I’ve had a total of 10 The Pip Boxes! At the end of this blog, you will see links to reviews and first impressions of the content. Each month you are guaranteed 5 full size products from cruelty free brands.
You would be surprised the number of brands that mislead consumers into believing they are cruelty free and are not. I was heartbroken when I discovered that my makeup bag was full of products by brands that invest in testing on animals. I had to replace key items and it wasn’t easy.
Once, I started thinking more about the products I was using, I also started taking an interest in organic products, natural ingredients and being chemical free – but that’s another post.
Cruelty free brands may have a leaping bunny on their product, however, some brands, will posts a ‘rabbit’ style logo next to the ingredients to make it look cruelty free when actually they are not. If it’s not the trademark leaping bunny, it might not be bunny friendly!
Animal testing by law
Another thing brands do is give a statement like “Our products are cruelty free and never tested on animals, unless required by law.” This basically means, they do test their products on animals as they are selling in a country that requires them to by law. China has a law requiring products to be tested on animals before they can be sold, therefore, if a brand is selling in China, they are selling out on being cruelty free. A lot of well known high street and designer brands are guilty of this.
Parent company ethics
Some cruelty free brands, have parent companies that are not cruelty free. If you are against animal testing, you are likely to not want to fund a company that is profiting a company that tests on animals. Sometimes, small cruelty free brands will get bought out to expand their business but at the cost of their ethics.
Why get a The Pip Box subscription?
The Pip Box will only send you products by cruelty free brands – these companies need to be fully compliant in that. Many popular beauty subscription boxes will include brands that are not cruelty free so if this is something you feel strongly about, cancel those subscriptions and subscribe to pip.
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If you are ethics are not enough, here are some more reasons:
- Donation to charity – 50p from each box goes to an animal friendly charity
- Reward points – each subscription or referral earns you reward points which can be traded in for money off your next box
- And, discovering new and established brands.
Here are the highlights:
Here are links to my first impressions and reviews of The Pip Box when I was a subscriber. I’ve also tried really hard to choose a favourite product each month.
Most of the items in this box are still waiting to be used (false lashes, tan accelerator, makeup eraser) but I did like the eye pencil by La Ritzy which after a long time not wearing eyeliner it really made an impact. I didn’t get on with the BB powder which was too dark for me.
I loved the toner by Dermadeli and used it up before the end of the month. The travel size was small enough to fit in my purse and during the heat wave (and being heavily pregnant), I used it to freshen up and it felt so good. I also was a fan of the bonus gift – all natural chewing gum by Chewsy. Bonus gifts are added into boxes in addition to the five items promised.
The Spring edit was probably my least favourite as I was so excited about the nail kit but just didn’t get on with it. However, I did love the Bloomtown Botanical infused oil. I use it as a perfume and find it very calming.
Again, I loved all the products in this edit but the item that truly stood out was the hand moisturizer by Balade En Provence which came in a pretty apple shaped pot. It is actually in my daughter’s nursery as I think it looks so pretty. I’m planning on buying it for my son’s teacher at the end of the school year.
For this month’s edit, I love the Dr Botanicals Tropical Invigorating Cream. This cream not only smelt lush but also came in a truly beautiful tube. I was also really pleased with the other products and began wearing the lipstick every day. It also got me to try a foot balm stick which I never would have thought of buying but really loved.
Oh my, I still crave JOM Organic candy today. This stuff was lovely and I almost bought a box full when I was pregnant. It is tricky to buy in the UK unless you want to buy in bulk which is why I’ve not bought this again (yet). I loved all the products in this box.
It has to be Medusa’s Make-up mascara that I loved, however, it isn’t an easy brand to buy in the UK. I loved almost everything in this box – I just wasn’t keen on the body scrub but I’ve never been a major fan of scrubs.
It’s hard to choose my as I used them all up… except the vegan chocolate. The Bloomtown lip balm gave a gorgeous red tint and was very hydrating. I also used the face steam by Freyaluna when I had a cold and it made me feel so much better – I need to repurchase this before flu season hits.
This was my first box and included a green clay mask by one of my top brand’s Akamuti. I now often buy their body oils too. I also really liked all the other products in my box and can honestly say there wasn’t one that didn’t get used up.