Monday, 26 November 2018

November Love Lula Picks

I chose two products from Love Lula to review this month - the Forrest and Love Aroma Car Cushion Set and Tabitha James Kraan's golden citrus shampoo - and was sent a third to try, Saint Come's thyme and cinnamon room spray.

Saint Come are a brand new to Love Lula and when this arrived, I scanned the ingredients and did a double take. Turpentine? I only know turps as something potent you clean your paintbrushes with. What was going on here? When I researched it further, I found turpentine oil is actually the resin from pine trees and can be applied topically to help pain. I never knew this! I thought it was some nasty byproduct of the petrol industry. Well, you learn something new every day. So, reassured by the 100% natural ingredients in this room spray (although it is ethanol based), I sprayed this around my home and was delighted with the scent. I wouldn't say the aroma lingered too long but it's a beautiful smell for winter and to refresh your rooms. 

Formula: ethanol (71% v/v), essential oils: cinnamon, eucalyptus, lavadin, peppermint, wild thyme, rosemary, turpentine, thyme, sweet orange. Contains: linalool, geraniol, geranyl acetate, di-limonene (racemic), citronellol, cintronella, eucalyptol, menthone.

Recently I've been trying products and methods to help calm my mind and get me through winter, a period which I find difficult. Forrest & Love do a range of aromatherapy cushions so I thought I would try the car cushion as I am somewhat of a demon behind the wheel. *cough*
The brown and gold cushion (SETR) is made with clary sage, bay leaves and fennel seeds amongst others. It's not hugely scented - I expected to open my car door to be greeted with a waft of scent, but that's not the case - and subtle notes hit you from time to time as you're driving. Unfortunately, this smell of this one didn't agree with me and I just got the smell of curry, which didn't do much to calm and reduce stress.
The ENVI cushion is made with bergamot, lemongrass, cinnamon and more and is similar to the SETR but slightly more citrusy. It's a tolerable scent but not one I was overly keen on either. So I opened the bag as suggested in the directions and applied some oils of lavender and sweet orange to the inner lining. It's now more potent and has a relaxing smell while sitting on my car seat. As this worked so well, I plan to buy some essential oils to compliment the SETR bag and add those to it.
This set didn't work for me, although I was happy enough with adding my own oils to it. Everyone's different with which scents work for them though, so if you like the ingredients, this may be right up your street.

Ingredients: ENVI Ingredients: Essential Oils: Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot), Juniperus communis (Juniper berry) Herbs and spices: Cymbopogon (Lemongrass), Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus), Cinnamomum (Cinnamon), Piper Nigrum (Black pepper), Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel Seeds), Mentha Arvensis (dried mint), Rosa Centifolia (Dried Rose), Aeschynomene Aspera (Solawood) SETR Ingredients: Essential Oils: Salvia Sclarea (Clary sage), Cedrus Deodara (Indian Cedarwood) Herbs and spices: Cinnamomum Tamala (Bayleaves), Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus), Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel Seeds), Cinnamomum (Cinnamon), Withania Somnifera (Indian Ginseng), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender), Ocimum Citridorum (Lemon Basil) Aeschynomene aspera (Solawood)

This vegan, Soil Association certified shampoo is in a 100% recycled bottle and made with 100% natural ingredients. It's a fairly delicately scented shampoo and lathers up well. It has a very luxurious feel to it and leaves hair soft and silky. A definite winner.

You can view all the products at Love Lula's website here

*As a member of the Love Lula Accredited Blogger Programme, I choose products to review every month. This post also contains affiliate links.

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