Korres – Natural Skincare from Greece

In the first of my natural skincare reviews Im looking at a brand Ive heard of often but never had the chance to try. First thing to know is that I have dry skin and for me the moisturising content is very important. Thats probably why Im so fussy about what I put on my skin. Because I slather it on every day. Since I have to do this I want to make sure its good for me, for my skin and for my environment.

As a company, Korres works hard to develop a quality, natural skincare product. Working with local Greek agricultural co-operatives, regularly developing tinctures and new herb combinations to expand their product range, sustainably.

Korres is free from:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appealing to my dry skin, I chose a product that claimed to be for very dry and dehydrated skin – the Watercress Ultra Nourishing Moisturising Cream. It goes on thick but spreads easily. For me it leaves a reassuringly thick and sticky feeling, but within less than 30 minutes this soaks in to just leave silky, rehydrated skin.

97.7% Natural – 97.7% sure I’ll be using this again

11th March 2013 – Animal Testing in Europe is finally banned

Animal Testing banned in Europe 11th March 2013

Great news, from 11th March 2013, all ingredients in cosmetic products, as well as the finished products themselves, cannot be tested on animals in Europe. In addition, products tested on animals cannot be sold in Europe.

“The Cosmetics Directive provides the regulatory framework for the phasing out of animal testing for cosmetics purposes. It establishes a prohibition to test finished cosmetic products and cosmetic ingredients on animals (testing ban), and a prohibition to market in the European Union finished cosmetic products and ingredients included in cosmetic products which were tested on animals for cosmetics purposes (marketing ban). The same provisions are contained in the Cosmetics Regulation, which replaces the Cosmetics Directive as of 11 July 2013.
The testing ban on finished cosmetic products applies since 11 September 2004; the testing ban on ingredients or combination of ingredients applies since 11 March 2009.
The marketing ban applies since 11 March 2009 for all human health effects with the exception of repeated-dose toxicity, reproductive toxicity and toxicokinetics. For these specific health effects the marketing ban applies since 11 March 2013, irrespective of the availability of alternative non-animal tests.”
Source: http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/sectors/cosmetics/animal-testing/

Now, when is the rest of the world going to catch up?

Eco Products at Irelands Pregnancy and Baby Fair

Today I went along to Ireland’s Pregnancy and Baby Fair at the RDS.

I love this show and I think that Claire and Jen have done an amazing job to bring this standard of event to Ireland. It was lovely to see all the babies and bumps there, enjoying the day and even finding some bargains. What was also lovely to see was the wide range of Eco Baby products at the event.  I saw Earth Mother and Eco Baby both with stands there.

I saw stands selling: Burts Bees Baby Range, Weleda Baby Range, Trilogy for Mama, Ecover and all other manner of Eco Products at the event. I was also delighted to spot Irish made Bia Beauty there too. This Cork based company makes creates handmade beauty products from scratch and is 100% Irish. I was tempted by almost everything on show – from the beautiful exfoliators to body creams but I couldnt resist a cute little tin of lip balm – chai latte flavoured! Yum!

Congrats to the girls who organise the fair, who launched the Huggy Bloom brand at the fair too – with a fabulous range of childrens furniture (cot and daybed). 100% Irish and Solid wood too. Looking forward to next year already.

 

H&M Conscious Collection Spring 2013

In the search to be a Chic, Modern and Fashion Forward Peachy Green lady, Im always keeping an eye out for sustainable fashion brands. I was pleasantly surprised when, in need of some new work clothes, I stumbled into H&M last week and pride of place at the entrance of the shop was a very large range from their Conscious Collection.

They say:
CONSCIOUS:-
OUR VISION IS THAT ALL BUSINESS OPERATIONS SHALL BE RUN IN A WAY THAT IS ECONOMICALLY, SOCIALLY AND ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE

I like this as it adheres to all three values in the Triple Bottom Line principle. Also they are not just focussing on one aspect of bringing their consciousness into their brand, but in the overall impact the manufacture and distribution of their clothes has.

  1. Water: 450 Million Litres of water saved in their denim production
  2. Charity: 3.2 million garments donated to charity
  3. The number 1 user of organic cotton worldwide
  4. Garment collection and reuse in store
  5. Partners – teaming up with Unicef and WWFOn my wishlist
Sounds great, but if the clothes are not usable, poor quality, badly designed or constructed, nobody is actually going to use it. Well I was impressed. In that one night I bought 2 tops, a beautiful shirt, a pair of trousers
and have my eye on a fabulous dress from the collection.Happy, guilt free shopping. We like 🙂

Whats your favourite natural beauty brand?

There are so many beauty brands out there, many of them claiming to be organic and natural. But which ones really work and are available in Ireland?
This is a quest I’ve been on for a while now and will be documenting my findings here. Would love to hear your thoughts though!

Get thee..to the Library!

Hi again, its been a busy time here for Peachy Green and Im just learning about this whole blogging for myself thing so forgive me for the lack of communication!

First of all, thanks to everyone who came along to Cork’s Aternative Wedding Event and for making it such a huge success. I love my lovely wedding family at One of a Kind Weddings, and planning my own green wedding is definitely helped by the inspiration I get from them, but more of that later.

Anyway, in an attempt to keep myself sane and Peachy Green, on these now dark days, Ive been checking out my local library. Let me first say that I am officially a geek. No need to slag me, I know it. I just have to say that I love libraries. Love, love, love them. In fact I love them so much that I had to create one at home, and my boyf recently asked me how many books did you need to own to start a library. God knows I have enough, but theres always more to be had…more, I want more…

Im a bookworm and I know it

I love the work done by South Dublin Libraries, the library in Tallaght is amaze-balls! The collection is huge, as is the variety. I could spend the day there. As for books, though I love a novel, recently I find it hard to concentrate on them for too long so something a little craftsy or a cookery book is where I naturally gravitate to. Being Peachy Green, you can never have too many cook books.

Recently Im reading:

Fruits of the Earth: All about preserving – Ill be stocking up my jams and chutneys over the coming months and promise to share some of the recipes I use with you

Its Vintage Darling: I adore this book so much I had it out for 5 months straight and now have my own copy on order. Its out of print so get your hands on it soon. Having recently started to get into vintage and secondhand clothing, this book is a godsend to show you what to look out for!

Make, Mend, Bake, Save and Shine: This little book from Oxfam is a lovely reminder of all the fab crafty things we can do that are also green. From Eco-Cleaning, to makign your own toys, its a gorgeous little book of inspiration.

Anyway, thats all the inspiration I have for you guys today. If you have a little time on your hands, you should try it yourself – Get thee, to the library!

Apples and Bananas, Friday night Eco-Nomics

Have you ever been in the position where you have a few brown bananas, some bruised apples and the odd nectarine, peach, plum or pear floating around. This was the case in my house this week. Not being one to waste, this was a bit of problem. Do I force myself to eat this not-so tempting fruit, or find another answer to this problem?

The answer – Marathon Baking session!

Baking is a wonderfully therapeutic way to spend a few hours – and unlike some other pursuits that can leave you feeling sad or disappointed when its finished. Once you’ve done baking you get to eat the fruits of your labour. Its a win win all around.

Who doesnt love Bananas?

So last night I took 6 brown bananas and turned them into:

  • Banana Pie?
  • Banana Custard?
  • Banana Cake?

Nope, Banana Bread. Its a little bit legendary in my house, this is my fallback recipe as once its done you can take a rest and enjoy a fresh, warm slice with a nice cuppa and then cut up the loaf and freeze. Then whenever you like, in the coming weeks, you can go to the freezer, grab a slice and toast. Tastes just as good as when it first came out of the oven! Want the recipe – post a comment here and Ill put it up.

6 sad bananas + butter, eggs, flour = 2 amazing banana loaves and weeks of Happy Eating. Thats Eco-Nomics!

I also had a couple of bruised apples, some soft plums and a random cooking apple floating around the fridge. Doesnt sound like th most exciting combination but just add a few ingredients and you have something warm and yummy!

I peeled and cut up the fruit, and boiled it with some sugar (no need to add water, as there is plenty naturally in the fruit). Take this off the heat when soft. Then our options are:

  • Apple pie
  • Apple Crumble

As I was feeling a little lazy I decided to make a crumble instead as there was no pastry involved. Banged some flour, oats, sugar and butter into the mixer and hey presto – instant crumble!

Bruised apples + soft plums + tasty crumble = a warm Eco-Nomical treat!

Yummy Yummy Banana Bread

 

Happy National Organic Week

Do you eat organic? Were you aware that this is Ireland’s National Organic Week. I try eat as a much organic food as possible but on a week like this Im particularly aware of it. Not least of all because Lidl are selling a lot of their organic produce at only 1 Euro! I mean, its cheaper than a lot of the other produce and quite a lot of it is Irish.

Organic food is fantastic in so many ways. You may question whether their is a taste different but by buying organic you are supporting the planet and people who want to use our land sustainably. It contributes to the efforts to save our seeds and biodiversity and protect agains the spread of pests and disease.

So in this week – get out and try organic. In the rest of your life – try and buy organic. As Tesco says “every little helps”.

Welcome to a Peachy Green Life

Welcome to my Peachy Green World. I’m just an average girl, living in an average town trying to live the best life she can. Having fun and keeping it green at the same time. Hope you enjoy my blog. Stay with me while I’m earning my stripes (or polka dots) and I’ll keep you up to date on the little things we can do in our modern lives to try to make a difference. Hope you’re Peachy Keen too!

Love

Peachy (aka Andrea)