Go Native! Hawaiian Beauty Box Review – April 2017
Each month receive Mamalani products along with other curated products. A new theme each month will highlight a native practice or plant that is essential to health along with a recipe on how to go native in other areas of life.
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The Subscription Box: Go Native!
The Price: $34.95/month + shipping
The Products: Mamalani products, along with health and beauty from Hawaiian makers
Ships to: Worldwide
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My first box from Go Native! arrived with a very descriptive information card. This month’s theme is He Wahī Paakai, which means a package of salt and “refers to the native custom of gifting someone something made or grown.” I absolutely love this message and am excited to see how this box is curated!
The box contents are listed and detailed on the backside of the card.
Mamalani Lihau Lotion Stick & Lip Balm, 2 oz. – Value $15
The April box features three products from Mamalani, a small Hawaiian company that handmakes organic body products. The Mamalani products have distinctive packaging that is eco-friendly, mostly made of biodegradable cardboard. The first product is a lotion stick and lip balm made of “organic coconut oil, shea butter, beeswax and organic essential oils of lavender, Hawaiian vetiver, and ylang ylang.” It’s a nice blend that smells fresh.
I am not familiar with lotion sticks, but really like using this product as a lip balm. The tube is a little over an inch in diameter, so much larger than a typical stick balm. But it was easy to apply with a finger, it did not leave a greasy residue, and my lips stayed moisturized for quite awhile. This would also make a great travel item since it eliminates having to pack a liquid lotion.
Mamalani Ha’aha’a Body Powder, 1 oz. – Value $8.50
I don’t typically sweat enough that I use body powders, but I like that I now have this on-hand for summer. The baking soda, arrowroot, and Kaolin clay provide a texture slightly grittier than your store-brand baby powder, but it works just as well. I also like the patchouli scent of this product and that it lingers far after applying it. The container has a sifter opening (similar to salt or pepper containers), so it securely closes in between uses and is another great travel size.
Mamalani Hiamoe Sleepytime Oil, 10 ml. – Listed Value $12
I am most excited about this Mamalani product! It is an essential oil blend roll-on that has a strong, but sweet smell. I can’t put my finger on what oil scent is most prominent, but this is a blend of coconut oil, vetiver, lavender, cedarwood, ho wood, ylang ylang, marjoram, chamomile, vanilla, and Hawaiian sandalwood. Go Native! suggests rubbing it on your feet, chest, and/or back of the neck, but I decided to roll it on my wrists and inhale. I didn’t feel sleepy but did feel its calming effects.
Kaua’i Sea Salt with Activated Charcoal – Listed Value $5
This is a mysterious little vial of sea salt. At first, I assumed it was a bath salt, but unfortunately, there are no instructions on the info card on how to use it. Upon researching, I learned that Hawaiian sea salt with activated charcoal can actually be consumed as a health supplement. I tried a tiny piece and it tasted exactly like sea salt should, so no harm done. However, I really do wish Go Native! would have provided more information about this item, so it is not mistakenly used.
Honua Skincare Pa’akai Cleansing Cream, 2.0 fl oz. – Value $24
I was intrigued to try this cleansing cream after reading more about it. It’s part of a 3-product skincare regimen, so I didn’t get the full experience, but this cream can be used as a cleanser and/or mask. It’s most notable ingredients are pa’akai (Hawaiian salt), aloalo (hibiscus), and limu (seaweed extract). I found the cream to work pretty well. I experienced a slight exfoliation when washing it off and my skin felt cleansed and soft afterward. And most importantly, I did not break out from this product!
Verdict: For $37.95 ($34.95 a month + $3 shipping), I received $64.50 worth of organic and Hawaiian products. This is a great value and for me personally, I will get the most use out of the higher valued items. Go Native! is definitely a good box to consider if you’re interested in handmade, organic skin and health products and conscious about using items in eco-friendly packaging. I know little about Hawaiian and native ingredients, so the education about the products I received was an added a bonus.
What do you think about Go Native!?