Terra Bella Box Review, September 2016

Terra Bella Box, $32.95 per month (free shipping to US; actual shipping charges to international addresses)

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The baby buns are growing too fast!  Look at how big she has gotten!  

I recently moved and have had some issues with my mail getting to me, so my review of the September Terra Bella Box is a little late!  I know some of you have asked about it, so I'm sorry for the delay.  

Terra Bella Box is a natural, cruelty-free beauty box that sends subscribers three to four bath, body, and hair products each month, all made by small businesses.  The products are full size or deluxe sample size and are often, although not always, vegan.  All subscribers receive the same products with perhaps some color and scent variation.  Terra Bella Box underwent a change over the summer -- the box used to cost more and contained four to five makeup, hair, bath, and body products, but the owner of Terra Bella found that some subscribers were wanting more makeup and some were not wanting makeup at all.  There are now two boxes to choose from:  Terra Bella Box and The Makeup Edit.  The Makeup Edit contains at least three full size makeup products a month and costs $29.95.  Subscribers can choose one box and stick with it, subscribe to both boxes, or switch back and forth between the boxes depending on beauty needs.  Right now, you can use the coupon code FALLBONUS for a 5% discount on your subscription.

Terra Bella Box sent me this box free of charge for review.

 

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Here's what came in the September Terra Bella Box:

The September box was worth $69.59!  At more than double the price of the subscription, I'm very happy with the value.  There was a hair care product, a body product, and two skincare products, so there was a good mix of products.  I'm not familiar with any of the companies, which is one of the things I love about Terra Bella -- it's a great way to learn of small companies you probably wouldn't encounter on your own!

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The first product I tried was the Herbal Transdermal 100% Natural Botanical Makeup Remover for Normal Skin.  Besides Normal Skin, Herbal Transdermal also makes Dry Skin, Oily Skin, and Heavy Makeup versions.  The first ingredient is spring water, followed by Herbal Transdermal's special 90 Trace Elements formula.  They don't say what these 90 trace elements are, but they say that they are found in both the ocean and the human body and that they are essential for good health.  The next ingredient, the grapeseed oil, is what takes care of the actual makeup removal.  This removed all of my makeup easily and didn't leave my skin feeling greasy.  The directions say this is for eye makeup, but it removed my foundation, too.  I loved the scent from the lavender and tangerine oils.  Lavender on its own isn't my favorite, but the combination of lavender and tangerine was perfect.  Usually, I'm lazy and use makeup remover wipes instead of regular makeup remover, but this removes the makeup much more efficiently than the wipes, so I'll have to make sure I remember to use this.

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Next up was the Cultivar Clean and Healthy Organic Dry Shampoo.  This contains a mix of cornstarch, brown rice powder, kaolin clay, horsetail powder, baking soda, and orris root powder to sop up the excess oils from your hair and grapefruit and cardamom essential oils for fragrance.  This made my hair look clean without drying it out or leaving a white cast.  With some powder dry shampoos, I have to spend quite a bit of time combing it through my hair to prevent the dreaded white cast, but it didn't take long to brush this out and make it impossible to tell that I had used dry shampoo.  I would have preferred it to have only a grapefruit scent instead of a grapefruit and cardamom scent, but the scent isn't bad and I didn't notice it once I brushed it through my hair.

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The Wellborn Essentials Chai Spice Body Butter has a pretty simple ingredient list, which, in my opinion, is always a plus when it comes to skincare.  This thick, creamy, surprisingly non-greasy body butter is made of raw shea butter, unrefined coconut oil, and unrefined grapeseed oil.  The Chai Spice scent comes from cinnamon leaf, clove, ginger, and nutmeg essential oils.  It's a spicy scent that is perfect for fall!  It's a strong scent, but it's not overbearing.  I liked the scent more than I expected I would.  Oftentimes, body butters take forever to absorb and leave my skin feeling greasy, but this absorbed quickly and left no residual greasiness.  The instructions say that if you feel greasy after using this, you've used too much.  A little goes a long way, so start out with a very small amount and work up from there as necessary.  If Chai Spice isn't the scent for you, Wellborn Essentials offers a variety of other scents and even an unscented version.  I love that if none of the scent options quite work for you, you can choose one to three essential oils from a list and Wellborn Essentials will make you a custom body butter.  A lot of companies that offer the option to choose your own custom scent charge extra for it, so I was surprised to see that Wellborn doesn't.  While I like the Chai Spice, it's not a scent I would choose on my own.  I'd probably go for a grapefruit and spearmint blend if I were to choose a custom scent, or perhaps just straight grapefruit, spearmint, or orange.  My girlfriend, Emily, absolutely loved the Chai Spice scent and said she wouldn't even consider making a custom scent because the Chai Spice was so perfect for her!

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The final product was the Earthtastic! Vegan Lip Balm in Vanilla.  This is the first lip balm that I've gotten in a paper tube!  To use this, you gently press on either side of the bottom of the tube and the lip balm slides up.  The vanilla scent is quite soft, so I actually quite liked it.  The balm is moisturizing, but doesn't leave my lips feeling waxy, greasy, or sticky.  While I wouldn't have chosen vanilla for myself, I actually really liked it in this lip balm.  That's one of the things that I love about beauty boxes -- I try stuff that I never would have tried on my own and sometimes I find that I actually love those products!

The September Terra Bella Box was fantastic, so I'm happy it finally made its way to my mailbox!  I'm having a hard time choosing a favorite as all of the products were amazing, but I think the Herbal Transdermal Botanical Makeup Remover and the Wellborn Essentials Body Butter were my favorites.  The box had such a great mix of products for the fall.   I'll get my review of the October Terra Bella Box up soon, so be sure to watch for it.