This is Not Just Hand Soap, Choose well Review

I was asked to review some hand soap and I was really impressed with Choose Well and their lovely ethical hand soaps with a purpose.

Four bottles of choose well hand soap, rose geranium, botanical orang, cedarwood and sage and Almond and Vanilla.
Four bottles of Choose Well Hand Soap

There’s power and purpose in every purchase

The large 500 ml bottles are all 100% recyclable and you can also buy refill packets which work out at better value and have even less waste. You can even choose to buy a glass bottle to use with the refills.

The hand soap is not tested on animals and contains 95% natural ingredients. They are tested by dermatologists and are suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Each purchase allows you to opt where some of the profit from sales goes towards charitable ventures: such as providing water and sanitation for countries that need help. Or you can choose to help the homeless and help keep a young person off the street. The other charity is Trees. Planting trees can regenerate forests and help the global climate.

My review of the Hand Soap

I love that every product bought helps causes that I care about. I also like that the dispensers are completely recyclable. I switched to bar soap a couple of years ago, but my family were so pleased to have bottles in the bathroom again. I though bar soap was a better choice at the time but I think Choose Well may have changed my mind.

We love the Choose Well hand soap, it leaves our hands feeling soft and clean and the bathroom smelling delightful. Our favourite so far is the Rose Geranium, but we like all of them. We have the Cedarwood and Sage in the upstairs bathroom and that’s wonderful too.

Just a little squirt from the bottle is enough for a complete hand wash and a sink full of bubbles. I suffer from dermatitis and I’m pleased to report that my hands have been left feeling soft and smelling lovely.

A 500ml bottle of hand wash costs £7.99, which is a little expensive but it’s worth it. You are also supporting a good cause and the wash lasts for ages. It’s also a truly luxurious wash and I’m definitely considering refills when my bottles empty.

The refills cost £12 and you get a whole litre of hand wash. The exclusive glass dispenser costs £9.99 for a 300ml bottle and £11.99 for a 500ml bottle. You can also refill the plastic bottles if you want to give them more life before recycling.

At the moment Choose Well have four fragrances for their hand soap, Rose Geranium, Almond and Vanilla, Botanical Orange and Cedarwood and Sage.

You can also buy kits, like the refill starter kit with a 500ml dispenser bottle and a litre refill of the soap of your choice The price for this is £23.99. or You can buy two bottles of soap for £14 or 4 four £28

You can follow Choose Well on Instagram. On Twitter and Facebook

It all started with a simple idea. What if soap could be more than just soap? What if liquid hand wash could help save lives and change lives for the better? What if money from the sale of an everyday item could be put towards good causes? What if soap could help both people and the planet?

A Place to Read

Mrs England, The Latest offering from Stacey Halls.

I am fast becoming a fan of Stacey Halls. There was a time where I wouldn’t consider reading an historical novel, but Stacey Halls has me enthralled every time. Mrs England, is the latest offering and once again a very enjoyable read.

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Manilla Press (10 Jun. 2021)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 400 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1838772863
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1838772864
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 14.4 x 3.8 x 22.2 cm

The Blurb

‘Something’s not right here.’
I was aware of Mr Booth’s eyes on me, and he seemed to hold his breath. ‘What do you mean?’
‘In the house. With the family.’

West Yorkshire, 1904. When newly graduated nurse Ruby May takes a position looking after the children of Charles and Lilian England, a wealthy couple from a powerful dynasty of mill owners, she hopes it will be the fresh start she needs. But as she adapts to life at the isolated Hardcastle House, it becomes clear there’s something not quite right about the beautiful, mysterious Mrs England.

Distant and withdrawn, Lilian shows little interest in her children or charming husband, and is far from the ‘angel of the house’ Ruby was expecting. As the warm, vivacious Charles welcomes Ruby into the family, a series of strange events forces her to question everything she thought she knew. Ostracised by the servants and feeling increasingly uneasy, Ruby must face her demons in order to prevent history from repeating itself. After all, there’s no such thing as the perfect family – and she should know.

Simmering with slow-burning menace, Mrs England is a portrait of an Edwardian marriage, weaving an enthralling story of men and women, power and control, courage, truth and the very darkest deception. Set against the atmospheric West Yorkshire landscape, Stacey Halls’ third novel proves her one of the most exciting and compelling new storytellers of our times.

My Review of Mrs England

I listened to Mrs England on Audible, using my monthly credit.

I’d always recommend listening to a sample first. This book is narrated by Imogen Wilde with a board Birmingham accent. For me, being a Brummie, it was fine, but others might find it a little difficult. I have trouble listening to certain accents.

That doesn’t take anything away from the brilliant story telling. Mrs England seemed a little slower to actually get started than Stacey Halls previous novels, but it still drew me in, savouring every character and every scene. From the streets of London to Basall Heath in Birmingham, right out to the West Yorkshire landscape, you feel like you are there with your characters.

Little clues of what happened and what is happening are scattered through out, so although there are some twists, nothing comes as a complete suprise. (Well, there was one thing I didn’t guess.) The story is full of intrigue without the massive drama. You have to wait a long time for a dramatic event, but it really doesn’t matter, just get taken along for the ride and enjoy.

I love that Stacey Halls takes an event from history and turns it into a novel. What happened to Ruby May came from a factual story that she’d read. But all the rest is her imagination.

I will be looking forward to more from Stacey Halls.

Read my review of The Foundling by Stacey Halls

Read my review of The Familiars by Stacey Halls

A Place to Reflect

Some Tips to Help You Get to Sleep at Night

Do you have trouble sleeping? You are not alone, a survey showed that 36% of people in the UK suffer from insomnia. I am going to share some tips to help you get to sleep at night.

My tips come from LSW Mind cards who offer a number of products that can help you sleep better. You can buy them in a bundle or individually depending on your needs. What you get is a series of sleep mediations to listen to as you go to sleep and they can be really beneficial.

I am an affiliate for LSW Mind cards so if you click through and make a purchase I may earn some money at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting my blog.

LSW mind cards sleep well collection. A selection of meditations to help you get to sleep at night.

If you pop along to the LSW Mind Cards site and sign up for their newsletter you will receive some good offers. This week they are offering tips to aid sleep, which I am going to share here, and if you are quick, on Friday 9th July, you can get a free sleep meditation to download.

Tips for Getting to Sleep at Night

Here are some tips as provided by LSW Mind Cards.

Having a regular bedtime routine can help to train the mind to prepare for a great night’s sleep. The more you repeat the same actions in the lead up to bedtime the more you will prime your mind to flow into a state of deep relaxation when you climb under the covers.

Turn off or stop using all electronics at least 30 minutes before going to bed

This includes phones, televisions, laptops and computers. Give your mind the time it needs to rest from external worries or stresses and your eyes the time they need to relax without the bright lights of your gadgets.

Have a warm bath or shower

Having a nice warm (but not too hot) bath to allow your body to get to a good temperature for sleeping is a great way to relax both your muscles and your mind. Light some candles, use relaxing bath oils such as lavender and put on some relaxing music for extra indulgence. If you don’t have a bath, fret not! A nice long warm shower can have an equally relaxing effect and you can visualise the stresses of the day washing away down the plughole for extra relaxation.

Use a hot flannel

Your jaw can carry a lot of tension, focus on your jaw right now, see if you can relax any tense muscles. A great way to help you relax is to hold a warm flannel up to your face. Encourage your jaw and the tiny muscles around your eyes to release and let go.

Create a regular bedtime

Find a time that you can make your regular bedtime. It doesn’t matter what time this turns out to be, but try to keep it before midnight. Having a regular bedtime helps to settle your body clock and create a relaxed state of mind in the time leading up to it. It will also help you to keep your sleep time between seven and nine hours.

Close your curtains

Whether you have black out blinds or curtains, make sure that your bedroom is a dark, peaceful place of solitude. This will give your mind maximum opportunity to switch off and drift into a peaceful slumber.

Sleepy smells

Using essential oils and smells can help to anchor a feeling of relaxation and calm when the time comes to go to sleep. There are a number of lovely pillow sprays specifically designed to help with sleep. Another option is an oil diffuser which allows you to choose which essential oil you use. A few great oils for sleep are lavender, jasmine and cedarwood.

Keep your phone in another room

Keeping your phone out of your bedroom or away from your bed can really help the quality of your sleep as it keeps all distractions at bay. It can also help the quality of your morning as you can wake up without instantly turning over to your phone. Try not to check your phone until you have woken, showered and dressed in order to maintain the restful feeling you will have following a good night’s sleep.

We hope you enjoy finding what works for you, remember, this is about creating the most peaceful and relaxing headspace before climbing into bed for a wonderful night’s sleep. There are no rights or wrongs in this, mix it up and find what works.

Join us on Friday when we will be sharing the first sleep relaxation recording with you for free!

Until then, sleep well,

Lili and the team x

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You can read one of my reviews of LSW Mind cards here.

A Place to Read

Bookworms Monthly July link Up

Hello, Welcome to BookWorms Monthly July. I haven’t done a bookworms monthly for a while but I’ve decided to revive it again

Reading is my passion and I love to write about what I’ve read. I’m a real book worm and I have been since the day I could read. I decided to start this linky so that other book worms could Share. I’m starting monthly for now, so you have a whole month to link up your posts. You can link up to four posts, so that’s one a week. Or if you like you can link up some of your older posts.

Let’s share what we read and give other’s ideas what to read next. Tell me your reviews, you book reading lists, your author interviews, kids book favourites, Young Adult books, and even posts about your favourite authors. Anything book related is allowed and I can’t wait to read them all. I want to find all the book worms out there.

Here is last months linky to give you some idea of what book worms monthly is about. I’m trying to reach out to all the book worms out there to come and join me with their posts monthly.

Join Us for Book Worms Monthly
Book worms Monthly will be posted every four weeks, and you can join in at any time. I will share anyone who links over on my Social Media sites, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Mix (formerly Stumbleupon.) I’ll also come along and read and comment on your post. Please do share this link up with your friends.

Link up your BookWorms Monthly March book posts below.

Here is a badge to share, just use the code below if you want to put it on your blog. Or you can just link back to www.athomealot.com thanks.

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This is the bookworms monthly link up for July, you can see the last link up for June here.

Each month I will read through the linked up posts and add to my TBR list here:

Yet Another Blogging Mummy has written a great review of The Life of Pi