November 14, 2018

Goodbeing's November Natural Beauty Box Reveal

“life [is] like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.” – Forrest Gump, 1994

UPDATE [5.29.2019] – The Goodbeing Box as a monthly subscription has been discontinued since April 2019. Although this subscription box is no longer being offered, the products from this month's box are still available in the clean beauty marketplace. I hope you enjoy these photos and reviews!

Hi Friends!

I thought I would share something lighthearted and fun with ya'll – a beauty subscription box reveal! I don't know if you enjoy the experience of subscription boxes as I do but there's something special about getting something in the snail-mail with a box full of curious goodies.

What sets Goodbeing apart from other subscription boxes is that, one, you get a chance to personalize and select a couple items that you want in your upcoming box, and second, you can trust that all the items you receive are mainly clean, green, and eco–friendly. Inside each box, you receive 4–5 items [some are full sizes, and most are sample sizes] with a retail value of $45–$65. But the good news is that for us it only costs $25 per box to experience a wide range of indie to established brands with a good variety of beauty products and tools. 

Sounds like a deal, right? But is it worth it- you ask? Hopefully, through this post, you'll get a sense of the kinds of products that you might be signing up for. 

*BTW, my box arrived a couple weeks late so Goodbeing threw in a bonus item and my box had 6 products this month – just in case you were wondering. [wink]

Here are the products that came in my box this month! 

Boho Gold's Hydrating Cacao Mocha Mask

Such a pretty label design, don't you think? 

I love masks. In all of skin care, masking for me feels the most pampering. Mainly because most other products and skin care steps I feel are mandatory – things I have to use and do to maintain my skin's health – whereas masks are [in my mind] supplementary. It's a treat to be able to set aside 15–20min for a calming and soothing masking session – like lighting a candle and sipping on wine during a relaxing bath. 

I'd hate to start off on a not–so–bright note, but this mask by Boho Gold was... okay. I have yet to experience its "Hydrating" benefits as it's named but I was able to use it to clarify and exfoliate my skin though the masking process. 

I do like the way that it smells – like a mellow, freshly brewed coffee with a sweet chocolate finish. But I think Boho Gold could have gone a step further to make the experience of masking a bit more pleasant. What I mean is – it simply did its job and performed its task without much elegance or finesse.

Most of the masks that I'm currently enjoying in my skin care routine – those with similar ingredients to this one – mask [or help hide] the fact that when you're masking, you're pretty much putting glorified dirt on the face for its many benefits. This one made me feel like I was literally putting globs of mud on my face. I tried it with different ratios of water to thin it out, with honey and yogurt, to no avail.

Ingredients: Bentonite Clay, Cacao Powder, Coffee Grounds

Wyld's French Pink Clay Konjac Sponge

Moving along to something very prettily pink and helpful for clear skin – Wyld's French Pink Clay Konjac Sponge. If you've never used a konjac sponge before, you might be thinking - what is this thing?! These have been a big hit in the beauty community and once you know what they are, you might recognize them in many of your local stores – they're everywhere. 

Made with 100% natural Konjac root [a porous plant found in Asia], this one by Wyld is infused with French pink clay to gently cleanse your pores and exfoliate off dry/dead/flaky skin. A konjac sponge is not the only method to exfoliate out there, but it is one of many ways that may help prevent acne and breakouts. We all know acne is dependent on variety of things [environment, stress, hormone levels, diet, genetics, mismatched skin care products etc etc] but when there's a buildup of dead skin on your epidermis, it can cause oil and dirt to get caught underneath that layer and become red and inflamed – a pimple.

I use this pink one for my face and a larger charcoal one for my body from Puresol! A konjac sponge needs to be replaced after about 6 weeks so I'm using this every evening to try to get the most out of it before it expires!

Juice Beauty's Luminous Lip Crayon in Malibu

You all know that I enjoy having fun with lip color and, to no surprise, I was most excited about discovering this item in this month's Goodbeing box! This Lip Crayon by Juice Beauty has been living in my purse and going everywhere with me on my lips to finish my everyday, natural, no makeup–makeup look.

Something I appreciate about this Lip Crayon its unique concept and design. The tip is designed to be the perfect marriage between a conventional lipstick head and lip–liner, allowing you to apply the color with precision especially around the edges. I'm finding that I don't ever need a lip–liner when using this Lip Crayon. And also this formula is a bit more dry than creamy, which lends itself to a more adhesive and smudge–proof lip application. Since it finishes matte, I'd recommend applying lip–gloss or even lip balm if you want to give your lips a more lush and plumped finish.

Malibu is a nude pink/barely there kind of color – a good balanced shade to suit both warm and cool skin undertones. Juice Beauty's Lip Crayons come in eight other beautiful shades and I hope I'll get a chance to try and swatch them for you in the future!

Juice Beauty's Green Apple Cleansing Bar

Can you tell that I've been getting a lot of use out of this little guy by how small the bar's gotten in just 2 weeks?

Juice Beauty's Green Apple Cleansing Bar is made from almost all natural and safe ingredients [only exception being sodium hydroxide – EWG rating of 3–4]. It's an effective cleanser that gets the job done without leaving you feeling gunky [like there's a layer of surfactant or detergent left on your skin]. This bar resides in my shower as I use this primary for washing my body. It suds surprisingly well and smells pleasantly like subtle citrus. Fingers crossed that this sample size will hopefully last me another two weeks or so!

Simplified List of Ingredients: organic extra virgin olive oil*, organic aloe juice*, organic coconut oil*, sustainably sourced organic palm oil*, sodium hydroxide, organic apple juice*, organic lemon juice*, organic white grape juice*, orange oil, mandarin oil, may chang oil, ho wood oil, Vitamin E, grape seed extract  [* = certified organic ingredient]

Sade Baron's Pro-Vitamin B5 lotion 

Similarly to Juice Beauty's Cleansing Bar, Sade Baron's Body Lotion is made almost all from natural and safe ingredients [only exception being sodium hydroxide – EWG rating of 3–4]. These days, I'm transitioning to using 100% natural, pure oils to nourish and moisturize my body rather than using lotion emulsions, but this sample size has been super handy to carry around to moisturize my hands throughout the day. And I love that I was sent the lotion without any essential oils or fragrances added – I appreciate the simplicity of the ingredients in this formula.

As photographer and dog owner, I'm constantly needing to wash my hands and then lotion them, but also needing to work with photo equipment without my hands feeling overly greasy. This one has a good balance of keeping my hands soft and supple throughout the day without leaving oily residues behind.

This body lotion is similar in tactile experience and the barely–there smell of Aveeno's unscented body lotion [but without Aveeno's mysterious list of synthetic ingredients]. If you're transitioning to cleaner beauty and are looking for a body moisturizer – this one might be worth a try.

Simplified List of Ingredients: Distilled Water, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, Cocoa Seed Butter, Vegetable Glycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Coconut

Bella Aura Skincare's Night Cellular Renewal 

To end on a good note, I also received a mini size of Bella Aura's Night Cellular Renewal in this month's Goodbeing box. And I can say that this was my favorite skincare product in the whole box. This creamy evening cream is packed with exotic botanical extracts with healing properties and antioxidants to nourish and protect the skin. This emulsion is lightweight – not thick or overbearing like some night creams – and quickly absorbs into the skin. It smells lightly woodsy with hints of florals.

The sample tube was too small to be able to say whether it showed any visible improvements on my skin, but I was impressed by how my face felt in the morning after having applied this moisturizer the evening before. It's good at sealing in the moisture from my serums and keeping my face hydrated and supple overnight. Hopefully, I'll get a chance to try some more products from Bella Aura for a longer period of time to be able to give you an update on its long–term benefits on my skin!

I just wanted to show you the perspective of how the sample size compared to my hand and a photo demonstration of how easily the cream absorbs into my skin.
Simplified List of Ingredients:Water, Argan Kernel Oil, Polyglyceryl-6 Distearate, Jojoba Esters, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Propanediol, Prickly Pear Oil, Black Cumin)Seed Oil, Bitter Orange Flower Oil, Glutamine, Decyl Glucoside, Phenethyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Rock Rose Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Jiaogulan Leaf/Stem Extract, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, 1,2 Hexanediol, Hydroxyacetophenone, Xanthan Gum, Cellulose, Citral, Farnesol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool

So my final thoughts,

As you may have gathered from my reviews, there were mainly hits – products that I thought were wonderful – and a miss as well. But the hits definitely outweighed the miss. And overall, I thought, the Goodbeing subscription box was a fun way to be introduced to several new skin care companies and a great way to discover more safe and nontoxic options for my Beauty Cleanse journey. I hope that this box will be one of many!

Wishing you a BEAUTY-FULL day!


*The October Beauty Box was gifted by Goodbeing for an honest review.

All images © 2018 Grace Song Photography

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