Special Delivery

By Nora Zelevansky / April 28, 2014

Great eco gifts that come wrapped and ready for mom

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BABYSTYLE Mama’s adorable tyke is wearing the Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Essentials 100 percent organic ribbed cotton long-sleeved lap-shoulder dress, with a built-in bodysuit and diaper snaps, in sizes from newborn to toddler. $12.99; burtsbeesbaby.com

A one-time Mother’s Day gift of truffles or peonies is always lovely, but it’s hard to beat a gift that literally keeps on giving. That’s why we love the slew of new eco gift-box delivery services now making that possible.

These companies mail regular themed packages of delightful and virtuous green goodies to try. (Warning: falling in love with the samples is likely, and web discounts are often included for guilt-free shopping!)

So, whether the eco-minded mama in question is a foodie, beauty fanatic or simply someone who loves to try new products, a wholesome, healthy and as-yet-undiscovered trove of treats awaits!

For the Makeup-Loving Mom

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The Goods: Trial-sized, eco-sensitive, beauty and personal-care products that are customized based on your unique profile (created online to specify skin type and more), with tips from industry experts. The company emphasizes newness, naturalness and efficacy, sending samples of items from natural body butter to eyelash conditioner and foundation sticks and serums.

The Brands: Innovative natural beauty companies like LashFood and Lotus Wei may offer up to 30 percent off on their sites.

The Details: $18 per box of five or six products; sent monthly or bi-monthly. goodebox.com

For The Foodie & Beauty Lover Mom


The Goods: Full- and trial-sized organic and healthy personal care and food products. Each month, subscribers choose from three boxes: food, beauty or seasonal-themed, and receive high-end items from olive oil soap to hypoallergenic shampoo and organic teas. (Office Snack boxes are also available with healthy munchies to feed one worker bee or the whole cubicle clan.)

The Brands: Up-and-coming companies like Do Naturals haircare, Luna Bar and OneHope Wine may offer up to an added 20 percent off or gift cards.

The Details: From $19.95 per box of about five products (with free shipping on orders of six months and on gift orders of three months); sent monthly. blissmo.com

For The Eclectic Mom

Eco Emi

The Goods: Themed but assorted samples of quirky eco-friendly items from largely independent creators (think Etsy!), all with a shared mission to spread the good green word. Gifts range from sustainably harvested wood greeting cards and flower headbands to powder perfumes and lip balms.

The Brands: Unique creators like Night Owl Paper Goods and Chamela Giri can offer up to 20 percent off.

The Details: $15 a box for seven samples minimum; sent monthly. ecoemi.com

For The All-Around Green Mom

Ecocentric Mom

The Goods: Full and large sample-sized organic, gentle, ethical products for personal, baby and pregnancy care, plus home, food and wellness—thoroughly researched. Whether subscribers choose Mom Discovery (for moms of any aged kids), Mom-To-Be or Mom & Baby boxes, green living experts’ tips are included alongside items from non-GMO snacks to Fair Trade pampering products and even diapers and wipes.

The Brands: Upscale eco-brands like Dapple Baby and Vance Family Soy Candles offer discount codes, plus members can win full-sized products via giveaways.

The Details: $24 per box for five to nine deluxe products; sent bi-monthly. ecocentricmom.com

For The New Mom


The Goods: Full- and sample-sized safe, natural clothing, accessories, toys and snacks for babies aged newborn to three years old (depending on your child’s age). This Canadian company—helmed by a mom—takes the guesswork and effort out of finding trustworthy and adorable baby items (often handmade!) from organic cotton and bamboo beanies to bath soaps and powders.

The Brands: Eco-conscious U.S. and Canadian baby lines like SoRad, Begin Again and Earth’s Berries sporadically offer special discounts (up to 50 percent off) via LittleEcoFootprint’s online store.

The Details: $36 per box (plus shipping); sent bi-monthly.

For The Enlightened Mom


The Goods: Seasonally inspired, Zen-themed, pre-tested eco-goodies designed to relax, inspire and mellow. The company—named for traditional Japanese silk kimonos and paper patterns—emphasizes a pretty presentation of natural and organic wellness and lifestyle products from aromatherapy stress-relief remedies and travel candles to gluten-free mint chocolate cups.

The Brands: Coveted companies like Jurlique and Kerstin Florian often offer up to an additional 25 percent off.

The Details: $33 per box of about 10 sample products; sent quarterly in May, August, November and February by season. yuzenbox.com

Nora Zelevansky

Nora Zelevansky

Nora Zelevansky is the author of upcoming novel, Will You Won't You Want Me?, and Semi-Charmed Life. Her writing has appeared in ELLE, T Magazine (The New York Times), Town & Country, the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal and Vanity Fair, among others. She lives with her husband and daughter in Brooklyn, New York.
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