April, with its “can’t make up my mind whether to act like warm June or chilly like November” is slowly coming to an end, but before April waves goodbye, my first impressions of this month’s Love Lula Beauty Box are in order. Love Lula has, again, crammed up the goodies up to the brim, with 3 full sized products, one travel sized one and a few samples: a mixture of body and face care products. As per usual, I’ve had a mini tantrum, seeing Love Lula has launched their new Spring collection of Glossworks nail polishes and dropped one in their non-international Beauty Box; the international Beauty Box received, instead, an eye cream. The total value of this Beauty Box is £63,00, but with signing up for a yearly subscription, you can get it for almost not worth mentioning cost.
So, what’s in this month’s Love Lula Beauty Box?
♥ Alteya Organics Chamomile Water (120ml/£7,95). Not too long ago I too advantage of Alteya discount and got the newly launched 240ml bottles of their high quality hydrolates; one of them was also the Chamomile one. Getting another bottle of the Chamomile hydrolate in this month’s Beauty Box? Don’t mind if I do! I go through hydrolates like there’s no tomorrow as it is already (and have been for decades!), so… The Chamomile hydrolate from Alteya is another high quality and non-watered down (in more than one way) product; even its distinct powerful scent of chamomile attests to the high quality chamomile essential oil this hydrolate is a by-product of and the concentration of chamomile essential oil presence. Chamomile has calming properties, along with anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and astringent properties and is a potent antioxidant. The hydrolate can be used as a toner, before and after applying skin care and makeup products, as well as for continuing daily refreshment. You can’t go wrong with a hydrolate, just make sure it’s of a high quality and actually a – hydrolate (as in: not water with a few drops of essential oils or even worse – fragrant synthetic oils).
♥ Mossa restoring Eye Cream (15ml/£13,00). For those who may not have known: Mossa is a more affordable brand under Madara umbrella. International customers received this eye cream instead of a Glossworks nail polish. This eye cream comes in a pump plastic bottle of a standard amount for eye creams: 15ml. I reviewed Madara eye cream a few years ago, and the Mossa eye cream, in comparison, given it contains no butters, is of a lighter and thinner texture. It spreads easily and evenly and also absorbs quickly; makeup application and/or concealer application over this eye cream gives no issues. As I prefer lighter eye creams for during the day (and thicker and richer during the night), this makes for a great choice for daily skincare routine. This eye creams contains berries and various other antioxidants, as well as a hydrator in a form of Sodium Hyaluronate, all of which are important for the under eye care. The scent is also pleasant, but only after the scent of alcohol evaporates – and this is my issue with this eye cream (and Madara products in general) – their use of too much alcohol in their products, which comes to light especially when it’s used in products for such delicate and in a dire need of hydration areas such as gentle, thin skin under the eyes. Even if thinner in its consistency as compared to the Madara eye cream, the Mossa eye cream works well regardless, and is also substantially more affordable. I’ll keep you updated on this eye cream with either a full review or with a skincare routine (long over-due and much requested!) post.
♥ Gallinee Body Milk (200ml/£28,00). This is a very light, thin body milk /lotion. It spreads easily and absorbs fast, leaving no greasy stains, making it a a good choice for hot Summer days as well as for after morning shower. It does leave the skin soft, almost velvety. It also smells nice, but the problem is – the scent is not of a natural source. Despite its good performance and nice smell, I have an issue with this body milk ingredients – there’s very little natural ones, and too many synthetic ones, including a few I am anything but fond off, such as propanediol and ethylhexylglycerin, to name a few. And despite there being a standard for body milk/lotion 200ml of this body milk, and despite leaveing the skin soft and smelling nice, the lack of natural ingredients and a surplus of synthetic ones makes this body milk way too expensive. If, quickly, compared to the Madara Body Lotion we got in January’s Love Lula Beauty Box, the Madara one is far more natural and about £11,00 cheaper – for the same 200ml.
♥ Dr. Botanicals Lemon Rescue Butter (50ml/£19,00). All those, who enjoy citrus scented beauty products might like this one; however, those who like beauty products, which are naturally citrus scented – you might pass this one up. Why? The source of the potent citrus scent in this multi-use butter is citral: a fragrance and masking ingredient, which can cause contact dermatitis and irritation; it can be also toxic for immune system. Not a great ingredient to be found in a beauty product, wouldn’t you agree? While it’s said this butter, which has consistency more of a thicker cream, can be used as a face moisturizer and cleanser, I would have skipped this and maybe use it as a body butter or on extra dry and cracked parts, such as elbows or feet. Though I do like the Dr. Botanicals tubes.
So, these are my first impressions of the goodies from the April Love Lula Beauty Box. It was a mixture of body and face care, nearly all the products being either full-sized or travel sized. A few of the products have ingredients which I don’t care for, but over all, I’m glad I got a new eye cream, as I was running out of the the other ones, another bottle of a hydrolate is always a plus for someone, who uses so much of them. The body milk, even if there are some ingredients that do not correspond with a formulation of natural and non-problematic ingredients, smells nice and is feels light on the skin.
And all these products have a total value of £63,00, whereas the actual cost of the yearly Love Lula Beauty Box subscription is £12,66 (or £16,60 for international customers) per month (yep, even less than it was before). You also get a discount on all the brands featured in a current Beauty Box and even this discount got even better – now you can get all the brands featured in a Beauty Box for 25% off!
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How did you like this month’s Love Lula Beauty Box? Got any products you’ve had on your wishlist? Found any new brands or new favorite products? Let me know!
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