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Recent Empties #8

Come on guys, do I really need an intro for these things anymore?

Odylique Tea Tree & Herb Shampoo
This will forever be in my empties. No explanation needed (but I will be doing a full review soon). I’m trying to hunt down a cheaper alternative but unfortunately, I think I’m coming to the conclusion that nothing else keeps my scalp as soothed and itch-free, without the need for an ACV rinse. Also, it smells AMAZING.

Green People Quinoa & Calendula Shower Gel*
Green People sent me this a while ago along with the deodorant from the same line. I have done a full review, but in short, I do enjoy this shower gel. It has a really fresh scent but if I’m honest, if I’m to spend this much on a shower gel, then I’m probably more likely to spend the money on something like Bodhi & Birch that lasts about five times as long.

Acure Organics Argan Oil
I bought this argan oil way back when I first started using green beauty; in my first ever iHerb order in fact. I bought it with my hair in mind but actually ended up using it as a straight body oil in a bid to use it up. I also used it on my eczema and my skin actually reacted really well to it. However, I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing as there are other basic oils (like Soil Association certified sunflower oil from eNaissance – love!) that are easier to get hold of and have a similar effect on my angry skin.

Hugo & Debra Naturals Grapefruit Himalayan Pink Salt Scrub
This was a really lovely basic scrub with decent ingredients, a decent price, and decent availability. I got this as a Christmas present from my boyfriend’s Dad who bought it from TK Maxx. The grapefruit was refreshing but not overpowering and the ‘scrubiness’ was just perfect. TK Maxx can actually be a bit of a gold mine for green beauty. I assume he picked it up just because he just saw the words ‘natural’ and ‘vegan’ but damn, he did well. Leave a comment below if you’d like to see a post on the kinds of brands you can pick up!

Herbfarmacy Pure Hydration Serum
I have done a full review on this. I absolutely loved this product the first time around when I received it as a PR sample and this was my repurchase. However, I do think my love has waned and I can no longer justify its price tag. These days I prefer to use something with a thinner consistency and a higher concentration of hyaluronic acid that can be mixed with other serums. I’m now really enjoying this offering from Evolve Beauty. The Herbfarmacy has more of a milky consistency and can pill when used with other products. If you prefer all your products to be organic certified then go for the Herbfarmacy (they are certified by the Soil Association – my certification of choice), but I do find the Evolve to be a lot more versatile.

Hynt Beauty Skin Prep Serum (sample)
I was sent the Hynt Beauty Skin Prep as a free sample when I ordered by Sweet Canyon Palette. It’s a really lovely makeup primer which gorgeous botanical ingredients like algae (it does also contain carageenan though which I need to look into). I’d really consider buying the full size of this, but cannot decide whether I’d be more suited for their SPF version, the Sun Prep. Maybe I’ll try a sample of the later before I make my decision as I’m thinking of making another order for their cult concealer to see my dark circles through the early university mornings this winter.

Harper's Bizarre Bizarre Zombielicious Candle
Harper's Bizarre is my absolute favourite indie vegan candle company. They make the most gorgeous scents and although they’re not all from essential oils, they don’t give me a headache (important) and they make me extremely happy. Zombielicious was another of their limited edition Halloween scents that I bought last year. And, as Halloween is again fast approaching, I’ll soon be stocking up when I see them at VegFest London and/or Cambridge Vegan Fair in October.

Schmidt's Bergamot & Lime Deodorant Stick
This deo has HG status. Full review here. I have repurchased put decided to try the Cedarwood & Juniper scent.

Vedani Botanicals No. 21 Cleanser
Another one of my favourite products that needs no explanation. Full review here (I swear I'm not doing this just to be lazy). I have loads of cleansing oils to use up at the moment but I will be repurchasing in the future.

Botanicals Mandarin & Chamomile Cleansing Melt*
This is a really gorgeous product but unfortunately it makes me a little nervous because of the coconut oil. My skin has reacted badly to coconut oil in the past and so I'm hesitant to try anything bigger than this sample jar. I did enjoy it though and definitely suggest you try it if you have more combo/dry skin.

What have you used up lately?

Salt Scrubs: Bathing Beauty, Hugo & Debra Naturals

Exfoliation is an aspect of green beauty (and beauty routines in general), that I have always greatly ignored. This is not on purpose; of course not. But, it is a ritual that I often find myself forgetting to include in my bath time preparations. In addition to this, I had always found sugar scrubs to be a little... naff. I've now solved this issue - enter the salt scrubs!

I've been absolutely adoring salt scrubs as an alternative. Not only are they more effective, but they come with a heap of extra benefits like:

  • Salt is a natural purifier, so salt scrubs will help purify and detox your skin of toxins.
  • The minerals help encourage proper circulation (something which is definitely an issue for me).

Keeping this in mind, here are two salt scrubs that I've been enjoying using during my pamper routines. We have one definite splurge item, and one that is a little more budget-friendly.

Bathing Beauty Mount Olympus Lemon & Rosemary Sea Salt Body Scrub
I first came across Bathing Beauty at my first ever Love Natural Love Organic show. I was lucky enough to meet George and after some pretty nifty sales techniques (and genuine product expertise), I was hooked. In the first instance, I had walked away empty handed but I couldn't stop thinking about this scrub on my travels and had to make a final bee-line for the BB stand before my journey home. This delightful scrub is truly a slice of heaven - it's rosemary based and therefore smells absolute divine. It's totally luxurious and I use this scrub when I need a proper relaxing session. I find that it's best to apply this one to dry skin in the shower for best results. Just wait till you feel your skin. However, this one is a little pricy so I use it sparingly. You would probably all shout at me if you knew how long it has been open - I just don't want it to end! Unfortunately I can't find a link for this one, I hope it hasn't been discontinued :(

Ingredients: Sodium chloride (sea salt), vitis vinifera (grapeseed oil), olive europaea (olive oil), lemon zest, rosemarinus officinalis (rosemary herb and oil), *geraniol, *limonene *linalool, *citral - *naturally occurs in essential oils.

Hugo & Debra Naturals Himalayan Pink Sea Salt Scrub
And this is the scrub I use when I just want to slather myself in product. I so gratefully received this as a gift from my boyfriend's Dad last Christmas (10/10 marks), and have loved it ever since. Hugo & Debra Naturals is a great value brand and seeing so I'm pretty sure he picked this up in TK Maxx, this is true easy green beauty. TK Maxx is actually a gold-mine for vegan beauty (future post maybe?). I have the grapefruit scent of this wonderful salt scrub which is perfect for a Sunday morning pick-me-up. This scrub has smaller granules and more oil so I tend to use it in the bath as an exfoliation/moisturising double-whammy. 

Ingredients: Sodium chloride (sea salt), glycerin, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond oil), simmondsia chinensis (jojoba seed oil), tocopherol (red palm oil), arnica montana flower extract, avena satvia (oat kernel extract)*, citrus grandis (grapefruit peel oil). *certified organic

Are you team salt scrub or team sugar scrub? ;-)