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That’s right, we are back at it with another (late) review of The Cruelty Free Beauty Box! This month’s box itself was actually late due to them not liking the quality of one of the products for the box and sending it back, so it’s not 100% my fault this time. I’m actually really glad that they sent a product back to a brand instead of putting something sub-par into the box just because it’s easy to do so. I think I know which product/brand it would have been but I’ll keep my conspiracy theories to myself and just talk about the products received.
As I always do, I’ll give a quick little overview of who the brand are, and what they offer, before diving into what I received this month and my thoughts on each product.
My reviews of this box always take a long time because of their detail and depth, so grab a cup of tea and a snack.
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 this month’s box, from left to right, top to bottom, I got:
- Friendly Soap ‘Shaving Bar’ – £2.62
- Tisserand ‘Tea Tree & Aloe Skin Rescue Stick’ – £4.50
- The Humble Co. ‘Floss Picks’ – £3.50
- Cougar Beauty ‘Sugar Scrub’ in ‘Strawberries + Cream’ – £17.99
- NCLA Beauty Nail Polish in ‘Bianca’ – £11.95
With these prices in mind, this means that the April 2019 box is worth £40.56. As always, this is an absolutely fantastic value – especially considering the box only costs £14.95 per month! Also, a little spoiler, I will use all of these products so I’m getting the full £40.56 value.
Friendly Soap ‘Shaving Bar’ – £2.62
Whilst we seem to get Friendly Soap bars all of the time I was actually excited to get this one since it says it’s a shaving bar! I pretty much always cut myself when shaving so I thought this would come in handy.
On The Cruelty Free Beauty Box’s website, this product is described with the following passage:
‘A velvety lather that softens and nourishes your skin, or for a quick shave roll the bar around in your hands and get your lather on…..works best after a shower or bath.
Each bar is handmade with castor oil, olive oil, coconut oil, kaolin clay, lavender and orange essential oils, aloe vera, water. Strictly nothing else.’
This product doesn’t actually smell too strongly of either orange or lavender. I personally don’t mind this but it’s interesting since those are the two main fragrances stated.
I’ve used this a couple of times and I really like it. I do find that it’s good for shaving, it makes the skin smooth and easy to glide a razor over. Additionally, it leaves the skin feeling soft after use and soothes it. I find that sometimes after shaving my skin feels dry but it doesn’t after using this (I assume due to the oils).
Overall, I really like this product and will continue to use it to shave. As with all Friendly Soap soaps, you get a lot of product for a great price!
If you’d like to pick up this product then you can grab it on The Cruelty Free Beauty Box’s website here.
Tisserand ‘Tea Tree & Aloe Skin Rescue Stick’ – £4.50
Tisserand is another brand that we’ve had a fair few times in boxes over the last year and I completely understand why! Their products are really high quality and fantastic.
This product has the following description on the box’s website:
‘Care for your skin with nature’s original guardian, tea tree essential oil. The powerful force of Tea Tree complemented with the calming essence of Aloe Vera for unrivaled results.
This targeted treatment gel with skin-purifying Tea Tree 100% natural pure essential oil, cooling Aloe Vera and natural astringent Witch Hazel, helps to soothe & calm minor blemishes & skin irritations – all artfully blended by the experts at Tisserand Aromatherapy.’
This is a product that I was very excited to see in the box. I’m not sure if it’s stress, or just my body deciding to be irritating, but I’ve been getting more spots on my chin recently. I had a couple of blemishes when this box arrived and I couldn’t wait to try it out and see how it worked for me.
When you first apply this product I do find that it burns a little. However, this isn’t unusual for a product like this if you’re applying it to a sensitive area. The pain isn’t too bad and does go away very quickly.
I found that this reduced the look of my spots a lot, and helped them heal faster.
I think this product is really great! It does what it says it does and there’s a lot in the tube so it’ll last a long time since you only use a very small amount. The price of this is actually really good for how long this product will last so I definitely think it’s worth it.
If you’re interested in trying this, then you can get it for £4.50 on The Cruelty Free Beauty Box’s website through the following link.
The Humble Co. ‘Floss Picks’ – £3.50
This product was very interesting to see in the box. I haven’t tried anything from The Humble Co. before but have been looking at their products on The Cruelty Free Beauty Box’s website wanting to purchase some of their products.
The description for this product on the box’s website is:
‘Natural Humble Floss Picks – Floss picks made entirely from plastics? Old school. Try the Humble floss picks that use corn-starch as its main base. Comes packed in a eco-friendly paper bag.
Humble floss picks makes flossing a piece of cake! The double threading ensures that food debris is effectively removed whilst the shape of the pick promotes easy access to those hard to reach places. Made primarily from corn-starch and packaged in eco-friendly paper packaging, Humble floss picks aim to minimise the stress on our environment whilst providing a first class experience.’
Now I’m in two minds about the choice to include this product in the box. Firstly I think it’s great that brands like The Humble Co. exist and I’m so glad that there are more eco-friendly tooth products coming out.
However, I think the decision to include Floss Picks in this month’s box was an interesting one. I wouldn’t say that floss is something that everyone uses on a daily bases. Most people I know tend to use toothpaste/mouthwash over floss and I am one of those people. Since The Humble Co. do sell toothpaste I would have thought that was more of an obvious, and universal, product to include.
I’ll definitely still use them but, although they’re more eco than traditional floss, it seems slightly wasteful to have an eco version of a product I don’t use.
Either way, I will get use out of these and I’m glad that I got to try a product from The Humble Co. I’m super interested in trying their toothpaste, toothbrushes, and their cotton swabs so this definitely won’t be the last time that I’m using a product from this brand!
I don’t know much about the price of floss but I think that £3.50 for this 50 pack of eco-friendly floss picks is pretty good and is a price I would pay if I wanted to use these again!
If these sound like something you’d enjoy then you can get them online here.
Cougar Beauty ‘Sugar Scrub’ in ‘Strawberries + Cream’ – £17.99
Cougar Beauty is a brand that I am a little familiar with. I have one of their liquid lipsticks (review on that here) which I bought when they had a discount code. However, I have to say that this wasn’t a product I was massively excited for compared to the other products in the box.
The description for this sugar scrub on The Cruelty Free Beauty Box’s website is as follows:
‘We all know sugar isn’t the best in our diet, but for our body it’s a different story! Sugar is an amazing abrasive ingredient & it also retains moisture to keep skin hydrated. A little goes a long way with these scrubs, grab a small scoop, apply to damp skin and scrub away to reveal soft, smooth skin.
Super antioxidant powers and natural antibacterial’
I’ve only tried this product once in the shower and I can’t say I was hugely impressed. I absolutely love shower scrubs but this is literally just sugar in a pot with some essential oils. I don’t find that it does a lot, it does exfoliate well but I don’t find that it does much more. Typically scrubs that I have used in the past leave my skin feeling hydrated but I don’t have the same feeling with this one.
The scrub is also very abrasive compared to other scrubs that I’ve used and I can’t say that it’s something that I like.
Again, this is a product that I will use up but I wouldn’t repurchase this one and I wouldn’t really recommend it. The price of this is extremely high for the amount of product you get and the fact that it’s literally just sugar and oils. I also don’t think that this will last very long. I’ve only used it once and I maybe used a quarter of the product.
However, we’re all different and this product may sound like something you’d like. If this is the case, then you can pick it up here.
NCLA Beauty Nail Polish in ‘Bianca’ – £11.95
The final product in this month’s box was a nail polish by a brand called NCLA. This is another product I had mixed feelings about!
The description for this, taken from the beauty box’s website reads:
‘A timeless hit in deep crimson that will turn heads for years to come.
Deep Red Cream
Long lasting & chip resistant.
Apply two even coats for perfect coverage.’
My overall feelings on this product are positive. I was very excited to see a nail polish in the box as they’re pretty uncommon in the box. Additionally, I like the packaging and I’ve never had anything by this brand before!
At first I thought that the product was black but it is apparently a deep red/purple. However, with two coats I do find that it looks black. I’m interested by this because I don’t own any black polishes and I definitely will get use out of this shade. However, this is an April box – meaning it’s spring. So a shade this dark is an interesting choice for this time of year. I think it probably would have been better suited for the autumn/winter, but that’s just my opinion.
Due to my profile saying ‘Dark & Sultry’ I keep receiving shades of products that are close to, if not, black. Therefore, I messaged the box on Instagram and asked if I could switch my preferences to ‘vibrant’ since I think that suits me more now!
Overall, I really loved this month’s box. I will use every single product so I got a great box for me! The value was, as always, fantastic and I love the range of different products and brands. I think it’s really good that they include products from all categories – even dental!
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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