October Empties: Products I've Used Up

Wednesday 4 November 2020


Take a break from refreshing that news button and catch up with my latest Empties instead! Here's everything that I've managed to finish up recently and which ones I'll be repurchasing again.

Odacité Black Mint Cleanser* (review)
If you follow me on Instagram, you'll have no doubt spotted this Black Mint gel cleanser in my skincare routines over on IG stories over the past 2-3 years - I've gone through a few of these! It's one of the only cleansers that I've used which has charcoal in it that doesn't strip or dry out my skin, and I love how cooling and refreshing it is so it's absolutely perfect to use first thing in the morning! I highly recommend it for oily/combination skin that's prone to breakouts. Repurchase? Already have.

Hairy Jayne Floral Hair Perfume & Heat Protector Spray* (review)
It's been a weird year and I've found that I've hardly reached for certain beauty products that I used to see as a regular essential due to working from home. One such product is this beautiful Hair Perfume & Heat Protector Spray from Hairy Jayne, a brand that I've used for years. This is a great 2-in-1 product for anyone who wants to quickly refresh their hair whilst they're styling it, and this floral scent is just gorgeous. Repurchase? Will do when normal life resumes as it's taken me nearly a year to just finish this one bottle!

Aurelia Botanical Cream Deodorant* (review)
An award-winning deodorant for many reasons, if you have struggled to find a natural deo that works for you, try this! It has a lovely fresh and herbal-like fragrance but most importantly, it works a treat. I mainly used it during summer when I wanted a harder-working deodorant to keep me fresh all day. Expensive yes, but so worth it and it lasts a good while too. Repurchase? Yes.

Ben & Anna Natural Toothpaste White Fluoride* (review)
Looking for a plastic free toothpaste? This ethical and natural toothpaste is packaged in a fully recyclable glass jar with a metal lid and works in pretty much the same manner as a regular toothpaste - all you're doing differently is applying from a jar instead of squeezing it out from a tube. I like this one as it's free from SLS but still has fluoride in it, though Ben & Anna do make fluoride-free toothpastes if you prefer trying one of those instead. Repurchase? Yes.

Friendly Soap Hair & Body Bar in Lavender & Geranium (travel size)
I don't remember where this came from, perhaps a beauty box? I'm glad I discovered it anyway as it's such a lovely soap and I really enjoyed the relaxing Lavender & Geranium fragrance. Repurchase? Yes, I'll definitely look more into this brand.

Natura Siberica Strengthening Nail & Hand Cream 
My hands need all the help they can get these days and Natura Siberica's Strengthening Nail & Hand Cream ticks all the right boxes. It's very moisturising without feeling greasy or sticky and does seem to help strengthen my nails which is always a winner in my book. Repurchase? Will do once I've used up some of my other hand creams first.

Balance Me Congested Skin Serum (travel size)
The 'maskne' struggle continues but luckily this Congested Skin Serum from Balance Me helps to drastically reduce the size of blemishes before they erupt into a bigger mess, making them much more manageable and easier to get rid of. If you don't have maskne, it will work just as well on any congested areas, especially oilier T-zones and foreheads, basically anywhere that's prone to spots. Repurchase? Yes.

Nature's Notes Lambada Soap* (review)
A new favourite indie soap company that I discovered earlier in the year, I was very sad to use up the last of their Lambada Soap in the shower the other day! With a blend of Sweet Orange, Patchouli & Ginger, it smelt amazing and left my skin feeling soft and cared for. Definitely check them out if you're looking for wonderful palm-oil free soapsRepurchase? Already working my way through another one!

Ermana Comfort Balm* (review)
It's that time of year again when the temperature drops and I'm reaching for all of my multipurpose balms to help save my skin. This one from Ermana is a great choice as it soothes and hydrates quickly so you can use it on any area that needs some extra TLC. Repurchase? Will do once I've used up some other similar products first.

Trilogy Very Gentle Cleansing Cream(review)
By far, one of the best cream cleansers that I've ever tried for sensitive skin, I've used Trilogy's Very Gentle Cleansing Cream for a few years now and always go back to it whenever my skin is playing up. In fact, it's one of those staples that I always have in my bathroom cabinet as it reduces irritation and redness fast and adds essential moisture at the same time. Repurchase? Already have!

Tropic Beauty Booster Sheer Foundation in Warm Beige(review)
A summer favourite of mine, Tropic's Beauty Booster Sheer Foundation is perfect for anyone who likes a light coverage that doesn't feel like you're wearing any makeup, but still delivers a 'my skin but better' finish. I've recommended it so many times to family and friends and it has the added bonus of SPF 35. Repurchase? Will do next summer.

Balm Balm Ylang Ylang Eau De Parfum(travel size, review)
For a fuss-free natural and organic fragrance, you can't go wrong with the beautiful single note perfumes from Balm Balm. I've had the pleasure of trying out the whole range over the years and Ylang Ylang is still a firm fave, especially for evenings out and long summer nights. Repurchase? Yes.

P.S - How To Recycle Your Beauty Empties!

All of the glass and easy-to-recycle plastic PET empties will be put into my council's blue bin kerbside recycling scheme, but for the harder-to-recycle stuff, I will be:-

  • Recycling the pumps, lids and atomisers with Neal's Yard Remedies - more info at the bottom of their website here.
  • Recycling any other products that my local council doesn't accept at The Body Shop, L'Occitane or with Garnier's Terracycle partnership - more info here.

What have you used up recently?

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