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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]

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

 

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.]

 

 

Product Reviews

RACHEL’S PLAN BEE- YOU HAD ME AT COCONUT

You had me at coconut @rachelsplanbee Coconut Beach Body Oil & Mini with shimmer✨! . I adore body oils and Rachel's body oils are so good- they are moisturizing, not greasy, absorb quickly, made with safe ingredients & smell incredible. This Coconut Beach Body Oil is new for summer with such a beautiful scent of coconut plus a little floral. These have me dreaming of a tropical vacation. . Plus my family is always reaching for her lip balms. They are made with organic shea butter, organic apricot kernel oil and organic coconut oil- so soothing! . Have you tried any of these? What's your favorite? . Thanks for the reminder Rachel- "Slow down. Nurture your body. Celebrate the little things." . . . #greenbeauty #greenbeautyblogger #greenbeautybloggers #greenpassionbeauty #naturalbeauty #naturalbeautyblogger #naturalbeautybloggers #bblogger #organicbeautyblogger #organicbeautybloggers #saferbeautyproducts #saferbodyproducts #saferproductsadvocate #cleanliving #rachelsplanbee #coconut #coconutbodyoil

Rachel’s Plan Bee

If you know me, you know that I adore Rachel’s Plan Bee and their founder Rachel.  So give me coconut and Rachel’s Plan Bee and I am truly happy.  I haven’t met Rachel in person (yet) but there is something so thoughtful about her and the beautiful safe products she makes.   Plus this amazing woman started creating skincare products in her kitchen in 2001 for her son with special needs.  You can really tell all the heart she puts into everything.

Rachel’s Plan Bee has so many effective, luscious, incredible scented, affordable products for the entire family.  I think I’ve almost tried everything and have so many favorites, like their Body Butter which my daughter and I can’t be without when they make it (seasonal only-more on those in another post).  Check out her shop here for more details on all the natural products she carries.

Every package she sends comes like a present, pretty flowers everywhere and recyclable packaging, samples, plus little reminders from Rachel like this one:

Slow down.

Nurture your body.

Celebrate the little things.

Now onto the coconut goodness.

Coconut Beach Body Oil $32

GPB RPB Coconut beach body oil

Hello coconut beach body oil.  I went through my beautiful glass bottle way too quick.  If you like coconut this body oil is a must-have. It has a beautiful coconut and floral scent.  A few pumps of body oil after getting out of the shower helps hydrate skin.  This makes my skin look super soft, silky and smooth.  Great all year round (at least for this coconut mama), especially for summer vibes.  The body oil is lightweight, without a greasy feel.  Seriously helps nourish the skin.  I also like to add a few drops to my bath when I need some extra sexy skin.

Coconut Beach Body Oil Ingredients:

GPB RPB ingredients oil

GPB RPB 2

 

Coconut Shimmering Mini Body Oil $10

GPB RPB shimmer

The mini also smells of tropical goodness and gives skin a silky smooth feel with a subtle shimmer.  I like to apply it right after getting out of the shower or bath to damp skin or in the morning when I want an extra glow.  It leaves skin silky smooth,  radiant, and adds a healthy glow.  So lovely for summer.  The bottle must be shaken up to get all the shimmer in the oil.  This is a definite summer must for me.  Reminds me of a tropical beach.  This mini shimmering body oil comes in a few delicious scents like:

  • Original-citrus and vanilla
  • Jasmine -a citrus, vanilla, moroccan rose beautiful scent that was a collaboration with beauty blogger kimberlyloc.com (I’ve tried the Jasmine oil before and it is divine, just haven’t tried the shimmer yet)

These can also be used on ends of hair.  Must be used within 6 months.  I hope to see you next year Rachel’s Shimmer Goddesses!

Ingredients:

Coconut Beach Shimmering Body Oil: apricot kernel oil*, sunflower seed oil*, meadowfoam seed oil, grapeseed oil, tocopherol (mixed)**, cranberry seed oil*, cocos nucifera fruit extract, citrus sinensis (sweet orange) oil*, vanilla planifolia, anthemis nobilis (chamomile Roman) flower oil*, mica, iron oxide, titanium dioxide *certified organic **non-gmo

GPB RPB SHimmer shell

Bottom Line

If you know me, you know I love me some COCONUT everything.  Rachel’s Plan Bee is no exception, her Coconut Body Oil and Shimmer transport me to summer with the smell of coconut and fruit plus the shimmer.  Not only are her products amazing, they are made with clean ingredients, and there is something about Rachel.  I just got my full size Coconut Shimmer and mini Original Shimmer.  Hope they all come back next summer too.  Have you tried any of Rachel’s Plan Bee body oils, shimmers?   Get your shimmer on here.

~XO

Cynthia

Green Passion Beauty

Sometimes we need a little SHIMMER!!!

Product Reviews

Get your glow with MAYA CHIA ILLUMINATING SERUM

GPB Maya Golden

By now you’ve probably heard about the gorgeous Maya Chia The Highlight of the Day Illuminating Serum and how much glow these beauties can give.  If not, then I will try to do these Illuminating Serums justice.  Seriously, there will be some glow when you wear these.  Let me start by saying I adore everything about Maya Chia, their products and the founder, Susanne Norwitz.  I’ve talked to Susanne on the phone a couple of times when I had questions (I was so surprised she answered the phone when I called, but she told me she wanted to be part of all of Maya Chia-just try her products and you will see), she is knowledgeable (formulating genius), gives back to the Maya people, so generous, and I can go on and on.  Should I say super fan?

The minute I saw the launch of Maya Chia’s Highlight of the Day in ‘happy hour” and “golden hour” my only issue was which one should I choose?  Thankfully, when I finally made a decision on which one, thoughtful Susanne sent me the other so I didn’t have to make a choice (thank you, thank you).  Now onto the details.

The Highlight of The Day $42

The Highlight of the Day is described as a pearlized mineral sheen suspended in an ultra lightweight, easily absorbed infusion of the world’s most nutrient-rich botanicals.  It is make-up with skin care ingredients that are clean, luxurious and perform.  The two shades are equally gorgeous.  Happy hour is a pink lightweight serum-let there be pink!  My first thought when I opened the bottle was “How did all the color get in there?”  It adds a shimmery pink glow to skin, not too much, not too little, just right!!!  Golden hour is a sparkling champagne color.  A light golden hue.

GPB Maya Chia swatch highlighter

Top-happy hour, bottom-golden hour

Illuminating serum is lightweight, absorbs quickly and can be applied anywhere (you heard me).  These highlighters are amazing gems, that can add a glow, life and youthful look, accentuate parts of your face, can make you look more awake-yes please. Do I prefer one over the other?  No.  It’s fun to decide which one I will wear for the day-pink or champagne?

There are many ways to use The Highlight of the Day.  First, it must be shaken up to get all those stunning colors and nutrients together.  I usually add 2- 3 drops to my foundation for an all over glow.  Then add a little more to the inner eyes, cheeks and nose if I want some serious brightening power.  I really do love adding a small amount to my inner eyes to help make me appear more awake (even before caffiene) Sometimes, when I just need to get out the door I apply The Highlight of the Day after my SPF for a youthful glow.

If you don’t wear foundation, you can wear it alone or mix it with your moisturizer or serum.  You might have to play with it a bit to find out exactly how much of a glow you want.

With the warmer weather, I also like to place the extra on my collar bones, chest, and arms.  Adds a sparkle to anywhere you place it on your body.   You really can’t mess this up (unless you poured the entire bottle on your face-maybe).  Plus the smell is a lovely subtle sweet citrus.  It is like a dose of sunshine all around.

Since I wrote my original post (but didn’t publish it) Maya Chia has come out with a new Illuminating Serum in After Hours, so even though I’m still experimenting with this beauty I will share some swatches and my first impressions.  I’m sure you already guessed how I’m feeling about it (insert bronze heart here).

After Hours

Serious golden bronze glow with @mayachiabeauty The Highlight of the Day Illuminating Serum in their newest creation "After Hours"✨I have a feeling this is going to be my go to summer make-up that's made with skin-care ingredients like their Supercritical Chia Seed Oil. It gives my fair skin a sun kissed glow☀️-summer shimmer in a bottle (without the sun). . I've been wearing their illuminating serum in golden hour (champagne) and happy hour (pink toned) for months now and I can tell you they are my favorite/must have highlighters (obsessed). They make getting ready in the morning so easy to add a gorgeous healthy glow and help me look awake! I like to mix a few drops with my foundation or wear it on it's own and apply all over my face. Sometimes I like to add a little to cheeks, eyes, lips, chest, arms, wherever I want a little extra sparkle. When I first saw the bronze color of After Hours I wasn't sure if I could pull it off, but I'm so glad I tried it because it is such a beautiful natural bronze shade. Enchanting! Can't wait to play more with this new edition! . I'm also super excited for Maya Chia's other new product The Highlight of the Day Body Illuminating Serum - Limited Edition. I've been hoping for an all over body highlighting serum. It adds a beautiful rose gold glow with an intoxicating scent of neroli & sweet orange✨ Thank you for this SusanneI can't say enough about this incredible line and founder that is so lovely! Everything Susanne makes is pure luxury! . Have you tried Maya Chia? Do you have any faves? . . Hope you're having a wonderful start to your week! . . . #greenbeauty #greenbeautyblogger #greenbeautybloggers #greenpassionbeauty #mayachiabeauty #mayachia #organicbeauty #organicbeautyblogger #organicbeautybloggers #organicbeautyproducts #saferproductsadvocate #saferbeauty #cleanliving #ecoluxury #ecoluxurybeauty #naturalbeauty #naturalbeautyblogger #naturalbeautybloggers #bblogger #thehighlightoftheday #beautyblogger #cleanbeauty #ecobeauty #highperformance #supercriticalchia

Now their newest release is After Hours, a gorgeous bronze color.  I must admit when I saw the pigmentation and heard some reviews that worked wonders with olive skin, I was a little nervous to order because of my fair skin.  I should have known better with the versatility of Maya Chia because it actually can work for all skin tones, including mine.  It adds  a bronze/glow where ever you want it.   I like to apply a few drops all over my face after foundation, then add a little more on cheeks and eyes.  Gives me a beach look without the sun (bronze goddess in the making).  Love it and can say a summer must have.

GPB Maya HIghlight

Top-after hours, middle-happy hour, bottom-golden hour

GPB Maya all 3

Ingredients:

The Highlight of the Day uses the highest quality natural, organic and wildcrafted ingredients from conscious growers from around the world which include:

Supercritical Chia (Salvia hispanica) Seed Oil, Brassica Oleracea (Broccoli) Seed Oil, Capriylic/ Capric Triglyceride, *Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract, *Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Mica, Iron Oxide, Titanium Oxide,  *2% Essential Oils

*Organic Ingredients or Wildcrafted (when available)

Their highlighting serum does not have nasty ingredients like parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, PEGs, and SLSs.

VERDICT

I could not recommend a product (actually any of their products) more than Maya Chia.  These highlighters are like make-up and skin care in a bottle, like something I’ve never tried before and would not want to be without.   Not only are the glass bottles eco-friendly, the ingredients are organic, wildcrafted, natural, and they perform.  Serious luxury for only $42.   A must-have for me to get my glow on- let there be highlight all day long.  Have you tried these highlighters?  What’s your favorite way to use them?  Which one is your favorite (not an easy question, I know)?

XO

Cynthia

Green Passion Beauty

Live

Love

Shimmer

Sparkle

Glow

[Disclaimer:  GPB paid for happy hour and After hours, golden hours was graciously given to GPB.   All opinions, reviews are my own.  Results may vary]

 

 

Product Reviews, Subscription Boxes

BACK TO BASICS- THE APRIL BOX

GPB BTB April 2017

Back to Basics

Eco-home/lifestyle and green beauty monthly subscription box-YES PLEASE.   This is one of the best eco-friendly home, clean beauty boxes out there right now that delivers full size, quality, healthy products right to your door every month.  So good!

Plus, Ashleigh Frager, the founder and curator of The Back to Basics Box is a homeopath & wellness expert that researches and tests all the products before they are part of the box.  Every product also comes with an information card with details about the product featured, why the product is safer vs. the other stuff (conventional products).  Each card also includes education about product ingredients and why it is important to stay away from toxic or nasty ingredients.   There are a few boxes to choose from, below is a list of boxes that are available:

Box Type

What You’ll Get

Household Combo $45.95 Total of 6 products: 2 women’s beauty/body/skincare products + 2 men’s body/self-care products + 2 home/cleaning products
Eco Chic Chica $29.99 Total of 4 products: 2 women’s beauty/body/skincare products + 2 home/cleaning products
Go Green Gent $29.99 Total of 4 products: 2 men’s body/self-care products + 2 home/cleaning products

To learn more about their boxes please see my blog post here and check out their site at The Back to Basics Box.  I’m subscribed to the Eco Chic Chica.  Now let’s look at all the eco-friendly, safer goodies that were in the April box:

Thinksport Insulates Sports Bottle 17 ounce (500 ml)  $19.99 and Thinksport Coffee Top $5.99

GPB BTB April @017 ThinkSport

I received the Insulated Sports Bottle in Mint Green (how did you know Mint Green is one of my fave colors?).  Colors varied for subscribers-they have so many shades.  The Sports Bottle is made with no BPA, BPS, lead or other biologically harmful ingredients.   This is one of my favorite items in the box, I’m using it all the time.  It can hold hot and cold drinks.  It has a removable mesh filter that keeps ice from rushing to the opening.  Such a great idea-especially for my little one so she doesn’t get all the ice when she drinks.  The Sports Bottle has gone everywhere with me-on walks, workouts, hikes and just easy to stick in my bag because it is so lightweight. The design makes it easy to hold and it keeps my water nice and cold in the Texas heat.

GPB BTB Thinksport hike

The Optimistic Bright Side Window Cleaner $6

GPB BTB Optimist bright

I’m always happy to see the Optimist’s products in a subscription box because I’ve heard so many great reviews about them in the eco-clean world and I’ve been getting a chance to try many of their products lately.  The Optimist company is committed to:

Using ingredients that are kind to the planet, our home, and our bodies

They believe

Small changes can create a significant impact

Made with simple ingredients that one can actually pronounce:  distilled water, white vinegar, essential oil blend of tea and eucalyptus.  I like how it works on glass/windows and mirrors without causing streaks and leaves a aroma of eucalyptus (not the overpowering smell that many conventional cleaning products can leave).

GPB BTB April Optimist back

Such a lovely affordable product and the glass bottle can be re-used, recycled, biodegradable and is effective.

Organic Fiji Sugar Scrub– Fragrance Free $30

GPB BTB April Fiji

GPB BTB Fiji back

This is huge jar, it has 20 ounces of scrub goodness.  Made with USDA certified organic extra virgin, cold pressed coconut oil mixed with organic sugar cane for a full body exfoliation.  It can be used all over, as a scrub on face & body.  When I first went to use the scrub it was in a solid form, which is typical of cold pressed coconut.  All I had to do was place the jar under warm water and like magic the consistency changed to a soft scrub.   See pictures below:

 

GPB BTB Fiji 2

GPB BTB Fiji 3

It gives a gentle exfoliation to help smooth and hydrate skin.  Seriously makes skin feel so nourished, like a treatment for my skin.  Plus, Organic Fiji is made with fair trade ethics, organic clean ingredients, non GMO, cruelty- free , gives back to Mother Earth through Surfrider and so much more.

VERDICT

I truly enjoy using everything in this eco-home/lifestyle green beauty box.  You can tell all the heart Ashleigh puts into curating Back to Basics Boxes every month with quality brands, clean ingredients, and the value always exceeds the cost.   Are you subscribed?  See any favorite products?

XO

Cynthia 

Green Passion Beauty

[Disclaimer:  This box was paid for by GPB, all opinions and reviews are my own.  Results can vary]

 

Lifestyle/Eco Fashion, Product Reviews

MORE THAN A TOWEL-MARMARA IMPORTS

GPB M Towel 2

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]