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Go Native! Hawaiian Beauty Box Review – April 2017

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Go Native! is an organic health and beauty box, curated with Mamalani products and other Hawaiian artisan items. From Go Native!:

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.

Reviewed by popular demand!

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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!

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The box contents are listed and detailed on the backside of the card.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!?

Written by Sara McClelland

Sara McClelland

Sara received a gift subscription to Birchbox in 2013 and has been intrigued by (ok, obsessed with) discovery and fashion boxes ever since. Her basset hound, Oliver, is a huge fan of Barkbox, too.

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

6 Comments

  1. What a cool box!

  2. Oooh this box looks promising. I love the smells and plants native to Hawaii. I’m going to look into it. I can’t wait for more reviews.

  3. I don’t see the coupon mentioned in the heading?

    • Hi, Claire – my apologies but that was an error on my part. There is no available coupon at this time, so I’ve updated this review.

  4. I want this box! Thanks for reviewing it.

    • Ikr me too!

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