I’ve taken a few weeks off and now I’m back with my first impressions of this month’s Love Lula Beauty Box. July is not the only very hot thing happening – July edition of Love Lula Beauty Box is as well! Love Lula has been, especially and also, pushing the envelope with their Beauty Box, offering it to the subscribers for basically barely worth mentioning cost, in itself, but especially in relation to the actual value of the products featured in the Beauty Box. But with their July Beauty Box – I call it the insane edition – they really went beyond. When I opened this month’s Beauty Box, I was greeted with products worth of £101! o_O Keep in mind – the yearly subscription cost for Love Lula Beauty Box is £12,66 (or £16,60 for international customers) per month! I was tempted to send them an email, asking if this is a double Beauty Box, a summer Beauty Box for July and August together.
This month’s rich and loaded Love Lula Beauty Box contains a full sized delicious lip balm, a full sized gentle cleanser, a travel bag with 4 travel sized goodies and a travel sized luxurious face oil/elixir.
So, what’s in this month’s Love Lula Beauty Box?
♥ Madara Plum Plum Lip Balm (15ml/£10,00). I’ve amassed quite a collection of Madara goodies, both from their products being often featured in Love Lula Beauty Box as well as (subsequently) me binging on this brand. Being almost a hoarder (so any Love Lula Beauty box containing a lip balm gets a double thumb up from me) when it comes to lip balms, I, of course, had the Madara lip balm written on my wishlist somewhere. Had I known before it was this good, I would had gotten it much sooner! It’s a lip balm, but it’s a lip balm moonlighting as a lip gloss as well! The tube is also that of a lip gloss. It’s has a bit of a color, a pretty, very natural peachy one. The scent is delicious, fruity one, that of a plum, of course. This lip balm works as a lip balm when it comes to making your lips feel soft, moisturized and nourished, but its appearance is that of a non-sticky lip gloss. Great for a natural look on its own or over a lipstick – either way, I am glad Love Lula dropped it in my Beauty Box. This Madara lip balm/lip gloss will remain on the top of my favorite lip balms.
♥ Kathleen Natural Cleansing Lotion (150ml/£29,50). In this heatwave, even though the amount of products on my skin is minimal, there’s still sweating and that overall feeling of heaviness on my skin, maybe more oily, so I tend to apply cleansing a bit more often into my skincare routines, including my morning skincare routine (the next edition of my skincare routines to follow soon!), where my skin needs a good but gentle cleanser in the morning as well. Enter: Kathleen Cleansing Lotion. And it is – a lotion: a bit more runny and very light, and the results are equally so – the skin is clean but very soft and not stripped. With its more runny consistency, a little goes a long way and it easily spreads, but somehow, I’ve found myself going through nearly 1/4 of the bottle already (come to think, this has been going on with a few other products since this heatwave, but I digress – more on this in my skincare routines soon); a testament my skin is really enjoying this cleansing lotion, especially since it provides hydration after as well. In the evening, I do pair it with another cleanser for a double-cleanse session, given I wear sunscreen during the day. The lotion foams mildly; the foaming agent in this lotion is Potassium cocoate, which is, of course, derived from coconut oil, but I’ve found it has no adverse effect on my skin and is, in fact, a very mild (and present in low concentration) foaming/cleansing agent. The scent is also very pleasant: delicate and flowery, a bit of roses and a bit of lavender. Nice. I’ve got one a bone to pick with this cleansing lotion, though: it is a bit (too) pricey, but I am looking the other way, as it’s a really nice, gentle and hydrating product.
♥ Dafna’s Personal Skincare Summer Heroes Set (3 x 10ml + 1x 5ml/£30,00). A small beauty bag containing 4 travel sized goodies from Dafna’s: 10ml of Active Mist, 10ml of Purify Cleanser, 10ml of Light Moisturizer and 5ml of Eye Cream. As Dafna’s products are more on the expensive side, such a bag with samples is a great way to try the products first before committing to full sized products. Dafna’s Moisture Light (50ml/£60,00) is a light, water-based moisturizer. It spreads easily and absorbs quickly and works nicely when layered with a water-based serum, though even on its own proves to be hydrating. I do have an issue with two ingredients: one being Propanediol, but even more so – a preservative called Caprylhydroxamic Acid; I was quite taken aback seeing this ingredient in formulation. Dafna’s Active Mist (100ml/£40,00) is a bit of an oily mist, containing anti-inflammatory and soothing ingredients. It is a water-based mist (as opposed to only hydrolate-based) and the price is a bit too high. Like the light moisturizer, this mist, too contains Propanediol and Caprylhydroxamic Acid, as well as surfactant/foaming agent called Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate. Dafna’s Purify Cleanser (100ml/£36,00) has in interesting texture – somewhere between a bit of a runny lotion and a bit of a gel. when applied onto dry skin and massaged, it absorbs like a cream, so I prefer to wet my fingers before massaging. As far as immediate results – the cleanser does satisfactory cleanse the skin, but not thoroughly. The skin is soft, but I’ve noticed (with all of these products) there was redness and a bit of an itchy feeling after using this cleanser – and that is due to Caprylhydroxamic Acid. Dafna’s Eye Care (20ml/£51,00). The texture of this eye cream is close to a runny soft gel. I think out of all the Dafna’s products in this travel bag, I liked the eye cream the most: it absorbs quickly, it does feel nice, almost refreshing on the skin, but unfortunately, I experienced a bit of an irritation with this product as well, as it contains the same problematic ingredients as the rest. All in all, the products from this brand did not impress me; a high price point, as I keep repeating, does not necessaririly make for a high quality point product. Especially when a product contains unwelcomed ingredients (Propanediol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Cocamidopropyl Dimethylamine). Additional side eye from me: these sample tubes are not full.
♥ Skin Alchemists Apothecary Sesenne Facial Elixir (10ml/£30,00). It wasn’t too long ago when Love Lula added this new brand on their already loaded shelves, and upon checking the ingredients in this elixir, I immediately put it on my wishlist, with a note I have to pace myself before ordering it (I had planned on ordering the Skin Alchemists Elixir sometime in September, but Love Lula outraced me), as during this hot Summer weather, I am using mostly light water-based serums (along with liters of hydrolates), and very little oils. This elixir, described as an opulent and sophisticated blend contains such precious, luxurious ingredients as cacay oil, prickly pear seed oil, rosa damascena, carrot seed oil and Coenzyme Q10, among many others. The cost of this product corresponds with formulation of this elixir. Now, does it correspond with the effect on the skin – that remains to be seen after I open this bottle and give it a thorough test – and I am very eager to do so. It’s good that the brand offers a smaller, travel sized bottle to try this elixir first, since and especially it’s quite up there with its price point; another reason why I like such products being available in smaller sizes as well is due to the product remaining fresh upon multiple purchases as opposed to one purchase of a bigger bottle (though a 30ml bottle of this elixir is also available). At any rate, I will report back with a full review sometime in Autumn. Oh, I am also curious about Skin Alchemists Apothecary Lady Helen Facial Nectar as well.
This concludes my first impressions of July’s Love Lula Beauty Box – the insane edition, might I add. I am really liking the Madara lip balm, which doubles as a lip gloss – soft, hydrating, feels good on the lips and smells lovely. Likewise, I am liking the Kathleen Cleansing Lotion – gentle, light and hydrating. While I haven’t tried it yet, I am excited to do so in Autumn – the Skin Alchemists Apothecary Facial Elixir, containing a myriad of precious and skin-beneficial as well as luxurious ingredients. The products from a Dafna’s bag – the excitement is not as strong, mainly due to certain ingredients found in all the products. Most of the products perform satisfactory, but not as potently to justify quite a high price point. If I mentioned that Kathleen Cleansing Lotion price point may be a bit too high, to put it in perspective, in comparison with Dafna’s Cleanser, it suddenly isn’t all that expensive: there’s more of the Kathleen cleansing lotion, it performs not only much better than but very well and it does not contain any of the questionable ingredients. When you’ve been using organic beauty products in all shapes and forms and from many different brands for 20+ years, a price point means little to you; or in other words – just because a product has a high price point, it does not mean it will get an a priori rave review from me – if anything, it will be put under a closer scrutiny from me.
And all these products have a total value of £101,00 (!), 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 has been provided to Nature of Europe by Love Lula for the purpose of an honest review.
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