The Cruelty Free Beauty Box launched this month and I arrived home from work last weekend to find a shimmery golden pink bunny waiting for me….
With all the beauty boxes currently available in the UK, what initially drew me to this box was the ‘no companies owned by parent companies who test on animals’ rule and the fact that contributors have to sign a cruelty-free policy to feature their products in any of the boxes. For me, transparency and clarity are key and the founders define exactly what they mean by cruelty-free here. Also all packaging was recyclable, so extra green points ♻
You can choose from two boxes: make-up or beauty, and when I signed up I was questioned on my preferences (colours/skin type etc) so I could tailor the box to suit my tastes. There were no product reveals in advance so everything was a complete surprise, except for this month’s bonus item: I knew to look out for a cocktail flavoured lip balm by Fairy Pants!
There were 6 items in total in May’s box from 4 different brands, 2 of which are full-size:
All of Fairy Pants’ products are vegan and made in the UK. They also make perfumes (Rhubarb and Custard anyone?) and have a huge selection of nail varnishes
Orange and Vanilla Dry Skin Balm and Mojito Lip Balm
Skin balm ingredients: Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis, Butyrospermum Parkii, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Cera, Citrus Sinensis (Orange) Oil, Vanilla Planifolia Oil
Lip balm ingredients: Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis, Butyrospermum Parkii, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Cera, Flavour Oil, 77019, 77891, 77491, 77499, 77288, 77861 (colourants in minimal amounts)
The top ingredient in both is sweet almond oil, a really versatile carrier oil suitable for all skin types. Followed by shea butter and jojoba seed wax, both of which are also super-moisturising.
Both balms are quite thick and rich so you only need a small amount- I think this lip balm is going to last me a while! They seem a little grainy on first application but once warmed they melt and spread easily, with no stickiness or greasiness. The scents are fresh and subtle and I really love the hint of orange from the dry skin balm. Also 🖒🖒🖒for recyclable packaging, or reuse if you fancy a bit of DIY skincare.
The Salt Parlour
Jasmine and Matcha Green Tea (Repair) Salt and Sulphur Scrub
I’ve tried this scrub before and I absolutely love it: It’s fresh, floral and heady all at the same time and it makes my skin, nose and eyes happy! I love the rich, jewel-green colour and the dry texture means a little goes a long way.
Ingredients: dead sea salt, coconut oil, sugar, organic sulphur, peach kernel oil, pumice stone powder, matcha green tea, jojoba seed oil, vitamin E, jasmine oil
It is gentle enough to use on psoriasis or eczema and makes a great alternative to coffee scrubs for anyone not keen on the smell of coffee.
Made in small batches in the UK, The Salt Parlour’s range of scrubs include hydrating seaweed and cucumber, detoxing black clay and vanilla, and calming rose and shea butter. Initially I was a little disappointed to get one that I’ve tried before but once I opened the tin and reacquainted myself with jasmine that thought vanished!
Thank you Cruelty Free Beauty Box Team for introducing me to Balm Balm: leaping bunny certified and soil association certified organic is my kind of product 👌They also carry the Real Beauty Manifesto logo showing they value purity, compassion, honesty, community, transparency and sustainability.
Rose Floral Water
I usually use an apple cider vinegar based toner that I make myself, so rose water is a nice treat. I still have to use quite harsh topical acne treatments along my jaw line once in a while and rose water helps to ease the redness and soothe irritation. It’s refreshing and floral without being sickly: I’ve only had it 6 days and I’ve managed to use half the bottle already!
Little Miracle Rosehip Serum
Although it seems to be universally agreed that rosehip is suitable for all skin types, I’ve tried it before and it didn’t agree with mine. It’s meant to be good for redness and acne scars, but I still have active acne and in the past have found rosehip oil a little rich. Having said that, when you look at the ingredients list, this little bottle has much more than rosehip inside:
Rosa Canina (Rosehip), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba), Borago Officinalis (Borage), Boswellia Neglecta (Frankincense), Pelagonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium) Cymbopogon Martini (Palmarosa), Juniperus Communis (Juniper Berry) Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin)
I haven’t found one negative review of this product anywhere! One person even wrote that they’d “recommend it to anyone with skin.” 😂
However, as I’m pretty happy with hemp seed oil for my skin, I decided to try this on my hair instead: I massaged a small amount into my scalp and through my hair, leaving for 30 mins before washing out. As it’s quite a dry oil, you only need to shampoo once to remove it all, unlike coconut oil which can take a couple of washes. The result: smooth, soft hair 💆 I’ve also tried smoothing one or two drops through the ends when it’s wet to keep it tame and frizz-free. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend buying rosehip oil specially for using on your hair, but if you have any type of oil that you don’t want to go to waste, think of hair or cuticles or use it to make a scrub.
Bellápierre are leaping bunny certified and earlier this year I tried their ‘Flawless Complexion kit’ as a replacement for Bare Minerals (owned by Shisheido, who are not cruelty-free). I couldn’t see any difference between the two brands in terms of quality or performance and I really liked the little pot of desert rose mineral blush.
In my box I received the ‘Lava’ shimmer powder, a rich golden brown- the type of colour that would sit perfectly in Too Faced’s chocolate bar palette 🍫 There are lots more colours available in the cruelty-free shop, mostly nudes/pinks/browns, with some doubling up as highlighters.
I’m really impressed with the quality of the products I received and as a student, £14.95 is manageable for my monthly budget. It’s the perfect way to test out cruelty-free products before buying the full size and it was great to be introduced to two brands I had never tried before. With the team’s strict cruelty-free policy, I don’t have to worry about animal-tested products slipping through the net. I also love that it’s a surprise each month and that you get sent chocolate on your birthday!
Once boxes have been shipped and reached their destination, all the featured products are available to buy separately. If you’re considering making a purchase this month, I highly recommend The Salt Parlour’s Jasmine and Matcha Green Tea scrub.
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Disclaimer: All views are my own. I received no payment for this review and paid for the box.