Thursday, April 30, 2015

Kloverbox April 2015 Review and Unboxing

 Most of you know my love for Kloverbox by now. I don't want to sound like a broken record, but I have to say it's currently my favorite subscription. While I admittedly don't like a completely green/natural lifestyle, I try really hard to make better choices with my home and beauty products. I know there are a lot of Natural Subscription boxes out there, however they're either way out of my price range or just unimpressive overall. What's fantastic about Kloverbox, is that it provides a wide variety of natural/organic beauty, food and lifestyle products at a reasonable price. What makes them stand out even more is their excellent ability to curate their boxes. Each month when my box shows up it feels like a special gift from a friend. So much so, that there's a hand-written thank you in each box. I think my favorite thing though, is that Kloverbox includes such a wide variety of brands in their boxes- many of them new to me, but all of them with an interesting story and product line. It's such an enjoyable experience opening this box each month! 

I did receive my box last week, but I've been testing everything out a bit so I can give a better review of each item rather than just a quick overview.
 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 month-to-month subscription to Kloverbox is $25 per box.
 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.

Here is the April box which contains 5 products (plus one bonus item)

BONUS ITEM- Urban Oreganics: Brush Cleaner
 I'm not going to get into this item too much, because it was only included in the boxes of subscribers that received last month's box. There was a packaging issue with the Urban Oreganics toner that was included in the March box which caused weird cloudy floaties to appear in the toner. Kloverbox and Urban Oreganics were so fantastic about solving this issue, that they immediately addressed the customers concerns and promised a brand new product as a bonus in the April box. This brush cleaner is Vegan, Organic and 100% natural, which I love. I don't clean my brushes nearly as much as I should (it's a horrible habit of mine) however I'm super excited to have such a natural cleanser for them. I also like the idea of a solid cleanser that I can just swirl my brushes on to rather than a liquid that can get a bit messy. I'm not doing a CosDNA analysis of this since it's cleaning brushes and not my face. I really can't wait to try this out!

Bridge Nine Candle Co: Candle in "Citrus" ($9)
 First off, I can never have enough candles. Give me a candle in every subscription box every single month and it still wouldn't be enough! This is the second candle I've received in a Kloverbox, and the scent is absolutely mouthwatering. It's a citrus scent that leans more toward a sweet grapefruit. It's so delicious and perfect for a Spring box! Bridge Nine Candle Co is based in Portland OR, and they hand-pour each of their candles, which are made with all natural soy wax, cotton wicks and fragrance oils. Soy wax is great because it's slow burning, and burns clean. It doesn't always burn as evenly as other candle waxes, but I prefer it due to how much longer the candle lasts. Since the wick is cotton, it does require some trimming. I lit this as soon as I snatched it out of the box and it's already burned down to nothing. I've already planned to purchase a couple of their other candles because I was that impressed with the scent throw and burn time.

Real Beauty For a Cause: Coffee Scrub ($7.50)
Real Beauty For a Cause is a skincare company based in St. Louis MO that create 100% natural products. What makes them awesome is that they are dedicated to producing truly natural skincare, but they also donate 25% of every sale to a rotating list of charities. That's a pretty large percentage! On top of all that, they package all their products in recyclable and reusable jars and ship items in recyclable/reusable packing!
 As I talk about often, my favorite thing in the entire world is coffee. You will very rarely see me without a coffee cup in my hand, so I am super happy to have a coffee I can take into the shower with me! This coffee scrub smells absolutely amazing and is made with the most minimal amount of ingredients: Coffee, Sea Salt, avocado oil and cinnamon oil. That's it, y'all! I've already used this twice and it's actual perfection. Not only does it smell amazing (did I mention it smells amazing?) but it's exfoliating without being rough or irritating on my skin. I definitely can feel a significant difference in the softness of my skin after using this, but I don't have that tingling, irritated feeling on my skin like other scrubs can give.

Kosmatology: Foaming Hand Soap in "Orange Sweetness" ($8.99)
 We received a hand sanitizer from Kosmatology in a past Kloverbox and I really loved it, so I was super happy to see them make a return in this box! 
I love foaming hand soaps. In fact, they're the only type of hand soap I will use. I'm not sure where my obsession came from, but let's just say Bath and Body Works foaming soaps own my soul. This Kosmatology soap has such a fresh, real-orange scent and is paraben and sulfate free. Sweet! There are no thickening agents, perfumes or triclosan in this soap, either. All their soaps are made the old fashioned way: using only organic oils like coconut, olive and safflower. All the scents come from organic essential oils. I can't really "review" this other than say it smells amazing, cleans my hands nicely, and doesn't have any gross chemicals/ingredients. What I love the most about this soap is how creamy the foam is and how moisturized and soft my hands feel after using it. Totally sold on these!

Rani's Yummy: Granola Shooters in "Original Yum" ($1.99)
 Rani's Yummy "Shooters" were born when the owner became a  mom and wanted to create a tasty and nutritious snack for her son. You can pronounce all the ingredients in these granola snack packs, and only the highest quality, natural ingredients are included!
I received the original butter oats flavor, which is basically what you would call the "plain" flavor. It has a light sweetness, and that perfect nutty crunch of a really great granola. These were great on their own, but I also enjoyed sprinkling them on top of my yogurt. I especially like their travel-friendly packaging because I can easily toss this into my lunch bag and bring them to work!

Old Orchard: No. 10 Baobab & Rosehip Lotion Bar ($28)
This was quite a big ticket item: This product alone retails at more than the entire Kloverbox!
Old Orchard is a super-classy looking kind of company. That sounds weird I'm sure, but I was super impressed by their products, website and overall aesthetic. They create all-natural skincare products that reveal effortless beauty by soothing, hydrating, healing and comforting the skin. The owner, Amy Adams, says she is inspired by a "blend of ancient wisdom, naturally perfect ingredients mother nature provides, and the science behind their miraculous power to heal and transform."
All Old Orchard products are 100% natural, minimally processed and contain natural ingredients that have been long proven to hydrate and heal the skin. I think what makes them stand out even more are their absolutely lovely products. I mean...just look at this stunning lotion bar!
I've used lotion bars before, but never one this beautiful! This bar moisturizes the body with mango, shea, baobab and rosehip. It has a sweet citrus scent, is non greasy and absorbs quickly. Lotion bars are very easy to use- simply use the warmth of your hands to melt the bar and apply as much of it as you like to dry areas of your skin. You can also swipe the bar directly onto the skin and then use your hand to massage the lotion until it's absorbed. 

Overall Thoughts
The April Kloverbox costs $25 and had a total retail value of over $55! That doesn't even include the bonus brush cleaner! I love that Kloverbox always provides at least double the value from what you pay- but more importantly: Kloverbox truly provides quality. Each month I am consistently impressed by the products I receive. Very rarely do I make purchases from comapanies featured in subscription boxes, however I have made multiple purchases from companies featured in Kloverbox. I'm always so excited about finding natural/organic products that not only work, but look beautiful and make great gifts. I am even planning on buying another Old Orchard Lotion Bar for my mom for Mother's Day. As I've mentioned before, Kloverbox provides generous coupon codes for all their featured brands each month which makes the value of the box even larger for me. When I'm able to shop small business AND save money- that's a win/win!
Overall this box was a home run. I absolutely loved that there was a variety of product-types. Food, Home, and Beauty were all represented perfectly. You know I'm a sucker for a well-curated boxes! I don't think there was one thing in this box that I could choose as a favorite. I've tried everything and have really enjoyed each item in it's own right. I think that's what makes this such a great box this month: Everything is awesome!

If you want to sign up for Kloverbox (and why wouldn't you??) You can do that here!
Don't forget to use HB10 at checkout to save 10% off any length subscription!
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4 comments:

  1. I loved this box! I also am not really into having everything be organic and natural but I don't mind it at all. I just love how well rounded these boxes are and they're never weird. You know what I mean?

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    1. I'm the same way- I don't really NEED my products to be natural and organic per-se, but I really love when I find things that ARE and they're just as good (or better) as the other products I'm suing. And I totally understand what you mean- the boxes are always beautifully curated- they would really make a fantastic gift!

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  2. The lotion bar is adorable! It would make an awesome addition to a gift basket. I haven't used a lotion bar in a while, makes me want to try them again....

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    1. The lotion bar is definitely my favorite! And it's been a while since I've used one too- I used to grab them all the time when I would shop at Lush frequently and I really loved them, but you had to buy the tin container separately, so it's nice that this one comes with a holder so I don't have to store it in a plastic bag! haha :)

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