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The Cruelty Free Beauty Box March 2018 Review

Hello and Welcome!

You’ll be pleased to know I’m now going to be less busy than I have been for the last few weeks, therefore you will be seeing reviews more frequently on my blog again!

At the beginning of last week, I received my second ever The Cruelty Free Beauty Box subscription. Whilst I usually review subscription boxes faster than this, having had it for this long means I have a real idea of the products in the box and my thoughts on this month’s box as a whole.

The first part of this review will be the same as last month’s (and will always be the same), as I’ll explain a little about what The Cruelty Free Beauty Box is. The structure of these reviews will also always be the same!

What is ‘The Cruelty Free Beauty Box’?

You can choose between either ‘The Beauty Box’, or ‘The Makeup Box’, each contains 5 full-sized, travel, and sample-sized products. The Beauty Box is £14.95 per month, and the makeup one is £19.95 per month. Items from each box can cross over, so you can receive makeup items in the beauty box. They send out each box around the 10th of each month.

I chose the Beauty Box as I wanted a more diverse box that didn’t just contain makeup (and it was cheaper).

When you choose your plan, you create a profile of sorts. It will ask: your skin tone, makeup style, nail preference, skin type, hair length, hair type, hair colour, if you sunbathe, and if you fake tan. You also have the opportunity to provide your birthday.

If anyone is interested, I chose: Fair, dark and sultry, dark, dry, short, straight, brown, I don’t sunbathe, I fake tan.

What I Received 

The Cruelty Free Beauty Box March 2018

The photo above details what I received in this month’s box. From left to right, top to bottom, I was sent:

  • The Soap Story ‘Soap Loofah’ in ‘Cookies’ – £2.95

  • Le Mont Botanique Cleanser – £9.69

  • Walden Natural Perfume in ‘A Little Star Dust’ – £6.00

  • Bellapierre ‘Shimmer Roll’ – £14.99

  • Zerreau ‘Towel Off Shampoo Foam’ in ‘Apple’ – £3.95

All prices have been taken from The Cruelty Free Beauty Box website here.

Using these prices, this month’s box value is £37.58. Whilst this is less than last month’s value, it’s still pretty fantastic given that I only paid £14.95 for this box.

The Soap Story ‘Soap Loofah’ in ‘Cookies’ – £2.95

The Soap Story Soap Loofah in 'Cookies'

Now I’m not going to lie, when I opened my box and saw this, my first thought was ‘I hope they don’t send a soap every month’. Since this is only my second box, I’m slightly concerned with the fact I’ve had a soap in both boxes. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good soap, but there’s only so much soap a girl can own and actually use. The one from last month is a charcoal soap, so because I have dry skin I only use that soap in the shower on my nose and chin. Therefore, I’ve hardly made a dent on it in a month.

The description for this product is pretty short, unlike some of the other descriptions. On The Cruelty Free Beauty Box website, it’s described with the following:

‘Comforting cookies and cream without the calories
Lather over the body, rinse well, avoid contact with the eyes. For external use only.’

Putting aside the fact this is the second soap in two boxes, I actually love this soap. Firstly, it smells incredible! I wouldn’t describe it as the most typical cookie scent – it smells exactly like the Zoella ‘Festive Cookie’ Christmas candle from last year (so if you have that, you know how this smells). The scent from this filled the entire box and I could smell it before I’d even opened the box.

The built-in loofah is something I’ve never seen or tried before, but it’s really useful and I’ve been using it all over my body in the shower since I got it in this box. It makes my skin really soft and exfoliates away any dead skin with the loofah part – it’s like a 2 in 1 product! The loofah can be slightly abrasive but as long as you ensure you add a lot of the soap from the other side before you use the loofah side, it’s fine.

I’d highly recommend this product, it smells great, exfoliates, and is really affordable! This is definitely my favourite product from this month’s box.

If you’d like to try this product then you can purchase it for £2.95 on The Cruelty Free Beauty Box website here. They have a whole bunch of other scents and variants too which you can find for the same price here.

Le Mont Botanique Cleanser – £9.69

Le Mont Botanique Cleanser

When I saw this product I wasn’t massively excited, but I think that’s because I’m not the greatest fan of the packaging. However, I do use cleansers so I was interested in trying this product out.

The description on The Cruelty Free Beauty Box website is as follows:

‘Formulated with pure Bulgarian rosewater and rose oil, this face wash offers effective daily cleansing, while protecting the skin’s natural oil balance, keeping it hydrated and nourished. Its natural antiseptic, anti-inflammatory properties soothes and cools sensitive and irritated skin. These luxurious natural ingredients that are rich in antioxidants, key vitamins and moisturising properties help refine texture, restore elasticity, leaving skin energised, smooth and with a beautiful glow. Also stimulates blood circulation and cell regeneration to counteract the ageing process.’

Personally, I find this description slightly confusing as I don’t think it’s 100% clear what exactly the product is supposed to do (it seems to do everything).

I’ve been using this product in the shower to replace my Pixi Glow Cleanser which recently ran out. I use this product in the shower as it’s a cleanser that needs washing off, and I don’t tend to like using those types before bed (because I’m lazy). The product comes out as a gel and a little goes a long way, I still haven’t worked out exactly how much you need. I keep ending up with too much.

I have used this product a quite few times and I do like how it feels when I’m using it however I can’t say that I’ve noticed any change in my skin before and after using it. This may change with continued use. However, for me, I probably won’t purchase this again once I run out as I know I can get other cleansers similar to this one for a cheaper price (for example a Botanics cleanser).

If you would like to try out this product then you can get it for £9.69 here.

Walden Natural Perfume in ‘A Little Star Dust’ – £6.00

Walden Natural Perfume A Little Star Dust

I’m always interested in receiving perfume – the amount of small samples of perfume I have is out of hand. Despite having one large perfume that I use most days, I still enjoy trying out new ones and find samples to be the perfect way to do that (plus you can usually get them for free). Therefore, I was excited when I saw this product in the box – especially because it’s much bigger than the typical sample.

On The Cruelty Free Beauty Box website, this perfume is described with the following:

‘A Little Star-Dust is a sumptuous bouquet of Ylang Ylang, Iris and Jasmine enriched with hints of creamy Amyris and exotic Tonka Bean.

  • Top Notes: Iris, Coffee
  • Heart Notes: Jasmine, Ylang Ylang
  • Base Notes: Amyris, Labdanum, Tonka Bean Vanilla’

I find it difficult to review perfume because there’s not really much about it that you can review since taste in perfume is such a personal thing. All I can say is that this particular one from Walden isn’t for me. I haven’t actually warn this one as I don’t like the smell of it in the bottle. Whilst I know that perfumes smell differently on the skin than they do in the bottle, I’m still not attracted enough to it to try it out. However, as I said, this is all personal preference. If the description of the notes in the perfume sounds like something you typically go for, then you may love this one. Furthermore, they have a bunch of different scent variants of the perfume so there may be one you would like, even if you don’t enjoy this one.

If you’d like to try this Walden perfume in ‘A Little Star Dust’ then you can get it for £6.00 here. Additionally, you can shop the other types of this perfume here.

Bellápierre ‘Shimmer Roll’ – £14.99

 

I’ve owned items from Bellápierre before and they’ve always been good quality so I was happy to see a product from them in this month’s box.

On The Cruelty Free Beauty Box website, this product doesn’t have a very detailed description. It simply says:

‘This stunning Shimmer Roll can be used for the face, body and eyes.’

Whilst I did an initial swatch that you can see above, I haven’t found myself reaching for this product at all. The product itself is far too glittery for me to use on my cheekbone as a highlight and it’s been too cold (and snowy) in the UK recently to use it elsewhere on my body. I think I’ll probably use this product to highlight parts of my body in the summer (such as collar bones, shoulders, and down the centre of the shinbone), but currently this product isn’t being used at all.

Personally, I’m not the biggest fan of the fact that the product has a roller ball that the shimmer comes out of. I understand that it makes it easy to apply for the body, but I’ve never struggled to apply highlight with a brush on my body.

If you’d like to purchase this then you can do so for £14.99 on The Cruelty Free Beauty Box website here.

Zerreau ‘Towel Off Shampoo Foam’ in ‘Apple’ – £3.95

Zerreau Towel Off Shampoo Foam

This was the product I was by far the most curious about in this month’s box. I’ve never seen a product like this before and it was the first one I tried from this box.

On The Cruelty Free Beauty Box website, this product has the following description:

‘To use simply apply the New dry shampoo foam directly to roots, massage to lift dirt and grease, then remove whilst wet by towel drying. Dirt and grease is lifted into the foam and removed with the towel. This gives the hair a much better clear than with traditional dry shampoo!’

Whilst I was excited to try out this product, when I did I honestly wasn’t the biggest fan. I followed the directions, adding the foam to my roots and massaging before towel drying. My hair wasn’t really that greasy when I used this product but after I’d used it, it honestly looked so much worse. Towel drying doesn’t really dry your hair properly and rubbing your hair with a towel can cause damage to your hair, so I tend to avoid doing that as much as possible. However, for this product I did try to towel dry my hair, and it didn’t really make much of a difference. It wasn’t particularly fast to use this product (not as quick as using a regular dry shampoo at least) and the fact that it makes hair wet just made me question – why not just wash my hair? On the plus side, it smelt really good!

I’m unsure if I just used it wrong, or if it isn’t designed for my hair, but either way I’m disappointed that this didn’t work as well as I had hoped. Whilst I’ll probably give this another go, I think I’d rather just reach for a dry shampoo, instead of this product, in the future if my hair needs a little bit of a refresh between washes.

However, if you’d like to give this a go, it is pretty affordable and it may work better for you. Therefore, if you would like to try it then you can do so on The Cruelty Free Beauty Box website here (they also have other scents).

Overall, I’m pretty impressed with this month’s box. My favourite product by far is the soap – it smells great, exfoliates well, and leaves my skin super soft! Whilst I haven’t used the other products as much, I’ll definitely use up the cleanser, and I’ll use the Bellápierre product during the summer. I’ll also try the perfume just to double check that I still don’t like it when it’s worn on my body. As with last month’s box, I think the value is fantastic and I love this box since it gives me the opportunity to try cruelty free products from brands that I may not have experienced before. I can’t wait for next month (although I hope there’s not another soap)! If you’d like to subscribe to this box then you can by checking out The Cruelty Free Beauty Box’s website here.

If you’d like to read my review for last month’s box then you can do here.

So this brings us to the end of this review of The Cruelty Free Beauty Box, I really hope that you enjoyed reading it! If you did, then please give this post a quick like. Additionally, be sure to follow my blog if you think that it’s something that you’d like to read in the future – I’m a cruelty free beauty blogger so if you’re interested in reviews on cruelty free products then you’re in the right place!

Love,

Charlotte (Multibendystraw)

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