Product Reviews, Subscription Boxes

GOODBEING DECEMBER 2017


Goodbeing

Goodbeing, formerly known as Goodebox, is such a great monthly subscription box to discover healthy beauty, personal care and wellness products.  Every box I’ve tried has great products that are made with safer ingredients and healthier alternatives to conventional make-up, skincare & wellness products.  Check out my previous review of the November 2017 box and other review here.  They have a few options to choose from, starting at $9.95 a month.

First, to join members choose a box type and plan, the Beauty or Lifestyle box.  The Beauty box contains all beauty, featuring body & hair care, skincare, nail color, beauty elixirs/serums, even beauty accessories and more.  The Lifestyle box includes a combination of beauty, lifestyle, wellness, supplements, superfoods and non-toxic lifestyle goods.  They have  a monthly plan or pre-paid plan that saves money.

The Goodbeing Standard for the Lifestyle and Beauty box is $24.95 USD/Box or Prepaid 6 Month Plan $21.99 USD/Box ($131.95 every renewal):

  • Average value of $40-$50, varies each month and for member to member
  • Receive 4-5 items per month, full size, deluxe and samples
  • PICK your products:  you get to choose 1-2 items in your box with this subscription or you can opt to have the entire box be a surprise.
    • Love this!  This way you know you will always get at least 2 products you really wanted.

Mini Goodbeing $9.95 USD/Box or Annual Plan $8.95 USD/Box ($107.40 every renewal):

  • Average value $15-$20
  • Receive 2 items every month, either 2 travel size or a full size and deluxe size

Second, members fill out a detailed member profile.  This is how you get a personalized box, as well as picking your own products with the Goodbeing Standard membership.

Third, test away, figure out what you like.  Remember we are all different, what works for me may not work for you.  This is why subscription boxes are one of my favorite ways to test quality natural products without having to buy the full size only to find out it doesn’t work for me.

Every Goodbeing Box also comes with information cards with details about the products, cost and value of the products.  Plus a beautiful quote and Member Only Discounts on the other side.  Who doesn’t love discount codes?

Look at all the goods in December Box:

Jivi Moisturizer with Sun Protection in Lavender Full Size $12:

The moisturizer is creamy with a purple color that absorbs clear into skin.  This can be used everywhere for hydration and sun protection.  I like to apply to my arms, hands, face and neck.

Ingredients:  Many of the ingredients are organic- aloe vera juice shea butter, olive oil, zinc oxide emulsifying wax from coconut/palm tress, vegetable glycerin, jojoba oil ,micro algae, cucumber peel, rosemary, vitamin E, Essential oil blend.

Jivi products are also edible.  You heard right.  I’m not suggesting you eat the bottle or what is inside.  However, Jivi feels that if the ingredients aren’t safe to eat why should someone put it on their skin?  Such a great point, right?

How cute, the bottle even says to call your mom.  Plus, for every Jivi bottle purchased, Jivi gives a meal through a food bank, to a person in the neighborhood where the product was bought.

I like that this line is effective, safe, gives back, and is affordable.

Jivi Exfoliating Face Wash in Lemongrass Sample/Full Size $12:

A little goes a long way, just a small size of the wash massaged onto face, provides a light exfoliation.  It smells like yummy lemons and leaves skin fresh and clean.

Co Pur Lavender & Lime Hand Balm Full Size $9:

This beauty stick comes in handy.  Especially during the crazy weather months.  So easy to use with the no mess applicator.  It is a rich balm which can be applied anywhere extra moisture needed- hands, cuticles, elbows, heels.  Just allow the balm to warm in hands, which happens pretty quickly and apply.

Ingredients:  Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Organic Shea Butter, Organic cocoa Butter, Lavender Oil, Lime Oil.

This was a must have on our car trip to see family over the Holidays.  My husband and I have such dry hands right now and this beauty really helped sooth them and stop the cracking.

Esthechoc Chocolate Cambridge Beauty Science Beauty Dietary Supplement $7.85 for 3/$55 for 21 bars:

A yummy way to get a supplement.  Each one is individually wrapped.  It is a thin chocolate and tastes like a treat.  Any chocolate lovers out there?  Me too.

Made to increase microcirculation, cellular trurnoer, and improves overall skin function (yes, tell me more!) in about 21 days.

Ingredients:  cocoa polyphenols and plant based age called astaxanthin.  1 bar has 40 calories and a small amount of caffiene.

Directions one piece per day recommended to have with morning coffee or at night for an indulgent treat.  Also, I really like the idea of helping my skin and feeding my sweet tooth all at the same time.  Win, win!

Yes, all of mine are already gone.

Elate Clean Cosmetics Liquid Eyeliner in Joy Full Size $25:

I saw this sparkle gold beauty and had to make it one of my picks.  Eco beauty meets fashionista!  This clean water resistant formula lasts all day.  Plus how chic is the bamboo packaging?  I like to line my entire eye with this gold liner.  Goes on silky smooth, without streaking and brings a sparkle to the eyes.  Especially for the holidays.  Dries quickly, about a minute or two.

So happy I picked this gluten-free, toxin-free and clean ingredient beauty as part of my box.

MyChelle Lip Hints Condition Lip Balm in Plum Full Size $12.50:

A conditioning lip balm in many colors.  I received Plum, it looks bold in the glass pot, however, goes on sheer.  Leaves lips super soft and moisturized.  A melting balm made from a blend of Shea Butter, coconut, Kalahari Melon and Meadowfoam Oils.

Looks like a sheer gloss on.  So pretty, made without Phthalates, parabens, sulfate and other nasty ingredients.

Bottom Line

Such a great variety of natural products in the December Box.  I’m such a fan of picking 1- 2 of my products per box.  Always happy to see green beauty make-up, skincare, and wellness in one box.  I think I found my new favorite treat that is also good for my skin, Esthochoc chocolate.

Are you subscribed?  What was your favorite product?

Want to subscribe?  Then please use my link here and you can also get a BONUS product with your first box.

“We make a living by what we get.  

We make a life by what we give.”

~Winston S. Churchill

XO

Cynthia

Green Passion Beauty

[Disclaimer:  Goodbeing generously sent GPB this box to review, opinions are my own, contains my affiliate link]

Bottom Line

WHAT IS MY “BOTTOM LINE”?

Bottom Line

This is a place where I want to write about anything and everything, my truth, my bottom line.

The noun Bottom Line means:

  • the essential or salient point:  CRUX
  • the primary or most important consideration

I’ve been giving my “bottom line” at the end of my blog posts for a while now.  SO I thought why not make a space here on Green Passion Beauty where I can write about what ever my heart desires.  To me, Green Passion Beauty is always evolving, just like me.  I can’t wait to share my thoughts on life, fitness, eco-home/eco beauty or green beauty, self care, less is more (everything) with you.  So the Bottom Line will have it all.

First, let me start by sharing that this is a huge step for me.  I’ve been kind of a closed book most of my life.  I’m getting better about letting people in, to get to know me even in this digital/social world where sometimes one might argue we share too much.  It is still a struggle for me.  I was brought up to keep things to myself, my family.  Not that this is a bad thing, I just didn’t share much about me with others unless it was family or really close friends.  Maybe I was burned a few times by so called friends when I was younger and when my father died of cancer while I was in high school I was even more afraid to get too close to anyone.  Can we say defense mechanisms?  Does that make sense?  I will hopefully write more about this another day, but for now let’s leave it at that.

Then fast forward to adult hood, I became an attorney.  I felt like my entire way of thinking changed and it I thought everything I said, wrote, did had to be “perfect.”  Maybe I’ve also had the perfectionist gene, but when my career changed my ability to share got even worse.  Once “it” (what ever IT is) is out there in the universe you can’t take it back (writing, pictures, social media, what you say, anything you place out there).  Can I plead the FIFTH?

Okay, enough for now.  Happy New Years and can’t wait to see what 2018 and the NEW YEAR will bring for all of us.   What are you hoping for?  I’m sharing my thoughts on this in the next Bottom Line.

The Bottom Line:  

My Truth

The Crux

My Thoughts

The Sum

My Words

My Bottom Line

XO

Cynthia

Green Passion Beauty 

 

 

Product Reviews, Subscription Boxes

SEASON’S GREETINGS WITH PETIT VOUR DECEMBER 2017 BOX

Petit Vour

Have you been searching for cruelty free beauty options?  Then take a look at Petit Vour Monthly Subscription Box.  The monthly box is only $18 a month or as low as $15 a month for $180 a year.  Everything is expertly curated and free from animal testing, animal ingredients and harmful toxins.  The first Petit Vour box was curated in 2013 and continues to be one of the best out there.  I often wonder how they are able to deliver all the luxury cruelty free beauty boxes every month for that price (steal).

Petit Vour “peh-tee-vohr”

“Is a Frenglish word derived from French confectionary “petit four.”  A petit vour is a small, cruelty-free luxury-non-toxic, vegan, and ethically made.  Petit Vour boxes contain a selection of such things and are curated for the modern, ethical woman.”

How it works:

  • Each box contains 4-5 cruelty free beauty products every month.  May contain travel, deluxe or full- size products
  • Typical value $45-$60 monthly
  • Each box includes a variety of products, from hair care, make-up, body and skin care
  • Curated to match personalized profile
  • Cruelty free, non-toxic products, plant based products
  • Boxes ship in batches, between the 10th-20th of the month
  • Get 400 PV pont or $4 when you rate the items from that month’s box
  • Once you try/test the products they can be purchased in the Petit Vour on-line shop

When Petit Vour reached out to me to review their boxes I was so excited and couldn’t wait (happy dance).  I’m so proud to be part of the Petit Vour movement and their mission to bring two worlds together: luxury and progressive values.

Now, let’s check out the December Petit Vour box.

The December Box

Each box includes an Information card, always with an artistic picture or inspiring statement to match the theme of the box, plus details about how to use the products.  This month is so festive and how cute is the little bunny?

Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Mascara $10/Full Size $22

This black mascara goes on smooth without clumping or smudging.  I really liked this mascara because it is buildable.  I have blonde barely there eyelashes, so I like to wear one that makes my eyelashes stand out without causing black under eye smudges.  It made my eyelashes look long and you can see them (score).  The mascara is nutrient rich from plant derived Photo-Pigments and formulated with over 60% of certified organic ingredients.

True Moringa Lip Whip in Truth Full Size $16


Naturally colored and flavored lip whips.  This comes in 3 beautiful shades, I received Truth, a pretty pink.  Looks like a bold pink in the pot, but goes on as a sheer pink tint.  Helps keep lips hydrated and moisturized with a little shimmer.  Tints are great for a more natural look and feel.  So easy to place the glass pot in a pocket on the run or in a bag.

Odacite Synergie Immediate Skin Perfecting Beauty Masque $6/Full Size $59

This is a powder that is mixed with water or any liquid or serum to detoxify pores with activated charcoal and clay, brighten and even skin tone with vitamin C + Fruit Enzymes, to peel off dead cells with papaya enzymes + fruit extracts, and firm skin due to probiotics + vitamin C.  More please.  I mixed about 1 1/2 teaspoons of the powder with water.  It turned into a lovely gray color with a smooth clay consistency.  I left it on for about 15 minutes.  It left my skin feeling soft and smooth.  Plus, so nice there is enough for 2 masks in the travel package.

Province Apothcary Full Brow Serum $16 /Full Size $36

This formula is blended with botanical extracts and anti oxidants to encourage fuller-looking brows.  A blend of Organic Castor Seed Oil and Coffee Extract targets hair follicles to help them grow.   I so need this.  Not only do I have sparse eyelashes, my brows are the same.  The serum is light with an earthy aroma.  My brows do seem a bit thicker, so can’t wait to see with continued use what happens.

URSA Major Golden Hour Travel Size $6/Full Size $48

The cream texture feels so lovely on my dry winter skin.  My skin care changes with the season because my skin goes through so much.  How about you?  So winter months I like creams and balms.  This one is super creamy, hydrating that absorbs quickly, not greasy.  Plus, the scent is light and clean.  Can be used twice daily or as a night cream.  I like to use it at night so I wake up with super soft skin.

Bottom Line

Such an amazing box, with a value that is always higher than the cost of the box.  Super crazy to get all these quality products for only $15-$18 a month.  I definitely recommend this box for those interested in discovering luxury cruelty-free beauty.  The best way to see if you like the products and the ingredients before you purchase full sizes.  Not only do you get a fabulous surprise cruelty-free box every month, you can review the products and get money to spend in their online shop.  Bonus.  Love it.

Are you subscribed?  What was your favorite product in this month’s box?  If you want to subscribe, please use my link here.

 

Love the quote by Petit Vour, simple and yet so significant!  So let’s remember to:

“be bold.  be kind”

~Petit Vour

 

XO

Cynthia

Green Passion Beauty

[Disclaimer:  GPB received this box from Petit Vour, however opinions are my own.  My post contains my affiliate link, please feel free to use my links or discover Petit Vour on your own.  Thank you.]

Product Reviews, Subscription Boxes

GOODBEING PERSONALIZED BOX NOVEMBER 2017

Goodbeing

This monthly personalized subscription box is such a great way to discover healthy beauty, personal care and wellness products.  Goodbeing, formerly known as Goodebox, was one of the first natural beauty boxes I subscribed to when I started my safer product journey.  Check out my previous review here.  I really like that Goodbeing has a number of box options available and start as low as $9.95 a month.

How it Works

First, to join members choose a box type and plan, the Beauty or Lifestyle box.  The Beauty box contains all beauty, featuring body & hair care, skincare, nail color, beauty elixirs/serums, even beauty accessories and more.  The Lifestyle box includes a combination of beauty, lifestyle, wellness, supplements, superfoods and non-toxic lifestyle goods.  They have  a monthly plan or pre-paid plan that saves money.

The Goodbeing Standard for the Lifestyle and Beauty box is $24.95 USD/Box or Prepaid 6 Month Plan $21.99 USD/Box ($131.95 every renewal):

  • Average value of $40-$50, varies each month and for member to member
  • Receive 4-5 items per month, full size, deluxe and samples
  • PICK your products:  you get to choose 1-2 items in your box with this subscription or you can opt to have the entire box be a surprise.
    • Love this!  This way you know you will always get at least 2 products you really wanted.

Mini Goodbeing $9.95 USD/Box or Annual Plan $8.95 USD/Box ($107.40 every renewal):

  • Average value $15-$20
  • Receive 2 items every month, either 2 travel size or a full size and deluxe size

Second, members fill out a detailed member profile.  This is how you get a personalized box, as well as picking your own products with the Goodbeing Standard membership.

Third, test away, figure out what you like.  Remember we are all different, what works for me may not work for you.  This is why subscription boxes are one of my favorite ways to test quality natural products without having to buy the full size only to find out it doesn’t work for me.

Every Goodbeing Box also comes with information cards with details about the products, cost and value of the products.  Plus a beautiful quote and Member Only Discounts on the other side.  I seriously love quotes and discounts.  Who doesn’t?

Goodbeing was so kind to send me their Lifestyle box filled with green beauty and eco-lifestyle goodies.  So let’s check out all the goodies in my November box:

LoQi Bags $10-95-$12.95

Hello eco-friendly meets fashion!  This was one of picks.  I already have a few and don’t like to go anywhere without them.  They are huge and can hold so much.  Plus, eco-friendly, chemical free, and washable.  That’s right, washable.  These come folded in a little zipper purse to keep in your bag or car or luggage for future use (so easy).  Compact and strong enough to hold groceries, clothes, an American Girl Doll, and more.

I use these LoQi bags to go shopping, for car trips and make sure to have them in my luggage when traveling.  Fashionable enough to use as a purse and also as a laundry bag.  So versatile and so many styles to choose from.

Kvoss NYC Nourish Magik Shimmer Body Lotion 2 oz/$28

This luxurious body lotion is so creamy with a light shimmer.  It feels so silky smooth, hydrating and absorbs quickly.  With a lovely shea butter scent.  So pretty.

Made with grape oil to support skin cell renewal + antioxidant rich avocado butter and hydrating shea better to ward off dryness.

I like to apply anywhere & everywhere I want a glow and soft skin.

Plaine Products Travel Body Wash Rosemary-Mint-Vanilla Travel Size $5

This body wash smells so good.  Made with a combination of rosemary and fresh mint plus a touch of vanilla.  The minty smell is so refreshing, like a spa day at home.  The travel size is great to figure out if the product works before splurging on the full size.  Such a great product, plus the mission behind this brand is commendable, to reduce plastic.  Their products come in aluminum bottles that can be reused, recycled and returned to the company.  They even pay to have their empty bottles sent back to them.  To learn more about their process check out their website here.

Made without harmful chemicals, no PEG, PG, parabens, sulfates, dyes, synthetic fragrances or petrochemicals.

Sahajan Skincare Restorative Eye Cream Deluxe Sample  8 mL $25.60 (Full Size 15 mL $48)

I was so happy to see Eye Cream in my November box.  This one is an Organic Ayurvedic Blend made with ingredients like Triphala to help brighten skin, Neem Oil which means “the healing tree” in Sanskrit & Honey to soothe and repair (more please!!!).

I was a little shocked by the color when I first tried it, for some reason I was expecting white or clear.  However, the rich color absorbs and melts into skin.  It has a silky texture and it leaves skin around the delicate eye area smooth with a slight cooling effect.  So lovely.

Au Naturale Cosmetics Creme Shadow in Camo Deluxe Sample $18 (Full Size $24)

This is super pigmented, and a gorgeous green forest shade, no wonder it is called CAMO.  It has a creamy texture that I like to apply with my finger all over the bottom of my eyelid or use with a precision brush as a liner to make my hazel eyes pop.  Au Naturale has always been one of my favorite green beauty lines with a mission to get us stricter labeling laws with the #cleabeautyrevolution.  I can’t say enough good things about all their beautiful clean make up, see my collaboration with Teri Miyahira in the Guide to Au Naturale Cosmetics and learn more about the clean beauty revolution in my blog post here.

Bottom Line

I’m so impressed with Goodbeing monthly subscription box.  It is personalized.  Plus, they give full and deluxe sample sizes of quality green beauty and lifestyle brands.  The value is way over the price of the box, the November box had a value over $87 (insert happy face here).  This would make a great gift for someone that wants to green their routine or the eco person in your life.

See any favorites?  What did you get in your November box?

If you want to subscribe or need more information click my link here.

 

“At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.  Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the game within us”

~Albert Schweitzer

 

XO

Cynthia

Green Passion Beauty

[Goodbeing sent me this box to review, opinions are my own, includes affiliate links]

Subscription Boxes

GOODBEING BLACK FRIDAY SALE 2017 + CYBER MONDAY

Goodbeing September 2016

Are you looking to join Goodbeing monthly subscription or gift it to a friend?  Then here is a great deal for you to receive Goodbeing:

  • Healthy & clean beauty, natural wellness + good living
  • Monthly subscription box
  • Members can customize their monthly box by choosing 1-2 products
  • At least $45 average value per box and usually higher
  • 4-5 expertly curated, personalized items in each box

From November 22nd-November 27th:

Anyone who shops the Standard Goodbeing Gift Memberships will get a 20% Discount-Use Code BLACKFRIDAY20

Join now as a Regular Active Member, which means have a recurring membership for yourself, to get 30% OFF Standard Gift Memberships Black Friday- Cyber Monday, and get 20% OFF Standard Gift Memberships all year long!  Use Code BLACKFRIDAY30

So if you’ve been thinking about getting a Goodbeing Subscription see some previous boxes below to gat an idea of all the clean goodies you could get in your monthly box:

Goodbeing November 2017

Goobeing October 2016

Good being March 2016

Goodbeing February 2016

Bottom Line

Goodbieng has neve done a discount like this before on their subscriptions.  What a deal as a gift for you or someone you want to bring some natural beauty and wellness/lifestyle products into their life.  Are you getting one?

To get your subscription please use my link here.

XO

Cynthia

Green Passion Beauty

[Contains affiliate links]

 

Legislation/Take Action

Senate Bill 258 – Cleaning Up Cleaning Products

GPB SB 258 Safe Cosmetics

https://www.facebook.com/safecosmetics/photos

What do you mean all of our cleaning products aren’t safe?  That’s right, before my green beauty/living journey I thought products on the market, including cleaning products were safe.  Many of us believe that there are State or Federal laws protecting us and workers against harmful ingredients in our cleaning supplies.  However, these laws have been basically non-existant.  Now California is leading the way for safe cleaning products with Senate Bill 258 (SB 258) The Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017.  This requires ingredient labeling on product labels and online for cleaning products sold in the state of California.  So, what does safe really mean anyway?

Black’s Law Dictionary defines “safe” as:

The amount of exposure that will cause no harm or damage after exposure.

Well safe products sounds good to me.  How about you?  I think we all expect our products not to cause any harm or damage to any one.  One of the first steps in making sure there is no harm is knowing what is in products we buy.  Although, I could argue the first step would be to stop making products with potentially harmful ingredients, but that is an entirely different rabbit hole to go down.

SB 258 will require manufacturers to list all the ingredients in Cleaning Supplies such as:

  • dish soaps
  • disinfectants
  • stain removers
  • laundry detergents
  • air fresheners, disinfectants
  • all purpose cleaners
  • glass cleansers

This Bill was introduced by Senator Ricardo Lara February 18, 2017 due to the awareness that cleaning products can contain thousands of chemicals, many of which are toxic and have been associated with cancer, asthma and other respiratory damage, skin allergies, and reproductive, developmental and hormonal changes.

This is such a great step in the right direction to have transparency about ingredients.  This allows all of us to make an informed decision whether we want to use a particular product.

Bottom Line

We have the right to know what ingredients are in our cleaning products.  Actually, there should be transparency of ingredients with all of our products everywhere.  Hoping other states and industries, such as cosmetics and fragrances will follow SB 258 with transparency.  Until then, let’s continue to vote with our dollars, read labels and demand companies at least tell us what ingredients are in their products and then we can make the decision whether we want to purchase and use their product or not.

XO

Cynthia

Green Passion Beauty

A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity

~ Dalai Lama

 

Resources:

Senate Bill 258 https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB258

Breast Cancer Prevention Partners https://www.bcpp.org/resource/ca-cleaning-product-right-to-know-act/

Lifestyle/Eco Fashion, Product Reviews, Subscription Boxes

BACK TO BASICS BOX SEPTEMBER

 

GPB BTB Sept box 1

Back To Basics

Are you looking for an Eco-Home and Green Beauty monthly box?  Then look to Back to Basics. As a subscription box specialist (aka obsessed) I was searching for a subscription that would help me on my green beauty and eco-home journey.  Enter Back to Basics Chic Chica Box, which is one of the few on the market that specializes in safer products for home and beauty for men and women.

Every month I get the Eco Chic Chica box for $29.99 plus shipping.  It contains 2 green beauty items and 2 household/lifestyle items and information cards that describe why the cleaner product in the box is safer compared to conventional products or “The Other Junk”.  Back to Basics also has the Go Green Gents box for men and a Household Combo box, plus a shop to buy all the goodies featured in their boxes.  Learn more about their monthly subscription boxes here.  You can also check out my other reviews for June, July & AugustMay, April, and March.

This month’s box featured:

Habit Nail Polish in Lush $18

GPB BTB Habit with card

This month included a full size super pretty HABIT nail polish in LUSH.  A purple/grape color.  Really fun for fall or the end of summer.  I don’t paint my nails very often, but when I do I use safer nail polish like HABIT.   Their formula is free of the nasty chemicals found in conventional nail polishes like:

  • Toluene
  • Formaldehyde resin
  • Camphor
  • TPP
  • DBP
  • Isobutylphoexy Epoxy Resin
  • Xylene
  • Parabens

The vibrant color is trendy and long lasting (I’ve had one coat on for about 4 days and no chipping).  Love that HABIT is also PETA-Certified as vegan and cruelty-free.  Made with Mryhh Extract to strengthen nails and has anti fungal and bacterial properties.  Plus, it comes in glass bottle with sustainable bamboo overcap, which uses less plastic.

GPB BTB Habit

The Optimist Co. Organic Castile Soap Unscented 8 oz. $6.50

GPB BTB soap

This multitasking concentrated soap is made with simple clean ingredients, which include:  saponified organic oils of coconut, olive, and jojoba, organic aloe vera, & organic rosemary extract.  Castile soap goes a long way, it can be diluted in another bottle with water or add essential oils for fragrance.  So many ways to use this soap:

  • Hand Soap
  • Body Wash
  • Dish Soap
  • Pet Wash
  • Produce Wash
  • Laundry Soap
  • Cleaner-floors, countertop, rug and carpet, toys, bathroom

The amber jar can be recycled and the amber color helps protects the essential oils inside.  Such a great product.  Plus, The Optimist has more safe cleaning/laundry products and DIY sets to choose from, just check out their shop here.  I’ve used a few of their products, thanks to BTB boxes, and they are all made with simple, clean ingredients and work.

Back To Basics Glass Bottle 

GPB BTB bottle

This re-usable glass bottle was included in this box with the back to basics sticker.  Love it!  I immediately mixed the Optimist Castile Soap, water and a few drops of essential oil to make liquid hand soap for my bathroom.

GPB BTB soap and bottle

Rare Essence Aromatherapy Organic Bergamot Essential Oil-Citrus bergamia 5ml $10.52

GPB rare essence

This has a lovely citrus aroma, which picks me up and smell so good.  Made in small batches with essential oils consciously-sourced worldwide.  The essential oil is in an amber glass bottle that can be recycled, plus cruelty-free.

Bottom Line

Every month the Back to Basics curation is incredible.   Their eco- home and green beauty products are high quality and such a great variety every month.  This is definitely one of my favorite monthly subscription boxes I receive.  Have you tried any of these?  Are you subscribed?

“We are our habits.  Let’s make them good ones!”

~HABIT Plant-powered beauty

~XO

Cynthia

Green Passion Beauty

Eco baby/kids, Product Reviews

PLENI NATURALS MADE SAFE FOR KIDS

We're loving @pleninaturals hair and body wash that are @madesafehq + cruelty free + certified vegan. So excited to add their baby oil and baby balm to my daughter's skin/body care. Thank you Allyson for these lovely safe products. . We've been using their hair and body wash on my 5 year old daughter for a while now that we received in the May @glowingbeets box. We love the smell of orange & vanilla, the bottle with the cute little veggies, how it lathers and makes bubbles & a little goes a long way. Plus this momma is thankful all of their products are made with safe ingredients. . Pleni Naturals is proud to be one of the first brands to be MADE SAFE certified. This means every product has been screened by a team of scientists and found to be made without toxic chemicals known to harm human health! So important! All of their products are made with organic fruit and vegetables and without harmful ingredients. . Have you tried Pleni Naturals? . Painting by my daughter for Mother's Day 2016 . . #pleninaturals #greenbeauty #greenbeautyblogger #greenbeautybloggers #greenliving #organicmama #organicbeautyblogger #organicbeautybloggers #naturalmama #naturalbeautyblogger #naturalbeautybloggers #saferproductsadvocate #cleanliving #greenpassionbeauty #greenpassionmomma #organicmom #naturalblog #naturalproducts #madesafecertified #organicbaby #organickids #ecoskincare #earthfriendly #ecoloving #creultyfree

When my daughter was a baby I wasn’t researching all the ingredients on everything I used on her like I do now, I assumed if a product was on the market it must be safe.  Right?!?  Not so, I’m afraid.  Thank goodness we now have products like Pleni Naturals and MADE SAFE Certification which takes a lot of the guess work out of what is safe to use on our kids and us.

I love Pleni Naturals mission:

To create a positive connection with kids and the healthy foods they eat through nutritious fruit and veggie-filled products and inspiring packaging.

Allyson, the lovely founder of Pleni Naturals, is a mom, former aesthetician that knows her stuff.  She created a wholesome line of natural and organic skin care products for babies and kids.  Plus, Pleni Naturals partners with Life Lab, to educate and change the way kids’ think about fruits and veggies.  Not only does Pleni Naturals give back, they also make all their products with safe ingredients, they are allergy and dermatologist tested, certified vegan, cruelty free, and  MADE SAFE certified.

What more can one ask for?  More products please!  Stay tuned because Pleni Naturals will be launching a new release soon (hint- it is a popular request).  So exciting!

PLENI NATURALS is MADE SAFE Certified

GPB MADE SAFE SCREEN INGREDIENTS

Pleni Naturals was one of the first skin care lines to become MADE SAFE certified and that makes me so happy.  If you know me, the MADE SAFE seal is one I welcome and look for in our world of green washing (I still read labels too).  Yes, companies use buzz words like “natural” and “green” to make us believe their products are safe, but they contain potentially harmful ingredients.  Not Pleni Naturals, they are MADE SAFE (made with safe ingredients):

When products like Pleni Naturals have MADE SAFE certification that means:

They have been thoroughly screened by scientists and found to be made without toxic chemicals known to harm human health such as behavioral toxins, carcinogens, developmental toxins, endocrine disruptors, fire retardants, GMOs, heavy metals, neurotoxins, pesticides, reproductive toxins, toxic solvents, or harmful VOCs.

Learn more about MADE SAFE’s incredible work to make all of our products safe, from baby wash and bottles to bedding and cleaning products at madesafe.org and read my post here.

I reached out to Allyson to see if I could use all of her products on my 5 year old daughter and was informed these could be used on a baby as well as toddlers, kids and even us moms.  Thanks again Allyson for sending me your amazing products to try (reached must-have status in our house).   Now let’s get on to the products:

Apple + Broccoli Hair & Body Wash 8 fl.oz $16.99

Happy bubbles with @pleninaturals Apple + Broccoli Hair and Body Wash! . This is our favorite multi-tasking body, hair & bubble bath wash. It's gentle, works, smells yummy - like sweet orange & vanilla & made without harmful ingredients. . It is @madesafehq - which means it is made with safe ingredients that are not known or suspected to harm human, animal, or eco systems! Win win. . A must have for my girl. Have you tried @pleninaturals ? . . Full review coming soon. . . Happy almost weekend! ❌⭕️ . . . #greenbeauty #greenbeautyblogger #greenbeautyblog #greenpassionbeauty #greenbeautylife #greenbeautymom #greenmom #cleanliving #naturalbeauty #naturalbeautyblog #organicmom #momlife #organickid #pleninaturals #madesafecertified #greenliving #ecomom #saferproductsadvocate #healthybaby #naturalkidsproducts #healthymom #healthyliving #greenpassionmomma

This wash is quite the multi-tasker, it is a clear liquid wash that can be used all over as a body wash, shampoo/hair wash, and as a bubble bath.   We love to use it for everything.  When I say everything, I mean the bottle has even been used as a character (Mr. Broccoli, Ms. Apple & Mr. Orange) during bath time thanks to my husband.   It smells fruity, like sweet orange and vanilla (orange vanilla swirl-yummy).   A little goes a long way and it creates a great lather as a wash or in her hair.  Plus, the wash is gentle with no tears and leaves her skin clean.  So important, right?  The wash makes amazing bubbles for a bubble bath.  Just add a few squirts and bubbles everywhere (picture above was in a jacuzzi tube).

The Body and Hair wash are made with safe ingredients and fruits and vegetables (insert mommy happy face here):

  • Apples
  • Broccolli
  • Olive Oils
  • Orange Essential Oil
  • Vanilla Extract

For a full list of ingredients see here.

GPB PN body wash ingredients

Cucumber + Grape Baby Oil 4 fl. oz $15.99

GPB PN Baby oil

The Cucumber + Grape Baby Oil is not just for babies.  Don’t let the name keep you from using this on you or your child or baby.   It is a clear oil that helps provide deep moisture to calm and protect skin.  It’s not greasy and makes skin feel silky smooth.  Absorbs quickly.

Made with safe ingredients like:

  • Grape
  • Cucumber
  • Rasberry
  • Cranberry
  • Vanilla Fruit extract

For a full list of ingredients see here.

Pleni Naturals also suggests using the oil for cradle cap and as a pregnancy belly oil.

Berry + Olive Baby Balm 2 oz. $15.99

GPB PN Balm 2

This is the BALM!  That’s right, it is a smooth, creamy balm that moisturizes and soothes my daughter’s skin and mine.  It is great for any area that needs to feel soft and smooth.  It can be used on hands, lips, cheeks and as barrier protection from the elements in the winter (when ever the winter will get here).

I love to mix their Baby Oil with the Berry + Olive Baby Balm.  I add them both together in the palm of my hand and warm them up before I apply it to my daughter.  A must-have for us this summer with swimming lessons and the heat my daughter’s skin was super dry.  Mixing these two together helped her skin stay hydrated and protect her skin from the harsh chlorine.  Also, the vanilla scent or according to my daughter it makes her smell yummy, like cupcakes, and takes away the pool aroma (thank you very much!)

GPB PN mix

Baby Oil + Balm=super soft skin

GPB PN combo

Absorbs quickly

Gift Set $45

GPB Pleni Naturals 1

Once I was getting close to running out of all the goodies I was sent, I just had to order their Gift Set.  It includes all of Pleni Naturals products described above + a Reusable Organic Muslin Bag.  The Muslin Bag is made from organic material.  It is big.  It can be used to store products, for travel, and can be used for fruits and veggies at the store or take to the farmer’s market.

GPB PN bag

This would make a wonderful gift for a mommy friend or a baby shower gift or a gift for you to try all the products or stock up like I did.

Bottom Line

I feel so good about using Pleni Natural products on my daughter.  They are made with safe ingredients, certified MADE SAFE and work.  Not only do I trust they are safe to use on my daughter, I can’t wait to give all these products to my mommy friends.  They last a long time and who can resist the cute fruit and vegetables?  We can’t!

Have you tried Pleni Naturals?  If not, make sure to sign up for their newsletter and save 10% off your first order, you can find them on Pleni Naturals and Amazon.

The word pleni in Latin means full, and each Pleni Naturals product is full of healthy fruit & vegetable ingredients!

~XO

Cynthia

Green Passion Beauty

 

Lifestyle/Eco Fashion, Product Reviews, Subscription Boxes

BACK TO BASICS BOXES: JUNE, JULY & AUGUST

back to basics

GPB BTB box 5

Are you looking for a simple way to swap out toxic home and beauty products?  Then Back to Basic boxes are here to help.  Such a great affordable way to get eco-home and green beauty products delivered monthly to your door with detailed information about why the products featured are safer than “the other junk”.  They do all the research, testing and curation for you.  I’ve been subscribed to the Eco -Chic Chica Back to Basics box for a while now and have been introduced to some amazing clean brands and products that I use every day.  You can learn more about their other monthly subscriptions for men & combo household boxes at backtobasics.com and see my previous reviews for March, April, and May.

Not only does Back to Basics have their fabulous subscription boxes they also have a shop where you can stock up on the items included in their monthly box.  Check out their shop here.

Now let’s take a look at a few months of Back to Basics boxes and all the safer goodies inside.

June $29.99- This box was sent to me by the lovely Ashleigh-thank you again!

What a great way to start the week with this fabulous special edition @backtobasicsbox that supports animal- friendly brands + manufacturing practices. Thank you Ashleigh for this box and such an incredible curation with all @leapingbunnyprogram products! This means they are certified cruelty- free. Plus a portion of proceeds from this box will be donated to their program! . The certified cruelty- free products included in the special edition box are: @erbaviva Sunscreen- SPF 30, made with non-nano zinc oxide and organic ingredients- so happy to see safer Sunscreen that can be used on the entire family☀️ Rareessence Aromatherapy Roll-on-Oil in Purify for rejuvenation- made with pure essential oils + travel ready (need this) @radius_usa floss Sachets in Mint- 100% biodegradable & vegan- I've tried these before and they work and come individually wrapped. Great to keep in a bag for emergency floss (if you know what I mean?!?) @mollys_suds Oxygen Whitener ✨- used as bleach alternative for laundry or other cleaning needs. Haven't used this before and can't wait to try. . Back to Basics is such a great monthly box with eco-home/lifestyle & green beauty goodies. Check out my latest BLOG for a review of Back to Basics Box for April - link in profile⬆️ . Have you tried any of these? See any faves? . . Happy mid-week . . #peaceouttoxins #greenbeauty #greenhome #cleanliving #saferproductsadvocate #greenbeautyblogger #greenbeautybloggers #greenpassionbeauty #naturalbeauty #naturalbeautybox #naturalbeautyblogger #naturalbeautybloggers #ecohome #ecoloving #backtobasicsbox #ecohome #ecoliving #ecolife #organicmama #leapingbunny #subscriptionbox #monthlysubscription #organicbeauty #organicbeautyblogger #ecochicchicabox

Back To Basics teamed up with the Leaping Bunny Program to curate a special box with products that supports animal-friendly brands + manufacturing practices.  Love this collaboration!  Plus a portion of proceeds from this box will be donated to the Leaping Bunny Program.   This box included:

Erbaviva Sunscreen-SPF 30 Full Size ($22.99):  this was one of our favorite sunscreens this summer.  It worked with no white streaks.  Made with non-nano zinc oxide and organic ingredients.  So happy to find a safer sunscreen that can be used on the entire family.

Rare Essence Aromatherapy Roll-On- Oil in Purify Full Size ($11.99):  this smells lovely and made to detoxify with pure essential oils.  I have this in my purse so when I need a little pick me up I just roll it on my wrists & neck.

Radius Floss Sachets in Mint Full Size ($3.99):  These are individually wrapped floss, so great on the go for emergency floss (I always seem to get something stuck between my front teeth, you know what I mean?!?)  100% biodegradable and vegan.

Molly’s Suds Oxygen Whitener Full Size: ($10.99)  Used as a bleach alternative for laundry or other cleaning needs.  A powder made with Sodium Percarbonate, Sodium Carbonate, Citric Acid, & Pure Lemon Essential Oil.   This helped get our clothes whiter.

June BTB box value ~$49.96!

July $29.99

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Au Naturale High Lustre Lip Gloss in Passion Fruit Full Size ($18):  Such a pretty pink color and formula, not sticky, and the smell is so yummy (candy).  I like to wear it alone or over my favorite lipstick.  Made with clean ingredients.  One of my favorite brands and safe products spearheading the #Cleanbeautyrevolution

Truce Clean All Purpose Cleaner in Peppermint Full Size ($10.49):  all-purpose cleaner that works and made with only 5 ingredients-Water, Rubbing Alcohol, Hydrogen Peroxide, Organic Castile Soap, Essential Oils.  I use this in our bathrooms everywhere for a clean and minty smell.  So good.

Erbavva Buzz Spray Full Size ($20.99):  Bug spray made with safe ingredients.  This worked great for us on our trip to Florida and living in Texas.

Organ(y)c Organic Cotton Rounds Full Size ($3.99): soft cotton rounds made without fillers or harmful dioxins (to learn more about dioxins check out Back to Basics article here).

July BTB box had a value of ~$53.47!

August $29.99

The August @backtobasicsbox is another great box full of green beauty and green home essentials. Have you tried any of these? . This box features: @ahnestihaircare Integriti Replenishing Shampoo & Conditioner Full Sizes ($26 each) -plant based and follows EU strict standards. @betterlifecleanhappens Naturally Throne- Tidying Toilet Bowl Cleaner Tea Tree & Peppermint ($6.99-7.99) @fullcirclehomellc Micro Manager Detail Brush ($4.99)- BPA-free recycled plastic & bamboo handle I haven't tried any of these brands yet but excited to test them out! . I've been subscribed to this box for a few months now and I'm so impressed with the variety of eco-home and green beauty products packed in the box every month. Plus the details that come with every product- information about why the ingredients in the products featured are safer than conventional choices or "the other junk". . Are you subscribed? . . Happy Tuesday!!!! ❌⭕️ . . . #greenbeauty #greenbeautybox #subscriptionbox #monthlysubscription #naturalsubscriptionbox #greenpassionbeauty #greenpassionlife #greenpassionliving #greenpassionmomma #naturalblog #naturalbeautyblogger #naturalbeautybloggers #organicbeauty #organicbeautyblogger #organicbeautybloggers #ecohome #peaceouttoxins #backtobasicsbox #wellbeing #nontoxic #greenproducts #ecofriendly #healthylifestyle #saferproductsadvocate

Ahnesti Haircare Integrity Replenishing Shampoo & Conditioner Full Sizes ($26 each)-plant based and follows EU strict standards with their ingredients.  The shampoo and conditioner have a light smell and makes my hair feel clean and soft without causing a buildup.  Has a rich lather.  Made with Aloe Vera and Grapeseed Oil.

Better Life Clean Happens Naturally Throne-Tidying Toilet Bowl Cleaner Tea Tree & Peppermint Full Size ($6.99).  This is a gel toilet bowl cleaner, reminds me of conventional ones I’ve used, but doesn’t have all those toxic ingredients in it.  It really works, easy to use, and leaves the bowl smelling clean.

Full Circle Home Micro Manager Detail Brush ($4.99):  BPA-free recycled plastic & bamboo handle.  This is great for the bath, shower, bathroom, around the sink, or anywhere you need an extra scrub.

August BTB box value ~ $63.98!

Bottom Line

Like I’ve said before, I’ve been subscribed to this box for a few months now and I’m so impressed with the variety and value of eco-home and green beauty products packed in the box every month.  Just look at the value and safer goodies in every box.  Plus the details that come with every product- information about why the ingredients in the products featured are safer than conventional choices or “the other junk”.  One of my favorites!  Are you subscribed?

“Simplicity.

Identify the simple.

Eliminate the rest.”

~Leo Babatua

~xo

Cynthia

Green Passion Beauty

[Disclaimer:  The June BTB box was sent to GPB at no cost, July and August was paid for by GPB.  All opinions are my own.]

Product Reviews

MELIORA CLEANING PRODUCTS ARE MADE SAFE

GPB Meliora and Made Safe 1

Have you been looking for affordable, safe, laundry detergent and cleaning products?  Then look no further, Meliora Cleaning products are MADE SAFE with no known harmful ingredients and they work.

Meliora (meh-lee-OR-ah) is Latin for “better”  

Thank you Meliora for sending me the Master Bundle to try all your amazing MADE SAFE products.   Kate and Mike, the founders of Meliora, are engineers that realized there were toxic chemicals in their laundry detergent like 1,4 dioxane and wanted a safer alternative.  Kate began formulating her own laundry detergent and cleaning products with simpler ingredients and founded Meliora K, LLC in 2013.  They pride themselves in sharing all their ingredients, full disclosure people, no secrets here.  They changed their name to Meliora Cleaning Products in 2016.  Not only is it Meliora’s mission to provide us with safe ingredients in eco-friendly packaging, they are a Certified B corporation and MADE SAFE certified.

Certified B corporation means:

B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.

MADE SAFE Certified

I’m so happy MADE SAFE asked me if I would be willing to try MADE SAFE products every couple of months.  Meloria is the second MADE SAFE product I’ve reviewed, Rejuva Minerals was my first and you can see my post here.  Also if you want to learn more about MADE SAFE check out their website at madesafe.org and my post here.  Just look for the MADE SAFE seal like the one below:

Photo credit ww.madesafe.org

Photo credit ww.madesafe.org

The MADE SAFE seal holds a lot of meaning, it lets us know that products are made without known carcinogens, behavioral, reproductive, neuron toxins, heavy metals, hormone disruptors, pesticides, insecticides, flame retardants, toxic solvents, or harmful VOCs or Volatile Organic Compounds and more.   This means Meliora’s products are made with safe ingredients, their product ingredients have been examined by scientists to ensure they are NOT harmful and don’t build up in the environment or our bodies.

MADE SAFE literally means a product has been made with safe ingredients that are not known or suspected to harm human, animals, or ecosystems.

MADE SAFE helps us to:

  • Figure out what’s safe and healthy to use for our families
  • Gives companies the first-ever road map for making products with safe ingredients
  • Makes it easy for retailers to stock the safe products we want

Everything Meliora and MADE SAFE does makes me this momma so happy.  Now let’s get into the clean goods.

The Master Bundle $30.99

GPB Meliora Master Bundle 2

This Bundle Includes everything pictured above and is such a great value:  64-Load Laundry Powder, Travel Size Laundry Powder, One Laundry Stain Removal Soap Stick, One All-Purpose Home Cleaner refillable glass bottle, and one 2-Refill tube of All-Purpose Home Cleaner

Laundry Powder (separatly $15.99)

GPB Meliora laundry and MADE SAFE

I’ve been using the lavender-lemon clove Laundry Powder on our clothes for a couple of months now.  It’s made from simple ingredients and easy to use, just 1/2 scoop for my HE washer.  This laundry powder works wonders on getting our clothes clean and has a very light scent.  It comes in multiple scents, including unscented, lavender, lemon and lavender-lemon clove.  All the scents are made from Organic essential oils, no fragrances.  This recyclable canister lasts a long time.   Plus the laundry powder comes in all different sizes, including the full size, travel size and refills.

GPB Meliora Laundry back of package

Made with simple ingredients and free of fragrances, dyes, preservatives, and brighteners.

Laundry Powder Travel Tube ($2.99)

GPB Meliora travel laundry

This travel tube came with the Master Bundle and can be purchased separately, if you just wanted to try out Meliora Laundry Powder or want one when traveling.  Love travel sizes, this is going with me on my next family vacation (Disney World and yes I do laundry at the happiest place on earth).

There’s enough for 2 standard loads or 4 HE:

GPB Meliora Travel tube

Soap Stick For Laundry Stain Removal ($2.99)

GPB Meliora stain stick and back of package

This Soap Stick or “Stain Eraser” like I call it, works magic to get stains off.  Like they say Pictures are worth a thousand words…

GPB Meliora cherry stain

GPB Meliora Soap Stick Cherry 3
GPB Meliora Soap Stick Cherry Clean 4

Can you believe it?  This was one of my daughter’s favorite napkins that she got her cherries on.  After she was done eating I immediately used the Soap Stick.  All I had to do was wet the fabric, rub the stick on the area and then into the wash.  I couldn’t believe how great it worked and how easy it was to use.

Made with simple ingredients:  Vegetable Soap [Sodium Cocoate, Glycerin, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Water]

I also tried the Soap Stick on an older stain thanks to my IG friend Melissa @guidetowellness asking if it would work on old stains.  I remembered my favorite shirt, Clean Beauty Revolution, which I feared was ruined with a lipstick stain right in the front of the shirt.  This lipstick stain was there for a couple of months and I couldn’t fix it, until I used the Meliora Soap Stick.  Now the stain is gone!  Love this stick, a must have for me (especially when I wear white and I have a 5 year old).  Good Bye Stains!!!

GPB Meliora Stain Stick CBR 1

GPB Meliora SS CBR GPB Meliora 3

All-Purpose Home Cleaner ($7.99)

GPB Meliora All Purpose MADE SAFE

This is a refillable glass spray bottle pre-filled with All-Purpose Home Cleaner.  I just added warm water and then shaked the bottle for a little while for the flakes to dissolve.  This is unscented and can be used on hard surfaces.  They do recommend testing any stained/finished surface in an inconspicuous spot – just in case.  I like to use it on my countertops, sinks, and the bathroom.

GPB Meliora All Purpose Mixed with H20

Mixed with water

It is made with simple ingredients:  Vegetable Soap [Sodium Cocoate, Glycerin, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Water]

The glass bottle is refillable and the Master Bundle came with a re-fill which is great for the environment and our home.

All-Purpose Soap Flakes refill ($2.99)

GPB Meliora Soap Flakes refill GPB Meliora Flakes refill

Bottom Line

Meliora Cleaning Products are so good, affordable, and they really work.  If you haven’t noticed I really love seeing the MADE SAFE seal, it makes me feel better knowing products are made without harmful ingredients.  So if you’re looking for safer home products that work, try Meliora Cleaning Products, continue reading  labels, and look for the MADE SAFE seal.

Have you tried Meliora products or any MADE SAFE products?  What did you think?

When we know better we do better

~Maya Angelou 

~XO

Cynthia

Green Passion Beauty