November has been quite lousy weather-wise: chilly, rainy and moody. What better way to break this moodiness than receiving a monthly surprise package (well, surprise – even though I do sneak and peak around to see what Love Lula included in a current Beauty Box – it’s still has a scent of surprise when it arrives) themed very November-appropriately – nourishing and oily: there are 4 full-sized products and two samples. A total value of this month’s Love Lula Beauty Box is £48, while the actual cost with a yearly subscription is a fraction of it.
So, what’s in this month’s Love Lula Beauty Box?
♥ Madara Hemp Hemp Lip Conditioning Balm (15ml/£10,00). I like receiving Madara products in my Beauty Box. And I like receiving lip balms in my Beauty Box. A Madara lip balm received in my Beauty Box is even better! I’ve been planning on getting this lip balm anyway, and boy am I glad to have finally gotten it – it’s a special treat for lips, I can tell you that much! The scent is really lovely (reading Madara’s description seems like they’ve been reading my reviews – the way I describe products and scents and colors…) – indeed, subtle but present for as long as the lip balm stays on the lips: a bit citrusy, a bit sweet – and it tastes sweet as well. The texture is thin and of finely whipped nourishing ingredients such as shea butter and coconut oil, along with soothing chamomile and hydrating hemp oil. It’s so very soft and – “balzamy”. Excellent also as a lip primer for lipsticks. Reasonably priced, but this lip balm most probably won’t make it to New Year, 15ml of it or not, as I know I will use it up much sooner; I’ve been applying it every day since I’ve got it and I could not recommend it more!
♥ Nature’s Kitchen Kiwi, Apple & Cucumber Skin Soothing Face Wash (100ml/£10,99). I’ve been using two of Nature’s Kitchen’s products for a while now – and both are quite thick and rich in their texture, however this cleanser is, even though it says it’s a wash, more like a cleansing lotion: more on the thin side, just a bit runny. The scent is somewhat gentle – a fruity one, how could it not be, since it contains fruit extracts – with apple being the strongest. Surprisingly, given, especially the price, this face wash also contains Vitamin A and B3 (niacinamide) and C, along with AHA fruit acids and kiwi fruit, spinach, cucumber, kale leaf and already mentioned apple fruit extract! Ingredients-wise, and affordable price-wise, this cleanser is quite a showoff. But how do these ingredients work? Very well, in fact: the cleanser is very gentle, it cleanses the skin like a cleansing soft lotion, with minimal foaming. Given it does contain quite a number of coconut based/derived ingredients, I was a bit skeptical how my skin would react, but, aside from an occasional irritation due to phenoxyethanol and ethylhexylglycerin (yes, the cleanser is water based and therefore needs a substantial preservative, but I am sure some other preservative is available), my skin has been enjoying this cleanser a lot! Knowing the green beauty industry and the sometimes inexcusable high prices they slap on some products, this cleanser could easily strut around with a much higher price point (and some would praise it for the price point alone) – but it doesn’t. Given how nicely it cleanses my skin, removes makeup, provides chemical peeling, along with soothing, hydrating and antioxidant vitamins and extracts – I say kudos to Nature’s Kitchen for creating a great cleanser and slapping such a low and affordable price on it! This gem will receive a full review soon, no doubt!
♥ Oils of Heaven Apricot Face Oil (30ml/£19,00). Just in time for Winter and Holidays, Love Lula, via their house brand Oils of Heaven, has launched two new oils – the Raspberry Oil (which I have promptly placed on my wishlist, as I’ve been a fan of the raspberry oil for a very long time) and Apricot Oil. Apricot oil is one of those versatile oils, targeting, especially, sensitive and irritated skin, as well as dry skin. It absorbs really quickly, thus making it perfect for morning routine in these upcoming cold and windy days – over a serum or mixed with a liquid foundation, as it will melt with it and make it really even with a subtle natural glow. The scent of Apricot oil has always been one of my favorites, as it’s this gentle, somewhere far away, yet so sweet – and a bit of an apricot, of course, smelling oil. While the quality of Oils of Heaven oils is indisputable, I do think that it’s priced too high. Sure, a 30ml bottle will last for a long time, but still – too expensive.
♥ Ayumi Coconut Hair Oil (150ml/£7,99). Another “right on time” product, which found its way in my Love Lula Beauty Box. I’ve been meaning to get one of the Ayumi’s hair oils anyway, for these colder and harsher Winter days, when the hair needs additional care in a form of hair oils, masks. Coconut oil is in fact a butter, and when placed in a colder environment, it assumes its natural form – a butter form. So I suggest you keep this hair oil somewhere warmer, otherwise you will use up more of this hair oil as you would have, since the product will be thicker. This hair oil has quite a citrusy scent, with a hint of herbal rosemary. You can use this hair oil by thoroughly massaging it into your scalp and all over the hair and leaving it on for as long as your time allows; I suggest wrapping your hair a warm/hot towel in order for the ingredients, especially the coconut oil, to melt into your hair, and then wash it with a shampoo. You can use the same process, just leave it on during the night for the hair to really soak in all the nourishment. The hair will be easily manageable, soft, glossy and fed. The price is affordable, though those, like me, who have longer hair, will find this bottle running out pretty fast – even if you use this hair oil as a hair treatment only once to twice a week.
♥ Beauty Elixirs The Beauty Pageant Formula Sample (full size 35g/£19,00). A powder form of a supplement. Intriguing.
So this concludes my first impressions of this month’s Love Lula Beauty Box. All the products fall under the “right on time” label: a nourishing hair oil, an-all-around carrier oil, the Apricot oil, great for dry and sensitive skin as well as a primer before makeup, an excellent and softening (and delicious) lip balm and extremely low priced high quality face cleanser, along with two samples – a great selection for the month of November, no doubt.
And all these products have a total value of £48,00 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.