Conscious Box [Video]
Conscious Box kindly asked me to review their new product, a monthly subscription service where you receive an assortment of ethical, sustainable and healthy products to sample and enjoy. Each month a box arrives at your door with a variety of natural products, such as snacks and cosmetics. The basic subscription costs $12 plus $7 shipping, for a total of $19/month, and you can save more money by signing up for 3 or 6 months at a time.
My first impression of the box was how nicely packaged it is. You will definitely feel like you are receiving a special gift by its presentation. Importantly, the packaging is 100 percent recycled, BPA-free and is printed with vegetable inks.
Inside the box there is an information card about the products inside. This month's box included the following:
HONEST TEA - 6.75 oz pouch Tropical Tango punch
FUNKY MONKEY - .42 oz snack bag of freeze dried pineapple and guava fruit
PHARMACOPIA - Two sample-size bottles (about 1 oz each) of body wash and body lotion
GLEE GUM - Two, 2-piece sample packages
KIND BAR - Two full-size, 1.4 oz bars, almond & coconut flavor
100% PURE - Two .06 fl oz (ketchup-size packets) of body cream, vanilla bean and green apple scents
MARY'S GONE CRACKERS - Organic, wheat-free, gluten-free cookie
COCOAWELL - two packages containing 2 capsules each of fair trade, vegetarian, organic energy supplements
While I haven't had a chance to test out all of these products individually, overall, this is a good selection of high-quality eco-friendly, healthy, cruelty-free and/or fair trade products.
Is Conscious Box a good value? That depends. Only about half of the products are full-size, the rest are trial size, or what we all might consider "free sample" size. So the perceived value of the actual products may not be $12 worth of product, let alone $19 worth when factoring in the shipping. At the same time, we all know organic, sustainable, healthy products are more expensive. Also, you have to consider that you're not just paying for the products, but also the service of having them carefully selected and delivered. Conscious Box does the homework for your to find socially responsible and ethical products. If that service is worth the extra money for you, then there's value.
Conscious Box will help you discover new brands and products to suit your eco, ethical and healthy lifestyle. I only recognized about half of the brands in the box, so a lot of it was new to me. I'm particularly interested to try the CocaoWell energy supplements and Pharmacopia products for the first time. This is especially helpful if you live in a small town and don't have access to a Whole Foods or a health food/organic store. With Conscious Box, you'll definitely be exposed to quality products of interest that you can test out and then purchase online if you can't find them conveniently where you live.
Personally, I would consider Conscious Box an indulgence. I'd be unlikely to splurge on it for myself on a regular basis (though, maybe occassionally), but that's because I really live simply and tend to make my own homemade healthy snacks and cosmetics. But I think Conscious Box would be great for gifts and care packages. If I were to send a care package to a friend, I'd definitely send Conscious Box since it's a socially responsible gift option. And I'd totally be stoked if one of these care packages arrived at my mailbox (hmmm, maybe my mom will read this!). Anyone who receives a box would find the products useful.
Conscious Box has been challenging customers to submit unique ways to reuse the box that comes as part of their packaging. I offer my own idea to make a "Gratitude Box," which I explain in the review video.
Each month's Conscious Box has a theme, and this month's theme is gratitude. Here is part of November's inspirational message:
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates vision for tomorrow.
Product review disclaimer: The reviews on this blog are truthful and honest opinions, not advertisements. While organizations may provide me with a complimentary product in exchange for a review, I am not obligated to write a favorable review and will do my best to provide an unbiased opinion. I promise to only review products that I think are relevant and interesting to Greater Good Life readers.