One day when I was googling around, I realized that there's several other companies that put out boxes similar to the Julep program. I was looking into the Birch Box, which gives a few premium makeup and beauty product samples for $10 a month. To be honest, it wasn't getting the best reviews out there, even if it's only 10 bucks. So I kept looking around and started looking for something that maybe offers green-living or all-natural products. Lately, I've been feeling like I've gotten a little lazy in that department and reverting backwards to more commercially-produced, not natural, not planet/animal safe products, in general. So I thought, if I'm going to be bringing any beauty or makeup products into my home, it's important that I make sure that they're cruelty-free and safe for my body, as well.
That's when I came across two options: Eco-Emi and Green Grab Bag. The Eco-Emi box is $15 a month for green/natural living products samples. This one does include makeup and body products, but their focus is on all aspects of a green life. So they send other types of products, such as food/pantry items or laundry soap, as well. I have a lot of my favorite products that I use on my body and throughout my home that I'm pretty committed to, but I'm always up for trying something new and seeing what else is out there. So I was pretty excited to stumble upon this one. The only issue with Eco-Emi is they've had so much interest in their boxes that there's a wait list to join, while they search out new resources for the growing demand. Obviously, I had to sign up for the wait list, but I still wanted to try out the Green Grab Bag.
Now, the Green Grab Bag does have a focus toward specifically beauty products. This one gives only makeup, beauty, and body products for $15 a month. Googling around showed me this one had some pretty good reviews, it's not uncommon for full size products to be included with the samples, and everything seems to be quality all natural ingredients. I felt pretty good about going for this one, and besides I could cancel at any time if I didn't want to receive it any longer. So I told K about it and we both signed up for it before March 1st, which meant that we'd receive the March grab bag.
For 15 bucks, I'm pretty happy with what I received! Each bag comes packaged all cute and includes a card that gives a little description of what each products is. Then you can log on to the website for a little extra detail on the product and the company it came from, with links to those companies' websites. Plus, you get a coupon code for each company for participating in the green grab bag! I love a deal. I'm not an extreme-couponer or anything, but I just love when I can actually find a deal or coupon on the products I use!
So finally....this is what we got (left to right):
- Tsi-La Perfume sample tube
- Shea Terra Organics Ultimate Moisturizing Body Cream sample in Pink Guavas and Pomegranate
- Delizioso Skincare sample of their Elderberry Hair Smoothie
- Revolution Organics Freedom Lipgloss full size in Innocent
- Skin Perfection sample 10% Glycolic Acid Cleanser
- Mineral Hygienics full size of their Silk Translucent Finishing Powder
- Also, that card in the back there is a Mineral Hygienics double coupon for a $15 gift certificate and to get their Mini Starter Kit for only $15 ($75 value, normally priced at $29.99).
I've been sampling everything since this arrived, and I'm really liking everything. My only issue is I don't really wear lipgloss and never wear pink on my lips (I usually opt for a classic red or coral lipstick or stain). I guess that's the problem with something like this: You'll never please every single person because everyone has their own preferences and colors that work best with their skin tone. Also, I don't wear much makeup in general, so I don't have a lot of supplies or brushes. That full size mineral powder was nice, but I don't have one of those nice thick brushes to use it. Oddly enough, K got all the same things I did, except instead of the full size mineral powder, she got the full size brush you're supposed to use with the product. We thought that was a little odd. Being the awesome sister she is, she passed the brush my way so I could try the product. Besides, if either of us use that coupon to get the mini starter set, we'll get a brush with that.
Overall, I like the box we got, especially for only $15. However, I don't wear a lot of makeup and am not too interested in accumulating a bunch more in colors I don't use since they'll just sit in the drawer in the bathroom. I'm always up to see new products or companies that I wasn't aware of, but there are certain parts of my regimen or certain colors for makeup that I'm pretty committed to. We'll see what else shows up next month though!
Has anybody else tried this box? Are there any other boxes out there that I'm unaware of that are worth trying out?