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Welcome to the Lylia Rose UK money and lifestyle blog.  My name is Victoria Sully.  I'm a busy mum of two, wife, full-time blogger and online money-maker who’s always trying to make and save more money.  I’m passionate about making money online, healthy living and blogging.  I’m a mama on a mission to be healthier and wealthier!  Please join me on my journey.

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  1. Why I prefer organic food

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    My View | Organic Food
    I try to eat as much organic food as possible.  Organic food is food which has not been treated with questionable chemicals including pesticides and artificial fertilisers.  They are never genetically modified.  Crops are rotated to create fertile soil and allow natural pest control.  Organic farm animals truly are free range and wildlife is encouraged.
    Not only is it surely better for our health, but it is much better for the environment.  I also believe most organic food tastes better.  The organic fruit and vegetables we receive from Abel and Cole really do taste amazing.  The apples, for example, taste incredible.  They are far tastier than regular store bought apples.  When we make a roast with organic veg we also think it tastes so much better, the potatoes in particular!
    I find it so bizarre that organic food is seen as alternative food by some people today.  I've certainly found I've been questioned as to why I want to eat mainly organic.  I've even been asked if I'm turning into a hippy!  Surely it's more logical to question why we want to eat foods treated with harmful chemicals and why this is seen as the norm?  Eating non organic foods should be strange, not the other way around.  Organic food is exactly that; it is food, real food.  Food in its natural state. Food we should all be eating.  It's such a shame we now class chemically contaminated food as 'normal food'.  
    But it's expensive. This is what most people first think when they consider choosing organic.  We did too, but then we decided to cut out a lot of the rubbish food we were buying and instead invest this money into better quality food and therefore invest also in our health.  Instead of spending £20 on a takeaway once a week, which we would previously do without question, we now spend it on more local organic produce.
    There is a list of 12 foods, however, known as the 'dirty dozen' which contain the highest amount of pesticides in tests.  So if you can, try to buy at least these items organically as much as possible.   It's not always possible and we have to buy non organic sometimes.  We try our best though as pesticides in food have been linked to cancer, brain and nervous system toxicity and hormone disruption; scary stuff.  The dirty dozen are:
    1. Apples
    2. Strawberries
    3. Grapes
    4. Celery
    5. Peaches
    6. Spinach
    7. Sweet bell peppers
    8. Nectarines 
    9. Cucumbers
    10. Cherry tomatoes
    11. Snap peas (imported)
    12. Potatoes
    It still is better to eat lots of fruit and veg, even if not organic, rather than processed foods.  Fruits and vegetables contain lots of vital vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.  The benefits of these nutrients will always outweigh the negatives, just wash them really well!
    It's reassuring to recently read sales of organic food rose by 4% last year in the UK.  This is so impressive (as overall food spending was down), and better for our health as well as our environment.  Hopefully more people will buy organic foods making organic the norm and start stopping the use of questionable chemicals on our food.
  2. Why SLS is bad for you so I'm giving up Soap and Glory

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    This was meant to be a Soap and Glory review

    I am a little sad to be saying goodbye to Soap and Glory products so soon.  I only started trialling them a few months back and had been really impressed.  The scents are just scrumptious, the products last forever and the results seemingly fantastic.

    So why would I be giving them up?

    It’s to do with my ever increasing quest to use more natural based products and stop using those containing potentially harmful chemicals.  I’ve cut out parabens over the past year or so by reading every single ingredients list for the products I use/want.  Sometimes I have to research this online as the products are too small to list the ingredients. 

    I recently discovered my favourite Rimmel concealer contained a whole parade of them whilst researching the ingredients online so immediately stopped using it.  Well, Soap and Glory bath products don’t contain parabens as far as I am aware, but they do contain something called SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) also known as Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES))

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    I've noticed a lot of natural and handmade beauty products state they do not contain SLS so I did a little research to see why.  ‘According to the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database, SLS is a "moderate hazard" that has been linked to cancer, neurotoxicity, organ toxicity, skin irritation and endocrine disruption.’(quote from 

    So why would anyone put this in shampoo or shower gel? 

    It's a detergent that makes them foam.  If you’re like me you may well love a good foamy shower gel or shampoo, but the ingredient that often causes this could actually be a total hazard!  SLS is also used in engine degreasing, garage floor cleaner and car wash soaps.  It is corrosive.  I’m not sure I want to rub this all over myself, not matter how small the amount!

    I really did enjoy using The Scrub of Your Life and Clean on Me; both smelt fabulous and gave results as expected all for a bargain price.  This was intended to be a blog post of me raving about how awesome I thought these products were, until I became wise to SLS and so read the ingredients.  I will not repurchase these because of this.  I have seen their Glad Hair Day does not contain SLS and this is clearly stated.  Hopefully they will be removing it from all of their products ASAP and other mainstream brands will follow.

    For now I will be buying from smaller handmade companies who use natural ingredients. 

    I feel a natural revolution coming on!

    Here's the Glad Hair Day which is paraben and SLS free: