Goodbeing, $21 per month US, ships to Canada, Australia, England, New Zealand, Scotland, and Ireland for $9 extra
I think this baby bun has claimed the Goodbeing box. It looks like she is guarding it. She's such a silly little thing.
Goodbeing is a monthly natural beauty box. It's one of the few truly customized boxes out there. Subscribers fill out an extensive profile after signing up and Goodbeing puts the boxes together for them based on that profile. Goodbeing products are generally vegan, but you might get the occasional product with beeswax. Beginning this month, Goodbeing is allowing members to choose at least one product per box. You don't have to choose a product if you would prefer a surprise.
Here's what I got this month:
- Zatik Beauty Essentials Bearberry Bilberry Organic Elixir Complexion Brightening (full size, worth $30)
- Yuni No-Rinse Body Cleansing Foam (deluxe sample, worth $6.35; full size costs $19)
- HAN Skin Care Cosmetics 100% Natural Cheek and Lip Tint in Rose Berry (full size, worth $14)
- Pukka Cleanse Tea (two teabags, worth $0.75; full box costs $7.47)
- Marley's Monsters Washable Facial Rounds (4-pack, worth $2.80; 20-pack costs $14)
My September Goodbeing box was worth $53.90. That's the lowest value Goodbeing I've received, if I remember correctly, but the value is still 2.5 times the price of the box. This was the first time Goodbeing allowed me to choose one of the products and I went with the Zatik elixir as I loved the Zatik toner I got last month. Next month, we're supposed to be able to choose two of the products. They had so many good options this month, so the decision was difficult.
As I mentioned above, this Zatik Bearberry Bilberry elixir was the product I chose. It's supposed to be used as a toner. They say to use it sparingly twice per day to even out your complexion. I hadn't realized it when I chose it, but Zatik recommends using this product in conjunction with their Lavender Licorice toner, which is the toner I received last month in my Goodbeing box, so this worked out perfectly. I don't love the scent of this, but it isn't offensive either. It says to use it for at least a month to see the brightening effects, so I haven't seen much of a change in my complexion yet. I'm hoping it will help get rid of those stupid dark spots pimples leave behind.
The Yuni No-Rinse Body Cleansing Foam is a little strange. You're supposed to massage this foam on your body in place of taking a shower. It has a fresh scent and contains neem and aloe vera. I don't understand how this is supposed to clean you, though. If you're not rinsing it off, the dirt and sweat would, presumably, still be on you, but their scent would be covered up by this product. I can see how it would be useful if you're going somewhere after you've been sweating a lot but aren't able to take a full shower. If you're able to take a shower, though, take the damn shower. I tried this and found it helped some, but I would only use this in place of a shower if I were completely desperate.
All I can think about is this guy I used to work with who would love a product like this. He was a runner and he usually smelled pretty gross. He almost never showered. Instead of showering, he would try to disguise his odor by dousing himself with patchouli The result was him smelling like sweat mixed with a strong patchouli scent and it was disgusting. We tried to get his sister, another coworker of ours, to take him aside and say something to him. If my brother or sister smells, I'm going to tell them, especially if it is a constant issue that everyone is complaining about. His sister instead said that we should be more accepting of natural body odor. Yeah. So, that is why I hate patchouli. The purpose of perfume is to make you smell good, not to cover up bad smells, and when you try to do that, it just makes it worse. I think he's the type of person who would love this product. Too bad they don't have a patchouli scent.
I've tried several HAN Skin Care Cosmetics products before and have had good luck with them. This is a full size cheek and lip tint. The color, Rose Berry, is gorgeous, and it worked perfectly as a blush for me. I thought this was a little too subtle to use as a lip color, but, if you like just a slight tint on your lips, this would probably be just the thing for you. The product contains shea, argan, and tea tree, so, besides giving you a pretty pop of color, it's good for your skin. This held up all day and gave me a rosy glow. While it looks strong for the cheek color in the picture above, it can be rubbed out to give you the perfect sheer cheek color. It has a light vanilla scent to it, but it goes away quickly.
Until now, I had found that Goodbeing did an excellent job paying attention to my profile and choosing products that would work for me. The Yuni No-Rinse cleanser was questionable, but I was willing to try it. This Pukka Cleanse Tea is absolutely not for me, though. I don't know if they sent it to everyone this month or if they somehow thought my profile indicated I would like something like this. I thought I had marked pretty clearly that I wasn't interested in food, drinks, vitamins, or supplements. I've never been a tea person and I have no interest whatsoever in cleanses, so I won't be using this product. That said, this is the first real miss Goodbeing has had, so I can live with it.
I like the idea of reusable cotton pads instead of disposable cotton balls or pads in theory, but I doubt I will remember to wash these things. You're supposed to wash them after every use, so I have four days worth of pads before I have to throw them in the wash. You can put them in the washer and dryer, but you'll probably want to throw them in a little bag so they don't get stuck inside clothes. I've gotten Marley's Monsters Reusable Facial Rounds in a box before, but it was a long time ago and I don't even know what happened to them. The designs on these are so cute! The front and back are made of different fabrics, so I took pictures of both sides above. I love the ants the most, although I love all the designs on the left. The backsides of them aren't all that pretty, but at least one side is cute. They are made of flannel and are very soft. I'll use them when I remember to wash them.
I liked most Goodbeing box for the most part this month, but it just wasn't as good as it has been the past few months. No box is going to be perfect all the time and I can handle to occasional off month. I loved the Zatik elixir and the HAN cheek tint and liked the Marley's Monsters cotton pads, but the Yuni No-Rinse Cleansing Foam and Pukka Cleanse Tea are not my style at all. I still liked 60% of the box, so I have no real complaints. I'm hoping next month will be better.
What did you think of your Goodbeing box this month?