Hi. I'm Ivy.

I'm a NYC based art director and designer that's as obsessed with beauty as you are (if you're reading this).

Small favors // PETIT VOUR BEAUTY BOX

Small favors // PETIT VOUR BEAUTY BOX

At this point, you're probably aware of my "beauty addiction." It's a big part of why I started this blog; so I could reign it in, and simplify things. 

For awhile there I had two monthly beauty subscription boxes πŸ™„ . One with Sephora's Play Box, and one with Ipsy's Glam Bag. They were both fine, and had a good run. Mainly I just really like surprises, and getting things in the mail... But when I decided to make the change to dominantly green beauty, I realized those subscriptions would have to go. I thought, "this is a good thing. No more little sample size products clogging up my shelves, never seeing the light of day!"

But then, during one of my many online research sessions, I stumbled upon Petit Vour. Petit Vour is a monthly non-toxic, cruelty-free + vegan, ethically-made monthly beauty subscription box curated by beauty and wellness guru, Teri MiyaHira (woof, that was a mouthful). Teri's experience with helping luxury brands better market themselves comes through in her own ventures. She's even started her own small beauty line of products. I have to admit, I was really surprised. Somehow it hadn't occurred to me that someone would have already started a subscription box specifically geared for green beauty lovers. And Teri's not the only one either. There are a bunch of them out there now as the market for these products increasingly grows. 

So this is the part of the story where I tell you that I had a moment of weakness, and I caved. Instead of saying, "No Ivy, you don't need a replacement beauty box subscription," I signed up for it. BUT, I gave myself a deadline and a goal. I'll try out the box for 3 months (that's 3 boxes), and during that period I have to use every single product I receive and evaluate how much I actually enjoyed or would re-purchase each one. It's typically 4 products to a box, so if I really truly love at least 9 of those 12 products total, I'll keep the subscription for a year. 

That said, the reason I'm sharing this is to prove that I'm not perfect and I won't be perfect along this journey. I don't just want to share the good progress I'm making, I also want to share the screw-ups and the mistakes I make along the way... like somehow ending up with a bunch of sample products again, only green this time. 

I got my first box towards the end of December. I've since received my box for January, but haven't had a chance to use and review those products yet. Below is what came in the December box, and my quick-take on those items.

Revive Morning Bath & Shower Oil (sample size) - This little vial is actually pretty baller. If recently you've felt like me and been overwhelmed with sadness, anger, and anxiety at the state of our nation, then you'll be into it. The invigorating scent of grapefruit, rosemary and juniper helps both jumpstart and calm me for the day ahead. I take a tiny bit and just rub it into my hands. Then I step into the shower and cup my hands around my face and breathe deeply around 3 times. It's not a miracle pill, but it does surprisingly make me feel a little better. 

Shamanuti Activated Charcoal Cleanser (sample size) - Let me start by saying I love this. It's certainly not an every day cleanser for me, but I have loved integrating it into my routine 1 to 2 times a week. It's a natural skin cleanser that neutralizes acidity and absorbs impurities. It's great for all skin types, especially problem skin. This is something I would definitely consider buying the full size of. 

Oille Passion Fruit + Bamboo Organic Hair Volumizing Serum (sample size) - I'm going to just be upfront and say I have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to my hair. Literally, nothing. So giving me a hair product is like speaking to me in German (I don't speak German). I managed to make this sample last for 2 uses, but I think I may have used too much per use as my hair mostly felt weighted down. You can use it as a pre or a post-shower treatment. I don't feel right about steering anyone towards this product, or away as I'm not convinced I used it right or have any clue what to do with it. I'll try and learn more about hair care, I promise!

Juice Beauty Phyto Pigments Luminous Lip Crayon (full size in the shade Malibu) - I was most excited to try this product, being that I'm a lip junkie and I've heard so much about Gwyneth Paltrow's new beauty line, Juice Beauty. But I was sadly disappointed. The color for me was not a great match, but that aside I found the formula to be lackluster. The most I tried to use it the more the tip of the crayon actually started to break down and crumble (perhaps I got a bad batch?). It wasn't pigmented enough to cover my lip lines and the moisturization was short lived before the whole thing was off my face entirely. I could definitely see this as a great product for some people, but it was definitely not for me. However I am still very open to trying out the rest of the line (just keep her Jade vagina eggs away from me...)!

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Website // petitvour.com/pages/the-monthly-box
Price Point // $15 US, $23 Canada, $25 Global
Best For // people looking to dip their toes into green beauty and wanting to try a ton of different care products or the experimental beauty addict
Claims // non-toxic, cruelty-free + vegan, ethically-made

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