Love Goodly is a non-toxic and cruelty-free vegan subscription box that sends a mix of 4-5 full-size beauty, wellness, 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.
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Inside the August/September 2022 Box
Love Goodly is here again, with a box for the end of summer and early fall—where I live September is usually surprisingly hot, but the mornings and evenings are already beginning to cool down. This bi-monthly box is filled with bright colors and healing scents, and I can't wait to explore it with you.
Per usual, we received a folded card that, when opened, lists the four items that all Love Goodly subscribers will find in their box. They provide info about each, as well as a list of all the traits of note—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. VIP subscribers will find an extra card that tells all about the additional item included for them.
Three Ships Hydrate Almond Oil Serum, 1 fl oz – Retail Value $28
Three Ships is a brand that makes occasional appearances in the Love Goodly box, and is one I've grown to look forward to. This face oil serum can be used for both morning and evening hydration. Its classic, soothing lavender scent is one that never gets old to me, and every time I use this face oil before snuggling up to my four-year-old daughter at bedtime, she always comments on how good I smell.
Thanks to both Love Goodly and you wonderful readers, I've officially shed my face oil hesitance and am fully leaning into them. This is made from 49% almond oil, which naturally contains Omega-3s that are known to retain moisture on the skin. It also contains pumpkin oil and Vitamin E, both also good for their nourishing attributes.
In the past I've combined a few drops of face oils with my regular lightweight face lotion, but with this one I began going full oil and applying it solo. I think the light consistency and pleasant scent lend themselves to that. I also noticed online that this oil is available at Target, so if I really fall in love with it, I'll have an easy time replenishing it with my regular errands. That's a bonus!
True Moringa Shea & Moringa Balm, 1.4 oz – Retail Value $24
Surely in this crowd it won't sound silly to say that I was immediately drawn to the beautiful matte tube of this balm. I also love that the deluxe size (as opposed to a full size) is nice for tossing into my purse or diaper bag without taking too much space or adding too much weight. Getting to the goods, though, proved quite the challenge. I had a really hard time peeling off the foil seal of this tube and resorted to poking it with a pen.
When I was finally able to access the balm, I was really surprised by its consistency! I'm not sure if it was due to the seal troubles or the product itself, but there were some issues with the suction of this tube, so it was really hard to make the balm come out. It ultimately dispensed in a skinny snake on my arm, and it had a chunky feel until my skin began to warm it while I rubbed it in. Morgina is notably soft in consistency, so it must be the thick and rich shea butter here that's keeping it firm.
For all my trials, though, the balm itself is pretty amazing! A little really goes a long way to hydrate a large area, and it's deeply moisturizing. This did the trick on my perpetually dry knuckles, as well as the parts of my ankles that have been taking a beating this summer being rubbed by my sandals.
sofreshskin.co Refresh Cucumber Mist, 2 fl oz – Retail Value $9
This aloe-based face spray is infused with cucumber water for a refreshing spritz. It's very light and it's nice simply in the way that mists are, but there isn't much of a scent—which to me is much the point of a face mist. Sure, there are vitamins and minerals in these ingredients that are beneficial to skin, but given how imprecise a face mist is, I'm looking for a nice scent experience as well.
Other Love Goodly subscribers may have received the Calm Lavender version of this face mist, which I imagine I would be more drawn to.
Hibiscus Glow Tea Drop and Matcha Green Tea Drop, 2.2 g each – Listed Value $6
The last item included in the Essentials Box (for non-VIP subscribers) is this duo of Tea Drops. They're little drop-shaped pressed powder tablets that are individually packaged. We were sent a hibiscus-flavored one and a matcha green tea one. The first thing that comes to mind for me is that these would be perfect for camping—I've brought classic tea bags on camping trips only to have them get wet and ruined multiple times. Even in a Ziploc bag, somehow moisture has found its way in a few times. I'm riding the iced coffee wave right now so going to save these for that purpose!
For as nice as this little tea duo is from a wellness perspective, I thought these Tea Drops were a bonus item until I saw them listed as one of the four Essentials Box items. That feels a little sparse to me, but I can also think of several cases in favor of this inclusion: first, it's consumable, which is amazing for avoiding subscription box clutter. Also it provides variety, and it's nice to encounter something a little unexpected. Finally, I get that not every single box can be brimming with super-high-value items, and that's fine!
EqualRXN Mushroom B5 Toning Cocktail, 4.1 fl oz – Retail Value $22
The VIP item this month is a mushroom complex toner. Everything I know about both mushroom beauty products and toners (which is very little) I know from reading Jessica's recent reviews. First of all, as someone who has never used a toner before, I was a bit turned off by the idea that I'm to saturate a cotton pad with it to apply it—I don't own any cotton pads and don't intend to buy them just for this one new product I'm not sure I'll be able to commit to using every day. When I saw that Jessica said she prefers her toners in spray-form here in her PinkSeoul Plus review, I shouted, "Yes!" to myself aloud, because that would solve my cotton round scarcity problem. I ended up using a clean wash cloth to apply, and it was pretty much entirely scentless but felt refreshing.
It's moments like these when I long to be more knowledgeable about beauty ingredients so that I could tell you all about them, but going strictly off the box here, this toner includes 2% D-Panthenol, which is the purest form of vitamin B5, providing deep skin hydration, helps with skin barrier repair, encourages wound healing, and reduces inflammation. It contains 1% Green Tea Extract, which is known to possess antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and oil balancing properties. And it contains reishi, meshima, and chaga mushroom extracts to support skin health and boost the skin's natural defense mechanisms. This all sounds fantastic. Why isn't everyone using this stuff all the time? Arguments against toner, anyone?
Love Goodly's August/September VIP box took this beauty newbie into some uncharted territory, with a B5 and mushroom complex toner, as well as tea in a new-to-me form. My favorite item this month was the Three Ships face oil because of its lavender scent and hydrating superpowers. The face spritz, being scentless, didn't do much for me. I've been using the toner with a clean wash cloth for the past few days—it remains to be seen if I'll keep this extra step in my otherwise very simple morning routine.
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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 October/November 2022 box renews on September 28, 2022.
Value Breakdown: The Love Goodly bi-monthly VIP box costs $48.95 + free US shipping. VIP subscribers received 5 items this month. That breaks down to $9.79 per item, which most months feels like a steal, but this month felt, simply, fair. I say this only because Tea Drops and face spray carry a lighter value. But I always love knowing that all items in this box are vetted for being non-toxic, vegan, cruelty-free, often organic, which ups the value of the whole shebang for me. All the items in this box add up to an $89 value.
What did you think of this August/September Love Goodly box?