July Empties – Skincare and Bodycare

My mission to declutter my bathroom cabinet continues – Although I don’t have many empties this month, I am still really pleased with my overall progress in whittling down my stash. I am hoping to have a lot more to share with you next month as well!

Bath and body care Empties:

Good Bubble Hair and body wash* – I wrote about my experience judging the Beauty Shortlist Mum and Baby awards and I talked about Good Bubble being a new discovery for me. This is an interesting brand, although not wholly natural, the formulas are well thought out and we loved the Gruffalo packaging, if you are searching for a budget friendly wash for an older baby or toddler Good Bubble is worth taking a look at. Would repurchase a few of the products from the brand again.

Chuckling Goat sensitive Kefir lotion – I purchased this lotion and a kefir soap with a batch of kefir. I try and take kefir every few months to top up my good bacteria, but the skincare from this brand is also very interesting. The lotion is free of essential oils, it does have a slightly tangy scent from the kefir, a bit like yoghurt, but it is very gentle. This one was used up mainly by my older boy, he has a tendency to mystery rashes, cuts, grazes etc… and I have found the kefir lotions help keep his skin healthy.

Weleda active shower gel for Men* – This one belongs to Mr Green who I buy this shower gel for regularly. It has a nice fresh scent and gives a gentle lather. Have already repurchased for him.

Tabitha James Kraan Golden citrus hair cleanser* – I really need to get around to doing a full review of the Tabitha James Kraan products I have tried, as it is a really interesting brand. This shampoo has gorgeous ingredients and does work really well, but it is also very different from all of the other shampoos I have tried. It is very low foaming, so you will need to make sure you massage in well to the scalp, I find starting underneath and behind the ears works well for me. As I suffer from a very dry scalp I did find the citrus cleanser offered me some relief from the dryness and I was able to stretch out my hair an extra day between washing too as it felt more balanced. The downside is that the whole range is really pricey, but the results were so good I am tempted to repurchase anyway. I also tried the matching 4-1 conditioner* (I did however loose the bottle to the recycling thanks to hubby!) and I liked using it as leave in conditioner much more than a rinse off due to the high price point, if your budget can stretch these products are beautiful.

Weleda citrus bath milk – The Weleda bath milks are one of the products I don’t think get enough recognition from the brand. They are truly gorgeous and the citrus is really fresh, perfect for this hot weather, I tend to buy a bottle every summer but then switch to Rose or Arnica bath milk in the winter. These bath milks are also perfect for adding to a foot spa after a long day.

Konjac sponge body sponge* – Another product that makes a regular appearance in my empties, I use these for Baby Green instead of a conventional sponge and they work brilliantly with gentle body washes. This one will be headed straight for compost heap as it is completely biodegradable. These are lovely and soft, but as mine has been in my empties basket for a few weeks it has completely dried up!

Weleda Sea Buckthorn body wash* – I have raved about the Weleda body washes for years, they are gentle on the skin, they create a very pleasing creamy lather and I love the scent varieties available. I shared this travel size with my son who also really likes them, he is just at that age where he doesn’t want kids or baby products so these are ideal for him. The Sea Buckthorn has a lovely citrussy sweet scent.

Beatitude Peace bath oil – One of my favourite bath oils, I adore the scent and it disperses well in the bath without leaving a greasy ring, total perfection! See my original review here.

Skincare empties:

Dafna’s Recovery cleanser* – This cleansing balm has a really special and unique texture. It is in my opinion more suited to my skin in winter due to how rich it is. What makes it standout however is the fact that whilst it is incredibly nourishing, it wasn’t at all waxy and I really enjoyed the bright lemongrass scent. Would repurchase in the autumn and you can see my original review here.

Neal’s Yard Rejuvenating Frankincense Toner* – I have tried quite  a lot of products from the Neal’s Yard range and I have to say this is one I don’t think suited me all that well. It is refreshing as you would expect from a toner, but the Frankincense scent is quite unique and not all that enjoyable for me. I also much prefer my toners to have a pump, but with this one you have to buy it separately.

Turbliss Bioactive peat toner – This is essentially water in a spray bottle, a bit like the thermal waters sold by some of the French pharmacy brands. I enjoyed using it in this heat before serums or oils but I wouldn’t go out of my to repurchase as I prefer a floral water. I got the brand from Love Lula*, but the products are no longer available.

SW Basics Rosewater* – I tried a few of the SW Basics single ingredient products and I loved using this for mixing with dry powder masks. It just contains organic rosewater, simple but beautiful.

Lavera Hydro effect serum* – I really enjoyed this serum, it is light and fresh, not at all sticky on the skin and I definitely felt my skin was more hydrated and supple after using. The price point of this serum is fab, which is why I included it in my Love Lula picks £20 and under.

Therapi honey skincare rose moisturiser* – I did a full review of the Therapi range a few years ago, but it really needs a proper update. This is a really nice moisturiser for dry skin with a very light rose scent. Therapi was founded by Tania Hawks who is a Bee keeper and they use their own honey in the product range.

Aurelia Refine and polish miracle balm* – Another repeat product, this is a smaller sized sample that is great for travel. This has a balm texture but also have some gentle granules in there to exfoliate. I like to use this as part of a weekly mini facial, I massage in to dry skin and leave on as a mask before rinsing off. It turns to milk with water and smells beautiful as well.

REN Flash defence anti-pollution mist – I received this little sample in a beauty box and it was OK, there are other mists I prefer so I wouldn’t repurchase, but if you live or work in a city this one might be good for you to carry around with you.

Skin Iceland Hydro gel firming eye gels* – Another product that came either from a beauty box or gift with purchase. I don’t like the amount of waste these gels create so I don’t go out of my way to buy, I used these because I was suffering in the heat and they are very pleasant, but I don’t think they do anything that popping a bit of serum around the eyes couldn’t do.

Andalou Naturals instant lift and firm mask – Just like the hydrogels I never buy sheet masks as I find them fiddly and wasteful. As I had this one in my stash from a beauty box I thought I would give it a try but I wasn’t impressed at all, I can’t really find anything nice to say about it, so wouldn’t repurchase.

That is it for empties this month, overall quite a few things I wouldn’t buy again mixed with a few gems.

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Ana Green

Written by Ana – A beauty industry professional who is passionate about product and helping people navigate the marketing hype in the beauty industry.