Kloverbox Review, April 2016

Kloverbox, $25 per month (US only)

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The baby buns are always hopeful that there will be some clover in the Kloverbox!  This little one is a twenty-three day old Siamese Mini Satin.

Kloverbox is a monthly lifestyle box that contains four to seven natural, cruelty-free beauty products, snacks, and home goods from small businesses.  The products are often, but not always, vegan.  While I love beauty boxes, it is fun to get candles, treats, and stuff for the home sometimes.  There's often a mix of product types, but some months are heavier on beauty, some heavier on home.  I love discovering small businesses that I probably wouldn't encounter on my own, and Kloverbox is one of the best ways to do that!  The owner puts a lot of care into the curation of the boxes and it shows.  Subscribers generally get the same products, with perhaps a little variation in color, pattern, scent, or flavor.

Kloverbox sent me the box free of charge for review.

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Here's what came in the April box:

My April Kloverbox was worth $43.44.  The April box had an Earth Day theme.  Kloverbox is clearing out old inventory and gave each subscriber a random product from a past box.  My extra was the Preserve razor, which I believe I first got in my August 2015 box.  I'd love to hear what other extras subscribers got.

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The Love Reusable Bags Snack Pouch Set is really cute!  The set contains two sturdy bags that would hold a sandwich or small snack.  I've noticed subscribers got a variety of colors and patterns and I was a little jealous of the more colorful ones out there, but they all work the same way, so it doesn't really matter.  These have a velcro top and a strip you can write your name on.  It's perfect to hold your sandwich in the office fridge.  These have a coating on the inside that should keep small leaks in, but, with the velcro top, these won't stop bigger leaks.  These are currently on sale on the Love Bags site for $8 instead of $11.95, but they have only two patterns left to choose from.  The patterns they have left would be great for kids.  I'm not sure how long the sale will last, so act quickly if you're interested.

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Go Green Miracle Balm is a moisturizer that can be used on your face and body for extremely dry or chapped skin.  It's perfect for feet, knees, and elbows, or wherever you might have serious dryness.  This has a coconut oil and shea butter base and also contains arnica oil, sunflower seed oil, olive oil, vitamin E, beeswax, and a blend of lavender, lemon, palmarosa, vanilla, and wintergreen oils for fragrance.  Strangely enough, I can detect very little fragrance, so don't let the essential oils scare you away if you are sensitive to smells.  The balm seems hard when you touch the top of it, but, if you dig in a bit, it comes out easily and softens up quickly.  My skin absorbed it in no time and it didn't leave me feeling greasy at all.  The owner of the company saw I had tagged Go Green in a picture of the April Kloverbox and suggested that I put the balm on my feet at night, put on my socks, then go to bed.  My feet were so soft when I woke up this morning!  I'll probably save most of this until the winter when my skin gets really dry.

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Kali is a subscription box that sends you fourteen organic tampons, ten feminine wipes, and an aromatherapy mist for $25 each month.  This is just a sample of one regular tampon, one super tampon, and a wipe from Kali.  You can try a sample of two regular tampons, two super tampons, and two wipes for $6 to make sure they are for you before committing to a subscription.  I like the idea of biodegradable, organic tampons, but I wish they had done away with the applicator.  I know a lot of women like applicators, so I understand why they didn't.  I haven't had a chance to try these yet, but, once I have, I'll try to remember to make a quick note to let you know how well they work.

If you read my reviews when they were on Jezebel, you might remember that I am not a fan of scented feminine wipes.  When I slammed Box Naturals for their rose and lavender wipes, I ended up hearing from the owner of the company.  She explained to me that they would like to offer unscented wipes, but for them to make the wipes unscented would require an ingredient that she thought would be more harmful than the essential oils (I'm paraphrasing here, but that was the gist of it).  Because of that, I was going to give Kali the benefit of the doubt.  Then I read their FAQs.  In the FAQs, Kali says, "We’ve added .02% Fragrance to our Kali Wipettes because, to be honest, we want to feel fresh and clean during our periods."  I'm against scented feminine hygiene products of any sort because I don't like how women are made to feel as though their natural scent is dirty or gross.  I think most people would feel just as "fresh and clean" using a regular, unscented wipe.  As most of you know, I'm a lesbian and many of my friends are lesbians.  We all find scented stuff down there to be very off-putting and strange.  Vulvas are not supposed to smell like flowers!  My friends are I are not representative of all women, I realize, and I'm sure some people feel differently.

All that said, I will give Kali credit for allowing you to write to them about alternatives to the scented wipes in your subscription if you have objections to them.  I wish they at least offered an unscented wipe, but the fact that you can opt out of the wipes and get something in place of it makes me feel better about the subscription.  This isn't the subscription for me -- I'm very much a Diva Cup and OB kind of woman -- but I like that they are offering organic tampons in a subscription service.  If you don't have a nearby Whole Foods, Wegmans, or other store that sells natural products, organic tampons can be difficult to find.

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I love cranberries, dark chocolate, and granola bars, so I was looking forward to trying goodnessknows Snack Squares in Very Cranberry.  These were not as sweet as I was expecting.  They contain no added sweeteners.  I have a big sweet tooth, but I still liked these.  There are four little squares in each package, so they make a good, quick snack when you're on the go.  Emily loved these even more than I did.  The bars also come in apple/almond/peanut/dark chocolate and cherry/peach/almond/dark chocolate flavors.  I'm not sure if all subscribers got the cranberry flavor or if there was some variation.  I would like to try the apple.  I'm sad the cherry has peach in it because cherries are my favorite fruit, but I hate peaches.  

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Kloverbox was trying to clear out their back stock, so they were nice enough to throw in an extra product for every subscriber in April.  I got the Preserve Triple Razor System in Sky Blue.  It includes a handle and two blade cartridges.  The handle is made out of old yogurt cups and can be recycled again!  I like that they advertise the razor as being for men and women.  Emily used this back in August and also took the one I just got in this Kloverbox.  She liked the smooth shave this gave her and didn't have any issues with razor burn.  The blades are of great quality and the handle won't slip out of your hand in the shower.  Cartridge replacements are a little pricey at $50 for 24, but replacement cartridges are expensive for all razors, it seems.

I loved everything in the April Kloverbox except for the Kali wipe and tampons.  I haven't tried the tampons yet, so I'm not sure how well they work, and I really don't like that the wipe is scented. Aside from that, Kloverbox put out a good box and everything fit the Earth Day theme.  What did you think of the April Kloverbox?  If you have a Kloverbox subscription, what was the special extra that came in yours?  I'd love to hear your thoughts about this month's box.  

I'm hoping to get my April wrap-up posted in the next day or two, so keep an eye out for it!