Dear Reader, despite my feeling about last month’s Petit Vour box, this month they are back at the top again for me. This month it seems like all four of the products were for a glowing, beautiful face (and I love the fabulous info card, illustrated by Danielle Kroll), and I’m so excited about all of them. I’m jumping on this post a little bit sooner than I did for last month’s box, so these are more of first impressions for the short amount of time I’ve been able to use them (I received the box last Friday), but let’s jump right in!
First on the info card is the generously sized Kani Botanicals’ Galaxy Milk – Illuminating Beauty Oil ($16 value). This is a gorgeous travel- or deluxe-sample size of this product that is sure to last – probably – a lifetime. I’ve been able to use this galactic luminizer a few times since receiving it, and the smallest drop goes such a long way! It’s a very shimmery (but def not glittery) highlight that is like a space alien beacon in the bottle; a real white gold highlight. I don’t use luminizers every day, but I do keep a few in rotation, and I love that this one is nothing like my other ones. If I had to compare it to other eco highlights, it would be most like the Maya Chia or Gressa liquid highlights, but this one is so much more affordable! Petit Vour offers the half size on their site (the same size as the ones sent out in the sub boxes), and I think it’s a great size to start off with. I drop a tiny bit onto the back of my hand and use my ring finger to dab and blend onto the top of my cheekbones and my Cupid’s bow (not new stuff to those who regularly use luminizers), and it’s a subtle and natural glow. So pretty!
Kani Botanicals has been featured in a monthly box before – I believe it was the Petal Polish mask in December 2015 – but my sample for that had leaked into the box, so I wasn’t able to use it. I would’ve loved to be able to use that sample! I’m very glad I’m getting the chance to give the brand another shot and, I’ve got to be honest, I’ve really been curious about them because some of their products sound very lovely. Like the previously mentioned Petal Polish, they also do a sea salt hair spray (I love a good sea salt hair spray!), and it looks like they’ve got a really beautiful range of facial and body care available (stunning packaging as well) that I’d love to try in the future.
Next is a new brand to Petit Vour, Metta, and their Intensive Replenishing Face Balm ($12.50 value). I’d not heard of this brand before (I love that services really open subscribers up to new brands and products), but I’ve learned that the products are handmade in Australia and the packaging is sustainably made – their ingredients are grown using organic or biodynamic principles, their labels are tree-free, and their glass containers can be recycled, reused, or sent back to Metta so that they can recycle them – so I’m very on board with their ethos so far. It looks like the brand currently makes only a handful of products, and most of them are available for purchase through Petit Vour at this time.
I’m a big fan of face balms; I think they can really work wonders to hydrate my combination skin that can be very sensitive, dry, and prone to flare-ups in the winter months. This one smells very good, so I’m looking forward to when I can give it a go (it’s got loads of oils and plant ingredients). For those with ingredient sensitivities, this does have shea butter and lavender essential oil, and I know those can be tricky ingredients for some. I've been using a more pared down version of my skincare routine to give my skin a bit of a rest (I've been dealing with several issues, and I think my skin needs a breather), but I will gladly use this for when I need more hydration, or maybe when I go out of town – samples make great travel buddies!
Also featured in this box is the Little Barn Apothecary Blue Yarrow + Geranium Cleansing Oil ($8 value). Little Barn Apothecary was featured in a spring box last year with their Geranium + White Tea Beauty Mist, and I loved that sample so much that I’ve since repurchased the full size and am quickly on my way to needing another! This cleansing oil boasts “clean, pure plant oils formulated to remove impurities from deep within pores” so I’m already intrigued, but I’ve had some interesting experiences with oil cleansers (I think they’re a lot of work) so I’ll really need to be in the right mindset to use this. With oil cleansers, I usually try to do a second cleanse after, so it requires a bit more dedication on my part, but I’m a fan of this brand and am hoping this product is another hit! My one gripe with this sample is that it sprung a bit of a leak (probably through the twist-on spray nozzle topper) and damaged the gorgeous info card for this box – truly a bummer for me.
The last product is Formulary55’s Rosehip & Clay Facial Mask ($8 value, a full-size sachet), and this is another brand that has been featured in a box before! The product from Formulary55 last featured in a box (last July) was a body scrub (which I have still not used because body scrubs confuse me), so I’m familiar at least with their packaging – gold foiling, embossed lettering, and very beautiful type and cardstock! Inside the cardstock envelope, there is a plastic bag with enough product for at least a few masks – such a juicy size to include in a sample subscription box! It is a lovely pink clay color, and I’m very much looking forward to emulsifying this in a bowl the next time I mask (sometime this week or next!). Because this is a clay mask, I may use it as a spot mask, as part of a multi-mask, or as a flash-mask just so that I don’t dehydrate my skin too much (as it’s been super sensitive of late). Though the information for this product claims it’s a gentle mask that will draw out toxins without over drying, I’m going to play it on the safe side so I can be sure.
As stated previously, this box really knocked it out of the park again for sure! After last month’s dud, Petit Vour curated a box that features decadent samples in luxe sizes (and one full size!) that all really intrigue me and make me excited to use them. Because this monthly service is $15 per month, and the value of this box ends up being around $45, this March box reiterates my feeling that this service is the best sample subscription around for the money – and I always recommend it to my friends looking for something new and fun. And it doesn’t hurt that the products are always vegan and cruelty-free! I’m not sure if this month’s sample selection beats January’s, but it really is a close call – Petit Vour has been killing it in 2017! Do any of you subscribe to Petit Vour? What was your favorite sample this month? Let me know! (I think right now my favorite is the Kani Galaxy Milk – it’s a product I love in a formulation I’ve never tried before!)
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