The Cruelty Free Beauty Box December 2018 Review

Hello and Welcome 

Today I’m coming at you with yet another review of The Cruelty Free Beauty Box. I’m pretty excited about this one because I love Christmas, but also because I first went cruelty free in January 2018, and subscribed to the box in January (making February my first box). 

Since we’re coming to my one year anniversary of subscribing to this box, I just wanted to say before getting into this review that I love this subscription. Although some months might not have been my cup of tea, I think it’s really good value and I always look forward to getting it through the post. I’ve had a few subscriptions before but have always ended up unsubscribing because the boxes kept disappointing me and/or because I didn’t think the box was worth the price. However, I haven’t ever felt close to unsubscribing from this box and I can’t wait to see what other products we get. 

As I always do, I’ll give an overview of what the box is, what the available plan contains (as well as the price), and what options I picked when I filled out my profile. If you’ve read my reviews before then feel free to skip past this little part (and if you haven’t read my reviews before then hello, welcome).

What is ‘The Cruelty Free Beauty Box’?

The Cruelty Free Beauty Box is pretty much as it sounds – a beauty box that contains only cruelty free products. The Beauty Box subscription is £14.95 per month, and contains 5 beauty products. They send out each box around the 10th of each month.

When you choose your plan, you create a profile of sorts. It will ask: your skin tone, makeup style, nail preference, skin type, hair length, hair type, hair colour, if you sunbathe, and if you fake tan. You also have the opportunity to provide your birthday.

If anyone is interested, I chose: Fair, dark and sultry, dark, dry, short, straight, brown, I don’t sunbathe, I fake tan.

They also have an option to create your own box, which allows you to pick your 5 products from a list. You pick 4 products with a value between £0 and £10 and then a final product that is valued at £10+. This box costs £19.95 and is not run on a subscription. 

What I Received

Can you tell I’m excited about Christmas?!

From top to bottom, left to right, I received in this month’s box:

  • Fairypants ‘Peppermint Lip Scrub’ – £3.99
  • LUE by Jean Seo ‘Balance Serum’ – £11.50
  • Bellápierré Cosmetics ‘Mineral Blush’ – £20.00
  • Natura ‘Avocade Infused Sheet Mask’ – £4.95
  • Le Mont Botanique ‘Detox Hair Mask’ – £5.20
  • Bain & Savon ‘Fizzy Orange Bath Melt Pieces’ – £3.50
  • Candy cane – priceless Christmas joy

So, based on the prices taken from the little card that came with the box (that I didn’t immediately lose this month), the December Cruelty Free Beauty Box is worth a huge £49.14. I calculated this multiple times because it seemed too good to be true! Keep in mind that this box costs £14.95 a month! Honestly I’m not even sure what to say about this value apart from that it’s incredible. 

There was also a chance to win a golden ticket in some of the boxes but I never win anything so there wasn’t one in my box, I just wanted to let you know that these ‘golden tickets’ are included sometimes (this is the second time I’ve seen it happen).

These posts take me days to complete so, as always, it’s going to be a long one. Grab yourself some water, a cup of tea, or some kind of festive drink, because we’re about to jump into it (and I don’t want you getting dehydrated).

Fairypants ‘Peppermint Lip Scrub’ – £3.99

Kicking off this box we have a lip scrub. I’ve only tried a few lip scrubs in my life (and most of them came from Lush) so I was excited to see this scrub in the box this month. Especially as I have horribly dry/cracked lips at the moment. 

The description for this product on The Cruelty Free Beauty Box’s website is:

‘Fab Vegan and Cruelty Free Lip Scrubs handmade in Fairypants HQ in Cheshire. 15g packed in a cute glass jar – a little goes a long way, so it’ll last forever! (Almost)

Available in 6 fabulous flavours, scoop some out and give your lips a gentle scrub. Lick the sugar off, and you’re left with our classic lip balm recipe to moisturise and soothe your lips.’

Now I’m not one to lick my lips after I use a lip scrub since I don’t really want to eat the dead skin I’ve just scrubbed off of my lips, so I tend to wash it off with water. 

I love the packaging on this and I’m glad that it comes in a glass jar instead of a plastic container. I do find that lip scrubs last ages because you really don’t need much so I think this one will last a long time. 

This scrub is actually quite different to most scrubs that I’ve tried. The majority of scrubs that I’ve had are quite dry (think – sugar in a pot) but this one is more like a paste and I think that’s due to all of the oils that are in this little pot (almond, shea butter, jojoba wax, and a flavoured oil). 

It definitely feels quite oily when you’re scrubbing it but that’s a good thing as it doesn’t feel as abrasive as typical lip scrubs and I can definitely see it being more hydrating. It does still do a good job at removing dead skin, but isn’t as rough as typical lip scrubs so it’s an all-round more pleasant experience I found. 

For £3.99 I definitely think it’s worth it and would recommend it!

If you would like to read more about this product, or grab it yourself, then you can do so here.

LUE by Jean Seo ‘Balance Serum’ – £11.50

This brand I hadn’t heard of before until we received a spot treatment in last month’s box that I felt worked really well so I was very interested to see this brand again – and even more so when I saw the product itself was a serum!

This product has the following description on the beauty box’s website:

‘Step 2 of LUE’s Skin Solution Set, BALANCE is a hydrating & calming serum which firms and tones, while controlling oil and shine to minimize pores.

Made with a perfect concentration of sodium hyaluronate, this gentle and effective oil-free moisturizer can be used on all skin types to increase moisture retention and counter the effect of environmental aggressors.’

For some reason the first thing I want to say about this is that the texture is that of a serum – mind blowing, I know. I’m not sure why I felt the need to share that but if you’re interested in the formula of this serum, it’s very serum-like. 

Since it is a serum, you don’t need to apply a lot to cover your whole face. I find that its quite moisturising. I was using a serum-in-moisturiser but have been using this serum on its own and it’s been just as moisturising by itself. I like that it’s supposed to minimise pores, however I haven’t used it for long enough to commend on whether this is true. 

I’m very happy with this item in the box and will get a lot of use out of it – plus the packaging is gorgeous and looks great on a shelf. Overall, a great product that I would recommend. Again I think the price of this product for how much you get and the type of product that it is, is really good. 

If you’d like to try this, or read more about how to use the product/what other products there are in this range then you can do so on The Cruelty Free Beauty Box’s website here.

Bellápierré Cosmetics ‘Mineral Blush’ – £20.00

I can’t say I was particularly interested in this item because I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Bellápierré. I’m always interested by the actual product but somehow it ends up disappointing me in some way. However, I’m always open minded to give each product a go. 

This products description from the beauty box’s website is as follows:

‘Shimmery Golden Glow

These creamy, non-comedogenic Mineral Blushes give you a beautiful, healthy flush that looks natural. Recommended by make-up artists and dermatologists, these award-winning blushes are talc free, paraben free, and suitable for all skin types and conditions.’

Now I love blush, I never used to like it but for some reason I suddenly decided that I really enjoy using it. I typically apply it to my cheeks (revolutionary) and my nose to give a nice rosy look. I probably apply too much blush but I love that I’ve-just-been-out-in-the-cold kind of look.

I was excited to see that this was a blush, however I don’t particularly like shimmery blushes so the name ‘Autumn Glow’ had me a little bit concerned. I can handle a small amount of shimmer but I like to control where it goes (e.g. just in highlight areas). 

I’m not the biggest fan of loose products just because I’m messy and I always get it everywhere but it’s not the worst thing in the world.

If I’m being honest I don’t think this blush is for me. I’ve used it once but didn’t really like the look it gave me. I didn’t find it to be very pigmented when I applied it and it does contain a fair amount of shimmer, which I don’t like. However, I do think if you like a more natural blush, and like the look of shimmer blushes, then this will be good for you.

Whilst I think £20.00 is pretty steep for the product (this is one of my issues with bellápierré product in general), since it is a loose product I think it would last a fair while as you hardly use any. 

If you think this product might be for you, then you can get it from The Cruelty Free Beauty Box website here.

Natura ‘Avocade Infused Sheet Mask’ – £4.95

We all know I have a thing for face masks, specifically sheet masks, so I was very glad to have another one in December’s box. 

This products description, on The Cruelty Free Beauty Box’s website reads as the following:

‘Enriched with the natural oils of Avocado that penetrate deep into the skin, hydrates and repairs while smoothing out wrinkles. Suitable for sensitive skin types and prevents skin irritation while protecting your skin from the elements.’

I haven’t actually tried this mask yet because I’m terrible at using masks at the moment, but I know I definitely will and it sounds like something I will like. As I have dry skin, anything that hydrates is a yes from me. 

There are a few different mask options for this sheet mask, and I did see some other people getting the rose version of the mask. Since I don’t like rose, I’m really glad I wasn’t sent that one. Conspiracy theory – The Cruelty Free Beauty Box deliberately didn’t send me the rose one because I’ve said I don’t like rose before in my reviews of this box. 

I’m excited to use this one and will definitely use it before Christmas (got to get my skin in tip top shape for those Christmas selfies that I’ll probably forget to take). 

The price is a little bit up there for a sheet mask but it is vegan and I don’t think that £4.95 is too wild to pay for it!

If you’d like to get this avocado mask then you can do so through this link, or if you’d like to see what other sheet masks Natura have then you can see all the ones offered here (they have potato and parsley under eye masks which look particularly interesting).

Le Mont Botanique ‘Detox Hair Mask’ – £5.20

I actually recently bought a Lush hair mask (that I still haven’t got around to trying because I’m me) so I was glad to see this hair mask in this month’s box since you can never have too many hair masks.

This products description taken from the beauty box website is:

‘LMB’s anti-static mask contains moisture-activated fuller’s earth clay and pure lavender oil, natural minerals and extracts which absorb static in the hair and skin. This relaxes hair follicles and stimulates better blood circulation, encouraging healthy hair maintenance and preventing split ends. Our special mix of clay is rich in zinc, magnesium, and other natural microelements, promoting rapid new hair growth and making hair thick, healthy, and shiny.’

I have this weird thing with my hair where I think it’s dry when it’s not? For some reason I’m really into hair masks and hair treatments because I’m so worried about my hair getting into bad condition or getting split ends so I will definitely get use out of this. I’m glad that it mentions preventing split ends because that’s exactly what I’m looking for. 

The fact that this product works in 2 minutes is amazing, perfect for my lazy self who doesn’t want to wait ages before rising it out. 

My only issue is that it might smell weird. I’ve had products with fuller’s earth in them before and they smell like… earth? So I’m a bit concerned that it might smell a little odd. However, I’m hoping that once it’s washed out and conditioner is used, that it won’t smell as bad. Plus at the end of the day, I think having hair that smells like earth for a day or so, is worth it for beautiful hair, don’t you?

Whilst I do love the sound of this product, you can only purchase a full-size £21.50 version from The Cruelty Free Beauty Box’s website. I think that’s quite a commitment if you’re unsure if you’ll like it. However, if you think you might, then you can find the product here.

Bain & Savon ‘Fizzy Orange Bath Melt Pieces’ – £3.50

I love bath stuff, and I love the scent of orange, based on that alone you can already tell that I’m going to like this product. 

On The Cruelty Free Beauty Box’s website, this product has the following description:

‘Bath Melts that contain natural, vegan butters to soften the skin. Break off a bit of your bath melt pieces and add to warm water. Extra special with added bath ball pieces to fizz and bubble in your bath….

Massage the melted oils into your skin for instant hydration.’

Again, conspiracy theory – I LOVE the scent of citrus (specifically orange) and I talk about it a lot. These melts came in a few scents but I happened to get the orange one. I know that someone from The Cruelty Free Beauty Box’s team read my reviews (hello team) so it’s interesting that I got versions of two products in the box that are to my taste. This is probably just a coincidence, I just like conspiracies. 

Anyway, these sound heavenly and I can’t wait to use them. I haven’t been having many baths recently, I just seem to be collecting various bath products but when I have one next I’ll definitely pop these in. I love bath items that contain oils that you can use to hydrate your skin whilst in the bath. Plus I like the idea that these fizz like a bath bomb, despite being flat pieces. I think the fact that they’re flat is interesting, it reminds me a lot of chocolate. 

Finally, the fact that the ‘plastic’ on this product is actually not plastic and is biodegradable and compostable, is really important and a great aspect. Sustainability is something important to me and I’m glad some brands are really thinking about their packaging and minimising plastic.

You can purchase a full-size version of these for £8.99 which says it creates 3-4 baths (making it roughly £2.99 per bath if you get 3 uses out of it, or roughly £2.24 per bath if you get 4 uses). I’ll probably just throw all of this bag into my bath, so the full-sized version would actually work out cheaper than this small bag we were sent. 

If you’d like to purchase the full-sized orange bath melt, then you can do so here, and if you’d like to see the two other scents they have available then you can through the following link.

Overall, I really really loved this box. I know last month I said that it was my favourite box I’d had since subscribing, but I think this month was even better. The Cruelty Free Beauty Box are really setting the bar high and I’m loving all the products at the moment. However, regardless of whether I love the products or not, as I said at the beginning, I really enjoy getting this box every month and can’t wait to see what brands and goodies are inside each time. If you think you’d like this box too then you can check out their different plans here.

Also, if you’d like to check out my previous reviews on The Cruelty Free Beauty Box, and boxes that I was receiving before going cruelty free, then you can do so here.

This now brings us to the end of this review. I really hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoy writing these beauty box reviews, and if you did then please give it a quick like. Also leave a comment about what you thought of this month’s box! Finally, please follow my blog if you aren’t already, you can do so with a WordPress account or via email.


Charlotte (Multibendystraw)

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