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 $24.95 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: $24.95 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 U.S. for free, Canada for $6.95, and worldwide for $14.95.
Vegancuts Beauty Box January 2021 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.
On to the items:
Derma E Hydrating Night Cream (2 oz) – Retail Value $29.50
I’m never going to complain about full-sized Derma E in a subscription box, although I do think it’s a little strange they removed the jar from the box it normally comes in. I guess it saves space and thus, perhaps, shipping costs. This has natural fragrance oils but they are barely noticeable, and I like the lack of dyes. Interestingly, this has allantoin but is vegan (most allantoin used in industry is from cow urine…however, it is a relatively simple compound that would be easy to synthesize or extract from microbial cultures as well). Allantoin is supposed to help smooth out rough skin. This also has green tea extract, a nice source of antioxidants, and hyaluronic acid, which holds on to water near the surface of the skin and may help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Anyway, I thought this absorbed pretty well although I’m not sure I’m the target audience as this is listed on the product page as being good for dry, aging skin, and if there is one thing my facial skin is not, it is dry – I am like an oil slick. That being said, this product does seem compatible with my skin so far, especially overnight, so I’ll use it up.
Dr.’s Remedy Bio-Sourced Basic Base Coat Enriched Nail Polish (0.5 fl oz) – Retail Value $18.00
I haven’t done my nails in almost a year -- it’s been more than 10 months since I’ve been to the office. But, I like the idea of this product because it has tea tree oil, which is mildly antifungal and which doesn’t seem to irritate my skin. I had an injury to my big toe a rather long time ago and I want to get the funky nail growing in, in better condition, and I think this has the potential to help over the next few months as the nail grows out, so I’ve just been using it on all my toenails. I can’t say exactly how long I let it dry because I got busy doing other things, but it still looks decent after a few days. I also like using base coats like this under polishes in the yellow-green-blue color family because those tend to stain my nails the most. This is 10-free and also contains biotin, but I don’t think just putting biotin on your nails will do much.
CBDFx CBD Cucumber or Charcoal Face Mask – Retail Value $6.99
I will be honest, I am not on the CBD bandwagon. I just don’t think it does anything (and that’s after trying various CBD items from subscription boxes over the past year or two). However, I am a fan of sheet masks in general. And this is actually a really good sheet mask for my oily facial skin. I used it in the morning and it was nicely hydrating but I actually think it kind of helped control oil on my face and didn’t make me feel sticky or goopy as the day went on. Also, I appreciate the directions regarding how long to leave it on -- 10 minutes, not 25-30 or something, like some K-beauty sheet masks say. 10 minutes is doable!
Annmarie Skin Care Restore Sample Kit - Retail Value $10.00
Here is our second item for aging or mature skin. This contains a cleanser and a facial oil. The cleanser had a fair amount of scent to it but worked well enough. The facial oil was another story entirely. Ooh, did it have a strong smell! So strong that I was hesitant to put it on my face, so I used it on my arms. And then I contemplated taking another shower because of the scent, which was kind of peppery to me but my husband said it smelled like I’d been around a smoker or something. So I guess that is open for interpretation, though neither of us particularly cared for the scent. I got one use out of the cleanser. There was enough oil that I could probably have gotten several uses but I just didn’t want to deal with that fragrance again. For what it’s worth, the oil did absorb into my skin fairly well, though my arms are much drier than my face.
SeSpring 2-in-1 Moisture Lock Mist – Listed Value $7.50 (buy 120 mL for $14.99)
This is a K-beauty product. I do rather like how vegan K-beauty brands and products are starting to appear on the market (K-beauty products are often definitely not vegan). This is a toner and essence in one, and it does require a bit of shaking to mix up the two phases. As you may know, I am not one for spraying mists on my face, since I haven’t worn makeup since March of 2020 and I definitely don’t need extra hydration during the day, plus, you know, corrective lenses. However, I am happily using this as a toner by spraying it on a cotton pad. It leaves a clean feeling on my face for sure and I kind of like getting both a toner and an essence in one product – when you get down to the level of essence, I tend not to bother and just skip steps and now I don’t have to skip steps because I always use toner.
Verdict: I calculated a total value of $71.99 for this month’s Vegancuts Beauty Box, which I think is pretty good. I am always happy to get a full-sized Derma E product, the base coat will be useful, and the sample size for the toner was generous. Also, the mask happened to be really compatible with my skin type. The only strange thing was the facial oil and my visceral reaction to the scent of the stuff. (It still might be worth exploring other items from Annmarie Skin Care, though – perhaps some that are not for dry skin?)
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 $24.95 for the box, you are paying approximately the following per item:
- Night cream $10.22
- Base coat $6.24
- Mask $2.42
- Cleanser and facial oil sample kit $3.47
- Spray mist $2.60
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What do you think of the January 2021 Vegancuts Beauty Box?