Bath & Body | Skincare

Recent Empties: May 2014

June 9, 2014
Empties from the month of May
Empties from the month of May

Usually I write about the products I use up on a monthly basis. I’m traveling at the moment, so I thought that I’d switch to writing about my used up products every time I finish five of them. Seem reasonable? This time around it does add up to about a month of products, but over the next couple of months the routine may be a little more uneven. Anyways, I’ve finished a combination of face and body products and can say a bit about how each of them worked out.

B. Kamins Sun Defense SPF 30 deluxe sample
B. Kamins Sun Defense SPF 30 deluxe sample

1. B. Kamins Sun Defense SPF 30 … $36 for 4 oz. (review)

This is a mini size from a Sample Society subscription box. I was able to hold on to this for a pretty long time since it wasn’t the only sun protection I had around, but I did like it. While traveling I’ve been wearing dedicated sun protection products at all times (rather than sometimes relying on makeup and that sort of thing), and I ended up running out of this pretty early on. This is a completely non-greasy, somewhat pink-tinted sunscreen that has some primer-like properties. It works really nicely under makeup. Cruelty-free.


Alba Botanica Very Emollient Sunscreen
Alba Botanica Very Emollient Sunscreen SPF 30

2. Alba Botanica Very Emollient Sunscreen SPF 30 … $11.49 for 4 oz.

Before taking to the road, I bought this fragrance-free mineral sunscreen from Alba Botanica to use on my body from Bed Bath & Beyond with a 20% off coupon. It disappeared into my skin pretty easily even though it comes out really thick from the tube. It doesn’t have any smell, and it feels somewhat moisturizing (though it didn’t make a huge difference in my skin’s hydration). Alba Botanica advertises a formulation that includes sunflower seed oil, jojoba seed oil, aloe vera, grape seed oil, and vitamin E, and that is free of parabens and phthalates. I had good luck with it. Cruelty-free.


Raunsborg Body Lotion
Raunsborg Body Lotion

3. Raunsborg Body Lotion … 135 DKK, or around $25 USD, for 200 ml (review)

The Danish company Raunsborg sent this to me a while back, and I tried to stretch it out for a long time. I really enjoyed this. It feels really lightweight and absorbs quickly, and it really wasn’t until I ran out and started trying other lotions that I fully realized how effective it was. It has a fresh and slightly acidic fragrance that isn’t too strong, and it really grew on me as I worked my way through the bottle. Sadly I can’t buy this in the US yet, but if you can get your hands on it I’d recommend it! Cruelty-free.


SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Body Wash
SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Body Wash

4. SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Body Wash … $9.99 for 13 oz. (review)

This is a wonderful body wash for my drier skin. I find most body washes too drying and have begun focusing on finding formulas indicated for dry or sensitive skin. This one has an earthy frankincense and myrrh scent and is made with coconut oil soap, palm kernel, shea butter, and other nice things like panthenol, soy milk, and flower extracts. The ingredient list in total is pretty short, and doesn’t include any parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, synthetic fragrance, sulfates, or animal ingredients. This feels great and lathers really easily and richly, which is impressive especially considering that it’s sulfate-free. I would definitely buy this again in the future. Cruelty-free.


Andalou Naturals Mandarin Vanilla Vitalizing Shower Gel
Andalou Naturals Mandarin Vanilla Vitalizing Shower Gel

5. Andalou Naturals Mandarin Vanilla Vitalizing Shower Gel … $9.95 for 11 oz.

This is a little mini bottle I picked up at a natural health food store when I ran out of the SheaMoisture body wash while on the road. Despite the lack of any ‘dry skin’ labeling on this one, I’ve developed a certain level of trust for the Andalou brand and felt fine dropping a couple of dollars on this shower gel. It’s not as drying as the average body wash, but it also isn’t particularly moisturizing. It has a pretty watery consistency, so I’d just pour out a little bit at a time and wash my body piece by piece instead of pouring out a bunch and seeing a lot of it fall straight down the drain. Although the website lists 5 different scents, the store just had this one and it smells like a vanilla orange cake. Since I was so careful about how much I used in each shower, the little bottle lasted me somewhere around 3 weeks. As with all Andalou Naturals products, the ingredients list is great and the price is reasonable. It was a nice one. Cruelty-free.


One more empty that I didn’t mention was my Desert Essence deodorant, which I just wrote about here. Check that out if you’re interested in reading about my transition to natural deodorant.


I had a good month and finished a handful of great cruelty-free products! I’m trying to transition to natural and cruelty-free brands, but haven’t entirely stopped using others yet. It wasn’t until I was putting this list together that I realized that I had a pretty good run this time around. Have you used up any great products lately? I’d love to hear about them.

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  1. I received a vegetable based facial cleanser by B Kamins – also through Sample Society and it lasted forever. Even though the full size purchase price seemed expensive, I thought it was a good value because I didn’t have to use very much to get thoroughly clean. Your review of the B Kamins Sun Defense SPF 30 really makes me want to try more of this brand. It seems somehow underrated.
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    1. Yeah, I really don’t know much about the brand. I received the vegetable cleanser, too, and liked it fine. Haven’t heard anything about their stuff outside of Sample Society! Let me know if you happen try more of their products, I’d love to hear how you like them!

    1. I haven’t! I’ll have to give that a look. I’m using two other body products from Alba at the moment, a body wash and a lotion, and I’m liking both of them. I definitely want to keep trying their stuff, they’re so affordable and widely available. Hope you have a great start to your week, Jasmine!

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