In lieu of an empties video –

I present, an empties post! I’m still trying to get my shiz together to make and edit youtube videos, but it’s complicated and time consuming when you’re first learning! I had been accumulating these empties since….December, probably. And I wanted to share my reviews. Plus there is something so satisfying about using up a product. Product junkies, I know you get it.

L’amour et la musique’s EMPTIES #1:

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LaVanilla Vanilla Passion Fruit Deodorant

I’ve been using LaVanilla for years, it’s my natural deodorant of choice. I think they’ve discontinued a bunch of the scents though, which makes me sad. I just bought two more, and hopefully Sephora will continue to stock?

John Masters Organics Deep Scalp Follicle Treatment and Volumizer 2 fl oz.

I picked this up after reading My Lucite Dream’s review. I’m already on my second bottle, though I think it’s starting to lose its effectiveness? With this first bottle I noticed my scalp not only feeling healthier, but all of my hair felt softer and more manageable. I might stick my current bottle under the sink and come back to it in a few months.

Acure Organics Marula Oil

After I turned my man onto argan oil as a facial moisturizer, we started going through these Acure bottles awwwwful quick. I decided to try the marula instead, since I’d been reading about it. I think I still personally prefer argan, but my other half felt you needed less of the marula to get the same amount of cover/moisture. He also thinks the argan smells like a barn, so there you go.

 Weleda Skin Food

So everyone raaaaves so much about this product, and frankly I was not that into it! Too greasy, honestly. The only time I would use it was before bed. The scent was nice – herbaly – but I’m not sure I’d repurchase this anytime soon.

Lash Food Eyelash Conditioner (from Goodebox)

LOVED this, and it definitely made a difference! I used it consistently for a little under two months, until the tube ran out, and my lashes were definitely longer and more filled out. When I would build up my mascara, I got a bunch of lash compliments. I haven’t purchased a full size, but might consider it. Yet even though this is natural and not Latisse territory, stuff like this kind of freaks me out…I don’t know why? I guess because it’s so close to your eyeball?

 Honeybee Gardens Vanilla Pie Lip Balm

I didn’t finish this, I just wanted to throw it out. I bought is years ago, and was blah on it. I’m not much of a chapstick in a tube girl – currently I’m using Waxlene almost exclusively to moisturize my lips and love it.

Lotus Wei Infinite Love and Inner Peace Mists (from Goodebox)

I was so happy to see these in a past Goodebox! I haven’t purchase Lotus Wei in awhile, but in the past have gone through full size bottles of the Infinite Love mist, and went through the pack of all the mists they sell in the smaller size like this. Love love love, and think they are powerful and beautiful.

Love Springs Eternal Serum Sample (from EcoDivaBeauty)

Um, obsessed? The full size of this is on my current wishlist. It smells like neroli, and is the MOST moisturizing serum I’ve ever tried – it’s almost like a light facial oil. This little sample lasted me a good while, and I used it morning and night. My skin felt plump and hydrated. Waaaaant.

Kahina Eye Serum Sample (from Spirit Beauty Lounge)

This sample also lasted forrrreeeeevvvverrrrr I guess because you need such a small amount. Honestly I didn’t love it, I’m smitten with my Arcona eye dew for the mornings, and want something thicker for evening. I have gone through a full pot of Kahina’s eye CREAM, and I did quite like that.

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Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Baby Mild Pure Castile Soap 8 fl oz.

A standard staple in my home, I rotate between all the Bronner’s scents but always have some of the unscented one around, for washing makeup brushes and the like. Forever repurchase. Xavier (not his real name, but I hate saying boyfriend/the boy/my man…ick and I don’t think he’s keen on me using his real name – Xavier Boss is his alter ego/DJ name when we spin together, so I’ll go with that) likes to recite the bottle propaganda in the shower in a very theatrical way, and tell me I’m a communist.

Aura Cacia Avocado Oil 4 fl oz.

I rotate between a bunch of different oils – avocado, jojoba, almond, macadamia mostly – for beauty multitaskers. Taking off eye makeup/oil cleansing, oiling my hair, body moisturizing before lotion (yes, I’m that dry in the winter), and so on. Avocado oil is on the thicker side compared to the others, but if it’s on sale at my mecca aka WHOLE FOODS, I’ll buy it.

BijaBody Daily Body Serum 10 fl oz.

I think I learned about BijaBody from Beauty by Britanie a few years ago….I was woo’ed by their use of honey and its beneficial properties for skin (I have very dry skin, on and off eczema outbreaks, et al). What can I say. I freaking love this stuff. The scent is amazing (floralish, but also sweet) and lingers, and I’m already on my second bottle. I’ve also tried the lotion, and body scrub.

Maya Facial Mist in Organic Acai 70ml

Spirit over at the Beauty Lounge really hyped these up for a time. I bought this one, and also have the full size of the “pure” one in my bathroom now. They are nice, but frankly a bit too expensive for what they are – to me. I used these as a throughout the day pick-me-up, or as a skin re-set post cleansing.

Pai Fragonia & Sea Buckthorn Instant Hand Therapy Cream 1.7 fl oz.

Swooooon! I bought this back in September and had never paid so much for a hand cream, but I used it nearly every workday, and it lasted me almost 6 months! I’d definitely repurchase this. My co-workers would always say “that smells so nice!” when I’d be putting it on. To me it smells like…a baby. In that really comforting can’t describe way. That sounds weird, but a very lovely hand cream, sinks in immediately and is oh-so-moisturizing.

Andalou Naturals Lavender Thyme Body Lotion (from Goodebox)

Sorry Goodebox, dislike. Andalou Naturals is just not my brand, for some reason the scents do not jive with me. Lavender is too synonymous with “every hippe green body care product” and I don’t know – just not for me : /

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Trader Joe’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
I sang the coconut oil praises on here months ago. Love the stuff, keep one in the kitchen and one in the bathroom.

BijaBody Daily Beauty Tea

Gaaaah, I LOVED this tea. It was magic, and I plan to repurchase. I can’t explain it without sounding a little….out there, but every time I drank it I had this very grounded sense of well-being and happiness. No joke. And boy, do I need that shit at work.

Big Dipper Wax Works Rejuvenation Sweet Orange + Clove Bud 35 Hour Candle

Oh, let me SING THE PRAISES of 100% beeswax candles. OBSESSED. I love that they also purify the air while creating lovely home ambiance, and I love bees! I really, really love beeswax candles and I’ve been a tremendous purveyor of Big Dipper Wax Works stuff from Whole Foods, and they go on sale pretty regularly. To be honest I didn’t LOVE this one – the scent wasn’t amazing.

Malin + Goetz Cannabis 15 Hour Candle

A lot of beauty bloggers/youtubers were talking about Malin + Goetz so I decided to try this, and Dark Rum. Compared to the natural candles I’m used to, these were a bit overpowering. The scents were quite masculine, which I enjoy. I’m glad I tried them, but wouldn’t buy the full size just because I’m not keen on unclean candles. Haha!

Malin + Goetz Dark Rum 15 Hour Candle

See above. This one was sweeter smelling than Cannabis. I was more hyped about Dark Rum, but ended up liking Cannabis better.

Big Dipper Wax Works 100% Beeswax 25 Hour Candle

A holiday gift from my sister, I think she was the one who actually turned me on to the brand years ago! Anyway, she knows what I like.

Big Dipper Wax Works Tea Lights

I always have a pack of these at home, always. I burn them in oil diffusers, or a little buddha tea light holder I have. #zenlife

Essence of Vali Uplift Mood Mist

I decided to try EoV after a No More Dirty Looks Friday sale. Those girls love them some EoV. I’m very into aromatherapy, and EoV looked like a quality, affordable line. I picked up the Uplift and Refresh (which I’m almost done with) Mood Mists, kind of as a cheaper fill in for the Lotus Wei’s I’d been burning through. I enjoyed them! I like the Refresh one more (it’s pepperminty), but this was also a welcome respite during the workday. It’s a citrus scent. I’d definitely explore EoV more, especially the perfume they make – which surprises me because I hate every single natural perfume I’ve tried. But I got a sample with my order, and it vaguely reminded me of Aveda smells, which I always used to love.

THAT’S IT. Whew, marathon. But it feels good to finally throw those things out which have been accumulating for….awhile. Until next time <3

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