Project use it up is still in full swing. If you have been following my blog for some time you will know I don’t usually write empties posts, but a few months ago I decided to try and really tackle the size of my beauty stash which was a little bit out of control and started writing them again to keep me on track. So far progress is really good, after many years of trying different beauty products I have definitely become more sure of what I like and what works, so many categories of products I never actually bother buying or testing anymore, like for example sheet masks, which I consider to be no different from applying a generous pump of serum to the skin. Beauty is what I do for a living, so I still have a lot of product, but I definitely have more space in my cupboards, so that is excellent! To read my July empties click here.
I am going to start this month with bath and body care, as this is category that has the most products!
Balance me Revitalising hand and body wash* – This wash was an OK product, it wasn’t drying, but I could barely detect any scent and the texture was a bit boring. Not something I would repurchase, pretty sure this one was a magazine freebie anyway.
Kind Natured Ylang Ylang and sage shampoo and conditioner – When I first switched to more natural haircare I went for a brand that I could find on the high street, was budget friendly and SLS and silicone free. Kind Natured ticks all of those boxes, which is why I featured them in the this post about How to switch to silicone free haircare. Although not 100% natural, I was impressed with these Kind Natured products and would pick them up again if I was on the high street.
Elemental Herbology Mandarin and Grapefruit show gel* – Another wash that was nice, but not one I would repurchase. My skin is very sensitive to surfactants, so I have decided to stick with really moisturising soaps or really gentle washes that are moisturising. This just didn’t feel moisturising enough for my dry skin.
Weleda Citrus deodorant* – This one didn’t belong to me, although I have used the citrus spray before but it was my sons. This is the first deodorant I have introduced him to as he at that awkward tween stage. I offered him the citrus roll on also from Weleda, but he eventually settled on the spray as his favourite. The sprays don’t leave any white marks and they dry almost instantly, so they are perfect for applying before school uniform. He is a fan of the fresh scent too, personally I am using the Rose spray from Weleda and I love how long lasting they are in this heat. See my full review here.
Weleda Arnica Muscle soak* – I am pretty sure this featured last month too, but it is a staple in my routine as I suffer from chronic hip pain that I manage through exercise. This arnica soak is a really nice treat at the end of the day if I feel stiff and want some relief before bed. I also had a sample of the Weleda Evening primrose body oil, which is very nice, moisturising and a lovely scent.
Alchemy oils peppermint hair remedy* – I reviewed these oils when they first launched and they have been a brand I have gone back to several times over the years. I suffer from a really dry, tight scalp and I manage it by using a weekly oil treatment. The brand has had a bit of a makeover and the full sized oils now come with a nice pipette bottle. Sadly they have also doubled the price, for half the amount of product and as I need to use a generous amount of oil for my needs, they have just become too expensive for me to warrant a repurchase. I will be sticking to DIY hair oils or other brands from now on. If you only use oils sparingly then I still think they are a great brand, just a little pricey compared to other oils on the market.
Weleda Rosemary Hair oil* – As mentioned above hair oils are an essential part of my routine, I am not sure why it has taken me so long to try the one from Weleda, but this is a very nice oil indeed. It absorbs really well, so even if you are applying generously you don’t look too greasy and it has a deep herbal aroma from the rosemary. I have bought another couple of bottles of this, as it definitely helped both my dry scalp and the condition of my hair. Highly recommended as it is a great price too.
Green People Organic kids sun lotion* – Another brand we have used for a couple of years now, these sun creams are great on delicate skins and work really well. They do leave a bit of white cast initially, but it soon fades and I have them relatively easy to apply to wriggly children.
Ecosoapia Pure castile soap hand wash* – This hand wash follows an old family recipe and I loved the branding on the bottle. I found the hand wash wasn’t drying, despite using it a lot, but the citrus wasn’t really noticeable, rather you got a gentle scent from the castile soap. Would buy again.
100 Acres Rose and Lavender Bubble bath – I adore the beautiful branding of 100 Acres, they are based in the Cotswolds and every product looks lovely. This bubble bath smelt beautiful and was a lovely treat in the bath. Will definitely be trying more in the future.
Petit Pai Mallow body wash* – This was a nice gentle, organic children’s body wash, I am generally a big fan of Pai skincare for delicate and sensitive skin and use many of the products on a regular basis. Out of the two products they have for children I found the body lotion to be better value, and it also smells delicious, but would buy both again if I was placing an order for skincare for me.
MuLondon White Chocolate elbow, knee and heel cream – I adored this rich cream from MuLondon, it was vegan and really rich. Sadly it was discontinued (I stockpiled before it disappeared completely) but you can still get a White Chocolate cream* from the brand that can be used from head to toe. See my review here.
Weleda Sea buckthorn creamy body wash* – I don’t think I have anything left to say about these Weleda washes, they have been my favourites for years, I mostly use Pomegranate, but Sea Buckthorn is a very cheerful orange scent and is really lovely as well.
Weleda Calendula Body cream* – A rich body cream lovely and soothing. I used up this sample on my legs after shaving and enjoyed it, will get the full size at some point. Although the calendula range is aimed at babies and children I enjoy it as well.
Weleda Almond hand cream* – This is my favourite hand cream for use during the day. It hydrates but isn’t sticky or too heavy, so I can use it during the day and go back to using the laptop shortly after. I always keep a smaller size in my change bag for use after nappy changes, hence two different tubes.
Weleda Salt toothpaste* – I have always struggled with non foaming toothpastes previously, but this salt toothpaste was a bit of a revelation. It leaves you teeth feeling really clean and whilst the salty, minty flavour is a little different to start with, after a while I have grown to love it.
Woobamboo toothbrush* – We have used these toothbrushes for some time now. I personally use them when I am travelling and not using my electric toothbrush. This one is the children’s size, my toddler loves to do her own teeth and gets on well with this brush. The bristles are nylon so I will remove them before adding the handle to the compost heap. The Woobamboo brushes do come packaged in plastic so I am hoping they will switch to a carboard cover to cut packaging even further, other than that I can’t fault them.
Some skincare items next:
Beauty Kitchen Everlasting Radiance Cleansing gel* – I can’t praise Beauty Kitchen enough, the products are gorgeous to use, very affordably priced and available on the high street through Holland and Barrett. This gel was gorgeous to use in the heat, it doesn’t foam at all (which I personally prefer as foam is the enemy for my skin!), but it leaves the skin feeling really fresh and clean. The scent of the Seahorse plankton range is so gorgeous, I just adore it. See my full review of the range here. I will repurchase this cleanser at some point when my stash is a little more under control, but I often grab something from the range when I pop in to Holland and Barrett, I just can’t help myself.
Willowberry Nutrient boost cleansing balm – This was a beautiful rich cleansing balm with rosehip and chia seed oil. It is definitely more suited to drier skin and is something I would repurchase in the winter months. This is one of those cleansers I liked to use when I am not in a hurry and I can really take my time massaging it in to the skin and steaming off with a warm washcloth. It doesn’t emulsify at all, so not a quick cleanse, but more a ritual, it does leave the skin really soft though, a gorgeous brand. See my full review here.
Sanoflore Rose water* – This was a very nice rose water, but I find Sanoflore’s parent company L’Oreal problematic (they are linked to Nestle) and I wouldn’t repurchase. If you don’t mind brands with parent companies, Sanoflore seems to be doing well in the UK and seems much more readily available, but for me there was nothing about this product that made it stand out enough to justify repurchasing. You can get organic rose water toners from lots of independent brands. Read about my thoughts on organic and natural brands with parent companies here.
Rio Rosa Mosqueta rosehip oil – I like these little rosehip oil minis for travel. Rio Rosa Mosqueta is a nice brand to investigate if you are after budget friendly products, they are all vegan and with nice ingredients. See my full review here.
Samaya Ayurveda Pitta cleanser – I absolutely adore all the Samaya products I have tried, it is a luxury brand with a luxury price point, but none of the products I have tried disappoint. The products work incredibly well, feel wonderful to use and are gentle on my sensitive skin. This was a creamy formulation that turned in to an oil when massaged on to the skin and then to a milk when you added water. I already have another bottle in my stash and it is one I can see me using for a long time to come. For something a bit more budget friendly I also adore the Oskia Renaissance cleansing gel which has a similar consistency.
Weleda Almond oil* – Last but not least a product that has feature in my routines for several years now. I think this was actually one of the first Weleda products I tried, it is a simple blend of two ingredients almond and plum oils. I use it for eye make up removal on a damp cotton pad, but it is also lovely for a facial massage or as an oil cleanse removed with a warm flannel. A lovely product if you need a fragrance free oil in your stash. The bottle is small, but it seems to last a really long time. Already have another in my stash ready to use.
I used up quite a lot this month, so I am really pleased.