April’s Kloverbox is here, and for the second month in a row, I’m underwhelmed. This is supposed to be a big box from them since it’s the month with Earth Day, so I expected some neat, Earth Day related sort of products that focused on natural, sustainable ingredients, or replacing disposable items with something reusable. That really didn’t happen here. It feels like a random hodgepodge of items, one of which is a repeat (the bracelet). I’ve already cancelled my subscription since two boxes that are a poor fit are kind of my rule of thumb for cancelling. There’s one more left on my pre-paid subscription, but I can’t say I have high hopes.
- Zabana Essentials Dry Shampoo – 2 oz / $12.95 – (Product is full size) The scent is Lavender Citrus Mint, and it smells completely unappealing. The three really just don’t go together in my world, and they’re just fighting each other instead of blending together. (Have you had orange juice after you brushed your teeth? Yeah, like that.) Beyond that, it’s dry shampoo. The product says you have to distribute it by brushing it in, and you DO NOT EVER EVER BRUSH CURLY HAIR. EVER. So, this is useless for me. Nevermind the fact that dry shampoos are meant to soak up oil and extend time between washing, but if you don’t have enough oil on your scalp and hair to soak up, it just makes your hair look dull and lifeless (I don’t – I add oil to my scalp to keep it from peeling apart, so dry shampoos are a huge nope in my world).
- Elements of Aliel No. 2 Peace Cleanser – 2.5 oz / $15 – (Product is full size) This was the only item in the box that I was interested in. When I peeled back the inner foam seal, the scent was extremely disappointing. It smells… wrong. I can’t quite describe it other than that it doesn’t smell like something you would ever want to put on your face. Almost like the compost bin or the damp, decaying leaves in the woods? It’s a dark brown liquid, and just a little bit produces a rich lather that cleans nicely. Just.. hold your breath while it’s on your face I guess.
- MudLove Bracelet – 1 bracelet / $8 – (Product is full size) We received the version of this that said, “Thankful,” in the November 2015 box, and I didn’t want it then either. Yes, the charity is great and provides clean water for a week to someone in need, but I’m just not the type of person who wears stuff like this. Inspirational slogans are just not me, the bracelet design isn’t my style, and I prefer to give my money to charities without receiving something I don’t need or won’t use in return.
- AvoSeedo – 1 item / $12.99 – (Product is full size) Well, I don’t have kids and don’t live in a climate where we can grow avocado trees outdoors, so this is useless to me. They sprout up fast enough without using a special plastic growing tray, and I just don’t see the point to this. Sprout an avocado pit, put it in a pot where it’ll never grow avocados where I live? I’m just not into it.
Overall, the box value comes to $48.94 which is just shy of double the cost of $25 for a month-to-month subscription. My personal value is only $15 for the cleanser which, even though it smells awful, it still works well enough, so I’ll still use it. There’s a note on the product card that a vendor, Naturally Clean, pulled out of the box due to a health issue, and the product will end up in the July box instead. I won’t be subscribing for the July box, so I’m feeling a little bit cheated out of a product here. Maybe ignorance would’ve been bliss? The rest of the box was a complete miss for me – I know people love dry shampoos and bracelets and there are probably subscribers who will love the AvoSeedo, but I’m not that person, and this box was a huge bummer for me. I was pretty psyched about this box being bought out and given a makeover by new management, but between this and the last box, I’m finding it’s just not a good fit for me. Oh well, this gives me an opportunity to move on and try new things!