My recent natural beauty empties

Recent natural beauty empties

Since I haven’t done the ’empties’ post in a while I thought this week would be a good time to write about my recent natural beauty empties again. I know it’s not the end of the month yet, however I decided to write this kind of post whenever I have some products to talk about and not at the end of the month which is what some other bloggers do. 

My recent natural beauty empties include:

  • Faith in Nature Ginkgo Biloba Conditioner
  • Lavera Organic Purifying Facial Toner
  • Dr. Organic Lavender Shampoo
  • Dr. Organic Manuka Honey Shampoo
  • Lavera Lemon & Mint Balance Shampoo
  • Neal’s Yard Rose & Mallow Organic Moisturiser 

Faith in Nature Ginkgo Biloba Conditioner

When it comes to conditioners I like something which doesn’t weigh my hair down and preferably something that will lighten my hair up a bit (my hair is darker blonde). This will normally be products containing ingredients such as chamomile, calendula and lemon.

Before I discovered Faith in Nature Ginkgo Biloba conditioner I was using Calendula & Chamomile Conditioner from Weleda. I bought many bottles of this conditioner in TK Maxx, but then when I ran out, the full price seemed to be expensive so I looked for alternatives and found Ginkgo Biloba conditioner from Faith in Nature, an affordable natural beauty brand.

This conditioner was originally designed for blonde hair but then they changed the text on the bottle to say it’s suitable for all hair types. I am not sure whether formulation changed as well. The conditioner contains a blend of Ginkgo Biloba and organic Chamomile and is infused with pure essential oils of Rosewood, Geranium and Bergamot. This creates wonderfully scented and light conditioner which is easy to spread onto the hair. Its consistency is not as thick as Weleda’s Calendula & Chamomile Conditioner, which is a good thing as you don’t need to use as much. It also comes in 400ml bottle which is much bigger bottle from Weleda’s (250ml). So basically it’s better value for money (it costs less as well!).

Also to mention, it does not contain any parabens, SLES and it’s free from artificial fragrances, it’s also cruelty-free and suitable for vegans. If I see it in any kind of shop I would definitely buy it again but I need to use a bottle of another conditioner I bought from Faith in Nature first (Seaweed & Citrus).

Lavera Organic Purifying Toner

This toner is one of my favourite natural toners, really affordable and so far I bought like 2 or 3 bottles. On the picture you will see that the wording on the bottle is actually not in English and that’s because I bought this bottle in Slovenia. There you will find text on the bottles in German language with a translation in the back, basically it’s imported directly from Germany.

One reason why I like Lavera’s Purifying Toner so much is because it smells gorgeous! Lavera have so many products that smell amazing and this is just one of them which I love. It’s great for combination, oily and breakout-prone skin like mine and in the ingredients list you will find Ginkgo Biloba Leaf extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice and Witch Hazel Extract, all working to soothe and balance the skin, leaving it feeling toned and refreshed. It does contain alcohol but I didn’t find this an issue as it didn’t dry my skin out. Would I recommend? Definitely! Especially if you are after an affordable product and don’t want to break a bank when you are buying a toner for your oily or combination skin.

Dr. Organic Lavender Shampoo

Shampoos from Dr. Organic brand are lovely and their Lavender shampoo is great for those evening washes when at the same time you want to have some ‘me’ time and relax.

Lavender oil has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties and does not only soothe and balance the scalp but it also has a calming effect on a person as it soothes the nervous system too which helps to induce sleep and relaxation.

This shampoo also contains aloe vera which strengthens the hair and makes it more manageable. The shampoo is cruelty-free and suitable for vegetarians and vegans. You can buy it from Holland & Barrett. Would I buy it again? Yes, definitely!

Dr. Organic Manuka Honey Shampoo

I bought Dr. Organic Lavender and Manuka Honey Shampoos at the same time as they were on offer and I’ve been using them both over a period of time. Manuka Honey Shampoo is ok but it’s not my favourite. The main bioactive and organic ingredients are manuka honey, aloe vera and shea butter. They work together to stimulate the hair’s keratin fibres and leave the hair restored and visibly healthy. While I am sure that this shampoo helped my hair to look healthier, I still preferred lavender shampoo more and this is more because of my hair type than anything else (well apart from the smell). I do recommend you try it though and see how it works for your hair. Under £10 it won’t break the bank and you could buy it when it’s on offer.

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Lavera Lemon & Mint Balance Shampoo

You may wonder how many shampoos I have in my bathroom but well I am doing my best to use them all up, trust me! 🙂 I am also quite sure I am not the only one with more than one shampoo open at the same time…
This is not the first time I finished a bottle of Lavera Lemon & Mint Balance Shampoo (now Freshness & Balance Shampoo), this is my second bottle actually which I purchased in Slovenia. This shampoo cleans the hair well and it’s especially suitable for hair which gets greasy quickly – that’s my hair! I do like it, I love its citrusy smell and it does help my hair feeling fresh for longer. It’s really affordable (as all other Lavera’s products) and I would definitely buy it again.

Neal’s Yard Rose & Mallow Organic Moisturiser 

Rose & Mallow Organic Moisturiser from Neal’s Yard is another product I am fan of. This is my second pot and I would definitely buy it again. It works well for my combination skin and I find it’s great in those winter months when I get dry patches on my face; this moisturiser deals with them fantastically. Most importantly it does not cause my skin to break out. It’s not too heavy but its consistency is a bit thick and what I would do is mix a drop of my favourite facial oil or a tea tree oil with a small amount of this moisturiser to make it easier to spread across the face.

When it comes to ingredients, rose is the one which balances the complexion while mallow and almond soften and smooth the skin. I really liked how it made my skin feel afterwards, moisturised but not greasy. It also absorbed quickly. In summer months it may be too heavy as a daytime moisturiser for combination skin, however it would still make a great night moisturiser.

What natural beauty products have you used up lately? Have you tried any of the products mentioned here before?

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  1. These sound great. I’m particularly interested in the toner as I’ve used up my last one. I also think I would try the manuka honey shampoo, I think I’ve seen some in Holland & Barrett 🙂

    1. I love the smell of the toner and I definitely recommend it. It’s always good to try different types of shampoos and see which one works best for your hair type.

  2. I really like the Dr Organic range, I need to try that shampoo! I’m actually using some Australian Organics shampoo and conditioner at the moment that I really like, but I quite like to chop and change with hair care x

    1. Dr. Organic definitely do some good stuff, don’t they? I haven’t tried Australian Organics range yet but I did notice it in Holland & Barrett before. I might try one of their shampoos in the future and see how I get on.

  3. Hi Petra,

    Loved reading through your recent empties – I’ve tried the Dr Organic pomegranate body lotion and aloe vera soap, not such a fan of the lotion but like you, loved the other product! I guess their range is quite hit and miss.

    Hope you’re well,

    Besma (Curiously Conscious)

    1. Hi Besma
      I’ve tried their Rose Otto body lotion and for me it worked fine, smells lovely and it’s very light, perfect for summer. It’s a shame you didn’t get on with their pomegranate version. I also tried most of their soaps and love most of them. I guess you just have to try different products and see which one you prefer..