I’d mentioned in my Mail Box post that I’d been thinking about canceling my Vegan Cuts Beauty Box subscription, but a good January box an excellent February box convinced me to keep going for a few more months. And I have to say, I’m happy that I’ve kept going with them. I even bought The Be Cruelty-Free Box last month since it is such an amazing value.
As usual, there were hits and misses in the March box, but definitely more hits than misses. My favourite product by far was the LVX nail polish in Orchid. First off, the colour is magnificent. Perfect for welcoming spring, but still rich enough for those of us taking our time to thaw out. Second, the packaging is super lux. It might just be aping the Tom Ford packaging, but it is lovely and very rich feeling. And finally, and most importantly, the polish is very well pigmented, easy to apply and is very chip resistant. I put my nails through the works on a daily basis and I didn’t see any chipping until about 4 or 5 days in, which is much better than my experience with drug store brands. Although, at $16 a pop normally, these polishes are probably something I’ll be asking for as a gift in the future rather than buying for myself on a regular basis.
The next most exciting products were the facial care samples from Antipodes. I’d been curious to try out an Antipodes product as I only ever seem to hear rave reviews, but the rather spendy price tag had been keeping me away. This month’s Beauty Box included two product samples, one for the Grace gentle cream cleanser and one for the Rejoice light facial day cream. Both products are incredibly rich and a little goes a very long way, which is good considering they are both in the $50 a pop range normally. I haven’t been using either of them long enough to really gauge their effects, but neither of them has broke me out or caused any weird rashes, so so far so good.
There were also samples of Acure argan oil and argan stem cell shampoo & conditioner. Both bottles are very healthy sizes and would be perfect for including in your gym bag or weekend getaway kit. The products themselves are both very rich and moisturizing and are pleasantly fragranced. The shampoo, like many organic moisturizing shampoos, does not produce a ton of lather, but seems to do a good enough job of cleansing the hair without being drying. However, it may not be the best choice if you have very oily hair.
The misses this month are both good products, they just aren’t nearly as exciting as the products already mentioned. The organic sugar scrub by Pure Natural Diva Botanicals is nicely scented and does the job, although I’m happy enough making my own sugar scrub as I need it. The argan oil spray sample from Eden Allure was initially intriguing, but the tiny spray bottle sprays in a straight line instead of a mist, so it was a little more difficult to use than I had assumed. But, despite my apparent lack of enthusiasm, both will no doubt be used up by the time I get my next box.
What are your favourite organic beauty brands?