Botanicals Organic Skin Care Facial Collection

blog As most of our daily readers already know, at The Amazing Blog we love any kind of products that are hand made and organic. After hearing about Botanicals skincare from a couple of my friends I knew I had to make it a point to try out their facial collection. We were all pleasantly surprised when we received the Facial 'Try Me' Collection: Chamomile & Mandarin. There was a little something for everyone to take home at the office.

Botanicals Skincare Company uses only the most natural and organic ingredients and are all hand made in small batches to preserve the quality of all their products. After learning about this, we knew we were all getting a great product to sample. I luckily ended up with the Skin Tonic and Green Clay Nourish Masque, which I was secretly pinning for. All in all I was excited to sample these two different products. I had Sunday off so I knew this would be the perfect time to test out these new products.

On Sunday I decided I wanted to treat myself to a mini facial so I tried out the Green Clay Nourish Masque. After applying a thin layer and letting it really soak into my skin for approximately 10 minutes, I then used a hot towel to gently scrub it off of my face. It left my skin feeling refreshed and hydrated – while also leaving me in a great mood, but that maybe because I finally got 10 minutes to myself. After treating myself to the mini facial I decided to try the Skin Tonic. At first, I was hesitant, in the past I have found that most Skin Tonics tend to dry my skin out, thankfully that wasn't the case. I applied a small amount of the Skin Tonic lightly on my face and it was quickly absorbed. I was impressed with how hydrated my skin still felt. The Skin Tonic also allowed my mouisturiser to last longer – which was a great added bonus that I wasn't expecting.

I would highly recommend the "Try Me" set that Botanicals Skincare offers. You are able to test out an assortment of their products and then decide which ones you wish to purchase. It's a great way to quickly figure out whether or not you like the brand without the commitment of purchasing a full sized product. You can buy your own  "Try Me" collection facial set for  £37.50 . Let Botanicals help you figure out which facial serum, skin tonic, or nourishing masque works best for you and your skin type. If you ask me this sounds like a great deal!


Chocolate Creative

Having lived in the same bedroom for the last five years with the same furniture and decoration, give or take a few pictures on the wall and decorative candles, I’ve decided it’s time to update my boudoir and give it a fresh new look. With neither the budget to invest in a complete set of new furniture nor the skills to fashion my own DIY crafts for the home, I have been on the hunt for easy, simple and affordable ways to update my furnishings and hopefully add a stylish edge touch to my existing belongings. As always, I knew I wouldn’t be searching long thanks to my colleagues here at the Amazing Blog and sure enough they came up trumps by introducing me to Chocolate Creative. Chocolate Creative is a London based boutique homewares and accessories brand focused on sustainable, hand-made products, combining traditional skills such as cross stitch and embroidery with silkscreen printing. Inspired by traditional crafts, antiques, vintage textiles and images Chocolate Creative have created a range of products ranging from handmade natural linen cushions to bone china mugs. Here at the Amazing Blog we love the new range of wooden wall hooks and furniture knobs which are handmade in Chocolate Creative’s studios and guaranteed to transform the plainest furniture or wall space with their bright colours and vintage glamour inspired designs. Adorned with old fashioned landscapes and vintage embroidery and available in a range of colours to suit any colour scheme, the hooks and knobs can be used to decorate walls and furniture in an instant. We love the hooks for adding a touch of glamour (and are always handy for hanging coats, scarves, bags and hats) and the knobs which are great for adding a personal touch to newly bought cabinets or chest of drawers or for giving old furniture a new lease of life.

Chocolate Creative is available to buy online here.

Made By Hands Of Britain

Much has been made, in recent years, of the benefits of shopping local. Not only are you supporting home grown trade, but generally you’ll find products are higher in quality and as they’re not mass produced, purchases are far more unique, and thus perfect for treating either yourself or a loved one to something extra-special.

If however, you don’t have the time (or indeed the inclination) to spend your Saturday mornings trawling round craft fairs, or seeking out a nearby independent boutique, then Made By Hands Of Britain is the perfect solution. Founded by Gillian Montegrande just over a year ago, this beautiful website has on offer some of the finest items of British craftsmanship available exclusively online. Inspired by a love and appreciation of local skill and artistry, Gillian spotted a niche in the market that was yet to be filled. And so saw the birth of Made By Hands Of Britain which showcases over 190 of Britain’s finest craftsmen, all under one virtual roof. With an array of unique and inspiring items from confectionary to handwoven scarves and 18ct gold jewellery, there’s something to suit everyone, whatever your style or budget.

And while buying handmade gifts from this fabulous website supports local artisan communities, it also means you will be investing in pieces that will endure the test of time, unlike much of what is available on our high streets. One’s carbon footprint is drastically reduced and the seller’s eco-credentials are increasingly higher than large chains, due largely to the way in which they craft their items – by hand rather than by machine.

I particularly liked the Gift part of the website, which had a huge spectrum of offerings available. With sellers including Alexandra Abraham: Artist and Jewellery Designer, who sources her materials from the Thames Foreshore and forgotten rubbish tips, Lucy Alexandra Batt – whose handmade glass pieces are intricately carved and embellished with intimate floral or abstract patterns and Geoffrey Fisher – a Buckinghamshire-based designer who works exclusively in wood, there are some truly fabulous ideas for anyone who needs help with present buying.

So if, like us at The Amazing Blog, you're sick of Britain's copycat high streets, and want to support local trade, check out Made By Hands Of Britain and indulge in the very best of British craftmanship.