In keeping with their names, Soft & Gentle deodorants are extremely kind and gentle to the skin. Often, I find it’s competitors to be laced with so much alcohol that it burns and feels uncomfortable. Other times, I find the white powder competitors use, which is used to stop perspiration, ruins my black clothes (quick tip, to get the white traces off of your tops: use a pair of thin black/nude tights and rub the spot – works a treat).

Soft & Gentle Deodorants

Product Descriptions

Hair Minimise

Soft & Gentle Hair Minimise Deodorant

This deodorant promises a 48 hour protection period, with hair-minimising particles which elongate the time to your next shave.

Cool Boost

Soft & Gentle Cool Boost Deodorant

This product promises to keep you protected for 72 hours, with a cooling system which helps to keep you comfortable (particularly during a gym session).

Pros

  1. The 2 hr cooling system does work! I felt cool during my gym session, which is a plus.
  2. Both deodorants smell pleasant, with a flowery undertone, and are very subtle. There are a lot of deodorant brands which are quite chemical, but these two are much nicer when sprayed.
  3. There is no alcohol burn when sprayed on freshly-shaved areas.

Cons

  1. Even though the cooling system does seem to work, I’m not convinced by the 72 hour protection it claims to have (the same is true for the 48 hr. protection of the Hair Minimiser version). I feel that competitors such as Dove, with their roll-on sticks in particular, work miles better in that department.

Final Conclusions

Of the two Soft & Gentle deodorants, I recommend the cooling system product as a ‘gym only’ option. It will help minimise perspiration during your session (subject to each individual who uses it of course), and so, will make you feel more comfortable.

Regarding the hair minimiser, however, I would not recommend it for everyone. It may work for some people, and it’s certainly worth a go at £2.99 per deodorant (available at Superdrug), but unfortunately for me, this one did not do the job.

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This Month’s Birchbox Design

The May Birchbox design was pretty awesome as it was a limited edition scratchbox, meaning I was able to scratch my very own design into the cover of the box:

May Birchbox

May Birchbox Has Arrived

I was almost reminded of being a little kid again, when my Granddad would buy little scratch cards and hand me one along with a coin so I could scratch away for some winnings. I tried to scratch a little design into the box (I know it’s not great), as I do like to get a little more creative and imaginative with such things.

The Beauty Products

theBalm Cosmetics Staniac® in Beauty Queen

Makeup: theBalm Cosmetics Staniac Beauty Queen

This two-in-one lip and cheek stain is fantastic for all you beauty queens out there who like a couple of extra minutes in bed before work. The product does exactly what it says on the packaging, it provides a sheer, understated tint for those days at work, or a slightly more noticeable (yet still classy) look for those nights out on the town when more make-up is needed for a lasting look. This is one of my favourites from this month’s Birchbox, as it is so small and portable, and does more than just one thing. Definitely an essential for my make-up bag!

Rituals The Ritual of Dao Mindful Body Scrub

Beauty Product: Rituals the Ritual of Dao Mindful Body Scrub

Living in London, I’m sure a lot of ladies (and perhaps even gentlemen) can sympathise with the fact that the pollution, the weather and even the stress from work can be quite rough on the skin. This body scrub, therefore, is exactly the right thing to get your skin soft and glowing again. With its ultra fine Chinese bamboo particles, this is the perfect product to scrub away those dead skin particles and that stress to leave both your skin and your mind relaxed once again.

Philip Kingsley PK Prep Polishing Balm

May Products: Philip Kingsley Prep Polishing Balm

Are you looking for a nourishing hair balm which also makes those gorgeous locks more glossy? Well look no further because the Philip Kingsley polishing balm does just that! I know what you’re thinking, ‘wouldn’t it just be easier to use my usual conditioner, or even just shampoo my hair?’ Maybe, but you would be missing out on providing that extra bit of TLC for your hair and let’s face it, if you live somewhere hot (or even like me, in a big city like London), your hair will be under a lot of stress from the pollution and heat. This is where the polishing balm comes in, as it brings your hair back to its natural glossiness.

Spectrum Collections Unicorn Tears Wonder Sponge (Pink)

Spectrum Collections Unicorn Tears Wonder Makeup Sponge

This multi-purpose sponge is a genius tool for anyone who needs to apply flawless makeup. With its thin tip and rounded end, the sponge can easily be used to blend in creams on a larger surface area, or other liquid products on smaller areas such as just beneath the eye (or even on the eye lid). I absolutely love this sponge and am already looking to buy a couple more as it is just great for blending in products.

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet

Birchbox: Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet

According to the brand, this product will give your body an antioxidant boost, much like a daily glass of red. It’s fruity smell provides a bonus alongside its formula which works on all kinds of skin. So whether you have dry, oily or even combination skin, Caudalie’s moisturising sorbet offers a soothing and hydrating treatment.

A Little Extra: Vita Coconut Oil

Vita Coconut Oil

I do love using coconut oil for various things, whether it’s for oil pulling (article on this here), or for cooking, it just has fantastic health benefits and I do recommend everyone using it!

This Month’s Favourite Beauty Product

This month’s box is making it quite hard to choose my absolute favourite product, but all in all I would have to say it’s the Rituals The Ritual of Dao Mindful Body Scrub with it’s soothing formula. I’m thinking of buying this product as it practically exfoliated all of my stress away!

As always, thank you for reading Coffee Guaranteed. x

I’ve recently made the decision to sign up to Birchbox in April, and subscribe for 12 boxes (one box a month), to get some more beauty inspiration and some exposure to new beauty products. Some of us women do tend to keep products from years ago, thinking “I might use that one day”, then some day comes around and the product has grown a second life form or separated into oils and paste. Having recently moved as well, I got rid of all such old products, meaning my inspiration for buying new products has been wearing thin, as I can barely remember what I owned in the first place.

My first inspiration stops were Vogue and Glamour magazines. Being any girl’s fashion and beauty bibles, these seemed like the best place to go. I soon found myself on the Bobbi Brown website, putting product after product in my basket and nearly having a heart attack when I saw the £300 bill all of this was going to come to. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adore Bobbi Brown make-up, it’s so worth the money! But I did feel like I should invest in a more diverse range of products, and what better place to test random products than at Birchbox! My April Birchbox came along in the post a week ago, with the most beautiful packaging:

My First Birchbox

Birchbox in April

April Birchbox

My April Birchbox Products

Kueshi Foot Care Cream

Birchbox: Kueshi Foot Care Cream

Beaver Professional Hydro Nutritive Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner

Birchbox: Beaver Conditioner & Shampoo

Benefit Dew the Hoola Liquid Bronzer

Benefit Dew the Hoola Liquid Bronzer

Cynthia Rowley Beauty Eyeliner (Black)

Black Cynthia Rowley Beauty Eyeliner

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse® Hair Oil

Birchbox: NUXE Huile Prodigieuse® Hair Oil

My Favourite Product in April

My favourite out of all five products in the April box was the Kueshi Foot Care Cream! The product is so soothing and works really well if you have dried skin on the soles of your feet. It has a distinct smell of eucalyptus, but is actually made of tea tree oil, royal jelly and sweet almond oil:

The product packaging recommends using the cream twice a day (once in the morning and once in the evening), to ensure your feet are fully taken care of, all day long!

Overall Impressions

So far, I’m super happy with my April Birchbox, and am really looking forward to the up-coming boxes. I love the variety of products, and I love the fact that I get to try five new items every month. I often find it hard to decide what I want to try when I read all of the information I find in magazines like Vogue or Glamour every month. Birchbox just makes trying new things super easy, and if you don’t like what you’ve tried you simply don’t buy it!

As always, thanks for reading Coffee Guaranteed. x