I’ve been buying some more stuff. A few basics, a few replacements of similar products I’m running out of, and a few nice-to-haves. I’ve been trying a couple of products for a couple of weeks now but most of it is brand new and I’m just starting to try out the different bits. I have some cleansing products and makeup from Sephora, lip colors from MAC, and some natural bath and body from Whole Foods.
As the fall got into full swing and I got married, traveled, and then later as the holidays set in, I let my monthly empties reviews get away from me. At this point, instead of just a January empties I have several months’ worth of finished products to talk about. It makes for a full bag of trash, but this post won’t take years to get through. It does mean that there’s a fairly wide variety of products to chat about, though!
Summer’s flying by, and I’ve personally been particularly focused on skincare products to help my skin, which has been giving me some trouble. In addition to a good bundle of skincare, I also have some makeup and body products in the mix of monthly empties. I really used up a lot of products throughout July, so I’ll try to be succinct and to the point!
I’m calling my July purchases a wrap, as I’ve checked off all of the items I had on my shopping list (plus some). A lot of this stuff was purchased to replace some of the items I’ve recently run out of, and I have all kinds of things going on – a good amount of skincare, some body and personal health items, and a bit of makeup.
I finished a nice handful of stuff over the last month, but I have to admit that this photo doesn’t tell the full story. I’m still in transition and not in a permanent home yet so I’ve been sort of failing at getting all of the empties together in one photograph at the end of the month, but I do take notes and can talk about all of the products one by one. In November I mostly used up a lot of skincare-related items and tried out a lot of new things, so let’s get into it.
I have three deodorants to talk about because it’s a bit of a catch up on what I’ve been trying throughout the summer. They do all have a few big things in common, though: they’re all very available (I found them at Whole Foods) and are all between $6-7, so they’re just as affordable as any run of the mill antiperspirant. These three natural deodorants are all aluminum-free and feature gentle and environmentally friendly formulations, and are cruelty-free, as well.
Up until the summer, I had been reviewing the products I finished up on a monthly basis, but once I started traveling at the beginning of the summer I had to change my approach a little. It wasn’t practical for me to save up the empty containers and I found that I was too short on time to keep up with the monthly posts, and so instead I just kept a list and made a note when I finished something up. Now that I’ve recently come home, it’s a great time to review some of the products I used up while I was away.
Exploring natural deodorants was one of my resolutions for 2014, and I’m currently running low on the second one that I’ve tried so far. The Desert Essence Lemon Tea Tree Deodorant is free of propylene glycol and aluminum, and I picked it out at Whole Foods mostly based on it’s reasonable price tag and pleasant scent without knowing anything else about it (or any of the other options on the shelf, for that matter).
The prospect of ditching traditional antiperspirant has been on my mind for a bit, and I ended up making it one of my new year’s resolutions. So in February when it was about time to start looking for something to replace my stick of Secret, I visited Lush to see what options they had.
Yesterday I made a run to Whole Foods because I wanted to try a new deodorant and picked up a few more things while I was there. I’m still trying to get my bearings in Whole Foods’ personal care section, but I found a few things that I’m excited about. Would you like to take a peek?