Monday, October 26, 2020

Empties October 2020

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It is really hard to believe that October is almost over, and that we are entering the holiday season. You can see that I finished very little in the way of skincare, or body care, and I think that I was so bogged down at work that there didn't seem to be enough hours in the day to take that extra bit of time. I did, however, burn candles and use room sprays and essential oils to help me relax after I finished working for the day. Here is what I used up in October:

Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum For Face ($195.00 for  30 ml/ 1 oz. from Space NK and Cult Beauty (210.00€): This lightweight and fast absorbing golden elixir boasts a delectable warm and earthy aroma from which one can detect the Rose Damascena Absolute, Jasminum Grandiflorum Flower and a fusion of the remaining essential oils. The intoxicating aromatherapeutic experience delights and calms the senses while it quiets the mind. I find that I slow down and inhale deeply as I massage in into my skin, and that any residual stress that I may have been experiencing just melts away. This ritual is utterly relaxing, and it heightens the sensory experience of using this luxe oil. This serum significantly bolsters radiance and it leaves skin silky smooth, soft and supple. I note a distinct brightening and evening of my skin tone, a lifting and softening on my fine lines, and an undeniable increase in the long term hydration of my skin. Repurchase? I just opened a new bottle!

Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser ($12.00 for 1 oz., $37.00 for 4 oz and $45.00 for 6.76 oz from SukiDermstoreAmazonBirchboxiHerb and SkinStore): I am madly in love with this cleanser and years ago it was my only daily cleanser. Then I started LSBB and began using a far wider range of products and somehow forgot about who much I loved this gem of an exfoliating facial cleanser. The lovely formula, which has the intoxicating scent of organic lemongrass extract, uses natural sugar to exfoliate the dead skin cells leaving your skin soft and silky smooth. I find it non-stripping and non-drying for my normal/combination skin, but if you have dry skin you would likely want to use it less often. I like to activate the light lather in my hands, which also breaks down some of the sugar, then with the lightest touch I massage it into my skin and rinse thoroughly. I use it a few times a week, and I always look forward to it since it is such a delectable treat to the skin and the senses. Repurchase? I already purchased a full-size jar!

Colbert MD Intensify Facial Disks ($70.00 for 20 discs from Colbert MDDermstore, Olivela and Amazon): I have regularly used various types of facial exfoliating pads for many years, and have to confess that my experience with Colbert MD Intensify Facial Disks was a real game changer for me all of those years ago. While most of the solution soaked exfoliating pads that I have used are thin and double sided, Colbert MD has reimagined its form and instead has opted for a very plush and thick single sided pad. The generously saturated pre-moistened disks include a small tab on the back that makes holding the disk easy, and allows one to maintain effortless control.

The combination of the mild microdermabrasion action from the surface of the pad coupled with the enzyme action of the solution immediately and effectively encourages cell turnover that aids in the promotion of collagen production. Skin, unobstructed by a proliferation of dead skin cells, is then able to effortlessly and effectively absorb skincare products. The end result is unbelievably soft, smooth, supple and luminous skin. Purchase Again? I recently opened a new box, and will definitely purchase another after!

SENTEURS D'ORIENT Hammam Soap in Oriental Gardenia ($36.00 for 7.2 oz. from and Net-A-Porter): Simply put, this is the most beautiful soap imaginable. From the gorgeous design of the soap itself to the otherworldly aroma of the gardenia used to make this ultra-luxe bar– this is the most delectable soap in which to luxuriate. The rich and creamy lather gently cleanses the skin without stripping it, while the beautiful aroma delights the senses. I love that this soap is on a rope– since hanging it allows it to dry out between uses. It smells like the embodiment of gardenia in a warm summer breeze, and I have used it nearly every single day since opening it. If you love the smell of gardenia, you will become as obsessed with this soap as I have. Repurchase? I have another one of their soaps in another scent that I will open soon!

Farmhouse Fresh Oatmeal Goats Milk Soap ($12.50 for 4.5 oz. from Farmhouse Fresh): Farmhouse Fresh Oatmeal Goats Milk Soap features goats milk from California and certified organic oats from Kansas. This rich, emollient and creamy goats milk soap has a wonderful oatmeal aroma, and it's filled with vitamins A and B12, coconut, rice bran, olive oil and buttery fats that nourish and hydrate the skin without ever stripping it. Furthermore, the oatmeal is very gentle on sensitive skin, and I like to use the lather to shave because it is so rich and creamy. There are actual pieces of oatmeal throughout the soap that facilitates light exfoliation. Repurchase? Probably at some point, but I have a drawer filled with soaps that I need to use first.

Dove White Beauty Bar ($2.99-$12.99 for 2-14 bar packs from Target and Walgreens): This gentle, creamy cleansing bar contains ¼ moisturizing cream that leaves skin soft smooth and very clean. Repurchase? Most definitely! This is a staple for my family!

kms California MOIST REPAIR  Leave-In Conditioner ($19.00 from select salons) This deeply penetrates hair and helps detangle, moisturize and fights frizz. I simply spray it on wet or dry hair for added manageability and moisture. The formula is lightweight, the results are immediate, and the effects are long-lasting. Repurchase? I think that I have another bottle in a cabinet!

RITUALS Pure Hammam Shampoo: If you are looking for a color safe volumizing shampoo that gives hair lots of shine, then look no further. Hair is thoroughly cleansed, but never stripped, and the refreshing scent of Eucalyptus is uplifting, but not overpowering. A lovely shampoo, indeed! Repurchase? I don't think that they make this particular shampoo anymore, sadly! 
Phytocéane COSTA RICA Moisturizing Body Water's ($48.00 for 100ml. from  can be purchased in select spas and LeSpa USA): This is a delectable hydrating body spray that smells like the embodiment of summer in a bottle. Inspired by the beauty of Costa Rica, this elixir is a lightweight and moisturizing body tonic that has a tropical scent that is punctuated by the aromas of peach, apple, melon and pineapple blended with jasmine, cedar and musk. The aroma sits close to the skin, and it is neither overpowering, nor is it in the least bit cloying. Repurchase? Maybe at some point, but it is more of a summer product.
Artnaturals Artisan Oil Essential 8 Set ($20.00 from Artnaturals): Artnaturals has a large selection of essential oils, but this set of 8 includes: Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Lavender, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sweet Orange, and Tea Tree. Repurchase? I love their essential oils and I have a lot to use before purchasing replacements.

Artnaturals Signature Essential Oil Rollerball Collection ($29.00 from Artnaturals): If you have someone on your list who loves essential oils, then this set of 8 from Artnaturals is sure to delight them. Each of the essential oil signature blends is formulated in a base of nourishing Jojoba Oil, and conveniently has a rollerball applicator to avoid spills, and to offer easy application. Signature Zen is formulated to relax your body and elevate your mind. Repurchase? Perhaps at some point, but I have lots of essential oils to use up first.
RITUALS The Ritual of Dao Bed & Body Mist: Oh how I love this spray! While it is quite lovely on the skin, I tend to use it to spray my pillows and bedding, and what a wonder it is! The wonderful aroma is a calming light scent that defies a precise description. It is soothing and warm punctuated by the White Lotus, and its delicate aroma promotes relaxation, and makes the bedroom smell heavenly. Repurchase? I would, but I think that it has been discontinued. I highly recommend their products, though!

Gurunanda Essential Oils Room Sprays : These natural room sprays, filled with essential oils, smell amazing, and thankfully they lack the chemical smell of conventional room sprays. They feature a 360-degree, continuous stream of spray without any dripping or any sort of mess. Repurchase? I went looking to repurchase them, but I think that they may have been discontinued!
Malin + Goetz Mojito Votive Candle ($20.00 each from Malin+Goetz): This is a lovely mojito candle that smells delectable and burns for quite a long time. Repurchase? I will consider it once I have used up my collection of candles! 

Farmhouse Fresh Whoopie Cream Soy Blend Candle ($35.00 for 11 oz candle with a wooden lid from Farmhouse Fresh): I only had the travel size of this delicious candle, which came in a holiday set, but thankfully they still make them in a full size version with a lovely wooden lid. Repurchase? More than likely.

Lavanila The Healthy Candle Pure Vanilla ($27.99 from Amazon): This clean-burning candle has the most delectable and creamy vanilla aroma that is so soothing and calming! Repurchase? Definitely!

Overall Assessment: I am hoping that I am able to work a little less and pamper myself a little more in November. I definitely didn't mask or exfoliate nearly as often, and I can see and feel the difference!

What did you use up, toss out, give away or return in October? Any hits or misses worth reporting? DO tell!

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  1. Wow, I am definitely impressed by everything you used up in October, and on too of your huge list in September! Well done. I have a can of RITUALS Foaming Shower Gel in the Hammam scent waiting in my stash, and I was wondering what the scent was. I didn’t know it is eucalyptus. I was a fan of the Ritual of Dao too, but the new Karma has white lotus as a key note so it smells very similar to Dao

    1. Hi Allison, I definitely used up some candles and room sprays and essential oils, but I was far less impressive in October than I was in September in terms of skincare! I think that I may have a can of the Rituals Hammam scent in my stash as well. I really liked the shampoo, and the aroma was a nice treat. I really love their Ritual of Dao, and I really want to use some of the Karma range. Before I make a purchase, I need to double check my cabinet to see if I have anything from that range. It feels like the months are really blurring together, and it feels as though I just did my September empties post! Such strange times!

  2. Nice amount of empties. I finished up a City Beauty Night Mask last night and considered saving it for a post but it was messy by the time I was done with it. It does give me a sense of accomplishment though when I finish up great products like this.

    1. It gives me a sense of accomplishment as well. With messy items, I tend to photograph them immediately and toss them, rather than letting them sit in a bag for a month.

  3. I love the Suki Exfoliator, and that Facial oil scent sounds so divine! Also, LaVanila fragrances are a fave, so I'm sure I'd love that candle too.

    1. I love the Suki Exfoliating Cleaner too, it is such a great product, and the smell is delicious! Vintner's Daughter is absolutely incredible, and I will keep using it as long as they make it! If you love Lavanila and their vanilla scent, then you will REALLY LOVE this candle!


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