Sunday, January 25, 2015

Kloverbox January 2015 Review and Unboxing!

I can always count on Kloverbox to introduce me to new brands, and provide high-quality, good sized products. There's nothing worse than getting a product in a subscription box and see that it's filled with chemicals and cheap ingredients. Even worse, when you get a sample that is so small, you can only use it once! It's so hard to form an opinion of a product when there isn't enough to try it a few times. I get subscriptions so I can discover new products that work well for me, and even in my favorite subscriptions, I have found products that may work well, but don't have ingredients I'm comfortable with. The more you learn about harsh chemicals and ingredients in skincare/makeup (and even food!), the more you start to look for alternatives. It can be overwhelming, especially when some companies promise they're "healthy" or "natural" when they're really just using those words as a marketing gimmick.

If you're starting to realize that the things you put in and on your body have more chemicals and weird ingredients than you'd like, I would say it's time for you to subscribe to Kloverbox!

What is Kloverbox?
Kloverbox is a lifestyle subscription box that sends 4 or more natural and organic products for you to fall in love with each month. This isn't a beauty subscription. Kloverbox sends products from all categories: beauty, health, food and home products, so you can incorporate more natural products into every aspect of your life!

How Does It Work?
On the Kloverbox site, you can choose a 1, 3 or 6 month subscription. The one month and 3 month subscriptions automatically renew, which means you will be billed again once that cycle is over (monthly, or every 3 months.) The 6 month subscription is a one-time purchase; Meaning you will not be billed again once the 6 month subscription is over. This is a great option to gift to friends and family because you won't have to remember to cancel the subscription. The longer the subscription you choose, the more of a discount you get, which is also awesome!
Another really great thing about Kloverbox is that they usually include a coupon code on the information card for each product for that month. So if you really fall in love with something from your box, you'll be able to get more at a fantastic discount. 

How Much?
A 1 month subscription to Kloverbox is $25 
 3 month subscription is $71.25 ($23.75 per box) 
6 month subscription is $135 ($22.50) per box. 
Shipping is free and fast! 
 
COUPON!
You can save even more money by using the code "HB10" at checkout to save 10% off! This code can be used on any subscription.

Let's dig in to the January Box!
 I think it's super cute that Kloverbox always hand-writes a thank-you in the box. I can imagine they have a lot of "thank you's" to write, so it's a nice personal touch!
This month's theme was "Clean and Fresh" and featured 4 items.

Meliora K: Berry Cleaning Right Hand Laundry Powder ($7.99)
One of the first things I wanted to do when I started "thinking green" was to make my own laundry detergent. The chemicals in regular detergent are rampant, and the high price tags on your typical container of Tide is enough to make anyone wince. But why spend the time making my own when there are great companies like Meliora K that will do it for me at a really great price? This container will wash 20 loads of laundry and only costs $7.99! The only ingredients in this laundry powder are Soap, Baking Soda and Washing Soda. No crazy chemicals here! This powder is more concentrated than your average liquid detergent, and thoroughly cleans your clothes and delicates without the use of fragrance, dyes, optical brighteners or preservatives. Kloverbox also suggests trying this product with white vinegar as a simple laundry softener in the rinse cycle. Even better- this stuff is perfect for sensitive skin and babies!

Lilies and Myrrh: All Purpose Healing Salve ($6)
Lilies and Myrrh is January's featured Etsy store. I love that Kloverbox features indie brands and etsy shops because they're some of my favorite places to shop and discover new brands and products. This salve is handcrafted with certified organic ingredients, and is an intense moisturizer that heals scrapes, cuts, sun and superficial burns, bug bites, bruises, dry skin and any other skin irritation you can think of!
This particular salve has a light lavender scent, and while it looks pretty firm in consistency, it almost melts as soon as it makes contact with my finger. it's easy to swipe out of the jar and apply to any dry patches or skin issues. I haven't tried this out on any cuts or scrapes yet, but I'm very excited to have this during the summer to apply to bug bits and sunburn! I've only used it as a moisturizer so far, but I have found it to be super-moisturizing and fast absorbing, and has been great on rough winter skin on my hands, elbows and knees.

 Ingredients:
Olive oil infused with comfrey leaf, plantain leaf, echinacea root, calendula flowers, rosemary leaf, yarrow flowers, and marshmallow root. Organic Coconut oil, Beeswax, Organic Tamanu oil, Organic Meadowfoam seed oil, Vitamin E, Lavender essential oil and Melaleuca Alternifolia essential oil.

Angel Face Botanicals: Kissed Gentle Foaming Facial Cleanser ($11)
When I first saw this product, I had no idea it would become my favorite product I've received in a subscription box so far this year! (It may be only January, but I do get a lot of stuff each month!) This is a gentle foaming cleanser that is enriched with a Synergistic Blend of Essential Oils consisting of Chamomile, Calendula & Lavender. Calming, Healing & Regenerative, these oils work to leave your skin clean, clear & bright. It's great for any skin type, and gently foams to remove makeup, sunscreen, along with daily dirt and grime. 
It comes in a bottle that reminds me a bit of Elmer's Glue, as the tip kind of twists up and the product is squeezed out. This cleanser has a light lavender and chamomile scent and feels so soothing on the skin.  This cleanser is also: Organic, Vegan, Cruelty Free, Sodium Laurel Sulfate Free, Sodium Laureth Sulphate Free, Detergent Free, Paraben Free, Nut Free, Naturally Colored, and Naturally Scented.

Even more exciting, is this cleanser has a PH of 5.5! I've been on a never-ending search for cleansers with a PH of 6 or lower, and they are pretty hard to find, I've noticed! If you're interested in learning more about the important of cleanser PH and how it effects your skin, check out this amazing blog post from Skin & Tonics: The Importance of Fatty Acids, PH and the Moisture Barrier.

Aside from the awesome cleanser, I browsed the Angel Face Botanicals website and I'm definitely going to be a new fan. I cannot tell you how many awesome products are on there! Check them out!

Ingredients:
Aloe barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Juice, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine (Coconut Source), Organic Vegetable Glycerin (Soybean Source), Lavandula spp. (Organic Lavender) Essential Oil, Anthemis nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Essential Oil, Calendula officinalis (Calendula) Essential Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum (Polysaccharide Gum), Tetrasodium EDTA, dl-Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Reiki Healing Energy & lots of love!! 

Palmetto Derma: Intensive Hydration & Firming Serum ($38)
This isn't the first time I've received a product from Palmetto Derma in a subscription box. They were also featured in a past Boxycharm as well, although it was a different product. At the time, I was overloaded with products so I passed it on to a friend who really enjoyed it. I admittedly now regret giving it away! I was happy to see this serum in this months Kloverbox so I could really give this brand a go!

This serum is super-moisturizing because it contains hyaluronic acid, which is one of the most effective moisturizing agents there is. It draws moisture from the environment and sends it into the surface of your skin! I have quite a few products in my arsenal that contain hyluronic acid (sheet masks, especially!) and I love them because I find them to be super moisturizing without leaving a heavy, greasy-feel on my skin like a cream moisturizer might do. Aloe and green tea are also included in the ingredients of this serum. Aloe is great at calming and soothing skin, while green tea is an antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties. Palmetto Derma promises this serum with firm, hydrate and revive.
It doesn't have a scent to speak of, and it's a fast-absorbing, non-sticky formula. When I first swatched it, I could almost immediately feel a difference in how soft my hand was where I applied it as opposed to my other hand. I've put this into my nighttime routine and I've really enjoyed it so far. It hydrates wonderfully, but would work well even for oily skin as it doesn't have a sticky or greasy-feel like some serums can have. Very pleased with it so far!

Ingredients: 
Deionized Aqua (Water), Organic Aloe Barbardensis Leaf (Aloe Vera Extract), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharied (Plant Based Hyaluronic Acid)Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Carrageenan Gum, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Organic Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola Extract), Organic Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail Plant Extract), Organic Pelagonium Gravoleons (Geranium Extract), Organic Taraxacum Orricinale (Dandelion Extract). 

Overall Thoughts
The January Kloverbox cost $25, (even less if you have a longer-term subscription) and has a total retail value of  $63!
 Upon first opening the January box, I was very happy with the full sized products and variety of items, but now that I have had a chance to try everything out, I am even more excited! Because I have been receiving subscription boxes for many years, I am much harder to please. I'm always giving away products that don't work for me, finding that I get repeats of the same products, or end tossing stuff into a drawer, never to be seen or used again. The moment I got my January Kloverbox, I wanted to put these products into action! The laundry powder works very well, the salve is amazing on my dry heels, elbows and knees, and the serum is a fantastic moisturizer, even on my oily days! But the cream of the crop for me is the Kissed Cleanser! So happy to have found a natural cleanser with a low PH that actually works well and is well-priced. I never would have known about this company without Kloverbox, which is a huge reason why I continue to rave about this subscription! I'm super excited to see what the February box holds, and I hope you'll sign up and share in the excitement with me!

GET FEBRUARY'S BOX
 Subscribe to Kloverbox so you can secure yourself a February box! Boxes are very limited, and I have seen them sell out month-after-month, so don't wait if you're thinking about it!


Don't Forget:
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6 comments:

  1. Looks fantastic! Can't wait to get mine - the healing salve will come in handy with the winter months too - I get chapped hands as I am a careless glove person - I always lose one glove (already did this season) and then my hands get chapped as I am a lazy glove shopper too....haha

    I need those mitten strings like I had when I was a kid!

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    1. hahah I lose my gloves ALL the time so I know the feeling! hey, maybe Kloverbox will include some mittens before the season is out that are made with organic materials! Now that would be fun!

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  2. This reminds me of the defunct Saffron Rouge Inner Circle box but even better. Now I just have to get them to send me my tracking number as my box should have arrived in the US.

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    1. I definitely think that Kloverbox reminds me of some past boxes I used to subscribe to, but better! It seems like they kind of learned from past boxes mistakes and are doing everything right so far! I have yet to be disappointed with any of the boxes! Hope you get yours soon!

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  3. I can't wait to get mine! It's nearly impossible to find low PH cleansers, especially foaming ones so I'm excited to try this! :)

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    1. omg I completely agree on the cleansers! I can't tell you how many I've had to give away because the PH was just insanely high!! This one is just right and has been great for my skin so far!

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