Conscious Box Review March 2014 Vegan Box

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I’ve been on a mini hiatus from the blog to catch up on things in my personal life, but now I am trying to get back on track, so hopefully I can get the next few reviews and giveaways done in a timely manner! Last month I signed up for the free three-month subscription to Conscious Box. The last time I tried their boxes was almost a year ago. I was not too impressed with my first box, but they continued to get better and their customer service was always good, so I was excited to restart a subscription.

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The Cost: $19.95 a month (I paid $19.95 for three boxes to cover shipping)

The Products:  Conscious Box offers three boxes: Classic, Vegan and Gluten-Free. The vegan box is filled with vegan, earth-friendly products and samples.

The Concept: Conscious Box aims to help you discover new eco-friendly products to make a more natural lifestyle easier to maintain.

Other Reviews: You can read my past Conscious Box reviews here.

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Crystal Body Deodorant

I have a few of these wipes and I like to keep them in my purse for emergencies!

Traditional Medicines Organic Chamomile Tea

Bonelli Simply Sesame

I used this with some hummus chips and this made a delicious snack.

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Alo Vella Wrinkless Cream

Via Nature Lotion

Derma E. Skin Care Solution Sample Kit 

I have another sample like this from another box and love it. These aren’t really your typical foil samples because they are larger and you can get a few good uses. I liked this sample a lot.

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Mighty Leaf Teas

I really love Mighty Leaf Teas, so I was glad to find these in the box! I’ve already enjoyed the mint tea last night before bed and it was so relaxing.

Vibrant Health Raw Green Food

I love using raw food meal in my smoothies and energy snacks, so this will be used.

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Vintage Italia Pasta Chips

These were very tasty. My daughter and I gobbled them up immediately. They are crunchier than your average chip and there is a lot of depth to the flavor.

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Thank You Card

This was really cute and I’ve already used it!

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Thoughts: Like with my first box from Conscious Box, I am not too excited about the foil samples. I did not do values simply because I do not normally do values on foil samples. The value is not here for me and I hope that the next two boxes will be better. I love discovery and did discover new brands from the box, but I would prefer to have fewer, but larger samples per box. That being said, I did like a lot of the samples I did receive.

What did you think of the March Conscious Box?

 

Vegan Presence Review October 2013

Vegan Presence Review

I am always so excited to get my Vegan Presence box in the mail each month. I was especially excited to see what Fall items were included in the October box. There were some delays in getting the review done due to shipping issues and my transfer to a new blog platform…. 

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Vegan Presence Review September 2013 – Vegan and Eco-Friendly Subscription Box

Vegan Presence is a newer subscription box that focuses on finding a variety of vegan and cruelty-free beauty and food products. They also focus on promoting a balance of sustainable living and enjoying the finer things in life.

The Cost: $23 for a one-off box, $20 per box for a 3-month subscription.

The Products: Vegan Presence delivers a selection of full-size and sample-sized beauty products and snacks. that are completely vegan and cruelty-free. The September box was curated by Sunny from my favorite vegan blog, Vegan Beauty Review. You can check out my past Vegan Presence subscription box reviews here.

Beanfields Bean and Rice Chips in Nacho – Value $1.50

Yum! I adore Beanfield’s chips and immediately ate these while opening the rest of the box.

Schmidt’s Deodorant in Cedarwood + Juniper – Value $8

I never had deodorant in a jar before, so this was a new experience for me. I love the scent and I have to say, it works really well! I’ve been using it for a few days and I’ve been completely dry and fresh since.

Mystical House Mocha Facial Scrub – Value $10

This was another new experience for me. The scrub smelled great, but applying it was a little messy. The end effect was so worth it though. My skin felt baby soft and moisturized afterward.

MuLondon Organic White Chocolate Truffle Moisturizer – Value $14
This is my new favorite moisturizer. It is the most decadent product I’ve ever experienced. The smell is out-of-this-world amazing and the texture is so thick and creamy. I find excuses to put this on!

Thoughts: This box was a huge hit for me! As always, the products were very well thought out. The box was a completely new experience for me and I loved the chance to try each product. I would definitely love to see another collaboration box in the future!

What did you think of the Vegan Presence box?
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Vegan Presence August 2013 Review and Giveaway! – Vegan Subscription Box

I was so excited to get my August Vegan Presence subscription box in the mail today. I just ordered a 3-month subscription and I am already thinking about extending it. Vegan Presence is one of my favorite eco-friendly subscription boxes, so I was thrilled with Andrea, the founder of the company, offered me the opportunity to also host a giveaway for their September box which is curated by one of my favorite vegan blogger, Sunny of Vegan Beauty Review.

The Cost: $23 for a one-month subscription, other subscriptions are available for a lower price per month.

The Products: The Vegan Presence subscription box service focuses on introducing you to vegan lifestyle products including home goods, beauty products and food. The company also focuses on being earth-friendly and using only the most sustainable products available. Vegan Presence also donates 5% of its profits to animal and environmental organizations annually. You can read all my Vegan Presence reviews here.

Native Touch Peppermint Soap – Value $5.99
Native Touch Rooting Cub Rub Mini- Value $2.49

I never knew this before, but apparently I love peppermint soap! The smell is strangely refreshing and addictive. I can’t wait to try this soap during my morning shower to really wake me up before work! The soap box also contains shamrock seeds. I will use one of my small pots to plant these!

The rub is an aromatherapy moisturizing salve. It is recommended for little kids with sensitive skin, which my daughter has, so I am very happy to have this for her.

Ruff House Art Seeded Letter Press Greeting Card – Value $6

Not only is this card beautifully printed, but you can also plant this to grow your own vegetables! It is a little late in the season and I know I should wait to plant them, but I am so excited, I do not know if I can wait until nest year!

Beauty Without Cruelty Hand & Body Lotion - Value $2.99

I love the Beauty Without Cruelty products. I own a few of their nail polishes and I think it was my first introduction to vegan beauty. I was so excited to get this sample and tossed it right in my purse!

Liz Lovely Vegan and Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookies - Value $3.99

If you don’t think vegan chocolate chip cookies can taste good, you have not tried these cookies before. They do not taste like traditional cookies, but instead taste more like cookie dough. If you don’t like cookie dough then we are not friends (kidding!) These are decadent and so delicious. I already ordered some of her coconut macaroons.

Thoughts: Yet again, Vegan Presence really impressed me not only with the variety and uniqueness of the brands and products, but also with the thoughtfulness of the curation. I cannot wait until next month when my favorite vegan blogger teams up with Vegan Presence to curate the September box. If you have not heard about Vegan Beauty Review, Sunny talks about some of the best vegan and cruelty-free beauty products and genius beauty DIY how-to’s.

Now onto the giveaway! Vegan Presence has kindly offered me two September subscription boxes for you to win. Enter below.

 

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New Subscription Box – Vegan Presence Review and Coupon!

I love finding out about new subscription boxes, especially ones that put a lot of care and thought to their curation. When Vegan Presence offered to send me a box to review, I jumped at the chance.

Vegan Presence is a vegan lifestyle subscription box that sends out unique vegan items that range from food, beauty to home products. Each item is guaranteed to come from a company who is in no way affiliated with any type of animal-cruelty. (The same goes for any parent companies they may belong to) All of the packaging is green and biodegradable or reusable.

They offer a 3, 6 or 12 month subscription for $60, $115 or $220. You can buy one-off boxes for $23.


The first thing I noticed when I received my package was that it smelled amazing.

Included was a Guide to Veg Living which gave a lot of useful information about becoming vegetarian or vegan, plus some really great recipes. This is perfect for someone like me who isn’t a vegan. but is interested in that lifestyle.

There was also a letter explaining the fundamentals of the company, plus product descriptions prices and why they were chosen.

The first thing that caught my eye was the Vegan Presence tote bag. I love the design! Value – $16

Flying Bird Botanicals in Cacao Lavender Mint hot chocolate powder – I love fusing different flavors together and this mix of lavender and mint with chocolate is right up my alley. It smells incredible too! Value – $8.75

Broo Craft Beer Shampoo and Conditioner – This was the item that made the whole package smell great, I think. The funny thing is that if I open the top, it actually just smells like beer which was not the scent I was (and still am smelling on everything). Value – $6 (together)

I noticed i also received two small samples of the Broo shampoo and conditioner with coupons and a Vegan sticker.

The curator, Andrea, also included a few samples of her favorite vegan makeup lines, Lagona and Perfekt.

I almost forgot about the Go Max Go Twilight Chocolate bar. I gobbled this up while I was looking through the box, so I only have a picture of the wrapper. It is the vegan version of a Milky Way, but only better. Value – $2.50

Verdict: I am incredibly impressed with this subscription. Not taking into account the makeup samples, the total value is $33.25, which is way over what you pay, no matter the subscription option you choose. Not only that, but I loved the new and interesting brands and generally being introduced to a whole new (awesome) way of living.

What did you think of Vegan Presence? Do you think this is a subscription you might want to sign up for?

If you are interesting in signing up, if you mention Subscription Maven in the referral section, you can get $5 off the trial or 3-month subscription!

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Vegan Cuts April 2013 Review – Vegan Eco-friendly Subscription Box

I came home to find my Vegan Cuts box arrived. In case you didn’t know, Vegan Cuts is a vegan snack subscription service that also sometimes send out beauty and home items. It costs $19.99 a month and you get at least eight items plus a few coupons.

Although I am not vegan, I try to eat more vegan-friendly food simply for health reasons. This also allows me to freely share snacks with my daughter without any guilt.

What really grabbed my attention with Vegan Cuts is that they show a real passion for their work and helping people live a healthier, more earth-conscious life. They also prefer to work with small businesses which is something I am also very passionate about. Unlike your typical snack box, they try to give you a variety of foods, including those you can cook with like some of the things found in this box and the Beyond Eggs from last month’s box. They also like to sneak in a beauty or home item too which is always a fun surprise.


I sensed a real Italian theme with this month’s box.


Teese vegan mozzarella cheese, Milas roasted red peppers and artichoke brushetta and a sample of the Parmela Parmesan. I’ve seen Parmela around and was always curious as to the taste. I am supposed to be eating fewer dairy products, so hopefully these two cheeses can turn out to be nice replacements for me in the long run. 

Lemon and garlic Oloves,Teeccino herbal coffee, Meow Meow Tweet lip balm and information plus coupon for Eat Beyond Meat. I already tried the Oloves and they were pretty nice. I may invest in more as an office snack. I got the grapefruit clove lip balm and it isn’t my favorite scent and while I like grapefruit, clove is more of an autumn scent for me. 



I was really excited to get the protein bar and powder from 22 Days. I’ve heard a lot about plant-based protein powder and have been wanting to try it. The bar was amazing and I even ordered a box off their website. I tried the powder and was not a fan. I don’t know if it was because of the vanilla flavor, but it felt like I was drinking play dough. 

I love popcorn, but to be honest, that amount of popcorn for 100 calories is actually a lot. I like to make my popcorn on the stove and it is really low in calories, so this wasn’t that big of a deal to me. I did have it already and it was good, but I think I will stick to my stovetop popcorn. We also opened the sweet potato chips. I didn’t realize they were actually tortilla chips, but that I know,  I want to try the bruschetta on top.


Here is a rundown of everything in the box:

  • Teese vegan cheese Full Size – $4.50
  • Milas roasted red pepper and artichoke bruschetta – 66 ¢ 
  • Parmela parmesean sample – 50 ¢ 
  • Oloves Full Size – $1.45
  • Teeccuno herbal coffee – 83 ¢ 
  • Meow Meow Tweet lip balm Full Size – $5
  • 22 Days protein bar Full Size – $2.99
  • 22 Days protein powder sample – $2.63
  • Skinny Pop popcorn – 99 ¢ 
  • Food Should Taste Good – 99 ¢

In total, everything came out to be about $20.54 and some of these numbers are just approximations. I have a feeling the total box may be a bit higher. This also does not take the coupons in account. So far, I’ve been pretty happy about my boxes with Vegan Cuts and plan on keeping my subscription. They are really great for helping me discover new types of food and ways to incorporate more veganism in my life. 

Have you signed up for your Vegan Cuts box yet? What do you think of this month’s box?




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Vegan Cuts Review – March 2013

I got my first Vegan Cuts box a while ago. Although I am not vegan, I do like having healthy snacks I can feel good about eating and giving to my daughter. I’ve been so busy with work, I never got a chance to go over what I got. Unfortunately, we ate almost everything within the fist couple of days, so I only have the one picture of the entire box here. 


In the box:

My favorites where the lentil and coconut chips, egg replacement and the cooking class. The cooking class alone was worth $99 – putting the box way over the $19.95 I paid for it! 

Saying that, I was a little disappointed with the course because the production was not of the highest quality. I still got a lot of good information from it and I’ve only done the first lesson. I was really surprised with the marshmallows – they actually had a better consistency than the non-vegan kind. My daughter even ate one and she normally hates marshmallows. 

The Dang coconut chips are probably going to be a new staple in my house. Pretty much everyone loves coconut and the crunchy, salty, sweet snack was an immediate hit among everyone. I even hid the bag for a little while so I could make sure it would last! 

My least favorite is a tie between the PureFit bar and the Righteously Raw chocolate mint bar. I subscribed to Vegan Cuts because I wanted to try something new and I’ve seen PureFit around at my local Whole Foods and Wegmans.  What was surprising was to learn that it was vegan. That I did not know. I also tried Righteously Raw’s chocolate before when I bought a one-off box from Healthy Snacks and I was not a fan. I am not a huge fan of dark chocolate and their raw chocolate is like dark chocolate overload. 

What I love about Vegan Cuts is that not only can you buy everything they give you in its full-size version, but they sell it in bulk so you have enough to last you a while. Many of the products also offer free shipping – talk about convenience! I highly recommend anyone, vegan or otherwise, who is looking for a snack box with a lot of new and delicious products, but do not want to spend a lot to try them out. 



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