My Beauty Empties

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I’ve gathered up a bunch of beauty items — most of them empties — to share with you guys what I thought about each of them. This way you can get a better idea of what might be worth using and what might not really be worth it. These opinions are definitely my own and I acknowledge that others may like one of these products, when I generally don’t, and vice versa. Let’s get started! 

I ordered the beauty products from my favorite to least as a helpful guide for you guys!

The Honest Company Shampoo + Body Wash — Sweet Orange Vanilla

I may have mentioned this product previously, it’s just that good! I want this in my beauty collection forever! Ok, maybe not forever, but for a long time. I use it on and off about a few times a week since I also have another body wash. I thankfully have one bottle left as I had two before. It smells heavenly, while being gentle on the skin. I’ve even attempted to take off my makeup with this, and it actually takes it all off. I was surprised at first since it’s difficult to find products that take off all of your makeup and not just some of it. Everything about this product is awesome! I don’t usually use it as a shampoo often, but when I do it does a great job of cleaning, yet needs a conditioner to soften the strands more. All the ingredients in this are said to be safe. With coconut, jojoba, and chamomile to mention a few. I’m thinking of purchasing the conditioner that belongs to this shampoo soon as I can’t get enough of this stuff. I give it a 5/5

Shea Moisture — Daily Hydration Body Lotion

I used up this body lotion pretty quickly as I liked it. The only thing I noticed that might be of consideration is the lotion sometimes ends up chalky while it’s drying. I noticed this quite often as once I apply it, sometimes I find it smeared on my clothes. It comes off easily just with warm water though. Plus, I’m not sure if I just got a weird bottle, but the product was so thick it wouldn’t dispense out of the lid that much. So, I eventually emptied it into another container so that I could use the lotion. I love anything coconut, so I thought this lotion was great especially as it has fewer ingredients in it. 4/5

The Honest Company — Face + Body Lotion 

I would say this lotion is on the same level as the previous one since it also could use a bit of reformulation. I realize it’s pretty difficult to create a lotion containing only safe ingredients, while having the consistency work together with that, so I acknowledge the awesome products this brand is creating. I love how this lotion does the job, while the scent remains light. But I think that the scent barely smells through the other ingredients that make it smell a bit like plastic. I wish the consistency was amazing, but it also is a bit streaky. This doesn’t bother me much since it’s such a minor detail and once you rub it into the skin it works. It just takes a bit of work compared to the conventional lotions. But, I’d rather use this lotion or the previous one than one with petroleum in it or mineral oil. Looking past the minor details, I think this is a great alternative to lotions with loads of ingredients, as the brand tries to use the safest ingredients in all of their products.  4/5

HM Hand Cream — White Tea + Peppermint

Now, this hand cream smells quite nice and light. Thank goodness, it definitely lives up to it’s name as a heavy duty hand cream. I love how the packaging has a vintage feel to it making it seem more classic and expensive. I would like to purchase this one again, once I find more things from HM I could use to order it online. 4/5

Schmidt’s — Bergamot + Lime natural deodorant 

A few months ago, I thought of trying out a natural deodorant. This could be due to how I was being misinformed about the facts when it came to the safety levels of ingredients put in traditional deodorants. Anyways, I thought I’d give them a go and picked this one up from Target, as it was one of the only natural deodorants available there. I obviously had to smell it before purchasing the deodorant. Haha! Yes, I’m one of those people who smell each deodorant in the store to make sure I like it. I mean, how can’t you?! This one was quite nice and only five bucks. After using it out for a few months, I can say it’s a great deodorant, but doesn’t reduce the likelihood of the much loved pit stains on white tee’s, to be honest. I know TMI, TMI, but it’s just the truth. So, if you think a natural deodorant will do the trick, I disagree from my experience. I do however really like this deodorant! I did realize that this somehow dried up once I was near the end of the product, but maybe I didn’t put the cap on properly every time. Keep that in mind if you get this! 4/5

Rodial — Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Moisturizer

I put this towards the end of the list as I thought the price was a tad over the top. I don’t really believe that a product which is more expensive, is generally any better than a more appropriately priced one. So, this one I was sent a few months ago and would not be purchasing on my own. I do really like it though as it contains hyaluronic acid, the scent is light and nice, but it’s just overpriced. I thought it was pretty good on my sensitive skin, but am not sure I’d recommend it to anyone unless they want to spend more than usual on an everyday product. 3/5 

Alba Botanica — Fast Fix for Puffy Eyes 

I got this product, as I tried finding an under eye product that could be specific to moisturizing under the eyes. This was my first under eye product, so I have nothing to compare it to. I thought it was quite soothing, as it contains green tea extract and caffeine which are well known ingredients to help with under eye bags and moisturize. I may or may not be purchasing this in the future depending on whether I want to try out a new product. Plus, it’s difficult to know if it worked as there weren’t any amazingly bold results. I think it’s a good drugstore under eye product under ten bucks, but it doesn’t do wonders. 3/5 

Shea Moisture — Curl and Shine (Coconut + Hibiscus) Shampoo 

Shea Moisture — Curl and Shine Conditioner 

The only reason the Curl and Shine shampoo and conditioner from Shea Moisture are at the end of the list is due to my allergic reaction to it. I even switched it out and back into my shower routine to see if it was something else causing my neck to itch and get all red, but I’m pretty positive it was from these. I noticed the products had good ratings online, so I thought I’d give them a go. Unfortunately, the ingredients list did not specify what was in the essentials blend listed on each. I bet that whatever was in the blend could have caused my allergic reaction, so I just couldn’t use these products. It’s a bummer as these smelled really good and made my hair pretty soft. It’s difficult to pinpoint what ingredients I’m allergic to in products, but I’ve noticed that I’m more allergic to products claiming to be natural, than the traditional products from well known brands. I know that this could be due to the quality, amount of ingredients, etc. and that natural ingredients do not mean safer. I’m hoping I can find a shampoo and conditioner without sulfate that’s more gentle on the scalp, while also being reasonably priced and containing fewer and better ingredients. I’ll let you know how that goes! 

2/5

Item’s mentioned:

The Honest Company Shampoo + Body Wash — Sweet Orange Vanilla (I found a 2 pack of 17 oz each from Costco

The Honest Company — Face + Body Lotion 

Shea Moisture — Curl and Shine (Coconut + Hibiscus) Shampoo 

Shea Moisture — Curl and Shine Conditioner 

Shea Moisture — Daily Hydration Body Lotion 

HM Hand Cream — White Tea + Peppermint

Alba Botanica — Fast Fix for Puffy Eyes 

Rodial — Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Moisturizer

Schmidt’s — Bergamot + Lime natural deodorant 

Have you guys tried any of these products? Any beauty items you’ve run out of and need more of? Comment below! Would love to hear from you. 

 

Thanks, 

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