The Cruelty Free Beauty Box is still one of my favourite places to shop thanks to their diverse range of products and services that makes it a one-stop shop for all things cruelty free.
Yet what is more impressive is their incredible beauty box subscription service that not only comes in a variety of sizes and prices, but is also available to personalise too. When you subscribe, you can opt for a make-up free service, pick your scent preferences, skin type and even if you use fake tan. Not only is this incredibly useful for building up your cruelty-free beauty supplies but it also eradicates product wastage. It makes this particular beauty subscription one of the best value for money in my opinion as you will get products to suit your own personal choice, rather than set products which are sent to everyone.
Not only this, but the brand are also incredibly ethical in their packaging too, incorporating several plastic-free products in each bi-monthly box as well as ensuring the packaging is always fully recyclable and biodegradable. I was lucky enough to receive June’s Original Box which happened to coincide with The Cruelty Free Beauty Boxes’ 3rd Birthday. June’s box was a real bumper box of delights, containing a whopping nine items to try out.
Le Papier: Lip Balm (Linden Flower)
Le Papier’s Lip Balm really excited me when I first opened the box, as i’ve never used anything quite like it! The packaging, as the name suggests, is made from sustainably sourced paper that is completely recyclable and biodegradable. I personally love the size and shape, as it makes application easy, especially when on the go, and the colourful outer packaging makes it easy to find in your handbag.
The balm formulation is incredibly nourishing, with a blend of jojoba oil, almond oil, rice bran wax, vitamin E and shea butter, which moisturises and protects while leaving behind a demi-matte finish to the lips. The linden blossom oil gives the balm a lovely fresh, green aroma that is very delicate and not overwhelmingly floral.
What I find even more impressive about Le Papier’s Lip Balms is the amazingly good value for money as not only are they affordable, but the packaging means there is no product wastage. This has been the lip balm i’ve been reaching for time and time again and one I will certainly be repurchasing in the not-so-distant future.
Bella Forever:Hawaii Twist Face Mask
There’s nothing quite like a weekly face mask ritual to pamper the skin and promote self-care and Bella Forever’s Hawaii Twist has certainly been no exception. Hawaii Twist is formulated with yellow clay, lavender and tea tree to restore, hydrate, purify and exfoliate the skin and is suitable for all skin types. Bella Forever has utilised yellow clay in their formulation rather than green clay as it is nutrient-rich yet more gentle on the skin. The mask comes in a biodegradable pouch so it takes up minimal space, is easy to take on your travels and is also great for the environment too.
Despite the minimal ingredients, Hawaii Twistis a powerhouse when it comes to masking. The fine powdered clay mask is easy to mix to a thick paste and smells perfectly balanced with lavender and tea-tree coming through when applied to the skin. When removed, my skin felt softer and smoother, and after several applications, looked brighter in its appearance. I usually shy away from products containing tea-tree as I usually find them more suitable for oilier skin types, however my dry skin seemed to love this formulation and I cannot wait to try more from the brand in the future.
Sknfed: Peppermint Foot Balm
I’ve used Sknfed products in the past and have always been blown away by their overall performance and ethical ethos that really sets them apart from many on the green beauty market. Their Peppermint Foot Balm is designed to cool and refresh tired feet while preventing dryness thanks to it’s fatty acid-rich formulation that has been a skincare saviour over the past few weeks.
The balm itself contains flaxseed oil, vitamin e, shea butter and peppermint and has more of a lotion texture which was surprising yet certainly welcomed. A small amount of foot balm spreads across the skin with ease and absorbs quicker than my usual foot care products that are slightly thicker in texture while performing just as well. It certainly leaves my heels soft and hydrated, while the stunning peppermint aroma is both refreshing on the feet and the senses alike. I love the packaging, as it makes foot balm application quicker and easier than dispensing from a jar or tin and my overall experience has certainly added to my existing love of the brand.
Grums: Raw Coffee Hand Scrub & Wash
If you’ve followed me for a while, you may have already seen me raving about this product on my social channels as it is such a game changer when it comes to hand care. I usually shy away from coffee products as I find them messy and am not a fan of the scent yet Grums hand scrub has a smooth consistency that makes application simple and easy, and despite having a slightly gritty texture, is a far cry from an abrasive body scrub.
It has been a great addition to my hand care routine over the past few months as it has helped eradicate dry skin and enabled my hand creams to penetrate more deeply. You can find my previous review here to find out more about my experience, but I have to say that it is an incredibly effective product that is amazingly good value for money and one that I intend to keep in my routine for the long haul.
Ascent Mini Shower Steamers
When i’m feeling particularly stressed or anxious, I always seem to opt for a soak in the bath rather than having a shower as I find bath products just seem to have more of a relaxing impact on the senses. Thankfully, after using Ascent’s Mini Shower Steamers, this may no longer be the case, as they really elevated my shower routine to the next level of relaxation. The ‘Be Happy’ Shower Steamers are a blend of essential oils that are all proven to help boost mood, lower blood pressure and generally make you feel less stressed and overwhelmed. I am not usually a fan of Ylang Ylang, but in a blend also containing bergamot, rosewood and lavender, it really made my shower into a pampering experience.
The steamers themselves last for a full shower out of direct flow, releasing the heavenly aroma that makes you feel relaxed in an instant, mixing with the steam to promote an overall senses of bliss. I was expecting it to leave a mess on the shower tray however a quick blast from the shower instantly dissolved any remaining steamer and there was absolutely no residue left on the tray.
I will certainly be checking out more scents from the shower steamer range, as they really took my shower routine to the next level and are a great way to relax when you’re short on time.
Laidbare: DIY! 2-in-1 Cleanser & Toner
I’ve tried a few Laidbare products in the past and have always been impressed by their overall performance. To be honest, I personally didn’t have high expectations for the 2-in-1 cleanser as I don’t tend to use a specific toner in my routine as I prefer to use Hydrosol’s instead. However, after using this, I have been pleasantly surprised by the feel of my skin after use.
Firstly, the scent is very reminiscent of other Laidbare products as their range always has a very fresh aroma that seems to be a signature of the brand. The 2-in-1 Cleanser and Toner itself is a clear gel that spreads across the skin with ease, removing dirt, impurities and make-up easily, without leaving any product residue behind. It contains some beautiful ingredients including licorice, aloe vera, brazil nut extract and apple secrets extract to reduce inflammation while repairing, toning, strengthening and nourishing the skin. I have to say that after use my face was left feeling soft without any tightness or dryness and I didn’t experience any irritation or redness at all. I also like the way that a little product goes quite a long way, making it incredible value for money and a great multitasker if you’re short on time. I’m not sure if i’d personally repurchase, as it doesn’t really fit in with my own cleansing routine, but if you usually utilise a separate toner in skincare ritual then this would be perfect for you.
Balade En Provence: Solid Face Cleanser
I have to say that I have a love/hate relationships with cleansing bars as some are just too soapy and leave my skin feeling quite dry and slightly stripped. Thankfully, after using Balade En Provence’s Solid Face Cleanser over the past few weeks, i’ve found one that I could easily incorporate into my routine.
The bar itself is a good size and is easy to use, and creates the most gentle lather I think i’ve ever experienced from a cleansing bar. French green clay, rosehip and aloe vera give the bar its highly effective cleansing quality while also ensuring that skin retains its moisture levels and all redness and breakouts is calmed throughout the cleansing process. I personally didn’t experience any dryness, irritation or redness after use and my skin simply felt fresh and hydrated post-cleanse. I loved using this in my morning routine, as it’s quick yet effective but it would also be the perfect addition to an evening routine too, especially as it can also remove make-up and daily grime for the day. My experience has been incredibly positive, so much so that I cannot wait to try more products from their extensive range on The Cruelty Free Beauty Box website.
Raw Halo: Mylk & Vanilla Chocolate
This was a lovely bonus Birthday treat in each subscription box last month and was a great touch as everyone likes chocolate right?
I’m personally not vegan, so don’t often eat dairy-free chocolate on a regular basis but when I have, i’m not a huge fan of the texture. However, I have to say that Raw Halo has been the best dairy free chocolate i’ve tried so far, with a nice chocolatey taste that has a creamy, smoothness of regular chocolate. The vanilla taste isn’t overpowering and the chocolate certainly didn’t last long after this photo was taken. I would certainly try more from the range in the future as I was pleasantly surprised by the overall experience.
Wow what a box! It really was a Birthday bonanza of cruelty-free products that really delivered when it came to product performance. I loved the combination of full-sized treats and mini sizes as there was really something for everyone to enjoy. The Cruelty Free Beauty Box has done it again, with a curated box that is perfect for this time of year and showcases some amazing brands and products from their extensive range. Their website is a great place to shop and their beauty box subscription demonstrates their passion and dedication to cruelty free in their beauty and lifestyle products that make them them one of the best when discovering something new to build up your beauty routine.
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Emma @ Beauty Folio x
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