Clean, conscious beauty. – Vegan Edit box review

After my The Vegan edit – Latest in Beauty box review – initial impressions post where I stated I would spend 2 weeks testing the products in the box I have to admit…. It’s been the entirety of Quarantine that I have been testing these.

I’ve been so wrapped up in everything else that I hadn’t even gotten around to clicking ‘publish’ on that post till the other day. I have, however, given these products stringent testing now, a lot more than the 2 weeks i’d expected. The good thing about this is that lots of beauty products take time to see effects, so I’ve been able to test that. The bad thing, the box is now long out of stock. But Latest in Beauty cycle through boxes frequently, in fact, I may have accidentally made a 1am purchase of their latest one recently.

So let’s get onto my findings

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The amount of products in this box for the price was frankly phenomenal. I found 8 products I was seriously impressed with! Some were a shock like the sleep oil, I wasn’t exactly looking forward to the lavender scent but it was so soothing at night, and overall was probably my favourite item in the entire box!

  • The Sacura activ gel serum was incredible, a great replacement for freederm. The scent was my favourite part of this!
  • I was not massively looking forward to moving away from my Ordinary skincare regime but the own brand hylauronic acid was also a great find! A little goes a long way and it’s still got a tonne left even after using it AM and PM
  • I cannot get over the size of the Faith in Nature Dragonfruit bodywash! It smelt incredible, lathered up great and the branding was on point.
  • The deodorant crystal was one I highlighted in my initial impressions post. I was excited to try this zero waste alternative. It definitely has the longevity you need, even on these hot summer days!
  • The natural toothbrush got a deep clean without irritation that some brushes give me. The stand that comes with it is great too because I’m really, really funny about my toothbrush being on the side or touching anything.
  • Sukin are a great brand regardless, although I’m not a personal fan of a lot of oils their cleansing oil works wonders. I’m not sure i’d personally buy it again but I can see the benefits for a different skin-type so thought it only fair to place in this category.
  • Ok, this may be my fault for not reading accurately but I thought the seaweed scalp mud was a lot more of an intensive treatment than leave it on for 3 minutes then wash off. Regardless it left my hair clean and smooth. The spreadability of it is probably the only thing I wasn’t too fond of.

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Next we will look at the products I didn’t love, but didn’t hate enough to say I’d never buy them. Maybe they just aren’t for me…

  • Fruu’s shape for their lipbalm is adorable and glides on effortlessly. However both that and the Naturline are standard lipbalms, of which I have so many.
  • Northern Soap deep cleanser seems quite drying, this could be a skin type issue, doesn’t work wonders on me, but could for someone else, which is why it’s here rather than in products I outright did not like. This would probably be something that just sits on my shelf for too long and is just wasted.
  • The push up buttocks moisturiser is, of course, gimmicky. It’s definitely moisturising, smells great and is a decent size, but I think the way it promotes you getting in a routine of massaging that area naturally does more of a firming job than the moisturiser.
  • EcoDenta mouthwash fills your mouth and immediately dissolves down, it doesn’t massively feel like it’s doing anything miraculous but it’s a lot less harsh that its counterparts so great for people with sensitive mouths like myself.
  • The welleda body lotion is thoroughly moisturising and citrus is one of my favourite scents, but the amount of body lotion I get in gift sets that do the exact same thing means I’ve never found a brand i’ve been loyal to in a body moisturiser.
  • I don’t use hairspray, so it’s not really fair for me to review this. I love that it’s not compressed air, and it seemed ok from a girl who has no previous experience in this area.

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Out of ALL the products in this box there are only four I flat out didn’t like, honestly I wanted to stop using these part way through but thought it only fair to give them a fair shot.

  • Urban Veda facial scrub had tiny microbeads in, these can tear your skin so I was already put off by that. I think the product isn’t strong enough to thoroughly cleanse without these though. The moisturiser did not sit well with me at all, the scent was so overpowering I felt like I was getting hayfever from using it! It was lightweight but I could not get over the scent.
  • 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner has no place in this world I’m just going to say it. Maybe if you’re travelling it’s acceptable but this hemp product did not scrub up well, it left my hair feeling stringy and frankly awful.
  • Aloe toothpaste is disgusting! It tastes awful, it leaves your mouth feeling awful and not fresh and if you use it before bed by the time you wake up your mouth feels like you went to bed without brushing in the first place!

OVERALL 

Despite having some harsh words on the last products they were such a small percentage that I’m astounded by this box! I found some products I truly loved and some I loved trying out despite probably not reaching for on the shelves again. I love the Latest in Beauty boxes! They’re a great way to discover new products and brands and I absolutely cannot fault their value for money. I am looking forward to trying new collections in the future!

The Vegan edit – Latest in Beauty box review

One thing i’m always up for is a good beauty product.

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On my mission to discover new vegan and cruelty-free brands as well as trying new products I was sent a link to Latest in Beauty – a site i’d never heard of before, but my friends know me too well and their Vegan Beauty Edit box in collaboration with Holland and Barrett was an instant referral.

As soon as I saw the price-tag I’d whipped out my card and put in an order. For only £30 you get an astonishing amount of products – worth £120/140 – but even without the RRP being a clear steal this boxes contents is clearly worthwhile.

Boxes like these are a great way to discover new brands as well as products you probably wouldn’t even spot on a shelf, never mind buy for yourself anyway, and it’s a great way to find new beauty musts.

What struck me about this is that it’s not a subscription box in any form. It’s a one off price so the offer isn’t some form of new customer bonus or lure.

You get 19 products in the box, and for ease i’ll categorise them and my initial thoughts here. After that i’ll test the products and in about 2-3 weeks (to give them enough time to get to work) i’ll do a ‘buy it or bin it’ review so stay tuned! For now though, let’s get into the products…

BATHROOM ESSENTIALS

Dr Organic Shampoo and Conditioner  – As this is a 2 in 1 it’s not something i’d usually use. Maybe for travel, but I can’t see something being able to fully wash out and also super condition on just one bottle. They seem opposite. Hemp is usually quite moisturising so lets see

Faith in Nature shower gel – dragonfruit smells incredible, I never buy myself showergel, I get so many beauty sets at christmas so not something ill buy as a treat but this is a good size and I love the branding.

The Toothpaste Collection -Coming in with 3 products here. Aloe whitening toothpase, black foaming mouthwash and charcoal toothbrush and holder. The zero-waste feature of the toothbrush is great. Black foaming mouthwash has come out of nowhere and taken the world by storm so i’m ready to see if the hype is worth it.

Seamagik Seaweed Scalp Mud – I love scalp muds and any kind of hair mask so i’m excited to try this out!

FACIAL COLLECTION

Hylauronic Acid – My entire skincare routine is made up of The Ordinary, and i’m pretty set with that, but I’ve heard a lot about hylauronic acid, I just never wanted to add too much into my routine but interested to give it a go.

Salcura activ gel serum – I used to use Freederm religiously as a teen, this seems to be a cruelty free alternative. It has a lot of organic, fresh ingredients and smells great. The only thing I didn’t like about Freederm was you couldn’t put it on then go out as it would turn into a visible white paste on your skin. Let’s see if this omits that.

Northern Soap Deep Facial Cleanser – Deceptive packaging, I feel like you don’t get a lot here, but maybe a little goes a long way. Usually this type of product is effective but quite drying.

Sukin Cleansing Oil – friend massively recommended this brand recently, lets see if she was right.

New Tries

Tisserand Sleep Better Night Oil – Despite being Lavendar, a scent I’m really not fond of, I’ve been sleeping awfully lately so adding this into my night time routine may work wonders.

push up buttocks – This moisturiser seems incredibly gimmicky, nothing gives you a ‘push up effect’ other than working out. I’ll go in with an open mind though.

Salt of the Earth natural deodorant – I’ve been thinking about this type of product for years, looking at lush versions etc. I love that you don’t hurt the environment with aerosols and also zero waste but really interested to see if it works. I will also be looking at the hygiene of the product after it’s been used but has to be stored.

Hairspray – Hairspray? In ‘new’? Well yes. I really don’t use hairspray. Usually if I do it’s in a compressed can as these types of bottles seem ineffective, I used to use salt sprays when doing loose curls but honestly just for me I hate the way hairspray makes your hair feel. I get a tonne of flyaways and frizz so I’m not sure this will work for me, but that’s my first impression, and even if it doesn’t work it doesn’t mean it’s a bad product.

Samples

Soothing day cream and facial polish from Urban Veda–  not big enough to test long enough to see effects really and probably best to use together. Lets see if a little goes a long way

Welleda body moisturiser – citrus smells AMAZING, seems like a handy moisturiser to just keep in your handbag.

Battle of the Balms

Natruline – vaseline like, this brand has different versions but this is the vegan version. Seems like your standard petroleum jelly though.

Fruu – watermelon flavour – As much as I like watermelon this must be a heightened smell as watermelon is …well….90% water.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Variety – 8/10 lots of basics, replacements of essentials with a few new things thrown in. would love to be challenged by new innovations like the natural deodorant

Value for money – 10/10, just cant compare, it’s less than £2 a product and all are full size barring 3 which make great travel essentials regardless. Even if some are generally bad or circumstancially bad for me it will still be a great percentage. Plus there were a small amount of samples compared to full size products

Brands – 9/10, learning new vegan and cruelty free brands whilst also seeing some fan favourites, great way to introduce new brands to loyal customers whilst introducing staples to anyone interested in more ethical living.

Check back soon for a more in-depth review, safe to say i’m really excited about trialling this box!