The Handmade Soap Company

24 Sep 2017

*This post was originally uploaded on the Love Lula blog which has now been closed. I will be sharing my posts on here.*

We're well and truly into Spring and Love Lula have added some lovely new brands to their store. One which caught my eye in particular is The Handmade Soap Company. Their packaging is simply beautiful and they offer a lovely range of products from hand creams, shower gel and body lotions to candles, diffusers and soap bars.
The Handmade Soap Company are an artisan brand based in Ireland which began in Gemma's kitchen back in 2010. Armed with two pots, some elbow grease and natural ingredients, the Handmade Soap Company was born. They started out small, selling their handmade soaps at farmers markets. From there things grew - bigger pots and a larger range of products!

"Using thoughtful essential oil blends and nature’s pantry, we have lovingly created a range that will boost your mood and your skin in equal measure."

I've been trying out three of the products from the range in all different scents. The first product I opened was the Lemongrass & Bergamot Body Butter. It smells absolutely gorgeous and is perfect for Springtime. It's solid in the jar, like a balm, but it instantly melts when you apply to the skin and it leaves a lovely glow to your skin. I'm in love with the scent of this and it works well to deeply moisturise your skin thanks to the cocoa and shea butters and enriching oils.

Another skincare product from the range is their Lavender, Rosemary Thyme & Mint Hand Wash. This, too, smells simply beautiful and it works brilliantly. It's one of the most foaming hand washes I've used on my natural journey. Although more bubbles doesn't always equal cleaner hands, it certainly helps to spread the product and makes it a bit quicker! I keep this in our upstairs bathroom and it looks very pretty on the sink thanks to the dark coloured bottle and delicately designed packaging. This is very eco in itself as it's sustainably sourced and printed with vegetable-derived ink.

As well as skincare, the Handmade Soap Company also have a range of candles and diffusers for the home. I've been lighting the Grapefruit & May Chang Candle which smells very fruity.  It is uplifting and is perfect for Spring. It has a lovely scent throw and is made with natural soy wax and essentials oils so it's very natural and won't burn any nasty fumes around your home. 

There's a range of other scents available across the Handmade Soap Company's line too! From Lemongrass & Cedarwood through to Basil, Sweet Orange & Frankincense. Their products are very reasonably priced at £19.95 for the 200g body butter jars and £11.95 for 300ml shower gels.

Amber

*This post contains products sent for consideration for review and affiliate links. All opinions are my own and are 100% honest.

Tried & Tested: Face Masks

21 Sep 2017

I love face masks. I have skin that is prone to breakouts and blackheads so using detoxifying face masks once or twice a week helps to keep my skin clean and clear but I also have some that are hydrating and nourishing too.  
I have quite a few in my collection including;

Skin & Tonic Detox & Plant Apothecary Matcha Green Tea Mask*
I've put these two under the same category as they are very similar. They're both clay masks, they're both green and they are both detoxifying. Skin & Tonic's is made with five simple ingredients; green clay, cornstarch, matcha powder, lemon peel oil and basil peel oil. Plant Apothecary's has a slightly shorter ingredients list; white clay, matcha powder and chamomile oil. They both work well to detoxify my skin, calm down spots and help clear any blocked pores.

I would probably lean towards the Skin & Tonic one being my favourite out of the two as it has the lemon and basil which are more detoxifying and better for my skin issues but Plant's is still a nice clay DIY mask.

Mallow & White Soothe*
I reach for this mask when my skin looks a little bit on the red side. I sometimes get slightly flushed cheeks which is usually down to not drinking enough water (naughty me) but sometimes my skin can play up and get a little red & blotchy so that's when I opt for this mask. You can mix with water and I also like to add in a little honey to soothe my skin even more.

Isla Apothecary Refine & Radiate Mask*
This is one of the brightest masks I've ever used. It's bright orange thanks to the turmeric inside. It also has sandalwood powder and coconut milk powder which soothe your skin. The day after using this mask my skin feels super soft and it looks plump and clear. Definitely one of my favourite new discoveries.

The Body Deli Glacial Mineral Mud Masque
This one is made from fresh ingredients and needs to be kept in the fridge. Keeping it in the fridge makes it really nice to apply, especially when the weather is warm, as it has a cooling effect on the skin. I really liked this mask and would definitely consider re-purchasing although it is a little annoying keeping it refrigerated as I'd forget that I had it, so would forget to use it - also as it's a fresh product the expiry date was quite short - it did last a little longer than the date but I would make sure to use it up before that in future! It's a much easier mask to use than the others though as there's no mixing involved and it was very effective. 

Leahlani Mermaid Mask
The latest addition to my collection thanks to Leahlani now becoming available on Cult Beauty in the UK. I knew this was the first product I'd get my hands on. I've only used it a couple of times so far but I'm really liking it. It's a different texture to what I expected as it's quite hard in the jar and needs a little bit of water for it to spread over my face but I'm pleased so far with the times I've tried it. I will update in a few weeks time with a full review!

Amber

*This post contains products sent for consideration for review & affiliate links. All opinions are my own and 100% honest.

Green Beauty Empties

19 Sep 2017

Another post with a few products I've used up over the last few months..

Lyonsleaf Beauty Balm
A firm favourite of mine for a few years now. I had a couple from my gift guides last Christmas and finally got round to opening another jar. Still in my good books and one I'd recommend for everyone to try. 

Balm Balm Cleanser
I really liked this balm although I wouldn't put it in my top five. It's a nice product with simple organic ingredients however it has a slightly gritty texture and I prefer smoother, soft textured balms for cleansing my skin.

Tropic Body Wash
I absolutely loved this and think I'll definitely need to repurchase for our honeymoon next year as it's an amazing scent for Summer. It actually smells like Fruit Salad sweets! Delish.

Isla Apothecary Scrub
One of my favourite scrubs. This smells just like chocolate orange which does make me crave chocolate afterwards but it's an amazing scrub. I would definitely repurchase in the future and I've gone through my second jar of this already too but I accidentally threw that jar out for recycling not this one! (This is their old packaging).

Barefaced + Bee Scrub
With a little help from Paul, this body scrub is completely empty (he literally used about half in one go!). This is one amazing scrub though, the scent alone is just incredible!

Vedani Botanicals Light Super Seed Serum
I bought this during the crowdfunding that Vedani Botanicals were doing a few months ago and I love it. My skin seems to love their products and I think when I narrow down my skincare for before the wedding, Vedani products will be my cleanser and oils, hands down!

You & Oil Makeup Remover

A nice oil that does remove makeup effectively. It's in lovely packaging and the ingredients are lovely but it is a little pricey and I think any oil or balm would do a decent enough job at removing makeup so I wouldn't rush back to buy this again.

Amber

Haul

17 Sep 2017

I've bought a couple of new green beauty products recently as well as a new handbag so I thought I'd share a mini haul here on the blog!



Leahlani Skincare is now available in the UK, woohoo! The products are now at Cult Beauty and I had to try the Mermaid Mask straight away. I've read some rave reviews on blogs and Instagram so I knew it would be the first product I'd choose from their collection. I've tried it once and so far, so good but I'll be featuring it in a face mask post soon once I've tried it a few more times!

When I was buying the Mermaid Mask, it was free delivery over £40 but the mask was only £34 so naturally, I did a little bit more shopping to avoid the postage fees! I chose to buy the W3ll People Nudist Stick as it was on offer for just £10. I got the shade Peach Nude and I absolutely love the colour. My skin tone suits coral and peach tones so I'm really loving this. 


I bought the True Glue Lash Adhesive a few months ago now but I haven't had much of a chance to use it as I don't really use false eyelashes that often however I did give it a go with some individual lashes when I went to a wedding in July and it worked pretty well.
I had seen Labante London on Instagram when someone was hosting a giveaway and I fell in love with their designs. I had a look on their website and was so tempted by a few but in the end I settled on the Windsor Bag in black. I had wanted a shoulder bag for a while and I did buy myself a Matt & Nat one a couple of years ago but unfortunately the straps just weren't long enough to wear over my shoulder. 











I received the Windsor bag very quickly in the post and it's gorgeous. The faux leather is lovely & soft and the bag looks seriously luxurious & more expensive that it was. There was a puller missing on one of the zips inside but after messaging the brand they sent me another to attach. It's black on the outside but has a gorgeous bright pink interior with two pockets that detach as purses/clutches to use separately. Really loving this bag and I can see myself buying more from the brand in the future if this holds up!

Amber

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