Empties: August 2018

Empty skin and body care products from the drugstore, department store, and natural beauty brands

These empties round-ups are quickly becoming one of my favourite recurring beauty features on the blog. Not only do they allow me to revisit products and possibly revise my initial impressions, they're a good way of keeping tabs on the must-haves and the repeats in my roster. Here are the skin and body care products from the drugstore, department store and from natural beauty brands that I finished recently.

Empty body care products from the drugstore, department store, and natural beauty brands

Dermalogica SPF 50 Sport Sunscreen ($51, previously featured here)

Quick notes: Yes, this sunscreen is from last year, but I checked the expiry date before using it this season! In my original review I called it "the Platonic ideal of sunscreen" and I'm sticking to that assessment. Fast-absorbing, non-greasy, dry to the touch, no white cast, a pleasure to apply and feels great on.

Would I repurchase? Yes.

Hand Chemistry Hyaluronic Body Mist ($20, previously featured here)

Quick notes: Still loved everything about this product right until the last drop. During the heat wave I stuck this in the fridge to give the cooling mist an extra dose of chill.

Would I repurchase? Already have!

Schmidt's Natural Deodorant in Lavender Tips (previously featured here)

Quick notes: Smells so good and positively glides on. The initial lavender scent does wear off like all natural scents do, but it still does a good job keeping stale and sweaty odors at bay in its unscented state. Too bad the travel size runs out so quickly.

Would I repurchase? Already have!

Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Lemongrass Hand & Body Wash ($14, previously featured here)

Quick notes: Surprisingly sudsy and concentrated for an all-natural body wash—you don't need a lot on your shower pouf! The lemongrass scent is especially invigorating on sleepy mornings.

Would I repurchase? Yes.

Saje Eater's Digest Roll-On ($21.95 for the full size, previously featured here)

Quick notes: It really works and helps soothe indigestion, but user beware—it has a strong licorice-y smell.

Would I repurchase? Yes.

BVSpa by Bon Vita Salt Scrub (previously featured here)

Quick notes: I've lost count of how many tubes of this stuff I've gone through. An affordable body scrub (I can usually find it on sale at Shoppers Drug Mart for $8.99) with a delicious grapefruit scent and concentrated, fine salt granules.

Would I repurchase? Already have!

Empty skincare products from the drugstore, department store, and natural beauty brands

Fresh Peony Brightening Foam Cleanser ($56, previously featured here)

Quick notes: A cream-to-foam cleanser with a luxuriant texture that doesn't leave skin feeling stripped or dry. Skin is immediately brighter and less ruddy after cleansing.

Would I repurchase? Maybe. This was a good cleanser while it lasted, but if I had to choose, I prefer Fresh Soy Face Cleanser for the scent and texture.

Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Transformative Cleansing Oil ($14.75, previously featured here)

Quick notes: Really lifts away dirt, oil, makeup, and sunscreen! Nice scent. Doesn't have as much slip as other cleansing oils I've tried. The travel size is convenient.

Would I repurchase? Maybe.

Caudalie Grape Water ($14, previously featured here)

Quick notes: Refreshing on hot summer days. The bottle lasted a surprisingly long time!

Would I repurchase? Probably not. As far as fancy misting facial waters go, given the choice I'd probably buy Avène because it's so readily available everywhere and often costs less.

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser ($20 for the mini size, previously featured here)

Quick notes: I just can't quit you. Seriously though, no matter how many cleansers I try I keep coming back to this one because the gel texture and scent make it such a pleasure to use.

Would I repurchase? Yes.

Olay Eyes Deep Hydrating Eye Gel (previously featured here)

Quick notes: Loved the gel texture and long-lasting hydration. Helped de-puff and brighten the eye area, and never irritated or stung. A good price point compared to fancier eye creams.

Would I repurchase? Yes.

Shiseido Facial Cotton

Quick notes: I know beauty editors often hail this as the Cadillac of facial cottons, and to their credit they are soft, plush, and lint-free. But honestly drugstore facial cotton pads have come a long way in the last few years, plus I can usually find decent ones at Japanese and Korean stores. I don't know if I'd want to go out of my way to hunt down the costlier Shiseido ones.

Would I repurchase? No.

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