Going Green: Conscious Box

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Last month I treated myself to my very first Conscious Box. Natural products aren't always the most accessible ones, and Conscious Box is a monthly subscription box aimed at introducing consumers to some of the best non-GMO, non-toxic, ethically-sourced and truly green products out there. Each beautifully wrapped box contains 10-20 sample-sized products, ranging from snacks to supplements to personal care items. When you review the products you receive on the Conscious Box website, you can earn points towards purchasing full-sized versions of your favorite products.

I've tried most of what I received inside, and so far, here are the highlights that I would definitely repurchase in the future.

SLEEP SQUARES: mint chocolate-flavored chews that contain melatonin and herbs to help regulate your sleep cycle. I've relied on melatonin in the past to help with sleep-related problems, so these work well for me. The box comes with seven pieces (I use one per night).

KORRES TWO DEGREES BAR: contains quinoa, chia, millet and chocolate chips. It's delicious, and for each bar purchased, the company donates a meal to a hungry child, in partnership with Feeding America.

MIGHTY LEAF TEAS: all of them are excellent, but I'm especially addicted to the Green Jasmine variety.

If you're interested in green, eco-friendly products, Conscious Box is a fun way to get to know brands and items you might not find in your typical grocery store. I hadn't heard of a lot of these products prior to opening my box, so I'm happy to have discovered some new-to-me offerings in the natural health world. I do feel that Conscious Box does their research and includes only high-quality, responsibly-produced products in each box. Like with most subscription boxes, I think you pay a small premium for the "surprise factor"; the products inside are mostly small and sample-sized, and part of me wishes the box included fewer products but more generous quantities of each. And, like with most subscription boxes, I received a couple of items that weren't suited to my tastes: I'm not huge on supplements or cleanses, and I'm not a smoker so I won't be using the addiction-fighting Quit Tea.

Overall, I love the idea of this subscription box, though I still think subscription boxes in general are a tiny bit overrated. I will be receiving another Conscious Box this month, so I'll keep you posted. I'd love to know your thoughts on subscription boxes, and which (if any) you'd recommend!

Conscious Box, $20, www.consciousbox.com

(Tip: I used the code ONEFREE to get my first box for $7.99, the price of shipping!)