Monday, May 30, 2016

May Hatchery Box

Hatchery is a subscription box for small batch food products from independent makers. This is always a great way to be able to try artisan type food products without ordering in large quantities. Each month you will get 5-6 products. The price of this box is $20 a month w/shipping included. I found a deal through Gilt for half off a 12 month subscription so each box cost me $10.  

Price: $20 a month

This box is available to the US and Canada. 

The good: 

Variety: You get to try a variety of items without having to order from lots of places. 

Not just food: They also included mixers for drinks!

Info: They product a booklet with info on each product/company. 

Need a Gift: They offer 3, 6 and 12 month gift subscriptions.

Instructions: They include recipes and or uses for the products in the box. 

Need More: They have a marketplace where you can shop your box!

The not so good:

Discounts: No discounts for long term subscriptions. 

May Hatchery Box

Contents of the Hatchery Box:

(4) .035 oz. Zas Seasoning Sampler packets in Tamarind, Hatch Chile, Chili Lime, Mango Chile. Value = $0.14

2.25 oz. Nostrum Ginger Pineapple Tumeric Shrub. Value = $2.19

.5 oz.? packet NYC Halal Cart Chicken. Value = $2.25

1.25 oz. Handsome Carver's Coffee & Chocolate Peanut Spread. Value = $1.11

1.8 oz. Sir Kensington Ketchup. Value = $1.45

The total value of the Hatchery box is $7.14. I like the items in the box this month. I was happy to see it wasn't full of spicy items. I think I might try the Halal packet tonight. It says it's a great chicken marinade and since I have chicken to cook this will be handy. I love the Sir Kensington brand and was excited to see this mini jar of ketchup. Side note I recently stayed at the Mark Hopkins in San Francisco and was excited to see they provide this size jars of Sir Kensington condiments with their room service. The cocktail mixer sounds interesting. It also says you can mix it in dressings or seltzer water. 

Verdict: I like the premise of this box but would like to see a higher value. 

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Amazon Energy Drink Sample Box

Amazon has stepped into the sample box game with a several boxes of their own. There are several boxes to choose from but this one is the energy drink sample box. It's important to note these boxes are available to Amazon prime members only! This box is $7.99 with shipping but it also comes with a $7.99 credit for a future purchase of any of the brands in the box.

Price: $7.99 shipped and a credit for future purchase.

The good:

This allows you to try different products without buying full size or multiple quantities. 

Price: it's a great value for what you get. 

Re-order: You can get more on amazon and it doesn't get easier than that. 

They show you what could be in your box so you get an idea if it's something you would use or not.

The not so good:

Not everyone gets the same items in the box. I saw some people received starbucks drinks and I didn't get that in my box. 

Contents of the energy drink sample box:

RedBull energy drink. Value = $2.99

Guru organic energy drink. Value = $2.89

Petey's Bing Black made w/blackberry juice energy drink. Value = $2.25

illy caffè espresso style coffee drink. Value = $1.95

Celsius calorie reducing drink in sparkling orange. Value = $2.25

Stok black coffee shot. Value = $0.15

Green Superfood Lemon-Lime energy drink powder. Value = $1.46

The total value of the energy drink box is $12.48. I used prices from Amazon and my local store. There are a couple of drinks in the box that I won't drink because they have lots of carbs. I'm sure the boyfriend will give them a try though. There are a couple of drinks that are new to me and I'm excited to try. Also I'm already thinking I'm going to buy more Celsius drinks because with the $7.99 credit a 12 pack will only cost $13.31 and that includes shipping! 

Verdict: I think this is a clever and great idea from Amazon!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

PopSugar Special Edition CFDA Collaboration Box

PopSugar did a collaboration box with The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). The price of this box was quite high at $225.00. They didn't put a guaranteed value on this box but did say each one would include a classic split cover up from lemlem by supermodel Llya Kebede. The value of the cover up is $198.00

I hated to spend the money but I did like some of the items in the box last year. The items I didn't want I traded or sold so it still worked out. 

The special edition boxes come in a sturdy box than can be reused. 

lemlem cover up

illesteva sunglasses from Italy

Philip Lim 

Derek Lam 10 Crosby Fragrance

Swell water bottle and dry shampoo

Contents of the PopSugar Special Edition CFDA Box. 

Lemlem Split Cover Up. Value = $198.00 - this says one size but sadly it doesn't fit us curvy large busted gals. I hope I can trade or sell this. 

3.1 Phillip Lim 10th Anniversary Limited Edition 31 Nano Second Pouch. Value = $195.00 - I love this little bag. I should've taken a side view but it's a perfect size for throwing in a tote or when you don't want to carry a purse. 

S'well Shadow Water Bottle. Value = $32.00 - I love the s'well bottles! They seriously keep liquid cold for hours! My only complaint is that it's not big enough. 

Derek Lam 10 Crosby Frangrace Collection Gift Set. Value = $95.00 - how fun is this? I smelled each one of these and in the bottle they smell great. 

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Dry Shampoo. Value = $28.00 - I don't use dry shampoo but I know I will be able to trade this. 

Illesteva Leonard Sunglasses. Value = $177.00 - These sunglasses are packaged so luxuriously. The case and nice and even the cloth bag. Unfortunately there is no way I pull off round mirrored sunglasses. 

The total value of this CFDA Special Edition Box is $725.00. There are three items in the box I will use for sure. Those items add up to $322 so while not a fantastic deal it's still a deal. If I can trade or sell the other items then it will be perfect. I really wish the cover up would've fit. I have a couple of beach trips planned and I could use a new cover up. 

Verdict: This collaboration box was awesome! 

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