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This month’s LoveLula Beauty Box contained a whopping amount of products (seven), including four full-size ones and three samples, all of which are worth £53. To find out more about LoveLula Beauty Box, including how to sign up, please visit LoveLula’s website
This month’s LoveLula Beauty Box contained the following products:
Key to ingredient lists:
- Ingredients known to have positive benefits
- Ingredients that may cause irritation (especially to sensitive skin)
- Ingredients considered potentially harmful/ toxic
infuse My. colour Treat 250ml silicone free conditioner* (250ml, £18)
[disclaim] Ingredients (INCI): Aqua/Water/Eau, Cetearyl Alcohol, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oleosomes, Glycerin, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Behentrimonium Chloride, Cetrimonium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum, Helianthus Annuus Seed Extract, Citrus Aurantium (Neroli) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Sodium Phytate, Linalool, Limonene, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone [/disclaim]
First impressions: I’ve heard of this brand before on LoveLula’s Natural Beauty Club Facebook group as their natural hair dye products seem to be quite popular but I hadn’t looked into this brand until now. Unfortunately, the number of potential allergens in the ingredient list above is a little worrying, especially the use of Phenoxyethanol. However, in the name of research, I have used the conditioner and I must say that after the first use I was really impressed with it as it’s made my hair super soft and tangle free. However, after second and third use in the same week my scalp was a little sensitive to touch after washing so I’m not sure if I will continue with this conditioner. (NB: I know the sensitivity couldn’t have been because of any other product as I’ve been using my shampoo for a few months now). Also, what exactly is hydrogenated vegetable oil? Which vegetable? It just doesn’t fill me with much confidence to see this on the ingredient list.
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Ooh! – Oils of Heaven Organic Hemp Balancing Face Oil* (30ml, £19)
[disclaim] Ingredients (INCI): 100% Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil [/disclaim]
First impressions: If you’ve read my blog before, you know I’m a huge fan of facial oils. So seeing this new Ooh! oil in the LoveLula Beauty Box was a very pleasant surprise. I’ve been using the oil in the evening for the past few days and while its smell is definitely one to get used to, I think the benefits to your skin really outweigh the disadvantages of a slightly unpleasant smell. This is because hemp oil is extremely high in essential fatty acids, especially linoleic acid which makes it perfect for those with acne prone, oily and sensitive skin. A helpful tip I always give to anyone who complains of oils smelling “funny is – simply add a couple of drops of your favourite essential oil (tea tree would be ideal for anyone with acne skin) to 5ml of the hemp oil, and voila – the smell is no more!
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Balm Balm Tea Tree Organic Face Balm* (30ml, £8.95)
[disclaim] Ingredients (INCI): Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), Helianthus annuus (sunflower oil), Cera alba (beeswax), Calendula officinalis (calendula oil), Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba oil), Tea tree essential oil, Limonene* (naturally occurring component of tea tree oil) [/disclaim]
First impressions: I haven’t tried this balm as yet but since I love the Balm Balm brand and many of their other products, I just know this will be a great product. Just look at the ingredient list – there are some really lovely and skin-nourishing in there! It’s labelled as a multi-purpose product and that’s exactly what I’d expect from its main ingredient – shea butter which can be used in so many different ways (check out my post 25 ways to use shea butter to find out how). Tea tree, on the other hand, offers wonderful anti-bacterial properties so this will be a great product for anyone with acne-prone skin.
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CHOBS Organic Aloe Sheet Mask* (25ml, £4.10)
[disclaim] Ingredients (INCI): Aqua, *Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, **Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Propanediol, Limonene, *Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Fruit Oil, *Citrus Limon Peel Oil, *Rosmarinus Officinalis Extract, *Pelargonium Graveolens Oil, Angelica Gigas Extract, Hordeum Vulgare Seed Extract, Linalool, Lycium Chinense Fruit Extract, *Chamomilla Recutita Flower Water, *Rose Extract, Citronellol, *Lavandula Angustifolia Oil, Geraniol, Lilium Tigrinum Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata Extract, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Citral
* Organic Ingredients / ** : Made using organic ingredients, 100% natural origin of total (by COSMOS-standard) [/disclaim]
First impressions: I was so pleased to see this sheet mask. I’d actually bought myself the Chobs Collagen mask about a week before the LoveLula Beauty Box and I really liked it. It was the first time I used a Korean sheet mask before and I really got hooked! I will definitely be stocking up on these sheets as the ingredients are simply amazing, compared to other Korean sheet masks that you can find on the high street.
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D’Alchemy Spectacular Hand Therapy* (sample, full size – 30ml, £29.14)
[disclaim] Ingredients: Rosa Damascena (Damask rose) Flower Water*, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Neroli) Flower Water*, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Water*, Propanediol*, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Peel Oil**, Glyceryl Stearate*, Squalane*, Isopropyl Isostearate*, Shorea Stenoptera Seed Butter*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Cetearyl Glucoside*, Cetearyl Alcohol*, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil*, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil*, Aqua*, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil*, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Wood Oil**, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate*, Silybum Marianum (Thistle) Seed Oil*, Algae Extract*, Citric Acid*, Undaria Pinnatifida (Seaweed) Extract*, Rosa Moschata (Musk rose) Seed Oil*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract*, Tocopherol*, Beta-Sitosterol*, Sodium Phytate*, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil*, Benzyl Alcohol, Salicylic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Glycerin*, Sorbic Acid, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Powder*, Gluconolactone*, Calcium Gluconate, Parfume**, Juniperus Virginiana (Red cedar) Oil**, Xanthan Gum*, Alcohol, Squalene*, Limonene***, Linalool***, Citral***, Geraniol***, Cinnamal***, Citronellol***
*Ingredients of natural origin, ** Natural Essential oils, ***Components of Natural Essential Oils [/disclaim]
First impressions: Initially, the ingredient list really put me off as it’s simply so long but I’ve used the sample a couple of times and the cream is not too bad at all. It has a beautiful aroma, not synthetic-smelling at all (I’m really sensitive to such smells!) and a silky smooth consistency. It absorbed really quickly into my skin – perhaps even too quickly. Initially, it left a smooth protective layer on my skin but this was short-lived so I do question whether it’s done anything to my skin. Anyway, it’s really hard to tell after two uses. Do I think there are better hand creams out there? Yes, definitely. Would I purchase a full size product? No, I don’t think so. This is mainly because of the price – £30 for a hand cream is a little bit too pricey for me.
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John Masters Organics Rosemary & Arnica Body Wash* (10ml sample, full size – 236ml, £18)
[disclaim] Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Decyl Glucoside, Citric Acid, Glycerin*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, EthylhexylGlycerin*, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Copaifera Officinalis (Balsam Copaiba) Resin Oil, Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) Fruit Oil, Cedrus Atlantica (Cedarwood) Bark Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Allantoin, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Silybum Marianum (Milk Thistle) Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Limonene, Linalool, Citronellol [/disclaim]
First impressions: I’m not sure if this is JMO’s new formulation or not, but my initial reaction is that it’s a rather lengthy ingredient list, with A LOT of fragrance ingredients. While some aromas are naturally-derived from plants and flowers, they are often used to mask other unwelcome smells so I’m not convinced about this formulation. Plus, I’m not happy about the second ingredient (which is in the highest quantity) – Cocamidopropyl Betaine. This ingredient is used as an alternative lathering agent to replace the commonly used Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLS) which gets a lot of bad press but it can also cause irritation. So as far as I’m not concerned, you’re replacing one well-known baddie for a less notorious one – in the end, they can cause the same damage. Finally, £18 for a bottle of body wash is too much of a splurge for me.
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Apple & Bears Luxury Body Wash – Bergamot & Green Tea (10ml sample, full size – 300ml, £18)
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder*, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lauryl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Sodium Chloride, Decyl Glucoside, Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil*, Maltodextrin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract*, Tocopherol, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides Citrate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Peel Oil Distilled, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Leaf Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil Expressed, Cupressus Sempervirens Oil, Elettaria Cardamomum Seed Oil, Ferula Kokanica Resin Oil, Juniperus Mexicana Wood Oil, Myristica Fragrans Fruit Oil (Nutmeg), Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Herb Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Flower Oil, Citral, Limonene, Linalool.
*Ingredients from Organic Farming. Natural and Organic cosmetic certified by Ecocert Greenlife according to Ecocert standards available at http://cosmetics.ecocert.com
First impressions: I have to be honest – this is the second time the Apple and Bears product features in the LoveLula Beauty Box (last time was in January 2017 when I got the Bergamot & Tea Tree Body Silk) and I can’t help but feel that all of their products have a really strong synthetic-smelling aroma. It’s just not my cup of tea. As for the ingredients – well, once again (and this applies to this body wash as well as to the body silk which I previously received) the list is way too long and contains SO MUCH fragrance. And yes, they do have the Eco-Cert organic certification but that particular certification only requires a minimum of 5% of ingredients to come from organic farming. Considering the top ingredient in this formulation is water (likely to be 60-70%), we’re looking at a small percentage of organic ingredients. Finally – once again, the full size product is £18 and for a body wash I find that too pricey.
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Overall, this was an interesting LoveLula Beauty Box! What was your favourite product from this month’s box?
[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. This post also contains affiliate links – this doesn’t affect how much you pay but it does support to maintain my blog. [/disclaim]