The one smart thing I did before I lost my archiving job in September was buy a 12 month subscription to Goodebox (now going by Goodbeing!) for $60. 12 boxes for $5 is pretty reasonable and since I already paid for it I don’t have to feel so sad about being on a product ban as I still get a small box of new things to try each month! The January box was especially beloved by me as I was introduced to the brand “Balanced Guru”. I got a lovely starter kit of facial cleansing oil, toner and serum. All certified organic, recycled packaging and it is all biodegradable. If those aren’t reasons to enjoy a brand…I’m not sure what else to say! But before I forget…ALL HAIL this great website for putting full ingredient lists for EVERY product!!!! I love when brands do that (and despise when I cannot find out what I’m putting on my body!).
The first product I tried was (understandably!) their facial cleanser. The one I received is called “Face it Off” (full size 4oz for $52) although there are 2 other varieties on the site called “Face it Deeply” and “Face it Lightly”. I have dry skin. In case anyone wasn’t aware…I like super oily and more heavy type products…things with a bit of heft on your hands as you rub it into your face to really feel like you are getting somewhere. This oil based cleanser felt more like a pre-cleanse product on my face. It didn’t have enough slip to really rub in deeply over and over and was more like rubbing evaporating water versus a viscous solution into my skin. My skin didn’t feel very clean afterwards. It mostly just felt like I had rubbed some oil on but hadn’t put enough on to clean it and then rinsed it off. So for me…this wasn’t the best. Although I have used it in place of my Clinique “Take the Day Off” balm for makeup removal and then it is perfect. I just need something heavier (so maybe the “Face it Deeply” is more my pace). I can imagine this being perfect for normal to combination/oily skin as it does have a beautiful light texture…it just doesn’t suit my needs for cleansing.
Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil*, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil*, Prunus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Oil*, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil* , Macadamia Integrifolia (Macadamia) Nut Oil*, Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Fruit Peel Oil*, Mentha Arvensis (Cornmint) Oil*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil*, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Oil*, Rosa Rubiginosa Seed (Rosehip) Oil*, Flavor, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract*, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Oil*, Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E), Persea Americana (Avocado) Oil*, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil*, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Oil*. (*Certified Organic Ingredients)
After cleansing (I ended up adding a couple pumps of my Tatcha Camelia Cleansing Oil to get that desired “slippy” feeling!) I moved onto “Tone it Smoothly” (full size 4oz for $34). This is a winning product in my eyes…according to my skin…I love it! It smells wonderful and is light on my skin (since my skin is so sensitive sometimes toners have a tendency to make it burn! For example the Omorovicza Hungary Mist makes my skin tingle painfully and I ended up giving it to a friend because I couldn’t continue applying it to my skin.) but still strong enough to pick up lingering dirt when swiping a toner soaked cotton pad over my face. It has all the ingredients my skin really requires – rose (good for my sensitivity, redness, broken capillaries!) not to mention chamomile and geranium and lavender. Everything my perpetually inflamed skin needs to calm down and look pretty. Since I got everything in small sample sizes with my Goodebox (Goodbeing box) I have taken to keeping this in my handbag for a nice spritz if my skin is feeling tired or lacking moisture. Even just as aromatherapy it does wonders. The box specifies sensitive/mature skin but I think anyone would benefit from this lovely toner. In case I haven’t mentioned it elsewhere…products that have something other than water as the first ingredient make me VERY HAPPY!
Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Alcohol Denat*, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract*, Glycerin*, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract*, Aqua (Water), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil*, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Oil*, Mentha Spicata (Spearmint) Oil*, Daucus Carota (Carrot) Seed Oil*, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Oil*, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Petals Oil*. (*Certified Organic Ingredients.)
So the last product in my sampler was the Nourish Me – Frowns to Smiles Facial Serum ($22.99). I have a love/hate relationship with most serums. I enjoy applying them and certainly hope they are achieving their goal and making my skin fantastic…but some serums are so oil based they feel like putting on facial oils before I’ve even gotten to my facial oil step in my cleansing routine! I like serums that feel absorbed by your skin and not leaving some kind of residue behind. This particular serum falls into the good category! It has a great feel (and smell!) and sinks beautifully into the skin, it feels soft and pampered afterwards. Granted I don’t really spend any time thinking about wrinkles but I do try to take good care of my skin and I think this serum packs a wallop, especially as its first ingredient is argan oil! I also like that this is safe for expectant and nursing mums. It never occurred to me that if I were pregnant or nursing I’d have to change my skincare…but it makes sense1
Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil*, Rosa Rubiginosa Seed (Rosehip) Oil*, Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil*, Lecithin*, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Oil*, Corthellus Shiitake (Mushroom) Extract*, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil*, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Fower Oil* Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract*, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Extract*, Lycium Barbarium (Goji) Fruit Extract* (*Certified Organic Ingredients.)
Another thing I enjoy about this brand (that can be noted on the serum) is their “farm-a-ceuticals” range. Much like beloved brand Skinceuticals this is a range of products that appear to focus on concentrated problems. Frizzy hair, body butter, all over body balm (the one I want to try the most!), a body scrub and a soothing/calming oil.
I don’t tend to blog about the samples I receive in my Goodebox because while they are nice…they rarely blow my socks off. This time was different! I so enjoyed (and am still enjoying) these 3 products from a range unfamiliar to me until now that I would be doing everyone a disservice by not explaining how great each item is in detail! I highly recommend them!!! Outside their website I am not sure if they are carried at shops…or even if they ship worldwide. All things to look into…but I would tell anyone to try this brand!