Dr Botanicals Cocoa Noir Time Reverse Facial Serum Review Natural Vegan Cruelty Free Skincare

Chocolate Heaven: Dr Botanicals Cocoa Noir Time Reverse Facial Serum!

Hi guys and dolls!  How are you today?  I hope you’re having a great day!  Confession:  I should have written this post about 3 weeks ago… It seems all my recent posts begin with the confessions of a bad blogger!!  I’ve been quite poorly but the odd time I’ve had a better day, the light has been too bad to take the photos (I know, excuses excuses!)  Anyway, we’re here now: and I’m going to tell you all about the gorgeous Dr Botanicals Cocoa Noir Time Reverse Facial Serum.

Dr Botanicals Cocoa Noir Time Reverse Facial Serum Review Natural Vegan Cruelty Free Skincare

Dr Botanicals Cocoa Noir Time Reverse Facial Serum

If you’ve read my blog before, you might know that I’m a Dr Botanicals ambassador!  This means that they send me one product a month to review for you guys, free of charge.  I’m not being paid for my reviews and all opinions are totally honest and completely my own!

About Dr Botanicals

Dr Botanicals are London-based, and aim to combine a passion for plant based traditional thinking and the latest science. They use a lot of natural oils and plant extracts, as they believe they can make a genuine difference to the skin.  I love that they use 100% totally natural ingredients.  There are many ‘natural’ brands, but most don’t use entirely natural ingredients, as it can be more expensive and difficult to source.  There are no parabens or harmful preservatives in any of the products.

My favourite aspect of Dr Botanicals is that they don’t ever test on animals.  They are also vegan and PETA certified, which is even better!

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AA Skincare – Bergamot and Aloe Deodorant – Natural Skincare Review!

Hi guys

Today I’m reviewing another product by AA (Amphora Aromatics) Skincare.  This is the second product I have kindly been sent by the company, and I’m really pleased to test out their things as I love the idea of going more natural with my skincare and beauty regime.  If you want to see the eye gel I reviewed, you can find the post here.  As I said in my first review, although I was sent the product, this post is not sponsored and all opinions are truthful and my own.

Just to recap in case you didn’t read my previous post, AA Skincare is a fairly new natural skincare range from Amphora Aromatics.  They are a UK-based company (Bristol) and it’s always nice to support UK businesses where possible.  Their mission statement is to “supply their customers with wonderfully natural, effective products at affordable prices” – and from what I’ve seen on their website, the prices really are affordable, with most products at well under a tenner!  The skincare range combines essential oils with natural ingredients, avoiding chemicals and artificial ingredients.


I was actually really keen to test out this product, as I had already been considering switching to a natural deodorant.  I currently only use Superdrug’s own anti-perspirant as it’s cruelty-free, but it still contains lots of chemicals.  The only sticking point concerning me was that deodorants obviously deodorise but don’t stop perspiration.  I have always used an anti-perspirant, as obviously most people prefer to stop sweating rather than just sweat, without any unpleasant smells.  I was intrigued to see whether this would be enough for me.


This deodorant is made with naturally deodorising essential oils – bergamot gives a refreshing citrus smell but also attacks the bacteria that cause nasty smells.  Aloe is another naturally deodorising ingredient and also ensures that the deodorant is kind to your skin.  AA don’t use aluminium, alcohol and synthetic parfum in their deodorants.

The deodorant is in a solid glass bottle, with a decent sized roller ball applicator.  It smells really nice – I really like the fresh, citrusy smell, with a hint of sweetness.  It applies well, but obviously takes a little while to dry – I’ve always found this with any roll-ons, compared to spray deodorants, which dry almost immediately.

I obviously spend a lot of time in bed or around the house, due to my chronic illnesses.  Without being too TMI, this means I don’t really sweat much!  So I find this deodorant is sufficient when I’m at home, being fairly inactive.  If I was exercising, I would probably still prefer an anti-perspirant, but may use a bit of this after working out, to stay fresh!

I will definitely finish this deodorant, and may well repurchase it once it runs out.  They also do two other scents – grapefruit & cedarwood, and lemongrass & lavender.

You can buy the Aloe & Bergamot deodorant here.

Do you prefer deodorants or anti-perspirants?  What do you think of using natural beauty products?  Let me know in the comments box!