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There are so many awesome brands out there in the market place, doing amazing things with products, design and ethics, it can be very easy to let a whole bunch slip by and never experience their greatness.  Fortunately there are some out there who give you a little nudge by sending presents in the mail.  Milk & Co gave me such a nudging, and I was only too happy to receive it.

Within days of my hair treats arriving from Tabitha James Kraan, I received another box of goodies to try – a mixed bag of different brands, all reflecting my values and, coincidentally, all stuff I really needed.  I checked my bathroom for bugs and hidden cameras, as it was all just a little too perfect, and once the paranoia settled, I got to work trying out my new products.  Included in the mix was a body oil from Milk & Co, a brand I had only ever associated with men’s toiletries.  Because of this, it was not on my radar, and therefore, not on my shopping list.  I knew Olympic swimming superstar, Michael Klim had created the brand, but I didn’t realise his wife Lindy was behind their baby range, and now women’s skin care line.  I had always thought the packaging was really stylish, and checking out Lindy Klim’s Instagram account, I can see why.  Go have a look, I can wait…

See?  She’s a chic goddess of a woman, with a great eye for design and all things beautiful.  The other thing I love about her, is that the photos of her on the Milk & Co website, are clearly not airbrushed and she is happy, as she bloody well should be, to show her bare, natural face.  It is so refreshing to see an image that is honest and not trying to fabricate unattainable perfection, however perfect she may actually be.  Love it.

Anyway, back to the review… I’m a big advocate of rubbing stuff into your growing body during pregnancy, even if it’s just to feel good.  Being couch bound for much of mine while my twin girls grew inside of my little body, I had the time to google shit and freak myself out over all matters of ‘post baby body’.  All of the scientific stuff I read, said that it doesn’t matter what you put on your skin, you’ll either get stretch marks, or you won’t.  Regardless of this ‘scientific evidence’, I moisturised the hell out of myself with sweet almond oil.  Now, I don’t know if it was the oil, genetics, or just dumb luck, but my belly skin survived the stretching of a life time and came out the other side without a scratch.  Sure the skin is a bit wrinkly and looser than before, but no stretch marks.  The boobs weren’t so lucky, and my bum is still a road map of scars from puberty, but they don’t really worry me.  I know some people really freak out though, and search for a miracle cure.  The Milk & Co Body Oil is designed for exactly that purpose, so if you are looking to try something new to satisfy your obsession, then go ahead.  I however,  have been using it a little differently – beauty rebel, remember.

I don’t want to get out of a hot shower in winter, and when I do, I want to dry off and put my clothes straight on, often neglecting the dry skin on my body when it needs moisturising the most.  So in order to keep warm and hydrated, I like to use an oil in the shower.  The Milk & Co Body Oil works brilliantly on my legs, bum, belly and arms, but because it has a bit of silicone in it, I avoid using it on my chest and back, where I have a tendency to break out.  It leaves my skin feeling silky and moisturised, without leaving a greasy residue on the towel or shower floor.   I just use a little at the end of my shower – the tricky cap makes sure you don’t use too much, which is great for heavy handed gals like me.  You can keep the water running, as it doesn’t wash it away, and it’s also really great for shaving your legs with, instead of using drying soap or shower gel.  The razor glides over smoothly giving a really close shave, and the oil is left behind on your skin, so you are good to go.  I only wish it came in a larger size.

So, what else?  Well, I noticed some love for the Rejuvenating Masque online, and felt the need for some in home facial pampering.  My skin was feeling a little ravaged by the elements, so some rejuvenation was most welcome.  After prepping my skin with the Bella Lucce Polishing Creme, I painted my face, neck and chest with this beautiful mask, using the Eco Tools Foundation Brush.  It doesn’t set hard and tight like a lot of clay based masks, instead it just sits comfortably on the skin until you’re ready to take it off, working its restorative magic.  I usually leave it on for ten minutes, then wipe it off gently using a warm face washer.  It isn’t at all stubborn to remove, and doesn’t leave any muddy little bits behind.  The result is fresh, cleansed, hydrated and beautifully revitalised skin.  I would have to say that it is one of my all time favourite masks, and for only $20, it’s a very affordable way to keep your skin in good condition and give yourself some pampering at the same time.  I follow up with the Puretopia Skin Radiance Gel Mask, which gives me yet another boost of hydration and soothing care.  I love a good ritual, and this exfoliate-deep cleanse-hydrate regime, is quick and easy to do once a week or whenever I’m feeling a bit blah.

The other product I bought from Milk & Co, is the Bath Time Wash from the baby range.  I use it for the kids’ bath, but you could use it as your own bubble bath, as it gives a really good foam without the addition of sulphates.  It smells divine and a little goes a really long way.  I have tried other natural baby washes for the girls, but this one is by far the best value for money and gives the most bubbles.  I’m going to try the Shampoozle & Conditioner next, as well as the Fairy Detangler and Spotty Tots cream.  So much great stuff for the whole smelly family.

 When you research a little deeper into the brands on offer at the supermarket, it is pretty depressing to find that there are only a few select labels in the cosmetics aisle that are against animal testing.  Fortunately you are good to go with Milk & Co, as they completely cruelty free and available in most major Australian supermarkets.  If you can’t find them at your local, then try selected pharmacies, Priceline and other cool retailers, as well as their online store, where you can get the full product range.  Just look for the coolest packaging on the shelves.

Kind Beauty Points : Cruelty free, eco friendly, socially conscious – Milk & Co supports Brainwave, a charity that helps kids suffering with brain cancer and other brain disorders.

I was lucky enough to receive the Body Oil as a gift (then I bought another one), but all opinions are my own.  Loveface has an ‘if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all’ policy, so if I don’t love it, you won’t see it here.

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