ReallyPure

Miss au naturel, that’s you! You’re into healthy living and care about what you are putting into your body and onto your skin, making Soft & Gentle Really Pure your ideal deodorant. Free from aluminium chlorohydrate, alcohol and allergens, it offers a natural form of protection that gives your skin the freedom the breathe. Enriched with oat oil, it cares for even the most sensitive skin!

Having the freedom to say ‘no’ to nasties means a lot to me.

  • How to stay fit on holiday Yoga: Take a yoga mat with you! The beauty of yoga is that you really can do it anywhere, and your mat can be taken as hand luggage on all airlines. If you're heading to a beautiful beach, why not indulge yourself with some one-on-one time with your yoga mat. Up the ante at the hotel gym: Combine two basic strength exercises, a core exercise and some cardio equipment for an intense but quick session by performing ten squats, ten chest presses (if there's a machine) or ten push-ups, and 30 seconds of walking planks three times each with no break! It'll take about 20 minutes with a quick warm up and you'll be burning calories all day! Get the family involved: Renting bikes for the day can be a healthy, fun-filled way to see many cities and get around famous landmarks while walking tours are very low cost or even free, and can be fun for everyone. theactivelifestyle.net Read More
  • Three favourite books for healthy living Crazy Sexy Kitchen by Kris Carr Even Kris Carr’s biography is an outstanding story. The young woman riddled with cancer who has survived against all odds by devoting herself to clean living and eating, her books (and YouTube channel) are entertaining and full of energy while her recipes are brimming with happy, healthy and utterly enjoyable ingredients. Scandilicious by Signe Johansen Ok, so this isn’t really a health book, but between the fresh ingredients and the outdoorsy lifestyle that Signe Johansen denotes with memories of foraging with her grandmother in Scandinavia and hearty breakfasts with freshly baked loaves, there is something refreshingly healthy for mind, body and soul in these recipes. The Body Book by Cameron Diaz There’s something deliciously likeable about Cameron Diaz as she shares her formula for becoming happier, healthier and stronger in her guide that’s rooted in science and inspired by experience. It’s not about one-size-fits-all, it’s about finding something for everyone in this empowering handbook that all women can fall in love with, because here is a woman who loves cheese and carbs and gives one hell of a pep talk! Read More
  • Detox your mobile phone How did people ever get by without their iPhones? Miraculous as these little computers are though, sometimes our health and wellbeing requires distance from all that e-smog. Here’s how to make a difference in your home… Turn off: it sounds as though we are about to suggest the unthinkable, but here goes. Every now and again, try turning off your Wifi, just for a little while, to give you and your household a digi-break. You might be surprised at what an impact it has, quite literally at the click of a button. Go outside: we are all unusually stressed out most of the time these days, but mobile phones can add to that sense of being just a bit frazzled. The best advice would be to head somewhere remote without phone signal and preferably near a flowing waterfall. Those may well be unlikely prospects for most of us, but heading out to a park or somewhere green is a very good place to start! Alarm bells: we all do it, but using a mobile phone as an alarm is a big no-no. Electronic devices in your bedroom are highly likely to reduce your quality of sleep – something none of us can afford to do. Bedrooms should be for sleep, sex, and possibly an over-stuffed wardrobe, so why not invest in an old fashioned alarm clock and get back to those important nighttime ventures. Read More
  • Beauty products in your kitchen cupboard Beauty doesn’t have to cost a fortune; in fact sometimes it’s as simple as having a nose around your own kitchen cupboards. Just check out these skincare wonder products! Coconut oil: seriously gentle, totally natural and magnificently multi-purpose, coconut oil has been the beauty buzzword on everybody’s lips. A seriously proficient body moisturiser, it sinks into the skin without leaving you greasy. It can also be used as a conditioning hair mask and a bath or massage oil – turns out happiness does come in a jar! Honey: It’s soothing, antibacterial and gentle, not to mention cheap. You could even mix it with a little of that coconut oil and perhaps a favourite essential oil to really get that spa feeling at home! Oats: are a wonderful scrub for face and body, can help to treat acne gently and soothe dry or irritated skin. Simply soak them in warm water and then apply direct to the skin, or add to a warm bath and soak up all that goodness. Read More
  • Flower power As the summer gets into full bloom few things can produce a purer sense of happiness than the brightly coloured flowers blossoming in the parks and hedgerows around us. Hey, even the freshly cut ones on the kitchen table induce a smile every time we walk past. Speaking to Sue Davis, Naturopath at Lifehouse Spa & Hotel in Essex however, flowers mean so much more than pretty colours and nice smells, they have some serious healing power as well. Sue is an expert in flower remedies, which go back to the 16th century when a physician decided to try using the distilled dew from flowers in the belief that they would have healing properties. To obtain the energy from a plant and thus its essence, practitioners pick fresh blooms and place them in a crystal bowl. They allow the sun (or moon, or sometimes both) to beat down, and when the flowers wither the extracted essence is combined with alcohol to preserve it. Most of us will have come across flower remedies in the form of Bach’s Rescue Remedy and they work on a similar level to aromatherapy. Therapists believe you are drawn towards the essences you are lacking and research has been done in Australia testing energy fields around people before and after flower therapy showing significant changes. The therapy is designed to reinstate balance in the body – practitioners believe that our energy fields change before we see physical signs of illness, and ailments themselves are the final materialisation of an ongoing imbalance. Flower remedies address that at an earlier stage, which is why they can be used for a particular problem, or simply to help individuals to feel better. The somewhat spiritual aspect of the practice begs the question as to whether you need to believe the remedies will work in order to see a result, and on this point Sue is refreshingly pragmatic: "of course it works best if you are open minded about it, but because it works on a physical level it does work for everyone." Read More
  • The ultimate green smoothie Here is a recipe to trump them all thanks to the wellness team at Lifehouse Spa and Hotel in Essex… Ingredients: A quarter of a pineapple, one celery stick, two golden delicious apples, half a lime, peeled, slice of lemon with peel, thumbnail of fresh ginger, quarter of an avocado, two cubes of frozen spinach, 30ml of CherryActive, BlueberryActive or BeetrootActive concentrates, 1-2 tsp Kiki Natures Living Super Greens, one tablespoon Kiki raw hemp protein powder, water Method: Simply add all ingredients into a high powered blender such as a Vitamix and blend until smooth. Add water to thin as needed. Why it is so good for you? Pineapple contains bromelain a potent digestive enzyme to help with bloating. Apple contains anti-aging pectin. Lime contains vitamin C which makes iron bioavailable in spinach. Avocado is full of skin and heart friendly omegas. Spinach is full of iron. Read More
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VisiblySmooth

You’re not ashamed to admit that you’re a bit of a beauty addict and love a little pampering; it’s as though Soft & Gentle Visibly Smooth was made especially for you! Offering hair-minimising protection thanks to its unique ingredient Kelisoft™, it is clinically proven to reduce the speed and thickness of hair growth in just eight weeks, while added soyabean moisturises the skin so that underarms stay smoother for longer.

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  • Visibly Smooth cocktail Soft & Gentle’s very own Visibly Smooth cocktail is pink, fresh and perfect for balmy evenings. Created exclusively by bar lady extraordinaire Isabella Newman at The Earl bar in Bath, it’s pretty much summer in a glass… Ingredients 25ml grapefruit juice
    25ml passion fruit purée
    10ml grenadine
    5ml lemon juice
    25ml Sloane's Gin
    25ml Martini Bianco
    Method Simply combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake. For a final flourish add a segment of passion fruit to serve! www.earlbar.co.uk
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  • The perfect nail colour to make you smile Spring is about being fresh and pretty, but as summer gets into full swing we are full of confidence and feeling bold and bright. So we’re turning to skin and nail experts Leighton Denny for the answers with our favourite choices from their Spring/Summer 2015 collection Welcome to the Funfair First up it’s Helter Skelter a colour that demands attention in show-stopping neon orange with an electric pop that screams 'good times’! Speaking of which Scream and Go Faster is the brand’s dazzling, shimmering indigo. You need personality to pull this off, but re reckon as a Soft & Gentle girl you’ve got what it takes. Sometimes you’ve just gotta have a little fun. We would wear this just for the name to be honest, but Kiss me Quick is possibly one of the prettiest pinks on the market. It’s sweet enough to eat and has all the tantalising appeal of candy floss without any of the calories. Read More
  • Two spa experiences to share with friends These spa treatments that mean you can spend the whole day having a giggle, a gossip, and a proper catch up and feel wonderful, all at the same time! Rasul: if you haven’t had a mud rasul before, you’re in for a treat! You apply mineral filled mud to your skin and then spend a while luxuriating in a special steam room together, allowing the products to work their magic. When time’s up you shower off the mud and apply oils and moisturisers to finish the job. http://www.spabreaks.com/venues/celtic-manor Thermal suite: an all-encompassing heat and ice experience complete with an aromatherapy crystal steam, caldarium, experience showers, foot spas, hydrotherapy pool, ice cave, roman salt steam, sanarium and tepidarium. It’s a relaxing experience that cleanses the skin in its own right, but also dilates the capillaries and prepares the skin for even more treatments, especially massages and facials. http://www.spabreaks.com/venues/whittlebury-hall Read More
  • Must-have head-to-toe skincare products Pampering is a head-to-toe experience, but if you ask us our skin deserves a little treat every day of the week. Here are a few favourite products that are taking us from summer to winter and back again, and make us feel gorgeous from head to toe… Pai’s Rosehip and Bio-regenerate Oil This little bottle of oil will get your skin through anything. Neatly designed, easy to use, and costing £20, it is a pleasantly natural and an effective variation on the trend for facial oils that is a total joy to behold. Most importantly, it leaves you with that happy, healthy, glowing look that is the envy of everyone you know. http://www.paiskincare.com VOYA Seaweed It doesn’t look all that pretty, the sachet of salt and large net filled with dried seaweed, but it works wonders. VOYA is the brand that harvests seaweed from the Irish coast, freeze dries it, and packages it along with all its nutrients so that the rest of us can bathe away our toxins in the comfort of our own homes or anywhere that will permit you to fill the tub with marine plant life. All you need to do is run the bath, add the ingredients and chill out for a while with a good book. It’s the most natural of skincare treatments you could hope for and the seaweed can be re-used a few times (before serving as a pretty good compost for the garden thereafter). http://www.voya.ie/ Read More
  • Face-saving holiday make-up tips Base: keep moisturised and as soon as the sun comes out make sure you wear sunscreen on your face, the last thing you want on holiday is flaking skin. Always wear a higher factor on your face, as this is the most exposed area of your body. Bronze: when your skin is moisturised and has that summer glow there is really no need for a heavy foundation. Bronzer is my best friend on holiday, I use it on my face and body to give me an extra glow in the evenings. Mascara: humidity is every girls worst nightmare when it comes to hair and make-up! A waterproof mascara will prevent you from looking like a panda on a night out. Lips: lips balm and lip-gloss are perfect for a summer look. I suggest using nude and pink colours to tie in with your natural summer glow. Lots of lipsticks and balms now include argon oil, which is really kind to sun kissed lips. Read More
  • Favourite summer poolside reads The King’s Curse by Philippa Gregory A chilling tale with all the romance of a historic royal court The King’s Curse depicts a fictional but factually informed side of one of history’s most documented eras and shows Henry VIII as you have never seen him before. Never Mind the Botox by Penny Avis and Joanna Berry charting the work, life and loves of four professional women in different industries, but all working on the same high profile sale of a cosmetic surgery business, Easy reading with a sense of humour, the books bring character to the working world and show that even the most ‘together’ of women are prone to a wobble or two. Us by David Nicholls straight from the author of One Day and Starter for Ten comes the latest novel about middle-aged love, and what a beautifully written, engaging read it is too. Read More
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UltraProtect

Your typical day is non-stop. You barely have time to think between the morning commute and that evening workout. You need a deodorant that’s going to keep you cool and fresh all day with one spray, making Soft & Gentle Ultra Protect your perfect partner. Offering advanced 72hr protection and added skin-kind benefits thanks to a unique skin synergy complex, it works with your body to provide skin-kind super protection when you need it most!

Being able to stay assured and confident is essential!

  • 3 inspirational reads Hard Choices by Hilary Rodman Clinton Her autobiography charts her years after losing the campaign for leader of the Democrats to Obama, talking about her four years as America’s 67th Secretary of State and how those experiences drive her view of the future. Love her or hate her, she’s an inspiration. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion It’s just one of those books you can’t forget; a slightly offbeat love story that sees one man’s perfectly ordered life thrown into total chaos when he falls for a most unlikely woman. The Color Purple by Alice Walker Perhaps best known as a film featuring Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey, Walker’s book is a fictional account of a young girl’s life in the deep American South between the wars. Not for the faint-hearted and guaranteed to give you something to think about. Read More
  • Relaxing spa treatments you have to try Shirodhara It’s been performed in India for more than 5000 years and is basically pouring warm oil on the ‘third eye’ (forehead) continuously, which is very comforting. It relaxes the emotions, calms the mind, improves sleep, and induces a profound sense of peace and wellbeing. It’s a purifying and rejuvenating therapy designed to eliminate toxins and mental exhaustion and can also reduce anxiety. Cranial osteopathy Operates under the premise that the structure of the body affects the way it works. It focuses predominantly on the head and how it affects the rest of the body. It is designed to rebalance the body and strengthen it by using energy and fluid flow in the skull. It is very wide reaching in its applications because it can have an emotional impact as well as a physical one… it essentially helps the body to heal itself. Read More
  • Natural products that make every day a spa day Rituals Favourites include the Yogi Secret foot scrub imbued with holy basil and mint, which is instantly cooling and sends a wave of perfume throughout the bathroom, as well as the Yogi Flow foaming shower gel which lathers up like shaving foam as it hits the water in a childishly pleasing manner. Ren Soap free but effective nonetheless, Ren has made a name for itself as spa standard skincare that you can take home. Using rose water and free from parabens and all those other nasty things, their Rosa Centafolia Cleansing Gel face wash has a totally natural fragrance. Temple Spa Use Greek yoghurt and honey in their full body wraps, so it really is good enough to eat. One of their latest products, Work it Out bath and massage oil, probably isn’t ideal as a cereal topping but it works wonders when it comes to aching muscles and aiding and abetting a little mid-week detox. Read More
  • Essential oils for life We all know aromatherapy has serious feel-good factor, but those little oils offer a lot more than nice smells. Add a few drops to the bath or your moisturiser and they have the power to influence your mood and make every day that little bit better. Mandarin: this is known as the children’s oil in France. Its fruity aroma dissolves tiny tantrums and the refreshing scent cools hysterical outbursts. It’s great for toddlers but you should always use a highly diluted variation in vegetable based oil such as sunflower oil. Try one drop in 10ml for a massage or one drop on a tissue for inhalation. Tea tree: is great for killing bacteria in more challenging environments like trainers, while its drying effect on the skin also makes it a valuable natural antiperspirant. Other essential oils that can stop or kill bacteria are cedar wood, lavender and geranium – so after those summer tennis matches, a few drops in your trainers and you’re feet will be as fresh as a daisy. Read More
  • Three ways to have green tea Green tea has been hailed as another of those all-important wonder products for many years now. The Chinese were onto it thousands of years ago and the rest of us caught up sometime around the start of the noughties. These days it’s not just drinking it that’s in vogue, it’s getting right under our skin… Drink it Of course, the most obvious thing to do is drink green tea. It’s just utterly enjoyable, particularly if you happen upon a good quality variation such as the organic Ceylon Green tea from Camellia’s Tea House. Serve it in a glass teapot with a side of fresh figs and you have discovered new meaning to the term 'morning cuppa'. Apply it Everyone from Elizabeth Arden to Simple is using green tea in skincare products, which is testament to the power of its reputation. If you take a leaf out of The Mountain Rose blogger’s book however you can concoct your very own skincare products using the cheap and cheerful wonder ingredient. We are particularly partial to the Green Tea and Lavender Facial Cleansing Grains, and we’re working our way through the others, so we’ll keep you posted! Read More
  • All the cake, none of the calories: Ally Mac’s Raw Pecan Pie Raw Pecan Pie with a layer of raspberry cashew cream frosting and a top layer of chia cinnamon chocolate! Ingredients Bottom base: 1/2 cup Medjool dates, one cup of raw almonds, sprinkling of Himalayan sea salt Layer uno: One cup cashews (soaked overnight), handful of raspberries, pinch of cinnamon Layer dos: Six tbsp chia seeds (soaked in 3/4 cup of filtered water), one tbsp raw cocoa (I used Peruvian) 1/2 cup of juicy raisins, 1/2 cuo Medjool dates Method Base: Mix all your ingredients in your processor. Press into a pie ramekin and set in the fridge for a couple of hours. Layer uno: Mix your pre-soaked cashews in your blender and add a handful of raspberries, cinnamon. Spread the filling over the base and set in the fridge for another hour. Layer dos: - Process your chia mix, dates, cocoa and raisins. Spread your coco layer evenly over your raspberry cashew cream and dress with pecans, pumpkin seeds and a juicy raspberry to finish! http://www.allyskitchenstories.co.uk/ Read More
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