Environmentally Responsible

PHB Ethical Beauty's Gentle Cleanser

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Anyone with sensitive, dry or eczema-prone skin will know that finding skincare is somewhat of a challenge. It is particularly difficult to find a gentle and effective cleanser; and as some of us suffer from mild eczema at The Amazing Blog, we thought it was about time to actively search for new and effective products. This is when we returned to one of our trusted favourites: PHB Ethical Beauty, a vegan, ethical and organic brand, bringing gentle skincare to the market, without an ounce of medical looking packaging. Regular readers will recognise this brand, having featured both their Skin Brighten Gel (see here) and 2-in-1 Hand and Body Moisturiser (see here). With raving reviews previously, we were excited to test whether their Gentle Cleanser would live up to expectations.

PHB Ethical Beauty is a family-run company providing a range of natural, handmade and palm oil free products. The brand is similarly alcohol-free, and halal certified - inclusive to all, no matter skin type or religion. One particularly admirable element of the brand is their charitable contribution, with 20% of net profits going directly to charities across the UK and around the world. There is a reason for the name PHB Ethical Beauty, and this brand indeed is one that favours people over profit.

We tried their Gentle Cleanser with Rosehip and Avocado, a cleanser designed for sensitive, overly dry and eczema prone skin. Thanks to the addition of vitamins A and E, this cleanser not only soothes and softens the skin, but equally reduces inflammation and redness. Rosehip is known for its antioxidant properties, which we gather is the critical ingredient for attaining that youthful glow. On the other hand, avocado (the nation's best-loved brunch ingredient) is particularly effective at moisturising the skin, protecting against unnecessary dryness. The real winner here though is the use of organic ingredients, and avoidance of essential oils and fragrance. For anyone with reactive skin, you'll know this is a make or break element of any product, and in fact, we would suggest, products with either are best to be avoided for any skin type. Additionally, the packaging also feels very premium, with a lovely glass bottle and eco-friendly box - not a single cheap plastic bottle in sight! To try this bottle of goodness for yourself, visit the PHB Ethical Beauty website here, where is it available for £17.00.

Kozo Lamps

Here at The Amazing Blog we’re all about reduce, reuse and recycle. We love anything that’s good for us and our environment. So why should your home products be any different? Well we’ve found a great little company that re-purposes industrial materials into cute and quirky lighting for your house: Kozo Lamps. These cool Kozo Lamps are all handmade from galvanised iron pipes and fittings, the designs are rough and vivid. I’ll admit I don’t know much about plumbing, but I can promise you that the pipes in my bathroom aren’t as stylish as these lamps. Your Kozo Lamp will age with your house, where the joints expose the metal of the pipes, the lamps rust slightly, making your lamp completely unique and beautifully showcasing its age. The great thing about these lamps is that they make use of raw materials that they upcycle and repurpose, creating a cool ‘out of the box’ design – you won’t find lamps like these in Ikea. Their range of lamps, big and small, can be customised with different lampshade covers, making sure your new industrial chic piece fits with your home. Whether you choose a desk lamp, overhead lighting, or a floor lamp, you can rest assured that your Kozo lamp is environmentally responsible and will stand the test of time.

With different shapes, sizes and designs, you’re sure to find a unique Kozo Lamp to suit your style.