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Benevolent Beauty Subscription Box Review + Coupon – December 2016

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Benevolent Beauty Box is a brand new, cruelty-free beauty subscription! They send cosmetics, skin care, hair care, and beauty tools each month. When you sign up, you provide some personalization preferences, such as your hair and eye color, and whether you prefer both or neutral colors, etc. Benevolent Beauty offers a VIP monthly box and a Mini monthly box. 

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

This review is of the Monthly VIP, $29.95 a month, box.


The Subscription Box: Benevolent Beauty Box

The Cost: The Monthly VIP Beauty Box costs $29.95/month and the Monthly Mini Beauty Box costs $15.95/month (3- and 6-month prepay options available, which equal out to slight discounts per month) – all with free shipping (shipping is extra for international)

COUPON: Use code MSA2017 for 15% off your first month!

The Products: Benevolent Beauty sends out strictly cruelty-free items in the categories of cosmetics, hair care, skin care, and beauty tools.

Ships to: U.S. & International

Good to know: The cut-off date for ordering is the 25th of each month. The December box is sold out, so if you sign-up before January 25th, you will receive the January box.

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Every box includes a folded info card.


The inside of the card provides details about each item and the retail values. I think it’s cool that they use a mark to indicate every item that is also vegan.


Shea Terra Organics Rose Hips Black Soap Deep Pore Facial Cleanser – 1 oz, Value $4.50

I love Shea Terra Organics products! It’s made based on an ancient African formula using African black soap. It is 100% natural and it is gentle with no harsh chemicals. It works similar to a microdermabrasion to help resurface skin, fight signs of aging, and even clear up acneic skin, too.


Manna Kadar Blush in Paradise – Value $19

Whenever Manna Kadar puts a product out in one subscription box, you’re sure to see it in at least two or three others! Haha. I just got this in my December Mommy Mailbox.

This is a brand new blush from Manna Kadar. It’s a bright warm pink with some subtle gold-toned shimmer.


It’s very pigmented – this blush will last a very long time! It blends well, too, which is obviously very important, too. I think this is a very pretty shade that you can build to customize the amount of color you want and will flatter any complexion!


Here’s a swatch – I think this is a great blush for just about anyone!


Dirty Lamb Organic Body Coffee Scrub – Listed Value $8

This scrub has super simple ingredients: Arabica coffee, organic coconut oil, fresh mint leaves, peppermint extract, and water. It smells amazing!


Here is what it looked like in the jar. It was solid, likely from the coconut oil. It took some effort to get enough out but wasn’t too bad. I used it as a hand scrub and it felt really nice! One of our readers, Donna, gave us a heads-up that this scrub is a little messy in the shower and kinda hard to clean, which I agree based on my sink after using as a hand scrub. Because of this (and the fact that I don’t want to clog my pipes with large amounts of grinds), I’ll probably stick to using this as a lip scrub or occasional hand scrub.


Girlactik Sparkle Eyeliner Set in Champagne – Value $20

The info card lists these separately, as an individual sparkle glitter ($11) and black base ($16), but Girlactik sells these as a set for $20, so I’m going with that value. This set is a 2-step process for applying super glittery eyeliner! 


To apply, you use a fine angled eyeliner brush to apply the black base as if you were just applying normal eyeliner. Then you dab the brush in the glitter and press it onto the base. They say for a more sheer glittery look to use the pearl base instead of the black, which I think I’d have loved to get/try! But the black base doesn’t make it look super dramatic or anything, plus it still defines your eyes well like normal liner. (pic of this on below!)



Beautiful Birdie Cosmetics Smudge- and Water-Proof Full Lash Mascara – Value $22

This mascara is made with vitamin E, rosemary extract, and lavender extract to condition, strengthen, and enrich lashes. I haven’t found many natural mascaras I really like, so I was skeptical about this one – but I was pleasantly surprised!

I actually really liked the formula and the brush applied it well, too. I also found it to wear well – it didn’t smudge on me, but I don’t have oily skin, so it might perform a little differently on an oilier skin type.


Bunny Bath and Body Morning Jolt Caffeine Eye Serum – 10 mL, Value $7

This under-eye serum is designed to reduce puffiness, dark circles, and slow signs of aging. And is made with coffee beans, almond oil, vitamin E, and avocado oil. I like this a lot! I have dry skin and love using oils and serums. I’ve used for a couple days and like the moisture it gives me, plus the smell of coffee from it the morning is nice.


They say some separation is normal due to the fact that it’s all-natural, and I definitely see some of that. While standing on my bathroom counter, I noticed the dark coffee bean part was sitting on the bottom of the glass, and shaking it didn’t help right away. I tried standing it upside down, but then the next day I got coffee granules applied right to my skin when I rolled this on. So, I guess I’m just going to trust the caffeine is infused with the oils at this point and if there are coffee beans sitting on the bottom, it doesn’t mean that the serum doesn’t still work as intended. All that being said, I do like this a lot, overall.


Here, I’m wearing the sparkly eyeliner, the mascara, and the blush. I’m really happy with all of the products!


Here’s a better look at the sparkle eyeliner. It’s more subtle and wearable than I thought it’d be. I’d really love to try it with the pearl base, though – I may order that to use!

Verdict: Benevolent Beauty is a new favorite beauty box of mine! I love the discoveries I’ve made and find at least one new favorite product that excites me every month. I love that they mark vegan items, and I am always impressed with the value! This month adds up to $80.50, which is on the low end of what I have come to expect from this subscription, but it’s still awesome for a $29.99 box so I’m still happy!

What do you think about Benevolent Beauty Box?

Written by Haley Faye

Haley Faye

Haley Faye first discovered Beauty Army and Birchbox in 2012 and instantly fell hard and fast for the world of subscription boxes. Over the years of writing for MSA she has found many subscriptions to fuel her addiction, but her favorites include fashion, geeky, beauty, and mom/baby boxes to share with her son.

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. If you buy something, MSA may earn an affiliate commission. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. Haley, I love that you show how the items looks paired together on the face. I’m not terribly imaginative so it really helps to see the makeup beyond just swatches!

  2. I was also turned off by the price until I read a few of the reviews, and saw what theyve sent out in the boxes, and was pretty impressed! I also can see now from the comments that they have great costumer service which is a plus since ive noticed allot of BB dont. I will be signing up soon!!

  3. Anyone know what was in the mini box?

  4. I also received that Manna Kadar blush in December in either my Cocotique or Onyx Box, so that makes at least three boxes (that we know of) that contained that blush in December. In addition to receiving two last month (my other one was from Benevolent Beauty too), I’ll be getting a 3rd in my January Ipsy (or maybe it was Birchbox). I’m actually okay with that though, because I really do like the color. 🙂

    • It was Onyxbox…I got it too in my December box. I am also getting it in Ipsy. I don’t have this sub. I read the review because I am considering it, but I think I’ll pass for the price. Not wow’ed.

  5. I agree the coffee scrub is a mess. It’s definitely very exfoliating. Also the jar was only half full.

    • Hi Jen! We did receive the order with quite a bit of half full jars but Dirty Lamb Coffee Scrub has agreed to work with customers directly in this instance. You can contact them here for assistance – If you have any issues, please feel free to contact us at info at benevolentbeautybox dot com. – Rachel

      • Thank you for reading our posts Rachel! Great information for us to have, quicker results contacting the company directly.

  6. Wow! Great content! I was turned off by the price, but after reading through your review, I want to purchase. Please let us know if January box is still available? Those are the kinds of products I would love to try!

    • Thanks for reading, Jasmine! Rachel let us know the cut-off date for each month’s box is the 25th, so this December box is no longer available. She did say, however, that normally she is happy to accommodate exceptions if you email her about it and she has the stock. Unfortunately they sold out of the December box completely, otherwise she’d be happy to send it to you!

      Hope that helps! I’ve been really happy with every month from them so far, so I’m looking forward to seeing what future boxes bring, too!

    • Jasmine, you will be so excited opening Benevolent’s box every month. This has quickly become my favorite BB with fresh, unique brands and well thought out curation.

  7. Sounds like a fab box! I would love this one too..

  8. IS this box still available ? I want virtually everything on it!

    • Hi, Terry! Rachel let us know the cut-off date for each month’s box is the 25th, so this December box is no longer available. She did say, however, that normally she is happy to accommodate exceptions if you email her about it and she has the stock. Unfortunately they sold out of the December box completely, otherwise she’d be happy to send it to you!

      Hope that helps! I’ve loved every month of this box so I’m confident they have some more great boxes coming our way!

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