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The Clean Beauty Box by Art of Organics Review – September 2017

Clean Beauty Box is a monthly themed assortment of organic beauty items from Art of Organics.

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.)

The Subscription Box: Clean Beauty Box

The Cost: $39 a month, $117 for 3 months, $219 for 6 months, and $429 for 12 months. Shipping is free to the contiguous states, $10 shipping to Hawaii and Alaska, and $15 shipping + taxes and duties Internationally

COUPON: Use code MSA10 to save 10% off your first order!

The Products: 2-4 full sized organic, natural and cruelty-free beauty items

Ships to: U.S., Canada, and International

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Each box comes with a booklet detailing the month’s products and prices. Art of Organics’ theme this month was “Bright” and the products were intended to brighten the skin and tackle summer sun damage. The box band print this month was done by Jess Bruggink, artist and designer from Minnesota.

Laurel is challenging the Brighten mask users to commit to a ritual using their mask regularly and to document the results using before and after photos.

Laurel Brighten Facial Mask – $72.00

This 100% whole plant organic powder mask is ideal for mature, scarred or sun damaged skin because it has a high content of vitamin C. In order to use this mask, mix a teaspoon or so with purified water using the fan brush until it forms a smooth paste. Then apply the mask to your face and neck. The mask works best when it’s hydrated. Rather than misting your face to keep the mask damp, you can add a drop or 2 of your favorite facial serum to the paste before applying. This will ensure the mask doesn’t get too dry after application. Keep the mask on for 10-30 minutes and then rinse. My skin felt incredibly moisturized after rinsing; I’m so happy to have discovered it!

Mask Bowl and Brush – Listed Value $44.00

This beautiful shallow bowl is ideal for mixing your powder mask with water. It was made exclusively for Laurel by a Sausalito potter named, Lorna Newlin. I love the look of this bowl on my vanity. The fan shaped brush is crafted to thinly spread the mask onto your face and neck. The walnut wood handle is made from reforested land and the bristles are vegan.

Verdict: I love this Laurel mask! The brush and bowl are such useful tools to have for applying this, and other masks. Clean Beauty consistently delivers such high- quality, ingredient conscious beauty items that it is easily my favorite beauty subscription. The $116 value this month is almost triple the cost of the box ($39 a month). I can’t recommend this box enough!

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Written by Jessica Telesmanich

Jessica Telesmanich

Jessica’s addiction started off slowly enough with Birchbox, but it has grown and grown over the last three years. An elementary school librarian and mom of two she loves boxes that are child-centric. But she’ll never turn down a good fashion, beauty or tasty treat subscription.

Posted in Beauty Subscription Boxes, Natural Beauty Subscription Boxes, Subscription Box Reviews, The Clean Beauty Box Reviews| Tags: the clean beauty box | 20 comments

Comments (20)

  1. I subscribed to this box after reading the review. Got the box 3 days later!
    I’ve used the mask two times so far. My face is glowing and it feels so nice afterwards! My husband said I had a “poopy face” though.

  2. I tried this mask for the first time last night. Just wanted to confirm the mixed mask is supposed to be thin with lots of chunks/grit when you go to apply? I wondered it I didn’t mix it enough, but I couldn’t get most of the grains to mix in very well. Because it was so thin it felt like it kept instantly trying even though I spritzed it constantly. I still like the mask and will use it again, I just didn’t feel very sure about the mixing and application process even though I watched the video first.

    • Did you notice a difference?

      I’m on the fence about getting this, I’ve been searching 4ever for something for dark spots that actually works.

      I thought maybe I could use the silicone daiso mask over it to keep it from drying but I’m not sure if it would work.

      • Honestly, after just one treatment I didn’t notice anything one way or the other. Not saying it’s a bad mask, only that I think it’s probably the kind mask where you may not notice a difference until you’ve used it a few times (and like most things with Vitamin C.)
        It did, however, remind me why I never used powder masks. Just not sure about the thickness, texture, keeping it moist and so forth.

      • Have you used something with retinol for your dark spots? Using a retinol or asking for a prescription for retin A from a doc is the best way to get rid of sun damage/age spots. I got my mom to use it and I use differin (another retinol) for my hormonal acne and hyperpigmentation.

    • I’ve found that a good rule of thumb with powdered masks is to use a 1:1 ratio of the powder to liquid. Also, powdered masks typically say to use 1 tsp of powder per application, but I honestly find that too little for how much I prefer to apply when masking. I prefer a thicker application to a thinner application, as I find with a thinner application the mask dries way too quickly, then I feel like it’s no longer doing anything for my skin. Also, to mix the mask I use one of those tiny plastic spoons that come with face creams (but I use a measuring spoon for the powder & liquid). I continue to mix & breakdown the tiny bits by smooshing the spoon against the bowl until everything’s mixed into an even paste. I’m not familiar with this Laurel mask, so I’m not sure if there are supposed to be bits & chunks in it though.

    • I mix powder masks with aloe vera and some kind of oil (rose, argon, etc.) It keeps the mask from drying.

      • Susan do you also add water too?

  3. I’d love this box. If I subscribe now, will this be my first box.
    Anyone receiving but wants to swap? I have the tarte palette and I also have the Robb Vices Sunglasses. Love to work something out.

    • Hi Colleen- I’m would love to swap the mask, brush and bowl for the Robb Vices Sunglasses. I’m in California. You can find me on the swap page (Lavinia)

    • Hi Colleen! I would love to swap the mask, brush and bowl for the Robb Vices sunglasses. I’m in California. You can find me on the swap page (Lavinia). Thank you! Daniela

  4. It’s my favorite. Every box feels like a gift.

    • Absolutely, 100%!

  5. This is your favorite Liz? Over Beauty Heroes, Pearlesque, Boxwalla Beauty & Sisley??

    • Liz didn’t review this one, heat7918. However it is MY favorite (Jessica). 😊

      • To be fair, the article does say it was written by Liz. Maybe should update so we know! 🙂

      • I will let the site admin know to fix that. Thanks!

    • Oops, sorry this is Jessica’s review and I accidentally published it under my name! All fixed now 🙂

    • I’ve subscribed to most of the natural boxes you listed, Art is by far my favorite one.

    • I currently subscribe to all that you listed and to me Pearlesque and Art of Organics are both pretty awesome and send the most amazing items. It’s really hard to compare them because they all send very high end, high quality items. I really love them all so it’s hard to pick just one. I recently cancelled Boxwalla and Art of Organics due to finances but quickly resubed Art of Organics after the August spoilers.

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