WelliBox September 2015-Updated

Update!!

I’ve just received an email from WelliBox informing me that the company has been sold.  All remaining boxes in my subscription, and I’m guessing everyone’s, is being refunded.  They also say we will shortly be getting an email from the new owners who will want us to resubscribe to the new box but that of course is up to us.  They said thank you for subscribing and hope we have enjoyed it.  I guess we’ll have to see what the new company will be offering.

WelliBox is a Canadian box focusing on healthy options.  It sends you 5-10 samples per month and you can choose your category from womens, mens, 50+, or performance.  Boxes are $10 per month, less with longer plans,  and you are promised $25 worth of products.  Since I’m trying to get healthier and lose some weight I thought it would be a good idea to get a box that might help me out.

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This month the box was oddly heavy on one side.  Upon opening that reason became obvious.  There is never a info card with them though occasionally there is literature on one or more of the products.

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Slumberland Smacks Sleep Squares-$9.95/box

The big items in the box this month are three one week supplies of natural sleep aids.  I’m going to copy the info from their website since that will give you the right info without me interpreting it in some way. “Sleep Squares is unique in its design and unmatched in its effectiveness by providing all the necessary building blocks needed to allow the body to metabolize your three principle sleeping components: Serotonin, Melatonin, and Acetylcholine. By elevating these levels naturally, Sleep Squares is able to help smooth out your sleep cycle “speed bumps” and provide that much needed assistance against a variety of moderate to severe sleep related issues, whether they stem from work, stress, diet, lifestyle, or any other of the countless problems we experience that disrupt our sleep.  Sleep Squares uses all natural active ingredients in three categories. First is Traditional Herbs, used to help relax the body and mind and allow for an easy transition into sleep. These include Passionflower, Hops, and Vervain. Second is Sleep Nutrients, used to help fall asleep and maintain sleep throughout the night. These include 5-HTP, L-Theanine, Choline, and a small amount of Melatonin (300 mcg). And third is Vitamins and Minerals for optimal sleep and health. These include a B-Complex, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Calcium, Magnesium, and Zinc. It is the synergistic effectiveness of all these ingredients combined, working together at very low levels, that produces the amazing results of Sleep Squares without any side effects, even on the first night. Get the sleep you deserve with the taste that cannot be beat.”  I received one box of orange and two raspberry flavoured chocolates.  The only issue I have is that I am still breastfeeding and as such cannot try these.  They also expire on 17 October so I can’t save them till I’m finished either.  I will probably end up giving these to Hubs to see how effective they are.  He does have some trouble staying asleep so these might help.

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Lenny & Larry’s The Complete Cookie in White Chocolate Macadamia-$3.29

This will be the second Lenny & Larry’s cookie I’ve received from my boxes and I hope this one is better.  The first one I had was Lemon flavoured and I couldn’t eat the whole thing.  I love sweets so that’s saying something.  These cookies are made with no eggs or dairy, they are vegan, have no cholesterol, trans fats, or anything artificial.  Might be why I didn’t enjoy the other one.  This one has chocolate though so how bad could it be?

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TracHealth Chia+ Coconut Water Bend Drink-$2.08

This is the third variety of these I have received and one I loved and one was not so good.  I originally was weirded out by the chunky parts that float around but the one was so tasty I quickly got over it.  This supplement is made with non-gmo vegan ingredients.  It is meant to be like a sports drink to revive you after a workout but I just use it in my water bottle to drink at work.

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Xyience Xenergy Drink in Cran Razz-$1.79

So this has zero calories, is sugar free, has all natural colours and flavours,and is carbonated.  It uses that ever popular energy source taurine plus caffeine to give you a boost.  I used to drink energy drinks occasionally and then I once tried a Red Bull and it really affected me.  I was wired for hours and made startling observations that whole time.  I haven’t touched one since then.  I guess maybe it would be time to try again.  I’ll save it for a bad day at work when I need something just to get me though.

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The only info this month was a card letting us know about Rhea Mehta, who is a health coach.  It tells you a bit about what she does and also gives a recipe for a healthy snack.  If I was looking for a coach I have a friend from high school who is one so I’d pick her but I guess everyone is not that lucky.   But you know what you should be…..here’s a link to her blog and you can see for yourself how she does things!

This month has a value of $37.01, back over the promised value of $25. This month is a bit sad for me since I can’t use alot of the items, however that doesn’t mean it’s a bad box.  I use prices from Well.ca, where I would have get them if I wanted more, since there is nothing included to tell me otherwise. I like that I get to try out a bunch of supplements I mostly have never heard of and it gives me a chance to decide what I might need or should be taking.  I am still cautious with reading the labels since I do still breastfeed my little one and some of these things want you to discuss taking them with your doctor in that situation, but that is to be expected with any new supplements. The last few boxes have been really good and the supplements have long expiry dates making more likely I can finish them before they go bad.

WelliBox August 2015

WelliBox is a Canadian box focusing on healthy options.  It sends you 5-10 samples per month and you can choose your category from womens, mens, 50+, or performance.  Boxes are $10 per month, less with longer plans,  and you are promised $25 worth of products.  Since I’m trying to get healthier and lose some weight I thought it would be a good idea to get a box that might help me out.

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This month was definitely heavier than last month. I was a bit shocked to find a whole mess of packets inside this time.

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Klean Athlete Klean Recovery Powder-2×56.9g $2.13 Each

These pouches contain a source of carbs and protein to help you recover from your workout.  It also has amino acids to build muscle.  You mix it up in water, one pouch to 12oz.  It has no artificial flavours or sweeteners and contains non-GMO ingredients.  I don’t go to the gym……..I guess this could be just a shake?

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Garden Of Life Raw Meal Replacement-7×73-83g $5.21

These are a meal replacement shake.  They sent out I guess a weeks worth of one meal.  I got one Cocoa Dream, three Au Natural, and three Vanilla Chai.  These are Certified Canadian Organic, give you protein, Vitamin C & A, Fibre, and Calcium.  They recommend that you prepare these in a blender and that you can mix with juice, water, almond or coconut milk.  I’m not too sure what would be the best tasting option.

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Ener-C Effervescent Powdered Drink MIx-9.4g $0.29

I have liked all of the versions of this powder I’ve received.  This one should be like a Pina Colada and I’m intrigued by the effervescent part.

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Silicea Direct Mineral Gel in Red Berries-15mL $1.04

This is a gel pouch you just shoot.  It is supposed to help with skin and nails and hair.  It’s freaking me out a bit because it feels really slimy.  It has good reviews online though so maybe it won’t be as bad as I think.

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Lorna Vanderhaeghe Shapesmart-7g $1.37

This is another drink mix.  It’s Lemon Iced-Tea flavour, which is great and it is supposed to help increase your energy, burn fat and lose weight.   These drink pouches go straight to work with me and I mix them into my ever present water bottle.

This month has a value of $43.43, back over the promised value of $25.  While I’m glad to get a bunch of the main samples so I can really get a chance to try them out, I’m not big on the shake powders.  Most that I’ve tried never really dissolve entirely in the mix and I go not like that texture.  I use prices from Well.ca, where I would have get them if I wanted more, since there is nothing included to tell me otherwise. I like that I get to try out a bunch of supplements I mostly have never heard of and it gives me a chance to decide what I might need or should be taking.  I am still cautious with reading the labels since I do still breastfeed my little one and some of these things want you to discuss taking them with your doctor in that situation, but that is to be expected with any new supplements. The last few boxes have been really good and the supplements have long expiry dates making more likely I can finish them before they go bad.

 

WelliBox July 2015

WelliBox is a Canadian box focusing on healthy options.  It sends you 5-10 samples per month and you can choose your category from womens, mens, 50+, or performance.  Boxes are $10 per month, less with longer plans,  and you are promised $25 worth of products.  Since I’m trying to get healthier and lose some weight I thought it would be a good idea to get a box that might help me out.

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The box this month felt so light I thought it was empty.  Inside there was stuff but I felt like it was a let down.

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Pharmax Relief Trans-Dermal Pain Relief-14X1.5mL $11.85

These are a homeopathic pain reliever cream that you spread onto the affected areas of your body that need help.  There is no strong odor and it is non-greasy.  In the method provided you just bend the sachet and the cream comes out for you to spread.  I can’t seem to find this application method but there are lots of places online selling just the cream.  I will probably let my hubby sue this since he’s older than I am and has more aches and pains.

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Lenny & Larry’s All Natural Muscle Brownie in Triple Chocolate-80g $2.99

I cannot even describe how heavy this bar is.  It could be used in self defense if you had enough aim to hit someone with it.  Beyond the denseness….it has 20g of protein, no trans fat and low cholesterol.  They are available in a few flavours and I’m certain I will enjoy it.  I mean really, it’s chocolate.

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Garden Of Life Raw Protein in Mangolicious-24g $1.71

I have received a few other flavours of this but never the mango.  I am not a huge fan of protein powder.  I dislike the texture it gives when I throw it into a smoothie.  I can’t really think of any other way I would want to use this.  I know you can add it to pretty much anything but the thought if hiding it in food seems even less appealing.

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PUR Gum in Coolmint-9 pack-$1.83

I chew gum all the time and I’m not fussy about kinds or flavours as long as it’s chewy.  I’m glad it’s aspartame free since nothing I’ve read about that lately makes me think it’s good for you.

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Vega Sport Electrolyte Hydrator in Berry-3.7g $1.00

I honestly do not do anywhere near the amount of exercise that would require me to need to replace electrolytes.  I DO however enjoy flavoured water.  I’m sure one packet won’t kill me.  This is gluten-free and plant based.

This month has a value of $19.38. This is the first time they have not reached the $25 they say they will include.  It’s normal for there to be one big item and a few bars of supplements as the rest so that is fine but usually the big item is, well, bigger.  I use prices from Well.ca, where I would have get them if I wanted more, since there is nothing included to tell me otherwise. I like that I get to try out a bunch of supplements I mostly have never heard of and it gives me a chance to decide what I might need or should be taking.  I am still cautious with reading the labels since I do still breastfeed my little one and some of these things want you to discuss taking them with your doctor in that situation, but that is to be expected with any new supplements. The last few boxes have been really good and the supplements have long expiry dates making more likely I can finish them before they go bad.

 

WelliBox June 2015

WelliBox is a Canadian box focusing on healthy options.  It sends you 5-10 samples per month and you can choose your category from womens, mens, 50+, or performance.  Boxes are $10 per month, less with longer plans,  and you are promised $25 worth of products.  Since I’m trying to get healthier and lose some weight I thought it would be a good idea to get a box that might help me out.

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WelliBox comes in its own branded box.  Inside the products are loose and there is no info card.  Sometimes there are individual pamphlets for items direct from the companies.

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Biocore Food Science MicroGreens Dietary Supplement-300g $49.99

I’m so not into things you have to mix in and drink like this.  If it was a drink mix it would be okay but this food in liquid form creeps me out.  However….Hubby saw this and completely wanted to try it so I guess that worked out okay.  This gives you 10 fruit and veg servings in each glass of it you drink.  You have one scoop of this in water or juice once a day and it has a whole list of things it will improve in your life.  We’ll see how it goes for Hubby.

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Genestra Brands Cor Defence-30 Capsules $36.00

This supplement is supposed to help reduce the incidence of cold and flu symptoms.  With the way the child brings home illness lately, anything that will help me not get sick seems like a great plan.  This is made from elderberry extract, vitamin C and a bakers yeast extract.  They are a vegetable capsule which is easy to swallow and they are not huge pills either, thankfully.

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Lenny & Larry’s The Complete Cookie in Lemon Poppy Seed-$2.69

This vegan cookie snack is basically a small meal. It is quite big and has 190 calories.  It has no dairy or eggs but is a source of fiber and protein.  It’s all natural and GMO Free.

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Kewaza Energy Balls in Peanut Butter Cookie Dough-$2.69

These are an organic, gluten free, non GMO raw food snack.  They are full of superfoods that will help to give you a boost for those times when you need it.  They sound good and I’ll happily give them a try.

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Promax Protein Bar in Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough-$2.50

I think I’ve said it before but I love protein bars.  I don’t buy them because I’ll eat them all in one sitting.  Which is bad.  This one is a gluten free version.

This month has a value of $93.87, so well above the $25 they promise.  These prices are from Well.ca, where I would have get them if I wanted more.  I like that I get to try out a bunch of supplements I mostly have never heard of and it gives me a chance to decide what I might need or should be taking.  I am still cautious with reading the labels since I do still breastfeed my little one and some of these things want you to discuss taking them with your doctor in that situation, but that is to be expected with any new supplements. The last few boxes have been really good and the supplements have long expiry dates making more likely I can finish them before they go bad.

WelliBox May 2015

WelliBox is a Canadian box focusing on healthy options.  It sends you 5-10 samples per month and you can choose your category from womens, mens, 50+, or performance.  Boxes are $10 per month, less with longer plans,  and you are promised $25 worth of products.  Since I’m trying to get healthier and lose some weight I thought it would be a good idea to get a box that might help me out.

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As normal for this box there is no info card and a mix of things I don’t normally buy.

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Red Raspberry Ketones Vegicaps-$20.00ish for 90

I can;t find this exact brand for sale but there are plenty of others selling this same product at around that price so that’s what I’m going with.  These are a supplement that help you with weight loss by shrinking fat cells, decreasing fat absorption and increasing  thermogenesis  They are made using organic berries that are freeze dried.  There is nothing odd in the ingredient list so I’ll give them a go.

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Nature’s Field Natural Omega-3 Softgels-$20.00ish for 120

Again I found many options for these but not this exact brand.  I want to take Omega-3’s but the fishy taste makes me sick, literally.  I have tried before and for some reason they make me burp and the taste then makes me throw up.  I’ll try these but I have very little hope of it being better since they are made from salmon, anchovy and sardines.  They are mercury free though which is great.

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JSK Pro Protein Crunch-$4.99 156g

These are slow dry-roasted pumpkin seeds make into granola by mixing them with sesame seeds and corn syrup.  They are cut into little bite sized squares and are delicious!  I might even be able to get Bug to eat them they are so good.  Yum!!

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Trachealth Chia+Superfoods-$2.08

I’ve received a different flavour of these before and have yet to try them because I’m not sure I can get past drinking chunky water.  The website promises it tastes great.  I’ll have to give them a go one of these days.

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Pure Organic Chocolate Brownie Bar-$3.00

This looks delicious.  Sometimes I get to eat these but most of the time I give them to the kids as a snack.  I like that they are a slightly healthier option then the chocolate covered ones.

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Promax LS Energy Bar-$3.00

This is a chocolate fudge bar.  I rarely buy these protein/energy bars because I love them and will eat five at a time if they are around. Which completely defeats the whole purpose of them.

This month has a value of $53.00, so well above the $25 they promise.  I like that I get to try out a bunch of supplements I mostly have never heard of and it gives me a chance to decide what I might need or should be taking.  I am still cautious with reading the labels since I do still breastfeed my little one and some of these things want you to discuss taking them with your doctor in that situation, but that is to be expected with any new supplements. The last few boxes have been really good and the supplements have long expiry dates making more likely I can finish them before they go bad.

WelliBox April 2015

WelliBox is a Canadian box focusing on healthy options.  It sends you 5-10 samples per month and you can choose your category from womens, mens, 50+, or performance.  Boxes are $10 per month, less with longer plans,  and you are promised $25 worth of products.  Since I’m trying to get healthier and lose some weight I thought it would be a good idea to get a box that might help me out.

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This box was not sealed in any way when it got here but I don’t think anything was missing.  It always seems a bit empty but the box is just larger then it needs to be.

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This is the first time there has been any type of a card from WelliBox included.  There is no product info on here but at least it tells you a bit about the program and the discount for the store.

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Trophic Super Concentrate Chlorophyll-100mL $8.99

I’m glad they have begun including an information sheet about the supplements they are sending because I had no idea humans should have chlorophyll.  They recommend using this as a form of internal deodorant because it has been proven to help treat bad breath and body odor.  It is also useful in treating athletes foot and helping with the absorption of vitamins and minerals.  You take a teaspoon twice a day.  It doesn’t say if you mix it into water or just straight but it does warn that you may have urine discolouration.  Possibly the least scary side effect I’ve heard of.

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Trophic Acidophilus-60 Capsules $13.99

I usually just take those little yogurt type drinks for good bacteria but this seems easier.  You take 1-6 capsules daily and they give you the active bacteria you want.  Both  supplements this month also have longer expiry dates then some of the other ones from previous months, which is good too.

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Trophic C-Blast-8.9g $0.69

This little pouch is a vitamin c and probiotic blend.  You mix this into a glass of water and drink it up.  It says it will help maintain healthy skin, immune function, proper muscle function, normal growth and development, tissue formation, wound healing, and support healthy glucose metabolism.  I’m going to go with the proven immune one and anything else is just a bonus.

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Trachealth Chia Dietary Supplement-17.25g $1.33

This is drinkable chia.  I had no idea this was even out there.  I thought you just got the seeds and soaked them or put them in smoothies as a thickener.  This one is strawberry lemonade flavoured which sounds good.  It only has 80 calories per pouch and is gluten free and vegan.  It does contain whole chia seeds so I’m thinking it will be a textured drink, which I’m not really cool with though. Looks pretty on the website, all pink and stuff.

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Jessica’s Kitchen Pumpkin Seed Crunch With Cranberries-156g $4.96

I was able to find this on Well.ca but it is listed as discontinued.  It is not expired so I’m still going to eat them.  This is wheat and gluten free and a source of omega-6.  I really like pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries so I think this will be a great snack.  I might even be able to get Bug to eat it as well.

This was another good box from them.  This month has a value of $29.96, so above the $25 the promise.  I like that I get to try out a bunch of supplements I mostly have never heard of and it gives me a chance to decide what I might need or should be taking.  I am still cautious with reading the labels since I do still breastfeed my little one and some of these things want you to discuss taking them with your doctor in that situation, but that is to be expected with any new supplements.

 

WelliBox March 2015

WelliBox is a Canadian box focusing on healthy options.  It sends you 5-10 samples per month and you can choose your category from womens, mens, 50+, or performance.  Boxes are $10 per month, less with longer plans,  and you are promised $25 worth of products.  Since I’m trying to get healthier and lose some weight I thought it would be a good idea to get a box that might help me out.

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Again this month there was no info card or anything to identify what I was going to find. However there was a letter from the supplier of a few of the products and sheets with some info on those items.

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CanPrev Magnesium Bis-Glycinate 200

According to the enclosed sheets, magnesium helps with everything from energy production to nervous system health.  This particular blend is also gentle on the bowel and has superior absorption.  You take one a day and there are 90 capsules in the bottle. I’m actually really interested to try these out as my energy is flagging of late and my hormones and nervous system can always use some help.

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Garden of Life Raw Protein Mangolicious Sample

I received a vanilla flavoured sample in a different box last month and I have been drinking quite a few smoothies lately so this will be a welcome addition.  They also included a pamphlet detailing all the benefits and recipes to use your protein powder.  This one is vegan, gluten, dairy, and gmo free and organic.  It apparently also has the fiber content of an orange.

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Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts Natural Samples X 2

I don’t know what to do with these.  This is another product I received in a different box and they are still sitting in my cupboard.  You can eat these right out of the package or sprinkle them on salads or yogurt.  I think mixing into yogurt like granola might be my best option since it’s the closest to how I normally eat anyways.  They also gave a coupon to get a discount of  a regular bag, but I’ll have to make an effort to look for them since my standard shopping trips have never taken me past them.

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Orange Naturals D3 Drops

I take a vitamin d pill each day but this is the same product in drop form.  This bottle contains 450 doses!  Vitamin D is good for bone and teeth health and also good for your joints.

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Biocore Food Sciences Burlap Bag

All of last months supplements were made by Biocore foods so I guess that’s why we got a bag this month.  I guess you could use this as a grocery bag but it is very scratchy and sheds as burlap is prone to do.

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Also included was a Naturopathic Notes magazine put out by the same company as the samples.  I read anything so this may give me some new ideas.

This box is always a surprise and I think I like this month better then last.  These products are just closer to my comfort level and the fact that the parent company included info makes it feel more professional.  The bag is my least favorite item and may just get tossed in my truck just in case I ever need to give someone something and I could make it easier to carry.

 

 

WelliBox February 2015

Can I just start off by saying how much I dislike that useless extra r in February???  Seriously no one says the word or pronounces it with it so we should just take a vote and have it changed.

Anyways…WelliBox is a Canadian box focusing on healthy options.  It sends you 5-10 samples per month and you can choose your category from womens, mens, 50+, or performance.  Boxes are $10 per month, less with longer plans,  and you are promised $25 worth of products.  Since I’m trying to get healthier and lose some weight I thought it would be a good idea to get a box that might help me out.

I ordered the womens box and it arrived after only a 5 day shipping period. Love things that come from my own country!  Oddly there is no info card or letter telling me what I received or how to use it.  Also there is no place on the website to look that up either, so that’s a bit of a downer.  I’m not sure if that is normal or if this was just an oversight but we’ll see next month. On to the products.

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Garden of Life Raw Protein Vanilla Whisper 24g-$2.27

This is a single serving, vegan, gluten free, dairy free, gmo free, and organic brown rice protein.  I am glad this is vanilla flavored because I strongly dislike the taste of protein powders.  I will toss this into my next smoothie because I’m pretty sure it will be icky just mixed in water as they say to do.

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Biovita Therapeutic Herbal Tea Chamomile-3 Pack $0.91

I drink tea all the time and love chamomile so this is great.  It helps with digestion, as does all chamomile tea, so I usually have a cup just before bed.

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Wild Rose Black Currant Dietary Supplement

I cannot find this online anywhere.  The website on the bottle doesn’t take me to a useful page at all.  Really wishing for that info card right now. Black currant oil is an essential fatty acid used to for anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and anti-viral purposes.  It is supposed to help block the flu, slow aging, and relieve arthritis symptoms.

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Biocore Food Science CoreOmega Capsules

You are supposed to take 3 capsules a day.  Considering these expire in March of this year that’s the only way you could finish this bottle.  Omega-3 is useful for maintaining mental health and digestive health.

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Biocore Food Science CoreVitamin D2 Capsules

I already take a vitamin D but this one is made from mushroom powder.  This one also expires in March so I guess I need to switch and use this one first.

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Emergen-C Acai Berry Vitamin C Effervescent Powder Sample

I actually have this brand and product but in pill form so I’m interested to try it as a drinkable source.

I could not find a pricing on most of these products.  While I was able to locate manufacturer’s websites they just gave information and not items for sale.  When I signed up for this box I was hoping for more items like the protein and vitamin packets then the supplements but I’m sure that they will find all kinds of things in the coming months that I’ve never tried to send me.  For the price I paid for the box I feel like I got a good array of products.  I can’t say if the value is for sure the $25 they promised but I know vitamins are never cheap so it’s probably close.