SoapNSkin - Rose and Sandalwood Collection

Who said that high quality and luxury body care is synonym for unaffordable? Here at The Amazing Blog we can show you it’s quite the opposite with SoapNSkin products. 

SoapNSkin's range includes soaps, body wash, hand wash, body butters and shampoos, all created using all natural, organic ingredients including LavenderSandalwoodRose and Jojoba. Founded by best friends Rabia and Samar, every single product is created by hand in their very own kitchens. SoapNSkin want to spread the word that our skin and hair don’t need parabens or chemicals to look shiny and silky. We 100% agree, because we cannot stop using their creations since we’ve tried the Rose & Sandalwood line. 

We love how the Rejuvenate & Calm Anti-Dandruff Shampoo looks like liquid gold and left our hair feeling soft and cleansed. The Calming & Soothing Hand & Body Soap is a multi-purpose product that can be used on your face, hands and body. Its organic base, and chemical free components means that it delicately cleanses without leaving your skin tight and taut. We also think the rich Soothing Body Butter is a staple product to have this winter, with its rose, sandalwood and neem oils which smoothed the texture of our skin, as well as protecting it against environmental damage, and the harsh cold weather.

SoapNSkin's products can be purchased on their website; the Soothing Body Butter and Rejuvenate & Calm Anti-Dandruff Shampoo retails at £12, and the Soothing Hand & Body Soap for £3.50. Treat you as Mother Nature would do!

New opera ‘Dorothy’ comes to Balham

Here at The Amazing Blog we love a bit of culture, especially when it involves a pub! This December (1st, 2nd and 3rd) we'll be heading down to the premier of a brand new opera called "Dorothy" debuting at Theatre N16 at The Bedford in Balham.

The opera tells the story of Dorothy (no, not the one from The Wizard of Oz), who is imprisoned for her faith and sentenced to death, just for being a Christian. But worse than that, her husband-to-be abandons her and continues to berate her, all because of a belief that he can't understand. Before she is executed he challenges her to bring back fruit and flowers from heaven's garden to prove what she professes is true. But will she return to him, and will he finally believe...?

Dorothy” is brought to you by Secret Opera, an innovative opera company that likes to push the boundaries of traditional works and new commissions. The role of Dorothy will be played by up and coming sopranos Emma Newman-Young (  on 1st and 3rd December, and Heather Heighway ( on the 2nd. Dorothy’s betrothed is to be played by tenor Jack Tebbut, and the 8 part chorus by vocal ensemble ‘Pieces of Eight’.

What’s more, the opera is only 1 hour 30 minutes, with a 20 minute interval – so plenty of time for drinks before and after the performance – what’s not to like! The performance begins at 7:30pm, and you can buy your tickets  here (£15 for adults, £12 for concessions).

Spreads - Savvy, Keen Nut Butter, Erbology and Ogilvy's

We are surrounded by so many healthy and so-called ‘delicious’ alternatives to our favourite toast toppers and sandwich fillers. Here at The Amazing Blog, we have compiled our favourite natural spreads that will give our usual peanut butter and chocolate spread a run for their money. Today we are so aware of what we are putting into our body and Savvy Spreads, Keen Nut Butter, Erbology and Ogilvy’s will ensure we remain beautiful from the inside out.

Firstly, we are bringing you a taste of the Mediterranean with Savvy’s Sweet Sesame Spreads in three different flavours, Carob & Honey, Chocolate and their award-winning Date.

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Astoundingly, there are only up to 5 ingredients in each spread, and each is from a totally natural source. The founder of Savvy Spreads uses an ancient Mediterranean preserve recipe and gave it a 21st Century update for all the family to enjoy. We had full confidence that we were spreading pure nutrition on our morning toast and it felt great. Savvy Spreads can be used in sandwich fillers, cake flavouring, crepes and even porridge toppers. All spreads are gluten free and vegan friendly. We loved that it satisfied our sweet tooth without damaging our health. But don't just take our word for it, try out these delicious healthy spreads for yourself here.  

We are particularly excited at the discovery of a mouth-watering and all-natural nut butter. Peanut butter fanatics will love Keen Nut Butter, an indulgent creamy spread free from added sugar, salt and artificial flavouring.

There is a wide range of flavours to choose from, something most nut butter brands are lacking. We had the opportunity to try the Triple Nut flavour and were not disappointed. The divine smell itself left our stomachs rumbling before we’d even tried it, and we loved the rich taste and buttery texture. It melted beautifully on warm toast to provide us with a nutritious and indulgent breakfast or a midday snack. If you’re keen to get your hands on this guilt-free nut butter get your own here for £2.99 per jar. 

If jam is more up your street, we have the perfect organic substitution. Erbology have created a range of delicious Sea Buckthorn jams, of which we had the opportunity to try the apple flavour.

Rather than a simple sugar high, these jams contain a host of vitamins, minerals and Omega 3,6,9 + 7 that is rarely found in such a concentrated form. As avid beauty enthusiasts, we were ecstatic to learn that the antioxidants in the jam promotes healthy skin and hair. Radiant skin and thick shiny locks while satisfying sweet cravings, that’s our kind of spread!  We thought it made a tasty topping to our porridge and a delectable addition to afternoon tea scones, along with a spoonful of clotted cream. If you want to watch your waistline but don’t want to give up your favourite sweet spreads, try out the Sea Buckthorn Apple jam here for £8.90. 

Last, but not least, Ogilvy’s has produced a British honey range with a difference.

The nectar collected to create the honey comes from a wide variety of plants and flowers, which gives each one its own unique taste. We were lucky enough to try the Borage, Heather and Wildflower honeys. We loved the traceability of these spreads; the Borage nectar was collected in Warwickshire, the Heather nectar in the Derbyshire Peak District, while the Wildflower nectar came from gardens and hedgerows in the heart of England. The differing textures, richness and fragrances provided a refreshing variety. The runnier Borage honey was great as a sweetener in porridge or in warm drinks. Whereas the Heather honey was rich and thick which made it an ideal toast topper. Check out the range of Ogilvy’s British honey range here for just £5.59 each.

Minor Figures - Coffee Scrub & Soap

Here at the Amazing Blog we love anything and everything beauty related, but we are also equally interested in taking care of our environment. Believe it or not we’ve managed to combine the two in this next product. Minor Figures has produced a Coffee Soap and Scrub using only recycled coffee grinds. We can help the environment while gaining the natural benefits of the coffee bean; caffeine stimulates and enriches the skin. It has also been proven to reduce that unwanted orange peel effect that so many of us suffer from.

The scrub is handcrafted with pumice and coffee for a deep exfoliation, with added natural tea tree and peppermint oils to soothe the skin and give it a strong, clean scent. The soap, on the other hand, is handcrafted with olive oil, recycled coffee, vanilla, coconut, and star anise. These ingredients are designed to also exfoliate the skin but also make it feel refreshed and deeply nourished. We loved how the products left our skin feeling smooth and our conscience feeling clear. 

Keep both your skin and the environment happy by purchasing your own scrub and soap here for £5.90 each.

Rossi Uvema - Rice Bran & Borage Seed Cleansing Oil

Here at The Amazing Blog, we find it immensely irritating when we treat ourselves to 'natural' products, only to find that they're full of preservatives, artificial fragrances and the like. When we want natural, we mean natural, so discovering Rossi Uvema was a breath of fresh air. Using only 100% of the purest natural ingredients, we can certainly trust what we're putting on our skin now. 

At this time of year, we are naturally drawn to intensely moisturising products, to combat the drying effect of the cold weather. For this reason, we love Rossi Uvema’s Hydrating Range, which is chock full of wonderful ingredients, perfect for injecting a bit of moisture back into our parched complexions. Comprising of 6 products, all of which offer perfect skin nourishment throughout the day, our favourite is the Rice Bran & Borage Seed Cleansing Oil. In our opinion, there’s nothing more comforting than a cleansing oil on a cold winter’s eve. Lotions, although effective, feel quite cold and uninviting, and often tighten the skin if not used sparingly. The Rossi Uvema Cleansing Oil is perfect for gently washing away the grime of the day, and has a wonderful softening effect on the skin. It’s also brilliant for sensitive skin, and its key ingredients, Rice Bran and Borage Seed Oil are renowned for their soothing and evening qualities. After use, our skin felt soft, smooth and youthful, and having tried many a cleanser in our time, we can safely say that this is no easy feat!

Grab your own bottle of Cleansing Oil here for £14.75. Be sure to check out the rest of Rossi Uvema’s Hydrating Range here too.