can be (carefully) mixed with all other dark or matte colours to darken them. It works great as eyeliner, too, you can apply it with a wet eyeliner brush.
Not to mention single use, what can you do with these six colours?
Eggplant as main colour, highlights with Purple Ice, Black eyeliner.
Mermaid with Hauschka (Mermaid in the inner corner, Hauschka in the outer corner of the eye) and eyeliner of Eggplant mixed with Black to a very dark Taupe.
Hauschka, Une and Black as smokey eye
Black and Une blended together on the movable eyelid and also smudged into the crease for a dramatic smokey eye, and on top of that a layer of the duochrome shadows Purple Ice and Mermaid (Mermaid onto Black, Purple Ice onto Une)
For the time being I wait for the Lily Lolo palettes to be available, and I laid my eyes on the Zuii Glamour palette. So who knows what future will bring?
Which are your favourite colours and what would your basic palette look like?
In September I got lots of new beauty things. Mostly travel sizes, but also some full size products.
Replacement: Cattier Perle d’eau, micellar water. This is my second bottle and I absolutely love it. Nothing removes my eye make-up as gentle as this remover.
Full sizes: Alterra Orange Soap and Sandalwood soap. Soap. I used these for my enzyme peeling soap bars. Alterra Eyeliner Flashing Star & Liquid Eyeliner. I am not that good at using eyeliner, and mostly I go without. But I want to learn how to use liquid eyeliner, and here I have one with a brush and one with a felt tip. Benecos Natural Mineral Powder in Golden Hazelnut(the darkest of the 4 colours). Hopefully this will mattify my skin. The colour is a little bit dark, so if it works for my, I think I will buy a lighter tone, too. Khadi Reetha Powder (soapnut powder). I use this mostly for washing my hair, but it is not as finely ground as I wished it was. I had the washing powder once, now I give the pure soapnut powder a chance.
Travel sizes: Farfalla Feel Beautiful Travelset. I am so curious about Farfalla. Most of their products are certified organic and vegan, so I will test them. I like the brand, they seem nice as they cover most my requirements that I have on beauty products. Intelligent Nutrients Volumizing Spray. If I use hairspray twice a month, that is often for me. My conventional hairspray is nearly empty and I wanted to replace it with a greener version. Khadi Face- and body Oil White Lily Travel Size. This is going to be an experiment for a face oil blend. Less is More Lindengloss Finishing Spray. This should work together with the hair spray. Sensena Shower Peeling and Seasalt-Oil-Bath Walnut & Fig. The last salt scrub I bought is long gone, I usually do other peelings.
Trial Sizes and other Stuff: Ebelin Dupe to Invisibobble Traceless Hair Ring: nice hair ribbon that stays in place. It is gentle to my hair and gives hold to my ponytail or bun. i+m Phyto Balance 24h Moisturizer Trial Size: My skin is super dry on some days, and I want to find a moisturizer that really helps on dry patches and makes my skin smooth and hydrated. Interdental Brushes to comb through my lashes after I applied mascara. Sanoll Hair End Moisturizing Cream Trial Size, with goats milk. My hair ends are very dry, I have to moisture them otherwise they will split or break. Ebelin Shampoo and Massage Brush, never tried a shampoo brush before, it should help to massage oily hair treatments into the roots.
On the photo above you see products that have been sent to me, too:
Indemne Gimme Clear! Travel Size: Dry oil to help with blemishes, whiteheads and acne discolouration. Indemne Gimme Smooth!: Dry oil to help with cellulite and orange skin. Maybritt Krewald MK organic pure aronia A (aroniajuice): Juice with high ORAC level to protect skin. Maybritt Krewald MK organic pure oil W (foodstuff oilblend): “Beauty begins inside” is Maybritt’s slogan, that means that you treat your skin with good oils from the inside. I take oil and juice stirred together as a shot every morning.
The last days have been warm, but it can’t be denied any longer: finally, summer is gone. The weather has been a little bit stormy and rainy here. When you go for a walk, leave your umbrella at home – it would most certainly fly away as soon as the first drops begin to fall. Instead, wear a waterproof hooded jacket.
Some two or three days ago we went out for a walk and found ourselves chased after by a cloudburst. The sky was grey and became darker every second, we had to hurry to our car. We didn’t make it and our shoes were soaking wet.
The day after, same change in the weather while standing at a window: it took only two minutes from grey sky to thunder shower with hail!
When autumn begins, the colours change. I do not like the uncertain weather, but I like how the trees and bushes slowly turn from green to red to golden yellow. It makes me think about change, outer and inner change. I will not wear the same make-up when the light is that different from summer, and sure my clothing is warmer now. God bye, spaghetti strap top, hello jumper!
But just as much I think about myself: what did change in the past, did I like that or not and if not, is there some possibility to make it a change for the better? At this point of the year it is time for a resumé. Only when you know where you come from and where you want to head to, you can make a course correction.
So take your time, think about your life. Do you live your life or do you actually feel as if someone made all decisions for you, so there are no choices left? Break the vicious circle! Of course you have to do all the urgent things on your to do list, but pick something important that you want to achieve in the medium term. Go for it!
What do you like more: hot summer or soft, colour changing autumn?
I have used up my Santaverde aloe vera cleansing milk and want to give you a full review of this cleanser. I liked to use it and am sad that I have finished it. First I will give you some facts, then I talk about my personal experience.
The aloe vera cleansing milk is vegan, cruelty free, certified by Natrue as organic (my package, however, is certified by BDIH), does not contain colourings and preservatives and the promoted ingredients are in the first spaces of the ingredients list. (8/10) requirements met
The cleanser comes in a plastic cosmetics tube with hinged lid in a cardboard box with ingredients and other information listed on it. You get what you see and read, there are no empty promises and no misleading labels. The cardboard box provides additional information, the plastic tube is user friendly. Sadly you cannot choose between several sizes, no trials or travel sizes are available. (8/10) requirements met
Marketing and Price
Filling quantity: 100 ml (base price per 100 ml = 18,90 €)
Actually, the marketing phrases for use are correct for most people, I think. However, my skin is not average and has a need for more oil residue after washing my face. It feels dry and tight after the use of most skin cleanse products. The product is not cheap, it will cost you about 14€ for three months of usage (I calculated that on my own consumption, used twice a day) and you have to pay about 19€ even to get the cleanser. (5/10) requirements met
I really like the product: the application feels good, the product does not sink in the skin too much so you can use less product, and it spreads very well on the skin. It does not sting and emulsifies grease and particles from air pollution and minor make-up well. (It is not made to get rid of a major full face make-up, so use a make-up remover before this cleanser if you like coats and coats of mascara, lots of eye liner and high coverage make-up.) You can easily wash the cleansing milk off, or you can use a cotton tissue to do that, both is okay. After I washed off the cleanser, my skin feels a little dry and tight, so I cannot do oil free night skin care after this – but very likely you could use it if you don’t have oily-dry skin like I do. But I feel very clean and do moisturise my skin afterwards, so no offence taken. The smell is very subtle and a little bit sour, like green apples and some flowers. About the ingredients I am a bit ambivalent: aloe vera and apple juice as main ingredients are great, but the INCI list is soo long, that I do not like very much. Less ingredients would fit my expectations better. Also the price is not even near low budget for a product that you use twice a day. If the ingredients list was a little shorter and there would not be aroma in the product, I think I would happily re-buy the aloe vera cleansing milk. I am simply not sure if I want another tube or if I want to look out for a better cleanser. You know, better ingredients might read good, but if the effect for my skin would be better is doubtful. So stick with it? (9/10) requirements met
All in all
Ingredients and packaging are okay, marketing and price could be better, nevertheless I liked to use the product very much. If you are looking for a vegan, cruelty free cleanser that is easy to use and do not wear (much) make-up, this cleanser is for you. (30/40) requirements met
What are your favourite cleansing milks and how do you like to use them, with cotton cloths, hot cloth method or just plain water?
Usually I make my deodorant myself. That is easy, you basically mix bakingsoda with shea butter and add some drops essential oil. But sometimes I don’t want to use my DIY stuff – this is when I begin to surf blogs and onlineshops after THE ONE product I want to try instead. In the past few weeks this has been deodorant, as I used my DIY version almost a year now. The result is an order I placed at Ecco Verde. I am always curious to see how online shops pack their things, therefore I will show you some unboxing pictures.
My order came in a cardbox with biodegradable packing material (the stuff that glues together when moist), everything was in fine order.
I ordered some mineral makeup samples, they were placed in a small plastic bag to avoid spilling and falling around in the box.
The deodorant itself was rolled up in bubble wrap and the eyelash curler in a separate plastic bag.
The Avril Eyelash Curler (£1.19 | €1,49 | $2) seems quite good for the price. The silikon pad is rounded and super soft, and there is a spring that helps getting a better feeling for the pressure. An extra silikon pad is delivered with the curler, it is placed at one of the handles.
I ordered sample sizes of some mineral makeup. Inika offers a vegan, cruelty free foundation based on aloe vera juice and organic oils, I tried shade honey (Inika Organic Liquid Mineral Foundation Mini Size, Honey, 6ml: £2.49 | €2,99 | $4). Lily Lolo sells powdered Mineral Foundation (LSF 15 Mini-Size, 0,75g: £3.29 | € 3,99 | $5,50) in cute little srew-top jars, I ordered Butterscotch and Saffron. They are also vegan, cruelty free and without nasty ingredients. Also I decided to get samples of Everyday Minerals which I have never used before, just like the Lily Lolo and Inika mineral makeup: Everyday Minerals Cheeks Blush Sample Peony Petal (0,14g: £1.10 | €1,49 | $1,80) and Everyday Minerals Foundation Matte Base Sample Size 5W Golden Tan (0,14g: £1.10 | €1,49 | $1,80).
The best part is the Schmidt’s Bergamot + Lime Deodorant (56,7g: £8.99 | €10,99 | $14,70) which I am soo curious to try! The ingredients read fantastic simple: shea butter, baking soda, arrowroot powder, cocoa seed butter, bergamot essential oil, lime essential oil, vitamin E, hop extract. It is certified vegan & cruelty-free.
Ecco Verde offers free delivery to the United Kingdom from £39.95, to Germany from €25, and ships throughout Europe.
In July and August I bought new products which I haven’t used before. Most things are from online shops as the brands are not available locally.
Alba Botanica:Mineral Terra Tints SPF 15, Blaze
I like having a tinted lipbalm in my handbag. The colour is a brownish rose tone and suits my lips.
Alima Pure:Satin Matte Blush, Honey Rose
This blush fits the colour of my natural blushing but adds some freshness. Powder blush for every day use.
Dizao Organics:Protective Lip Color Balm 207 Oleander
The ingredients of Dizao’s products are really good and I wanted to try another colour. This is, as the Alba Botanica one, a tinted lipbalm. This one is more pigmented, has some shimmer and comes in a natural fresh pink.
This duochrome eyeshadow is likely to become one of my favourites. The main colour is a blueish green, the shimmer is a yellowish green. Zuii uses petal powders as base for the powdery products as eye shadows, powder foundations and blushes.
Skincare and Fragrance:
After using up some trial sizes I purchased the full size of this powdery fragrance. Absolutely love it!
Joik:Alcohol Free Facial Toner with Sea Buckthorn Oil and Aloe
Funny two-phase-product which you have to shake before use. The sea buckthorn oil will disperse in the transparent fluid and then float up again. I own so many serious products that, from time to time, I have to get some not-so-serious stuff. The ingredients are not so bad, though.
Urtekram:Nordic Birch Hand Soap
Usually I use solid soap bars. When I got this in my Blogger BIOty Box I was happy to try something totally new.
Dr. Bronner’s:Peppermint Soap
Travel size of the liquid soap. Didn’t have any Dr. Bronner soaps by now and wanted to try something.
Go & Home:Conditioner
New brand from Austria. They invented products with double function, this conditioner is also a shaving cream. Sounded interesting and I needed a conditioner for the weekend out so I bought this travel size.
Kivvi:Bergamotte & Litsea Body Marmalade
Travel size body butter that smells like summer. Great ingredients, love the design.
Less is more:Tangerine Curl Balm
I wanted to try some of the less is more haircare products and started with the curl balm. Smells nice, feels good.
Living Nature:Deep Cleansing Mask
This single unit trial size cost me 4€ so it’d better be good.
Pai: single use samples of Avocado & Jojoba Hydrating Day Cream for Dry Sensitive Skin, Echium & Macadamia Replenishing Day Cream for Age-Prone Sensitive Skin, Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser for all Skin Types, Kukui & Jojoba Bead Skin Brightening Exfoliator
I hope I like them!
Marie W.:Powder Bowl
Tiny powder bowl for mineral makeup. The size is small but fitted for kabuki brushes.
August is over and so seems the summer. In the last two months I have used up some products, and today I will show you some of them.
→ Farfalla:Aloe Vera Gel Classic
One of my favourite summer products for beach days is now empty. I loved to use it on my face, arms and shoulders for some extra moisture. Swimming in the sea and numerous showers dry the skin, the gel helped to minimize that effect. In the evenings I spread some aloe gel over my back and sprayed hydrolate over it. That cooled my body somewhat and made it easier falling asleep in the hot climate. Repurchase? Yes, next year right before summer. Continue reading “Empties July & August 2014”