Public Goods – October 2018

What is Public Goods?

Public Goods is a yearly membership for various personal care and household items that are made with safe, healthy ingredients.  The membership is $59/year and unlocks membership prices on their products that can be purchased at anytime.  They do offer a free 30-day trail so that you can try their products out at membership price before committing.  This is how much I paid for the items in my first box:

Shipping is free if you spend at least $25.

My First Box

My first impression wasn’t great as the box the products came in was a bit damaged (most likely the fault of the carrier, rather than the company), and the way the products were packaged was not very appealing as they kind of just look like they were all thrown in there.

The shampoo and conditioner both smell like fruit-loops.  Personally, I wasn’t crazy about the smell, but some people may like it.  The shampoo had a nice lather and my hair was easy to comb through after using the conditioner.  The shampoo seemed like it was a bit too drying for my hair/scalp as I had some tiny flakes in my hair and some itching.  I will say that this is a common issue for me as I have sensitive skin.

The body wash had the same fruit-loops smell as the shampoo and conditioner.  It lathers really well, but I didn’t feel like there was anything too special about it.

The lotion was my least favorite product that I ordered.  It did not have the same scent as the others.  It seemed like an unscented lotion, but it still had a smell that I can’t quite describe.  The product seemed fine as a light lotion, but I just couldn’t get over the smell.  I’m glad I ordered the travel size rather than the full size.

The hand soap was fine.  It had the fruit-loops smell again.  I do like the minimalist design of the bottle, so once I use the soap up I may refill the bottle with a different soap.

The glass cleaner was fine, but I don’t think it worked quite as well as Windex.

My Thoughts

I like the concept for this company: healthy ingredients, minimal design, and no middle-man to markup the costs.  That being said, I wasn’t a fan of the smell of the ingredients and the products didn’t work well enough for me to want to purchase them again.  They work fine and I am able to use them despite my sensitive skin, but I do have to alternate with a different shampoo and conditioner to prevent my hair and scalp from getting too dry.  I don’t see myself paying for a membership and ordering from this company again.  That being said, it may still be worth a try since you get a free 30-day trail.  If you do try it out, I would recommend buying travel sizes in their products to make sure you like them first.