Goodebox, the subscription that includes everyone (with a giveaway too)

goodebox-blue-logoYou may not have heard of Goodebox but after reading this today your world will be expanded by the goodness of this subscription. When subscription boxes first came on the scene they were innovative but they left out a whole section of beauty lovers – those that wanted vegan products, gluten-free products, organic and more. Those of us that want a natural beauty experience will benefit from Goodebox.goodebox intro

 

Beauty Info Zone was chosen to receive two previous month’s boxes to introduce you to their service. It’s a subscription that costs between $18 and $21 depending on the plan you choose. Each box is filled with natural beauty items and wellness products. You can choose to receive a box monthly or every other month.

How do you know if you are a candidate for Goodebox? Ask yourself these questions:

1.  Do you prefer cleaner beauty? If your answer is yes because you like cruelty free, cleaner products that contain natural wellness and sustainability, then you are on the right path.

2.  Do you value curated products that are right for your lifestyle? If you do then you know that sometimes that comes with a little extra cost. But at $21 a month maximum, this isn’t really more than a lot of the subscriptions available.

3.  Do you enjoy a variety of products? Your Goodebox could be filled with skin care, cosmetics, hair care, and wellness products; all of which are from sustainable companies.

4.  Do you like to try before you buy? The beauty of subscription boxes is that you get to try samples and full size items of products that you might be interested in before committing to paying full price.

As much as we aren’t ready for the winter holidays, it really is time to start thinking about what to buy? A subscription to Goodebox is a perfect solution for that woman you know who you think is picky but really just has discerning taste and knows what products are best for her life.

LISA AND THE AUGUST 2015 GOODEBOX

The August box is a great mix of hair, body, and color items. Inside this natural wellness box are three body products (including one full size), one hair product, and one eyeshadow (the second full size product!).

August Goodebox

August Goodebox

August Goodebox

The first item I tried was the full size Zoe Organics Insect Repellent ($22). I live by a gorgeous biking trail and I always get a mosquito bite or two when I ride so I sprayed this on, hopped on my bike and dared the bugs to bite me. Guess what? The bugs left me alone, so I am loving this 100% organic blend of botanical oils.

The next body item, Kahina Giving Beauty FEZ Body Serum, is a beautiful body oil made with rose and orange blossoms, patchouli, sandalwood, ylang-ylang, cumin, and clove. The .5 oz sample size is a $16 value and a full size 200mL is $98.  There are some amazing body oils on the market now and they are expensive so it’s great to get a nice large sample size to try. This is a very fragrant oil, so I use it both right after showering (a little goes a long way when skin is damp) and as a fragrance dabbed onto my wrists.

August Goodebox

The third body item is the Lovefresh Sweet Orange Patchouli Deodorant. This is a 2 oz. travel size deodorant (you can buy this on their website for $15, the 4 oz. size is $25) that has no nasty chemicals. The ingredients include Fair Trade Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Kaolin Clay, Sodium Bicarbonate (aluminum-free), Emulsifying Wax (coconut derived) and natural organic essential oils. The Sweet Orange Patchouli scent is gorgeous, and all natural deodorants are perfect for those with sensitive skin.

August Goodebox

The one hair item in the August box is the Josh Rosebrook Lift Hair Texture & Volume. This is a large sample size with a value of $5.50, a 4 oz. full size product is $22. Lift Hair Texture & Volume is an herbal spray texturizer with organic yucca plant.  I sprayed this on the base of my hair before blow drying and it definitely gave me some lift and volume. I noticed it especially on my bangs – the effect was more subtle on my longer layers.

August Goodebox

The final goodie in the August Goodebox is a full size 1g Au Naturale Eyeshadow ($15). The box has one of two shades, either Mojave (plum purple with violet sheen) or Gold Dust (gold with pink undertones).  My box has Gold Dust and I am THRILLED with this shade!! I used to be a major pigment collector but I haven’t used them much in the last year or so. Gold Dust rekindles my love for loose pigments…this gorgeous eyeshadow makes my eyes look bigger, brighter….better!

The 222 sponge tip

The Make Up For Ever 222 Sponge Tip

I find that the best brush to use with it is my Make Up For Ever 222 Sponge Applicator.  It picks up the pigment and perfectly presses it on (ooooh I love unintentional alliteration!).  I adore this eyeshadow so much that now I want all 35 shades. Besides gorgeousness, other reasons to want the Au Naturale Eyeshadow? It’s natural, gluten-free, paraben-free, vegan, non-nano, bismuth oxychloride-free, sulfate-free, carmine-free, and made in the USA. Plus, the eye shadow is pure minerals – no fillers.

I am beyond impressed with my Goodebox.  It’s a great value and the carefully curated items are wonderful natural beauty discoveries.  Nicely done!!

MARCIA AND THE SEPTEMBER  2015 GOODEBOX

September 2015 Goodebox

September 2015 Goodebox

The September box was all beauty oriented making me a happy recipient. Four skincare products (1 full size) and one full size cosmetic item made up the contents of the September Goodebox. 5 natural and organic items plus 5 small cards to describe them make this an interesting box to receive.

Let’s start with the 100% PURE DARK CHOCOLATE MASCARA ($25 and full size) is a 100% natural mascara meant to lengthen, separate, and thicken lashes leaving you with a glossy look. The ingredients are all good for you, 100% good! It contains fruit pigments and cocoa to color it (not vegan since it contains beeswax) along with ProVitamin B5, Vitamin E, Oat and Wheat proteins to condition your lashes. It’s so rare to receive anything other than a black mascara that this is a treat for a lot of people with lighter lashes.

TREAT SHERBET LIP SCRUB  is the other full size product ($24) in the box and I just love it. It looks like a giant lip balm but when you open it you can see the sugary goodness. This not only exfoliates your lips but it conditions and plumps them. The texture at first feels a tiny bit scrubby but then it dissolves as you buff it in and leaves a creamy delicious taste behind. Just lick off any crystals that haven’t dissolved. I’ve used this on bare lips and over a lip product. It’s a vegan treat by Treat Beauty.

Treat Sherbet Lip Scrub (Goodebox)

Treat Sherbet Lip Scrub (Goodebox)

KUMARI NOURISHING BODY OIL in MAGNOLIA & SANDALWOOD is a totally organic product. A full size is 4 oz at $38 so this 1 oz deluxe sample is worth $9.50 and will give you a great idea of the efficacy of this nourishing body oil. Once you discover the magic of a body oil, you won’t want to go back. This one by Kumari contains organic oils and botanicals for glowing supple skin. It’s a lightweight and non-greasy formula.

KUMARI NOURISHING BODY OIL in MAGNOLIA & SANDALWOOD

KUMARI NOURISHING BODY OIL in MAGNOLIA & SANDALWOOD (Goodebox)

AVITALIN C CONCENTRATE OPTIMAL SKIN PROTECTOR is one of the most different products I’ve had in a subscription box. This little jar contains a combination of 20% L-ascorbic acid and 0.8% ferulic acid to provide protection from environmental damage while creating a brighter, smoother and more radiant complexion. I haven’t tried this yet because of other skincare I’m testing but this light citrus smelling concentrate seems like it could be a very potent and useful serum. It’s in a dark amber tinted bottle to protect it from light. A full size of this is 1 oz. and $68. This is stated to be 0.5 oz and valued at $34.

AVITALIN C CONCENTRATE OPTIMAL SKIN PROTECTOR (Goodebox)

AVITALIN C CONCENTRATE OPTIMAL SKIN PROTECTOR (Goodebox)

S.W. BASICS CREAM is just named Cream. Sounds simple doesn’t it? But it’s what this cream in a cute little glass jar can do for you that counts. Cream is a very rich product that is the main item in the S.W. Basics line. This is a very rich moisturizer that is targeted toward body use. S.W. Basics Cream is made from only 3 ingredients: shea butter, coconut oil, and olive oil. That’s it. No fillers, no fragrance, no synthetics, no water. At over 60% shea butter, you better believe it absorbs deep into thirsty skin and stays there! While I tried this I’m saving it for winter to bring my skin back to life. The shea butter comes from a Fair Trade women’s cooperative in Ghana; then they add organic extra-virgin coconut oil and organic extra-virgin olive oil. What more can you ask for? This vegan product can be used on your face but I’m saving it for my dry legs, feet and elbows. A full size 3 oz jar retails for $32 so this 0.7 oz jar is valued at $9.50 by me.

S.W. Basics Cream (Goodebox)

S.W. Basics Cream (Goodebox)

The September Goodebox was worth $104 and to top that off there’s a $5 off $15 Target g.c. good through 12/31/15 off Made to Matter products from 31 brands (like Ben & Jerry’s, SW Basics, Mrs. Meyer’s, Pacifica, Method, JR Watkins).

September 2015 Goodebox products

September 2015 Goodebox products

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: One lucky US subscriber is going to win a Goodebox from the company. The box will be a surprise to you so we hope you’ll report back to us which box you received and what was in it. There are two requirements on our Rafflecopter – you must be a BIZ subscriber and you must comment. Everything else is a bonus. You can tweet daily to increase your chances of winning. Don’t you want to be the one that receives a surprise in the mail from Goodebox? You have until October 23rd to enter. If comments close, email us at [email protected] with the subject GOODEBOX to make your comment and continue on. Good luck and good health from Goodebox and the BIZ.

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Gorgeous skin the organic way with Kypris Body Elixer: Inflorescence

Kypris Body Elixir: Inflorescence

Kypris Body Elixir: Inflorescence

Already a huge fan of body oils, my latest one – Kypris Body Elixir: Inflorescence – has me swooning.  It’s organic luxury that is so good for the skin I feel positively virtuous every time I use it.

KYPRIS is an organic line of holistic skin care with wild-crafted, sustainable grown ingredients.  You may have heard of them before since they were Green Spa Network’s 2014 Green Product Company of the Year. Entrepreneur and feminist champion Chase Polan created this line which debuted in 2012. Kypris has six serums and elixirs the moisturize, protect, and repair the skin.

Body Elixir: Inflorescence  ($95) is skin care for the body.  It’s the first product on the market with actives typically found in face products.  Kypris says this body oil is “equal parts ecstatic beauty experience, targeted, multi-active skin care, lymphatic movement, aromatherapy and AM/PM self-care ritual tool”.  The oils and essential oils are organic, wild crafted, co-op sourced, local, and sustainable procured.

Kypris Body Elixir: Inflorescence

Kypris Body Elixir: Inflorescence

Kypris Body Elixir: Inflorescence

I am absolutely in love with the Arts and Crafts era, so I adore the packaging.  The body oil comes in a beautiful felt bag that houses the  3.4 fl oz glass bottle with a lace motif design that was inspired by Arts and Crafts.  The body oil isn’t greasy, and it leaves skin unbelievably soft, plumped, and luminous.  It has a definite herbal scent when first applied, but the scent is gone within five minutes so it doesn’t conflict with your favorite fragrance.

Kypris Body Elixir: Inflorescence

The fabulous ingredients treat your body with the same loving care that great skin products treat your face.  Chase Polan developed this oil because she knows that women typically take good care of skin from the neck up…but the decollete and beyond are often completely forgotten.  Just take a look at these amazing ingredients that not only hydrate and enhance elasticity, but also give an antioxidant boost to SPF:

Morinda Oil From the kernels of The Miracle Tree which thrives in extreme weather conditions and yields parts so nutrient-dense they are prized in malnutrition relief and wellness circles alike. KYPRIS’ moringa kernel oil is from a co-operative effort that uses the leaves for hunger relief and the kernels for the oil. A wealth of vitamins, nutrients, and fatty acids from the kernels of this miraculous tree that flourishes even in drought soothes and nourishes stubborn, dry skin. The kernels can be used to regrow the trees but so can clippings of the leaves. The kernels can clarify water but not purify water to an extent that it is potable, so they are best used for their nourishing oil which is not traditionally consumed. The Moringa Kernel oil in this product benefits Trees for Life. (Nicaragua)

Prickly PearWild crafted from the Arizona high desert and the result of a 3+ year collaboration with a wild crafting group, our organic, wild crafted Prickly Pear seed oil is a unique wealth of amino acids and vitamin E that soothes stressed and tired skin.

TamanuOrganically grown and pressed by a co-operative in Tahiti, Tamanu oil inspires cellular renewal, is used in France to help heal burned skin, and is fantastic for enhancing the elasticity of pregnant bellies.

SunflowerLocal, organic blooms yield a golden seed oil wealthy in sun-protective beta carotene and an auspicious fatty acid composition for a delicate emollience.

Neroli and Sweet OrangeClinically tested with zero evidence of irritation or photo-toxicity in the sun, our sun-safe blend of neroli and sweet orange essential oils are aroma-therapeutically beneficial for both the nervous system and the skin. Uplifting, energizing, soothing, toning to both the nervous system and the skin.

Iris Leaf Stem Cells and Vitamin C EsterCreated using the best of green technologies to inspire and protect collagen and to plump skin to a vibrant luminosity.

Body Elixir: Inflorescence retails for $95 is available through estheticians, skin care spas and centers, physicians’ offices, apothecaries, and online at www.kyprisbeauty.com.  Do your body a huge favor and pick up a bottle of this fabulous body oil.  – Lisa

*received for editorial consideration

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Ecoconscious sensory beauty: Teadora Nourishing Bath and Body Oils

Teadora 4In Portuguese, “Teadora” means “adore you”.  Teadora Beauty not only adores you, it adores the earth with unique products that feature rainforest ingredients.  Teadora skin care products are created for ‘sensory beauty’, a complete immersion into lush ingredients and fragrance that  transport you to the Amazonian rainforest.  Teadora only uses sustainable organic ingredients so they can share Brazil while giving back to their community, as well as to the entire earth.

Teadora carries a range of body products from lip butters to body cleansers to hair products.  Every product sold supports rainforests deforestation, as well as the EARTH FOR YOU, YOU FOR EARTH movement which focuses on youth education, leadership development, and health. They sent the BIZ two beautiful Nourishing Bath and Body Oils to test, Rainforest at Dawn and Rainforest at Dusk.

Teadora Body Oils

Teadora Body Oils

I adore body oils in general.  They hydrate skin, leave a soft scent, and give skin a beautiful, luminous glow.  Not all body oils are alike, however, some are definitely better than others.  Teadora Nourishing Bath and Body Oils stand out because of their truly impressive Brazilian ingredients:

Buriti is an amazingly powerful ingredient. It contains the highest concentration of natural vitamin A among fruits and vegetables. It is also rich in Vitamin E, Vitamin C and antioxidants and has been used for generations as a natural UV ray protectant. Its amazing anti-inflammatory properties also help to promote skin healing.

Maracujá (or Passion Fruit) is known as the “Pure Miracle” in Brazil as it brightens, moisturizes, heals, and repairs skin and hair without feeling greasy or heavy. Good for all skin types-from dry to oily.

Brazil Nut is a light, sweet, and nutty oil that is wonderful for the entire body. It absorbs quickly, and provides powerful moisture and healing to the skin, hair, and face.

Babassu is made from the nuts of wild-growing Brazilian palm trees. It is also a more effective skin oil than coconut oil. It is high in essential acids to cool, sooth, protect, restore, and moisturize any skin type.

Plant Stem Cells, we use stem cells from the Argan tree to help rejuvenate your skin’s middle layer, where wrinkles start. It is known to protect dermal stem cells reduce the appearance of wrinkles, tighten and tone skin tissue and  increases skin firmness and density.

Teadora Bath and Body Oils have a ton of antioxidants to fight free radicals, plus tremendously hydrating ingredients that leave skin soft, supple, and healthy looking.  There are two scents from which to choose:  Rainforest at Dawn and Rainforest After Dark.

Teadora Rainforest at Dawn

Teadora Rainforest at Dawn

All the good stuff inside Teadora Rainforest at Dawn Body Oil

All the good stuff inside Teadora Rainforest at Dawn Body Oil

Rainforest at Dawn ($58) has a citrus scent with bergamot, lemon, woods, fresh florals, basil and eucalyptus.  The fresh, energizing scent makes this a great body oil to start the day.  I smooth it on after I shower, and I even run my hands through my wet hair for a subtle scent and to moisturize and eliminate fly-away hair.  This oil also makes a great treatment for dandruff and dry scalp.

Teadora Rainforest at Dusk Body Oil

Teadora Rainforest at Dusk Body Oil

All the good stuff inside Teadora Rainforest at Dusk Body Oil

All the good stuff inside Teadora Rainforest at Dusk Body Oil

Rainforest at Dusk ($58)  is more of a dusky, sensual floral scent with Rose Absolute and Geranium plus a hint of fruitiness.  I love this as a bath oil or as a massage oil…it is heavenly.

Teadora Nourishing Bath and Body Oils are 100% vegan with completely natural scents.  They are also free of parabens, synthetic fragrance, silicone, gluten, phthalate, sulfates and other harsh chemicals.  Teadora is a wonderful line with a great message that supports a fabulous cause.  It doesn’t get any better than this.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Ingredients:  Tinctorious (Safflower) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Kosher Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Berthorlletia Excelsa (Brazil Nut) Seed Oil, Organic Rosa Canina/Rosa Rubiginosa (Rose Hip) Seed Oil, Orbignya Oleifera (Babassu) Seed Oil, Eugenia Unifloran (Pitanga) Leaf Oil, Organic Mauritia Flexuosa (Buriti) Fruit Oil, Passiflora Edulis (Purple Passionfruit) Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Salvia Hispanica (Chia) Oil, Non-GMO Tocopherol (Mixed-Ester) Vitamin E, Retinol Palmitate (Vitamin A), Argania Spinosa Sprout Cell Extract (and) Isolmalt (and) Lecithin (and) Sodium Benzoate (and) Aqua, Natural Fragrance.

Vapour Organic Beauty – eco beauty done right

Vapour Organic Beauty

Vapour Organic Beauty

Vapour Organic Beauty creates products that they say are good enough to eat. According to the USDA “Vapour is the only color cosmetic manufactured to the USDA’s Organic Food Standard.” vapour beauty usdaThat’s saying something but there’s a lot more to say about this company that is made entirely from certified organic plants, vitamins and minerals. They are cruelty free, sustainable and ethical. And they make great products if the 5 lovelies they sent, seen above, are any indication of what they can do.

I’ve reviewed a few other Vapour Beauty products and liked using them but the newest ones I have are even better than before. I’ve been wearing them a lot and getting a lot of pleasure from doing so.

Aura Multi-Use Blush sticks in Charisma and Intrique

Aura Multi-Use Blush sticks in Charisma and Intrique

My absolute favorites are the AURA MULTI-USE BLUSH STICKS. That’s no surprise to anyone who knows me. I’d much rather use a cream blush product than a powder one. I find creams to be much more natural looking and easier for me to control. With a powder blush I never quite know how much pressure to put on a brush and I can end up with too much. But with these AURA Multi-Use Blush Sticks I quickly learned how much to use and I find them exceptionally easy to apply and blend.

Aura Multi-Use

Aura Multi-Use

The two that I have – Charisma and Intrique – are unfortunately not available at the current time but they’ll give you an idea of what these are all about. The colors that are available are stunning (see beauty.com for great swatches). These aren’t just blush sticks, they are multiple use so you can use them safely on lips and eyes as well.

There is no fragrance to these, they are silky smooth and glide on beautifully, and they last well throughout the day.

Vapour swatches: Solar Translucent Bronzer, Charisma & Intrique Aura blush sticks

Vapour swatches: Solar Translucent Bronzer, Charisma & Intrique Aura blush sticks

SOLAR TRANSLUCENT BRONZER comes in 3 shades; from lightest to darkest they are Mirage (shown), Simmer and Spicy. I personally love the translucent quality of this bronzer since I am not a bronzing queen like my dear blog partner Lisa. I like a touch of color and I’m able to achieve that with Solar Translucent Bronzer stick in Mirage. Like the Aura sticks this is a cream product and I feel that I can control the amount I use as well as the placement better than I can with a powder product. Plus if I goof, it’s easier to blend down and fix.

Vapour Organic Beauty Solar Translucent Bronzer in Mirage

Vapour Organic Beauty Solar Translucent Bronzer in Mirage

Solar is infused with sun-specific super antioxidants Pomegranate, Green Tea and Acai Berry, and nourishes with a soothing organic Calendula Flower and vitamin-rich organic Shea Butter. This isn’t orange on me even though my lousy photography makes it look that way. Instead it’s a light tan that works well on my paleness. It’s described as a “pale gold that brings a kiss of the sun to pale skin”.

SIREN is the name for Vapour’s lipsticks and some of these shades really fit that description. Imagine my surprise when I opened the package to find this lipstick:

Vapour Beauty Siren lipstick in Dare

Vapour Beauty Siren lipstick in Dare

DARE is a rich plummy brown that looks almost black in the tube. I’m the girl that wears light lips. So how do I review a product that is this dark and vampy? EASY PEASY LADIES!! I applied it and then applied the gorgeous POSSESS lipstick over it and the angels sang. (Well maybe they hummed a little.)

Vapour lipsticks in Dare and Possess

Vapour lipsticks in Dare and Possess

POSSESS is a color that I absolutely love. It’s called a “sexy adult pink” and on my lips it turns a perfect soft mauve. It’s the type of color I grab when I want to look my best but still natural. When it’s worn over Dare it becomes a deeper version of itself. SIREN LIPSTICKS are unscented beauties. While Dare will only get used occasionally, Possess has a permanent place in my makeup bag. They have a creamy jojoba, pomegranate and camellia oil base so they don’t feel dry.

My comeaway impression of VAPOUR ORGANIC BEAUTY is that this is a very special brand of organic makeup. They are so sure of their products that they even sell samples of many of them. They are confident that once you try the textures and colors that you’ll come back. I’m confident of that too. Have you tried Vapour lately? — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration