Sunday, July 27, 2014

July 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 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. 

July Classic Conscious Box

Contents of Conscious Box: 

.1 oz. Natralia Anti-Itch Cream. Value = $0.43

1 Packet of 2 capsules Sotru Cocoslim. Value = $1.67

.9 oz. Dr. Schar Honeygrams. Value = $0.40 - I ate these as is. They were ok but would've been better with something to drink. 

Quit Tea, tea bag. Value = $0.45

Sample of Actz Marshmallow Soap. Value = $1.50?

1 oz. Vintage Italia Pasta Chips Marinara. Value = $1.00

Honest Kids Organic Grape Juice. Value = $0.75

Pure Lyft Clean Caffeine Energy Stir Stick. Value = $3.00

E-Barf Plus Daily Green Superfood for dogs. Value = $??

.08 oz. Dr. Hauschka Firming Mask. Value = $5.30

Numi Savory Tea in Tomato Mint. Value = $0.67

1 oz. Flora Flor-Essence drink. Value = $1.82

The total approximate value of this months box is $16.99. This was an ok box. There are only a couple of items in here that I won't use, like the quit tea and the savory tea. I am soooo curious about the green powder stuff for my dog. I just have no idea if she is going to eat it but it will be fun watching. She eats carrots so why not some green powder stuff.  The grape fruit juice looks so yummy. It's been years since I've drank grape fruit juice. It's like childhood in a bottle. I'm going to save that one for the boyfriend though because I know he will love it. I wish the marshmallow wasn't soap because it looks good enough to eat! I can't wait to take a bath with it. 

Verdict: This box was just ok. 

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

July Urth Box

The Urth box tagline is "Discover a Healthier You". Well who doesn't want to do that? I recently found a deal on on Gilt for a 6 month subscription for $69. I thought for $12 a month, heck why not. Each month Urth box sends a box of healthy full size snacks for you to try. They have different types and sizes of boxes the choose from. You can choose a gluten free, diet, classic or vegan box. From that point you choose which size box you want. They have a small box (7-10 items) for $29 a month, medium box (12-15 items) for $39 a month, large box (20-24 items) for $59 a month. Shipping to US is included. If you choose a 3 or 6 month plan you can save up to $10 a month. So as you can see I got a really great deal.

Price: $19-$59 a month depending on size of box and plan. 

This box is available to US and Canada but extra shipping fees apple to Canada. 

The Good:

Variety: They have a variety of boxes to choose from depending on your dietary needs.

Products: They send full size products which is awesome!

The Not So Good:

Price: The price is a little high for a monthly box.

Skip: It doesn't appear there any way to skip.

July Urth Box

Contents of the Urth Box:

Ocean's Halo The Seaweed Chip in Korean BBQ. Value = $1.79

Good Boy Organics Bops Sea Salt. Value = $1.44 - I actually like these chips and they are a little better than eating regular chips. 

Pop Art Snacks Thai Coconut Curry Popcorn. Value = $4.50 - This actually wasn't too bad. The curry taste was there but not too strong. I had a few kernels and the boyfriend ate the rest of the bag so he must have liked it. 

Peeled Snack Apple Clusters. Value = $1.25

Seaweed Love Original Seaweed Snack. Value = $0.72 - I love seaweed!

Mamma Chia Chia Squeeze. Value = $1.75

Ground Based Superfood Protein Smoothie mix in vanilla creme. Value = $3.99 - This wasn't horrible but it wasn't great either. I would drink it again if there was nothing else but I probably wouldn't buy it. 

Amazing Grass Green Superfood Cacao Chocolate. Value = $1.47

Home Free Mini Vanilla Cookies. Value = $1.39

The total value of this box is $18.30. For me this was a great deal because of the deal I was able to score on Gilt. If you are paying full price ($29) for this box then it's a terrible deal. Now I did like the contents of the box though. It had some new items and some old favorites. I was surprised that we liked the curry popcorn. What I liked most about this box is there is nothing I'm not happy about. I  even like the chia drink, it grows on you after awhile. 

Verdict: The value is disappointing but the products were good. I have 5 more months of these so we will see if the value increases. 

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Friday, July 25, 2014

July Allure Sample Society box

Sample Society by Beauty Bar is a monthly service for beauty products that promises 5 fresh deluxe sized samples from luxury brands designed for multiple uses.  You also receive a coupon each month for $15 off a $50 purchase from Beauty Bar and a 12 month subscription to Allure magazine.  The cost for this subscription is $15.00 a month with shipping included.

Price: $15.00 a month. 

The good:

The samples: You get deluxe sized samples from luxury brands.   

Magazine: You get a free 12 month subscription to Allure magazine.  If you already subscribe they will extend your subscription and if you don't want it you can mail in a form for a refund on the value ($12)

Coupon: They send you a coupon with each box for $15 off a $50 purchase. The catch is your order has to include at least one item from a brand you received that month.  It doesn't have to be the item you received just the same brand.

Referrals: It's a win/win. You get a $5 credit on your account or you can donate that to charity and the person you refer gets a 20% discount on their first purchase at Beauty Bar. 

The not so good:

Skip a month: There is no option to skip a month, only cancel.

Subscription discounts: They don't offer discounts for multiple months unless you gift a 12 month subscription. Then you get 12 months for the price of 11.

July Sample Society Box

Contents of box with approximate retail value.

1.69 Fekkai PrX Reparatives. Value = $7.99

Butter London in Bobby Dazzler. Value = $15.00

.06 oz. Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Aqua Universalis Eau de Toilette. Value = $4.38

L'Oreal Paris Extraordinaire by Colour in Rose Melody. Value = $9.99

.06 Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Highlighter. Value = $8.47

The total value of this box is $45.83. I'm not a big blush or highlighter person but I think I like the color of this one by Laura Mercier. It looks like it's just enough to give your a little glow. I'm excited to try this one. I love almost anything hair related and I very much like Fekkai products. The perfume is ok, I'm not a huge fan of the scent but I like that it comes in a spray bottle. I like the Butter London polish, it's very silvery but I'm pretty sure I have something similar in my stash but of course it's not Butter London. The L'Oreal is a pretty pink color but I have so many lip colors already I may trade this on eDivv.

Verdict: This months was great, between the nail polish, highlighter and hair product I definitely got my money's worth.

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