Yuzen Autumn 2017 Subscription Box Review

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Yuzen is a quarterly subscription box designed to help you bliss out and enjoy natural beauty products and snack items from the comfort of your own home and in larger sizes than traditional subscription boxes. Yuzen is $35 every three months and if you want this Autumn box you have until October 31st to sign up and receive the current box. What can you expect to find in your Yuzen box?

Each box includes high-quality natural and organic personal care products, healthy snacks, and lifestyle items carefully chosen from about 6 companies. We recognize that consumers have begun asking where they can find the purest and best quality products but are often overwhelmed by all the choices. Each Yuzen box is carefully curated to provide amazing, healthy lifestyle products you can trust.

The box presentation was lovely. Mulberry colored tissue paper greeted me and it was accented by some beautiful floral paper. Yuzen has two meanings: it is a type of traditional Japanese paper that can be used in origami, but it is also a play on words. This box is designed to help “you zen” out at home!

The items were cushioned with biodegradable packing peanuts and all of the items were enclosed in a purple organza drawstring bag.

I love natural beauty and food boxes and recognized almost all of the brands featured this cycle.

Everything in my box!

I received a product information brochure that had the intentions of this box noted on the front. Relax and renew – I can always use more of those actions in my life!

The rest of the brochure listed the items and why they were chosen for this season.

Finally, there were a few cards with info about a couple of the brands in the box along with discount codes.

Shray Go-Getter Goddess Mask ($10) is infused with hyaluronic acid to draw moisture to the skin and licorice root to help reduce irritation. I had a hard time putting it on my face and then experienced the drippiest mask I have ever encountered. Usually I can at least watch TV but I laid down on my bed, where the serum ended up dripping down my neck, into my ears, and up my nose (I’m not even sure how that was possible!!!). I waited 5 minutes but then gave up. 

I was disappointed to see propylene glycol listed as an ingredient. It is generally on the list of top 10 ingredients to avoid for consumers who are looking for non-toxic or “natural” beauty products. I used this in the morning and applied makeup about an hour later and it did not look good.

Shamanuti Activated Charcoal Cleanser ($10) I have used this cleanser in the past and was happy to have another! Only two or three pumps are needed to get the makeup and daily gunk off of my face and the smell is pleasant plus the foaminess is phenomenal.

Activated charcoal and fruit and herbal extracts help keep pores clean yet I didn’t feel like my skin was dried out.

Poo-Pourri in Original Citrus ($4.26) I’ve seen this product in boutiques but have never really checked it out but the website had a hilarious video (in a potty talk kind of way) and additional cutesy toilet related items.

Just give 3-5 spritzes in the throne before you go and the blend of essential oils creates a trap so once waste falls inside the bowl only the smell of citrus should be left in your wake.

I really liked the duo of Red Flower Cleansing Hair Wash ($5.91) and Conditioner ($6.75) in Ocean. The smell was kind of strong but it did a great job of cleaning my hair and leaving it soft but not greasy. Again, I found ingredients in both products that are on the “bad” list, including SLS, PEG’s, and propylene glycol. I personally do not go out of my way to avoid SLS/SLES because they do clean the gunk off of my hair but other consumers may be much more discerning, plus, SLS may strip hair of color, if it is color treated.

Savannah Bee Company Tupelo Honey Beeswax & Propolis Lip Balm ($3.50) has a sweet honey flavor and ingredients I can pronounce!

Beeswax, shea butter, coconut oil and more make this balm slippery and softening while honey, royal jelly, and propolis help nourish lips.

I’ve received Torie & Howard Chewie Fruities ($1.27) in boxes before and I’m always happy to see these alternatives to those dye-filled, artificially flavored Starbursts.

I found 6 individual chews in 3 different flavors in here but my favorite is definitely Blood Orange & Honey!

Good Spread (57¢) I’m a purest when it comes to peanut butter and my favorite brand only contains two ingredients – peanuts and salt. Everything else is too sweet, including this Jif/Skippy cousin. Generally, when I eat PB it’s either going on a sandwich with jam or in a recipe with added sugar so this was a miss for me. I applaud the company for sending meal replacement packets to starving children so if you usually buy Skippy then this will have you feeling good about doing good.

New Chapter Perfect Hair, Skin, & Nails ($12.24) contains astaxanthin, which comes from algae and supports healthy skin. Biotin, reishi, and other plant based ingredients are supposed to help as well.

I’m not sure how much improvement I will see in only two weeks but I will give it a go!

I liked the assortment of products in my very first Yuzen box! I appreciate that they offered products for bath, body, and snacking and although I have encountered most of these products before I am always happy to get tried-and-true items. There is no one-size-fits-all definition of “clean” beauty products but generally PEG’s, propylene glycol, and SLS are definite no-no’s so it was sad to see them in a so-called “natural” beauty box. The value was around $54 which is well over the price paid for the subscription. If you are new to clean beauty then this is a good place to start but if you are a die-hard clean beauty fan then this might not be the box for you.

What did you think of the Yuzen Autumn box? Let me know in the comments along with what “natural” beauty products means to you!

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