10.4.13
One Green Expert’s Top 12 Picks + A Goodebox Giveaway

We love the idea of getting beauty, fragrance and all these other subscription boxes in the mail. But when what matters most to you is the safety and sustainability of your beauty products, its hard to find a service that curates their brands as hard as you’d like! Goodebox is a subscription box service that works with only green and clean brands – many of which have been featured here on the Chalkboard. We asked their founder, Aysia, to tell us about the products and brands that are personally impressing her, since we know she sees so much great stuff come across her desk! Here are Aysia’s top 12 picks, plus a huge giveaway  for up to ten Chalkboard readers!

Let me just say, this was a difficult list to make.  Every single brand we work with, and all of the products included in Goodebox, perform and are clean and effective. That said, of course there are a few that work really well for me personally that I’m  happy to share here. Are they for you? If you’re late 30s with combination skin, no real issue with break outs, starting to see fine lines, crows feet, and other (ahem) signs of having laughed a lot and spending too much time in the sun, with dry, curly hair and you wear minimalist makeup, these picks may well be a fit.

Suntegrity Tinted SPF 30 Moisturizer: I actually reaffirmed this today as a must-have product for me.  Having squeezed the last drop from my tube, I was tempted to try one from another brand. There was no comparison.  Suntegrity provides just the right shade and amount of color to help blend out redness and uneveness without being heavy, sinking into pores or looking like makeup at all. It leaves my skin looking clean, even and slightly dewy. Win.

Revolution Organics Freedom Glow Beauty Balm in Blushed: If I had to pick one item not to live without that helps me go from looked tired and pale to refreshed and healthy with a slight flush to the cheeks, this is it.  It’s easy to apply, and a tiny amount lends just the right amount of dewy color, again, without sinking into pores and it stays put all day long.

Rare Elements Pure Shampoo and Essential Conditioner: A package deal, really, and major therapy from root to tip, this duo makes my hair and scalp feel as healthy as they ever have. The shampoo deep cleans, dissolving dirt and oils that clog follicles to reduce fall out and encourage growth, and the conditioner provides rich moisture and nutrients to the scalp and each stand.

Londtontown Nail Lakur: I’m not very nice to my feet and I don’t often take the time to freshen up my pedi. That said, their 5 Free Lakur  (no formaldehyde or formaldehyde resin, toluene, DBP or camphor – all nasties to avoid) provides on-trend colors along with natural shades, doesn’t dry out my nails and stays put for weeks…no joke! If you do happen to have dry or brittle nails, they have a really nice nail conditioner as well.

La Bella Figura Paris Perfume Oil: How to pick just one when I love everything they make! Although I love all of their skin care, I’ll diverge here to mix up the list and go with a scent. Paris makes me smile, dream of travel and feel a little more lovely while I’m wearing it. It’s subtle, feminine, and the perfect blend of city and nature. Even though it’s natural, it has staying power yet it’s never too strong. And let’s face it, there’s not a lot worse that nose-burning, headache-inducing, harsh, synthetic perfumes. Why go there when there’s an option like this?

Kahina Giving Beauty Antioxidant Mask: This just feels so good and it shows when you’re done. No dried out, sticky, peeling mess to suffer through, it’s cool and refreshing, providing a deep clean and deep moisture simultaneously while imparting a healthy dose of cell-protecting antioxidants. A great way to get your glow on pre-event.

CV Skinlabs Calming Moisture: It’s like giving your face a drink! As a redhead, my skin tends to be on the sensitive side, with occasional redness and even though I have an oily T-zone, the skin on my cheeks and under my eyes tends to dry out quickly. This cream is the ideal pre-makeup moisturizer for soothing, all-day hydration. Their Body Repair Lotion is their below-the-neck counterpart for your driest body skin challenges.  

Arcona Cranberry Toner: Toner is not a step to skip in your beauty regime. It removes any left over dirt or product residue, tightens pores, and a good one, like this, will also impart water-soluble nutrients and hydration to boot.

NATURAL CALM MAGNESIUM SUPPLEMENT: It took me a little while to learn how to use this to greatest effect and to love it. Mixed with a little warm water, it readily dissolves into a fizzy, tart drink that works wonders on frayed nerves and never fails to help me nod off at night.

Preserve toothbrushes: With an easy-to-grip handle, perfect reach, soft (or firm) bristles, and fun colors, they come in their own travel case, and are made from recycled yogurt tubs that often go unrecycled. The pièce de résistance? When the toothbrush reaches the end of its useful life, you can send it back to Preserve to be recycled into something new!

Blissoma Amenda Solar Repair Anti Aging Serum: As someone who’s done some damage to my skin from too much sun as a very stupid teenager, I’m always on the lookout for something to help repair and prevent further assault. This super rich, thoughtfully blended serum features pomegranate extract, shown to help repair UV damaged cells, paired with a host of other actives in a quick-absorbing, low-scent serum that I wish I could submerge myself in from head to toe daily. 

Ladybug Jane Lip Balm: My lips seem to be perpetually chapped and as someone who just can’t seem to not bite at peeling skin on them, this lip balm is a life saver. It keeps them soft, moisturized, stops the peeling, and it tastes fantastic with zero guilt about licking it off to reapply.

I could absolutely go on, but alas, I’m out of room!  It’s fun, and a privilege, to work with leaders like these in the clean beauty market – proof positive that it’s not only possible to have healthy beauty that performs, but it’s happening.

Win our giveaway:

We’re giving away 10 Goodeboxes – find a few green favorites of your own with one of these beauty-filled boxes. Leave your comment below and sign up for The Chalkboard and Goodebox newsletters…we’ll announce the 10 lucky winners on Monday afternoon!

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Comments


  1. These all sound wonderful. What fun it would be to curate your own box!

    Tammy | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  2. I’d love to try the items in the Goodebox!

    Kelly | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  3. I am newly pregnant and I have been switching out all of my questionable ingredient beauty products. I would love to give some of these Goodebox items a try!

    Hailey | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  4. This sounds amazing! What a wonderful idea to curate some of the best products with the finest ingredients and ethics attached. I love this.

    Christine | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  5. As a grad student it’s really tough to find clean, natural beauty products (that actually work!) on a budget. would love a chance to try some of these!!

    brittany | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  6. This would be a really nice birthday present

    Wesley | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  7. What a wonderful end of summer treat this would to help usher in rhe cooler weather.

    Rita | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  8. Finding the right/best products can be very overwhelming especially with all of the new green products on the market. Would love the opportunity to test the ones you’ve selected in hopes of finding new gems to add to my regimen.

    Maria | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  9. Would LOVE to try this!

    Alie | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  10. Right up my alley–fingers crossed!

    gina | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  11. thanks for another great giveaway, would love to try some of Goodebox’s products!

    Hannah R. | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  12. I’m making the switch to more natural products this fall as an end of year gift to myself and my skin. This would be a wonderful start!

    Sarah S. | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  13. This is such a great idea! I’ve read many posts from bloggers who receive other types of monthy subscriptions and samples, but this is the first natural/sustainable one I’ve come across. It’s so exciting to see how all-natural, “back to your roots” products are becoming more and more popular. I’d love to give this a try!

    Marianne | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  14. Always looking for new clean products that work!

    Jenny | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  15. I’ve been a follower of the Chalkboard for a while now, but as a broke (new!) college student in New York City, it’s pretty much impossible for me to test out even one or two of the delicious-looking products you post about. I would be ecstatic to win this!

    Rose | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  16. I’m still new to the all-natural/organic products and this goodebox/giveaway would be a great introduction.

    Michelle | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  17. I’ve been wanting to try the goodebox! I love the list, thanks for the suggestions!

    Flying Yogini | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  18. as a devotee to everything I put on my body being green and clean I couldn’t want one of these boxes more!!!

    Lucy S | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  19. A goode way to sample new products!

    Raquel | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  20. What a great giveaway!

    Catherine | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  21. This is exactly the kind of thing I’d promote to my own blog readers! So grateful there are companies like Goodebox helping folks to care for their bodies in fun ways 🙂 Be well!

    Tricia | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  22. What a GOODE idea ;). Love to win.

    Boni B | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  23. Would love to get this box and be introduced to green brands!

    Asia | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  24. La Bella Figura makes the best smelling things, I have their Bohemia Verde Hair Elixir and it is addictive. Would love to win.

    Caroline | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  25. Sounds amazing, I’m all about clean and green! Would love to win this, thanks for the opportunity!

    Piia | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  26. I recently cancelled another green beauty box and have been debating signing up for this one. I would love to try this before I buy it!

    Melissa | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  27. I recently stopped another green beauty box subscription and have been debating signing up for this one. I would love to try this one before I buy a subscription!

    Melissa V. | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  28. All of these products sound amazing! I’d love to try them out and do a review of them on my blog!

    Daisy | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  29. Would love to try some of these products! I’m always looking for green and clean products to incorporate into my beauty routine.

  30. I wish Goodebox was available in Canada. I’m still waiting patiently 🙂
    I’ve tried a couple if these products & absolutely love them. The rest sound amazing!
    Right on for green products!

    Stefanie | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  31. This is a great giveaway!! I purchased a bonus box from Goodebox and I received the Kahina mask in my box. The mask is amazing.

    Tameka | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  32. Such a wonderful idea, it would be great to make the whole world green! I live on limited funds, but always look for the healthy alternatives. I Love your product suggestions and your goodboxes. ♥

    Susan | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  33. I love several of these products and just learned of a few more to try. i think i will get Goodebox right now.

    Valencia | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  34. I soo need this 🙂

    Leonor | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  35. I love beauty boxes !!!! is the best way to try new products, specially green products

    viviana | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  36. Yes yes yes! I want to try this!!!

    yelena | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  37. It would be great to get one of these! Thank you!

    Lisa | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  38. 2013 was a roller coaster of a year. With a birthday (and not to mention resolution season) quickly approaching, I decided that balance and happiness require mindfulness. And so, instead of making more resolutions I’ve decided to start out my birthday month, and what I consider the beginning of a new year, by making a commitment to myself. Be mindful of my surroundings, others, and more importantly of myself. This goodebag would be a great way to start being more mindful of what I put on my skin. I’ve already started to be more mindful of what I put into my body, but it would be great to start my new year with being mindful of what I put ON my body. Thanks you!

    Christina M | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  39. I would love to try one of these boxes! I love finding new green beauty products!

    Donna F. | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  40. Who doesn’t love something amazing arriving in the mail to look forward to!

    Leah B | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  41. I have been trying to make the transition to a more natural beauty routine and this would be a great way to try some new alternatives!

    Adele | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  42. All of these products sound like great alternatives to mainstream products that contain potentially harmful ingredients!

    Julie P. | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  43. Wow! What a great way to sample some new products!

    Karen J. | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  44. This is a great idea! I’m in the process of changing my beauty products and would love to try this!:)

    Jennifer | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  45. I’m a member of goodebox and I love getting box of treats each month to try. Many of the items above are new to me and I’ll have to give them a try. I’d love to win a box…hope the good luck fairy picks me!

    linda | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  46. I am a natural beauty product junkie and am quite picky about using different products, but everything in this box is something I would want to try! It’s rare that I find such a wonderfully curated list of items, since most can be hit or miss.

    Jinna | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  47. Goodeboxes are awesome. Try them I love green beauty products and this is the best way to try so many items!!

    Myndie Etling | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  48. My super sensitive skin led me to natural products, but my bank account doesn’t like them as much! Goodebox is such a great program and free stuff is always great.. especially when it’s au naturale!

    Casey | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  49. So exiting! Goodebox is awesome

    amber | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  50. Love this! I want to be a green goddess!

    Stacey | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  51. I only use natural products and I’m obsessed with skincare! This sounds perfect! Sign me up please : )

    Gina | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  52. I am fairly new to natural & organic beauty products. I’d love to try some new products as I’m still trying to find alternatives to the unhealthy products I used to use.

    Maryann | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  53. Goodebox is the best subscription box ever! Trust me! No junk here, only pure quality goodness!

    Candi | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  54. I’ve been wanting to try Goodebox. Someday I want to have my own apothecary shop where I “curate” various boxes for different skin types, seasons, etc. So much fun!

    Ariel | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  55. As a 40+ mother of three I have loved what I am learning on Chalkboard. It is making me more thoughtful about what I put in my body, how to keep my body and mind strong, and how to think about skin care. These products sound like wonderful options to take me out of my box and be open minded to the healthy and beautiful options available to us. Thanks for all of the enlightening info.

    tricia | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  56. so cool! i’d love to try their products.

  57. I would love to win one of these! I have been trying to change over to all natural beauty products but it’s very pricey!

    Tammi D | 10.04.2013 | Reply
  58. These products sound heavenly, would love to try them.

    Kathy | 10.05.2013 | Reply
  59. Your products look heavenly, would love to try them.

    Kathy | 10.05.2013 | Reply
  60. Love this! It is so hard to find clean products that also work well. Would love to try the box! 🙂

    Lauren | 10.05.2013 | Reply
  61. What an amazing selection of green products! I’ve been trying to switch to all natural products and have heard of some of these brands but haven’t tried any of these yet. I love the chalkboard and will happily sign up and check out the goodebox now too! Thanks 🙂

    Alexandra Gross | 10.05.2013 | Reply
  62. Would love to try these products! I’ve been looking for a good natural tinted sunscreen for some time. xS

    Shawna | 10.05.2013 | Reply
  63. Great giveaway! also would love to try Goodebox’s products!

    Zoya | 10.05.2013 | Reply
  64. Goodebox looks amazing! what a treat! Kathy KathyThanks, chalkboard!

    kathy gc | 10.05.2013 | Reply
  65. the goodebox looks amazing! what a treat! thanks, chalkboard!

    kathy gc | 10.05.2013 | Reply
  66. What a fantastic idea, I would love to try these. Living/studying in the UK there are so many great brands that are only available in the US…. Share the green beauty love across the pond!

    beccy | 10.05.2013 | Reply
  67. I love that I can open that box and use EVERYTHING in it without having to worry EVERYTHING that’s in it!

    Jennifer | 10.05.2013 | Reply
    • Sorry, that’s worry ABOUT (forgot that word) everything that’s in it (the ingredients)

      Jennifer | 10.05.2013 | Reply
  68. Oh this would be awesome!

    tiffany newman | 10.05.2013 | Reply
  69. Always searching for quality ingredients and effective products that are safe and natural. I love this list and would LOVE to try some of these top picks!

    Jessica Moreau | 10.05.2013 | Reply
  70. Finally! A healthy beauty box subscription!

    Jess | 10.05.2013 | Reply
  71. I LOVE Goodebox!! So fun to be able to try new products like I used to before “cleaning up” my beauty products. 🙂

    Michelle | 10.05.2013 | Reply
  72. I absolutely love all of the great products that I receive in my Goodebox every month. How exciting to win one if these, though!! Thanks again 🙂

    Audrey | 10.05.2013 | Reply
  73. Goodebox sounds amazing! I’d love to win a box, thanks for the great giveaway!

  74. I would love to win a Goodebox and try some great, green & clean products! I’m signed up for both newsletters.

    Emily | 10.05.2013 | Reply
  75. It would be fantastic to test out new products that are green and just plain good for you!!!

    Paige | 10.05.2013 | Reply
  76. I would LOVE to enter this Giveaway! What a treat this would be to win. I have spent the last many years struggling with a serious illness that sadly left me very depressed and i stopped being good to my body and to myself. But i am on a mission to reclaim my life,my health and myself. I love Pressed Juicery and The ChalkBoard! Both are helping me in so many ways and im so happy to read every post and newsletter.And now ive just been introduced to Goodebox which sounds very excited too!

    Dawn | 10.05.2013 | Reply
  77. I wanna win!! All of these things sound too fun!

    Elise | 10.05.2013 | Reply
  78. Oh my gosh, I would love to win any of these beauty items! I’m an avid natural skincare and makeup buyer but Londontown Nail Lakur (<3 that it's 5-free!) and Preserve toothbrushes (have used and recycled many of those before), are the only products I have tried so winning this would make me one happy girlie! I will go off to bed now and dream that this Goodebox arrives in my mail…

    Corinne | 10.05.2013 | Reply
  79. Happy Birthday to me! Thank you for the opportunity!
    I would be so pleased to win, as I always use All Natural Bath & Beauty.
    Cheery Bye,
    Tonie:)

    Tonie Silver | 10.05.2013 | Reply
  80. I love the idea of Goodebox and the products look amazing!

    Aling | 10.05.2013 | Reply
  81. Thank you for sharing such a great interview – it was nice to see what products she actually “edits” into her daily routine given the nature of her job.

    Sandi | 10.06.2013 | Reply
  82. How exciting! Thank you so much for the opportunity!

  83. Sounds like clean, green, fun!

    Marisa | 10.06.2013 | Reply
  84. i WANT it! So great!

    Haley Michelle | 10.06.2013 | Reply
  85. Would LOVE to try this out!

    Mindy | 10.06.2013 | Reply
  86. This sounds amazing…would love to try it out!

    Andrea | 10.06.2013 | Reply
  87. I signed up for both newsletters.
    I’d love to try the Blissoma Amenda Solar Repair Anti Aging Serum. Blue Avocado is a brand I’ve liked and used.

    Carolsue | 10.07.2013 | Reply
  88. I would be thrilled to try this box ! I am so thankful to all the individuals out there committed to creating quality products that we can put on our skin guilt free! Really excited about it

    Anusha | 10.07.2013 | Reply
  89. I signed up for both newsletters. Would love to win!. Your site is continually amazing.

    Zeina El-Fakih | 10.07.2013 | Reply
  90. I would love to try these products! There are a lot of new ones listed that I was not familiar with!

    Sarah | 10.07.2013 | Reply
  91. I love that the Goodebox addresses beauty in a big sense. It includes vitamins, toothbrushes etc…Beauty from the inside out! My son’s girlfriend, a college student, switched to natural beauty products after suffering from a bad rash. I have been her go to person for suggestions on green beauty brands, prices and results! I would love to win the Goodebox, discover new brands and share them ! I am always looking forward to wake up to the Chalkboard everyday! Its like having your personal guru:)

    Laetitia Boswell | 10.07.2013 | Reply
  92. What an amazing list of products! I would love to try them. Thank you so much!

    Katharine | 10.07.2013 | Reply
  93. Really have gotten into some of the new natural products out there. Would totally love to try some of these.

    Gwen | 10.07.2013 | Reply
  94. These products sound amazing! Can’t wait to try some.

    Trish | 10.07.2013 | Reply
  95. That’s sounds great! I’d love to try some of these!
    Fingers crossed!

    Melanie | 10.07.2013 | Reply
  96. I have tried a few of those products, but what a wonderful way to try a few new ones that I had never heard of before! One thing I haven’t tried yet are non-toxic nail polishes. I just stopped wearing nail polish for awhile, but with winter coming, I’d love to try some great winter colors! Love Chalkboard and look forward to their newsletters in my email.

    Katherine | 10.07.2013 | Reply
  97. I would love to try Goodebox! Its always fun to try out something new!

    Jessica | 10.07.2013 | Reply
  98. I love trying new natural beauty products! Natural Calm is my fave afternoon refresher and would love to try all the other products as well – such a fun giveaway!!!!

    Kate R. | 10.07.2013 | Reply
  99. That description could have been me! Some of my current products are running low and these look like great suggestions!

    Robin | 10.07.2013 | Reply
  100. This is an awesome give-a-way. I would love to win this!

    Erica | 10.07.2013 | Reply
  101. Ahhhh, I’ve been dying to try so many of these products! Fingers crossed. 🙂

    Sarah B | 10.07.2013 | Reply
  102. THANK YOU TO ALL OUR READERS WHO COMMENTED – WE WISH WE HAD A BOX TO GIVE AWAY TO ALL OF YOU! CONGRATS TO OUR WINNERS: LAETITIA, ZEINA, GINA, CASEY, BRITTANY, HAILEY, DAWN, TRICIA, SUSAN AND MARIANNE!

    The Chalkboard | 10.08.2013 | Reply
    • Oh my word! Thank you so much! So excited to receive the box 🙂

      Tricia | 10.14.2013 | Reply
  103. These products all sound great! Just moved to the Netherlands and finding it tough to find natural beauty products, so would love to try these! Especially like the sound of the Paris perfume oil and SPF moisturiser. My skin burns easily and is really sensitive, but all the creams I’ve tried feel horribly heavy. Finding something light to wear every day would be perfect!

    Sophie | 10.08.2013 | Reply
  104. These sound amazing! Would be so excited to try these…

  105. What a great idea! I have heard of other sites like this, but they are toxic products! I have been changing to natural and organic beauty products for a few months now and this is a genius way to try new products!!! I would love to win!

    Hayley Binford | 10.08.2013 | Reply
  106. Thank you for the opportunity! This is such a great company…makes the transition easier.

    Katy | 10.09.2013 | Reply
  107. This is beautiful! I would love to try these products 🙂

    Olivia | 10.09.2013 | Reply
  108. What an exciting giveaway – and an excellent list of products!

    Jennifer Wilson | 10.10.2013 | Reply
  109. Wow!! This is such a great idea! I recently found out about The Chalkboard and am seriously in love with this site. Now I am going to have to check out Goodebox as well! Hope i get lucky!

    Shona S. | 10.10.2013 | Reply
  110. This sounds amazing! Would love to win!

    Elizabeth | 10.10.2013 | Reply
  111. This is a great idea! I have been thinking about trying Goodebox for awhile. Maybe I will win and then start subscribing monthly 🙂

    Sarah | 10.11.2013 | Reply
  112. I’ve been thinking about joining Goodebox for a while. I also love the Chalkboard. Would love to try these products!

  113. This seems like an awesome way to get to try new products without having to commit completely to a whole product!

    Sara D | 10.21.2013 | Reply
  114. Overjoyed that a green beauty box exists! I would love to try 🙂

    Eleanor | 11.04.2013 | Reply
    • Hi Eleanor, we are happy to hear you like Goodebox as much as we do! This giveaway has since closed, but be on the lookout for more giveaways on TCM as the holiday season approaches…

      The Chalkboard | 11.05.2013 | Reply

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