February was a busy old month for me, with me starting back at “school” (a.k.a. a part-time performing arts course I’m taking) after a two-month Christmas break, hence why I haven’t been able to post as often as I would like! It’s also been a bit of a challenge sticking to the good skincare routine I established over Christmas, now that I’ve got a lot less time on my hands… although I have finally found a natural deodorant that can get me through gym sessions and dance classes, let alone a normal working day, which I’ll be sharing with you in this post!
My “tried and tested” this month is all very positive, and I’ve even been lucky enough to have some freebies to try after winning a giveaway on the Natural Beauty UK Facebook group, which is run by the lovely Emma, owner of The Natural Beauty Box. Here are some of my favourite new products from the past month:
- Inika Pure Primer with Hyaluronic Acid: I’ve recently been struggling with quite an oily T-zone, which has been a particular problem under makeup, so I decided to splash out a bit on this Inika Primer as I’d heard great things. I purchased this primer for £29.50, although it does now seem to have gone up to £33 on LoveLula; it may be pricey, however I must say it’s an investment worth making. It has worked wonders in keeping my foundation in place (I’m currently using the Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation), particularly around my nose. I’ve also been using it to prime my eyelids before eye shadow, which works really well! The bottle is really big and you only need one pump of the primer to cover most of your face, working from the nose outwards. It feels very light and smells really pleasant. Inika’s products are certified organic, vegan and cruelty-free.
- OKKO Natural Face Balm Stick: I received a sample stick of this face balm in my lovely prize box from The Natural Beauty Box, and it really helped my skin to endure the spell of cold weather we had towards the end of February and beginning of March. It has a lovely subtle smell – it’s formulated with clary sage and rose geranium – and is a great, slightly heavier alternative to a daily moisturiser when your skin needs a bit of extra protection against the elements. I’ve found that is absorbs really easily, even into the oilier areas of my skin. You can purchase this little sample stick from LoveLula for £4, or the full-sized balm for £18. OKKO’s products are vegan and cruelty-free.
- Evolve Organic Beauty Tropical Blossom Body Butter: I received a sample-size of this body butter in my prize box, and it’s probably my favourite of the products I’ve tried so far from the box. First of all, I absolutely love the simple packaging, which is right up my street aesthetically. The body butter has a really lovely but subtle tropical scent, and texture-wise I find it similar to the Sister & Co Body Melt, which is one of my very favourite products. The full-sized pot is 120ml and is priced at £18. Evolve’s products are made in small batches in Hertfordshire, England; they’re certified vegan and cruelty-free.
- Oh So Natural Sunny Scrub: Another from my prize box, this body scrub has been a real treat to use to revive my skin in the recent wintry weather. It’s formulated with ylang ylang and lavender, which creates a really relaxing yet refreshing scent. After scrubbing and rinsing, I found the oils stayed on my skin and began to absorb in, which helped to keep my skin moisturised, as well as smelling lovely. Sadly, the Sunny Scrub doesn’t seem to be available currently, however Oh So Natural do have some other body scrubs available on their website, ranging from £4.50-£8.50 depending on size. Oh So Natural are a small company based in the UK; their products are cruelty-free.
- Elsa’s Organic Skinfoods Deodorant: Now for the star review, the natural deodorant that actually works! I can’t tell you how chuffed I am with this deodorant; it’s pricey at £10 a stick from LoveLula, however I’m just so pleased to find something that’s working for me that I’m happy to pay it! I’ve just finished a stick of the Dew deodorant, which has a lovely citrus scent, and have recently purchased the Ocean deodorant; Dew is my personal favourite of the two scents (I love anything citrussy), however the tea tree and mint in the Ocean deodorant do seem to mask any unpleasant odours for that little bit longer than the Dew scent. I’ve really been able to test this deodorant out this month as I’ve been taking dance classes, have had some long days travelling in and out of London for “school” on packed trains, and have been to a few classes at the gym as well (including Spin!); throughout all of that and more, this deodorant has worked as well for me – in terms of keeping odour at bay – as any standard antiperspirant would… I honestly cannot recommend this stuff enough! As they’re a very new company, Elsa’s don’t seem to have any certifications as yet, however their website does state that their products are organic, vegan and cruelty-free.
Which products are you loving at the moment? Have you tried any of these great products? Let me know in the comments below!