Review / Barefoot SOS Repair & Renew Nourishing Cleansing Cream

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Barefoot SOS Repair & Renew Nourishing Cleansing Cream

Since I started receiving LoveLula beauty boxes, I’ve been really excited to try out new brands that I may not have thought to buy from before. In October’s box, one of those such brands was Barefoot SOS. The name rang a bell, but I hadn’t really heard much about them and was intrigued to try the product that arrived with the rest of the subscription box a few weeks ago. Like most of the brands you can buy from LoveLula, Barefoot SOS is one that prides itself on creating natural products that are based on the power of botanical ingredients, without the need for additional chemicals and additives. There are two product lines – one for Dry & Sensitive skin, and one to Repair & Renew skin.

The Barefoot SOS item in the latest beauty box was from the Repair & Renew range and is the Nourishing Cleansing Cream*, a gentle cleanser said to help remove makeup and leave skin feeling cleansed, toned and supple. The Repair & Renew range is suitable for all skin types, but is specifically formulated for mature or dry skin using the anti-aging properties of a particular rosehip oil pressed from the seeds of a rose from the Chilean Andes. Rosehip oil is something that plenty of natural beauty fans already know has anti-aging and general skincare benefits, so it seems like an enticing product on paper – bonus points that it’s good for my dry skin!

Barefoot SOS Repair & Renew Nourishing Cleansing Cream


As well as rosehip oil, the Nourishing Cleansing Cream also contains other lovely ingredients like cocoa butter, mallow flower extract, lavender oil and orange peel oil and is best applied using either a cotton pad or muslin cloth dampened with warm water. The cream itself is extremely light, soft and silky, easily melts into the skin and has a very gentle, floral aroma. I’ve been using it twice a day every day since I received it, and I’ve really been enjoying it so far! I tend not to use it to remove heavy makeup (I prefer using my trusty B. Micellar Water for the stuff that tends not to budge) but it does a good job of melting away my lighter makeup. It can and will remove thicker or waterproof makeup, but it takes a little bit more work.

This feels beautifully refreshing on my skin in the morning. I much prefer to use a cream cleanser to cleanse my face in the morning as opposed to a foaming or exfoliating cleanser or anything that requires water as I find my skin just doesn’t need anything more than that when I wake up, and the Barefoot SOS cleanser is just what I’ve needed, especially with the sudden switchover to winter weather.

As far as noticeable improvements to my skin go, it’s always difficult to pinpoint stuff like that, but I have felt as though my skin looks brighter and my complexion somewhat more even since I started using this. It does also seem to help with my skin’s oil production, as despite how dry it can be lately, my nose in particular does sometimes end up excessively oily by the end of the evening.

If this cleansing cream is anything to go by, I’m definitely interested to try more of Barefoot SOS’s products (like maybe their eye serum to take care of those damn fine lines I mentioned in my last post!) and at £20 for a bottle it’s a great item to have received in a subscription box, if a little on the higher end side of price ranges if you’re buying it alone.  And, of course, it’s cruelty free and vegan!

What’s your go to cleansing cream these days?

* This review is not sponsored and has not been paid for, however the product was sent to me free of charge. All views and opinions expressed are my own.

Review / Red Clay Konjac Puff Sponge

Tuesday, 1 November 2016


  If you’re no stranger to the world of natural beauty, you might have already heard of konjac sponges – they’ve been around for a wee while now! In a nutshell, konjac sponges are puff sponges made from a plant called the konjac potato, native to Asia. The nature of the plant means that the sponges are 100% vegetable fibre, and also sustainable, biodegradable, non-toxic and free from any chemicals and impurities. The Konjac Sponge Company is probably the most reputable and well-known brand to make these, and I’ve actually used a few of their facial sponges in the past and thought it was high time that I finally reviewed one.

These sponges are very soft and porous, fit into the palm of your hand and have a little string attached to them so you can hang them up to dry. All you need to do is add water, gently squeeze out the excess, and rub them on your face to cleanse your skin.  After use, just gently squeeze (don’t wring them out) and hang them up and allow them to dry out again somewhere airy – they’ll shrivel up a little bit, but soon spring to life again when you next use them.  Clean sponges can also be dried on heated towel rails or kept in the fridge to keep them fresher for longer, although I haven’t tried the latter yet!  Cared for properly, they can last up to 3 months or so, but do be careful with them if you live in a damp household and store them somewhere dry when they can dry out fully quickly – I have been pretty frustrated once before in a past flat to find mould starting to grow on a relatively youthful sponge that I had to then replace...



Used alone, it’s an extremely gentle way of cleansing that would probably be suitable for even very sensitive skin, but you can also add a drop of your usual cleansing products to these too, in which case the sponge supposedly helps the product to go further and make more of a difference. I generally use mine with a smidge of a gel or foaming cleanser by applying a bit of the cleanser to my face with my hands, and then using the sponge to massage my skin and work the product in. I’ve heard of other people having very mixed opinions when using this with cream cleansers, but in my own experience it seems to depend on the cleanser. I’ve used some where it works a dream, and others where something about the consistency just didn’t mesh well with a sponge compared to a muslin cloth. I would say that I prefer to use these with a cleanser rather than without, particularly when I’ve been wearing makeup throughout the day (and I don’t use them to remove my makeup either), but they’re nice to use alone when I’ve been going barefaced too.

You can buy the facial konjac sponges for £8.99 from the brand website or from LoveLula, where I’ve been getting mine.  This particular sponge is the Konjac Sponge Company Red Clay Face Sponge*, which is ideal for dry and mature skin types. I figured that since I’m finally starting to show signs of aging (hello new fine lines under my eyes) and my skin is pretty dry these days that this one would be a good choice for me, but I’ve also tried the French green clay, bamboo charcoal and original sponges too. To be honest, I can’t say for certain if the different clays and infusions in the sponges make the biggest difference to my skin – my fine lines have hardly been reversed using this one, for example – but I can certainly see why any of them would be good for your skin in the long term. I love using these because the packaging is right; they’re like having a mini facial every day. Something about the feeling of the smooth sponge on my skin is extremely relaxing and appealing, and I still feel as though my face has been properly cleansed and ‘scrubbed’ afterwards even though while using it, it doesn’t seem as though it would be doing as good a job as a muslin cloth or exfoliating scrub. The idea that these offer a much gentler way of effectively exfoliating and cleansing the skin always draws me back to them, because I’m sure some of the scrubbing and pulling and tugging we do to our faces sometimes can’t be good for us in the long run.

Are konjac sponges a miracle, holy grail product? No, but they are a lovely addition to your skincare regime and the Konjac Sponge Company is a brand that deserves some love too, since not only are their products natural environmentally friendly, but they’re Leaping Bunny and Vegan Society approved too. They’re also an excellent alternative to harsher cleansers and exfoliating clothes or scrubs for those of us with sensitive skin, and for folks who just want to incorporate a more natural product into their routines.  As a cruelty free and vegan gal trying to use more natural beauty products and do my part to look after the environment, these certainly suit me a treat!

Have you ever tried a konjac sponge before?

* This review is not sponsored and has not been paid for, however the product was sent to me free of charge. All views and opinions expressed are my own.

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