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Petit Vour Vegan Subscription Box Review – January 2016

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Petit Vour is a monthly vegan beauty subscription box. It’s a great box if you’re looking to try out new vegan and/or natural beauty products.

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: Petit Vour

The Cost: $15 a month (Canada – $23 a month)

The Products: Vegan and cruelty-free makeup and beauty minis.

Ships to: US, Canada

Delivered via: USPS

Check out all of my Petit Vour reviews!

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Each box comes with a card detailing the items included, and the prices of the full-size versions.


S.W. Basics Mini Cream – Value $12

I love S.W. Basics! This cream works for both face and body and is made with just three organic ingredients: Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, and Olive Oil. I think I would prefer a version of this cream with a little scent from essential oils since I’m not loving the no-fragrance scent.

UPDATE – Looks like the fact that I wish this had an essential oil scent is because it might be rancid. I’ll check in with Petit Vour about this. (If not rancid, it just doesn’t smell good…)

French Girl Organics Rose Lip Polish – .25 oz Value $3.75

I discovered this brand thanks to a Petit Vour box last year and I love it! This lip polish is made with all natural ingredients, and the rose flavor is lovely. (Sometimes rose doesn’t work for me, but I love it in this formula).


Kaia Naturals Bamboo Tapioca Beads Daily Powdered Face Cleanser – 5 g Value $5

This is a powdered cleanser – you add water to make a cleansing paste. (You can also use it a mask – just leave it on for 10 minutes). The travel sized version of this is just a container with a lid – AKA it may be tricky to get the right amount every time you use it. Fortunately, the full-size version has a dial and lock sifter to prevent spillage.

Potential packaging issues aside, I really like the formula. It works well, is gentle, and has a light citrus scent!


Evelyn Iona Gel Liner + Brush Set – Value $22

(No size info on the gel liner pot, so I’m using retail value provided on the card).

This little gel liner pot is SO tiny:


It is super pigmented, so this should actually last for a while! Here it is swatched:


Petit Vour also recommends using it as a brow filler.


Verdict: This box has a value of about $43. I think that’s great for a $15 beauty box! I’ll use everything in this box, and I also love that Petit Vour seems to focus on quality over quantity.

What do you think of the January Petit Vour box?

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!
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  1. An update on the cream: Petit Vour removed all of the negative reviews for the product on their site. Super shady. I’m seriously considering unsubscribing for all the sneaky business practices lately.

    Also, the eyeliner brush they featured in the box appears to be discontinued. Womp. The have a very different brush available on their website.

  2. I’ve tried both Olive Oil and Shea Butter products over the years and find that neither have a long shelf life, (without preservatives) and they need to be kept in a cool dry place. After a long DIY bath remodel, I was checking product stored in my guest room where I stupidly closed the A/C vents in summer to save $. At first sniff both the Shea & Olive oil items seemed ok, but as soon they hit air and I swatched, yuck, and it all went in the trash.

    So sorry you all had to go through such hoops. At least the company who makes the product is being transparent and offering replacements. Hopefully, next month will be better.

  3. Has anyone else in Canada still not received their box?
    I emailed CS and got the run around. I figured with the big snow storm y’all had that the boxes would be late, but at this point I’m wondering if it will come at all. Tracking seems to have stopped in Delaware..

  4. I wanted to love this subscription, but sadly I did not. I haven’t been wowed any of the 3 months I received it. This month I (like many others) received a very awful smelling SW Basics cream. Petit Vour said nithing was wrong and suggested I slather myself in this lotion anyways, and the smell should dissipate. You shouldn’t give your customers the runaround if there is a problem. I cancelled.

  5. The cream smelled like cheese to me. It was gross.

  6. I absolutely love the gel liner and brush! That discovery alone was worth the sub price for me this month (I’ve been subbed for over 2 years and think that every month, lol). I also really liked the lip scrub and face wash sample though I found the latter to be a bit harsh at first. I opened the SW Basics cream and almost gagged. I’ve been making my lotions for ages and have never smelled anything quite like that. So I opted to test it on my husband, who can rarely smell anything period. He opened it this evening and said “what’s with the rotten lotion?” He thought it smelled like spoiled milk. I don’t disagree. I’m very disappointed to hear folks are having less than pleasant experiences with CS as well. I emailed when I couldn’t apply a coupon code that came out the same day and got a quick albeit somewhat dismissive response that essentially said I had waited too long to use it; it was announced 2 hours earlier via email. while I appreciate prompt responses (I really do, a lot), I don’t ever care to be blamed by a company to whom I’m handing over my $. There was no offer or attempt to verify the code’s validity or identify a possible tech glitch, just the assumption that the free GWP was sold out already. I find that pretty hard to believe. They weren’t handing out the latest US Naked palette as a free gift for heaven’s sake; it was a small moisturizer sample. But since I have enjoyed their curation for so long I chose to overlook it. For me it’s worth it to keep the new beauty discoveries coming. I already ordered the full size liner as a matter of fact. They would do well to offer each month’s items for sale a lot faster than they typically do. None for Jan have been posted, at least not as of yesterday. So I got it from Birchbox. I’ve found I usually have to go to the companies directly when I find a product in my PV box I love.

    • I had asked PV about when they would have the products for sale from the January box. I really like the lip scrub and it will push my cart up to the $50 free shipping, so I was waiting. They told me that their goal was to have everything up for sale by Friday, Jan 29. Well… I guess they didn’t meet their goal.

  7. SW is sending me a new cream after I complained about the smell. I thought it smelled rancid but wasn’t sure if the unscented product just didn’t agree with me. They said there was possibly an issue with the olive oil. We’ll see how the new one smells!

  8. I am a soapmaker and the SW Basics cream smells just like the raw shea butter I buy for soap making. The good stuff from Ghana that isn’t refined and is a nice dark yellow. It has a fire/char smell to it from the way it is extracted from the nut. I have actually grown to the love the smell. 🙂

  9. I find it disturbing that SW Basics say they used different olive oil for the Cream samples. Beauty samples should be made of exactly the same ingredients as the full size product. Are they using some cheap oil on this batch? Kind of makes you wonder if other samples in beauty boxes are made differently to the original product.

  10. this has always been one of my favorites, but this one didn’t cut it. nothing really impressive at all.

  11. I didn’t like this box. My cream smelled like a barnyard, I don’t think Petit Vour’s response to all of our complaints was appropriate. With so many people bringing the problem to their attention, I would have liked to see them take a proactive approach and contact SW Basics for their customers instead of dismissing us and telling us to contact SW Basics individually. This makes me want to cancel.

  12. This box is a miss for me. First time in over a year I am listing a whole box for swap.

  13. I like this box but I’m already subscribed to Vegan Cuts beauty box and its $20 but $15 sounds better.

  14. I had to peek here to see what I missed… I just finished a 6 month sub with them in December, and I decided not to resub. This box just doesn’t wow me. I’ve been happy about a few things here and there, but it’s few and far between. I don’t see the value there with the tiny samples.

    And there are too many products that are overly simplistic with ingredients. I mean, I can mix up a brown sugar scrub with various carrier oils and essential oils at home. I need products that deliver with active ingredients, and less fluff.

    And the makeup never, ever pleases me. There’s typically little to no pigment, and too many products disappear into my skin. Not what I’m looking for in “prestige” (read: expensive) makeup lines.

    • Also, to elaborate (and perhaps prattle on…), while I appreciate indie brands as much as the next person, PV features too many indies that really don’t seem to know what they’re doing in terms of cosmetic chemistry. Some of these brands’ products… It’s almost like a bunch of teenage girls spent the day in the kitchen mixing up stuff they found in the pantry. It’s cute and all, but not worth dropping hefty $ on some of the asking prices.

      • Pretty much all of the reasons I dropped this sub (about a year ago). I wasn’t personally feeling a $15 value most months. But I have found that to be true of all of the natural subs I’ve tried, sadly.

        Also had a disappointing customer service thing rigyt before I dropped PV. Sorry to see that that hasn’t changed.

  15. This month was a total miss for me. Icky lotion, hate using my finger to apply lip stuff, when am I going to “paint” my eyeliner, and mystery powder stuff never goes well.

  16. I thought the cream smelled a little odd too. I didn’t think those 3 ingredients would smell like much of anything. But I’ve never used this stuff to know differently and I know sometimes natural stuff has a different scent to them. Now I’m wondering where can I see this in the store to tell if there’s a difference from mine?

    • Target carries this in their makeup/fancy skin care section. You’ll have to drop que a bit to see though. I haven’t seen a sample for it there

  17. My SW Cream smelled terrible too-figured bad batch since can’t imagine SW putting anything out this bad-Someone should step up and replace all to keep the reps of both companys

  18. My SW Basics cream smells fine – predominantly like shea butter.

  19. My SW Basics cream smelled so horrible, it was unusable. I emailed PV customer service. They first told me it was fine. When I assured them it wasn’t, and that I was sure they never would have chosen it for the box if their sample smelled like mine, they passed me off to SW Basics customer service. Turns out, this batch was manufactured with a different olive oil than has been used in the past, which accounts for the change in smell. The company is making new cream with the original formula, and sending me a replacement when it’s ready, so I am satisfied with that.

    • PV’s snooty customer service was why I canceled my sub and stopped buying from their shop. They curate well but it pretty much ends there.

      • Yeah, PV is on thin ice with this. Why they think customer service is telling me I’m wrong and then telling me it’s my responsibility to contact the product manufacturer is beyond me. Plenty of other boxes to replace it with.

        • I had an issue recently with their customer service as well. I ordered the LE box then later that day ordered a liner. I paid $4.99 shipping for the liner, which was fine. It was under $50 on it’s own. They sent separate tracking numbers for the orders and then I only received one box. Turns out they shipped the liner in the LE box. And still charged me for separate shipping. I emailed them and let them know going forward that I would appreciate some notice if this was to happen again. They were very rude. So I asked for a refund because the shipping on my first order was free, they were rude and said fine. I have subscribed to this box on and off since the beginning, but they just lost my business.

          In other news my cream was fine, lol

          • Shady!

          • This just happened to me. I bought over $100 of products, but in three separate orders. The first order came with free shipping because it was $68 worth of products and the last two did not, but it ALL came in one order. Not to mention one of my items is incorrect and my lip balm was broken and completely missing the top portion. Let’s hope they have better customer service this time around.

    • I contacted SW Basics after having no luck with Petit Vour customer service. SW Basics also told me that it was a different olive oil causing the smell–which makes sense. They replied and let me know that they would send me a replacement when it’s ready using the original olive oil formula. They were super nice and responsive and I am very pleased with that.

      On another positive note, I really like the lip scrub in this box. This box is for me to discover new products from cruelty-free brands so when I love even one thing from the box, it is a win for me. I also wouldn’t be surprised if I like the cream once I receive a new sample.

  20. Hey, Liz, I’ve been reading on other blogs that the SW Cream came rancid. You might want to smell yours, just in case.

    • Oh, maybe that’s why I was thinking I would have preferred it to be scented! Hmm..

      • I have this from a different box, and it just smells “natural” to me. Sort of neutral. I think yours is bad. 🙁

      • I emailed Petit Vour about mine smelling bad and they assured me that none of the samples were rancid. I am telling you this so that you know to, most likely, expect the same result when you contact them–even though it does smell bad.

    • Yeah, I’ve purchased it before and I don’t recall it really smelling like much of anything.

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