subscription box review

NOURISHED LIFE DELUXE SAMPLES BEAUTY BOX – MAY 2018 REVIEW

This box is always such good value in terms of items received for the money paid. They also introduce me to so many items that I would never have tried before which I love! I can’t wait to see what arrives at my doorstep each month. Check out the box below:

 

Nourished Life Deluxe Samples Beauty Box – May 2018 Cost $25 (incl shipping)

Retail Value $55.95

 

Review: Salt ‘n Glow Travel Set RRP $39.95

I love this cute little travel set in its own travel beauty bag! I love anything miniature, it’s like some kind of obsession, if it helps me pack light Im going to love it! On top of the cute sizing the ingredients are so pure which I love. There is nothing I can see in the ingredients list (below) that I wouldn’t be happy to use. This set includes a moisturiser, toner and eye serum as well as the carry pouch in the following quantities:

Skin Souffle – Face moisturiser 20ml 
Skin Mist – Rose and Cactus Toner 40ml
Awaken – Coffee Bean Eye Serum 3ml
Carry Light Pouch x1

I also noticed they have 15% off your order if placed on their website, so that might be worth a consideration. 

Ingredients:

Moisturiser – LOVE, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER*, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL*, CARTHAMUS TINCTORIUS (SAFFLOWER) OIL, ROSA EGLANTERIA (ROSEHIP) SEED OIL*, CETEARYL OLIVATE (OLIVE EMULSIFIER), SORBITAN OLIVATE (OLIVE EMULSIFIER), GLYCERINE*, TERMINALIA FERDINANDIANA (KAKADU PLUM) EXTRACT*, HIPPOPHAE RHAMNOIDES (SEA BUCKTHORN) FRUIT EXTRACT*, PUNICA GRANATUM (POMEGRANATE) SEED EXTRACT*, BACKHOUSIA CITIODORA (LEMON MYRTYLE) EXTRACT*, OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) LEAF EXTRACT*,  TOCOPHEROL (VITAMIN E), ACACIA SENEGAL (ARABIC TREE) GUM, GLYCERYL STEARATE (SOY OIL EMULSIFIER), OIL OF: JASMINUM SAMBAC (JASMINE ABSOLUTE), ROSA DAMASCENA (ROSE ABSOLUTE), CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (SWEET ORANGE), CANANGA ODORATA (YLANG YLANG), ELETTARIA CARDAMOMUM (CARDAMOM) SEED, POGOSTEMON CABLIN (PATCHOULI), EUGENIA CARYOPHYLLUS (CLOVE) BUD, CITRUS AURANTIUM BERGAMIA  (BERGAMOT – BERGAPTENE FREE), SANTALUM SPICATA (SANDALWOOD). *CERTIFIED ORGANIC INGREDIENTS.

Toner – LOVE,  ROSA DAMASCENA (ROSE OTTO BULGARIAN) HYDROSOL*, ALOE BARBADENSIS (ALOE) LEAF JUICE*, CANANGA ODORATA (YLANG YLANG) WATER, HAMAMELIS VIRGINIANA (WITCH HAZEL) EXTRACT*, TERMINALIA FERDINANDIANA (KAKADU PLUM) EXTRACT*, HIPPOPHAE RHAMNOIDES (SEA BUCKTHORN) FRUIT EXTRACT*, PUNICA GRANATUM (POMEGRANATE) SEED EXTRACT*, LACTOBACILLUS/ PAPAYA FRUIT FERMENT. *CERTIFIED ORGANIC INGREDIENTS.

GOODNESS ME ‘MINDFULNESS’ BOX – APRIL 2018 REVIEW

As always this box is organised and well presented with the included card detailing the items in it.

This months special is a mindfulness box, presented by the Fernwood Foundation. I don’t know much about them but they have a flyer that talks about emotional intelligence, anxiety and depression and are directing to purchase an ebook so I assume they work on being whole and it’s definitely aimed at women. If it’s your kind of thing you can find them at FernwoodFoundation.org.au.

For me this was by far the least appealing and lowest value box I have seen from Goodness Me. Im not sure if it’s related to the sponsor or if it was just an off month, but if I had just signed up and paid $29.95 for this box (including shipping) and received this I would never order again. I’m assuming it’s a once off and next month will be better because historically this is such a great value box.

Goodness Me Box $25 plus $4.95 Shipping TOTAL $29.95– Retail Value of this Box (aprox) $22.80

 

Review: Tasti Smooshed Wholefood Balls (Berry, Cashew & Cacao) 69g RRP $3.00

These kinds of raw balls are everywhere and honestly its hard to know which ones to buy, the market feels SO flooded. However, these are available at Woolworths which makes them easier to find, a plus in my book. I’m also a real fan of cranberries so I was looking forward to trying these. They are delicious! Very sweet so you don’t need many but definitely tasty. 

Ingredients are: Dates, Cashews, Cacao, Cranberries, Apple Juice Concentrate, Sunflower Oil and Coconut. They state they are GMO free (yay!) and are vegan but may contain some traces of gluten.

For me personally, I’m looking for organic wherever possible so I probably wouldn’t purchase these as a plan-ahead item but I would if I needed something quick and an equal organic item wasn’t available.

Review: Benetto Intense Dark Chocolate 100g RRP $6.00

I love the packaging on this product, its so quirky! This product is organic which I love, fairtrade which I adore and made in New Zealand which I applaud (I have decided NZ is the country of all things pure after my last Queenstown trip, theres not a whole lot to back this assumption up other than my adoration for the clear water and spectacular mountains and no industry for miles).

This chocolate is gorgeous. It has hardly any bitterness for such a dark chocolate and its very rich and creamy. I would definitely purchase this again. 

Ingredients are: (Organic) Cocoa beans, raw cane sugar, cocoa butter, madagascar vanilla beans. You cant get much more pure than that!

 

Review: Forbidden Organic Brekky Rice (Black Rice & Coconut Pudding) 125g RRP $3.50

This is so unique. I haven’t seen anything like it, and its apparently available at Woolworths so I love that it should be easy to find. I’m not a huge carb eater but when I eat them I like them to be good for me, not just some nutrition-less junk, so I love the idea of this. One caveat for me is they recommend cooking in the packet in the microwave. I never recommend this, microwaves kill the nutrition in your food and cooking in plastic is never a good idea due to BPA’s!! 

Ingredients are: water, organic black rice, organic coconut cream, organic sugar, natural flavour, salt, vegetable gum (412).

I’m always suspicious of ‘natural flavour’ because it can mean all kinds of gross things, and anytime there is a number in food I’m not thrilled. (412) is guar gum (from the pea family) and is used as a stablizer and thickener.  For an occasional breakfast this would be OK and something very different but I wouldn’t eat it daily because it is a processed food.

Review: Zen Ramen Nude Noodles 50g (sample size) RRP$ 3.00 (aprox) 

Zen Ramen Miso Hungry Freeze Dried Miso Soup (sample size) 

 

I have seen these konjac yam noodles at the store for a few years now and heard varying reviews, from ‘t tastes like nothing’ to ‘its awful’. I’ve never purchased hem but they are low carb, gluten free and vegan so they are a good option for someone like me who tries to eat low carb and gluten free as much as possible. These ones are not organic so I would definitely prefer to eat organic if I was purchasing myself, but the packaging is cool and ‘zen’ looking I love the idea of them. I have not tried them at the publishing of this blog post but will update when I do. 

Ingredients are: tapioca syrup, tapioca starch, konjac, calcium hydroxide, citric acid. Made in Japan.

The Miso soup tasted as Miso soup should so for such a small pack they did a great job on taste, but of course it is full of soy, thickeners and flavour enhancers so I would not be purchasing this due to the risk of GMO’s. If you are a processed food kind of person (whether for the speed and convenience or taste) then this would be a great option. This item is made in China which also gives me pause due to their checkered history of manufacturing practises, so for me I will not be purchasing this again.

Review: Think Food Mini Munch (Sunflower Strawberry) 20g RRP $1.00

These are a simple snack sized pack that would be so easy to take on-the-go. They are light and small, just enough to keep you going and keep that blood sugar balanced. After trying these I wasn’t as sold on them as I was when I first saw them. They had a strange bitter aftertaste and were not sweet at all. My husband who will usually eat anything took one bite and threw them away which is very telling. For me, I wanted t like them because of the convenience and small, light packet but I would rather eat a handful of sunflower seeds than these. 

Ingredients are: sunflower seeds, rice malt, dried strawberries, unrefined cane sugar, natural flavours, sea salt.

Once again we see that ‘natural flavours’ creep into the description. I don’t know why these ‘health’ companies can’t just let the ingredients speak for themselves! 

Review: Teff Tribe Express Teff Porridge (Wild Berry & Coconut) 40g sample size  RRP$2.00 (aprox)

I haven’t tried these, I will post here when I do to let you know my thoughts. 

Ingredients are: Teff flakes, quinoa flakes, dried cranberries, coconut milk, coconut flakes, dried blueberries, dried black currents, coconut sugar, natural flavour

Another one with the natural flavours. I’m going to do a post on why natural flavours are such a bad thing in our food. It sounds so innocent and if you eat it for a one off, it’s not going to do too much harm. But as we are seeing its in EVERYTHING! This needs to stop in my opinion, especially from these supposed ‘health food companies.’

Review: Madame Flavour Mint Lavender Tea (sample, 1 bag)  $1.00 (aprox)

The aroma of this was amazing when I added the hot water to steep for a few minutes. Strong mint smell with a hint of that lavender made my office smell amazing! The taste was very strongly mint, I didn’t really taste any lavender but it did have a lovely aftertaste, so perhaps that’s the lavender coming through.  I love items like this that are pure, natural, and good for you. 

I cant argue with these ingredients: (all organic) peppermint, spearmint, lavender flowers, Australian peppermint gum leaf, blue cornflowers. My only concern is the tea bag. I have been delving into the plastics our tea is incased in and there is some concerning evidence. These pyramid style bags are gorgeous to look at but may be affecting our health. I need to do more research into this.

Review: Elektra Magnesium Oil Spritz 10ml RRP $3.30

This item is by far my favourite item in the box. I love epsom salt baths, and I have used magnesium oil before, but not this brand. This is the perfect travel sized spritzer and I know I will use it. It has a very faint scent of mandarin. Be careful if you have sensitive skin as some people don’ tolerate pure magnesium oil well. 

Ingredients: Magnesium Chloride Hexahydrate (food grade) and tested in Australia by an independent laboratory, with no mercury and no lead tested down to 10ppb.  Each 10mL bottle contains approximately 6.18 grams of magnesium chloride hexahydrate in solution of purified water (61.8%).  In addition: Vegetable glycerine, Cocoyl proline, Caprylyl/Capryl glucoside, Potassium sorbate, Sodium borate, and the Essential Oils of Mandarin, Juniper berry and Rosalina. Seven sprays contain approx. 400mg of elemental magnesium.

Other samples: Kosmea organic rose hip oil & Radiance 24/7 youth boost 1ml sachets (great for overnight travel), The love letter collective mindfulness cards

 

 

 

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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