I stopped writing empties posts a couple of years ago, because in all honesty I didn’t enjoy writing them. But I started collecting my empties again a few months ago and have been showing them on Instagram, so I thought I would share some products I have used up. I have been trying to have a clear out of stuff and streamline my routine, not easy when a big part of what I do is try product! I am pleased with the amount of products I have finished up though, there is something very satisfying about getting to the end of a jar or bottle. There is a mix of bath and body-care, skincare and some everyday essentials.
Bath and body empties – This was definitely my biggest category!
AA Skincare Peony, Bay and Brahmi conditioner – AA Skincare are a nice brand for products that don’t break the bank. This conditioner worked well for me and I liked the price point, so would buy again, generally I prefer to spend a bit more on shampoo and save on conditioner. I never got around to doing a full review of this, but you can see my review of the Shower gels here.
Puressentiel Rest and Relax spray – This is an essential oil aromatherapy spray for using around the home. I have to admit I don’t find the blend particularly relaxing, it is more fresh and uplifting, but I loved using it when I wanted something to freshen up a room. I have another backup of this already for use when I don’t have time to get my aromatherapy oils and diffuser out.
Weleda Wild Rose creamy body wash* – These body washes have been a staple of mine for years now, I adore the rich creamy lather that doesn’t strip the skin, but actually feels really moisturising. My favourite scent is pomegranate, but I also really like the Rose and Sea Buckthorn versions. They make a great shaving cream and hand wash too!
Weleda Pomegranate deodorant* – These roll ons are really fresh smelling and easy to apply. I have converted the whole family to using them now. I loved this for the winter months, but as we approach summer will need something a little stronger, I already have a back up ready for the Autumn months though. These are completely free of alum salts and as with all Weleda products 100% natural.
Jason Dandruff relief – I am forever buying things to test on my irritable scalp, I had high hopes for this product and although it initially seemed to make a difference, by the end of the bottle I didn’t see any results. It is a very strongly scented medicated shampoo, it is also low foaming, which is good as it means less chance of irritation. The price point was good, so is definitely worth a try if you have a troubled scalp, but it wasn’t for me.
Schmidt’s Bergamot and Lime deodorant – In case you missed it Schmidt’s earlier this year was bought by cosmetic giant Unilever, meaning they are not an independent brand anymore and their cruelty free status is slightly more of a grey area in my opinion (although they still have the leaping bunny symbol, I don’t think brands with parent companies can truly be considered cruelty free. Despite all of that, Schmidt’s still do make some of my favourite deodorants and as I had quite a few scents and sizes stashed away, I am still working my way through them. My favourite is Vanilla Rose in the stick format, but the Bergamot Lime is a close second, very effective and nice and fresh for summer.
Living Naturally Rose and Lavender deodorant – This is another cream deodorant, this time by vegan, British brand Living Naturally. I really wanted to love this one – as the company ethics and ingredients are great, but although the it was very effective and kept me from smelling all day long, the formula was very grainy and not all that pleasant to apply. I may well have got a bad batch, so I am not writing the brand off just yet, they have lot’s of interesting products in their range.
Moa Fortifying Green Bath potion* – I love this aromatherapeutic bath oil packed with essential oils of eucalyptus and herbs such as yarrow. Perfect to help with congestion and if you are feeling under the weather. If you have a more sensitive skin, the Moa Dreamy bath salts are gentler but equally as lovely.
Tisserand Sleep better bath oil (Previously Sweet Dreams) – I love these bath oils by Tisserand and this is my favourite blend. The oils emulsify in the bath, so you aren’t left with a greasy mess to clear up when you are done, they are very affordable and the sleep well scent smells divine, thanks to a blend of jasmine, sandalwood and lavender. Highly recommended!
DIY Hair oil – I finished another bottle of my DIY hair oil, you can see the recipe here.
Skincare and Make-up empties – A nice mix of products.
Bee Good Honey and propoplis cream cleanser* – This is a very nice creamy cleanser at a good price point. Bee Good make products with British ingredients and champion bee ingredients like propoplis and honey. I have used quite a few of these tubes over the years, it isn’t my favourite cleanser, but it is a good everyday option.
A’Kin hydrating mist toner – This is the best toner I have ever tried at this price point and it feels much more luxurious on the skin than the price tag would suggest – even picking up a Beauty Shortlist award this year. With a base of hydrating coconut water and added antioxidants in the form of green tea, this is a great refreshing spritz any time of day. I already have a back up waiting to be used.
Pai Chamomile and Rosehip calming cream* – Another product I use over and over again. Pai are a brilliant brand for sensitive or sensitised skin, the formulas are all very gentle but also not too heavy or overwhelming on the skin. A really good product for anyone with redness prone or angry skin. The brand is also entirely vegan and organic.
Whamisa Damask Rose petals mist* – Another repurchased product, mainly because I just love that this has actually rose petals in the bottle! Whamisa is a Korean brand, who do hydrating products very well (See my original review here). This mist as well as rose water and aloe also contains probiotics, to soothe and calm the skin. Not the cheapest toner in my stash, but a lovely one nevertheless.
Mallow and White Soothe facial oil – A really lovely simple blend of Kukui, apricot and jojoba oils as well as lavender and chamomile essential oils. The Soothe range is my favourite from Mallow and White, I am currently testing the new Soothe balm and it is such a lovely product, very impressive.
Holistic Green Beauty toner – I found this at the back of the cupboard whilst I was having and clear out and it has been empty for some time. This toner is sadly discontinued, but I highly recommend the chocolate cleansing balm from the range, it is sheer luxury!
Bodhi and Birch Superfood series* – This is an exciting range due to be released very soon. I had the privilege of doing some pre-release testing and I think people are in for a treat. I won’t say much more now, as a full review will follow.
Oskia renaissance mask – I will be honest and say Oskia is a brand who’s products for me are either favourites, or just OK. The Renaissance mask and Renaissance cleansing gel both fall in to the favourites category. The mask is moisturising and brightening, great for when skin cannot tolerate anything harsh but is in need of a pick me up. The travel sized pots are great for popping in your suitcase as a recovery treatment on holiday.
Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator* – This mist by Josh Rosebrook has a bit of a cult following now and I must admit I also find it highly addictive. This is my second travel sized bottle, perfect for popping in your handbag. Although this works well within a skincare routine, I actually love to use it as a make up setting spray or simply to add hydration to the skin during the day. Over make up, it takes away the powdery look from mineral foundations and gives the most beautiful finish. As a spritz during the day it is a gorgeous way to add some nourishment back to skin in a simple step and as the mist is beautifully fine, it doesn’t disrupt any make up you have on.
Green People mascara* – This is my favourite day to day mascara, because it doesn’t flake, smudge or move. It gives a nice amount of volume and definition, but it isn’t something I would pick for a more dramatic look. The formula doesn’t irritate my sensitive eyes, even when wearing contact lenses and it is easily my most repurchased make up product.
Everyday essentials – Some basics I have used up.
Konjac baby bath sponge* – We love these baby bath sponges made from bio-degradable Konjac root. Unlike other natural sponges they hold together well, lasting around three months before they need to be replaced and they make any body-wash or soap that you use with them go much further and create a nice lather. My only gripe is the packaging, it would be great if the packaging could also be composted like the sponge itself.
Jack and Jill kids toothbrush* – I picked up a couple of these children’s toothbrushes to try and they are really good. The handle is apparently compostable when you remove the head, so this one is destined for my compost heap, I will report back on whether it does truly break down or not!
Woobamboo toothbrush – These are my go to toothbrushes when I am not using my electric one and are great for travel. Once the bristles are removed I will be popping this on the compost as well.
Rebel and Mercury candle – Not really an essential, but I do love burning lovely candles. This one came in a previous Boxwalla box and had a lovely scent throw.
That is all my empties for the last few months, spot any favourites?