Good Green Box – April Review

Good Green Box contains a mixture of full size and sample size cruelty-free beauty products e.g cleansers, toothpaste, scrubs and oils. Most products are natural, organic and vegan. I love surprises and occasionally treating myself and this satisfies my cravings for both as well as letting me discover so many great brands that are trying to make our skin and planet better! I am going to try out a few subscription boxes and this is the cheapest cruelty-free box I have found for Australia. Note these boxes contain beauty products and feminine products but not necessarily make-up, I would LOVE to find one with more make up so if you know one, please tell me!

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Main features
– Cruelty free
– Monthly
– $25 per month and cancel anytime, or $70 for three months, $130 for six months
Join here. Get your first box for $10 with code: TRYGOODGREENBOX10

Whats inside:
Nuori Vital Foaming Cleanser (Full size)
Organyc 100% cotton period pads (Two different sizes)
Raw Body Skincare The Original RAW (Sample)
Pukka Tea (Two flavours)
Amazing Oils Sports Recovery Wipes (one wipe)
Moo Goo Cow Lick Lip Balm (Full size)
Keeko Oil Activated Coconut Charcoal Powder (Sample)
Zuanna Cosmetics Soothing Minerals Exfoliating Mask (Sample)

 

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Nuori Vital Foaming Cleanser
Ingredients listed at the end of this feature
The cleanser worked well with a nice smell and easy application, the foam had a gloriously glossy appearance and after putting it onto dry skin you simply wash it off with water. I did this in the shower which seemed to work fine. However, this cleanser doesn’t get a particularly high score from me. My skin feels drier than after use with my usual cleanser – which is a cream. I assume foaming cleansers to generally be drying and will look into the ingredients. It also didn’t remove much makeup, which is what I mainly use a cleanser for. If it doesn’t remove makeup, I wonder what else remains on my skin.
I also got a couple of spots and since I didn’t try any other products on my face, the cleanser was most likely too harsh for my skin.
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Organyc Fenimine Hygiene, Cotton Period Pads
Ingredients:
100% pure cotton
These pads felt light and… well like a pad. No bad smell and I like using cotton instead of the usual slightly plasticky stuff. They normally make the whole area feel pretty sweaty but organic cotton was a lot fresher and is great for women who are sensitive to thrush and other nasty things down there. I am about to try out menstrual cups but I will definitely keep getting these cotton pads for lighter days and as peace of mind on heavy days.
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Raw Body Skincare The Original Raw 
Ingredients: Freshly ground coffee beans, organic coconut oil (smells great by the way), Himalayan rock salt, organic coconut sugar.
It did a good job and I feel like the coffee helped to wake up and plumped up my skin after staying awake too long the night before. The scrub is pretty gritty and hurt to rub into my face so I would recommend being careful and using most of it on your body however you may also end up smelling a bit too much like coffee for a while so unless you enjoy smelling like Starbucks it needs to be properly washed off. I love using products that are 100% natural and organic like this one, but as someone who already has a perfect face scrub and never uses much on my skin, this will be used but not replaced.
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Pukka Tea

As a Brit, I should encourage tea being included however I don’t believe tea to be a beauty product and feel mislead. But a lot of people do use tea to cleanse, I am not one of those people as fruit tea rarely goes with well with chocolate biscuits. The flavours weren’t quite my *ahem* cup of tea but I probably should have made an ice tea and do appreciate being given two to try and will be passing on the lemon bag to my friend who will enjoy it a lot more than me – so at least one of us is happy.
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Amazing Oils Sports Recovery Wipe
Ingredients: Organically sourced Magnesium Chloride, Wintergreen, Menthol.
As I do not experience nearly as many aches and pains as my significant other, I gave the wipe to him. We rubbed it onto his neck and ankle as these are two areas that have been sore for a long time. He is more or less used to the pain in both, however, he has never been one to let a little pain slow him down and on this particular day, we were going to be running around, so the pain would get worse. After a few hours I asked how he felt and surprisingly he said the pain had lessened. Even after running the ankle pain was a lot less than the amount he would usually be feeling. My partner had used magnesium tablets in the past which work well as they are absorbed into the bloodstream and make their way to all areas of the body. The body uses the mineral (magnesium) to deal with muscle fatigue across the entire body. All that isn’t needed simply makes it way out along with everything else (yes I’m talking about urine).

My partner had used magnesium tablets in the past which work well as they are absorbed into the bloodstream and make their way to all areas of the body. The body uses the mineral (magnesium) to deal with muscle fatigue across the entire body. All that isn’t needed simply makes it way out along with everything else (yes I’m talking about pee). The amount of magnesium in a tablet (325mg) is probably a lot higher than in the wipe,  however, because of applying the wipe topically, it is able to work on specific areas and worked extremely well. Seriously my partner expected this to be a sham and now can’t stop saying how well it worked even days later. So thumbs up from him.
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Moo Goo Cow Lick Lip Balm
Ingredients listed at the end of this feature
This has to be my favourite product of the lot and has been travelling with me everywhere. My lip balms usually have a short lifespan since I am forgetful but so far so good this time round! The taste (or smell I should say, as I’m sure I shouldn’t be telling people to eat it) is like orange peel and incredibly refreshing. All the ingredients are natural and include beeswax, natural vitamin E and various seed and nut oils. Plus I love the little picture of a cow. I aim to find a vegan lip balm but until then, this will be my go to.
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Keeko Activated Coconut Charcoal Powder
Ingredients: Charcoal powder (activated coconut)
Charcoal seems to be used for everything in skincare at the moment, I can’t go near instagram without seeing a pretty girl brushing black stuff onto her already perfect gnashers and close-ups of gleaming before and afters. I was excited to try this product since it has incredibly simple ingredients (basically it’s burnt coconut) and has a few different purposes. It is mostly used for teeth whitening but can also be used as a face mask/spot treatment and this was my favourite part!

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Warning! This is charcoal we are talking about and that stuff gets EVERYWHERE so be careful not to touch anything apart from your skin and the sink. I used the lid from another product as a make-shift bowl and added the powder along with a few drops of water to make a pasty liquid. Smearing it onto my face felt fantastic and tribal (who else imagines war paint when doing a face mask?) and there was no off-putting smell – or small at all really. It dried easily and eventually came off well. I used a washcloth soaked in hot warm water first to get most of the charcoal off and then rubbed in my usual Sukin cleanser as I knew this would lift off the rest. One round with the cloth later and my face felt fresh and looked great. After using a couple of other things on my skin recently I had a few blackheads and these were all removed so I am a happy bunny.

Using the charcoal for teeth whitening will be interesting but since it has no bad taste I am happy to use the rest of my powder over the next couple of weeks to see if there is any effect. As a facemask alone I would happily use it again.
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Zuanna Cosmetics Soothing Minerals Exfoliating Mask
Ingredients listed at the end of this feature
Apart from looking like I had an odd pink skin disease, this was a good mask, but I don’t think it was right for me. I enjoyed the application process, (while being messy, it felt great to get my hands dirty and mix the powder and water together, you can also use rose oil)  and rubbing it onto my face. I can’t really describe the smell but it wasn’t too pungent and I loved how the brown unassuming powder turned into a pink paste. I don’t do much to my skin and so I feel the exfoliation may have been too strong and as a result, I found a few small spots popping up afterwards.
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SO those were all the products featured in the April Good Green Box, Some good, some bad, some surprising and some tea (still not okay with this in a beauty box). I hope my review has helped a few of you who might be wondering if the box is worthwhile. For me this month was worth the $10 but I wouldn’t have wanted to pay the usual price of $25. HOWEVER, my May box has just arrived and it definitely looks worth it! Thanks for reading!

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Be kind,
Coco

 

 

Nuori Vital Foaming Cleanser Ingredients:
Glycerin (plant origin), Water/Aqua, Cocamidopropyl Betaine (plant origin), Betaine (plant origin)Oat/Avena Sativa Kernel Extract, Triethyl Citrate, Lactobacillus/Pomegranate/Punica Granatum Fruit Ferment Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Sweet Orange/Citrus Sinensis Peel Oil Expressed, Lemon/Citrus Limon Peel Oil, Fragrance/Parfum*, Limonene*, Sodium Gluconate, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate.  *From 100% natural essential oils

Moo Goo Cow Lick Lipbalm Ingredients:
Cera Alba (Beeswax), Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Allantoin, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin) Oil.

Zuanna Cosmetics Soothing Minerals Exfoliating Mask Ingredients:
Rhassoul clay (moroccan lava clay), Rice (oryza sativa) powder, Oatmeal colloidal (avena sativa kernel meal), *Orange (citrus sinensis) peel powder, *Hibiscus (sabdariffa flower) powder, Sandalwood (santalum spicatum) powder, **Marshmallow (althaea rosea) root powder, *Licorice (glycyrrhiza glabra) root powder *Denotes Certified Organic Ingredient **Denotes Wildcrafted Ingredient

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