Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Arbonne Vegan Beauty Products Review

Beauty without cruelty-now that never goes out of fashion

I'm always on the lookout for vegan and cruelty free cosmetics and bath products so was very happy to be sent some samples from a company called Arbonne.

Arbonnes products aren't tested on animals and their ingredients are vegan and botanical which ticks lots of my boxes.
When I looked into the company they appear to be like a high end version of Avon and you can buy these products from reps (a rather lovely lady from my facebook page Carly sent me my samples) but you can also buy the products directly from the website too if like me you would rather just buy things direct.
Unlike a lot of vegan products these definitely hold their own in the looks stakes. Nestling quite comfortably next to your Liz Earles and Elizabeth Ardens. It may sound shallow but as much as I love the packaging of brands like the Bodyshop and Neal's yard I don't always require my beauty products to be quite so basic looking so high marks all round on the appearance.
Now I'm going to say this straight off the bat some of these products are quite  expensive. I thought a few of them were amazing and worth the money and was unsure if others really justified the price tag but as a little bit of vegan luxury these are quite hard to beat. Here's my thoughts on the selection I was sent.

Calm Cleanser £17

 The sample I was sent gave me about five days worth and my skin feels very soft.The cleanser does have slight foam to it and my face felt clean and not oily-very gentle so ideal if you have sensitive skin.

Calm Gentle Everyday Moisturiser £26

This is a perfect moisturiser if you suffer from oily skin as its very light, left no oily residue but did soften my skin considerably. As I'm now over the age 40 mark I don't think this is heavy duty enough for me so wouldn't repurchase but if you like thin moisturisers similar to Cliniques "dramatically different" (without the bright yellow colour) this would suit your skin well.

Make up primer £26

This was definitely one of the hero products from the samples I was sent. It has the same consistency as Loreals studio techniques primer which I love (but isn't cruelty free) and left my skin feeling plumped up and my make up stayed in place all day. Would repurchase this in a heartbeat.

RE9 Nourishing Body wash £29

This had a lovely smell of orange and unlike other vegan shower gels I have used in the past a good foam-it left my skin really soft and smelling good enough to eat.

RE9 Advanced Hydrating Body lotion £33

This complimented the body wash perfectly and had the same orange scent. I loved how soft this left my skin and the product seemed to really sink in. Despite the slightly eye watering price tag this and the body wash were lovely and will definitely be on my Christmas list.

RE9 Advanced Reactivating body serum £30

I found this product a bit too oily for an everyday use but it would be perfect if you have a peeling tan or very dry skin (mines normal to oily)

Sea source salt scrub £25

I used this on my rhino elbows and it left them incredibly soft and they have stayed that way for quite  a few days which is something I don't usually find with other scrubs, I was very taken with this. 

Sea salt detoxifying rescue wash £29

This wash smelt of lavender and  although it didn't have a great deal of  foam it left my skin feeling clean, and yes I felt quite reinvigorated after using it. My little girl loved this one too so a nice product to use with your kids. I'm a bit unsure as to when I could justify spending nearly £30 on a body wash but it is rather lovely so if money is no option definitely consider stocking up on this.

Feeling pampered and guilt free

In conclusion I really liked all the products I was sent and would definitely repurchase a few again. Finding vegan cruelty free products can be difficult so its lovely to see such a wide range available. 
The price points on some of the body washes/lotions is a little steep but I guess its only what you would spend on Clarins or Chanel without blinking an eyelid. The big difference is no animals were harmed in any way so you can pamper yourself in full knowledge that your beauty regime isn't supporting unnecessary cruelty.
I'm quite intrigued to try the Arbonne make up range, I'm currently in the process of swapping all the products in my professional kit to cruelty free versions and Carly who supplied these samples says she uses them instead of her Mac products and finds them to be as good if not better, quite a claim! I will do a review once I have enough to do a full make up look.
If you do decide to order from the Arbonne website please use Carly's Arbonne ID#: 44120431 so she gets some commission.

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