14 April 2014

Product Review: Native Box – Mum & Bub - Autumn 2014

I’ll be the first to admit that I have not always been mindful of the ingredients in the skincare products that I’ve been slathering my body with. But when I got pregnant, and realised that many of the artificial and harsh chemicals used in many beauty products were simply harmful for my unborn baby, so I made a big effort to ‘clean up my act’ a little. While I also have to be honest and admit that now, after giving birth, I have started using some of my old trusted skincare products again, using natural products was an eye opener, and I did discover so many new favourites along the way, that I continuously reach for. And one area where I always purchase natural skincare, is the products that I buy for our little 8 month old boy.

Back in November 2013 I reviewed the Native Box (you can see my review here), and after request from members, Native Box has now just launched a Mum & Bub box, and here are my thoughts on the very first one;

What They Say:

The Mum & Bub Box is intended to be an educational and informative tool along the journey or parenthood. Native Box work hard to source the very best natural and organic Australian products on the market and introduce them to you to try and experience. The Mum & Bub Box is focused on items for baby and some items to nurture and spoil mum or mum-to-be.

We will send you a different Native box every month with the very best eco-conscious, healthy and safe products to nourish the body, mind and soul. At Native Box we feature Australian brands, big and small, that provide exceptional eco-friendly and sustainable products. We continuously scour the market, making it easier for you to make good shopping decisions that are better for you, your family and our planet…. together with Native Box, these brands help positive change happen!  5-10 products monthly (Full &/or Samples). Note that the Mum & Bub box is a quarterly box.

1 month: $24.95 (shipping included)
3 months: $69.90 (shipping included)
12 months: $259.20 (shipping included)
– Available from Native Box

What I Say:

Now on to what was in the very first Native Box Mum & Bub Box;

E-String Bags 100% Cotton Handle Carry Bag – Full size/one net

This gorgeous net from E-String Bags is 100% biodegradable, reusable, recyclable and compostable. It comes in a selection of colours, and I got a bright pink one!! And it can hold up to 14kgs, yet it weighs a tiny 4grams!!! This net is perfect to pop in your handbag to use in the supermarket, or just to have at hand when you suddenly need an extra carriage bag. I really like the concept of these nets, but as I already received one in the November Native Box, which I by the way have made good use of, but unfortunately receiving another one doesn’t excite me that much, although I know it will be put to good use. I would have loved to see for instance an toy or a piece of baby clothing included in its place. Available from E-String Bags

Ayana Organics Baby Butter and Baby Bottom Cream – 2x sachet samples

I have never heard of this brand before, but I am happy to trial these sachet samples on my little boy, knowing that the products are very gentle, and enriched with organic ingredients such as cocoa butter, calendula oil and lavender oil, and that the products do not contain any ingredients from animal products and no chemicals either. Available from Ayana Organics

Bellamy’s Organic Apple & Cinnamon Baby Food – Full size/pouch, 90g

Currently I am a stay-at-home mum, and while life with a baby, two dogs, and moving house, while designing and building a new one, does keep me a tad busy, I do try to cook food for my little boy from scratch. In saying that, this baby food from Bellamy is made from certified organic ingredients, and ingredients have been sourced from local farmers wherever possible, so it will be handy to have at hand, and on the other hand, it will open his little eyes up to other flavour combinations that I may not have even thought of, so I can’t wait to see what he thinks of it! Available from Bellemy's Organic

WotNot Biodegradable Wipes – Sample pack/20 wipes

I have used the WotNot baby wipes, and really like them, so these wipes are well received. They are enriched with certified organic aloe vera, and 100% chlorine free as well as free from sulphates, petrochemicals, parabens, caustics, glycols and artificial fragrances. The small size is perfect to have in the handbag or in the car to prevent sticky fingers.  I will definitely be purchasing them again. Available from Eco Direct

Motex Eco Nappy – sample/one nappy

I am lucky that our little boy has never experienced anything in the form of skin irritations of nappy rash, but in saying that, I do like the sound of these eco nappies. They are made from biodegradable material and 100% chlorine free, so it is gentle on both your baby and earth! Unfortunately the sample included was for a newborn, and with my little boy now over 8 months old, we will not be able to try this one out. But I will make sure to check out their website for more information about these nappies. Available from Eco Direct

Probiotic Solutions Anywhere Anytime – Sample size/50ml spray bottle

This is an all-purpose cleaner that is free from chemicals. It is suitable for use on all surfaces, so perfect to clean the kitchen table from those sticky fingers after dinnertime – but the small size is also handy to bring with you to clean up your little ones mess when you’re out and about. It contains lemon myrtle, lemongrass, pink grapefruit and rosemary, and smells amazing – zesty and refreshing, just how I like it! Available from Probiotic Solutions 

Hello Fresh - $30 gift voucher

This is a fantastic concept. You sign up and get all the ingredients delivered to cook your dinner – basically meal planner and a personal shopper in one. Genius. And you can choose between getting three or five meals a week, and a meat or vegetarian option. I have already received one of these vouchers in a beauty subscription box, and plan to make use of it when we’ve moved into our new house early March.  Unfortunately I can only use one voucher per household, so I cannot use this one as well, but I am sure one of my friends will happily make use of it. Available from Hello Fresh

Rainforest Remedies Lemon Myrtle Lip Balm – Full size/5g

This lip balm is made from all natural ingredients, containing a blend of soothing fruit and nut oils as well as organic myrtle to moisturise, protect and smooth the lips. One can never have too many lip balms, and as soon as I saw that it had lemon myrtle included, I was sold. I absolutely love lemon scented products, and this lip balm doesn’t fail to impress. It smells so lovely and refreshing. I am almost due for a new lip balm on my bedside table, so this couldn’t have come at a better time!

Care You Love Persian Rose Moisturiser – Sachet Sample

This cream from Care You Love promises to deeply hydrate the skin with a rich calendula infusion and exquisite rose oils. The cream is infused with cold pressed kernel oil and made in small batches with love! And it is made without parabens, sulfates, glycols, petro-chemicals, artificial colours, and synthetic fragrances.

I got one of these sachets in the November Native Box, and while the cream is really lovely, and has the most beautiful rose scent, and will be used – having already tried it, means that I am not too excited about it, and I would have preferred to trial another product from the Care You Love product range. Available from Care You Love

Nourish Our Kids – Free Publication

Finally, the Mum & Bub Box also came with a small magazine called Nourish Our Kids. As the title suggests it has some great articles about nutrition for kids, and includes some yummy sounding recipes, so I will enjoy reading this to pick up any tips and meal ideals, and I will also make sure so check them out on facebook to be kept in the loop. 

So there you have it, this was the contents of the very first Mum & Bub Box from Native box.

As I mentioned in my review of the November Native Box, unfortunately the product info sheet doesn’t specify the RRP of the products, so it is difficult to immediately say how the box performs in terms of value for money. Apart from gift voucher from Hello Fresh, there is only newborn nappy that I won’t be able to use, so in that way at least nothing will go to waste. I am unsure if the Anywhere Anytime cleaner is a full sized product, but otherwise only the baby food and the lip balm and the string bag (which is a part of a pack of five) are full sized products value, and with the remainder of the products including the baby creams, the facial cream and the wipes being relatively budget friendly for even full sized products, as such they do not add the greatest of monetary value to the box, and it would have been lovely to see at least one or two more full sized products added to make sure that the total value of the box far exceeds the $24.95 cost of the box.

But in saying that I think that the box contains a great selection of natural products, and I like being introduced to new products, and in particularly I have high hopes for the Ayana baby creams and the Bellamy’s baby food, and the box gives you an opportunity to trial these products without potentially wasting a lot of money on buying full sized products you may not necessarily like. And if this box can introduce you to just one new favourite you might now otherwise have come across, then it is in my opinion well worth it.
*This product was kindly provided for consideration, and it has been reviewed in accordance with my Disclosure Policy.

And of course, as always, if you’d like to see an in-depth review of any of products in the box, leave me a comment below..

What do you think of the products in the Native Mum & Bub Box? Have you tried any of these products? Do you buy organic products?


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  2. Recently purchased the Probiotic Starter Pack of cleaning goodies - full size versions of your samples.
    Love using cleaning products with essential oils - smell so lovely!

    1. I am really enjoying the Anytime Anywhere - the small size is perfect in my nappy bag for cleaning highchairs both before and after use. I can easily see myself purchasing it again as I agree, it smells great!


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