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Teal Anchor All Over Body Scrub

I emailed Teal Anchor just before Christmas in 2016 to see if I would be able to review for them. I was very lucky as they said yes!

This caught my eye because I am trying to find products which are kinder to skin, less chemicals  and also kinder on the environment to make and not leave a lasting impact on the world.

Teal Anchor hand makes each product themselves, the scrubs are vegan friendly and also not tested on animals. Which is brilliant!

The ingredients are really simple to, which you can find over on their website.

So let’s get to the important what I think of the All over body scrub.

They sent me the Mint all over body scrub.

When I took it out the packaging I was pleased to see that it came in a lovely glass container and very few labels covering the jar too which is a bonus! You also get a small little wooden spoon to scoop the scrub out of the jar

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When I opened it the first thing I noticed was the smell, it smelt totally amazing! Not over powering but actually smelt like Mint, Some products I have used in the past hardly smell of what they are meant to smell like, so this was great!

My  skin is  dry and I find many products dry my skin out even more, which isn’t good as it causes my skin to become itchy and sometimes sore. . I used this body scrub on a tiny bit of my body (arms!) first just to check I wouldn’t come out in a rash, no idea why I thought that as the scrub is 100% home made and has all natural ingredients in.

I first noticed that the scrub wasn’t as gritty as previous scrubs I have used in the past and it had a really nice feel to it. The scrub went on really nicely and I felt it just glided onto my skin. It needed very little rubbing in to get nice smooth skin, which with two children sometimes having a shower needs to be quick!  The Mint fragrance also lasted a very long time and my skin felt really soft and minty  for 12 hours!

I would say this scrub is good for all skin types as it doesn’t dry out the skin.

I would actually use this every day if I could but the recommend usage is twice a week. they currently have 11 more scrubs on sale and they have some really pretty Unicorn make up brushes that you can pre-order.

The scrubs start from £9, which to me is great value for a product which looks and smell’s totally amazing!

I really liked this body scrub oh wait who am I kidding I totally LOVE  the body scrub!  I will certainly be recommending this product to everyone I know.  Now which body scrub shall I try next?  The black pepper, Lavender or the Grapefruit one?!

Oh and they also have a Blog! So why not take a peek, lots of handy tips and some helpful information! Click here to see their blog.

 

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Things I would do…

Things I would do differently if I was lucky enough to have baby number three.

Bear was first born, we had almost everything for him from a state of the art travel system to a bouncer which sings and dances.
With Bell, we had all the essentials and the things we never used with Bear were of the list.


Now if I was ever lucky enough to have baby number 3… (never say never!) I would do a few things differently.

  • I would use reusable nappies – the costs soon add up with desposables and its mot good for the envioment and there are some super cute designs around now a days
  • Breastfeed, I couldn’t breastfeed with Bear or Bell but I would actually ask for support and have a good go.
  • Baby wear, with Bear toddling and Bell in the buggy it was easy to hold a hand and push but logically with two hands to hold and a buggy to push it wouldn’t be possible.
  • Baby led weaning, okay I did this with Bell and I would so do this again, it was so easy and laid back.
  • Vaccinate. Now I am doing so much research into this and the pros bad cons. I never researched this with Bell and Bear but I will certainly do it this time around.
  • Toilet training I would let baby do it when they are ready same as I did with Bell and Bear.
  • Travel system- I would just buy a stroller they are only rear facing for a max 4 months.
  • Car seat I would buy a car seat which went from birth to 4/5 years as I never actually got the car seat out of the car with Bell,  I  did very rarely with Bear, but not often.
  • Changing bags I would choose a Pink Lining one which would be compact as to be honest the changing bag ended up full of rubbish!
  • Toys I would buy a few as they soon grow out of them and I’m sure the baby would prefer playing with Bell or Bears toys….

What would you do differently if you had another baby? 

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Why I still choose what Bear and Bell wear…

I think I have a OCD in dressing my children, I can not stand mix match Pjs or clothes which don’t go together.

It makes me feel uneasy.

I don’t know why, it just does! I know I should encourage independence in encouraging them choosing their own clothes but I can’t do it… not just yet.

I am very lucky that Bear is very laid back and seems to wear what I lay out. Bell too most days. I do give them choices don’t get me wrong. They can choose out of two or three outfits. Usually they mix and match so I make sure that they all go together in some way or another.

Bell is getting very independent and is a proper girlie girl and has  mind of her own when she dresses herself!

Luckily she seems to make sure the clothes goes together, unlike Bear.

When Hubs gets the children ready for bed he seems to think mix match PJS are okay to wear… (they are but just not in our house) I have been  known to wake the children up and redress them!

I sort of keep their clothes simple and almost 60%of their clothes go with everything eles they have.

Underwear etc for some reason do not need to match! Maybe because I can’t see it and we have done the whole toilet training where they ended up with mix match vest and pants by 10am…

I am dreading the time when Bell and Bear choose their own clothes and they don’t match!

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Flash back to a day shopping….

Bear was around 18 months old, and we had a day shopping at our local shopping center. 

Bear was very slow in talking, his speech didn’t really start until he was almost two years old and he would not stop talking or parrorting everything everybody was saying. 

Bear had a growth spurt so we Popped out shopping as I didn’t have work, housework was done and to be honest I really needed to get out the house for a bit.

We had a slow walk around the shops, brought the essentials for Bear, spent the last of his birthday gift voucher and Popped into  the Disney store.

Whilst we were walking round. Bear spotted the balloon stall, he kept pointing to the helicopter balloon and I said to him (this sounds like I’m a naggy mum but to be honest I really didn’t want to buy a balloon!!!) , if he could say Helicopter I would buy it for him, we went into another shop and then went to make our way home. On the way back we passed the balloon stall again and as clear as day Bear pronounced Helicopter as clear as day… and true to my word I brought the balloon. I was very proud as Helicopter is a very hard word to say at 19 months old!!!!

So my warning here is be careful what you say as it may leave you out of pocket…. 

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My essentials …

My essentials for a trip out with Bell and Bear, are getting less and less as they are getting older. 

Bell is now having hardly any accidents and Bear is very good too.

My essentials are as followed

  • A drink 
  • A snack
  • Baby wipes 
  • Change of clothes for Bell
  • Antibacterial gel
  • Suncream
  • Sun hats
  • Foldable toilet seat

As you can see the list is small! 

It’s amazing that a tiny baby can have so much bits and pieces to turning almost 3 and you hardly need anything! 

And the best bit is they fit into my little Pink lining changing bag!!!! 

Now which one to use….