Unboxing ~ Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box March 2020

In these uncertain times it's always a pleasure to grab hold of something which can ground you and calm the mind, body and spirit. The March Skin Organics Clean Beauty box is just the ticket this month, with it's theme of 'Meditate' to make things just that little bit better in times of stress and uncertainty.

The Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box is a Bi-monthly subscription service offering a selection of five full/deluxe sample sized natural beauty, skincare and makeup products.  100% natural, organic, non-toxic, eco-friendly, cruelty free, ethically sourced and often from up and coming British Indie Natural Beauty brands, the products chosen are free from Parabens, Petrochemicals, PEGs (petroleum-based compounds), silicones, Sodium Laureth or Lauryl Sulphate, Phthalates, Propylene Glycol , Synthetic Colours and Fragrances, Triclosan,  Formaldehyde, Toulene, Benzophenone/PABA, Petroleum/Mineral oil, Alcohol, Urea, PEG, PG/BG, Dioxin, Aluminium, DEET, Camphor, Talc and Car…

Mila's Apothecary - Hedgerow Nectar - First Impressions

Mila's Apothecary - Hedgerow Nectar

This was the latest product that I picked up from the fabulous Mila's Apothecary, after falling hard for the Winter Gift Set that I received for Christmas.

The Hedgerow Nectar is a face and body oil blended with cold-pressed strawberry seed oil and hemp seed oil.

The hero ingredient of strawberry seed oil is actually a by product from jam-making which would otherwise go to waste.

Cold-pressed Fragaria Ananassa (strawberry) Seed Oil; Organic and cold-pressed Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Seed Oil; Organic and cold-pressed Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil;  Organic Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium) Oil; Linalool; Geraniol, Citronellol, Limonene - naturally occurring.

Such a luxurious oil which is a real pleasure to use and offers some fabulous hydrating and complexion smoothing results.

It's a lovely deep, rich amber-hued oil.
Rich in essential fatty acids Omegas 3 and 6 as well as  Vitamins A,B,C,E and anti-inflammatory ellegaic acid.It m…

Shopping My Stash ~ Beauty Boxes Revisited ~ Part Two

After writing the post Shopping My Stash - Beauty Boxes Revisited Part One - it really gave me the kick up the bum I needed in prioritising products that I have in my stash that are now a year old. So I'm now moving on to beauty boxes received in March of last year to see where I'm at with these products. For me, this is a great visual inventory to take stock of what I have in my stash.
March 2019

In March 2019, the Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box had the uplifting Spring theme of 'Awaken'.

Let's see what became of these products:

* Skin Alchemists - The Humble Warrior Complete Cleansing Oil
Perhaps my singular most favourite item that I've ever received in any beauty box! This cleansing oil is so super special that I've done that thing of saving it because it's so nice! I have used it a few times, but at the moment, it's still being hoarded in my stash.
Still about

Unearthd - The Mane Attraction Organic Hair Serum
I started using this when I received it and …

Current Double Cleansing Choices

My favourite part of my skincare routine is double-cleansing. And although I like to try and keep my routines consistent, I do have quite a lot of products in this category so I like to have a few on the go each month.
This month's choices are a mixture of favourites, a new seasonal product I've just received and some that have been open for a while and need using up!

First Cleansers

Lime & Lilac - Passionflower Cleansing Oil* (PR Sample)
My all-time favourite cleansing oil. Whilst I feel some urgency to finish off other products that have been open for far too long, I would feel a bit bereft in I didn't get to use this a few times a week. This cleansing oil is more than just a cleanser, it's a full-on sensory experience. From the gorgeous slick of applying and massaging the oil to either dry or slightly damp skin; the glorious emulsifying action that turns the oil into a silky, milky lotion, to the way that it clears up every last scrap of makeup, daily grime and SPF.

ByBi - Custom Skincare Bundle

Bybi Custom Skincare Bundle
Recently when Latest in Beauty offered a discount for Bybi, it didn't take me long to pick a few items as Bybi is a brand that I've been curious about for a while now.
It was hard to pick just one, so I took advantage of the Bybi Custom Skincare bundle to get a good feel for the brand. This deal consists of a choice of three products plus a very pretty large makeup bag (either crushed silver or crushed pale lilac). By choosing the bundle, I saved 32% than if I were to buy each product separately.

I chose the Strawberry Booster, the Bakuchiol Booster and Babe Balm Bronze.  I would have chosen the Blueberry Booster, which is a powerful protectant against blue light damage, but it was out of stock at time of ordering.

Bakuchiol Booster 1% Bakuchiol & Olive Squalane
The product that caught my eye the most was the Bakuchiol Booster. This natural ingredient has been heavily hyped recently with many brands offering their own Bakuchiol products. Bakuchiol is a nat…

Skincare Empties - February 2020

I thought this was going to be a quiet month or empties but then came a flurry of finished products towards the end of the month!

Key WR- Will repurchase or have already repurchased MR - Might repurchase at a later date. WNR - Will not repurchase. Either it didn't work for me, I didn't like it, it's too expensive or it had ingredients that didn't suit my skin.

* Ariul - 7 Days Vitamin Mist (MR)
I picked this up in T.K Maxx, mainly excited by all the fruit and veggie extracts in this mist. Did I feel that they did anything for my skin? No, not really. But it was a nice daily mist, with a fine spray and I'd buy it again for that reason if I ever saw it on sale again.

Cocorosa Beauty - Egyptian Neroli Cleansing Oil (WR)
I fell in love with this after trying a sample i a Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box - rushing out to buy the full size as soon as I finished the sample. This cleansing oil is the epitome of skincare making great self-care. The whole ritual whilst using…

February 2020 Favourites

It may be a short month but I've had plenty of new products to play with. Here's a selection of my favourites that I've tried this month.

Slow Ageing Essentials

This Slow Ageing Essentials trio have, in the past month, become my Sunday evening skincare routine. Pared back to the basics but just as pampering and full of self-care as any of my more drawn-out routines. The face wash is pearly and silky and surprisingly smells of bubblegum (surprisingly because all of the ingredients are natural botanics). The face essence is a beautiful herbal oil-based serum and makes for a gorgeous and indulgent facial massage. Slow Ageing have a massage technique that they called Skin'esis which is available to view on their website. However, this essence absorbs so well that I found it had absorbed completely before I finished the massage and needed to replenish in order to stop my hands and fingers dragging on my skin.
And finally the balm, which is one of those balms which is ideal for …