Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Goodebox Summer Bonus (2015)

Ordinarily, I go out of my way to test each product that comes in a subscription or special edition box, but this one just has so many products in it (13!) and I have a gob of other June boxes I have to review in a week... gasp!  So rather than give my opinion of each item, I'm going to do an unboxing, and provide my initial impressions.

"Goodebox is a trial & discovery service providing expertly curated, trial sized healthy beauty and personal care products, along with samples of natural & organic health and wellness products. Each Goodebox includes a pre-screened (meaning we and our experts have tried them and liked them) selection of the best healthy beauty products out there."

Goodebox's prices start at $21 per month, but the longer the subscription the lower the price per month.

ecojot Mini Notebook (3"x4", $5) - Sometimes it's best to go old school, especially when it's this cool.  50 blank sheets inside this darling pen on wood design mini journal makes it a cinch to jot down holiday shopping lists, quotes, big ideas, even your favorite new beauty and wellness products.  Made in Canada using 100% post-consumer recycled paper and veggie inks and adhesives, a portion of each ecojot sale allows their GIVE Program to provide writing tools for children in need around the world, helping them write their way out of poverty and violence.

Poppy & Elle Knotted Hair Ties (3-pack, $4.20) - Poppy & Elle Hair Ties are prettier than generic drugstore elastics and work just as well and are hand tied here in the U.S.  What's more, they don't leave dents or damage hair.  Wear them as an everyday accessory, while exercising, or for a special occasion.  One size fits all.  Unlike most brands of wide-banded elastic hair ties, Poppy & Elle's are heat sealed to prevent fraying over time.

This notebook is absolutely adorable.  I was really excited to find it in the box.  I've seen similar hair ties in other beauty subscription boxes, but I've never used them myself.  I'm anxious to see how well they really work.

ellovi Tinted Lip Butter (0.15oz, $5.00) - Ellovi took all of the best things about their original Body Butter and made the perfect, portable, six ingredient variation to keep your lips nourished and hydrated.  Infused with the Mediterranean flower Alkanet for its color, this tinted lip butter gives the perfect hint of red while doubling as an intense lip moisturizer.  Made using only ingredients you can eat.  Standard oval tube fits comfortably in your pocket and keeps your lips happy for months.

Modern Minerals Mineral Eye Shadow in Seychelles (0.035oz, $2.50) - Modern Minerals will have you looking and feeling purely gorgeous wearing their 100% cruelty-free and vegan-friendly mineral makeup.  Their wide assortment of shadows, from easy neutrals to bold colors, in matte and shimmer finishes, can be used as liners, to shape brows or for highlighting.  No Parabens, Phthalates, DBP, BBP or DEHP.  No micronized minerals or nanoparticles.  No animal testing.  Modern Minerals is Leaping Bunny and PETA certified.

I really liked the light tint and moisturizing effect of the lip butter.  The mineral eye shadow isn't a color I'll use so I'll be passing this along.

MSC Skin Care & Home Soy Candle in Scent 003 (0.5?, $2.38) - A favorite unisex blend, Scent 003 is musky and heady, with precious woods complemented by complex aged patchouli.  Top notes include Jasmine & Myrrh.  Middle notes include Oud Wood, Geranium & Muget.  Base notes include Tobacco Flower, Cedarwood & Aged Patchouli.  This lovely all natural candle will give you 60 hours of burn time.  All msc skincare + home products are handmade in Brooklyn, NY and feature a plethora of custom, all natural fragrance blends made in-house.

Elegant Rose Boutique Mini Bath Bombs in Ylang Ylang Grapefruit (2-pack, $8) - These detoxifying bath bombs are handmade with a special blend of essential oils to calm the body and mind.  Epsom salt soothes achy muscles while almond oil moisturizes and relieves inflammation, irritation and dry skin.  Bath bombs are made to order and come in a variety of natural scents.

We are candle addicts in my house, and this scent is something both my husband and I will like.  I'd love to use these bath bombs but I can't take baths at home.  One bathroom, a grown man and three dogs... you can imagine.  So this is another item I'll pass on, but they do smell heavenly through the bag!

Suntegrity 5 in 1 Natural Moisturizing Face Cream (0.25oz, $6.43) - An all in one, "UV Chemical-Free" Tinted Sunscreen/Beauty Benefit (BB) cream that treats, hydrates, protects, primes and covers the skin.  Supercharged with youth promoting antioxidants that help to scavenge surface free radicals, this formula also provides mineral, Broad Spectrum SPF 30 protection.  Hyaluronic acid, astaxanthin, red algae and Certified Organic aloe vera, jojoba, sunflower, pomegranate, cucumber, and green tea provide additional sun protection and hydration.  Non-nano sized zinc-oxide protects the skin from the damaging UV rays while it's anti-inflammatory properties soothe and calm skin, beneficial to skin conditions like rosacea, acne, melisma and any irritation.

CV skinlabs Rescue and Relief Spray (1oz, $5.67) - This refreshing, milky emulsion provides deep, hydrating moisture while calming and soothing flushed, sensitive skin.  A multi-tasking formula, it brings instant, cooling relief to itching, burning, irritated, and inflamed skin caused by sun exposure, rosacea, eczema, rashes, laser treatments, chemical peels, shaving, waxing, minor burns, radiation treatments, wind and sun burn.  This water-thin spray is very refreshing, featuring a gentle natural cucumber scent.  It dries quickly and leaves skin soft and smooth, providing instant hydrating, cooling and calming benefits.

I'm photosensitive so both of these products will get used.  The face cream is highly tinted but blends into even my porcelain skin, and there is absolutely no fragrance.  I LOVE the cucumber scent of the relief spray.  It smells exactly like cucumber, but not like those fancy, perfumey cucumber scents... just nice, simple cucumber.

derma e Evenly Radiant Brightening Day Crème (0.5oz, $7.50) - Boost radiance and even out skin tone with this skin-brightening daytime moisturizer with full spectrum UVA/UVB protection.  Formulated with Derma e's own Intensive Skin Brightening Complex containing Madonna Lily Plant Stem Cells, Bearberry, Niacinamide, Licorice, Green Tea and C-Ester to  help fight discoloration for a brighter, m ore luminous complexion.  Ideal for skin showing signs of uneven pigmentation, discoloration, sun damage, freckles, age spots and dark spots.  Cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten-free and GMO-free.

Lotus Moon Natural Skin Brightening Complex (0.25oz, $22.50) - Paired with the right sun protection, this brightening complex helps to gradually lighten areas of hyper-pigmentation, or dark spots.  This extremely effective, highly concentrated treatment combines the clarifying, antiseptic and skin brightening properties of Azelaic Acid, a naturally occurring yeast helpful in lightening dark acne spots or melasma, along with Kojic Acid.  Derived from Japanese mushrooms, Kojic Acid disrupts the skin's production of melanin by acting on the amino acid tyrosine, thereby reducing irregular pigmentation.

The day cream is a little tacky after application, but there is very little scent.  The brightening complex dries nicely and has an interesting scent that reminds me of red wine.

Meraki Botanicals Rose Grapefruit Face Oil (1oz, $10) - Rose Grapefruit Facial Oil removes dirt, makeup and excess oil, and provides rich nourishment to skin.  Natural organic oils infused with fresh botanicals and blended with pure essential oils treat acne, fade scars and brighten skin.  Perfect for oil cleansing or as a light moisturizer.  Package in a reusable and recyclable glass bottle with dropper.

Wild Honey Apothecary Buttermilk Sandalwood Honey Mask (0.25oz?, $2.75) - Raw honey, organic grapeseed oil, organic jojoba, organic buttermilk, wild harvested sandalwood powder and wild harvested sandalwood essential oil make up a simple and effective ingredient list for this facial mask.  Lactic Acid softens, brightens and tightens while antioxidants repairs cells, combats free radical damage and add much needed hydration to skin.  Made with comforting, skin loving buttermilk and organic sandalwood.  This is truly a bohemian dessert for your sweet face.

I've read a lot about oil cleansers, but haven't yet jumped on the bandwagon.  However, I love the packaging of this brand, the smoothness of my skin and the light rose grapefruit scent, so I may just start giving this oil cleansing thing a try.  The face mask smells lovely of buttermilk and honey.  I'm sure I'll love the results.

msc Skin Care & Home Scent 002 Parfum (0.05oz?, $3) - Earthy and deep, Scent 002 is mature and complex.  Top notes include Violets and Peach Blossom.  Middle notes include French Lavender.  Base notes include Sandalwood, White Musk and Vanilla.  All msc Skin Care & Home products are hand-made in Brooklyn, NY and feature a plethora of custom, all natural fragrance blends made in-house.

I'm very picky with my fragrances so I was pleasantly surprised by the softness of the flowers and the light vanilla, musky smell.

All in all, I'm really happy that I picked up this bonus box, and will definitely purchase the next special Goodebox that comes out.  I paid $20 and received about $84.93 worth of product.  As I try these items, I'll update my readers in a Random Products Review Post.

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