A few days ago, we had a splash of first snow – even if just for a few days – Winter has knocked on the door. And so did my Love Lula Beauty Box, whose theme is Wintery in its rich nourishing goodies, along with newly launched incredibly smelling perfume oil: there’s a rich deep cleansing balm, rich body butter, chocolate face mask, and, as mentioned, a perfume oil. The total value of this month’s Love Lula Beauty Box is £47 (though, given how much I like these goodies, it feels a lot more) – whereas the actual cost is a barely-worth-mentioning fraction of it.
So, what’s in this month’s Love Lula Beauty Box?
♥ Walden Natural Perfume “Live the Life” Perfume Oil (10ml; £17,00). Oh my gracious goodness! The scent of this newly launched scent from Walden has left me speechless. As I’ve had a chance to try all the available Walden scents, this one, the “Live the Life” one has now immediately become my favorite one; it’s even better than “Two Eternities”. Well, immediately… not exactly, but… Upon first applying it, there was this really strong burst of citrus scent, due to top notes being bergamont and orange. Hmm, I thought, that doesn’t smell nice – I prefer flowery scent as opposed to citrusy ones. But! – after a minute, once the top notes started fading and the middle notes started appearing, I heard the angels sing! Sweet violet – my very very close second scent after rose. There’s a hint of tuberose behind it, and once the middle notes settle in, a very distant and gentle jasmine whiffs above the middle notes. Heavenly! It’s a sweet (though this sweet is more orientally wooden due to very expensive sandalwood) gentle violet floral scent – it’s like it has my name written all over it. I don’t even know how to describe how much I adore this scent. I would dip my while body into this perfume oil. There’s also an accompanying Live the Life Eau de Parfum, and shipping restrictions make me weep! I gotta find a way to get my hands on this perfume. And I want a “Live the Life” solid perfume, body oil, soap… ! I’ve never said this before in any of my reviews, but… I LOVE “Live the Life”. Everything around Walden Natural Perfumes brand is so elegant, classy, timeless – from packaging to the name behind the brand and each perfume, as well as the notes from Henry David Thoreau’s book Walden/Life in the Woods (how very me, again), from which this, too, perfume got its name: “I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
♥ Nature’s Kitchen Chocolate Face Mask (100g/ ). Being a chocolate addict, I might as well wear chocolate all over my face. This is one of the two Nature’s Kitchen’s face mask I’ve had on my wishlist – the other is Nature’s Kitchen Enzyme Face Mask, which I gotta get my hands on as soon as possible – and it has arrived right on time. Texture of this mask is a sturdy balm-like: it’s not runny, it’s a firmly whipped mixture of a butter and balm, all in one. Swirl around the mask with your fingers, and it starts melting; it applies and spreads easily. I leave it on for about 10 min; the mask does not dry out, but it does lose a bit of an oily luster as it gets absorbed by the skin. It washes off easily with water; if you have dry skin and not prone to blemishes, you can leave your skin as is (or follow up with other treatments), but if you have oily and/or prone to blemishes skin, I would suggest you follow with a cleanser, as this is a very buttery mask, which might result in bumps – yes the skin does feel very soft after rinsing this mask, but there’s a lot of cocoa butter in this mask. As mentioned, the mask makes the skin soft, and the rich nourishment is felt right away, as the mask contains, along cocoa butter and cocoa extract, castor oil, grape seed oil and apricot oil – very appropriate mixture for colder days, when the skin needs some melting butters and oil – along with chocolate (think antioxidants). There’s also quite a lot of this mask – 100g, which will last a long time. The mask is currently sold out, but there’s a gift set available, which has this mask and Chocolate Mocha Polishing Scrub – both for only £24,99.
♥ Balm Balm Frankincense Deep Cleansing Balm (30ml/£9,50). This deep cleansing balm is from the Frankincense range: the cleansing balm has a very fragrant frankincense scent, which will make you indulge in a Wintery aromatherapy while cleansing your skin. It’s a firmly whipped balm, hard at first touch, but while you swirl around it, it begins to quickly melt. I apply this cleansing balm all over my face in a massaging motion and leave it on for good 5 minutes, in order for the balm to melt and dissolve makeup. Right before removing it, I massage it once again, then proceed to remove it with a damp hot muslin cloth or wet hot towel. The balm deeply sweeps – almost vacuums – makeup and impurities, and even after wiping it off, you can feel the nourishing oils and butters making the skin soft. But since balms usually contain waxes as well, which can be comedogenic, despite the deep cleansing and soft feel this balm leaves behind, I always opt for a double cleansing and use a cleansing wash after. This travel size (or a testing size) of 30ml will last a very long time; there’s also a bigger, 60ml size available, though you’ll get a substantial mileage from the smaller one – at a reasonable price at that.
♥ Natura Siberica Rich Body Butter (200g/£5,25). I’ve been testing quite a few Natura Siberica products lately, and I can tell you one thing – don’t let the low prices of this brand make you think the products are not worth it – you just get quite good products for very affordable prices, though they do contain a few problematic inhredients – this body butter included. Now, given I am quite loaded with body lotions, getting another one was currently not on my radar, but the texture and performance of this butter are such, that it is a welcomed one for Winter. This body butter is not your typical body butter: the texture falls somewhere between thin butter and thick body lotion. Its consistency is very smooth, it applies and spreads easily. It takes about 3 minutes to fully absorb, does not leave greasy feeling behind and, unlike typical natural body butters, which consist of butters, oils (and maybe essential oils) and no fillers (this butter is mixed with water), it does not stick to clothes, which makes this body butter usable in the morning as well; it can also be used as feet butter as well. The skin is fed and nourished. The scent is nice, not overpowering – but its source is problematic: hexyl cinnamal and lilial. There’s a generous and typical amount for body butters – 200g for a low price.
So this concludes my first impressions of this month’s Love Lula Beauty Box. The theme is very much in accord with December – rich and nourishing, with a rich body butter, rich buttery chocolate face mask and deep cleansing face balm. And, then there’s the newly launched scent from the Walden Natural Perfumes called “Live the Life” and a minute after trying the “Live the Life” perfume oil, I was entrapped with the scent. All in all – this is a great Beauty Box for me.
And all these products have a total value of £47,00 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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Love Lula Beauty Box gifted to Nature of Europe by Love Lula for the purpose of an honest review.
Nature of Europe is Love Lula’s Accredited Blogger.