August Empties 2019 *

It's that time of month again! Rounding up my natural beauty and wellbeing empties is always a long process, but so rewarding and a great way to keep myself accountable for what I'm using.  Plus, it's so helpful to have a visual diary of what I have tried and what worked/didn't work.

This month Tim and I were away visiting my family in Western New York for four weeks, then spent a few days helping out his mum when we got back -- so we've been on the go for a while!  That means many of the products finished in August are samples or mini sized.  Anyone else travel light when adventuring around??

Altogether there were 22 individual empties, 12 of which were sample sizes (17 if you count the UM wipes!).  Apologies that not all are photographed this time -- I had an ADHD brain moment and before I realized it was too late!

Green Beauty + Natural Wellbeing August Empties 2019


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Kimberly Sayer Ultra Light Facial Moisturiser SPF 30 (1.5ml):
Enjoyed?: yes
Positives: thin and not heavy at all, love the spf aspect, uplifting scent,
Negatives: I did end up with a slight sun burn as some of the moisturizer 'melted' off in the heat (definitely keep an eye and keep sunscreen with you!), sachet is only enough for a single use really
Buy again?: I'd need to try another sample to test more thoroughly first

Maison Meunier Purifying Face Mask
Enjoyed?: yes
Positives: gorgeous aroma (sweetly floral, very moreish), so hydrating and refreshing on the skin, rinses really easily, perfect for summer, spreads easily, doesn't clog skin despite the slick creamy feel
Negatives: n/a
Buy again?: already have the full size to finish up!
Further Reviews

Organii Sun Milk SPF 20 (125ml):
Enjoyed?: yes
Positives: no sunburn when using, no strong scent, gentle, doesn't break me out, lasts a long time
Negatives: can be a little oily until it fully absorbs, need to massage in if you have dry/mature skin as it can 'catch' in cracks/lines, plastic bottle
Buy again?: yes
Further Reviews

The Body Deli Sage & Grapefruit Cleanser
Enjoyed?: yes
Positives: unique aroma, lovely feel on the skin, fab light texture, gentle, helped my congested skin, gorgeous green colour, good for AM or PM
Negatives: have to remember to shake well before use
Buy again?: I'd love to pick up a full size!

Green Beauty + Natural Wellbeing August Empties 2019

Inner Senses Dream Body Oil 
Enjoyed?: yes
Positives: so calming - eases tension and relaxes mind, aromatherapeutic, gorgeous scent (Marjoram, Lavender & Clary sage), leaves skin feeling so smooth and soft, no heavy at all, great for pre-bed treatment
Negatives: n/a
Buy again?: of course!
Further Reviews
Savings: add any sample oil of your choosing to your basket then use code BRYANNA at checkout to get it for free!

Inner Senses Tranquil Body Oil
Enjoyed?: yes
Positives: so calming, aromatherapeutic, gorgeous smell (Neroli, Lavender, Petitgrain & Mandarin), very moisturizing but not greasy, softens skin, love for massage or pulse points
Negatives: n/a
Buy again?: most definitely!
Further Reviews
Savings: add any sample oil of your choosing to your basket then use code BRYANNA at checkout to get it for free!

Fitglow Age Clear Skin Detox Cleanser
Enjoyed?: yes
Positives: lovely gel texture, smells so nice and helps wake me up, cooling on skin, totally refreshing
Negatives: have to remember to shake well before use as the charcoal settles
Buy again?: I'd love to pick up a full size to try

Friendly Shampoo Bar in Lavender & Geranium
Enjoyed?: Tim loves this
Positives: so affordable, lasts a long time, gentle but super cleansing, suds up well, easy to transport
Negatives: doesn't work for my hair but it works fab for Tim!
Buy again?: for Tim yes
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Tisserand Sleep Better Pillow Mist
Enjoyed?: yes
Positives: even spray, calming, not overpowering aroma but effective, doesn't stain
Negatives: n/a
Buy again?: yes, though I think I slightly prefer the Lavender/Chamomile mist

Green Beauty + Natural Wellbeing August Empties 2019

PHB Seaweed & Mint Skin Refresh Gel (120ml):
Enjoyed?: yes
Positives: cooling on skin, helps soothe bites and burns, not sticky or tacky, plastic free,
Negatives: no longer available to purchase
Buy again?: I would if I could

Leahlani Kalima Cleansing Powder (~3ml):
Enjoyed?: yes
Positives: smells SO good (like coconut milk and soft vanilla), very gentle and softening, love that it's a powder to milk formula, softening
Negatives: n/a
Buy again?: need to try again to decide, but I think I would love a full size!

Ursa Major 4 in 1 Essential Face Wipe (x5):
Enjoyed?: yes
Positives: so effective - genuinely feels like I've cleansed and toned after use, smells so fresh (a little medicinal and woodsy), doesn't dry skin, wipe is compostable, great for travel
Negatives: plastic packet, single use (or 2x if you're me haha)
Buy again?: I love them, but no as the waste is just too much

Okoko Cosmetiques Les 16 Precieux
Enjoyed?: yes
Positives: so nourishing but not heavy, helps my acne areas, smells gorgeous,
Negatives: n/a
Buy again?: yes!
Further Reviews

Weleda Wild Rose Creamy Body Wash (50ml):
Enjoyed?: yes
Positives: lovely texture (creamy but not thick), great for shaving, heady rose scent, rinses well, I like that this doesn't foam
Negatives: smell is a little strong for me
Buy again?: maybe

May Lindstrom The Problem Solver (~3ml):
Enjoyed?: yes
Positives: unique scent (a bit Christmasy),
Negatives: weird sensation on face the first 60 seconds, exfoliation is a bit too much for me
Buy again?: would love to if budget ever allows

Ursa Major Go Easy Daily Conditioner (59ml):
Enjoyed?: yes
Positives: fresh aroma, nourishing but not greasy, doesn't weigh hair down
Negatives: plastic bottle
Buy again?: yes

Fairypants Lemon Drizzle Lip Scrub (15g):
Enjoyed?: yes
Positives: super affordable, lasts ages, very exfoliating, smells yummy
Negatives: a little slick when rinsed off
Buy again?: maybe

Physicians Formula Organic Wear Mascara (7.5g):
Enjoyed?: yes
Positives: best wand I've tried - even and long lashes, no clumping, buildable
Negatives: plastic tube
Buy again?: yes
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Overall my August was a little less varied than usual, so I used up loads of what I brought with me on my travels.  Most of the skincare I packed I finished, and I even managed to use up a few makeup bits too!  And since I spent most of August away, I ended up liking pretty much everything I emptied - that's a real plus!

Many of the smaller samples were ones I picked up while in the US, and I already have a wishlist for next summer running of things I want to purchase full sizes of (like The Body Deli and Fitglow!).  And as for the UK brands I finished, well I adore Maison Meunier, Inner Senses, PHB and Tisserand, and I will continue to use their other green goodies through the year.

What did you finish in August?  I would love to hear as I find it so interesting!  Maybe pop your top products in the comments below, or share your least favourite so we can all steer clear from it.  And of course let me know if you've tried any of these empties too! xx

2 comments

  1. Nice goodies here! I Love the sound of the powder cleanser.

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    1. yes I had a great month of products for sure :) and I want to try another sample but have a feeling I'll get a full size when the chance comes x

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