Goodbeing Review, June 2016

Goodbeing, $21 per month (free shipping to US addresses; also ships to UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, add $9 for international shipping)

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This little baby bunny is one of my favorites!  He's very sweet and has lots of personality and attitude.  I named him, but Emily hates the name I gave him and calls him something else.  He's technically her bunny, so I guess she gets to give him his official name, but he and I know what his real name is.

This is my first Goodbeing box!  I've thought about subscribing to Goodbeing (formerly known as Goodebox) forever.  I'm not sure why I waited so long!  Goodbeing is a monthly subscription box that sends out health and beauty products that are organic, natural, non-toxic, and cruelty-free.  Subscribers fill out an extensive profile so that Goodbeing can customize their boxes.  This is not strictly a vegan box, but subscribers can mark that they want vegan products in their profile.  For strict vegans, this may not be the box for you as Goodbeing will still send those who selected the vegan option products that contain beeswax.  Besides beauty products, based on the user profile I filled out, it appears that Goodbeing may send out the occasional supplement or snack.  I indicated I was not interested in those products, so I'm hoping I don't get them.  I love how much thought they put into the customization of the boxes.  Based on spoilers I've seen, it appears that there are one or two items per month that all subscribers will get each month, but the rest of the products are selected based on your profile.  Goodbeing sends each subscriber four to five products each month and guarantees a value of at least double the subscription price.

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This is my first Goodbeing box!  I've thought about subscribing to Goodbeing (formerly known as Goodebox) forever.  I'm not sure why I waited so long!  

Here's what I got in my first Goodbeing box: 

My June Goodbeing Box was worth $102.90!  I'm really impressed with the value of this box.  That's close to five times the price I paid for it!  If you are wondering why I am reviewing the June box in mid-July, it's because I just got it.  I subscribed to Goodbeing after the cutoff for getting the June box.  I had seen pictures of what subscribers had gotten in their June Goodbeings, so I sent Goodbeing a message and asked them if I could still get the box for June.  They said that they would be happy to put together a June box for me, but that it wouldn't be shipped until they shipped the July boxes and asked if I was okay with that.  I didn't care how late it was because I wanted it so much, so I told them that was completely fine.  I got my June and July boxes on the same day.  I'm really impressed with their customer service so far.  Most subscription box companies would have just told me I subscribed too late and couldn't get the June box, but Goodbeing was happy to accommodate me.  

Because Goodbeing boxes are so customized, they don't have a conventional product information card.  Instead of one card listing all the products in your box, they send out mini cards for each product.  I admit, I find this a little annoying just because they're harder to keep track of, but, if this is what they have to do in order to tailor the boxes to individual preferences, I can live with it.  I've photographed the products with their product information cards.  On the front of each card is a picture of the product and the product's value; on the back of each card is a detailed description of what the product does and how to use it.  The back will also tell you if the product is vegan or not and how much the full size version of the product costs.  

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The first product is the MyChelle Sun Shield Clear Stick SPF 50.  Usually, sunblock in stick form isn't my favorite, but this wasn't like other stick sunblocks I've tried.  I should note that this is the only non-vegan product I received in this box -- it contains beeswax.  The product is quite soft so it's easy to apply to your skin and then rub it in so the surrounding areas will also be covered.  The formula isn't as sticky feeling as that of other stick sunblocks and it has a cocoa-y scent from the cocoa butter.  This also contains vitamin E, avocado oil, and jojoba oil, so it's extra good for your skin!  I like that this sunblock is also safe for reefs.  I admit, I was a little disappointed when I saw stick sunblock in my box, but I ended up really liking the product.  It's by MyChelle, so I should have known that I would love it.  Their products are always fabulous.

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The DeVita LipScience Volumizer was the spoiler for the June box, so all subscribers got this product.  This is a clear lip product that is supposed to make lips a little fuller looking, bring some extra color to the lips, and make lines in the lips less noticeable.  You'll feel a very subtle warming and tingling sensation when you apply this.  I did notice that it made my lips slightly redder, but I didn't notice any real plumping effect.  My lips are naturally quite full, so it's possible there was a subtle effect that I didn't notice.  Lip plumpers aren't something I really need, so this isn't the product for me.  It's worth a try, though, if you do need some fullness to your lips.  I did find the formula to be a little stickier than I would have liked, but it wasn't extremely sticky and it was tolerable.

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American Botanicals' SuperC+ Skin Perfecting Tonic with Brightening Complex reminds me of those Stridex pads I tried as a teenager.  It doesn't work like Stridex, but it looks like it.  You use these pads after you wash your face but before applying serums and moisturizers.  To use this, you wipe from the center of your face out toward the hairline.  Although the pads feel quite smooth if you touch them with your hand, it feels like there is almost something gritty that is exfoliating your face when you use it.  There isn't anything gritty on it, so I'm not sure if it's the acid or something else in the pads that give it that effect.  This product will help brighten your skin and fight signs of aging.  It doesn't smell very good at all, but I absolutely love this product, so I'm willing to overlook that.  At $0.78 per pad (50 pads for $39), it's a little expensive, but it's worth it.  Depending on your skin's needs, you can use this anywhere from twice a week to once a day, so it will last you at least 50 days if you buy it.  

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There wasn't a product information card for my Zabana Essentials French Green Clay Facial Blemish Drying Lotion, but that's not a big deal.  I love Zabana Essentials, so I'm always happy to see a product from them in a subscription box.  Seriously, their shimmery dry shampoo is my favorite dry shampoo ever, and trust me when I say I've tried a lot of dry shampoos!  This product is something a little different.  You allow this product to settle so the top part of the bottle is full of clear liquid and the bottom is full of green clay.  It won't work if you use it when it's shaken up and not separated.  After washing, toning, and moisturizing, you dip a Q-tip into the clay at the bottom and then apply the clay to any pimples you have that need to be killed off.  The clay dries them out overnight and, if it doesn't get rid of them completely, it at least shrinks them significantly.  The lavender scent isn't my favorite, but this product works, so I don't care about the scent.  I was concerned that this would dry out my skin and not just the pimples, but that hasn't been a problem, thankfully.  If you're like me and get annoying breakouts occasionally, this is the perfect product to have on hand.

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Folium Medica's Corset Breast Health Support was the only miss in the box for me.  This is an oil that you're supposed to massage into your breasts daily for the first month, then used two to three times a week after that.  This is supposed to help with circulation, elasticity, stretchmarks, and toning breast muscles.  It also says that it can promote breast growth.  While I am skeptical that it can actually make breasts grow, with DDDs, I really don't want to take that risk.  I tried it once so I could review it, but I won't be using this again.  This is a blend of sweet almond oil plus bergamot, ylang ylang, geranium, and fennel esssential oils.  The geranium is the most prominent scent.  At $57 for two ounces of this stuff, it's quite expensive.  Has anyone had good luck with this product?  Does it work and does it actually promote breast growth?

Overall, I was quite happy with my first Goodbeing box.  Folium Medica's Corset was a big miss for me and I wasn't so into the DeVita lip plumper, but the other three items were fabulous.  I loved the MyChelle sunblock, the Zabana acne treatment, and the American Botanicals pads, and I can't recommend them highly enough.  Goodbeing did a pretty good job curating my box.  I might have to tweak my profile a bit so that I don't get things like the breast oil in the future.  

Does anyone else subscribe to Goodbeing?  What have you thought of their curation?  Have they put together perfect boxes for you?  I'd love to hear your thoughts.  My July Goodbeing review will be up soon!