Surprise post is my favourite.
Not the boring kind, like letters from the bank trying to flog you products you don’t want or need, but fun post, like parcels.
So I was very excited when the postman delivered the November edition of LoveLula’s Beauty Box* to my door. Trying new products is one of my favourite things to do, but I’ve never really bought into the whole beauty box thing before (most of them feature brands that are non-CF, so it’s a waste of money).
Fortunately, the LoveLula box is full of cruelty-free products, with plenty of natural ingredients to boot. (You also get 20% off the brands featured in the box, just in case you fall in love with any of the samples.)
Ooh! Organic Argan Moisture Retention Face Oil, £9.50 for 15ml
100% argan oil, designed for using on its own or underneath moisturiser and make-up. The texture is (thankfully) non-sticky and the argan oil is rich in Vitamin E and fatty acids. I know it’s a face oil, but the moisture-retention it promises means I’ll probably be using it on dry patches like elbows and knees, or maybe even as a cuticle oil?
MOA Fortifying Green Bath Potion (v), £27.50 for 100ml
The scent of peppermint is so strong that I can’t actually smell the fennel; I assume it’s there. This shot of bath potion is designed to make you feel human again after a long, tiring day, soothing aching muscles and lifting your mood. I find peppermint to be quite a festive scent (candy canes, anyone?) so I’ll be saving this for the middle of December when the Christmas get-togethers are in full swing.
Madara SOS Instant Moisture + Radiance Hydra Mask (v), about £28 for 60ml
I love a good face mask, but I get so carried away with the spot-busting ones that I forget how important hydration is. This mask by Madara promises an instant hit of hydration, no matter what your skin type, and I can’t wait to find out whether that’s true!
Humble Natural Beauty Sweet Pea & Verbena Hand Cream, £8 for 75ml
You can never have too many hand creams about, and as it happens I’ve just used up a tube so it’s a great time to add to my collection. The Humble hand cream is, not runny exactly, but a little less thick in texture than I normally go for. It leaves skin velvety soft and the floral scent is so pretty. The kind of hand cream everyone — from teenage girl to grandad — would use and love.
PHB Ethical Beauty Skin Brighten Gel (v), £13.75 for 120ml
A handmade gel that promises brighter, more even skin with less visible pigmentation. It has the lightest texture and is almost as thin as an oil (but without the oily feeling; it sinks in super-quick).
I love the jar with the silver lid and old-school label — definitely a product to leave on display. The gel is suitable for face and body, so I’ll be applying it from head to toe. Aloe vera soothes with its cooling effect, while neroli is said to reduce discolouration and liquorice acts as an anti-inflammatory. I’ll be keeping an eye on its effects and reporting back if there’s any noticeable difference!
What are your feelings about beauty boxes? Have any of these products caught your eye? Let me know in the comments!
(v) = vegan
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Beth, 25, South East England.
Lover of books, dogs, yoga, travel, gin, and the Oxford comma.
I write about cruelty-free beauty, vegan & veggie food, and trying to lead a less wasteful life. I throw the odd think piece in there, too.