Skin Chemists Bee Venom

The harsh "sting" of realising that your skin may be ageing is quite painful, but the ladies here at The Amazing Blog know just how to prevent signs of ageing through the use of high-quality skincare products. The bee venom serum from Skin Chemists doesn’t involve getting stung by a bee, but rather combines the skin-loving powers of Manuka honey and bee venom into a unique skincare experience.

In Egypt, Greece and millennium China, beehive-based treatments have been greatly idolized for their repairing, revitalizing and anti-inflammatory benefits. Treatments that utilize beehive ingredients, such as honey, propolis, royal yellow and venom, are known as apitherapy products. With the rise of modern medicine, apitherapy practices were seen less often, so Skin Chemists brought this ancient and effective practice back to life in 2013 with their line of natural products.

The key ingredients in this serum work together to brighten your complexion and reduce the signs of ageing, since the Manuka honey hydrates, repairs and soothes skin. Additionally, the serum restores the epidermis, as the bee venom improves blood circulation, which stimulates the regeneration of the epidermis. In turn, your skin will feel firmer, smoother and plumper after just one use. 

Experience all the buzz about this product yourself when you purchase it here for £135.

Newby Teas - Masala Chai Black Tea

There's something quite therapeutic about sitting down with a warm cup of tea at the end of a long work day. Here at The Amazing Blog we take our tea time seriously, so we expect only the best from our favourite hot beverage. After trying the Masala Chai Tea from Newby Teas, we knew we’d found our new evening favourite, savouring every cup we pour.

The award-winning tea blend is influenced by traditional Indian culture, staying true to its roots with only natural ingredients. The chai blend contains the finest whole leaf Assam Black Tea, and when combined with cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper and ginger, it becomes a true artisan beverage. For an extra indulgence, we added a slice or two of orange, a cinnamon stick and a drop of honey. As well as looking extremely aesthetically pleasing, it added an extra dimension to the delicious tea. The enticing aroma alone will have you craving another cup before you've finished the first.

Pick up your own silken tea pyramids here for £5.85 and be transported into the wonderful world of gourmet tea. 

Chulo Naturals - Charcoal Spa Range

There's something a bit counter-intuitive about rubbing coal on your face, but so many brands offer activated charcoal masks that it has become the norm in the world of beauty. Used to unclog pores and clear away impurities, there's nothing better for perfecting a smooth and clarified complexion. Here at The Amazing Blog, our latest obsession has become Chulo Naturals new Charcoal Spa range, which offers a wonderful selection of skin clarifying products.

First used medicinally by the Ancient Egyptians, the antique ingredient helped to keep wounds clean. Ahead of their time in so many ways, the Egyptians had charcoal sussed for its detoxifying properties thousands of years before we thought to give it a try! Nowadays, its natural ability to draw unwanted toxins from the body make it the perfect natural ingredient to treat acne and other skin problems.

As opposed to only offering a mask, as other companies often do, Charcoal Spa have monopolised on the beautifying potential of charcoal. All 100% organic, the brand have a range of charcoal products, including the Detoxifying Salt ScrubDetoxifying Face Mask and Charcoal Soap. The Salt Scrub is perfect for exfoliating and brightening the complexion, whilst the Charcoal Soap is a wonderfully gentle cleanser, perfect for everyday use. My personal favourite is the Face Mask. Its deep cleansing properties have really helped to brighten my complexion, leaving my skin feeling super soft after use.

Want to explore the benefits of charcoal for yourself? Head to the website now to grab your own set of charcoal products for £25.00.

Popcorn Kitchen Popcorn

Here at The Amazing Blog we love a snack that is low in unhealthy ingredients and high in good taste. With the delicious popcorn flavours from Popcorn Kitchen, we can indulge without guilt. The popcorn is free of gluten, dairy, nut, soya and GMO. It’s vegan as well, so foodies of all kinds can enjoy their original flavours.

The main method of success for Popcorn Kitchen is the way they prepare their popcorn. In their humble beginnings, they used to pop corn in a giant, stainless steel kettle at small festivals and food fairs. After a lot of positive feedback from consumers, they were encouraged to start a small business in order to sell their popcorn to a wider audience.

They only use “real” ingredients, meaning products you can find in your kitchen cupboard rather than artificial flavourings. Their passion for gourmet artisan popcorn and the use of traditional handmade preparation methods make them a brand to watch.

The four iconic popcorn flavours include: Sweet & Salt, Sweet Chili, Sea Salt & Olive Oil and Simply Sweet. The Sweet Chili flavour was even a winner of a Great Taste Gold Star in 2014. Since the brand strives through their originality, the flavours they offer make for an enjoyable and unique popcorn experience. Rather than mindless eating plain kernels while watching a film, you can enjoy a true popcorn experience that is sure to please.

You can find the popcorn at a variety of grocery stores and farm shops, including but not limited to: Selfridges, Keelham Farm Shop, Monkshill Farm Shop and Natural Kitchen London. The popcorn is also available for purchase in bulk on the Popcorn Kitchen website to enjoy the great taste again and again. 

Friday Favourites - Healthier Sweet Treats Feature

Here at The Amazing Blog, we know how much joy a yummy sweetie can bring us on a Monday or after a long day at work. A sweet treat brings pleasure and is a fun way to balance out our healthy diets. We love experimenting with all sorts of different snacks and sweeties, and we’ve compiled a few of our favourite healthier sweet treats to share with you this Friday.

As expected from our chocolate-loving staff, we ate two bars of the speciality chocolate from Seed and Bean in only a few short minutes. There are so many delicious flavours to choose from in three different varieties: dark, milk and white chocolate. We received the Just Ginger Fine Dark Chocolate and the Rich Milk Chocolate, and both were heavenly. If you’re looking for something a bit more eccentric to satisfy your adventurous taste buds, they have a few very interesting dark chocolate flavours such as: Chilli and Lime, Lavender, Mandarin and Ginger and Pumpkin Seeds with Hemp Oil. 

Beyond their delectable taste, they’re also 100% organic, ethical and fair trade. All of their chocolate bars are produced at a small facility in Northamptonshire, England in order to save food miles and provide local employment. 

Pick up a few of the chocolate bars here to satisfy the chocolate lover in your life. The standard 85g bars are £2.49, but smaller 32g bars are only 99p. They also have exquisite gift sets if you’re rather buy in bulk or share the gift of chocolate with someone you care about.

These delicious milkshakes from Shaken Udder satisfy our sweet tooth without guilt. They are made with fresh British milk and all-natural ingredients, filled with calcium and vitamin D for healthy bones. They’re low in fat and sugar, so you don’t have to worry about racking up too many liquid calories.

The three flavours to choose from are: chocolate, vanilla and banana. Each one is loaded with great taste and flavour. The consistency of the milkshakes is the perfect balance between a glass of milk and a thick, standard milkshake. This makes them easy to drink and extremely portable, as they are packaged the same way bottles of milk would be sold, but have the milkshake satisfaction you desire.

You can purchase your own bottles of Shaken Udder milkshakes at Waitrose, Tesco and Sainsbury’s for £1.49 each.

For a unique chocolate experience, we loved trying the aromatherapy dark chocolate bars from JustBe Botanicals. These chocolate bars aren’t your stereotypical plain chocolate bars – they provide benefits that common aromatherapy oil treatments provide the body.

The two varieties we tried were JustBe Detox and JustBe Loved, contained first in clear plastic packaging and finally in an adorable polka-dot envelope, and finally with a blue or pink wrapper advertising the flavour on the front. The detox chocolate contains cleansing Jupiter, fennel and milk thistle, bringing a savoury blend to a normally sweet treat, while still satisfying your chocolate cravings. The loved chocolate is a bit more romantic, since it is infused with pure rose oils and aromatic rose petals, which you can see and smell when you open the bar. We highly recommend the two chocolate bars and we loved every bite.

Pick up a set of the two bars here for £8.50, or you can buy the detox and loved chocolate bars individually for £4.50 each.

Last but not least, we really enjoyed the sweet marshmallow treats from Mallow and Marsh. The independent brand offers a new spin on the standard marshmallow treat to bring a fresh experience to consumers. Since marshmallows are naturally low in fat, high in energy and gluten-free, they’ll satisfy you without the bloat or guilt.

The brand’s current flavours are: Raspberry, Roasted Coconut, Peppermint & Dark Chocolate and Vanilla. Other flavours set to launch in the near future are: Coffee & Walnut, Raspberry & Liquorice and Violet Cream. They love experimenting with new varieties and tastes, all made without preservatives and additive, so be on the lookout for even more flavours in the future.

The office favourite marshmallow was the raspberry flavour, made with 100% natural raspberry, since it was tart, sweet and delicious. You can pick up your own marshmallows here, starting at £3.