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Love Goodly April/May 2022 Subscription Box Review

Christen Russo
ByChristen RussoApr 13, 2022 | 4 comments

Love Goodly April/May 2022

Love Goodly
4.5 overall rating
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Love Goodly is a non-toxic and cruelty-free vegan subscription box that sends a mix of 4-5 full-size beautywellness, and lifestyle items every other month for $34.95 (with free shipping). They also offer a VIP subscription for $48.95, which comes with an additional full-size product (or two). Every purchase supports a different cause each month.

This review is for the VIP subscription for $48.95 every other month.

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

Inside the February/March 2022 Box

 

The May/June Love Goodly box welcomes us with such a springtime feel to its info cards! Opening this folded card up reveals the four items that all Love Goodly subscribers will find in their box, offering info about each, as well as a list of all the virtuous things about them. (Everything inside the box will always be eco-friendly, cruelty-free, vegan, and non-toxic but some are also woman-owned, made in the USA, and more). There's also a discount code for 15% off in the Love Goodly shop, plus a couple of the brands included have special discount codes for LG subscribers. Always a treat!

Love Goodly April/May 2022

VIP subscribers will find an extra card that tells all about the additional item included for them!

OSEA Essential Corrective Complex, 0.34 fl oz – Retail Value $32

 

Oh, the earthy scent of tea tree—I can't ever get enough of it. In this essential oil blemish correction blend, that distinct tea tree scent is very noticeable, but wonderfully softened with juniper and white thyme, making for an experience that's aromatic but not overwhelming. Being that it's a blemish formula, it makes sense that tea tree oil is a main ingredient. I have used a small dab of tea tree essential oil alone on cold sores before, when I had to go big, but I'm aware that without a carrier oil to dilute it it's too strong to use regularly.

I am newer to using oils on my face—actually it may have been a Love Goodly product that afforded me the opportunity to try this entirely counterintuitive approach for me! It's only in recent years that my face has trended on the dry enough side to even consider using oil on it. This particular oil is recommended to be applied to your skin after cleansing, including in oily zones, throughout the day as needed. Wow! I just don't understand how an oil-based product in oily zones could go well. Our community knows so much about beauty tricks. Who can explain this to me?

The info card that comes with this box also suggests applying this oil to ingrown hairs or irritated skin after shaving—now that I can see being really soothing and healing!

Gogh Jewelry Design Arrow Necklace – Retail Value $29

 

Having received Love Goodly off and on for almost two years now, I feel confident saying that subscribers can expect to receive jewelry a few times per year. They're typically delicate pendant necklaces like this. They're always from makers who create with intention. This particular one boasts being vegan, woman-owned, made in the USA, sustainable, eco-friendly, and from a company that gives back. I like that it's both silver and brass—something for everyone, plus the design lends itself to the eclectic color combo. The arrow is said to represent moving forward and achieving your goals. Additionally, LG shares, "when you pul the bow back (represents struggle in life), the arrow gets released and propels forward symbolizing seeking better things in life." How motivating!

 

Love Goodly April/May 2022

The 18" chain is a nice length for everyday wear. I really like how it looks with a cozy tee. I don't tend to reach for delicate necklaces to wear day-to-day (partially because my baby would likely pull on it and break it), but if I were to, this one would align with my style nicely.

Vahdam India Turmeric Cleanse Instant Mix Superfood Elixir, 10 sachets  – Retail Value $14.99

 

You may already know that the turmeric root is a superfood. It's a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. I love the flavor in foods, and use it to cook often, but I've had trouble getting on board with it to drink unless I'm battling a cold. It's just a little too strong and sharp of a flavor for my day-to-day drinking pleasure. This tea powder is made up of turmeric, ginger, mint, and black pepper—it's got some power behind it!

 

Here's what the tea looks like when mixed with the recommended 7 oz of warm water. Click over to see the powder before it's been mixed. I recommend keeping a stirring spoon handy as you sip, as it takes a long time to dissolve fully. In the past I've enjoyed turmeric tea with some unsweetened vanilla almond milk, as a latte of sorts—I find that the almond milk mellows the flavor a little. This mix is SDA organic, non-GMO, vegan, and keto-friendly!

Balade En Provence Organic Vegan Shave Bar, 8g –  Retail Value Approx. $8.71

 

Balade En Provence is a French brand that Love Goodly has included in past boxes, so I'm familiar with their natural, organic products that come in plastic-free packaging. Solid bath products are a bit of an adjustment, but they go a long way for waste reduction. I typically lather my legs up with bar soap before shaving, so this shave bar doesn't require a big habit change for me, but the coconut oil, grapeseed oil, and shea butter offer more hydration than regular bar soap does, so it's a great upgrade for shaving hydration.

Love Goodly April/May 2022

The bar has a classic shea butter scent and is handmade with cold process.

BeKoherent Solid Shampoo and Conditioner Bars – Retail Value $24.99

 

Perhaps "things I've tried to like" is the theme for me this month. I have dutifully used bar shampoo and conditioner every time I've received them in subscriptions because I know I should. But it's a challenging change for me! Keeping shampoo, conditioner, soap, and shaving soap in the shower requires a decent amount of space and organization, and you have to be really on top of things to avoid soap scum building up. It's not uncommon for sustainable swaps to require maintenance, and I am more than willing to put in the extra work to do my part in some facets of life; I have a harder time making the change in others. I do think that over time, perhaps when my kids are older and can help contribute to chores around the house (or at the least are a little more autonomous), I might be able to engage with shampoo and conditioner bars more readily.

Another merit of hair bars is that they are generally natural, non-toxic, sustainably made, biodegradable and compostable, and don't strip your hair and scalp of healthy oils. And such is indeed the case for these by BeKoherent.

 

Here's a peek at unpacking the bars. I love the plastic-free boxes that fold around them. Each is also wrapped in paper so that their essential oils don't leak through and stain the box. Here are some notes on each:

Shampoo—

Cocoa and copoazú butters, as well as eucalyptus and thyme, strengthen and nourish hair, chamomile, turmeric, and rosemary have soothing and restorative properties for a healthy scalp. Its mild lemongrass aroma is delicious and reinforces the feeling of cleanliness.

Conditioner—

Made with a nourishing blend of cocoa, copoazú, mango butter, cacay oil, and a mild orange aroma. All ingredients have been carefully selected for their gentle, nutritious, and health benefits and to produce the best results every time.

Verdict

Love Goodly is one of my favorite subscriptions. This is saying a lot for someone who is a lifelong beauty newbie! Even on a slightly "off" month like this one was for me, where some of the products didn't work amazingly for me, I am still such a fan of the box overall. I'm so heart-warmed by thoughtful curation and the commitment to promoting quality products from ethical brands. Plus, I learned last month that they have amazing customer service!

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To Wrap Up

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes, sign up today to receive this box. The June/July 2022 box renews on May 28, 2022.

Value Breakdown: The Love Goodly bi-monthly VIP box costs $48.95 + free US shipping. If you consider the BeKoherent shampoo and conditioner bars as two separate items (they are grouped together here but can be bought separately), that adds up to 6 items in this box. This breaks down to $8.16 per item. Everything that was sent in this bi-monthly box is thoughtful, low-impact, and something you can't find just anywhere—imagine walking into a cool boutique and finding any one of these things for $8.16. That would be a huge steal! Love Goodly is such an accessible box for someone who is interested in clean beauty and wants a realistic amount of time to use up what you're sent before a new box arrives. 

What did you think of this springtime Love Goodly box? 

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Christen Russo
Christen Russo

Hi there, I'm Christen! I've been writing with MSA since 2017. I am all sorts of things: a writer, a mother, an outdoors-lover, a low-maintenance self-carer, and general hungry person.

You'll find me collecting stationery and squirreling away stickers, riding bikes and swimming with my family, creating outfits in colors and silhouettes that make me feel amazing, wearing big earrings, drinking beer and asking my husband to feed me harmonies to sing, taking my vitamins, living for live music, roping everyone into a craft, being human and vulnerable, and celebrating the phenomenon of being alive.


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4 comments

Flora

There’s one camp where oily skin is actually because you are over-stripping your skin of natural oils by using too harsh products. It overproduces oil to compensate.

I think I am in this camp because I had oily skin for decades but once I started using oils, my skin has actually become completely balanced and normal. I stopped getting the “oily slick” that I had by noon and have completely dumped my oily skin products. My skin barrier is also amazing, stopped breaking out and I have no dry spots either.

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Christen

Aha! I knew there had to be some hidden gem of a reason in there. Thanks so much for explaining this, Flora. Come to think of it, I started trying oil-based products on my face in the dead of winter when my skin was parched, but then continued to use them into spring and summer, seasons when I may not have reached for them initially. Maybe I restored my skin barrier without knowing it!

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Snow

Agree with everything you have said, Flora! A healthy and intact skin barrier is super important for healthy skin. The scary part is sometimes we don’t know it has been compromised until all hell breaks lose on the face (me!). The even scarier part is how long it can take for it to go back to “normal.”
In regards to bar soaps and such….that’s a good point Christen, about needing space/upkeep to keep those bars useable. Simply cutting back on shampooing and showers can also help our environment. I remember as a kid my dad would brag about taking upwards of three showers a day…as if cleanliness did in fact equate to godliness. Now as an adult, that excessiveness makes me cringe! (Not only for the planet but for his skin and hair!!) 😣
Always appreciate your reviews, Christen!

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Christen

Thanks so much, Snow! I’ve had the same thoughts in regards to folks who shower a ton—plus, it gets to be so time-consuming! Hehe!

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