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greenUP Box Winter 2022 Subscription Review

Abby Holsinger
ByAbby HolsingerJan 13, 2022 | 4 comments

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greenUP Box is a quarterly subscription box that focuses on providing earth-friendly discoveries to reduce the use of disposable plastic in your life. This subscription will help to replace those items with reusable, more eco-friendly finds. Each box is curated around a theme of everyday life to sustain plastic-free habits within that area of your life.

For $54.95 per quarter, you'll receive 5-9 eco-friendly products empowering you to use less plastic and produce less waste in one area of your life.

ACTIVE DEAL: 10% off of your first quarterly box
CODE: MSA10

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out our editorial guidelines to learn more about how we review boxes).

First Impressions

 

Each box arrives with a product list complete with a brief description of the items you'll find inside.

What's Inside The Box

HiBAR Salon Conditioner Bar – Retail Value $13.95

I was stoked when I first opened this month's box because I thought greenUP had sent HiBar's shampoo bar which I had received in their last winter box, but now I have a complete shampoo and conditioner set. Although I typically skip out on conditioner, I gave this bar a go, and I appreciated that I could easily apply a very thin layer to my ends. It isn't a rich conditioner since it gets watered down, but I am sure you could get a lot of hydration if you applied this bar directly. My hair was so easy to detangle after my shower, and it didn't feel weighed down like some conditioners tend to do.

David’s Peppermint Natural Toothpaste, 5.25oz – Retail Value $9.95

 

Although I typically reach for a toothpaste with fluoride, sometimes I like to switch it up for a more natural option. David’s minty paste made my mouth feel very fresh, and I definitely don’t mind this stylish tube sitting out on my vanity. This formula is fluoride-free and sulfate-free, but it still takes care of some of my main concerns like fighting plaque and whitening. I love that this full-sized tube comes with a key to help roll all of the product out of this recyclable metal tube.

J&L Green Tea Konjac Sponge - Retail Value $7.99

 

I went through a phase where I couldn't wash my face without a gentle konjac sponge caressing my skin, gently exfoliating to reveal a fresh complexion. Konjacs are a slippery slope apparently, because I find myself falling again. My skincare routine has suffered since having Ronan, but now that he's not nearly as dependent on me, I find myself diving in headfirst into serums, hydrating gels, oils, moisturizers, masks, you name it! It has been fun rediscovering products and working on a better complexion, and now that I have a new konjac sponge to help naturally exfoliate, I feel like I might have a complete routine. Made from the root of a konjac plant, this sponge is biodegradable and reusable for 3 months. It is gentle enough for a baby's skin, and it feels wonderful on the face and body.

H&J Deluxe Bamboo Floss + Refill– Retail Value $14.90

 

I reviewed this floss in last winter's shipment; here is what I had to say about it then:

Every year I promise myself I will do better with flossing, and every year I do great at first, but heading into March, I usually go back to my old habits of foregoing flossing every other night. Once I run out of floss, it is hard for me to remember to pick more up, but this bamboo reusable container may be a game-changer! The floss inside is not lubricated/waxed as much as I like, but after some digging, I found a few sources with other “gentle” floss refill options. This bamboo case was really unexpected; I love the way it looks on my bathroom shelf, and I am excited to try, yet again, with my New Year’s resolution! 2021!

Update: I am very happy to report that I've been flossing like a good girl all year long! It definitely helps to have floss refills ready for when you run out, and this is an awesome, eco-friendly way to keep your gums healthy.

H&J Bamboo Hair Brush - Listed Value $19.90

 

As a Wetbrush loyalist, I can only give this brush a backup position; it does all the work, but it isn't nearly as gentle as my favorite plastic option, unfortunately. It really is a well-crafted, beautiful brush, and it is 100% biodegradable, too; the handles and bristles are made from bamboo while the base of the bristles is made from natural rubber.

MamaP Bamboo Toothbrush & Travel Case – Retail Value $14

 

I reviewed this toothbrush in last winter's shipment; here is what I had to say about it then:

This may sound weird, but I love receiving toothbrushes in subscription boxes. It is fun to try different brands other than what you’d usually see at the grocery store, and I appreciate any effort into cutting down my plastic use. Not only is this toothbrush comfortable to use, but it is also very stylish and 100% compostable and recyclable. I feel great using MamaP; it is a woman- and minority-owned business and every purchase supports women as well as the environment. So many wins!

Update: Even though this is a great toothbrush, which I will absolutely utilize, I am addicted to using the Burst Toothbrush I gifted myself for Christmas. My teeth have never felt cleaner, which makes using a normal toothbrush incomparable. I think I will keep this toothbrush for my next house guest in need.

J&L Naturals Exceptional Skin Serum - Listed Value $29.99

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I don't see how this product is considered a serum when it is completely made up of hydrating oils, but when it comes to beauty, are there really any rules? Sunflower, sweet almond, olive, jojoba, and argan oils make up this heavy serum with the addition of a few fragrant essential oils. The concept of having a clean, natural, and sustainable skincare product is fantastic, but I know that this serum would wreak havoc on my complexion. I love all of the skincare oils included, but I really try not to use essential oils on my sensitive facial skin. This could be a hydrating miracle for skin that is more tolerable to fragrance, but I think I will mix this in with my body moisturizer for a little moisture boost.

Verdict

My verdict remains the same from my last greenUP shipment: the Winter Box from greenUP told a story that I've heard before but never mind revisiting. I like all of the items sent this month and plan on utilizing everything, but a lot of them were repeat items from just a year ago. I am always impressed by the quality of each item from greenUP, but I wish they sent an item this month that made me change the way I consumed plastic. Each greenUP shipment inspires me to increase my eco-friendliness to different aspects of my life. This curation included items that are not only eco-friendly, but are practical and always useful. For $$54.95, I received a retail value of $106.46.

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Value Breakdown: This box costs $54.95 +free shipping, which means that each of the five items in the box has an average cost of $9.27.

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Abby Holsinger
Abby Holsinger
I’m a self-proclaimed “cool mom” who loves a little, who am I kidding, a lot of razzle-dazzle. I have been box-obsessed for over 10 years, and I am always on the hunt for new beauty, fun flair and trendy clothing boxes. A fun night for me includes an exfoliating foot mask and a bag of Dot's Pretzels while binging Rupaul’s Drag Race.

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Jill

This is only my second box, so I had no idea a few items were repeats from last winter! That makes me reluctant to continue my subscription. I do like the idea of this box, but am less sure on the execution. If it was sending more novel items it might be different, but, say, David’s toothpaste has been around a long time! I got a conditioner bar rather than shampoo in my box, so I’m curious to try that. But most of the other stuff is very meh to me. And I wasn’t a big fan of the Fall box, though I got that on a discount, so was less concerned about value. But if they just repeat products every year? Definitely not worth it!

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greenUP Team

Hi Jill! So amazing you’re working on reducing plastic waste. greenUP is set up to be a year subscription so you won’t receive any repeats in your year. 🙂 The goal is to combine classic plastic swaps with harder to replace plastic items so everyone on various stages of their journey can find great sustainable swaps. The fall box was more geared towards classics and the winter box was focused on hard-to-find self-care products. If you are already far along your plastic-reducing journey, you might not get as much value. We do hope you are discovering great sustainable small businesses to continue supporting for your sustainable products. Thank you for all you’re doing to reduce plastic!

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Abby Holsinger

Thanks for reading, Jill! You are totally right—I also received the conditioner! I was planning on saving my new “shampoo bar” for when I ran out of my old one (they last forever, so I’d hate to start on a new one), and when I went to store it, low and behold, it IS the conditioner! Doh! Well, it’s safe to say that this will definitely change my review/opinion. I don’t use conditioner a lot, but I like that this one isn’t super rich and doesn’t weigh my hair down.

I do agree that repeats are a bummer, but I love getting products that are eco-friendly, and I have discovered many items from this subscription that have inspired me to tweak some of my plastic usage.

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greenUP Team

Hi Abby! Thank you so much for the review. The box did not increase in price, it’s still $54.95 for a quarterly subscription. We now offer a one-time box, no renewal, for $64.95. 🙂

The conditioner from HiBar is amazing and it’s so hard to find a plastic-free conditioner. This sustainable brand does such a great job. Enjoy!