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The Cruelty Free Kitty Box is a $39.99 USD ($34.99 for yearly subscriptions) monthly beauty box with the aim to help everyone switch to cruelty-free beauty and personal care, the easy way. All products included are cruelty-free, vegan, non-toxic, and none of them are owned by parent companies that test on animals.
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The box is beautifully printed and feels super special! I am obsessed with the dog and cat print inside. Can I get that on a dress?
There is also a helpful info card with a list of all of our surprises inside. You can expect 4-5 full-size items from this box.
Let's dive in!
Kahina Giving Beauty Oil Cleanser, 3.3 fl oz - Retail Value $59
Kahina is legit one of my favorite skincare brands. There is something about the packaging and minimal branding that makes me swoon. The formulas always feel special too, and somehow ideal for my skin. This oil cleanser is a fantastically nourishing blend of sunflower and argan oil with botanicals like blue tansy, carrot, rosemary, calendula, and more inside. It has a smell that anyone who adores herbaceous blue tansy will love, but it also has notes of sandalwood to make it richer. I like to apply oil cleansers directly to my dry face, give myself a little massage, then rinse away dirt and oil with warm water. This blend is water-soluble, so while it will leave your face moisturized, it won't leave a heavy residue behind.
Dear Self Skincare Reusable Makeup Remover - Retail Value $10
Sure, this sort of reusable remover isn't new in subscription boxes, but it's a nice replacement for your old one and also a great reminder that reusables like this can really help cut down beauty waste. This little tool can be used 200 times and there is a tree planted for every piece sold. It is soft enough for sensitive skin but still effective at removing makeup and grime. It also feels really great when used on top of that oil cleanser!
Earth Harbor Mermaid Milk Nutrient Glow Moisturizer, 2 oz - Retail Value $42
Earth Harbor is a brand that I discovered in subscription boxes but have really grown to love over the years. This brand manufactures its products in the US and all of the ingredients are heavily vetted and responsibly sourced. I am not surprised at all to see it land in this new box with such similar values. This pale blue moisturizer has a super lightweight whipped texture and a cooling effect when applied to my face. It smells like blue tansy and sweet fruit. I wasn't super thrilled to see that coconut oil was the second ingredient, but under the item info I noticed this from the brand:
Our coconut oil is specifically formulated to not be comedogenic while delivering the nourishing benefits of this superfood.
I am not exactly sure how that works, but, hey, I love and trust this brand and I haven't noticed any breakout issues. I would tread lightly if you are acne-prone, just to be on the safe side. Other ingredients inside include matcha and spirulina (antioxidants and contributors to the pale blue color!), aloe, hyaluronic acid, and loads of botanical antioxidants.
HAN Skincare Cosmetics Pressed Blush in 'Bloom', 4 g - Retail Value $18
I am very much a cream blush convert, but I have had this shade from HAN before and gosh is it flattering. It is like that perfect brick-pink that is super natural but also adds a little sun-kissed drama. It applies lightly and smoothly and is made of rice powder instead of talc. This shade might have me diving back into powder formulas this spring!
Lovesong Beauty Weightless Leave-In Conditioner, 1.7 fl oz - Retail Value $30
My last item was a hair product, which made this curation feel nicely rounded. Leave-in conditioners are kind of a must in the summertime for me. Between the sun exposure, chlorine in pools, and just overall neglect my hair handles in that hot season, giving it a little boost with something like this is a must to keep me looking like I have free-spirited waves instead of looking like the lazy hair girl I am. This is a lightweight sort of formula that does indeed add wave definition, shine, and a little polish with the bare minimum of effort from me. It also helps me detangle my hair with just my fingers which means less frizz after it finally dries! I tried it both on damp and dry hair and found that it was indeed quite weightless, but still effective!
Cruelty Free Kitty Box is off to a great start! I love the message behind this box and the thoughtfulness behind the curation is obvious to see. I was ticked to pull that Kahina oil out of the box first. I absolutely adore it and just by itself, it is worth significantly more than the cost of the whole box. The value here is pretty easy to see—there is $159 worth of goodness inside here for the cost of $39.99. If you are someone who has been looking for that next big full-size beauty box that is filled with both great products and a whole lot of heart, this might just be it.
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Value – Was This Box Worth It?
Value Breakdown: At $39.99 for this box the 5 items have an average cost of $8.
Alternatively, here is the breakdown per item:
- Cleansing Oil $14.84
- Reusable Round $2.52
- Moisturizer $10.56
- Blush $4.53
- Conditioner $7.55
To Wrap Up
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, this first box has sold out! Sign up now for the April box.
What do you think of the Cruelty Free Kitty Box?