Part of my mission over here at Allison Ranting is to empower and educate other women while I continue to learn myself! I think a HUGE part of being empowered, is choice. When it comes to beauty products, there’s nothing more empowering than knowing what options exist, what exactly is in them, and being able to make the best decisions for your body/health.
I’ve recently started learning more about common toxins found in beauty products and holy crap, guys. It’s actually pretty scary. To play a little catch up, I laid out some of the five most common toxins, here. So I’m looking for new products but since I’m kind of starting with little knowledge here, I thought the best way to try new products would be with a subscription box! After doing some research, I decided to go with the Petit Vour monthly box.
Petit Vour (peh-tee vohr) is a luxury vegan company that partners with brands to provide vegan, cruelty free, and nontoxic products for every aspect of life (seriously, they have like..everything). Their Cruelty Free Beauty box ships monthly, with 4 products inside. ($45-$60 value) for $15/mo!
So I’m going fill you in on the products I get each month and tell you what worked and what didn’t work for me! We’re starting with the August box (yes I know it’s October, but just chill here. We’re playing catch up).
- Formulary Sea Clay Mask
Alright, so this mask is supposed to remove impurities, pollutants, and excess oils without stripping the skin. Technically you’re not supposed to use it on your face unless you have oily skin. So I tried it on my chest first. I had absolutely no idea how to apply a mask like this. It showed up as a powder and says to apply to damp skin. Easy enough, right? I just dampened my skin and rubbed in the powder. But that didn’t work so well, so I had to like.. really really wet my skin. BUT – after I got it on, it smelled amazing. I’m a big matcha fan (one of the four ingredients in the mask). I did notice that it had stripped some oils, which was great. But since I don’t follow directions, I decided to try it on my face (which you saw a glimpse of on my insta story). Again, smelled amazing. It did strip oils from my face too, but afterwards it left it super red sooo, maybe just follow the directions and don’t put it on your face unless you have really oily skin???
- Eye of Horus Eyebrow Pencil
YA’LL THIS EYEBROW PENCIL!! I’m obsessed. I wasn’t sure how easily it would apply, but ya’ll it is smooth like butter. It doesn’t go on too thick and it doesn’t go on too thin. It’s got a handy little brush the end and packaging was full of cute empowering quotes. I don’t really know what else you want to know about eyebrow pencils… but it works and I’d 10/10 buy this again.
3. Odacite Black Mint Cleanser
So this trendy little charcoal cleanser was a trip to use. Let me just offer you a bit of advice and remind you to remove the foil that comes under the lid. I forgot to remove it and when I gave the bottle a little squeeze, the gel shot out of the top of the tube and went all over my bathroom. But, once I finally got it on my face, it foamed up and was definitely cooling! The gel is supposed to eliminate excess oil, impurities, environmental toxins, and makeup. It left my skin with a bit of redness, but my skin did look and feel very clean and refreshed! Probs wouldn’t buy to be honest.
- St. Tropica Hot Oil Virgin Coconut Hair Mask
Hair masks terrify me. I don’t want my hair to be greasy than it already is TBH. ButI tried it anyway, just for you. This is another example of when I forgot how to read and couldn’t follow instructions. So basically, you put it in the microwave to heat it up, then apply it to your roots and massage it into your scalp. THEN you’re supposed to cover your hair with plastic wrap, which I forgot to do LOL. The instructions say to leave it on for at least twenty minutes but for best results, leave it over night. You and I both know we don’t have time for that let alone risk having to do an extra load of laundry to wash oil out of our pillowcases. SO I let it sit for twenty minutes, and washed my hair twice to get it out. It definitely left my hair smooth and shiny, and I really probably would do it again!
Of all of the products in this box, the eyebrow pencil I would for sure purchase again. Keep your eyes out for a review of September’s box, coming soon! Hopefully this helpful to you. I hope that by doing this, we all learn how to use our purchasing power to make the best decisions for ourselves and our bodies!