23 June 2014

PRODUCT REVIEW: NATIVE BOX MUM & BUB WINTER 2014

Today I'd like to share with you the Winter 2014 edition of the *Native Box Mum & Bub;





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.

RRP:
Quarterly (=one box): $24.95 (shipping included)
Yearly (=four boxes): $89.80 (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



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 1 year 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! Available from Rain Forest Remedies

 
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



NatraSan Antibacterial Instant Hand Sanitiser with Kakadu Plum & Vanilla




I don't really like hand sanitisers, and I am usually not one to carry around one and use it a million times during the day - but for keeping in the nappy bag and using when you have to do an emergency nappy change in the back of the car or somewhere where there is no toilet with soap and water in sight for you to use afterwards, then a hand sanitiser does come in handy. And this little pump bottle has the perfect size to pop into the nappy bag. And although the 28ml bottle is so small, its claimed there are 180 sprays, and hence 90 uses per bottle, killing 99.99% of germs in 10 seconds. Amazing.


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 winter 2014 Mum & Bub Box from Native box.
Overall I think 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 NatraSan Hand Sanitiser and the Rainforest Remedies Lip Balm. Unfortunately I wont be able to put the Moltex nappy to the test, but at least there is only that one product that will 'go to waste'. And although the String Bag, the Hand Sanitiser (I think), and the lip balm are all full sized products, the remainder of the products are all sample sized, and of relatively low value, so I would have liked to see one or two more full sized products to ensure the box is worth its $24.95.
However, I do like being introduced to new products, and box is doing that very successfully!

*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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4 comments

  1. Great reviews on some really handy products, it is so nice to be able to read your reviews before outlaying the money only to find that the product is no good for me, thank you

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    1. Thanks Cheryl - and I agree - but this is also a great way of trying new products, without having to spend up big on full sized products.

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  2. What a great idea for a box! xx

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    1. It certainly is, and it would also be the perfect gift for a new mother.

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