April 8, 2015

{spotlight} vegan cuts beauty box: march 2015

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One of the great things about having so many natural beauty brands on the market today is just that … there are so many on the market. Which means you have a lot to choose from when trying to find the one that harmonizes with your skin.

And because there’s so much choice I’ve noticed more and more monthly subscription boxes are starting to pop up to give you and I the opportunity to test samples.

(This is such a brilliant concept for those of us with commitment issues)

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One such monthly subscription box is Vegan Cuts.

The team at Vegan Cuts searches online shop, festivals and stores to find products they think you’ll love best. The monthly curated boxes feature items that are 100% cruelty-free, 100% vegan and mostly natural and organic. They even test them out first to ensure you’re getting products they themselves would want to use.

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This was my first time trying out a beauty box subscription so I was excited to see what I would find inside the March 2015 edition.

Here’s what was waiting for me:

Cult Cosmetics nail polish in The Roxy (full size; retails for $12) – vegan, made in California and 5-free (DBP, toluene, formaldehyde, formladehyde resin and camphor), this lavender hued polish was actually fairly easy to apply (says the person who couldn’t do a nice mani if her life depended on it).

With a wide brush, you can cover your nail in 2-3 swipes and it dries pretty quickly. Minor chipping happened on day 2, but I think that was because I didn’t use a proper top coat. If I had I probably would have got an extra day out of it.

Included as well was a brush set to create an ombre effect should you be feeling creative. I was not. I considered the fact I successfully painted my nails one colour to be a major achievement.

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Petal Fresh Tea Tree Scalp Treatment shampoo (3 oz sample size; retails for $7.70) – I’ve never heard of this brand before, but as I stood lathering up my hair in the shower, reading the back of the label, two thoughts struck me.

One, my hair stylist always told me tea tree strips colour. I stopped mid-lather, panicked over what could be happening to my red hair at that moment.

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(But then I thought I was too far in to stop so I kept going)

And two, it had some fairly good ingredients. With superstars extracts of horsetail, rosemary leaf, marshmallow root, chamomile flower, lemon balm leaf, and thyme I was curious to see how my hair would react to it.

That being said though my nose did wrinkle up at a few other ingredients:

  • parfum / fragrance: this term is automatically a red flag for me as it’s a generally accepted loophole for companies to hide toxic ingredients. I contacted Vegan Cuts about it and they said: “I cannot confirm that it doesn’t contain anything synthetic or toxic in it but I do know that it does not contain petrochemicals or phthalates (as per their label) which are 2 of the most harmful toxins that are normally found in fragrances.”
  • sodium lauroyl sarcosinatecocamidopropyl betaine, polysorbate-20 are synthetic ingredients and all get a moderate hazard rating on EWG’s datatbase.

Even though Petal Fresh shampoo is cruelty-free, vegan, phthalate-free, petrochemical-free, GMO-free, paraben-free, and contains some certified organic ingredients, I think they could do away with those less-than-ideal ingredients and still have a great product.

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My hair felt super soft (red colour remained intact), full of volume and it dramatically reduced my normal fly-aways, but I wouldn’t buy this product on my own simply because the market offers a lot of other high-performing shampoos that are completely nontoxic.

Kaia Naturals bamboo tapioca exfoliating powder (sample size; full size retails for $30) – Kaia Naturals is a brand that hails from Toronto, and one I’ve tried before, so I was excited to see it included in this box of goodies! Click here for my full review.

Shea Terra bourbon vanilla whipped shea butter ultimate moisturizing body creme (1 oz sample; full size retails for $16) – wild harvested from the dry, African savannah, shea butter has earned its place on the list of nature’s gifts to keep our skin hydrated. Thick in texture and laced with a smoky, sexy scent of bourbon and vanilla, once you work this creme in all your left with is soft, touchable skin.

Azalia Spa Goods mystical juniper body oil (sample size; full size retails for $41) – certified organic, this body oil contains only sunflower oil, jojoba oil, pure essential oils of juniper berry, rosemary, and kosher certified mixed tocopherols oil (vitamin e).

Both sunflower and jojoba are oils that your skin loves to soak up so it glided on rather smoothly and absorbed fairly quickly. Plus I thoroughly enjoyed how the scent profile made me feel like I was standing in a forest.

(if you don’t like either juniper berry or rosemary then this body oil should be a hard pass for you)

Vegan Cuts Beauty Box Pricing:

  • 1 month = $19.95 / month (recurring)
  • 3 months = $59 (one time charge)
  • 6 months = $115 (one time charge)
  • 12 months =  $215 (one time charge)

Shipping:

  • Canada = $8
  • International = $15

I do have to applaud Vegan Cuts for how seriously they take subscriber feedback. They’ve added a question in this month’s feedback survey to find out how people feel about synthetic fragrances, and other ingredients as well, so that they can educate themselves and take steps to avoid featuring products and ingredients that are not in line with what their subscribers want. So I encourage any of you who already subscribe to email any feedback you may have to them.

No bunny was harmed in the making of this beauty box (or this review!)

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*Vegan Cuts generously sent me this beauty box to review, but you know the drill all opinions blushing or not are my own. 

  • I’d love to try the Shea Terra bourbon vanilla whipped shea butter ultimate moisturizing body creme. Instantly the enticing vanilla fragrance and heavenly whipped consistency come to mind and I’m left swooning.