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GoodeBox June 2014

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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!

GoodeBox May 2014

I’m not a beauty or eco-blogger, and really this blog is such a mixed bag already, why not add a little more to the randomness?  I had tried out the GlossyBox before and was HUGELY disappointed with the products that I’d never use, SO MUCH FREAKING EYELINER, and their terrible customer service.  So, I ditched them and signed on with GoodeBox.  This is now my second GoodeBox and so far, I’m pretty happy!  I never thought of myself as the subscription-beauty-box sort of person, but have made an effort to actually use makeup on a somewhat more regular basis, even if it is mostly just mascara, lip gloss, and a bit of eyeshadow, that’s still more than my previous no-makeup-ever routine.  The box is $18 per month (billed on the 3rd of the month, box is usually received on about the same date) and includes 5 items, usually at least one is full-size.  GoodeBox trends towards eco-friendly beauty products that are cruelty-free, environmentally friendly, or that feature natural ingredients and botanicals.  On to this month’s haul..

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The box arrives pretty simply in a smallish cardboard mailer, the contents wrapped in tissue paper, all recyclable!  Inside is the product card which lets you know which items you received, how to use them, prices for full size, coupon codes, etc, and this month was a bonus card letting me know to update my profile on the website since they’d added more options/selections to help them better decide what to select for my box.  Really minimal packaging which is what made me so happy after GlossyBox – they used a big cardboard mailer box, a huge pink cardboard box inside, a wad of crinkle-cut paper, and then the products which never filled more than a third of the box.  Wasteful!  And I hate pink, so a pink box, blech.

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Then, what’s inside the box!  This month is pretty good.  I’m not a fan of those little foil pouches, but there are three of them to make up the sample, so that’s okay I guess.  Helps ration out the sample into individual uses I guess.  Going around the image above clockwise, we have the full contents of the box, then..

  • Shea Radiance Maximum Curl Defining Cream – 8oz/$16 – Smells fresh and lemongrassy.  I took a look at the full ingredient list, and there are two ingredients I can’t find information on (one is an acrylate which usually means a build-up factor).  It does say paraben/petroleum/sulfate free, but nothing about being silicone free.  I’m a TOTAL snob about what ingredients are in my hair care since it really does seem to make a difference with curly hair.  Given how dry my crazy curly hair has been, it’s worth a try at least once.. the ingredients are mostly oils and shea butter, so that could help a bunch.  The product card also mentioned a 20% off coupon for future products.
  • Orglamix Eye Shadow in Forget-Me-Not – .05oz/$9 – I love this color so much.  It’s shimmery, but still a neutral light gold color which can go day or evening, plus a 20% off coupon for future purchases.  This is a full size sample, so there’s $9 already.
  • Close-up shots of the papers which have little gold flecks and the swatch of the eyeshadow on my inner arm.  You can see it’s a really light color that matches my skin tone well, but it’s VERY shimmery which doesn’t show well in the photo.
  • Tatacha Petal Fresh Original Aburatorigami Blotting Papers – 1 pack/$12 – Ehhhh.  My face really never tends to get oily anymore, but these will be great to tuck in my photography bag for wedding photography bride touch-ups.  At least someone will get use out of them!  Full size sample though, so this plus the eye shadow already adds up to over the cost of the box.
  • Derma E Evenly Radiant Brightening Cleanser – 6oz/$15.50 – Face wash.  I know I can use that, even if it doesn’t brighten my skin.  My skin tends to be way worse in the summer with sun exposure and being out digging in the dirt and gardening, and it claims to help with sun damage.  Works for me.
  • Derma E Evenly Radiant Brightening Night Creme – 2oz/$27.95 – Night moisturizer basically.  I really don’t care much about how even my skin tone is, but being that my skin has recently decided it’s a desert instead of an oil slick, I can always use a good moisturizer.
  • Derma E Evenly Radiant Dark Circle Eye Cream – .5oz/$27.95 – If this stuff works?  It will be worth the $27.95 to actually purchase.  I have the most woeful dark eye circles.    Bonus too, there’s a 20% off coupon good through the end of June.  (Do you see that glossybox?  Coupons that work for more than two weeks after receiving the box!)

I’ll try to update this post with reviews once I’ve tried the products.  I’m really hoping that curl defining cream works out because my curls have felt like a hay bale lately.  So, that’s GoodeBox!  Coming up on the blog, socks, gardening, and some One Local Summer action.