Its nice when you introduce an ethical brand to someone and they like it too. Milae from LifeExperiment dropped me a link to her own product review of the Earth Conscious Hippy Paste I recommended a few weeks back.
The Faith in Nature Mens soaps are to be frank, manly. My missus got me this one from Holland and Barret I believe, but the brand gets about, and are available at all good health stores and Amazon at £1.65 a bar.
The fragerence is very natural and wooden. Makes you feel like your washing in a forest, sans lumber jack shirt. You know them womens adverts where they swish their hair about under a waterfall? Well it makes me wanna swish my moustache about like that, in a slightly more manly fashion of course.
As a soap, it cleans like any other good soap. Leaves my skin feeling a bit dry, so not so good for an all over body wash, but good for daily hands and face.
Rating 4 out of 5 Man Points.
Gonna say it. I feel proper dirty for using a title like that, but its the best description of this post.
As many of you know I do the PR for 3 beauty & style brands. Hair and Beauty posts do not really have a place on this blog (yet), but my experience in PR and social media does. I often see bloggers asking or trying to get brands attention so they can get products for reviews and such. From my perspective, there are a number of things I would suggest on the subject.
What I look for in a blogger asking for products review are :
– A prior review of our products. Do one off your own back as an ice breaker and I am much more likely to send you products later for review.
– A responsive following. The amount of followers varies, but if I see a blog with no comments or interaction, why would a brand send you a free product? What is in it for the brand?
– Regular postings. I ignore requests for free product if the last blog post was 2 years ago.
– Links to sites & social medias. I do not have the time to look for bloggers off an email address. If you contact a brand, include a link to your blog, and your social medias if they are relevant.
– Manners. I never expect anyone to kiss my bum, but if someone is rude online to me, or to others, I do not want a brands PR associated with them.
– Reliability. Life happens. But if I send someone a product, never see a review or hear from them again, I will never deal with them again. If there is a problem, let me know.
– Honesty. This is brand and blogger dependent. A lot of brands want advertorials. I personally despise advertorials. If a products crap, its crap. Give a good polite explanation why, and I can use that as constructive feedback.
I know that dealing with PR people is hard. They are often unresponsive and difficult. But when I get into work on a Monday morning and see 100+ emails asking for free stuff from bloggers, I am going to ignore the majority of them and bookmark the best.