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Saturday, 14 June 2014

Green Beauty Swap S/S 2014


As my blog has developed, my focus has moved from beauty products, to replacing them with greener alternatives. It is very much a work in progress, learning as I go. One of the nicest things about blogging and in particular green bloggers is the sense of community. As many of you know Ria from NaturRia Beauty recently organised a swap between blogger and I was lucky enough to be paired with Annie from Hello Purple Clouds

I can't tell you how much I have enjoyed doing this. I love reading Annie's blog, and feel that we have very similar tastes and interests. I have learned a huge amount from Annie, particularly from her DIY Wednesday posts. I wish I were half as creative as Annie. It has truly been a pleasure getting to know Annie a little better, even if I do suspect she has overspent our budget. Onto the swaps .....

 

The first thing I opened was this lovely poem Annie had written for me. I am very touched by this.


Annie has clearly put a great deal of thought into the gifts she has picked for me. Expect to see much more detailed reviews of these products.

Top of the stack is a jar of Geranium & Apricot Intensive Hand cream by Great Elm Physick Garden which is just perfect for me.

A Plum & Bramble candle by The Indigo Chick, which smells utterly gorgeous.

A huge tub of Grapefruit, Lavender & Frankincense Natural Body Scrub by The Buddha Beauty Company.

A bottle of Dreamtime Pillow Mist. What you can't see from the photo is that the bottle actually says Karen's Dreamtime Pillow Mist. This is one of Annie's creations, so I am chuffed to pieces with this.

A White Tea Facial Mist by Neal's Yard Remedies.


The green sphere is a jar of Anar Naturals Ayurvedic Scrub (how cool is the packaging?) 

An Ameretto and a Raspberry lip balm by Crazy Rumors.

A mini Raw Chocolate Face Pack by Raw Gaia.

A packet of Therapie Himalayan Detox Salts.

The box at the back is the Rose WellBeing Box by Pinks Boutique.

A sample of Lulu & Boo's Cleansing Balm, Fruits & Vitamins Brightening Mask, Multi-Vitamin Face Cream and Frankincense Regenerating Serum.

Four perfume vials from Ravenscourt Apothecary.

The final item is a mini Lemon & Geranium Body Melt by The Earth Works Cosmetics. This really made me smile, if you want to see why, you will have to read Annie's post.

As you can see I have been spoilt rotten by Annie's wonderful thoughtful swap and I am humbled by her generosity. I am looking forward to trying everything.

22 comments:

  1. wow what a collection and such a lovely thoughtful poem from Annie. I LOVE the look of the candle. Hope you enjoy all your goodies Karen xxx

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  2. Thank you. The poem is so thoughtful and Annie has spoilt me rotten x

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  3. Such a lovely poem by Annie - so sweet! You got some goodies there, I love the Anar packaging & NYR White Tea Facial Mist is sooo lovely!

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    1. The Anar packaging is so unique. The NYR smells lovely x

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  4. What a great package! How sweet of Annie, she's so creative! x

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    1. I feel like all my birthdays have come in one day x

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  5. What a lovely box of goodies! You'll love the Pink's Boutique set it's one of my favourites x

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    1. Thanks Sandra. I fear it could be the start of another obsession lol x

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  6. fantastic selection of goodies! Lovely swap :-) xx

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    1. It really has been such fun doing this x

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  7. Gorgeous package! How thoughtful of Annie to write a poem :) I love ravenscourt Apothecary's fragrances, looking forward to hearing what you think of them :) xx

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  8. I love Annie's DIYs. You received some lovely products which I am sure you will enjoy :-)

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  9. Oh my, what a great package! So many lovely brands and products, the candle and scrub sounds like they smell amazing too! x

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    1. They smell amazing. Annie has fantastic taste x

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  10. What an amazing swap! So many gorgeous goodies! x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

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  11. Thank you. Annie has sent me a truly amazing package x

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  12. Hi Karen

    What a fab idea. And what an amazing and sweet friend you have in Annie. I have a packet of the Therapie Himalayan Detox Salts too. I got them in last year's You Beauty advent calendar. I haven't actually tried them but I would be v interested to hear your thoughts. Some great treats here :)

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  13. I'm so glad you liked everything Karen, it's been great having you as my swap partner and getting to know you better x

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  14. Omg so many nice products! I need to look into some of these brands!

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  15. Aww Annie is so sweet, really lovely package! :) xx

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