From The Lab Subscription Box Review – February 2015
From the Lab is a unique beauty subscription box – each month they send you a new beauty product that isn’t on the market yet. The idea is that beauty companies heavily markup their products, so by getting the beauty product after it’s created and tested in the lab, they can send you the products for much less than you would pay once they are branded in the upcoming months/years.
This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription Box: From The Lab
The Cost: $25.90 a month ($19.95 + $5.95 shipping)
The Products: 1-2 full size products in the following categories: Skincare, Haircare or Color Cosmetics.
Ships to: US
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Each product comes with a fold out sheet detailing the beauty product’s benefits and ingredients, plus directions for how to apply each product.
On the back of the sheet is the ingredient list for the item. They also state their ingredient policy, which I am very impressed with:
From the Lab uses a conscientious selection of plant-based and synthetic ingredients that are suitable for all skin types. We do not test on animals or include any substance of animal origin in our products. We only use premium ingredients, and our formulas are free of parabens, benzene, formaldehyde-releasing ingredients, irritants, nanoparticles, nitrosating ingredients, PABA, phthalates, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, toluene, and mineral oils and other comedogenic actives that clog pores.
From the Lab Rejuvenating Face Cream No. 594 Plus – Estimated Retail Value $150
(That value estimate is from From the Lab based on what they believe the product will retail for when it is introduced to market with a branded name).
This face cream is designed to “re-activate the production of collagen and elastin, minimize the appearance of age spots, and deliver long-lasting hydration.”
From the Lab recommends using it on both your face and hands. I just tried it out on my hands, and I like how quickly the cream absorbs, and the moisturized finish it gives. There is no added fragrance, but it does have a subtle scent that I don’t love but don’t mind either.
Verdict: I’m happy to see From the Lab lowered the cost of their box (It used to be $30 a month), and I like the emphasis they put on ingredients in their formulas. So far, I like this cream, and I’m happy with the value and product selection this month. Do you subscribe to From the Lab? What do you think of the February box?