This story is kindly sponsored by Nourish Beauty Box
If you’ve just recently made the transition to a vegan and cruelty-free lifestyle, it’s only natural to feel a bit overwhelmed by the plethora of options when it comes to beauty and body care. For starters, finding truly cruelty-free brands (and parent companies) can be challenging. Further, new brands are launching every day (or so it seems)— so where do you even begin?
A vegan subscription box can be an exciting way to discover brands you many not see in your average pharmacy. A few products at a time, you can gradually build your animal-free beauty arsenal without worrying about a product’s cruelty-free status. If you’re interested in cruelty-free, vegan and natural beauty products, Nourish Beauty Box has your interests at heart. Nourish Beauty makes it their mission to encourage you to give yourself a little love and pampering with only the most ethical of products.
This US-based monthly beauty subscription box features 4-5 full-size beauty products from small, artisanal brands that eschew the use of parabens, triscolan, gluten, phthalates, GMOs, and pesticides. Organic, wild-crafted ingredients take centre stage in each carefully curated box.
Nourish Beauty Box is especially wonderful if you love doing your nails. Each monthly box contains a bottle from Nourish Beauty’s very own nail lacquer line, Nourish Nails. Nourish Nails is water-based (no headache-inducing fumes!) and breathable, meaning water and air can reach your natural nail, keeping it healthy. The on-trend colours are remarkably hardy and can be paired with a top coat (though this may interfere with the polish’s breathability).
You can choose between monthly, 3-month, or 6-month prepaid plans. The packaging is recyclable.
I had the privilege of receiving the June 2018 Nourish Beauty Box (valued at $72.45), and the contents did not disappoint! Here’s a look at the kind of natural goodies you can expect to find in a Nourish Beauty Box.
This jet-black mascara doubles as makeup and lash serum. Argan oil, corn silk, and licorice root extract help nourish lashes to ensure optimal growth and strength while natural plant waxes beautifully coat lashes for a long-lasting, voluminous and clump-free flutter. As someone with sensitive eyes, I’m always grateful to try a natural mascara that’s easy to remove (no stinging) and non-drying on my lashes.
I admit that I’ve been very intrigued by a recent trend that started with A-listers (of course): hair perfume. I never indulged myself but loved the idea of some dreamy fragrance in my hair. The Rapunzel Conditioning Hair Mist was especially exciting for me because it functions as hair fragrance and lightweight leave-in conditioner.
The fragrance is a combination of that post-shower, shampoo-y smell and a whiff of fresh-cut fruit—it’s very uplifting! The mist is formulated with flax seed oil, carrot tissue, and aloe to improve hair elasticity and deliver instant shine. While its best function may be spritzing damp hair to seal in moisture, I love it as a mid-afternoon refresher.
This simple blend of just five ingredients (witch hazel, aloe vera, rose water, neroli oil, and ylang ylang oil) helps freshen and tone skin. Neroli and ylang ylang provide antimicrobial benefits while aloe and rose water deliver lightweight hydration. Finally, witch hazel helps fight acne and tighten pores. I love the citrus-floral aroma of this mist and use it as a natural alternative to a makeup-setting spray.
“Destiny” is a playful take on classic red nail polish. The subtle shimmer is at once whimsical and sexy. The formula dries relatively quickly, and thanks to the water-based resin, it doesn’t deeply discolour nails the way conventional polish tends to do—especially red.
If you’d like to see Nourish Beauty boxes from previous months, you can check them out here.
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