YES to Carrots Softening Hand Cream & Munio Candela Cinnamon Candle Gift Box - My Pure Review

June 25, 2014

I've been a fan of the My Pure website for over a year now, since the very start of my natural journey. It was the first place I ever purchased a 'natural' product from! (I bought the Lovea Sunscreen in case you're wondering) You can imagine my excitement when they asked me to be their video blogger! I always try to do both a video and a post for each subject so you guys get a 241 ;-)



I love their blanket ingredients policy - for me as a 'newbie' it was very comforting and now as a more comfortable shopper it makes the whole experience easier and more pleasant. To be honest I always double check the full ingredients list but it's nice to know that nothing will have my main, worst ingredients in there.

This month I requested the Yes To Carrots Hand Cream and the Munio Candela Gift Set.




If you want to watch my video please *click here*

Onto the reviews:


Yes to Carrots Softening Hand Cream*

£7.99 for 85g (currently reduced to £4)

The 'Yes To' range has been on my radar since day one so I am excited to finally get my hands on something from them. (hands, get it??) 



The first thing I did when this arrived was give it a big sniff to see if it smelt of carrots! It did not, in fact it doesn't really have any scent of note (although I am dying of hay fever over here so I may be wrong) 

Next I wanted to check the thickness of the cream, it's pretty much perfect. It takes a firm squeeze to get it out of the tube and it sits solidly on your hand until you rub it in, exactly what I want in a hand cream, nothing worse than it being runny and thin.


When I rubbed it into my hands I was looking for how easily it was initially absorbed and then if it left me feeling greasy at all. Luckily it fared well on both fronts. It rubs in nicely, even though this is marketed at those with very dry hands (which I don't have) it didn't feel heavy or greasy. After I took the picture below I rubbed it in and then continued taking pictures pretty much straight away, it did not leave any greasy finger marks on my camera.

The only thing I cannot comment on (and this is my 'fault') is how well it will work for very dry or chapped hands. Because I use a lot of oils and there is oil in my hand wash I have not suffered from dry hands for a long time. 

When using this straight after washing my hands I had to make sure that my hands were totally dry before applying the cream otherwise it wouldn't soak in properly.

This, like most of the Yes To range is reasonably priced and a good stepping stone into more natural products. The cream includes great ingredients like shea butter, carrot seed oil and avocado oil. 

I like this hand cream, I will continue using and enjoying it.

One thing to note is that this hand cream does contain phenoxyethanol which I know a lot of people avoid so I wanted to flag it up. (Scores a 4 on EWG) 

In case you didn't know - phenoxyethanol is a possible irritant (which in it's self if not enough for me to avoid it if it does not irritate MY skin) and there is some evidence that it is a potential neurotoxin. With that in mind I would personally (for now) avoid this ingredient in hair products, eye products and anything that you spray. I think in small amounts just on my hands it will be fine, I'm not personally concerned by a small amount of this ingredient. 

In my opinion - one possibly 'questionable' ingredient doesn't undo all the good ones.
I'm personally happy with the rest of the ingredients:

Aqua (Water), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerink, Stearic Acid, Zinc Stearate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterol, Phenoxyethanol, Allantoin, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Styrax Benzoic Gum, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Ipomoea Batatas Leaf Extract, Persea Gaatissima (Avocado) Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Borage (Borago Officinalis) Seed Oil, Avena Sativa (Oat), Kernel Flour, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Bisabolol, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Sorbic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate.



****EDIT - 27th June 2014****

Please note the following from MyPure: "The phenoxyethanol ingredient mentioned scores 4/10 on the EWG hazard scale which is a pretty low score.  Usually we don’t permit ingredients with scores above 3/10 but this is one of the rare exceptions.​" 


I personally think that Phenoxyethanol get's a bad press when really it is only an irritant and best avoided by those with sensitive skin or dermatitis which is why I flagged it up in my review. 


PLEASE do your own research and make up your own mind on each and every ingredient and product, 'greenwashing' works the other way as well, there is plenty of scaremongering in the green community. 


I choose to limit my exposure to phenoxyethanol to be extra safe but I don't think it is a particularly bad ingredient.

****End of Edit****

Munio Candela Cinnamon Candle Gift Box*

£17.00 (reduced to £8.50) Includes a 220ml candle and other soy wax rounds.




I was really keen to try this set out as I have never used a 'natural' candle before. This was my first experience with a soy wax candle. I pounced on this gift set as it is in my favourite scent/flavour: cinnamon! The sets are currently (June 2014) reduced to half price and available in the following scents: Marigold Flowers, Wild flowers and Cloves. 

There is large range in this brand available on the My Pure website.



From the My Pure website:


Munio Candela candles are completely handmade using only 100% natural all-soy wax, the finest lead-free all cotton and wooden wicks and herbs from the Baltic countryside. Soy candles are simply better for you, your family and your environment.

*Better for the indoor and natural environment.
*Burns without toxins, carcinogens or soot.
*Burns up to 50% longer than traditional candles.
*Cruelty free, contains no animal products.
*Contains no genetically modified material.
*Biodegradable and derived from renewable carbon neutral sources.

*Cleans up easily with soap and hot water.



My thoughts:

These have a lovely, natural cinnamon smell to them. I've placed the soy rounds in cupboards and drawers around the house - it's so lovely to open them and be met with the yummy smell!

The candle is a very fair size and burns well




I'm really glad I got this, I am seriously thinking of buying another set, especially while they are on sale. They smell so 'real' there is nothing artificial about the scent and as these are hand made they would make a lovely gift.

I normally avoid scented candles as they give me a headache but these are a great option for anyone like me.



So there you go! I'm very happy with my My Pure items, especially the candle set. Have you tried either of these? What did you think?

Don't forget to head over to MyPure.co.uk and see what they have... lots in the sales at the moment, you know I love a bargain! Also, you can check out My Pure's social media here:
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All opinions are honest and my own, any suggestions made are based on my own experiences and are meant as a guide. 
Please always take care when making any DIY products and patch test to rule out an adverse reaction.

2 comments:

  1. I love Munio Candela candles (Wildflowers is my favorite)! They have such delicate scents and even real herbs in them. Although, in my opinion there should be 3 wicks instead of 1 in the bigger candles, because they tend to burn up only in the middle leaving a lot of candle to throw away.

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    1. Ah! Interesting! I haven't got that far on my candle yet (it lasts a long time compared to the cheapie supermarket ones I used to buy!) but that is a good point. I'd probably use the left over candle to scent a wardrobe or drawer, not very pretty but if you kept it out of view it'd be fine :-)
      Thanks for reading!
      Rach xx

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