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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National Bed Month // Dr Botanicals Advanced Purifying Overnight Masque!

Hi guys, happy Friday!!  I hope you have something nice planned for this weekend.  If you’re a fellow spoonie and you’re stuck in bed, get cosy and watch lots of great films 😀  If you’re a regular reader, you may remember my exciting news: I’m a Dr Botanicals Brand Ambassador!  This means that they send me a different product each month to test, for me to review.  My reviews will always be honest, I’m not being paid for the posts or to say anything I don’t mean!  Last month’s super-luxurious product was the Moroccan Rose and Shea Body Cream – click on the name to read my review.  But more to the point, this month’s product is the Dr Botanicals Advanced Purifying Overnight Masque!

Dr Botanicals Advanced Purifying Overnight Masque Review National Bed Month

Dr Botanicals Advanced Purifying Overnight Masque


Who Are Dr Botanicals?

Dr Botanicals are a 100% natural UK skincare brand, who use no parabens.  But even better than that, they are completely cruelty-free and vegan-certified!  They are based in London and aim to combine a passion for plant based traditional thinking with the latest science.

Dr Botanicals 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.  It’s so easy to claim to be a ‘natural’ brand but most don’t use entirely natural ingredients, as it can be more expensive and difficult to source.  There are no harmful preservatives in any of the products.


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Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose & Shea Butter Body Repairing Cream Review Discount Code

Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose & Shea Butter Body Repairing Cream // Vegan CF Skincare Review

Hola!  How are you?  I hope you’re well and enjoying February – the month of love!  Whether that’s romantic love, or just learning to love yourself, I hope February is a great one for you.  If you read this post, you’ll know that I have just become a Brand Ambassador for Dr Botanicals!  I’ve had such a lovely response to the news, so thank you very much 🙂  So this is my first review as a Brand Ambassador – and it starts with the gorgeous Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose & Shea Butter Body Repairing Cream!

Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose & Shea Butter Body Repairing Cream Review Discount Code

Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose & Shea Butter Body Repairing Cream

Love Your Body This Valentines

You may remember this post, where I reviewed two other products from the Moroccan Rose line.  I absolutely loved them, and am still using up the last bits of those two products now!  They really do go a long way.  I was excited to try something else from the Moroccan Rose range, as I love the scent.  

Dr Botanicals chose this product for February as their theme for the month is “Love your body this Valentines”.  I suppose as a gift (to a loved one, or yourself), it’ll last longer than actual roses!


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July You Beauty Box 2016 review and unboxing

You Beauty Box // July 2016 // Review and Unboxing!

Hey guys! I’m a little more on time with my July You Beauty Box unboxing – hooray! Glossybox will be coming soon too – check me out, I’m on a roll 😀

The July You Beauty Box theme is ‘The Jet Set Edit’!  Of course, all the beauty boxes are focusing on summer, sun and holidays at the moment.  Bit depressing for me as I’m too poorly to go away on holiday, so cross your fingers for some UK sun for me!

You Beauty Box is a monthly subscription beauty box.  You select two products yourself, from a shortlist.  You Beauty then add in two more ‘bonus’ products – all subscribers get the same.  These may be accessories, hair/makeup/beauty products or a “healthy treat”.  The box is just £6.95 including postage, which I think is fantastic value for money.  It’s the cheapest box I’ve personally seen on the market.  

They also now offer the option of choosing 3 products (plus the bonus treats) for £8.95 or 4 products for £10.95.  You can find out more, or subscribe here.

July You Beauty Box 2016 review and unboxing

July 2016 – You Beauty Box

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The Vegan Kind Beauty Box – May 2015: Unboxing and Review!

Happy Saturday guys – hooray, it’s the weekend!

This is another beauty subscription box review, but it is a little different to the ones I’ve done so far.  I have subscribed to The Vegan Kind since mid-2014 and absolutely love their product.  Rather than being monthly, like most beauty box subscriptions, this box is quarterly.  You receive a box every 3 months, in February, May, August and November.  This is quite nice as it stops too many products building up and not being used.  I think they chose to do it because they are still relatively new to doing beauty boxes and are still building up the brands etc. The box £15 plus P&P every 3 months (ie you only pay on the months you will be receiving a box).

They also offer a vegan lifestyle box which is monthly, containing things like food and cleaning products, but I have never tried it.

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So as you can tell from the name, this beauty box provides only vegan, cruelty-free products.  I am not vegan, I’m vegetarian, but I love to discover new cruelty-free beauty brands as animal welfare is important to me.  20p from each box is also donated to Dr Hadwen Trust, the UK’s leading non-animal medical research charity.  They fund and promote the development of techniques to replace animal testing.


I received a nice mixture of cosmetics and skincare as follows:


Greenfrog Botanic Geranium & Peppermint Body Wash

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This smells beautiful!!  Geranium and mint seem like a strange pairing, but they actually work really well together.  The smell reminds me of being in a garden surrounded by fragrant flowers and mint plants!

This body wash is suitable for sensitive skin, containing organic aloe vera, geranium and peppermint essential oils.  It is a really decent (full) size at 320g and should last quite a long time in the shower.  I really like using this body wash!

Price: £7.40 (we received the full-sized product).

Discount code: VG25 for a 25% discount here.


Sophyto Total Protection Serum

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This face serum contains organic green and white tea extracts, which you can tell from the smell!  It does smell slightly like over-steeped tea… a little bit off-putting but the scent disappears once you’ve applied it.  You just need to use 2 – 4 drops (although measuring this is difficult as it has a pump dispenser… is one pump one drop?!  I don’t know… I just used my judgement and ended up using about 3 pumps for my face).

I love serums and have tried a lot of them over the years.  This is definitely not one of my favourite as it didn’t make my skin feel really nice straight after application like a lot of them do.  However with skincare, you need to use something for at least 4-6 weeks before you can really judge its performance, so once I’m ready for my next serum, I’ll use this daily and see how it goes.

Again, this is a very generous full-sized product.

Price: £28 – full-sized product received.  Find it here.


Crazy Rumors HibisKiss Tinted Lip Balm

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This is a tinted lip balm made with jojoba oil and shea butter.  I received the Tropical scent, and it smells and tastes gorgeous (yes, I tasted it on my lips, don’t pretend you don’t do that too!)

I kind of wrote this off before I tried it as I prefer wearing lipstick, but I do use a lot of lip balm at home and during the day when my lips get dry.  I thought that this would be more about the colour but in fact it’s so moisturising and really helped my dry lips.  I would say it has worked the best for sorting out my dry lips of anything I’ve tried so far – big claim!  The tint is subtle but pretty and this is something I can see me popping in my bag and using throughout the day.  I’m really pleased with this product.

Price: £4.75 (we received full-size).  You can find this and other flavours here.


The Wild Witchery Gold Highlighter

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This is a shimmery highlighter stick that can be used on the cheeks, eyes and body.  I have never used a stick highlighter before, only powder ones (and the little cream pot Lush one) so this was new to me.

It is a very golden shimmer and a smooth, creamy texture on application.  The company claim it smells “good enough to eat” and they’re not wrong.  Although the packaging doesn’t state any ingredients, it smells very much like chocolatey cocoa butter to me.

I’m a bit rubbish at applying highlighter, so it’s a step I miss out quite often, but I’ll definitely give this a try and make it work.  Again, another really nice vegan product.  The packaging would be really handy for travelling or touch-ups on the go too.

Price: £3.50 (we received full-size).  You can buy this from Etsy, here.


Zk’in Skincare Deluxe Sample Pack (x4 sachets)

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The final product was a cardboard pouch containing four sachets:

  • relief moisturiser
  • line smoothing serum
  • brightening & hydrating serum; and
  • calming cream cleanser (missing from this photo as I’d already used it, oops!)

Zk’in (which I have no idea how to pronounce out loud!) use no parabens, no sulphates, no petrochemicals and no unnatural ingredients.

The cream cleanser was a nice, gentle cleanser.  Nothing outstanding but very pleasant to use.  The relief moisturiser sooths dry, itchy skin and contains hemp and evening primrose oil.  I haven’t tried the serum yet as it would be useful for taking away with me, due to the small size.  I haven’t used the brightening masque yet either but it contains seaweed extract to support collagen production.

The sachets are a nice introduction to a brand I had never heard of.

Price: not stated.

Discount code: 20% off with code TVK on orders placed at zkinorganics.co.uk


Overall, I was really pleased with this box; like I have been with all the previous boxes I have received.  I found it good value for money.  I love what The Vegan Kind are doing, in promoting vegan and cruelty free brands which are small and probably cannot afford to pay for prominent advertising and compete with large companies (who often test on animals…)  I always really look forward to it arriving.

If you want to see what the box is like for yourself, you can subscribe here.


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