February’s edit of The Natural Beauty Box had a lovely Cleanse theme that was the perfect way to banish the Winter Blues and prepare the skin, and my beauty routine, for Spring.
Last month’s box contained five beautiful products for both face and body, with a mixture of new to me brands and firm favourites. With a box value of £71.00, The Natural Beauty Box continually delivers incredible value for money each month and is a great way to try those cruelty free and vegan friendly products that you might not otherwise get around to trying.
I was very excited to see two products I know and love, as well as some new products to try. As far as first impressions go, this has certainly been one of my favourite boxes so far…
Made By Coopers: Eucalyptus Rosemary Soothing Bath Salts
I am a huge fan of bath salts and after trying Made by Coopers Salts for the first time two years ago, I fell in love with these gorgeous Eucalyptus and Rosemary Salts that help clear the mind and soothe aches and pains.
The pouch contains enough salts for a few baths (depending on bath size) and has an intense, yet perfectly balanced, eucalyptus aroma that begins to develop rosemary undertones when run under warm water. The salts themselves contain a mix of dead sea salt, Epsom and Himalayan salts, along with the aromatherepy blend of lavender, eucalyptus and rosemary, to soften and renew the skin, ease muscle tension and clear the mind.
The salts themselves are finely milled so they dissolve really easily under running water and don’t leave any grittiness in the bottom of the tub. I have to say that relaxing in the bath with these beautiful salts at the end of the day is the perfect way to relax and rid the body and the mind of daily stresses and prepare yourself for a good night sleep. They made my skin feel incredibly soft, smooth with no dryness or irritation at all. They would be the perfect self-care treat if you had a cold or felt under the weather, or was feeling particularly stressed. If you haven’t tried Made by Coopers products already then you really must – they are not to be missed!
Friendly Soap: Detox Bar
I switched to solid soap bars last year and they have been the easiest plastic-free swap so far – eradicating any need for shower gels and liquid hand soaps at Beauty Folio HQ. Friendly Soap have been a firm favourite since then, with high quality soaps that smell amazing and are incredibly affordable.
What I love most about Friendly Soap’s Detox Bar is the texture that has a very slight grittiness that exfoliates the skin while also creating a rich and creamy lather thanks to coconut oil, shea butter and olive oil that gives the soap its lovely base. Thanks to the charcoal and essential oil blend, skin is left feeling fresh, clean and nourished while also smelling zesty from the lovely lime scent that truly awakens the senses. If you’re looking for an affordable soap bar that delivers great results and doesn’t break the bank, Friendly Soap might just be the one for you.
Balmonds: Omega-Rich Cleansing Oil
I am a huge fan of cleansing oils within my routine so I was excited to try this particular product from Balmonds, a brand that had been on my wish list for a while. As someone with eczema-prone, dry skin this certainly sounded like an ideal product for my skin type, especially as we approach the change of seasons.
Balmonds Omega-Rich Cleansing Oil contains just four oils, three of which are organic, including Safflower, Sunflower, Rosehip and Calendula. The oil itself is rich yet not too thick in texture, has good slip and is incredibly effective when removing make-up and residual dirt and impurities from the skin. What I love most is the lack of essential oils which allows the natural aromas of the ingredients to shine through, allowing you to enjoy the 100% natural formulation just as nature intended. My skin felt so smooth and nourished after use that I have found myself reaching for this in my body care routine too (I love a multi-tasker!) and even using it as a 5 minute face mask before starting my skincare routine. I am so pleased to have discovered a brand that ingrates into my routine so easily, even when my skin is feeling sensitive or in need of a little TLC. I will certainly be exploring the brand further in the not so distant future as first impressions have certainly blown me away.
PHB Ethical Beauty: Balance Blemish Gel
I’m a big fan of PHB Ethical Beauty as I love their ethos and the amazing quality and performance of each product i’ve tried. As someone with a dry skin type, my skin is not particularly blemish-prone however, like everyone, I do get the occasion spot or area of congestion.
I was a little concerned that this could be a little drying on my already dry skin type as usually products aimed at blemishes or acne-prone skin are – yet thanks to the gentle yet effective formulation – this has worked wonders on my skin. The gel isn’t sticky as I anticipated but instead has a lovely, light texture that absorbs quickly into the skin without leaving any residue. The scent makes the Blemish Gel a pleasure to use as it is nice and fresh yet dissipates quite quickly when applied to the skin. I’ve used it as a targeted spot-treatment so far and the results have been impressive. The zinc and neem extracts have instantly calmed the spot, taking away that slightly tight, bruised feeling almost immediately. I noticed a significant change in both the size and redness of my blemishes the following day, and it certainly promoted healing that other products just don’t provide in such a short space of time. This has certainly added to my existing love of the brand and if you’re looking for a targeted blemish treatment or preventative product then PHB’s Blemish Gel might just be the product for you.
Lavera: Detox Effect Face Mask
I have used a few Lavera products in the past and have always been happy with their overall performance and affordability. I was excited to try their Detox Effect Mask from the Anti-Pollution Facial Care line as it’s free-radical fighting properties made this sound like a beauty essential.
The mask itself has a very fresh, almost oceanic, scent which makes a change from my usual face mask but I wasn’t overly keen on the way it stayed on my skin – but that is personal preference. The mask has a lovely, smooth consistency which applies to the skin with ease and holds well for the duration of the masking session so you can multitask if you’re short on time. Even though the mask dries out, it certainly didn’t make my skin feel dry or tight and actually rinsed off easily to leave skin feeling incredibly soft. The thing I loved most was that my face looked much brighter in its appearance thanks to its gentle exfoliation properties that make this mask a great all-rounder.
February’s edit of The Natural Beauty Box has been a real triumph with a beautiful selection of products that have performed beyond my expectations. The Natural Beauty Box never fails to deliver a great array of products at all price points so there’s always a new discovery waiting for you in each box. To experience The Natural Beauty Box for yourself, why not check out their website or view my previous reviews here to see what to expect.
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Emma @ Beauty Folio x
*Disclaimer: February’s box was sent to me free of charge by The Natural Beauty Box. This has not influenced my thoughts and opinions in this review as everything on Beauty Folio remains #triedandtested with honest feedback on each product. I will never give a positive review on a product I don’t believe in just because it has been #gifted, and each product i’ve received free of charge will be labelled as such.