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Grab a FREE Conscious Box!

Who likes pure, natural, sustainable products? 

You do!

Who likes supporting ethical, purpose-driven businesses of all sizes? 

You do!

Who likes FREE STUFF?

YOU DO!

…and I do, too! That’s why I’m stoked to announce that Conscious Box is offering a promo code for a FREE monthly subscription box (for a limited time.) I’ve been told that I am at liberty to share it with all my readers, so here goes:

Use code SECRETCODE during checkout on any “Monthly” subscription, and all you’ll need to pay is shipping. (Repeat: You DO have to pay shipping!) The box itself is free, courtesy of the folks at Conscious Box. It’s their way of saying “Thanks!” for the success they’ve seen over the past year, and it’s just in time for Earth Day!

If you’re not yet familiar with the best way to find carefully curated natural and sustainable products, check out my Conscious Box review. Then go get yourself a box, on them!

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My Introduction to L’Occitane

You know what really gets me riled up?

When companies plaster “eco-friendly” or “natural” claims all over their SO-not-natural products just because they think consumers aren’t savvy or educated enough to know the difference. It’s called greenwashing, it’s everywhere, and it’s wrong.

But you know what I really love?

I love when I find a company or product that I’m interested in and want to buy, and then I do my research and find out that the company has an underlying commitment to sustainability and the betterment of our planet. You see, if a company has a really great products and a great commitment to sustainability, it doesn’t have to use one to sell the other.

…and to find one, well, it makes me feel like I’ve unearthed a true treasure. :D

This is exactly what happened when I found L’Occitane beauty products. I had heard the name many times before, but I had never really looked into the company much. But when I finally did: Wow! I was surprised – and uplifted! – to learn of their widespread commitment to sustainability, natural ingredients and ethical business practices.

L’Occitane, as a company, is committed to sustainability from its ingredients to its packaging and store practices. The folks there work to source sustainable ingredients, lessen the consumption of limited resources, and engage in fair trade and ethical treatment of the people creating their products.

“For the past two years our staff have been travelling to West Africa toteach the L’OCCITANE way of making soap to women in the Burkina Faso co-operative, where our pure shea butter is made.” ~ Olivier Baussan, L’Occitane Founder

In reading about L’Occitane, the one thing that really stood out to me was that they don’t claim to be perfect, but they have a tremendous dedication to continuous improvement. They detail SO many plans for how they plan to make their processes even better – like adopting a Life Cycle Analysis for many of their products, which means they can analyze the sustainability of each product from production to packaging, finding ways to improve along the way.

And, to top it all off, their products are gorgeously packaged, with a huge selection including bath and body care, home fragrance, haircare, and baby and men’s items, too! The ingredients and scents are deliciously tempting, which is SO much fun, since scent is usually the first thing to go when you decide to go a little greener.

Visit L’Occitane’s website to browse their selection of  beauty products and anti-aging skincare, and learn more about their commitment to sustainability and the future of our planet. Or, stop by one of their 170 boutique locations!

 

This is a sponsored post. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review, and all opinions are my own.

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A Green Gift: Conscious Box Review and Giveaway

Writing a blog has some fun perks.

Once in a while, I make a few dollars, and every so often, I get a free product to try out. That’s fun. But, the true treasures are found when I happen upon a new friend–a fellow conscientious greenie. No matter what your priorities are, life can get a little lonely when you don’t know many people who share them, so finding like-minded friends…well, it’s a gift.

So, when Jameson Morris contacted me to try out his new offering, the Conscious Box, I jumped at the chance. It was apparent to me right from the get-go that Jameson is 100% dedicated to introducing his customers to the best in eco-friendly, conscientiously and sustainably produced products. There’s no greenwashing here…the concept behind the Conscious Box is from the heart.

What is the Conscious Box?

“Conscious Box is a monthly delivery of pure and sustainable products that are handpicked from businesses that care for the planet.” These products are carefully vetted by the folks at Conscious Box, and meet their strict criteria. A pretty, seasonally decorated box arrives at your doorstep, complete with an inspirational, heartfelt message and filled with sample sizes of pure and natural products from ethical businesses you can trust.

Sounds like a fun thing to find in the mail, huh?

I received the November and December boxes to review. Honestly, I was a little skeptical at first. Samples sizes don’t excite me all that much. I guess I just feel like you don’t get much of a chance to really try a product from a tiny sample. Well, when the boxes arrived, I found that these were no tiny samples. Many of the products seemed nearly full size, and the ones that weren’t were still generous enough to really give them a good try.

Here’s the November box:

…and December:

I couldn’t possibly provide a thorough review of all the products I received – there were too many of them! But I can tell you that there were several that I already purchased faithfully, and a few that have become new favorites.

Good Earth lollipops, Honest Kids organic juice pouches, Kind fruit and nut bars, Eat Cleaner wipes, Justin’s nut butter – they were all staples in our home already, and I was happy to see them among my Conscious Box loot. (A huge sign that Jameson and I are most definitely on the same page.)

Several new products that piqued my interest, and then FAR surpassed my expectations, include BerryPlus laundry soap (made from soapberries!) and EarthFriendly Products cinnamon-scented room freshener spray. Love, love, love…LOVE!! Scented products are one thing that many toxin-conscious folks miss, and I was thrilled to be able to spray and scent my living room (and cinnamon is my #1 favorite scent!) SCORE! These two will definitely be joining my regular arsenal of household products. :D

I saw a few differences in the 2 boxes I received, and they told me a lot. The November box was great, but the December box was even better. More products, bigger samples, coupons…that tells me that the folks at Conscious Box are working hard to find more and more companies to share with their subscribers, and they are succeeding. This is a company focused on growth, so, in my opinion, this is the time to subscribe. I would bet that these monthly deliveries are only going to get better and better! :)

Get your Conscious Box!

Gift yourself or a greenie friend with the gift of sustainable surprises each month! Visit Conscious Box to subscribe now, and be sure to like them on Facebook where you just might find fun opportunities to get extra goodies added to your next box just by leaving a comment or sharing ideas on how to reuse the delivery box.

Win it!

Jameson has generously offered one lucky ABCs and Garden Peas reader their own December Conscious Box! (Trust me…you will LOVE it!)

Enter using the easy Rafflecopter form below.

The only mandatory entry is the first one on the form – Visit ConsciousBox.com and let me know what you’d like to find in a future delivery!

 


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A sustainable gift from the heart

Planning to attend a bridal shower, baby shower or birthday celebration?

Maybe you have a friend who could use some well wishes?

No matter what the occasion, if you have an event coming up and need a gift idea, Pure Designs for Living has just the thing!

Behold the Blessings Box! :) Lovely, isn’t it?

 

Blessings boxes are my new favorite way to celebrate the people I love. The idea is simple: At special occasions, you just sit this box out much like you would a guest book – only it’s way prettier, and serves as the perfect way to collect thoughts and blessings from friends and loved ones so that your honored bride, mama, or birthday girl (or guy!) can read all the wonderful wishes coming their way.

Each box is made of sustainable bamboo, and is assembled in California.

Inside you also find:

  • an instruction card that can be displayed for guests that explains what to do
  • 20 recycled linen ‘blessed’ notecards for the messages (more cards are available for order)
  • a magnolia & plumeria, hand poured organic soy candle
  • a bamboo pen
  • an engraved white jade ‘blessed’ stone
  • two beautiful silver & white ‘blessed’ bracelets
(contents vary slightly by theme)

Available in Baby, Wedding, Healing, Birthday and Home themes, each box features a sliding lid and a delicate cherry blossom design. (My suggestion? A New Journey theme for people who are leaving jobs, moving, traveling, etc.)

I recently gave one of these boxes to a friend in my office, filled with marriage tips, happy thoughts and congratulatory messages from all of her coworkers. (The box has plenty of room to hold lots of cards from her wedding, too, if she wants to keep them all.)  How nice it will be, years from now, when she can look back, reminisce over her cards and momentos, and revisit her day.  She’s a greenie, like me, so the fact that the box itself is so eco-friendly and sustainably sourced made it just that much better.

Blessings boxes are available at Pure Designs for Living.

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I received a Blessings Box at a discounted price in exchange for a product review. All opinions are my own, and based on my experience with the product.

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Blissmobox Review and Giveaway

Hey, do you know Blissmo?

Blissmo is a daily deal site dedicated to helping you discover exceptional eco-friendly and organic products by offering them up to 70% off!

And now, Blissmo offers (drumroll please) the Blissmobox!

What’s a blissmobox?

“It’s the easiest way to discover products that are safer & better for you, your family and your planet. Think of it like a CSA or Wine Club subscription, except instead of veggies or Pinot Noirs you’ll be discovering well-loved sustainable products that are better for you & your family than conventional alternatives.” ~Blissmo

In short, the Blissmobox is a package of carefully chosen organic and eco-friendly products, delivered to your doorstep with the promise that they fit Blissmo’s standards. Even better, Blissmo offers 2 different themed options each month, and you get to choose which one you want to receive!

In June, Blissmo offered a food and beverage-themed box, and a beauty-themed box. I was given the opportunity to review one, and, well, I’ll bet you can guess that the foodie in me won out!

Get a load of this haul:

The June “Foodie” box contained:

Kaia Foods - Cocoa Bliss Buckwheat Granola
Kaia Foods - Fruit Leather
Clif Bars - Coconut chocolate chip energy bar
Clif MoJo - Peanut butter pretzel trail mix bar
La Yapa – Organic Golden Quinoa
Alter Eco Fair Trade - Unrefined Golden Brown Sugar
Numi Tea – Organic Rooibos 18-pack
Sambazon – Acai berry energy drink
A fun write-up of all the products and a letter from Blissmo
Here’s a quote:
The June Food & Beverage Bissmobox is a reminder that every corner of the planet is doing their part to make food and farming more sustainable…Eating sustainable food reminds us that, despite our borders and language barriers, we’re all in this together.”

Lovely words to live by…and a steal for only $19! There was nothing in the box I wasn’t excited to try (except maybe for the energy drink, but my husband happily took that.)

So, if you’re anything like me and you love to experiment and try new organic and eco-friendly products, Blissmobox is a great way to do so without spending a lot of money!

Buy it!

Exclusively for ABCs and Garden Peas readers – Subscribe to the Blissmobox and get your first box for only $11 with FREE shipping! Get more details on subscribing to Blissmobox here.

Win it!

Win the latest Blissmobox! I can’t tell you what will be in it, but rest assured – you’ll love it! Besides, who doesn’t love a surprise! (Especially when it’s eco-friendly!)

Mandatory Entry: –> June Blissmoboxes were Food and Beverage and Beauty. July was Get Outdoors and Summer Snacks. Tell me what type of theme you’d like to see in an upcoming Blissmobox! (Just leave a comment below. Easy, huh?)

Bonus entries: (optional. Please leave a separate comment below for each entry, including your email address in each one.)

  • Follow ABCs and Garden Peas via GFC. (one entry)
  • Like ABCs and Garden Peas on Facebook. (one entry)
  • Follow me on Twitter @ABCGP (one entry)
  • Comment on another post and leave me a comment telling me where to find your comment. (one entry)
  • Share this giveaway! You can tweet it (daily for one entry per day), Facebook it (up to 3 times total), or post it on a link-up (up to 3 times total.) Please leave me a separate comment each time you share with a link to your tweet or post.
  • Subscribe to Blissmo’s daily email. (one entry)
  • Sign up for the monthly Blissmobox! (5 entries – will be confirmed through Blissmo)

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Disclosure: I received a free Blissmobox for review purposes. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review, and the opinions stated above are my own, honest opinions based on my experience with the products.
Entry period will close on Aug 24 and winner will be chosen on or about that date and notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to confirm prize via email response or a new winner will be chosen. Contest open to US residents only.

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