You all know how much I get excited about opening subscription boxes, right? Well, you can guess what my response was then when the lovely people at a Swiss online shop GreenEcoBox recently approached me to check if I was interested in testing one of the ‘Beauty in the box’ subscription boxes. So if you’d like to try out a new natural skincare subscription box, why not take part in my Instagram giveaway – see below for more details.
GreenEcoBox are a company based in Switzerland but they also ship to the UK and across the European Union. They sell natural skincare products from various artisans brands as well as curate two types of subscription boxes: ‘Bee happy box’ and ‘Beauty in the box’. If you’re interested in the ‘Bee happy boxes’, then check out their website for more details but in a nutshell, they contain at least five food products, ranging from sweet and savoury items, as well as one natural skincare product and some little surprise items too. The box is priced at €42 (approx. £37) and is available as a monthly (rolling) subscription. The two common themes across both types of GreenEcoBox subscription boxes is the fact they also collaborate with other organisations on ethical projects. So every time you buy the Bee Happy subscription box, €5 will be donated to Greenpeace and when you buy the other box – €3 will go to WWF to support envionrmental projects. For each purchase, One Tree Planted will also plant a tree in either Haiti or California. Finally, the boxes include a biodegradable piece of paper with seeds inside them so that you can grow them yourself. Isn’t that a great idea?!
The ‘Beauty in the Box’ subscription box is offered as a bimonthly (every two months) product and costs €33 which works out approx £30. The box is guaranteed to contain a minimum of four products. At the moment, GreenEcoBox is offering a 15% off discount to welcome every new subscriber so use code gebwelcome15 (valid until 16 September 2018).
What I received in the GreenEcoBox Beauty in the Box:
Creamy Stuff Shampoo Bar Coconut (45g – €6.55, 85g – €10.60)
Product description: “Our solid shampoo for rather dry and thick hair. Organic coconut oil, coconut milk, organic shea butter and squalane for hair care, glycerine and panthenol provide hydration and smoothing properties. Hop extract stimulates the circulation of the scalp, and strengthens the hair. Surfactants without palm oil Sodium Coco Sulfate and Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate are mild vegetable surfactants certified for natural cosmetics (BDIH, ECOCERT). For our coconut shampoo, we found a new pure natural fragrance. It smells discreetly and very naturally with coconut, and organic coconut oil. Rub the 2-3x solid shampoo on your wet hair and then massage with your hands then rinse with warm water. After use, store your shampoo solid so that it dries well. Vegan. Without palm oil. Without SLSA or SLS! Without Conservative agent. Natural fragrance. Handmade. Without animal experimentation. Gluten free. Without parabens. Without paraffin.”
My thoughts: Having been disappointed with a shampoo bar last year, I was a bit reluctant to try this one out. While it’s meant to be for dry and thick hair (which my hair most definitely is the opposite of!!), I decided to try it out. To my surprise, it’s turned out to be an amazing product and really good for my hair! It lathers so well and doesn’t leave the hair all tangled up, as most natural shampoo bars do. It’s great value for money as well as I know the small bar will last ages since you only need one or two strokes to lather it on your hairl! I’m a total fan and really need to get my hands on more of these babies!
Creamy Stuff Mango-Tangerine Bath Cube (50g, 5.50 Euro)
Product description: “Cocoa butter, avocado and organic mango as well as apricot kernel oil are good for dry and sensitive skin. Our bath cubes are small care bombs for the bathtub! 1 bath cube is enough for at least 2-3 baths! Simply share with the knife. Keep the cubes dry and protected from heat! Fruity, fresh … Mango scent with organic mandarin oil and vanilla. Vegan. Handmade. Without palm oil. With essential oils. Without animal experimentation. Gluten free. Without parabens. Without paraffin.”
* Declarable Ingredients for Fragrances
My thoughts: I’ve only used this bath cube once so far and it definitely made my skin soft afterwards. It doesn’t really have that strong a scent which is a little surprising given the various fragrance ingredients. The cube came in a little paper bag which was a pleasant sight, compared to all the plastic packaging that we get these days.
The Handmade Soap Company Lemongrass and Cedarwood Shower Gel (300ml, £10.72)
Product description: Delicately fragranced with lemongrass and cedarwood, and brimming with essential oils, this gentle, cleansing shower gel lathers easily, making skin feel silky soft and appreciated.
Ingredients (INCI): Aqua (water), Cocamidopropyl Betaine±, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate+, Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate+, Glyceryl Laurate+, Glycerin*, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Oil*, Cedrus Atlantica (Cedarwood) Oil*, Amyris Balsamifera (Amyris) Bark Oil*, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin) Peel Oil*, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil*, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Oil*
+ from plants & vegetables ± from coconut * pure essential oil
My thoughts: Since my skin is quite sensitive and can react to ingredients such as Cocamidopropyl Betaine, I’ve only been using this product as a hand wash to minimise the exposure. I don’t think everyone needs to be this cautious, I just do this because I know my skin. The shower gel has a nice subtle aroma but personally we are moving away from using shower gels, in favour of natural soap bars, so for now we’ll continue using it as a hand wash.
Lulu & Guite Organic Soap Hazelnut Orange (100g, €8,50)
Product description: “Extra-mild soap based on nutty and fragrant orange vegetable oil. This extra-mild soap, made from raw shea butter and overgrown to 8%, contains nutty, soothing and very penetrating vegetable oil. The glycerin present in this soap contributes to the hydration of your skin. Scented with essential oils of sweet orange and cinnamon, and enriched with white clay. This soap is suitable for the toilet of all skin, especially mixed or oily skin. In case of contact with eyes, rinse with plenty of water. Contains essential oils- Not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women and children < 3 years old.”
* Present naturally in essential oils. 99.9% of ingredients of plant origin are from organic farming.
My thoughts: This is such a great (and cute-looking!) bar of soap. It has a great formulation and was opened up quickly to feature in our bathroom as hand-washing soap. It’s actually now finished and I’m just annoyed with myself that I didn’t get to test it as a body soap bar. So yes, another order is definitely required!
The box also included a couple of small chocolate bars, a chocolate drink sample, a shortbread cake and two herbal tea samples. I can tell you the biscuit and chocolates are now gone (they were yum!) so it’s just the drinks left over. As for the rest – I’m keeping the chocolate drink and tea bags for colder days to warm me up!
*** I N S T A G R A M G I V E A W A Y *** CLOSED NOW
I’m delighted to have teamed up with GreenEcoBox to run this amazing giveaway which allows you to win one Beauty in the Box subscription box, worth 45€/ £40.
The terms and conditions of the giveaway are within my Instragram post so head over to my Instagram account to find out more. The giveaway finishes at 11.59PM GMT on Wednesday 29th August 2018. The giveaway is open to UK and Europe residents aged 18+/