For the past couple of weeks, I haven’t posted anything in the “Style” section of the blog, even though I’d like to regularly write reviews of beauty products that haven’t been tested on animals and don’t contain any animal products. In other words – they are vegan. To make up for slacking, I am now posting a 2 in 1 article – shower gel and body lotion by Nature Box.

Lately, I’ve been eyeing a new brand with the “vegan” stamp – Nature Box. Whenever I need to buy shower gel or body lotion, I always rummage the stores near me (currently Sofia, Bulgaria) in the hope of finding something cool that wasn’t produced at the expense of the most vulnerable. And every time I find the stamp, my heart skips a beat. You might think I’m being dramatic but I really do feel that way. When I first started using exclusively vegan cosmetics it was a struggle to find diverse products. Now that I see how quickly the market is growing, it makes me think that an increasing number of people care about the process that a certain lotion or cream has gone through, before reaching their bathroom. And, perhaps more importantly, it seems that more and more people are beginning to understand that we don’t need to contribute to other creatures’ suffering to satisfy our beauty needs.

Nature Box vegan beauty products

A disclaimer is due here – just because a certain product is labeled “vegan” doesn’t mean its production was sustainable or that it’s fair trade. By itself, the only meaning of the stamp is that no animals have been harmed in the production process. This is a huge topic that deserves an article on its own, so I won’t get into it right now. If you want to find out more or would like to discuss the issue – please write a comment below or contact me directly, either here, on Facebook or Instagram.

The Brand

When it comes to Nature Box, the brand claims that their packaging is made out of 25% recycled materials, the ingredients are all natural, and that they support farmers. Whether or not that is the case is difficult for a single consumer to determine, at least at this stage.

Either way, it seems that Nature Box are on the right track and besides – their prices are super budget-friendly.

I love the scent of coconut and so the coconut shower gel and body lotion, in navy blue bottles, were an easy choice.

Nature Box vegan beauty products

The Scents

Of course, coconut is the primary aroma. Apart from that, apple, melon, anise, lilac, jasmine, peach, sandalwood, vanilla, and musk notes have also been added to the mix.

As a teenager and in my early 20s I adored heavy, rich aromas, reminiscent of Egyptian perfume. I’m not sure what happened after, but lately, I’ve been reaching for gentler, fresher, and subtler notes way more often. So the Nature Box products saturated my senses and even brought them dangerously close to overload. Yet the aroma stays on the skin for most of the day and is way more delicate on the body, compared to what it feels like to give the content of the bottle a whiff.

Nature Box Coconut Shower Gel

The scent is subtler than that of the lotion, which I really enjoyed. It spreads easily on the skin, has a good amount of foam (although foaming has nothing to do with the cleansing properties of a product I’ve never been able to get used to cosmetics that don’t foam.) After using the shower gel, I always feel super clean, yet my skin is not dry, and it’s nice that its fragrance fills my bathroom.

Nature Box vegan beauty products

Nature Box Coconut Body Lotion

With the lotion, the bouquet of aromas is more obvious. In alliance with it, the lotion’s texture is rich and dense. While a few years ago it would have been my dream product, right now the scent was a bit much for me. Because the lotion is relatively “heavy” a little bit is enough to coat large portions of skin, which makes it sparing, but before I knew how to use I would put on too much and would have a hard time spreading it. Its heavy structure means that the skin doesn’t absorb it right away but once it does – it’s soft, smooth, and generously scented, with no oily residue.

Nature Box vegan beauty products

Would I Buy Nature Box Coconut Again?

I enjoyed using the shower gel more than the body lotion but I appreciate the fact that both products are pretty long-lasting, which makes them both the frugal and green choice – after all, when we buy things less frequently we also produce less waste and carbon emissions. Besides, both the shower gel and lotion left my skin feeling clean, hydrated, and smooth.

Nature Box vegan beauty products

Considering that Nature Box is in the lower-class spectrum of cosmetics, I feel like the brand has done a good job. My biggest complaint is that the scent is too strong and even feels a bit fake, even though the company claims they use all-natural ingredients. That’s why I think I’ll try a few other products and go back to Nature Box if they come up with a new, subtler and gentler scent. However, if you’re looking for an inexpensive vegan product with a powerful fragrance, then the brand might be a good match.

Have you tried anything by Nature Box? I’d love to hear your thoughts! Please share them in the comments below or on social media 🙂