Kloverbox is a natural and organic beauty and lifestyle subscription box. According to Kloverbox, every month you’ll receive a sampling of “the best natural, cruelty-free and organic beauty, lifestyle, nutrition and healthy home products.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription Box: Kloverbox
The Cost: $25 a month (less if you sign up for multiple months up front) + free shipping
COUPON: Use coupon code MSA10 to save 10% off your first box!
The Products: Eco-friendly beauty and lifestyle products.
Ships to: U.S.
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Kloverbox lists out all of the products in the box on this card. I always like when subscription companies share a bit about what makes each product special, or better yet, why they chose to include it in the box. It helps the experience feel more curated and helps me see value in the products that I might not instantly catch (for example, things I'd have to do my own research on the brand's site to find out). Getting some offers for the featured brands isn't bad either!
Seeing as Kloverbox is all about green living, it's great that their eco-conscious, nature-focused mentality extends to their packaging. This card explains a little more about the specifics behind their "earth-friendly packaging."
Elements of Aliel No. 2 Peace Cleanser, 2.5 oz. - Value $15.00
I've been hearing about the magical cleansing properties of African black soap for awhile, but this is the first time I've tried it. The information card mentioned cleansing skin without drying it, which is a key interest for me. My combination skin can be pretty moody—if I use something targeted towards oily skin, it tends to dry out my cheeks and even leave my T-zone a bit parched. And if I use something for normal or dry skin, it often leaves my skin feeling soft in the moment, but in an hour or so, I'm feeling greasy, or my pores seem a little taxed.
The cleanser has a consistency kind of like loose honey, which I didn't expect. It also smelled a little (okay, a lot) weird. Imagine the smell of a hayride x 10000—it's grassy and kind of bitter like mulch, but with a rich, wet, muddy vibe. And not in a great way. Of course, this cleanser isn't supposed to smell awesome—it's supposed to help your skin. And that it did very well. I lathered a bit with water in my hands, then applied it to my face like I would any regular cleanser. Pretty quickly, my skin started feeling that tightness that you get with a mud mask, but in a gentle, still-comfortable way. Once I rinsed it off, my skin wanted moisture, so I treated it to a little layer of coconut oil. My skin felt refreshed and light not only for the rest of the day but into the next morning, too! I do wish there was some kind of exfoliating element to this cleanser (maybe some coarse sugar for scrubbing), but I was impressed by how well it worked for me!
Be the Change Band from MudLOVE - Value $10.00
I love the sentiment of this bracelet, though it isn't quite my style (I can't see myself wearing it around).
This handmade accessory is made with clay, so it's waterproof and light to wear. The band itself is elastic, so you could wear this as a bracelet or even try it as a ponytail holder if you wanted! While I don't love the design, I do love that MudLOVE uses its business to provide access to clean water to communities in the Central African Republic.
I love avocados, but I know that they're super taxing on the environment to grow, and more importantly, ship to where I am in Pennsylvania. But what if I grew my own?
The idea of AvoSeedo is that you drop an avocado seed (a.k.a. the pit) into the middle circle. They include some toothpick flags to label your tree with, too. Once your seed is all set, you float the gadget into a planter of water like a little avocado canoe. After awhile, the seed will start to germinate, growing roots down into the water and a little stem into the air.
The only bummer is that it takes at least a month (or three) to get your avocado going. But I'm willing to wait and watch! What a cool idea.
Zabana Essentials Lavender Citrus Mint Dry Shampoo, 2 oz. - Value $12.95
Because my hair has been through its fair share of bleach and coloring, I like to use dry shampoos whenever possible and spare my hair cuticles from the rigors of showers and shampoo. I find most dry shampoos have really harsh chemical smells or else end up drying my scalp out as it absorbs oil.
This powder is made from natural ingredients, which I always prefer, and is scented with essential oils. Unfortunately, I found the combo of lavender and citrus to smell a little too household-cleaning-product (albeit a natural household cleaning product). But the powder itself did a nice job of waking up my second-day hair. The nozzle twists open like a bottle of elementary school craft glue, which helped me be precise about where the fine particles did and did not go. The powder did chunk up a bit around my roots after awhile, so I had to give my hair a shake and brush it out once or twice over the course of the day. But this purse-sized dry shampoo is definitely coming with me wherever I go this summer.
Verdict: Though the scents in this month's Kloverbox didn't sit too well with me, I was impressed with the quality of the items. I feel like Kloverbox knows its audience well—the dry shampoo and cleanser were great in terms of practical, natural alternatives to beauty products I use frequently, and the avocado growing tool was something I would never have thought existed but that totally delighted me! The box had about $48.00 of value inside, but only cost $25.00 per month (with free shipping). So it's a win for me this month!
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