The Beauty Box by Bombay & Cedar Review – May 2020
The Beauty Box by Bombay & Cedar is a new beauty subscription box from the folks at Bombay & Cedar, featuring 5-6 clean, vegan, and cruelty-free products each month. They promise makeup, skincare, beauty tools, and more from a mix of indie and well-known brands with a value of over $100.
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).
About this Beauty Subscription Box
The Subscription Box: The Beauty Box by Bombay & Cedar
The Cost: $31.95 per month + free US shipping, or save with longer subscriptions.
The Products: 5 to 6 deluxe and full-size beauty products that are clean, vegan, and cruelty-free with a retail value of $100+.
Ships to: The US for free, Canada for $5.95, and internationally for $10.95
The Beauty Box by Bombay & Cedar May 2020 Review
The box comes with a booklet of information that lists out the products and highlights some of the brands.
Hair Rinse Tea by Lhamour, 10 pouches – Listed Value $14
This was very interesting! I have never heard of a tea rinse for your hair before, so I was surprised to see that these are actually tea bags that you steep like a tea you would drink. The herbs are meant to provide a deep cleanse, soothe irritations, prevent dandruff, and help improve blood circulation to your scalp. One of the main ingredients, nettle leaf, is rich in sulfur that helps combat hair loss. To use, you want to steep 2 cups of water for 1 tea bag for 30 minutes. Then, let the water cool until it has reached a comfortable temperature and remove the teabag. You then will need to pour the water over your hair, massage it in from root to end, and then rinse. I will have to admit, it was a bit awkward using this rinse since I needed to steep it downstairs then carry it upstairs to my bathroom in order to pour the water over my hair without making a huge mess and then rinse. I also wasn’t really graceful at the pouring over my hair process which ended in more of a dump of it; I probably should have asked my husband to help me a bit. I will say though that the rinse did leave my hair feeling very soft, allowing for some beautiful curls that day. I am excited to continue using the tea bags that I received to see how they will improve my hair over time, but the process was a bit strange so I don’t know if I would buy another bag.
Magic Wand Brow Gel by R+Co, 0.14 oz. – Retail Value $20
I have never used a brow gel before, but my eyebrows tend to go all over the place because my hair is curly (one side on the end always curls up and my Mom is always fixing my eyebrows because it drives her crazy). They never really bother me though which is probably why I have never used a gel before to keep them in place, haha! The wand itself looks like a mascara wand and is covered in the magic gel that tames and conditions. The instructions say to apply in upward strokes and that the gel won’t leave you feeling sticky, but I found that it was extremely sticky. I was actually feeling rather uncomfortable with the gel on as I could feel a hard shell-like layer over my eyebrows that made moving my face feel funny. I kept touching them to try to get it to loosen a bit. The next day I used a bit less of the gel, but I found that it was still hard and sticky. I decided to pass this gel along to my friend that does a bit more work to her eyebrows, but for me, it was just a bit too much extra on my face that I don’t really feel that I need day to day.
Library of Flowers Handcreme by Margot Elena, 2.65 oz. – Retail Value $20
This hand lotion is incredible! The packaging alone feels so petite and vintage, I feel extra fancy every time I use it and love seeing it sitting on my nightstand. What I love the most about it is how well it works! My skin has been very dry lately so I have been making an effort to lotion my hands and feet every morning and night which is why I placed this little guy on my nightstand. The main ingredients in this creme are Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Macadamia Nut Oil, Avocado Oil, and Chamomile Extract. The lotion delivers a deep hydration that literally leaves my skin feeling like silk; I have actually slipped on the floor with this lotion on my feet, it’s that smooth. It absorbs quickly and has healed trouble areas on both my hands and feet. Plus, it smells incredible; strong but not too strong, with a delicious chamomile and white orchid scent.
Swift Eye Shadow in ‘Garden Rose’ by RMS Beauty – Retail Value $20
I am always excited to receive an eyeshadow especially when it comes in a shade that I know I will wear a lot! This shade has that perfect hint of plum with a tiny shimmer to it that isn’t overwhelming. It went on smoothly with little fallout. I do wish it lasted a bit longer before feeling the need to touch it up a bit, but I am outside a lot running after my kids so my makeup never really holds that well anyway. It is the perfect little container that I can toss into my makeup bag to have on me or to take on a trip if I want to pack light (if and when I start going places again, that is). The shadow itself is non-GMO, non-nano, soy-free, gluten-free, and cruelty-free.
Lighted Lip Gloss in ‘Rapture’ by Lovelight, 9 mL – Listed Value $21, Retail Value $28
I have never been a lip gloss gal, even when I was younger and that was super trendy. I just don’t love the way it feels on my lips, and now that I am older I really didn’t love this way it looked on me. I will say though I loved the way this gloss made my lips feel! They were super hydrated thanks to the aloe, jojoba oils, vitamin E, and shea butter. The color had a light pink mixed with orange feel, and even though it looks like it would be super glittery I didn’t see a ton of glitter on my lips which I liked. I am going to keep this for days that I am not using lipstick or for when I go to the pool to keep my lips hydrated but still looking good! My daughter, who is only 1 and a half, is already really into putting makeup on so I have been letting her use this one since she can’t do too much damage in terms of staining carpets or clothes with this, so we both get a fun new gloss!
“Perfect Bow” Eyebrow Trimmer by Almost Famous – Listed Value $25
Does this eyebrow trimmer scare anyone else or is it just me?! I do not have a steady hand by any means so I don’t think I would ever go at my eyebrows with a trimmer. I mean, that could just be me because I don’t even tweeze my eyebrows, I’m just too nervous doing things like that. Needless to say, I decided to pass these along to my sister in law who I know uses a trimmer and was so excited to receive a new one! The tip trimmer is very small with a little LED light so you can see what you are doing. She said she used this to trim her eyebrows that are way overgrown and found them to be super easy to use, lightweight, and loved that it has a light on the end! While this wasn’t a good product for me personally, I was excited to pass it along to my sister in law!
Verdict: The Beauty Box by Bombay & Cedar had some hits and a few misses for me this month. I absolutely love the eyeshadow and hand creme! I use the creme multiple times a day and will be purchasing more once this container runs out. The eyeshadow is used at least twice a week for a fresh daily look that I am really loving! The gloss isn’t my usual style, but I loved the way it made my lips feel so I will be using it here and there. While I loved that the box came with an eyebrow gel and coordinating brow trimmer, both products weren’t something that I felt comfortable using. However, they both found a good home with my friends! That is what I love about beauty boxes, if something doesn’t work for me personally, I know I can find a friend or family member that is going to love that product. I calculated an estimated retail value around $132, and at $31.95 a month for this box, I would say that is an incredible deal. This is such a fun way to receive new beauty products and to learn about new brands!
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? June boxes have already sold out, so if you order today, you will receive the July box.
Value Breakdown: This box costs $31.95 with free shipping and I calculated a total value of $132, which means you are paying approximately the following per item:
- Hair Tea: $3.38
- Brow Gel: $4.84
- Handcreme: $4.84
- Eyeshadow: $4.84
- Lipgloss: $6.77
- Brow Trimmer: $7.26
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