Renna's Discoveries: May 2018

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Essentials AA Skincare Collections

It's finally Summer and time for our skin to see the sun more. In the summer we definitely get out a lot more, we do a lot more day trips out and over night stays. However this also means taking more stuff out with you, or at least having a collection of useful 'just in cases' stuff stored in the car.
Toiletries are always required though arn't they. We all get hot and bothered and sometimes, you just want a quick wash and to refresh yourself. So it's always handy to have a few products around.
Amphora Aromatics have some great products that I want to share with you, which are great to carry around with you in your handbag, or to use when staying at a festival or just anywhere really.
Firstly the soothing cleansing wipes are useful on an every day basis.They can just stay in your handbag, gymbag, overnight bag and be used anywhere, There are 25 wipes per pack, and they have a very subtle scent and definitely leave your skin feeling really clean. The reseal sticker on the front is really good and will absolutely make sure it doesn't leak or dry out. They are biodegradable too, which is fabulous news, so they are great for the skin and for the environment.

You can use the toner afterwards or just throughout the day if you are having make up free days. It is so refreshing but you do need a flannel or cotton wool to apply it. Although .... I have to say, that if it's a really hot day just give your face a spritz of this to wake it up. It's lovely and smells amazing.
After you've cleansed you can use the Lavender Gel, which is the perfect 50ml bottle. It's cute and doesn't take up much room, plus this can be used for many purposes. You can use on your skin to hydrate it, to calm it when it's seen to much sun and also for any cuts and bruises. So an all rounder gel, and great for the whole family. It has added anti-inflammatories such as Comfrey, Rose Geranium and Calendula to make it even more calming. I really like this and it is in my handbag all the time at the moment. 
Now, I've been reading a lot about shampoo bars lately, due to the fact that it is less plastic in the environment and great for travelling around. These used to be really popular many years ago and I am so pleased they are making a comeback. This is so easy to use, just use it like soap in the shower and rub the bubbles into your hair and rinse out. This one in particular is a lemon and bergamot scent which smells Really clean. I can not believe these are not in all of the shops and promoted more. They are brilliant. There is nothing to throw away and it's all natural.

I'd love to try out the rest of the collection as they have literally everything you need. Cleansing water, cleansing oils, deodorant, face lotions, face masks, and they are all in very cute but very secure bottles so they are all fabulous for travelling around with as well as just using them at home. They have something for everyone. Plus as the have collections, they make for really lovely gifts and at a super price too !!

Have a look at their website and let me know what you think.

"We've got more than 30 years experience sourcing the best quality essential oils and natural ingredients. Creating innovative products at affordable prices, our aim is to keep your skin happy and healthy. From young, teenage skin to more mature or sensitive skin, our naturally effective products will help look after your skin's wellbeing"

All AA Skincare products are Paraben Free and Made in the UK

*I was sent these products to review, but all opinions are my own, and I'll definitely be purchasing from this brand in the future. 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Jim Jams - Why we need to watch our sugar intake

In support of National Smile Month JimJams Healthier chocolate spreads has conducted a poll of 1,000 parents with children aged between 7-15 to see how families are managing their sugar intake. 

Worryingly over 90% of those interviewed didn't know the daily government recommended sugar allowance for their children.
73% of parents are worried about their child's sugar intake 
76% of parents polled were actively trying to reduce their children's sugar intake (especially at breakfast)
26% of parents interviewed believe their children are ADDICTED to sugar 
Only 42% of those polled checked food labels for sugar content 
Only 2% knew that 'high sugar content' is 22.5g and above per 100g on a food label
Only 20% of respondents said they didn't find food labelling confusing
Only 1% knew the shocking amounts of sugar contained in leading brands of chocolate spread (up to the equivalent of 56 sugar cubes in a standard jar)

Parents across the country are being failed by successive government campaigns to educate them on safe sugar amounts for their children. The lack of knowledge surrounding sugar content of popular breakfast products could mean that children are consuming their whole allowance at breakfast.
JimJams' dentist Dr Vee Shathur comments: 'Having healthy teeth and gums isn't just about brushing your teeth, it's about the foods and drinks we put into our mouths too. The problem with the food industry is the saturation of products available to us these days, it's no wonder parents are both overwhelmed with choice and confused about what's best. Sugar is hidden everywhere, even places we don't expect it to be, especially foods falsely marketed as 'healthy'. This is a growing concern for dental professionals as we see younger and younger patients each day with more dental decay. The World Health Organisation advises that sugar in a child's diet should make up less than 10% of their total energy intake, not just for their oral health but their overall health too!'

When asked how much sugar leading brands of chocolate spread contained, parents thought Nutella only contained 16 grams of sugar per 100 grams, it's actually a whopping 56.3 grams.  They also underestimated the sugar content of other leading brands of chocolate spread stating they contained 17 grams when it's over 50 grams per 100g.  

Kellie Bath, founder of JimJams and mother of two children aged 8 and 11 commented: 'the government need to come up with a clear, simple strategy to educate parents about sugar consumption and get that information right under their noses (relying on parents to search through complicated government website pages is clearly not cutting it).  High sugar brands should also be more mindful of how they portray themselves; chocolate spread is one of the worst offenders for containing a high sugar content and yet children are its biggest consumer.  Our own children were the inspiration behind our products; JimJams 83% Less Sugar Chocolate Spreads are kinder on teeth because they use a naturally sourced sweetener that doesn't promote tooth decay making them perfect for kids.


Have a read of my own sugar comparison in chocolate spreads  where I compared Jim Jams to Nutella and Supermarket brands

*press release