Ecocentric Mom Subscription Box Review + Coupon – May 2018
Ecocentric Mom is a monthly eco-friendly subscription box for women, moms, and moms-to-be. They aim to only send products that are pure, healthy, useful, and fun. They now customize each box based on your child’s age or your due date! (This replaces their separate Pregnancy, Baby and Toddler boxes).
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.)
This review is of the Ecocentric Mom Box with preferences set for a 3-year-old boy, $32.99 a month.
About Ecocentric Mom
The Subscription Box: Ecocentric Mom
The Cost: $32.99 a month + free shipping in the continental U.S.
COUPON: Use code MSA5 to save $5 off any subscription!
The Products: Green, organic, and otherwise eco-friendly and eco-conscious beauty, health, house, and baby products.
Ships to: U.S. & International
Good to Know: If you like the contents of this box, but don’t have kids or need kid products, Ecocentric Mom also offer a mom-only box for $27.99!
Ecocentric Mom May 2018 Unboxing & Review
Ecocentric Mom customizes some of the products they send to you based on your due date or child’s birthday. They typically send a mix of wellness products, healthy snacks, eco-friendly alternatives to products you may already use, and kids toys/accessories from green brands.
Each box comes with a tiny envelope with cards detailing some of the items you’ve received and why. They’re helpful for quick reference and often include info I wouldn’t otherwise know about the products. I also like the cute little envelope format; it makes unboxing a little more fun.
Siliskin Silicone Bowl & Lid – Retail Price $11.95
We have no shortage of snack-sized containers in our house, but this one really stands out for how sturdy it is!
The lid can be used as a plate, too, which is convenient. It seals tight with vacuum pressure – just squeeze some air out by pressing down, and it’ll be nice and snug on top.
The lid actually seems surprisingly much more secure than standard snap-on lids!
This brand seems to have a lot of other cool items that I’d love to try. These universal straw cup toppers have my curiosity piqued! Has anyone tried them in person?
Here are the cards for this item, too:
I love that this is BPA-free, plus it’s microwave and freezer safe. I’ve found that silicone is less prone to breakage, too, which is nice. Looking forward to adding this into our snack cup rotation, and it’ll be perfect for homemade baby food, too.
Itzy Ritzy Mini Snack Bags – Retail Value $9.99
We already have a few of these in a bigger size from a previous box, and I do love them. They’re perfect for storing pretzels and goldfish on quick trips.
I do find that because they aren’t airtight, those types snacks get a little stale quickly. But for an afternoon outing, they are great and I’ve never had to use plastic baggies for those snacks.
The bags are lined with a thicker oilcloth-like surface that is easy to shake out and wipe clean.
Since we already have some in rotation for snacks, I think I might end up using these for crayons and other small storage.
This info card also makes me think it’d be a good idea to keep an empty one handy in our go-bag, for packing up leftover snacks if we’re eating at a restaurant on the go.
Ayr Skin Care Virgin Marula Oil, 1 fl oz – Retail Value $42
I’ve recently come around to facial oils again, after a struggle with pregnancy-induced rosacea where nothing else seemed to help. So I was pretty excited to get a new brand and type of oil to try after seeing success with my new skincare routine! Oils can be expensive so it’s always a risk to buy a new one to try, not knowing how my skin will react.
I remember Vitamin E being a big part of my mom’s skincare routine growing up, so I wasn’t too surprised to see it as an ingredient here. I did have to do a bit of reading on Marula Oil as it was new to me. It seems like it has a lot of the benefits of other popular facial oils, but is particularly fast-absorbing with a light texture.
I currently use Nuxe Huile Prodigeuse, which has been an absolute miracle worker with regard to my rosacea. I’d describe the Nuxe oil as light but still oily, and I do personally find the fragrance to be a bit strong for my liking.
By comparison, the marula oil felt almost tacky or sticky. I seem to remember the Vitamin E of my youth being pretty thick stuff, so perhaps that’s why? It was, however, nearly scentless and it did absorb readily, which I was a fan of.
Unfortunately for me, my rosacea showed up again immediately the next day after introducing this into my nighttime routine, so I’ve gone back to Huile Prodigeuse instead. I hope I can find a more neutral smelling oil that works on my face eventually, but I plan to use this as a body oil and to tame frizzy ends instead.
Anyone else out there found success with a similar product? I’d love to hear your recommendations!
Raw Lip Balm, Rose + Mint – Retail Value $4.99
You can never have too many lip balms, right? I’m constantly losing them so I tend to keep them in every bag, coat pocket, and room in the house.
As a former Burt’s Bees addict, I’m always happy to pick up a new minty balm to try. This one isn’t too strong (my preference these days) and was nicely hydrating.
I’m not a huge fan of rose or floral flavors in lip products and food, but the rose in this product was mild enough that it wasn’t an issue for me. It’s a keeper! (As long as I can keep track of it, anyway.)
Finally, we received a couple of smaller sample type items in this box, which didn’t have info cards:
Tru Women You’re Mocha Me Cocoa Protein Powder, Single Serve 15g Packet – Full-size 20-serving canister available here for $34.99
Honestly, I thought this was hot cocoa mix at first and got super excited because it looked yummy! Alas, I’m not a big smoothie person, so I haven’t actually tried this yet.
I do like Trubar’s other products though (their protein bars are amazing!) so I’m thinking I might have to dust off the blender and give this a try soon. I’m thinking it would be great with a frozen banana, almond milk, and a bit of peanut butter.
Which actually brings me to this next item:
Peanut Banana Nut Butter Blend Sample – Buy 16 squeeze packs here for $18.99
I’ve enjoyed many varieties of peanut butter in the past, but never a peanut banana blend. My adult taste buds love peanut butter and banana together, but specifically fresh banana. The idea of cooked banana puree always makes me feel a little grossed out, even though my toddler loves apple + banana applesauce pouches.
My three year old eats his fair share of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, so we’re stashing this for a quick lunch soon. It can also be eaten on its own, straight from the pouch.
I did make a face when I saw this included palm oil, as that’s a product I avoid for environmental reasons. However, I was happier when I saw that Little Nut’s FAQ states the product is sustainably sourced (and has a good reason for being included):
Little Nut was developed by a registered dietitian nutritionist. The tiny percentage of sustainably sourced palm oil in the recipe is safe, trans-fat free, and natural – unlike fully or partially hydrogenated oils. It helps maintain Little Nut’s stability, prevents messy oil separation, and makes it easier for babies 6+ months to swallow than peanut butter.
Verdict: My May Ecocentric Mom Box had an overall value of $68.93 (not including the two food samples). That’s over twice the value of the box, which is awesome! I am sad the Marula Oil didn’t work out for me, but it was still great to be able to try that product without paying the full retail price for it– and I’m confident I’ll use it all up as a body oil anyway (gotta keep those pregnancy stretch marks away!). Overall, I love the mix of useful, fun, and indulgent items that this subscription brings my way and the fact that they’re all healthier alternatives for the planet and for my family.
To Wrap Up:
Is this box still available if I subscribe today? No. If you sign up now, your first box will be the June box.
Coupon – Use code MSA5 to save $5 off any subscription!
Value Breakdown: This box is regularly $32.99 + free shipping, so for all of the items we received this month here’s approximately what we would have paid:
- Silicone Bowl – $5.71
- Reusable Zip Snack Bags – $4.78
- Virgin Marula Oil – $20.12
- Mint + Rose Lip Balm – $2.38
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