The Beauty Box Hype: Is a Subscription Worth It?

Beauty box subscriptions are everywhere: Birchbox, Ipsy, Play by Sephora; even Walmart has a beauty box. And what’s not to love about receiving makeup and body products all wrapped up in beautiful packaging, every month? Treat yo self, right? If you find yourself contemplating whether to take the dive and invest in a subscription, read on…

I view a beauty box as a gift to yourself. A gift to your skin, your face, your hair, your body, your morning ritual, your date night routine. It’s all about pampering yourself and investing in self-love and self-care. That being said, practicing self-love and self-care means choosing beauty products that are good for you and your health.

According to a personal care study conducted by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), women use an average of 12 products a day which contain an estimated 168 chemicals, many of which have been proven toxic. Yikes.

In my opinion, everything we put inside our bodies matters just as much as what we put on our bodies. Not everything that’s sold on store shelves is safe or good for you, no matter how cute the packaging is or which celebrity endorses it. Often, many beauty and body lines that claim “natural” or “organic” ingredients may not be entirely honest or as pure as you think.

That is why I always try and stay mindful of ingredients in my bath, body and beauty products. So, it was a no brainer when I decided to go “green” when picking out a beauty box subscription for the new year!

Green beauty boxes are curated with ingredients that nourish the skin and are free of toxins, chemicals, harmful perfumes and dyes and colors that many mainstream beauty box subscriptions are filled with.

I recently started a subscription with Art of Organics, a monthly, themed collection of organic, natural, non-toxic and cruelty-free beauty products (plus beauty bonuses, samples, etc). The packaging is gorgeous, the products aren’t tiny sample-sized, and most importantly, the products seriously deliver. Amen!

The cactus flower provides inspiration and a reminder to thrive in your environment instead of just surviving.

Art of Organics

Cost: Subscription is $39 + free shipping (box values at $70)

What’s Inside: 2-4 full-sized organic, natural, non-toxic and cruelty-free beauty products

Store Perks: You receive 15% off on any items you purchase from their online shop + free shipping on orders over $39.

You Decide: You can sign up for 3, 6 or 12 month subscriptions that save you some extra $.

New Month, New Theme: January’s theme was “Gratitude” and featured steps to cultivate daily gratitude through self-care. The box also featured beautiful watercolor cactus artwork by this month’s featured artist, Chloe Hall.

What Came in This Months Box

Odacité Gt-L Radiance Serum

I was so excited for this! (If you know anything about green beauty game-changers, Odacité tops the list.) This is a wonderful-smelling antioxidant oil blend of Lemongrass, Camellia Seed Oil (extracted from Green Tea seeds) and Vitamin E. I add a couple drops to my morning moisturizer and it leaves my skin so luminous and dewy- the perfect remedy for these cold, winter months and lackluster skin.

Indie Lee Vanilla Citrus Moisturizing Body Oil

This lightweight formula is my post-shower go-to! With ingredients like Apricot Oil, Sweet Orange and Vanilla, the smell is a delicious aroma of subtle-sweetness.  My skin has never felt so soft and smooth before. It’s a little luxury I look forward to every night. You can also purchase Indie Lee products here.

Pour Le Monde’s “Together” Perfume Sampler

The box also included a tiny vial of all natural woodsy floral perfume. (We often forget that most name brand perfumes are filled with toxic chemicals and alcohol!) I can’t wait to try this scent out and explore the brand.

So what are you waiting for? Kickstart the new year with a non-toxic beauty box routine!

Check out this list of top green beauty boxes put together by Thoughtfully Magazine.

Not in the market for monthly products? For those of you just getting into non-toxic beauty, you can start by replacing your conventional products with non-toxic products as they begin to expire or get used up. Focus on products that will get absorbed by the skin (i.e. foundation, primer) and lipsticks.

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