Sukin skincare Review

Hi all,

With a festive season approaching, I though that it was the perfect time for another beauty products review, which I have not done in a while.

I came across with the skincare brand Sukin last year and after some careful research about it, I decided to order myself one of their facial moisturisers and XXX. I have been using them for just over a year and I stand by them for various reasons that I am just about to share with you in this post.

First of all, let me make a brief introduction to the brand for those of you who might not know about it.

Sukin is an Australian brand launched in 2007, whose products are sustainably made, vegan and cruelty free. They do not contain artificial fragrances, petrochemicals or other harmful ingredients. The formulations, consisting only of natural non GMO ingredients, are biodegradable, 100% carbon neutral and greywater safe.This means that when using Sukin’s products, you can rest assured that you are not causing harm to your skin, animals and nature. As they state in their website they are passionate and proud to provide “skincare that doesn’t cost the earth”. ♥

There is a wide selection of skincare products available, ranging from hair to face and body. Their prices are actually very affordable in my opinion, which is just a bonus really. I love everything that this brand stands for and it just ticks all the boxes when it comes to the elements I look for in skincare products.  Anyway, let’s jump right into my review of both these products.

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This I love about both products:

  • They are suitable for all skin types (including sensitive) and have natural and organic formulations free of parabens and sulfates
  • They have a very mild scent
  • Affordable prices. Both products cost about 9,45€ (125ml)
  • Minimal packaging waste. All packaging is BPA free and most full size products are made of PET plastic, which is 100% recyclable

The Pros of the facial moisturizer:

  • Non-oily and fast absorbing formula
  • It comes with a pump which makes it super easy to apply and a small amount of it goes a long way (I pump it one time and that is enough for my entire face)
  • It leaves my skin feeling very soft and moisturized and, surprisingly, not greasy at all

The Con of the facial moisturizer:

  • It might not the most ideal moisturizer for summer as it does not contain SPF.

The Pros of the hydrating mist toner:

  • It can be used under or over makeup. I love to use it after having removed my makeup and prior going to bed. A frew sqirts of it and my face all nice, fresh and hydrated
  • The fact that it does not contain alcohol, together with the combination of rosewater and chamomile extract has a very soothing effect on the skin, especially if tired and/or irritated
  • The spray bottle is just super convenient and makes its use very easy

No con. There is nothing about it that I dislike really!

Despite having ordered my produtcs online, I am pretty sure you can easily find them in a store near you as Sukin is a worlwide brand that sells its products basically everywhere. For the Dutchies out there (or other people living in The Netherlands), you can find them at Holland and Barret! 🙂

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All in all, I am very pleased with both these products and they are definitely worth a go. It feels great to be able to satisfy the needs of my skin with products that do not leave me with empty pockets and that are harmless to the animals and to our beautiful Planet Earth!

Have you tried these or any other products from Sukin? If so, what are your thoughts? Let me know in the comment section below!

 

Much Love,

Blissfully Grateful

Shall we strive to buy all our food organic?

I think that most of us is pretty aware of the harmful impact that conventionally grown produce might have on our health and, therefore, recognise the importance of buying organic produce.

I have been considerably growing more environmentally conscious over the past year, basically since I have finished my studies and started my first real job. As someone who is financially independent, I get to choose where I spend my money in and that is a great and freeing feeling.

One of the goals that I have set for 2018 earlier this year was to be more mindful when it comes to my purchases. This implies a greater awareness about the importance of  buying fair trade and organic.

Today I am here to talk specifically about the foods that we should always strive to buy organic, the ones that are okay to consume if conventionally grown and why.

The idea of writing about this topic came to mind after listening to the Rich Roll podcast “GMO’s, Glyphosate, and Healing the Gut” with Zach Bush. As I found it both very insightful and inspiring, I wanted to share some very interesting information that I learnt.

First of all, one thing that was mentioned in the podcast and that has particularly resonated with me was “We have more power than we allow ourselves to believe when it comes to healing ourselves”. I am a 24-years old girl who, despite having a very active lifestyle and caring a lot about nourishing my body with healthy and nutritous fooda, has been struggling with IBS issues for about 4 years now. If there is something that I have come to learn is that my gut health is strongly connected with the way I live my life, namely with my day-to-day habits. With this being said, the podcast really hit home and reassured me that the ability of getting my health restored lies also with me. When I say “health”, I am referring to both my physical and mental health because they are intrinsically connected. I think that everyone would agree that having a toxic lifestyle caused by nutritional deficiencies, lack of sleep, negative mindset and self-talk and being subject to constant stress or anxiety serves no good to our bodies or mind.

Anyway, this podcast taught me about the “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean 15” lists, which are no more than the foods that we should try avoid consuming non-organic at all costs and the ones that are okay to consume conventionally grown because are the least likely to be contaminated with pesticides/herbicides.The entity responsible for elaborating and releasing these lists every single year is the Environmental Working Group (EWG). Thus, given the reliable source who provides this information we can rest assured that is btoh accurate and trustworthy.

Pesticides and herbicides can be easily absorbed into many of the fruits and veggies we consume on a regular basis and, ultimately, into our bodies. By knowing this, I feel very fortunate to live in Holland, where there are well-sized and well-stocked organic markets and stores. Additionally, I’d also say that there is also a fair amount of organic restaurants when compared to other European countries. However, in all honesty, despite knowing how prejudicial non-organic foods can be for my health, I still consume some due to convenience’s sake. I can only speak for myself but, from my standpoint, the truth is that non-organic foods are sometimes just more easily available and affordable.

Needless to say that I’d really love to be able to buy all my foods organic but there are months where my financial budget is just more tight and, as a result, I can’t afford spending as much food in organic produce. Thus, being informed about the foods that are safe to consume in a non-organic form just comes in handy for me! So, let’s start by sharing the list of the Clean Fifteen foods according to the 2018 report released by the EWG.

Clean Fifteen List:

  1. Avocados (great news for all the avocado lovers – myself included – out there!!)
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Pinneapples
  4. Cabbage
  5. Onions
  6. Frozen Sweet Peas
  7. Papayas
  8. Asparagus
  9. Mangos
  10. Eggplant
  11. Honeydew
  12. Kiwi
  13. Cantaloupe
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Broccoli

Now, the list of the foods that we should buy organic whenever possible because their high likelihood of being contaminated with pesticides, herbicides and chemicals:

Dirty Dozen List:

  1. Strawberries. I was very choked to read that a single strawberry was shown to contain 22 different pesticides. This is outrageous and just one of the main reasons why I love to have the choice of what I put into my body.
  2. Spinach
  3. Nectarines
  4. Apples
  5. Peaches
  6. Pears
  7. Cherries
  8. Grapes
  9. Celery
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Sweet Bell Peppers
  12. Potatoes

I suggest you to have these two lists on your phone for quick and ready access when you are shopping 🙂

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Ah! Just before finishing off this post, I would like to share a small tip with you that i have recently learnt. In order to wash off chemicals of your fruits and veggies, try to soak them in tap water mixed with baking soda. This was shown in a research study conducted in the University of Massachusetts to be a better solution at killing pesticides than just using plain tap water.

 

I hope you could find this blog post somewhat informative and please do let me know in the comments how easy and affordable it is for you to get organic produce! 🙂 Also, what are your thoughts on this? Do you try to buy organic food whenever possible or not because you don’t think it is worth the usual extra cost?

 

Much Love,

Blissfully Grateful