February 4, 2019

Goodbeing's January Natural Subscription Box


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!


I can't seem to keep track whether this Goodbeing box I received earlier this month was intended for December, January, or February [hmmm...] but, in any case, this is my 3rd month of subscribing to Goodbeing's Natural Beauty Box and I'm happy to report that, so far, it's been good.

Besides its great value, at $25 per month, one of the perks of this particular subscription box, is that I got to choose 2 of the products ahead of time!

For those of you who are curious and dabbling in the world of clean beauty, Goodbeing is a good place to start. "Goodbeing helps shorten that learning curve, doing the legwork for you on ingredients, brand ethics, and performance, then allowing you to give it a try it before committing to buying a full size product." [goodbeing.com ]


Here are the five products that were included in this month's box [in no particular order] –

  • Ultrabalm by Bonnie
  • TwistUP Brow Pencil by Bellapierre Cosmetics
  • Green Tea Mojito Clay Mask by ENTYZE
  • CannaCell D.Puff Eye Cream by Andalou Naturals
  • Azure Facial Serum by PAXI Skincare



Ultrabalm by Bonnie


I'm currently using/testing out four balms and I'd have to say that this one by Bonnie is not my favorite out of the batch.

The Ultrabalm starts off a little grainy but does relax onto the skin with some warmth and rubbing. This balm doesn't absorb into the skin – as a lotion or moisturizer would typically do –  but leaves an oily top layer to seal in moisture and prevent chapped skin during the cold and dry seasons. It also doesn't seem to have a scent at first but leaves a subtle lingering reminder of... glue[?]

Applying this to hands and small areas of the body – like dry elbows or knees – might be fine but – due to the initial graininess and thick finish of the balm – I just can't imagine putting this on my face or on big portions of my body.

Also, since this formula is water-free, I always prep my hands with a product containing H2O before applying the Ultrabalm.


Simplified List of Ingredients: cupuaçu seed butter, murumuru seed butter, cocoa seed butter, shea nut oil, Sclerocarya birrea seed oil, jojoba esters, Camellia japonica seed oil, Sambucus nigra fruit extract, jojoba seed oil, carnauba wax, cocoyl hydrolyzed quinoa protein, cocoyl hydrolyzed rice protein, jambu extract, candelilla wax, dipalmitoyl hydroxyproline, Michelia alba leaf oil, Rosa damascene flower absolute




TwistUP Brow Pencil by Bellapierre Cosmetics


I'm currently without a great eyebrow pencil so I jumped on the opportunity to try this one from Bellapierre Cosmetics! I've been using an eye-shadow [the shade "power player"] from Tarte's Tartlette Palatte as an eyebrow filler because the one I got from Beautycounter was not quite to my liking.

The TwistUp Brow Pencil is – as is true with many "dark brown" eyebrow pencils – a bit too warm for my eyebrow color. Since I have black hair, I think in the long run I'm best off with a cooler, grey toned product.

Although the shade doesn't quite match me, overall, the TwistUp Brow Pencil works pretty well. It has a good color payoff and glides on smoothly with no splotch-iness, doesn't easily smudge, and the precision tip creates a natural looking eyebrow. Also, it comes with a spoolie on the opposite end to comb in stray hairs too!

Simplified List of Ingredients: Carnauba Wax, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Beeswax, Polyisobutene, Phenoxyethanol. May contain +/- [Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)]




Green Tea Mojito Clay Mask by ENTYZE


Overall, I like the Green Tea Mojito Clay Mask by ENTYZE and I especially find the collection of ingredients gathered in this little jar fascinating. This mask is definitely worth looking into.

For example, the second ingredient listed, Spirulina, is a blue-green algae that gives this mask a beautifully deep green color when wet. Spirulina is, in short, a super-plant. It's high in vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants with anti-inflammatory properties. I've only seen this as a dietary supplement but it's a genius idea to incorporate it into skincare!

As a heads up, this mask smells a bit strong at first as your nose adjusts – like sap from a freshly cut Redwood tree. Nice, but... potent. And the mask slightly tingles my skin but leaves my face feeling refreshed, cool and clean. These days, I've been getting into making my own "cocktail" with honey, a couple drops of face oil, and aloe vera distilled water for a hydrating, nourishing, naturally soothing, and antibacterial mask.

The Green Tea Mojito Clay Mask as been a great morning mask when my skin and my spirits need a quick pick me up!

Simplified List of Ingredients: French green clay, Spirulina, Matcha Green Tea, Chlorella, Irish Moss, Moringa, Coconut Milk, Geranium



CannaCell D.Puff Eye Cream by Andalou Naturals


This newly released eye cream by Andalou Naturals is said to give the skin a "plumper, smoother, brighter appearance." I personally haven't had enough time with this guy to see an obvious difference in my under-eyes, but I currently use hemp oil in my regular skincare regimen and was happy to try it out in this eye cream form. So far I'm enjoying its smooth texture and the scentless formula. It reminds me of Beautycounter's Countermatch Eye Rescue Cream – not too thick or rich – and it hasn't been irritating to my sensitive eye area – yet.

This new line of skincare by Andalou has "Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil & Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Cell Culture Extract" in their formula. At first, CannaCell sounds like you-know-what [ahem weed]. And in fact, Hemp [CBD] & Marijuana [THC] are categorized under the same Cannabis Sativa family. But marijuana contains psychoactive properties whereas hemp has very little THC with no psychoactive effects.

Also, as a side note, this product does contain Cetyl Alcohol which might be irritating or drying to sensitive skin. I recommend swatching it before taking the plunge.

Simplified List of Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Purified Water, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Emulsifying Wax NF, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Fructose/Glycerin/Water/Horse Chestnut Extract, Superoxide Dismutase, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Hemp Seed Oil*, Vitamin C, Hemp Cell Culture Extract, Resveratrol, Squalane, Allantoin, Tocopherol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract


Azure Facial Serum by PAXI skincare


The Azure Facial Serum by PAXI Skincare is a lightweight facial oil that smells pleasantly of blooming flowers in the springtime. I'm so glad that I discovered this serum and PAXI Skincare through this month's Goodbeing box. I find this facial oil's scent calming, and the blue-green visually stunning! This particular formula is pretty lightweight – absorbing into the pores without leaving the greasy residual feel of heavier oils' blends.

The base carrier oil in this facial serum is a plant derived squalane with Blue Tansy and Immorelle essential oils added in for their skin nourishing benefits. Blue Tansy Oil, if you're hearing about it for the first time, is similar to Chamomile and is sometimes referred to as "Moroccan Chamomile." It has recently become a popular ingredient in many-a skincare product for its anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties.

Azulene, an oily extract from chamomile flowers, gives this serum its beautiful shade of blue. It is also known to be soothing to the skin with antioxidant/skin protecting properties. But, as a warning, azulene may react to UVA light and might also be mildly comedogenic so it might be safest to apply this oil in the evening and also to do a test patch before full application.

Overall, I've been pleased with this mini vial that I'm testing out and will be, perhaps, a tiny bit sad when it runs out. In any case, the Azure Facial Serum has piqued my curiosity for PAXI Skincare and I'd like to give a thumbs up to Goodbeing for including this in my box. Thank you!

Simplified List of Ingredients: Squalane (derived from Olive Oil & Meadowfoam Seed Oil), Blue Tansy Oil, Immortelle Oil


I'm finding that Goodbeing's monthly subscription box is a fun and lighthearted way to discover clean beauty with no-strings-attached, [you can order a Goodbeing box month-to-month, without having to subscribe for 2+ months in order to participate – which is usually the case for most monthly boxes].

And the discount codes of up to 50% off, offered to regular subscribers, really come in handy when I like something from the box and want to purchase a full size. The Green Tea Mojito Clay Mask and Azure Facial Serum from this month were definitely a hit with me and I'll be keeping an eye out for those special offers!

As you may have noticed, I've subscribed to the Clean Beauty Box, and am enjoying the experience there as well. I think it might be time for a comparison post[!] – where we take a look at the pros and cons and differences between Goodbeing and some other "clean" monthly boxes! How does that sound?


Wishing you a BEAUTY-Full Day!

xoxo
Grace







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