I’ve gotten pretty serious about the ingredients in my skincare and beauty products. Although I can’t go cold turkey and abandon my favorite Bobbi Brown Lipstick or NARS Blush, 2015 was definitely the year that I cleaned up my routine and replaced the majority of my products with alternatives that contained safer ingredients.
Switching your beauty routine can be quite the endeavor, especially when you’re trying to find green alternatives to products you have loved for years. A great way to try out a variety of products is to find a subscription box for products that fit your criteria.
I recently tried out LaRitzy Box, a subscription box service for cruelty-free and vegan beauty products. For $24.99 you will get 4-5 full-size and luxury beauty products. The items in the box are typically valued at around $100—-so the monthly subscriptions lets you test them out at a fraction of the price. Use code THYME25 to get 25% off your first month!
The October Box contained:
Yarok Leave In Conditioner – Obsessed! I had been wanting to try out Yarok for a long time so I was really excited to see them in the box. The leave in conditioner works well and smells amazing. It has definitely made me want to try out their entire line.
ZAK Detox Deoderant – I switched to natural deodorant a few years ago, so by now I’ve found my favorites (I love Soapwalla) but I have to admit, deoderant in stick form has its advantages, and it was great to try a natural formula that worked. I prefer deodorant with a light, fresh scent, so unscented isn’t really my top choice but if you’re sensitive to fragrance this ZAK formula is perfect.
Juice Beauty Age Defy Hand Cream – I’ve gotta say that seeing it had a “Green Apple” scent didn’t get me that excited, but the scent is light, fruity and not overwhelmingly sweet. I love the way my hands are instantly softened. It quickly gained a front-row eat in my desk drawer for quick applications throughout the day.
Strange Invisible Perfumes Body Wash ( in lavender & vetiver and also sage & rose) – This is another brand that I had been admiring from afar for quite some time and was really happy to see in the box. Their formula rinses clean but doesn’t leave skin dry. Both scents are amazing but I slightly favor the sage & rose option.
Strange Invisible Perfumes (magazine street) – As much as I loved the body wash, I unfortunately was not a fan of the perfume. The scent was nice and well-formulated, but wore a litlte too musky and masculine for me (I’m more of a fruity/floral person). I loved the staying power, though! The scent wasn’t overwhelming but definitely lingered perfectly throughout the day. After looking at their scent descriptions I think Epic Gardenia or Fair Verona might be more up my alley and I hope I get the chance to maybe sniff one of those in an upcoming box!