This month’s LoveLula Beauty Box arrived a week ago but I only managed to open it a couple of days ago. Do check out my YouTube channel for my unboxing video (scroll down for a link).
The box contained three full size products and one travel sized product, all of which are worth £65 so once again, great value for money. All four products are for the face so it would have been nice to get one or two for the body as well, or alternatively a make-up product. Other than that, it was a good box in my view.
Do check out a YouTube video of me unboxing the February Beauty Box:
To find out more about LoveLula’s Beauty Box, including how to sign up, please visit LoveLula’s website.
This month’s LoveLula Beauty Box contained the following products:
Madara Exfoliating Scrub Oil to Milk (60ml, £24.00)
Product description: “Forget harsh scrubs – this luxurious and rich oil-based exfoliating formula smoothly transforms into a delicate milk to gently cleanse, soften and renew the skin without stripping natural moisture. Apricot and oat oil molecules bind the dirt and impurities, while natural and gentle wax microbeads help to relieve clogged pores, buff-off dead cells and polish the skin. Stimulates natural cell turnover. You will see a softer, smoother, visibly brighter, cleaner and more glowing complexion. Suitable for all skin types”
[disclaim] Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin***, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Aqua, Sucrose Laurate Esters, Sucrose Palmitate, Ethano, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Aroma, Tocopherol (VitaminE), Talc, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oïl*, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Oil*, CI77019 (Mica)****, CI77499. CI77491,CI77492 (Iron Oxides)****, CI77891 (Titanium Dioxide)****, Linalool**, Limonene**
* Ingredients from organic farming ** Natural Essential Oils *** Made using organic ingredients **** Pure mineral pigments [/disclaim]
First impressions: As soon as I opened the box (you’ll see it in my YouTube video), I got a little excited about this scrub. I think it was the words ‘oil to milk’ that made me feel that way – I’d never actually owned a similar product before but heard from others about this sort of formulation. I don’t quite understand how it works but hey, I’m a sucker for trying out new things so I had to try it straight away after opening. So the oil does turn into a milky sort of substance (see pictures below) and let me tell you – it may look innocent but it’s one powerful exfoliator. I scrubbed my cheeks a bit too hard and ended up with two small red patches. Other than that – it smells absolutely amazing, sort of almondy (which I personally love) and you only need a small amount so I can see it last a while – it’s definitely a worthwhile investment. Obviously it doesn’t contain any microbeads, instead relying on carnauba wax beads.
Pure & Light Organic Essential Face Cream (10ml sample, full sized 50ml at £34.00)
Product description: “Containing a ground-breaking 27 active certified organic ingredients and naturally rich in vitamins and antioxidants, Pure & Light Organic’s Essential Face Cream deeply penetrates the skin to enhance blood circulation, support oxygenation and collagen production and promote supple younger looking skin. Rich in anti-oxidants, flavonoids and Vitamins A, B, C and E, Pure & Light Organic’s Essential Face Cream works to harmonise oil production, calm redness and irritation, improve skin’s moisture retention, regenerate skin damage by harsh UV rays and actively counter fine lines, wrinkles and the early signs of ageing.”
[disclaim] Ingredients: Spring water (Aqua), Sunflower (Helianthus annuus)*, Glyceryl Monostearate, Vegetable Gyceryne*, Sweet Almond (Prunus amygdalus)*, Apricot-Kernel (Prunus armeniaca)*, Cetyl Alcohol, Olive (Olea europea)*, Shea Butter (Butyrospernum Parkii)*, Cocoa butter (Cocos nucifera)*, Vitamin E*, Phenoxyethanol-ethylhexyglycerin, Distillates of Orange Blossom (Citrus Aurantium Fleur)*, Rose Damask (Rosa Damascena)*, Geranium (Pelargonium Asperum)*, Ylang-Ylang (Canaga Odara Extra)*, Palmorosa (Cymbopogon Martinii)*. Frankincense (Bosweilia Carterii)*, Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)*, Sandalwood (Santalum spicatum)*, Evening primrose (Oenothora biennis)*, Avocado (Persea gratissima)*, Macadamia (Macadamia tetraphylla)*, Argan (Argania Spinosa)*, Borage (Borago officinalis)*, GrapeSeed (Vitis Vini)*, Carrot Seed (Daucus Carota) Extract, Tamanu (Calophyllum inophyllum)*, Rosehip (Rosa Rubiginosa)*, Orange Blossom (Citrus Aurantium Fleur)*, Rose Damask (Rosa damascena)*
*certified organic ingredient [/disclaim]
First impressions: Apart from the dreaded Phenoxyethanol, the ingredient list looks quite impressive but not being a fan of face creams these days, I don’t think I will be using this cream. My skin is so sensitive and now that I’ve discovered that creams don’t work too well on it, I try not to deviate too much from my usual routine and the type of products.
UrbanVeda Radiance Hydrating Toner (150ml, £12.99)
Product description: “Naturally formulated to Ayurvedic principles, UrbanVeda’s Radiance Hydrating Toner harnesses the efficacy of powerful botanic extracts and aromatic essential oils to tone, hydrate and revitalise skin. Containing nourishing and brightening botanicals of Turmeric, Papaya and Goji berry, and brimming with antioxidants, this superfruits infusion imparts a luminosity to skin, by balancing pH and helping to tackle hyperpigmentation.”
[disclaim] Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, PPG-1-PEG-9 Lauryl Glycol Ether, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Terminalia Arjuna Bark Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Lycium Chinense (Goji berry) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Pogostemom Cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) Seed Oil, Cedrus Atlantica Bark (Cedar) Oil, Tagetes Minuta Flower (Marigold) Oil, Parfum, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Sodium Phytate, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Linalool, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Alpha-isomethyl Ionone [/disclaim]
First impressions: Once again, UrbanVeda’s products are featured in the Beauty Box and I do wonder why as the ingredients can’t possibly be deemed clean and natural, can they? There’s a PEG, alcohol (which has its uses in natural skincare products but can be very drying) and then there’s all these synthetic fragrance ingredients (right at the end of the list). I’m conscious I’m not an expert on ingredients but am I missing something here?
Ooh! Oils of Heaven Organic Avocado Hydrating Face Oil (30ml, £19.00)
Product description: “Our organic Avocado oil is cold pressed from the Avocado pulp. Organic Avocado oil is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A, D and E and can thus provide your skin with deep hydration and protection.”
[disclaim] Ingredients: 100% Persea Gratissima Oil [/disclaim]
First impressions: I can eat avocados by the bucket but the smell of avocado oil is not the most pleasant (to put it mildly), especially if you have a sensitive nose like mine. However, it’s a wonderfully nourishing oil with superb properties for your skin so if you’re put off by the smell, follow my trick and just add a couple of drops of your favourite essential oil (never more than 2 per 5ml of carrier oil). I love the Ooh! brand, having tried many of their oils before – baobab, cacay and tamanu, so I’m really excited to now add this one to my collection. I know my skin will thank me for it in years to come – for now, I need to focus on preserving it as much as I can as sleep deprivation is causing such a havoc to my health anyway. Ooh! oils are high quality and great value for money so you really can’t go wrong with them.
I hope you found this post useful! Please let me know in the comments below if you’ve tried any of the products.
[disclaim]Disclosure: This Beauty Box was sent to me to test as part of my involvement in LoveLula’s Accredited Bloggers Program. Nevertheless, views expressed in this post are mine and 100% genuine and honest.[/disclaim]