It’s been an exciting month for me when it comes to green beauty; I started this blog, connected with loads of fellow green beauty babes, signed up to the LoveLula Beauty Box and discovered some great new brands and products.
To round off my first month as a green beauty blogger, I wanted to share some of the products I’ve “tried and tested” this month:
- Balm Balm Rose Floral Water Hydrosol: I purchased this a few months back, however left it at a friend’s house just after buying it and have only just managed to re-retrieve it this month! I use this as a toner in between cleansing and moisturising in the morning, or between cleansing and applying a serum at night. It has a lovely light fragrance and is very gentle on the skin; I sometimes apply it using a cotton pad to remove any last remnants of makeup, otherwise I just spritz it over my face and let it soak in. The Balm Balm range is really fantastic and also really reasonably priced; this hydrosol is just £12.50 at LoveLula! Balm Balm is actually owned by the same company as LoveLula, so you know you’re getting a carefully vetted product; their products are certified organic, as well as certified vegan and cruelty-free. Coincidentally, LoveLula are offering 40% off Balm Balm until 9th February 2018!
- Sukin Micellar Cleansing Water: Sukin is Australia’s best-selling natural skin care brand; their tagline is “Skincare that doesn’t cost the earth”, so they’re right up my street! I purchased this micellar water originally to use as a toner (before I got my Balm Balm hydrosol back!), however have ended up putting it permanently in my overnight bag to use as a cleanser/make-up remover when I stay at my boyfriend’s house. It smells like vanilla (yum!) and is really gentle on the skin*; I apply using a cotton pad. I’m really keen to try some more Sukin products, as they are so affordable and I’ve been impressed with this cleansing water so far; it’s available for just £7.95 at LoveLula. Their products are vegan and cruelty-free.
- Skin & Tonic Gentle Scrub: I’m a pretty big fan of Skin & Tonic (see my post on my Oily Skin Saviours), so was chuffed this month when I found I had a few of their samples hidden away that I’d forgotten about! I had used a sample of the Gentle Scrub before, however this time around I mixed it with honey to create a hydrating face mask, and left it on for around 15 minutes. Aside from being a tad sticky, I was really pleased with the effect it had on my skin and felt that it left it really soft and radiant afterwards! At £18 for a 50g jar on LoveLula, this is something I’d definitely be tempted to purchase as a treat! I’m also still hugely fangirling over their Detox Beauty Oil (priced at £27), which I started using this month and has made an enormous difference to my skin. Skin & Tonic’s products are certified organic and cruelty-free; some are also vegan, however do read the label as some contain ingredients such as beeswax.
- Aromatika Luxury Frangipani Hand Butter: Aromatika are an organic and natural skincare brand based in Devon. I received this hand butter as a late Christmas gift and it couldn’t have been more perfect; I’d been eyeing up the natural hand creams in Waitrose for ages but had been put off by the high prices! My cuticles usually get quite dry in the winter, however since using this hand butter, they have been really nourished and I haven’t had any chapped skin around my nails at all! Also, the frangipani smell is absolutely lush! This product is available in a 58ml jar for £10.99 on the Aromatika website; that may sound like a lot for a hand cream, however I’ve had this little jar in my handbag all month and only got through about one fifth of it… you really don’t need a lot of this stuff to give your hands a really intensive moisture boost! Aromatika’s products are certified cruelty-free.
This month, both of the products falling into my “not-so-good” category are deodorants… Towards the end of last year, I went through a phase of reverting back to non-natural antiperspirants; I wasn’t having any luck with finding a natural deodorant that worked for me that didn’t contain sodium bicarbonate, which has caused me reactions in the past. I’m making it my mission this year to find one, hence all the deodorant reviews! I’ve even tried “armpit detoxing” with clay and apple cider vinegar masks (something I was pretty sceptical about, to be honest), however have unsurprisingly found that’s not made much of a difference, either… I promise I’m not just a really stinky person! Here are the two natural deodorants I’ve tried this month… of course, this doesn’t mean to say they are bad, they just didn’t work for me!
- Neal’s Yard Remedies Peppermint & Lime Roll-On Deodorant: I love Neal’s Yard Remedies (although they can be a little pricey for me, so are usually products I’ve received as presents rather than purchased for myself), so I really, really wanted to love this deodorant. There are some good things about it; the combination of peppermint and lime is intriguing and smells really lovely, it’s easy to apply as it’s a roll-on (unlike a lot of other natural deodorants), and I like the fresh feeling it gives my pits on application… however, I have to say that overall this is one of the least effective natural deodorants I’ve tried so far. It really doesn’t last long at all – I can end up feeling pretty smelly after a 20 minute walk – and needs to be reapplied constantly to get me through the day. I’ve given this the benefit of the doubt and persevered with it for several weeks, but unfortunately I’m just not getting on with it at all. At £8 from LoveLula, I’m afraid I won’t be investing in this again.
- Dr Organic Pomegranate Deodorant: This Dr Organic deodorant is another roll-on, and I was really hoping this would work for me as it’s one of the cheaper natural deodorants I’ve tried so far. It does smell lovely at first, but after a couple of hours of wear the effects have usually worn off. I only really gave this about a week’s use before trying the Neal’s Yard deodorant mentioned above, so I went back to give it another try, at which point I sadly discovered that it contains sodium bicarbonate – something I didn’t spot on the label when I first bough it – which gave me itchy, red burns on my armpits! I’m afraid I won’t be buying this again.
Do you have any recommendations for great natural deodorants? What have been your favourites of the products you’ve tried out this month? Let me know in the comments below!
*Since publishing this blog post, I have spoken to a few women on the LoveLula Facebook group, who have told me that they find the Sukin cleansing water quite harsh around the eye area. I wanted to share this just to point out that, while a product may work for me, it doesn’t necessarily mean it will work for everyone! They have recommended some other Sukin products, though, which I look forward to trying!