Curated Subscription Review: Ecocentric Mom

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As I get back into the blogging swing of things (slowly...) I am pleased to have the opportunity to introduce you to a new curated subscription program, Ecocentric Mom. Ecocentric Mom is "a fun and smart way to discover healthy, natural and organic products, delivered monthly to your home, exclusively for moms, moms-to-be and baby..." They offer three box options--one for moms, one for moms-to-be, and one for babies--each at $17/month, including S&H. Very generously, they sent me two boxes to try--the baby box and the mom-to-be box.

Ecocentric Mom offers packaging very similar to other subscription boxes--it comes in a cardboard box with the items wrapped in tissue paper.

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The first box I opened was the mom-to-be box. Inside, I found:

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-Orgain Ready-to-Drink Nutritional Shake in Creamy Chocolate Fudge (estimated value $3.22)
-2 DivineMama Bars, Datey Apricot Cashew and Macnut Chocolate Chip (estimated value $2.99 each)
-TreeHugger Natural Bubblegum balls, 2 oz package (estimated value $2.99)
-2 Eat Cleaner Fruit & Vegetable Wipes (estimated value $8 for 10, $1.60)
-Earth Mama Angel Baby Earth Mama Body Butter, 2 oz (estimated value $10.95 for 4 oz, $5.43)
-2 Vaska Perfect Lavender Laundry Detergent, .75 fl oz each (estimated value $12.99 for 42 oz, $.47)
-2 Enzyme Fresh Home Naturally It's Clean Floors Cleanser, 1/2 oz each (estimated value $5.57 for 16 oz, $.36)
-Green Body Green Planet Energy Shampoo & Conditioner, 1 oz each (estimated value $24 for 8 oz, $6)
-Green Body Green Planet Revitalizing Shampoo & Conditioner, 1 oz each (estimated value $24 for 8 oz, $6)

Total estimated value: $32.05 (189% of cost)

I had mixed feelings about this box--some of what was in it was great, other things were less so. I loved the large sized Earth Mama Angel Baby product--it's a great company and 2 oz will go quite a long way. The shampoos and conditioners were nice, but I couldn't quite figure out why they'd include two from the same company. The small sample packets of floor cleanser and fruit and vegetable wipes didn't blow me away. The food and drink samples were nice sized, though not something I'm particularly interested in.

The baby box was more impressive:

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-Bathtime Baby Baby Butter, 3 oz (estimated value $9.50)
-DivineMama Bar in Datey Apricot Cashew (estimated value $2.99)
-2 packets nurturme Dried Organic Baby Food, crisp apples & plump peas (estimated value $9.99 for 8, $2.50)
-Oogaa Silicone Train Spoon (estimated value $5.99)
-My Dentist's Choice Tooth Tissues, 10 ct (estimated value $4)
-Love Munchkin Newborn & Sensitive Skin Oil, 1/2 oz (estimated value $12 for 4 oz, $2)
-2 Vaska Perfect Lavender Laundry Detergent, .75 fl oz each (estimated value $12.99 for 42 oz, $.47)
-Episensical Sunny Sunscreen, .75 oz (estimated value $15 for 4 oz, $2.81)
-Enzyme Fresh Home Naturally It's Clean Floors Cleanser, 1/2 oz (estimated value $5.57 for 16 oz, $.18)

Total estimated value: $30.44 (179% of cost)

Even though the total value of the baby box was slightly lower, I preferred it, because it had several full-sized products in it (spoon, baby butter, tooth tissues, and snack bar) as well as larger sized samples (sunscreen, skin oil, baby food). I'm particularly excited to try the baby skin care products, and will save the food packets for a few months until Buzzy is old enough for them. The only weak points I saw were the small samples that were repeated between the two boxes--the floor cleanser and laundry detergent. I also enjoyed the variety of products included, and that the tooth tissues and sunscreen were the only ones with which I was already familiar.

I suspect the baby box is easier for Ecocentric Mom to put together, just because it's not as saturated or as vague a market as the box for future moms. Baby stuff also lends itself to small sizes/sample sizes, and there is a big trend towards green products. I'm not sure I'd recommend the mom-to-be box at this point, but the baby box seems worth a closer look.

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