I do enjoy my eco-friendly and artisan crafted beauty and lifestyle subscription from Kloverbox. Kloverbox delivers deluxe and full size products and I have been impressed with their packaging and curating of their boxes. Kloverbox is an eco-friendly subscription that you can subscribe month-to-month at $25/monthly, 3 month subscription at $23.75/monthly or a 6 month subscription at $22.50/monthly
This month’s theme is “Detox & Diminish”. I love a good detox and purge!
Woops, one side is overexposed and the other, not so much!! haha It is getting darker sooner now…summer is slowing ending…and the lighting, even with my light “box”, is awful in my apartment. I need some new (cheap) lights for my light box ~ any suggestions?
Angel Face Botanicals Super Detox Deep Pore Facial Cleanser I received an Angel Face gentle cleanser a while ago in my Kloverbox and I really liked it a lot ~ it did last a long time too! This is a detox cleanser, which is great, because even though summer is winding down, the weather out here is still hot, muggy and humid and that means my face is oily, greasy and clogged. I’ve had activated charcoal cleansers before and I really do like them. This is a creamy cleanser that is a solid black ~ I couldn’t get a pH level test properly with it but if it is anything like their Kissed Gentle Foaming Organic Gel Facial Cleanser, then the pH should be low. I will see if I can figure out how to get a good reading with a paper strip and black cleanser this weekend!
This cleanser not only contains activated charcoal to deep clean pores to remove toxins and bacteria, it has herbal (aloe, green tea, rosemary, rooibos ), floral (lavender, rose geranium) and fruit (orange, lime, lemon) extracts and oils which help act as an astringent, antiseptic and clarifying cleanser. It also has olive and argan oils along with sodium hyaluronate to moisturize and hydrate your skin. I cannot wait to try this out! It does smell very herbaceous and I do enjoy the scent. Full Size 3.2 oz RV $13.00
Activated Charcoal is an amazingly absorbent substance, widely known for its ability to effectively cleanse the skin, unclog pores, remove deeper impurities and dead skin cells, resulting in smooth, supple skin. Just one teaspoon of activated charcoal has a surface area of more than a football field. Dirt, toxins, heavy metals, chemicals, and other poisons are attracted to the charcoal molecules and washed away. The beauty of Activated Charcoal is that removes these nasties without adsorbing vitamins and nutrients, leaving your skin radiantly healthy.
MSM is a natural sulfur compound that contributes to healthy skin. MSM is anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial. It feeds the formation of collagen and elastin and discourages the formation of wrinkles and scar tissue.
DMAE and Hyaluronic Acid (Sodium Hyaluronate) which are beneficial for hydrating the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Cocoamidopropyl Betaine and Decyl Glucoside are mild, vegetable-sourced surfactants or sudsing agents.
Astringent and anti-inflammatory, Black Willow Bark is also known to possess potent anti-microbial properties while stimulating circulation and cellular renewal. Black Willow contains phyto-estrogens which can boost collagen levels and ease the signs of aging.
Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Juice, Aspalathus linearis (Organic Rooibos Tea) Extract, Olea europaea (Organic Olive) Oil, Cocoamidopropyl Betaine, Emulsifying Wax, Organic Vegetable Glycerin, Argania spinosa (Organic Argan) Oil, Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Decyl Glucoside, Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE), Camellia sinesis (Organic Green Tea) Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Sodium Hyaluronate, Activated Bamboo Charcoal, Camellia sinesis (Organic White Tea) Extract, Usnea (Organic Lichen) Extract, Salix nigra (Organic Black Willowbark) Extract, Pelargronium graveolens (Rose Geranium) Flower Oil, Citrus sinensis dulcis (Organic Orange) Peel Oil, Lavandula angustifolia (Organic Lavender) Flower Oil, Citrus medica limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Peel Oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Panthenol (Vitamin B Complex), Calophyllum inophyllum (Tamanu) Oil, Allantoin, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Ester), Xanthan Gum (Polysaccharide Gum) cosDNA.com analysis
Jacq’s Organics Fancy Detox Cleansing Bar Yea! Another detox cleanser made with activated charcoal, along with shea butter, french rose clay, lemon, anise and pine essential oils, along with Haitian castor oil. French rose clay is kaolin ~ clay ~ and its name comes from the pretty rose color, not that it contains rose extracts. Its scent is another herbaceous and citrus mix ~ clove, orange, patchouli, vanilla ~ and the little white and pink chunks that you see in the soap are actually the olive oil and rose clay confetti soap that is placed in the center of the bar. This is a very fancy detox soap! I will use it tomorrow in my shower as a body soap ~ I will be detoxing away with my cleanser and soap! This soap is cruelty free and vegan and made in small batches. Full Size 3 oz Value $6.00
Description: Contains activated bamboo charcoal that draws dirt and oils out of pores, improves skin texture and absorbs odors. Detoxify, cleansing and purifying Haitian Castor oil. You will be squeaky clean but your skin will not feel dry or parched.
Ingredients: *Saponification of Cocos Nucifera *(Coconut) Oil, *Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, *Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, *Sucrose (Sugar), *Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, *French Rose Clay, *Palma Christi (Haitian Castor Oil), *Activated Charcoal, *Lemon Essential Oil, *Anise Essential Oil, *Pine Needle Essential Oil and a proprietary blend of essential oils
Bedrock and Bloom Smart Ash Teeth Whitener and Detoxifier I actually picked up a sample in a swap a week ago and I haven’t tried it yet. I really am interested in this, because I am looking for ways to naturally whitening my teeth without harsh chemicals. Even the teeth whiteners you purchase at the drug store can cause damage to your enamel, as they are abrasive. This is an organic product that claims to whiten your teeth in 2 minutes. It is all 100% natural and organic, removes stains and toxins, while whitening and polishing your teeth. This will also remove plaque and detoxify your mouth, removing the bacteria that causes cavities. This is safe enough to use daily. I am actually really excited to try this now, as I had been hemming and hawing for a week! This is all natural, organic, vegan and non-GMO. Sample Size 1 gram RV $3.00
Description: We created an all natural and organic special blend of activated coconut shell charcoal, calcium bentonite clay, organic mint extract and organic orange peel extract. We call it Smart Ash, and our family personally makes each jar with love, right here in Nashville, Tennessee.
How to Use: Wet your tooth brush, and gently dip the tips of your bristles into the powder; no need to overdo it, as a little goes a long way. Gently brush for about two minutes at night. Spit it out close to the drain to avoid making a mess, and then use either water or your normal toothpaste to rinse out any that remains. Floss and rinse again if you need to.
Ingredients: activated coconut shell charcoal, calcium bentonite clay, mint extract, orange peel extract
- Activated Coconut Shell Charcoal. This whitens your teeth by pulling out the stains. It polishes and removes toxins and boosts your natural immunity. We have found the most effective activated charcoal available. It is food grade and steam activated. The best water purifiers in the world remove all of the impurities from your water by using activated charcoal filters; we use a higher grade of activated charcoal than that, and it has a similar effect on your teeth as those purifiers do on water.
- All Natural Calcium Bentonite Clay. This clay is a result of volcanic activity. We searched until we found the absolute premier pharmaceutical grade clay that the world’s finest spas use for detoxifying and cleansing. In fact, it’s so pure that you can safely eat it. It has a magnetic charge that absorbs toxins and eliminates them. Instead of abrasively scrubbing on your teeth and gums, it gently pulls the toxins out and it even helps strengthen and remineralize your teeth.
- Certified Organic Mint Extract. This eliminates bad breath and soothes your teeth and gums while simultaneously reversing sensitivity and pain you may be experiencing
- Certified Organic Orange Peel Extract. This provides extra whitening by removing stains.
MyChelle Wrinkle Spot Treatment I have tried MyChelle products in the past and they are a nice organic, eco-friendly company. I first thought this was a deluxe sample, but it is FULL SIZED!! haha This treatment is supposed to instantly smooth and firm the targeted areas on your skin because of the trio of peptides specially used. I like that this has a rollerball and you can easily tuck this away in your purse, so that whenever you need an instant lift, you have it on hand. I am interested in seeing if this helps with some of the laugh lines around my eyes. This has no scent and it comes out with a very light, non greasy serum ~ I can barely see it on my skin. MyChelle has a really great Beauty Ritual info site, where you can see what products are good for your skin type and concerns. MyChelle products are vegetarian, cruelty-free, and free of phthalates, parabens, sulfates, ureas, artificial fragrances and Colors, petroleum, GMOs, and gluten. Full Size .27 oz RV $38.50
Description: Put your wrinkles on the spot with a potent combination of fruit extracts and the clinically-proven, age-defying peptides Leuphasyl®, Inyline and Argireline. Proven through independent studies, this cooling, wrinkle-reducing trio instantly plumps troublesome areas with the easy rollerball applicator. The combination of Argireline and Leuphasyl reduces wrinkle depth up to 47% after 28 days
- Stimulates collagen growth
- Relaxes expression lines
- Restores skin elasticity
- Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 (Argireline™) – A neuropeptide proven to reduce the depth of the wrinkles on the face up to 30% caused by the contraction of the muscles of facial expression, around the eyes, forehead and mouth region. This 6-amino acid chain works by inhibiting the release of neurotransmitters relaxing facial muscle contractions without paralyzing facial muscles.
- Leuphasyl® – Reduces the depth of wrinkles caused by muscle contraction. The synergistic combinations of Argireline™ with Leuphasyl® have shown to clinically reduce the depth of the wrinkle up to 47% after 28 days, when applied twice daily
- Inyline™ – A new peptide that has been specifically designed to treat expression wrinkles by blocking the MuSK activation, or muscle contraction.
- Lycium Barbarum (Fruit Extract Instalift™ Goji) – When used regularly, Goji Fruit Extract improves skin’s elasticity and immediately tightens which can lead to the reduction in facial lines and wrinkles. This super fruit is packed full of crucial B vitamins and boasts 500 times more vitamin C by weight than oranges.
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Glycerin (Vegetable), Lycium Barbarum (Goji Berry) Fruit Extract (Instalift™ Goji), Alcohol Denatured (Grain), Lactobacillus/Punica Granatum Fruit Ferment Extract, Pentapeptide-18 (Leuphasyl®), Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 (Argireline™), Acetyl Hexapeptide-30 (Inyline™), Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Oil, Vetiveria Zizanoides (Vetiver) Root Oil, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Xanthan Gum (Fermented Sugar), Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate (Salt) cosDNA.com analysis
Traditional Medicinals Detox and Herbal Teas After I have detoxed my face, body, teeth and attacked my wrinkles, I need some detox tea for my internal health! I received two samples from Traditional Medicinals ~ Every Day Detox in Lemon and Roasted Dandelion Root ~ both are organic and naturally caffeine free herbal teas. I already am a fan of Dandelion Root tea and love anything with lemon in it, so I will enjoy these teas. To prepare either tea, pour boiled water (8 oz for dandelion, 4 oz for lemon) over 1 bag and cover & steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Squeeze excess water from bag into cup and enjoy! 2 tea bags RV 62 cents
About Roasted Dandelion Root Tea
Bitter is the better way to get your digestive juices flowing, improving your body’s digestive process.* Some of our best and bitter (in a good way) dandelion roots are sustainably harvested from the wild meadows of Poland. Dug up, separated from the stems, leaves and flowers, washed and dried, the roots are then roasted whole before being cut up to be used in this tea.
Personality: Resilient and tough, supportive. Herbal Power: Gets the juices flowing, gently stimulates the liver and supports healthy digestion.* Reason to Love: Once you’ve brought dandelion into your life, you’ll never look at those “pesky weeds” the same way again. Named “the small postman” in Persian because of the belief that dandelion brings good news, we love how this mildly bitter, roasted root tea helps your body’s natural detoxification process by helping your body break down fats during digestion and carry away waste.* Taste: Pleasantly roasted, sweet and slightly bitter.
About Every Day Detox Lemon Tea
Stinging nettle (Urtica dioca)—which you may know as a pesky and painful weed that pops up in your yard in the spring—is also well-known as an all-around healthful tonic that has been traditionally combined with burdock and cleavers for hundreds of years.* Some of our favorite nettle is hand-picked (ouch!) by wild collectors in Poland, then dried and cut before being bundled up and sent on to us.
Personality: Gentle, supportive and helpful. Herbal Power: Promotes healthy skin, liver and kidney function.* Reason to Love: Living in an increasingly toxic world can take a toll on your body, even your skin. Responding to such concerns, our herbalists created this tea to help beautify skin by gently stimulating the body’s natural detoxification process.* By helping the liver break down fats during digestion and by promoting flushing of the kidneys, the herbs in this tea gently support the body’s ability to carry away wastes.* Pleasantly mild, bittersweet, and earthy, this tea is a classic European herbal combination of burdock root, stinging nettle and cleavers blended with lemon myrtle for a lemony-citrus taste. Taste: Balanced bittersweet, with hints of aromatic citrus.
I really LOVED this theme and kudos to Kloverbox for pulling it off so nicely! I wouldn’t mind having quarterly detox boxes from them :D I cannot wait to use my cleansers tomorrow and I am off to brush my teeth now with the smart ash. Really cool stuff this month and it was worth the wait, 3 full sized products and 2 great samples. I think this is one of the better boxes that Kloverbox has done. I paid $18.00 due to a promo code + 6 month subscription and received a value of $61.12. Do you subscribe to Kloverbox? What was your favorite product this month? I cannot pick one just yet and I may not want to!
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I did try the Smart Ash tooth powder and I do love it! I am going to get a full size of this once my samples run out. I put a little bit of powder on the brush ~ wet the brush first, then dab it gently onto of the powder. Since I have an electric toothbrush, I do wait to turn it on until my brush is in my mouth and then I brushed my teeth for 2 minutes. Yes, my teeth were all grey looking during this time, but it is a minty taste and my teeth, after I rinsed them, look noticeably whiter and brighter!
The mint flavor is not a strong flavor, but it is there. Outside of that, this powder has no taste, so you don’t need to worry about having a mouth full of ashes or anything. I did say in the comments that you have pirate teeth while brushing (all blackened). I am now revising that to Zombie Mouth, as the “slurry” (a nasty sounding word for what the water, saliva and powder will make in your mouth) will not only blacken your teeth, but gums, tongue and lips! I watch too much The Walking Dead, and that is a zombie mouth if I ever saw one! haha. If you are in a new relationship, I recommend NOT brushing your teeth around your honey with this powder ~ not unless your honey is into that :D
This isn’t the first charcoal tooth product I have purchased ~ I have a Japanese toothpaste made from charcoal which tastes awful. I don’t know what flavoring they used, but man, it isn’t that great, which is why I don’t really use it!! However, you can see that the toothpaste is also black-grey. Charcoal is a great breath freshener and gentle cleanser, which is why I got so excited over Smart Ash. I much prefer using Smart Ash over the Charcoal toothpaste, even though Smart Ash can be a bit messy ~ if our ancestors brushed their teeth with powder, so can I!! Two major thumbs up for this product.
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