It’s been a few months since I posted about my BirchBox goodies. Lately I’ve been assessing my desire to continue with BirchBox. I love receiving a treat in my mailbox each month but I’m so overwhelmed with product that I’m not getting around to using the items as quickly as I would like. I will give it a few more months before deciding. For now, here’s a rundown of my April BirchBox.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel ($22.00)
The formula is free of harsh chemicals and contains plant-based ingredients like chamomile extract to soothe skin. Essential oils prevent brows from flaking and a film-forming polymer helps keep them in place without looking stiff.
My Assessment: I have thick and wild brows and the clear brow gel does an excellent job at taming them. I normally use aloe vera gel which works extremely well and is very cheap! I will definitely return to using aloe vera gel in the end since it’s a much cheaper option.
Shea Terra Organics Rose Hips Black Soap Deep Pore Facial Cleanser ($16.00)
Authentic African black soap—made from the ashes of plantain and cocoa pods—digs into pores for a deep clean, while South African rose hips oil regenerates cells. Add skin-smoothing licorice root, antioxidant-rich organic rooibos tea, and skin-firming kigellia Africana, and you’ve got a powerhouse product that gets rid of dead skin, evens skin tone, and fights acne.
My Assessment: I love how Shea Terra makes my skin feel. It’s not drying or irritating. However, nothing compares to my beloved Dermalogica.
BeeKind Body Lotion ($15.00)
This fast-absorbing formula comes to you free of parabens, phthalates, petrol-derived ingredients, mineral oil, urea, DEA, TEA, and propylene glycol, but chock full of proven hydrators like honey, organic chamomile, and Brassica plant extract. In place of petrochemicals, there’s good old-fashioned soybean and cottonseed oil for an added moisture boost. On the eco-friendly front, a portion of the proceeds from every BeeKind™ purchase goes toward the Honey Bee Research Program at the University of California at Davis, and, on top of that, the packaging is recyclable.
My Assessment: My skin is sensitive and responds to the least change in climate, product or laundry detergent. I have to use heavy moisturizers to keep my skin happy, even in the summer. BeeKind lotion was too light and left my skin feeling dehydrated.
Davines OI / Shampoo ($26.00)
Natural active ingredients like antioxidant-fueled roucou oil protect hair from harsh UV radiation and soften strands, while sunflower seed oil lends locks shine. This formula is free of potentially harmful parabens and sulphates.
Davines OI / Shampoo ($32.00)
Natural active ingredients like antioxidant-fueled roucou oil guard hair from harsh UV radiation and heat styling, while apricot butter softens, conditions, and soothes.
My Assessment: Most of the shampoos and conditioners do not meet my healthy hair standards and end up in product graveyard. These are no exception. I normally gift these to others who are not as picky.
KIND Healthy Grain Bars ($11.88)
Each bar is made with five super grains for maximum nutritional and taste bud benefits. Available in Maple Pumpkin Seeds with Sea Salt, Dark Chocolate Chunk, Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate, and a variety pack of the three.
My Assessment: I’m not a fan of pumpkin so this was a no-go straight out the gate.
Have you tried any of these brands?
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