Goodebox 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 cost for this service is $18 a month, and the 5-6 sample products you receive are based on a member profile with your preferences. It’s like celebrating your birthday when the mail comes! You never know what you’re going to get. In addition to the product, there are usually coupon codes from each company so you can get a deal if you fall in love with something.
I was lucky enough to score THREE months of this awesome box — you can check out what I had to say about February and March. I’ll stop babbling so we can get to the important stuff… the contents of the April Goodebox!
Garden of Life - Vanilla Spiced Chai Proten Powder ($41)
The Hype: Unlock the nutritive power of living seeds and grains in this high quality, plant-based sprouted powder containing live probiotics, enzymes & fat-soluble vitamins. Devoid of fillers, artificial flavors & synthetic ingredients, this soy free, animal free, tasty food and drink supplement is also available in chocolate, vanilla & original. (Vegan)
My Take: Yum yum YUM. I’m not a big user of protein powders, because I would rather get my protein from other sources, but I can see why someone who might not have the same diet as I do would appreciate this. It’s a great alternative to soy, and is good for those with gastrointestinal sensitivities to milk, whey and other protein sources. It contains a reasonable amount of protein (17g) compared to some of those insane body building drinks. And, well, it tastes delicious. Points off for cost, as the per serving ends up being around $1.46 and for me, that’s spendy.
Juice Beauty - Stem Cellular CC Cream ($39)
The Hype: Juice Beauty’s Stem Cellular CC Cream is ideal for all skin types and especially beneficial for skin showing the signs of aging including fine lines, wrinkles, and sun damage. Available in two shades, Natural Glow and Warm Glow, to match and enhance any skin type and color. (Vegan)
My Take: (Previously reviewed in June 2013 PopSugar Box) Here we go again with the CC cream. CC, BB, you you, me me… I’m kind of tired of all the fanfare and fantastical advertising that goes into these creams. The color was mediocre, and I’m not sure how much complexion correction (say that a few times) I’m supposed to be raving about when the sample is about the size of my cats toenail. I love the naturalistics behind it, but I just don’t know what else to say.
Pact - Socks ($8-12)
The Hype: PACT socks are made of the finest single-sourced organic cotton and all facilities in PACT’s supply chain are certified according to GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) ensuring the highest level of environmental and social responsibility in the world. (Vegan)
My Take: These are just lovely socks! They uhm, make my feet not naked! Ok, seriously though, these are high quality foot coverings. The yellow color I received was festive and springy, and they were quite comfortable and not bunchy or scratchy. They’re a bit more money than your standard pair of Target socks, but the money is going towards supporting farmers and PEOPLE, not big corporate machines. They make a ton of other great fair-trade organic cotton products, so definitely check them out!
People Towels - Ocean’s Blue Towel ($6)
The Hype: An on-the-go, sustainable alternative to paper towels in public facilities, these reusable personal hand towels are made of a patent-pending fabric that’s 100% certified organic Fair Trade cotton. The light-weight fabric is absorbent, yet dries quickly. (Vegan)
My Take: First, I would like to just say that People Towels are not made from people. They’re totally vegan. Joking aside, these are nice. Can you hear the noncommittal tone in my voice? Truthfully, I really don’t have a use for it. Sadly, with a family of 5, plus 4 cats, and a dog, I spend a lot of time cleaning up really icky things. Just this morning I came downstairs to find a pile of cat barf on the living room floor, and a random piece of poop in the kitchen. This is before I even had time to start the coffee pot. Do I want to use a reusable washable type cloth all day for this nonsense? Not really. As eco-friendly as I try to be, I’d much rather plunk out extra money on recycled paper towels and throw away the ick where I never have to speak of it again. Especially at $6 a pop. Good idea? Yes, but just not for our family.
Tom’s of Maine - Fluoride-Free Botanically Bright Toothpaste ($5.99)
The Hype: Ingredients such as hydrated silica for stain removal, xylitol for reduction of plaque acid & mints for that fresh taste prove the powers of botanicals can remove surface stains and help whiten teeth! Free of SLS, fluoride, colors, flavors, fragrances & other preservatives.
My Take: When I pulled this out, I could see my son eyeballing it from across the room. We had previously used Tom’s with baking soda, and it made most of the little people in my house gag. He was concerned we were going to revisit that particular horror. I assured him it wasn’t THAT kind. This is refreshing and minty, but I’m not a huge fan of the use of xylitol in products. For one, we have a family of furry critters and xylitol is safe for humans but it can be harmful to dogs. I’ve also read that it can cause severe intestinal distress when ingested. Now granted, we aren’t sitting around using our toothpaste as cake icing, but at the same time it’s being used in the mouth. So, for that reason I have to give it 4 stars.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."