Saturday, October 25, 2014

October Conscious Box - Classic Box

Conscious box offers 3 types of boxes. The classic, vegan and gluten free.  Each box contains a wide variety of items from food to beauty products to household goodies.  The price is $19.95 a month with shipping included. They also have a 3, 6 and 12 months plans. The 12 month plan is the only one that offers a discount.

Price: $19.95 a month. The 12 month pre-paid plan offers a discount. 

This box is only available to ship to the US including Alaska and Hawaii and ships from Portland, 


The good:

Variety: You get a wide variety of items and the box was packed!

Vegan: If your vegan the vegan box is great for you.

Gluten free: If you live a gluten free life the gluten free box would be great for you.

Information: They now include an information card with product details on it.

Points: You can earn points for rating products. The points earn you discounts should you want to purchase something you like.

The not so good:

The price: It's on the high side for subscription boxes but I would consider this a specialty box for sure.

Sample size: Some of the sample sizes are really small and not enough to really evaluate the product. 

October Classic Conscious Box - Treat Yourself

Contents of Conscious Box: 

ITO EN Teas' Tea in Green Tea. Value = $1.99

.75 oz. Mediterranean Foods Oven Baked Lentil Crackers. Value = $0.58

1 oz. Annie's Naturals Organic Cheddar Snack Mix Pouch. Value = $0.63

(2) .5 oz. Justin's Maple Almond Butter. Value = $0.83/ea.

5 ml Carolla's Beeswax Skin Creme. Value = $1.67

Earth's Care Acne Spot Treatment. Value = $14.99

Cobazol Chronic Pain Relief ointment. Value = $1.00

Lucky Lips Oinkin Orange Lip Balm. Value = $3.99

The total approximate value of this months box is $26.51. This box is notorious for sending the same items multiple months in a row. That's a good thing if you will use the item but bad if you won't. I have several samples of the Cobazol cream but haven't used it yet. I'm also gathering quite a collection of Justin's peanut butter but I'm totally cool with that because I can eat them right out the package for a little protein boost. I don't have a real need for the acne spot treatment but the teenager will get some use out of it I'm sure. Ahhh the days of raging hormones and blemishes, I don't miss em'. I've never tried the Carolla's beeswax but I'm a fan of emollients that have beeswax in them and find them to be highly effective on dry skin. 

Verdict: This box was a good one for me. I will get use out of everything in it. 

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Friday, October 24, 2014

October Taste Guru Box

Do you live a gluten free lifestyle? Or maybe you know someone who is gluten free? Taste Guru is a whole box of food that is gluten free. Each month Taste Guru sends out a box of gluten free foods that have been tested and reviewed by those who live a gluten free life. The box is shipped monthly and the prices ranges from $20 to $24 a month depending on which plan you sign up for. All plans include shipping.

Why is there such a gap between reviews? I had signed up for a 6 month plan back in May. I received a box in May and a box in June then nothing. I sent an email and was told there was a shipping mistake and I would definitely receive a box in July. July came and went as did August. I sent another email and was told I would definitely get the rest of my boxes starting in October. So here it is, the October box.

I also noticed they changed their logo and packaging. Maybe this is a good sign of things to come.

Price: $24 a month with discounts for 3, 6 and 12 month plans. 

This box ships to the USA only from Denver, Colorado. 

The good:

Gluten free made easy: This is a great way to try a whole bunch of gluten free foods.

Need a gift: I think this would make a great gift for the gluten free person in your life.

The not so good:

Value: The last two boxes I received in May & June had terrible values. I heard they changed things up and the value and assortment of products will be improved.

New logo and packaging. 

October Taste Guru Box - the box was full!

Recipe using the Breton crackers. 

Contents of Taste Guru Box with approximate retail value:

Breton gluten free crackers. Value = $3.79

(2) Peeled Snack Clusters in Cinnamon Crunch. Value = $5.49/ea.

.75 oz. Mediterranean Snacks Lentil Crackers in cracker pepper. Value = $0.58

6 oz. bag Saffron Road Crunchy Chickpeas in Korean BBQ. Value = $5.19

(2) Schär Bontà d'Italia Paste Penne. Value = $0.95/ea.

Enstrom Almond Toffee Single. Value = $0.90

Fan Favorite Bonus Item

(2) Dave's Homemade Sweet & Sassy Smokehouse Rub. Value = $6.19/ea.

The total value of this box is $35.72. I would say that yes, Taste Guru really stepped it up. I'm so glad they listened to their customers and made a positive change. This box had some items I've tried and enjoy and some new items I'm excited to try. I've tried the Saffron Road chickpeas before and they were actually pretty tasty. I like the little single serving size bags of penne pasta, it tastes all the guess work out of measuring. The bags of Dave's rub look delicious. Speaking of delicious I think I'm going to make the crab and shrimp cakes recipe that was sent.

Verdict: This box is great in product and value. I have 3 more boxes coming and now I'm excited again about receiving them.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

October Taste Trunk - Gourmet Trunk

Taste Trunk is a food based subscription box. I love food, especially gourmet food so I didn't hesitate to sign up for this box. Taste Trunk actually has four different themed trunks you can purchase. They are Gourmet, Health, Sweet and BBQ trunk. I love that they have something for everyone. I was torn between the BBQ one and the Gourmet one but ended up choosing the Gourmet one. The nice thing about Taste Trunk allows you to switch your boxes at anytime. I keep thinking I'm going to try the BBQ one at some point but I'm really liking this trunk.

Price: $35.00 a month with no option to skip. 

The good:

Products: The items in my box are gourmet and full size.

Info: They send info cards with products information and recipes.

Variety: I love that they have four different themed boxes.

Want more: They have an online store where you can purchase more of the things you love.

Change it up: Want a different trunk next month. You can change your trunks by emailing them

The Not So Good:

Skip: Doesn't look like there is a way to skip, only cancel.

Referral program: They have one but you have to enter the persons full name when you check out and they get 10% off their next box. I like referral programs that use links and have discounts or bonus items for both people.

October Taste Trunk

Contents of Taste Guru Box with approximate retail value:

Gourmet Du Village Brie and Camembert Cheese Baker, Morin Heights, Canada. Value = $14.99

Gourmet Du Village Double Chocolate Hot Chocolate Mix, Morin Heights, Canada. Value = $5.99

Seattle Chocolates Dead Sea Salt Truffle Bar from Seattle, WA. Value = $3.50 - yummy, soft truffle bar. Milk chocolate isn't my favorite but this is pretty good. 

Terrapin Ridge Pumpkin Honey Mustard from Clearwater, Fl Value = $7.30

Gourmet Du Village Sugar Plum Chutney from Morin Heights, Canada. Value = $8.50

The total value of this box is $40.38. I was happy to see a kitchen product in this months box. The other bummer is I already have a brie baker. I haven't decided if I'm going to keep it for a spare or gift it during the holidays. The other nice thing I noticed is the jar of sugar plum chutney which would go very nicely over baked brie. I wasn't sure what to do with the pumpkin honey mustard. To me these two flavors just don't seem to go together. The included information card has some recipes ideas so I will look into those more. It's almost time to bundle up on the couch with a cup of hot chocolate during a rainy day. I'm going to set this aside for that perfect day.

Verdict: I loved the stuff in the box this month. 

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