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PETIT VOUR JANUARY 2018


Petit Vour

Way to start 2018 off right with the Petit Vour box full of cruelty-free beauty.  The monthly box is only $18 a month or as low as $15 a month with a yearly membership.  Every box is expertly curated and free from animal testing, animal ingredients and harmful toxins.

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
  • Every box includes an information card with details about the products featured, a beautiful picture/inspiring words, and may include discounts or free products with purchase.

To see my last review go here.  Thank you Petit Vour for sending me this box to review.

So let’s get to it.

We Love Eyes Tea Tree Eyelid & Eyelash Foaming Cleanser Full Size $20

Already more than the price of the box.  This is a foam cleanser, just a few pumps works.

I don’t wear tons of make-up, but use this when I wear my usual make-up (mascara and eyeshadow).  This can also be used to clean false lashes too.

How to use:

  • shake well
  • use 2 pumps on clean fingertips
  • close eyes and apply, gently rub onto eyelids and eyelashes
  • rinse with water- I like to use warm water, then follow with my all over face cleanser and then towel dry.

Andalou Naturals Vitamin C Brightening Facial Mask $5

This a face mask that gives a quick boost.  You might look a little funny or scary according to my daughter (see pic below), but great for a spa day at home or before a big event.

To apply, gently unfold the sheet mask, place the soft, fiber side on clean dry face.  Adjust the eyes, mouth, nose openings.  Try to relax, not to answer the door with mask on, and take off in about 10-20 minutes (or when you feel ready).  I like to apply the extra product in the package to my face after I’m done with sheet mask.  My skin felt so soft and radiant after I used the mask.  Plus these are affordable and come in a variety of masks for your skin care preference.

Aromatherapy Associates Hydrating Face Oil Deluxe Sample $15.20

This facial oil absorbs fast and makes skin feel soft.  It is great for all skin types, especially shall we say it, mature skin (that’s mine).

Made with potent essential oils and natural plant extracts such as Frankincense to rejuvenate and firm and rose to smooth skin’s appearance.  I like to apply a little drop to my hands and take in the beautiful rose earthy smell.  So lovely.

Tip:  have too many face oils use this for aromatherapy, or on hands/feet for some extra softness.

K Voss NYC Cinnamon Lip Plumper Full Size $18

Wow!  You can smell the cinnamon in this little glass jar.  It is a lip balm and lip plumper.  Made with coconut, almond and olive oil and pure cinnamon.  However, when I applied the balm my lips felt like they were on fire and I had to take it off right away.  I gave it one more try and applied it after lipstick, but it was still too hot for me.  Although, it didn’t work for me, it might work for someone else, remember not all products are for everyone.  You may love it.  What did you think?

Bottom Line

For me, Petit Vour always delivers a great box, especially for the price.  The All About Eyes already covered the cost of the box, so everything else was a bonus for me.  Although, I couldn’t wear the lip balm because it was just too hot for my lips, I really liked all the other products in the January box.

What did you think of the January box?  Please share in comments.  Thanks

If you want to subscribe click here.

“And now we welcome the new year.  Full of things that have never been.”

~Rainer Maria Rilke

XO

Cynthia

Green Passion Beauty

[Disclaimer:  GPB received this box as an ambassador, all opinions are my own.  Contains my affiliate links]

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]

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]

 

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

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.]

Subscription Boxes

FACE MASK ALCHEMY – FIRST BOX EVER

GPB FMA 1

Face Mask Alchemy

Are you a skin mask addict?  I’m obsessed with skin care and dry face masks.  If you’re a skin care connoisseur or if you’re new to face masks or green beauty then this new monthly subscription box is for you.  It’s made with the clean ingredients, affordable, and you can tell all the heart and soul that goes into everything from the creator and alchemist herself Marie.

Marie is the beauty and brains behind Face Mask Alchemy.  She is so knowledgeable and funny and did I mention smart (she’s a nurse so when she talks chemistry listen, she knows her stuff)?  What I love is she gives us all the tools to be successful with our self care ritual/discovery.  Included with every monthly subscription is a tip sheet, a list of all the ingredients, how and what products to mix with the mask, and how to apply it.  Plus Marie makes a you tube video going through the ingredients, the “why “behind the ingredients and how they work on our skin, how to use the mask, alchemy tricks/tips and you can see what the mask looks like on.  I’ve been masking for a long time now, but feel like I’m learning new information from all her wisdom (my face mask painting is getting better too).

If you’re not already following Marie, go find her now at Instagram:  @andthecolorgreen & @facemaskalchemy and her You Tube:  And the Color Green.

Face Mask Alchemy Monthly subscription $10.88

The June and July box were $12.00, however going forward, the August box will now be $10.88 for 22 grams of dry face mask.  Marie indicated on Face Mask Alchemy Instagram that she always wanted to get the subscritpion box to ten dollars and I can’t believe she has done it.  Such a steal, clean ingredients that work.

This monthly subscription box is different than other subscriptions out there (believe me I’ve been subscribed to so many, my husband would say too many) because they provide enough product to mask 3-5 times in a month so the product is gone by the time the next month’s dry face mask arrives at your door.  Love it!

Not only will all the masks be made with clean ingredients, organic when available, their packaging is eco-friendly.  Their containers are recycled post consumer resin plastic.  Plus their mailers (see pic below) and labels are made from 100% recycled materials.  A win win for us and our environment!

GPB FMA eco bag

 

Now on to the First Face Mask Alchemy Box- June

June:  Surfer Girl

GPB FMA mixed with RPB

The Surfer Girl was the first dry face mask for Face Mask Alchemy.  So fitting for the ultimate surfer girl herself (I’m talking about Marie).  It was handmade in Maui with clean ingredients like:

  • sea clay
  • organic coconut milk powder
  • acacia fiber
  • 2.5% organic tapioca maltodetrin
  • organic hibiscus powder
  • organic aloe gel powder
  • organic none fruit powder

GPB FMA 2

The subscription box includes the information card and tips and recipes see pics below.

GPB FMA info card

Face Mask Alchemy (FMA) Information Card

GPB FMA Recipes SG

FMA Recipes

GPB FMA Tips 1

FMA Tips

FMA recommends to always do a patch test first to make sure you’re not sensitive to the ingredients. The information and tip/recipe sheets give detailed directions.

The first time I used Surfer Girl I mixed 2 teaspoons of the dry mask in my shell masking bowl (of course) with 2-3 teaspoons of water.  I used my brush to easily apply the mask.  I left it on for about 20 minutes while misting with a facial mist to keep the mask from getting dry.  As you can see from the pictures below, the mask has a red color from the hibiscus and a tropical vibe.  It left my skin feeling so clean, soft and smooth.   So good!

GPB FMA me

The next week I followed Face Alchemy Recipe for parched or sensitive skin (hmm…mature):  I mixed 2 teaspoons of Surfer Girl with 2 teaspoons of water and then 3-4 drops of Honua Skincare Beauty Oil.  This mask can be mixed with any favorite face oil.  After washing off the mask with warm water, my skin felt lightly exfoliated.  It left my skin soft, smooth and with a pretty glow.

GPB FMA me 2

Can you tell every time I use Face Mask Alchemy I’m feeling the tropical vibe?  Which flower will I wear next time?  What will I mix it with next?  Alchemy is so much fun and wearing flowers.

Face Mask Alchemy Masking Kit $18.00 sold separately (right now it is out of stock-maybe FMA will make more?)

Aloha @facemaskalchemy Masking Kit I can't wait to use these with the new monthly subscription box Face Mask Alchemy by the lovely and knowledgeable Marie @andthecolorgreen . The shell masking bowl just feels so right for all the masking treats coming soon (I just don't know if I can use these with masks by other brands right now- would that be considered face mask cheating?!?) . The kit includes: The handmade white shell masking bowl -so pretty Black bamboo spoon- always great to use a spoon to scoop & mix products Masking brush- love using brushes to apply face masks more evenly (always using my mask painting skills) Fine Mist Spritzer 0.35 ml . . Happy Monday and Happy Masking . . . #greenbeauty #greenliving #greenbeautyblogger #greenbeautybloggers #greenpassionbeauty #maskaddict #maskitmonday #naturalblog #naturalbeauty #naturalbeautybox #naturalbeautyblogger #naturalbeautybloggers #naturalmask #cleanliving #cleanbeauty #facemaskalchemy #diyfacemasks #subscriptionbox #bbloggers #skincareritual #skincarekit

The minute I saw this beautiful tropical inspired masking kit, I knew I had to have it for my masking ritual, especially when using Face Mask Alchemy masks.  There is just something about the shell bowl and brush that brings masking to a whole new level for me.

The set includes:

  • a beautiful white shell masking bowl-loving it
  • black bamboo spoon- for scooping and mixing products
  • masking brush- helps apply masks more evenly and feels like a spa treatment
  • 0.35 ml fine mist spritz bottle- to prevent mask from drying

Bottom Line

I know that this was the first month, but I am so impressed.  I love FMA’s concept-a new mask every month.  Plus all the tips and tricks Marie provides us with in the subscription, on the Face Mask Alchemy site, and her You Tube videos.  She’s real (not offering miracle masks, but masks that work) and tells us what the mask can do for us by breaking down the ingredients so we can understand how it works and the reasoning behind every ingredient she uses in her masks.  Plus the eco-freindly packaging, labeling.  Most of all the mask works and is affordable luxury.  I would definitely recommend this subscription box!   I can’t wait for next month, and the next month, and can’t wait to see all the future boxes from Face Mask Alchemy.

Are you subscribed?  If not you can subscribe here.  Until next month, Happy Masking and Face Mask Alchemy!!!

~XO

Cynthia

Green Passion Beauty

 

“Self-care ritual meets subscription box”

~Face Mask Alchemy

[Disclaimer:  GPB was given this mask for review purposes (and pure enjoyment), GPB purchased the Face Mask Alchemy Masking Kit, 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.]

 

 

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.

Bottom Line

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]