The Cruelty Free Beauty Box Subscription Review

The Cruelty Free Beauty Box Subscription Review

Who doesn’t love cruelty free beauty finds? This is my first ever cruelty free and vegan beauty subscription box review, and most definitely won’t be the last.

What is The Cruelty Free Beauty Box?

They are a 100% cruelty free & vegan company which send boxes to your house full of beauty goodies.  All brands that they work with have to be Vegan as well as Cruelty free, which ticks off all my boxes! I was kindly gifted this from a family member for my birthday, so every 2 month’s for 6 months I will receive a box. I’ll receive three boxes in total, over a 6 month period and I have no clue what will be inside which is so exciting! On top of that, anything I fall in love with I can re-purchase from the site.

https://www.thecrueltyfreebeautybox.co.uk/

How Much Does The Box Cost?

There are three different type of subscription boxes, so it really depends on the size of the box and duration of how long you wanted to take the box for. They have 3 box sizes:

  • Mini box: 3 – 6 products
  • Original Box: 5-8 Products
  • Deluxe Box: 7-12 Products

I was kindly gifted the original box. If you want to see the full breakdown of pricing, follow this link.

What was Included in this Cruelty Free Beauty Box

What wasn’t include is the question? As well as having lot’s of beauty products, there was even one of my favourite vegan chocolate brands, some nuts and a hairbrush! Please find full list below:

Apologies for the amateur video, it was my first ever video on Instagram and I had no clue what I was doing!

Balade en Provence – Solid Night Cream

How in my 31 years, had I not invested in a night cream? I’ve always had fairly decent skin, she says whilst touching wood, so I never felt like there was any value from a cream whilst sleeping! Occasionally I would use my day moisturiser as a night moisturiser, if my skin felt drier than usual in the colder months.

When I opened the box, I was a little confused as it looked like soap. All you need to do is, glide the bar over your face and the warmth from your skin will melt the bar. Then use your fingers to massage the product into your face, as you would any night cream. I can hands down say, this is one of my favourite products in the box. I honestly wake up with soft, hydrated skin and I LOVE it.

100% will be re-purchasing.

The Salt Parlour – Bath & Body Oil

This bath & body oil, can be used whilst bathing as well as after a shower on your skin. It is recommended to use whilst in the shower, as the floor can get VERY slippery. This oil was super hydrating and I loved it. It smelt great too.

Would I re-purchase? Is it worth £17? I’m not 100% sold, as there are so many oils in the market for a lot cheaper. It’s definitely a nice treat to be gifted, as you can tell it’s a more luxurious body oil, but I’m not sure if I can justify that price personally.

PITT BALM – Deodorant Balm

I was most sceptical about this product when opening up the cruelty free beauty box as I’ve never ever rubbed on deodorant. I found the concept so strange and it took me a few weeks to get my head around it. Once I had used it for a few weeks, I then found the concept of spraying on deodorant odd. It’s crazy how your mind set can change so quickly. These deodorants are made up only 7 natural ingredients, which makes them free from any harmful ingredients. This product is also waste free, you can refill the carton at hot spots around the UK. 

I did enjoy using this product, and I would re-purchase. On the flip side to that, I am keen to see others in the market too as natural deodorant is a new concept for me.

LONDON Copyright – Eyeshadow in Sundown

I absolutely loved this eyeshadow colour, it’s the perfect burnt orange shade with a matte finish. I love neutral colours and make up, so this was the ideal shade for my skin tone. I’ve used this as an eyeshadow as well as a pop of colour on my cheeks.

Would I re-purcahse? Yes I would, and I’m keen to try other shades.

cruelty free box

Ben & Anna –  Sensitive Toothpaste

I’ve never really purchased sensitive toothpaste, I’m always the girl that looks for the most whitening ones. I found this toothpaste very neutral on my teeth, not abrasive at all. It was mint flavoured, however I could have done with a more ‘minty’ taste. It comes with a cute little spatula to apply the toothpaste onto your toothbrush. They do have others in the range, such as the whitening one which I will most likely try next.

Would I re-purchase? I wouldn’t repurchase this sensitive one, as it doesn’t leave me with that fresh feeling after brushing my teeth. Would I try their whitening one? Absolutely!

Lue by Jean Seo – Fade

This product claims to treat dark spots and discoloration on skin to diminish the effects of scars, acne, sun damage, and aging. I have to admit, I have pretty clear skin so I’ve only recently started using it in the last couple of weeks. I do feel a slight tingle when I apply it, which makes me think it must be having some sort impact on my skin. It’s too early for me to say whether this product is effective and I will come back to update my review in the coming months.

Moo Free – Cinder Toffee

Who doesn’t love chocolate? This toffee chocolate was delicious! I’ve had Moo free chocolates before and I absolutely love their range of chocolates. A few of my favourites include sea salt & Caramel and the original.

Would I re-purchase? For definite!

Good4u – Veggie Protein Shots

I loved this small pack of BBQ nuts, great just before or after a workout or even as a 3pm pick me up snack.

Would I re-purchase? Yes!

Bamboo Massage Hairbrush

I wasn’t expecting there to be a product in the box that I could keep for life, so this was a lovely surprise. I couldn’t seem to find this product on the website anymore, however there are number of bamboo hairbrushes in the market. The brush claims to promote hair growth by massaging your scalp for a few minutes a day to the roots. I personally haven’t seen any difference, however I haven’t used it every day. Also, my hair grows at a speedy rate, so to track if it’s growing at a faster rate is difficult! I do love this brush and use it pretty often, even just to massage your head it’s a nice sensation.

Would I re-purchase? Well, I guess I don’t need to as this brush is for life hopefully. Would I recommend others to buy? Yes I would.

Why Should I Invest in The Cruelty Free Beauty Box Subscription?

I’ve only recently started only buying from brands that are cruelty free, so this subscription box has massively helped me find brands that I had not heard of previously. I was struggling to find brands that were ethical, vegan and cruelty free. I had no idea where to start, and manufacturers of beauty products can put almost anything they like on their packaging, which makes it increasingly difficult. By supporting this company, you are speaking up for those that are voiceless as well as strengthening the voice that tells companies that testing on animal is NOT acceptable.

Why Everyone Needs To Be Buying Only Cruelty Free:

  • Animal testing is cruel.
  • Animal testing may not even work.
  • There are thousands of safe proven cosmetic ingredients.
  • So many brands are already cruelty free.
  • Cruelty Free Products have less non-toxic chemicals.

Above are just a few of the reasons why everyone should switch to cruelty free living. If you want to see the full blog post on the reasons to only buy cruelty free, click here.

There are a number of cruelty free and vegan beauty boxes in the market. Comment below and let me know if you’ve tried this company or any others. Would love to hear from all my lovely readers! 🙂

Also, make sure you check out my Instagram where I post all things vegan and cruelty free every single day!

Ami x

What Is Vegan Clothing?

What Is Vegan Clothing?

This article will help you understand what vegan clothing is and how to identify whether the clothing you are buying is vegan.

When you decide to turn vegan, you first transition to a vegan diet generally. If you’re anything like myself, you’ve also looked into sustainable living which includes cruelty free beauty, sustainable fashion and zero waste living. It’s pretty simple when cutting out meat and dairy, however it’s not so clear cut when it comes to vegan clothing. I’m here to make it that one step easier!

So, What Exactly Is Vegan Clothing then?

In short, vegan clothing is keeping animals off your body and out of your closet. Over time, more and more of us are ditching wool, fur and leather in the hope of finding just as great cruelty free alternatives. There are vegan clothing brands which are always coming up, which use innovative materials as well as existing materials to create cruelty free clothing.

Why Should I Care About Whether My Clothing Is Vegan?

Until very recently, I didn’t question what materials went into my clothing. The only things that I cared about was whether they looked great and fitted my body well. I never questioned the harm to the animals that went into the clothing I wore. Most production which involves animals is so cruel. Sadly, companies most the time care about creating products fast, rather than ethics.

What Should Vegans Not Be Wearing?

It’s crazy when I researched into vegan clothing and found out how many pieces of clothing actually contain animal materials. In my head, prior to research I only really thought of leather, snake skin and fur as non vegan products.

Here are some more to look out for:

  • Silk (Comes from Silkworms)
  • Angora (Rabbit Fur)
  • Suede (Comes from a number of animal skins)
  • Down (Feathers which are used in a number of winter jackets for warmth)
  • Cashmere (Goats hair)

Does buying Second Hand Clothing Make My Clothing Vegan?

No, as second hand clothes can also have animal products within them. Buying second hand is touching on buying more sustainably rather than vegan. You should be especially careful of vintage clothing as using animal trims and details were very common in the past. The older your clothing is, the more likely it is to be made from animals.

What Exactly Can Vegans Wear?

First of all, the best material has to be cotton as it is so readily available for vegans. Majority of clothing products have been made from cotton. Other Vegan fibers include:

  • Linen
  • Polyster
  • Lycra
  • Spandex
  • Bamboo
  • Pvc
  • Nylon
  • Cork
  • Acrylic
  • Denim

Of course, this does involve you looking at the label and checking the exact material included in clothes. There are number of sustainable and vegan brands out there. Let me know if you want a list in the comments below and I’ll write another blog for you all. A few of my favourite vegan brands include Beyond Skin, Ruby Moon and Stella McCartney.

My personal aim is to shop sustainably as well as vegan. If you’re unsure about what sustainable fashion is, go check out my latest blog which explains the three pillars of sustainable fashion.

Ami x

Canada Goose is Ditching Virgin Fur, but Is It Enough?

Canada Goose is Ditching Virgin Fur, but Is It Enough?

Canada Goose is Ditching Virgin Fur For good

Canada goose is finally getting rid of it’s coyote fur trims, which has been made as a pledge as part of a sustainability drive. They have announced they will stop using virgin fur from 2022. They also plan to buy back fur from its customers’ coats for recycling. This means that they will no longer be supporting coyote trapping in Europe and North America.

They have rightfully received a lot of pressure from animal rights campaigners over its use of fur, down, and treatment of animals. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), has petitioned for Canada Goose to ditch fur products for decades.

According to Canada Goose, the decision made was not in response to the campaigns and petition.

“We’re absolutely not switching for any other reason than we believe switching from new fur to reclaimed fur makes something sustainable more sustainable,” Dani Reiss, the group’s chief executive told the Financial Times.

Real Fur is Cruel

At the moment, cruelty can be found in every stitch of Canada Goose’s jackets and other clothing items. Coyotes used for the fur trim of the jacket, suffer in steel traps. They are then shot or beat to death! It’s honestly revolting the way they are killed and mother’s that are trapped and want to get back to their kids end up chewing off their own limbs.

Watch this video below, which shows what really happens to these coyotes.

The cruelty that these coyotes go through, just for a a strip of fur on a jacket is disgusting. It is great that Canada Goose are moving in the right direction but..

Is It Enough?

This move can be seen to many, including myself as brainwashing the public. As well as coyotes being killed for a fur trim, there are duck and geese whose throats are still being slit for feathers which are used in their parkas.

Canada Goose have no intentions to give up fur for virgin animal products entirely. They also plan to still insulate jackets with virgin down geese feathers, so in my opinion, no it is not enough.

Comment below and let me know your opinion..

Ami x

What is the Difference between Vegan and Cruelty Free?

What is the Difference between Vegan and Cruelty Free?

If you’re anything like the 2019 me, you probably think there is no difference! Surely anything that is cruelty free must be vegan and anything that is vegan must be cruelty free?

vegan  cruelty free

When I initially started changing all my products over to cruelty free products I just presumed they were different terms for the same thing. It is a little confusing as they’re often used interchangeably, but there is a difference.

Let me break it down for you:

What are Cruelty Free Products?

A product which is cruelty-free means that neither the product nor the ingredients or components have been tested on animals. Watch out though as there are many companies that don’t test the final product, but do test some of the ingredients. The best way to look out for products that are 100% cruelty free is by the Cruelty Free Internationals’ leaping bunny or PETA.

What are Vegan Products?

Vegan beauty products don’t contain any animal ingredients. It’s common to find animal derived components like lanolin or shellac in toiletries and make-up, but vegan products will exclude all of these. Vegan products can be tested on animals and to be honest If I had it my way, I wouldn’t classify something as being vegan if it’s been tested on animals.

vegan  cruelty free

Best case – Vegan & Cruelty Free Beauty Products

The best case scenario are brands that are both vegan and cruelty free. You need to look for these descriptions on a product which can be hard to find, but not impossible. As more and more people transition to cruelty free and vegan products, I’m hoping in time it becomes a lot more recognisable on packaging to keep up with the growing demand.

Few Brands that are Vegan & Cruelty Free

  • Tarte – Their concealer is meant to be AMAZING!
  • Urban Decay – I have their setting spray and it is honestly the best, keeps my make up on all night.
  • Faith In Nature – I haven’t tried them YET, but they’re next on my list when my shampoo/conditioner runs out!
  • Lush – Their Products smell divine and who doesn’t love bath goodies!

Watch out – Not so Black & White

A company can actually claim exactly what they want on their own label which is of course worrying when looking out for these vegan and cruelty free products. The best way to confirm that they are vegan and cruelty free is to so look for accreditation by known and respected organizations such as Choose Cruelty Free, The Vegan Society, PETA, or Leaping Bunny in order to know that the claim is legit.

Real life examples of this are Garnier and L’Oreal which are sold in China where testing on animals is required by law for all imported cosmetics. On some of their products, they claim to be vegan and cruelty free which is of course not true.

vegan  cruelty free

How do Huge Brands get away with False Advertising?

You may be wondering how are these huge brands getting away with this false advertising? The answer is, because they can! There are no rules and regulations on packaging which is why it’s important to stay informed on what these labels mean and who may be misleading us.

How Can I Make sure all my Brands I purchase are Vegan and Cruelty Free?

As well as doing some pre-planning before buying products by researching from the sites I mentioned earlier, here are some logos to look out for on packaging to ensure that the brands you’re buying are both vegan and cruelty free:

vegan  cruelty free icons

In summary, there is a huge difference between vegan and cruelty free products. Sometimes, products can be both cruelty free and vegan and other times they are either one or the other or none. It’s so important that moving forward you do double check that all the products you use cover both categories. As mentioned you can double check with the logos to be 100% sure!

I do hope this blog clears up any confusion you may have had and helps you moving forward. Let me know in the comments below with your best vegan and cruelty free brands in the comments below.

Did you stumble across this page but still buy all products regardless of whether they are cruelty free or not? Go check out my blog on reasons to switch over to cruelty free beauty products and I guarantee you will think twice.

..and lastly as you’re already here make sure you share, subscribe to my blog and not to forget check out one of my fave platforms instagram.

Ami x

7 Reasons to Switch to Cruelty Free Beauty Products

7 Reasons to Switch to Cruelty Free Beauty Products

After all these years of building up my beauty routine, you want me to switch to Cruelty Free?

Like many others I am a huge beauty advocate and absolutely love all things skin care, make up and hair.  When I switched over to a vegan diet, I didn’t even consider switching all my beauty products to cruelty free initially. Once I did have a think about it, these selfish points came to my head:

  • All those amazing eye shadow palettes, do I have to bin them?
  • All my mac lipsticks that I’ve had for YEARS, do I get rid of them?
  • My favourite foundation that I’ve been using for years and swear by, how do I find a replacement?
what to do

Upon doing extensive research on the testing process that these companies are involved I have made a decision to never purchase any products that are tested on animals. I really do hope to educate you on why you should also switch to cruelty free beauty.

The fight to end animal testing is going global like NEVER before!

Here are my top 7 reasons why you should make the switch to Cruelty Free Beauty only:

Animal Testing is Cruel

Each year, more than 100 million animals including mice, rats, frogs, dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, monkeys, fish, and birds are killed in U.S. laboratories for biology lessons, medical training, curiosity-driven experimentation, and chemical, drug, food, and cosmetics testing.

Imagine being confined to a small cage and disgusting conditions just to be tested on for that mascara for a human. This testing isn’t just a quick procedure, these animals are tortured, blinded and ultimately killed. The reason these lab animals exist is just to live a life of constant fear and torture – Disgusting! Lab animals should be considered the same as pets and not put in their own category. Would you abuse your cat, dog or in my case my tortoise? HELL NO! Lab animals are animals too and should be protected from cruel treatment as much as pets should. Can you really call yourself a true vegan, if you buy products that contribute to the testing of animals?

Would you test on these animals?

Does Animal Testing even Work?

Is it actually proven that animal testing works? Yes, we may have some of the same DNA as some animals but of course not in all.  Failure rates from animal research activities in all industries is above 90%. Think about it like this, humans can happily eat chocolate, grapes & avocados but to dogs they are toxic! Also, animals don’t necessarily get diseases that humans do such as Parkinson’s, Cancer & other diseases so  testing on animals should not be considered the same as testing on humans as it is not a like for like comparison.

Thousands of Safe Proven Cosmetic Ingredients

Companies that do choose to test on animals continue to do so because they want to come up with new ingredients purely to increase their profits! There are thousands of safe cosmetic ingredients, so why do they need new ingredients at the expense of the life of an animal?

So many Brands are Cruelty Free

As well as there being thousands of safe cosmetic ingredients, there are also thousands of cruelty free brands available today. I found that a number of products I already used were cruelty free! I was SO happy when I found out that Anastasia Beverly Hills was cruelty free as I am obsessed with their eyebrow dipbrow promade . It can be confusing trying to find out whether something is cruelty free so if you’re unsure about a brand, head over to CrueltyFreeKitty.com

These companies don't test on animals

Cruelty free Beauty Products Have Less Non-toxic Chemicals

A number of products that are tested on animals are due to them being new ingredients or toxic chemicals. This makes all the more sense for you to switch over to cruelty free. Do you really want to put toxic chemicals on your skin? Everything that is put on our skin is absorbed and using products which are full of harmful chemicals will damage your skin in the long run.

Cruelty free Beauty Products Means More Money!

By consciously buying cruelty free products you may find you save some money. You will have a smaller range of products to choose from and you will most likely realise you don’t need everything that you currently had.

Cruelty Free Beauty Products can Lead to Less waste

As mentioned in my previous point, buying cruelty free is a way to give more thought to what you’re buying. As well as having more money in your account you will also find that you’re reducing waste by buying less which is a win win situation! A number of products that consciously choose not to test on animals and are vegan generally have minimal packaging or even zero waste!

Waste

I hope the 7 reasons above I’ve provided to switch over to cruelty free beauty inspire you to make the same change I am currently going through.

If you’ve read my transitioning to a vegan diet blog, you would have noticed that I was an overnight vegan which basically meant I went from meat eating to cutting out all meat and dairy products within 24 hours.

IF I had all the money in the World, I would definitely switch everything over today but in reality that is not the case. With the switch to cruelty free products, it will be a slow transition and I will be writing an upcoming post about best practice in switching over to cruelty free beauty products.

I hope this inspires you to make a change as switching to cruelty-free products is one of the best ways to say no to animal testing. Let me know if you’ve managed to switch your products over to Cruelty free and how you found it.

Ami x