In January a friend dragged me along to a Mums UnLtd networking meeting. She has started an Au Pair agency and has been attending these sorts of meetings for a little while. If I’m honest I didn’t really feel that a business networking meeting was for me. I know my blog is a business and I have definitely been treating it like a business since the end of last year but I almost felt embarrassed standing up in front of a group of other business women talking about my blog! Anyway, I needn’t have worried, everyone was really lovely and several people asked if I would consider reviewing their products on my site, which I thought was a great opportunity and a great way of starting some collaborations. My first opportunity was to sample a lovely basket of Forever Living Personal Care products.
Stephanie has been working with Forever Living for 5 years and has built a really successful business. I have always been quite sceptical of Forever Living and until now, had only been aware of their fitness and weight management products, which I haven’t tried but am not too keen on the concept. When Stephanie offered me a basket of Forever Living Personal Care goodies to try I was intrigued and decided to give them a go.
For anyone that is not aware, Forever Living, founded in 1978 in Arizona, is the largest grower, manufacturer and distributor of Aloe Vera products in the world. Aloe Vera has a multitude of benefits from antioxidant and bacterial properties to reducing dental plaque and treating mouth ulcers. Those that work with Aloe Vera claim that it is a ‘miracle’ product with so many wonderful health benefits. Stephanie gave me a huge basket of things to try and I just picked out a few that interested me to use and review.
- Sonya Aloe Nourishing Serum
I know a few people that have used this serum that rave about it but I’m never one to buy into hype so was relatively sceptical when I tried this. However, I was more than pleasantly surprised! This stuff is like covering your face in a thin layer of silk! It feels incredible and left my skin feeling so soft and supple I couldn’t wait to use it again! I am definitely converted and have already ordered my own bottle. The sample I had only had a small amount left and I was gutted when it ran out! Stephanie also said it was quite good as a hair serum so I gave that a go as well and she was right! I regularly use a coconut oil serum as my hair is incredibly dry and this wonder serum left it feeling so soft. This is heaven in a bottle and smells devine too. I literally cannot wait for mine to arrive!
2. Aloe Jojoba Shampoo and Conditioning Rinse
I was keen to give the shampoo and conditioner a go as I had heard it was great for dry skin and dandruff and, being an eczema sufferer, I am always open to trying anything that might be better for my skin. I must say, having washed my hair my scalp certainly felt less dry so this was a win. However, when I opened the conditioning rinse it was very runny and I didn’t think it was going to do the job with my very dry hair, and I was right. When I condition my hair I usually buy a very thick conditioning treatment and even then my hair is still quite dry and this Aloe Jojoba Conditioning Rinse just wasn’t enough for me. If you don’t have particularly dry hair then I am sure this would be fine for you…it smells very pleasant too!
3. Aloe Hand and Face Soap
This product is advertised as Hand and Face soap but I’m not sure I would want to use it on my face. I have a routine and specific products that I use for facial cleansing and as I am happy with these I’m not about to risk damaging my skin with anything that might not agree with me. I suffer with quite bad eczema on my hands which always gets worse when I have been cleaning or doing things where I have to wash my hands a lot. My doctor told me to ditch all the liquid soaps we use and swap for bars of soap instead. I don’t know about you, but I hate having bars of soap sitting on the edge of the sink, they make such a mess, so I ignored her advice, carried on with liquid soaps and put up with itchy hands! I didn’t use this soap for an extended period of time, but for the days I did use this Aloe soap I felt that my hands seemed a lot better. I wasn’t needing to moisturise as much as I usually do and I’m pretty sure my hands remained eczema free. I wouldn’t go so far as to say it was a miracle cure but I am keen to try it for a longer period of time to assess whether it would be a great alternative to our normal liquid soaps.
4. Aloe First Spray
This moisturiser is perfect for use straight after a shower and is a general all over spray moisturiser. I used it a few times and it left my skin feeling soft and hydrated. I particularly liked it for the children as it is so quick and easy to use. I can imagine it would be fab on holiday – a quick spritz after your shower in the evening and you’re ready to go!
5. Aloe Lotion
This is the basic Aloe moisturising lotion. I used it on my hands, which I have to moisturise daily. It was a nice thick lotion which didn’t leave too much residue which is great for hands…there’s nothing worse than a hand cream that leaves everything you touch greasy! I would definitely try this product again as a good hand cream that doesn’t make the dry skin on my hands sore and uncomfortable is hard to find!
6. Aloe Heat Lotion
This product is similar to traditional Deep Heat you may have used for muscle soreness or injuries. It smells very similar although the smell doesn’t linger and is not quite as strong as deep heat. Now I didn’t have any muscle soreness or injuries while trialling these products but Stephanie had said that the heat lotion is good for headaches if you rub a little on your temples. I have never been a fan of taking medication unless it is absolutely essential – we very rarely visit the doctor and the children have only had antibiotics once or twice (in fact I don’t think Phoebe has ever had to take any). For headaches I generally try to drink lots and sleep – I will take paracetamol for a persistent headache but I try to avoid it wherever possible. Mr C came to me one evening moaning about a headache and asking if we had any paracetamol so I jumped at the chance to try out the heat lotion. He was a bit perturbed at first by the slight sting from the heat of the lotion but once on it felt fine. Within about 10 minutes he declared that the headache had gone! I love the idea of curing a headache with a bit of cream to the temples, it’s natural and is doing no harm to your insides – it’s a win-win for me!
7. Argi+ L-Arginine and Vitamin Complex
I was given this supplement for Mr C to try out. He is an avid gym goer (I am not!) and a regular taker of supplements so Stephanie thought it would be interesting to get is opinion on this product. This supplement is designed to be taken before a workout and gives you a boost and helps you train at your optimum level. It is a powder that you dissolve in water and drink prior to your workout. Mr C tried it on two separate occasions and said he didn’t feel any different to normal. He also said it tasted pretty grim! I have talked to other people that love this product and feel it really benefits their workout and I wonder if the fact that Mr C already normally takes a similar product meant that he didn’t notice any difference to how he normally feels before a workout. As with a lot of nutritional supplements they work differently for different people so it would still be worth trying if you were in the market for this sort of product.
I really enjoyed trying these Forever Living products. I wasn’t expecting to love any of the samples but can honestly say I will be buying several of them and have already ordered the serum. If you are interested in finding out more about Forever Living and their products checkout Stephanie’s website and Facebook page where you can also find out about becoming a Forever Representative.
I was given a sample basket of products to try for my own interest and have chosen to review them as I was impressed by them. I have not been sponsored or received any remuneration for this review.
Until next time!