The Better Beauty Box Subscription Review – September 2018


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The Better Beauty Box is an ingredient conscious beauty box geared for tween and teen girls. There are two monthly options: The Better Beauty Box for $24 per month, which includes age-appropriate makeup items or The Better Beauty Box Makeup Free for $20 per month, which includes no makeup at all.

This review is for The Better Beauty Box with makeup included for $24 a month.

The Better Beauty Box open box

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

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About The Better Beauty Box

The Subscription Box: The Better Beauty Box

The Cost: $24 a month + free shipping, with 3-, 6- and 12-month subscription options

The Products: 5 ingredient conscious products geared for teen girls (a mix of full-sized, travel and trial sized)

Ships to: US

The Better Beauty Box September 2018 Review

The Better Beauty Box info sheet

Instead of including a stand-alone info sheet, the information about the products in the box are on a sticker that’s placed on the lid of the box.

The Better Beauty Box card

Also included was a business card with details on how to win products from the monthly box.

The Better Beauty Box ylang

Skin Owl Ylang Ylang Beauty Drops, 1 oz – Retail Value $32

These beauty drops are made with only two ingredients – organic kernel oil and organic ylang-ylang oil. It is designed to balance and decongest inflamed skin, which sounds exactly like the skin I had when I was a teenager! I was curious about ylang-ylang as an ingredient, so I googled “ylang-ylang skin.” The first result (from WebMD!!) said that ylang-ylang is applied topically for “relaxation, to kill bacteria, and to increase sexual desire! I cannot speak to some of those claims, but I can say that this oil absorbed into my skin quickly and while it left my face feeling nourished, it didn’t feel greasy. This is lightweight enough to be used as a morning moisturizer while still being deeply hydrating if you prefer oils in your nighttime routine instead.

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Jing Ai Velvet Shine Lip Jewel in Pink A Boo, Full-Size – Retail Value $14

This lip crayon is insanely hydrating thanks to the macadamia seed oil, shea butter, and jojoba seed oil, and it also packs a fun punch of color. I think the shade Pink A Boo is really close to my natural lip shade, only a bit brighter. I know my mom would have had no complaints if I wore this lip color, and it applies smoothly and lasts for hours before needing to be reapplied (assuming you don’t eat something super greasy or unwieldy while wearing).

The Better Beauty Box lip 3

Here it is swatched!

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Soapy Bliss Mini Body Butter in Watermelon & White Rose, 2 oz – Retail Value $7

Soapy Bliss is a fun bath and body brand (check out these cupcake bath bombs!), and this body butter is a great introduction. I love watermelon scented anything, and the combination of watermelon and white rose take the fun fruit scent and makes it a little more sophisticated. This is made with mango butter and coconut oil, and I found it to be luxuriously hydrating. A little goes a long way, however, and if you’re not careful you may end up a touch greasy.

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Kiss My Face Olive Oil Travel Bar, 1.41 oz – Listed Value $1.25

This bar of soap is made with only three ingredients- water, sea salt, and olive oil. 86% of this bar of soap is olive oil, and it is fragrance-free, vegan, and cruelty-free. I much prefer quality soaps like these when I travel compared to the ones you usually find in hotels, and I like that even though this is small in size it still packs in the moisture while getting you clean.

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Compressed Cotton DIY Masks – Listed Value $2

It is not often that this box includes unbranded items, and I am happy that since this is unbranded it doesn’t take up a lot of the value in the box. That being said, I really love these face masks! I received something similar in a recent Pink Seoul Box, and the idea is that this is a compressed sheet mask that you drop in your liquid of choice (toner, essence, tea…) to have your own DIY mask. I was inspired by the info sheet, so I made my first mask using freshly brewed chamomile lavender tea with honey in it, and I left it on my face for about 10 minutes. These sheet masks dry out a lot more quickly compared to the prepackaged ones, but I love that you can really customize it to meet your skin’s needs.

The Verdict: I look forward to receiving this box every month! Even though it is geared towards teens, I find myself loving the curation. Almost every month a full-size skincare item is included too, and the team over at The Better Beauty Box does a great job selecting quality skincare items that work for almost everyone. Value-wise, I calculated a value of $56.25. That is more than double the cost of the box, and I think it is an awesome value for an ingredient-conscious box.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? If you sign up today your first box will be the September box.

Value Breakdown: This box costs $24 with free shipping, and I calculated a value of $56.25. That means you’re paying approximately the following for each item:

  • Face Oil: $13.65
  • Lip Jewel: $5.97
  • Body Butter: $2.99
  • Soap: $0.53
  • Masks: $0.85

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What do you think of The Better Beauty Box? Do you have a teen in your life who you want to introduce to the subscription box world early?

Written by Jessica Hapak

Jessica Hapak

I am a staunch believer that pineapple doesn’t go on pizza and when I’m not studying for law school I’m relaxing at home with my cat. I’m a sucker for anything labeled a mystery box and I’ve never met a bath bomb I didn’t like!

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4 Comments

  1. I like this box, especially for the targeted age group, but I still think the price point is just a tad too high. Maybe I’m spoiled by having gotten used to boxycharm, allure and even ipsy RV compared to what we pay, but while getting $50 for $25 seems like a good deal I’m so used to getting 4 to 5 times RV return on what I pay lol. If th3 price of this box was $7-$8 less I would totally get it for my 11 yr old, but at this stage of her life she’s just not responsible enough with her products to warrant spending so much every month on her own box lol. I still keep checking back every month to see if the price has come down though 🙂

  2. This box does look really nice. I’ve enjoyed some Skin Owl products…I think it was from Pearlesque one month? Agree with you about traveling with my own products and skipping the hotel toiletries, however, we’ve been getting lucky with Crabtree & Evelyn and L’Occitene. The good thing about bringing little bars like this, though, is that it really helps keep luggage smelling nice. Dryer sheets help for that, too. Great review!

  3. Although I am CONSIDERABLY older than the target audience that this box caters to, I’ve been impressed by the great items that have been included in each of the boxes that you have reviewed. I’m actually considering subscribing and trying it out for a few months as lately my skin is behaving like a teenagers (i.e. Oily and acne prone).

    • Ditto from this 44-year-old. This box seems fresh and fun – a good value all around. Thank you Jessica for your great review!

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