Klorane, Bioderma and Avene.

When a request was put out asking for bloggers to review a shampoo for oily hair, I had to apply.

I’m not a beauty blogger but I felt that this product would be relevant to me as I’ve always suffered with greasy hair. I have medium length, thick, coloured hair (got to cover those greys), I tend to wear my hair tied up quite a lot because I have a little one and don’t have the time to wash it everyday. If I wanted to wear it down, I’d have to wash it everyday.

Klorane Nettle Shampoo for oily hair
The only experience of nettles I’ve ever had is stinging myself! It’s never occurred to me to try products that are made from nettles. I’ve seen some crazy people eating them in a contest, ouch!
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As I knew I would be trying this product, I let my hair get really dirty for a few days, yeah, yeah, gross I know, but I really wanted to put this shampoo through its paces.
It’s a boxed product that comes with a leaflet about their different shampoos and conditioners.

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I think that they could do away with the box and leaflet to be more environmentally friendly.

After wetting my hair and pouring some shampoo onto my hand, my first thought was that it’s really runny and not as thick as other shampoos. I had to get it onto my hair pretty quickly before it ran off my hand. The first application didn’t lather up at all because I’d let my hair get really dirty to test the shampoo. The second application lathered up beautifully and I finished off by conditioning the ends of my hair.
This nettle shampoo doesn’t have a strong scent at all, the only way I can describe the faint scent is by saying it smells ‘green’. After drying, my hair felt soft and the shampoo had done a wonderful job in cleaning it. At the end of the day, there was no grease in sight. The grease started the next morning but it’s an improvement on my usual shampoo.

Priced at £5.10, it’s slightly more expensive than what I’d normally pay for shampoo but if it keeps the grease at bay, it’s worth every penny.
Klorane claim that ‘after sustained use, oil secretion is regularised, enabling you to wash your hair less frequently’. I will continue to use this product and hope that the claims are true, if they are, I will most definitely purchase in the future.

I was also lucky enough to be sent two full sized cleansers to test.

Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micelle Solution
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Priced at £14.50 for 500ml, this gentle, fragrance free cleanser is suitable for sensitive and normal to dry skin. It gently removed my make-up and cleansed my skin, was easy to use and doesn’t need to be rinsed off. It’s alcohol free, so it didn’t leave my skin feeling tight or dried out. It costs more than I would usually spend but it’s such a big bottle, it will last ages and probably works out to be rather cost-effective.

Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser.

At £3.40 per 100ml, this cleanser works our more expensive than the Bioderma (depending on what bottle size is bought).

My first impressions are that this looks like a liquid soap or handwash, its fragrance free with a no rinse formula and is suitable for sensitive to irritated skin and doesn’t contain any skin irritants such as paraben preservatives or colouring agents.

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It was very simple to use, I applied it with my fingertips, worked into my skin and wiped off any excess with a tissue. Just like the Bioderma, my skin felt lovely afterwards, without any tightening but I must be honest and say I didn’t like the way it felt, it feels almost soapy, like a liquid soap. I’m just being picky because I prefer to soak a cotton pad and wipe my skin. If I had to choose, I’d choose the Bioderma over the Avene, they are so alike in the benefits, skin types, cost and how my skin felt afterwards, that I have to be picky and I found the Bioderma slightly quicker and easier to use.

* I received these products to review, all opinions are honest and in my own words

Morrisons Nutmeg range

Our local  Morrisons is now stocking their Nutmeg range, I had a look and was quite impressed. There are some lovely designs which are very reasonably priced. Simon would go mad if I bought Willow any more clothes so I picked up a 2 pack of bandana bibs for £2.50, one has an apple print and the other is red and white stripes. They look super cute but they don’t perform very well. They are a little on the thin side and after feeding Willow it was soaked through and had started to wet her top, I even use a muslin during feeds to mop up any mess. After washing, the red and white stripe bib has slightly faded and the stitching is a little on the messy side. Overall I don’t think I would recommend these bibs but I hope the rest of the range are better quality

 

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The dreaded jabs

Today, Willow has been with us 9 weeks. People say the time flies by, it really does. I want time to slow down because she will only be little once but on the other hand, she is learning so much and changing every day its exciting to see.

Yesterday we took Willow to the Doctors for her 8 week jabs, it was horrible but it has to be done. My husband Simon came along with us and held Willow when the nurse gave her the injections. She cried for about 30 seconds then went to sleep! At about 6pm Willow started to feel the effects and was sobbing her heart out, we had already given her calpol and she couldn’t have any more until bed time. All we could do was give her lots of cuddles. It’s awful when your baby is in pain and there’s nothing you can do to help. We gave her more calpol before bed and she slept fine, I thought we were in for a rough night, this morning she is her normal happy self.

We also saw the health visitor as I wanted her to have a look at Willow’s head, it seems to be going a little bit flat on the one side. The health visitor is now referring Willow to a physiotherapist. I’ve ordered a special baby pillow that positions the babies head correctly, it should be arriving tomorrow. I will post some pictures up when it arrives and give a little review.