Flora & Fauna Autumn 2018 Beauty Box Review

All prices are in Australian Dollars.
Flora and Fauna has to be one of my favourite online shops in Australia. A certified B company, they use their business to solve social and environmental problems. The brands F&F stock are all cruelty free and vegan, so there is never any worry about pesky ingredients PLUS there is always a sale on something. And we all love a sale.

I first discovered F&F while researching cruelty-free beauty boxes in Australia. I wanted to find great Aussie companies and figured that was a great way to start. F&F was a lot smaller then, the growth in just a year is incredible, but even then their beloved beauty box was ALREADY sold out. Only released seasonally, I signed up my email so that I would here as soon as a new box was released and each time it popped up I wasn’t ready in time. THIS TIME PEOPLE, I GOT LUCKY. And I believe Flora and Fauna realised they had a huge following of customers eager to try the awesome boxes. Priced at $35 the box is %100 worth its money, the Autumn box I received has close to $100 worth of goodness inside and I know that I am going to be signing up to the yearly subscription soon. Stay tuned and see my review of all the products and be sure to watch the video below <3

Itha, Sugar Plum Lip Gloss


$18.95 | Ingredients: Ricinus communis (Castor oil*), Hydrogenated simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba wax), Prunus armeniaca (Apricot Kernel Oil*), Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Butter*), Aroma (Natural Flavour), May contain +/- Mica, Iron Oxide CI77491*Organic ingredients

This is a super lip gloss! Rich colour and easy to apply. Easy to clear up incase you make a mistake too. The colour is beautiful but not what I normally go for, still I had a lot of fun! One thing I would say is that due to it being a gloss it doesn’t exactly dry, and will easily rub off on things.. like shirt sleeves, glasses and headphones (don’t ask…because I don’t know).

 

Black Chicken Remedies, Love Your Face Serum


From $16.95 |Ingredients: Apricot Kernel oil*, Jojoba oil* , Evening Primrose oil*, Vitamin E oil, Argan oil*, Rosehip oil*, Neroli essential oil , Sandalwood essential oil, Palma Rosa essential oil*, Rose Maroc Absolute essential oil, Ylang Ylang essential oil *Certified Organic Ingredient

The Black Chicken serum definite takes first or second place in this list (spoiler alert, it’s a tie with the Eco. roller ball) The oil is beautiful to smell and to apply. Only a small amount; two to three drops is all that is required and I use it just before going to bed (I shower at night so my face is clean) Using it before bed means it has ample time to be absorbed and work it’s Black Chicken magic and when I wake my skin feels fresh and not oily – which can be rare when you use oils. So all positive thoughts from me!

 


From $13.95 | Ingredients: Lavender and Camomile floral waters, Witch hazel, Grapefruit*, Mandarin*. *Certified organic ingredient

Although this is a good product, I think it is a bit lost on me. I am not really sure I need toner water and therefore didn’t really see a difference. The smell is gorgeous (although if you were to pick one, I would say the Black Chicken serum wins on smell) but I cannot really give a thoroughly good or bad review. It did not to any negative to my skin – other products have led me to get spots even when they claim to do the opposite – so this must be good for sensitive (pure and not used to many chemicals) skin and I am sure it added some moisture too.

 

Beanpini, Lupini Beans

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$9.50 | Ingredients: Lupini Beans, Water, White Vinegar, Sea Salt, Lemon Juice, Oregano

The only food item in this list, and it was definitely a good addition…until I spilled the contents onto my bed. The lupine beans came in a compressed packet that reminded me of space food (not that I think space food actually looks like this…) It was air tight and you could see each individual bean was compressed and held down. When I opened it I did not expect there to also be a juice surrounding the beans but hey! there it was! (and now party on my bed).This flavoured the beans and I did like it at first – but the mix of oregano and vinegar was a bit too strong for me after a while and I passed them to my partner who gobbled them up and really enjoyed it. I think it’s a cool product and the price makes sense when you get a few mini sachets for it. But I don’t think I would spend that much on them (to be honest, it seems like something I may be able to make myself…and then give to my partner after I remember a handful is enough)

 

Green + Kind, Activated Charcoal Soap (facial cleanser)


$9.95 | Ingredients: Saponified Olive Oil, Activated Charcoal, Australian Pink Clay

The Australian charcoal and pink clay soap is incredibly effective. It has a subtle smell (as you would expect from charcoal and clay) and and only contains three ingredients! How wonderfully pure. I also love how it starts like looking rough and rugged, but after a few uses becomes smooth. To use I have been rubbing it in my hands and when wet it produced a oily, soapy liquid that is easy to rub onto your body and face. For me however the soap is a bit too intense. It leaves my face feeling cleansed but stripped from all oils. This may indeed be the point, but I like some of my facial oils! and I am also aware that the more oils you rub off, the more your body tries to produce and so this (much like shampoo) could end up making my face become oily a lot quicker than it currently does – leading to the need for other products to ADD oils to my skin. and where is the point in that? So as much as I like the product, and I think the price is amazing, I think my skin is a bit too fragile.

 

Eco. Aroma, Sleep Blend Rollerball


$16.50 | Ingredients: Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil, Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Sweet Almond) oil, Glycine soja (Soybean) oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf extract, Tocopheryl acetate, Citrus nobilis (Mandarin) peel oil, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) oil, Olibanum, Cananga odorata flower (Ylang Ylang) oil, Anthemis nobilis flower (Chamomile) oil, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) oil.

My favourite! This is it guys, this is my winner. It wins on smell, use and price! The sleep roller ball scent is beautiful. A mixture of aromas that I have rolled lovingly onto my temples, wrists and neck every night for the past month. It is a beautiful blend and feels so lovely to roll on. Having a smell like this to associate with bed and sleep I find not only sends me to sleep with ease, but gets me excited for bed. Bed means I get to smell this lovely oil! As I mention in the video I would definite buy it again and if there is a pure lavender I would buy that as well. WELL FOLKS I found pure lavender and I am now the proud owner. Huzzah! You can also get the lavender essential oil in a set with a diffuser right here and the price is amazing.

 

Aussie Bronze, Instant Self Tan


$34.95 (125ml) | Ingredients: Aqua, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Sunflower Oil, Glycerine, Cetearyl Olivate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Olivate, Avocado Oil*, Sweet Almond Oil*, Tocopheryl (Vitamin E), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter, Shea Butter, Cetearyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Coconut Oil, Lime Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Mica, CI77491, CI77492, CI77499, CI77266, Benzyl Alcohol, Salicylic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Xanthan Gum, Lactic Acid, * Denotes Certified Organic

For my first ever crack at using self tan this went pretty darn okay! I just used the product straight on my hands and rubbed in. I have seen my friends using circular motions so I did a bit of that as I rubbed. While it was still drying there were some streaks and it definitely looked darkest where I had hairs (I missed some on the top of my legs when I was shaving) However when it was dry I was left with some pretty groovy looking legs without any streaks, only patchiness was my  own fault where I had missed applying the tan (the back of my knee to be exact) I also had no idea if I was meant to do my feet so and that made that part go from brown to white very quickly! Still, I was very impressed. I also applied to my stomach and was pleased that it made me look a bit more toned – a side effect of having a tan is that any muscle lines are definitely…well… are defined. It went on just as before, being a tad streaky when applying but then calming down when dry.

I had two tests left and these didn’t go nearly as well. First off I tried to tan my back without assistance or a mirror, to see if it was easy to wing it. However I quickly found out you could not wing it unless abstract is how you want people to describe your tan. Secondly I tried a second coat on my legs, and my friends I can confirm you should only apply one coat of this tan! Perhaps I just didn’t wait long enough but it seemed to make both layers a bit confused and would move the first layer. So I ended up with very dirty looking ankles and some streaky or white areas elsewhere. One coat was enough for me but I am glad that I tried to add more while I didn’t need to go out anywhere public with my abstract back and muddy leg. The tan came off effortlessly in water (I got some on my arm and washed it off in seconds) and would definitely need to be applied right before your event as it was basically gone my the next morning and I had not showered. I genuinely think the self tan is great, just be aware that you probably only want one coat, and it is a very short wear product.

 

Zk’In, Certified Organic Self Care

These two are the smallest products, but also the most expensive. Only while writing this did I look up the price of a full size Line Smoothing bottle and it’s…well…read on!

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Line Smoothing Serum
25ml $59.85 | Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis (Aloe vera) leaf juice*, Rosa eglanteria (Rosehip) seed oil*, Alcohol (natural from beet), Aqua, Cetearyl^ olivate (natural emulsifier), Sclerotium gum (natural gelling agent), Leuconostoc/Radish root ferment filtrate, Sorbitan olivate (natural emulsifier), Parfum (natural preservative), Lavandula hybrida (Lavandin grosso) oil*, Spilanthes acmella (Paracress) extract, Citrus aurantium amara (Bitter orange) fruit extract, Linalool#, Vanilla planifolia (Vanilla) fruit extract*, Cananga odorata (Ylang Ylang) flower oil*, Pogostemon cablin (Patchouli) oil*, Benzyl benzoate# (natural from Ylang Ylang), d-Limonene#, Geraniol#, Coumarin#. (*certified organic, ^RSPO sustainable palm input, #natural component of essential oil).
95.05% organic of total

Now that I have seen the price, perhaps I should not have used the whole sachet in one go! I focused mainly on my forehead as this is where I get the deepest lines (although at 23 years old, it is still pretty much wasted on me) and I felt a soft tightening feeling a bit like a drying face mask. There was no instruction to wash my face afterward to I just left it on to see what happened. It smelt nice and subtle and perhaps when my face is relaxed my lines are less noticeable! but definitely still big when my forehead is raised. Makes sense I suppose! But if you are interested in this product I would recommend searching for another review as this was only from one application and it is a lot to spend on a product that may or may not work. Again the product is almost entered natural (around 95%) and so for my lovers of natural and organic beauty, this could be a gem for you.


Clarifying Exfoliator

100ml $39.95 | Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis (Aloe vera) leaf juice*, Coffea arabica (Coffee) seed powder*, Sclerotium gum (natural gelling agent), Citrus aurantium amara (Bitter orange) fruit extract, Avena sativa (Oat) kernel flour*, Citrus reticulata (Red mandarin) peel oil*, d-Limonene#, Citric acid. (*certified organic, #natural component of essential oil) 97.90% organic of total

A simple and pleasing product. I used this as I had been camping and my skin wanted some scrubby TLC. It had a soft coffee scent with small rough (but not too rough) particles and left my skin feeling lovely and smooth. It is a wonderful scrub that I don’t think is too harsh on delicate skin like mine so I would definitely recommend it, especially if you like natural products (it is 97% natural) however because of the price I am unlikely to make a purchase as truthfully I do not think my skin needs it.

 

Thanks guys! If you have any questions or you have tried these projects let me know!

Coco.

Author: Coco

Hello! I am Chloe, pleased to meet you This blog came about from the observation that people do what's easy. Unfortunately, tt is often easier to live in a way that can inadvertently lead to pollution, animal cruelty and poor working conditions in developing countries. That shouldn't be the case! And I believe it is our responsibility to shift the focus to amazing cruelty-free, fair trade and sustainable brands who are all changing the world. Join me and let's make the kind choice, the easy choice.

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