The Vegancuts Beauty Box is a monthly beauty and makeup subscription box. All of their products are vegan (and they tend to be natural, too). They also typically include a nice mix of full-size and sample beauty items. Vegancuts also offers a monthly Snack Box and quarterly Makeup Box.
This review is of the $22.95 a month Vegancuts Beauty Box.
Vegancuts sends a single package to subscribers who get both the beauty and snack boxes. The beauty items are separated into a little bag, which looks like more of an environmentally-friendly material than the old bags. (If you do not get the snack box, I don’t think you get the little bag.)
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About the Vegancuts Beauty Box
The Subscription Box: Vegancuts Beauty Box
The Cost: $22.95 on a month-to-month basis. Save with 6- and 12-month subscriptions.
ACTIVE DEAL: $40 off. No coupon needed - just use this link.
The Products: Each box contains a mix of 4-7 full and sample size cruelty-free beauty must-haves, ranging from cosmetics to skincare to haircare. All items are void of toxic ingredients and animal byproducts.
Ships to: The US for free, Canada for $6.95, and worldwide for $14.95.
Vegancuts Beauty Box October 2020 Review
The Vegancuts Beauty Box usually contains a variety of hair care, skincare, and bath and body products. There’s often one makeup product, as well, although there's been less makeup lately.
The box came with this information card. I like the animal pictures.
On to the items:
Sunwarrior Plant-Based Collagen Building Protein Peptides, Tahitian Vanilla (1 serving) - Estimated Value $1.75 (buy 20 Servings for $34.95)
It's fairly well-established that oral consumption of collagen has benefits with respect to skin elasticity, hair, and nails, etc. However, there are no vegan sources of collagen since it comes from animal connective tissue. The next best thing is to produce more of your own. Collagen has some amino acids that are maybe not as common, like proline and hydroxyproline, and so this protein powder includes high proportions of those. Of course, I can't judge from one serving whether or not I am building collagen! However, this was a nice mix-in to my breakfast smoothies; if you are going to make a protein shake I suggest using a stick blender for better mixing as plant-based proteins tend to clump.
Emma Hardie Purifying Pink Clay Detox Mask (0.5 fl oz) - Retail Value $21.00
We received a different product from this brand last month. It is a UK-based brand but they do ship to the US. This is an interesting mask from a clay mask perspective because instead of drying on my face, it almost appeared to absorb into my face. There's something on the back of the package about washing off with a cloth, which we did not receive in this box. However, just splashing water on my face enough times worked pretty well. I don't buy the idea of "detox" as a scientific concept; however, I do think clay masks do a good job of getting rid of excess oil and some gunk from my pores. This one did that for sure, but also didn't dry my skin out.
Body + Soul Miracle Eyes Firming Eye Balm (0.3 fl oz) - Retail Value $29.00
Vegancuts jumped on the CBD bandwagon awhile ago. I am not convinced of the efficacy of CBD, especially when applied externally, but it is certainly a popular ingredient. The hemp oil does have some nice plant-based fatty acids that are pretty moisturizing and this also has chamomile, which I find to be soothing, arnica, which may help reduce puffiness, and, matcha, a great source of antioxidants which may be able to help fight free radical damage. This absorbed into my skin pretty well (it's kind of a weird texture that reminded me of Vaseline, but moss green in color) although it took a little while. It is thick and I think it is going to be a nighttime product for me. Word of advice: do not use this and then expect to be able to get your contact lenses in. Oops. Couldn't grip my lower eyelid for the life of me.
Earth Wise Beauty Ferns and Moss Face Serum (0.17 fl oz) - Retail Value $24.00
This was a new brand for me. This is a facial oil and it has kind of an earthy scent but one that appealed to me on a fall morning. This is supposed to be good for super dry skin that doesn't respond to other skincare efforts, which does not describe me at all. This has tamanu oil, which is an emerging skincare ingredient that includes fatty acids for moisturizing, some antioxidants, and has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It also has moringa (more antioxidants), calendula (calming), and sea buckthorn oil (again, more antioxidants). I find that even with oily skin, I can use facial oils if I exfoliate regularly, but that I typically fare better using them at night, and that was true here as well. This absorbed reasonably well after a few hours but will take sustained use over time to see the benefits. The container is a little on the small side but you don't have to use a whole bunch at once.
Eternal Apothic Super C Skin Crystals (7g) - Retail Value $36.00
The idea behind this product is that water-based preparations tend to degrade quickly and that you can get fresher, more concentrated ingredients if you mix it up right before using. However, I failed pretty badly at using this because at first I dumped out way too much and couldn't get it back in the tiny bottle mouth, and then could not add enough water to my hand to mix up with this amount I dispensed. So I ended up wasting quite a lot of it. This has vitamin C (an antioxidant) and methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) which is supposed to help with collagen and keratin production as well as reduce inflammation. It was a reasonably good toner and I will use the rest to see what kind of longer-term benefits this offers, but I wish the packaging was a little different so I didn't waste so much product each time I try to use it.
Verdict: I calculated a total value of $111.75 for this month’s Vegancuts Beauty Box. That's more than four times the month-to-month cost of the subscription, which is great. I was introduced to three new brands and one new product from a known brand (I was already familiar with the protein powder as the same item appeared in the Vegancuts Snack Box this month as well). I really loved all the antioxidants in the skincare and even though the skin crystals were a little troublesome for me, I think the concept behind the product is interesting. I haven't worn makeup since March, so I am taking advantage of the opportunity to really work on my skincare regimen and I think this month's products are going to be very helpful with that.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes! The month in which you sign up is the box you'll receive.
ACTIVE DEAL: $40 off. No coupon needed - just use this link.
Value Breakdown: At $22.95 for the box, you are paying approximately the following per item:
- Protein powder $0.36
- Mask $4.15
- Eye balm $6.01
- Oil/serum $4.97
- Crystals $7.46
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What do you think of the October 2020 Vegancuts Beauty Box?