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Thursday, 20 May 2010

An Overview: my current paraben free skin, hair & body care.

Recently I've had a couple of emails asking about the paraben free products I use and generally what I think about them. The majority of the things I'm going to mention are by Naked; yes I realise I'm a walking advert for them but I love them so I don't care.

My complete skin, hair & body care routine is not totally paraben free just yet because there are certain products like hair mousse for example, where I haven't found an alternative that I like or that work for me. A paraben free deodorant is at the top of my list of things to find and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I find a good spray one since I'm not a huge fan of the roll on type, but we shall see.

Hair Care.
hair care ii
My paraben free hair care is exclusively made up of products by Naked. Admittedly I have sometimes been using the TRESemme healthy volume shampoo, heat protection spray and volume & lift mousse but after reading up about a few of the ingredients in those I will no longer be using them. In no way am I intending to scaremonger, everyone is entitled to make up their own minds about the products they use and I obviously have no idea if there are any risks at all linked to prolonged exposure to certain ingredients. It's all about personal choices and I've made mine so I'd rather not get any more snide comments about my choices.
hair care
♥ Naked Volume body building shampoo - A light formulation that leaves hair feeling beautifully clean yet bouncy.
♥ Naked Rescue Intense care shampoo - I reach for this when my hair is being a pain! My fine hair can get a bit fly away sometimes and this calms it down so it's easier to manage.
♥ Naked Weightless conditioner - A really light formula that doesn't weigh fine hair down at all.
♥ Naked Repair & Renew treatment - I believe the packaging/product has changed but it has a similar name and I imagine will do the same sort of job - I don't have overly frizzy hair but I feel that this helps to undo some of the damage I do while back combing. I tend to use this twice a week leaving it on for 5 or so minutes.
♥ Naked Style Heat Defender - I use this before putting any kind of heat on my hair & it does the job nicely without leaving my hair feeling covered in product.
♥ Naked Style Frizz Fighter - This I apply to the ends of my hair after towel drying and I feel that it's really helped my split ends and generally keep my ends hydrated.

The other styling products I've tried from Naked, the mousse & hairspray, I'm not a huge fan of. They just didn't work for my hair and left it feeling a bit sticky & heavy. So if anyone has any mousse/hair spray recommendations I'd love to hear them!

Skin Care.
face skin care
The Neal's yard products are the newest additions to my skin care routine. I've been using them for a week or so now and so far I'm really liking them. I'll have some better reviews up in a month or so if anyone's interested, just so I've had a proper chance to see how my skin reacts.
face skin care ii ♥ Neal's Yard Chamomile Cleanser & Muslin Cloth - I'll use this on days that I've been wearing make up to take it all off and gently exfoliate at the same time. Loving this lots so far!
♥ Naked Jojoba Gentle Exfoliating Face Wash - This is something I use most mornings & on the nights where I don't use my Neal's Yard cleanser. The exfoliating beads are so gentle I find I can use this often with no problems.
♥ Naked Rose Softening Face Wash - I use this twice every day and I think it's a lovely product. In no way does it irritate my skin and it smells like roses, beautiful!
♥ Neal's Yard Rehydrating Rose Daily Moisture - My current go to moisturiser for the day. It's hydrating yet really light and easily absorbed.
♥ Neal's Yard Almond Moisturiser - This I use as a night time moisturiser. It's not too heavy but I wake up in the mornings with beautifully moisturised skin. It's lovely.

Body Care.
body skin care ii
This is another area where I only use Naked products. I apologise if you've found this post repetitive or a little dull but I've found some really lovely & affordable products that work for me, and I'd like to share with people. I actually feel pretty attached to the company now, which is ridiculous I know, but i feel compelled to tell people about this collection of beautiful things!
body skin care
♥ Naked Buff Up Rice Shower Scrub - This is lovely to use in the mornings because of its citrus scent. It exfoliates really nicely without being scratchy or overly abrasive.
♥ Naked Sea Minerals Salt Scrub - This is hands down my favourite Naked product & one that I really look forward to using. It's beautiful & if they ever stop making it I think I might have to cry!
♥ Naked Be Smooth Cocoa Butter Body Cream - A little goes a long way with this product and it smells divine. I find it really calms my skin while hydrating really well without being greasy.
♥ Naked 24 Hour Coco de Mer Body Butter - I like to use this in the winter time, it's thick and beautifully moisturising.
♥ Naked Nourish Me Honey & Orange Hand and Body lotion - This smells ridiculously good, a definite honey scent so if you don't like honey I'd stay away. I use this on my hands constantly throughout the day and on my whole body after I get out of the bath and I adore it. Full review on this is coming up very soon!

So there we have it, my paraben free skin, hair & body care as it stands at the moment. I'm very happy with everything I use and wouldn't dream of switching anything now. My skin hasn't been this good for a very long time, I hope I haven't tempted fate by saying that, but these products have definitely helped a lot!

Have you tried any of these products? Do any interest you? What are your thoughts on parabens?

Every product mentioned here I bought with my own money apart from the sea salt scrub, honey & orange lotion & frizz fighting serum which were sent to me for review.


  1. wow you have sooooo many naked products. that's amazing. i want to try them out even more now :) xx

  2. I'm always on the hunt for more natural products...thanks for posting this, i'll definately be looking into the Naked range!

  3. I'm on my way to making all my products paraben, sulphate and all that other bad stuff free! I'm just using up everything I have at the moment so I'm not wasting any of my money.

    I love my soap and glory scrub but once it's ran out I'm definitely going to look at Naked's scrubs, I've never used a salt one before!

    The biggest difference I've seen so far is my hair! By using good shampoos/conditioners my hair is softer than it's ever been! I've also managed to find Bed head shamp/cond for £12 for the two in tk maxx, and that's the 750ml, bargain!!!

    Great post :) xxxx

  4. I've never tried anything from Naked, some of these sound great!


  5. Great post! Thanks for sharing. Almost all of my products are paraben and sulfate free, it's something I really believe in and I've definitely seen a difference. There are still a few things that I'm trying to find an alternative for, and I really want to try some Naked products.


  6. wow everything looks great (:! is it true that there is a link between parabens and breast cancer?,X

  7. I want to try most of the things in your post!

  8. I think you keep Naked in business ;) Hehe. I'm trying to add paraben free items bit by bit into my routine. I would be interested to read some of the articles you've been reading. Do you have any links? x

  9. @abby - i know haha i could open my own shop i have that many!

    @katey - no problem :)

    @katy - wow, thats such a bargain!

    @may - definitely worth a look. they're very affordable.

    @casey - i agree, i've noticed an improvement too.

    @holly - there's some evidence to say there is a link, yes. nothing has been proven though.

    @daisy - hehe you should give some a go! they're very affordable too which is a bonus!

    @lenny - i've just been googling parabens and also some of the products i have which i know aren't paraben free, so no specific links im afraid. i discovered my hair mousse contains an ingredient derived from a known carcinogen which i'm not too thrilled about.


  10. I'm not overly concerned about parabens but I do like to use organic stuff on my skin. I really love Organic Surge face wash, have been using that for a while and my skin's never been so clear. I also bought the Naked hair mousse but found it far too sticky for me.

    I've used the Naked volumising shampoo and conditioner before and was impressed with them too. I don't think I'd necessarily look for paraben free stuff but I'm starting to favour the kinder, more natural products as a general rule. All those nasties can't be good for us! x

  11. This must have taken you ages!! This was so useful!! xoxo

  12. Great post lovely!
    I really want to check out Naked Products when I have a bit more money!

    For a paraben free deodrant have you checked out sures new range? http://www.suredeodorant.co.uk/women/product_women.html#naturalminerals
    I think its paraben free but don't hold me to it :)



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