LaRitzy Box Review, April 2016

LaRitzy Box, full size box, $24.99 per month; LaMini box, $14.99 per month; US only

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This is the most photogenic baby bunny ever!  It's a 13-day-old Mini Satin.  I put it into the LaRitzy box and got a little annoyed when it turned its back on me while I was trying to photograph it.  Of course, then it turned its little head to the side and I got this totally adorable picture.  This little on is a natural model!

LaRitzy is monthly vegan and cruelty-free beauty box.  They send subscribers four or five deluxe sample size or full size products in their regular box.  The value is at least $60, oftentimes more.  They also offer a LaMini box and that contains two to three products.  It's a great way to get an introduction to vegan beauty if you are thinking about making the switch.  I'm not vegan myself, but I find a lot of vegan beauty companies have really high quality products.  The vegan boxes are often some of my favorites.  Even if you don't keep vegan, who wants to hurt animals for makeup and skincare?  

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Here's what was in the full size April LaRitzy Box:

The April LaRitzy Box was worth $78.24.  That's more than three times the subscription price, so the value is definitely there.  Two of the five products are from companies that also had products in last month's box.  Both the March and April boxes contained products from Modern Minerals and Lippygirl.  That is a little strange, but the products are very different, so I'm okay with that.  If someone hates a particular company for some reason, it would be very annoying to receive products from that company in back-to-back boxes.  LaRitzy doesn't make a habit of doing using the same few companies over and over, so I am happy to give them a pass on it this month.

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First up is the Toogga Desert Date Oil for Face, Body, and Hair.  Toogga works with a women's cooperative in Mauritania and the entire Sahel region to get the wild, organic, cold-pressed oil from the Toogga nut.  The processing of the oil is done in Mauritania.  The oil is high in antioxidants, omega-6, and omega-9.  According to Toogga's website, Toogga nut oil is anti-fungal, anti-microbial, good for fighting signs of aging, skin regeneration, healing scars, fighting acne, and helping relieve sunburns and rashes.  This was great on my body and hair.  It absorbs quickly and a little goes a long way.  It made my skin feel soft and gave my hair a little extra shine.  I used it on my face, though, and my face broke out.  I normally get some monthly hormonal cystic acne, but rarely get whitehead surface pimples.  A ton popped up the day after I used this.  I didn't use it again and my skin cleared right up.  I'm sure it would work great on other people's faces, but it just didn't work for mine.  I'll be using it on my body and hair only.  There is almost no scent to this, so, if strong scents bother you, this would be a good choice for a body or hair oil.

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Normally, Glow for a Cause's solid perfume is made with beeswax, so it isn't vegan.  Glow for a Cause, however, was nice enough to make a special vegan version of their perfume in Innocence for LaRitzy.  If you want to reorder this perfume from them, you can custom order the vegan version on Glow for a Cause's website.  I'm not sure if they will offer this custom vegan perfume for all of their solid fragrances or just for the Innocence scent, but it's worth asking them if you would prefer a vegan version of a different scent.  

According to Glow's website, Innocence has notes of alyssum, jasmine, strawberries, bilberries, black currant, bulgarian rose, ylang-ylang, almond, praline, peony, lily of the valley, cedar wood, sandalwood, and rosewood.  Other solid perfume I've used has been in stick form and this was in a little jar, so I was wondering how easy this would be to use.  This was a lot softer than other solid perfumes.  Just use your finger and you'll be able to get the right amount out of the jar.  Sadly, I was not a fan of this scent at all.  Fortunately for those who do like this scent, and unfortunately for me, this perfume lasts all day.  Emily loved the scent, so it is now hers.  Scent is a very personal thing, so the fact that I don't like it doesn't mean anything.  The product itself was easy to apply, had a strong fragrance, and was long-lasting.

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I got the Modern Minerals eyeshadow in Rose Quartz in last month's LaRitzy box, and this month I got an eyeshadow brush to go with it.  While it's strange to get products from the same company in a subscription box two months in a row, it's nice that LaRitzy gave us products from Modern Minerals that could be used together.  The fact that the brush says "U R GORGEOUS" on the side annoys the hell out of me.  Just write out the damn words!  The brush itself, though, is of excellent quality.  The bristles are soft but they have some stiffness to them, making the brush great for a cut crease or any sort of eyeshadow application that requires some precision.  It picks up a good amount of powder, but not so much that fall out is a big issue.  I loved this brush.

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Last month, we got the Lippygirl Extra Virgin Lip Gloss, and, this month, we got the Lippygirl Vegocentric Organic Lipstick.  I got the color Coral Me Maybe.  Given that the color isn't listed on the LaRitzy product information card, I'm guessing the colors subscribers got varied.  I've swatched the color below.  In the swatch below, I had to build the color up to get what you see.  It wasn't very pigmented.  It gave my lips a slight tint, but that was about it.  The lipstick was dry and not all that creamy, which made it hard to apply.  I loved the gloss last month, but this lipstick just wasn't for me.  If you have pale lips or you aren't looking for a dramatic color, this might be a good choice for you.  Once I had it on, it did last all day.  You probably know by now, though, that I love bold lip colors, so lipstick like this won't work for me.

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Leo & Goa is a new company that launched their product through LaRitzy box.  They aren't currently selling this product, but you can sign up to notified when they do on the website I linked to above.  The product, Pearlies, is supposed to be swished daily for five to fifteen minutes.  Pearlies is coconut oil-based and  is supposed to whiten your teeth and eliminate harmful bacteria.  The description provided by Leo & Goa says that there are lipids on tooth surfaces that can be removed by binding them to another oil.  

I was dreading trying this.  I hate swishing.  Once I tried it, though, I didn't mind it so much.  It wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be.  I wouldn't want to do this every day, but I would use it occasionally.  The only ingredients are coconut oil and an essential oil blend.  There is a minty smell to this and there is a slight nutty flavor to the oil.  Those with nut allergies cannot use this product.  Since this isn't for sale yet, the price of a full size box of this is not listed.  LaRitzy listed the value of this packet at $5.  I'm hoping they won't really be selling this for $5 a packet.  That would make it pretty expensive to use daily!

This is my least favorite LaRitzy box.  Normally I love LaRitzy, but this month, the products were just okay.  I loved the makeup brush and thought the Toogga oil was great as long as I didn't put it on my face.  Emily loved the Glow for a Cause perfume and it was of high quality, but the scent was not for me.  I liked the Leo & Goa oil pulling product, but I don't see myself using this regularly.  The Lippygirl lipstick was not for me at all.  I loved their lip gloss, so I had high expectations for their lipstick.  It just didn't have the pigment I needed.  This was by no means a horrible box, but LaRitzy's past boxes wowed me a lot more.  I'm hoping LaRitzy will knock it out of the park again in May.