Conscious Box: July 2013

Conscious Box July 2013So, last month I got a conscious box with a crazy value! It included a $50 wine gift card, so I decided to stay on another month to see if this was a regular occurrence. While I didn’t get any high-priced items this month, Conscious Box still did their part to introduce me to eco-friendly alternatives to everyday products for $19.95/month.

My first impression of Conscious Box didn’t change. These boxes are HEAVY and packed full with products and samples to explore. This month I received:

  • Last Round | All Natural Hangover Support
  • MRM | Hydration Factor
  • Organic Flavrz Fruit Punch | All Natural Liquid Drink Mix Energize
  • Skout | Gluten-Free, Organic Trailbar Apple and Cinnamon
  • Clean Ethics | Bottle Bright Water Bottle Cleaner
  • Ultima | Replenisher Everyday Health Drink
  • Orgain Healthy Kids | Organic Nutritional Shake
  • Stash Tea | Organic Very Berry Herbal Tea
  • Episencial | Soothing Cream
  • Ecover | Automatic Dishwasher Tablets
  • Qbel | Whole grain Minty Mint Wafers
  • Nordic Naturals | DHA Xtra
  • Similasan | 100% Natural Computer Eye Relief Drops 
  • Eco-Gecko | Wooden Cutlery
  • Epic Dental | Fresh Fruit Xylitol Mints 
  • Equal Exchange | Fair Trade and Organic Chocolate

Last Round | All Natural Hangover SupportLast Round | All Natural Hangover Support
Sample Value: $1.66
Full Size Cost: $9.95 (6 pack)
Buy at Conscious Box

Now, let me just say I am not the one in the family who needed this product last weekend. My poor  husband had a little too much fun at the bar Saturday night and was in need of hangover support the following morning. I’m never really sure how much these things work, but he was able to function throughout the day, so that’s a bonus!

This drink recommends taking it before you go to bed, and while my hubby took it the morning after, it still seemed to help! The best part is that this drink is all-natural and made from a proprietary blend of ingredients like stevia extract, kudzu root extract and green tea extracts.

MRM | Hydration FactorMRM | Hydration Factor
Sample Value: $1.33
Full Size Cost: $19.99
Buy at Conscious Box

This seems like it could also help in the hangover recovery process. I mean, you gotta stay hydrated! I guess it works like this: MRM Hydration Factor helps improve intracellular hydration and regulates thirst. Just mix it with water. This seems weird to me and I never really buy into these things… but, it’s kind of cool to know it’s out there!

Organic Flavrz Fruit Punch | All Natural Liquid Drink Mix EnergizeOrganic Flavrz Fruit Punch | All Natural Liquid Drink Mix Energize
Sample Value: $4.49
Full Size Cost: $8.99 (6 pouches)
Buy at Conscious Box

I got a couple of these in last month’s box, so I was definitely familiar with these guys! I bring them with me to work, where they receive mixed reviews from coworkers. Made with organic lemon, agave syrup, orange, and hibiscus, Organic Flavrz All Natural Liquid Drink Mix provides a deliciously simple boost of immune-system supporting nutrients and antioxidants.

I like them okay. They change the texture of the water, which is kind of weird, but it definitely doesn’t stop me from using them!

Skout | Gluten-Free, Organic Trailbar Apple and CinnamonSkout | Gluten-Free, Organic Trailbar Apple and Cinnamon
Sample Value: $2.25
Full Size Cost: $26.99
Buy at Conscious Box

We’re a big fan of these snack bars in this house! It was the first thing the hubby ate out of the box and it didn’t take long for it to disappear.

This gluten-free snack is not only organic, it’s also vegan! They’re full of wholesome ingredients and are a great source for protein, fiber and other vitamins.

Clean Ethics | Bottle Bright Water Bottle CleanerClean Ethics | Bottle Bright Water Bottle Cleaner
Sample Value: $0.99
Full Size Cost: $9.95 (10 tablets)
Buy at Conscious Box

I was super curious about these! I immediately thought about using them for our smoothie cups as opposed to the a water bottle. I think they’ll do the trick just the same!

Clean Ethics says their bottle water cleaner gets rid of that yucky crud that builds up over time in water bottles. It’s still chlorine free, non-toxic and biodegradable.

Ultima | Replenisher Everyday Health DrinkUltima | Replenisher Everyday Health Drink
Sample Value: $0.43
Full Size Cost: $12.80
Buy at Conscious Box

I’m amazed that they can make these water enhancers vegan and non-GMO. I mean, there’s gotta be some crazy science involved! I wasn’t too excited about this product, and haven’t tried it yet. Maybe one day when I feel like I need a little boost, I’ll give this plant-based enhancer a go.

Orgain Healthy Kids | Organic Nutritional ShakeOrgain Healthy Kids | Organic Nutritional Shake
Sample Value: $1.92
Full Size Cost: $22.99
Buy at Conscious Box

I got a very similar product to this one in last month’s Conscious Box, so I was very curious to try this out. Now, I’m not a kid, but you can bet that if a grown up doesn’t like something, a kid probably won’t!

This all-in-one nutritional shake is made with organic fruits and vegetables and packed full of protein. You won’t find any GMO, corn syrup or any of that artificial junk in this Orgain lunchbox buddy. Double bonus: they also make nutritional shakes for grownups!

Stash Tea | Organic Very Berry Herbal TeaStash Tea | Organic Very Berry Herbal Tea
Sample Value: $0.47
Full Size Cost: $4.20
Buy at Stash Tea

I’m a big tea drinker, and I’m always looking for healthy, organic options. I really like that these guys are caffeine free too, because I try to limit how much of that I’m getting.

I have to admit, I haven’t tried these yet. But, Stash Tea says it doesn’t matter when you try it. It’s good in the morning and evening! I’m thinking about brewing one of these up tomorrow morning!

Episencial | Soothing CreamEpisencial | Soothing Cream
Sample Value: $0.29
Full Size Cost: $11.00
Buy at Episencial

Now, I’m not sure I used this right! Episencial is a pediatrician-tested lotion that’s perfect for dry, sensitive skin. But, when I first saw it, I don’t know why, but I thought it would be good after washing my face. I didn’t even realize it was for kids! Now, while it’s perfectly fine to use on your face, it felt very heavy on mine, and I can’t say I enjoyed it. I’d definitely recommend this for elbows or other spots that need more nourishment.

Ecover | Automatic Dishwasher TabletsEcover | Automatic Dishwasher Tablets
Sample Value: $0.48
Full Size Cost: $5.95
Buy at Ecover

Now, I gotta say! I was really impressed with these! I wish my normal dishwasher tabs worked as well as these eco-friendly ones! My glasses had more sparkle, and they just got the job done!  These little guys are biodegradable and phosphate-free and are a safe, natural solution for getting the dishes done without the worry of harsh chemicals or cleansers!

Qbel | Whole grain Minty Mint WafersQbel | Whole grain Minty Mint Wafers
Sample Value: $1.40
Full Size Cost: $22.40
Buy at Amazon

I wasn’t a huge fan of these little wafers. I had a couple bites and then tossed them away, because I really just didn’t enjoy the flavor or the texture. It really was more of a texture thing than anything else. Maybe I just don’t like wafers? Who knows! Either way, these crispy mint wavers are dairy-free and non-GMO and made with whole grain and 70% cacao.

Nordic Naturals | DHA XtraNordic Naturals | DHA Xtra
Sample Value: $2.13
Full Size Cost: $31.95 (30 count)
Buy at Nordic Naturals

I already take a fish oil supplement, so I’m curious about this little guy…. Just add to water and get your dose of omega-3 and omega-9 oils. All I know is, the pills give me fish breath, so I’m a little nervous to try this out. (I’ve since started taking a gummy fish oil supplement to avoid that gross fishness) I’m wondering how it would work in a beverage… It just kind of sounds gross to me.

Nordic Naturals has their own benefits though. They only use the finest fish oils, third party tested for environmental toxins like heavy metals and dioxins. So, their fish oils far surpass international standards.

Similasan | 100% Natural Computer Eye Relief DropsSimilasan | 100% Natural Computer Eye Relief Drops
Sample Value: $0.05
Full Size Cost: $9.24
Buy at Walmart

My hubby is big on eye drops, so I immediately gave these to him. I haven’t heard any reports on them yet, neither positive or negative, but to me… eye drops are eye drops! But, it’s definitely cool to know there’s a brand out there that’s all natural! Similasan keeps it simple with just four simple active ingredients that help relieve blurry vision, hypersensitivity, eyelid spasms ad strained eyes!

Equal Exchange | Fair Trade and Organic Chocolate & Epic Dental | Fresh Fruit Xylitol MintsEqual Exchange | Fair Trade and Organic Chocolate
Sample Value: $0.47
Full Size Cost: $35.00
Buy at Equal Exchange

Yum yum yum, hello chocolate! Now, you can’t go wrong with these guys in my opinion. It’s chocolate. I mean, come on!

These little guys are made with cacao from farmer co-operatives and organic sugar fair trade partners. They’re vegan, soy-free and gluten-free and only contain five ingredients! Just simply delicious!

Epic Dental | Fresh Fruit Xylitol Mints
Sample Value: $0.11
Full Size Cost: $6.50
Buy at Epic Dental

Hey, I like mints. And, these a pretty tasty. No complaints here! They’re also sugar-free and feature Xylitol which dentists recommend to help stop tooth decay. These little guys are also gluten-free and safe for folks with diabetes or hyperglycemia!

Eco-Gecko | Wooden Cutlery
Sample Value: $0.04
Full Size Cost: $36.67
Buy at Good Start Packing

I was really confused when I saw this in the box. I had no idea what it was for and I kind of thought it was tied to another product. I didn’t even take a picture of it! It was just this little spoon that you’d find with those little ice cream cups you get as a kid. It wasn’t until later that I realized it was actually its own separate product. If you’re planning a picnic or a party, I can definitely see these as a great replacement to those plastic, petroleum-created cutlery. Eco-Geko’s spoons, forks and knives are biodegradable, compostable and 100% natural! They’re made from birchwood and Eco-Geko says they’re strong enough to tackle your toughest steaks!

The Verdict
Cost: $19.95
Value: $18.51

Overall, I was a little less impressed with this month’s Conscious Box. The value isn’t exactly what I’d hope it to be, and the products themselves were a little underwhelming. My favorite item in the box though was probably the Ecover | Automatic Dishwasher Tablets, which is surprising to me. My least favorite items are probably all the powders and mixes. There’s only so many ways you want to know about getting vitamins and flavoring water. After awhile, it gets kind of blah.

What did you think of this month’s Conscious Box? Got you curious? Leave your thoughts below!

Disclosure: This product was not received in exchange for a review. All views in this post are the opinion of the author. Just Louise Please will not accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain referral links. Complete Disclosure Policy.

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One thought on “Conscious Box: July 2013

  1. Must Have Boxes says:

    Great review! I really liked the items in your box. I just posted the review of my July Conscious Box on my blog too. I received some fabulous products this month.

    - KW

    http://musthaveboxes.com

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