Kloverbox Review, February 2016

Kloverbox, $25 per month (US only)

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Here's sweet little Emmett hanging out in the Kloverbox and checking out this month's products.

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Poor Feivel thought for sure that Kloverbox must contain clover for bunnies.  He was very disappointed when he discovered that wasn't the case.  The bunnies wonder when there will finally be a subscription box for them.

Kloverbox is a monthly natural and organic subscription box that contains a mix of beauty, home, and snack items.  While it's not strictly vegan, more often than not, everything or almost everything in the box is vegan.  If something isn't vegan, it's usually because of honey or beeswax.  They focus on small businesses, so there are always products that I've never encountered, which I love.  This is usually one of my favorite boxes because the curation is always fabulous and I discover so many products that end up being new favorites of mine.  Kloverbox has had issues in the past getting boxes out in a timely fashion, but they have hired a shipping company to help them out, so they got the boxes out on time this month.  I expect that the shipping times will be much improved from here on out.  

Kloverbox sent me this box free of charge for review.

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This month, I got the following items in my Kloverbox:

The February Kloverbox was worth $43.99.  This wasn't one of the highest value boxes I've seen from Kloverbox, but I think $44 worth of products for $25 is still a really good deal.

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The Balanced Guru Hug Me Long-and-Sweet Body Butter was a spoiler for the December box.  Unfortunately, there were problems with getting the labels for the bottles on time, so they substituted the Balanced Guru Soothe Me Day and Night Body Oil and promised to put the body butter in a future month's box.  They included the body butter in this month's box.  While I liked the body oil in December more than this month's body butter, I enjoyed using this body butter quite a bit.  It was solid when it came in the mail, but it is cold here in upstate NY, so that happens a lot with products in the winter!  Even when it was up to room temperature, it was still somewhat solid, but warming it up with a little body heat softened it quickly to a thin oil.  The butter's main ingredients are coconut butter, cocoa butter, and beeswax, and it has many other plant oils in it in smaller quantities.  Because this has beeswax in it, this is one of the rare Kloverbox products that is not vegan.  The cocoa butter scent is pretty strong at first, then, once it has soaked into skin, it has a light lavender scent.  My lovely girlfriend, Emily, loved this and has been using it constantly.  It's great for the cold, dry weather up here.  I liked this product, but my personal preference is for body creams over butters or lotions.  

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I was already a big fan of Q.C. Naturals after trying Timmy's Toner (my Holy Grail toner!) several months ago after it came in another beauty box.  I've been looking forward to trying other products from Q.C.  Karan's Cleanser is a rosewater-based facial cleanser that I suspect would be gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin.  Besides rosewater, its only other ingredients are organic vegetable glycerin and organic frankincense and geranium essential oils.  The rose scent is beautiful, but not overpowering, and there are hints of the geranium and frankincense scents in there, too.  It's meant to be applied with a cotton pad or a washcloth and then rinsed off with warm water.  I recommend that you remove your makeup with a product meant specifically for makeup removal before using this facial cleanser, or any facial cleanser.  Makeup remover is much more effective at breaking down makeup than cleanser and getting all your makeup off at the end of the day is very important for your skin's health.  This was surprisingly effective for something that is so gentle.  It helped get my face cleared up after a breakout.  I haven't tried Quinny's Cream, the third product in the Q.C. Naturals skincare lineup, but I hope to soon!  

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Can this soap be any cuter?!  The Small Keys Be My Valentine Handmade Soap is almost too pretty to use!  I wouldn't have used it if I didn't have to review it.  The owner of Small Keys makes each soap personally and uses a cold process to make the soaps.  It takes four to six weeks to cure the soaps!  I didn't realize it was such a lengthy process.  I'm impressed that the owner is so committed to making high quality, natural soaps that she is willing to sacrifice speed in order to do it.  I used this as a body soap and loved how soft and silky it felt.  The fragrance wasn't as strong as conventional soap because it uses real essential oils instead of artificial fragrance oils, which was a welcome change.  This should last you quite a while if you remember to keep it dry between uses.  Take a look around the Small Keys Etsy shop!  There are so many beautiful handmade products that are reasonably priced.  I'm really impressed by this little shop.

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Finally, there was the Theo Chocolate Red Hot Cinnamon Crunch 70% Dark Chocolate bar.  I absolutely love dark chocolate and cinnamon, so this looked like a great combination to me.  I liked this, but I was really hoping for more of a cinnamon flavor.  I thought it was too light on the cinnamon bits.  Emily thought it was perfect just the way it was, so it's all a matter of taste.  Theo has some really yummy looking chocolate bars on their site, so I might just have to try a few more.  

This was a fantastic Kloverbox!  The curation was great and I loved the Valentine's squiggles in pink and purple, which gave the whole box a nice, cohesive look to it.  The Q.C. Naturals Karan's Cleanser and the Small Keys soap were my favorites; the Theo Chocolate and the Balanced Guru body butter were Emily's favorites.  There was something for everyone in our house this month!  Well, maybe not the bunnies, but the people at least.  

What did you think of this month's Kloverbox?  Were you able to choose a favorite item?