WILW: Oui Fresh Beauty Box
This week’s What I Love Wednesday item is the Oui Fresh Beauty Box.
Believe it or not, but this is my first subscription box I have ordered for myself. We ordered a Meowbox for Hiro once, and Ries and I used to order razors through Dollar Shave Club. (Ries ended up transitioning to a safety razor, because he’s a classy dude, and let’s be honest, I shave my legs once a week, so a couple months of blades was equivalent to three years of blades for me.)
It’s not that I don’t like subscription boxes—I would pay money to receive a box of goodies in the mail once a month, just because I’m a child and I love opening things. But up until this point, I hadn’t felt compelled to order a beauty subscription box because it didn’t seem like a good use of my money.
I’m not a make up person.
I didn’t quite realize the extent of that statement until I quit my last position at the beginning of September, and I have not worn make up (with the exception of our family portraits) since. I struggle with hormonal acne, and when I worked in customer-facing positions I felt I needed to wear make up to work to be professional and to feel confident in my appearance. That’s not because of “the patriarchy,” it's something I told myself.
Naturally, wearing make up for 12-15 hours a day aggravated the acne, and it got to the point that I was nervous about running into people when I left the house without make up on. When I finally stopped wearing make up in September, my skin cleared up quite a bit, and now it’s one of my personal goals to get my skin to a point where I don’t feel the need to wear make up to work period. That will probably entail a better skin care routine, eliminating certain foods from my diet, —I’m looking at you, sugar.— and being more selective about what I’m putting on my face.
If you haven’t done a lot of research into non-toxic beauty and why you should be concerned about what is in your make up, well, I’m not the person to ask, because I’m just starting my non-toxic education. Last fall I downloaded an app on my phone called “Think Dirty” and ran around my house scanning barcodes to see the toxicity rating and having an anxiety attack about it. What I will tell you is that this is a huge up and coming field, and I’m getting most of my information from sites like Goop and A Beautiful Mess.
A big driver is trying to improve my current skin condition and not wanting to expose myself to / ingest carcinogens from my lipstick—google how much lipstick women ingest in their lifetime. It’s gross.—but another big part of it is not wanting to expose my kids to that kind of garbage accidentally or having to call poison control when they get into something that wasn’t meant for them. I’ve definitely been working on having a less toxic household since I got pregnant, and non-toxic beauty is one of the last arenas I’ve entered, simply because there weren’t many options a couple years ago.
Anyway, when A Beautiful Mess announced they would be launching a non-toxic beauty box through their merchandise company Oui Fresh, I knew I was going to get one of these puppies, and I’ve been eyeing them every month since. I decided to go with the November box because it had the most products I thought I would use. My biggest concern with subscription boxes is getting products that I won’t use and wasting them—the shelf life on cosmetics is so short. That being said, when it comes to non-toxic beauty products, it’s a new field, not all products are made equally. If you have the option to sample a product before purchasing the full size, which is why this subscription box is so helpful.
I can’t say that I’ve used everything in this box, but what I have used I have loved. (You can view the details for all the products here.) The dry shampoo has the same effect as my Bumble and Bumble (likely very toxic) dry shampoo. I use the rose oil roller everyday (Gus wants some too sometimes.) I used the Han cheek tint on a bare face and it looked really nice and natural, which you might not guess from the saturated pigment in the photo. I’m saving the lip gloss for the holidays, but might end up getting a more neutral tone to use during the week when I just want to add a little lip color to my otherwise “hobo Jessica Jones” look I’m rolling with right now. And I’m really looking forward to using the under eye mask (Gus makes it difficult to do face masks.)
Anyway, I don’t often spend money on myself, but this beauty box didn’t disappoint. The December boxes are already sold out, but if you’re looking for a gift for someone who is into beauty products, self identifies as a health freak, or just needs a little extra love, this is definitely at the top of my list. You can buy just one (month to month) or subscribe for a longer period of time.
Also, I really love Elsie and Emma (of A Beautiful Mess) so don’t be surprised when you see them pop up in future blog posts.
(Whimsy, being the other girl of the house, also really loved the box. She wanted me to say so.)
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