Bluum November 2014 (3rd Trimester) Review

My November 2014 Bluum box arrived yesterday, here’s what was inside:

THE BOX:

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Bluum sent me an email the day my package was delivered letting me know all the products that were inside and associated costs!

THE COST:

Bluum costs $29 per month, $75 for 3 months ($25/month), $138 for 6 months ($23/month)

Bluum offers both pregnancy and boxes for children up to 4 years old and is tailored to your child’s age/pregnancy stage.

Bluum also has a rewards program!  You can earn 10 points for every review, and also get points for subscription referrals (500 points).  500 points is equal to a free box!

THE GOODS:

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Pearhead Babyprints Keepsake – $12.95

This is super cute!! Does anyone know how old baby should be before you are able to make the print?  I suppose it probably says in the instructions…

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Snapea Crisps – 3.3 oz – $2.19

Mmmm!  These things are quite delicious!! I’ve had them before and don’t mind getting more!

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Skinfix Diaper Rash Balm – 0.28 oz – $1.19

This item contains no parabens, phthalates, or fragrances, and appears to have good reviews online!  I’d love to say I hope we never need, but I probably shouldn’t hold my breath on that one…

Babysoy USA Soft Mittens Set – $8

These are super cute also!  We already have one pair of these, but maybe more will come in handy!

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Angel Dear Ring Rattle – $6

This is super cute too!! Will be adding to the toy pile 🙂

Under the Nile Gnome – $4

Ok this one is a little creepy, but I like the mission of the company!

THE VERDICT:

I paid $29 for my Bluum box and received approximately $34 worth of product!  I’m sad that this box didn’t have a little higher value (last month’s was much better!) but I’ll use (or think I’ll use) everything in the box!  I can’t wait to see what I get next month!

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21 Bundles Month 7 (November 2014) Review

My Month 7 21 Bundles box arrived this past weekend, here’s what was inside:

THE BOX:

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This month I didn’t receive the “what’s inside” paper, but I did receive the “month” sticker, but it’s a newer design.  I don’t like this one as much, but fortunately I got a box of month stickers for my shower from my sister-in-law (which is what I was originally planning on using these for)!

THE COST:

21 Bundles costs $39.99 per month, $109.99 for 3 months ($36.66/month), or $209.99 for 6 months ($35/month).

21 Bundles catch is they deliver hand selected natural products tailored to your stage of pregnancy and the first year of your baby’s life.  9 months pregnancy + 12 months = 21 bundles!

Use coupon code “sustainable15″ for 15% off a new subscribers first bundle!  That’s right, my very own coupon code! 🙂  I hope you readers out there can use it!

THE GOODS:

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Andalou Naturals Shampoo and Conditioner – 340 ml each (FULL SIZE) – $9.95 each = $19.90

I was a little disappointed when I opened this month’s box and saw another “shower” box… (similar to Month 2), but that being said, I do have to say the shampoo and conditioner I received in Month 2 is basically gone.  I just already bought some new stuff at the store to replace it with!  Thankfully they didn’t send the same brand (as I didn’t love the first product).  We’ll see how I like this one…

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Ecotools Ecopouf Mini Sponge –  $1.29

I really like the Ecotools brand, and will throw this in the shower for future use!

Mambino Organics Moroccan Clay Face Scrub – 2.2 oz (FULL SIZE) – $14

I really like the body wash I received in this brand, so excited to see how the face scrub goes!

Acure Clarifying Body Wash – 8 fl oz (FULL SIZE) – $9.99

Again, will put this in the shower and see how I like it!

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Acure Shampoo and Conditioner – 2 fl oz each – $2.50 each = $5 total

This is the same brand of shampoo and conditioner I received in my Month 2 box, which I didn’t really love.  Granted it was a different formula, but I’m not going to hold my breath that I will love this…

THE VERDICT:

I paid $40 for my 21 Bundles box and received approximately $50 worth of product.  I was a little disappointed in the theme of this month’s box.  Everything just seemed repetitive (even though there are different brands).  I’m sure I’ll use everything, but I’m really on the fence if I’ll keep this subscription right now…  It’s gotten to the point where I’d just rather go to the store and pick out brands myself, especially if I’m just going to get repeat stuff.

Winter 2014 Yuzen Box Review

My Winter 2014 Yuzen Box arrived this month – here’s what was inside:

THE BOX:

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THE COST:

Yuzen costs $33/box and boxes are shipped quarterly.

THE GOODS:

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Essence of Vali Sleep – 0.02 fl oz – $2.16

I think I’ll pass this onto a friend – there’s a warning about using if pregnant…

Acure Organics Brightening Facial Scrub – 1 fl oz – $3.75

I’ve used this a couple times and I actually really like it!  I was afraid that I would break out as it feels like it would be harsh, but good so far!

Jurlique Herbal Recovery Eye Cream – 5 ml – $13

I am not good at using eye creams, so will pass this onto a friend also!

Cowgirl Extreme C Serum – 10 ml?? – $24

I won’t be using this item either… not good at using serums either…

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Salus Shower Bombs – 2 bombs – $2.25 each or $4.50 total

I like using shower bombs when I remember!  These will go in my jar for future use!

ZENTS Mandarin Soap – 1 bar – $12

I swear I have so much soap… I guess I just don’t use it as fast as I seam to receive it!

JJ’s Sweets Chocolate-Covered Cocomels with Sea Salt – 1 oz – $1.73

Husband got to eat these.  His exact words, “YUM!”

THE VERDICT:

My Winter 2014 Yuzen box was worth approximately $61 and I paid $33! This was probably one of my least favorite boxes as there were several items I wasn’t that excited about, but past boxes have been a huge hit for me, so will just chalk this one up to a miss for me!

November 2014 Birchbox Man Review

Husband’s November 2014 Birchbox Man contained the following items:

THE BOX:

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THE COST:

Men’s Subscription ($20/Month):  Grooming products and accessories ranging from socks to tech accessories

THE GOODS:

Overview of his box from Birchbox:

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Alternative Apparel Basic Crew T-shirt – $28

This shirt was too small for Husband – but it’s a really nice T-shirt (super soft) so I will be wearing it for a sleep shirt!!

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Davines Naturaltech Rebalancing Shampoo – 100 ml – $10.20

I really like the Davines brand (as does Husband) so this product is a win for both of us 🙂

Do The Right Thing Face to Face Foam Cleanser – 15 ml – $2.30

Husband really likes this cleaner too (he got a chance to sample before my review since I’m posting so late!)

Hanz de Fuko Sponge Wax – 0.25 oz? – $2?

Husband hasn’t gotten around to trying this yet, but I know he really likes the claymation hair stuff they make!

Clark’s Botanicals Smoothing Marine Cream – 0.1 oz? – $7?

Husband hasn’t tried this either.  I think he might be scared that he’ll like it too much as it’s SUPER expensive!

THE VERDICT:

The overall value of Husband’s November 2014 Birchbox Man was approximately $50 for his $20 subscription.  I know he doesn’t get to enjoy the highest value item in the box (the t-shirt), but I don’t think he minds passing it to me since a lot of my sleep shirts don’t fit anymore!!

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Bluum October 2014 (2nd Trimester) Review

My first Bluum box arrived this past weekend, here’s what was inside:

THE BOX:

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Bluum sent me an email the day my package was delivered letting me know all the products that were inside and associated costs!

THE COST:

Bluum costs $29 per month, $75 for 3 months ($25/month), $138 for 6 months ($23/month)

Bluum offers both pregnancy and boxes for children up to 4 years old and is tailored to your child’s age/pregnancy stage.

Bluum also has a rewards program!  You can earn 10 points for every review, and also get points for subscription referrals (500 points).  500 points is equal to a free box!

THE GOODS:

Better Basics Striped Teething Tomato – $8

This toy is a little confusing to me, as it reminds me more of a dog toy then a baby toy!  I guess it’s made from organic cotton, so that’s good!  Who knows if the baby or dog will end up with it though! ha!  It’s in the baby toy box now, but I can totally see the dog stealing it!

Loralin Designs Baby Visitors Guest Book – $30

Ooo!! I really like this!! It has spaces inside for visitors, date, “how do I look”, and “wishes and wisdom”.  It also doesn’t have an overwhelming amount of pages, so I’m glad of that (won’t look too empty if only a few people fill out!)

Healthy Mama Boost it up! – 12 fl oz – $3.49

This is a pregnancy energy drink!  Basically made with a bunch of vitamins and none of the stuff you can’t have while pregnant!  I’m sure I’ll find a time before too long where I’ll “need” this for a pick me up!

Jellystone Designs Silicone Jewellery Organic Bangle – $15

I think this is a really cute idea; however, I’m not a huge jewelry person, so can’t really see myself using this.  Will likely pass onto a friend or swap.

THE VERDICT:

I paid $29 for my Bluum box and received approximately $56 worth of product!  I love the variety of products too!  I’m super impressed with my first Bluum box and can’t wait to see what’s in next months box!!  Do you subscribe to Bluum?  What’d you get this month??

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21 Bundles Month 6 (October 2014) Review

My Month 6 21 Bundles box arrived this past weekend, here’s what was inside:

THE BOX:

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So last month I received a note that they would no longer be sending out the descriptions to be more “green”; however, I still received this months as well as an email this month!  Still missing the “Month X” sticker though…

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THE COST:

21 Bundles costs $39.99 per month, $109.99 for 3 months ($36.66/month), or $209.99 for 6 months ($35/month).

21 Bundles catch is they deliver hand selected natural products tailored to your stage of pregnancy and the first year of your baby’s life.  9 months pregnancy + 12 months = 21 bundles!

Use coupon code “sustainable15” for 15% off a new subscribers first bundle!  That’s right, my very own coupon code! 🙂  I hope you readers out there can use it!

THE GOODS:

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Earth Mama Angle Baby Organics Peaceful Mama Tea – 16 bags (FULL SIZE) – $6

This is the third box of tea that I have received in 21Bundles out of the 5 months I’ve received boxes (Month 2 through Month 6)… I like tea, but I’m a loose leaf tea fan and the more fruit the better!  I’ve used all of one tea bag out of the 3 boxes I’ve received.  I do wish they would mix up the products just a little more – No more tea please!

Acure Unscented Argan Oil Cleansing Towelettes –30 towelettes (FULL SIZE) – $9

I gave these a try and really liked them!  I generally pick up the Blum Naturals Face Wipes at the store, but this product does seem comparable (a little more expensive).  Honestly, it’s probably a toss up between the two, will likely just depend on which ones are available/on sale!

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Erbaorganics Mommy-to-be Foot and Leg Refresher – 4 ml – $0.56

I received this same sample in a previous 21Bundles box (Month 3).  Definitely not a high value item in the box, but it would be nice to get a little more of a mix in products.  That, and a little larger size sample?  I always feel like you can’t quite get a good feel for products from foil packets.

Acure Body Lotion – 10 ml? – $0.50?

I also received this same sample in my Month 3.  Guess it’s a month of repeats!

100% Pure Creamy Nail Polish in Tomato – 0.5 fl oz (FULL SIZE) – $12

I have tried the 100% Pure product a couple times and always seemed impressed!  I managed to get this on a couple toes, and really liked the color and formula!  The only problem, at 6 months pregnant, it’s getting a little hard to paint my own toenails!  I wish this would have shown up a few months back when that task was a little easier!  I may just have to bring it with me when I get my next pedicure!  or maybe convince the Husband to paint them for me? ha!  That could be disastrous!

Reviva Labs Hypoallergenic Black Mascara – 0.25 oz (FULL SIZE) – $8

This mascara is a little “runny” for my taste – it may be because it is water based?? I usually use Physicians Formula 100% Natural Origin Mascara and will be continuing with that product.  Will still use this as I don’t like to waste product!

100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Pink Caramel Lip Gloss – 0.24 oz (FULL SIZE) – $15

Arg.  I’m torn!  I have loved the 100% Pure products, but unfortunately, I am just not a lip gloss person!  I will likely end up swapping this as I would hate for it to go to waste!

THE VERDICT:

I paid $40 for my 21 Bundles box and received approximately $51 worth of product!  A few of the products were “repeats” (either exactly or just more tea), which was a little disappointing, but other then that I loved the box and trying new products that are “green”!  I also really enjoy how each month has it’s own theme!  I can’t wait to see what the Month 7 theme is! 🙂

Citrus Lane Mystery Box Review

Citrus Lane was offering Mystery Boxes awhile back, and I decided to get one!  They don’t have a “pregnancy” box option, but lets just say I think I have every intention of signing up for this box as soon as the little one is born!

The Box:

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The Cost:

The Citrus Lane Mystery Box cost me $29 plus $4.95 shipping, but I used a $5 coupon code, so I basically got free shipping!

The Goods:

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The Mommy Hook – $6.99

I didn’t know such a product existed!  That being said, I have read to be very careful not to load too much weight on the back of the stroller for safety reasons, but I can see how clipping on a bag or two would be helpful!

Ah Goo Baby The Bib – $9.75

This bib appears quite large – so thinking it’s a use later kind of item.  That being said, it appears that it will do a good job of collecting baby goo!

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First Play Wiggling Worm Grasping Toy – $7.99

Another item that won’t get used right away, but that’s fine!  The little one will have lots to play with as she grows!

Cloud-b Peekaboo Lovie – $9.95

This is pretty cute – it’s a little blanket with a toy thing that pops in and out (yeah OK I’m not the best at describing things…)

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Dr Smith’s Diaper Rash Ointment – 0.5 oz each x 2 – $3.66 total

I would like to say I hope I never have to use this, but I’m sure we will…

My First Green Toys Twist Teether – $10.99

I actually already have one of these (got in a swap!), but I will be gifting this to a friend that has a little one that could be using this soon! 🙂

Haba Klick Klack – $9.49

This is a pretty cute little toy too!  Perfect for baby’s small hands 🙂

The Verdict:

I paid ~$29 for my Citrus Lane Mystery Box and received approximately $59 worth of products for the Little One!  I can definitely see loving this box once baby is born, but for now it was fun to receive a box of items that I know she will enjoy some day soon 🙂 I do like that there are some non-toy products too! Obviously, no pregnancy items, as this box is geared for after baby is born.