Ipsy Refreshments Review – December 2020

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Ipsy Refreshments is a personal care subscription that provides essentials for everyday routines as an add-on to your monthly Ipsy subscription. The initial offering will include face wipes, hand cream, body cream, and body wash, with a broadened assortment launching in 2021 and beyond. You’ll be billed separately but your items will ship together.

They promise that every item in their Refreshments collection are always vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free, sulfate-free, formulated without gluten and nut allergens, and clinically, allergy and dermatologist tested. To ensure this, the products go through a strict examination process according to a standard set by BFA Clean Standard. This is to make sure they don’t contain any of the 1800 ingredients that may have potential negative health impacts.

They also support sustainability by using at least 30% post-consumer recycled (PCR) materials in their plastic packaging, which helps reduce the effects of plastic pollution and waste. Plus, they combine shipments for members that are also IPSY subscribers to significantly reduce packaging materials. They also said they’re working on refillable packaging for new products.

The items were packed inside this cute drawstring pouch!

There’s also an info sheet that explains how the subscription works.

At the back is a list of the items you could possibly get as well as a short description for each.

Everything in my bag!

Refreshments Hologram Stickers. To start off, they sent us these cute holographic stickers! I’m putting them on my planner for a touch of cuteness.

Refreshments Cleansing Face Wipes ($8 – $6 on subscription) These biodegradable wipes are formulated to be non-drying and non-irritating. They’re perfect for removing makeup from your face, and you can also use them on your eye area!

Each wipe contains aloe vera juice that hydrates, sunflower seed oil that helps retain moisture, and argan oil that helps heal and soothe the skin! They are soft and nice and large, and we really liked these for a quick mid day face cleanup.

Refreshments Luscious Hand Cream in Citrus Spritz ($7 – $5 on subscription) I think this hand cream smells sort of like a mimosa! Plus, it doesn’t leave my hands feeling greasy and sticky after putting it on. It’s great to have especially now that the weather is getting harsher.

Formulated with shea butter, this product supports soft and healthy skin. It also contains grape seed oil and olive oil, both of which contain antioxidants that keep the skin nourished, improve the skin tone, and reduce signs of aging.

My first bag was free, which was a nice way to sample these products. In January, Ipsy is adding Velvety Body Cream in Citrus Spritz for $9 to the lineup. After that, 5-Blade Razor, Pillowy Shave Cream, and Pearly Body Wash will be available.

This round of Refreshments has been a great one, but I think the products are overpriced for private label products, although they’re convenient. If you have an existing Ipsy subscription, it’s easy to get this as an add-on. For face wipes without actives, I love getting interesting and unique ones in different subscriptions, but if I need more than I get with subscriptions, I’ll always just get a case at my local warehouse store (e.g., Sam’s or Costco). They also went all in on the scent, and while it’s nice, I’d prefer a different scent, or different scents for different products with some layering possibilities! I recommend trying out Refreshments with a free month offer and then evaluating, but more likely than not, I’d probably recommend adding other subscriptions to your lineup, unless you 100% need the convenience of adding this one on. For a couple dollars less per product, my verdict might be different!

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  • Kate

    I agree — Not worth my money!