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