If you’ve ever walked into a health-food shop, then walked out again because you felt intimidated or confused, you’re not alone. The first time I ventured into my local organics shop, I looked at one item (which happened to be really expensive), then fled. It was all way too hard and different.
While managing a health-food store, Sharon Chung realised her customers were struggling to find what they wanted due to time pressures or simply being overwhelmed. As a solution to this, Sharon started Notox Box (as in “nothing toxic”) a subscription-based sampling scheme that effectively allows you to try before you buy.
The monthly box ($25) includes a mix of sample, travel and full-sized products including food, cleaning products and personal care. In the August box, for example, there was a full-size organic dip, a bamboo toothbrush, chlorine-free mini baking cups, dish soap and laundry detergent, plus a few other goodies. Everything you try in your Notox box can then be bought online at the Notox website.
What I like about this concept is that it ultimately reduces waste. I’ve bought a lot of natural, eco or organic products over the years that have been, well, rubbish. It’s very disappointing and send you straight back to whatever toxic formulation you previously used because you know it works.
The team at Notox box does a good job of selecting the products to include each month, asking the questions you don’t have time for, such as:
- Is this product ethically made?
- Is it environmentally friendly?
- Is it really a health food?
- Does it actually work?
Don’t take my word for it, see for yourself!
We have an October Notox Box to give away to whoever can tell me the funniest tale about buying natural, eco or organic products. Go on, make me giggle!
To enter, post your comment here or on Facebook. The winner will be decided on Friday 20 September, chance plays no part in determining the winner.
Click here to learn more about Notox Box.