Out Of The Box Sampler March 2015

Out of the Box Sampler is a collection of products from Etsy sellers that have been put together in one place.  It is not a subscription but if you get on their mailing list you will receive a notification when they go on sale and you can purchase one.  They sell out pretty quickly so you only have a few days to get one.  They offer two sizes but I have yet to get there fast enough to even think out the larger box.  They are also going to be doing an all food box coming soon.  I thought about skipping this month because of the exchange rate still sucking right now but changed my mind and got one of the last two available.

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This month the stuff was just in a bag in the box and as you can see it was torn.  However that affects nothing that was it beyond a mild annoyance of having to pick packing peanuts out of the bag.  As normal the edibles came in their own little bag separate from the smelly stuff.

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The edibles this month are Chocolate Lollipop by SandiPops.com, Tutti Fruitti Lollipop by Homeandfamily.etsy.com, and cotton candy from Fluff N Stuff.  I’ve eaten the cotton candy because there is no power on earth that can keep me from it but I’ve still got to try the two lollipops.

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Guardian Angel Soy Wax Melts from Things That Make Scents and Mystery Jumbo Cube Soap from Sky Rain Soap

I can’t describe the smell of the melts but it’s more masculine then I expected.  The soap is fruity but nothing more specific then that that I can tell.

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Tandem RIch Body Cream from Clean Machine Body Co., Orange Caramel Crumble Scented Wax Tart from Candle Confectionery, and Teapot Barrette from ZandyLand.

The cream smells sooo fresh!!  I will use this up for sure.  We received a barrette a couple of boxes ago and Bug likes big and interesting ones so I’m happy to get more.

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Wood Burned Decoration from Old Soul Artisian, Citrus Blend Lip Balm & Chocolate/Vanilla Body Balm from Esensia, Yin-Yang Soap from Funtastic Soaps

I like the ornament and want to find a place for it to live in my house.  The lip balm smells like a hard lemon candy but I never say no to a lip balm. I’m not a huge fan of fake chocolate scents so this balm is one of the less enjoyable things in here but I’m sure it’s nicely moisturizing.  This soap is huge!  It must be at least 3″ across.  It doesn’t seem to have a smell but I like the way it looks.

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Alice Vinyl Decal from The Creative Adult, Very Sexy Girl Lotion from NYC Metro Girl, Lemongrass Sage Soap from Hill Mail Order COmpany

I used to get a box from NYC Metro Girl so I know I like their stuff.  The soap chunk smells great too!  So much stuff to try!!!!

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Orange & Chili Pepper Melt from Grammys Candles and More, Anchor Bracelet from Creative For His Glory, Nail Wrap from Jamberry

The melt looks like it might have got a head start on the melting in transit but it won’t matter once I take it out of the bag.  This is the first piece of jewelry I’ve got from one of these boxes that I would wear instead of Bug.  I have never tried a nail wrap so this might be the push I need to give it a go.

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Sweet Pea Melt from Ugly Duckling Designs

There is always just enough melts in this box to get me to the next one.  I love it.

I like the mix of stuff and I really do use all of the things I get.  Bath products are a staple around here, I have a candle or melt going everyday and I never say no to food (even if I should).  It works out to about $1-2 an item with the shipping and I feel that what I receive is worth that or would cost me more if I was to buy something similar in the store.  I also get to try Etsy shops I wouldn’t be able to, because the large majority of these do not ship internationally. Get on the mailing list by clicking here.

Out Of The Box Sampler December 2014 & Advent Day 15

Out of the Box Sampler is a collection of products from Etsy sellers that have been put together in one place.  It is not a subscription but if you get on their mailing list you will receive a notification when they go on sale and you can purchase one.  They sell out pretty quickly so you only have a few days to get one.  They offer two sizes but I have yet to get there fast enough to even think out the larger box.  They are also going to be doing an all food box coming soon.

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It always ships in an outer box and the edibles ship outside of the main box.

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The food and the first look into the box.  It always smells so fantastic.

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Sweet Scents Candles & Melts Mistletoe Whisper Tart, Shimmering Suds Peppermint Bath Salts, and Peppa Pig Bracelet from The Jewelry Box. This bracelet is going straight into Bug’s stocking, she’s crazy for them right now and while we are not die hard Peppa Pig fans, we have watched occasionally. I seem to get just enough wax melts to last me from box to box, which is nice as I get to have plenty of new scents to try out.

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Lavender Vanilla Bath Cookies by For Sanity’s Sake Products, Snowflake Magnet and Pins from Art Altered and Eclectic Elements, and Neapolitan Ice Cream Popsicle Glycerin Soap from Hill Mail Order Company. This is the craziest soap I have received yet.  I’m not such a fan of buttons, I simply don’t wear them but I like the magnet. I also feel you can never have enough bath products so relaxing bath cookies rock.

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Candle Confectionery Buttery  Gingerbread Wax Tart, Jodi’s Craft Emporium Reusable Makeup Pad, and Yule Log Soaps Chocolate Peppermint Soap. I have received a melt from Candle COnfectionery in each of these boxes I’ve ordered and the smell great and are long lasting.  I now have two of the makeup pads and think they are a good idea, instead of using cotton balls all the time.

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Salted Caramel Candle from Hannah Made Gifts, Christmas Cookie Hand & Body Scrub and Almond Biscotti Shea Butter Lip Balm from Shell’s Soaps and Bayberry Spice Wax Tart from Ugly Duckling Designs. This Candle smells amazing! Can’t wait to use all of these things actually, so Festive!!!

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Pecan Pie Scent Tub from Jewelry in Candles, Movado & Mullins Soy Candle, Candy Cane Sugar Scrub by The Sweet N Salty Bath Shop. I’m a little confused by the first one.  It doesn’t tell me what it is.  I’m not sure if it’s a melt or perfume or just a sample of one of the available scents.  I did rub a bit on my wrist and now smell like pie so there are worse things.  The scrub smells great too.

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Ribbon Hair Ties from The Maine Coon Cat, Lavender Lemon Aide by Mother’s Nature, and Stacie Marie Essentials 100% Natural Beauty Blotting Sheets. I have just about stretched to the max the hair ties I got last month so I am glad to get more.  The balm is to help bumps and bruises and while I never think to buy blotting papers, I do use them if the end up in my purse.

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Mint Cookie by Yummilicious Treats, Rosemary Gourmet Sea Salt by Superior Salt and Creme De Menthe Pattie by Jennie Zee’s Handmade Gourmet. This cookie was really good. It had a chocolate mint cookie covered with white chocolate and mint candy chunks. I think the salt will be put to use for Xmas dinner and I am trying to hold off on scarfing the chocolate.  I don’t give it much longer.

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Ken’s Airy Crunch Peanut Brittle and Raspberry Rock Candy from Home and Family Creations.  The brittle is good and I’m not even a big fan of brittle normally.  The candy is okay but I don’t get a super shot of raspberry flavor.  That in no way means I won’t be eating it though.

I am still a fan of this box and will be making the attempt next month to grab another one.  I like the mix of stuff and I really do use all of the things I get.  Bath products are a staple around here, I have a candle or melt going everyday and I never say no to food (even if I should).  It works out to about $1-2 an item with the shipping and I feel that what I receive is worth that or would cost me more if I was to buy something similar in the store.  I also get to try Etsy shops I wouldn’t be able to, because the large majority of these do not ship internationally. Get on the mailing list by clicking here.

Advent Calendar Day 15 has brought to my eager little hands,

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20141215_082917 Ooh La Lift Instant Under-Eye Brightening Boost.

With the lack of sleep from a night owl baby I need some brightening so I think Benefit takes the day.  Body Shop continues to have a lack of surprise with grouping family items on consecutive days but I was tiring of my current night cream so I’m happy for the switch.

 

Out of the Box Sampler November 2014

Out of the Box Sampler is a collection of products from Etsy sellers that have been put together in one place.  It is not a subscription but if you get on their mailing list you will receive a notification when they go on sale and you can purchase one.  They sell out pretty quickly so you only have a few days to get one.  I was concerned I would be out of luck this month as their website had gone down but I managed to snag one.  This months theme was “Stuffed” Harvest Sampler. It included a wide mix of products from food, soaps, beauty products, wax melts, and handcrafts.

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Everything I pulled out of the shipping box.  Edible products are always shipped in their own baggie.

 

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The card showing the sponsor of the box and listing upcoming deals.

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The food products.

Roasted garlic gourmet sea salt, Cranberry gourmet sea salt, and two pieces of Blue Ribbon chocolate fudge. Hubby was home when I unpacked the box and now there is no more fudge.

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First look at the big box. It has always been right full the times I’ve ordered it.

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Little hard to tell through the bag bit the first item is a turkey shaped brown sugar spice wax tart. Next is a banana caramel cupcake tart. Last is two items from Pretty and Perky-Carmelized Pralines tart and pumpkin creme brulee solid sugar scrub.

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Sweet Curls Elixers Flax/Okra gel and Pretty Momma Beauty Pore Reducing Mud Mask.

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The Sweet N Salty Bath Shop Body Butter, The Maine Coon Cat hair elastics, Mother’s Nature Moonbeam Balm.

I’m probably the last person on earth who hasn’t tried these type of hair ties so I was happy to get them.  The balm is a  relaxing aromatherapy balm which will be super handy.

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Home and Family Creations Blue Raspberry Play Dough, Three Little Chicks Soap Bar Vanilla Pear Soap, Cedar Creek Soaps Sea Salt Body Scrub in Fruit Loops

I was kinda hoping the play dough would smell like blue raspberry but it just smells like regular play dough. Doesn’t bother Bug though, she loves it.  The scrub really does smell like Fruit Loops and I’m not sure I like it but I do like body scrubs so it’s going to get used.

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Shimmering Suds Anise and Beer scent, Slippery Slope Soaps Spiced Caramel Apple Sugar Scrub and Harvest Spice Soy Wax Tart.

I’m not sure what the product from Shimmering Suds is. I thought it was soap but it’s kinda squishy so it might be a scrub of some kind. Smells good though.

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Eternal Girl Mini Note Card, Jewelry In Candles Sweet Pea Tarts, BLJ Graves Studio Cornucopia gift tag.

I think this gift tag is fabulous.  I don’t even want to use it, just put it up and enjoy it.

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Art Altered E=mc pin, Lemon Lollpop Pumpkin Cheesecake Lip Balm, lollipop and bookmark

I am one of those people who doesn’t like pumpkin but this lip balm isn’t to crazy scented so I’m glad and I know the lip balm was the sample but I’m equally excited about the bookmark cause I always need more.

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For Sanity’s Sake Products Detoxifying Clay Face Mask, BklynOrganics Plumeria Perfume Oil

This perfume smells really nice. The mask did leak a little but since it was in it’s own bag it only messed itself.

I received samples from 23 different companies and most came with a discount code to get more or free products from them.  Disappointingly for me a lot of these companies on etsy do not ship to Canada so the only way I can try their products is through this box.  I feel that the $27 fee is worth it.  That’s about $1.00 a sample since I received more then one from a few companies.  Next month will be the Mistletoe Holiday Sampler going on sale December 1st so make sure to get on the mailing list for a reminder at www.outoftheboxsampler.com or visit them to see all the companies included.

 

 

Out of the Box Sampler October 2014

Out of the box is not a subscription box per say.  Every month you receive an email when they go on sale and if you get there in time you can purchase one. If not you’re out of luck till next month.  It is a sampling of many different Etsy stores put together so you can try many different products and sellers in an easy way.  The box comes with  a list of all the contributors and discount codes to order full sized product if something catches your fancy.  You may not receive something from every seller but it’ll be close.  There were 23 contributors this month and I received 20 samples so no complaints there.  This months box was “Hallo-Scream” Boo Box. I got a mix of bath products, dog treats(they asked if I had a dog), candy, wax melts, perfume, candles, and a few odds and ends that don’t fit into categories.

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They box came with all the edibles packaged separately. Both dog and human treats were in the striped bag on the bottom.

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These are the puppy treats I received. I actually got two packages of the middle one. All are variations of a pumpkin dog treat and will be happily consumed by the Weim I’m thinking.

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The only human consumption product I received, Cappuccino Rock Candy. It’s tasty and not crazy coffee flavoured.

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A Pumpkin Cupcake mini bath melt and PumClay foot scrub bar.

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Soaps and more soaps.

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Different shaped and scented wax melts. They all smell great through their packaging. The last one did come broken but as it’s a melt I don’t care.

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Halloween bottle cap magnet and a Zombie Brains air freshener. Too cute!

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Gift tags and stickers and a reusable makeup remover pad.

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Poison Apple perfume and mini Ghost Candle. Oddly this perfume, which is alcohol fee, smeel like a martini to me…..or at least what I remember a martini smelling like since between being pregnant and nursing my babies I haven’t had a drink since December 7, 2010.

This box is lots of fun. You never know what the next thing you pull out will be and it smells fantastic! I think I will for sure be trying to get the November box Stuffed Harvest.

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