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Vegan Cuts Vegan Beauty Box
by Marla Rose
I’ll just get this out in the open right at the get go. I am a frustrated beauty product junky.
I am a junky, yes, but I have kept my habits under control for years
because I just cannot keep up with the cruelty-free statuses of the
various companies. It’s so complicated and ever-changing. For one, some
companies do not test on animals but don’t maintain a cruelty-free line
because some products, like mascara, may contain animal ingredients
such as lanolin or beeswax, while others, like lip pencils, do not.
Another complication arises when the brand itself does not test but the
parent company does, such as in the case of Origins being owned by
Estée Lauder, a company that does test to be compliant with regulations
in China. And yet another complication arises when brands that do not
test are acquired by brands that do, such as in the recent buy-out of
the vegan-friendly Tarte Cosmetics by Japan’s Kose Company. It’s too
much for me to keep track of so I tend to stay safe with the few brands
and items I trust but that gets boring when I’m ready to try out new
colors and products. (I know, I know, first world problems...)
This is all to say that the ever-shifting world of cruelty-free
cosmetics is very hard to navigate at times but now we have something
to help those of us who want to audition new personal care products in
our rotation without compromising our values and without giving us
headaches. Vegan Beauty Box to the rescue!
Vegan Beauty Box, brought to us by the style mavens behind Vegan Cuts,
offers the same concept behind their signature snack box to personal
care products and cosmetics: for $19.95 each month, subscribers get
between 4 - 7 new products to test. (They ship internationally!) Some
full-size items, some sample sizes, all carefully vetted to ensure the
cruelty-free status as well as attention to high quality of
ingredients, the Beauty Box has been painstakingly curated to bring a
good variety of unique, lovely items in each delivery. I received
a complimentary Beauty Box for review a week or so ago and I have to
say that I am very impressed. The May Vegan Beauty Box was a great
value for a thwarted product junky such as myself and a nice
opportunity to try some exciting emerging brands. Here was what came in
my box and my honest review of each item:
Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques:
Who wants to put chemicals close to their eyes? This stuff is loaded
with ingredients like organic aloe, horsetail and burdock for a mascara
that is not only effective (it did not smudge but it was easy to wash
off) but natural. It even smelled good. I got some nice lash extension
out of it, too, and no clumps. This was a sample size.
Goddess Garden Organics Sunny Body 30 SPF Natural Sunscreen: Chemical-free, dermatologist recommended and 100% biodegradable (plus stored in a recyclable tube), this sunscreen
received a top rating from the Environmental Working Group for its high
standards. With certified organic ingredients that still offers 40
minutes of broad resistant skin protection, this sunscreen was
lightweight , easily absorbed and not greasy, which I love. The whole
family can use this beauty. This came in a sample size.
Halona by Tallulah Jane: Fresh, bright and subtle, the Halona
scent by natural and sustainable perfume crafters Tallulah Jane is
perfect for the warm days ahead. With lime, ginger and “Eastern
spices,” it is a gently refreshing scent. It reminds me a bit of a tea
in a Japanese teahouse: tranquil and herby. Scents are so personal and
while I gravitate toward spicier ones, I can imagine this would be
especially nice in the summer months. For anyone looking for a
non-cloying but distinct scent, Halona may be perfect. This came in a
Sevi Blue Yarrow Sea Salt Texturizer: Designed to give curls light body and definition without the crunchiness that so often comes with similar products, this
made me “SQUEEEE!” the second I saw it in the box. Curly girl powers:
activated. It did not disappoint. Not only does it smell heavenly from
the essential oils - including grapefruit and Mandarin scents - it
gives curls a nice little lift and sassy bounce while imparting a
softness. I would definitely order this again. This came in a 2.15 oz.
spray bottle, a $4.00 value.
Gourmet Body Treats Raw Finishing Powder: Ooo la la. Is it hot in here or is it just me? Doesn’t matter because now I have Raw Finishing Powder
to the rescue. Arriving in a beautiful square container that made me
fan myself with excitement, this finishing powder is gluten-free,
paraben-free and basically safe to eat if that’s what steams your
broccoli. Made with organic arrowroot, hibiscus extract, sugar beets
and more plant sources, this powder melts like fairy dust into your
skin and creates a lovely finish with skin that can still breathe. In
other words, this ain’t your grandma’s heavy powder. Lovely stuff. This
came in a 0.25 oz. container, a $32.00 value!
Holy moly, this is the pièce de résistance, my friends. The holy grail,
the big kahuna...okay, I’ll stop. You get the idea. The SkinAgain brand was developed by someone who suffered bad burns. This
particular line is designed to diminish wrinkles and dark spots as well
as improve elasticity. It works on all skin types, including my
sensitive skin (it is paraben-, fragrance-, and gluten-free) and it is
allergy tested. This stuff is an amazing elixir: lightweight but
effective. I saw noticeable improvement in my skin quality, making it
dewier and with a softer texture. I will most likely order this again.
Hold on to your seats, too: Vegan Beauty Box subscribers received a
full 3.4 fluid oz. tube, which retails for $64.00. Yes, $64.00 in a $19.95 box!
Yowza, this was a great value. I highly recommend the Vegan Beauty Box
for yourself or as a gift (they can be purchased that way, too). It is
very worth it, a lot of fun, and a great chance to support some
exceptional small businesses.
Vegan Street received this product for free to review and this was my honest evaluation.
2013, 2014, Vegan Street