Welp, it’s officially November! That means that I am now getting up at 5:00 a.m. every weekday until the month is over. My dog woke me up at 4:40 this morning as if to jump-start the process, so I didn’t have much of a choice 🙂 It was a pretty productive morning at least: I paid bills, cashed in some Birchbox points, and made a purchase for the first time ever from NewLook with some items that have been hanging out in my cart for over a week.
Vegan Cuts and Petit Vour are both subscription boxes that send out monthly beauty goodies, but in this case, they’re both vegan! What did I think of both boxes? Keep reading to find out 🙂
Vegan Cuts Beauty Box
The box: monthly box with 4-7 100% cruelty-free products “ranging from unique cosmetics to luxurious skincare.” It consists of mostly organic and natural products, ranging from sample-size to full-size products.
Brand sample: Pangea Organics, LVX, John Masters Organics, Sevi, Goddess Garden Organics, Lauren Brooke, Skinagain
Extras: one-time themed boxes available for purchase in their Beauty Shop
Floss Gloss nail lacquer ($8) in Picnic is a 3-free “weathered cranberry creme” color. When I saw they were including one of three colors in every Vegan Cuts beauty box for October, I was actually hoping for Donatella, a pretty pumpkin-color with a lot of gold shimmer, since I already have so many burgundy/reds in my polish collection. Despite the brightness of the bottle, it actually goes on a gorgeous dark, dark burgundy, much darker than the rest of my reds. I would show you a picture of my feet, but I’m not all about putting that on my blog 😛 I’ve been wearing it over a week with zero chipping!
This coffee bean-illa scrub by Lovinah is exactly what it sounds like. I haven’t figured out the best use for it yet, though I did apply it to the back of my hands in the shower. It feels exactly like wiping damp coffee grounds on your skin. With a scent as strong as coffee, it may work best as an occasional facial exfoliator. Overall, I’m not quite sure what to do with this product as the sample size is plenty big and I’m not going to use it all that often.
This pure energy serum by Lotus Wei ($10) is another favorite from the box. They’ve got an entire line of serums and elixirs designed to do everything from quiet your mind, to give you energy, to inspire action. My only wish was that the scent was slightly stronger. I have an addiction to lemon and orange-scented products, and this is so light you almost can’t even smell it (which is maybe the point…). I like to do one pump on my wrists and dab some on my cheekbones for a dewy glow!
This deluxe travel set from Hylunia ($35) makes up a whole line of their paraben and phosphate-free skincare. The collection is designed to “fight aging, acne, redness, and dryness without clogging your pores.”
I’m not a big fan of bar soaps (because they make such a mess on the counter to clean up!), so when I received this watermelon hand soap from South Side Soaps as an extra in my box, I wasn’t overly impressed, though the skull was appropriate for Halloween’s timing.
Overall, the box’s contents (over a $60 value) were pretty impressive. I was happy not to receive any foil packets or single-use samples, as you can never really gauge a product’s qualities with just one use. However at $20/month, and with 6 subscription boxes for October (6? 7? I can’t even keep track), this one will not be making the November cut. Were money not a factor, I would continue my subscription because I think the value is absolutely worth it, and come on, cruelty-free? All the time if I could.
The box: monthly box with 4-5 luxurious and vegan beauty products. Goodies range from sample size to full products.
Brand sample: Ellovi, Forager, Harvey Prince, Lotus Wei, Pacifica, LVX, California Naturel, Everyday Minerals
Extras: earn points for reviewing, purchasing, and friend recommendations; redeem points for $ off in their shop
This Pacifica Devocean natural lipstick in Firebird ($14) is a vibrant orange-red, that goes on much more like a balm than a lipstick. It’s not heavy at all and lasted for over 4 hours w/o reapplication. The container is also 100% recyclable! 🙂
Body butters are tricky. This wild mint body butter from flo+theo (sample size; full-size is $28) is no exception. My main problem is that I have a really hard time sitting still. I’m constantly touching things, which leaves a greasy residue behind after application. The smell is perfectly paired with the butter without being too strong. I found the best time to apply is right before going to bed.
This natural eau de parfum from Forager Botanicals in Heaven Scent (sample size; full size is $98) has notes of “succulent florals, citrus and honey” (though there is no honey in the formation of the perfume), though to me it just smells kind of woodsy. Not bad, but I think I’ll stick to my Molecule 01. I’m pretty picky in my choice of perfume.
My initial thought was “another day, another argan oil.” However, upon closer inspection, this argan oil from Lavina (sample size; full-size is $20) is actually sourced from a woman’s cooperative in Morocco to help support economic and social welfare! How cool is that?
Unfortunately, this natural deodorant from Schmidt’s in Bergamot + Lime (sample size; full-size is $10) is just not doing it for me. The instructions: “[u]sing the fingertips, apply a pea-size amount to each underarm.” Sounds simple, right? The problem is, its packed into the jar like a balm and you have to dig it out to get it to work, try to rub it around on your underarms, and then use a nail utensil to scrape out the gunk under your nails. It’s just way too much work, and I didn’t find the deo to be particularly effective.
Overall, the box had a decent selection of products to sample, and its on the lower price range of Vegan beauty boxes. That being said, I think I still preferred VeganCuts over Petit Vour. Too bad I was only sampling these boxes in October and have since canceled my subscriptions. I may pick back up the VeganCuts BB subscription at some point, but for now I’ll be sticking with Ipsy (tomorrow’s post!) and Birchbox.