Petit Vour Review, May 2016

Petit Vour, $15 per month US; $23 per month Canada

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My teeny bun, a three-week-old Holland Lop, is visiting the Petit Vour bunnies.  She loves that the products in Petit Vour boxes are never tested on her cousins!

It's Petit Vour's third anniversary!  Petit Vour is a monthly vegan and cruelty-free beauty box subscription.  Each month, subscribers receive four sample size (and occasionally full size!) hair care, skincare, and/or makeup products.  Previously, all subscribers received the same items.  Starting last month, though, Petit Vour has had some box variations.  I don't know if this will happen every month from here on out, but it is looking like it could.  Petit Vour also has a shop on their website where they sell tons of different vegan beauty products.  They have a great rewards program that allows you to earn points for reviewing your box and also gives you points for every purchase in their shop.  20% of the amount you spend in the shop, you get back in points.  Petit Vour is the perfect subscription to give you an introduction to vegan beauty. I've found vegan beauty products to be just as good, if not better, than their non-vegan counterparts, so don't think you have to sacrifice quality for your ethics. 

Petit Vour sent me this box free of charge for review.

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Here's what I got in my May Petit Vour:

My May Petit Vour was worth $33.83.  That's more than double the cost of the box, so I am happy with the value.  There was a good product mix this month -- a makeup product, a hair care product, and skincare product, and a dental care product.  Three of the four products and two of the four companies are new to me.  As I mentioned above, there was product variation this month, so other subscribers did not necessarily get the same box as me.  

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If you're a regular reader, you probably know that I hate lip gloss.  Ecco Bella's FlowerColor Good for You Gloss is different.  It doesn't have that horrible stickiness that I hate, it isn't blindingly glossy, it has amazing pigment, and even has excellent staying power.  I don't know that I would even call this a gloss; it is closer to a liquid lipstick.  I've swatched it below for you so you can see what I am talking about.  The color is just gorgeous and is perfect on me.  I'm very picky about lipstick and gloss and don't find all that much that I really like, so the fact that I love this is saying something.  The color I received is Power, a deep plummy color.  This product comes in four colors -- Peace, Power, Pleasure, and Passion -- and only Peace and Power are vegan; the other two colors contain carmine.  I'm not sure if some Petit Vour subscribers got the color Peace, a light, neutral tan color, or if all who got this gloss got it in Power.  When people ask about the best vegan lip products, I normally recommend OCC, but I think Ecco Bella's might be just as fabulous.  I'd love to try their other colors! 

Ecco Bella FlowerColor Good for You Gloss in Power

Ecco Bella FlowerColor Good for You Gloss in Power

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You might remember that I received Bedrock and Bloom's Smart Ash Teeth Whitener in last month's Petit Vour box.  For anyone who is worried, I don't think they would send you the same product that they have already sent you if you were a regular subscriber.  Because they send me my boxes for free to review, I don't have a regular subscriber profile and they aren't keeping track of the products in my boxes the way they would for subscribers.  I've just pasted what I wrote about Smart Ash last month below as my opinion on it i hasn't changed.

This is a charcoal-based powder that really does whiten teeth and won't damage your enamel in the process.  You have to be very careful, though, because it would be easy to ruin light colored clothing with this.  The powder can go everywhere!  If you're clumsy like me, you might want to brush your teeth naked when you use this.  Don't worry if you spill it in your sink -- you can scrub your sink with whatever powder fell in and it will get your sink looking shiny again.  This looks like a teeny sample, but it will last you for a long time.  Just wet your toothbrush and dip your brush in the jar.  All you need is a little bit of the powder on the ends of the bristles and you should be good to go.  This is a great product and I need to use it more often.  The only thing that keeps me from using it more is the potential mess.

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Juice Beauty is one of those companies you see constantly in vegan beauty boxes.  After trying their Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer (the Juice Beauty product that I seem to get over and over), I didn't really like the company all that much.  The moisturizer itself worked fine, but I absolutely hated the smell of it.  I've tried a few of Juice's other products recently and I'm starting to like the company more.  I ended up loving the Green Apple Peel Blemish Clearing.  It had a slight scent to it, but it wasn't nearly as strong as the moisturizer's.  This is a very gentle peel and it helped my face recover from an annoying breakout.  While many peels are very rough on your skin and can be drying, this is surprisingly hydrating.  This is not a harsh peel at all and did not irritate my face in any way.  It has an almost gelatinous feel to it.  This is a little on the expensive side at $39 for a full size, but a little goes a long way, so it would last you a while.

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Sea salt sprays are not for me, so my girlfriend, Emily, is always the one who tries those out and reports back.  She liked the Captain Blankenship Mermaid Sea Salt Hair Spray and found it gave her a little texture and hold.  While many sea salt sprays can feel drying, the kelp and aloe vera in this kept Emily's hair feeling soft and hydrated.  She thought the scent from the palmarosa and rose geranium oils was just a little bit too strong, but it was tolerable and faded pretty quickly.  

This was one of the best months, perhaps even the best month, I've seen from Petit Vour!  I'm in love with that Ecco Bella gloss!  The Juice Beauty peel was very gentle and sped up the healing of my breakout, so I was a fan of that.  While I've gotten Smart Ash a number of times in boxes, I like the product and find it to be an effective whitener.  The only problem is it's a little on the messy side!  I need to remember to use it more often.  The Captain Blankenship sea salt spray was a little strongly scented for Emily's tastes, but she thought it worked well and liked the look it gave her hair.  While all of the products were fabulous, the Ecco Bella gloss was by far my favorite.  I was not expecting to like a gloss, but this is not your average lip gloss.  I highly recommend this product!  Petit Vour put out an amazing box for their third anniversary!  

What did you get in your May Petit Vour?  Did anyone else get the Ecco Bella gloss?  If so, what did you think?  Did you have a favorite product?