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06 July, 2015

Unboxing | Vegan Cuts Beauty Box: June 2015

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One of my favorite things about the whole subscription box trend is that it often caters to niche interests. Like knitting? Mystery books? Cats? There's probably a box for you! In that vein, the Vegan Cuts Beauty Box is a very good thing, because it's a bit harder to come by samples of 100% vegan brands than your standard Sephora fare. Vegan Cuts was kind enough to send me their latest beauty box—and I think most of the items in this one would appeal to vegans and non-vegans alike!

Vegan Cuts Beauty Box: June 2015 review unboxing


Not familiar with the Vegan Cuts Beauty Box? Here's what you need to know:

  • Vegan Cuts is a monthly snack box containing 4-7 "mostly organic and natural" vegan beauty and/or personal care items. All products are cruelty-free, of course.
  • The subscription costs $19.95 per month including shipping within the U.S. They ship to Canada for an additional $8 per month and worldwide for an additional $15 per month.
  • They also offer a monthly vegan snack box for the same price—check out my archives for reviews of past Vegan Cuts Beauty Boxes and Snack Boxes.

Info card:

Vegan Cuts Beauty Box: June 2015 info card front

In typical Vegan Cuts fashion, there was a coupon code on the info card: Code JUNBEAUTY gets you $10 off any beauty store order $50+ (expires July 31st).

Vegan Cuts Beauty Box: June 2015 info card back

This is a small thing, but I like that Vegan Cuts lists the social media tags of their featured brands right on the info card. Makes it easier to track down. Anyway, let's take a closer look at the products!

Pacifica Sea Foam Complete Face Wash

Pacifica Sea Foam Complete Face Wash (0.7fl oz sample, approximate value $1.54):
Pacifica makes some really nice body products, so I was very curious to see how their face wash would be. Good news: It's actually really gentle! Not the kind of cleanser I'd use to scrub off a full face of makeup, but really lovely as a final cleansing step or for washing off night gunk in the mornings. Also, look what happened when I swabbed it on some pH strips:

Pacifica Sea Foam Complete Face Wash pH level

Appears to be somewhere between 5 and 6, which is a very skin-friendly range! I wrote to Pacifica to confirm and they never gave me a concrete answer, but for now I'm going to trust the strips (and the way my face feels). Two words of warning though: One, this cleanser has a pretty noticeable fragrance. Two, it contains coconut ingredients. Stay faaaar away if you're sensitive to coconut.

Hello Pink Grapefruit Mint Fluoride Toothpaste sample

Hello Pink Grapefruit Mint Fluoride Toothpaste (0.75oz sample, approximate value $0.67):
This was my first time trying anything from the "Hello" brand. I wasn't sure how good a combo of mint and grapefruit would taste... anyone ever try to drink orange juice right after brushing their teeth? Bleh. Surprisingly, it seems to work here—the grapefruit is subtle and the mint is more tingly than full-on arctic. Like chewing a really refreshing piece of gum.

Schmidt's Cedarwood + Juniper Deodorant sample

Schmidt's Cedarwood + Juniper Deodorant (0.5oz sample, approximate value $2.25):
A deodorant paste made with baking soda and other natural ingredients. The scent of this one is sort of interesting—very woodsy. I could see this being beloved by men and women alike. I'll admit that I'm still not really used to the whole paste format... if there was more of it I'd probably try to smash it into an old, empty deodorant tube. Smells good though!

Eco Lips Bee Free Vegan Superfruit Lip Balm

Eco Lips Bee Free Vegan Superfruit Lip Balm (Full-sized, value $3.49):
A beeswax-free lip balm made with Candelilla wax, sunflower oil, cocoa butter and other lip-softening ingredients. Lip balm made without beeswax can be surprisingly rare, and this one has a nice texture—it's light and smooth, not gritty at all. For severely chapped lips I think something a bit richer might be in order, but Eco Lips works great as an everyday lip balm. It also seems to be available in mint and lemon-lime scents, mmm.

Emani Trio Eye Colors

Emani Trio Eye Colors in 403 Coco/Black (Full-sized, value $20.00):
A two-in-one brow filler and cake eyeliner in one. There's also a decent mirror inside the compact:

Emani Trio Eye Colors in 403 Coco/Black

Neither of the brown shades is really a great match for my brown color, but they're matte and smooth and therefore work well as eyeshadows. Gotta be honest, I would be more likely to use this as an eyeshadow trio anyway... I'm pretty addicted to the convenience of automatic eye pencils! Emani has a bunch of other color trios too... things like blues and purples. Pretty.

Bee All Natural Coconut Oil Soap heart-shaped

Bee All Natural Coconut Oil Soap (~0.7oz sample, approximate value $1.05):
Natural soap made with coconut oil. This doesn't have a particularly coconutty scent, but it does feel less drying than standard bar soap—yay! And the full-sized bar also appears to be shaped like a heart. Gift basket stuffers, anyone?


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Total box value: Approximately $29.00
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Overall impressions:
I liked this month's Vegan Cuts Beauty Box, and think it was a decent value for the price. My personal favorites from this batch were the Pacifica facial wash and lip balm—not the biggest-ticket items, but both the sorts of things I'd rather sample before buying in case I ended up not liking them. Also, isn't that soap just darling? Soap doesn't have to be heart-shaped, but it sure does make bathtime fun.

Like what you see? You can subscribe to the Vegan Cuts Beauty Box here. It looks like new subscribers will get a bonus Dew Puff (konjac sponge) this month! Details: Limited quantity available while supplies last. This promotion is only open to first-time Vegan Cuts Beauty Box subscribers (open worldwide). The first 500 new subscribers activating their subscription on July 1, 2015 or later will receive a Dew Puff Konjac Sponge in their July Beauty Box.


What do you think of this month's Vegan Cuts Beauty Box? Which item would you have enjoyed trying the most?



Disclosure: The box featured in this post was provided to me by Vegan Cuts for review purposes, however any opinions expressed above are honest and my own. I did not receive any other form of compensation. Some or all of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means I will earn a commission if you make a purchase after clicking on them. For more information, check out my full disclosure policy.
 

4 comments:

  1. I think this might be one of the best Vegan Cuts Beauty Boxes I've seen in a while. Looks like a good variety of products.

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  2. I thought that some things in this box were kind of weird like the deodorant paste. How do you apply that? Also, toothpaste? Lastly, those shadow colors are very dark.

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  3. You're basically just supposed to smush up a small amount of the deodorant with your fingers and spread it on your pits manually, lol. Pretty sure the full-sized jar comes with a little spatula though. I agree that it's a little weird, but maybe not that much weirder than applying body lotion or something if you really think about it. I don't feel put off by the toothpaste because I'm used to seeing stuff like that in Vegan Cuts... personal care products that are 100% vegan are actually kind of rare, so I think it makes sense that they're sampling things like deodorant and oral care in addition to makeup and skincare.

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  4. The last time I was subscribed to this box was in 2014, but I think this one was pretty good! I remember being happy with them back then too.

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