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Raw Gluten-Free Chocolate Balls

This is a recipe I adapted from this website. It is raw, gluten free, lactose free, and can be easily made vegan if you switch the honey for coconut oil. Feel free to add whatever you have in your pantry. Enjoy!

Raw GF choc balls
  • 1 cup pitted Medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon raw organic honey (or coconut oil)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Almond milk (for consistency)
  • Additional shredded coconut for rolling
  1. Process everything except for the additional coconut in a food processer until fine and well combined. If mixture requires more moisture, splash in a little almond milk until you reach your desired consistency.
  2. Roll the mixture into balls with your hands, then roll in the extra coconut.
  3. Pop into the fridge to firm up, or eat as is! Enjoy!

Review: Kora Organics Balancing Rose Mist and Exfoliating Cream

This will be the first post of two or three, as I have tried many of the Kora Organics products (Balancing Rose Mist, Foaming Cleanser, Cream Cleanser, Eye Gel, Hydrating Mask, Blemish Gel, Enriched Body Lotion, Exfoliating Cream, Purifying Day and Night Cream, Rejuvenating Foot Balm, Soothing Day and Night Cream, and Tinted Day Cream). I love the ethics behind the company, and the fact that Miranda Kerr created the range! I have been busy and haven't had a chance to review the products until now. I hope my review helps you decide whether or not you want to try the Kora range!

Balancing Rose Mist
Balancing Rose Mist
Suitable For All Skin Types - Enrich and Nourish
A replenishing and nourishing facial mist with the added benefits of organically grown Rose, Noni, Aloe and Hibiscus. This unique combination provides the skin with antioxidant protection known widely to assist in supporting the skin's own collagen production.
Ingredients: Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water*, Rosa centifolia (Rose Petals Pink)*, Hibiscus sabdariffa (Hibiscus)*, Morinda citrifolia (Noni Fruit) Extract*, Aloe barbardensis (Aloe Vera)*, Alcohol*, Sodium PCA, Glycerin, Leuconostoc/ Radish Root Ferment, Malpighia glabra (Acerola Cherry Powder)*, Maltodextrin*, Sodium chloride (Macrobiotic Sea Salt), Potassium Hydroxide, Water (Aqua). *Ingredient from Organic Farming.PROUDLY AUSTRALIAN MADE AND OWNED. NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS. VEGAN.
NO Sulfates, Parabens, Synthetic fragrance, Synthetic colours, T.E.A., D.E.A., Glycols, Silicones, PEGS. Ethoxylate and Formaldehyde free. 98.99% of the total ingredients are from Natural Origin. 87.63% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming.

My thoughts: This mist smells so beautiful! I originally brought this product as my face was suffering from dehydration and needed something extra than just a moisturiser. I sprayed this product on my face after cleansing and before moisturising. However, my skin did not seem to particularly like it, as it is so sensitive, and it ended up drying it out more. So it got put back in the cupboard and forgotten about like all of the other unloved skincare products I own. That was until I read an interesting article about how rose water (the major ingredient in this mist) was good for healing stretch marks and scars. So I sprayed some straight onto the areas that I had stretch marks on, and after a week, my stretch marks seemed diminished? I love that I have found a way to make this product work. I also use it as a mist to spray and relax me at the end of the day. I would recommend you give this product a try, as although it didn't work for my face, it is still a beautiful product that no doubt has skin healing benefits.

Exfoliating Cream

Exfoliating Cream
Suitable For All Skin Types - For Face And Body - Purify and Renew
KORA Organics Exfoliating Cream contains a unique blend of organically grown Oat Flour and Bamboo to gently buff away dead skin cells helping to reveal a smoother, softer complexion. KORA Organics gentle and effective exfoliant is filled with Essential Oils to nourish and cleanse the skin and is gentle enough to be used on all skin types including sensitive skin.

Ingredients:  Matricaria chamomilla (Chamomile) Extract*, Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Olivoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Oleate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Macadamia integrifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil*, Bambusa arundinacea (Bamboo) Stem Extract, Stearic Acid, Avena sativa (Oatflour)*, Morinda citrifolia (Noni Fruit) Extract*, Dicaprylyl Ether, Persea gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Rosa eglantaria (Rose Hip) Oil*, d-alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Soyabean derived Natural Vitamin E), Xanthan Gum, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Santalum spicatum (Sandalwood) Oil*, Citrus reticulata (Mandarin) Oil*, Citrus paradisi (Grapefruit) Oil*, Citrus aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus aurantium ssp bergamia (Bergamot) Oil*, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Lecithin (GMO free)*, Potassium Hydroxide, Lactic Acid, Sodium chloride (Macrobiotic Sea Salt), Beta Carotene, Olea europea (Olive) Oil, Aqua (Water) & limonene**. **From essential oils. *Ingredient from Organic Farming.
NO Sulfates, Parabens, Synthetic fragrance, Synthetic colours, T.E.A., D.E.A., Glycols, Silicones, PEGS. Ethoxylate and Formaldehyde free. 98.32% of the total ingredients are from Natural Origin. 47.74% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming

My thoughts: This creamy citrusy exfoliator has the most luxurious grainy texture, leaving your skin smooth and clean, without a hint of irritation. I can't use it on my face as mechanical exfoliators irritate my skin, but on my body its beautiful. Perfect for shedding winter and exposing sexy fresh skin, and preparing skin for fake tanning.

You can purchase both of these products from RY.com.au!  

Review: Lily Loves Pearl Hyper Hydrate Moisturising Cream

Lily Loves Pearl is made lovingly just outside Byron Bay in Australia. Lily Loves Pearl ‘source our ingredients locally wherever possible, and only work with the most conscientious distributors. We prefer to prepare small batches, more often, to retain the efficacy and goodness of the product in the jar. It is crucial to us that our products be friend to the earth and food for the skin. We are therefore passionately devoted to the usage of organic ingredients, and we have been awarded the highest organic certification there is’.

Directions: This daily moisturiser, rich in antioxidants, restores much-needed moisture to dry and dehydrated skin. Rub a generous amount into clean skin, twice daily, to achieve a deep and lasting hydration.

Ingredients: Love is the main ingredient in all of Lily Loves Pearl’s products. The other ingredients are: Certified Organic Calendula extract, Certified Organic Chamomile extract, Certified Organic Elderflower extract, Certified Organic Green Tea extract, Certified Organic Sunflower oil, Certified Organic Avocado oil, Certified Organic Glycerine, Certified Organic Cetearyl & Sorbitan olivate (derived from olives) Cocoa butter, Certified Organic Shea butter, Citrozine (orange extracts), Bergamot essential oil, Certified Organic Rose wood essential oil, Certified Organic
Guar gum, Certified Organic Sodium bicarbonate, Sandalwood essential oil, Certified Organic Rosehip oil, Certified Organic Rose Otto, Certified Organic Jasmine extract.

My thoughts: I have been using this moisturiser for a few months. When I first received it, I was worried that the scent was too herbally (is that a word?!) and might irritate my skin. Instead, over daily use, I have found that the high level of quality ingredients have improved my skin, restored its moisture, and reduced my acne. I couldn’t be happier with this moisturiser at the moment. I use two pumps for my face and it is enough to generously cover it. It rubs in completely, leaving no residue and leaving my skin feeling hydrated and as soft as a babies bottom. I love this, and have even got my Mother to fall in love with it too!