I hardly ever write empties posts.
A) because I’m one of those people who only throws products away when they really have to, and b) because when things do run out they’re washed and thrown straight in the recycling.
But I’ve had quite a few empties build up recently, thanks in part to my LUSH pots stacking up, so I thought it was about time I sat down and had a little look over everything I’ve used up recently.
LUSH Sympathy for the Skin Body Lotion (v), £5.99 for 100g/£11.95 for 240g
A lovely soothing body lotion with bananas, almond oil, cocoa butter, and lemon oil, which gives it a light citrus scent. Non-greasy and quick to sink it, I found myself using it when my skin was in need of a pick-me-up.
Would I repurchase? Yes, although now winter’s approaching I’m more likely to pick up Dream Cream because of its cooling effect on sensitive skin.
LUSH Rosy Cheeks Fresh Face Mask (v), £6.95 for 75g
Calms down spotty skin, without the crumbling effect of Catastrophe Cosmetic. Kaolin clay helps with breakouts, while calamine powder soothes and tones down any redness – I always wake up with more even-toned skin when I’ve used Rosy Cheeks the night before. The fresh rose petals add a subtle scent that doesn’t irritate.
Would I repurchase? Yes
LUSH Ultrabland Cleanser, £7.95 for 45g/£12.95 for 100g
You all know the drill with this one: thick oily balm, removes every scrap of make-up, doesn’t break me out. My number one beauty product of all time.
Would I repurchase? I’m already using a new pot!
LUSH Dream Cream Body Lotion (v), £6.50 for 100g/£12.95 for 240g/£20.95 for 450g
My favourite body lotion, Dream Cream cools and calms itchy, sensitive skin. It’s light to the touch but don’t be fooled: this stuff packs one hell of a moisture-punch.
Would I repurchase? Definitely
Delph Sun Block Lotion SPF50*, £5.25 for 150ml
I find most sun creams to be incredibly greasy or tacky, even when they promise they won’t be, but this has the nicest texture, I think because it contains silicones (which give serums and primers that ultra-smooth feel). I’ve worn it when I’ve had days out in the sun and I also keep it in my bag at work, since we tend to eat outside a lot, and I’ve not had any problems with burning at all.
Would I buy it? Yes
Delph After Sun Gel* £1.95 for 150ml
I love the cooling effect of this gel but it smells so much of alcohol that I haven’t been so keen on using it, although you do get a hint of the aloe vera coming through after it settles on the skin. I like my aftersuns to be much more moisturising but this will do if you need a quick-fix.
Would I buy it? No
Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser, £18 for 135ml
A thick, clay-like cleanser that works like a dream on spotty skin, especially in conjunction with the Glow Tonic. One tube lasts for aaaaaages, even with daily use, so although £18 seems steep you more than get your money’s worth.
Would I repurchase? Yes
Soap & Glory Clean On Me Creamy Clarifying Shower Gel, £6.50 for 500ml
The original and, in my opinion, one of the best Soap & Glory products. Sure, shower gel is not the most exciting product in the world but this is a bathroom staple: it smells amazing, has a luxurious creamy texture and leaves my skin clean but not dried out.
Would I repurchase? Always
What have you used up recently? Have you tried any of these? Let me know in the comments!
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Beth, 25, South East England.
Lover of books, dogs, yoga, travelling, and gin.
I write about ethical & eco-friendly living, minimalism, and mental health, as I muddle through one step at a time. Enjoy!