Recent Empties

It’s been a long time since I’ve written an empties post, in fact, it’s been a long time since I’ve written any post! Therefore, I have accumulated a growing pile of empties, which is calling out to be shared. Warning! This is a lengthy post!

Neal’s Yard Roll On Deodorant

I’ve tried quite a few natural deodorant’s over the years and this is my current favourite. I usually pick it up when it is on offer in Waitrose (they regularly have a third off deal).

I like both the scents (Rose and Geranium and Peppermint and Lime). It’s gentle, easy to use and importantly, it works (although looking at the reviews on their website, it doesn’t work for everyone!) I already have a replacement for this one on the go.

Forrest and Shore Hallelujah Hair Oil*

Before using a facial oil for the first time, I never understood how putting an oil on your face would work: I now can’t live without one. The same has happened with hair oil. I was intrigued by hair oils, although could not get my head around how they worked. Surely they would leave your hair looking and feeling greasy?

When Forrest and Shore got in touch to ask if I’d like to try their newly launched Hallelujah Hair Oil I took the opportunity to try one out.

I have just about finished this bottle and will 100% be replacing it. It has become an essential part of my hair care routine. I use it in a couple of ways; as an overnight treatment or, used sparingly, after washing and before styling. You can read my full review here Forrest and Shore Hallelujah Hair Oil.

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane

I arrived at The Ordinary website (which is a little mind-boggling; you sort of need some idea of what you’re looking for before entering!) via skin guru Caroline Hirons. I wouldn’t call The Ordinary a ‘green brand’, however, the ingredients in a lot of their products look pretty good.

My daughter was looking for an ’emergency’ Christmas present for me (ideally from ASOS!) which is where I found this at under £8 (although it looks as though ASOS have stopped selling The Ordinary now).

My skin has never really given me any problems so I always find it hard to review a ‘treatment’ product as there’s not much to treat! Retinoid is, by all accounts, a hero anti-ageing product which is my main skin concern. I like to think these sort of products are working their magic deep in my skin and probably need to be used on a long-term basis. Given the price, I am going to repurchase and will more than likely try more from the range. You may find my Upping My Skincare post before heading to The Ordinary site.

Dr Botanicals Coffee Superfood Renewing Facial Exfoliator*

This facial exfoliator has been a real hit with me. I received it in a LoveLula Beauty Box and used it up very quickly. It has just the right amount of abrasion for me. Made with coffee oil (I wasn’t aware of the benefits of using coffee in my skin care. Apparently it’s a really good antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredient). I have been using it on dry skin (it is recommended to use this on wet skin), applying a little at a time, targeting specific areas such as my forehead, around my nose and chin.

I like to apply a balm cleanser on top, before removing with a warm, damp flannel. I will be repurchasing this.

CoLab Dry Shampoo

Although not a ‘green’ product, I haven’t been able to give this up. It is my favourite dry shampoo. It does everything I want from a dry shampoo. It is so easy to use, leaves no white residue, adds a bit of oomph to my hair and is only £3.49. I am still searching for a natural alternative, but until I do, this will be part of my hair care stash.

Tri Balm Frances Prescott

This is a new brand to me. I bought it after asking on Instagram for balm recommendations. The packaging of this balm is quite unique, being in a twist up bottle, which I really liked.

The balm itself was lovely to use, it melted into the skin and did a great job of removing makeup. I scraped a little of the balm off rather than applying it straight from the pot, before removing with a warm flannel.

My only criticism would be that it did sting my eyes a little.

Bodhi and Birch Lemon Water Hydrosol Tonic

I was delighted to be part of a focus group for the newly launched Bodhi and Birch Superfoods Series earlier this year and, although I was impressed with the whole range (see more here), this Lemon Water Hydrosol Tonic was a clear favourite.

The spritz is perfect (which is so important to me), having a light even spray and the ingredients are exquisite. Once you’ve read the product description (here) you may find it hard to resist – despite the £50 price tag!

Dafna’s Skincare

I had been wanting to try the Dafna’s Recovery Cleanser for some time and took the plunge recently after seeing the Cos Natural were now stockists.

I’m on the fence with this one. I used it all – very quickly, which is usually a good sign. It felt lovely on my skin and did a great job of removing all traces of makeup.

I’m not sure if I had a ‘dodgy’ pot, but I felt the contents separated quite a bit, with a distinct oily layer and a balm layer.

I also didn’t get on with removing it with water only; I needed to use a warm, damp flannel. For the price, I don’t think I’ll rush back to this one.

I did, however, receive a generous sample size pot of the Moisture Plus which I really liked (unfortunately, as it is pricey at £60)!

I would love to be able to keep using this moisturiser. It felts so soothing on my skin, not too heavy (I don’t usually get on with creams in pots). I also felt my skin felt plumper and smoother almost immediately after use, which again, is not something I usually find. I’m really sad to be coming to the end of this!

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