Customer service – how much does it matter ?

Since coming back from the summer holidays, where shopping wasn’t high on my agenda, I dived straight into online retail, but came back for air with mixed emotions. The question that I keep on[...] read more

An old favourite has a re-design: Organic Burst supplements

I don’t believe in detoxing in winter but I do believe in taking supplements that support my daily diet and help enhance my well-being. It’s not easy to choose from a plethora of existing and new brands but it does help that in my line of work I talk to brand founders, examine ingredients and know nutritionists on whose advice I can rely. However there are some brands whose supplements I have been taking for years because I can see and feel the benefits and Organic Burst is one of them.

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What I like about Organic Burst ( I do know Ekaterina & Dimi, OB founders ) is that it is an honest and sustainable business. You can easily find the information on  the provenance of their ingredients and learn about each supplement in detail. Their customer service team will always try to answer your questions or address concerns and if they can’t, they will point you in the right direction. What also sets Organic Burst apart is their desire to learn and improve, that’s why I was very curious to learn that they were re-designing their packaging and adding some new things to their existing range ( click here to read my interview with Ekaterina and Organic Burst from my blog archive ).

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Previous packaging has been lovely but I am completely smitten with OBs new designs, as each product is beautifully vibrant and you can be sure that with continued use your body will respond in kind to the nutritional content of the following supplements from Organic Burst :

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Maca ( energy & endurance )

Baobab ( alert & alive )

Acai Berry ( beauty & radiance )

Spirulina ( nourish & nurture )

Chlorella ( detox & renew )


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New supplements from ‘old favourites’ Organic Burst & Rejuvenated

While I keep on hearing the word detox from a few of my girlfriends as a starting point of their new year resolutions, the idea of a full-blown detox is wrong at this time of the year, when our bodies crave comfort and hibernation. Instead I choose to drink water with lemon & honey every morning, dry skin brush, upping my fluid intake and re-vamping my exercise regime. With it I take my daily supplements, which provide me with nutrition that might be lacking from my daily food intake. Bee prepared from UnBeelivable, a few Terranova & Organic Burst supplements, as well as Organic Pharmacy tinctures help me feel healthier and more energised on a daily basis.

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Recently Organic Burst added Chlorella to their existing range of supplements and I can highly recommend taking it now, when the skies are grey and one wants to possibly go for a nap rather than an exercise class. What’s special about Chlorella ? It is a microalgae that contains the highest amount of chlorophyll per gram than any other plant on Earth, hence it will support your body’s vitality and wellbeing. OB Chlorella is grown by organic farmers high on the Mongolian plateau, using the mineral rich spring water and it contains Vitamins D & K, as well as selenium, folic acid, iodine ( great for those who have under-active thyroid ) and Vitamin B12 which is beneficial for our nervous system. We all lack sunshine at this time of the year ( when I was visiting Finland recently I saw no sunshine in four days I was there ) and our bodies get depleted of Vitamin D which is essential for our immunity and mood function – in Finland you are actually prescribed Vitamin D to be taken daily. In addition Chlorella is good for your digestive tract, your skin, hair and nails.

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Another benefit is that OB offers Chlorella in either powdered form, if you prefer adding it to your daily juice or smoothie or in a tablet form, if you just want to pop some in your mouth ( the maintenance dose is four tablets a day or you can take eight of them as a booster, alongside a glass of water ). It is also handy for when you travel for business or go on a holiday but still want to keep some of your healthy habits. I now mix Chlorella with Wheatgrass when I make green juices ( or if you are pressed for time you can mix it in with an Innocent smoothies or juices, I like combining it with their kiwi, apples and limes juice ) and while I am not going to make any astounding claims, I can certainly say that since adding


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Udo’s Choice Oil review

Oils are important for maintaining our skin, hair, nail health among other things but when you come into a health store you tend to get overwhelmed by choice. In my case, instead of following the latest fad, I make sure I only use good quality olive, rapeseed, coconut and argan oils when I cook. Until recently I was also taking Neal’s Yard Beauty Oil for hair, skin and nails but when I was approached to try Udo’s Choice Oil ( Ultimate Oil Blend ) I felt happily inclined to give it a go.

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Our cells need the right balance of proteins, water, vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids  ( Omega 3, Alpha-Linolenic Acid and Omega 6, Linoleic Acid ) in order for us to feel our best. However most of us don’t eat an ideal diet, at times eat on the run, don’t get enough sleep and are faced with regular stresses-all the factors that deplete our bodies and its ultimate balance.

Omega oils in particular help to ‘moisturise’ our skin from within, as well as protect skin’s natural defences and skin cells. As our skin is the so called ‘least important organ in the body’-by saying that I mean that our blood supply first goes to our vital organs like heart, brain, lungs, liver etc. and then disperses everywhere else within our body -it is the last to receive Essential Fats and the first to lose them. Omega 3 in particular is known for its anti-inflammatory effect hence without them we are more likely to get things like dry skin, dandruff, sunburn, cracked heels, dry elbows and stretch marks in pregnancy.

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Q & A with Ekaterina Igumentseva, founder of Organic Burst

This week Fiona Klonarides, founder of The Beauty Shortlist, a website that I love for its wealth of information, as well as for its always uplifting visuals, has been running the Green Beauty Week , raising profile of organic brands that aren’t only eco-consious but also effective; interviewing beauty experts about their favourite products and health tips and showing us how to become a bit more conscious of the effect that all of us have on the environment. Whether we like it or not, environmental changes are taking place and if we want the next generation to have a good life we really do need to make changes to what we put on our skin, how we recycle, questioning our food sources and manufacturing process and ingredients. So I thought it would be very timely to publish my Q & A with Ekaterina Igumentseva, a fellow Russian living in London, who founded Organic Burst, a company that supports its suppliers, produces five supplements-Baobab, Maca, Spirulina, Wheatgrass and Acai that really do make a difference to your overall well-being ( you can read my review of the Organic Burst supplements here, to give you an idea if you already haven’t tried them-no excuse really, as you can buy them online not only from Organic Burst website, but also from stockists like Wholefoods Market and Ocado now ) and runs her business with ethical wisdom well beyond her young years. She is one of those young women who give me hope and make me think that not only women can rule the world, they can do it with kindness and dignity.

Q & A with Ekaterina Igumentseva, founder of Organic Burst

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Organic Burst supplements and why you will enjoy taking them

Supplements, supplements, they seem to be peppering more and more conversations between my girlfriends. What do you take for energy, skin brightness, for the hair, for losing weight-it goes on and on and to be fair, it is so easy to trip and to loose track. The supplement market is already saturated and new ones seem to be constantly popping up, it feels like it is becoming trend, rather than health led. So how do you get to choose the ones that are really good? Well, by trial and error and definitely seeking doctor’s advice prior to taking anything, if you are on regular medication.

I am not fickle when it comes to supplements nor do I abuse them-after all, if you eat a varied diet with fresh fruit and veg, in theory you should be getting all the necessary vitamins from your diet. However pollution, eating on the run, succumbing to consuming too many sweet or salty snacks or drinks when tired or stressed play havoc with our moods, bodies and our gut absorption, so the end result is that we often feel under par but aren’t sure what to take for our voes.

Through trial and error I found things that work for me, like Collagen Shots or Bodyism  supplements for example, but until recently I wasn’t a big fan of supplements like wheatgrass or spirulina, simply because they either smelled unpleasant or tasted disgusting. One might choose to suffer in the name of beauty but none were worthy in my opinion.

A fellow blogger’s tweets ( yes, social media can and is helpful on occasion, so thank you Danny Stokes ) about a multi-award winning superfood supplement Organic Burst grabbed my attention, and the rest, as they say, is history.

The brand was launched in the latter part of 2011 ( as the brand’s founder Ekaterina Igumentseva told me, she and her business partner ‘loved the amazing health effects of superfoods but could not find good quality products in London-hence Organic Burst was born’ ) and already has won many fans, from regular people like yours truly, to celebrities and people who know a thing or two about their supplements and nutritional needs.

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Organic Burst makes five supplements:

Baobab ( feel alive ), powder, 70g, £8.29

Acai ( anti-ageing ), 90 vegan capsules, £18.99

Spirulina ( nourish ), powder, 100g, £10.99


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