Goodebox Organic Sample Box Review

One of the things I have enjoyed most about trying new organic beauty products is having a subscription to a company like Goodebox.

Goodebox, in their words, is

“a members only service providing expertly curated, trial sized healthy, eco-sensitive & effective beauty and personal care products, along with occasional samples of natural & organic health and wellness products.”

The element of surprise is neat to me–as I never know exactly what I am recieving each month.

In the subscription questionnaire, Goodebox got information from me about my skin type, products I typically use and prefer, and which specs are important to me (i.e. vegan, not animal tested, organic, etc.) all of which help them determine which samples go into my box.

In this post I’ll share my thoughts on my favorite products in February and March.

The theme of February’s Goodebox was “Love is in the Air” in reference to Valentines’s Day. March’s box is centered around the change of seasons, spring cleansing and detoxification.

From February’s box:

-Vapour Beauty Trick Stick Highlighter:

-Goodebox’s Description:

“For a well loved, lit-from-within glow, use to add subtle light to cheekbones, brow bones, bow of the lip and inner corner of the eyes. Soft, fool proof shades for all ages and skin tones. Easy application imparts a luxurious, youthful glow that brightens and defines the face. Made with 70% Certified Organic ingredients and 30% natural pigments and vitamins (Contains beeswax).”

-My Description & Thoughts:

This is definitely an item that I am not used to incorporating into my makeup routine. I was pleasantly surprised with how this highlighter looks on top of my loose powder. I applied it to the same places on the face that one would normally wear bronzer (where the sun naturally hits the face-similar to what Goodebox suggests above). Instead of giving the skin a sun kissed look like bronzer does, this trick stick gave my face a subtle light glow.

-Erbaviva Relax Spray:

-Goodebox’s Description:

“Relaxation is essential to pleasure. Use this refreshing, therapeutic mist to spray on hair or clothing. Also delightful sprayed into a room or onto bedding for a relaxation effect while infusing a fresh, natural smell. Not for use on the face (Vegan)”

-My Description & Thoughts:

This spray is my organic “Febreze.” The best thing about this product is the clean ingredient list, whereas your common air fresheners available in the grocery store are chock full of harmful chemicals. I spray this around the apartment before vacuuming and it leaves a flowery, relaxing scent in the air.

-John Masters Organics Blood Orange and Vanilla Bodywash:

-Goodebox’s Description:

“Created with the mildest botanically-based surfactants from corn and coconut, the all-over body wash foams into a creamy, rich, sulfate-free lather that gently removes dirt and oil – leaving skin soft and smooth. Follow with our blood orange and vanilla body milk for a beautiful, sensual combination of clean and soft skin.”

-My Description & Thoughts:

I cannot say enough good things about this body wash! This is the most invigorating, intoxicating, incredibly yummy smelling body wash I have ever used. I looked forward to showering just so I could use this product. I can’t wait to order a full size bottle of this body wash. I am also enthused that I learned about the John Masters Organics brand via Goodebox. This brand also makes a Blood Orange & Vanilla Body Milk that I am excited to try in addition to the body wash.

-Metropolis Soap Company Lavender Whipped Shea Butter:

-Goodebox’s Description:

“Thick and luxurious, this whipped shea has only 4 ingredients. Shea butter, coconut oil, corn starch and lavender absolute. Use it for serious moisturizing and super soft, touchable skin. (Vegan)”

-My Description & Thoughts:

I enjoyed using this sample size body butter. I appreciate the simple, pure list of ingredients and strive to find more organic products with this quality. The lavender scent was relaxing and soothing, yet a slight bit too flowery-smelling for my preference.

-Persephenie Neroli Infusion Organic Body Oil:

-Goodebox’s Description:

“Antioxidant and oleic acid rich, hand pressed Marula oil, coconut and organic sunflower oil, infused with orange flower Neroli will replenish your entire body. Massage into your (or someone else’s) skin for a sensual sensory experience. (Vegan)”

-My Description & Thoughts:

This sample was in a small vial, but even with the small amount I tried, I could tell I loved the scent and feel of this body oil. I could tell when I applied this oil to my skin that the ingredients are high quality and extremely nourishing. I find body oils get absorbed and work best when applied right after a warm shower. The skin absorbs it just enough so that the skin is left nourished but not greasy.

From March’s Box:

-Astara Skin Care Daily Refining Scrub:

-Goodebox’s Description:

“Gentle enough to use every day, this organic aloe-based exfoliant combines diatomaceous earth with soothing, nutrient-rich plant extracts for profound cleansing, buffing, and removing of dead cells to improve overall skin health absorption of nutrients. Refines fine lines when used consistently. (Vegan)”

-My Description & Thoughts:

I am a fan of exfoliating in general, so this product peaked my interest. I tend to use a loofa or exfoliating gloves in the shower, but they are not needed when using this scrub. This scrub does not suds up nor lather very well, which I would prefer to be the case. I imagine this scrub would work best for me used on my feet, where I am looking for more exfoliation than sudsing.

-Moom Organic Hair Removal Kit:

-Goodebox’s Description:

“A revolutionary sugaring product that provides the benefits of long term depilation with less pain and discomfort than waxing or other hair removal methods. Exclusive formula and precision adhesion gently removes hair from the root without damaging skin, leaving you hair-free for up to 8 weeks. Regrowth is sparser and finer. For stubborn hair and sensitive areas alike. Can be used anywhere on the face and body. (Vegan)”

-My Description & Thoughts:

With such excellent organic shaving creams, I don’t often choose to wax simply because it is less convenient. This small, travel sized kit is great for waxing your legs or bikini line at the beginning of the summer. It is always nice to learn about organic alternatives to common drug store products. Hair removal is a great category to see organic products surfacing.

-Morrocco Method Zen Detox Hair and Scalp Therapy:

-Goodebox’s Description:

“A unique formula enhanced with special clays to support growth by detoxing the hair follicles, roots, oil glands and scalp. Dynamically assists in reversing chemical damage caused by synthetic hair products and treatments by removing contaminants from the scalp for healthier hair. Muti-tasks as a facial mask and even helps stinky toes and itchy feet. (Vegan)”

-My Description & Thoughts:

I have heard great things about the ability of clays to detox the body in various ways. I was intrigued to try this product. I used this mask about 3 times in the shower and it became a thick paste when mixed with water. Its effect was refreshing and soothing on my scalp. It was a bit tough to move through hair, as you might imagine–it was very thick and paste-like. Seems like a unique and effective product. If I would have had more product to work with, I would have tried it on my face and feet as suggested.

-Yogi Detox & Skin Detox Tea:

-Goodebox’s Description: 

“Help your body rid itself of everyday impurities. Time-honored purifying herbs Burdock & Organic Dandelion support the liver, Juniper Berry supports kidney function and Ginger, Black Pepper and Long Pepper, a traditional Ayurvedic blend, supports blood flow for gentle cleansing support. (Vegan)”

-My Description & Thoughts:

I am a big coffee drinker and have recently been trying teas a lot more because my fiancé tends to prefer tea over coffee. Both of these teas were pleasant with flavors that were not too intense. I enjoyed the green tea over the dandelion, as I could have guessed prior to trying either of them. I tend to lean more towards a peppermint or fruity flavor in tea, so in the future I picture myself branching out to different tea flavors that Yogi makes.

-Weleda Pomegranate Firming Eye Cream:

-Goodebox’s Description:

“Antioxidant-rich, fragrance free formula featuring organic pomegranate seed oil protects the delicate eye area and helps repair cell damage. Organic macadamia nut oil, organic sunflower petal & ruscus root extracts provide anti-inflammatory benefits and Vitamin A to reduce puffiness, firm and smooth skin around the eyes. Tests show a 23% wrinkle reduction after 28 days of use. (Vegan)”

-My Description & Thoughts:

At age 25, I’m not familiar with products that are firming, wrinkle reducing, or anti aging in nature. I was interested, though, in the moisturizing abilities of this eye cream. I’ve applied this cream several nights before bed for some added moisture to the delicate skin around my eyes. I like how light it feels, how good the ingredient list looks, and how moisturing it is. I was happy to try a Weleda product for the first time.

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