Barganic Alert: Holistic Black Friday Through Cyber Monday Deals Continue

I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday. I had a great afternoon and evening with family and good friends. It was particularly special to see all of the little friends and cousins running around and playing together. It brings me great joy to start to make happy memories in our new home.

The deluge of Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals is in full force. I will try to post deals that I think are significant and may be of interest for those looking to make healthier and more natural choices this holiday season and into the new year. Please share any deals that you may find in the comments.

Subscription Box Deals:

You all must know by now that I love crunchy-friendly subscription boxes, and I think that they make great gifts or gifts-to-self. The following subscriptions are all featured on my Ultimate Guide to Crunchy-Friendly Subscription Boxes. You can find out more about each one there.

1. Beauty Heroes green beauty subscription is offering 10% off all gift subscriptions with the code CELEBRATE. Deal ends 11/30. See my Beauty Heroes reviews here.

2. La Ritzy vegan green beauty subscription service is offering 40% off your first box for any new subscription using the code BF40 . Deal ends 1/1/2016. I just received my first La Ritzy box this month (review to come) and have been enjoying the mix of skincare and cosmetic items included.

3. Love Goodly green lifestyle subscription box offering 20% off sitewide with code CYBERLOVE.

4. Yogi Surprise yoga lifestyle subscription box offering 25% off regular or jewelry subscriptions with code BLACKFRIDAY today only.

5. Causebox socially conscious lifestyle box offering 10% off subscriptions with code BLACKBOX valid 11/27 only through 11:59pm PST.

6. The Honest Company offering 50% off first subscription bundle with code BUNDLE50

7. Cuisine Cube is offering $10 off your first artisan, vegan, or gluten-free cube with code THANKSCUBE10.

8. Glowing Beets green beauty box is offering 50% off first box to new subscribers with code NEW50 and 30% off all shop purchases of $35+ with code GB30 through 11/30

9. Farm to People offering 20% off sitewide on their small-batch, non-GMO, humanely-raised food products with code blackfriday. Can be used on gift subscriptions (including gifts to self).

10. Healthy Surprise offering 20% off sitewide with code blackfriday25. Includes their gluten-free, GMO-free, and Paleo snack boxes.

Green Beauty:

1. Kahina Giving Beauty offering 20% off entire luxe skincare purchase with code KAHINA20 through 11/30.

2. 100% Pure is offering 40%-65% off on their Black Friday mystery bags. New customers may also qualify for $30 off $60 purchase through link provided. Ends today at 11:59pm PST.

3. W3ll People offering 20% off sitewide and free shipping on their green beauty cosmetic items. Deal runs through 11/30 at 11:59pm PST.

4. S. W. Basics green, natural skincare and body care items are all on sale up to 30% off today only. Use code VIP10 for an additional 10% off your purchase.

5. Birchbox is offering 25% off purchases with code BIGDEAL and 30% off for Aces members with code ACESONLY . Although Birchbox carries conventional beauty brands as well, they have great products from many green beauty brands including One Love Organics, Kahina Giving Beauty, Alima Pure, Inika, 21 Drops, and more.

6. Pharmaca is offering 30% off their health and wellness brands today only with code FRIDAY . Some exclusions apply, but includes great brands like Acure, Eminence Organic, Earth Mama Angel Baby, Motherlove, Pangea Organics, Suki, S. W. Basics, Zhena Gypsy Tea, Plan Toys, and Melissa & Doug.

Toys, Goodies, and Kid Things:

1. Natural Candy Store is offering candy specials on many holiday favorites. Some deals include 15% off gluten free, vegan, organic peppermint bark and 25% off organic English Toffee. As always, all candies are free of food dyes and artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners, and they come highly recommended by the Halloween Fairy.

2. hanna Andersson offering all of their organic cotton longjohns (pajamas) for $20 through cyber weekend (regularly priced at $40-$46). All other items are an additional 15% off online and 25% off in stores.

3. CP Toys is offering 20% off your entire purchase today only with code CPT15TF. Although they carry a range of toys from more natural to more conventional, some of my favorite items include Tree Blocks and child-size tools, perfect for little learning hands to gain skills.

4. Magic Cabin, a popular natural toy resource for Waldorf, Montessori, and open-ended natural toys is offering up to 50% off on a selection of items in their Black Friday collection. Click through the link to see the complete range of items included.

I hope that you find some great deals that allow you to uphold your values without blowing your budget.

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Barganic Alert: Holistic Thanksgiving Deals Begin

Photo credit: John-Morgan / Foter.com / CC BY

Photo credit: John-Morgan / Foter.com / CC BY

I have been enjoying this week of holiday preparation. The house is still a jumble of partially-unpacked moving boxes and I cannot recall where our china, tablecloths, or serving pieces may be. Fortunately our dinner guests are family members and close friends and they are forgiving souls (who also come bearing food so it helps to lighten the cooking load).

I hope that you are enjoying a day of autumn appreciation, gratitude, parades, good food, family, or however the holiday is meaningful for you. Since Thanksgiving, for better or for worse, often kicks of holiday shopping frenzy, I wanted to share some bargains that have come to my attention that may help you to stretch your dollar as you try to embrace healthy and holistic choices during the holiday season and into the new year.

Laurel WPO Winter Radiance Collection and Thankful Sale

I was first introduced to Laurel Whole Plant Organics at the A Night for Green Beauty event this past summer. The handcrafted, herbally-based skincare uses the highest quality whole plant ingredients to enhance and nourish your skin. Thanksgiving is the one time each year that the small company offers a sitewide sale. All items on the site will be 20% using the code THANKFUL20 at checkout. The sale starts Friday at 6:00pm PST and lasts until Monday at midnight PST. All orders over $100 ship for free. Every person who places an order during the sale will be entered in a raffle to win the last remaining Winter Radiance Collection; a seven-item, limited edition collection valued at $360.

Kloverbox holiday sale

As seen on the Ultimate Guide of Crunchy-Friendly Subscription Boxes, the green lifestyle subscription service Kloverbox is offering daily discounts for the next few days. The subscription is regularly priced at $25.00/month and sends 4-7 sample and full sized products across the categories of beauty, health, nutrition and home. Starting Black Friday and extending through Sunday, Kloverbox will be offering a 20% discount off of subscriptions of varying lengths, bringing the individual box price down to as low as $18.00/month (no code required). Deals will change daily, so be sure to look for the subscription length that you wish to try and check in on that day.

**Barganic Alerts are an effort to spread awareness about affordable crunchy goods and services (and here’s why). They are not endorsements, nor am I compensated in any way. They tend to be time-limited, and often go quickly. To make sure that you are always in the know, subscribe to CrunchyParent.com to receive emails of all Barganic Alerts as soon as they are posted**

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Beauty Heroes Subscription Box Unboxing and Review-November 2015

Crunchy Parent Beauty Heroes Luxe Green Beauty Subscription Unboxing & Review November 2015

Beauty Heroes is a luxe green beauty subscription service. The Beauty Heroes mission is to provide their customers with products from the very best non-toxic, clean, green beauty brands. Each month Beauty Heroes sends one full size luxury product, sometimes with a smaller bonus item (because every superhero loves a good sidekick). Products are chosen to fit with the season, and are screened to avoid an impressive laundry list of villain ingredients such as parabens, mineral oil, and triclosan; and to include natural superpower ingredients to nurture your skin such as turmeric, reishi mushroom, and sea buckthorn. Beauty Heroes boxes cost $39.00/month (shipping included) and are less with multi-month subscriptions. Subscribe now and use code HEROLOVE to get $10 off of your first box. Orders placed by November 15th will receive the box reviewed here, while supplies last. Orders placed after the 15th will receive the December box as their first box.

I purchased this box and was not compensated in any way for this review, although review may contain affiliate links. All opinions are my own. To see my other Beauty Heroes unboxings and reviews, look here.

If you would like to see the live-action unboxing, please enjoy the video unboxing below. If you prefer to skip right to the product close-ups and details, scroll down past the video.

Beauty Heroes organic non-toxic green beauty subscription November 2015

The box came with a big, bright “Beauty Heroes” label. I opened it to find an enclosure reviewing the brand and products highlighted (more on that in a moment), as well as one of my favorite quotes from Maya Angalou (“When you know better, you do better.”), and a handy pocket guide listing both villain and superpower ingredients to notice in cosmetic, skincare, and beauty products. The enclosure also featured a cute quote from Rachel Zoe, “You can’t get dressed without good hair.” (In my high school English class, we would have called this foreshadowing.) Beauty Heroes included an additional card announcing an Instagram contest to win your next month’s box free, and a code for 15% off of all products purchased at the Beauty Heroes store. This discount is a monthly perk available to all members.

Beauty Heroes November 2015 box featuring Josh Rosebrook

This month’s expert selection comes from the brand Josh Rosebrook. I had the absolute pleasure of meeting and talking with Josh Rosebrook, the brand creator, at A Night for Green Beauty this past summer. Josh, and his company, are driven by a passion for bringing human connection and artisan crafting back to skincare and personal care products. Through a deep understanding and respect for the actions of plant botanicals, Josh infuses his products with ingredients to cleanse, exfoliate, detoxify, hydrate, nourish, and protect skin and hair. Going beyond a mere awareness of a single plant’s action on the hair or skin; Josh strives to create formulas that elevate the individual ingredients through synergistic blends. The ingredients in Josh Rosebrook products are organic or wildcrafted, and designed to provide the very best to your skin and hair.

Beauty Heroes Josh Rosebrook

Beauty Heroes threw a little curve ball this month; featuring two products in addition to a smaller sized “sidekick” product. This month’s box contained a full-size bottle of Josh Rosebrook Balance Shampoo (8 oz., value $30.00) and a full-size bottle of Josh Rosebrook Balance Conditioner (8 oz., value $30.00). As an ever-helpful sidekick, Beauty Heroes included a travel size bottle of Josh Rosebrook Firm Hold Hair Spray (2 oz., value $15.00).

Beauty Heroes luxury green beauty subscription box-Josh Rosebrook natural, organic hair care

The Josh Rosebrook Balance shampoo and conditioner are designed to meet the needs of those with normal to oily scalp conditions. Both products are packed with botanical ingredients to stimulate circulation to the scalp and encourage healthy hair growth. The Beauty Heroes enclosure highlighted alfalfa, burdock, and nettle as superpower ingredients to help clarify the hair and scalp; aloe, rose oil, and coconut oil to hydrate; calendula, and chamomile to calm; and rosehip seed oil to promote overall cellular health. In truth, these ingredients are just the tip of the plant-based iceberg of powerhouse ingredients packed into these formulations.

The ingredients in the hair spray read like a recipe, with a host of herbs like sage, rosemary, thyme, and oregano mixing with brown rice extract and yucca starch to create a spray that holds without flaking or being sticky. I almost wish that Josh made this product as a perfume. The aromatic and woody herbs blend with citrus and yang yang oils to create a scent that is both refreshing and grounded. Unlike conventional hair sprays, there is no sharp alcohol scent to make the eyes water (or the hair dry).

Of course, as important as the beautiful, balancing herbs included in the products is what the formulas leave out. They are free all from artificial perfumes, dyes, or other toxic ingredients, as well as being gluten-free, GMO-free, cruelty-free, and vegan. In fact, Josh Rosebrook regularly submits his products for testing by third-party labs, and routinely earns a distinction of a “zero-toxicity” rating for his formulations.

Beauty Heroes November subscription box featuring Josh Rpsebrook shampoo, conditioner, and hair spray

As mentioned in the video, I am a bit conflicted about this month’s Beauty Heroes box. I think that Beauty Heroes really shines in their curation not just within each box, but also with their overarching orchestration of the customer’s experience from month-to-month. I was excited to see a focus on haircare this month after last month featured products for cleansing the face, and September’s box provided both an eye serum and a facial moisturizer. Beauty Heroes seems to always deliver the type of product that I am craving, probably because they have stocked me so well in products to meet other needs in the months prior. Their plan to create a total luxury skin, hair, and personal care experience for their customers through their boxes is skillfully executed.

Although the choice of featuring haircare this month was spot-on, and I have been eager to try the Josh Rosebrook hair care line, the particular product formulations included in the box may not be a good fit for my hair. I have thick, wavy, voluminous hair that can be corse and dry (see the unboxing video for a better sense of my hair’s natural personality). My overall constitution, including my skin and scalp tends toward dryness, especially as the fall weather rolls into the Midwest. I would have been over the moon to see Beauty Heroes send Josh Rosebrook’s Nourish shampoo and conditioner, which are made for individuals with normal to dry scalps. The Balance products do contain some hydrating ingredients, but I suspect that the clarifying ingredients targeting excess oil may be overly drying for me.

Even though this box may not have been a complete home run for me, I continue to be a big fan of the Beauty Heroes concept and of the high-quality brands and products that they have represented to date. The boxes always deliver a tremendous value for the price, with this month’s box valuing $75.00. Beauty Heroes allows me to integrate luxury green beauty into my life on a regular basis at a sustainable and affordable price, something that I truly appreciate. It can be difficult at times to squelch the mommy guilt when I purchase or do things for myself. Beauty Heroes takes care of me with the quality of green beauty products that I most want to use without me feeling like the Veruca Salt of the family budget.

I would love to see Beauty Heroes add a short member questionnaire about skin and hair type to allow for some personalization of the products provided, since most lines create formulations for multiple varieties. This would continue to allow for partnership with a single brand and focus on a featured product genre while allowing the customer to experience the product formulation best suited for them. Of course, Beauty Heroes does release their selection on the first of every month. Conservative individuals can wait to see the month’s products and formulations before purchasing the box, but I would still prefer to see a way to make every month’s formulation a perfect fit so that I can be included in the fun of each monthly discovery.

I would welcome hearing from anyone with normal to dry hair who has used the Josh Rosebrook Balance products. Do you think that I should give them a try? On one hand I am very tempted, but on the other hand I would hate to waste good product on the wrong head of hair and be disappointed by the results.

If the November box selection sounds like the right fit for you, be sure to purchase by November 15th. All subscriptions after the 15th of the month will receive the December box as their first delivery. Regardless of when you order, use code HEROLOVE for $10 off of your first box.

If you would like to see my most recent listing of “crunchy-friendly” subscription boxes, you can find that here. To see other crunchy subscription box video unboxings, look here on the Crunchy Parent You Tube channel. If you have any suggestions or requests for future videos, please let me know in the comments, and be sure to subscribe to Crunchy Parent.

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Barganic Alert: La Ritzy Vegan Beauty Subscription offering 1 month free


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You don’t need to hang around here too long to know that I love crunchy, natural subscription boxes. In my experience, moms in particular tend to table their own needs and forget to take care of themselves; and people interested in greening up their lives often don’t know where to find the right products or how to try them in an affordable way. Subscription boxes that are carefully curated to send products that fit with your values and needs are like a gift of nurturing to yourself or to someone you love, and a great way to try new brands and products.

I am always on the lookout for new subscription services that may appeal to healthy, green people to add to my Ultimate Guide to Crunchy-Friendly Subscription Boxes. Recently, a relatively new subscription box caught my eye. La Ritzy is a cruelty-free, vegan beauty subscription service that sends 4-5 sample and full-sized items in their box each month. Although they do not specifically brand themselves as a green beauty subscription, I have noticed that they tend to work with natural, organic, green beauty brands.

In celebration of Halloween, La Ritzy is currently offering new subscribers one month free with a 3-month subscription purchase. Enter the code HLWN3 at checkout to receive three months of La Ritzy for $50.00, including shipping. That brings the cost of each box down to $16.67/month. La Ritzy has already revealed that their November box will have a retail value of over $100 and will include this full-sized Palmetto Serum, packed with nourishing botanicals, as well as this GlamNatural Finishing Powder.

I just could not resist trying La Ritzy knowing that I will receive product value in the first month’s box alone that doubles my total cost for three months. I did not find the official details on the site as to when the code ends, so I would not wait too long if you are interested in taking advantage of this promotion. Are you going to get in on this sale?

**Barganic Alerts are an effort to spread awareness about affordable crunchy goods and services (and here’s why). They are not endorsements, nor am I compensated in any way. They tend to be time-limited, and often go quickly. To make sure that you are always in the know, subscribe to CrunchyParent.com to receive emails of all Barganic Alerts as soon as they are posted**

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PureBox Indie Green Beauty Subscription Unboxing & Review: November 2015

CrunchyParent PureBox Indie Green Beauty Subscription Unboxing and Review November 2015

PureBox is a recently launched subscription service, just added to the fall update to the Crunchy Parent Ultimate List of Crunchy-Friendly Subscription Boxes. Created by the owner of the online green beauty shop, Devine Beauty Emporium, PureBox sends a monthly collection of carefully screened and curated handmade, natural, organic, indie products for skin, hair, and body. Boxes feature a mix of 4-6 full-size and deluxe sample sized items from one or two featured green beauty brands each month (and sometimes some additional samples sneak in too). Retail values for each box will average $60-$80. PureBox strives to introduce subscribers to lesser-known indie brands that are true gems.

Boxes cost $39.00 per month, which includes shipping. There are discounts for multi-month subscriptions, and all subscribers receive 10% off of any future product purchases from Devine Beauty Emporium. Use the code PURECRUNCHY for $10 off your first box when you sign up for a subscription. As of this writing, about 20 boxes remain for November, so if you want to receive the box reviewed, do not hesitate. Once November boxes are gone, new subscribers will need to wait to receive December’s box.

PureBox kindly sent me this box to review. I received no additional compensation, and all opinions are my own.

If you would like to see the live-action PureBox unboxing, featuring my budding, green-beauty-appreciator, Eva please enjoy the video unboxing below. If you prefer to skip right to the product close-ups and details, scroll down past the video.

The box came well-packaged in a cardboard shipping box with the actual PureBox inside. Everything was received intact and leak-free. I liked the PureBox flower stamp on the box lid’s top and underside, as well as on the bright pink tissue. There was definite care taken with the wrapping and presentation; it felt like a special gift waiting to be opened.

PureBox indie natural skincare and beauty subscription box

Purebox included an elegant enclosure card. This month’s box focused on highlighting two brands, and the enclosure card dedicated one side to each brand and their products. As always, I quickly set the card aside so as not to spoil any surprises when unboxing. I was eager to dig in. The card came in handy later when I was all ready to try my new goodies.

PureBox Zabana Essentials natural deodorant & bath soak

The first items that I pulled out of the box came from Zabana Essentials, an indie brand that was new to me. I was so impressed with this brand that I will be reviewing several of their products more extensively in a post to come. The first Zabana Essentials product that I grabbed was a positively adorable mini deodorant stick (value $5.95). In addition to being being precious, the lemongrass nectar deodorant is 100% natural, vegan, and free from baking soda. Some people find that baking soda can throw off the ph-balance of their skin and cause irritation over time, so it is always nice to find effective options that are baking soda-free. I loved the lemongrass scent, and have received several compliments on my deodorant since using this product. I think that is a first for me, and I have to get used to saying “it’s my deodorant!” with pride when strangers sniff me and ask what smells so good.

Bath Soak closeup to show gorgeous rose petal and eucalyptus leaf bits.

Bath Soak closeup to show gorgeous rose petal and eucalyptus leaf bits.

The next discovery was a deluxe sample bottle of Zabana Essentials geranium eucalyptus Bath Soak (4 oz., approximate value $3.25). The bath soak blends dead sea salt and epsom salt to help soothe muscles. The formula is enriched with coconut oil to soften, essential oils to fragrance, and bits of petals and leaves to add beauty to the experience. I was blown away by the gorgeous fragrance. The eucalyptus grounded the sweetness of the geranium, and the geranium softened the assertiveness of the eucalyptus. It was magical.

PureBox Zabana Essentials bath bomb and armpit detox bar

As a lover of relaxing baths, I was thrilled to see the next item, a Zabana Essentials Rose Bath Bomb (value, $4.95). Also made from a mix of salts, oils, and botanicals, the bath bomb supercharges the bathing experience with the addition of citric acid, causing the bomb to fizz and bubble upon being tossed in the tub. Eva was having a rough night the day that we did the unboxing. I offered her the bath bomb, and her whole mood was turned around after a nice hot bath with the flowery, fizzy bomb. As much as I would have loved to horde the bomb for my own use, seeing it bring a smile to her face and ease her spirit was a far better gift for me.

Prior to using the bath products, I was a bit concerned about the pieces of plant material damaging the tub jets or drain. I popped the bomb and the salt into a stocking before putting each one in the tub. Shanell, the creative spirit behind Zabana Essentials, suggested tying the product up within a cotton square or in a muslin drawstring bag if there was desire to minimize cleanup and to protect jets or drains. I thought that these suggestions were brilliant; bathe on everyone!

Coconut Charcoal and Clay Armpit Detox Bar closeup

Coconut Charcoal and Clay Armpit Detox Bar closeup

The final Zabana Essentials item was a product unlike any that I had seen before, their Coconut Charcoal and Clay Armpit Detox Bar (approximately 1 oz., estimated value $1.75). A common complaint heard when people try to make a change from a conventional deodorant/antiperspirant to a more natural deodorant option, is that the natural options just don’t control odor well. Zabana Essentials’ detox bar helps to unclog pores hampered by conventional deodorant use. The coconut charcoal and clay clear out the funk to ease the transition to more natural products, or to provide an armpit refresh whenever needed.

Sweet Sisters sample packets of skincare

I was excited to move onto the second course in my PureBox, but first I delighted in the palette cleanser. PureBox included three foil sample packets from Sweet Sisters, another brand that was a new discovery for me. The value of these was a little tricky to estimate since no size was listed, but Stephanie of PureBox shared that she values these at $6.00 total. She also added that although my preview box had three sample packets, November box recipients will actually receive four sample packets from Sweet Sisters with a total value of $8.00. Although I generally do not like messing around with foil packets, I welcome the chance to have a little taste of a new green beauty product line. I think that these would be great to toss into a travel bag, and I look forward to giving the line a try.

Biodara Travelers Set in PureBox

The final surprise from PureBox was actually a trio of items in the form of the Biodara Traveler Set (value $32.00). Biodara is a luxury green beauty line blending organic and wildcrafted ingredients to create their skincare products. The Traveler Set included their Luminous Cleansing Oil, Immortal Mist, and a muslin cloth to gently cleanse, exfoliate, and hydrate. It took me a little while to adjust to the cleansing oil. It is a bit heavier than most that I have used in the past, presumably due to the castor oil in the blend. That said, after the initial use, I found that my appreciation for the product grew. I prefer using it in the evening when my skin can soak up the benefit of a more moisturizing product overnight. I noticed that it left my skin soft and looking refreshed and bright by the next morning. The gentle, botanical fragrances of the cleansing oil and the of the rejuvenating mist are just beautiful and added to the luxurious sensory experience.

PureBox November Green Beauty Subscription Box Unboxing & Review Crunchy Parent

I calculated the overall value of the box to be $55.90, including the values provided for four foil packets. This is a bit less than the expected average box value suggested on the PureBox site; however I think that the amount, variety, and quality of products received was exceptional. I was actually surprised when I crunched the numbers that the total retail value was not higher. I think that this speaks to the balance that PureBox provides by representing quality green beauty brands at various price points. I am a tremendous appreciator of luxury, high-end green beauty. I love that as a society we are coming to realize that natural can be luxe and decadent and yield gorgeous results just as well or even better than conventional luxury beauty brands. Likewise, I am thrilled to discover brands that have found a way to bring a high quality, effective, natural product to consumers at a price point that is more broadly accessible to any green beauty fan. Biodara and Zabana Essentials are both brands that I was happy to be introduced to in the box, and I know that I have used or will use every item that PureBox included.

I continue to be amazed and grateful for the growth in “green lifestyle” subscription box genre in recent years. PureBox is an exciting new subscription with great potential for people who want to discover and become well-acquainted with several products from lesser-known green beauty brand lines. People often balk at the cost of changing from conventional to green beauty products, and PureBox does a great service by curating boxes that showcase green beauty brands representing different price points for their subscribers. I look forward to seeing how this subscription continues to grow in the months ahead. Are you going to grab one of these November boxes before they sell out? Remember to use code PURECRUNCHY for $10 off if you do.

If you would like to see the most recent Crunchy Parent List of Crunchy-Friendly Subscription Boxes, you can find that here. To see other crunchy subscription box video unboxings, look here on the Crunchy Parent You Tube channel. If you have any suggestions or requests for future videos or reviews, please let me know in the comments, and be sure to subscribe!

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Barganic Alert: Yuzen Fall Favorites Sale

Yuzen Fall Favorites Sale Box

As seen in the Crunchy Parent Ultimate Guide to Crunchy-Friendly Subscription Boxes, green lifestyle subscription Yuzen offers quarterly boxes of natural and green beauty, snack, and home products to bring zen and mindfulness to your life. On occasion, Yuzen offers special, limited edition boxes at sale prices.

Right now, Yuzen is offering a limited edition Fall Favorites Box. The cost of the box is $24.00. There are six items in the box, including:

ZENTS Mandarin Ultra Rich Shea Butter Soap (5.7 oz bar)
TORIE AND HOWARD Organic Lemon & Raspberry Hard Candies (2 oz)
SHEA MOISTURE Replenish & Rejuvenate Hand Cream (3.2 fl oz)
NUBIAN HERITAGE Indian Hemp & Haitian Vetiver Body Wash (3 fl oz)
NUBIAN HERITAGE Honey & Black Seed Deodorant (2.25 oz)
COWGIRL Extreme E Serum (.25 fl oz)

This is a single box purchase and will not start a re-billing subscription with Yuzen. So if you want Yuzen to help you embrace fall with some of their favorites, be sure to grab one of these boxes. They are limited edition, so when they are gone, they are gone.

**Barganic Alerts are an effort to spread awareness about affordable crunchy goods and services (and here’s why). They are not endorsements, nor am I compensated in any way. They tend to be time-limited, and often go quickly. To make sure that you are always in the know, subscribe to CrunchyParent.com to receive emails of all Barganic Alerts as soon as they are posted**

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Barganic Alert: Frontier Co-Op Wholesale Buying Club & Haul Video

As I’ve mentioned before, I love doing Barganic Alerts because they make living a more natural, “crunchy” lifestyle more affordable. I think that if you have want to make healthier choices relative to how you eat, clean your home, care for your body, etc., than finances should not stand in your way. In that spirit, I wanted to share what has been a wonderful money saving find for our family for many years; the Frontier Co-op wholesale buying club. (Please note that I am not affiliated with Frontier and this post is not sponsored in any way).

Frontier Co-op is the company behind the aromatherapy and personal care brand Aura Cacia, as well as the natural and organic herb, spice, and mix lines Frontier, and Simply Organic. Through the Frontier Co-op, you can purchase items from these lines as well as from over 250 other brands making natural and organic food, personal care, home care, green beauty, clothing, supplement, and more items than you can imagine. I tell people that it is like going to your local health food store and looking on the left side of the store only. Frontier doesn’t carry the fresh produce and perishable food that the local HFS store has off to the right, but just about anything else that you’d find at the local HFS, you’ll find at Frontier.

What sets Frontier apart is that the wholesale pricing is generally far less than you’ll find elsewhere paying full retail. In addition to the regular wholesale pricing, they also have monthly sales where a selection of items are an added percentage off; sometimes as much as 30% off the wholesale price. Accordingly, I try to stock up on our staples (toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, shaving cream, dish soap, laundry soap, organic spices, etc.) when they go on sale. You do not need to buy items in large quantities, but you do need a minimum order to qualify for free shipping. There is an annual membership fee of $10, or you can purchase as a non-member for a 5% up-charge.

I have been a member buying with Frontier for about ten years. At different times, I ran co-op groups through mothering.com, with friends from our Waldorf school, and with family members. The minimum order is low enough that it usually doesn’t take too many people to put together an order.

There are occasions when I can find a given item for less from other online retailers, or locally with sales and coupons. Generally though, Frontier has the best deals for us, and it makes using healthier products easier on our budget. I love, and frequent, our area health food stores for my fresh and perishable goods, to shop sales, and for items that we need on the spur of the moment. Shopping Frontier for the non-perishable household staples makes the budget stretch for other things like organic eggs, meats, and produce, quality supplements, or healthcare choices not covered by insurance.

What I purchase from Frontier varies with each order. Their catalog is positively enormous, and I can’t even venture to guess how many thousands of items they must offer. To give you a sample of some of the products that they carry and that we order, I recorded a haul video of my unboxing the other day. I do not typically order so much candy. The Halloween Fairy heard that I was placing an order and asked if she could add some items to it. In the spirit of a co-op it seemed wrong to say no.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments. Do you participate in any co-ops in your community?

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Goddess Provisions NEW Spirit Enhancing Subscription Unboxing and Review: October 2015

Crunchy Parent Goddess Provisions Unboxing & Review October 2015

Goddess Provisions is a new subscription service, just added to the recent fall update of the Crunchy Parent Ultimate List of Crunchy-Friendly Subscription Boxes. Created by the owners of Vegan Cuts, Goddess Provisions is a monthly lifestyle box for women. They send products to nourish your inner goddess and grow your spiritual practice. Boxes feature a mix of 4-6 full size items, spanning across the categorizes of aromatherapy, apothecary beauty products, superfood snacks, teas, crystals, books and more. All items are 100% vegan and cruelty-free.

Boxes cost $33 per month, which includes shipping. There are discounts for multi-month subscriptions. I purchased this box and was not compensated in any way for this review. All opinions are my own. This box is sold out, but the November box is available for pre-order.

If you would like to see the live-action unboxing of the very first Goddess Provisions box, please enjoy the video unboxing below. If you prefer to skip right to the product close-ups and details, scroll down past the video.

The box came well-packaged, and everything was received intact. The box was beautifully fragrant, even before being opened. I loved the spicy anise smell and was excited to dig into the box.

Goddess Provisions October first box unboxing Crunchy Parent

Since this is the very first Goddess Provisions Box, I was especially curious to see the box enclosures and get a feeling for how the box was being presented. Goddess Provisions has a bright and visually-appealing enclosure card. The enclosed items were presented in photos and each product was described with valuing information and Twitter and Instagram information for each company. I liked how Goddess Provisions was positioning themselves not just as a box service, but also as a way to build brand awareness and community around companies who make products likely to appeal to their customer base. Looking at the card, the box seemed to be focused around a “Third Eye Chakra” theme with an emphasis on tuning into your intuition. I am interested to see if all Goddess Provisions boxes will have their own unique theme.

The first item was the source of the box’s wonderful fragrance. A full size box of Buddha Teas Third Eye Chakra Tea (value: $10.99; currently on sale for $8.99 through the Buddha Teas website). The third eye chakra is associated with insight, knowledge, and wisdom. This organic herbal tea blends fresh eyebright, jasmine, spearmint, star anise, and passion flower. All of the herbs with infused with sapphire essence before drying and packaging in their bleach-free tea bags and 100% recycled boxes.

I offered Alina and Asher a cup of the new tea and they were both a bit wary at first, worried that if they did not like it they would be stuck. I suggested that I make myself a cup that they could taste before deciding to commit. In both cases, the kids opted for the “new tea” and I had to keep brewing myself a new cup. The next day both children approached me individually asking for tea; each specifying that they would like the “new tea.” Alina even went on to ask if I was planning to buy more of the “new tea” once we finish up the 18 bags. This was high praise. We are a big tea drinking family with an impressive selection of teas, yet we tend to stick with our tried and true favorites. To all embrace a new tea so immediately and wholeheartedly is rare, but this blend just seemed to be a good fit for the four of the five of us who have tried it so far.

After admiring the new box of tea, I spied a “Just Because” candle tin from Pura Botanica in their Tea Garden scent (value $13.00). Candles create such a warm comforting ambiance in the fall, and I love that this candle is made from 100% soy wax, a cotton wick, and is scented with essential oils. I appreciated the soft fragrance, which blends orange, lavender, lemongrass, peppermint, & bergamot, yet was decidedly floral. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the travel-sized candle burns for approximately 21 hours. Their other fragrances (chai, citrus, and mint) sounded wonderful as well.

Goddess Provisions unboxing October 2015 Balanced Guru mist Chocolita raw chocolate

After discovering some new-to-me brands, I was happy to see a familiar “face” in the crowd. The Balanced Guru Intuition Energy Mist (value $10.00) is a product that I have used before. The mist is intended to be sprayed above or around you and inhaled to boost your intuition, imagination, and insight. The spray draws upon essential oils of palmarosa, pine, rosemary, lavender, lemon, and Roman chamomile to create its unique and uplifting scent. I like using the mist when I need a little jolt to pull me out of feeling stagnant or tired.

The next item in the box had been released as a teaser by Goddess Provisions through social media. The Chocolita raw white chocolate Blueberry Bliss bar had caught my eye (value $4.95). I was intrigued by the white chocolate aspect, as it was my understanding that white chocolate was a confection and not really a “chocolate” at all and I could not understand how it could be raw. I will sheepishly admit that having tasted the bar, I still don’t really understand the white chocolate descriptor. The chocolate is brown, not white, and certainly tastes rich and chocolaty, which is not the flavor that I associate with super-sweet white chocolate. I gather the white chocolate distinction is because the bar is made with cocoa butter and not actual cacao, but I’m just hypothesizing here. Perhaps someone can enlighten me a bit.

White chocolate aside, the bar was unexpected and delicious. The blueberries and other botanicals were very finely ground. The bar was smooth with only a barely perceptible grainy texture to hint at the inclusion of the plant ingredients. Asher remembered the guided chocolate meditation that I had done using a small artisanal chocolate bar received in another subscription, and thus referred to this bar as “chocolate meditation.” For days he kept asking me if he could have some of the chocolate meditation. I had to stifle a laugh when he said that he had some chocolate meditation on his face, but had licked it off because it was delicious. It makes me happy to see my children learning mindful practices and savoring what they consume. We have grown accustomed to slowly nibbling the rich small-batch chocolate bars that we have received through subscription boxes. Despite the bar’s modest size, it lasted through three days of me sharing bits of it with the children.

Goddess Provisions review Meow Meow Tweet Repair Balm & Amethyst crystal point Crunchy Parent

If you watch the video you can see how excited I was to find a Meow Meow Tweet product in the box. I really enjoyed meeting and talking with Tara, the creative spirit behind Meow Meow Tweet at A Night for Green Beauty this past summer. I love the brand’s graphics and packaging. More importantly, I value the knowledge and appreciation for plant ingredients that are reflected in their products. The vegan Repair Balm (value $18.00) included in this month’s Goddess Provisions box blends organic sesame oil and shea butter along with wildcrafted candelilla wax and organic essential oils to create a nourishing multi-purpose balm. The balm can be used on dry skin, cuticles, or lips as needed, and I know that it will be needed often in the cold and windy months ahead of us. I loved the grounded woody scent of the balm, owed largely to the myrrh essential oil, I suspect. The balm glides on smoothly and was moisturizing, but not greasy. It absorbed quickly, leaving a light, protective barrier from the candlelila wax. I can see myself using this a lot on dry hands and feet in particular.

The final item in the box was a tiny drawstring bag that held a small amethyst point inside (value $5.00). Goddess Provisions detailed the history of these precious crystals on their blog. The rare Vera Cruz amethyst points included in the box are purported to be a very special high vibrational crystal; allowing a spiritual connection while also enhancing the protective energy field, and aiding in meditation.

Goddess Provisions first October box review Crunchy Parent

The overall value of the box was $61.94, which I think is a great value relative to the purchase price. Goddess Provisions has curated and presented a beautiful first offering. The products included represented a nice mix of edible treats, body care, home, and spiritual items. The brands all appear to have a strong emphasis on quality of ingredients and mindfulness for the planet and its inhabitants. I was pleased to see that the brands who were familiar to me were ones that I like a great deal, and that there was also a host of new-to-me brands whose products I was happy to discover. One of my favorite aspects of subscription boxes is learning about new companies and products that have already been screened and vetted by the careful curators to be consistent with my values and priorities. I liked everything about this box, and eagerly look forward to watching the subscription as it moves forward.

I am amazed at the transformation and growth in the “green lifestyle” subscription box genre in the two years since I started to explore subscription boxes that are in keeping with the way that I live. I am thrilled that consumers continue to demand healthier, safer products; creating a market for conscious companies and subscription services. Goddess Provisions is a great addition to this mix.

If you would like to see the most recent Crunchy Parent List of Crunchy-Friendly Subscription Boxes, you can find that here. To see other crunchy subscription box video unboxings, look here on the Crunchy Parent You Tube channel. If you have any suggestions or requests for future videos or reviews, please let me know in the comments, and be sure to subscribe!

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The Cosmic Box Positive Energy Subscription Unboxing & Review : October 2015

Crunchy Parent The Cosmic Box October Unboxing & Review

The Cosmic Box is an indie subscription service aimed at sending you a cosmically amazing care package for the soul. This lifestyle box is curated by a holistic nurse, and is designed for the free-spirited and eco-conscious. Each box includes a mix of 3-6 trial and full size products, or 1-2 luxury full size items. Every box is hand packed and sent with heaps of love. You will find items ranging from toxin-free skin care, organic/gmo free artisan edibles, unique home goods, gems and more. A portion of the sale from every box goes to support a charity, which varies from month-to-month.

Boxes cost $27 per month, which includes shipping. I purchased this box and was not compensated in any way for this review. All opinions are my own. You can check out my other Cosmic Box reviews here.

If you would like to see the live-action unboxing, please enjoy the video unboxing below. If you prefer to skip right to the product close-ups and details, scroll down past the video.

The box came well-packaged, and everything was received intact.

The Cosmic Box October Box Unboxing Super Moon Harvest Moon

As always, there was a small enclosure card that gave a bit of information about the items in the box and included a little picture of a smiling moon to tie in to the October “Supermoon/Harvest Moon” theme. There was also a short note from Kat, the founder and curator of The Cosmic Box. Kat also runs a sister company, Wild Honey Apothecary that makes small-batch, skincare and body items using wild harvested botanicals. Recently, the website description of The Cosmic Box indicated that each month they will feature a Wild Honey Apothecary product in their box.

The first item that I noticed in the box was a big fizzing detox bath bomb from Cosmic Bombs (value: $4.00). I have been all about bath products since moving into our new home. I have been without a tub in my master bathroom for fourteen years and that was a high priority item when looking for our new home. I have a beautiful tub now and am so grateful. I love seeing bath products in subscription boxes. I also have been quite interested in charcoal in skincare and personal care products, where it is used to bind to, and eliminate toxins. I am excited to give this bomb a try, and I love how it tied into the moon theme.

The next thing to catch my eye was a Zenbunni biodynamic chocolate Moonjuice “microbar” (value: $3.00). I am familiar with Zenbunni bars from other subscription boxes. I have come to appreciate them as decadent nibbling chocolates that are made with great care and of exceptionally high quality ingredients. The Moonjuice bar is made with phycocyanin infused salt, among other ingredients. Having never heard of phycocyanin before, I was intrigued to learn that it is an accessory pigment to chlorophyll. I expected the bar to taste “green” as a result, but either I have become desensitized due to excessive green smoothie ingestion, or it didn’t have a strong chlorophyll taste. I enjoyed the deep, rich, chocolatey flavor.

The Cosmic Box October Unboxing- bath salts and agate night light

I couldn’t imagine what might be better than relaxing baths and chocolate, when I found that the answer is clearly, MORE relaxing baths and chocolate. The third item in the box was a packet of Gem Honey’s Cosmic Quartz Infused Bath Salts (value: $3.00) I loved the unusual ingredients in these salts, which included organic honey, quartz charged sea salts, and wild harvested palo santo and blood orange essential oils. According to the instructions, the packet contains enough for two baths. I can’t wait to give them a try.

I was so excited to see the final item in the box, a beautiful pink agate night light from Wild Honey Apothecary (value $22.00). I have been meaning to buy a night light for Alina’s new room for weeks. For some reason it just slipped my mind anytime I was at a store that might sell night lights. I guess it was meant to be because this light is perfect for her. She has been using it in her room since the day that I did the unboxing. It casts a moderate amount of light with a warm pinkish glow. The small switch on the light makes it easy to turn the light off once Alina is blissfully slumbering.

I really loved this month’s Supermoon/Harvest Moon theme. We spent the evening of the recent blood moon full lunar eclipse gazing at the moon as a family and marveling in the cosmic wonder of it all. This box was so well curated to capture some of that moon magic. I especially hope that Alina will look at her lovely new night light and be reminded of us peeking out her window or craning our necks in the back yard to catch a glimpse of the eclipse between the trees and clouds.

The Cosmic Box positive energy lifestyle subscription October 2015 unboxing & review: Crunchy Parent

The overall value of the box was $32.00. It was not a terribly high value relative to the box cost, but I will use every item. I thought that the items included were unusual and fun to discover. I was really struck by the uniqueness and beauty of the night light in particular. The overall appearance of the moon-themed items nestled together in the box was really quite beautiful. I happen to love relaxing baths, so the two bath products were a big win for me.

I am amazed by how significantly the “crunchy, zen, mindful” subscription box market has expanded in recent months. I think that The Cosmic Box is a great option in this genre, with a strong “positive energy” spin. I have found it to be well-curated, and well-rounded. I appreciate having someone like-minded searching out products that are a good fit for my lifestyle and my values, and then sending them to me to discover and enjoy.

Have you tried out The Cosmic Box yet? How do you think it compares to other crunchy, zen lifestyle boxes?

If you would like to see the most recent Crunchy Parent List of Crunchy-Friendly Subscription Boxes, you can find that here. To see other crunchy subscription box video unboxings, look here on the Crunchy Parent You Tube channel. If you have any suggestions or requests for future videos or reviews, please let me know in the comments, and be sure to subscribe!

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Barganic Alert: Vegan Cuts Fall/Winter Style Box

Vegan Cuts Fashion Style Box

Vegan Cuts is one of the many crunchy-friendly subscription box services featured in the Crunchy Parent Ultimate List of Crunchy-Friendly Subscription Boxes. They source and send quality, 100% cruelty-free cosmetic, skin care, and beauty products to their monthly subscribers. On occasion, Vegan Cuts curates limited edition themed boxes available for purchase individually.

Vegan Cuts is currently offering a Fall/Winter Style Box filled with jewelry, cosmetics, and accessories to keep your look on trend and in style as the seasons change. All items included are cruelty free and vegan. Box price is $49.00 and ships free to the U.S. The box features 6 items worth over $150, including:

Badala Kalenjin Charcoal Druzy Earrings – 12mm diameter
Della Turban Headband – Various Colors – 18″ circumference
Deux Lux Zip Wallet – Various Colors – 7.5″ × 4″ × 1″
Gleam by Melanie Mills Lip Radiance in Pop my Cork – 0.176 oz
Pacifica’s Supernatural Eye Shadow Trio – Various Colors
Pewilben Mini Sleek Black Vegan Leather Bangles – 8″ (Set of 3)
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See link above for item photos and details, as well as to purchase. This is a one-time box purchase and will not start a re-billing subscription with Vegan Cuts. Boxes will start shipping the week of October 26th.

I love the look of these items and the idea that a few color changes and accessories can really help freshen up a wardrobe for a new season, and those druzy earrings are gorgeous! Are you going to take advantage of one of the Vegan Cuts limited edition Fall/Winter Style boxes?

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