I haven’t done a skincare and haircare post in a while, so I thought I’d share with you a few recent finds from my subscriptions. Let me know in the comments whether you’ve tried any of these!
One of my favourite products from the Odyssey haircare box was this almocado seaweed shampoo that came in the April box. It smelled amazing and its gentle formula lathered up well, leaving my hair feeling clean and less tangled. Seaweed is full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, and this product smelled more fruity than the funky smell you sometimes get with seaweed products!
I’m not usually a fan of mint haircare because I hate that tingly feeling on my scalp. I’ve heard it’s meant to be good for you, but it’s uncomfortable for me and I think my bathtime is a time for relaxing, not pain! Maybe I’m particularly sensitive to it. Anyway, I was a bit wary of using this herbal hair mask from the same April box, but even though it contains mint, it’s not as harsh or maybe as concentrated as products that I’ve used before. As a result, I could sit with this mask on for a while and get the full benefits of it. It also contains rosemary and sage.
These products are from the same brand and it’s not one I’d heard of before. That’s something I like about this box – being introduced to and supporting new independent brands.
This Skinfd sweet Orange hand cream smells great! I like the packet with a nozzle – I had it in my bag for ages, and as well as being made from cardboard, aluminium and recycled plastic, this kind of packet doesn’t take up as much room. You can also get right down and get every last drop of the product. It is a good formula, I loved the orange scent. It is quite thin though, so you do need to be careful when tipping it out because it came out quite fast.
Not a new product for me, but I like Dr Botanicals, and I was happy to see this Cocoa face mask. It’s a wash-off product and it promises to revive and hydrate. I’m all about the hydration now that we’re coming into the winter months. Looking at my list now I see that there are a number of Dr Botanicals products. They are good and don’t have a lot of preservatives as some other skincare products do, so once you’ve opened them, you do need to get them used up!
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This is the box where you get to choose your own products, so you can customise the selection to things that you will definitely use.
I’ve used various products from Weleda, but I didn’t know they did a citrus range. It was a fairly small tube, but I’m glad I tried the Weleda citrus hydrating body lotion because now I know that I would definitely buy it again! It’s packed with a juicy lemon scent and also contains aloe vera gel and coconut oil to keep your skin soft.
I’ve mentioned the Laidbare sunflower cream before on the blog, but LIB had it on their selection list for a while, so I picked up one every month for a while. The plan I’m on means that products work out at £2 each for me, so it’s definitely a way to save money on things that you already like as well as trying out new ones. I do love sunflowers, but it’s more about the formula of this – it dries down quickly, making your hands softer, but isn’t one of those quick-drying formulas that make you feel as though you didn’t apply anything. Especially now, at a time when we’re all washing our hands more. I like to have some good quality hand creams around. This is a pretty cheap one by comparison, but it works!
The Dr Botanicals pomegranate overnight mask seems to be sold out on a lot of sites at the moment. It got to the point where I think some people were tired of seeing it because it showed up in so many beauty subscriptions, but it is a good overnight mask and I was happy to get another one!
Another Laidbare product, this time their shea body butter As the name suggests, it’s a thicker, creamy butter and contains jasmine, bergamot, patchouli and vertiver. It’s a butter, so you need to work it in, but my skin can become quite dry and I never skip this step, which for me is part of the whole bathtime ritual!
I also tried this Kathleen Tranquil fields Shower gel. It’s marketed as a bubble bath or shower gel, but I didn’t find it produced many bubbles, so just used it as a shower gel. It contains lavender and other floral fragrances that are good for relaxing and transporting you to a tranquil field far away. I do find these products are quite expensive for what they are though. I think I’m more likely to pay out on leave-on products such as body lotions, than those that you wash off in the bath!
I couldn’t find this Madara foaming cleanser on the Lovelula site, but I tried it out when it came in my box. I don’t usually use foaming cleansers because I find they can be quite harsh, but I do really like Madara as a brand, so decided to give it a go. I was pleasantly surprised. It was a lot more gentle than some that I’ve tried, and I did use it all. I probably wouldn’t repurchase, though this has more to do with the product category than the product itself.
Self-made Advent calendar
Last year I made my own advent calendar and loved it! I haven’t done it this year, but I think of all the ones I’ve had, it was my favourite – because it was all things I wanted to try, there were no filler products and no products that I wouldn’t use. It also gave me new things to try throughout the year.
There is a bunch of Dr Botanicals superfood moisturisers on Feelunique, which is where I got the pineapple one, but it doesn’t seem to be available any more. Yes, I did love the juicy pineapple scent, but it was also a good morning or evening moisturiser. I hope they bring it back, but I’m also tempted by melon or cranberry!
I also wanted to try this Nympf radiance serum from Barry M because who doesn’t want to be a radiant nymph? Actually I just wanted some new serums, but I enjoyed using this one. The main ingredient is apricot oil, but it’s the citrus oils that you smell! It’s described as a lightweight serum to use under your make-up, but due to its oil base, I tended to use it in the evenings instead of a face oil. I guess you could do either though.
Looking back at this list, I see there are some common threads with brands, and some old favourites – but also a bunch of new products that I probably wouldn’t have discovered if it hadn’t been for my various subscriptions.
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