Goodbeing Review, August 2016

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

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These adorable little two-week-old buns are checking out the August Goodbeing box!  This is their first time modeling!  I love how they both put their left paws forward in the top photo and I think the little ears and paw of the top bunny in the photo directly above are adorable.  

Goodbeing is a monthly natural beauty box.  They customize their boxes based on a profile subscribers fill out, although there is usually a product (sometimes two) all subscribers receive in a particular month.  The products in the box are always cruelty-free.  While this isn't strictly a vegan box, many of the products are vegan, and subscribers can indicate that they want only vegan products in their profile.  Goodbeing says that they may still send vegan subscribers products containing beeswax, so, if you're a strict vegan, this might not be the subscription for you.  Subscribers receive four to five products in their box and the value is always quite high.  I know I've complained a lot about bad customer service from boxes lately, so I am happy to report that Goodbeing has fabulous customer service.  I contacted them once to see if I could start my subscription with the June box instead of the July box even though I subscribed past the cutoff date for June subscriptions, and they were happy to accommodate me.  Most boxes would have told me no.   I wouldn't have been upset if Goodbeing had told me no, so I was impressed that they were happy to make an exception for me.  I've seen other Goodbeing customers rave about the excellent customer service, too, so it wasn't just a one-time thing.  

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

My August Goodbeing was worth $79.05.  That's almost four times the subscription price, so I'm very happy with the value.  All of the products I received this month were vegan.  The product mix was pretty good -- there were two skincare items, a makeup product, a body care product, and a makeup bag.  Instead of including one product information card, Goodbeing sends out mini cards with information on each individual product in your box.  While I would prefer one big card with all the information as the little cards are easy to lose, if that's the price I have to pay for customized boxes, I can live with it.  

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First up, we have the Zatik Lavender Licorice Organic Clear Complexion Toner.  From pictures of other subscribers' boxes that I've seen, it appears that everyone received a full size Zatik skincare product and that Goodbeing selected the product you would get based on your profile.  My skin likes to break out, so I'm happy to have gotten this toner.  You might wonder if lavender and licorice smell good together.  Lavender isn't my favorite scent, so that was definitely a concern of mine.  I do love licorice, though.  Strangely enough, the scents combined don't smell all that much like either lavender or licorice and I loved the scent.  The product is concentrated, so they recommend going light on this when applying it.  This toner is supposed to even out your complexion and help with breakouts.  I haven't used this long enough to tell how well it works, but I like how it feels on my skin and my face feels soft and tight after I use it.  This is a full size product and it should last me a long time.  I find I get way more cleansers, serums, and moisturizers than toners, so I'm always happy to see toner in a box.

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It appears that all subscribers received three EO Organic Deodorant Wipes in either Lavender or Tea Tree.  I received the Tea Tree.  These wipes kill bacteria to eliminate body odor and they are also moisturizing.  These aren't meant to be an everyday thing -- they're more for when you're on the go and need to freshen up.  These are deodorant wipes, not antiperspirant, so these won't keep you from sweating, but they will keep you from stinking.  One wipe is enough for both armpits.  I used one on a hot day and found it to be effective.  I don't sweat all that much, though.  If you sweat a lot and you've tried these, how did they work?  Tea tree isn't my favorite scent, but these actually didn't smell bad at all.  These are perfect to throw in your purse so you can use one whenever you feel like you're not smelling so great.  

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While many subscribers received the Andalou Naturals masks, not all did.  The types of Andalou masks subscribers received varied.  I got the Instant Pure Pore Hydro Serum Facial Mask which is supposed to give your pores a deep cleaning.  This mask has a pretty strong tangerine scent to it, which I loved.  I needed a mask like this, so I was happy to find this in my box!  Most sheet masks fit my face pretty well, but the bottom part that is supposed to stay on my chin always falls off.  I think this is the first sheet mask I've ever used that I didn't have to push back onto my chin every thirty seconds!  I couldn't believe how well this fit me.  My skin felt extra clean after using this.  At $5.99 for one sheet mask, it's not cheap, but it's great as an occasional treat for your face.  I would definitely be interested in trying other sheet masks from Andalou Naturals.

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Swatch of Honeybee Gardens Truly Natural Lipstick in Vintage Merlot

Swatch of Honeybee Gardens Truly Natural Lipstick in Vintage Merlot

When I first saw the Honeybee Gardens Truly Natural Lipstick in Vintage Merlot, I liked how bold it looked in the tube, but I didn't have high hopes for it.  A lot of vegan lipstick doesn't have all that much pigment, in my experience.  I've definitely found exceptions to that rule -- OCC lip tar is my favorite lip product ever, has more pigment than I thought possible, and is vegan -- but, more often than not, they are a little disappointing.  I was surprised by the pigment in Vintage Merlot!  It's a gorgeous color.  I love that Goodbeing paid attention to my profile preferences and didn't give me a neutral color.  Subscribers who got the lipstick received one of four colors -- Vintage Merlot, Bombshell, Romance, or San Francisco -- and Goodbeing definitely chose the right color for me!  This is a matte formula and I found it to be long-lasting and hydrating.  A lot of matte lipsticks can dry out your lips, but this contains sunflower seed oil, cocoa butter, and sesame seed oil to moisturize and heal your lips.  This will be making it into my normal lipstick rotation, which is extraordinarily hard for a lipstick to do!  The only ones currently in the drawer where I keep my regularly used lipsticks are lots of OCC lip tars, a few Too Faced Melted, and one Marc Jacobs lipstick.  My many other lipsticks are banished to a cubby in my makeup shelf and are almost never used.

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Finally, all subscribers received a Tribe Alive Shibori Pouch.  These were made especially for Goodbeing, so they aren't available for sale on the Tribe Alive site.  No two are the same as they are handmade.  The other side of my bag had a lot less blue on it than the side you see above, but I liked the bluer side more.  You can see on the little product information card next to my bag that the inside of the bag is lined with a hot pink material.  This wasn't my favorite design, so I'll probably give it away to someone who would appreciate it more.  I'm swimming in makeup bags already, so this is just not something I need.  $38 seems a little expensive for this bag, but Tribe Alive pays impoverished women all over the world to make products for them at a fair wage, so I understand the price and love what they are doing.  Goodbeing recently put out a special deluxe box (now sold out) for $105 and included these bags in those boxes, so I was a little surprised that subscribers received them in their monthly boxes as I'm sure many, if not most, of the people buying the special edition box were monthly subscribers.  I guess they ended up with too many of these bags!  

I'm exceptionally happy with my August Goodbeing box!  The Tribe Alive pouch was a bit of a miss for me, but I like what the company is doing and can think of a couple of people who might love to get this as a gift from me.  It's more their style than mine.  It's hard to decide, but I think that the Zatik Lavender Licorice and the Honeybee Gardens lipstick are my favorite items this month.  I loved the Andalou mask a lot, too, though, so maybe it is a three-way tie.  The EO deodorant wipes were pretty good, but not high on the list of things I need or want.  Goodbeing really pays attention to subscribers' profiles and puts together fabulous boxes!  I highly recommend checking out Goodbeing if you haven't already.