WANT: Pangea Organics Skincare Discovery Kit

While on the prowl for all-natural and organic beauty products, I discovered Pangea Organics through Birchbox. I was really excited because this was EXACTLY what I was looking for (check out their "ingredient glossary"). My brother, a TOTAL raw/organic/no-chemicals-ever nut, even approved of the brand... though he did claim that he can make these for cheaper (typicallll). I told him to prove it, so I'm going to be getting a "SeanBox" in the mail from him to test out samples of skincare products he made from scratch. If they are legit and I like them, we joked about starting our own all-natural skincare line called ginkgo botanticals with the tag line, "a natural decision" (get it?? get it??).

Anyways, back to Pangea Organics. Their website explains their mission better than I ever could:

Pangea Organics offers you our serious commitment to using beneficial, organic, raw ingredients, providing open-disclosure and transparency of ingredients and operating under responsible business practices that benefit people and planet. We carefully select the highest quality fatty acids, essential oils and botanical extracts that nature has to offer while avoiding ingredients that have been processed with petrochemicals.
Our mission is to bring your skin the purest, most biocompatible nourishment and to delight your senses with skin-beneficial aromas while avoiding the common toxins found in many conventional products. Our formulas are designed to quicken the skin’s own regeneration cycle, restore your complexion’s radiance and tone, soothe your skin and senses with unique, therapeutic aroma blends, protect from environmental damage and promote an overall youthful radiance.
Pangea Organics products are skillfully formulated to amplify hydration and support cellular regeneration by feeding the skin with the highest quality antioxidant nutrients, EFA-rich oils, and nourishing plant botanicals that nature has to offer. We take it a step further by using organic ingredients which contain 30% more antioxidants than their non-organic counterparts and leaving out all synthetics and petroleum-based chemicals. Your skin is your largest organ and may absorb as much as 80% of what you put on it. The idea is to nurture yourself while nourishing your skin. You deserve it! Pangea’s core values are based on the belief that the thing that makes a good product and a good company are one and the same: INTEGRITY – of product, performance, practices, people, planet, and purpose. That’s why we believing in creating products that are “Always Beneficial, Never Artificial”. Good for you. Good for every body.
ALWAYS: Nurturing, Handcrafted, Organic, Fair Trade (whenever possible), and Cruelty-Free
NEVER: Petroleum, Sulfates or Detergents, Synthetic Preservatives, Artificial Colors or Fragrances, or GMOs 

I recently purchased the Egyptian Geranium with Adzuki Bean and Cranberry facial scrub and the Japanese Matcha Tea with Acai and Gogi Berry facial mask during a promotional sale (15% off in honor of 15,000 Facebook fans) and I've been pretty pleased with them. The facial scrub smells strongly of... honestly, I don't know how to describe it... just the epitome of nature, but not necessarily in a good way? Strong. I may have flinched and jumped back at first sniff, but it exfoliates well so I'm not hatin'. The facial mask smells far better and makes my face feel fresh and smooth. It is the exact color of dirt, mud, and my dog's poop. Yeah. I went there.

Now, onto the items that I want to share with everyone. Pangea Organics sells skincare discovery kits that include a 30 day supply of five products and one eye cream sample tailored to three different skin types: normal to dry, normal to combination (hey, that's me!), and oily to blemish-prone. I think it's a good way to get introduced to a brand's whole skincare regimen for just $40. DEAL ALERT: They also throw in a free lip balm -- $12 value -- into your shopping cart automatically at checkout if you buy a set). The full priced, full size versions are about 3x larger than these "discovery sizes" (which are also sold separately).

I wish that I had purchased a discovery set instead of two full sized items because it would have been more fun to try out multiple products (including the two I purchased) to see if I want them. I'll just have to wait and see if I get someone new in a future Birchbox! Or "SeanBox".....