Finding products that are vegan-friendly yet effective continues to be a struggle in plant-based lifestyles. Sure I want to use products that are cruelty-free and good for my body, but it’s a huge bummer to spend 3x what you usually spend on mascara only to have it smear or wear off.
Vegan subscription boxes have been a godsend for me as I explore the world of vegan personal products! Instead of standing in a drugstore aisle trying to decide between ten kinds of foundation, I have a curated box of cruelty-free goods sent right to my doorstep.
I was excited to give the Love Goodly box a try!
Not only is the company completely vegan and cruelty-free, but they’re also eco-friendly and committed to providing high quality, socially conscious products.
Perhaps my favorite aspect of Love Goodly’s business model is that it uses only full-size products in each shipment. It can be frustrating to get sample sizes of products in other subscription boxes, so I really liked that I got regular-size items to try in this shipment.
Overall, I thought the Love Goodly box was a great value, and I would definitely recommend it to my friends. It’s ideal for exploring good-for-you products, a treat for yourself, or a gift for a vegan friend or loved one.
Want to know more? Keep reading for the juicy details, and the contents of the April/May box!
Love Goodly was nice enough to give our readers an exclusive coupon code. Just enter URBANVEGAN when you check out here, to save $5 off your first box.
All About Your Love Goodly Box
While some people appreciate customization in a box, I liked how simple and streamlined the Love Goodly experience was.
The company offers one option when it comes to their subscription box. Each box costs $29.95, and is shipped bi-monthly to your doorstep – so you get a box for April/May, a box for June/July, etc. Each box contains 4-5 full-size vegan, cruelty-free, and non-GMO products.
Doing good doesn’t stop with just your purchase, either. 5% of the purchase price of the box is donated to support a cause. This allows you to impact change even after you shop.
So you’ve got the background of the box, now let’s get to the fun part – what’s inside!
What Came in The Box?
1. 100% Pure Mascara
I use traditional waterproof vegan mascara in my beauty regimen, but I’ve wanted to switch to a natural alternative for a long time. This mascara gets its color from antioxidant-rich black tea.
I was really happy with this mascara! It noticeably darkened and lengthened my lashes, but was gentle on my eyes. It lasted all day without flaking or smudging but was easy to remove at the end of the day.
I’m definitely going to add this mascara to my makeup bag!
2. Love Springs Eternal Youth Preservation Serum
Youth serums aren’t generally something I include in my beauty routine, so this product was entirely new territory for me. This serum uses plant botanicals and marine ingredients to keep skin supple.
I haven’t been using this product long enough to see any reduction in fine lines, wrinkles, or skin quality, but overall I like this product. It has an extremely light scent and dries quickly, so I’m not left with a sticky residue on my face.
If you like serums as part of your beauty routine, this is a good addition! But I’ll have to use this longer to decide whether or not it’s worth the full price. However, thanks to the full-size product in Love Goodly’s box, I’ll have a long time to decide!
3. Pure SOL Konjac Cleansing Sponge
I had never heard of a facial cleansing sponge before getting one in my Love Goodly box. This sponge uses activated charcoal to clear acne and rosacea from the skin while improving the overall skin quality.
After experiencing these through the box, I’ll be adding them to my beauty routine – the good news is that they’re reasonably priced so I can keep them in my routine.
After using the sponge, my skin felt noticeably softer, and there was definite brightness, as though the sponge had cleansed away the dead skin cells.
I thought this product was a good balance between gentle and exfoliating. It didn’t irritate or inflame the redness in my face, so it’s a good option for those with acne.
4. 100% Pure Bright Eyes Mask
This “mask” is really two masks – two little kidney bean shapes that go right under your eyes. This came in such fun packaging – I loved the brightly colored shapes in jelly-like packaging to keep them moist.
I used these first thing in the morning when my eyes were the puffiest. While I don’t generally suffer from dark circles, these really cut down on the puffy, red skin I get when I’m first getting out of bed.
While I saw a definite difference in my skin’s appearance, these masks need to be left on for 15-20 minutes. As you need to be laying down when you apply them, they’re not exactly a quick fix. However, they’re ideal for those rare opportunities you have to indulge yourself – and are fantastic for puffy skin.
Value of Combined Contents
- 100% Pure Black Tea Mascara: $25.00
- Love Springs Eternal Youth Preservation Serum: $75.00
- Pure SOL Konjac Cleansing Sponge: $9.00
- 100% Pure Bright Eyes: $7.00
Overall, the value of this month’s box came out to a whopping $116! Considering I only paid $24.95 for this box, this is an incredible value.
As a frugal shopper, I’d never shell out $25 on a mascara I had never tried – what if I didn’t like it? By getting it as part of the Love Goodly box, I was able to try it out. If I hated it, I was out less than half the retail price of the product, and if I wound up loving it, I could buy it at full price with confidence.
What I Loved
Overall, I really liked the Love Goodly box, but a handful of things stuck out to me as especially wonderful.
- Beautiful Packaging
The box has a luxurious feel from the moment you open it. From the choice of paper to the calligraphy, there is clearly no detail about the box that has not been considered. The whole thing feels very feminine and well-designed.
Additionally, the small addition of things like paper confetti makes this box feel like opening a gift when you get it. I appreciated the extra mile the company went to to make this subscription box feel more like a present than something I had ordered myself.
- Amazing Value
I still can’t get over how great of a deal this subscription box is. I got over a hundred dollars of goods for nearly a quarter of the price, which to me is what the power of group and subscription buying is all about.
Any person can put together a collection of products for a particular price, but getting items at a steep discount is something you can only get from a service like this.
The products from Love Goodly’s box were things I could never have gotten for the price of what I got in the box, and that made me feel like a subscription would be worth every penny – and then some!
- Quality of Products
I appreciate that all of Love Goodly’s products are certified vegan, cruelty-free, and made from safe, natural, non-GMO ingredients.
It’s one thing to treat yourself, but it’s an entirely another thing to have those treats be something good for you and your body.
I like that Love Goodly puts purpose right up there with profit – they make sure that people can make better choices about the ingredients that go in and on their bodies, and I love being able to support a company that sticks to their values.
What Didn’t Wow Me
These are two of the downsides to a Love Goodly subscription box, but honestly, they wouldn’t keep me from maintaining a subscription with the company. These are slight irks/things that could be better – not necessarily deal breakers.
- Sparsity of Shipments
Love Goodly boxes only ship once every other month. This means that you’re stuck waiting for a long time, and if you place your next order immediately after a shipment goes out, you’ll have to wait awhile before your next shipment arrives.
Having a monthly subscription box arriving each month can give you something to look forward to, so having to go two months in between each delivery can be frustrating for some people.
If having a box delivered each month is important to you, Love Goodly may not be the subscription service for you.
- Lack of Custimization
Love Goodly, as good an experience as it is, is a one-size-fits-all subscription service. No matter your personal preferences, you have to go with the regular box option – 4-6 products, once every other month.
Additionally, you don’t get to tell Love Goodly about the types of products you like. You might get a food item, some makeup, or a piece of jewelry – it varies from month to month.
If you have certain food allergies, or you don’t wear mascara, there’s no way to let Love Goodly know. There’s a chance you’ll be shipped an item that you can’t use, or don’t like.
The Bottom Line: Is Love Goodly Worth It?
Even with these small cons, I believe a Love Goodly subscription is worth every penny. The ability to try natural, vegan-friendly products at a steep discount is well-worth the subscription fee.
I also found the products to be high-quality and well-curated. I would consider extending my own subscription to this service, or gifting a box or two to a friend or loved one.
Trying to transition your makeup and personal products to vegan-friendly alternatives, but don’t know where to start? Consider treating yourself to a Love Goodly box so you can try discounted products before dropping a lot of cash.
Remember that Love Goodly has provided our awesome readers with an exclusive coupon code. Just enter URBANVEGAN when you check out here, to save $5 off your first box.