Wednesday, 17 January 2018

VOBeauty- January 2017 Review

About the box
VOBEAUTY (which stands for Vegan and Organic Beauty) is a subscription which sends 5 travel or full-sized vegan, organic and cruelty-free products every month. You do not have to enter into any sort of rolling contract- you can simply prepay for each month that you want to receive a box.

£15.95/month, plus £3.95 P&P

What I got
I have to start by apologising as I didn't manage to order the December VO Beauty box in time before it sold out, so I didn't review it- sorry if you were looking for it. Happily though, I got my act together and ordered the January box in good time to receive it.

The first item this month is the Anatomicals Calming Algae Mask (full size, you can get the mask as a set of three for £3.50 here). Anatomicals always have really fun, whimsical packaging, and what's even better is they are cruelty free and paraben free. This is a mud mask with a blend of algae and mineral extracts and is meant to detoxify and calm skin. Definitely a good all purpose mud mask, and one I will pop in my stash

Weirdly, this is the product I'm most excited about this month, the Benecos Sea Buckthorn & Orange Shower Gel (sample, 30ml, approx. 74p, find it here). I love trying out new shower gels and the scent of this one is delightful- it actually contains organic apple juice so perhaps that's what I'm smelling. It is meant to be gentle on the skin leaving it moisturised and refreshed.

The first makeup related item this month is the e.l.f Lengthening & Defining Mascara (full size, 80p {currently in the sale, normally £2.00}, find it here).  This comes in the e.l.f trademark black, simple packaging with a fairly small wand. The formula came out quite dry and clumpy, so I wonder whether it may need a few drops of saline in it to revive it. It's kind of a disappointing mascara compared to what I'm used to, but for 80p/£2.00 it's not so bad.

The other makeup item and the second e.l.f product is the Defining Eye Brush (£2.00, find it here). Again, it's a simple, sleek design which is what you'll always see from e.l.f, a long standing cruelty free good value cosmetics brand. I haven't tried any of their makeup brushes before but this one has soft synthetic fibres and will be a useful addition to an eyeshadow tool ensemble.

Finally this month is the Pure Purpose Wheatgrass & Lemongrass Coffee Body Scrub & Skin Mask (£13.50, find it here). This claims to be both an exfoliating body scrub and a healing skin mask in one. I wouldn't recommend using abrasives on sore, inflamed skin suffering with acne or eczema, so I'm not sure I agree with them on this one. But I do like the ingredients, their cruelty free ethos, and I love a good coffee scrub so for that purpose I think it's a winner.

Final thoughts
Hmm. This wasn't really my favourite of all the boxes VO Beauty have sent out, it was quite low in value and some of the items didn't really speak to me. However, that will happen with subscription boxes from time to time, and you have to commend VO Beauty for sticking to their purpose of cruelty free, vegan and kind to the environment products every month. I only wish that every business could do this!

If you would like to sign up to VO Beauty or browse their cruelty free shop, you can find their link here.

1 comment

  1. Hmmm,I think I'm with you on the contents this month. Not up to the usual standard, although the Benecos shower gel looks fun. Do you think you'd consider going back to the Pip Box again? X

    Lisa |


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