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Yes, it’s time for another review of The Cruelty Free Beauty Box! I know it wasn’t that long ago that I posted February’s but I’m trying to stay on top of things better and get posts out on time.
Before we get into what I received this month, I’ll be giving a quick rundown of who The Cruelty Free Beauty Box are. If you’ve already read one (or more) of my reviews, or already know who they are, then feel free to skip this part.
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 February 2019’s The Cruelty Free Beauty box. From left to right, top to bottom, I got:
- Pure Chimp ‘Natural Shampoo Bar’ – £6.95
- Tropika Skin ‘Coconut Cleansing Oil’ – £6.95 (for the 30ml sample)
- Pure Chimp ‘Matcha Tea Sample’ (this is a freebie with this month’s box)
- Bellápierre Cosmetics ‘Shimmering Powder’ in ‘Refined’ (I think but I don’t have it with me) – £12.99
- Evolve Orangic Beauty ‘Hyaluronic 200’ – £12.00 (for 10ml sample)
- Native Unearthed ‘Natural Deodorant Balm’ in ‘Coconut & Vanilla’ – £3.95 (for 15ml sample)
I actually have the card that came with the box for once, so these are the prices printed on the card. In total, using these prices, the March 2019 box retail value is £42.84. As always, the value of the box is incredible and the product selection always covers a few different categories. So, let’s jump into what I thought of each product.
Pure Chimp ‘Natural Shampoo Bar’ – £6.95
I saw this product as a sneak peek on The Cruelty Free Beauty Box’s Instagram story and I was extremely excited to say the least! I’ve been really wanting to try a shampoo bar and I want to cut down my plastic use so I was happy to see a solid shampoo bar in this month’s box.
The description for this product on the box’s website is:
‘A magical 100% natural shampoo bar Pure & nourishing for your hair With coconut oil, olive oil and avocado oil Wrapped in recyclable paper Also great for sensitive skin Smells like Bananas! The beer in this PureChimp Super Shampoo adds shine and bounce to your hair and will never leave you smelling like a brewery. For some people the perfumes and chemicals used in standard shampoos can irritate a sensitive scalp. This natural shampoo bar is great way to prevent this from happening. Your hair may need 2-3 weeks to eliminate the chemical residue left by previous shampoos and adapted to your new natural shampoo bar.’
This bar smells great, it does smell like banana but not so that it’s overpowering and I was so so excited to try it. However, I honestly hate it. There’s no other way around saying that, I just really really do not like it.
In the shower it was okay, it lathered up fine and it still smelt incredible. But I found it was almost impossible to wash out, no matter how long I stayed in the shower there was a residue that I could feel that wouldn’t leave. I decided not to use conditioner after this bar because it said about hair needing time to get rid of chemicals and, to me, that would include conditioner right? I thought there wasn’t much point using a regular conditioner with a natural product because that defeats the point of it getting rid of the chemicals.
It was just downhill from there.
Once I got out of the shower it was near impossible to brush my hair, I could barely get my fingers through it. It was extremely painful. Even once I’d dried it, my hair felt thick and horrible. The only way I could describe it is that it felt like I’d either put a lot of hairspray on, or used a hair mousse and my hair was clumping together and sticky. It was almost pulling on my scalp and I was in pain the entire day.
I don’t really understand why this happened, I ended up washing my hair again the day after with normal shampoo because I just couldn’t take having my hair like that.
It’s kind of confusing as to who this shampoo bar is made for. I’m not completely sure what my hair type is but I’d probably say just normal. It’s not that thick when it’s wet but when it’s dry it feels thicker. I wouldn’t say my hair is particularly dry either (but I do like to use hair masks/leave in conditioners to keep it healthy).
This bar made my hair feel really dry and really thick so I wouldn’t say it’s for people with thick hair, or people with dry hair. However, as soon as this happened I googled to find some reviews to see if it was just me/if I’d done something wrong and many people had the same experience. Other people have said it doesn’t work on their oily hair either so I’m not sure who this could work for.
This being said, there are a lot of reviews of people saying it works really well for them so I’m not sure what I did wrong. It seems this bar is quite 50/50 about whether it works for people.
One thing’s for sure – it smells great. If you’d like to try this for yourself then you can get it for £6.95 on The Cruelty Free Beauty Box’s website here.
Tropika Skin ‘Coconut Cleansing Oil’ – £6.95
I had mixed feelings when I first saw this product because I typically don’t like using oils on my skin. However, this said it was a cleanser.
This product’s description taken from The Cruelty Free Beauty Box’s website is:
‘Award-winning and blogger-loved, our 100% natural facial cleansing oil effortlessly melts away makeup and impurities, cleanses and hydrates. Leaving skin silky-soft and glowing. With ‘skin-food’ virgin coconut oil, with its bountiful vitamins, antioxidants and immunity-boosting fatty acids Makeup removing olive oil, which is high in antioxidants including Vitamin E, polyphenols and phytosterols And anti-ageing liquorice root extract which helps lighten dark spots, under eye dark circles and evens out skin tone No sting eye makeup removal including waterproof mascara Suitable for all skin types even sensitive skin and/or oily skin No parabens, sulphates, mineral oil, palm oil, phthalates, petrochemicals or synthetic fragrance Made with sustainable virgin coconut oil in villages we support and using traditional methods’
This is another product from this month’s box that smells great!
I haven’t been reaching for this a lot but I like it more than I thought I would. I wouldn’t say it has a classic oil texture, since when it comes in contact with water it changes texture and becomes more milky. Surprisingly, I actually really like this and will definitely use it up.
I tend to remove my make with a wipe first but this still gets rid of any traces left over and leaves my skin feeling really soft and hydrated. It’s a really good cleanser!
One thing that does put me off a bit, though, is the price. You can only buy the full-sized version of this which is £17.99 for 100ml. Personally, I don’t think I’d pay that but if you have the spare income, and are looking for a product like this, I think this one is great.
If you’d like to pick this up then you can do so on the beauty box’s website here.
Bellápierre Cosmetics ‘Shimmering Powder’ in ‘Refined’ – £12.99
Being completely honest, I am never excited to see Bellápierre products in the box. I know that sounds harsh but I don’t think I’ve ever received a product from this brand that I really liked, and I have no idea why.
This product’s description, taken from The Cruelty Free Beauty Box website, is:
‘Using 100% pure Mica powder, these beautiful shimmer powders will provide long lasting, vibrant color without any additional filler that can often smear, crease, fade and even cause allergic reaction.Recommended by make-up artists and dermatologists, Bellapierre Shimmer Powders are 100% Hypoallergenic and are suitable for all skin types, even the most sensitive.’
Evolve Orangic Beauty ‘Hyaluronic 200’ – £12.00
As someone with dry skin, I’m always super excited to see any products that contain hyaluronic acid so I was pleased to see this product in this month’s box.
This product’s description, as written on The Cruelty Free Beauty Box’s website is as follows:
‘This pure clear serum for normal to dry skin contains 200mg hyaluronic acid per bottle, proven to hydrate skin from within and plump up fine lines and wrinkles. Organic pomegranate extract softens and protects. Delicately fragranced with organic rosewater.’
As I’ve already said, I love products with hyaluronic acid in them so we already know that this is the type of product that I’d enjoy. The formula of this is the classic serum formula and it’s really nice.
You don’t need a lot of this product to cover your face, it absorbs really quickly and hydrates amazingly. It doesn’t really smell like anything so would be good for someone who is sensitive to scents.
The only thing that bothers me about this product is, again, the price. Although it does spread well, so should last quite a while, £12.00 is a lot of money for only 10ml. Personally, I don’t think I’d pay this especially since I have a fair amount of products that contain hyaluronic acid that don’t cost this much.
If you think this product sounds like something you’d like then you can get it from on the box’s website here.
Native Unearthed ‘Natural Deodorant Balm’ in ‘Coconut & Vanilla’ – £3.95
The final product in this month’s box isn’t one I was particularly interested by and will be another one going into a giveaway.
This product’s description, taken from the box’s website, is:
‘I’m The Original Pot Of Natural Goodness Blended With High Performance Kitchen Based Ingredients You Can Trust. With Delicate Blends Of Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Arrowroot & Vanilla, I’m Designed To Neutralise Underarm Odour Naturally.’
We’ve received a few products very similar to this over the time I’ve been subscribed to the box. Whilst I do really love the idea, I just personally don’t find myself going to use these types of deodorant. I was giving them to my mum but she kept forgetting to use them so I think I’ll just pop this one in a giveaway. One day I may start using this type of deodorant, but that won’t be today. However, I do love that it’s coconut and vanilla!
I think the price of this product is really good since it says you only need to use a pea sized amount for each underarm. The larger version of this pot is £7.99 for 60g which I’d say is pretty fair given that you won’t have to use much. I also like that you can purchase this smaller one so you can try to see if you’d like it without paying too much.
If you’d like to try out this product then you can get this 15g jar for £3.95 here, or the large 60g pot for £7.99 here. They also have a bunch of different types of this deodorant, so you can see what other scents/combinations they have on offer here.
Overall, March’s box wasn’t my favourite but that’s just my personal taste. I’ll definitely use up the Tropika, and the Evolve products (which does make it worth the cost for this month) but the other products just aren’t to my taste. As I always say, this isn’t the fault of the box at all, I always love getting it and every single box every single month isn’t going to be suited perfectly to me and that’s okay! Plus it’s given me a couple of products to put towards a giveaway so that’s always a plus.
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.
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