The amazing folks at Conscious Box sent me their June 2012 box for review. For those of you who don’t know, Conscious Box is a subscription box service that for $12 a month plus S&H, sends you a box chock full of samples from eco-centric companies. According to their mission statement, “Conscious Box is committed to overcoming the problem of greenwashing. Used to describe deceptive business tactics that lead consumers to believe something is “green” when it really isn’t, “greenwashing” is rampant in today’s markets. We hope to educate, inform, and prevent consumers from falling for these tactics by providing them with products that are authentic and purposeful.” ***Please see the end of this review for an exciting giveaway!***
And oh boy, do they deliver!!! I received my Conscious Box yesterday, but was unable to get started reviewing until today. The box itself is beautiful in its simplicity. The top is a little “window box” that every month features a different picture. I intend to repurpose the box top for gratuitous artwork.
Inside were goodies galore. I first removed a beautiful postcard of a forest scene. I haven’t decided who I’d like to send it to yet, or if I want to repurpose it for an art project for my mini-homeschool this summer.
In this month’s box was:
Vega One Nutritional Shake (Chocolate): If you like a thick nutritional shake that isn’t overly sweetened, then this is for you. At first taste, I have to be honest, I wasn’t too crazy about it. Then I worried that maybe it wasn’t cold enough. It’s in the fridge chilling, and I will post my second impression.
Artisana Sattva Cashew Butter: I love, love, love Cashew Butter, and I have to say, Artisana Foods’ Sattva Cashew Butter is, by far, the BEST I have ever tasted. Smooth and creamy, this Cashew Butter was not overly sticky like a lot of cashew butters seem to be. Very, very delicious. I will definitely buy this again.
EBOOST Energy+Immunity Shot (Acai+Pomegranate): A natural alternative to energy shots like 5 Hour Energy, which still contain caffeine, artificial flavors, and chemicals, this shot went down easy, tasted delicious, and guess what?! It really works!!! I have much more energy right now than I normally have with chasing after my kiddos. Definitely a must-have for this run-down, worn-out mama.
KO Denmark Lotion (Jasmine, Neroli & Rose): I have a confession. I have dry elbows. No matter what lotion I use, they stay dry. I don’t like oil-based lotions as they moisturize well, but make my skin feel slimy. Water based lotions are my favorite, but they seem to evaporate rather quickly, leading to multiple applications throughout the day. This lotion, while using plant oils, does not make my skin slimy. The lotion soaks in quickly, leaving my skin with a fresh, clean scent, and is a very effective moisturizer. I applied this lotion at 7 am, it’s now nearly 12, and my elbows are still soft. I would have had to reapply my lotion twice by now. Bonus: It’s free of parabens, sulfates, artificial fragrances, phthalates (a chemical added to plastic to make it more flexible), and silicone. This is definitely a new favorite. Check out their website to find a retailer near you.
Nuti-Masu Life Ocean Salt: From the islands of Okinawa in the southern-most part of Japan, Nuti-Masu Life Ocean Salt is a very fine salt made from the waters surrounding Okinawa, considered to be some of the clearest water in the world. The salt particles are, according to their website, less than a nanometer in size. The small packet sample I received confirmed this, as it appears as a fine white powder. Nuti-Masu is intended for mixture in water to create an electrolyte-replenishing sports drink for a fraction of the cost. I enjoyed this drink immensely, though I would suggest, if you are used to Gatorade, to mix it in with a glass of organic juice, as the flavor did take me a little bit by surprise, but in all, I enjoyed it in the water. (*Note*The Okinawan Islands are 2000 miles away from the region affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The waters around Okinawa are monitored regularly, and have shown no toxic elements or radiation associated with the Fukushima Daiichi meltdowns.)
Lära Bar (Cappuccino): I’ve always wanted to try a Lära Bar, but never got around to it. I took a bite of this bar and was blown away. I love coffee. Coffee is a staple of my diet, and the flavor really shined in this bar. If you aren’t a fan of coffee, try another flavor, as the coffee flavor is very strong. The texture was enjoyable as well. Most nutritional bars have a very mealy texture that just kind of falls apart in your mouth, and not in a good way. Not so with the Lära Bar. These will definitely be appearing in my cabinet.
Mighty Leaf Tea (2 packets, one Earl Grey and one Jasmine): I’ve only had a chance to try the Jasmine Tea, as I know I’ll like the Earl Grey…This whole-leaf tea comes in a (biodegradable!) pouch that, according to my info card that came in my Conscious Box, is free of staples and glue. Mighty Leaf is also a participant in Good Partner Initiatives. The Jasmine tea…WOW! The flavor is light and smooth, and is a delightfully refreshing cuppa tea, even on a hot day. I really think the whole leaf makes a difference in flavor, as it’s bolder than other Jasmine teas I have tried, whose flavors I have found to be diluted due to crushed and over-processed leaves.
Natural Vitality Energy 28: This vegan energy booster is, according to the packet, to be added to water, juice, etc, to utilize natural ingredients to boost energy by nourishing the body. This is an interesting concept. A properly-nourished body will naturally have more energy, as opposed to a malnutritioned body, which is more prone to depression, illness, and fatigue. The packet said to add it to water. No. Drink this undiluted, it truly is a wonderful treat, with flavors of agave, berries, and acai. Amazing. I love the flavor, I love the fact that there is no caffeine or unnatural added sugars. The sweetness comes naturally from their organic ingredients. It is vegan, GMO-free, and gluten-free. I adore this.
Savvy Boeheme Allons-Y Natural (for REAL) Deodorant (Lavender/Grapefruit): I almost put this on my lips, as the sample came in what appeared to be chapstick form. But it really works! The ingredients, according to their website, are: Organic Coconut Oil, Organic, Fair Trade Cocoa Butter, Aluminum free (READ THIS) Baking Soda, GMO-Free Rice Powder, Organic Arrowroot Powder, Pesticide-Free, Raw, Local Beeswax, Sweet Almond Oil, Organic Calendula Oil, Essential Oils of Peppermint and Rosemary, Sage Extract. How cool is that? I can pronounce all the ingredients!
Vita Rocks: Who doesn’t love PopRocks? I love them. So I was super-stoked to have two packets of Vita Rocks to try. Lemon Burst, and Cherry Blast. These are like PopRocks…except they’re CRAMMED with vitamins! At first, you can taste that they are vitamins, but then once they start popping, the sweetness comes through. These are delicious, fun, and good for you! They’re sweetened with brown rice syrup and evaporated cane juice. I love the subtle way that brown rice syrup sweetens. I’m definitely a fan!
The Natural Newborn Bug Stopper Soap: I haven’t had the opportunity to try this yet, but the fact that it is free of DEET, is 100% natural, using pure herbs and essential oils, really excites me. I don’t exactly like spraying chemicals on my kids, but then again, who does?
Kelp Krunch (Original Sesame): I have to confess, when I first saw this, I thought “Seaweed? Kelp? Eww”, but then I tentatively bit into it and started chewing. Oh my goodness, why didn’t anyone tell me kelp could be so tasty?! Allow me to list the ingredients, direct off the packaging: Sesame seeds, brown rice syrup, maple syrup, kelp. That’s it. No artificial flavors, no chemicals, no GMOs, and best of all, part of the proceeds from every bar sold go to Allied Whale, one of the country’s oldest whale research & conservation organizations. Good for you, AND good for our planet! (*NOTE* Get your orders in before July 20th, as they shut down for the month of August.)
Also included in my Conscious Box was a gift certificate for $5 at Soap Hope, where 100% of their profits go to help lift women from poverty. They are running a promotion right now where if you purchase $20 worth of makeup, they will send you a voucher good for $20…stock up on some makeup, help out impoverished women, AND get $20 to spend in their store! What an awesome, inspiring deal!
All in all, the Conscious Box is an AMAZING deal. It introduces you to vetted companies that care about the world around them, and are dedicated to organic living and making a difference. You really can’t beat it, and I highly recommend it!! I’m in love, that’s for sure!