As July’s rolled in, it’s time to take some time to sit down and talk about the products I emptied during June. This month is a bit exceptional, as I moved home during June, so all of the products I’m discussing today are ones I’ve emptied after the move. I initially planned to skip this month, but as a few products began to pile up, I figured I’d do a separate post anyway.
The first two empties are ones I used up fairly close together. Both of these are from B. Cosmetics, which are the B. Gentle Eye Makeup Remover and B. Pure Micellar Water, respectively. I have reviewed both of these products, so if you’re curious about my comprehensive thoughts, I will link both of these in order I just mentioned them, here and here.
Preferably I want to avoid having separate makeup removers for face and eyes to avoid excessive use of plastic to cut down on waste. But if you’re in a pinch, I found these worked nicely together.
Moving to travel size and sample products, I used up the REN EverCalm Gentle Cleansing Milk after the move, just to make full use of the product. I did a first impression of this product as well, but overall it’s a bit too fragrant for my tastes. I prefer more gel-based cleansers as well, but the formula was something I could work with.
The little clear tub photographed above contained a sample of The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Refreshingly Hydrating Conditioner, which I used up. I’ve washed the tub out since, but I purchased a bottle of the product, and transitioned to it as my current conditioner. It makes the ends of my hair really soft, and I really like how it works with my hair so far. I will review it in more detail in the future though.
In an attempt to work through my sheet mask collection, I pulled out the Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask in Manuka Honey on a night when I really wanted to slow down and cool down. Innisfree are not currently cruelty-free, but these are ones I bought long before going actively cruelty-free so I want to use them up. I plan to write a first impression post on this product in the near future, so keep an eye out for that.
I also used up the B. Pure Sensitive Micellar Cleansing Wipes, which I used mostly for spot-cleaning my makeup brushes. I did use them to remove makeup while I was staying at my parent’s, and it works fine for that job, but I’m trying to move away from makeup wipes now unless they are biodegradable. It’s something I’ll be doing more research into.
Another aspect that’s making me move away from makeup wipes is that the packaging isn’t widely recycled. However, I recently learned of TerraCycle (who work with The Body Shop on their recycle program) who have drop-off points around the UK. If you want to look into the programs, their website is a great resource of information. It’s inspired me to collect the packaging I can’t recycle in my council’s recycle bins, and then drop them off so I can lead a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle.
Lastly, this isn’t so much an ’empty’ but one I plan to take back to the store. I started using The Body Shop Mint Mattifying Face Mist recently, but was having quite a disappointing experience. While it’s a very mattifying product, the presence of kaolin powder (which you can see in the bottle) doesn’t seem to mix well in my bottle. Initially, I was just seeing white dots on my clothes, furniture and even my office’s walls, my husband also pointed out that I had large splotches of white powder on my cheeks.
At first, I thought this was a user-error, but no matter how long or hard I shook the bottle to mix the powder into the watery aspect of the formula, it never truly mixed and there were still large traces of powder stuck to the bottom of the bottle. So I plan to take this back. I don’t expect to get my money back as I’m not sure I have my receipt anymore, but if they can recycle it, I’ll be happy with that.
This concludes my June empties. For roughly half a month’s worth of empties, I’m quite impressed with myself. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, it means a lot to me to receive your support. I hope you are happy and healthy, and I’ll speak to you again soon.