Chemical free, does it even exist and what exactly does ‘pure’ even mean?
Making Mum-Me Time
July will officially mark me becoming a mum of two under two! In a desperate rush and before I let myself fall completely into the dark abyss that is motherhood I’ve decided to try and reclaim the contents of my make-up bag by sourcing products that not only look good but also make me feel good about what I’m putting on my skin, especially while I was pregnant and now that I’m breastfeeding. It was during one of a billion Google searches that I finally stumbled upon this quote:
‘The term “chemical free” is just clever marketing to convince us that when we buy something natural that it is actually chemical free when in truth it is not. Everything around us is made from chemicals: the plants growing in your garden and the skin covering your body are made from complex sets of chemicals.’
I followed the quote which was linked to a site called mypure.co.uk and to my immense pleasure realised I’d stumbled upon the Mecca of natural makeup products!
interpret “chemical free” to mean products made from naturally occurring chemicals such as plant extracts and oils or any of the thousands of naturally occurring ingredients which can be used safely in cosmetics. All their products are vegan friendly, free from chemicals with dubious safety records as well as being paraben and solvent free.
Back when I was 22 weeks pregnant and with the baby shower looming, I was absolutely desperate to find some new, gentle and chemically kind makeup to contour my mum jowls and eye bags with! Here’s what I ordered and tried…
PHB Mini Mineral Foundation
Love, love, love! The powder gave a flawless finish and didn’t sit heavy on top of my base makeup or dry out my skin, which I often find happens with powders. The colour (olive) was even and matched my skin tones well. I’ll definitely be adding this to my daily routine.
MOSSA 5 in 1 Skin Perfector
So easy to apply and actually felt like it was nourishing my skin. The cream itself was quite wet but with a good thick coverage and it was easy to build up and blend in. For my everyday (just nipping to the shops etc) makeup it was perfect, I didn’t feel that I needed to combine it with a primer or concealer as it gave a nice even, natural finish and lasted the whole day!
The mineral foundation along with the Mossa skin perfector will definitely be permanent fixtures in my makeup bag from now on…
*I prepped my face with a mandatory mum pout and then by simply cleansing and moisturising it with raw coconut oil. I finished my usual, basic daytime makeup ritual by also applying my favourite blusher from The Body Shop and a Black volumising mascara from Holland & Barrett (see below).
Black Natural, Maximum Volume Mascara £6.95 from Holland & Barrett.
MOSSA Certified Organic Body Lotion
This oil infused nourishing body lotion is Eco-Certified as organic and has a Sea Buckthorn scent, which I’d describe as being a light citrus and vanilla-like aroma. The moisturiser has a good thick application without feeling heavy on the skin. A great all round body moisturiser with 100% of its total ingredients being from natural origins however, despite being organic I wouldn’t use on extremely dry and/or cracked skin as it does contain alcohol.
BAREFOOT-SOS Face & Body Rescue Cream
A wondrously thick and luxurious cream, which we put to the absolute test by using on both my pregnancy belly and my husband extremely dry/cracked hands and it worked a treat. My husband particularly liked the fact that it had a very neutral aroma. For me the fact that it soaked into the skin quickly without leaving it feeling greasy against my clothes was brilliant, a lot of deep moisturising products leave the skin feeling overly oily. We both also only needed a single application that lasted the entire day, which is not only convenient but also great value for money!
MADARA Moisture Soap
This one has now become an absolute family favourite! A soothing and gentle scent, which unlike most supermarket hand soaps is not over powering at all. And despite leaving your hands feeling soft and nourished there is no sacrifice to be made on how deeply it cleanses.
MADARA Organic Baby & Kids Gentle Wash
A softly scented yet fragrance free, gel wash, which lathered up easily. Both mine and Theon’s skin tend to be quite sensitive but the wash was extremely gentle and kind and left the skin feeling soft yet cleansed.
CRYSTAL Mineral Salt Protection, Body Deodorant Stick
A very basic, but effective neutralising deodorant. I’ve used it for almost a week now without any issues however, I’m not sure I’m fully convinced to swap out my original roll on for this one, but definitely worth a try!
The greatest element of the Mypure site is that you can purchase samples of all their products from as little as 50p, in order to be able to try before you commit to fully investing in a new item. Their prices are extremely competitive and they have a continuous scheme of freebies on offer for multiple purchases. Definitely a must visit site for any conscientious cosmetics fans!
This is not an endorsed review, this is simply me trying my best to fit some ‘mum-me’ time into my routine, which all of us need but, don’t always or ever get the chance to do. Let’s all commit to taking at least 5 mins a day to try out the cream sample in the bottom of your mum-bag, or to at the very least drink a cup of tea before it gets stone cold. You’ve more than earned it!
The Berrit x
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