Goodbeing, $21.95 per month (free shipping to US; add $9 for addresses in Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand)
Sweet little Apple isn't so sure about modeling! She doesn't really want to hold still for even a second.
Goodbeing is a monthly natural beauty box. Subscribers fill out extensive profiles upon subscribing. Goodbeing seems to be one of the few beauty box companies that actually pays attention to those profiles. It's clear they put a lot of thought into curating the perfect box for each subscriber. Each month, you'll get four to five products. Besides the expected makeup, hair care, and skincare products, you also sometimes get health foods and supplements. Goodbeing recently began allowing subscribers to choose one to two products per month. You don't have to choose any products if you don't want, but it's nice to have the option. The one thing I find annoying about Goodbeing is that you get small product information cards for each product instead of one big card that has all the products on it. They get lost easily. I understand, though, that that helps make it so that Goodbeing can personalize boxes more easily, so I'm okay with it as I'd rather have a personalized box than one big card.
Here's what came in my March Goodbeing box:
- Modicum Essential Cleanser (full size, worth $28)
- Modium Essential Exfoliant (deluxe sample, worth $6; full size costs $18)
- Zabana Essentials Glow Stick in Bronze Bahama Mama (full size, worth $14.95)
- Biodara Coconut Matcha Brightening Mask (small sample, worth $6; full size costs $48)
My March Goodbeing was worth $54.95. That's a little under 2.5 times the price of the box, which isn't bad for a natural box. We got only four items this month and normally we get five, so that was a little disappointing. I know Goodbeing says in their information you get four to five items, but when you're so used to getting five, four seems a little weird. I got a makeup item and three skincare items. Goodbeing used to be more balanced, but I've found they've been going very light on makeup recently.
Besides the fact that we got only four items, two of the four products, the Modicum Essential Cleanser and Modicum Essential Exfoliant, are meant to be used together, so it almost feels like they count as just one item. You can use either one on its own, but Goodbeing suggests mixing a little of the exfoliant in with the cleanser when washing your face. The exoliant is a powder. They both have a very natural smell to them, which I don't love, but they work well. The cleanser is non-drying and the exfoliant is very gentle. They left my skin feeling very smooth. All the pictures I've seen of other subscribers' March boxes have these products in it, so it's possible everyone got these products this month.
The next product was one that I chose. Normally, I wouldn't have chosen the Zabana Essentials Glow Stick, but they didn't have that many good options for March. I've gotten their Glow Stick before in the color Bare Beauty, but I wasn't all that impressed with it as it didn't really have any color and I didn't see all that much shimmer. I was hoping I would see more of an effect with the colored stick, but, as you can see above, it's also quite subtle. It smells strongly of nectarine, which I don't love. I also found it very difficult to work with. You really have to get the stick warmed up to use it. A chunk of it broke off when I was trying to get the swatch. I tried to rub the chunk in, but parts of it just weren't dissolving, so I picked those pieces off so I could take the picture. This feels like more of a summer item to me.
Finally, my other product choice for March was the Biodara Coconut Matcha Brightening Mask. This is a powdered mask that you mix with water to make a paste. You apply it to your face, wait ten minutes, then rinse. It's supposed to help with healing breakouts and brightening the skin to minimize the appearance of acne scars. I didn't notice any real brightening effects after just one use, but skin did feel smooth and soft. I'll have to use it more to see what kind of results I get.
This definitely wasn't my favorite Goodbeing. It felt like it was missing something. I used to absolutely love Goodbeing, but the past few months have been misses for me. I liked the Modicum cleanser and exfoliant and the Biodara mask and thought the Zabana Essentials Glow Stick was okay, but nothing in the box really wowed me. I'm hoping April will be better.
What did you think of the March Goodbeing box? Did you like yours more than I liked mine?