The Empties: July 2020

The empties bin at the end of July 2020

Welcome to the July Empties.  I have to say, it looks like a full basket this month.  Admittedly, that may be because of the shampoo bottles and trial sizes.  So let’s clear the large shampoo bottles out of the way first shall we?

First up, is my general standard for shampoo and conditioner.  If you ever wonder what it is I compare products to, this is it.It is the Suave Professionals rosemary and mint. The scent is perfect for a post workout pick me up as it smells amazingly fresh and clean.

This is one of my standard drug store favorites.  With my hair I generally find that I have to switch up shampoos periodically to keep my hair loving them.  This is one that gets rotated in frequently.  In fact it is the one that I actually compare other shampoos to.  I don’t mind paying extra for good hair products, but they have to work. So whenever I pick up a pricy shampoo and conditioner to try out, I ask myself does this work as well as the Suave? So even though this is leaving, it will be repurchased again and again in the future.

Slightly pricier shampoo that I recently ran out of is the Love Beauty and Planet Coconut water and Mimosa Flower shampoo and conditioner. This set is designed for body and strength for fine hair, but I find it works really well on my hair as well.  My hair is on the thicker side, but I still liked it. 

It gave my hair great body and shine.  I did find that I still had to use a leave in conditioner after wards.  I think that might be because my hair is not fine.  I also found that this worked best if I didn’t use it every wash.  If I used it every wash, it tended to not do as well.  I found that it worked best for me if I kept this as my once a week shampoo and conditioner, using Suave the rest of the week. 

I don’t know if there was some sort of build up with the products that Suave cleared out. But for a once a week wash, I did really like this set.  Plus, using them only once a week offset the higher cost by making them last longer.  I would definitely consider buying these again, but next time I might look for something in their line designed for thicker hair and see if I had the same issues with it. I initially bought this because I saw volume on the label and that is generally my go to for product claims. Either way, I like the brand and will continue to purchase from them in the future.

Sticking with hair for the moment, I have two empty dry shampoos this month.  One is the full sized COLAB dry shampoo that came in a Glossy Box and the other is a trial size of amika perk up. I liked both but for different reasons. 

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Let’s talk about the colab first.  It claims to have oil absorbing without the white residue.  It has white residue.  I have dark hair, it showed white on my hair.  Personally, I don’t mind as I generally find that the ones that show the white tend to work the best.  With this dry shampoo I found that it worked best if I sprayed it on my hair just before bed and then brushed it out in the morning.  Doing that, it worked really well.  It absorbed any excess oil and left my hair looking clean. It is a very good, and very cost effective product. I think the full sized bottle was under $6.

With the amika perk up, it left a lot more white, but if I brushed it out right after application it left my hair amazingly soft and shiny (in a healthy non greasy way). If I tried to spray at night and leave it, the product got weirdly clumpy and my scalp itched. It is a dry shampoo to use when you need to run out somewhere, not an overnight product. To be honest, while I would consider buying this again it would probably be in the travel size that I could keep in my purse rather than the full sized to keep in the bathroom. The Klorane is still my go to dry shampoo, neither of these replaced it, but this really is good on the go, just remember there is a LOT of white added to dark hair with this product. So both dry shampoos were good, but in different ways. 

This month my empties bin features several make up items. For primers I have the Benefit Pore Professional Pearl and the Kaja Blur Drop.  Technically speaking the Kaja is not empty but it is leaving my world so I thought I would include it. 

It was one of those products that I just didn’t like and never want to use again.  It may work for someone else, but it did not do well with my skin at all.  The one friend I generally trade products with as we tend to have almost opposite skin needs, said she tried it and hated it to, so alas it is going in the bin.

The Porefessional Pearl Primer from Benefit on the other hand, I loved and will be getting again.  I have one more sample size of this in my collection and once I use it up, I will be purchasing the full sized tube.

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This month I also used up a sample size of the Purlisse Perfect Glow BB Cream.  I tried it, loved it and luckily have a full sized version waiting in my drawer.  I am trying to resist opening it until I have used up at least one product, but it is hard to resist.  That is one of the best BB creams I have tried.

On the opposite end of the spectrum was the Pur 4-in-1 love your selfie longwear foundation and concealer.  I did not like this product and will not be repurchasing it.  Luckily it was only a sample size because it it were full sized I would feel bad about getting rid of it.

Makeup item this month was the Brow Contour Pro from Benefit.  While I enjoyed the benefit brow priducts, I believe in the future I will purchase the Precisely my brow instead of this one.  I just am not a fan of the multiple products in one pen.  It felt like I didn’t get enough of the one product I wanted which was the brow pencil.  I used up my shade rather quickly and then had to work to use up the other products before I felt comfortable letting it go.  So it is is a good product, just not in a form I particularly care for.

This month I used the Speak Deodorant Cream that came in one of my Petit Vour Boxes.  I liked the product and felt it worked well and considering how hot this summer has been it put any deodorant product to the test.

Petit Vour

It worked well but I really didn’t like the cream aspect of it.  I absolutely hated digging out the cream and rubbing it into my arm pits.  Luckily, when I posted my review, a rep from the company actually messaged me letting me know that soon they were going to be coming out with a stick version. Sometime this year was the plan, I’m not certain how recent events have affected their time line, but I will be paying attention. I will keep my eyes peeled for that one to try out. 

If it weren’t for the application, I would purchase this product.  If they make this into a stick form and it performs the same way I will purchase it.  I would not purchase the cream form again because as good as it is, I know I would not use it.  If that doesn’t bother you and you are looking for a natural deodorant, then you might want to check this one out.  Or wait for the stick version.

I had issues with the naked cosmetics lib scrub.  I think that somehow it wasn’t mixed properly as the product looked separated.  One section was dry sugar like granules and one was just oil.  I tried stirring to blend, but it never quite worked for me.  I don’t know if I just got a bad batch or what, but as much as I love lip scrubs, I have to give this one a pass.

As we continue with scrubs, the B Kind face scrub is one that I will be picking up.  I received this in a Petit Vour box, tried it and loved it.  I noticed a slightly waxy residue on my skin afterwards so I always used it as step one in my face wash routine rather than as a stand alone product, but it is very gentle and my skin felt amazing afterwards.  If you are looking for vegan cruelty free skin care, this should be one you put on the list to try. As you can probably tell from the picture, I squeezed every drop of this product from the tube.

There is one toner in my empties bin this month and it is the Martian mattifying melting water gel toner from Sunday Riley.  It was an interesting product to use and on the days where I felt super greasy it worked really well to reduce the oil on my face and reduce break outs.  I couldn’t use it every day because it was too drying, but every once in a while it really did the trick on my breakouts.  While I wouldn’t mind keeping it around, sadly I believe it has been discontinued.

Next I have two products from the brand Avette. Prior to this I tried a couple of their sheet masks and found them generally okay but nothing to really seek out. The first Avette product is the water Flash Coconut Water Cream and the other is the Fresh Clean Coconut Mild Foam Cleanser. 

The Coconut water cream was okay, but not the best moisturizer I’ve used.  I didn’t do a full review on it because the sample tube barely held enough product for three days of use.  While that’s not a lot of time to see how skin care performs, I found that the overly faux coconut scent gave me a bit of a headache.  Because of this I was not inclined to seek out a full sized version of the product. I’m not normally bothered by scents, but this one got to me.

It wasn’t as strong as the mild foam cleanser though.  It was so faux coconut scented that it smelled super perfume-y.   And it didn’t really wash away very cleanly.  It left a residue on my skin that I didn’t care for. I know I said the B Kind scrub also left a residue but for me, the foaming cleanser is the last step of my face wash system. I start with either a cleansing balm or an oil to remove makeup, every couple of nights I’ll add an exfoliant and then I finish with a foaming cleanser before moisturizing. Having the foaming cleanser leave a residue was not good. Although really, it was the scent that got me. I didn’t care for the way the product worked but I absolutely hated the scent. To be honest I can’t recommend either of these products.

I will however recommend the two Volition Products in my empties bin this month.  The Volition Celery Green Clean was an excellent day cream.  I had to use a night cream a couple of times a week after days when I spent a long time outside, but it was a wonderfully light cream over all and I will definitely be picking up another jar. 

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I have to say as an aside, it is super satisfying to see an empty skin care jar. It just makes me feel like I’ve taken care of my skin. And speaking of jars, this one is nice heavy glass with a screw top lid so I will be soaking off the label and reusing the jar. It is only in the empties bin so I wouldn’t forget to mention it now that it is empty. It won’t be thrown away though.

As for the Volition luminizing shield in SPF 50, I ordered a second one as soon as this tube started feeling a little light.  The replacement is actually due in this afternoon according to shipping so I won’t have long to go without this.  It is an excellent light weight sunscreen that sits beautifully under my makeup.  I cannot recommend this highly enough. It is now a summer staple. It has also become the product I compare other sunscreens to. From here on out it will be, is this sunscreen as good as Volition?

And that my darlings are all of the empties from July.

I would like to give an additional mention of one sheet mask I tried this month that I really think is worth mentioning. While I do a Face Mask Friday posts, I often apply sheet masks throughout the week. Some are good, some are bad and some do nothing that is actually noticable.

This was one of the good ones. It is the beaut green Firming Collagen Essence mask.  It came in one of my FaceTory subscriptions and it was a good enough sheet mask that not only does it bear mentioning, but I have put it on my list to reorder.

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My skin felt excellent after using it and I could actually feel a slight tightening in my skin.  This is one of those masks I would definitely consider buying a large pack of and giving a full continued use test to see if there are any longer term results.  With this mask it felt good enough on the skin that I actually think there might be some noticeable results. Perhaps that will be a future skin care test.

For now I will sign off and end this rather long post. I will take the Volition Celery Green cream jar out of the empties bin and set it aside to soak off the label so it can be put to another use. The I will divide the rest of the products into trash and recycling bins as appropriate. Then the empty bin will go back into the bathroom ready and waiting for August’s empties.


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Trying out the Speak Vegan Deodorant Cream

I’ll admit, for the past few years I have been tempted by all natural deodorants.  I know some people maintain that regular deodorants are bad for you, health wise, and other’s claim that it is a load of hooey.

And yes, hooey is a technical term.

Personally, I was mostly curious.  Let’s face it I have been putting my deodorant to the test with my outdoor workouts.  It’s one of the reasons that I didn’t give in to my curiosity and attempt a natural deodorant prior to this. I figured I would try it out when I once again returned to working out in an air-conditioned space. It seemed less likely to fumigate my neighbors with possibly product failure.

However, this Speak Deodorant Cream came in my Petit Vour box in June so I figured why not.  The walking trail I use is mostly abandoned and if it fails there will be even more reason for people to keep their social distance.  It’s sort of a pandemic friendly experiment.

Petit Vour

So first, I opened the metal canister and took a sniff. 

And yes, I have to smell everything.

It smells vaguely oatmeal like.  The scent wasn’t bad, so I looked the product up on-line to find out more about it before I progressed to the trying out stage.

I’ll admit, I was sort of stalling.

I’ve used the same deodorant since middle school  –  Dove powder scent in case you are wondering.  The biggest change for me was switching from roll on to a solid sometime in high school.

But on with the stalling…er research.

A gentle, yet effective natural deodorant with a creamy texture that glides on to give you satin-soft protection.

Why it’s special: An aluminum and baking soda-free formulation that’s great for sensitive skin. Lightly lavender-scented.

Benefits: Protects against odor naturally and Replenishes moisture to combat temporary discomfort.

Well I suppose I wasn’t expecting a massive batch of flowery prose, after all how many claims can deodorant have? It’s deodorant.  It keeps you from stinking and hopefully from getting sweat stains on your shirt and with luck doesn’t irritate your skin. I think that’s all any deodorant can claim. 

Well, that and its scent.  I have to admit the scent of lavender surprised me. I don’t smell lavender.  I smell oatmeal.

Incidentally, there is no oatmeal in the ingredients. 

Full ingredient list: Maranta arundinacea (arrowroot) root powder, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, magnesium hydroxide, kaolin, theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil

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So yeah, no oatmeal.

But with a hearty hope for the best, I began to try the product out. 

First of all, this deodorant cream is in a metal can.  The product does not come up to the top.  You cannot just open it and rub the can into your armpits.  You have to extract the product from the can and then apply it with your fingers.

scooping with the back of my nail

And despite the name of cream, it is as solid as a regular solid deodorant.  To apply it I ran my nail backwards over the surface so the product was scooped onto the top of the nail.  This seemed the easiest way to get it out.  I then rubbed the product under my arms and repeated with the other side.

The product goes on well.  My underarms felt properly coated with product.  However so did my hands.  Because of the wax and oils in the product, I had to wash my hands with soap.  I could not just rinse it off as the wax just made the water run off the skin.  As annoying as this was (because I am already washing my hands a lot these days and did not need to add an extra hand wash every morning), the waterproofed hands did give me some hope in the sweat proofing department.

So product applied, I went about my day. My sweaty, sweaty day.

At this point in time, nothing is going to prevent the underarms of my shirts from getting soaked. We’ve been hitting above 90 degrees with a minimum of 80% humidity for the past few weeks. Last night, we finally got some rain and cleared the air out for a little bit.  It felt wonderfully better at 65% humidity this morning.  Then the sun rose and we are above 80% again.

So there will be sweat. 

However, I was pleased to note, there was no stink. 

That’s right, I did not emit a pig pen-esque cloud of funk. The product worked.

When I went to take my shower however I noticed it sort of pilled up a bit in areas where my skin rubbed together and when I showered I really had to scrub hard to get all of the product off. 

I blame the wax.

Still there was no stink and no irritation.  My skin had no problems with the product.  I have been wearing it for over a week now and I have been very impressed by its performance.  If you are looking for a good well-performing vegan deodorant, this one does work.

While the extra scrubbing in the shower and the pilling up of the product weren’t my favorite side effects, neither was bad enough to make me stop using it.  However, I really don’t like applying it with my hands.  I know that sounds like an overly precious thing to say, but I really don’t like scraping it out with my nail and rubbing it into my arm pit. I just don’t. 

If this came in a stick form, I would have no problems purchasing this and using it more. But I know myself.  I will continue to use this product until it is gone, but I am not going to order another can and that is simply because of the application process. I know I would not use it. It would sit on the shelf while I purchased other products and felt guilty about the waste. With that said, it is a good product, it is just not a product for me. If they ever make a stick form of it, I’m in.  Until then, I’ll pass. I will however be more open to trying other vegan and all natural deodorants. So I suppose that is something.


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