New Eco-Friendly Products From Public Goods
About This Herb-Growing Kit & Organic CBD
Public Goods is a membership service for household, personal care, vitamins and supplements, and shelf-stable grocery items. They aim to cut out the middlemen and eliminate the retail markup on quality goods by delivering products that contain “healthy ingredients with nothing to hide” straight to your door. Many of their products are organic, sustainably sourced, and are always made without toxins.
Their latest releases, just in time for Earth Day, are an Herb Trio growing kit and a collection of CBD products. Take a look at the details of these items below, and my thoughts on each at the bottom of the post.
About Public Goods
The Subscription: Public Goods
The Cost: Membership is $59.00 per year for access to low-cost groceries, household, and personal care items.
The Products: A wide selection of groceries, household, and personal care items. Most products are organic, sustainably sourced, and toxin-free.
Ships to: The U.S. (free over $45.00 to the continental U.S.) and Canada (free over $100.00)
COVID-19 Update: Orders may take an additional 3-4 business days to ship due to disruptions. There are also currently limits on certain items so that they can provide needed products to a larger amount of customers. Restocks are frequent on sold out products, so check back often. I also experienced a late notification on shipping and received the email after the box arrived, so just a heads up!
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Eco-Friendly Herb-Growing Kit
Herb Trio Kit — Retail Value $33.00
From Public Goods:
Our herb growing guide is a beautiful, fun, and easy way to nurture and grow your own flavorful herbs without fuss. Cilantro, basil, and parsley seeds are nested in biodegradable pots that rest in a sleek and simple wooden box. The planter rests perfectly on any sunlit counter in your home and doesn’t require too much space to thrive. Our kit is perfect for the novice and experienced gardener alike. Your indoor garden will produce impressive and delicious herbs, enlivening any recipe as well as your home.
What’s in it: Cilantro, basil, and parsley seeds, biodegradable pots, and a premium wooden planter.
What’s not in it: Pesticides, herbicides, and plastic.
It’s all good: Grow your own culinary herbs.
Product of USA.
The included pamphlet gives simple instructions on how to get started, growing instructions, and some tips.
The kit includes a long, trough-style planter made of wood. Three biodegradable pots fit inside.
Here are the seeds, soil pucks, and etched wood plant markers that complete the kit. Each seed packet includes slightly more detailed instructions and specifications for its contents. Each is said to sprout within 2-4 weeks of planting, and has an estimated harvest time of 2-3 months if cared for properly.
Organic CBD Products
Public Goods' new CBD product line includes two CBD tinctures, softgels, and salve. All are made in Colorado. They're free from pesticides, gluten, or GMOs, they're organically grown, and are vegan-friendly.
CBD Oil - 1000 mg, Original, 2 oz. — Retail Value $90.00
From Public Goods:
Our organically grown, full-spectrum CBD oil is calming and all natural. Sourced for quality and sustainability, it's made with a gentle extraction process that retains the whole plant's benefits including heart-healthy polyphenols, amino acids and antioxidant-rich chlorophyll. This gives our CBD oil its deep green color and citrusy, earthy taste. Multi-purpose and non-imparing, it's a quality go-to for countless uses.
What’s in it: organic MCT oil, organic CBD hemp infusion.
CBD Oil - 1000 mg, Peppermint, 2 oz. — Retail Value $90.00
From Public Goods:
Our organically grown peppermint CBD oil is pure, natural, and sourced with the highest standards. We source our CBD from sustainable hemp growers and gently extract it to maintain the whole plant's benefits, including heart-healthy polyphenols and antioxidant-rich chlorophyll. Choose the right dosage for you, the no-spill dropper allows you to take as little or as much as needed. A full dropper contains about 17mg of CBD per dose. Dark green in color, we specially formulated our peppermint CBD for taste and quality.
What’s in it: regeneratively grown hemp, organic MCT oil and organic peppermint essential oil.
CBD Softgels - 20 mg, 30 count — Retail Value $70.00
From Public Goods:
Our CBD soft gels are an excellent way to find the relief you need. We source our hemp from sustainable growers and gently extract it to maintain the whole plant's benefits, including heart-healthy polyphenols and antioxidant-rich chlorophyll. Our soft gel capsules contain a potent 20 milligrams of CBD. Non-habit-forming and non-impairing, they're a multi-purpose go-to, formulated for quality and effectiveness.
What’s in it: regeneratively grown hemp and organic MCT oil.
CBD Salve - 500 mg, 2 oz. — Retail Value $60.00
From Public Goods:
Our organically grown CBD salve contains 500 milligrams of pure, potent CBD with eucalyptus essential oil to soothe and relieve you. Sourced for maximum quality and sustainability, our CBD salve is made with a gentle extraction process that retains the whole plant's benefits. It's natural, non-habit forming, and multi-purpose. Apply our salve for soothing self-care after exercise or anytime.
What’s in it: regeneratively grow hemp, organic MCT oil, organic olive oil, organic hemp seed oil, candelilla wax and organic eucalyptus essential oil.
Herb Trio Kit: I think this is a really thoughtful offering, from the simple, natural look of the planter and markers to the sustainable products and detailed instructions. I like and cook with all three herbs included (basil, cilantro, and parsley), but think this kit could be taken to the next level if you could have the choice of which herbs you are sent to grow. This kit seems catered to those with little to no growing experience, which is great—but my recommendation for those considering buying this set is to determine whether you have a windowsill in your home that realistically gets the required 4-6 hours of direct sunlight (or 6+ in the case of the basil). Where I live, basil is nearly impossible to grow indoors unless under a grow light, so I may get these seeds started indoors and then move them outside in mid-summer when it's reliably very sunny.
This kit costs $33. In my local grocery store, it costs about $3 each for 0.75 ounces of fresh basil, cilantro, or parsley. That adds up to $9 for the herbs themselves, for 1-3 uses depending on the recipe. It's a similar cost to buy a small living plant of each herb. That means you're paying about $24 for the planter, pots, and DIY experience of this set. Feels fair to me! If your seeds truly thrive and you are able to enjoy many harvests, the value only improves.
CBD products: The quality of these products are evident. The look, smell, and taste smooth, natural, and earthy—which are completely non-scientific and solely anecdotal positive attributes. Comparing them to other CBD products I've tried I have to say these Public Goods ones are among my favorite in their taste and overall experience. And, while it's nearly impossible to prove efficacy of CBD's healing properties, my husband and I have definitely been noticing less aches and pains in the time since we began using these products. Our favorite of the quad is the peppermint tincture. The force is strong with this one.
As for value? These CBD goods range from $60 for the salve up to $90 for the tinctures. That's on the upper end of average on the cost spectrum. The tinctures break down to $0.09 per mg of CBD, which is comparable to popular brands like Charlotte’s Web ($0.08 per mg of CBD) and Lord Jones ($0.10 per mg). If you're looking for something cheaper that's still quality, Sunsoil costs $0.05 per mg of CBD (less if you subscribe). A big difference between Public Goods and these other popular brands, though, is that PG doesn't offer the same radical transparency that the others do. There are no lab reports, education, or detailed guidelines for use provided. Perhaps not a great resource for the first-time CBD user, but if you're experienced and at ease with CBD products, you may enjoy these offerings.
Do you love Public Goods as much as we do? What are your favorite products from this membership service?