Bare Bliss Box – March 2015 Review (Gilt)

Bare Bliss Box is a subscription that sends out organic and natural beauty products. I signed up through GILT for what I thought was an an amazing deal.

When I signed up for the offer I thought it would be a great way to try  Bare Bliss Box. While I am not totally unhappy with the box itself I question the bait and switch tactics. The fact that we do not get the same box as regular subscribers and were never told this, coupled with the fact that I got my box very late makes me an unhappy box enthusiast.

Alright on to the Bare Bliss Box review:

Nice sticker!
Nice sticker!

Pura Bela Deodorant: 



Handmade deodorant made me worry that this would tickle when I put it on. Would I be able to feel the hands through some sort of cosmic vibration? Nope. Though it did feel a little weird to put this stuff on with my own hands since I am used to the whole applicator style type. It is natural and the ingredients can be pronounced without worry of offending any of those scientist friends of yours that you are always trying to impress. Overall it worked well but I did not put it to a super test at the gym or anything like that. It is the weekend after all and I am tired from opening so many boxes that a trip to the gym just doesn’t make any sense.

My Value: Applying this keeps from smelling like a gym sock and allows me to check how well my razor is working!


iwi fresh body oil
iwi fresh body oil

Iwi Fresh Body Oil Spray: I decided that reading the descriptions was for ‘chumps’ and sprayed this on to my face thinking it was a toner. Imagine my surprise when I realized that I had just sprayed my whole face with luxurious body oil! It got all into my nose and mouth, thank goodness it is natural right?!? The scent is Zesty Lime, which sounds like hot sauce on a margarita. This smelled a little more musky and I actually really like it. I am of the dry skinned variety of human and am glad something from the garden can work well enough to hydrate me, but be natural enough where my face didn’t freak out from my mishap.

My Value: Finally a cure for dry mouth and dry knees! 


True Beauty Broollyn 100% Organic Body Moisturizer with Lavender
True Beauty Brooklyn 100% Organic Body Moisturizer with Lavender


True Beauty Brooklyn 100% Organic Body Moisturizer with Lavender: Funny story, this melted in my car. That isn’t a funny story? I know, I just really like you and wanted your attention. Anyway I feel that a ton of these more natural type companies feel they must use lavender in something. I am lucky and I like it, but the more I read of other peoples likes and dislikes, the more I have learned that lavender is a really polarizing ingredient. Anyway they say you can use this on your hair, lips, and skin. I feel like for a product that can be used for so many things the sample was super small. Like you could use it for all this stuff, but we aren’t going to let you.

My Value: In the description is says I will “love stepping out of the shower” to use this which is really something considering I am always trying to make sure I don’t step on any errant stray litter my cat somehow tracks right where I like to towel off… 


Elegant Rose - Rosemary Nettle Shampoo Bar
Elegant Rose – Rosemary Nettle Shampoo Bar

Elegant Rose – Rosemary Nettle Shampoo Bar: This smells so good! I have to be honest I was VERY dubious about trying anything on my body that had the word nettle in it. Nettles are awful and bring up memories of me as a child kayaking with my dad. One time my kayak got stuck and my mom yelled out, “Grab the plant and pull free!” Just as I reached and grabbed it my dad yelled “Oh God no, don’t grab that damn plant!” Too late. My hand felt like it was on fire and bubbled up something fierce.

And that was the time I shook hands with a nettle plant.

My Value: Finally I can get past just shaking hands with that saucy little nettle plant! We are now showering together!


Final Verdict: I feel all conflicted still about this company and by the time the next box reaches my door I hope my trust issues are worked out. It was solid and at the $13 a month they charge (if you get a 6 month sub) it is a great value. I just have a hard time letting stuff go because I am not only a jerk, I play one of this blog.

Check out my last review of this box which I think is much funnier than this one!

  12 comments for “Bare Bliss Box – March 2015 Review (Gilt)

  1. nana
    April 12, 2015 at 5:55 am

    This is a nice enough box for $13, if it was sold as a $13 box. But doing a switch & bait is just not cool.

    • Subscriptionista
      April 12, 2015 at 2:41 pm

      Agreed! I Am hoping April is better. It was sad to see spoilers and not get them

  2. April 12, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    ROTFL, love the spray story and the nettle one. This does look like a good box for $13, but I am not sure I want to ever use Gilt because of the bait and switch. Were they the ones that added some shipping charge on one subscription making no real deal at all?

    Lavender, ugh, that is in way to many things. I think it has preservative effects but is the one scent that gives my husband headaches quickly.

    My cat is always dragging litter into the shower too, she is long haired and we actually take her to get a ‘landing strip’ shave every month to cut down on that (and a tub shave for mats…) Helps some.

    • Subscriptionista
      April 13, 2015 at 2:23 am

      LOL I TOTALLLLLLY get grooming your cat! It really shows you how much a cat can become a loved one. I never saw myself doing things I do now for my cat. Like one second ago I found some weird substance on her tale. Turned out to be ranch dressing. ew.

      Yes, this sub was the one where they charged shipping. It made it the same cost of a regular subscription (or really close) and annoyed me because we don’t even get the same box as others. I would not suggest a gilt or discount sub for this box.

      For my Petbox groupon sub I think it is a pretty darn good deal. Even though they have special groupon boxes.

      I think it is important to read the fine print and also see what you are actually getting. If it is not the normal box then you might want to pass…

      Thanks a bunch for sharing your litter story because I always wonder if it is my cat just trying to shame me…

      • April 13, 2015 at 3:47 am

        Oh, I avoid the reason we started shaving her… When she was little she had serious stomach troubles and well she would not get near me in the bathroom cause she knew she would be getting a bath…. Explosive is the word. We got her on special food which has greatly decreased the need to replace the carpet in the hallway and her need for shaves, but we found we like her not tracking litter quite as far when shaved….. We are in process (as in years of process) of redoing our foreclosed house so just have indoor/outdoor carpet for the living room/master/hallway. makes for easy replacing any ways. The Master expansion is finally getting off the ground then we can finish putting down hardwood. LOVE being married to a contractor. Just going to have to see if there is a subscription box for monthly boxes of superglue to be able to get him to sit on the couch and not overdo every day.

        No idea if all of that makes sense or not, but cat and shaving is a good idea when long haired…..

        • Subscriptionista
          April 13, 2015 at 11:00 pm

          Omg you struck GOLD being married to a contractor, though I hear sometimes it can be tougher to get a husband to work on his OWN home lol

          Totally makes sense! Ugh and washing a cat is NO fun. My newest cat might get able to beat me up so I’m not trying to give her a reason… 😉 glad your kitties tummy is better, I know that problem as well!!!

          • April 14, 2015 at 1:00 am

            I actually have a strange problem with my husband, I have to nag him constantly – to SIT DOWN AND REST!!!! lol 🙂 he is a mile a minute person but had a heart attack last year so trying to keep him from overdoing is tough. He is doing great though. It is wonderful to get things fixed before I even know they are broken too.

            So did your lavender cream resolidify nicely or is it a mess now?

          • Subscriptionista
            April 15, 2015 at 3:41 am

            It went back to normal, but now I know it will not be one of those keep in the car products!

  3. PA Anna
    April 15, 2015 at 3:05 am

    I would be afraid to try nettle for the same reason. How did it work as a shampoo bar? I have the same conflicted issues about the company. I read the reviews and miss receiving my boxes, but the issues keep me away.

    Green Kids Craft charged me a shipping fee too. This was a Living Social voucher if I remember right. I was annoyed and learned to read everything when purchasing. My son hated that box too. I ended up giving away 2 out of the 3 boxes. He would cry when I try to get him to do them. That is how much he hates them. He loves Kiwi Crate and other subs, but there is something about GKC that he hates.

    • Subscriptionista
      April 15, 2015 at 3:44 am

      I didn’t use it on my hair because it is so bleached and needs a ton of moisture. But my arm hair looked good lol!

      I’m going to try some boxes for my nephew. Do you think 3 or 4 is too young?

      • PA Anna
        April 15, 2015 at 4:00 am

        No. He will love them. Do you know what boxes yet?

        • Subscriptionista
          April 15, 2015 at 11:00 pm

          Not yet! I want it to be good but not be too much work for him.

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