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 per 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.)
FYI, COVID-19 Update: Learn more about how Vegancuts is focusing on safety and supporting the community here.
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 the Vegancuts Beauty Box
The Subscription Box: Vegancuts Beauty Box
The Cost: $24.95 per month. 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 February 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:
Chiky Botanica Serene Serum (1 fl oz) – Retail Value $56.00
I know I am the odd one out among MSA reviewers but I do not have dry skin. My face is an absolute oil slick even at age 43. Since I have been working from home for almost a year now, I have been experimenting with a lot of facial oils, with mixed results. Unfortunately, this one seems to be causing my skin to break out, which is ironic since the product page says it can be used for a blemish spot treatment.
You will notice I called this a facial oil and not a serum. It is a mixture of oils, including fractionated coconut oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, blue tansy oil, argan oil, rosehip oil (high in antioxidants), and meadowfoam oils. It also has lavender, which may be soothing. I think this smells kind of good and not at all like frankincense, which is another oil that is included. Frankincense smells straight-up medicinal on its own.
And then we need to talk about the ingredients “lapis essence” and “sapphire essence,” which are not real things from a scientific standpoint. It’s not even clear what the manufacturer means by these terms. Do they mean ground-up minerals? I don’t see any particles in my bottle. Do they mean they soaked some gemstones in the product before bottling it? Because that isn’t going to do anything. I like gemstones because I make jewelry and because of some work I did with minerals during my Ph.D. research but I am a scientist by training and thus talking about crystal healing, vibrations, energies, etc. is a good way to get me to start ranting, which, as you can see, I am already kind of doing here, so I will stop now.
Anyway, when serums and oils don’t work for my facial skin, I use them elsewhere. This one seems to smooth flyaways in my hair and it also absorbs well into the skin of my arms, so there are options. I do appreciate trying out a new brand and can overlook pseudoscience if I get results from a product, but this was not a good fit for my facial skin type.
I have used these before and I know I like them, so for now I am keeping the package closed because I haven’t worn makeup since March 13, 2020 (that was my last day in the office before we shut down as a COVID-19 precaution) and I don’t want the wipes to dry out. Pacifica skincare usually agrees with me. In normal times, I wear pretty heavy foundation and powder to control oil but after I double cleanse I often find I haven’t gotten quite everything, or else I have mascara remnants smeared under my eyes, and these are great at getting rid of those last little bits that I missed.
These are made from natural fibers so they are biodegradable and they have some gentle exfoliating enzymes from papaya as well as glycolic acid, which is a chemical exfoliant. So if you use these be sure to wear good sunscreen as well. They do have a fragrance but I find it pleasant, sort of creamsicle-like.
Ellovi Blossom Lip Butter (0.15 oz) – Retail Value $5.00
There was a time in my life when I would not have been excited about getting lip balm in a subscription box, but since I am home all day and not wearing lipstick, I do find myself using more lip balm, and I’ve finished off at least 3-4 tubes lately, so I was happy to see this. It has a really nice citrus/floral scent and it doesn’t get all grainy like some coconut oil-based lip balms can when it is cold outside (and inside). Also, it lasts quite a long time once applied, though not through a whole meal.
Balanced Guru Cosmic Room and Body Smudge Spray (2 fl oz) – Retail Value $12.00
As you might imagine based on some of the earlier text in this review, I am not into the properties of essential oils and smudging (and I think care needs to be taken when using such terms and concepts, so as not to engage in cultural appropriation). Setting intentions (mentioned in the product description) is not something I do, either.
With that being said, I think this smells really good, so I am just using it as a room spray in the master bathroom, where I keep one of the litter boxes for my cats, and it is greatly improving the aroma in there. It’s kind of nice to spray before I get in the shower and find the scent still lingering when I get out again, actually.
Verdict: I calculated a total value of $74.67 for this month’s Vegancuts Beauty Box. This box was a little bit of a mixed bag for me. The highlights were probably the cheapest items, but hey, whatever works. I’m a little bummed that the two items with the highest retail value use so much pseudoscience in order to make a sale. I did at least find good uses for the serum (as a hair oil or body moisturizer) and room spray. Although the serum did not ultimately work with my skin type, I appreciate trying brands and products that are new to me. Maybe we can get something for oily skin one of these days though?
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? The month in which you sign up is the box you'll receive so your first box would probably be March.
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:
- Serum $17.91
- Wipes $1.60
- Lip butter $1.60
- Room spray $3.84
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What do you think of the February 2021 Vegancuts Beauty Box?