Bare Element is a new subscription box to the green beauty space! I have received their last three boxes, and they have been stellar every time.I will give you the run down here, as I have been doing video unboxings of these, which I will link down below. I always like to introduce things that I am loving on multiple platforms, so I thought a blog post was appropriate.
With Bare Element you will receive only full size items, which is amazing! This box goes for $49.99, but if you use the code 'andie' you can get 10% off. (This is not an affiliate code, just a way for you to save some money, yay!) You can also either become a subscription member, or purchase boxes separately. To purchase boxes separately you can go: here. I've also been able to get to know the owner through emails and she is a super sweet individual. I always love when there is someone behind the scenes running a business with PMA and good vibes!
Each box comes with a detailed description card of each product that is in the box, that looks like this:
So let's get into this box! I am sure you saw the picture of what's in this month's box above! Looks pretty amazing huh?
This is the Malaya hair oil in all of its glory. I have had my eye on Malaya products since I saw them at the inaugural Indie Beauty Expo. To say that I was excited to see this product in the box is an understatement. I am a curly haired girl, give me a hair oil, and I am your best friend. If there are other curly girls out there, you know the struggle in trying to find good hair products.
Now, as I type this, I have only had this box for 8 days, but I have been using this hair oil every day. I typically try products for up to a month before I mention them, but I wanted to be able to share this for others who were interested in the box. Long story short, I am really liking the hair oil. I have been pretty underwhelmed by some hair products, as I have found some amazing staples, so I am always leary when I try a new hair product. Luckily this hair oil gives you hair as soft as my fluffy cat! I love using this for my frizzy days, which let's be real, is every day! You can use this oil as a styling product to combat frizz and dryness, or use it as a leave-in treatment. I haven't used this as a leave-in yet, but I will update everyone somewhere when I do.
So far I have used this on my hair when I get out of the shower, or on second day hair when it's dry. I have enjoyed the effects of both, as it leaves my hair silky smooth. I have a lot of different hair oils, but none of them make my hair this smooth, so I am a happy camper!
This hair oil also smells amazing, containing Organic essential oils of clary sage, Bulgarian Rose Absolute, Sandalwood Oil, and Geranium Oil. It is not overly scented either like a lot of hair oils. I know I will be able to enjoy this on days when I have a migraine, so I am very pleased! Also, this product is valued at $48, so it pretty much already makes up the price of the box.
Ah, deodorant, how we know what a struggle it can be to work with. In this box we received the Meow Meow Tweet Baking Soda Free Deodorant in Lavender. As you can see in the picture, I am already loving the Grapefruit version, and I am always happy to have a backup deodorant.
If you are having an adverse reaction to a deodorant that contains baking soda, I would say hop on over and try this bad boy. Instead of baking soda, this contains dietary magnesium and arrowroot powder to control those pits and all of its woes. It is also contains a blend of nourishing oils and butters which keeps your armpits nice and moisturized.
I personally don't have a baking soda issue... Although, I did recently try out a new deodorant, and I was incredibly itchy from the baking soda. I immediately switched back to this version, and within about a day, my pits were healed and happy again. I think from now on I will stick to this formula, as it's never done me wrong. I personally love Meow Meow Tweet and I think their formulas are perfection, this goes for a lot of their other products I've tried too.
As you can probably see, this is not a stick formula. It may take time to get used to scooping something out onto your pits, but after a while it becomes second nature. I always love when I have someone over, and I'm like wait, I forgot my deodorant! I wip my pot out and then apply my deodorant, fingers to pits, fingers to pits! I always forget how unusual this is to someone who just uses a stick, and has never seen anyone apply deo with their fingers. But then again, my friends are used to my weird holistic ways of spreading oils, herbs, and dropping things under my tongue. I always get called a witch, which feels like home to me.
This deodorant retails for $14.
Last but not least, we have the Wabisabi Botanicals MULA Amazonion Super mask! Wabisabi is a newish brand to me, as I've just tried their Budhi Eye Nectar a couple of months ago, which I love by the way! I have been hearing so much buzz about Wabisabi, so I am pleased to be able to try another product from them. I feel a strong connection to this brand. Sometimes we are just energetically drawn to something, and it feels good! I think one reason why I am drawn to Wabisabi is because they use a lot of unique ingredients. They also support fair trade, ethically and sustainably sourced ingredients. Wabisabi also does not use any palm oil which I really support.
MULA is Buddhist term, meaning 'roots'. In this mask, there are ingredients that are formulated to give your skin a boost of antioxidants. The mask also is said to purify your pores, give you a boosting glow, and help to repair damaged and tired skin.
The MULA mask does contain cassia cinnamon and ginger, so for those that are very sensitive, I would be aware. I usually don't have very sensitive skin, but this made my face red for about an hour afterward. My face did not seem happy at all. But I will say, when I woke up, the sebum in my nose was all cleared, and my skin did seem fresh and awake! It definitely took away some of my texture as well. I think the next time I try this, I will add some honey so it might not be as harsh, as there is a tingling from the ingredients I mentioned above. I did really enjoy the scent too, which was chocolatel-y, with a hint of vanilla.
This mask is retailed at $46.
All together the products in this box are valued at $108, but you pay $49.99. I think subscription boxes, especially this one, are a great way to try a product that you may have your eye on, but don't want to pay full price for. You also get to try new companies and products that you may necessarily wouldn't have chosen for yourself. Click here to sign up for the subscription box! Below are my previous unboxing videos if you would like to see what's been in the boxes. The boxes from the previous months are still available to purchase until they sell out.
December Box: Video
January Box: Video
I Hope you guys enjoyed this review of the March Bare Element Subscription Box! Let me know if you have tried any of these products or are going to pick up this months box! :) I have really been enjoying these boxes. I feel like Basha (the owner) does a great job at curating. So far we have received everything from bath bombs, to lipstick, to toners, to body scrubs, to hair products and so on! I don't feel at all overloaded by one certain group of products which I feel can be overwhelming when subscribed to a box.
Hoping all is well with everyone! Thank you for reading XOXO
*Box was sent to me for review purposes. As always, I will be 100% with my readers. Because something is sent to me does not change my views.
(Photo from jsgd.com)
It's that time of the year! The W.E.L.L. Summit is having an event in Boston called the Day of Wellness. If you are unfamiliar with the W.E.L.L Summit, they are a focused on giving a 360 approach to wellness. W.E.L.L., meaning Wellness, Empowerment, Luxury, and Learning. The Well Summit had their inaugural event in Boston, but has since moved to NYC. Each year they have a weekend long event filled with amazing speakers and breakout sessions. The Boston Day of Wellness was created so us folk from New England could still join in on the fun and knowledge!
This event in particular is a one day event on March 18. On that day we will go over Ayurveda, Meditation, Nutrition, Fitness, Building a Wellness Business & More. All day there will be breakout sessions with leading experts! All of the speakers are from New England as well, which I think is amazing!
The breakout sessions include: Bring Life into Sacred Balance taught by Asha Ramakrishna, Gentle Yoga for Restful Sleep taught by Sara DiVello, Eat Like Your Future Depends On It taught by Heather Stevenson, How I Overcame a Stroke at 36 by Jessica Diaz, A Scientific Guide to Wellbeing Through Food taught by Rachele Pojednic, Gut Health taught by Jenny Hanway, Spice Up Your Digestion taught by Emily Griffin, Simplify & Detoxify Your Self Care taught by Casey Von Iderstein, and Creating an Inspired Life taught by Sarah Kelly & Leah Robert.
Read more about each breakout session, here.
Here is the schedule for the day:
8:15am Registration Wyndham Beacon Hill - Receive Name tags & Gift Bags at Registration Desk
Thirst Juice Co. DIY Breakfast Overnight Oats Bar With Superfood Toppings
9:15am Day of W.E.L.L.ness Kick off
10:30am Hidden Toxins in the Home with Emily Kanter of Cambridge Naturals
11:30am Financial Wellness with Nora Yousif
3:00pm to 5:00pm Workshops, Yoga
5:00pm to 6:00pm Closing
Your Wellness ticket will include:
Join me and other amazing wellness warriors for a day of fun and knowledge! I can't wait to connect and see everyone in such a lovely environment! Get your tickets, here! The creators of Day of Wellness were kind enough to offer $20 off your ticket if you use the code 'GreenQueen'.
Be sure to follow on Instagram @wellsummit!
Thanks for reading, and I hope to see you there! :) XO
Andie is a green beauty blogger who also has a Youtube channel, Andie The Green Queen. She focuses on vegan, cruelty free, and gluten free products, cosmetics, lifestyle and more.