Petit Vour Review, July 2016

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

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My impossibly cute 6-week-old Mini Satin is feeling a little demure.  He's such a sweet baby bun! I also had to include a closeup of the July Petit Vour card design.  I'm loving the flamingos!  I think this might be my favorite Petit Vour card design ever.  I like that they have a different product information card design each month.  I have a friend who passed away five years ago who absolutely hated flamingos.  Of course, everyone would always tease her about it.  I thought it was funny that my July Petit Vour box came on what would have been her 34th birthday.  Jodi, if you were still with us, I would have made this into a birthday card for you!

Petit Vour is a monthly vegan beauty box.  They send subscribers four sample size (and the occasional full size) products from various vegan and cruelty-free brands.  They also have an online shop where you can purchase full size versions of the products you sampled and tons of other vegan beauty products.  Previously, all subscribers received the same items each month, but Petit Vour has started customizing boxes for subscribers.  There will usually be one to two product variations each month, although in July and August, all subscribers will receive the same products.  You can review your products for points to spend in their shop each month, so be sure to do that!  Their points system is one of the most generous ones out there, especially after the changes Birchbox made to theirs.  Besides points for product reviews, you also get points worth 20% of the value of whatever you buy in their shop.  Petit Vour is a great way for those who are new to vegan beauty to get a good idea of which companies and products work best for them.  Even if you're not vegan, if you're looking for cruelty-free and/or natural products, this subscription is the perfect place to start!

Petit Vour sent me this box free of charge for review.  For the first time ever, I'm using an affiliate link at the top of the page.  If you don't want to use my affiliate link, here's the regular link to Petit Vour.

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This is what I got this month:

The July Petit Vour box was worth $35.10.  That's more than double the price of the box, so the value is definitely there.  Petit Vour usually doesn't have the highest value boxes, but they are generally at least worth double the amount.  As I said above, all subscribers are getting the same products this month.  Three of the four products are for skincare and the fourth is makeup.  I like the skincare-heavy mix this month.

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 I've used LilFox products in the past and have always liked them, so I was looking forward to trying the LilFox Kalahari Eye Serum.  This was one of the spoilers for the July box.  It felt weird calling this teeny bottle a deluxe sample size, but I generally call anything that is at least one-fifth the size of a full size product deluxe. This is a 2 ml bottle, while the full size is 10 ml.  It's just a tiny product in general.  Fortunately, with eye serums, you only a very small amount each use.  I've used it a few times and still have 3/4ths of the bottle left.  The full size comes in a rollerball bottle, so it would be easier to use and make sure you didn't accidentally use too much product that way.  This contains a blend of Kalahari oil (an oil which is cold pressed from African watermelon seeds), argan oil, cucumber seed oil, Chilean rosehip seed oil, pomegranate seed, sandalwood oil, rose absolute, and a few other plant-based oils, and it is supposed to help with dark circles, moisturize, and fight signs of aging.  The website says you can see results within one month of use.  The skin around my eyes does feel a lot more hydrated after using this.  I haven't really had much in the way of dark circles recently, so I can't say how well it works for that.  Surprisingly, it doesn't really have much of a scent to it.  I like this product, but $68 for a full size is quite expensive.  I'd have to use it for a longer period of time to see if this is truly worth the price.  Has anyone used this for a month or more?  If so, how did it work for you?  Is it worth the money?

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Poetic Blend is new to me.  Their The Hero Oil was another spoiler for the July Petit Vour.  The oil has a eucalyptus scent, which isn't my favorite, but it isn't strongly scented and the scent goes away quickly after it's been applied to your skin.  This is a lightweight oil that is supposed to have healing properties.  The ingredient list is quite small; it contains squalane oil, apricot kernel oil, calendula oil, Monoi de Tahiti oil, grape seed oil and a blend of essential oils.  You can use this as a moisturizer by itself or you can mix a little in with your regular moisturizer.  You can also use this on hair ends, and cuticles, and dry patches on your body, and also use it for shaving, massage oil, and makeup remover.  While you can use it for all those things, I'd recommend keeping it as strictly a face oil -- at $50 for an ounce of this, it's a little expensive to be using to remove makeup or shave your legs.  Face oils make me nervous because I am prone to breakouts, but I had no problems with this.  It was extremely hydrating and made my skin feel extra soft.  It just take a couple of drops per use, so it will last you for a while.  If you're looking for a new face oil, The Hero Oil might just be the thing for you.

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Next up, we have the FiOR Minerals Ignite Illuminator in Sweets.  FiOR Minerals' eyeliner is one of my favorites, so I was looking forward to trying another product from them.  I wanted to show you a swatch of this product, but it is very subtle and I just couldn't get a good photograph of it.  This is a highlighter that has a soft, pearly sheen to it.  If you want to wear a highlighter without it being obvious you're wearing a highlighter, look no further.  Ignite Illuminator held up well throughout the day and gave my cheekbones the slightest shine.  It was a very pretty effect.  While I love a flashy highlighter for going out, this is a great highlighter for daytime hours.  It's almost translucent on the skin, so I believe this could work for any skin color.  

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Finally, there was the Juice Beauty Cleansing Milk.  If you subscribe to vegan beauty boxes, you'd better accept that you'll be getting a lot of Juice Beauty products.  Juice Beauty is the biggest cruelty-free and vegan beauty company out there, I believe.  People tend to either love or hate the company.  I used to hate it, but now I'm more in the middle.  Some of their products are good, some not-so-good.  My main issue is that I don't like the scent of a lot of their products.  The Cleansing Milk has the weird green apple scent that their most popular moisturizer has, so I wasn't a fan of this product because of that.  It did clean my face and remove my makeup well, but the smell is just too strong for me to use this regularly.  My mom loves the scent of their moisturizer, so I'll be giving this to her.  

July was a good month for Petit Vour.  The Juice Beauty Cleansing Milk wasn't my favorite product, but I loved the LilFox eye serum, the Poetic Blend The Hero Oil, and the FiOR Minerals highlighter.  I wish the oil samples were a little bigger, but they are very expensive oils, so I understand why they weren't.  I can't decide if the highlighter or the eye serum is my favorite product this month.  I think they might be tied.  It would be a three-way tie with The Hero Oil, but I don't love the scent of it, so it loses half a point for that.  Overall, though, I was very happy with this month's box.  It was heavy on the skincare, but I liked that.  I'm okay with the fact that they didn't customize the boxes this month because the products are things just about everyone can use.

What did you think of this month's Petit Vour?  Did you have a favorite product?