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Love Goodly is a bi-monthly box full of healthy, eco-conscious (all vegan) brands. Each box contains 5-7 mostly full-sized products, now priced at $29.95. You can read previous reviews here. This summertime box, benefitting Cure Cervical Cancer, is valued at $98. It is so, so worth the bi-monthly investment. I’ve tested a number of subscription boxes over the years, and this one has been my absolute favorite. It’s been the only box that has consistently given me a variety of products I love or, at the very least, have found useful.

Unboxing: Love Goodly June/July Box Review :: girldust.com

Unboxing: Love Goodly June/July Box Review :: girldust.com

Blissoma SolutionsAwake Facial Moisturizer $25.99 value

This is the second time I’ve gotten a luxe facial moisturizer from this subscription, and I absolutely love that. This moisturizer is a 100% natural, botanical recipe with antioxidants, vitamins, and firming herbs. It firms, de-puffs (yay!), and brightens. This is a great daily moisturizer and works well under makeup.

NovicaSterling Silver Ribbon Earrings $41.99 value

Novica is an online marketplace dedicated to fair prices and supporting global artisans. These earrings are made by Thai artist, Pichaya. I think I’ve found my new every day earrings! I am in love with these. I mentioned in my first Love Goodly box review that jewelry is a bit of a risky item to include in subscription boxes, and I am so thankful that I love both pieces I’ve received so far. I wear my bracelet from that first box almost daily!

Miracle TreeMoringa Tea in Strawberry $6.95 value

This light strawberry tea has arrived just in time for summer! Moringa leaves contain over 90 nutrients, including 47 antioxidants, 25 vitamins and minerals, and all 8 essential amino acids. This stuff is crazy.

Juice BeautyGlowing Cheek Color in Pink $16 value

I rarely wear blush, but this pink is subtle, fresh,  and shimmery. I will definitely be adding it to my routine.

OrglamixEco Chic Fan Brush $7.50 value

This vegan friendly brush with its bamboo handle is perfect for blush and highlighter, and is a really thoughtful addition to this box.

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Interested in trying a Love Goodly subscription? The next box ships August 15! Sign up here! Boxes are $29.95, billed bi-monthly, or you can pay in advance for a bit of discount.

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Love Goodly is a bi-monthly box full of healthy, eco-conscious brands. Each box contains 5-7 mostly full-sized products for $39.95. A percentage of proceeds from the April/May box go to support Farm Sanctuary.

Unboxing: Love Goodly April/May Box Review :: girldust.com

This box blows the previous one out of the water. Not only are each of the featured brands new to me, but the products are ones that I actually needed and will be using regularly (if not daily).

Unboxing: Love Goodly April/May Box Review :: girldust.com

ZAO Organic Makeup – Organic Volume Mascara $35 value

Considering my current mascara is running low, and is one I am not particularly happy with, this couldn’t have come at a better time. After only two days of wear, I am totally in love with this product. This is 100% nontoxic, vegan, and certified organic. It applies like a dream and makes me feel incredibly fancy. Bamboo packaging, too!

Osea  – Atmosphere Protection Cream $48 value

While the name of this product makes me giggle, it’s actually really nice. This is a lightweight moisturizer with a bit of a minty scent to it. It starts out feeling a little bit sticky, but dries matte with a silky finish. This fits well into my daytime routine, in between LUSH’s Full of Grace serum and Pacifica’s Ultra CC Cream. I’m still using my own homemade facial oil at night.

myKind Organics – B-12 Vitamin Spray $16.95 value

This is a B-12 vitamin supplement in spray form. It’s vegan, made from real food, and 100% certified USDA organic. I take a real food iron supplement, and the difference it makes is real. If you have trouble with vitamin absorption, this might be something to look in to. I shouldn’t have to tell you, because you’re adults, but talk to your healthcare professional about any new supplement regimen, especially if you’re on medication. Basic stuff.

KOOSHOO – Organic Hair Ties $6 value

The LILA hair ties from KOOSHOO are USA made using organic cotton and natural rubber, and are hand dyed using low impact dyes. This Los Angeles company also gives 11% back to charity. These are cute enough to wear as bracelets, so I won’t worry as much about them getting lost! I would much rather have a few hair elastics I can keep tabs on than have 500 of them lost throughout the house and in the car. Who needs that?

Unboxing: Love Goodly April/May Box Review :: girldust.com

Nicobella Organics – Walnut Flaxseed Truffles $5.95 value

I’ve tried a few different dark chocolate coconut oil truffles, but these are quite possibly the best I’ve had. Ever. All the “super food” talk aside, you should try these because they are made with high quality ingredients and they taste amazing. That’s all. Treat yourself. Ground walnuts add an unexpected savory element that I love, plus a little bit of a crunch, and I’m not normally a walnut fan. These are vegan and gluten free, but sorry to my friend with a coconut allergy (or anyone with tree nut allergies). I am sad for you. Other varieties include lime basil (yes, please) and pumpkin chai.

Two boxes in, and I am incredibly happy with this subscription. My three favorites from this box are for sure the Zao mascara, the KOOSHOO hair elastics, and obviously the truffles from Nicobella. The Osea moisturizer is a close runner up.

Love Goodly is a winner. The next box arrives in June! You can sign up here.

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Have you heard of Love Goodly? It’s the subscription box of my dreams, friends. Love Goodly is a bi-monthly box full of healthy, eco-conscious brands. Each box contains 5-7 mostly full-sized products for $39.95. Five percent of the proceeds from each box goes to support these charities.

Unobxing: Love Goodly Subscription Box Review February/March :: girldust.com

Nota bene: I was originally offered a discount for review purposes through the folks running the Love Goodly twitter account, but I let the coupon code expire because I’m silly. I paid full price for this box, and would have absolutely reviewed it no matter what.

February/March was my first box, and if my budget allows I will probably stick with this one. It’s too good. Let’s take a look!

Cellar Door (exclusive) – Tahitian Grapefruit Vanilla Travel Candle $10 value

The candle was my favorite item in this box. It smells great, and is the perfect size for our bathroom. Cellar Door makes both vegan and beeswax blend candles, scented with essential oils and natural blends (no synthetics). This particular scent is exclusive to Love Goodly.

Unobxing: Love Goodly Subscription Box Review February/March :: girldust.com

LVX (exclusive) – True LOVE Red Nail Polish $18 value

LVX is 7 toxin free, vegan, and ultra lux. This is my first polish from this brand, and even though I don’t normally love red, it’s nice to have such a high quality product in my collection to represent the shade! What a treat to have in this box!

Skinnyskinny – Basil & Mint Soap $12 value

I can always use a new bar of soap. The price point of $12 is slightly high for us (my limit is usually $10 for handmade soaps), so I’m happy it was included in this box. I may not have tried it, otherwise. The basil and mint essential oils make for an energizing bar. This was nice as an allover body soap in the shower, and works for both of us. It’s full of nourishing stuff like avocado oil, sea kelp, and aloe!

May Yeung (exclusive) – Infinity Bracelet $40 value

I think jewelry in a subscription box can be a risky choice, but this very simple and understated black macrame bracelet with sterling silver details works for me. It’s definitely wearable, and I consider it a nice addition to my wardrobe. It’s not something I would have picked out for myself, but I think that’s part of the fun.

Unobxing: Love Goodly Subscription Box Review February/March :: girldust.com

Purely Elizabeth – Apple Currant Muesli $6 value

Cereal! I was looking forward to the food and snack selection, and it’s nice to see a company I’m personally unfamiliar with. I’m not a big cereal eater, but Tj is, and this makes for good yogurt topping for me. There is a Purely Elizabeth coupon included in the box, as well.

The Love Goodly subscription box is a wonderful opportunity to pamper yourself while discovering new eco-conscious companies, covering a wide range of categories. The items in this box are simple, elegant, and high quality. This is a beautifully curated subscription!  I can’t wait to see more.

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Bright Cellars is relatively new to the wine club scene. We’re currently on our third monthly box, and I think we’ll probably stick with it. I think I can safely say that our matches have gotten progressively better (though the first shipment was also quite nice!).

You start your Bright Cellars experience by filling out a simple quiz to create your taste profile. Your first shipment is based on those answers, and following shipments will be based on your ratings of previous shipments. Our first month included a really bland cabernet, and our notes on that bottle seem to have been taken into consideration. Like many subscription services, your experience depends on your feedback and comments every month.

$60 a month with shipping gets you four bottles. Of the twelve we’ve received so far, we’ve yet to run into anything we’ve tried or heard of previously, so it’s actually been quite a bit of fun. When I filled out my survey, I opted for mostly reds with an occasional “interesting” white. We’ve gotten a white bottle in each shipment, and even though I don’t usually enjoy white wines (because they taste like sick), they managed to send us sweeter whites that we’ve both actually liked drinking. The blend we received in our September shipment (2012 Cambridge and Sunset White Blend) was the nicest white I’ve ever tasted.

Bright Cellars Review :: girldust.com

For October, our third shipment, we received 2012 Rey Sol Old Vine Garnacha, 2013 Archer Cellars Red Blend, 2014 El Negotiante Pinot Noir, and 2014 Tierra y Mar Fog Cuvee White. As you can see, we’ve tried everything but the white, which we always somehow end up saving for last. Tj and I both agreed that the best of the bunch was definitely the garnacha.

I know there are a lot of subscription services out there, but what makes this one stand out for me is the care that the Bright Cellars team puts into building a relationship with their customers. I received a hand written note after our first wine shipment, and my interaction with their customer service representative was pleasantly effortless. I appreciate these little details when it comes to mail order experiences. As an introvert, I’m unlikely to ask for recommendations in a physical storefront. It’s rare that I get a personalized experience anywhere. Because of that, this sort of service is something I personally find really beneficial, but I do recognize that it may seem a little impersonal for folks that do enjoy talking to people. I think Bright Cellars has found a good balance.

It’s important to note that this subscription is for adults (21+) only, and an adult signature is actually required upon receipt. Make sure to track your shipment!

** If you’re interested in trying out Bright Cellars, this link will get you 50% off your first month, and I’ll receive a bonus bottle, which is awful nice.

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Once upon a time (circa 2005-2013), I had a blog I called Okazu, in which I reviewed Asian snack foods. It was …ahead of its time, perhaps, and never super successful, in terms of bloggerdom. Its high point was probably during the summer I spent living in China, because I was writing just about every day. When I returned, some of my photographs were featured on Engrish.com, and I scored a guest spot on a relatively popular animation website writing a review of Hello Kitty DVDs. People I didn’t know even sent me snack foods in the mail. In an eventual attempt to eat better, I ended up consuming fewer snacks, and the blog got left behind when I started writing here more frequently. I miss writing snack reviews. It was fun, and pleasantly low pressure. Honestly, Okazu was a big part of my life for a really long time. I thought it might be nice to bring some of that back, even though many of those snacks are now pretty mainstream, and it’s likely that the novelty is gone. The fact that I can purchase Pocky at a Walmart in New Hampshire still kind of blows my mind. Welcome, Okazu.

Okazu (御菜) is a Japanese word that refers to a side dish to accompany rice. It can also be used as a term meaning something like food for thought. In some contexts (not here), the word also refers to print materials used during masturbation.

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Have I mentioned I love language? I so do.

Tj recently spent time in LA for work, and brought back an assortment of green tea flavored snacks for me to eat. Have I mentioned he’s the best boyfriend? He so is. He gets a big thank you for inspiring this post.

Okazu: Green Tea all the Things :: girldust.com

Okazu: Green Tea all the Things :: girldust.com

Dars Uji Matcha

Okazu: Green Tea all the Things :: girldust.com

Pocky Matcha

I’ve never had the plain matcha Pocky, only the limited edition matcha mousse variety. These were nice, but I actually liked the filled version much better (Pocky’s friend, Pejoy). Pejoy was entirely new to me, and I really enjoyed it. I like having the custard/cream go all the way through, and the biscuit seems much crispier.

The Dars chocolate had a nice green tea flavor, but the chocolate itself was a little waxy. I find most Japanese bar chocolates to be that way.

Okazu: Green Tea all the Things :: girldust.com

Pejoy and Pocky

Asian Food Grocer has a pretty decent selection of Pocky/Pretz/etc. (including the green tea flavor shown above). J Box is another great source, and can be counted on for seasonal flavors.

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