Monday, 22 May 2017

REVIEW: Good Green Box - April Edition...

I feel blessed that the generous lovelies at GoodGreenBox have so kindly gifted me with the April edition of their deliciously natural (and mostly organic) collection - I was crazy about the March one (reviewed HERE), but I reckon this one is even better. Again the contents are worth over $60 (outlay of $25), but there are no less than 9 items in this haul - in fact so many goodies, the box was bulging lol ...


Kudos to whoever does the packing as all the treasures were crammed into the parcel, and yet nothing was damaged or even vaguely squished. I love the  mix of brands and different types of products, and it's a relief to know that if I'm mad about any of them, most are purchasable from their website HERE... 



Keeko Oil Activated Coconut Charcoal Powder...


Totally intrigued by this - on the card that comes in the box, it's listed as a mouth wash, but it multi-tasks as a teeth whitener and a face mask! Loving charcoal products as I do, I figured I had nothing to lose so I tipped a little of the powder into my hand - it's the most finely milled powdered anything I've ever come across, so whatever you do, don't sneeze! I wet my toothbrush and mixed a tiny amount of the powder into a paste, and started brushing my teeth. A word of warning - this stuff is blacker than black, and if you don't keep your mouth closed while you're brushing, you'll flick black blobs everywhere. No discernible taste, and I panicked a bit when I spat out and checked my teeth in the mirror - dark grey, so were my lips and my tongue was straight out of a horror movie! Anyways I rinsed with warm water, and that improved things considerably, although my gum line and tongue still looked grey. My teeth felt terrific though, super smooth and super clean....


Because of the grey around my gums, I brushed my teeth (and tongue) with normal toothpaste, after which everything was back to normal again, and you know what, I reckon my choppers didn't look quite as yellow as they did beforehand. But I'll have to get back to you on whether it does in fact whiten my teeth noticeably over time. Meanwhile I've put the pouch in the shower caddy ready to try it as a mask. As a rule I use all charcoal products in the shower because it's so darn messy, but the rewards are awesome ...


MooGoo Cow Lick Lip Balm...


How come I didn't know that MooGoo made lip balm?  Have already pampered my pout numerous times with this beauty - has a delicate (totally NOT overpowering) mandarin scent and taste, delightfully soothing and smoothing, and all the (edible) ingredients are listed on the cute-as box that's made from recycled cardboard - LOVE ...



Pukka Detox & Turmeric Gold Tea...


While I have one latte almost every morning, for the rest of the day I'm a devoted tea-drinker (from way back in my youth actually), so I'm looking forward to sampling these two yummies that are bursting with ethically sourced and organically grown ingredients...





This sample pack contains a pad and panty shield made from 100% organically certified cotton, they're breathable and biodegradable, hypoallergenic, contain no plastic, and  yet are waterproof. Thank goodness someone is thinking of us gals with sensitivities, and anyone concerned about what they keep so close to their precious girly bits. While my period days are long gone, I'm not at all comfortable unless I'm wearing a shield to keep me feeling fresh, and being allergic to most brands out there, this range is a very welcome discovery ...


RAW Body Skincare (Scrub)...


I'm SO getting into body scrubs lately, and this one sounds like it'll be a magical experience - organic coffee beans, organic virgin coconut oil, organic coconut sugar and natural Himalayan rock salt.  My skin is tingling with delight and anticipation just reading the ingredients  I tried a little on my hand, it's quite gritty and grainy, smelled like there was a barista in the bathroom, and the result was ridiculously soft skin. Get ready legs!...





What a treat to find this full size cleanser in the box! I used it last night to take off my makeup, and it worked brilliantly. I took the cap off for the photo so you could see it's a foam dispenser - the bottle recommends one pump for regular cleansing, but I used two as I had long wear foundation to remove. It has a very very faint and pleasant fragrance, and as you massage it into your skin, it forms a white creamy smooth paste which eventually becomes invisible. You then rinse it off with warm water...

I judge the effectiveness of cleansers by a) the colour of the rinse water in my basin & b) whether second cleansing with micellar water reveals any discolouration on the cotton pad. Well, my sink water was tinted the hue of my foundation, and the micellar pad was clean as a whistle. Yay! Not only that, my skin felt super cleansed AND hydrated afterwards. Another winner ... 


Zuanna Cosmetics Smoothing Minerals Exfoliating Mask...


Made from Moroccan Rhassoul Clay & Marshmallow Root, rice powder, colloidal oatmeal, organic orange peel, hibiscus flower, sandalwood & licorice root powder. Oh stop! I don't want to put it on my face, I want to eat it ha ha  I started my Sunday using this, and followed the instructions to mix the powder in my palm with some water. It's very pink, dries super quick and tight, and the beauty of this mask is that the whole exercise takes 5 minutes, so you can do it while you're cleaning your teeth  Love that the sachet is resealable, and I reckon there's enough in the pack for 3 goes. The end result? Instantly refined pores, and becalmed baby soft skin. Hmmm...I wonder if they sell this by the kilo?... 


After sampling most of the box contents, I'm even more impressed with what this company offers - awesome value, and the introduction to mainly non-mainstream brands producing high quality products that are kind to the environment, animals and my bod. Their tagline "Better Beauty" is spot on ...

Heaps of thankyou's to Good Green Box, and Bloggers United Au for hooking me up with this fab source of beauty products. You can subscribe three ways to the Good Green Box using the link HERE. Also the promo is still on to receive the first box for $10 using the code TRYGOODGREENBOX10 ...

Are you familiar with any of these brands? Is there one product in particular that piques your interest?

Take care of you,
kats xxx

P.S. As I do every week (because it's so much fun!) I'm joining Ingrid's Monday Makeup Madness Link Up Party - it's a great way to find the best of the blogs all in the one place ...

22 comments:

  1. I've tried several things from Moogoo before, but not their lip balms (only because my lips are ultra fussy in terms of getting the moisture balance right). I'm intrigued by the foaming cleanser, the mask & body scrub (even though I make my own body scrub).

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    1. The MooGoo balm is a great formula Shell - some balms I find too slimy or greasy or sticky, but this one is smooth as silk. I applaud you for making your own scrub - perfect! ♥ I'm still discovering what's out there, and I haven't found the right one for me yet - they're either too scratchy, or not scratchy enough lol xxx

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  2. This box was filled with so many goodies! I haven't go stuck into them yet but I did try the Pukka Turmeric tea and it was delicious :)
    x Marisa (www.marisarobinson-mua.com/makeup-by-marisa @marisarobinson.mua)

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    1. Ooh yeah the tea is next on my list to try Marisa - I've no doubt you'll have tons of fun with all the other stuff, and I look forward to comparing notes ♥

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  3. Wow, What a lovely selection of products, I read great things about Moogoo lips balms, they are great for dry cracked lips.

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    1. It's a beaut balm Faiza - one of the most comfortable I've ever tried, and without the tackiness that some others have xxx

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  4. Lovely selection of natural goodies in this box! It's such a great way to test out products and find some new faves. Can't believe it includes a full size Nuori Foaming Cleanser worth $50! ♡

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    1. This collection is an especially good one Angela - I'm seriously tempted to subscribe as I'm loving the discovery factor. The cleanser was a BIG surprise hey xxx

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  5. Wow, that is an amazing box this month Kats. That box has soo many goodies!! Love the Moogoo packaging and that cleanser looks really interesting. As usual this is a wonderful review. Well done x

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    1. These boxes are starting to get me into the natural market Barbe - I also love reading the stories behind all these small brands. Thanks for your kind words sweetie ♥♥♥

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  6. I haven't tired any of these brands but have heard of MooGoo before. This box is full of some great stuff though!

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    1. It's such good value for $25 Tal - and the samples are a decent size so you get to really give them a good try out xxx

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  7. What a super box! Everything sounds so good! xo

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    1. Absolutely Amy, and they all "feel" good on my skin too. I admit I nearly freaked out with the charcoal teeth cleaner, but it's really quite effective, and I've read some gals even mix the powder with water and drink it - whoa! xxx

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  8. So many wonderful products in the one box! I must get my hands on that MooGoo lip balm xx

    Indie// In Search of the Holy Grail

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    1. Well it comes highly recommended Indie, and under $5 too - the best thing is I can't see one chemical in the ingredients list, and that's a bonus considering how much of the stuff I ingest lol ♥♥♥

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  9. I'm intrigued by the charcoal toothpaste! It's so good you noticed a slight difference after just one use! I'd love to have whiter than white teeth!

    Ingrid
    http://www.fabulousandfunlife.blogspot.com.au

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    1. I'll definitely let you know how it goes after a week Ingrid - I've only used it twice so far, but can see a brighter smile already ♥x♥

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  10. This months box was so good!!! I love the Cow Lick Lip Balm, it is honestly my favourite lip balm at the moment!!


    Laura || www.thelifeoflaura.com.au xx

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    1. Well it's good to know the balm has the Laura seal of approval ♥ I keep it right next to my computer for moments like these when I'm not wearing lipstick, and my lips need soothing and softening, and I don't want to smear greasy goo all over my tea cup. It's the best hey ♥

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  11. this box has a great value and the nuori cleanser seems really interesting ! i am always on a hunt for great cleansers !

    http://www.clairetalksbeauty.com/

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    1. The cleanser is excellent Claire - it's a rare thing for me to not have to double cleanse, but this formula seems to take absolutely everything off first go xxx

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