The Vegan Kind – May Beauty Box Review

Coming back to England for the summer (or Australian winter) proved to be a great excuse to research a few beauty boxes and The Vegan Kind came out on top, offering vegan skin care, hair products and makeup in their seasonal (every three months) box, It seemed to be a good deal particularly since most products were full size! This is what came in the May box:

Aqua Esse Equilibrium  B12 Infused Pure Alkaline Natural Spring Water
PHB Ethical Beauty Natural Black Mascara
Maggie Anne Strawberry and Grape Nail Varnish Remover
Zerreau Waterless Towel Off Shampoo
Amie New Leaf Deep Pore Exfoliating Polish
Vita Coco Coconut Oil (sample)

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Roxy, modelling the May Vegan Kind Beauty Box

 

 

Aqua Esse Equilibrium  B12 Infused Pure Alkaline Natural Spring Water

 


Personally, I thought it just tasted like bottled water, with perhaps a touch of chemicals, which is probably about right, no bad taste whatsoever. As Vitamin B12 is mostly found in animal products (milk, eggs, salmon, tuna etc) vegans and vegetarians can be at risk of becoming Vitamin B12 deficient. The Vitamin has a key role in the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system and the formation of red blood cells. The recommended daily allowance of Vitamin B12 is 2.4 mcg per day and each 330ml  bottle of Aqua Esse water contains 5 mcg.  (SIDE NOTE: The only place I could see how much B12 was actually contained in the product was from a photo on the Aqua Esse website, which is posted on the right) If bottled B12 isn’t for you then you can find out more about tablets here. The design is beautiful and I love that they have chosen a glass bottle which is easy to recycle and has ended up living next to my bed. If like me, you don’t really see the point in bottled still water when there is a tap nearby for free, then it is much more cost effective to buy the tablet versions to take daily or weekly. However, if you are vegetarian or vegan and like sophisticated liquids with ‘instagrammable’ appearances then this would be perfect for you. I am mainly just happy to finally recycle my plastic bottles.


|£1.95 | Ingredients: Pure alkaline balanced spring water 7.8 ph, Vitamin B12, as Hydroxycobalamin, 1.5mg 6000% NRV – Nutrient Reference Value per bottle.

 

PHB Ethical Beauty Natural Black Mascara

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I have tried the mascara a few times now and been more impressed each time. With the first application, I was underwhelmed as it clumped my lashes and did very little to lengthen them. It also smells particularly strongly of… well mascara, which leads me to think perhaps less natural brands use something to cover this up?

 

I kept on trying the mascara and was comparing it to my usual Barry M ‘Showgirl’ which is always really good at lengthening and keeping my lashes separated. Although the PHB mascara was still fairly clumpy, it has definitely started to help lengthen and now I am pretty fond of it. I like the size as it can easily fit in my smaller bags, but I’m not too fond the applicator as I think this may be why the formula is so clumpy. It is easy to remedy this with tweezers, which I always have in my makeup bag. £15.95 may sound like a lot to spend on a mascara, but for a natural product you will use every day that stays on great (and is slighty waterproof ) then it is worth the extra cash. The Showgirl mascara is cheaper and also cruelty-free but not as natural and so once it runs out PHB shall take its place. You can also buy a brown version for a more natural look on fairer hair.


|£15.95 | Ingredients: Aqua, Oryza Sativa Wax (Rice Bran Wax), Organic Olea Europea (Olive Oil), Cetyl Alcohol (Coconut), Coernica Cerifera (Carnauba Wax), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla Wax), Vegetable Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Acacia Gum, Black Iron oxide (CI 77499), Aminomethyl Popandiol, Phenoxyethanol.


Maggie Anne Strawberry and Grape Nail Varnish Remover

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As I have short, chewed on fingernails I am not the most experienced with nail varnish or methods to remove it. I find them stinky and always wonder what damaging acid I am putting onto my hands that I will no doubt chew on later. Although the Maggie Anne Nail Varnish Remover does have a sweet scent, I recommend not giving it a big sniff as I did, the nails smell wonderful afterwards but it is still a powerful smell at the time. This has to be the best I have used so far as the coats of varnish came off so easily and my nails feel strong! Wearing nail varnish frequently will weaken your nail beds and most varnish removers contain acetone which dries out your nails causing them to weaken and break easily.  Maggie Anne doesn’t use acetone PLUS the remover is enriched with vitamin E and Argan Oil so my nails will live to fight another day and honestly, they feel incredibly strong since I have used it.


|£8.95 | Ingredients: MEK, Aqua, Isopropyl Alcohol, Parfum, Argan Oil, Benzophenone-1, Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E), Benzyl Alcohol, D-Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Linalool, Geraniol, Benzyl Salicylate (Fragrance), Citronellol(Fragrance), Limonene (Fragrance), Cosmetic colourants: CI 26100 (red 17) CI 47000 (yellow 11).

Zerreau Waterless Towel Off Shampoo

 


Honestly, I am disappointed. Generally, I am trying to wash my hair less (because I have heard stories of women waiting a month to wash their hair and finding it looking and smelling amazing, not dirty to greasy) but I stay away from dry shampoo and the like. Since I had never tried a foam version I was curious as to how something kind of wet, would work to clean my hair without any water. On the product, it states ‘towel away oil & grease to experience that refreshed & rejuvenating feeling of just washed hair.’ My guess was, like soap, that the foam would stick onto dirt or grease and wipe off onto a towel along with anything it picked up. Frankly after doing my best to towel off the product it just looked like I had tried to wash my hair and had failed to get the shampoo out… Which I suppose is true. I gave the product a second try, removing it quicker in case I had simply left it in too long and it still looked incredibly greasy. Smelt good, but I wouldn’t recommend it.


|£7.95 | Ingredients: Aqua, TEA-Lauryl Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Benzyl Alcohol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Dehydroacetic Acid, Parfum, Benzoic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Sorbic Acid, Hexyl Cinnamal (fragrance additive), Coumarin (vanilla flavour), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Linalool.

 

Vita Coco Coconut Oil (sample)

 


I managed to get three uses out of my sample size of 5ml and it felt and smelt incredibly satisfying. As it is an oil, the texture probably isn’t for everyone but I got used to it quickly and love using something so natural to remove my makeup and cleanse. My one concern is that my face feels more oily in the morning however since I always shower this hasn’t had any negative effect and it has most likely helped to hydrate my skin. A full tub of 250ml is only about £5 so I decided to take the plunge! Since it is so useful for cooking I am also excited to start experimenting in the kitchen!


|£4.99 | Ingredients: 100% Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. Gluten Free,
Cold-Pressed, 100% Raw

Amie New Leaf Deep Pore Exfoliating Polish

 


This smelt AMAZING! And was a very gentle exfoliator. Amie is a great brand for sensitive skin of all ages, most products can be too harsh for our skin especially our faces so a gentle product like this can be really useful. It may appear the product contains some kind of microbead, however since nothing in the ingredients mentions a polymer (plastic) I believe this is a natural kind. If you want to avoid microbeads in products look out for“polyethylene” or “polypropylene” (there are many ways it can be written so look out for things that begin with ‘poly’ see the full list of current known names here) in the ingredients. In one of their other products, Amie uses blueberry seeds in another product which looks a lot like microbeads, and the ingredients in the exfoliating polish do not appear to contain any plastics. However, from looking at the ingredients I have noticed it contains a couple of worrying ingredients that could cause irritation or become cacarcinogenic (Hydroxycobalamin) I have put these ingredients in bold below with links so you can check out the information for yourself. I can’t get over how much I like the smell and since my old trusty scrub has just run out I am so pleased to find this deliciously gentle product.


|£5.95 | Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Cetyl Esters, Orryza Sativa Germ Powder, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Stearate, Synthetic Beeswax, Parfum (Fragrance), Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Bambusa Arundinacea (Bamboo) Stem Powder, Mangifera Indica Seed (Mango) Butter, Betaine, Benzophenone-4, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Phenoexyethanol, Ethylhexyglycerin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Benzyl Salicayte (fragrance), Limonene (fragrance), CI 19140 (Yellow 5), CI 15850 (Red 6), CI 14700 (Red 4).



Conclusion

Value: The box is definitely value for money as it cost £15 for a collection of items worth over £40 altogether.
Favourite product: Coconut oil, because it has many uses and is entirely natural and affordable.
Least favourite product: Foam shampoo, as it left my head smelling clean but not looking clean.
Overall I like the box and think it contained some goodies!  However, I thought they would all be a bit more natural…you know like hippy dippy good for the planet good for my skin natural. I want the finest organic lipstick with recycled packaging money can buy! Finding out that the Amie Exfoliating Polish had a few unsavoury ingredients and although everything was vegan I am not entirely comfortable to promote these as good for your skin. All of the possibly harmful ingredients are in incredibly small quantities so it is up to you whether to trust that the product is alright for your skin. I hope this review has been useful and please comment with any questions.

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Thanks for reading ❤

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