Monday, January 23, 2017

January Love with Food - Tasting Box

Love with Food is a monthly subscription box filled with food. They offer a tasting size box and a deluxe size box. I had been a subscriber to the deluxe size box but the values were consistently low so I canceled that subscription. The tasting box is $9.99 a month and contains about 8 snacks in the box. 

Price: $9.99 a month with a discount for 6 and 12 month plans. No option to skip. 

This subscription is only available in the US and ships from Santa Clara, California. 

The good:

Variety: You get a lot of variety in each box. 

Discounts: You can earn points for discounts off future full size product purchases by submitting reviews on their website or referring new members. 

The not so good:

I really can't think of anything I don't like about this box.

January Love with Food tasting box. 

Contents of Love with Food tasting box. 

Lundberg Rice Chips with Sea Salt. Value = $0.60

Dave's Sweet Tooth Toffee. Value = $1.85

Aloha Protein Powder in True chocolate. Value = $2.65

Lily's Dark Chocolate square. Value = $0.50

7 Truvia packets. Value = $0.50

(2) Truvia nectar packets. Value = $??

Bakery on Main Peanut Butter and Chocolate. Value = $1.00

Créme de Pirouline. Value = $0.70

My Super Cookies Blueberry Vanilla Heroes. Value = $0.65

(2) Coffee Trio Truffle Cremes. Value = $1.10

The total approximate value of this box is $9.55. That's about equal to the price paid for the box. This is a great way to try new products without having to pay for full size. I'm always looking for a good protein powder and I'm hoping the Aloha is as good as it sounds. The Dave's toffee was phenomenal! Highly recommend! 

Verdict:  This Love with Food box had some yummy items in it. 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

January Target Beauty Box #2

It used to be that every now and then Target put together a box of goodies and offered them for $5-$10.00 each. It seems they are coming more frequently now but it's still available on a first come first serve basis. Once they go on sale they are sold on a first come first serve basis and they sell out quick! The other nice thing about this box is they tell you what you are getting prior to ordering. This box was priced at $5.00 with shipping included. 

The Good:

Price: You can't beat the price!

Contents: They tell you what's in the box before you order. 

Like the products: They even include a coupon for $3 off a purchase at Target. 

The Not So Good:

Goes Fast: This sells out super fast so you have to order quick. 

Random: The boxes have no set schedule so you never know when they are going to be available.

January Beauty box by Target

Contents of the January Women's Target Beauty Box #2.

2 oz. Carol's Daughter Black Vanilla Leave-In Conditioner. Value = $2.99

4 oz. Colgate Enamel Health Whitening Toothpaste. Value = $2.67

2 oz. Mane 'n Tail Shampoo. Value = $1.00

1 oz. Vaseline Cocoa Butter. Value = $0.75

15ml SheaMoisture Peace Rose Oil Shampoo. Value = $??

30ml SheaMoisture Peace Rose Oil Conditioner. Value = $??

7 pk. Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes. Value = $1.00

1.7 oz. Palmer's Coconut Oil Body Lotion. Value = $??

1 oz. Miss Jessie's Quick Curls. Value = $??

Coupon for $3 off beauty purchase of $15 or more at Target. 

The total value of this beauty box is around $7.00. I didn't figure out the price of the sample products but I'm thinking a couple of dollars. I was excited about this box because it was full of items I will use. I don't have curly hair but I'm going to try the quick curl product because my stylist told me I have some wave to my hair and product will help. 

Verdict: I liked this box and I liked the $5.00 price. 

Friday, January 20, 2017

December Robb Vices Box

Robb Vices is a monthly subscription box focused on exceptional products, food, accessories, etc. Each box is curated and comes with a booklet that tells the story of the items in the box. This box is for those who enjoy the finer things and appreciate the history or story behind it. I only say that because this box is not inexpensive. The price is $74.95 per month plus shipping. I subscribe to the Robb Report and very much enjoy reading it. If you subscribe to the magazine the offer a discount on the box. I researched previous boxes and liked what I saw so I subscribed.

Price: $74.95 per month plus shipping w/discounts for 3, 6, and 12 month subscriptions.

The Good:

Products: The products are high end, artisan and great quality. 

Information: The include booklet is a wealth of information on the products. 

Referral Program: Refer 3 friends and get a free box. 

Alcohol: Sometimes they include alcohol which I'm a big fan of. 

The Not So Good:

Price: The price is high for a monthly box of surprise items.

Auto-Renew. I don't care much for auto-renew especially on a box with a high price tag. 

Radice Apothecary Products

Contents of the Robb Vices Box:

Misfit Ray Fitness & Sleep Tracker. Value = $99.99

Nomader Sports Bottle. Value = $24.95

Brode Electrolyte Vitamins. Value = $24.97

The YES Bar Company Macadamia Nut Bar. Value = $3.49

Radice Apothecary Orange Blossom Water. Value = $50.00

Radice Apothecary Black Currant Facial Cream. Value = $75.00

Apotheke Binchotan Charcoal Candle. Value = $36.00

The total value of this box is $314.40.  

Verdict: I still love the Robb Vices box. Misfit Ray? What is Misfit Ray? It's a fitness tracker. I've used the Nike band and a couple of different fitbits but ultimately they didn't really last long for me. The products worked fine but I didn't like being tied to my fitness tracker so I wasn't too excited about this item. Next was the water bottle and again I wasn't too excited since I have LOTS of water bottles BUT then I read the box. This water bottle can be rolled up, perfect for travel AND it can hold hot liquids AND you can put it in the freezer AND it has a lifetime warranty! What?!? That's incredible. I'm a fan of this bottle. The Brode vitamins are advertised as electrolytes for fitness but they also are great when drinking to reduce hangovers. Yep that will be coming with me on vacation. I'm excited to try the Radice products, they sound so fancy and luxurious. I'm not too sure about the candle. It's very strong musky smelling. Not really my thing. 

Verdict: I still love the Robb Vices box.