Goodness Me Box – January 2018 Review

Goodness Me Box has proven to be one of my favourites.

It’s always great value for money, I am a firm believer in organic, chemical free and non toxic products and I have almost never tried the products they send, so I look forward to it every month.

I also love the coupons and cards that explain the products and the Goodness Me brochure that is included that tells you the retail values and an explanation of why the items were chosen.

This just feels like a really professional company and I love that.

Goodness Me Box $25 – Retail Value (aprox) $45.65

There are always a number of coupons or pamphlets in this box and this month they have tracking watch giveaways if you are so inclined. (I am personally not convinced of the safety of wearing wifi on your arm every day.)

You’ll have to forgive my lax attitude, a few things were missing from my group photo below and some I missed out on individual photos of, I was apparently in holiday mode when I photographed this box! #Fail

Review: Vegan Chocolate Bar – Maca Espresso by BSKT RRP $3.95

I LOVED this bar and I don’t even like coffee!

This was absolutely delicious, the ingredients were clean and good for you and I can’t wait to purchase again. It was rich and creamy with just a hint of coffee and left no bitter aftertaste on the tongue. 

This was a huge win for me, as it’s a new product I will buy and its my favourite item in the box.

Review: Sparkling Lemonade with Cucumber by Naked Life RRP $3.00

I wanted to love this item so much! Its initial taste upon drinking was great, but the aftertaste of cucumber and lemon just did’t work for me. I feel like if they just left it at lemon-only it would have tasted better.

At less than 7 calories and no sugar, if you don’t mind that cucumber taste, its a really refreshing cold drink on a summer day.

Review: Clean Energy Alkalising Paleo Workout Sachet by Nutra Organics (apple + mint & lempon + lime)  x 2 RRP $1.80 x 2 = $3.60

As I’ve mentioned previously, I am NOT the girl who can drink a green drink, my gag reflex is just too strong and I’m sensitive to taste, so it’s not fair for me to review these items. I gagged with this fast.

My husband who is a regular green drink guy said “I could drink it” which is certainly not a glowing report. These DO look very good for you.

Review: Matcha Greens by Blue Dinosaur RRP $2.50

Again, I’m not a great test subject with the greens, but it was sweet and Ok to eat. My husband loved it.

With Coconut, Spirulina, Dates, Barley Grass, Coconut oil, Mactcha and nothingelse, this is a super healthy snack. 

Review: Golden Latte Blend by 99th Monkey RRP $10

I tried this by following the directions on the card and used almond milk instead of full cream and it wasn’t great, but I felt like it had the potential to be great. 

I feel like with full cream milk, a little honey or maple syrup for sweetener and even some cappuccino froth this could be a delicious drink. I plan to give it another go over the next few weeks and will update here when I do. 

I love that the included card tells me that the spices are all wild grown and chemical free. 

Review: Green Tea by Onno Behrends RRP $3.50

This was a delicious Green Tea ( I drink Green Tea every day) but had an unusual amber colour (as though it was regular tea) instead of the usual green hue I am used to. 

I love that the packaging is fully recyclable and I think its something more company’s should be doing. A quick check of their website told me they are non GMO which I love, but they did not mention anything about the use of pesticides on their product and given tea have such massive pesticide use, I will probably not purchase again, but rather stick to my organic green teas. They did also mention ethical and fair trading for their farmers and no known child labour – both very important features for tea suppliers. 

Review: Nourish & Repair Double Choc Sachet by Nourished Nutrition RRP $2.75

This was amazing! Although it had greens in it, it also had the main ingredient of pea protein and a ton of cacao and it really tasted like more of a protein drink. It definitely had that chocolate shake quality to it. 

I wouldn’t purchase it because Im not a ‘nutrition drink’ kinda girl, but if I were into green or protein drinks this would definitely be on my list, it really was delicious.

Review: Low Carb Self Raising Flour Mix by Melinda’s Gluten Free RRP $8.35

This flours’ main ingredient is lupin flour which I know exactly nothing about! 

I love lower carb as I am a low carb (although mostly whole foods) eater. It also has almond meal, which I love and arrowroot, baking powder & soda and salt. 

I haven’t had a chance to use this but plan on making banana bread for the teens so will review it here when I do. 

Review: Sample Kitchen Wrap by API Wraps RRP (aprox) $8

I wanted to love this because my family does use too much glad wrap, but it was hard to get an idea of how it would work because the sample was so small. 

When I tried to stick it on itself to create the seal, it did hold for a while but the seal was very weak, plus having to warm the seal with my hands caused my hands to become sticky, which made me wonder whether the stickiness would rub off onto the wrap or other food item? 

This didn’t seem to be the solution we are all looking for, so for now,  I will continue to use glass boxes for lunches and avoid cling wrap whenever possible. 

Hello Fresh Coupon Card for $35 off your first box RRP $0

Because these $35 coupons are everywhere I didn’t add this to the value of the box.

Overall once again I felt like this box was good value and offered a number of new items for me to try. I didn’t walk away with much that I would purchase again (just the vegan chocolate bar), but I am very happy with the box, regardless and as always, look forward to the next one!











Rachel Zoe Box of Style – December 2017 Review

I finally received this box after many weeks of emails, social media messages and frustration!

I paid for this box 16th November and received it on 9th January. This was AFTER I had received an email early December letting me know they were running late but would have my box shipped out ‘guaranteed’ by mid December. Shipping details show it finally shipped on 28th December, way too late to wear or use any of the items for the holiday season.

So many of these boxes seem to have horrendous shipping times. I wouldn’t mind if it was late IF they were only charging me for the items just before shipping. But when they charge you more than 7 weeks before you receive the item its unacceptable in my opinion.

On a positive note their shipping charge is fantastic. I feel like it reflects actual shipping costs and I appreciate they aren’t trying to gouge me and make more money on me through the charge.

That said, let’s move onto the actual box and  review because in my opinion, it’s lovely:

Winter Box of Style – Cost $99 USD/$151.89 AUD (including $15USD shipping)

Claimed Retail Value $451USD/$550AUD

The box has a definite theme and cohesiveness to it which I love, I have seen some complaints about the quality of the box and I will concede, some of the items are not of the highest quality, but overall for the price of $151AUD I am very happy enough with this box.


  • Sex Kitten Liquid Eyeliner RRP $29AUD

I love this liner! I am notoriously terrible at using liquid liners and this had a great tip that made the process almost foolproof. I will definitely use this item and would purchase it again. My only issue is that I prefer chemical free makeup items, but that’s just a personal choice.

  •  Faux Fur Stole by Unreal FurRRP $85USD/$105USD (as claimed by BOS)

I love this item, its cute, totally different from anything else I have in my closet, cruelty free (yay!) and very, very soft.  I will use this item in winter for sure and I think it was a great addition to the box.

  • Mesa Door Knocker Earrings by House of Harlow RRP $115USD/$140AUD

I love, love, love the style and look of these earrings, BUT I have to say, there is no way on earth these are worth $115!

That said, they are gorgeous to look at and they look as though they are a very high quality item, they are also so much lighter than they appear (which I love because heavy earrings dragging on the earlobe are no fun). Like many complaints on social media, the back of one of my posts was bent quite significantly, I straightened it up but I am hoping it hasn’t weakened it for wearing in the future.

My biggest issue with these earrings is the earring back is SO loose that is essentially falls right off if I move my head! I will need to source another back for these or they won’t last long at all. A definite disappointment given the claimed retail value.

Despite these issues, these are my favourite item in this box and I can’t wait to wear them out, they are beautiful.

  • Sugar.Paper Agenda RRP $48USD$60AUD

I am a digital girl through and through but I have to say this agenda is adorable and is of a high quality and I really like it.

I will use it on my desk as a place to note down memorable events so I have a memory of this year. I look forward to seeing how much use I can get out of it and I’m interested to see if it starts a trend for me going forward.

  • Essential Hydrating Oil by Osea RRP $68USD/$84AUD

I am not one who uses oils, but this absorbs quickly, has a lovely light scent and is in a glass bottle (which I love). I have no complaints about this item and I’m going to use it moving forward to see if it’s something I would use ongoing.

It did leak a little throughout the box as some people have mentioned but not enough to cause any real damage. I will use this item but its not a huge plus for me. If you love oils, you will love this item.

  • Box Clutch by Rachel Zoe RRP $115/$145AUD

This item is so cute and it’s something I have never seen before which appealed to me – a ‘marble effect’ clutch! (I requested and received the white.)

I will use this for sure and I like it. However, it’s a little disappointing that since RZ herself had this made under her name, the quality is not there. Mine doesn’t seal flush when closed and there were scratches throughout the inside of the clutch (thankfully the outside had a removable plastic film protecting it). There is no way its value is $115USD and it is made in China. I would guesstimate this bag to be worth no more than $40USD retail.

Overall I really liked this box. The quality wasn’t always there for the items and I don’t believe it’s near the value they claim, but for my $150, I’m happy enough and I will get use out of all the items.

I’m looking forward to the Spring box which should be to me in early February, and I’m hoping she redeems herself on the issues and quality that came about with this box,  watch this space!


















Good Green Box – November 2017 Review


GGB is one of my favourites because they are ethically-beauty focused and I love beauty!

I am waiting for the day when an Australian company does a subscription box for ethical clothing… can you imagine? I would be beside myself with excitement.

For now, lets see what GGB has left at my door…

Good Green Box $25/month(Incl. shipping) VALUE $95

(This box charges on the 25th of the month and ships out the 15th of the following month.)

Review: Certified Organic Face Cream by HempMe RRP $38

I am firmly committed to the face cream I used but I did try this for a few days and it really was lovely. It has a pleasant but noticeable smell and is a light liquid cream rather than a thick heavy cream. It did not leave any oily residue and I love the fact that it’s organic and the bag it comes is portrays the ‘natural’ element well. I will pop this cream in my travel bag and use it when I travel as its definitely a good cream.

My only complaint is that I am very fragrance sensitive and this had quite a strong smell that stayed with me for quite a long time and bothered me, however it was not unpleasant, just strong.

Review: Certified Organic Flora Mascara by Zuii RRP $27.95

I wanted to love this SO badly! The box actually arrived on a day when my own mascara was precariously low and so I tried this immediately. Although it gave me a little length and was better than my own eyelashes, it gave almost no volume and was quite dry and hard to apply.

If anyone ever creates an organic, toxin free mascara that works I will personally invest in them and their business. This is SO needed!

Review: Bamboo Toothbrush by bodecare RRP $4.50

This is a great looking eco friendly brush. I use a Sonicare (can someone come up with an eco friendly head for the Sonicare range please?) so I wouldn’t use this every day but would definitely pack it in my travel bag.

The bristles have apparently been enhanced from activated charcoal (and that can only be a good thing, right?) they are BPA free which I love.

If I were to purchase this I would but a medium head as the bristles are very soft on this brush, but for those of you with sensitive teeth, you will love it!

Review: Nail Polish by Zoya RRP $19

I was SO frustrated to receive a BLUE polish in this box. I am a woman in my early 40’s and blue is not a colour I would even consider wearing. I feel as though they were sending out the colours they couldn’t sell.

A nude, red or even pink makes sense, but blue is such a specific colour I feel like it was unfair to send it out in a box like this and this would have probably been my favourite product in the box had I been able to try it out as it was relevant to me and something I have been searching for in terms of a non toxic equivalent to what I already wear. 

I have heard great reviews about Zoya Polishes, so I would have loved to try a product with no nasty chemicals (and the list they are excluding is long and impressive) but alas, I will have to continue to not purchase these because I wasn’t able to test it out. 

Review: Hand Cream Sachet  by Bondi Wash RRP $1.00

This is definitely my favourite product in the box.

It was a moisturising, luxurious cream with a light lavendar scent and left no oily residue on my skin. It is made from botanicals so has a real natural smell and feel to it.

I usually use Weleda Hand Cream but would definitely purchase this product. The full size retails on their website for $25 but they have a 15% off coupon when you sign up to their website.

Review: Face Scrubby by Boho Things RRP $4.95

Call me a cynic, but I don’t get this new ‘face scrubby movement’ in the natural beauty world. They are everywhere! To me, my face washer can do the same thing or, I use an organic face scrub and NO cloth at all, so I save all the washing that is needed for these items. 

If you are into these, this is a cute one. It’s white which I like because you can see the dirt come off onto the scrubby, it is made of 100% bamboo, which I love because it’s renewable. It doesn’t mention if its grown with pesticides so I can’t comment on this. it is very small about 5cm diameter. 

I will probably give away this scrubby in one of my upcoming giveaway boxes so watch this space. 

This box had fewer things in it than I would normally use, but once again the value was excellent so I am not complaining. Its a great box with a good variety of items that I enjoy receiving every month. I look forward to the December box!






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