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Sanctuary spa wet skin moisturiser miracle: Talk to Mums campaign

Published July 18, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Over the past month or so , I have been lucky enough to take part in an ambassador campaign with Talk to Mums. Talk to Mums is a platform which connects mums and brands. This was my first campaign with them and it just happened to be a beauty product.

I was already familiar with the Sanctuary spa brand as I had used a few of their products previously, but this time it was all about the brand new miracle moisturiser product.

This product is quite unique because unlike other moisturisers, this one gets applied to wet skin, like when your just getting out of the bath or shower and then it dries with your skin. It seems to be the first product of its type, or at least the first one I've come across anyway.

Applying to wet skin did sound a little strange at first but the product dries fast and smells good too. It also seemed to have some sort of exfoliating properties as I did find bits of dead skin coming away.

This campaign was far more about me reviewing or saying what I thought about the product. I had to also give out the product to other mums and ladies too – 250 bags in total.

These are the bags. Each bag had 4 smaller sample products inside and yes I had to also make the bags up myself, with a little bit of help from my kids.

I don't drive so the bags got given to friends, family, neighbours first followed by school gates, dance lesson mums and other groups. I did not get any negative feedback what so ever from any of the ladies who got my samples.

The campaign is now finished and all 250 bags handed out to the lovely ladies around Bolton.

If you know lots of other mums and would like to be considered for upcoming campaigns then visit the Talk to mums website to sign up.

Sun protection without the high price tag

Published July 18, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Yes it’s Summer and a pretty good one at that so far, considering the many wet Summers the UK has had over the years. When the sun is out, everyone likes being outside whether it’s at a park, beach, on holiday or in your own garden. Of course this unusual hot weather comes with risks. The main risk being sunburn which can be severe if skin is exposed to the sun all day. 

Sun protection is vital, especially so for children, babies, the elderly and those with very fair skin. Every family should have at least one bottle of sun cream in their home because living in the UK means we never can tell when the sun will be shining. 

Some sun screen brands can be ridiculously expensive and so over priced when in reality the cheaper priced products are usually just as effective, if not better. 

Aldi stocks a great selection of “Lacura” sun products and I was really shocked at just how inexpensive they are. The price did make me wonder whether they would be as effective as others that cost more.

The sun creams and sprays are available with many protection levels. My girls are both really fair so factor 50 is best. Factor 30 also works great too in British weather. If I was to go abroad then it would be only factor 50 that I would use on my children. Factor 50 seems to be the highest factor available to buy without prescription. The higher factor products seem to be mainly for people with extremely sensitive skin conditions.

The Lacura range includes both lotions and sprays. The Refreshng sun spray (factor 50+) also doubles up as a cooling agent and gives a cool refreshing feel when applied. 

This also dries extremely fast too. 

These two factor 50 sun lotions are very similar and both designed with youngsters in mind. 

The difference between them both being that the white tube on the right is for extra sensitive skin types. My 10 year old suffers from minor dry and irritated skin problems and seems to have flare ups with certain products so this makes a good one for her. 

The Lacura products all have a nice similar scent which is just like most skin cream type smells. They apply easily and dry quickly and we have not come across any problems when using them.

We have had many hot days recently and I have found applying 2/3 top ups of Lacura sun screen per day gives the same protection as any other good sunscreen that I have previously used. They are all water resistant too so fine to use prior to going in a pool.

The big difference between Lacura sun protection and many other well known brands is the price. The Lacura SPF50 Clear Spray is just £3.29 with the  Kids water resistant SPF50 Lotion even less at just £2.79. All the bottles being 200ml which is standard for most sun products.

Once the sun goes down, Lacura range also offers a moisturising after sun spray at just £1.99.

It is a pump action spray bottle. The product sprays out white and needs a little rubbing in but a little goes a long way. It gave my skin a lovely cooling sensation all over which actually lasted a while too. My skin did not just feel cool to me, but was actually cool to touch too. It’s almost like a cool bath on the skin but without the wetness of water if that makes sense. Aftersun products are not just for the silly people who don’t use sun protection and end up burnt, but for anyone who has been out in the sun even if fully protected. Sun screens stop burning but skin is still exposed to dryness. Aftersun help put some moisturiser back into tired dry skin as well as helping cool us down. Some Aftersun products are rubbish but this one from Aldi ranks as one of the best I’ve tried.

So this Summer, head to Aldi and grab your amazingly low cost sun protection before supplies run out. 


Olverum bath oil 

Published July 5, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Olverum is a unique, luxurious aromatic blend of ten essential oils. A small amount of this stuff In my bath transforms my normal wash bathinto an aromatic relaxing long soak.

To show all my readers exactly why this bath oil is so good, I thought I’d copy the ingredients here to show all the essential oils.

Ingredients: Isopropyl Myristate (a naturally derived emollient), Abies Sibirica (Siberian Fir) Needle Oil, Arachis Hypogaea (Ground Nut) Oil, Lavandula Hybrida (Lavandin) Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Leaf Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Limonene*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Litsea Cubeba (Exotic Verbena) Fruit Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Linalool*, Citral*, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Juniperus Communis (Juniper) Fruit Oil, Geraniol*, Benzyl Alcohol*, Coumarin*, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium Flower) Oil, Citronellol*, Cocos Nucifera Oil, Tocopherol, CI 75810 (Chlorophyllin-Copper Complex)* Components of Natural Essential Oil

As you can see, there’s lots of good stuff in this product. The lavender oils are probably the ones that stood out the strongest. I could certainly smell the lavender aromas which is what aids the relaxation before bedtime. I can also sense the lemon aromas too. Essential oils all have different properties and difference beneficial effects on both the mind and body. There are many essential oils together in this product and when getting out of the bath I feel relaxed but still have energy to do anything I need and also a nice warm feeling too. It’s a strange feeling after using Olverum.

I have the travel set which contains 3 small 15ml glass bottles of Olverum. Each bottle is enough for 3 baths (possibly more) therefore at least 9 baths worth for £16.00. Larger bottles cost £26 and £48 which gives at least 50 baths.

The oil gets poured in when running the hot tap (or it does with me at least). With the travel set bottles it recommends to use a third of the bottle per full bath. I have found I don’t need to use a third. I’m not sure if it’s because my bathroom is fairly small or it’s just my preference but a slightly smaller amount works good for me. The aromas are very strong and it makes me want to stay in the bath for much longer. 

Buy Olverum direct from their website and from main stockists –  Liberty, Conran, Harvey Nichols and Fenwick.

Beauty treats – Anatomicals

Published May 17, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Today’s treats come from Anatomicals who make bath and body beauty treats and gifts and they even have a small range for children too.

Anatomicals don’t sell their own products from the website but they do have a list of products and stockists on there.

Anatomicals products are recognisable by their distinct bright, colourful packaging which comes in all sorts of vibrant colours. Also their quirky text on every item which stands out so much in stores that it makes you just want to go over and read it.

This yellow tube of stuff is one of those products for children that I mentioned earlier, but of course is big kids can use it too if we want. 

Banana bath and shower gel, which can also be used on hair, just like a kids shampoo. It has lots of banana aroma and my girls love it. 

For us grown ups. We have huge bath bars. And when I say huge I don’t just mean slightly large. I mean this. 

(And just look at these colours too!) 

Lovely grapefruit fragrance and in pink which happens to be my favourite colour. This huge soap bar will last me a long long time. 

And when my face needs refreshing or my make up is a mess and needs wiping off, Anatomicals even has cleansing pads just right for the job.

I have no idea how many pads are in the pot and I’m not going to count them either but there’s a good few of them to keep me going for a while. Excellent for removing make up and also act as a daily cleanser. The glycolic acid in them is an exfoliator and helps remove any dead skin cells thus prepping the skin for tanning or enabling fresh make up to stay on for longer. 

Lovely products in lovely colourful packaging. 

Beauty treats – Delicate owl

Published May 16, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Today’s beauty treats come from Delicate Owl.

Delicate owl have some very lovely handmade bath and body pamper products which all come made with only natural ingredients. Their products don’t just smell good; they also look great in any bathroom and being natural, are kind to any skin.

Here are just a few products that I have had the pleasure of using recently. 

What girl wouldn’t want these in her bathroom?

The big pink pot in the middle is a salt scrub with a country rose fragrance. This stuff is just lovely and contains Rose geranium oils amongst a few other essential oils. It looks and smells delicious, almost good enough to eat, and I absolutely love the cute little wooden bath spoon that came with it.

The salts are really fine and the best way to use is to scoop a small amount out and rub all over the body. As well as washing and cleansing this is also great as an exfoliater prior to fake tanning (exfoliating reduces patches). I have also found that pouring a small amount of salts into hot running water helps release the rose atoms and gives a very relaxing aromatherapy type bath. Just don’t fall asleep!

Bare in mind, a little goes a long way, The aroma can be strong if too much is used as the salts contain a lot of essential oil. 

These salt scrubs also come lavender and orange marmalade 250g tubs costing £10.50 each. 
I love my soap slices too. I love the different scents and how they look so different to the regular supermarket soaps, even in simple shapes. Delicate Owl soap slices cost just £4.50 each for an 80g bar. 

The country rose soap is the prefect addition to the soap scrub. I know your all reading and just dying to see what the oatmeal soap looks like unwrapped, so here it is. 

This is a hard clear soap and the bits of oatmeal can be clearly seen inside. Again this is a great product for exfoliating and getting rid of those dead skin patches. 

And if soap isn’t your thing for hand washing and hand care then maybe natural hand wash is. 

These are the smaller trial bottles of the hand wash and lotion gift set for £25.00. Both the handwash and the hand lotion are also available to buy in full size single 300ml bottles for £12.50 each. All with the choice of fragrance. The lotion is lovely on dry or sweaty hands and the hand wash is great when they need a refreshing scrub. 

And finally………….. The bath bomb! I do love bath bombs, I can’t get enough of them as I always use them so quickly.

Heart shaped and gift boxed and again a few scents to choose from. This one is lavender and even contains actual bits of lavender. Lavender equals a very relaxing bath, perfect just before bedtime. Each bath bomb is just £4.00. 

Amazing bath and body pamper products at amazing affordable prices. 

Beauty treats for me: SBC

Published April 4, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I love receiving treats and gifts for myself and especially anything beauty or pamper related. It makes a nice change writing about things I enjoy using rather than just my children. 

Today’s beauty treats come from SBC which are the initials for – Simply Beautiful Collection.

A browse of their website will reveal many pamper type products for the skin, face, body and bathing products. SBC products aim to be practical, effective and affordable. For the past 3 weeks or so I have been trying out four SBC products of my choosing. 

For bathing, I chose the Arnica muscle soak.  A few drops of this in running hot water helps me to have a nice relaxing stress relief bath. The Arnica flower properties can help to relieve body and muscle  aches after  sports or hard work. It can also be added to a foot spa to relieve tired aching feet. I do have a foot spa but am yet to test this product with it. A 250ml bottle costs £15, smaller and bigger sizes are available. Only a few drops of this is needed per bath so this size bottle will last a long time. 

Also for bathing/pampering I have a lovely Superfruits body scrub. This looks and smells like a creamy yoghurt and is made with cranberry and raspberry fruit extracts.  It’s also enriched with pomegranate seeds to buff away skin impurities and exfoliate as it cleans. It’s really nice, smells good and great for my pre self tanning too. It also contains lots of good stuff – high levels of minerals, anti oxidants and vitamins. A 450ml jar which is fairly large coats £25.00. 

I also chose two skin care products, both of which contain collagen and thus help with the whole anti-aging process.

Collagen hydra gel serum costs £35 for 30ml and is a facial serum that moisturises, smooths and minimises the appearance of fine lines. It feels very cool on and dries quickly. I use this once a day and have been for about 3 weeks along with the other product – Collagen day and night cream. The day and night cream starts at £29.00. Again this helps to reduce aging facial lines as well as moisturising and hydrating the skin. It seems to be a much richer and thicker overall product than the serum, a little like a white soufflé. 

None of these products are greasy and yes they do help to make the skin smoother and softer and I’m sure I have noticed less lines. However these are probably the type of products which have to be used for longer periods to see more beneficial effects. 
I would buy these products again, probably not altogether but I would certainly recommend them all for gifts or just a pamper treat for yourself. My favourite overall product from the four is the collagen day and night cream. 

Perfect pamper gifts

Published February 21, 2017 by Bizzimummy

With Valentine’s Day over for another year, it’s perhaps time to think about Mother’s Day once again which is on its way in just a few weeks. 

Us Mothers need a bit of pampering every now and then and the majority of us ladies just love to receive pamper/bathing type gifts for any occasion. 

Now most ladies get fed up of the same bog standard supermarket gift sets that can be purchased anywhere and we like things a little different and special. This is where Perfect pamper gifts comes in very handy.

Perfect Pamper gifts create unique gift sets and pamper hampers containing luxury fragrant products. 

My own hamper arrived in a lovely little bow tied Jute bag, like this.

And yes you can even choose the bag colour. 

Before opening the bag, I knew it was going to be good inside because I could smell the lovely fragrant aromas inside. And inside – all these lovely pamper Goodies. 

The aromas are delicious and smelt so good, they made me hungry. 

I absolutely love all of the products inside. Just take a look at this Pomegranate & Vitamin E face mask!

It looks and feels like a fruity whipped cream and feels lovely on my face. 

The Whole lot of love bath bomb is huge and I can’t wait to drop into my bath. The centre rose part is made of soap petals which get pulled off and scattered in the bath before fizzing the bath bomb.

Then Sweet cherry body wash – the scent reminds me of my favourite yoghurt flavour and that’s black cherry. It contains cherry kernel oils and smells very sweet. 

Seville orange lip balm really helps my dry lips which I seem to get whenever I have a cold (which I do now!) 

And finally, for an added bit of bathing luxury – Wild rose scented candle. 

There are many pamper hampers to choose from, be it for mum, sister, daughter, friend etc. You can also Build your own hamper by choosing specific products and Perfect Pamper gifts even offer a Monthly subscription pamper box which I am considering signing up to. Monthly pamper treats sound amazing. 

The pamper hampers make wonderful gifts for us ladies and are a great idea for a Mother’s Day gift. The gifts hamper bundles such as the one I have start at £14.99 and include choice of bag, gift tag and personalised message. Each bag contains at least 4 pamper items depending on which one is chosen.

There are many to choose from at Perfect pamper gifts.

Bath & Unwind

Published August 16, 2016 by Bizzimummy

So I’m half way through the school Summer hols and yes it’s getting stressful, kids running out of things to do, wanting money, wanting sleepovers, money being tight, house a mess and all the rest of it; whilst also trying to fit blog posts in when I can. Therefore it’s always nice when I’m sent goodies for myself and just myself to try out and especially so when it happens to be any sort of beauty or pamper products.

I had not heard of Bath and Unwind before prior to them contacting me. They sell many beauty and pamper type products from many different brands. I have had a browse of their website and many products do seem to be cheaper than on other sites and places. It is well worth a look to find some beauty bargains.

Bath & Unwind offered to send me out a selection of their products. The three products I was sent all do different things. There is something for the skin, hair and even sleep; perfect for bathing and then unwinding.

Moroccanoil dry shampoo 

I have tried a few dry shampoo products before but this is by far the best one so far. Firstly the scent is so much better, there is none of that hairspray scent with this one. Secondly there are two shades to choose from based on hair tone and of course being Moroccanoil; means it contains Argan oil. Any woman who cares about her locks will be familiar with Argan oil. It even contains UV protection to shield hair from the sun. Spray on tangled hair to detangle and leave smoother or give life to dull hair. It does leave a whitish/silver shimmer when first applied but this quickly fades once brushed.

It is £14.85 a can but I have not seen this product in shops or anywhere else and it really does wonders for my coloured hair.

Badger balm
Fear not, no badgers were harmed, or even used (as far as I’m aware!) making this product. 


This could be classed as a natural sleep remedy. It’s a balm which can be applied to temples, cheeks, neck or face just before bed. It contains lots of lovely lavender to help you drift off into the land of nod. It is 100% natural too. Lavender is of course a well known sleep aid and relaxant so it does help a little if you can’t sleep. 

It’s a little greasy at first but blends in, you don’t need to apply much and it smells lovely. It looks a little like wax and is really firm so I did have to press quite hard to get some out. This costs just £4.99 and it’s one of those products that will last a long time.


Steamcream is handmade in the UK and arrives in a choice of time. This beautiful floral tin is one of the limited edition tins. The cream inside is a multi-use moisturiser and is the perfect all rounder. 

Steamcream has a lighweight texture that is infused with jojoba, almond oil and cocoa butter, it instantly softens and smoothes the skin on the face, hands, body and feet making it also great for travel. 
The cream gives an instant cooling effect to my skin when applied and easily dries. It has a rather distinct scent and I can’t quite work out what it reminds me of. It is a product I like using. I can’t comment on the long term effects of using steam cream because I have not been using it that long and products like this take time to give any real results. 

I will say that opening the tin was an absolute nightmare unfortunately. There is nothing to grip to pull it open and no space between the lid and tin to wedge much in. I was beginning to think it was faulty and somehow fused together permanently. In the end I had to use a really sharp knife to wedge it apart which then bent the tin a bit but at least it’s open now. I do think the tins need to made easier to get in as I am sure I won’t the only one who has problems opening one. 

Steamcream tins start from £12.95.
I am enjoying all my products from Bath and Unwind.

Buff & Butter essential oils

Published April 27, 2016 by Bizzimummy

Essential oils have been around for thousands of years and if you have no idea what they are, then here is a brief description. 

“An essential oil is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid containing volatile aroma compounds from plants. Essential oils are also known as volatile oils, ethereal oils, aetherolea, or simply as the oil of the plant from which they were extracted, such as oil of clove. An oil is “essential” in the sense that it contains the “essence of” the plant’s fragrance—the characteristic fragrance of the plant from where it comes from”

Essential oils can be found in hundreds of fragrances, many of them can be rare or hard to find. Each one brings its own uses and benefits. Many beauty products that we use contain one or more essential oils and home made products are made using the oils. The majority of the oils come with health and medicinal benefits, these benefits differ per oil and include relaxation, stress and depression relief and even soothing properties for aches and pains. And of course they smell great to simply add to a bath too or burn with an oil burner. 

Essential oils can be purchased at many places and one of those places who specialise in the oils is Buff & Butter. They have a vast selection of oils, with the majority costing just a few pound per bottle.

I was able to choose 5 of Buff & Butters essential oils. These are all 10ml bottles. Larger bottle options are available too. 

The 10ml bottles seem small but only a few drops of oil is ever required at once (too much can be dangerous) so they last ages.

Bergamont FCF helps with anxiety and depression which I suffer from. It’s often found in soaps and bathing products. Sweet, fruity, almost citrus smell which is quite pleasant.
Black Pepper – At the time of choosing this, I was experiencing bad backache which is very unusual for me. The heating effect of the black pepper oil makes it perfect for relief of aches and spasms. The scent is unusual, tho definitely hints of pepper. And after just 2 days of bathing with this oil my back ache was gone. I’m not saying it’s a miracle cure but it certainly must of helped.
Eucalyptus – This has to be my favourite scent overall, think Vicks vapour rub when you have a cold. It’s string fragrance is distinct and helps to ease congestion.
Frankincense – Yes it’s not just Jesus or churches who use this oil. It helps to clear the mind and AIDS relaxation and yes it definitely does what it says. The aroma is strong and rather strange. It’s probably best to use minimal amount of this as it can be a bit over powering.
Rose Geranium – Geranium oil is often compared to the rose essential oil because they share almost the same therapeutic traits. In fact, geranium is considered the “poor man’s rose” and its oil is often the alternative to the more expensive rose oil. Rose geranium has many benefits and uses including both pain and depression. It’s also found in food products, perfumes and beauty products, tho I can only think that the more high prices rose products contain rose oil rather than geranium. It has a lovely sweet scent of roses and actually reminds me of my childhood days attempting to make rose perfume with rose petals.

All of the above oils which I have can be used in a bath. No more than 5 drops at a time and if using more than one oil at a time then it is 5 drops between the amount of bottles. The oils can cause allergic reactions just like the products they are used in, using too much can also cause various problems as they are very strong and pure. It is best to do some research on them before using if unsure.

Vosene kids, new products 

Published April 20, 2016 by Bizzimummy

Vosene Kids  is expanding its product range with the launch of some new and rather fruity hair care products.

These products are not in the shops just yet, so it’s a bit of a special privelage to test them out before anyone else.

There is the Caring Coconut & Mango Hair and Body Wash which is just burstibg with exotic paradise essence, perfect for helping parents to gently nourish their kiddies’ delicate skin. In addition, the Fruity Goodness range welcomes two new products, Pink Pomelo & Vitamin C 2 in 1 Shampoo and Pink Pomelo & Vitamin C Hair & Body Wash bursting with citrus zest and a spritz of Vitamin C, helping to keep your little ones’ hair fresh and energised. 

If you don’t know what a pink pomelo is, which my kids did not; then it’s a fruit similar to a grapefruit and the scents from these products are similar to a grapefruit scent too which is just lovely.

Being fruity I would say that the products are probably aimed more towards girls and perhaps the younger boys. Ryan is more into his “real men” products and fragrances now (almost a teenager). My two girls are always so happy with new bath products and loved the new Vosene range. The scents are great. We found the 2 in 1 shampoo really works as a double product this time (unlike others) it has more of a look a texture that a conditioner does and so reduces the need for additional or extra conditioning even on long or thicker hair.

The hair and body washes seem good for children with shorter or finer hair (young boys included) and saves the need for an additional shampoo bottle.

I am sure these new products will be in stores very soon and you can always visit the Vosene kids website for more product ranges.

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