Petit Vour Review, August 2016

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

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My baby bun is striking a pose!  She really has this modeling thing down!  Petit Vour is one of her favorite boxes because they only send us products that aren't tested on her bunny cousins.  She wishes that the models on the box were lops like her, though.  

Petit Vour is a monthly vegan and cruelty-free beauty box.  Subscribers get four sample size makeup, skincare, or hair care products each month.  If you're new to vegan beauty, this is the perfect way to get familiar with the vegan beauty companies out there and find out which ones work best for you.  Vegan beauty products can be expensive and some are much better than others, so trying before you buy will save you time and money.  Petit Vour also has a points program that allows you to earn points to spend in their shop, similar to the points system Birchbox had before they overhauled it.

Petit Vour sent met this box free of charge for review.  The link to the Petit Vour site at the top of this article and to several of the products listed below are affiliate links.

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Here's what I got this month:

All subscribers received the first three items listed above.  The fourth item varied -- most subscribers received the BOX Naturals Luxe Cleansing Towelettes, but any subscriber who had an active subscription over a year ago when Petit Vour originally sent out BOX Naturals towelettes received the 100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream instead.  Petit Vour sent me both of the items for review, but regular subscribers will not receive only one.  For the boxes that had BOX Naturals towelettes in them, the value was $38.93; for subscribers who received the variation with the eye cream, the value was $52.26.  While I would have liked to have seen the two box variations be a little closer in value, I think it's a nice way for them to say thank you to long-term subscribers.  

Isn't the artwork on the product information card adorable this month?  I always look forward to seeing Petit Vour's card.  They have the prettiest cards in the business.  The little pineapples are so cute and it's such a summery design.

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I've liked other Formulary 55 products I've tried, so I was excited to try out their Sea Mineral Body Polish with Grapefruit and Rosemary.  This is a salt scrub with essential oils of grapefruit and rosemary.  I love grapefruit scented things.  I was quite surprised when I opened the packet and smelled nothing.  I figured once I made it into a paste with water, though, the scent would come out.  Even after I got it wet and scrubbed by body with it, there was no scent.  I reached out to Formulary 55 to find out if the scent is very faint or if it is possible that I got a defective batch that was missing the essential oils.  They wrote back within minutes and said that the grapefruit and rosemary oils were in there because they were good for your skin and that there wasn't much scent to the polish.  Although it didn't smell like anything, it was very exfoliating and made my skin feel extra soft.

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Swatches of Lily Lolo Sculpt and Glow Contour Duo

Swatches of Lily Lolo Sculpt and Glow Contour Duo

Petit Vour subscribers love Lily Lolo, so I was happy to see the full size Sculpt and Glow Contour Duo in the box.  The contour side of this palette is a matte medium taupe that is very buildable.  I built it up in the swatch above to make it easy to see, but you can make it look much more subtle if necessary.  The highlighter side looks a lot darker in the palette than it does when you use it -- it's a very pretty, shimmery pale peach.  I think these colors would be flattering on most complexions.  Those of us with pale skin can use a light touch with it, and those of us with darker skin can build it up.  No colors are universal, of course, and the contour side wouldn't work for anyone whose complexion is darker than medium brown.  This goes on smoothly and lasts all day.  This is one of my favorite contour and highlighter sets. I'm quite picky with my contour, but I love this product.

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The True Moringa Lavender Facial Oil contains only two ingredients -- cold pressed moringa seed oil and lavender essential oil.  This oil smells like straight up lavender, which isn't my favorite scent, but it's not the worst scent either.  The oil is a serum that is supposed to moisturize, reduce redness, and fight signs of aging.  It was extremely hydrating, but I haven't used it long enough to tell you how well it works for aging. I've felt like such a greaseball this summer, so I was a little nervous to put this oil on my face, but I had no need to be.  While I probably wouldn't buy this just because lavender isn't really my scent, I like how it made my face feel moisturized but non-greasy.  

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BOX Naturals makes towelettes that can be used all over the body in rosewater and lavender scents.  While the towelettes were originally marketed as feminine wipes, they're now also advertised as being great for removing makeup, cleaning your hands, or freshening yourself up all over.  As I have mentioned before, I don't like anything scented for the lady bits.  I do like this as a makeup remover, though.  I love the rose scent and it removes makeup well.  Last year, when I first reviewed BOX Naturals, I had a conversation with the owner of the company via e-mail and asked her why they couldn't make an unscented product.  I would have no problem whatsoever with an unscented feminine wipe.  She explained to me that making something unscented would have required an ingredient to cancel out the natural odors of the ingredients of the wipes and that they thought that the scent killing ingredient was more harmful than scented essential oils, so that was the reasoning behind it.  I'm not explaining it as well as she did, but that was the gist of it.  I hadn't realized that was how it worked, so I definitely understood their reasoning for the floral scents a little better.  While I won't personally use it as a feminine wipe, I would recommend this for just about any other thing you might need a wipe for.  They are high quality towelettes and get the job done.

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Those who were subscribers last year when BOX Naturals wipes were sent out got the 100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream this time.  I've never been a coffee drinker, but I love the coffee scent of this cream.  It smells so good.  Caffeine reduces puffiness, so it's one of my favorite things to see in an eye cream.  This cream also helps with dark circles and contains vitamins and antioxidants to fight signs of aging.  The sample size is pretty big and a little goes a long way, so this should last me a couple of weeks.  I definitely notice a reduction in puffiness when I use this.  While I hope you never cry, if you do, a good caffeine eye cream is the best thing to have around.  Caffeine eye cream was my best friend during my divorce!  It really does wonders.  

I thought August was a great month for Petit Vour!  The 100% Pure eye cream and the Lily Lolo contour palette were my favorite items, but I liked everything in the box.  While I thought the Formulary 55 body polish worked well, I do wish it had more of a scent to it.  The True Moringa oil was so moisturizing, but I would like it even more it smelled like something other than lavender.  The BOX Naturals towelettes are great for removing makeup, but their scent makes me not want to use them as feminine wipes.  It's strange how the only negative things I have to say about those products have to do with scent, but that's just how it worked out this month.  They are all good, high quality products, though, so if their scents (or lack thereof) work for you, then I'd recommend them.  

What did you think of the August Petit Vour?  Did you get the BOX Naturals wipes or the 100% Pure eye cream?  Did you have a favorite product?  I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments!