Wednesday, 19 August 2015

August review round-up - bizzybee, 7th Heaven and Hammamas

Bizzybee cleaning range
We were recently sent a bag of goodies from bizzybee who make a great range of cleaning materials, such as cloths, gloves and scourers.  I'll be honest and confess that it's a range I've been using for a while now, in particular their latex-free gloves which are great for people like me with allergies or sensitive skin.  Tall Daughter also has quite severe eczema and uses these gloves without a problem.

I try to use as few chemicals as possible at home, so their microfibre cloths are brilliant to have at hand. Not only are they kinder on the environment but you save tons of money on cleaning products and they work brilliantly. What's not to love about that?

The whole of the bizzybee range is colourful and cheerful and it really is top quality - I can vouch for that because their gloves last longer than any other brand I've used, and they are very reasonably priced.

I always like brands that go the extra mile, so even though I'm not a vegan I love that the gloves are vegan-friendly and the brand supports ethical events.  You can also learn more about the plight of the bumblebee (have you tried the sugar and water rescue trick yet?) and the work bizzybee do with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

7th Heaven pamper kit

7th Heaven are passionate about cruelty-free products made with natural ingredients, and they sent us a lovely pamper kit of face, foot and hair masks recently.  I say lovely, but I didn't get much of a look in to be honest.  As soon as I unpacked the kit, the girls descended and laid claim to most of the contents. The Teenager took all of the face masks, and Tall Daughter nabbed nearly all of the foot and hair masks.  I managed to hold onto one: The Manuka Honey Rescue Hair Masque which left my hair beautifully smooth and smelling wonderful.  The girls have enjoyed trying out the various products but the full extent of their reviews runs to 'they're great, can we have get some more?'

I think these are something fun for teenage girls to do at a sleepover - just buy a selection and let them try them out on each other, which means they will have to put their phones and tablets down and talk to each other! Well, it's worth a try anyway.

Hammamas cotton towel

I might be the last person to have discovered Turkish cotton towels but I'm glad I finally did.  We were sent one of the 100% cotton towels from Hammamas to try out, and we are complete converts!

If like me you're late to the Hammamas party, they are more lightweight and compact than conventional terry towels which means they take up less space in your suitcase or gym bag. They're also super absorbent and quick drying, and because they look so stylish they can also double up as a beach sarong.  Hey, if it's good enough for the gorgeous Simon Baker...

At £25.00 they're certainly pricier than your average terry towel but I can see definite advantages to using them, particularly for holidays.  We tend to take UK cottage holidays and by the time we've packed enough towels for 4 people there's not much room left for anything else in the car boot, but by packing these cotton towels it will free up space for other holiday essentials.