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BACK TO BASICS BOX SEPTEMBER

 

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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

Lifestyle/Eco Fashion, Product Reviews, Subscription Boxes

BACK TO BASICS BOXES: JUNE, JULY & AUGUST

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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.]

Lifestyle/Eco Fashion, Product Reviews, Subscription Boxes

BACK TO BASICS BOX-MAY

Another great variety of green beauty and eco- home/lifestyle products in the May @backtobasicsbox . Are you subscribed? See any favorites? . This month the Eco Chic Chica box included: @theoptimistco Room & Air Spray in Lavender can always use room sprays especially made with safe ingredients- distilled water, organic apple cider vinegar, organic castile soap & pure lavender essential oils. @herbivorebotanicals Pink Clay Soap & Soap tray- this soap can be used on both face & body @gandgorganics Organic Dry Shampoo & Organic Dry Shampoo Powder Brush Travel Size in Lavender & Bergamot- I've tried the dry shampoo before and works great but can't wait to use with the brush @essentialoxygen Essential Oxygen Hydrogen Peroxide - multi- use disinfectant . This monthly box is such a great way to green up your life and home for $29.99 + shipping! . Happy Monday!!! . . . #greenbeauty #greenbeautyblogger #greenbeautybloggers #greenbeautymovement #greenpassionbeauty #organicbeauty #organicbeautyblogger #organicbeautybloggers #naturalbeauty #naturalbeautyblogger #naturalbeautybloggers #naturalbeautybox #subscriptionbox #backtobasicsbox #peaceouttoxins #ecohome #greenbeautybox #ecoliving #ecobeauty #cleanliving #cleanbeautybox #greenliving #ecochicbox #ecochic

Back to Basics

I look forward to receiving my Back to Basics Box every month.  It is one of my favorite eco subscription boxes.  With all the amazing green beauty boxes out there, this one is different because it has both green beauty and eco-home.  So good.  I’ve been subscribed to this box for a few months now.  The cost is $29.99 for the Eco Chic Chica plus shipping and there are other subscriptions for Household Combo and Go Green Gent read more about them here, plus see my reviews of the March and April boxes.

Not only are the products great, Ashleigh, the founder tests all the products out and gives information cards with each product about why the conventional products can contain potential harmful ingredients called “The Other Junk”.  She compares the alternative safer product to “The Other Junk”.  Super helpful for everyone, whether new to cleaner living or just trying to find some new safer effective products.

Now lets get into the details [Hint…the May box was fabulous as usual]

The OPTIMIST Room & Air Spray $6.50

GPB BTB Optimist May

 

Smells so good, light floral aroma and works to fight odor (hello- I have a 5 year old and two little doggies).  I used this everywhere in my house.  Rooms, bathroom, laundry room, even on couches.  As always, The OPTIMIST uses simple, clean ingredients:  distilled water; organic apple cider vinegar; organic castile soap; and pure lavender essential oil.

I’ve had the opportunity to try a few products from The OPTIMIST now thanks to Back to Basics Box (please keep them coming) and I’m so impressed with everything- so affordable and works.  They stay true to ingredients we can recognize, plus no parabens, no phthalates, and no synthetic fragrances.  Makes this momma happy I don’t have to worry about my daughter being in the same room when cleaning.

Green & Gorgeous Organic Dry Shampoo Travel Size $7.99 & Organic Dry Shampoo Powder Brush-Travel Size $4.99

GPB BTB Organic Dry 1

Lavender & Bergamont Organic Dry Shampoo- this travel size dry shampoo is so great for dirty hair.  A little goes a long way to make the grease disappear.  I like applying with the cruelty-free bamboo handled brush.  The brush makes it easier to blend in and less mess.  The dry shampoo has a light scent and blends in with my blonde hair.  It is vegan, organic, sulfate and fragrance free.  I really like travel sizes when it comes to dry shampoos and this one comes in this scent plus they have Grapefruit + Sweet Orange and one for Dark Brown + Oily Hair, to learn more check out their shop.

 

GPB BTB Organic Dry 2

 

Essential Oxygen Hydrogen Peroxide $6.39

 

GPB BTB Hydrogen P

This is a multi-use disinfectant.  It is Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide.  It can be used for so many things like: first aid; household services; laundry whitener; plants, pets; baby gear; and food wash.  I like to use mine to get my bathroom sinks and shower an extra clean.  Plus there is no strong odor, it really doesn’t leave any odor.

Herbivore Pink Clay Soap $12 & Soap Tray ~$5-10

GPB Back to Basics Herbivore Pink

This is a very gentle pink clay soap that can be used everywhere.  I use it to wash my face, body, hands.  The soap makes a great lather and feels so soft and clean without a stripping feeling.  I adore bars of soap, especially when they are luxurious like this one.  Plus it is pink, made from clean ingredients and makes me feel pampered.  Such a pretty combination with the wood soap tray.

Bottom Line

The May Back to Basics Box was a win for me.  I enjoyed using everything in the box (as always), but my fave finds were The OPTIMIST Room & Air Spray and The Herbivore Pink Clay soap.  If you’re looking for a great box with eco home/lifestyle and green beauty this is the one I would suggest.  Affordable, quality products with Ashleigh’s research and explanations of why these products are safer than “The Other Junk”!  Back to Basics help us switch out toxic products one box at a time.

Are you subscribed?  What was your favorite product in the May box?

~XO

Cynthia

Green Passion Beauty

#PEACEOUTTOXINS

~Asleigh Frager

 

Even the most beautiful things can be toxic

~Jodi Picoult

 

[Disclaimer:  GPB paid for this box, all opinions are my own.]

 

 

Lifestyle/Eco Fashion, Product Reviews

MORE THAN A TOWEL-MARMARA IMPORTS

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Are you looking for a 100% organic towel that can be used in so many different ways?  Then look no further because Marmara Imports towels can be used for hair, sport/workout, garden, kitchen, bath, beach, and even as a shawl.

Marmara Imports

Marmara Imports was so kind to send me this beautiful 100% organic cotton hand towel woven in Turkey.  This is a lot more than a towel, it is natural, eco-friendly, fairly traded towel that supports local artisans and preserves ancient traditions.  Marmara Imports was founded by two life long traveling friends, Carol and Susan, from Boston, MA that fell in love with Turkey and textiles.  The founders wanted to share the beauty of Turkey and textiles with everyone and founded Marmara Imports.  They are also partnered with Lalay their Turkish Business partner and shares founder of Lalay, Figen Subasi’s dream of opening a school to teach younger generations the art of hand looming textiles.  Their mission:

 To offer exceptional, eco-friendly, fair-trade textiles to the U.S. market and beyond. We support global artisans in their endeavor to sustain not only themselves and their families but also the ancient ways of weaving.

Marmara Imports also offers many products in their shop like: organic beach/picnic towels; table cloths; blankets; kitchen towels; napkins; pillow covers and more.   I hope to replace all my conventional products with their environmentally friendly products one day.  So let’s get to the vibrant wonderful towel they sent me.

South Beach Hand/Hair Towel $16

I received the South Beach Hand/Hair Towel in Turquoise which measures 19 X 39 inches.  This is actually really big.  Look at it spread out on my table and on my 5 year old daughter:

GPB M Towel on Table

GPB M Towel 5 with Mad

INSTRUCTIONS

GPB M Towel care

When the company gives you instructions with their product my advice to you is to read & follow them.  I’m not always the best at reading instructions before I use something, but this is a unique Turkish towel that needs a little extra before the first use to increase absorbency.  It’s pretty simple, I just soaked my towel in a big bowl of cold water for about 6 hours, followed by drip dry, then washed (with safe laundry detergent of course).

GPB M Towel 1

This towel is not only gorgeous, but a game changer for my hair.  It doesn’t pull at hair like conventional heavy towels do.  I wrap this around my hair right after getting out of the shower.  So I can wear it for a while because it truly is lightweight.  Plus, it absorbs all the water making my curly hair more manageable and healthy.  This towel is so soft, compact and light weight, it’s going on my next trip so I don’t have to be without it.

Plus, it’s so important to me that it is made with safe organic cotton, not like conventional cotton that can be taxing on the environment and involves toxin heavy insecticides spraying.

GPB M Towel 3

 

Bottom Line

As you can tell I’m so impressed with this beautiful and stylish 100% Turkish organic cotton towel.  This is a must have for my hair.  Plus with the safe organic cotton, supporting artisans and the environment it is a win win!  I can’t wait to add more of their lovely eco-friendly line to our home.

XO

Cynthia

Green Passion Beauty

[Disclaimer:  GPB received this towel from Marmara Imports, opinion and review is my own]

Lifestyle/Eco Fashion, Subscription Boxes

GET BACK TO BASICS- ONE BOX AT A TIME

GPB Back to Basics Box 1

If you know me, you know I adore a good green beauty subscription box, however, there aren’t very many home or lifestyle boxes out there.  So when I saw Back to Basics I knew I had to try it.  Finding effective home alternatives to conventional products has been a long process and I’m still working on it.  I’m on a constant search for the right eco-home products.  Enter some help with the Back to Basics, which includes clean products for home/lifestyle plus green beauty, yes please!!!.

Back to Basics was founded by Ashleigh a homeopath and wellness expert with the intention:

To make the world aware of how the toxins that are in most consumer products can affect you…and your sister…and your babysitter…and your boss…and your dog…and well, everyone!

Ashleigh wondered why everyone was so sick from their environment and set out to bring awareness to improve health and eliminate all the toxic products that are destroying everyones wellbeing.  She’s hoping to get us back to the basics with cleaner, greener products one Back to Basics box at a time.

Back to Basics has a few monthly subscription boxes to choose from, the Eco Chic Chica, which includes carefully curated, researched and tested products by Ashleigh.  This box is $29.99 plus shipping and includes 4 products: 2 women’s beauty/body/skincare products + 2 home/cleaning products.  The second box is the Go Green Gent- a box for men with 2 men’s body/self-care products + 2 home/cleaning products for $29.99 plus shipping.   Lastly, the Household Combo with a total of 6 products: 2 women’s + 2 men’s + 2 home/cleaning products for $45.99 plus shipping.  I purchased the Eco Chic Chica box, but I might have to try out the Household Combo to get some clean products for the hubs.  Find out more about the monthly subscription boxes here.  Plus every product comes with an information card comparing the safer alternative to conventional products, pro tips, information about the ingredients and or product.  Did I mention they also have a shop to buy the products they feature in their monthly box?

Now onto my first Back to Basics box-it comes with different compartments for the products and the information cards inside.  So organized!!!

GPB BTB box

The Box compartment with 4 products

GPB BTB info cards

Information cards

Herbivore Blue Tansy $48

GPB BTB Blue Tansy all

GPB RTB Blue Tansy

Look at this beautiful Blue Tansy Resurfacing Mask.  This is soothing and anti-inflammatory made from blue tansy oil, fruit enzymes, and white willow bark.  This is my second jar of Blue Tansy, but it felt like the first time I tried this because it was so long ago and this time I made sure to follow Herbivore’s directions and tip card (how about that?  Following directions works!!!).   This product alone was more than the price of the box, making everything else a bonus, you know what I mean?  I used it for 3-4 days in a row (per directions), applied a thin layer with the spatula included, and kept on for about 15-20 minutes each time.   It felt cooling and a little tingle when I first applied, but then the sensation went away.  I noticed smoother skin after the initial masking and now I just use it once a week with great results.  Have you tried this mask? I can’t get over the color-so lovely and the light sweet/herbal aroma.

Truce Clean – Wood Cleaner $7.55

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This citrusy smelling wood cleaner can be used daily as a dusting spray on all types of surfaces or for a deeper clean on wood surfaces.  It’s working on all my wood furniture and it’s made with safe ingredients like Olive Oil, Essential Oils (citrus & lemon), Distilled White Vinegar, and Guar Gum.  I just had to add water to the bottle and then the spray cleaner was ready to go-simple!   It does need to be mixed up prior to using and every few minutes when using.  Overall, I really like the wood cleaner and refills are available or the bottle can be recycled when it’s gone.

 Full Circle Pulp Friction Dusting Cloths $4.99

GPB BTB Dusting Cloths

GPB BTB Dust full

These are made from 100% natural plant based pulp & non-toxic dyes.  They are thick, soft, and work great to dust surfaces, including wood and electronics.  Plus they are machine washable.  These are such a great find and affordable!

Essential Oxygen Brushing Rinse $4.60

GPB BTB Brushing Rinse peppermint

GPB BTB Rinse back of bottle

The Essential Oxygen Brushing Rinse is described as part toothpaste and part mouthwash.  It is a clear liquid with a light peppermint taste.   It’s made with clean and organic ingredients to whiten teeth, for fresher breath and much more.   I like to use it as a mouthwash.  It makes my teeth feel clean and keeps them white.

So impressed with my first Back to Basics box.  It was full of clean home products I haven’t used before that are affordable and effective, plus green beauty.   If you’re looking for a combo box with green beauty and eco-home/lifestyle products Back to Basics is one of the few out there.  I can’t wait to see everything in the April box.  What did you think?  Are you subscribed?  Any products you hope to see in a future box?  Please share in comments-thank you.

XO

Cynthia

Green Passion Beauty

[Disclaimer:  Green Passion Beauty paid for shipping on this box, BTB was having a special.  All opinions are always my own.  Remember results may vary- we are all unique]