Amor Naturals, $19.99 plus $4.99 shipping per quarter, US only
Amor Naturals is a quarterly beauty box that sends subscribers a selection of samples of their handmade bath and body products. They make high quality lotions, balms, bath fizzies, oils, hair mists, and the like. Their products are generally vegan, but you can check a little vegan box when you subscribe so that you can make sure your box is vegan. When they do have a non-vegan item, it is usually because it has honey in it, but they are happy to substitute a different, comparable item sans honey. Each quarter, their box has a theme. This quarter's theme was Ice Queen.
As you can see above, we had another bunny that wanted to be a model. It's one of our four-week-old Holland Lops. They're such cuties!
Here's what was in the Winter 2015 Amor Naturals box:
- Chocolate Espresso Coffee Polish (small sample, worth ~$7.50; full size costs $29.99)
- Hydrating Lip Butter in Peppermint (full size, worth $7.95)
- Daily Nourishing Oil (small sample, worth ~$6; full size costs $22.99)
- Almond Coconut Body Balm (small sample, worth ~$7.50; full size costs $29.99)
- Let It Go Bath Bomb (one bath bomb, worth $6.95)
The coffee scrub, oil, and body balm weren't marked with their sizes, so I had to estimate how many ounces they were, so my calculations are probably off a bit. If my calculations are right, the Winter 2015 Amor Naturals box is worth about $35.90. I didn't link to the products as I usually do because these products aren't currently available for sale in full size. Keep an eye on the Amor Naturals site, though, because they will probably have everything available for individual sale at some point in the near future! They do have some fabulous products from past boxes available for sale on their site right now, so check those out, too.
I love the Chocolate Espresso Body Polish! I've never been a coffee drinker, but I've always loved the smell of coffee. Coffee scrubs are almost always amazing and this is no exception. The chocolate scent is quite subtle compared to the coffee. This is a very exfoliating scrub, but it isn't harsh in any way. There are oils and vitamin E in this polish, so it will moisturize your skin in addition to exfoliating. The only annoying thing about a coffee scrub is that coffee grounds don't dissolve like sugar, so it can be difficult to get the little coffee bits off your body and down the drain. They love to cling to the shower curtain and wall. To me, though, it's worth it. I don't find I smell like coffee after using this, so no worries there.
Although I hate winter, I always look forward to the return of peppermint flavors and scents each December! The mint flavor and scent in this shea butter-based lip balm is perfect -- not too subtle and definitely not overwhelming. The shea, soy, avocado oil, and vitamin E will be sure to protect your lips against the bitter cold and help prevent dryness and chapping. One of my major complaints about lip balms is that they wear off so quickly, but this actually has some staying power.
The Daily Nourishing Oil can be used for your face or your hair! I used it on my face because I needed it more there. I have combination skin and this was perfect for me. It moisturized the dry patches and didn't make the oily parts even oilier. It absorbs quickly into the skin and doesn't leave you with that heavy, greasy feeling some face and body oils do. It has a light vanilla scent to it, but it isn't sickly sweet and doesn't leave your face smelling like a cookie. The bottle looks small, but it only takes a tiny amount of oil to cover your face. Start with way less than you think you'll need and then add more as necessary so you don't end up using too much.
The Almond Coconut Balm looks like a hard solid in the container, but, once it's on your skin, it quickly turns into a liquid. It smells strongly of coconut and almond when you are applying it to your skin, but the scent dies down quite a bit once it has been absorbed. I loved the almond coconut smell. I found this left a sheen on my skin, so I was worried it would leave me greasy, but that wasn't the case at all. It's very moisturizing and will be great for the winter months. Give this a try if you are in the market for a new body balm!
The Let it Go Bath Bomb is a snowflake-shaped fizzy. Unfortunately, mine broke in shipping. It works the same whether it is in pieces or whole, so that didn't bother me. It's so pretty! Like the body balm above, this also has an almond coconut scent. Once it fully dissolved in the tub, the scent was faint, but still present. There's a little glitter in the bath bomb for some added prettiness, but it won't leave you covered in glitter when you get out of the tub. This contains cocoa butter and oatmeal, so throw this in a warm bath to rehydrate your skin after shoveling the snow.
Amor Naturals is always amazing. My only complaint about Amor is that they are quarterly instead of monthly! It's a very small business, though, and they make everything by hand, so I totally understand why they can put out a box only once a season. All their products feel so luxurious and are worth every penny. I highly recommend giving this box a try if you haven't already. Their winter box is sold out, unfortunately, but sign up now so you can be sure to get a spring box!