I have been looking forward to Love Natural Love Organic (and the sister shows) for ages. I had a plan of action all figured out, and for the first hour I even managed to follow it. As soon as Amber made it to the show, however, method gave way to madness and we just wondered around stopping whenever something caught our eye, or we remembered a stall we wanted to visit. While not very efficient, it was a hell lot of fun, and we also met up with Katie and Ailish later in the day to wonder together and share our best finds. That ment some of the stalls were visited several time, while we never made it to others.
For me the day started at the Organisers office, where I was given a press pack (which I'm still going through, lots of interesting information in there) and names of a few brands that wanted to have a chat with bloggers. My next port of call were two neighbouring stalls: Bathing Beauty and Bloom remedies.
I finally got a chance to play with Bloom remedies vast array of products, while Marie did not bring the whole range, there were still a fair few things. I was very excited to smell her three signature scents for the body care range, and it turns out I am a huge fan of Serenity Slumber, I originally thought that I would be all about Clear vitality ( that is also very good of course, I guess I just need a bit more relaxation at this point). I was so pleased that Bloom Remedies won the overall best product FreeFrom skincare award for the men's moisturiser ( just for the record, ladies that have combo/oily skin and are partial to a more masculine scent, there is nothing to stop you from using this, I asked and it is just as suitable for the ladies). I also made a note of the toner for the future, I have no idea why I didn't take the advantage of the show discount (oh wait I remember, I'm trying to cut down on my toner stash, what bad timing).
Bathing beauty was showing off new, artsy packaging and the latest addition to the range, makeup brushes. Those brushes are simply fabulous. As soon as George did that pressure trick with an eye brush on the tip of my finger, I knew they would soon be mine (what do you know, I resisted for a whole of two hours before getting them, and I completely blame peer pressure). Rest assured I will be talking about these brushes and some other Bathing Beauty goodies much more thoroughly in the near future.
Terre Verdi, one of the brands I keep promising a review for (honestly there must have been a hex on my laptops) has picked up a silver for their Yoga body oil. I also learned that Alessandra has just been certified by Cosmos, so you can expect some packaging changes in the next few months.
Itha, my latest obsession, had a buy one get one free offer, so I added two more colours to the previous PR samples. The post with all the colours is coming, promise.
Amber and I also came across a super cute stall Wood-Knit-Bee. They had beeswax candles, soaps and skin balm. I have been looking for beeswax candles for ever! They have a lovely mild honey scent when they burn. As I'm impossibly terrible at these shows, I did not grab a candle, but I will make use of their website.
The favourite new brand find has to be Savon Stories. They had such an incredible display, and the scents of the soaps are fantastic. The fact that soap making tradition has been passed down through generations is making me feel like we are not only getting a lovely product, but are allowed to be part of a beautiful heritage as well.
It was pretty exciting to come across a brand that was launching on the day, The Organic Balm co (their website doesn't seem to be up just yet). I was particularly intrigued by the fact that they used hemp seed oil in all of their products. Not an oil I see often but it is a great one for balancing skin. We also came across a new online shopping destination for natural and organic skincare, however I misplaced the leaflet and I can't remember the name (argh I know it's here somewhere, will tweet about it as soon as I find it).
On the food side we missed a good 70% of what was out there but the stalls that left an impression were: coconut merchant with their coconut jam and lots of coconut related products , chi coconut water is the best I have tried that is out of the bottle, InSpiral have a new range of kale chips and coconut bites, Anandas marshmallows and wagon wheels are vegan, gluten free and delicious with it.
On the beauty side I only purchased the Bathing Beauty brushes and Itha lip glaze. I still left with a whole lot of products that were generously given for a review.
When it came to food I simply had to have those marshmallows, wagon wheels and chi coconut water. The coconut merchant goodies were kindly given.
In the press pack along with lots of info on brands I found lots of food goodies, and I am especially looking forward to trying Rebel Kitchen.
All in all it was a fun day out, although a little hectic. It was so good to catch up with the girls and get their opinions on what's exciting in the green beauty world. I left completely bit but also pretty stoked. Did I mention my new brushes? Those are rather spectacular.
Massive shout out to the girls, it would not have been nearly as fun without you!