Three of our writers tried the Wanderess Beauty subscription beauty box. Read their reviews below.
By now, we're guessing you would have heard all about subscription beauty boxes. You're likely familiar with Bella Box and you've probably heard of Peony Parcel and Pink Seoul. These affordable subscription services are designed to give you a taste of new products and brands before you commit to buying full size products.
Over the last few months, we were lucky enough to try out one of the most popular Australian-based beauty box subscription services. It's called Wanderess Beauty and this company is all about beauty with integrity.
Wanderess Beauty focuses it's attention on green and eco-friendly beauty, so if you like natural and alternative beauty products, you'll want to keep reading. Wanderess Beauty researches and chooses only nurturing, high-performing, clean and sustainable beauty products to include in its boxes. Each box is filled with a range of new and interesting products from green beauty brands.
We reviewed the November '17, December '17 and January '18 boxes and here's what our writers had to say.
November box: natural deodorants & sunscreens
The LIPS & PITS Wanderess Beauty Discovery Box includes a range of all-natural deodorants, lip balms and sunscreens that are ultra-nourishing with no nasties.
I'm a big fan of natural products. So when this Wanderess Beauty Discovery Box arrived at the office in need of reviewing, I was quick to raise my hand. The Wanderess Beauty Discovery box comes with a selection of natural product samples each month for you to try, all of which are good to you and the environment.
The products are in mini travel sizes and change each month so you get the opportunity to give new products and different brands a go. Inside this months box was a mix of lip balms and natural deodorants which I've been using for the past few weeks. Here's what I thought:
alex & aloe Natural Deodorant Spray. The first thing I noticed about this all-natural deodorant spray was how amazing it smells. It's lovely and fresh, yet wasn't at all overpowering. I sprayed it on freshly shaven skin and it wasn't irritating at all, unlike harsh chemical-filled options. While this spray-on deodorant was great to wear around the house or in the office, on days where I was doing any form of exercise it didn't quite cut it for me as an odour neautraliser. However, it's great as a general body spray to freshen up throughout the day.
Axilla Deodorant Paste. I was skeptical at the idea of a deodorant paste, but this product really impressed me. You only need a tiny amount and it spreads on your skin better than you'd think. It didn't smell as beautiful as the alex & aloe Natural Deodorant Spray, but I found I could go the whole day without needed to reapply which was amazing - even the store-bought chemical deodorants don't last that well for me! It's important to mention natural deodorant pastes don't stop you from sweating as this is what your body does naturally, which might take some getting used to. But it did work well to ward off underarm odour on days where I was more active.
erica brooke Him & Her Double Strength Deodorant Creme. I love this product, and wear it almost daily now. It has all the benefits of the Axilla Deodorant Paste, but is is double strength so includes extra bicarb. Because of this, I felt it did an even better job at neutralising body odour, however I did notice my armpits were slightly itchy after a few days of use. This was extremely minor and nothing to be put off by, and the extra odour protection is great, but I'd recommend trying the regular strength product before this one if you have sensitive skin. I loved the cream texture too - it's smooth and easy to apply, and is completely clear on your skin.
erica brooke Miracle Balm. I LOVE this balm. I'd say it's my favourite product in the box. It's designed for lips, nips and cuticles but it's fantastic as an all purpose moisturising balm. I used it on my eternally-dry lips, my hands and nails and even small amounts on my split ends. I love that it's hard in the jar but turns into a silky smooth texture when spreading it on my skin. In a matter of weeks it's already become a product I carry around with me each day in my handbag.
Green Foot Mama Organic Sun balm. This lovely all-natural organic balm smalls of chocolate, coconut and earthy scents and has a creamy yet grainy texture that instantly feels like you're at the beach. It's made with zinc so it effectively sits on top of your skin like a hat providing great sun protection, but you do need to rub it in quite a bit. And trust me - a little goes a long way, so this product will last you ages. It's worth noting that coconut oil is a key ingredient, which can cause break-outs if you have quite congested skin. If this is you, you might avoid using on your face and use on your body instead for deliciously moisturising sun protection or even as an after-sun balm to sooth the skin.
alex & aloe Lip Balm Beige. I'm going to be honest, coloured lips aren't my thing so I wasn't overall excited by this product. However I do admit it felt lovely and smooth to wear, and the pinky-beige was subtle so great to use as a general everyday balm if you're after a little bit more colour or to brighten up your look. I can imagine using this product to complete a natural make up look, but if you're a bright-lippie fanatic this one probably won't quite cut it for you.
Hurraw! Unscented Lip Balm. This lip balm was more up-my-alley, because it's clear and unscented but very soft and conditioning. It's extremely silky and smooth to apply, which is a nice change from traditional lip balms which can often be a bit hard and chalky. Plus, knowing it's got nothing but natural ingredients is a big plus for me.
So, what did Alison think?
The Wanderess Beauty Discovery Box LIPS & PITS is $59.00, which is quite well priced considering you get samples of all seven products. And the products, while travel sized, certainly aren't tiny - I imaging they'll last me a good few months.
December Box: Bronzers & Highlighters
I trialled the December box featuring The Dusty Girls & Studio 78 bronzers and mascaras, some Jane Iredale products as well as an Organic Spa moisturiser. I was particularly attracted to this box as all the products therein were cruelty-free as well as free from artificial dyes, parabens and synthetic ingredients.
Both the Studio 78 and The Dusty Girls mascaras came in beautiful packaging, and were really easy to use. Studio 78 had a slightly thicker brush, but both gave a really natural curl to my lashes and made them look nice and long. I quite like thick lashes so I applied a few extra coats, but both gave clump-free results!
I have acne-prone skin and quite often struggle to find a moisturiser that doesn’t cause breakouts, so I was a little dubious about trying out the Organic Spa moisturiser included in the box. I tried a small amount and was pleasantly surprised by how light it was on my skin and it absorbed quickly. This product is suitable for all skin-types and contains lemon myrtle oil as an ingredient which offers antibacterial effects.
The only eyeshadow in the beauty box was the Latte colour by Jane Iredale. I love the colour of eyeshadows, but tend to experience the not-so-subtle crease mark on the lid once an eyeshadow is applied. This eyeshadow was 100% crease-resistant and gave my eyelids a nice neutral and even tone.
The latte colour can be worn on its own, or could be used as a base colour to build a more colourful eyelid. The eyeshadow lasted all day and really brought out the blue in my eyes. The great news about this product is that you can use it to fill in your eyebrows, on your cheeks as a blusher and on your lips as a stain. How incredibly versatile!
By far my favourite products in the December box were the two bronzers.
I am a big fan of bronzers, especially in summer months for that added glow. The Dusty Girls bronzer is a pressed powder which came in a warm tone. I found that I only needed to apply a little and it lasted on my cheeks all day.
The Studio 78 bronzer also came as a mineral pressed powder in a compact little box, perfect to pop in your handbag. The Studio 78 was on the slightly dark side for my skin tone, but would be perfect on more tanned complexions. I only needed to apply a small amount of the product for it to show up on my skin.
So, what did Clare think?
I really enjoyed trialling the Wanderess Beauty box as I got to sample some brands of makeup that I hadn’t heard of before. It can be difficult to source 100% vegan beauty products but Wanderess Beauty has done all the hard work for us. With a whole new range of products arriving each month, it’s so exciting that I look forward to the next one!
January box: Skincare
Anyone who has read my reviews before will know that my skin is at best temperamental and, at worst, comparable to a tantrum-throwing toddler. So whenever I pick up new skincare products, I’m understandably pretty hesitant about how my face will react.
When I decided to give the Wanderess Skincare box a go, it was important for me to really make sure the transition was smooth.
I slowly edged out my regular trusty skincare routine and began introducing the new products one at a time in order to ease my skin into it (trust me, it scares easily).
It took me a couple of weeks to have everything changed over and I’ve been using the skincare now every day for the past fortnight.
The box itself was packaged nicely, nesting all the products within a bed of brown paper cuttings. It wasn’t overstuffed with items and the products are all decent enough sizes to be able to trial them all sufficiently. Given my usual skincare concerns, this is a key factor in beauty boxes as to whether I choose to repurchase.
The skincare box contained two bottles of the Age Defying Gel Serum, two bottles of the Miracle Oil Serum, one bottle of Wildflower Rejuvenating Serum, one spray bottle of Wild Roses Botanical Mist, one bottle of Open Pore Serum for Nourish and Repair, one bottle of Night Oil for Nourish and Repair, and one bottle of Cleanser.
The first product I introduced was the Botanical Mist as it was a pretty safe bet and could be misted onto the face whenever I felt like it. The smell is really lovely so I found myself reaching for it more often than originally anticipated – the small spray bottle is definitely emptier than I’d like.
Once that was solidly inserted into my routine, I began introducing the oils and serums. From the Night Oil, which worked a treat to keep my face nourished as I slept, to the Miracle Oil Serum, I found my skin looking brighter and less uneven as the use went on.
But my favourite product by a large margin was the Wildflower Rejuvenating Serum. It gave my skin a really lovely texture, smelled great and worked consistently to repair my skin. I had a couple of faint scars from breakouts over the past few months and though it worked in conjunction with the other products, I think my overzealous dedication to using this serum made a big difference in diminishing them.
So, what did Stephanie think?
The bottom line: would I repurchase the box or any of the products within? Yes, I would. I’d definitely like to get my hands on more of the Botanical Mist and the Rejuvenating Serum to begin with, and I’d be curious to see what else the Wanderess boxes have to offer.