Wednesday, 21 June 2017

The Pip Box- June 2017 Review

The Pip Box June 2017

About the box
The Pip Box is a beauty subscription that sends out only cruelty free products. You can choose from the regular box or vegan box, but both will be cruelty free. For every box they sell, The Pip Box donates 50p to an animal charity.

Price
£14.99/month, plus £3.95 P&P

What I got
The box came as a small square cardboard postage box, and when you open it up everything is all there waiting, so no extra packaging and everything is recyclable (no extra plastic). This means that everything packing wise is really eco friendly which I thought was great.

Tisserand Energy Mist

The first item is the Tisserand Energy Mist (full size, 50ml, £8.95). This contains pure essential oils of coriander, lime and orange leaf. I was worried this wouldn't smell nice because of the coriander but all of the scents combined make for a really sweet, uplifting aroma which I think will be lovely spritzed on my wrists. The bottle says you can also spray it around a room which I think is a great idea. I will definitely use this up, and probably quite quickly!

Fruu Fresh Strawberry Lip Balm

Next I pulled out this dinky little Fruu Fresh Strawberry Lip Balm (full size, £2.99).  As well as being cruelty free this is also vegan, allergen free and suitable for those with sensitive skin. It contains strawberry seed oil, coconut oil, aloe vera and vitamin E which all work to soothe, calm, hydrate and protect. The scent reminds me a lot of those chewy strawberry sweets- Chewits? It gives a lovely hydrated feeling to the lips without feeling sticky, which is great as I hate sticky lips.

Native Unearthed Sage and Lavender Natural Deodorant

This is the Native Unearthed Sage & Lavender Natural Crystal Deodorant (unsure if full size?, worth £6.49?). This is something I have always been intrigued about- a little pot of natural deodorant balm, which you scoop out between your fingers and apply directly to the skin. I think you can also get it in stick form. The mineral salts are antimicrobial to inhibit bacteria growth, which is what causes the stinky odour in our underarms! The lovely sage and lavender scent is so sweet and soothing. I am really looking forward to trying this, although I am a tad sceptical as to whether this will work well in this hot weather we're having.

Bloomtown Botanicals The Hedgerow Sweet Almond and Shea Sugar Scrub

Here we have the Bloomtown Botanicals The Hedgerow Sweet Almond & Shea Sugar Scrub (full size, £5.00). I'm not massively into scrubs- they're messy and a bit gross. But I do like that this is a natural scrub that is free from micro beads which as we now know are terrible for the environment. It has a sweet sugary scent (of course) and is quite gloopy. I think I will probably pass this on to a friend or family member.

Pure Vibrace Revitalising Hair Masque Sample

Arbonne Its A Long Story Mascara

The final 'item' was actually a mini duo set, which kind of disappointed me as I would have preferred just one full sized item. This is the Arbonne It's A Long Story Mascara and Pure Vibrance Revitalising Hair Masque. The mascara I will definitely use as I love a good mascara, but the hair masque is a bit useless as it's the tiniest little tube and I have thick hair which is well past my shoulders.

Final thoughts
For my first try of this box, this was a mixed bag. I liked the first three items I saw, then it sort of went downhill a bit. Still, it was a great mixture of items and if you like scrubs it was probably a top notch collection. I think my personal preference is the problem here more than anything. However, I will say that I think it's a bit sad when brands opt to send samples that are so small they are essentially unusable.

If you would like to try The Pip Box, their link is here.
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