I love products that have multiple uses.
You get more value for your money, plus it frees up storage space. I also find that multi-purpose products — the good ones, anyway — tend to be carefully considered when it comes to their ingredients and formulas. They’ve got to do more than one thing, so they’d better do it all properly.
I’ve constantly been on the lookout for independent, cruelty-free brands this year, so I couldn’t resist trying a couple of products when I came across Lyonsleaf’s small-but-thoughtfully-formed range on LoveLula.
Lyonsleaf products are made on a small farm in Somerset using homegrown ingredients. Everything is designed to suit all skin types and be as multipurpose as possible. This is so customers can cut down on the amount of products they have in their bathrooms, something that appeals to the wannabe minimalist in me. Lyonsleaf also don’t add water to their products, which means they don’t need to include preservatives in the ingredients.
Lyonsleaf 100% Natural Calendula Cream* (v), £8.99 for 30ml
An anti-inflammatory which is said to encourage healing, the calendula cream can be used by adults and children over three on eczema, psoriasis, insect bites, allergic reactions, new tattoos, and spots. Well, obviously the children won’t be using it on tattoos, but you get the point. You rub the cream between your fingers to melt it and then massage it into your skin until it’s fully absorbed.
It didn’t work as a spot treatment for me, but it did come to my rescue when I had a two-week cold (which was as delightful an experience as you can imagine). The skin on my nose was red, flaky and sore, and very much in need of some comfort — exactly what the calendula cream offered.
The cream is an emollient, so it softens the skin, and it also acts as a barrier to keep out any nasties. I’ve used it an a barrier when my hay fever strikes and it works quite well, although it does make the skin look a little shiny and greasy. I tend to only do it when I’m at home and pottering around in the garden.
Lyonsleaf 100% Natural Beauty Balm* (v), £12.95 for 55ml
For years I’ve sung the praises of Lush’s Ultrabland cleanser and I’ve always felt a little bit guilty for not being able to recommend a vegan alternative. Luckily, it’s Lyonsleaf to the rescue — their Beauty Balm is the bomb.
Made from 100% natural plant oils, including macadamia nut oil, jojoba oil, and sweet almond oil, this is a thick balm that melts down into a silky oil on contact with skin, removing dirt and make-up (including the most steadfast liquid eyeliner). I like to spend some time massaging it in, then I remove it with a flannel and some water. As with most balm cleansers you only need a little bit for it to go a long way, so I can see this pot lasting me a long time.
Or maybe not. Because not only can Beauty Balm be used as a cleanser, it’s also a soothing moisturiser for the driest skin. I use it sparingly on my elbows, knees, feet, and my hands, which get flaky patches even during the summer. It takes time to sink in so I find it’s best to do this before bed so you don’t have to worry about it.
I can see myself buying the Calendula Cream and the Beauty Balm over and over again. Both products are cruelty-free, vegan, and handy to have at your disposal, considering the number of things they do. I’m more than happy to support another independent, ethical British brand.
Have you ever tried anything from Lyonsleaf? What are your favourite multi-purpose products? Let me know in the comments!
Product was sent to me by LoveLula for consideration of review. As always, all words and opinions are my own. Please note, Calendula Cream cannot be used on broken skin and Beauty Balm is not suitable for nut allergy sufferers.
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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.