My Current Natural Body Scrub Collection

22 Jun 2017

Body scrubs are one of my favourite body products. To be honest I'm quite lazy when it comes to applying lotions and oils to my body so scrubs are a great way to buff away dry skin whilst moisturising at the same time. Natural body scrubs are full of oils and butters so it's like a 2-in-1; buff away dry skin and moisturise...my ideal product!

I have a mix of sugar and salt based scrubs from a few brands that I particularly like using.

Barefaced + Bee Sugar Scrub
Ah this scrub just smells absolutely divine. It's like toffee in a tub and it's incredible. It's rough enough to get rid of dry skin but it doesn't irritate my skin and leaves it silky smooth thanks to the babassu oil, macadamia oil and honey. Definitely one of my favourites. It comes in a sleek glass black jar (like the Bodhi & Birch Rosemary Chi Scrub) and definitely has a high-end feel to it.  

Isla Apothecary Blood Orange & Vanilla Scrub
This smells amazing too. It has orange and vanilla oils so it smells just like chocolate orange and makes me seriously hungry whilst in the shower. It's rough enough to offer a decent scrub but it's not harsh on the skin. In fact this one and Barefaced + Bee are pretty similar in terms of smelling amazing and the texture of the scrub. I love both.

Bloom Remedies Deep Release Scrub
I've already gone through one of these scrubs and really enjoy using it, especially after a workout. It's firm in the tub and is full of nourishing butters but it also works well to gently scrub away dry skin. This is probably one of the least harsh scrubs out of my collection so if you have sensitive skin, try one from Bloom Remedies.

Soapnut Apothecary Cardamom & Lavender Scrub
This is the softest scrub out of my collection so I like using this when I've put fake tan on as it gently exfoliates to avoid patchy tan lines but it's not harsh enough to scrub all the colour away. I do like scrubby scrubs so I probably wouldn't buy this one again but it was a nice one to try.

The Salt Parlour Jasmine & Matcha Green Tea Scrub
I got this inside the Natural Beauty Box February subscription box and it's the most amazing shade of green, thanks to the matcha inside. This one looks sort of like bath salts in the jar, rather than a compact scrub like the others, however it's still a great scrub and it's moisturising too.

A couple of others I've tried over the last few years that I particularly like also are Indie Lee Citrus Body Scrub and the Bodhi & Birch Rosemary Chi Scrub. I've also been using the Tose Apothecary Lemongrass Scrub which I featured in my Natural Body Products for Spring post.

Amber

This post contains products that were sent to me for consideration for review. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.

My Current Natural & Organic Skincare Routine

20 Jun 2017

I haven't written a current skincare routine in quite a while so I thought it was about time for an update. These natural & organic products are the ones I've been reaching for on a regular basis recently...
Cleanser
I double cleanse every evening to ensure make-up is removed and my skin is clean. I'm prone to breakouts and my skin can get quite clogged if I skip the double cleanse. I use a balm for removing my make-up and I've been using the Lyonsleaf Beauty Balm again recently which is an old favourite of mine.
 
I then go in with an oil cleanser to thoroughly clean my skin and I've been using the Blue Labelle Petitgrain & Tamanu Oil which is also an old favourite. Both of these work together to remove makeup and unclog my pores, without drying out my skin.
 
Toner
I tend to switch up my toners depending on what my skin needs. If it's a little dry or dehydrated I love the Bodhi & Birch Rosa Rosa toner but I've recently been incorporating the Tropic Pore Refining Mist into my routine in the evenings as it's a lovely light mist that's refreshing in the warmer weather.
 
Oil/Moisturiser
In the mornings I use an oil and if my skin needs it, I'll add a moisturiser on top in the evenings. I've recently been introduced to the Vanderohe No1 Serum which is a beautiful Soil Association certified oil. It's the only product from Vanderohe at the minute but I'm looking forward to their new releases because this is a lovely oil. It smells beautiful and it works well to moisturise my skin. It comes with a high price tag however the ingredients are sourced from the best quality producers all around the world and their packaging is simply stunning. I also just emptied another bottle of Bodhi & Birch Neroli Luce oil - still a firm favourite of mine!
 
I started using the Oskia Nutri-Active Day Cream last year however over the colder months it wasn't really enough for my skin, but I've come back to it as it's nice as a day and night moisturiser in the warmer months.
 
Exfoliator
This is the second jar of the Body Deli Blueberry Scrub that I've bought and it still packs a punch in my routine. It works extremely well to remove dry skin and leaves my skin looking brighter and feeling softer.
 
Mask
I love a good face mask, especially detoxifying ones as they help to de-clog my pores and rid of any breakouts. At the minute I'm reaching for the Skin & Tonic Detox Mask which is a clay product with just five ingredients; green clay, corn starch, matcha leaf powder, lemon peel oil and basil oil. It's detoxifying but soothing at the same time.
 
Amber
 
This post contains affiliate links and products that were sent to me for review. All opinions are honest and my own.

Love Lula June Beauty Box

12 Jun 2017

I'm sorry for the lack of posts this last month! I'm gradually getting back into the swing of blogging and hope I can stick to my Tuesday/Thursday schedule again. I'm got some new blog posts coming up along with lots more planned and maybe a few changes on here too..

But for now, here's all the details on the June Beauty Box from Love Lula which you can subscribe to for just £13.95 a month.
Balm Balm Hibiscus Face Mask & Cloth
This is a sample size pot of the face mask and a full-size muslin cleansing cloth. I've tried a few products from Balm Balm and I'll be sharing a post on the Love Lula Blog on Wednesday with details on some of their newer products. I'm yet to try this though but I'm looking forward to it as their simple but lovely products have always impressed.

John Masters Soap
Lavender, Roe Geranium & Ylang Ylang scented hand soap. I'm not a fan of soap bars however Paul is so we'll definitely get use of this in our house.

Madara Ultra-Rich Balm
I'm sure this would probably come in more handy in the Winter months but I find my feet always get so dry in Summer when wearing flip flops and sandals all the time so I'll be using this balm for that.

Bellapiere Kiss Proof Lip Crème
Worth more than the cost of the box alone, this is a gorgeous deep vintage pink shade and when I swatched it on my hand, I couldn't get it off! So I think it would definitely live up to it's "Kiss Proof" claims. It dries matte, is a lovely colour and makes me want to try more. However, it does have dimethicone which is an ingredient I tend to avoid. I am assuming in order to get such a matte-drying, lip cream that it does need a bit of that as another one I've tried recently has it too.
Amber

This post contains affiliate links and products that were sent to me for consideration for review. All opinion are honest and my own.

Love Lula May Beauty Box

21 May 2017

This month's Love Lula box contains five full or sample size products and is worth £45.00 but you can subscribe for just £13.95 a month.
Inside the box is five natural & organic products:

Ogario London Styling Mist
This light mist claims to boost volume, controls hair while you style and add shine. I'm looking forward to trying this.

Laidbare DIY!
This is a cleanser and toner in one which I've never really seen before. I think because it has astringent properties, that's the "toning" part. I tend to avoid foaming face cleansers as I much prefer oils and balms but this seems like a good option to use in the shower.

PHB Gentle Moisturiser
This enriching cream is best for sensitive skin and eczema so I think it would be too rich for my face but I'd use it on my body.

John Masters Lavender & Rosemary Shampoo
I've tried and liked a few products from JM so I'm looking forward to using this product as I think it'll work well on my greasy-phone hair!

John Masters Citrus & Neroli Detangler
A lovely product that I've tried before. It conditions and detangles without over-moisturising my hair.

Amber

*This box is sent to me every month as part of the Love Lula Blogger Programme. All opinions are 100% honest and my own. This post contains affiliate links.
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