Thursday, August 30, 2012

Goodebox: July 2012

My July Goodebox was my first package at my new house! A nice house warming! Boy does my mailman have his work cut out for him. I think he has a good idea now that I've been here a few months.

What is Goodebox?
Goodebox is a monthly subscription service that delivers trial size healthy, eco-conscious, natural beauty and personal care products. Each month you will receive 6 or more products customized for you. The brands and products that Goodebox send out have been thoroughly evaluated upon the brand's use of non-toxic, natural ingredients that respect earth, animals, and humanity. The samples will range from make-up, skincare, body, fragrances, and some lifestyle and wellness products. Every month is a surprise, but the samples picked are based on a very detailed, thorough survey that even lets you indicate color preferences, any allergies, vegan, sensitivities, etc. Goodebox costs $16 a month, but the value of your box will be way above!
Click here to join Goodebox.

July 2012, Curated by Starre Vartan
Last month I got an email from Goodebox stating that due to the increasing difficulty of finding products without bee products that they've update the FAQ for new members that vegan boxes from time to time will contain products containing beeswax. Because I was an early member they wanted to email me specifically because I hadn't heard of this new policy. Also, one of the July products was initially believed to be fully vegan, but on review it contained beeswax. It was the one full-size product in the July box and Goodebox knew there was no way they'd be able to find a replacement in time. What was great is that Goodebox gave me a choice. I had the option to:
  • Have the product sent to me anyways. And also update my profile to state Im okay with beeswax from time to time
  • Don't include the full-size product and instead include a vegan sample
  • Don't send the box at all
 I emailed them back and asked if I could make my own option. I was okay with them sending the beeswax product this one time, but I do not want to ever receive products with beeswax in the future. And they were totally cool about it!

This month Goodebox was curated by Starre Vartan who is the founder of and an eco travel website. Just how Starre helps eco gals travel the globe and try new things, Goodebox is brining us new products this month that may help us be a bit more adventurous in our beauty routine.

 Information Card:

100% Pure: Fruit Pigmented Gel Cheek Tint in Strawberry
100% natural cheek tint gives your cheeks sheer, beautiful color from the pigments of antioxidant and vitamin rich fruit.
Full Size: 0.5 oz ($13.00)
Size Received: 0.05 oz? ($1.30)
I receive emails from 100% Pure and had no idea it was a beauty brand. I thought it was just a groupon style service for eco beauty products. How did I get added to it...who knows? This is the summer of cheek tints. I got a tint in every single subscription service. This tint from 100% pure is a bit pinker than any of the others I've received and I love it! It actually does an amazing job at staining so it lasts so much longer than the other ones I've tried! I get a fresh, dewy blush color from this tint. It is great for every day. I love that even sample sizes of tints will last forever!

100% Pure: Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream
Ani-inflammatory, caffeine rich green tea and coffee de-puffs while increasing circulation to brigten dark circles. Potent anti-aging vitamins, antioxidants & nourishing rosehip oil to make eye area look more awake, increasing hydrating, firmness and elasticity.
Full Size: 1 oz ($19.00)
Size Received: 0.5 oz ($9.50)
Waking up at 5am every day has done a number of my eyes. My dark circles are even worse than they were when I was in graduate school. This eye cream is infused with coffee and green tea that depuff and increase circulation which will help reduce fine lines, dark circles, improve firmness, and moisturize. Based on a study done by the company most people saw immediate results. And the reviews on other websites are just as positive. I loved the smell, like coffee, cherry, chocolate all rolled up in one. I almost wanted to eat it. I don't think I can say if it helped yet since I only used it once. But, it absorbed well and wasn't oily which was great. I'll keep using this and see if my eyes improve!

Benecos: Maximum Volume Mascara
Provide maximum volume instantly  for even the thinnest of lashes with this rich mascara with Vitamin E. Organic jojoba oil creates a silky smooth, non-clumping formula that's also gentle on eyes. Excellent for sensitive eyes.
Full Size: 0.27 oz ($16.49)
Size Received: Full-size! 0.27 oz ($16.49)
Last month we received a Benecos natural duo eyeshadow which I loved! I was more than excited to see that this month there was another Benecos products. It happens to be the full-size product that contained beeswax, naturally it was a mascara. Most volumizing mascaras use beeswax to help build thick, long lashes so I definitely understood once I saw the bottle.This is a deep black mascara that  has one of the smoothest applications I've ever tried. The brush is also pretty amazing. It is so soft and plush. My mascara lasted all day, had perfect separation, and didnt irritate my sensitive eyes. My only dislike is the raccoon eyes that occurred after I took a shower. I am so used to blinc and not having raccoon eyes that it surprised me. I tested it out today on my long, HOT run and it did hold up pretty well, but I did have some blackening. So maybe this is just for days with little physical activity or as a base layer before I put on Blinc, extra volume!

Natural Vitality: Natural Calm in Raspberry Lemon
Magnesium and calcium are fundamental nutrients that require balance for optimal health. Unless properly balanced, magnesium becomes depleted, which can negatively affect our ability to recover from stress and can itself be a source of stress.
Full Size: 8 oz ($23.95)
Size Received: 0.24 oz ($0.72)
I dislike with a passion taking vitamins. I always buy them and end up wasting half the bottle since I lose interest in large horse pills or nasty tasting organic crap. I know as a vegan I should be more careful, but I try and get all of my vitamins in my natural diet. I know I don't always get it so I am always up to try dietary drinks. I'm more likely to take my vitamins if it is delicious. Natural Calm is a magnesium supplement (350mg per 2 tsp). Magnesium is necessary for proper relaxation of muscles. Calcium on the other hand excites muscles. This ratio of calcium and magnesium is necessary for proper health, but if you don't have enough magnesium then your body will never fully turn off making you more stressed. So this supplement can help you relax, destress, proper muscle/nerve function, and keep your immune system healthy. The raspberry lemon flavor wasn't too bad. It tasted like cheap powdered lemonade, but good enough that I drank the entire glass without a fight. Im not sure if it worked or not, but I did sleep pretty well last night?

A Perfume Organic: Urban Organic Perfume
A sweet, delicious lemon sorbet day perfume, with bourbon, tangy lime peel, basil, lavender, grapefruit, and ginger. Ingredients are locally sourced, certified USDA organic & all fragrances are free of petrochemicals, solvents, dyes, pesticides, and synthetic chemicals.
Full Size: 12 ml roller ($65.00)
Size Received: 1 ml ($5.42)
This is such a complex fragrance! Just taking a simple wiff from the tester isn't enough. You need to let it settle on your skin and even then your senses are overloaded with such a complex mix. To me it is kind of awesome that you can still pinpoint each note. You smell the sweet lemon and lime at first, then halfway through you can smell the basil and ginger, and lastly just a hint of what I presume is the bourbon and lavender. It isn't a scent I normally would wear but I don't dislike it. But that price tag would never woo me over. 

Emtage Hair: SILKtage
A rejuvenating styling serum made with properieraty Organic Camellia, Organic Argan, Monoi oil - infused blend rich in vitamins, antioxidants, & essential fatty acids to beautify, nourish & protect all hair types. Absorbs quickly with no oily residue, creating silky smooth texture and shine.
Full Size: 3.4 oz ($39.00)
Size Received: 0.17 oz ($1.95)
I guess once you say you are willing to try hair oils the whole world hears. I'm excited specifically about this one as it is certified organic, vegan, and cruelty free. The company uses no synthetic fragrances or dyes, silicones, alcohol, parabens, petroleum, or preservatives. Plus the main ingredient is Camellia oil which is green tea. Green Tea Oil is great for a dry, sensitive scalp. I like that this oil is also marketed going beyond hair. It can be used to soften fine lines, moisturize even the driest skin, relax tense muscles, soften stretch marks, and it can be added to any cream/hair product for extra nourishment.

Miessence: Intensive Body Cream
Protect, nourish, and revitalize your skin with this rich blend of geranium, patchouli, organic shea butter, organic avocado, safflower oils, phospholipids, vitamins and antioxidants Restores & retains moisture, promoting elasticity and creating supple skin.
Full Size: 8.5 oz ($36.90)
Size Received: 1.35 oz ($5.86)
Summer may still be here, but Im already thinking about Fall. Body creams are just what I want to stock pile. I've never heard of the Miessence brand but it looks like it is an all organic beauty brand based out of Australia, but it is kind of like Avon in that there are home reps for the company that sell the product. I found a good 20 different websites that sell the products. Side income, anyone? I personally am not the biggest fan of the body cream. When I think of body creams I think thick mousse like consistency. But this is very runny. The smell is a bit too intense for me. Maybe the geranium, but it smells like hippy and incense, my least favorite combination. The product itself isnt too bad, it is a little greasy, but not terrible and it does absorb nicely. I'll still use it, but most likely only on my legs during winter since I dont want that smell lingering near my hands/arms.

Total value of my July 2012 box:$41.24
Another great month. At first it wasn't one of my favorites, but now that I've gotten to try out all the products I am really loving this box! It may have a lot of skincare products, but they are all great additions to my routine!

What do you think of my July Goodebox? What did you get in yours? Have you tried any of the products I received? Let me know in the comments below!

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