Saturday, January 4, 2014

EcoEmi - December 2013 - Full Review

Hi friends,

Another excellent box from EcoEmi this past December, I was very impressed with the selection and for the most part enjoyed every product.

EcoEmi December 2013

To begin, this was a very festive box and very obviously themed around Christmas, which I thought was refreshing as opposed to a more generic set up. It came with a beautiful red bag, beaded in gold polka dots design (mom is keeping it as she says it is large enough for her camera and other nick knacks she travels with).

The Party Fairy - Tree Cookie Cutter
Full Size - $4.75 each.

I am not rating this item since it is pretty much a "what you see is what you get" kind of thing. It s a good shape to have around the holidays and since I only have star cookie cutters at home, I was actually happy to receive this one as well.
I checked out the Fairy Party on their Etsy shop and was surprised to see that they have a large variety of items related to birthdays and holidays and some are just too cute to pass. I am definitely bookmarking their site to check it out some more. In the meantime, here is a little snippet from the Fairy Party Etsy Shop:

The Fairy Party on Etsy

Plantables and Paper - Seed Paper
25 paper trees $18.75

This is another item I cannot rate as it is not Spring yet. Basically, the recycled tree shaped paper contains tiny wildflower seeds, you simply plant it, water and watch your stuff grow. Pretty neat. I am not sure whether the price is reasonable but I think these would make an excellent party favor for the environmental friendly and creative folks out there. I like it.

Plantables and Paper is also an Etsy Shop and I am really liking the fact that EcoEmi has been focusing a lot on these mom and pop shops in the past few boxes:

Plantables and Paper Etsy Shop

They have a wide array of party favors, cards, papers and some are very creative as well. Check it out, it's very different and would set you apart at your next party!

Blum Naturals - Exfoliating Daily Cleansing Towelettes  C
30 Towelettes - $7.49

I was super excited when I received these two towelettes, for one, I love the scent of orange, and I also like using facial towelettes in the evening, when I am in a hurry to get to bed.
Unfortunately these were not good. They did clean off all my makeup and mascara, leaving my skin clean and fresh. For that result, they should receive a good mark. The towelettes are actually fairly large and are plenty for face and neck.
However, they are supposed to be exfoliating and the texture of the sheets themselves, though they have some kind of orange dots on them (you can see that in the video at the end of this post) these dots offered no scrubbing action. Further, and maybe it was my batch of towelettes, the orange scent was not "saturated" as mentioned on the card, in fact it was barely there. I was expecting some kind of BAM and felt very disappointed, no orange smell, at all, hence my C rating.
As cleansing towelettes, they are ok, they are also quite affordable (30 for $7.95), as an experience, it was a dud for me.

You can check out Blum Naturals online, they seem to have quite a lot of products to offer, I just would not recommend the towelettes. 

Wash - Aah Bath Soak - A
Full Size - 16 oz. $12.00

I had a very nice bath experience with this soak. "Made with Epson Salt, Dead Sea Salt, Eucalyptus Essential Oils and Spearmint". These salts melted well in my tub and the scent was just delightful. I can't say i was fully relaxed afterwards as the result of the Epson Salt but my skin felt very silky and best of all, there was no residue to wash off the tub. The scent also lingered on my skin for the rest of the evening, that's a plus. Really liked this product!

I had a hard time finding them on the web, it turns out that their Epsy shop is called Washpdx!
So far, there is not a large range of products, but this one I would consider purchasing and gift to others as well. I am interested in trying their Sugar Scrub Cubes.

Wash Epsy Shop

Fortune Cookie Soap - OCD Candy Cane Hand Sanitizer - B
Full Size - $2.89

I have heard of Fortune Cookie Soap as a company and was very happy to find one of their samples in my box this month. This hand sanitizer does not have an overpowering candy cane scent and does not smell like alcohol either. It is a fluid gel with tiny moisturizing beads and glitter (but it does not leave your skin all shimmery). Overall, it is a good hand sanitizer that does not dry your hands and I believe this was a full size item as well. I like it and it already found its home in my purse.

Omnijo - Winter Wonderland Goat Milk Soap - A+
Full Size - 6oz. $7.00

I love this soap! It has a wonderful pine forest scent that is not overpowering like other holiday soaps can be. The suds are very creamy and rinse well. The soap itself has a waxy texture but is not oily. It does a great job as a kitchen soap and I also tried it on my face. It did not leave my skin taut or dry. This is a great soap all around. This one and other goats milk products can be found on the Omniio wesite.

Sage's Aromatherapy - Natural Herbal 
Decongestant Salve A+
Full Size . 2 oz $8.75

You know Vick's Vapor Rub. This is the natural version! What an amazing product. I was not feeling my best the other night and quickly turned to this little jar of goodness. I applied some on my chest and a bit on the sole of my feet before wearing fuzzy socks. The following morning I was all better!
This is a creamy/waxy texture, but it really is not greasy at all, in fact, some of my dislike about Vicks is that it will stain your pajamas, this did not. It absorbed very well and while you can smell the Eucalyptus, it is not irritating to the nose at all. Really, really good product, I highly recommend it and I believe my boys would rather use this over the drugstore variety.
Sage's Aromatherapy is also available on Etsy with over 80 different products worth checking out:

Sage's Aromatherapy Etsy Shop

Brija Cosmetics - WhiteLighter EyeShadow - D
5g Jar - $5.00

So by now, you must know I am a big fan of makeup, and whenever there is a makeup item in my EcoEmi box, I go bonkers! Well, I did not care for this one, not one bit. It comes off as a very powdery, talc like eye shadow with a light yellow hint. For those of us who need corrective colors, I guess it would be fine, but for me, yellow just comes off yellow, and that is not a good look at all. Further, this is loaded with shimmer and quite frankly, the brightness of it is just not wearable for me. I did try it at the corner of my eyes and that was a bit better, but as an over the lid or brow arch shadow, that's a negative. Did not like it.

I also checked out their website and was not impressed. It looks like this whitelighter shadow comes from a summer collection. I did not see any color in their shadows I would enjoy. THe website is also difficult to navigate and not pleasant to look at. I sound like I am torturing them here, but frankly I was disappointed all around with this brand. Sorry!

You can see all these products in action in my latest YouTube video:

So there you have it, the last EcoEmi box for 2013 and Christine ended the year with another great box (aside from the horrendous eye shadow). EcoEmi is still my favorite subscription box! At $15 per month, I still think it is a great box, well worth the investment! I also love the fact that there is more and more focus on Etsy shops!

Thank you for reading and sharing my blog.

Happy New Year,


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* This blog contains affiliate advertising. I am not affiliated with ecoemi or any of the product companies mentioned in this post. All opinions are my own.



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