Petit Vour is a monthly subscription box, providing four vegan, non-toxic and cruelty-fee beauty products. I was doing some research on subscription boxes late last year; I liked the idea of trying new products for a cheaper-than-retail price, and decided to give Petit Vour a try. The big lure for me was the cost – at only $23 USD per month (or between $30-$32 CAD), it was by far the cheapest. Each box is said to have a retail value over $50 USD.
Once you sign up, you are asked to complete a Beauty Profile. They ask for things like skin tone, preferred nail colour, favourite lip colour, hair type and structure… basically to help curate the box for you on a more personal level.
You are charged on the first of every month and, according to their website, the boxes are shipped anywhere between the 10th and 20th of each month. Shipping from Austin, Texas to me in Canada took exactly two weeks.
I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect with my first box. My biggest apprehension before signing up for the box was the size of the products. I knew that $23/month wouldn’t give me four full-sized products but I was curious as to what size I would actually get. I wasn’t keen on paying about $30 CAD for trial or sample sizes (since you can usually get those for free).
Here’s everything that came in the December 2019 box:
Every box has a card with each product described and its retail price. This box actually included five products and is said to have a retail value of $58 USD. I do find that hard to believe considering four of the five products are travel size. There is one full size product in the box, which I am happy about (and it essentially covers over half the cost of the box).
HAN Skincare Cosmetics Concealer
HAN Skincare is a non-toxic make-up brand. They offer a wide variety of make-up products and use things like fruits and vegetables as pigment. This concealer is said to be made with argan oil, shea butter, green tea and vitamin E. Because I completed my Beauty Profile, they were able to send me my correct shade. This was the only full-size product in the box. The price checks out at $18 USD a bottle.
Olverum Bath Oil
This is a bath and shower oil made with organic essential oils. I haven’t had a chance to use this yet, but the directions say to add a capful to your bath water and your skin will absorb the oil. I have to admit this does smell amazing and while I don’t consider myself a “bath” person, I will definitely be trying this out. We were provided with a 15 mL bottle, which is said to be enough for three baths. Online it looks like you have to purchase a set of three for $32 USD, so the $13 cost listed on the card might be a bit high.
Evolvh Ultimate Styling Lotion
This styling lotion is said to do five things: create volume, hold style, de-frizz, add shine and define curls. Seeing as my hair is pin straight, I’m not sure the last one applies to me. But I am excited to try this… anything that can create volume, I am in to!! The first thing that I noticed was the smell, it’s fantastic! The price checks out at $11 USD for 2oz. On Canadian sites, it’s sold for $16.
5th Dimension Sub Rosa Serum
This is a facial oil made with hemp seed and rosehip seed oil. It’s said to be non-comedogenic so it won’t clog pores. Yay! It definitely has an earthy smell to it because of the hemp oil, but I am excited to try this out. I always mix a facial oil with my daytime moisturizer, and I will be adding this to my morning lineup. I could not locate the same size bottle for retail sale (7 mL), so I’m not sure where Petit Vour got the $9 price from.
Highborn Défumé Anointing Oil
This was the smallest product provided (a tiny bottle of 2 mL), but it’s also the fifth product so I’m thinking a holiday bonus? It’s not my favourite scent, and actually smelled a bit worse once I applied it to my wrists. This is supposed to be a blend of essential oils, infused with reiki-charged crystals. Cool? I’ll probably cut my loses with this one. The price is listed at $7 USD. For that small of a bottle, I wouldn’t pay anywhere near that and it seems like it’s more of a “free sample” amount.
My favourite product: HAN Skincare Cosmetics Concealer. I’ve already tried out this concealer and I love it! It goes on nicely, covers well and lasts all day. This is a product I would definitely re-purchase.
Product I’m least likely to use: Highborn Défumé Anointing Oil. At $7 USD for only 2 mL, I would never purchase this if I saw it in store. I wasn’t even sure what an anointing oil was and had to google it (turns out it’s more of a religious thing….) Anyway, I suppose you use this as an aromatherapy stress release.
On my first Petit Vour box: overall, I am OK with spending $30 CAD on what I received. The concealer alone makes the box worthwhile for me. In addition to the concealer, I will definitely use the styling lotion and facial oil. I will keep my subscription for a couple more months to see how the next few boxes compare. Petit Vour does offer a PV Plus box where for an additional $5 you will get between 5-7 products (trial and full size) and that box is said to be valued at around $100 USD. If all goes well with the Petit Vour basic box, I may upgrade to the PV Plus in a few months. Stay tuned!