The Honest Company Baby Essentials Bundle Review plus Promo Code

I haven’t reviewed a bundle from The Honest Company in a very long time! We consistently subscribe but we tend to stick to our favorites and it would be rather tedious to keep reviewing the exact same products every couple of months. But one of my very good friends recently had a baby and I decided to mail her a little care package–and of course I just had to include some Honest products! She called me raving about her favorite items so I thought it would be nice to do a new review of the baby products that I sent her. (By the way, the subscription model is amazing for new moms! She’s thrilled she can have all her cleaning products mailed to her so she doesn’t have to make a trip to the store and lug all the heavy stuff back!)

The Honest Company delivers family necessities directly to your door, and you can choose between three different plans: Diapers & Wipes Bundle (exactly as it sounds, it’s diapers and baby wipes), Essentials Bundle (cleaning supplies and body products), and a Health & Wellness Bundle (vitamins). All their products are eco-friendly without harsh chemicals, and almost their entire collection are vegan! I subscribe to the Essentials Bundle, which costs $35.95 per box. It comes out to $7.19 per item! It’s completely customizable (you log in and select the products you want in your bundle), and you can choose when you want the box delivered. With each box, you can also order 3 additional items with a 25% discount. Overall, I find it to be a really good deal. If you’re interested in getting started, use promo code INVITED10 for $10 off your first bundle.

The Honest Company Baby Essentials Bundle Review plus Promo Code

Organic Belly Balm | $15.95
My friend swears that this stuff does work! She was very worried about stretch marks so she was using this at least once a day. The balm softens and melts when you apply it, so it goes on very smooth and the jar lasts a long time. One thing she really appreciated about this balm is that it’s unscented. She said she went through periods when she would feel nauseous from almost any scent, so it was really important for her to have an unscented balm to use.

The Honest Company Baby Essentials Bundle Review plus Promo Code

Organic Nipple Balm | $13.95
I have never had kids before so I didn’t even know nipple balm was a thing until I saw it as one of my bundle options, but apparently it’s very important! She said this was a total lifesaver when she was nursing and her nipples were very sore and inflamed. The best part about this balm is that it’s made with USDA certified organic ingredients and made with all food grade ingredients, so you don’t have to wipe it off before nursing. Even though it’s a small container, it lasts a very long time. The small size is really convenient for tucking into a diaper bag or bringing it anywhere on the go.

The Honest Company Baby Essentials Bundle Review plus Promo Code

Soothing Baby Bottom Wash | $9.95
My friend is very eco-conscious so she chooses not to use disposable baby wipes. I got her this bottom wash and also several soft cloth wipes that can be thrown into the washing machine. This bottom wash contains organic aloe to sooth skin and also has botanical extracts to clean. It’s all natural, hypoallergenic, is made without sulfates, phthalates, parabens, fragrances, and dyes.

The Honest Company Baby Essentials Bundle Review plus Promo Code

Diaper Rash Cream | $9.95
This is the only product I sent that she felt was unnecessary. Which is kind of funny, since I thought this would be the most useful item! It turns out that it’s pretty similar to the healing balm, but the healing balm actually works even better for diaper rash! She likes the slimmer packaging of this cream, so she said she keeps this one in her diaper bag and the healing balm at home.

The Honest Company Baby Essentials Bundle Review plus Promo Code

Organic Healing Balm | $12.95
This isn’t specific to baby, since I keep several tubes of it in my own household. But it’s my favorite product that Honest makes and I think everyone should try it. I sent it to my friend and it’s actually her favorite product too! She said it’s a miracle worker for diaper rash! She’s started using it for herself and her husband as well–it’s perfect for cuts, scrapes, blisters, etc. I’ve even used it as a substitute for lip balm before and had great results.

The Honest Company Baby Essentials Bundle Review plus Promo Code

The total value of my bundles comes to $62.75. I’m very happy with the value, since it’s about 40% off the sticker price for all the items! And my friend really enjoyed all her goodies. I now have a list of things to buy for future baby showers!

I say this with every review that I do for Honest: the essentials bundle is always a good deal if you’re willing to do the math and if you want some of the pricier items. If you only want 5 items that are on the cheaper side (wipes, dryer cloths, soap, etc.), you’re better off buying them individually. If you’re getting the expensive items like the healing balm and belly balm, adding it to a bundle is the way to go. I like to make all 5 of my bundle items the more expensive stuff, since I only pay $35.95 for the bundle. Then I add the cheaper items as my add-ons because I get 25% off. Again, if you want to check out Honest and get your first bundle, use promo code INVITED10 for $10 off!

The Honest Company Essentials Bundle Review plus Promo Code

It’s been a long time since my last review fromThe Honest Company, because I tend to buy the same cleaning supplies over and over again and it just doesn’t make much sense to keep reviewing them. But this time I have a bunch of new products that I haven’t tried before that I absolutely love so I’m going to review another Essentials bundle.

The Honest Company delivers family necessities directly to your door, and you can choose between three different plans: Diapers & Wipes Bundle (exactly as it sounds, it’s diapers and baby wipes), Essentials Bundle (cleaning supplies and body products), and a Health & Wellness Bundle (vitamins). All their products are eco-friendly without harsh chemicals, and almost their entire collection are vegan! I subscribe to the Essentials Bundle, which costs $35.95 per box. It comes out to $7.19 per item! It’s completely customizable (you log in and select the products you want in your bundle), and you can choose when you want the box delivered. With each box, you can also order 3 additional items with a 25% discount. Overall, I find it to be a really good deal. If you’re interested in getting started, use promo code INVITED10 for $10 off your first bundle.

The Honest Company Essentials Bundle Review plus Promo Code

I actually wasn’t planning to order another bundle until after my move in June, but The Honest Company sent out a really great promo code that I just had to take advantage of. For each bundle shipping out between a specific time slot (I think it was until the end of May), current subscribers were allowed to pick out a free gift. Now usually when I hear that, I’m expecting wipes or something on the lower price range. But they had some amazing items that you could get for free! I was able to snag a 2 in 1 Nursing Cover/Scarf for free, and it usually retails for almost $40! Seriously! I honestly love it when subscription companies reward their current subscribers and wish more companies would do it. I always see phenomenal deals that are for new customers only, but what about loyal customers that have stuck with the company for years? It’s great to know that Honest appreciates my business and rewards loyalty with these kinds of perks.

The Honest Company Essentials Bundle Review plus Promo Code

Honest Conditioner | $9.95 each
I went a little conditioner crazy with this bundle! I was running low on conditioner and couldn’t decide on a scent so just decided to get all three. Good logic, right? I’ve been using it for almost a week now and I love how my hair feels. It’s light and washes out easily and well. I like to air dry my hair and in the morning it feels soft, silky, and hydrated but not weighed down. The sweet orange vanilla scent is my favorite–it smells just like orange sherbet and makes me really excited about summer. My friend who is visiting me adores anything and everything lavender scented so I put it in the guest bathroom for her. I think I’ve got her hooked on Honest products now as well! The apricot kiss is the only scent that I was disappointed in. It’s not bad or anything, I just can’t really smell it. If you’re looking for a very lightly fragranced conditioner, I would give it a try!

The Honest Company Essentials Bundle Review plus Promo Code

Organic Shave Oil | $15.95
New holy grail! I’m so glad I found this oil. At first I was disappointed in how small the bottle is (2.25 fl oz), but a little goes a long way. I was able to get the closest shave I’ve ever gotten with this shave oil! With shorts season already starting here in Houston, this is something I’m going to need more of. It does have a strong herbal smell to it and it has botanical extracts and oils, so if you’re sensitive to that I wouldn’t recommend this. But otherwise I would say give it a chance, because you will get such a smooth shave that leaves your legs super hydrated with a slight glow. I’m so impressed!

The Honest Company Essentials Bundle Review plus Promo Code

Organic Dish Towels | $11.95
I’ve gotten these dish towels before and they’ve become a staple in my bundles. I love having new towels in the kitchen, and when they get old and gross I use them as all purpose rags around the house for cleaning. They’re surprisingly great for cleaning mirrors and windows, since they don’t leave lint behind! These dish towels also hold up really well in the wash.

The Honest Company Essentials Bundle Review plus Promo Code

The back side is textured so it has a decent grip and is effective at scrubbing.

The Honest Company Essentials Bundle Review plus Promo Code

Honest 2 in 1 Cover + Scarf | $39.97
And finally, the free gift! I’m still so surprised I got this for free. At first I was going to keep it for myself as a regular scarf, since I really like the color and lightweight material. But then I remembered that I have way too many scarves and I have a friend who is pregnant who could probably use this way more than I will. I was already planning to gift her a diaper subscription from Honest, so this ties in really nicely!

The Honest Company Essentials Bundle Review plus Promo Code

The fabric is a very lightweight cotton and is perfect for summer–so breezy and breathable. It’s also a huge size! Definitely very versatile, and I like that it’s fashionable enough to be a scarf. Hope she loves it!

The Honest Company Essentials Bundle Review plus Promo Code

My bundle value came to $57.75, and with the free gift it gets bumped up to a whopping $97.72! An amazing deal that I am more than happy with. Personally I think the essentials bundle is always a good deal if you’re willing to do the math and if you want some of the pricier items. If you only want 5 items that are on the cheaper side (wipes, dryer cloths, soap, etc.), you’re better off buying them individually. If you’re getting the expensive items like the shave oil, adding it to a bundle is the way to go. I like to make all 5 of my bundle items the more expensive stuff, since I only pay $35.95 for the bundle. Then I add the cheaper items as my add-ons because I get 25% off. Again, if you want to check out Honest and get your first bundle, use promo code INVITED10 for $10 off!

I’m very happy to have discovered the shave oil and the conditioner, and they will become new staples to my bundle. But what I’m even more pleased with is the great promotion that Honest offered to their existing customers! Other subscription companies, please take note! I’m sure attracting new customers makes sense from a business perspective, but retaining loyal customers should be important as well. It can be hurtful to loyal customers who have been paying full price for months to see newcomers or month-by-month customers getting large discounts. I see it all too often and sometimes I get annoyed. Just saying.

BuddhiBox March 2015 Box Review

Back in December I reviewed a BuddhiBox and was so thrilled with what I received. So imagine my excitement when I was offered another box to review!

BuddhiBox is a monthly subscription box for yoga lovers. I’ve been trying to get more involved with yoga and barre classes, so this is hopefully going to help me stay motivated! Each month you will receive 4-6 yoga lifestyle products to promote yoga, health, and overall wellness. They feature mostly products that are organic, vegan, and humanely produced/tested (they have little symbols on the cards to show which items are and are not). Added bonus (and totally my favorite part): BuddhiBox picks a different charity to donate to each month. March’s box will benefit Shelter to Soldier, a non-profit program that rescues shelter dogs and trains them to be psychiatric service companions for wounded combat veterans. I really can’t imagine a better cause.

BuddhiBox costs $30.95/month, or $27.95/month with a 6-month subscription, and $25.95/month with a yearly subscription.

Disclaimer: There are no affiliate links in this post, but I did receive this box for review purposes. 

BuddhiBox March Box ReviewI like that on the information card it very clearly shows which items are vegan, organic, and cruelty free. Everything from this month is cruelty free (yay!), and the only one that isn’t vegan is the Rosewater Ghee. I think if you’re looking for a vegan-friendly box, this one would be a pretty safe bet.

BuddhiBox March Box ReviewEach month they also send out a pose to try. I think these would be fun to collect over time, sort of like yoga flashcards!

BuddhiBox March Box ReviewWellness by Helen Rosewater Ghee Face & Skin Cream | $14.66
I love that BuddhiBox buys from Etsy sellers! Initially I was hesitant to put this cream on my face, since ghee sounds like it’s really oily and heavy, but the cream is surprisingly light and absorbs quickly. It almost feels like a souffle texture, like sort of fluffy, if that makes sense. The rosewater scent is on the lighter side and fades quickly, but if you aren’t a fan of rose or scented face creams it would probably still be too much. I used it as a night cream and it worked very well. I really like how soft it feels on my skin, how quickly it absorbed, and the non-greasy formula, so this is a winner in my book. I’ll definitely finish the whole jar and maybe even buy another one!

BuddhiBox March Box ReviewAILA Cosmetics Nail Lacquer in Namaste | $17.00
I’m always excited to discover new 5-free nail polish formulas, and this brand is completely new to me. The color is described as “warm mocha with a glimmer” and it’s perfect for a subtle nude nail. I personally thought it looked a little pink too, which is right up my alley. The formula is really quite lovely: it applied evenly without streaking, dried to a high shine, and has stayed put for the past 2 days without any signs of chipping. I had an opaque color in 2 coats, not bad! I might have a new go-to 5-free polish brand now!

BuddhiBox March Box ReviewBlendBee Love Oolong Time Tea | $2.50
I can never have enough tea in my life, and this blend of oolong, peppermint, hibiscus, lavender, and licorice root sounds delicious! The bag contains enough for 5 cups, and you get 25% off a future order with code BuddhiBox25. This brand is also new to me, so I’m glad to try it out.

BuddhiBox March Box ReviewThe tea also came with a reusable muslin tea bag! I never considered using little muslin bags as reusable tea bags, but it makes a lot of sense and I feel really silly for not having thought of it sooner. I have so much loose tea so I definitely needed this.

BuddhiBox March Box ReviewQuinntessentials Hand Sanitizer | $10.00
This went right in my gym bag since I always need more hand sanitizer in my life. I’ve never used a spray version before, and I’m wondering if I can use it on my yoga mat as well to sanitize it. The scent is pretty strong (it’s a blend of mint, rosemary, and lemon) but fades quickly as the sanitizer dries. Compared to regular Purell scent, I would pick this mint/rosemary any day. I also love the glass bottle, definitely plan to refill and continue using it when I run out.

BuddhiBox March Box ReviewMama Kuka YogaSphere Medium Strap | $8.00
I was so intimidated by this strap. At first I was like “well, I can’t use this” because I didn’t think I had gotten far enough in my yoga classes to really need something to make it even harder, but then I realized this actually makes a lot of poses easier to attain. Plus it’s great for improving my flexibility. It’s turning out to be my favorite item in this box! I love that I received something I will get a ton of use out of and probably never would have purchased for myself. That’s the exact reason subscription boxes exist!

BuddhiBox March Box ReviewSacredxStones Mini Mala Bracelet | $8.05
Growing up with a lot of Buddhist extended family means I have a ton of Mala beads, so this is really the only item I probably won’t use. I do like the concept of an “on-the-go” set of beads for shorter meditations, but personally found these beads too small to comfortably use. Maybe I’m just spoiled by the really heavy stone beads my relatives would send me. Or maybe I just have really clumsy fingers…

BuddhiBox March Box ReviewThere were a few coupon codes and whatnot in the box as well, all of them pertaining in some way to yoga. I thought this little temporary tattoo was really cute 🙂

BuddhiBox March Box ReviewVerdict on the box: the value was really great, totaling $60.21! The curation was really spot on and I do feel the items are practical but still fun, plus they are very much in line with the lifestyle they are trying to represent. I imagine it would be really encouraging and helpful to receive a box like this every month as a reminder to stay on track and stay healthy. I know of several “yogis” in my life who would love this, and I’m considering gifting it for their birthdays as a nice little surprise. I might even pick one up for my yoga instructor, I think she would absolutely adore this. I’m excited to see what amazing boxes BuddhiBox will produce in the upcoming months!

BuddhiBox December Box Review Plus Promo Code

Last review of the year: December BuddhiBox! Ending 2014 on an optimistic and healthy note…let’s hope it carries over to the new year! BuddhiBox is a new monthly subscription box for yoga lovers. I’ve recently gotten into yoga and barre, so this was a great box to get me motivated for a more active 2015. Each month you will receive 4-6 yoga lifestyle products to promote yoga, health, and overall wellness. Also, they only feature products that are organic, non-toxic, natural, and humanely produced/tested. BuddhiBox also picks a charity to donate to each month. December’s box will benefit Eat Breathe Thrive, a non-profit program that aims to prevent and help individuals fully recover from eating disorders, disordered eating and negative body image. Great cause!

BuddhiBox costs $30.95/month, or $27.95/month with a 6-month subscription, and $25.95/month with a yearly subscription. Use secretbuddhi for $3 off the monthly subscription price.

Disclaimer: There are no affiliate links in this post, but I did receive this box for review purposes. 

BuddhiBox December Box Review Plus Promo CodeHASinspiration Lavender Eye Pillow | $14.00
Love this! I think I got one of the prettiest prints so I couldn’t be happier. It’s soo gorgeous and well made! I like that this is an item from a small etsy shop: definitely feels very special and I’m all about supporting handmade. And what I really appreciate about this eye pillow is that the lavender insert is removable. Most eye pillows I’ve used in the past don’t have removable inserts so you can’t wash it at all. With this one, you can wash the cover as often as you like!

BuddhiBox December Box Review Plus Promo CodeBarefoot Yoga Co Elastic Strap Mat | $3.75
How smart is this? I’ve been using an old hair tie to keep my mat rolled, but this is a much more elegant solution. Practical and functional but not something everyone already has. Really thoughtful to include this in a box for yoga lovers! I think I’ll have to pick up another one for my thicker mat that I use for barre class.

BuddhiBox December Box Review Plus Promo CodeAmazing Meal Cafe Mocha Dietary Supplement (2) | $6.00 ($3.00 each)
I’m not really familiar with dietary supplements like this, so I just added a packet to a chocolate smoothie that I made. (My boyfriend was totally laughing at the idea of a healthy chocolate smoothie. But hey I never said it was healthy, just delicious!) It definitely does add a bitter coffee taste, which for me isn’t a bad thing since I love coffee so much. I thought the coffee/chocolate combination worked really well! I can’t imagine what other flavors the mocha would do well with though…any advice?

BuddhiBox December Box Review Plus Promo CodeAmazing Grass Shaker Cup | $6.99
This cup looks so simple but what fancy features does a shaker really need? It’s spill proof, BPA-free, dishwasher safe, and easy to drink out of. I’ve been using mine mostly for orange juice in the morning, and so far there has been no leakage and cleaning has been a breeze. I’m always hesitant to put juice in my water bottles since I worry about cleaning, but now I have a great container to use exclusively for juices and smoothies!

BuddhiBox December Box Review Plus Promo Code

The “pop up” design of the lid is really convenient.

BuddhiBox December Box Review Plus Promo CodeBear’s Beauty Natural Vegan Deodorant | $0.77
I’ve been wanting to try natural deodorant since I have heard so much about it recently, but didn’t have a place to start. I went on Etsy and there are so many options it was completely overwhelming. Now I have a starting point and I love that it’s a small sample size so I can get a feel for whether or not my body likes it. I’ve had a lot of allergy problems when it comes to deodorant, but I’m hopeful about this one since the ingredients list is super short and all natural. Added bonus: the scent is totally fabulous!

BuddhiBox December Box Review Plus Promo CodeHandmayde Happiness Loco Coco Lip Balm | $2.95
Another Etsy seller! Loving all the handmade goodies in this box. I’m up to my ears in lip balm at this point, but I do like that this is unscented and organic. Too bad I have so much lip balm I’m on a “no-open” at this point, so it will be a while before I can actually get around to this one.

BuddhiBox December Box Review Plus Promo CodeYummi Yogi Cookie Cutter | $8.50
Omg how cute is this?? As soon as I saw this I wanted to bake a batch of cookies. And I only thought of cookies since I’m so uncreative about things like this. But then I went on their website and saw tutorials for granola bars, soap, candles, gingerbread men (too adorable!), bird-feeders, and a ton of other ideas. I’m tempted to buy the whole set of 5 poses now! And I’m really really inspired to whip up a batch of granola bars for the whole class on my first day back. Celebrate the New Year in style!

BuddhiBox December Box Review Plus Promo Code

Muuyu Interactive Yoga Classes | $24.00
I almost threw this card away because I’m so bad about doing video workouts, which is what I thought this was. But it’s actually a class, like an interactive class where you can see the teacher and he/she can see you and the other students. How cool is that? If you’re even remotely interested, I recommend checking them out! I was really skeptical but their website is so beautiful (such a weakness of mine) and the concept is unique. They seem to be really new, since there was only 1 recommended class for me, but I’m excited to try it out!

BuddhiBox December Box Review Plus Promo Code

Oh and just one last tidbit: BuddhiBox includes a cute little card with a new pose to try each month. I think the Christmas yoga outfit is hilarious and cute. Where can I get some peppermint stripe yoga pants like that?!

BuddhiBox December Box Review Plus Promo Code

Overall I think this was a great box! I’ve never subscribed to any sort of yoga/fitness/health boxes so far and now I feel like I totally should. It’s great to get products that encourage me to stay healthy and continue doing yoga, since I know as my schedule picks up again in late January I’ll start slacking. I’m also really digging the handmade items and love that everything is natural and ethically produced. Oh and the BuddhiBox website has a “Suggestion” section at the bottom where you can give feedback and recommend items you want in future boxes. I think that’s a really great indication that they care about your opinion and want to better themselves. I can think of a dozen subscription companies that I’m dying to have a “suggestion” option for. Are you listening, POPSUGAR?

The total value for my December box is $66.96, which is more than satisfactory for me. I discovered some great new products and a new online platform for classes that I hope to use in the new year. If you’re interested in BuddhiBox, use secretbuddhi for $3 off the monthly subscription price.

Thanks for reading y’all! See you in the New Year 🙂

The Homegrown Collective August Box Review

Today I got my first Green Box from The Homegrown Collective, and I am completely blown away. The Homegrown Collective sends out seasonally appropriate items every month that promote sustainability and help you “greenify” your life. I didn’t really know what to expect, but now that I’ve gotten my first box I’ll describe this subscription service as sort of an eco-friendly DIY kit. The subscription is $39/month, plus $9 for shipping, but if you sign up for 6 or 12 months the shipping is free! It sounds a little steep, and I was sort of on the fence for a while because of the cost. But I finally took the plunge and I have no regrets (except not signing up sooner!).

Anyways, the actual review:

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 Love the simplicity of the packaging and the theme! This month’s theme is “Super-foods, Antioxidants, and Detoxifiers”.

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Wow! I was impressed by how well everything was packed, and how it all looks so put together. I’m also amazed that they actually mailed fresh fruit, which does explain the Priority 2 Day shipping.

homegrown5The little details in this box are wonderful: like this handwritten note welcoming me to the subscription, and the cute round stickers on all the bags.homegrown3-01

Project 1: “Let’s Sprout Together”

This project looks like the easiest one; it’s basically just a jar in which you can grow alfalfa sprouts. The included materials are: a mason jar, a mesh screen, and organic & non-GMO alfalfa seeds. Since I live in a small apartment with no yard, I’m always on the lookout for ways to grow veggies and herbs in small containers. I’m loving how useful this project is, and even though it’s simple I probably wouldn’t have thought of doing it myself. Plus, I’m always rather lazy when it comes to gathering supplies, so this is absolutely perfect for me.

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Project 2: “Green Tea, Take Me Away”

I buy quite a few spa products, so getting to make my own bath soak sounded interesting. This project is for a Green Tea and Lavender Bath Soak, and it includes organic green tea, magnesium sulfate (epsom salt), organic dried lavender buds, and cotton muslin bags. The materials are very generously sized, and there’s enough to make a couple of bags. Plus, all the materials are really high quality and I love that everything is organic.

homegrown7Project 3: “Cacao and Pomegranates”

Finally, the pomegranate! I was beyond thrilled to see a fresh pomegranate in my box, because they’re my absolute favorite thing about autumn. I really didn’t even care what it was for, I just wanted to eat it right away! But I managed to restrain myself, and I’m looking forward to making Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Wonder Cups later this week. This project looks more complicated but fun (and delicious)! The materials included are: 1 pomegranate, 70% cacao chocolate, sea salt flakes, and mini paper cups.

Overall, I am extremely happy with this box. I will definitely use everything that I received, and the quality of materials is top-notch. I’m thinking about gifting a few boxes for Christmas this year, since the packaging is so lovely and it’s a really unique gift idea. If I had to find a negative about this box, it would be that the information sheets have a number of typos, but that’s such a small and forgivable thing (I bet I have a bunch in this blog post too) that it doesn’t matter.

But seriously, for anyone else out there who is unsure about The Homegrown Collective, I recommend at least trying it for one month! I’m really glad that I did and I think I’ll be subscribing for a whole year so I can get the free shipping. I’d love to hear from any other subscribers about what they thought of the August box!

As always, all views in this review are the opinion of the author. Nothing was received in exchange for a review, and I am not affiliated with The Homegrown Collective