November 2015 Terra Bella Box Review

Terra Bella

$37.95 per month for deluxe box, $17.95 for lite box, US only

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Terra Bella Box is a monthly subscription that sends out only natural, handmade products from small businesses.  You can choose between a regular subscription for $37.95 per month with 5-6 products or a lite subscription for $17.95 per month with 2-3 items.  If you prepay for a longer subscription, there is a small discount.  They also offer a trial box for $24, which is  a one-time box that includes various items from past and current boxes so you can see  if this box is right for you before committing to a subscription.  Today, Saturday, 11/28/15, in honor of Small Business Saturday, if you purchase a prepaid 3, 6, or 12 month subscription, you will get a free trial box thrown in with the code SHOPSMALL.  This is today only, so if you're on the fence about a subscription, today is the day to act.  If a prepaid subscription isn't for you, you can use code CYBERMONDAY through Monday, 11/30, and get a trial box for $20 instead of $24.  This is the weekend to subscribe to all the beauty  boxes because almost all of them have discount codes for the holidays.  Take advantage of it!

The November Terra Bella box was worth $43.17.  This isn't a huge amount over the subscription price of $37.95, but Terra Bella is  a new subscription company and they are dedicated to working solely with small businesses that can't give huge discounts to beauty box companies, so I'm okay with that.  There's definitely value in the curation.  I never would have encountered most of these brands without this box, so it's a great way to discover teeny businesses (many from Etsy) that could use our support and that use high quality, natural ingredients.

 The Beige/Dusk/&/Greys Eye Balm is simply fabulous!  Coupled with the amazing SkinDeep Naturals Small Eye Makeup Remover Pads, you will get every last bit of eye makeup off.  I could not believe how quickly it removed the makeup from my eyes.  I don't know about you, but even with good makeup removers, I often end up with little black circles under my eyes that I have to go back to again and scrub off.  Not with the eye balm and makeup remover pads!  It just melts away.  Best of all, the eye balm can also be used as a heavy-duty moisturizer for the skin around your eyes.  I love that the SkinDeep Naturals pads are washable and reusable.  I often use disposable cotton pads, but I feel better about using a product that isn't going to end up in a landfill.  They were soft and quite easy to wash.  

Straight up shea butter isn't my favorite thing.  The Wellsmith Scented Shea Butter was shea butter with a little aloe and clover scent thrown in.  I found the scent to be quite subtle and inoffensive.  I have the hardest time getting my skin to absorb shea butter quickly.  I don't mind if a lotion has shea as an ingredient, but when the only ingredient besides fragrance is shea, it probably won't be the lotion for me.  My hands have been extra dry this fall, so I've used it a few times, but it still hasn't grown on me.  If you do like shea butter, though, this is a great option, especially because Wellsmith is a small Etsy business that allows you to choose from a wide array of scents.  They are perfectly happy to make you a  custom scented shea butter.

I am a big fan of Susan's Soaps and More All Natural Almond Face Scrub.  They offer the same scrub in lavender for those who have dry skin, sensitive skin, or acne.  The scrub cleanses and exfoliates with oatmeal and cornmeal.  It got all the dry, dead skin off my face, but did it without irritating my skin.  So often, I find exfoliating products to be a little painful to use and they sometimes leave my face red, but that wasn't the case with this at all.  The only complaint I have about this is that you have to pick the oatmeal bits out of the drain after using this because they are too big to go down, at least in my sink.  I'm willing to overlook that, though, because I love this scrub so much.

The Sage and Sea Apothecary Sensitive Skin Facial Steam is made up of only chamomile, lavender, and calendula.  Facial steams, which seem to be getting more common in beauty boxes, are great to do between cleansing your face and applying a mask.  The steam opens up your pores, making the mask more effective.  This one was very relaxing.  I love doing steams prior to masks, so I'm always happy to get a new one in a box.  Also, I read that Sage and Sea Apothecary is based in Rhode Island.  I lived there for a number of years and always love to support a small business in the smallest state.

Finally, there was the Poppy and Someday Coriander Herbal Lip Stain.  I was excited to try this because the color was so pretty in the jar.  Not only did the pigment not live up to my expectations,the coriander smell was a little overwhelming.  If you like the scent of coriander, you're in luck here! My gilfriend, Emily, loved this.  If you're like me, though, and hate it, steer clear of this product.  Poppy and Someday offers a peppermint lip stain in what seems to be the same color.  I'm sure I would have loved that because peppermint is one of my favorite flavors and scents.  

This was my second month getting Terra Bella Box.  I'm really enjoying it.  They're choosing some great products and introducing me to some wonderful small businesses.  I'm excited to see what their December box and their Winter Limited Edition Holiday Box will have inside!

That's all we have for tonight.  I was hoping to get a second review in tonight, but I'm visiting my family in Maine and tonight is the last night before I  have to leave.  I'll try to get another review or two up tomorrow night.  Watch my Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter and I'll let you know once something new is up.