Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Goodebox: September 2012

I know this is long overdue. I know Ive been a terrible blogger lately. I think now that I have no major stressor in my life, I don't feel the need to unwind by blogging. I'm currently unsure of the future of the blog. Because this is so late, I'll just post an overall photo of the products to help speed up the process.

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.

September 2012, Curated by Greta Eagan

Information Cards:

Go! Towel: 12 x 20 towel
A poker-chip sized, 100% bamboo "pop-up" towel weighing 1/2 oz that unfolds to 12 x 20 inches. Organic, unbleached, undyed, unscented, & anti-bacterial.
Full Size: 10 towels ($14.95)
Size Received: 1 towel ($1.50)
When I was little I loved those pop-up wash clothes that were shaped like animals and had cartoon characters on them. I think we still have a few still in use at my childhood home. I kind of expected this to be one of those, just as a undyed, organic cotton version, but it was not. It is more like a giant cleansing cloth without any cleanser. I really wasnt sure what I could use it for. The website says its great for outdoorsy adventures, using in the kitchen, or working out. It was really nice and soft and pretty durable, but for myself it served no purpose.

Bamford Body: Geranium Body Lotion
A light, easily absorbed blend of jojoba, almond & shea butter. Eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint & geranium essential oils balance the mind while hydrating the skin.
Full Size: 8.5 oz ($36.00)
Size Received: 1.7 oz ($7.20)
I'm not really a body lotion person, but I do use lotion in the winter and before a hot date. This one is a little too granola smelling for me. I'm not sure if it is just me, but lavender and geranium just scream hippy to me. That smell always throws me off. The lotion itself is nice. Not too greasy, absorbs well, and makes me silky smooth. But the smell is too much for me.

Erbaviva: Lemon Sage Organic Deodorant
An earthy, bold combination of Organic Sage, Lemon, Patchouli, and Tea Tree Oils plus organic grain alcohol counteracts bacterial growth and won't clog pores.
Full Size: 3.4 oz ($18.00)
Size Received: 1.0 oz ($5.14)
I always fear being vegan will make me turn into a granola hippy. Deodorant is probably the one thing that I am still buying from bad brands. I hate it, but this girl sweats and none of the organic brands do much for me. This deodorant is mostly made of alcohol so it stung a little when I put it on and it took a few minutes to dry. But I have to say I think this stuff worked well! Maybe not for running a marathon, but for an average day I was dry and smelled lemon-y fresh. The scent wasn't too overpowering, but it was a little granola (like how I overuse that saying). The full-size may be too expensive for me, but I could see 3.4oz lasting a long time. I may break down and buy the full-size once this runs out.

Juice Beauty: Green Apple SPF 15 Moisturizer
Revitalize & protect with this lightweight daily moisturizer, chemical-free sunscreen, anti-aging blend of peptides, dMAE, alpha lipic acid, CO Q10 & organic fruit antioxidants for optimum age-defying benefits.
Full Size: 1.7 oz ($38.00)
Size Received: 0.5 oz ($11.18)
I heard so many great reviews about Juice Beauty. They were featured many times last year in different birchboxes, but I never received a product from them. I did trade for their blemish clearing serum but did not have great luck with it. It just seems like this company is not for me. This moisturizer was thick, did not absorb well, and felt heavy on my face. Others have had great luck with it, so don't take my opinion to heart.

La Bella Figura: Découverte Under Eye Repair Serum
Effectively reduce oxidative damage in stressed tissue, making skin appear smooth, taut and youthful, reducing dark circles and smoothing lines. Look well rested!
Full Size: 0.33 oz ($115.00)
Size Received: 0.11 oz ($38.33)
Apparently La Bella Figura is a Chicago small business. Cool to see a natural skincare line from my hometown! This eye repair serum uses barbary fig seed oil. This oil is high in linoleic acid and Vitamin K. These help stop leaking capillaries which is what causes that dreaded puff and dark circles. This serum also has caffeine and argan oils to help you look like you've slept like a princess. Ive been hesitant to use it since it is so costly, but I get very little sleep so I intend to use every drop. I'll report back what I think.

Zosimos Botanicals: Lip Stick in Black Cherry
All natural, hand made in the USA, non-sticky, moisturizing lip glosses & creamy, long-lasting lipsticks in complimentary shades ranging from sheer & natural to deep & vibrant for a sexy pout.
Full Size: 1 mini lipstick ($3.00)
Size Received: 1 mini lipstick ($3.00)
We received Zosimos Botanicals products in the second Goodebox. I received a blue eyeliner. It was a great color, but was not greatly pigmented. The lipstick swatched a very odd orange tinted purple on my arm, but surprisingly it applied a beautiful pinkish plum. It is creamy and moisturizing without being drying or too glossy. It lasted for quite some time and I didnt have to worry about it fading. I would definitely consider buying a full-size!
Cruelty-free! (select colors Vegan)

Hess Natur: $25 Eco-Fashion Gift Certificate
Creating beautiful, versatile eco fashion for a cleaner planet and a cleaner conscience, Hess Natur apparel meets to the highest aesthetic, social and ethical standards.
However much I love clothes, and even more so eco-friendly fashion, I did not find much on this website that I liked. It was a bit older than I would have liked. I did see some nice looking tees, but even with the gift certificate I didn't feel it was worth to spend $8 for shipping. I gave my gift certificate away to someone who planned on using it.

Total value of my September 2012 Goodebox:$66.35 + gift certificate
It may have taken me so long to post this because I wasn't overly excited about this box. Took me ages to play around with the products and even longer to figure out what I felt. But that is what happens with these boxes. Some months rock, others are meh.

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


  1. Wow! This is cool! Let me know about that undereye cream! I am still on the hunt for the perfect one!

    1. Lauren Ive been using it the past few weeks and noticed my under eyes are not as dark, almost like bruises are healing, from purple to a yellow. Ive started using less concealer! I dont remember every night so that alone is impressive that its done that much!


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