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. And, they customize each box based on your child's age or your due date!
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 an 18-month-old boy, $38.99 a month.
About Ecocentric Mom
The Subscription Box: Ecocentric Mom
The Cost: $38.99 a month + free shipping in the continental U.S.
ACTIVE DEAL: Save $5 off your subscription!
The Products: Green, organic, and otherwise eco-friendly and eco-conscious beauty, health, house, and baby products.
Ships to: The U.S. for free & Canada for $7.00
Good to Know: The cost of this box recently increased by $6.00/month!
Ecocentric Mom October 2019 Review
Normally we receive a little card that includes a link to this page where we can filter by age to see the products from our box, but they may have stopped sending these since we didn't receive one last month either. They have also switched up our packaging to a plain box with a new sticker on it.
Mai Couture Highlighter Paper in Crystal Cove - Retail Value $12.00
Our first item is something I have been eager to try since they are so unique. These makeup papers are recyclable, biodegradable, and free of talc and parabens. They are not meant to replace your regular makeup, but instead to keep in your bag for touch-ups on the go. Since they are made of paper, they can also reduce shine by removing excess oils from your skin.
These are a bit odd to apply, but easy enough. You just rub this wherever you'd like to highlight. It was a little difficult to get this swatch, but I had better luck using it on my cheeks.
Here you can see how well it works. I feel like maybe I could have gotten another use out of it but the paper was wrinkled up a bit, so I ended up tossing it since they recommend doing so for sanitary reasons.
Mai Couture Passport Holder - Retail Value $18.00
This next item is one that I have already received (in gold) from another box I review and it comes from the same company as our highlighter papers. While I think it's a beautiful, quality passport holder and I love that our makeup papers fit neatly inside, it doesn't really feel like a great fit for this box to me for some reason. Their new label on the box made it a point to highlight the fact that they are including "organic, eco-friendly, natural, unique, cruelty-free, or handmade items," and this doesn't really fall into any of those categories for me nor does it really scream "mom" to me. But maybe that's just me? At least it's a cute way to store our makeup papers!
Ostraw Reusable Metal Rainbow Straws - Estimated Value $4.99 (based on a similar product found here)
These reusable stainless steel straws came in their own pouch along with a cleaning brush. I love the rainbow of colors and the fact that we received two straight and two curved straws. They do have a brand name listed on them, Ostraw, but I could not locate these anywhere online, although I did find a similar set here. We use reusable straws in our home a lot, so while these aren't the most exciting item to me, they are definitely practical!
This is one of our favorite Halloween books that we read every year and while I love it, it was kind of a disappointment, not only because we already have it, but because this is a repeat from last year's October box for us. I am happy to pass this along to a friend and in general, a repeat or two in a subscription box doesn't usually bother me, but this is something we don't really need two of.
Herbaland Protein Gummies in Chocolate Brownie, 30 g - $1.90 (2.50 CAD)
I was really excited at the prospect of these gummies since they are a good way to provide a "treat" with a lot of protein. Each pouch is a serving and it was a pretty generous portion that contains 16 g of fiber, 6 g of protein and no sugar. It is made from natural ingredients that are vegan and free of soy, gluten, dairy, and nuts. Unfortunately, and there is no way to sugarcoat this, they were pretty disgusting! The kids took one bite and spit them out and I did not enjoy the one that I tried at all. Nice concept, but yuck! I am glad we got to try a pack though because I may have been tempted to buy them had I seen these in the store!
Verdict: This month's Ecocentric Mom box was just okay for me. I liked the highlighting papers and the passport holder was okay, but the book was a repeat (although, it is a fantastic one!), and while the reusable straws were nice and appropriate for this box, they weren't especially exciting to me. I think part of my disappointment is because the last two boxes (September and August) have had such a luxurious feel with high-quality products and this month seemed to lack that new feel. As for the value, I am estimating the total to be about $42.88, which is just okay for a $38.99 + free shipping box. While I am only estimating the cost of the straws, I think that $4.99 is fair based on the cost of similar straws I was able to find online. I am really hoping that next month's box makes up for this one!
To Wrap Up:
"Your first box/ shop order will be packed and shipped within 2 business days. It will be sent by USPS Priority Mail and will arrive to US destinations within 1-3 business days of shipment date. You will receive a tracking number when the box is shipped."
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Value Breakdown: This box costs $38.99 + free shipping which means you are paying about $7.80 for each of the 5 items in this box.
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