March Empties

It is the beginning of April so time to throw out the empties and give you a run down of the products I’ve been loving in March, as well as those that didn’t impress.

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Mio The A Cream Firming Active Body Lotion – Having embarked on my health and fitness regime this year I thought I’d incorporate some Mio bodycare from their High Intensity range. This body lotion promises to moisturise, firm and strengthen skin with lots of naturally derived, nourishing ingredients such as avocado, blueberry, coconut, and hyaluronic acid. Whilst I didn’t transform into some skinny minny, I did feel like my skin felt firmer and smoother. I was actually sad when I got to the end of this product!

Soap & Glory Clean On Me – I got this body wash in one of the popular Christmas gift sets from Boots. I used to be mad on Soap & Glory products but have started to mix up my beauty routine a lot and also pay more attention to what’s in my products (parabens, SLS, synthetic colours and fragrance) so once my stash has been depleted Soap & Glory will probably not be making much of an appearance.

Mini Naked Detangler Shampoo – My toddler’s dry, sensitive skin lead me towards more natural products and one of the results of that search was the Naked range. This shampoo is 97% natural and very gentle. Their prices aren’t harsh on the wallet either.

Pure Smile Jewelry Scrub – I got this body scrub in the Scrub 2 box from Memebox. It’s not very exciting nor particularly special so definitely not something I’ll be buying again.

Weleda Calendula Massage Oil – Both my daughter and I have very dry skin and hers can be eczema-prone, so I’ve used a lot of the Weleda Calendula range on her before with fantastic results. I’ve been using this as a bath oil to help keep our skin supple and it’s great. Weleda’s products, especially their Calendula range, are ones I will always come back to time and time again.

Mio Quickstart Shower Gel – This is the second tube of Mio Shower Gel I’ve used up and each time I’ve sung the praises of this uplifting paraben and sulphate-free product range. I used the on my gym days to kickstart my day and get me in the right frame of mind for a workout and it really did boost my mood. Fortunately I already have another of these in reserve!

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Body Shop Body Butter Duo – This is a Body Shop body butter the like of which I’d never seen before. The tub is split in half, with one section containing a thick body butter perfect for very dry skin, while the other side contained a lighter textured body cream for normal skin. I love Body Shop body butters but prefer the thickness of the standard ones so I wouldn’t reach for this again, although it was nice.

ESPA Lemon, Ylang-Ylang & Tonka Bean Hand Lotion – I loved the scent of this paraben-free hand cream and whilst it’s not the most heavy duty of creams it’s a great everyday lotion and feels like you’re giving yourself a little pamper everytime you reach for it! Luxurious and packed full of skin-friendly natural ingredients I have a lot of time for ESPA products.

Rodial Stretchmark Eraser – Ok so I don’t buy the claims of products which claim to eliminate scars and stretchmarks but this was a huge bargain so one I couldn’t pass up trying. I also have exceptionally dry skin on my thighs so if this oil helped that then happy days. I wouldn’t buy this at the eye-watering full price but my thighs felt softer and more hydrated, even if my stretchmarks didn’t miraculously vanish, so it did the job I bought it for.

Dermatique Recuperating Cream – This is a richly nourishing cream aimed at eczema-prone skin and ideal for those with psoriasis or dermatitis too. I trialled it last month on my daughter’s skin and you can read how we got on here.

Bliss Lemon & Sage Body Butter – I love the fresh scent of this body butter, which I was introduced to in a beauty box from Marks & Spencer. Paraben free, it’s packed full of skin loving ingredients like coconut and shea butter and the all natural scent is fresh and zesty. I’ve already purchased the full size!

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel – This is Clinique’s 3-Step moisturiser for oily complexions; quite basic but a good hydrator. I’ve used Clinique for years, and although i’ve not fallen out with the brand I don’t have any plans to repurchase this because I’ve been exploring more natural skincare recently. I will probably revisit Clinique when the odd new launch lures me in, but right now I’m enjoying shaking up my skincare routine with some newer discoveries!

Weleda White Mallow Face Cream – Another Weleda product, this time from their White Mallow range (which I reviewed here), this is a lovely cream designed for the most sensitive of skins and I use it on my toddler’s dry skin. I personally prefer the Calendula range because it has a lovely fragrance, but being unscented White Mallow is ideal for those who react to even naturally scented products.

What products have you particularly enjoyed using recently? Have you had any complete duds? I love hearing from you so feel free to leave your comments!

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