Saturday, 27 June 2020

June Love Lula Picks

Reviewing a pillow spray in this time of crisis seemed like a no brainer and I don't doubt I'm among millions throughout the world suffering from insomnia since March.
I was lucky enough to win some Kiss the Moon minis in a recent competition which I enjoyed immensely so their spray seemed like the obvious choice. There are two to choose from - Love and Dream - both in exquisite packaging with a lovely atomiser bottle that looks impressive on a bedside table. As Dream contains lavender, it had the edge for me as I find this essential oil particularly effective. Dream actually contains a mixture of lavender, Roman chamomile, bergamot and cedarwood. Lavender and bergamot I love, the other two I'm not so keen on. However, lavender tends to win out in a scent so I was hoping this would be a winner.
Unfortunately, as beautiful as the product is, it wasn't for me. I couldn't get on with the scent at all, too musky and masculine by far. Another minus point was despite the fact I sprayed the product just before sleep, it didn't linger in the air at all. An essential oil diffuser can be bought for less than the price of this spray which would be more effective and cost-efficient in the long run.

Kiss the Moon are a great brand, but this one was a miss for me.

Ingredients: Lavundula angustifolia Flower Distillate, Alcohol Denat, Glycerin, Lavundula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Oil, Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Cedrus Atlantica (Cedarwood) Bark Oil, Linalol, Limonene, Geraniol

I love Alteya Organics, even though I still can't get their name right and probably spell it 3 different ways in every blog post I write. What I love most about them is their rose products and their descriptions of the beautiful Bulgarian rose valley. I've been an avid user of their rose and rose alba hydrosols for a while, with rose alba being my favourite and I decided to try another of their flower waters.
Unfortunately I've not had luck with hydrosols in the past as, apart from rose, I've found them all too stinky. Chamomile, frankincense and even lavender, have all bitten the dust  as being unpalatable to my, ahem, delicate nose. 
The last throw of the dice before I abandon flower waters for good and stick to my tried and tested rose, was Melissa from Alteya (in a glass bottle of course). I've recently studied herbalism and noted the properties of lemon balm and I'm growing a little fledgling plant at home.
The scent of this isn't what I'd hoped for. I can't detect any lemon and it's not the nicest. But it's not as unpleasant as other flower waters.
Indeed, it is tolerable enough to use and I found it very soothing when I sprayed it on the back of my neck after making it sore by trying to scrub hair dye stains off 😳 It's also so cooling for a spritz on a hot day.
Melissa is a versatile herb. It is an anti-inflammatory and good for eczema. It's an astringent, good for oily skin and greasy scalp and it's also antibacterial and antiviral.
Hydrosols are the base for lots of products, so as well as using this on its own as a toner, essential oils could be added to it to make, amongst other things, room spray, linen spray, cooling face spritz or a body spray.
I'm glad I tried this and it's one I'll keep in my collection.

I was pleased to see a sample of Rahua's hair wax at Love Lula as I wanted to try it before committing to the full size, as there are a lot of hair styling products I don't get on with. Now I've reluctantly got longer hair due to the current situation, many of my pastes and waxes are not working, just leaving me with greasy hair.
Unlike traditional waxes, this didn't leave my hair greasy and did a good job easing frizz when used in tiny amounts. There isn't much hold but then if I wanted volume and hold, I wouldn't use a wax anyway.
I enjoyed using this product. This would be worth trying a full size of in the future.

You can view these products and others at Love Lula

*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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