Spring 2019 Causebox Unboxing

I’m a bit late on this post and video, so let’s not waste any more time 😉

This season’s Causebox is strong in skincare but still has enough variety to stay interesting. I was able to choose the color or style for the clutch, bracelet, and silky scarf.

Check out my first impressions as I go through the box. More info about each item is below.

The Megan Portfolio Clutch – Glass Ladder & Co.

This clutch is large enough to hold a tablet and has a bunch of inner pockets and slots to hold anything you’d need. It’s intended to be a business-casual bag, but I could easily see myself using this when I’m going out with friends.

The bag is made of vegan leather. I was thrilled to read this because I’m vegan, and so I don’t buy leather and other animal products when I can avoid it.

According to the co-founder:

Cowhide leather has three times the negative environmental impact of its synthetic alternatives, such as PU Leathe and vegetable leathers. You won’t be able to notice a difference in quality between out high-end, PETA-approved leather and the real leather, but you’ll feel much better about choosing environmentally-conscious products that don’t harm any animals in the making!

Megan Larsen, Glass Ladder & Co. Co-Founder

They have some interesting thoughts about leather and “ethical leather” in their FAQs, so it’s worth a read if you’re interested.

This bag retails for $120, so I got it for a steal. For context, this entire box is about $50.

The Cause

I don’t see any specific cause listed in the booklet that came with this box. But it does say that the brand “supports women and the planet through word and action.” Their website doesn’t offer any information about this, either. My guess is that this brand was chosen for its ethical stance on leather and desire to be sustainable.

Luxe Gold Plated Bracelet – Marina de Buchi

I don’t wear bracelets often, but I love this dainty design. It’s gold-plated, which is a great fit for the price point of this box. I’d never heard of this London-based brand before, but I love how committed they are to raise awareness about and fight against human trafficking.

The Cause

The brand partners with A21, an organization that fights human trafficking. The booklet even says that the brand exists because of the charity. A21 (which stands for abolishing slavery in the 21st century) works to reduce vulnerability, identify victims, and empower survivors of human trafficking.

French Pink Clay Konjac Sponge – Wyld

This plant-based sponge can apparently exfoliate, remove dirt and makeup, combat blackheads, and nourish sensitive and dehydrated skin. I’ve yet to put it to the test. It’s vegan and cruetly-free, though, so I’ll definitely give it a try (and I’ll happily incorporate it into my skincare routine if it works!).

The Cause

Wyld donates a portion of their proceeds to Sea Shepherd, an organization focused on ocean conservation. They patrol at-risk marine areas.

Mist Congeniality Elixir Toning Mist – Kalos

As I suspected in the video, this facial spray is in fact a toner. I’m not sure why it boasts hydration alongside its other benefits on the label, but I suppose I’ll see for myself when I try this out.

The bottle says that this spray is 100% naturally derived and 79% organic. It also says that it’s cruelty-free and does not test on animals. The ingredients list looks pretty vegan to me, but there’s no label or icon to confirm that. Their website doesn’t discuss it either.

The Cause

The bottle says that the brand “helps to educate, empower and liberate girls around the world.” Luckily, the booklet has some specifics. It looks like the brand donates some of their proceeds to various global projects focused on girls’ education. They don’t list specific projects or organizations that they support, but at least we have a little bit more detail about their pledge to support a cause.

Glow Bamboo Brightening Mask – Cosmedix

The brand’s founders are both from a medical background (one was an aesthetician and the other a nurse), so they started this “clinical clean beauty brand.” The ingredients list is quite short, which I appreciate. And the bottle has a cruelty-free label!

I also appreciate that they included a warning about sun exposure on the bottle, as niacinamide (an active ingredient in this mask) does make your skin photosensitive. I think they could have included more detail, but the fact that there’s a warning at all is a step above many other brands I encounter.

The Cause

I don’t think this brand directly supports and causes, but they are committed to being an inclusive brand. They test their products on all skin types and skin tones. The beauty industry is notorious for excluding people of color, so I love that they are doing what all brands should do and talking about it.

Silky Scarf – Cleobella

This scarf is made of vegan silk, which they create using polyester.

It’s cruelty-free and totally re-imagines silk (and polyester!).

Angela O’Brien, Cleobella Co-Founder

The booklet also discusses some of their pattern-making process. They say that they hand-paint their prints and send them to the factories to make the designs into the fabric. I love that they put so much attention and care into their designs.

I still don’t know how or when I’ll wear this scarf, but I do like the mustard polka-dot pattern I got. If I can get it to stay in place in my hair, I’ll likely wear it as a headband.

The Cause

The brand partners with CARE.org. The only detail they provide about that is they “[identify] specific needs and operate a wide variety of hyper-local programs in 93 different countries.” I’d love to know more, but that’s all I’ve got for now.

Bamboo Lyocell Eye Mask – Ettitude

This eye mask is made from 100% organic bamboo lyocell fabric, which the brand created to use with all of their products. They’re all about creating sustainable products.

Bamboo lyocell is one of the most sustainable textile materials of the 21st century. Producing it requires 1/10th as much water as conventional cotton.

Phoebe Yu, Ettitude CEO and Founder

The Cause

Ettitude partners with One Girl, which focuses on girls’ education. They also work with the charity CO2 Neutral. I love that they take their commitment to a better world further by also contributing to causes both inside and outside of their sustainability focus.

Macrame Plant Hanger – Altru

There’s not much information about this plant hanger on its packaging or in the booklet. All I know is that it’s cute and I hope that I can find a good use for it in my apartment.

The Cause

All Altru products support a charitable project. This one helps the charity One Tree Planted plant 8,000 trees in California in a recovery effort after the terrible wildfires over the past two years. As a Californian myself, this hits close to home and I’m so happy to be supporting this.

From the packaging:

Reforestation efforts help recovering fire-damaged lands, protect water supply, and combat the effects of climate change.

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