The Yorkshire Cake…I mean Soap Company!

A little change of pace now from my last few posts, however rest assured the final instalment of the Goa Getaway will be with you by the end of the month. I just had to take a little detour and bring you back to the cold UK to take you, my readers, to the most wonderful shop I have ever stepped into. I was like Alice, at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, amazed by what wonders were scattered so perfectly around me at the Yorkshire Soap Company.

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I stumbled upon it’s sugar pink walls and dark wood edges last weekend upon an impromptu visit to York. With the Frenchie (Gatsby) on lead we ventured out into the crisp, cold, northern weather with no plans in mind to shop, just to wander but I couldn’t help myself when I arrived here.

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Like a child at a sweet shop door or Imedla Marcos outside Christian Louboutin I danced inside to the enchanted little shop. There was soap everywhere, but not as we know it. Not those clinical white bars you find in hotels rooms or the fancier white bars you buy online. No. These were an amazing creation that I’d never seen before, a delectable selection of cake shaped soaps and treats.

After 5 minutes waiting outside for me in the cold, Gatsby & Scott were invited in, because at Yorkshire Soap Company they just love dogs and they would’t let Gatsby stay out in the cold one minute longer! So whilst the Frenchie snorted in delight with the copious amounts of attention, I was free to adventure further down the Rabbit hole.

Upon each polished wood table sat decedent, clear glass cake stands filled with Soap Cakes, each sliced into equal pieces with delicate flowers in each corner, some with fine glitter layers, others with whipped toppings and tiny rose buds, it was like art and almost too beautiful to use, too beautiful to touch. It was the best looking tea party you have ever been invited to!

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Next to the cakes were further treats, in the form of flower topped muffins and to the side of the grand table, little shelves of little truffles, each hand crafted to perfection and set in tiny truffle cases and the smells! It was what a soap shop should smell like. Unlike that over powering, stomach churning smell that seeps from every Lush store around the UK, you know the one that instantly reminds you of the time you ate too much chocolate as a child and spent the night groaning listening to your mother saying “I told you so…”. The smell at YSC were soft and clean, not over powering or powdery and each smell was better than the last.

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Chose your own bath truffles, such as Strawberry & Poppy Seed, Lavender Fields or Yorkshire Rose.

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As well as the beautiful bath truffles and layer cakes that met my eye, there were rough cut bars of soap, wrapped in paper ready to be taken home and used without worry of ruining the beauty of them.

The best part about all of this, is that it’s all made in the UK, in York, in fact just behind the shop itself. Doesn’t that just add to the product? If you want to experience the beauty of Yorkshire Soap Company, I strongly suggest a visit, but make sure you go on pay day, you won’t be able to resit…

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Lilac Lover

If you’re anything like me, you’ll always have the urge to change your hair each season. I’m just never satisfied and I normally always revert back to blonde in some shape or form, but this year I’ve been taken back by the product range from brand, Bleach London http://bleachlondon.co.uk/. With an array of products dedicated to fighting brassy blondes and illuminating the fairest of hairs. They love to experiment and along with care, they have products to add colour and create amazing looks outside the box! I honestly don’t know what I did without them.

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Being blonde and a bleach blonde in particular, you have to watch out for unwanted bad brassy tones, there has to be nothing worse than getting under direct light and realising you look like you’re hair has smoked 40 cigarettes a day for 2 years! Well never fear, Bleach London have some amazing little remedies and care packages for the health of your blonde locks.

Firstly, take note of the amazing toner. Not like other toners, it’s more like a permanent colour as you have to mix two elements together and apply to your hair, leaving for about 20 minutes, but the results are amazing, it literally strips out any badness and the restorative conditioning mask is the best I’ve used.

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Secondly, the amazing creation that is purple (Silver) shampoo, just got so much better! It’s the same theory but somehow so much better than anything else I have tried. You’ve got the option to leave it on for up to 15 minutes and it just makes your hair look loved and cherished! I couldn’t rate it higher. They’ve also just released a Rose shampoo and conditioner which leaves you with a little pinky tint, it’s next on my list!

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So with all these amazing products, what’s next? Well if you’re like me I’m sure you do still have to re-bleach every now and again, just to keep it new! For the last few months, I’ve kept my roots dark and just bleached my ends, this time I took it slightly higher, just above my ear, it’s summer after all! After washing off the bleach, I topped up with this amazing little find from Feria, a £5 wonder product that takes cool to a new level.

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It’s a lilac conditioner that you use as a substitute for your normal after shampoo go to and it clings to hair that’s just been bleached leaving your hair a lovely lilacy tint. I’m in love! It’s subtle enough that you can get away with it for work and bold enough that you can play around with it at the weekend. I have to say I think I’ll always use this product. Not only does it add the lilac tones, but it also does what the Purple Shampoo does, so even a few months after bleaching, you can still use it to illuminate even the dullest blonde, I’m totally sold!

All blondes or anyone who dares for some rainbow colour should get themselves to Boots and release the hair dresser in you! Next, it’s going to have to be the Rose shampoo from Bleach London. Get ready…

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