Spring Cleaning means different things to different people, but many experts say this is the best time of year to toss out all your old cosmetics and skincare and replace them with more natural, non-toxic products.
But the idea of starting over or buying all new things can sound expensive, not to mention confusing— how does one begin to research brands, ingredients, and products?
Don’t worry, someone else has done the legwork for you.
Whether you’re dipping a toe into the Green Beauty world for the first time, or just itching to try something new (that won’t make you itch, for that matter), a subscription beauty box is exactly what you’re looking for.
We rounded up six of the most luxurious, fun, clean/green, and value-packed boxes for you. Each of these is carefully curated to show you the best that Green Beauty has to offer. You can be on the cutting edge, with fully-stocked shelves, without having to do any research. How’s that for spring cleaning made easy?
1. Beauty Heroes (three months, $115)
Founder and curator Jeannie Jarnot is the queen of finding the best, most pure, most safe, most luxurious products on the beauty market. Jarnot puts careful consideration into absolutely every aspect of her subscription service and the accompanying online store.
Every month, subscribers receive receive one full-size, 100 percent non-toxic, "Hero Product," plus deluxe "Sidekicks," from clean beauty brands Jarnot hand-selects. Beauty Heroes’ blog is an amazing resource full of ingredient info, brand spotlights, interviews with makers, and Jarnot’s unique wisdom.
Beauty Heroes’ blog is an amazing resource full of ingredient info, brand spotlights, interviews with makers, and Jarnot’s unique wisdom.
She set out to create a community, not just a box, which is why customers have to sign up for at least three months of Beauty Heroes. Jarnot describes it as a journey the customer is going on, not just a monthly or one-time product.
Jarnot describes it as a journey the customer is going on, not just a monthly or one-time product.
If you’re not quite ready to commit, however, there are other ways to get involved with Beauty Heroes.
They occasionally have boxes left over to sell as one-time offers, but members get priority. And you don't need to be a member to shop at their beauty store. So if you don't want stuff chosen for you, you can still benefit from Jarnot’s thorough research and impeccable taste. If you want cleaner beauty products, Jarnot says, “it’s healthy place to shop where you don't even need to think about researching ingredients” before buying. Bonus: if you are a member, you get 15% off everything in
If you want cleaner beauty products, Jarnot says, "it's a healthy place to shop where you don't even need to think about researching ingredients" before buying. Bonus: if you are a member, you get 15 percent off everything in
Bonus: if you are a member, you get 15 percent off everything in store.
2. Organic Bunny Box (one month $59)
If you're looking for a more complete lifestyle overhaul, this box is perfect.
In addition to full-sized beauty products and cosmetics, the Organic Bunny Box will also introduce you to green, non-toxic lifestyle products, like vitamins, household cleaners, and snacks.
They never do tiny samples, (they are all over one ounce to ensure you get a fair shot at really trying out the item), and each box includes a fun mix of products, so it's never all makeup or only laundry detergents. Customers can expect to get six to eight, medium to full-size products per box.
You do not have to be a subscriber to order a box. Founder Amanda Jo believes that online shopping should be easy and not restrictive. Customers can buy a one-time box, a package option, or subscribe to get them monthly, with the option to cancel at any time.
Amanda’s online store is full of her favorite products, and she thoroughly reviews every one of them on her blog and on social media.
Amanda’s is full of green beauty tips, tricks, photos, and giveaways.
3. Bare Element Beauty Box (one month $49.99)
Based in gorgeous South Orange County, CA, Bare Element founder Basha Weerasuriya is a biologist who works in genetics full-time, while running this delightful small business as a hobby.
"I studied molecular biology and biotechnology and did my research on household chemicals and tumor growth which really got me started on looking into what’s in the products I use daily,” Weerasuriya explains.
“Research really opened my eyes to how many unnecessary toxic ingredients were really in our conventional bath/body/beauty care items. Not to mention the lack of regulation in ingredients and labeling. I developed a passion for cleaner living overall and switched over to green beauty soon after.”
Every month, Bare Element selects three to five full-or-deluxe-sized products to send you, from both old and new brands, with a focus on self-love and finding balance of mind and spirit. You can buy a subscription, pre-pay for three months at a time, or just buy one month at a time.
Recent boxes have included picks from Meow Meow Tweet, Malaya, Yarok, and HAN Skincare Cosmetics, just to name a few.
4. Boxwalla (one month $49.95)
Boxwalla is unique because, in addition to specializing in all things artisanal, they offer four different categories of boxes each month.
Choose from green beauty, international film, book, and artisanal food, and know that you can switch categories before your next box is shipped.
Utilizing a bi-monthly subscription model allows customers to really savor and fully experience the ingredients of each box before the next one arrives. This, in addition to the four different categories, minimizes the possibility of product-overwhelm that often occurs with beauty boxes.
Boxwalla’s Instagram feed is full of whimsical quotes, travel photos, product information, and bookstore recommendations. Discovering Boxwalla is like meeting a new friend who is cool and smart and thoughtful, and who shares info with you and sends boxes full of goodies.
5. Glowing Beets (one month $29.95)
Glowing Beets is a clean, non-toxic and cruelty-free beauty box. Every month they curate a box containing on-trend as well as up and coming brands. Subscribers receive three to four deluxe-sized or full-size products. Founder Wejo Carion vets the ingredient lists so you can green your beauty regime with ease.
They’re big into exclusive items and things you won’t find elsewhere; In a recent box, Glowing Beets did a special collaboration with popular makeup brand FitGlow Beauty, resulting in GB’s own exclusive lipstick shade, Beet.
The February box included adorable, organic cotton makeup pouches from Boho Chic Cosmetics, and subscribers can often expect to receive one non-makeup item in the box, guaranteeing you’ll have something you still use long after the serums or glosses have run out.
If you discover and love something from the Glowing Beets Box, you can re-purchase it from their online store, or shop there to discover something new.
6. Goodbeing (one month $21)
If you want to get to know as many green beauty brands as possible, this is the box for you.
Goodbeing allows subscribers to choose one or two of the four or five items in each monthly box. Most come in trial or sample sizes, with the occasional full-sized product, and a nice mix of makeup, skincare, haircare, and personal care items, like vitamins or supplements.
With a variety of different plans and the customizable box options, Goodbeing offers the chance to be more involved in what products you receive. There are also special offerings, Bonus Boxes, and opportunities to get extra products in your existing box order, which means subscribers get their money’s worth and have more control over their selections.
Goodbeing is launching a new website soon which will detail new plan options. Keep an eye out for the Limited Edition Mother’s Day box, available mid-April.
So there you go, plenty of options to try, and ways to refresh your beauty routine without having to think too much about it.