A few years ago, when I was first getting into makeup, I signed up for Ipsy. At $10/month, it was a good way to try a bunch of products I never would have otherwise. Although I did end up with a few gems that I still use today, I started to realize that most of the things I received in my bags sat around untouched, and I wasn’t excited to get my bag anymore. I ended up cancelling my subscription after about a year.
At the beginning of this year, when I made it my goal to try to only buy cruelty-free items, my mind immediately went to subscription boxes. Sure enough, there are several cruelty-free/vegan boxes. The most established one seems to be Vegan Cuts, so I went for it. It’s $19.95/month, so, double the investment of an Ipsy bag. It might seem strange that I decided to go for another beauty box subscription, and who knows, maybe I’ll end up cancelling it after a couple months, but I wanted a way to try several new brands without having to commit to a bunch of full-sized products. And I did also have a homewares subscription box at one point that I really liked, so I think they can be done well.
Let’s jump into what was in January’s box.
The Jojoba Company Gentle Cleansing Balm | Like the name says, this is a makeup-removing cleansing balm. I knew I would probably like this because I used to use straight-up jojoba oil to remove my makeup for quite a long time. I used this once on dry skin to remove my makeup. I’ve never used a balm to remove my makeup before, so the sensation was a little weird; it was like rubbing lotion on my eyes. But it was gentle, and it removed my makeup for the most part. I followed up with Cerave Foaming Cleanser, and all my makeup was gone, and my skin felt clean. This sample also came with a storewide 20% off coupon and a tiny vial of 100% Natural Ultimate Jojoba Youth Potion.
Earthlab Cosmetics Vegan Lash Mascara | I like the idea of a vegan mascara made with organic ingredients. The info card that came with this claims that it’s a “light, buildable mascara”. Well, it certainly is light…way too light. I could honestly see very little difference after I applied this, and I really tried to build it up. When it comes down to it, I wouldn’t recommend this mascara. I tried really hard to build it up, and after so much effort, I saw almost no results.
Lashea Butter Whips | I haven’t used this yet, but I’m sure I’ll like it. The ingredients are very simple, and it seems like a homemade scrub I’ve made for myself in the past. My only issue with this is that the sample is tiny. I could easily use three times as much as this to scrub one of my arms. So I guess I could use this on a foot? A hand?
Aubrey Organics Revitalizing Therapy Moisturizer | This is another sample I haven’t used yet. I’m trying to be as gentle as possible with my skin, and using a new moisturizer isn’t in my plans for now. It does seem to have really good ingredients like Organic Rose Hip Seed Oil and antioxidants. It also came with a 30% off coupon.
Wabi-Sabi Botanicals Sagga Charcoal + Rose Cleansing Grains | I was interested in this product the most, probably because of the packaging, which is really well-designed. It’s a cleanser/mask/scrub with only four ingredients: gluten-free oats (I really want to know why it’s important for non-food products to be gluten-free because I can’t think of a reason), kaolinite, pink rose petals, and activated bamboo charcoal. I used this once as a mask, and I really liked it. It felt calming, and it definitely didn’t irritate my skin. I wish there was more of it because judging by how much I used, I think there’s only enough for two or three uses (I guess that is the point of a sample, though!).
To me, this box was worth $19.95, so I’m going to stick with Vegan Cuts for now. I do hope in future boxes there are more makeup items, though!