|My box took a bit of a battering in transit unfortunately.|
There’s a new playa’ in the world of Beauty Boxes and it goes by the name of Betrousse. However, they’ve taken the idea of beauty boxes and put their own, unique spin on it, making it a service that I definitely think will appeal to a lot of people.
The idea of the Betrousse Beauty Kit is that you receive a selection of full sized products, all contained in a themed box. However, you don’t subscribe and instead you pay for each box when it comes in stock and only if you like the look of the contents. You also save a considerable amount on the RRP of the products featured in the box, and to give you an idea, the contents of the box in this review is valued at around £70 (give or take a pound or two depending on what options you end up with) yet it you were to purchase it, it would set you back £17 which is a huge saving. The small catch is that the p&p is unclear and I believe depends on where you live and due to the heaviness of the packages. I’ll find out more and report back.
I was sent the Organic and Natural Beauty Kit to review which contained five full sized products, which I’ll list in order of favourites.
Forest People Luminous Serum Eye and Lip Contour
This is a beautifully rich oil that contains Borage and Rosehip Oil aimed at reducing puffiness and fine lines. I love rich eye products, especially ones that feel deeply moisturising yet don’t feel as if they flood the eyes. I’ve literally only just started trialling this (interestingly it’s got a very similar feel to my custom eye treatment) so I can’t report on any results, but it’s right up my street and the fact that it’s rich in Omega 3 seals the deal for me. This has a value of £31.
Froher Aloe and Honey Mist
This is a very light, moisturising mist for the hair that you spray on after washing, but before styling. The packaging states that it’s a comb-out mist, but I’m wondering if that might’ve been lost in translation as my understanding of the instructions for this is that you spray it on and then brush it through. It’s very light, leaves hair feeling brilliantly smooth and moisturised and works well on my fine hair without weighing it down. It also smells beautifully fresh and I think the best way to describe it is as a leave-in conditioner, however, I use this as well as conditioner and it doesn’t make my hair any heavier. Valued at £10.99.
Reve De Provence Organic Bar Soap
There were two options given out in this themed kit, Argan or Lavender and I got Lavender. I’m not a fan of Lavender generally, but this soap, whilst definitely strong-smelling, wasn’t as intrusive as I expected it to be. The arrival of this was timed perfectly as I’ve just run out of hand-soap in my bathroom, so whilst this isn’t a product to rave about, it’s functional, generously-sized and completely natural. Both soap bars cost £4.99.
K Pour Karite Hair Mascara
I liked the idea of this but unfortunately this is the first of the two products I couldn’t review as the shade I was sent is black and as I’m blonde, I can’t really do much with it. The idea of this is that it delays the frequency of hair appointments as you can fill in your roots with this instead. I have no idea if it would work, but I’m quite intrigued by it! It costs £12.95.
Lothantique Bath Salts
This was another product where you’d either get one of two things; either bath salts or a bath and shower gel. I got the bath salts, but as I only have a shower in my home (I miss bathing sooooo much!) I couldn’t really put these to the test either. The only thing I can say is that you get a huge amount (600g!) and this is priced at £9.
This is definitely a really interesting spin on beauty boxes which I feel addresses a lot of the issues people have with beauty boxes generally. You get to see what you’re getting, you get to decide whether you want to purchase the kit and all the products are full-sized. It’s a really good idea all round and I definitely like the concept. There are several kits available to purchase at the moment so have a look at Betrousse and see what you think.
Disclosure: kit was sent for the purpose of this review.