Go Native! Hawaiian Beauty Box Review – June 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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This month’s theme is Kauwela (Summer) Essentials!
Contents are listed on the other side of the card. This little box is chock-full of items to help you navigate the sun’s rays.
Mamalani + Puulaau Remedies: Kohi Wound Wash/Seal and Sunburn Remedy, 1 oz. – Value $16.00
This pretty bottle of tea-colored liquid is infused with laau lapaau which are Hawaiian medicinal herbs. It doubles as a disinfectant/sealant for wounds and a sunburn soother. I could have used this a few weeks ago when I got sunburned at the wave pool… But the summer is young, and I will no doubt miss parts of my skin with sunblock once again. The scent of this elixir is unique and earthy-smelling and has a dropper to easily apply it to wherever you need some healing.
Pu’u La’au Remedies: Herbal Infused Facial Sunblock Stick, 0.5 oz. – Value $15.00
I like that this stick comes in eco-friendly packaging, which the info card urges everyone to seek out when buying products so that we can save our oceans from any unnecessary litter that may make its way there. The info card also calls out harmful ingredients used in many sunscreens that damage coral reefs by bleaching them. Ack! You can rest easy that you aren’t contributing with this natural cocoa-tinted sunblock. When applied, you can tell there is a light waxy layer protecting your skin, and it has a pleasant chocolate scent. I didn’t see much of a tint though, so perhaps it coincidentally matches my pale skin.
Mamalani: Akahai Foot Powder, 1 oz. – Value $7 (Buy the gift set of 4 for $28)
At first, I thought this was going to be dry shampoo, but alas, it is a foot powder! This is actually a smart summer product for me, because I hate wearing socks when it’s hot, and you’ve heard me yammer on about how sweaty I get. What I’m trying to say is that this is gonna go straight into my monochrome black slip-on Vans to soak up any swampiness that may occur. As always, these are all natural ingredients that will work hard to keep my feetsies dry and fresh. It has lemongrass in it too, so it smells amazing!
The Indigenous Soap Company: ‘Āina Soap – Value $8.50
I am digging this full-size, hefty bar of soap made with turmeric, comfrey, plantain, and aloe. All of these natural ingredients have been used for a very long time to treat nasty skin conditions. Bar soap is going through a renaissance in my shower, as I’m getting freaked out by all of the random ingredients in most body washes I was buying. On the inside of the soap wrapper, they give instructions on how to get the most out of it. Because of all its natural ingredients, it’s best to use it within 3 months of opening, as it will get milder the longer it cures. This bar smells lovely, so that should be no problem.
Aloha Aid: Hawaiian Print Bandages, 3 count – Value $0.68 (Get a box of 21 for $4.79)
These bandages are so pretty! They’re so much classier than the WWE bandages I currently have in my house. Go Native! has included 3 different designs that capture some of Hawaii’s beauty. Plus, Aloha Aid donates bandages to local organizations that help provide medical assistance and empower the less fortunate with each box of bandages that they sell.
Vetiver Farms: Eucalyptus Essential Oil Sampler, 1 ml – Value $2.40 (get 5 ml for $12.00)
The last item in this month’s box is a teeny tiny sample bottle of eucalyptus essential oil by Hawaiian company, Vetiver Farms. Eucalyptus has a calming effect, so you can carry this around you to tap onto your wrists or temples in times of stress or anxiety.
Verdict: This month, Go Native! didn’t list values like they did in previous months, so I had to do a bunch of math (ugh) and estimate prices based on full sizes I found online. They said that the total value was $57, but I came up with something closer to $50. That being said, the cost of the box is $37.95 ($34.95 a month + $3 shipping), so it was still a great deal. I really appreciate their natural approach to both the ingredients and the packaging they include in their curated box, and I found everything to be super useful, especially for the summer months. All of the packaging was super cute, too! Let’s craft paper the world.
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