If you’re anything like me, you’ll have pots and jars of different skincare items littering your bathroom and bedroom.
They do all get used, but the pots end up in the recycling after they’re done for the most part, which makes me feel quite bad about my consumption.
I saw a TikTok recently about Bolt Beauty, who make little ampoules made of seaweed designed to reduce that problem.
Rather than buying new jars each time, you buy a jar first time around, then refill with bags of the drops when you’re done.
They got in touch with me asking if I’d like to try them out, so in the name of Is It Worth the Faff? I graciously accepted.
This way, I can let you guys know whether their skincare credentials measure up to their eco ones.
What are Bolt Beauty drops?
These little drops come in four varieties. The first is a cleanser, then there are two serums, and a moisturiser.
Serum-wise, you can choose between Vitamin A Game, which is full of retinol and great for anti-aging and skin suppleness, or Glow Don’t Shine, which has clary sage, peppermint, and other essential oils to mattify the skin and regulate oil production.
You can either buy the full-size jars, or mini stackable ones that you can travel with. As mentioned above, you then refill with a bag of drops rather than another jar.
When it comes to using the products, you simply twist the pointy-outy-bit (technical term) and squeeze out your cleanser or serum or moisturiser.
The recommended routine incorporates all four products, but you can mix and match to suit your needs.
It’s markedly less faff than pulling out numerous different droppers and tubs out. You have exactly what you need to use in the same place and format.
The seaweed drops themselves are ever-so-slightly more faffy. They dissolve in water, but I’d been absent-mindedly putting them in the bathroom bin.
A really fishy smell started emanating from the bathroom after a few days, and not knowing what it was I cleaned the bathroom so hard Mrs Hinch would be jealous – until I realised the source of the problem was the partly-degraded ampoules.
Since then, I’ve started dissolving them, and there have been no more problems.
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First let me say that I totally screwed up, and for weeks was using the Filthy Clean cleanser as a serum after cleansing. Note to self: got to start reading the instructions.
I ended up with a big spot on my cheek, which made me thank the lord for lockdown. However, that’s totally my own fault rather than anyone else’s. When I realised my mistake, it cleared up quickly and my skin feels great.
A downside is that the Filthy Clean cleanser drops don’t really contain enough product to take off much makeup or feel like you’re getting a thorough wash. I think in future I’d use them for travelling rather than everyday.
The Mad About Moisturiser drops are lightweight, and would probably suit those who don’t go for heavy creams. For me, I found them great for day, but prefer something a little thicker for night time.
The real stars of the show here, though, are the serums. Each are butter-soft and the drops contain the perfect amount to spread nicely all over the face.
They smell beautiful (but not too strong) and have made my skin feel glowy and dewy over the few weeks I’ve been using them.
Is it worth the faff?
Yes. These drops reduce the environmental impact of our skincare routines, and have travel-friendly and effective products inside.
I’d say your best bet is to start out with the mini selection, then you can go from there to decide which you like best.
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