Wednesday, 10 May 2017

The Vegan Kind Quarterly Beauty Box- May 2017 Review


About the box
The Vegan Kind Beauty Box is a quarterly subscription which sends a mixture of beauty products, including skincare, makeup and more. Everything they send is vegan and cruelty free. They also have a monthly Lifestyle box.

Price
£15 per box + £3.15 p&p, with discounts for pre paid plans.

What I got



The first item was rather a strange one, the Aqua Esse Equilibrium B12 Infused Alkaline Natural Spring Water (full size, 330ml, £1.95). This water is extremely pretty to look at- it's not the glass that's pink, the water itself is actually pink. It's meant to be good for vegans to get their B12 intake (something vegans find difficult to get enough of apparently), although why you couldn't just take a daily multi vitamin I don't know. It tastes a bit weird, but I suppose that's to be expected. I definitely wouldn't buy this but it was a fun addition to the box and as a lifelong vegetarian I never turn down a way to get more vitamin B12. I like that the bottle is glass so this can be recycled at the local bottle bank. Apparently the water is locally sourced too so less food miles for the planet.


Next is another delightfully hued item, the Maggie Anne Strawberry and Grape Nail Varnish Remover (full size, 150ml, £8.95). Crikey, that's a lot of money for a nail polish remover! Putting that aside, this smells lovely. It doesn't do the usual singe your eyebrows off thing when you take the lid off- hardly any alcohol smell at all. This is acetone free, and enriched with Vitamin E and Argan Oil. I've never heard of this brand, so I'm interested to learn more about them.


On to skincare now, and we have the Amie New Leaf Deep Pore Exfoliating Polish (sample, 25ml, worth approx. £1.48). This is free of the nasty microbeads we hear so much about, instead containing natural rice granules to exfoliate, as well as being pH balanced and free from parabens and mineral oils. It's a very thick formula that I think will moisturise while it exfoliates, I think you could probably use this on your body and feet too if you wanted to.


For the makeup portion of the box they sent the PHB Ethical Beauty Natural Black Mascara (full size, £15.95). This is a water resistant, lengthening, strengthening and volumising black mascara and is pH balanced for sensitive eyes. I didn't find it to be one the best mascaras I've ever tried but it's not bad and it definitely doesn't put me off trying both more of the PHB range and other cruelty free/natural mascaras.


The final item is the Zerreau Waterless Towel Off Shampoo (full size, 70ml, £3.99). This is a foam product, which is sort of like dry shampoo- you massage in, towel dry and style as normal. I love the idea of this, especially the fact that it's coconut scented and really reasonably priced compared to the other items in the box. The info card says this would be good for festivals or camping, which I agree with, but me being a home bird I think I'll probably use it just to stretch my hair that extra day when I don't feel like a full hair wash. I hope it works!


They also sent a little sample of Vita Coco Coconut Oil- 100% raw, organic and cold pressed. It says you can eat it/cook with it and use it as skincare or on your hair. I don't really like eating this stuff so I'll probably save it for my poor dry hair. You can buy a full size 250ml jar for £4.99.

20p from each beauty box The Vegan Kind sell will be donated to the Dr Hadwen Trust, which is the UK's leading non-animal medical research charity. Find about more about the Dr Hadwen Trust here.

Final thoughts
I'd never tried this before, but I really wasn't disappointed. It has really encouraged me to start trying to buy more vegan cosmetics, as a lot of high street brands say they're cruelty free but their source ingredients are hard to pin down. I wasn't keen on the gimmicky water but the rest of it will definitely be used.

If you want to subscribe to The Vegan Kind box, their link is here (not a referral or affiliate link).

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* I am not great at maths so the prices I gave for the sample sizes may not be completely accurate! Take them with a small pinch of salt. They're more like a rough guide. :)
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