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About this All-Natural, Cruelty-Free Beauty Subscription
The Subscription Box: Laurel & Reed
The Cost: $49.95/month + $6.95 US shipping. Discounts available for longer commitments.
The Products: A mix of 4-6 full-size makeup, hair care, body & skincare, wellness, and lifestyle products with a minimum total value of $100+
Ships to: The US for $6.95, Canada for $14.00
Laurel & Reed December 2019 Review
Laurel & Reed comes in a beautiful gift box with a black ribbon tied in a bow. For that reason, they pack it in an outer cardboard box so the presentation doesn't get ruined.
There's a card that simply states all of the things you can expect from the subscription and another info card that features a lovely print on one side with the items clearly listed out with retail prices and short descriptions on the other.
Votary London Jasmine and Calendula Facial Oil, 1.01 oz. - Retail Value $102.00
I have never come across this brand before, but I just read that it's also the featured brand for Boxwalla in February so I am clearly in the dark on this one. One look at the price tag of this one-ounce bottle makes me hope that this is a miracle worker for those who pay full price for it! The packaging is gorgeous, but I have to say that I'm not loving the top which reminds me of essential oils. I just wish this came with a dropper instead. Shaking this small bottle vigorously at my fingertips doesn't look very elegant. This calming facial oil uses jasmine (to rejuvenate) which is one of the star ingredients here along with calendula (which promotes healing and regeneration) along with rosehip, grapeseed, and apricot oil to chill out and nourish the skin. This blend feels really nice on the skin and delivers super soft skin immediately upon absorption. For some reason, jasmine is not a scent that I really connect with so while this is probably a nice smell for most, it's a bit floral for me.
OSEA Essential Corrective Complex, 0.34 oz. - Retail Value $32.00
I haven't seen OSEA in a box in a minute! At one time, this brand was everywhere and I tried many different products of theirs. However, I've never tried this spot treatment that comes in a rollerball. This formula is packed with tea tree, white thyme, and juniper which really brings a potent and clearing scent to it. Their website says that it can be used as an all-over treatment for blemish-prone skin, but it's a bit overpowering for me. I am happy to report that I rarely get breakouts, so I can either hold on to this and use as a spot treatment when I need to, or pass it along to one of my girlfriends that would need it more. I do think that the rollerball bottle for this is a great idea though and makes it a breeze to use.
Honua Skincare Moana Mask, 1.7 - Retail Value $38.00
Honua Skincare makes amazing non-toxic products made with quality ingredients from Hawaii. I've become very familiar with them over the years since they are often featured in beauty boxes. Luckily, I've never received their Moana Mask before, so I was eager to check it out. First of all, they have well-designed boxes that are recycled and include information on both the inside and out. They always feature nice glass jars with wooden lids that look natural and classy at the same time. This avocado-green mask contains the antioxidant-packed Hawaiian spirulina (a blue-green algae), laukahi which is a healing plant used for centuries in traditional Hawaiian medicine, macadamia nut oil, and aloe vera. The mask is so creamy and light and feels great on my face. I can see storing this in the fridge for some added coolness. I can see why they named this mask Moana (meaning "ocean" in Hawaiian) since I feel so fresh and hydrated after using it.
Mai Couture Highlighter Paper in Crystal Cove, 30 ct - Retail Value $12.00
I can't recall seeing highlighter in this format before so I am tickled by the unique idea. They're packaged in sheets like blotting papers, but each one contains a dusting of glowing goodness that can be dabbed or dragged across cheekbones to add a touch of highlighter to the face. I've successfully used these a few times now and am really loving the convenience on the go and the quality it delivers. It's a little weird at first, but it really does give the perfect amount of glimmer to my face. These are clearly great for travel and I honestly have just torn them in half since I don't need an entire sheet for both sides of my face.
The Verdict: Laurel & Reed's December box was delightful but a couple of the products didn't excite me scent-wise. I loved the mask from Honua and the highlighter sheets are fun and new to me, but the corrective complex and facial oil (although completely nice to use) didn't work with my sniffer. Megan seemed really interested in trying the Votary product so I'll probably pass it on to her knowing she'll enjoy it. For those who love jasmine- you should give it a whirl because it made my skin lovely! This box has an incredible total value of $184 which is more than three times the cost.
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To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Boxes ship immediately for first-time purchases (if the current box is available, which this one is) with subscriptions shipping between the 15-20th of the month moving forward. It's best to reach out to them directly to find out which box you'll receive. You can also purchase any past boxes still available on their site for a one-time purchase of $49.95 (+ shipping).
Value Breakdown: For $56.90 ($49.95 + $6.95 shipping) here’s what you are paying approximately per item:
- Facial Oil: $31.54
- Corrective Complex: $9.90
- Face Mask: $11.75
- Highlighter Paper: $3.71
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What's your favorite product from December's Laurel & Reed?