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Yes, I’ve done it again – I’ve snuck the review for this month’s box into the very last day of the month. Happy Halloween by the way!
One of these days my life will be less hectic and I will review the box on time, I swear. However, that day is not today so here we are.
As I always do with these reviews, I’ll be giving a little rundown of what The Cruelty Free Beauty Box is, the different plans that are on offer, and the options I chose when I signed up. Once again, as I always say, if you’ve read my reviews before then feel free to skip this part to what I received in this month’s box.
What is ‘The Cruelty Free Beauty Box’?
The Cruelty Free Beauty Box is pretty much as it sounds – a beauty box that contains only cruelty free products. The Beauty Box subscription is £14.95 per month, and contains 5 beauty products. They send out each box around the 10th of each month.
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.
They also have an option to create your own box, which allows you to pick your 5 products from a list. You pick 4 products with a value between £0 and £10 and then a final product that is valued at £10+. This box costs £19.95 and is not run on a subscription.
What I Received
The photo above shows what I received in October’s box, from left to right, top to bottom, I received:
- Sknfed ‘Chocolate Bar Face Soap’ in ‘Cocoa & Vanilla’ – £8.95
- Manna Kadar ‘HD Volumizing Mascara Deluxe Size’ – £10.00
- CHOBS ‘Rice Bran’ Sheet Mask – £4.10
- Naissance ‘Rosehip Virgin Certified Organic Oil’ – £2.99
- BAO Skincare ‘Hydrating Rose Mist’ – £8.40 (approx)
Usually I take the prices from the little card provided but I’ve lost it somewhere so the bottom two I worked out myself, and the remaining ones are taken from The Cruelty Free Beauty Box’s website. The Naissance price is based on another Naissance oil that was given in the July box.
Overall, the total value of this month’s box is £34.44. This is more than double the price paid for the box and is a great value.
Like I said in my previous review, if you recognise some of these products it’s because some of them, that I knew I wouldn’t use, have been placed into an Instagram giveaway (which closes 02/11/18). If you’d like to enter that giveaway then you can do so here.
Sknfed ‘Chocolate Bar Face Soap’ in ‘Cocoa & Vanilla’ – £8.95
Is this not THE coolest packaging?! When I saw this in my box I was unbelievably excited. I love chocolate and I love skincare so why would I not love skincare shaped like chocolate?
This product is pretty much how it sounds. It’s a face soap that is wrapped in foil and then the brown paper. Inside, the soap is shaped like a regular chocolate bar, where you can break off pieces to use.
The description for this product on the beauty box’s website is:
‘Sknfed Chocolate Bar Face Soap is a gentle exfoliant rich in antioxidants. These antioxidants help to block free radicals, while the vanilla with in the product acts as an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial .
Simply Break a piece of your chocolate bar, using water lather between hands. Apply to face with hands in a circular motion. Rinse with warm water.’
I’ve actually only used this product once. It was pretty exciting breaking the piece of ‘chocolate’ (soap) off. I’m slightly disappointed that it doesn’t smell like chocolate when you’re using it though – it just smells like your regular ol’ soap.
When I used it, I did notice that the skin on both of my cheeks went very red and my eyes were stinging for a little while. Sometimes I do have weird reactions to organic products, so this may just be me. Regardless, I haven’t tried it again since. I probably will give it another go at some point in the future just to double check that I do have a reaction to it, but it does put me off a little.
I really like the idea behind the product, I think the design and packaging is really cute.
If you would like to try this product then you can check it out on The Cruelty Free Beauty Box website here.
Manna Kadar ‘HD Volumizing Mascara Deluxe Size’ – £10.00
To be completely honest, I don’t think I’ve had a single Manna Kadar product that I liked. I don’t know why, it’s extremely rare for this to happen. However, I’m always open to trying different products from them to see if they’ll work for me. I do love mascaras so I was interested to see this product in my box.
This product’s description from The Cruelty Free Beauty Box’s website is:
‘This mascara lengthens, curls, volumizes and lifts lashes. You’ll get a clump free application and lashes that look goodand stay flake free all day long. The formula is also buildable to reach your desired results.’
It does work pretty well, it’s good at lengthening my lashes and is very black. Whilst it does work well as a mascara, I have two issues with the product. Firstly, it’s really small and I would in no way call it a ‘deluxe size’ sample. Additionally, I think the £10.00 is high for how small the sample is. This is something that I find with Manna Kadar products, they are generally pretty pricey in my opinion.
However, if you think this product is for you then you can have a look at on the beauty box’s website here.
CHOBS ‘Rice Bran’ Sheet Mask – £4.10
If you’ve been reading for a while, then you’ll know that I love face masks – especially sheet masks. So I was glad to see this in my box. I haven’t had a sheet mask in the beauty box before so this was a nice surprise.
This product’s description from the box’s website is:
‘An amazing blend of Organic rice bran extract, organic chamomile flower water and organic rose extract.
Rice bran extract is very rich in vitamin E and fatty acids, which hydrates the skin and helps it retain moisture. Chamomile flower leaf soothes the sensitive and dry skin. Organic rose extract works as natural astringent to help tighten pores, restore the suppleness for a glowy complexion.’
I haven’t actually used this yet as it’s been difficult to find time to do face masks with my boyfriend being in hospital, but I’m excited to get round to it and I definitely will use it.
Although I am not the biggest fan of rose, I’m hoping that it doesn’t smell to strongly of it as the claims of the product sound fantastic!
If you would like to try this product then you can get it from The Cruelty Free Beauty Box’s website here. Additionally, there are a few different sheet mask options, so if this specific one doesn’t appeal to you then you can check out the different choices here.
Naissance ‘Rosehip Virgin Certified Organic Oil’ – £2.99
This next product I was a little confused about for a while because it looks near identical to a product from the same brand we received in the July box. The only difference between the packaging for this product and the packaging of the Naissance oil in the July box is the number on the packaging.
This product’s description taken from the box’s website is as follows:
‘100% pure, unrefined, cold pressed Rosehip Oil certified organic by the Soil Association. This soothing and hydrating oil provides excellent moisturisation, suitable for all skin types including those with mature skin. Rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins. Can be used in your homemade facial serums, toners, body/massage oils, bath oils, creams, lotions and balms. Can be used as an effective but gentle facial cleanser and make up remover.’
This is a product (along with the similar oil from the July box) that is in my Instagram giveaway as I know I won’t use it.
BAO Skincare ‘Hydrating Rose Mist’ – £8.40 (approx)
As with the previous item, this is another product that I know I wouldn’t get use out of. I love the packaging and I love hydrating mists (I use a hyaluronic acid one from Superdrug). However, as I mentioned just now, I really don’t like the scent of rose in products. Therefore, I’d rather give this product to someone who I know would use it, than keep it myself, use it once and decide I don’t like it.
The Cruelty Free Beauty Box’s website has the following description for this product:
‘Mist all over your face and neck, to hydrate, brighten & soften for a glowing complexion. It also helps to plump the skin thanks to the hyaluronic acid. Comes in a beautiful glass bottle.’
Whilst this product sounds fantastic (and I know I’d love that it contains hyaluronic acid), as I said, I just know I wouldn’t like it.
Overall, this box was a bit 50/50 to me. I will use/have used the first three products, and I’m particularly excited about the sheet mask. Whilst the last two products aren’t items that I would personally use, I’m happy to be sending them to someone else who will get use out of them. As I always say, even if the box isn’t necessarily 100% to my taste, I appreciate the opportunity to try new products and new brands. If you think you’d like this box then you can check out their different plans here.
Also, if you’d like to check out my previous reviews on The Cruelty Free Beauty Box, and boxes that I was receiving before going cruelty free, then you can do so here.
So this brings us to the end of this review on October 2018 The Cruelty Free Beauty Box, I told you I’d sneak it into this month! If you enjoyed reading then please give this review a like. Also if you aren’t following my blog then please do, I’m so close to my goal this year and I’d appreciate you being part of my journey.
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