My inclnation to use organic skincare as well as watching what’s in the food I eat has led me to a slight Lovelula shopping addiction.
*I’m hoping the reduction in chemicals etc will help my struggling body etc. I did this BF (before fibro) but getting the shingles and then being knocked flat by fibro kind of made me doubt the effectiveness of such a change…but then extreme stress takes its toll no matter what you put in or on your body.
Lovelula do a monthly beauty box, for £12.50 each month you get a box of organic skincare goodies that amount to more than what you’ve paid. It’s a lower cost way to try various organic skincare brands.
This month’s box reflects the fact that last week was organic skincare week and it was filled with products that are endorsed by the soil association.
Each box includes a voucher code so that you can get a discount on any of the brands in the box until the end of the month.
One of my favourite organic brands is proving to be Balm Balm, I’m totally smitten by their frankincense range, but more about that another time. There was a large bottle of their rosehip serum in the box, which costs £13.25 from Lovelula.
I’d previously tried their rosehip facial range, Balm Balm often do little gift sets with travel sized versions, and whilst I like it, my combination skin just can’t take their serums. They’re just too oily for my currently hormonal skin.
But, this is easily absorbed elsewhere on my body, like my neck etc and as with all the Balm Balm products I’ve tried it’s fragrance is lovely without being overpowering.
Another brand in the box was Skin Blossom. Their range is more affordable than many organic brands and so far I’ve used, and liked, their shampoo. (Although as far as haircare goes at the moment I’m a tad besotted with the John Masters organic range.) The skin blossom product in the box is their facial toner.
Currently my facial routine is a foaming facial wash (I’m trying an Avalon organics one right now.) in the morning and Balm Balm’s Frankincense cleanser in the evening. (On the days when I have the energy to clean my face twice in one day…) I follow up with a spritz of Balm Balm’s frankincense hydrosol. What I tried doing was using a little of the skin blossom toner on a cotton pad to make sure all the cleanser was off my skin before the spritzing, but after a couple of days of this my skin started to look more unhappy than usual so I’ve stopped using the toner for a bit. It may just have been the menopausal roller coaster i’m on, so I’ll try it again in a week or two, but I may just use it after I’ve used a facemask or similar, or to freshen up during the day. The toner costs £5.95 from Lovelula.
Bentley Organic hand sanitizer costs £3.65 from Lovelula, and is fab. Most hand santisers I’ve tried leave your hands feeling sticky and then overly dry, and they often have a really strong smell. This is none of those things. It’s a light foam rather than a gel, dries with a more natural feel and has a light pleasant smell that fades quickly. I’m a convert! The ‘nasty’ hand santisers already in the house and car will now only be used for cleaning rubber stamps and my crafting mats etc. (Which they’re ace at. Every art room needs hand sanitiser and cheap alcohol based baby wipes. Top tip.)
As I’ve already mentioned I’m a fan of balms so I looked forward to trying another brand. Although this is a facial balm i’ve not used it on my face yet, as I suspect it’ll be too heavy. It smells lovely, a very light vaguely citrusy smell with an undertone of rose geranium. It reminds me a little of Balm Balm’s Relax balm. So far I’ve been using it on my elbows and various other dry patches of skin. It sinks in quickly and is light enough that I think those with dry complexions would find it great.
Mallow beauty balm costs £14.50. Yes, you read that right, Septembers beauty box is certainly great value.
And there’s more…
Essential Care (now known as Odylique) lip silk costs £5.50 and smells and tastes like oranges. It does indeed feel lovely and silky on your lips and is refreshingly citrusy, but I’m not yet convinced how much it moisturises my lips before wearing off. At least I’m not ingesting anything nasty from it, but I think I’ll probably mostly stick to Burt’s Bees lip shimmer and use this before bed.
The final couple of goodies in the box were two tester size Pai skincare products. Their advocado and jojoba day cream and their exfoliator. The full size of the day cream is £30. I’ve not tried it on my face yet, but like the other products in the box the fragrance is light and pleasant and it’s a light, silky, easily absorbed cream.
It’s the exfoliator that interests me the most though. Here’s their blurb about it:
Pai Kukui & Jojoba Bead Skin Brightening Exfoliator marks an innovative and ultra-gentle approach to exfoliation.Unlike other exfoliators, whose uneven grains can damage and irritate healthy skin, Pai’s clever Micro-Sphere system is formulated to protect as it polishes. Perfectly cylindrical 100% natural Jojoba Beads gently roll over skin, lifting away dead skin cells and surface impurities as they go. Enriched with exotic oils, the nourishing gel formula transforms into a silky milk, washing away to leave skin refreshed and radiant. High concentrations of Omega 3 & 6 plus Vitamins A, D & E instantly hydrate and soften your bright new complexion. Ideal for sensitive and problem skin, including skin prone to redness, eczema and acne.
Ultra-gentle Micro-Sphere exfoliation system reveals younger looking skin. De-flakes and polishes skin without damaging skin cells. Gel transforms into a silky milk which washes away to leave skin visibly brighter. Rich in Omegas 3 & 6 to lock-in moisture. 100% Detergent & Alcohol-free.
The exfoliator is £20 for 50mls and I’m looking forward to trying it as my face currently finds most exfoliators way too harsh. I’ve tried it on the back of my hand, and it seems lovely. I really like the way water transforms it into a silky milk that leaves your skin soft rather than stripped of moisture.
So, will I be using my 20% discount voucher this month? Probably! I’ll stock up on my Balm Balm frankincense duo and possibly get another hand sanitiser and I suspect I’ll get the Pai exfoliator, if my face is happy after I’ve tried it of course. I may also try Skin Blossom’s bath soak, sadly I can’t restock the shampoo by them that I’ve almost finished because Lovelula don’t sell it.
Will I continue my monthly beauty box subscription? (You can pay month to month, six monthly or yearly, but the price is £12.50 whichever option you choose.) I think so, though I’m not sure how much more room there is in my bedroom for beauty products…
You can currently buy this Beauty Box for £19.95, click the photo below to go to their website.
Each time you shop with Lovelula you get points to the value of 10% of your order, you can use these points to get money off your next order/s. If you click the photo above using my link and buy something, I’ll get a few points, so thanks lots if you do as every little does help 🙂