I don’t know about you, but I love getting packages in the mail, and subscription boxes are the next best thing to receiving surprise birthday presents every single month.
Unfortunately, after a while, I start to amass a random collection of lightly used sample sizes that rarely give me a chance to get to know the product, let alone the brand. This is neither environmentally friendly (think: lots of small plastic containers and cardboard!), nor user-friendly (please stop sending tiny vials with hard to remove covers. Thank you. Signed: My nails).
So when Beauty Heroes* came along, it basically rocked my world.
In November last year, I signed up to receive a monthly box. The decision was a no-brainer, really, after hearing some megawatt insider reports about founder, Jeannie Jarnot, that pretty much placed her in a category akin to Wonder Woman (one of my personal childhood icons).
With the motto Use Less ♥Love More, Beauty Heroes transforms the common subscription box super hero style. I was fortunate enough to chat with Jeannie to learn about the magic she conjures up behind closed telephone booth doors. Plus, there’s an incredible giveaway that’s going on now…deets below!**
What Jeannie shared totally blew my mind. Each brand undergoes an extensive evaluation process prior to its inclusion in the Beauty Heroes roundup. Jeannie works closely with each company to isolate the “hero” product—usually its most sought after item—and an equally noteworthy sidekick. Once chosen, over 30 industry experts interface with the products for an entire month to determine whether or not they’re spa-worthy. They then answer a 35-40 question survey, listing results and benefits noticed.
Exclusive brand focus
You receive one full-sized hero product, PLUS a sidekick product to give you a more thorough brand experience.
Beauty Heroes offers true partnership—giving one line total focus for the month, including social media exposure, a full write up explaining why it’s a superhero product, as well as compensating the brand (something most boxes don’t do, in spite of making big production demands on smaller businesses).
Beauty Heroes is on a mission to educate consumers and spa industry experts alike. The company hammers out thought-provoking posts exposing the Villains, or harmful ingredients, and highlighting the Superpowers, the key ingredients you’d hope to find in a formula. In addition, you can find and share informative support videos and a handy Pocket Guide (shown above) to help reference ingredients while on the go. I find these tools to have appeal for both the newbie clean product explorer and the seasoned adventurer.
Plus, Jeannie shares her wisdom and research throughout with statements like:
“Walk away from anything that doesn’t have your health in mind.” ~ Jeannie Jarnot, Beauty Heroes founder
You don’t mess with that no nonsense approach!
You can rest assured that Spa Heroes prioritizes your health and safety. The chosen products do not contain any of the Villain ingredients (think: Imidazolidinyl Urea, hydroquinone, PEGs, parabens, and a slew of other nasties), while placing emphasis on the heroic Superpower ingredients.
I’m always mining for cool new brands, so it’s fun to explore unique products that don’t often hit the subscription boxes and are not commonly found on green beauty websites because they’re reserved for spa use only.
You get exclusive sneak previews of pre-released products. As you’ll see below, these are knock-your-red-Superman-socks off amazing, and I’m itching to tell you what’s in store for July but I pinky swore not to spoil the surprise!
Up to 60 percent off the actual product price
At $39 per month (or less if you sign up for the three, six, or 12 month subscription option), I’ve been receiving full sized products valued between $50 to $100.
Members receive 15% off on the online shop
I was floored by my first box—and it was no one-hit wonder either. From the first delivery, it was clear that I had found my Holy Grail subscription box with products that I’d order again. Fortunately, members get a sweet 15% off discount code to shop at the Spa Heroes retail store any time.
Check out these super star products that arrived each month—all of which can be found in the online Beauty Heroes Clean Beauty Shop!
Age Defense for Luminous Eyes + Sidekick Laminaria Body Oil—If this is any indication about how much I adore this duo, I immediately reordered the body oil after dousing myself in it repeatedly—something that I can easily say never happens with most other body oils. The Hydrating Laminaria Oil smells intoxicating and imparts a healthy dose of moisture and glow to my body post showering. On draining the bottle, I absolutely needed to replenish it right away.
Since I have not purchased an actual eye cream in a while, I appreciated getting such a lovely one to try that smooths the eye area with a potent cell-rejuvenating mix of organic marine algae, liquid oxygen, and micronized silver. I reach for it during the day, when an oilier serum would disrupt makeup. This one absorbs quickly and mascara won’t budge. I’m also going lighter on my products for summer and this cream works in seamlessly.
Confidence Hair + Body Serum and Imagination Energy Mist + Spa Heroes Mask—It was “WOW!” from moment one with these. The serum glides over the skin leaving a silken feel that lasts and lasts (please note: it does contain dimethicone which some people may prefer to avoid). The Energy Mist is equally compelling as it refreshes and revives the senses. Both are like nothing else I’ve tried or smelled. I’m hooked! My confidence and imagination must be soaring by now.
Future Proof Body Butter + Sidekick Double Buff Exfoliating Body Scrub – Travel Size—If this looks like blueberries and cream, you wouldn’t be far from the truth. The formula incorporates blueberries and pomegranates for a mega-dose of antioxidants to feed skin. I describe the texture of the Mio body butter as a luscious pudding that’s thick and rich, but entirely spreadable. Plus this may be the largest tub of body cream I’ve ever seen. I ended up ordering two travel-sized tubes of this sumptuous cream to take along in my purse, and it’s the only hand cream I’m using these days. Again, like nothing else I’ve ever tried.
The exfoliating body scrub is equally enjoyable, though it would not be a repeat purchase for me because I prefer grittier exfoliation in the shower. But if you love a gentle and moisturizing body scrub, this is the one for you.
February—Laurel Whole Plant Organics
Antioxidant Face Serum + Sidekick Honey Enzyme Mask plus pre-launch Eye Serum (latter not shown in the size received)—Just when I thought Spa Heroes could not get any better, this was another box that blew me away! I’m already smitten by Laurel WPO’s line, in particular my HG serum detailed here, yet I had never tried the Antioxidant serum. To get to try this gorgeous serum, AND have first dibs at a coveted, never-released eye serum powered up Spa Heroes to super hero status in my book.
I’ve incorporated a drop of the antioxidant serum into my daily regimen by combining it with a drop of anti-inflammatory serum to derive the benefits of both. The honey enzyme mask was a bonus, though I already owned the full sized version. The smaller, travel-friendly jar accompanies me while traveling.
Extra Nourishing Face Formula + Samples of their other products—After reading stellar reviews about Bottega Organica—in particular, by my lady The Hermes Hippie who covered a three part series on this ANFGB brand—I couldn’t wait to get my paws on a product and was not disappointed. Particularly in the winter, I found the added hydration to be vital for my skin. The gorgeous vanilla scent boosted the entire experience. I’ve yet to open the extra samples and don’t know what I’m waiting for!
Moisturizing Face Sunscreen + Primer + Sidekick of their Body Sunscreen and Natural Self-Tanner with Ecocert—This was a particularly and intentionally well-timed delivery! As winter rolled into spring, this box popped up at my door and was a welcome sight, as I needed to replenish my current supply of Suntegrity, a sunscreen that made it to my top ten last year. If you find your skin to be drier and needing extra hydration, this is the product to have on hand. Oilier skinned gals may want to skip or use sparingly, as I do find this sunscreen to leave me with a bit of a glow. At 44, that’s not undesirable, but I wanted to put that out there.
I’ve been dipping into the body cream and loving it, though the self-tanner and I have been having a stare down…not sure who will break down first.
Pure Harmony Shampoo, Pure Insipiration Conditioner, Sweet Spirit Leave-In Conditioner—My hair loved these products instantly—healthy, shiny, voluminous locks, here I come!—and I loved discovering Innersense too. This would definitely be a brand that I’d recommend to others and would repurchase easily. My conditioner didn’t arrive all banged up as you see in the photo. It looks like I’m using my superpower biceps to coax it out of the bottle (maybe pumps would help?).
Double-Shot Body Serum + Sidekick Green Coffee soap and Lip Scrub preview—Java Skincare must have infused this totally new, totally incredible green coffee body serum with super powers! I’m not kidding when I tell you that this stuff is scrumptious and loaded with the kinds of antioxidants normally reserved for facial care. It’s tough to have your fill in one dose. I rub it all over my hands at intervals during the day. And check out those magical coffee beans floating around in there too. But have no fear. You won’t go around smelling like a cuppa joe’s all day. The scent is deeevinely appealing—sweet but not cloying and totally yum…
The soap bar and lip scrub are another matter altogether. You will want to eat them. Just. don’t. The lip scrub is not even available yet on the Java website, but it’s perfect for prepping your pout for summer’s pretty lip colors—and this is such a tasty way to do it!
Boxes that I missed included September’s Sumbody Truth Serum + Sidekick Detox Mask and Citrus Body Scrub and October’s Red Flower Arctic Berry Cloud Milk Cream (a bestseller on the website) + Sidekicks Illuminating Collagen Rose Serum and Italian Blood Orange Body Lotion.
Teaser (cruel, I know!)
Like I said, Jeannie gave me a sneak peak at July’s box and it is not to be missed! This product has not even been revealed to the public yet. The full size will retail for $90 and is described as “liquid negligee for the skin” and “molten sunshine potion.” Have I said too much?! SQUEE! I’m stoked.
Extras! Pour le Monde Empower
Pour le Monde partnered with Spa Heroes to create EMPOWER, a limited edition fragrance with uplifting top notes of Persian lime, Brazilian orange, and Italian bergamot. Heroic fact: proceeds from this non-overpowering, unisex scent support Guiding Eyes for the Blind, a non-profit serving those with vision loss and children with autism.
My Wonder Woman Girl Crush
I’m just gonna put this out there that Jeannie Jarnot is one-of-a-kind—and I’m not the only one who feels that way about her! She’s the consummate professional with 15 years in the luxury spa industry under her truth-speaking lasso. You’ll be seeing lots more of her too, as she’s serving on the panel at the Indie Beauty Expo in August and no doubt she’s cooking up more surprises like an incredible giveaway to the Carmel Valley Ranch!
What’s going down now? Your cabinets, that’s what!
Beauty Heroes is currently going the distance and helping the good citizens of Gothem detox their cabinets. To kick it off, they’ve teamed up with Urban Remedy and The Local Rose to host an unbelievable sweepstakes worthy of the Avengers AND X-Men put together.
The Destination Detox Retreat Prize Includes:
- 3 nights at Carmel Valley Ranch
for Spa Aiyana’s
Urban Remedy Destination Detox Retreat
- Non-Toxic Skincare Surprises from Spa Heroes
- Retreat includes 3 days-worth of Urban Remedy meals delivered to your
home after the retreat so you can Hero On!
Here’s where things get juicy! All you need to do is add your email in the pop-up window and you could win!
Here’s one more reason to love Beauty Heroes and Jeannie Jarnot. I discovered the meaning of the round red symbol while researching this post and the words moved me.
About the Red Moon Eclipse symbol
“Each of us is a symbol of light, a vessel of light. The more we give, the more light we receive.
In the feminine aura of the moon, we’re reminded of the vastness of the universe and our wondrous place within it. Trust. Know. And be the hero of your own life as you want to live it. The moon is with you.”
You can subscribe to Beauty Heroes here and follow them everywhere: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, G+, Pinterest and YouTube.
*I became a customer of Beauty Heroes first and then agreed to become the inaugural ambassador because I am fully aligned with the mission and integrity of this company and believe that Jeannie Jarnot does possess superhero powers of her own right. I thank you in advance and can’t wait to hear what you think about this box too.
**Holy Toledo, Batman! The box and giveaway are only available to US residents. Entries accepted until June 18.
***I am planning on subscribing to the Cosmic Box, founded by Wild Honey Apothecary’s Kat Davis, which is not exclusively a beauty box, and do splurge on the occasional Petit Vour boxes and Goodbeing (formerly Goodebox) boxes, which are fabulous in their own right.