Behold! The bounty of my April Vegan Cuts Beauty Box! A wondrous harvest indeed.
The GlamNatural lip gloss is very nice. I think it would be a nice shade for most, if not all, skin tones. I like that in general about the Beauty Box, so far I’ve yet to get anything that would only complement white people skin tones or what have you. And nothing that says it’s “nude” colored when what they really mean is white people colored! I LOATHE that to the max. I’m white but I’m completely fine with buying “Light Beige” or “CLZY87801” or “Pink Desert Sand at Dusk in the Shadow of a Fig Tree,” or just really ANYTHING that’s not effing racist NUDE.
I digress. But yeah, point is, seems like Vegan Cuts makes an effort to give samples that everyone can enjoy. And it’s not a ton of makeup, there’s always different stuff. So if you don’t wear makeup, there are still plenty of things you will enjoy.
I also really liked the Montagne Jeunesse face masks! Jeez. Let’s be real, I just love trying new beauty products! And I like getting samples that I know are vegan. So I got this for free but if you want to try it, the box subscription is $19.99 a month, shipping included (for US addresses. International is more).
Product Review: Greenbody Basics deodorant! »
I already went over the trials and tribulations of finding an awesome vegan deodorant the last time I gushed about a brand I loved, so I’m going to keep this quick.
Greenbody Basics brand deodorant is phenom! I got a sample in my April Vegan Cuts Beauty Box, and I’m super into it. At first I was skeptical, because it came with a little pamphlet about how you get kind of smelly when you detox from using non-vegan and aluminum-full brands. When I finally gave it a whirl, though, everything was hunky dory. I also like tea tree and rosemary, so I’m glad I got to try the balanced scent. it was just right!
Meow Meow Tweet! vegan skincare to make you look and smell delicious »
I especially loved:
The cocoa cream, which softens your skin and makes it smell like really expensive chocolate, and I do love to smell edible.
The rosemary eucalyptus lip balm, which goes with me everywhere because it is perfect protection against this stupid post-winter weather that is wreaking absolute havoc on my poor sensitive lips.
The walnut oat face exfoliant. It comes as a powder that you make into a paste by adding water, and at first I had a hard time getting the proportions right, but once I got it, I loved it. It thoroughly exfoliates without abrading your delicate face, and after this winter I have about a million layers of dry, dead skin to slough off. Soon, I will have a radiant summer(-adjacent) glow, I’m sure of it.
I like to put the relief balm on my temples when I have a headache, and if I were into massages, I imagine I’d like it rubbed into my sore muscles, too. It’s also been pretty nice on the burns I am, as a very careless cook, constantly causing myself.
The repair balm has got myrrh, which I didn’t realize I was super into until I opened this little canister and fell in love. I put this stuff on my cuticles, on (closed!) cuts, and sometimes on my lips when they are especially chapped (seriously, I was not made for this weather), and it smells fancy and feels really great.
You can buy these and all of Meow Meow Tweet’s line (they have a deodorant cream that I wasn’t too crazy about, but a friend of mine and her mom adore it) at these fine brick-and-mortars and online. They also make appearances at the Vegan Shop-Up in Bushwick, and have an adorable blog. Meow Meow Tweet is all natural vegan body care, made with love by vegans. I love their stuff and I bet you will, too.
Here’s the inside of March’s Beauty Box from Vegan Cuts! I’m very excited for the LVX nail polish—a full size bottle! And a pretty color. I’m also stoked about the Pangea Organics face mask. It’s got a super-long name with all these super-important sounding ingredients. Wait, let me look it up, hold please…
Found it! It’s the Japanese Matcha Tea Acai Goji Berry Facial Mask. RIGHT?! Sounds very important. My face is intrigued.
I got this for free but the box subscription is $19.99 a month, shipping included (for US addresses. International is more).
The Vegan Cuts Beauty Box: A monthly box of pretty, cruelty-free surprises! »
Vegan Cuts sent me a free Beauty Box to try! Now I will tell you all about it!
So you subscribe to the Beauty Box and you will get a package every month with 4-7 sample size vegan beauty products. And they are mostly all organic or natural. The box is curated by the one and only vegan beauty maven Melisser Elliott! I had the pleasure of meeting Melisser a month or so ago and she’s awesome and has an adorable tiny dog who I love very much. Whom I love very much? I’m never going to get that straight.
Above you can see the contents of the December box. I was totally down to try the box because I love samples. They are the best, right? Hint: right! I was already excited but then the samples were even better than I expected! I pretty much love them all. And I was not expecting the super cute little purse. The standout products were the Ferro mineral eyeshadow, the Soapbox Soap and the super pretty Color Club polishes. This is the Apollo Star polish!:
It’s pretty awesome. And I love the other colors too—one is just a dark grey! Super-fashion!
The Ferro mineral eyeshadow color I got is a pretty rose color. It went on smooth and didn’t fall all over below my eye when I applied. It’s very very pretty! It gives an understated warm shimmer.
The Soapbox Soap is cool because every bottle of soap sold funds a year of vitamins for a child in need! Totally rad! I love shiz like that.
I also liked the LA Fresh facial wipes. Dang I did not realize my face was so dirty! For shame!
The box is $19.95, which isn’t super-cheap, but it includes U.S. shipping and plus I just love surprises so I think it’s worth it. Boy do I love surprises! And I love vegan beauty products and trying new stuff. So the Beauty Box is pretty much my jam. I know we have some readers in other countries—you’ll be glad to hear they ship world-wide, but there is a shipping cost.
Another highlight, I love this answer in the FAQ:
Q: How do you make sure everyone gets products that match their skin tone?
A: We understand that our subscribers all have different skin tones and types. To ensure that no one gets a product they can’t use because it doesn’t match their skin tone, we don’t include foundation or other skin tone specific products in the Beauty Box. Not to worry, we don’t shy away from including makeup in the box! We simply try to keep it as inclusive as possible with eye shadows and blushes that everyone can use.
Dope. Love it.
The January Beauty Box ships on the 20th so you still have a few days to order in time. Go forth, vegan beauty lovers!
Monthly box subscription…of vegan beauty products! »
You know we at Vegansaurus loves boxes of surprises! So far, the subscription boxes we’ve come across have been mostly about food, but Ethical Ocean has a new subscription box of vegan beauty products! I’ve been assured that the True Beauty box is always all-vegan.
I’m kind of a beauty product fanatic so I’m pretty stoked! It’s $30/month but you get mostly full-size stuff instead of all samples. And besides being vegan, they also say, “Your beauty box will NEVER include synthetic preservatives, emulsifiers, fragrances or colors. Our products are phthalate and paraben-free.” So that’s nice.
OMG I love surprises!
Dr. Bronner’s is the world’s best soap! Read all about it! »
I can’t remember the first time I used Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap. Maybe in college, around the first time I went vegan. I just remember loving it—and when I discovered the lavender scent? Sold for life.
Over at Inc.com, Tom Foster wrote a great in-depth profile of the company, and guess what: It’s exactly the combination hippie-activist independent eco-friendly company you imagined it to be the first time you giggled at the label. A few highlights:
- They soap contains 100 percent organic ingredients.
- They’re so serious about Fair Trade they bought farms to grow their ingredients according to Fair Trade standards—coconut oil in Sri Lanka, palm oil in Ghana, peppermint oil in India, and “a partnership that combines olive oils from farmers in the West Bank and Israel, and has become a symbol of Israeli-Palestinian coexistence.”
- They led the hemp industry to sue the federal government in 2001 in protest of the Bush policy of “seizing shipments of hemp seed and hemp oil at the Canadian border”—and won.
- They pay all their workers everywhere a living wage, and all the big corporate salaries are capped.
- They plan on staying independent forever.
Go read the entire article RIGHT NOW, it is three pages of you in happy shock because companies can be this amazing and turn a big profit. There is good in the world, you guys, and it starts with soap.
[photo by Max Edmands via Flickr]
L’Oréal wants to end animal testing in the cosmetics industry! »
Ecouterre brings us news that L’Oréal, the world’s largest cosmetics company,* is partnering with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to “expand the scope of the federal agency’s ToxCast assay tool, which screens environmental substances for potential human toxicity.”
L’Oréal already tests with “reconstructed human tissues, automated platforms, and molecular modeling,” using a ToxCast program would make the process faster and even safer. Someday we will live in a world where everything you apply to your face and hair and skin and nails is 100 percent cruelty-free, you guys! We can beat our faces without benefiting from bunny torture! And we’ll all look as perfect as Rachel Weisz!
*They own so many beauty companies, it’s bonkers.
Listen to me now, or forever be ugly and unfashionable (a fate worse than death!): This is THE holiday party nail polish and you NEED it. According to this awesome thread on the PPK about vegan nail polish, it appears to be vegan, so: BRING IT, SEXY. (That’s what I’ll be saying to you as I motion you forward with my nails of sexy holiday charm SO EXCITED).
And here’s what it’ll look like on your hand model hands. OMG WE ARE GONNA BE SO CUTE:
Ask a Vegansaur: Vol. 04 »
This is how I’ve felt for the past week. I pretty much had the plague, yo, but today I finally left the house after about a week in seclusion and had no excuse not to write another edition of Ask a Vegansaur.
Lenore asks: My vet told me that unlike dogs, cats are obligate carnivores and cannot survive or be healthy on a vegan diet. Do you know if this is true? Do most vegans who have cats feed them a vegan diet? Thank you.
Thank YOU, Lenore, for being so polite! This is a controversial subject. For my part, I feed my cat a very fishy diet because that’s precisely what our veterinarian said. Every vegan I know who provides for a cat does the same. According to some sources, a vegetarian or vegan diet fails to provide the nutrients cats need while the makers of vegan cat foods tend to disagree. Interests on the food companies’ side are obvious, and only anecdotal evidence supports the hypothesis that cats can be healthy on veg diets. I suggest following your vet’s instructions to keep your kitty healthy. Although the process of making carnivorous cat food is no better than that of harvesting meat for human consumption, once you sign on to take care of another animal, he or she should be your priority above the other animals in the world. Not to say that anyone should ignore them, but I think you get the point. On the other hand, dogs can be vegetarian, and rabbits, guinea pigs, and the like are veg by nature. If you’re considering adopting a furbaby but don’t want to feed him or her meat, consider these choices.
Nicole asks: I recently transitioned from vegetarian to vegan. I am having trouble finding products other than food that are vegan (i.e., makeup, chapstick, body/face washes) and was wondering if you could lend me a hand? Thanks!
Sure thing, Nicole! Here’s a list of companies that don’t test on animals, and here’s a list of companies that do. Looking for a specific company? Use this tool to search for it. If you’re not sure, take a gander at the list of ingredients on your current products. Watch out for these ingredients. Does that seem overwhelming? Take a deep breath! You’ll be fine! You’re just starting, so you’ll get more practice in identifying vegan and non-vegan items as time goes on. Beauty tip: Dr. Bronner’s Magic All-One soap works for my shower, cleaning, and even (in a pinch) toothbrushing needs, and Tom’s of Maine makes good toothpaste and deodorant. Finally, How It All Vegan! contains a variety of recipes for homemade cruelty-free beauty products.
Amanda asks: I think I accidentally ate meat at a restaurant outside of the U.S. Am I still a vegetarian?
Only if you want to be! Seriously, people should not be punished for true accidents — that is, incidents that result from no fault of their own. You’re away from home, and you’re starving. You do your best to ask what’s in your food, but the local language might not be your native one. You take a bite, you’re not sure, you eat it anyway because it’s food and it’s there. I can’t hate on you for that. Even the purest, most perfect vegans make mistakes. How you recover from them is most important.
Want to Ask a Vegansaur a question? Email me, and try not to be a jerk!
[Photo credit: Rex Features]