Monday, January 22, 2018

Love Lula Beauty Box January 2018

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Love Lula Beauty Box January 2018

Sooo, the New Year, New You? Nah, but I will surely take in New Products! 

Joking aside, I am excited to share with you my first Love Lula beauty box from the same online green beauty store. They ship worldwide, and the price is 13.95£ monthly recurring for UK customers, and for us international gals there are two options of three months (52.50£) or a year (210£) including post and packaging. Green beauty boxes are a great way to discover new items you might have missed otherwise, and I love that anything coming from LoveLula is cruelty free and guaranteed not to have any toxic ingredients - they have very strict criteria for any product they accept, and that is taking the guesswork off your shoulders. 

So let's see what's in first 2018 box? All products are vegan, well done Love Lula! By the way, don't forget to check out my interview with the owner and co-founder Sonia White as a part of my Natural Beauties segment here. I still can't believe Sonia said yes!

Madara Time Miracle Total Renewal Night Cream 20ml sample (50ml retails for £42)

I’m quite happy with this night cream and the ingredients. It goes on nicely and absorbs quickly with no greasiness or residue. It’s base is birch juice, which intrigues me to no end, and it's got hyaluronic acid in it, which is always good news. For my dry and sensitive skin this seems to be too light of a moisturiser in winter time, but maybe it would be perfect for summer?  On the plus side, it did not give my very sensitive skin any reactions, so if it suited me fine, that means all my sensitive skin gals can try it too, starting with a patch test, of course. This cream I have bookmarked in my Love Lula wishlist, so quite chuffed to get this in the box, from this deluxe sample size I will definitely be able to make my mind up whether to get it or not at the end. And on the side note, I am wondering what happened to the Madara Time Miracle Cellular Nutrients Toning Mist? I had it bookmarked in my wishlist also, as I am on forever-quest for perfect toning mist, but it seems to have vanished from Love Lula? Please bring it back, Love Lula? Pretty please?

Betula Alba (birch) Juice Simmondsia Chinensis Squalane Glycerin Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride Dicaprylyl Carbonate Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate Cetearyl Alcohol Betaine Glyceryl Stearate Hippophae Rhamnoides Trifolium Pratense Galium Verum Alchemilla Vulgaris Vaccinium Myrtillus Equisetum Arvense Aesculus Hippocastanum Xanthan Gum Ascorbyl Palmitate Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline Benzyl Alcohol Aroma Aqua Chitin Beta-glucan Tocopherol Sodium Benzoate Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) Zinc PCA Sodium Hyaluronate Potassium Sorbate CI 77288 (Iron Oxide) Sodium phytate Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid Limonene Linalool Eugenol Citral 

PHB Ethical Beauty Brightening Eye Gel with Eyebright & Neroli 15ml rrp. £16.95

I have to say I didn't expect an eye product so soon, as we got Madara one not too long ago, which I haven't even opened yet (I am someone who does not like to have too many open products in the same category) due to using other products. But it just so happened that this was sitting next to the computer as I typed this, so my hands reached for it (for testing purposes, no less!) and I opened it before Madara, meaning it will have to wait it's turn some more. It is nice and cooling, gel texture is easy to pat in, and it absorbs in no time at all, something I really appreciate, after using eye oils for the last two years. The skin felt nice and hydrated, so let's keep this will continue it impress me as I continue to use it. Happy to see frankincense and myrrh essential oils in it, as well as birch juice; and I am very curious to see if it will make any difference to my dark under eye circles.

Aqua, Aloe barbadensis (Organic aloe vera), Vegetable glycerine, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Coco-caprylate, Sclerotium Gum, Betula Pendula (White birch), Propandiol & Salix alba, Helianthus Annuus ( Organic Sunflower) Seed Oil (and) Euphrasia Officinalis (Organic Eyebright) Extract., Hippophae rhamnoides (Organic Sea Buckthorn), Citrus parasidii (Grapefruit), Citrus bergamia (Bergamot), Boswella carterii (Frankincense), Citrus aurantium (Neroli), Benzyl alcohol, Commiphora myrrha (Myrrh), Rosa centifolia (Rose), Jasminum officinale (Jasmine), *Linalool *Limonene *Citral *Geraniol *Farnesol *Eugenol *Citronellol *Benzyl Benzoate *Occurs naturally in essential oils, **Organically grown ingredients. Certified Cruelty Free, Vegan & Halal.

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MOA Fortifying Green Bath Potion

Magic Organic Apothecary Fortifying Green Bath Potion 100ml, rrp. £27.50

MOA is a brand on my radar for some time now, but their products seem to be heavy on the essential oils, which is exactly why I sort of hesitated to try them. This got me mixed feelings upfront, as it contains peppermint oil, something I can't handle anywhere on my body, I don't enjoy being tingly and pepperminty. For the blogging sake I still will get in a bath with this, as I have a head cold, to see if it will help. Happy to see minimal ingredients and the birch oil in it!
My only complaint with this product is that it contains Laureth 3, a synthetic surfactant. I’m not sure why a bath oil needs an emulsifying agent?

Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) Seed Oil, Mentha Piperita (peppermint) Oil, Foeniculum Vulgare (fennel) Oil, Laureth-3, Simmondsia Chinensis (jojoba) Seed Oil, Achillea Millefolium (yarrow) Extract, Abies Sibirica (fir needle) Oil, Betula Lenta Bark (sweet birch) Oil, Tocopherol, CI 75810 (chlorophyll). 

Laidbare Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Laidbare Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow Hair Minimising Moisturiser 125ml, £6.99

Sort of unexpected item in the thick of the winter, and not something I would seek out to buy either, but for the blogging sake I was still prepared to give it a go. Until I opened to bottle. This smell is not something I want on my body, and as a very sensitive person I am very particular with my ingredients, and scents too. I am very bad at describing scents, and at first it seems sweet and nice, but it quickly develops into something 'plasticky' and I cannot handle it. On a closer inspection I found dimethicone in the ingredients, a synthetic silicone I avoid in my products. I think I will pass it on - the one and only time I tried it, was enough for me. Sorry Love Lula and Laidbare, this is not for me.

Aqua(water), aloe barbadensis(aloe vera)leaf juice, polysorbate 20(naturally derived emulsifier, glycerin (coconut)common, cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone(silicone), dehydroacetic acid, benzyl alcohol(naturally derived preservative), mannitol(botanical), ammonium glycyrrhizate(liquorice), caffeine(coffee), aesculus hippocastanum(horse chestnut) extract, zinc gluconate(zinc irons), citrus medica limonum(lemon) peel oil, xanthum gum(naturally derived thickener), citrus aurantifolia (lime)oil, betula alba(birch) leaf extract, althaea officinalis(marshmallow) root extract, potassium sorbate (naturally derived preservative), sodium benzoate(naturally derived preservative), limonene(essential oil), citral (essential oil).

So, I think you can gather that this box isn't my favourite of them all, but majority of them have been great, and I still think this is a great way to switch your products to clean products without spending a fortune if you are only starting out your green beauty journey. Even if you are advanced in it, it is always fun to discover something new, isn't it? This box total value is whopping £71! I know I love getting new products, nearly ten years in into my green beauty journey I still get excited getting boxes in the mail. What about you?         If you are interested, you can sign up here.
Psst, I will tell you one secret - after a couple of weeks of releasing their Beauty Boxes, Love Lula is giving them away for free with any orders above £60, so keep your eyes peeled! Their Early Bird Valentine Selection Box is also available for only £24, £60 value.


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 Disclaimer: the beauty box is part of LLABP program, and the thoughts are always my own. I treat every products equally, no matter what way it came to me.


  1. Seems everyone is raving about these boxes! Happy to see what you honestly thought of it :) Thanks for sharing lovely xoxo

  2. Many thanks for reading Angie <3 Well, I've been told that honesty is what sets me apart from other bloggers, so I take it as a massive compliment from my readers. I think Love Lula Beauty Box is the best EU & UK box around (they ship worldwide, mind you) Are there any good green beauty subscription boxes in Canada? (I believe you are from Canada, please correct me if I am wrong?)

  3. Do you use any specific oils for under your eyes? Or just any oils you are using for your face at that moment? I haven't opened that eye gel yet...I'm afraid it can be too light, my skin under my eyes is extremely dry. x

    1. To answer your question about eye oils, for the past two years I have used specially formulated under eye oils (the brands call them serums or nectars, but in reality they are oils still) by Earthwise Beauty and Wabi Sabi Botanicals, but I probably are not coming back to them because of their high price point and because one of them has been discontinued. To use single oils for your under eyes, I think you can do that with any oil, I like rosehip oil for that reason, while French women are going crazy for tamanu apparently! I believe any oil will do, if you are worried about millia you can always find out comedogenic rate of particular oils, but I find I never have any millia when I use oils, it is the under eye creams that give me this problem! That's my theory and I am sticking to it :) The PHB eye gel is too light indeed, I find myself reaching for other products alongside it. It might be good, but it is not my favourite eye product ever, you know what I mean? xo