Another month, another box. This one is significantly better than the last box – no silly foil packets, and six products to try! Here’s the lineup. I think this is the first box with the new, updated preferences in effect, and they did a decent job with selection though I would’ve preferred one of the bee venom products instead of the deoderant. Altogether, it’s a really great box this month and I’m psyched to try everything.
- blum naturals Daily Cleansing & Makeup Remover Towelettes – 30 ct/$7.49 – Sample size contains ten towelettes which isn’t a bad deal. My box is for combination and oily skin and contains tea tree oil which I LOVE for zapping pimples. The individual packets mean they’re great for travel too.
- Beauty Without Cruelty Sweet Lavender Hand & Body Lotion – 16oz/$12.95 – This is a brand I already love, and the scent of the lotion is amazing. I’m a huge fan of lavender scented anything, so this is a BIG win in my book. Sample size is 2 oz and I have no doubt this will go quickly, stashed in my knitting bag. First impression on trying it just now is that it sinks into my skin pretty quickly, isn’t greasy, nor is the scent overpowering. I really like the result so far. The product card also includes a 20% off discount on any BWC product.
- Goddess Garden Organics Natural Sunscreen SPF 30 – 6oz/$19.99 – Pricey for a sunscreen, but it will be fun to try. It relies on the physical barrier method versus the chemical barrier, using Titanium and Zinc Oxide. A quick test on my arm shows that it’s a really watery liquid (not a cream), but does turn sheer and matte after a quick rub. Might even be great for using on my face while outside gardening. There’s also a 20% off coupon for all Goddess Garden products.
- Neuth Organic Creme pour Visage – 100ml/$75 – Basically a really incredibly overpriced make-up remover/moisturizer/face wash, I think? It smells nice, and the sample size is generous enough, but, I’m really not exactly sure how to use it and the ingredients aren’t listed on the package or in the GoodeBox Product Card. There’s just not enough information on the card/product to let me know what the heck it is or what it’s comparable to. Still, going to try it, but I really doubt I’d ever purchase this. Included is a 20% off coupon for all Neuth products, but even 20% off $75 is too much for what’s basically a fancy face wash.
- Primal Pit Paste Natural Deoderant – 2oz/$8.95 – Here’s where I turn in my organic/natural fanclub card. I hate natural deoderants. LOATHE them. They never work, are annoying to apply (cream deoderant in a pot, REALLY?!), and for pete’s sake, my pits don’t need to be moisturized, they just need to not stink. This is the only product in the box that I’m disappointed with, but I’ll try it anyway to give it a fair shake. There’s a 20% off coupon for all products from the company.
- Waxelene Petroleum Jelly Alternative – 2oz/$8.99 – I have never owned a single tub of petroleum jelly before, so I really don’t know what to do with this. The product card mentions using it for anti-chafing (hello thigh rub in skirts), and for cracked heels, post-shave legs, split ends, etc. There are only four ingredients and I can pronounce them all, so that makes me feel good about the product. It goes on smooth, smells like beeswax (love that scent), and ends up feeling kind of matte and not greasy. If I do end up liking it, the price is pretty reasonable, and there’s a 15% off coupon!
In other news, the blog silence over the last month was the result of a whole ton of busy. I had a big photography job and we went on a fantastic 10 day vacation that I’ll get around to posting about sooner or later. I may stretch it out over several blog posts since we did SO much over the course of the trip. I think One Local Summer has kind of fallen by the wayside this year since we’ve been away and busy, and have missed the farmer’s market every weekend since the beginning of May. I’ll try to get a few posted this year, but it won’t be exactly every week like it has been in prior years. It’s funny too, we have so much local stuff stashed away in the freezer that we end up doing One Local Summer meals by accident most of the time. Even our local big-chain grocery stores are carrying local produce, naming the farms, etc, so it’s sort of happening naturally. It’s amazing how a little challenge can end up changing your whole routine!