One thing that really sets Eco-Emi apart from other subscription services I've tried is how beautifully packaged each month's box always is. I learned last month that the boxes are packaged by disabled people each month, which made me love the company even more. The "I ♥ Eco Emi" in the upper left corner is a special bumper sticker.
This first item that caught my eye was the bright pink tube. At first I thought they might be bath salts, but then I realized that it was actually a lip gloss! The Dagoba lip balm also stood out. Some people have been complaining that there have been too many lip balms in all of the boxes, but I'm a lip balm hoarder. I would probably sign up for a service that only sent me lip balms each month, haha. But rest assured, those who do not obsess as much as me -- this is the last lip balm for a while, says Eco-Emi.
Here are all of the items, all spread out. There weren't any more than usual, I felt, which was a little bit disappointing because I thought we might get a little extra due to the fact that it was the anniversary box. But on second thought, the overall value of this month's box is definitely something special. Read about each individual item (and see more photos) behind the cut.
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I took these photos with my point-and-shoot (the previous ones were with my DSLR) so they aren't as nice looking, but they serve the purpose of letting you see what was in the box. Clockwise from top left:
- Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques Body Butter - This little sample is so cute, but a bit impractical for a body butter. The scent is "Sweet Chai," which I love. I love anything spicy. This is hard to get out of the little package, though -- it's pretty much like a lip balm in a pot that you have to rub your finger on. I don't feel like it's effective packaging for the type of product that it is.
- Dagoba Lip Balm in Roseberry - These lip balms are divine! There were three possible varities, and the one I got is "roseberry." All of the varieties have a chocolate scent. It glides on smoothly and just smells so wonderful.
- Oluv Skin Oluv Suds Soap - I haven't used this soap yet, but it has a nice, light scent. It's made from 100% olive oil with only the following ingredients: Extra virgin olive oil, salt, and essential oils.
- Revolution Organics Freedom Gloss - This is the gloss that was in that pink tube. It's a full-sized product, which retails for $26, and I LOVE IT! The shade I received was "true red." I thought it might be too loud at first, but it actually is very nice on my lips. It feels so amazing on, extremely smooth and wonderful. It's a bit pricey, but I would say totally worth it!
- Greenbody Greenplanet Organic Energy Shampoo and Conditioner - These samples are toxin-free, cruelty-free, biodegradable, and vegan. I'm excited to try them; the sample is a pretty decent size so I should be able to get some good usage out of them. I feel like with hair and skincare products you have to be able to use it multiple times to really see if you like the effect(s) they have on your hair.
- Dr. Robin's Sunscreen For Children, SPF 30+ - I love this simply because of the adorable robin on the packet! It's an all-natural, chemical-free sunscreen that was created by a pediatric dermatologist. It's also Leaping Bunny certified as cruelty-free.
- Mighty Leaf Tea in Chocolate Mint Truffle - I have tried this tea before, I think there was a sample in one of my Conscious Boxes, and while it's good, I wish it had a stronger flavor. I'm a big tea drinker though so I won't complain about getting another bag to use.
- Crystal Essence Mineral Deodorant Towlettes - I think these are really interesting. The box contained four packets, and I think they're a great idea for on-the-go freshness. I'm going to store them in my purse for any possible emergencies.
- Greener Living Organic Soap Nuts - How funny looking are these? At first I thought they were chocolate, but alas, they aren't edible. I'm glad I read the informational card that came with the box before opening them! They are actually berry-like fruits that are found in tropical climates and can be used as laundry detergent (or soap, shampoo, etc). You drop them in a canvas bag (one was included in the box), and then throw them in with your laundry. I'm really curious to give these a try!
*Disclaimer: I purchased this Eco-Emi box with my own money and was not asked to review it by Eco-Emi. I was not monetarily compensated for this review and the honest opinions here are entirely my own.