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BuluBox Review – March 2015

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bulubox-march2014-1BuluBox is a monthly subscription vitamin and supplement sample box focused on health, nutrition, and weight loss products for $10 shipped per month.

Each box contains 4-5 products or samples for men and women which includes items such as vitamins, weight loss, energy, protein, digestion, sleep support, fitness dvds, healthy food utensils, and more. There are two box option choices as well – the Bulubox for Health/Nutrition and the Bulubox for Weight loss. I got the Health box, which had an approximate retail value of $27.84 this month. You’ll have to excuse the camera phone pictures on this box. It contained the following items:

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  • Vivioptal Multi – Appx. Retail Value: $6.52/5 servings
  • Beanfields Bean & Rice Chips – Appx. Retail Value: $1.33
  • Unbeatable Greens Organic Concentrated Greens – Appx. Retail Value: $5.00
  • Procera Extreme Focus XTF – Appx. Retail Value: $8.00
  • E-Hydrate Hydration + Energy Drink Mix – Appx. Retail Value: $4.66
  • Rawxies Lemon Poppyseed Cookie – Appx. Retail Value: $2.33 *bonus item

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Vivioptal Multi – Appx. Retail Value: $6.52/5 servings

This is a multivitamin & multimineral supplement which is called the “german formula”. They are supposed to provide an energy boost along with your daily multivitamin. They are gluten free, and came in a sample size of 5 (fairly large brown) pills. Some of the minerals (and stuff?) in here that I don’t see in my current supplement include Potassium, Adenosine, CLA, Rutin, Orotic Acid, Inositol, L-Lysine, Choline Bitartrate, Lecihin, Copper, Manganese, and Molybdenum. It’s got less vitamin D, vitamin e, and b12 than my current supplement, but has more vitamin a and b6 – plus contains some extras that aren’t in mine at all such as  biotin, calcium, b1, b2, and Magnesium. Overall without having had a chance to try it yet I think it looks like a really good complete supplement with some advantages over my current one!

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Beanfields Bean & Rice Chips – Appx. Retail Value: $1.33

These are SO DELICIOUS! I’ve tried at least one other flavor of these chips and so far these are the best yet. They are vegan, gluten free, corn free, all natural, contain no peanuts or seeds, zero sugar, and are non GMO Project verified. This healthier chip option is made from a blend of black and navy beans, and long grain rice. It’s got a simple ingredients list and they really remind me of a more substantial tasting version of Dorito’s Cooler Ranch chips. Will definitely be buying these again! YUM!

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Unbeatable Greens Organic Concentrated Greens – Appx. Retail Value: $5.00

These are convenient little single serving packets of unflavored concentrated greens. They are certified organic, gluten free, non-GMO, and Paleo Friendly. It claims to be an easy way to get your daily dose of greens all in one glass and is especially great for those of us with a busy on-the-go cant-chop-and-blend-and-juice-all-day type of lifestyle. It contains 15 certified organic fruits & vegetables with “no fillers”.  I have collected quite the stash of drink mixes and haven’t gotten a chance to try these yet but based on the fact they are unflavored I imagine you’d be best to mix it up with some type of fruit juice for the best flavor!

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Procera Extreme Focus XTF – Appx. Retail Value: $8.00

I’m so excited to try these out! They are a maximum strength mental performance enhancer based on “Neuotransmitter & Oxygen Transport Technology” (not sure if Neurotransmitter was mis-spelled on the package intentionally or not – but that’s how it appears on the sample packaging I received.) Basically, it’s supposed to promote oxygenation of brain cells to increase your focus. You’re supposed to take them to study for or take exams, to help you learn something new or whenever you need a boost to ensure you stay sharp, quick, and focused. The sample contained 8 capsules, and each serving is 4 capsules or a 2-day supply. I’ve always been curious about how these types of supplements work and was glad to see this in my box this month.

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E-Hydrate Hydration + Energy Drink Mix – Appx. Retail Value: $4.66

These are sports drink mix packets for hydration, energy, and electrolytes that came in a pack with 4 flavors – Lemon Lime, Orange, Grape, and Red Berry. They are made from natural ingredients and are without any other artificial colors, flavors, or additives. Containing zero sugar, they are sweetend with all natural stevia and fueled with 40mg of caffeine. Only 4 calories each PLUS you get your daily recommended amounts of B, C, and D vitamins too!

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Rawxies Lemon Poppyseed Cookie – Appx. Retail Value: $2.33

While these are pricey for a small single cookie…they are very tasty and I’d like to eat an unhealthy amount of them!They pack some health punch too and are vegan, raw, soy free, and gluten free! They are also dehydrated to preserve natural digestive enzymes – which I thought was cool. The ingredients list lists most things as organic, and it has goodies like lemon essential oil and pink himalayan salt.

The Lemon Poppyseed cookie has got a really great natural lemon flavor which tastes so great compared to the fake lemon flavor you get in most stuff. I am going to have to try more of these delightfully fancy little cookies which are supposed to have been created to “bridge the gap between indulgent desserts and nutritious food bars”. They can definitely keep bridging the gap in the face, OMNOMNOM.

Some other cool things about Bulubox: You can earn 50 points each month (worth $5 towards full size products you try in the Bulubox store) for sharing, taking sample surveys, and things like that on the website!

If you’re interested in giving BuluBox a try, please be sure to sign up using my referral link here.

Peckish Box Review – {The Sweet Tooth Box} Week of March 17th, 2014

Update:  I am just furious with this company. What a terrible experience. After I received this box, I cancelled my order because I just didn’t feel like the value was there. Instead of cancelling my order, they took it upon themselves to change my subscription to bi-monthly, charging and sending me MORE boxes, and after sending multiple emails for 2 months, I was only able to get a response and have the order cancelled after leaving a bad review on their facebook page. I still have not been able to get them to credit me back for the erroneous charges they made to my card. Whatever you do, DO NOT use this company. They send the TINIEST portions of freeze dried fruits that all basically taste like styrafoam anyway, and they have a very small selection of items they include in the boxes so you get the same tiny samples of snacks repeated  month after month. I ended up getting two other boxes as a result of them refusing to stop charging my card and sending me boxes, but I refuse to do any more reviews for this company because they are THAT BAD.

Tried out my first Peckish box recently and have to say I was extremely dissapointed ! If you’re not familiar with Peckish, they send you a few small snacks for $5.99/box. Shipments are available for the boxes on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis. 

peckish-march2014-1All the boxes contain “minimally processed” ingredients supposedly. They also contain no trans fats, no partially hydrogenated oils, no high fructose corn syrup, and no artificial sweeteners, flavors, or colors.  They are basically just tiny little plastic boxes with not even a handful of crappy tasting freeze dried crap.

I got the Sweet Tooth Box and here’s what it contained:

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  • PB & J
  • Sweet Americana
  • Strawberry Banana Sundae
  • Blueberry Walnut Granola

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PB & J

Raisins, peanuts, and freeze dried raspberries which are supposed to mimic the taste of the clasic peanut butter and jelly – but instead just taste like raisins and peanuts which is pretty much what you’re getting with every peckish mix. That or peanuts and chocolate chips. More or less. 

Ingredients: Raspberries, grapes, peanuts, peanut oil, unbleached wheat flour, water, canola oil, all natural evaporated cane juice, salt, yeast, baking soda

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Sweet Americana

Again we have freeze tried blueberries and raspberries mixed in with banana chips… all of which had a bitter taste and came with the corner of packaging open so that little bits spilled everywhere. Which I guess was a favor to me, since it tasted like crap anyway. Small favors and stuff.

Ingredients: Blueberries, raspberries, bananas

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Strawberry Banana Sundae

This had styrafoam strawberries, bananas, and chocolate chips. Same bland tasting, strangely textured 

Ingredients: Dried Strawberries, Dried Bananas, Organic Sugar, Organic Chocolate Liqueur, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Soy Lecithin, Organic Vanilla

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Blueberry Walnut Granola

Dehydrated blueberries mixed with the walnuts and granola. This one didn’t contain a card with nutrition information, nor is it listed on the website right now, but there is a granola mix with Cranberry available that looks similar you can check out. 

I think the value of the box for $5.99 shipped was just not enough for me to want to continue subscribing. Combine that with the fact that this company will charge your card however much they want to, whenever they want to, and there will be no way for you to cancel it without cancelling your credit card and getting a new one (or getting very lucky) it’s just NOT WORTH trying. If you’re interested in trying out a food box, there are SO MANY more reputable companies that send out an actual variety of good tasting snacks, instead of just putting a bad taste in your mouth.

Love with Food Box Review – March 2014 {Flavors of the World}

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Love with Food is a monthly snack and food sampling subscription box for $12 per month. They send 8 or more products out to try in their tasting box that are all natural and organic!  Even cooler than that is for every box shipped they donate a meal to a hungry child in America!

My March box contained the following:

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  • Chai Spice Macaroons by Emmy Organics
  • Salt & Vinegar Cassava Chips by Wai Lana
  • Marinara Pasta Chips by Vintage Italia
  • Walkers Pure Butter Shortbread
  • Desert Gardens Taco & Burrito Meat Seasoning
  • Banana Lollipop by Pierrot Gourmand
  • Earl Gray Tea by Taylors of Harrogate
  • (2) Ginger Chews by Chimes (Original & Mango Flavored)

LoveMyFood - March2014-8Chai Spice Macaroons by Emmy Organics – Appx. Value $3.33

These were absolutely amazing. My vegan boyfriend has been looking for good macaroons forever – they used to be his favorite. He was so excited about these! We will definitely be buying them again. It’s got a perfect mix of Chai spices with organic cinnamon, organic ginger, organic cardamom, organic nutmeg, organic clove, and himalayan crystal salt – all of which combine and pair perfectly with the coconut. Chai Spiced macaroons come in a three-pack package which is convenient for bringing with you on the go. They are made with the finest organic, non-gmo and raw ingredients. Emmy’s Organics dehydrates all of their products at low temperatures to keep the nutritional integrity of these amazing ingredients.

LoveMyFood - March2014-5Salt & Vinegar Cassava Chips by Wai Lana – Appx. Value $1.66

These Chips are made from nutrient rich Cassava and contain no GMO ingredients, preservatives, cholesterol, artificial colors, artificial flavors, wheat, soy, or gluten. They’ve got 30% less fat than regular chips and they tasted terrific. I loved the thick, airy delicious texture best of all.

LoveMyFood - March2014-9Walkers Pure Butter Shortbread – Appx. Value $.85

Tasty classic butter shortbread cookies that come in an individually wrapped pack of 2.  Unique because they were much thicker than any shortbread I’ve ever had, and came in stick form.  Nice short and simple ingredients list.  The flavor was “just okay”. Contains: milk, wheat, gluten. Not suitable for nut or milk allergy sufferers

LoveMyFood - March2014-7Desert Gardens Taco & Burrito Meat Seasoning – Appx. Value $3.24

Haven’t gotten a chance to try this yet, and it’s a new brand to me.  We use taco seasoning to spice up fake meats in vegan dishes very frequently over here so we’ll definitely end up making some tacos or nachos to try this out on soon!

LoveMyFood - March2014-6Marinara Pasta Chips by Vintage Italia – Appx. Value $.80

These were tastier than I was expecting. Really delicious flavor. Not too salty or overly flavored –  had a touch of sweetness actually. Semolina dough baked with traditional Italian seasonings and spiced with a very light Marinara flavoring with a nice light crunchy texture.

LoveMyFood - March2014-12Banana Lollipop by Pierrot Gourmand – Appx. Value $.65

This lollipop was really tasty, and the Banana flavor was very unique with an authentic and genuine taste. The sucker itself had a pretty soft consistency. The flavor was good and kind of creamy, not too sweet. Actually had the tiniest bit of saltiness to it but not enough to overpower the taste.

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Earl Gray Tea by Taylors of Harrogate – Appx. Value $.50

Bag of black tea with Bergamot fragrance. First invented as a Mandarin’s gift to the second Earl Grey in the 1880’s.  Haven’t gotten a chance to try this one yet, nor have I had tea from this company before but I love tea so am always happy to try a new kind.

LoveMyFood - March2014-11(2) Ginger Chews by Chimes (Original & Mango Flavor) – Appx. Value $.49

Delicious little individually wrapped ginger chews. They’re gluten-free, and made from ginger puree and all natural ingredients. Both flavors were really good! Soft and sweet. Surprisingly, the Mango flavor was much spicier than the original but still had a nice light fruity flavor and was my favorite of the two flavors.

And here’s the overview card with all the products in the March 2014 ” Flavors of the World” Box!

LoveMyFood - March2014-4and the best part about it all?

LoveMyFood - March2014-3For every box you order, LoveWithFood donates a meal to hungry child in America. If you’re interested in trying LoveWithFood please be sure to use my referral link here to sign up.

Eco Emi Box Review – February 2014

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Eco Emi is an Eco-friendly subscription box service that sends at least 5 samples (or sometimes full sized items) to you each month for $15 shipped. They send you all natural products that can range from skin, hair, and nail products to snacks, teas, and other lifestyle type items.

My favorite thing about this box is the fact that it offers a  great variety of products that are healthy, natural, and organic. It’s the best of worlds when your box contains a little bag of beauty products, plus had a couple healthy natural snacks to try, and in the case of my February box, an extra lifestyle product too.  So it has a lot of different points of appeal that way for subscription box junkies. Here’s everything I got in my February box:

  • Eyelash Conditioner by Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques – Full Size Tube – Appx value $10.00
  • Tea Light Candles by Goodlight Natural Candles (6 Pack) – Appx. value $2.49
  • Vegan Lip Balm by Jersey Shore Sun
  • Roasted Garlic All Natural Hummus Dip by Wild Garden 1 Pack (5 pieces) – Appx. value $4.29
  • Organic Hairspray by Aubrey Organics 1 oz – Appx value $1.99
  • Lavish Face Mask by Blissoma  – 2oz.  is appx. $33.99 (not sure what size the sample is – came in a small 3-5g jar)
  • Chocolate Vanilla Paste by Premier Organics – 1 Pouch – Appx. value $1.16

They had the little items wrapped up inside the box in tissue paper as well, which was cute – but I didn’t take a photo of that before unwrapping. They have all the beauty products conveniently inside of a large organza drawstring bag, and then had the snacks, candles, and coupons well placed in a priority mail box along with some colorful tissue paper. 

ecoemi-feb2014-6Eyelash Conditioner by Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques

Have heard some good things about this product and am excited to try it. It’s got vitamins, herbs, and extract to help feed and protect lashes. I’ve never used any type of eyelash conditioner or treatments before, but it seems like a reasonable concept considering we condition our other hair regularly. It’s supposed to promote healthier and longer lashes.  Have only used it once so far, so I don’t have much to report yet on how it works. The tube has a mascara wand for easy application. You’re supposed to apply it 3 times per week and leave it on for 20 minutes (or overnight).

ecoemi-feb2014-5Candles by Goodlight Natural Candles (6 Pack)

Pack of 6 natural tea lights made from Palm Wax with pure cotton wicks. Think its cool that they are Paraffin free, lead free, non-toxic, clean burning, and eco friendly. We’ve been using them in our floating tea lights for the bath tub. They are perfect for them because the candles in the tub are always in such close proximity to us plus being in an enclosed space we are glad to have these to use! They burn for about 4 hours each, and are a little larger than regular tea lights.

ecoemi-feb2014-7Organic Hairspray by Aubrey Organics (1oz)

This organic hairspray is infused with quinoa proteins, and is USDA, NOP certified organic. I will say that I rarely use hairspray so I haven’t used it enough to give it a fair review as far as hold goes. I have tried it once since I’ve gotten it, and I love that it’s got such a natural herbal smell.

ecoemi-feb2014-9Vegan Nutrient Dense Lip Conditioner by Jersey Shore Sun – Full Size

 Nice vegan wintermint flavored lipbalm. Love that it’s earth friendly and cruelty free. It’s got anti-aging properties and the ingredients are said to be gentle enough to use on other areas of the face as well for things like winter sports, too. Love that it’s got rosemary, calendula, and a bunch of other great oils. It gets so dry here in the winter that I have to put on chap stick constantly to keep my lips from getting dry. Have probably used this stuff every day since it arrived and it works really well. I had just run out, so this was a perfect addition to my box.

ecoemi-feb2014-8Lavish Face Mask by Blissoma Eyelash Conditioner by Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques

My boyfriend and I tried this mask last night. It’s got a nice moisturizing formula. It’s made with anti-reactive herbs, restorative oils, and cupuacu butter. The sample jar had just enough for us each to cover our face with it. Our skin felt good afterwards and would definitely say this a great mask for people with dry winter skin. Left my skin feeling super soft and looking great!

ecoemi-feb2014-4Roasted Garlic All Natural Hummus Dip by Wild Garden 1 Pack

Tasted good, had a nice strong garlic flavor. The squeezable single serving packet was really convenient too – perfect for a mess free meal on the go and also great for portion control!

ecoemi-feb2014-3Chocolate Vanilla Paste by Premier Organics – 1 Pouch   Tea Light

Made from premium Venezuelan Heirloom Cacao, boosted with Ayurveda Herbs and a hint of hazelnuts. This is like a healthier, non-dairy, slightly more gourmet version of Nutella. It’s got a low glycemic index, and is certified organic by QAI. It tastes kind of like a darker chocolate version of Nutella – we thought it actually had a better, more authentic taste. Also comes in convenient pouches great for snacking on the go or portion control!

This was my first month trying it – so I’ll keep next months box on order to feel them out some more and go from there on deciding to keep them. You definitely get more than the value you pay for the box, though! Definitely recommend trying it for anyone that is interested in incorporating more natural, organic, or healthy products into their makeup routine or lifestyle in general. You get to try out a wide selection of natural, healthy, and organic  products that range from beauty to snacks to lifestyle – which is an especially nice thing for those trying to decide between many different types of monthly subscription boxes. It’s a well rounded box that has good sized and/or premium samples along with some full sized products. They include special offers and coupons for some the vendors in that months box, too. Well worth checking out!

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