My all-things-makeup-and-skincare obsession is still in full effect. Yes, I don’t need this. Yes, my mother has teased me for spending $18 per month on a beauty subscription service. If there was a Shopaholics Anonymous group, I would seriously consider it. But for now, I’ll stay in denial.
This is a monthly or bi-monthly service that sends you natural, eco-friendly beauty and wellness samples. As a consumer, it’s important to me to support eco-driven companies, and to incorporate more natural products into my routine. Therefore, this eco-conscious service seemed like an easy, cost-effective option.
In collaboration with barre3, the September box consists of 7 items that focus on fitness and wellness. Below, you will find a list of these items and reviews.
Wristband, Challenge Field Guide, and one-month access to online videos ($15 per month), Product Rating: B+
barre3 is an online fitness company that features 10 to 60-minute workout videos, centering on yoga and Pilates. I plan to do the 4-week challenge, and I also feel motivated to eat healthier. A list of recipes are included on the website like Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins. Yum.
Himalayan Citrus Head-To-Toe Cleansing Bar, Product Rating: C
This cleansing bar has a subtle scent and works for my sensitive, dry skin. It also provides gentle exfoliation through salt crystals, but these disappeared after the first application.
The All Natural Face
Matte Cream Blush for Lips & Cheeks, Product Rating: A-
For the color, I received Dusky Rose—a muted mauve or cool-toned, pink shade. It’s similar to my natural lip color; however, I haven’t tried it as a blush. The color is fairly sheer, but I’m able to build the layers in order to intensify the pigmentation.
Pure Flake Sea Salt, Product Rating: C-
To be honest, I haven’t tried this product. My work schedule hasn’t allowed for much cooking time (but I think it would taste great in a salted caramel latte). Overall, I’m puzzled with this product in my beauty box.
Nail Polish ($14.99 + shipping per month), Product Rating: A
This subscription service offers 5-free formula polish (sans formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, camphor, and formaldehyde resin), and it’s not tested on animals. The color came in Rodeo Drive—a shiny, brown hue. However, when it’s painted on my nails, the color is silver. With this fall color, it’ll be nice to venture out of my usual pastel polish.
Arnica Relief Gel, Product Rating: C+
Arnica is a natural remedy for muscle pain, so after an 8-hour shift at Starbucks, I tried the sample. It has a strong, minty scent, and when applied to the skin, the product creates a warming sensation. In terms of muscle pain, though, I didn’t experience overwhelming relief.
Skin Food, Product Rating: A
By far, this is the best sample in the box. This multi-purpose cream is “100% certified natural,” and its consistency is super thick. In the winter months, I need a thick lotion because my skin basically becomes the Sahara desert. I’ve used it for my hands, feet, chapped lips, and even as a cheek highlighter.
Hopefully, this review gave some insight into eco-friendly, natural beauty products. If you’re looking to try a beauty subscription service, I would recommend Goodebox. It provides practical, well-made samples that are applicable to many lifestyles. And again, thanks for reading!