Green Grab Bag - May 2013
This is my second month with Green Grab Bag. Overall, it was a good month, even though I feel like the previous month was much better. One of the main reasons why I feel this way is because the big ticket item in the box “Hydra Soap Chill Pill” doesn’t really appeal to me.
Contents of the box
Blum Naturals Daily Cleansing and Makeup remover toilettes for Combination & Oil Skin (10 pcs) - I really like these. These have a very strong smell of tea tree oil which I personally love, but if you’re sensitive to smell, you might not like these. The towels left my skin very clean. Haven’t tried these with makeup yet though.
Alaska Glacial Mud Co. “The Glacial Facial” in Lavender - Peppermint and Vanilla - Lavender (each 0.24 oz/7 gm) - I have been on a face mask kick recently. I can’t have enough of face masks ever. The sample size is big enough for 2 facials.
Alikay Naturals Lemongrass Leave in Conditioner (1 oz) - This smells amazing! Yet to try it though.
Hydro Soap Chill Pill (2 pcs) - This is the big ticket item. Unfortunately, I am not a bath person at all. Per the instructions, you just need to throw one piece in and “watch the fun” when the water is running.
Metropolis Soap Co. Lavender and Tangerine Vegan Artisan soap (0.7 oz) - This smells amazing. I love handmade soaps of all kinds! The sample size is very small though.
Sisters of the Black Moon Essential Oils blend in Moonshine and Ether - This is hands down my favorite pick from this month’s box. I have been using these as my perfume (small dabs behind my ears and my wrist). These are strong, very unique fragrances. I used Moonshine a couple of times as a sleep aid as well and it worked very well - I had the deepest sleep in a LONG time. I was struggling to wake up.
OVERALL - Even though not the best, I really liked a couple of items (face towels, face masks & essential oil blend). Three out of six items is not at all bad, especially since I’ll still be using every single thing!
Birchbox Account # 2 - May 2013
I signed up for a second Birchbox this month because I feel like this subscription service provides GREAT value every month (most of the months anyway). The Birchbox points system is amazing and after taking into account the points you earn, the box per month costs $5 or less. For $5, the samples I receive are great! Many times, you also get full sized products, even though this is not the norm. What is great about Birchbox for is the fact that unlike Ipsy, they almost always choose higher end samples, which I appreciate. I would rather have 5 small samples of higher quality, well known brands versus 5 full or deluxe size samples from brands I will not use. This the main reason I keep unsubscribing from Ipsy because I’ve hardly used up any of their samples (I did end up subscribing for TWO Ipsy bags this month because of the spoilers at MUT, but I’ve unsubscribed again…oh well).
Moving on to the actual box - This is the first box for my second account.
Info Card - Birchbox
Cargo Lip Gloss (full size) in Route 66 - I’m sure I’ll like it, but I already have one and don’t need anymore lip glosses…
Another Acroball pen in Purple Ink - It’s okay. Nothing great.
LA Fresh Eco-Beauty Oil-Free Facial Cleanser (2 wipes) - I really didn’t want this since I ordered quite a bit when LA Fresh was on HauteLook. Well at least I’ll use these…
Beauty Protector (1 oz?) - Already swapped one from a previous box. This will be swapped as well.
COTZ Face Natural SPF 40 Sunscreen (3 gm) - AARRRGGHH. This made me break out like crazy the last time I used it. It’s a good sunscreen that goes on very smooth, really helped me not get tanned, but if you have acne prone skin, you’ll need to be careful. It does go on with a tint and is supposed to match every skin tone. It matched mine perfectly even though initially I thought it would be too light. Too bad it broke me out!
Daily Dose of Green - May 2013
Here are some pics from my Daily Dose of Green - May box. Overall, the box was very body and skin care heavy. Unfortunately, I didn’t find it very exciting. A lot of it has to do with the fact that I receive too many boxes. So unless a box has something extraordinary to provide, I will need to unsubscribe for the moment. I have sent customer care an email to unsubscribe me.
Contents of the box
Info card - Back
Info card - Front
7th Heaven Moroccan Clay Mask - This is the one of the few items in the box I was very excited to receive!
Pet Naturals Skin and Coat Dog Supplement (7 chews/trial size) - My puppy doesn’t like Vit. E/Fish Oil in his food, but gladly chewed on these treats. I’m also using the Pet Calming treats from this brand but they don’t seem to help at all.
Chia Bar - Received another one from Goodebox May box. These are yum.
Bee Organic Body Butter (two small samples) - Yet to open. These look like single use samples.
By Valenti Organics Dark Raw Chocolate soap bar ( 1 oz) - Smells like chocolate. I have to confess I took a very small bite of that raw chocolate.
B Natural Organics Aloe Leaf Body Lotion (1 oz) - Will come into use one day. Kinda weird to receive both body butters & body lotion in the same box.
Aletheia Green Tea + Papaya MicroExfoliant - One tiny sample.
Alatheia Grapefruit Face Wash for Normal to Dry Skin - I can see myself using this since it suits my skin type.
This is a paper doily will small seeds - Supposedly, they need to be planted out in the lawn or in a pot. I don’t know if these will render any wild flowers etc., but the concept is pretty cool. I’ll give it a try!
Goodebox Special Bonus Box - May 2013
I’m back with another Goodebox review! I am SO glad I was able to get my hands on my first ever “bonus” box of any kind. Goodebox was selling bonus boxes on their Facebook page a couple of weeks ago, as a way of getting rid of old samples. I was charged $19 for a box that promised to be full of 12-14 samples of all kinds and boy, did Goodebox deliver and how! I think I absolutely love every single item I received. They also included the Moom Hair Remover that I’d specially requested for during the order process.
The Jumbo box with all its contents - I think you’ll see slight variations of this box based on user profiles and wish list items.
Eve Organics Concealer Stick “Med Golden” - Perfect shade for my skin tone. I’m so impressed that Goodebox pays heed to the profile I filled out when I made my account. There’s nothing more annoying than receiving foundation/powder/concealer etc. that don’t match your skin tone. I hardly ever use concealers because I’m so lazy, but will give this one a try soon.
Eve Organics Vegan Lip Glaze “Flash Dance” - This smells kind of funny, like a weird, artificial bubble gum of some kind. The shade is very pretty, but I just can’t stand the smell.
Eve Organics Eyeshadow “Bling” - OMG So pretty! Amazing nude color for everyday look. The size of the sample is huge as well - I am guessing it’s at least half the full size, if actually not the full size. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to get through this jar in my entire lifetime.
Moom Organic & 100% Natural Hair Remover (1.6 oz) - $3.44 - SO stoked to have received a wish list item. I will be using this on my face shortly. I actually bought a full size from Marshall’s a couple of months ago, but returned it because I had another Indian wax that I was working on. Did I mention how amazing Indian hair removal waxes are?You need to head to your local Indian grocery store and buy one and they’re super cheap (about $3-5 for a huge tub).
Tilvee Acai & Pomegranate Rejuvinating Masque - Very interesting concept since it’s a powder mask that needs to be mixed with a fluid medium depending upon your skin type. I like powder masks because they don’t contain much of the nasties that are added to preserve liquid masks. However, I’m lazy and it takes a LOT out of me to make pastes etc. I’m determined to give this a try though. I could probably get 2-3 uses from the sample jar.
Bodhi Sugar ScrubBody Cleanser (4 oz) —- Yumm, smells amazing.
Pacifica Color Quench “Vanilla Hibiscus” (0.25 oz) - $9 - This is a jumbo lip balm tube, which means it’s twice the size of your regular lip balm. I am obsessed with all things Pacifica lately. I am sooo glad to have received this. It has a very light pink tint on my lips that’s hardly noticeable. Will last me ages, of course (probably till I die).
Benecos Natural Creamy Eyeshadow Pencil (0.05 oz) - $10.99. I’ve always wanted to try something from the brand Benecos. The eyeshadow is very creamy, even though the pencil will need sharpening as you go through the product. It’s a lovely lilac mauve shade!
Green People Shower/Bath Gel (1 oz) - $2.52 - I googled to learn more about this brand and it’s supposedly based on UK. While I don’t need more soaps or shower gels, I can add this to my already huge stash. Will come into use one day!
Green People Hand & Body Lotion (1 oz) - $4.36 - Always happy to receive more body lotions. Yay!
EO Everybody Body Lotion (1.5 oz) - $1.68 - This came in “lemon verbana” scent. I am not sure if I need two bottles of body lotions in the same box, but this is not a deal breaker since I’ll still use it!
Tatcha Aburatorigami Japanese Beauty Papers (30 sheets/full size) - $12 - Hahaha. I was laughing when I saw a Tatcha product because I just bought the entire Ritual Setup, the Dew Mist, the sheet masks from the Tatcha website a week ago. These blotting papers are the best! I didn’t even know I need these, until I started using them.
Zhena’s Gypsy Tea Acai Berry Caffeine - Free Red Tea (0.07 oz) - $0.45 - This will go in my husband’s tea stash! I don’t drink tea or coffee.
Suntegrity Face Tint - Dark SPF 30 - Full size 1.6 oz costs $45. I have been eyeing this sunscreen for a very long time. In fact, it’s on my makeup wish list at Makeuptalk.com. The skin tone is perfect as well. I will be using this the next time I step out in the sun! I used Face Cotz SPF 40 sample during my vacation and I hated it because it make my face break out so bad :(
Total value = much more than $44.44. I would guess somewhere in $60 range since there are 5 items I don’t know the sample size of and as such cannot estimate the value. I hope Goodebox puts out more bonus boxes soon =) I’ll be stalking their FB page fo sho.
Goodebox - April 2013
Since Goodebox has changed its shipping cycle to the last week of every month, I received my April Goodebox in early May just when I was about to leave for my much anticipated Puerto Rico vacation. Luckily, I packed some products for my trip. I’m actually typing this review from my hotel room in Old San Juan, after a long day of sight seeing!
Contents of the box
Info card - Front
Info card - back
Full Size Lip Scrub from The Natural Lip Scrub (1 oz) - My lip scrub from LUSH dried up a long time ago and I was sadly scraping it even though I hate it every time I use it. It’s way too abrasive for my liking. So, I’m happy to receive a new lip scrub that I can replace the LUSH lip scrub with! This lip scrub tastes minty, is pretty gentle on your lips and still does the job.
Shea Terra Organics Moroccan Argan & African Wild Honey Hydrating Facial Cleansing Elixir (1 oz) - Wow that’s a LONG name. It will take me a while to remember it. I used it once as a cleanser and it did a decent job. I can see this being useful during my AM cleansing routine when I need a gentle cleanser. This product can be used as a mask as well - Just leave it on for 5-10 mins. I haven’t tried it as a mask yet, but will do so once I get back to Austin. Ever since I started using Tatcha skincare products, I’ve been pretty “meh” about all other skincare brands, but can you really blame me? There is no way a $20 cleanser is going to stand up to an exclusive Japanese skincare line that’s sold only at Barney’s and through the online website. Anyway, back to Shea Terra Organics - One of the reasons I really like Goodebox is because it’s introducing me to all these new companies I’d never even heard of! It’s okay if I don’t like the product too much, but that fact I’m learning about all these new, eco-friendly companies without having to do tons of research is great for me!
Pure Remedy Facial Serums (Vitamin C and Skin So Bright 0.125 fl oz each) - These are small samples. Each bottle will probably last you about 4-5 days if you use them twice a day. I have been using the Skin So Bright Brightening Serum during my vacation and I am not impressed. The serum has a jelly like consistency that makes my normal to dry acne prone skin even more dry. I haven’t noticed any brightening effects till yet, but the serum does make my skin feel more tight. The sample size is too small to tell if the serum is actually working or not. While I like the bottle and the small dropper that it comes with, after a couple of applications, it became a little difficult to get any serum out. Using up the rest of the contents is going to be a struggle because the dropper seems to be only catching air instead of the actual product. I’ll give the Vitamin C serum a go once I get back home.
The last two items are food items. Needless to say, the Chia Bar disappeared in absolutely no time. It tastes like figs which I love.
I’ve been using the Vitacare Whitening Gum on my vacation - I don’t know if it has any whitening effect or not. I am always amazed when companies make these silly claims. It works as a gum, sure.
OVERALL - For $16/mo, Goodebox tries very hard to deliver natural, eco-friendly beauty items to a large, diverse customer base. I know a lot of folks are unhappy because of the dearth of makeup items, but I’m not! I haven’t even made a dent in the eyeshadow and blush samples from Alima Pure that I received in last month’s Goodebox. Also, even though I have been crazy about makeup items in the past, I think I’m at the point where I’m kind of happy/overwhelmed with the number of makeup items I have. So, I’m perfectly okay with receiving more skincare items. At the end of the day, as long as I am going to use these products, I’m good with the service. I was one of the lucky ones who was able to order the bonus box they put out a week or two ago. I just received the shipping notice for it yesterday - I hope the box gets home before I do! :)