Saturday, August 9, 2014

Yuzen Fall 2014 Review


Pretty much everything about Yuzen is beautiful.  Even the mailing box is pretty with flowers on it.  This is one of my favorite boxes to open.  Really it's part of the Yuzen experience.

Yuzen is about giving you a little time for yourself.  Everything inside is eco-friendly, natural or organic.  If you are in search of good quality, sustainable lifestyle products.  Yuzen is for you.  This is a quarterly subscription, not a monthly one, so it only comes out four times a year.  It's still available if you wish to purchase this particular box.

The Cost: $33/quarterly

What You Get: Each Yuzen box selection is carefully curated to provide amazing, healthy lifestyle products people can trust while being convenient for you.

Yuzen is the name of a type of exquisite Japanese paper, also known as chiyogami. The paper is made by Japanese artisans and is created using an intricate multi-step process that layers patterns and color.  Each Yuzen box has a piece of this glorious paper.  I've kept all mine and I'm thinking of a way to mount them so I can display them all.  They are unbelievably gorgeous.


When I opened the box, I'm not going to lie, seeing the Annie's bunnies made me laugh.  Really this is such a great box but I was not expecting gummies to be right on top.  Everything is neatly enclosed in a gauze bag.  I had not seen any spoilers for this box so I had no idea what to expect.
Weleda Pomegranate Regenerating Body Lotion- Pomegranate seed oil, apricot kernel oil and shea butter work together to moisturize and renew your skin.  This is 83% organic, vegan, cruelty free and contains no synthetic fragrances, parabens, sulfates, etc.  This is a full size bottle at 6.8oz!
It smells funny.  It has a lot of oils in it and I just have never liked that oil smell much.
Full Size Value: $16.50/6.8oz
Size Included: Full Size!

SpaRitual Cuti-Cocktail Pen and Pusher-  This contains aloe extract, evening primrose oil and grapeseed oil to nourish your cuticles and promote healthy nail growth.  It's scented with ginger and fuji apple.  It's 93% organic, vegan and has no synthetic dyes or preservatives.  Use code YUZEN20 at sparitual.com to get 20% off!
Full Size Value: $17/1.8ml
Size Included: Full Size!


Whet Nails Nail Lacquer in Hubris- This is a chip-resistant, high-shine, completely vegan formula that contains 3 times the normal amount of pigmentation compared to other brands.  This is a limited edition color.  Use code yuzen30 at whetnails.com for 30% off.
I'll try this out and see how chip-resistant it is.  I hope it's as good as it says it is!
Full Size Value: $15/.5oz
Size Included: .3oz

Eminence Wild Plum Eye Cream- Iron rich wild plum targets dark circles and signs of fatigue under your eyes.  Shea butter, grape oil, horse chestnut and marigold oil soothe and moisturize.  This is organic and completely natural.
Normally, things from Eminence stink like oil but this actually smells quite tasty.  I might have to use it.
Full Size Value: $70/30ml
Size Included: 10ml


Dr. Hauschka Moor Lavender Calming Bath Essence- Soothe your tension and ease your mind by adding a few capfuls to your bath or add a few drops to a bowl of water to bring a sense of calm and peace to the room.
Well, that's a fanciful description.  Frankly, I don't think lavender is going to bring any peace to a room.  And the bath will be relaxing without this stuff.  I'm biased, though.  Plus I'm allergic to lavender.
Full Size Value: $29.99/100ml
Size Included: 10ml

Tatcha Indigo Soothing Silk Hand Cream-Rich in anti-inflammatory Indigo, liquid Silk and Squalane, this blue hand cream softens and soothes irritated skin.  This has some great ingredients, including squalane, which is a great moisturizer with proven effects.
It really IS blue!  You can't tell on your skin but it's definitely blue.
Full Size Value: $38/60ml
Size Included: 10ml

Annie's Bunny Fruit Snacks in Berry Patch- Want to know the most horrible thing ever?  These were my favorite part of this box!!  They are SO good, I'm going to hunt them down and buy them.  They're made with real fruit juice and are a bit tart. I love them!  I ate them all already... :)

VERDICT: There's about $70 worth of product here and the price of a Yuzen box is $33 so in that sense it's a great deal!  If you are into organic beauty products, this is a fantastic box for you.  I'm not really into them, I'll use anything.  There's an aspect sometimes to organic or natural products that can be a little too fanciful for me.  I also find that many times these products don't contain any ingredients with actual, scientific benefits.  I want something that works not something that "feels" like it's working.

I think, that while this box isn't for me, it has a great value and excellent content. It covers pretty much every aspect except make up and facial products.  In that respect the curation of this box is fantastic.  These are all well-respected natural brands, as well.

If you are looking for a subscription with natural, eco-friendly or organic products, Yuzen is by far the best box out there for value and variety.  Check out www.yuzenbox.com for more information and to sign up!




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