April 2020 natural beauty empties – samples galore!

April 2020 natural beauty empties

Advert: this post contains references to PR gifted products. My views are honest and my own.

Welcome back, beauty friend!

April was a great month for empties! I had chance to use up many more products because my husband is working from home and I have a little bit more time in the morning. Coronavirus lockdown – there are some benefits.

Not only that, but I’ve been shopping my stash every week. This month I wanted to focus on using up my sample collection. The ultimate goal is to reduce the number of these little sachets coming in. Sample sachets are a terrible waste of packaging – there are better ways to get samples!

So, future thinking applied. But a lot of my samples were running out of date, and I didn’t want to waste them. So I’ve been living like I’m on holiday, with lots of variety – it’s been fun!

I also have lots of full size products to share too. And I know it looks like a lot of products to use in a month, but remember that I opened some of these products 2 years ago!

So let’s get started! There’s so much to cover – from the gorgeous Antipodes Lime & Patchouli Cleanser, to night serum, body wash, glycolic night cream, and more! I suggest you grab a tea, coffee, or a cheeky vino – this is going to be a long one!

Natural beauty empties

Antipodes Hallelujah Lime & Patchouli Cleanser

This gorgeous cleanser has been making my day since I chose it as my reward for being a helpful member of the LoveLula Natural Beauty Club. I really love the feel of it on my skin, and the fragrant lime and patchouli essential oils that uplift and refresh the senses.

Antipodes Hallelujah Lime & Patchouli Cleanser

It’s a really effective cream cleanser, on par with balm and oil cleansers at shifting makeup as the first part of a double cleanse.

As for the ingredients, organic avocado oil gently but deeply cleanses, and carrot seed oil improves the overall health of skin. This cleanser is so good! I’d buy Hallelujah over and over again!

Antipodes Hallelujah Lime & Patchouli Cleanser

Buy Now – £22.99 at LoveLula


J Botanics Age Defy Night Serum

This night serum from family-run brand J Botanics won my heart straight away. It’s like a comforting pillow of hydration, plumping lines and softening skin while loading it with antioxidants.

J Botanics Age Defy Night Serum

And the brand has a kind heart – a portion of every sale goes to children’s cancer charities. Definitely consider J Botanics for healthy skincare for parents and children.

J Botanics Age Defy Night Serum

Buy Now – £35 at J Botanics


Poapoa Natural Body Wash

If you like skincare to make a real difference to the lives of people who produce it, you should consider Poapoa! They make soap and bath products using raw ingredients where workers have been paid a fair price for their skills.

Poapoa Natural Body Wash

This earthy body wash is highly concentrated – it lasted me months and I’ve enjoyed every drop.

Poapoa Natural Body Wash

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Lumen Vitae Moonlight Night Cream

Elegant and healthy Lumen Vitae skincare offer a complete range of natural products suitable for all skin types and concerns.

Lumen Vitae Moonlight Night Cream

Moonlight is a soft and pillowy night cream with exfoliating glycolic acid to gently remove dead skin cells for a brighter, refreshed complexion.

Lumen Vitae Moonlight Night Cream

Buy Now – £30 at Lumen Vitae


Mill Creek Botanicals Biotene H-24 Conditioner

Earlier this year, I reviewed Mill Creek Botanicals Biotene H-24 Shampoo & Conditioner. I promised to update you when I reached the end of the bottles as to whether they give thicker, fuller hair in the long-term.

Mill Creek Botanicals Biotene H-24 Conditioner

I’d say, yes! But there’s a but. I think the effect is cosmetic. With the next wash using a different shampoo and conditioner, the effect is lost. I did find my hair was fuller and thicker, but at the expense of softness and silkiness. We can’t have it all, can we? It’s good to know that supplementing with biotin, whether through food or skincare, only really works if you’re deficient – you can’t grow extra hair by taking more.

Mill Creek Botanicals Biotene H-24 Conditioner

Buy Now – £9.99 at Omninatural


Butterwhips Scrummy Yummy Baby Butter

This was a lovely gift from Butterwhips when Cara was born. We really love the soft melting texture and baby soft natural fragrance.

Butterwhips Scrummy Yummy Baby Butter

Slather it on sore bums, give a relaxing baby massage, or drop a bit in the bath – it’s all good for both mother and baby!

Butterwhips Scrummy Yummy Baby Butter

Buy Now – £8 at Butterwhips


Naissance Peppermint Essential Oil

Naissance is such a fantastic resource for natural beauty lovers! It’s a treasure trove of high quality carrier oils, essential oils, and raw ingredients.

Naissance Peppermint Essential Oil

I’ve used this peppermint oil for all kinds of things beauty and home – ant repellant, mixed with carrier oil as a foot soak, or inhaled from a tissue to soothe cold and flu symptoms.

Naissance Peppermint Essential Oil

Buy Now – £7.99 at Naissance


Weleda White Mallow Nappy Change Cream

Love this fabulously soothing nappy cream. As parents, we turn to it again and again to take away redness and irritation.

Weleda White Mallow Nappy Change Cream

Weleda White Mallow Nappy Cream uses zinc oxide to soak up excess moisture and calm the skin. White mallow soothes and stops the formula from drying out skin.

Weleda White Mallow Nappy Change Cream

Buy Now – £8.95 at BigGreenSmile


Kit & Kin Stretch Mark Oil

I featured this fragrant massage oil in my pregnancy natural beauty tips back when I was expecting Cara.

Kit & Kin Stretch Mark Oil

I love the handy spray bottle and the formulation of 15 nourishing oils to boost skin elasticity including strawberry seed oil, mandarin and neroli. It smells absolutely lush! Great whether you’re expecting or not!

Kit & Kin Stretch Mark Oil

Buy Now – £11.49 at Amazon


Mia & Dom Soothing Nipple Balm

When Cara was born, I was so kindly sent this balm by Pure Skin Lab. Unfortunately, this beautiful brand is no longer available. You can see it on LoveLula, but I think they’ve sadly gone away for good.

Mia & Dom Soothing Nipple Balm

I actually used this balm as a hand and cuticle balm, and it does really well as a regular balm wherever you want to use it. It’s a great non-lanolin alternative to other nipple balms.

Mia & Dom Soothing Nipple Balm

Buy Now – £7.99 at LoveLula


Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream

As I’ve mentioned in previous empties posts, I’m still working through some Burt’s Bees products with the intention of not buying again.

Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream

I’m still unsure of their animal testing status in China. It’s a shame since this is a lovely zesty cuticle balm that really does help tatty cuticles!

Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream

Buy Now – £4.30 at Amazon


Weleda Pomegranate Creamy Body Wash Travel Size

You really can’t go wrong with Weleda’s creamy body washes. The pomegranate range smells absolutely divine.

Weleda Pomegranate Creamy Body Wash Travel Size

Creamy, refreshing, and non-drying with a gorgeous natural fragrance that uplifts and soothes.

Weleda Pomegranate Creamy Body Wash

Buy Now – £7.95 at LoveLula


Weleda Pomegranate Body Lotion Travel Size

Same goes for the body lotion! I’ve always loved Weleda – they’re one of the first natural beauty brands I tried.

Weleda Pomegranate Creamy Body Wash Travel Size

As you can see I wanted every last drop out of this lovely body lotion!

Weleda Pomegranate Body Lotion

Buy Now – £18.52 at Amazon


The Handmade Soap Co. Body Lotion Travel Size

This cute little travel sized body lotion came as part of a travel set that I recommended as a Christmas gift.

The Handmade Soap Co. Body Lotion Travel Size

It’s such a zesty and bright body lotion, and works really well to keep dry skin at bay.

The Handmade Soap Co. Mini Suitcase Travel Kit

Buy Now – £18.95 at LoveLula


Samples

Maison Sybarite Bed of Roses

This is a sample I was kindly gifted by the brand. I now have a full size bottle of this luscious fragrance. What’s so exciting about it is that it’s the world’s first water-based fragrance. How do they do it? Come and find out in May!

Maison Sybarite Bed of Roses

Are you ready to see all the samples I used? Brace yourself.

April 2020 natural beauty samples

In the name of transparency, here we go!

Sachets I would buy full size of

  • Alteya Organics Illuminating Perfecting Serum x 2
  • D’Alchemy Loss of Elasticity Skin Renewer x 2
  • – Neck & Decolletage Wrinkle Refill
  • Davines NaturalTech Replumping Shampoo
  • – NaturalTech Replumping Conditioner
  • Dr. Hauschka Regenerating Body Cream
  • Green People Moisturising Shower Gel
  • John Masters Organics Spearmint and Meadowsweet Scalp Stimulating Shampoo
  • Sophie the Giraffe Face Cream
  • Weleda Arnica Massage Oil x 3
  • – Birch Cellulite Oil x 3
  • – Calendula Weather Protection Cream
  • – Pomegranate Regenerating Body Lotion

Sachets I won’t buy full size of

  • Alteya Organics Purifying Face Cleanser x 2
  • Antipodes Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream
  • Faith in Nature Brave Botanicals Moisture Boost Shampoo
  • JASON Invigorating Rose Water Body Wash x 2
  • Speick Men Active Shampoo

Phew! That’s a whole lot of sachets. With you as my witness, I promise never to bring so many sample sachets into my collection again!

Final thoughts on my April 2020 natural beauty empties

That’s it for empties in April! I hope you enjoyed them, and perhaps found something you might like to try. If you have any questions about any products here, please let me know.

Coming up in May, I’m reviewing Sarah Ockwell-Smith’s latest book, The Starting School Book, and I’ll be sharing new and improved Beauty Cleanse Skincare face oils, along with Maison Sybarite Bed of Roses perfume, and the new Inika Phytofuse Renew Resveratrol Serum. I hope you can join me, so subscribe to stay in touch.

What natural beauty did you love in April? Let me know in the comments!

6 Replies to “April 2020 natural beauty empties – samples galore!”

  1. So many great new products! I love peppermint oil so I will have to check that product out.

  2. I’ve been meaning to make the switch to natural products and this list is perfect!

  3. So many awesome products here to try and to love! I really want to try the peppermint oil!

    Kileen
    cute & little

  4. wow that is an impressive amount of empties. I wish I had a good nipple cream back in the days of breastfeeding many moons ago!

  5. Ooh, I really want to try the Poapoa Natural Body Wash – it sounds divine!

    Louise x

  6. I’ve been slowing making the switch to natural products. This post gives me so many new brands to try!

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