Monday, November 10, 2014

Yuzen Winter 2014 Subscription Box Review

The Yuzen Winter 2014 had a different box that usual but is still one of my favorite boxes to open.  It's always packed so beautifully and feel like opening a special gift.

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.

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 and I love the circle patterns and colors of this quarter's piece.
This Winters box has eight items and features several brands that are new to me.

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.
Everything comes carefully packed in a gauze drawstring bag.  The presentation is always very appealing and is one of the the things I love about this box.
Zents Mandarin Soap- 5.7oz- A triple-milled with hand harvested shea butter from women's co-ops.  This is a gentle, natural antibacterial soap that contains no palm oil or sulfates.  This product was chosen because Zents supporsts nonprofits and indigenous communities and is a Green Spa Network member.
This soap smells amazing and I'll have to put it in my growing bar soap pile to put into use.  I like bar soap and always enjoy getting new brands and scents.  This is a nice big size, too.
Value: $12

Salus Shower Bombs in Lemongrass and Eucalyptus- Get an aromatherapy session every morning with these locally sourced, cruelty free shower bombs.  Set out of direct shower spray and enjoy the scent!
I love shower bombs.  I think I need to learn how to make my own.  I adore lemongrass scented things and I can't wait to try that one.
Value: $2.25/ea
Cocomels Dark Chocolate Covered Salted Coconut Milk Caramels- Vegan, gluten free and dairy free, these are SO good you won't believe it! Sooo good! These were chosen because they are certified organic, kosher and contain no artificial flavors or colors.
And probably because they are delicious!
Value: $1.75

Essence of Vali in Sleep- A relaxing combination of essential oils supposed to help you sleep.  Made with lavender, marjoram, cedarwood and ylang ylang oils. Chosen because it's 100% Natural, 100% Vegan and Handmade in NYC.
Sadly my lavender allergy will cause me to miss out on deciding if it really works or not.
Value: $1.99
Acure Brightening Facial Scrub-1oz- A natural exfoliation product using sea kelp and lemon peel along with French green clay to remove impurites and organic chlorella growth factor and argan stem cells to stimulate repair and much needed moisture.  Chosen because it is ethically sourced, sustainably packaged, contains all natural and organic ingredients and is cruelty free.
This sounds interesting although I'm not sure how much time a growth factor and stem cells will have to work on my skin when it's a wash off product.  I guess I'll find out!
Value: $2

Jurlique Herbal Recovery Eye Cream-5ml- A high performance antioxidant eye cream, features powerful botanicals and plant oils to help improve skin firmness, provide long-lasting moisturization and help reduce the appearance of fine lines while intense brightening properties help to fade dark circles and puffiness. Skin feels firm, smooth, hydrated and looks luminous.
I don't really like the way Jurlique smells.  I find it's always too strongly scented for me to use.
Value: $15

Cowgirl Extreme C Serum-Regenerate and defend against the signs of aging with this powerful form of Vitamin C. Extreme C Serum™ rides to the rescue to improve skin texture, lighten age spots and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on trail weary skin.
Shake vigorously. After cleansing and toning, warm a small amount in palms and press gently into face and neck. Use sunup and sundown.
Ingredients: Botanical Squalane, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate (Vitamin C), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3), Omega-6 Ceramides, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Extract, Sambucus Nigra (Elderberry) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Neroli) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Oleic/Stearic/Myristic/Lauric Triglycerides, Palm Alcohol, Lecithin, Vegetable Stearyl Esters

This is my favorite thing in the box. Great ingredients, packaged properly so light doesn't degrade the contents and it's a nice size. And trust me, a little goes a very very very long way!  It doesn't smell awesome but I'm okay with that (at least it's not flowery and awful like the Jurlique).
I'm guessing this is 5ml which is a nice sample size considering it's going to last forever.
Value: $12

VERDICT: If you are looking to expand your collection and brand knowledge of organic and natural beauty products, Yuzen will be an interesting box to try.  The estimated retail value of this box is about $50 and it costs $33 to purchase so while the value isn't incredible, you will find some interesting new eco-friendly, organic and natural products.
Personally, I don't mind if my beauty products are organic or not and I find that I don't want to spend $33 on a box of fairly small samples.  It's hard for me to justify the expense of this box when I compare it to Popsugar which is roughly the same price.  And yes, I know that's comparing apples to oranges.
So while this box may not be the one for me because I don't need organic products, it would be a beneficial box to receive if you *are* conscious of those kinds of things.

Yuzen has one of the most thoughtful and conscientious curations and the most beautiful presentation of any other ingredient conscious box I've ever seen.  In that respect, I absolutely recommend Yuzen.

You can sign up here at Yuzen.com to get this exact box.  This is a quarterly subscription so you will receive it four times a year (not every month).

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