Friday, 29 July 2016

Jule's Wellness Lifestyle Box - July 2016 - Canadian Eco-Lifestyle Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

This box was provided complimentary for review & this post contains affiliate links.
What is it? Jule's Wellness Lifestyle Box
How Much? $39 per month plus free shipping. Save on 3 and 6 month terms. Prices in Canadian dollars.
What’s in it? Hand-selected female focused health, wellness, and lifestyle items

The Jule's Wellness Lifestyle Box is a surprise monthly female focused wellness and lifestyle subscription box. Each box is carefully curated with luxury wellness items. Expect to receive an assortment of healthy lifestyle products such as health-concision snacks and food, artisan chocolate, natural and organic skincare products, supplements, loose leaf teas, lifestyle products, and more. Products will always be gluten-free and health-conscious, but may contain dairy and/or nuts.
This isn't a sampler box.. but a box featuring full sized lifestyle products hand-selected specifically for health-conscious women. We do include a few smaller products as well so you can have fun trying some new things.

While Jule's Wellness strives to offer an exception value on their superscription boxes, the real aim is to introduce quality, health-conscious and hand-selected products to their members.  With this box you can expect value and quality.

Since my last review, Jule's Wellness has raised the monthly box cost but eliminated the shipping cost. You can now get the box for $39 per month, inclusive of shipping. Savings are offered for 3 and 6 month pre-paid terms.

Click here to see my previous Jule's Wellness reviews.

First look

Typically the box would include a variety of item, but this month they have created a theme box full of health-conscious snacks.

Jax Coco Toasted Coconut Chips ($2.79)
These coconut chips are not fried so they are trans-fat free. There's no cholesterol or preservatives and no artificial colour or flavoor.

These are made with gluten-free flours. They are also peanut free and soy free. Biscotti is a great treat to pair with afternoon coffee.

Simply Protein Chips in BBQ Tomato ($2.75)
These chips are made with pea protein. They are vegan, gluten-free, low sugar, low glycemic, and kosher. I really like the BBQ flavour.

Surf Sweets Organic Jelly Beans ($5.29)
These jelly beans are made with 91% organic ingredients and they are gluten and corn syrup free. There is also 100% RDI of Vitamin C per serving. This is still candy though, so enjoy in moderation.

Emmy's Coconut Vanilla Macaroons ($2.50)
These classic blond macaroons are gluten free. They have a nutty flavour with a hint of vanilla.

Inner-J Chocolate Quinoa Coconut Protein Bar ($2)
This bar is a "raw" protein bar and is rich in protein and fibre, for sustained energy. The bar is vegan, dairy free, gluten free, soy free, and peanut free.

Healthy Crunch Say Cheeze! Kale Chips ($3.95)
I'm a fan of homemade roasted kale chips but I've never found a pre-packaged brand that tasted good. I have to say... these are no different. A positive side to this product - it comes in portion controlled packaging!

The July Jule's Wellness Lifestyle Box included seven products, valued over $26 CDN. This month included all snacks, many of which can be purchased online from Jule's Wellness. While I like many of these products, this isn't my favourite box from Jule's Wellness. I prefer to receive a variety of health and wellness products instead of all snacks. I'm also not thrilled on the value this month as it's less than the monthly cost, but this isn't the norm. You can see some of my previous reviews here to get a sense of what else Jule's Wellness has to offer.

You can save 10% off all your Jule's Wellness boutique orders (not subscriptions) by signing up for the Jule's Wellness VIP List newsletter. You will receive a special VIP promo code by e-mail.

For those looking to subscribe, sign up for a 6-month subscription to Jule's Wellness Lifestyle Box and receive the 7th month free. Enter code CBA7F in the "Notes" section of the checkout page. 

Click here to check out Jule's Wellness Lifestyle Box.

Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Paws & Play Review - July 2016 - Canadian Pet Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

This box was provided complimentary for review and this post contains referral links.
What is it? Paws & Play
How Much? $39.95 per month plus $8 shipping. Save on longer terms. Prices in Canadian dollars.
What’s in it? A collection of new & exciting discoveries for your pet.

Paws & Play is a Canadian subscription box for pets. Paws & Play aims to offer the most sustainable and affordable gear for pet friendly families in Canada. It's the only pet subscription in Canada that offers boxes for both cats and dogs, as well as a mixed pet box.
At Paws & Play, we wouldn't send anything we wouldn't give our own pets. All products we send are hand-picked from reliable companies and distributors. We are always on the look out for exciting new brands and products to send our members! In each product description, we provide a general list of the items you will receive without giving away the surprise factor.  

Paws & Play also has an online shop, offering worldwide shipping. The shop offers great products for cats and dogs, limited edition boxes, and gift packs. Paws & Play also has a selection of lifestyle products for pet parents (hey, we need treats too!). Even more exciting - Paws & Play has Paws Points program that earns you points towards shop discounts.

There are three subscription boxes available:
  • Premium Subscription Pack - $39.95 - 4 to 5 full size items
  • Lifestyle Subscription Pack - $29.95 - 3 to 4 full size items
  • Mixed Pet Subscription Pack - $39.95 - 4 to 6 full size items

For Premium and Lifestyle, you can select a box for a cat or a dog. The Mixed Pet box can be for two dogs, two cats, or one of each. You can also add a bonus toy to your box each month for an extra $9.95. Savings are available for longer subscription terms.

This is a review of a Mixed Pet Subscription for a cat and large breed dog. 

The items would typically come in a box, but mine came inside the blue mailer bag. Once dumped out, this was my first look!

The product card lists each item, with value.

Nothing Added Atlantic Pollock Dog Treats ($14)
These dehydrated pollock pieces are sourced from the waters off Nova Scotia. Canadian sourced and Canadian made!

DIGZ PB Smear Cookie ($4.95)
DIGS cookies are made in small batches with premium human grade whole food ingredients. Paws & Play also offers a DIGZ cookie subscription, with free shipping!

Fat Cat AppeTeasers Catnip Toys ($9.95)
These two little guys (a sardine and a cocktail weenie) are filled with catnip.

Coastal Pets Pineapple Feather Ball ($1.95)
This was a hit with kitty. There's little beads inside so it rattles and the feather is extra fun.

Chuckit! Max Glow Ball ($9.95)
This ball is compatible with the Chuckit! ball launcher. Hold it under a light for a few minutes and it will glow for hours. Great for night time walks and play time.

Tor Anchovy Snaps Cat Treats ($8.95)
These are dehydrated fishy treats for cats.

The July Mixed Pet box from Paws & Play included six products, with a value around $50 Canadian. Three items are for dog and three items are for kitty. This is a great box for any household with more than one pet.

Interested in trying Paws & Play? Get $5 off your first month of a recurring subscription or a one-time-box using promo code IRECOMMEND at checkout.

Click here to check out Paws & Play!

Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Chococurb Review - July 2016 - Gourmet Chocolate Subscription Box

This box was provided complimentary for review.
What is it? Chococurb
How Much? $35/month with free shipping to Canada. Save on longer terms. Prices in US dollars.
What’s in it?
5 to 7 personally selected, extraordinary chocolate treats

Chococurb is a subscription that sends an assortment of chocolates or chocolate related items each month. It's a chocolate discovery experience, helping subscribers discover extraordinary chocolate from small, local choclatiers and larger national brands. Every box will have something new, exciting, and absolutely delicious. Chococurb also has an online shop so subscribers can purchase more of their favourites. Boxes ship on the 14th of each month. For Canadians, the boxes ship DHL in the US and are delivered by Canada Post.

On the Chococurb website, you can also learn about Tasting Chocolate, Chocolate Percentages, and Chocolate 101.

There are three subscription boxes to choose from:
  • Chococurb - $35/month. 5-7 full-size items.
  • Chococurb Mini - $20/month. 3 full-size items.
  • Chococurb Nano - $10/month. 5 small to medium items.
Savings are available if you sign up for a 3-month or 6-month pre-paid term. 

This is a review for the full size Chococurb box.

From May to September, Chococurb switches to "Summer Freight" to ensure your chocolate products don't melt in transit. When temperatures hit 80°F (26.6°C), Chococurb uses cold packs, cool shield foil bubble wrap, or styrofoam containers. Above you can see a small cold pack on top of the tissue.

The website says there is an additional charge for Summer Freight, but I went through the checkout process and  the original Chococurb was still coming up with free shipping.

Inside I found a foil "cool shield" bubble mailer. The week my package arrived, it was only around 18°C in Vancouver, so melting wasn't a concern. The products arrived in perfect condition, and I'm sure they would have been fine even if the weather was warmer.

There was no product card included, but I was able to find details about each bar online at the Chococurb Shop.

Rococo Chocolates Morocan Mint (20g bar, $10)
65% organic dark chocolate is infused with organic mint and elegantly packaged with a design inspired by Moorish tiles. What makes this bar a little different from other mint chocolates is that it has tiny pieces of mint leaves embedded in the chocolate, in addition to peppermint oil. The result is a very natural, fresh mint flavour that's never overpowering.
This little bar was very good. The mint flavour was very subtle and fresh tasting. The 65% dark coco was slightly sweet and not at all bitter. 

Manoa Chocolate Breakfast Bar (56.7g bar, $10)
The "breakfast bar" is a texture experience made with a liberal layer of roasted cacao nibs and locally grown Oahu north shore espresso beans. This dark milk chocolate bar has a lovely chocolaty-nutty crunch that finishes with a caffeine kick.  
Despite the name, this isn't breakfast food! The name comes from the addition of espresso beans. The chocolate had a nice fruity flavour and the espresso was very subtle. 

Vosges Haut-Chocolat Black Salt Caramel Bar (85g, $8)
Our new generation of caramel filled bars will have you swooning at first bite. 70% cacao dark chocolate surrounds the molten, salt-spiked, soft caramel center. If you are a newcomer to the addictive combination of salt + chocolate, this bar is a must-try. 
This bar is amazing. The soft caramel centre was unexpected, even though I read about it beforehand! The package suggests to place a small piece of chocolate on your tongue, then press it to the roof of your mouth. As the chocolate melts, the nutty and smoky black Hawaiian salt flavour shines through.

Theo Chocolate Salted Almond 70% Dark (85g, $4)
Theo claims this is a fan favorite, but we think it should be everybody's favorite. With the perfect amount of chocolate, almonds, and salt, why wouldn't it be? As with all things Theo, it's organic, fair trade, and non-GMO project certified.
I liked the salted almond flavour on this one, but the dark chocolate was too bitter for my tastes.

Wild Ophelia Sweet Honey & Hickory BBQ Potato Chips (56.6g, $3.99)
A sweet, savory and spicy warm-the-back-of-your-throat chip is entrenched in dark chocolate.
This one was my favourite. It tasted like BBQ Pringles chips covered in delicious dark chocolate. The texture of tiny, crispy potato chip pieces was unexpected and fun, and there was a slight spicy kick at the end of each bite. Delicious!

The July Chococurb box included five full size chocolate bars, valued at $35.99 US. This box costs $35 US, although you can get it for $30 per month on a 6-month pre-paid term. I really enjoyed my Chococurb experience. Sampling each chocolate bar was the best part (obviously!), and I discovered a couple new favourites. I've never seen these bars locally, so now that I know Chococurb offers free shipping to Canada, I may have to make an order!

Click here to check out Chococurb.

Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Glossybox Review - June 2016 - Beauty Subscription Box

Canadian Box Addict pays for this subscription. This post contains affiliate links.
What is it? Glossybox
How much? $21/month plus $5 shipping. Save on 3, 6, & 12 month subscriptions. Prices in US dollars.
What's in it? 5
surprise luxury beauty products packaged in a glossy pink gift box

Glossybox is a deluxe beauty sampling program, operating in more than a dozen countries worldwide. They consider themselves the "leading purveyor of luxury beauty samples on a global stage". Each month Glossybox sends 5 luxury beauty products and samples. Products in your Glossybox are selected based on your beauty profile, age, location, and sign-up date. There is an assortment of items each month, so your box may not include the items featured in this review. Categories include makeup, hair care, nail care, skincare, tools, and more.

Click here to see all my past Glossybox reviews.

The June box honours the Tony Awards, which reward excellence in Broadway theatre.
On the stage, beauty is paramount! June's specially designed box pays homage to Broadway's biggest night. This exclusive collaboration between the Tony Awards and GLOSSYBOX includes the essentials you need to prep and prime for your close-up. 
After the shipping snafu last month, I cancelled my subscription. This is my last box, and I'm happy to report, it was delivered via Canada Post with no issues.

First look

TanTowel Half Body Classic Self-Tan Towelettes (2 - $5.40)
These tanning  wipes are a neat idea. They exfoliate, tan, and moisturize in one application. I'm not a tanner though as I'm a fair skinned red head, so these aren't for me... and I hate their catch phrase of "look good naked", as if those without a tan don't look good.

Sebastian Professional Shaper Fierce Finishing Spray (1.5oz, $2.40)
This is an ultra-firm hairspray that leaves a high-shine gloss. It's a dry-hold spray that's good for medium to thick hair, which I have!

LA Splash Lip Lacquer Intense in Red Carpet ($6.99 CDN)
Glossybox, you got some 'splaining to do. Their website and product card list this lip gloss as being worth $18 US. In actuality, it's worth $6.99 CDN, and currently on sale for $2.99. They also say this gloss was made just for Glossybox, but it is available for sale on the LA Splash Canada website, along with a few European sites (search product code 14031). Just because it's not available in the US, doesn't mean it's exclusive.

Icona Milano Emotion Allowed Waterproof Mascara ($19)
This mascara is made in Italy and Icona Milano seems to be a Swiss brand, according to the labelling. The mascara is water, sweat, and humidity resistant. Volume is biddable, and a basic makeup remover will take it all off.  

Caolion O2 Sparkling Blackhead Soap (21g, $3.36)
This water soluble handmade soap deep cleans to remove blackheads and pore impurities. It's soothing and calming, and offers sebum control.

Lue by Jean Seo Clear Spot Control ($15)
When I first saw this, I thought it was a roll on perfume. It's a special blend of 12 herbs to leave your skin flawless.

This hair oil smooths the hair cuticle and adds volume.

My June Glossybox included six products with a retail value around $53 US. It's not a very high value this month, but we received six products instead of the usual five. It's an okay box. I'm not excited, but also not disappointed. I was happy to see Glossybox sorted out their Canadian shipping issues, so there should be no more unexpected CODs. 

Click here to check out Glossybox.

Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up. 

Monday, 25 July 2016

Sweetify European Sweets Box Review - July 2016 - Canadian Treats Subscription Box

This box was provided complimentary for review.
What is it? Sweetify
How Much? $39.95/month with free shipping in Canada. Save on longer term subscriptions. Prices in Canadian dollars.
What’s in it? European sweets and candies totalling more than 600 grams

Sweetify is a brand new Canadian subscription box based in Metro Vancouver. Each month, Sweetify sends a box of European sweets from different regions of Europe. Items may include chocolate candies, traditional cookies, caramels, truffles, souffles and other desserts.
These sweets will be coming from well known European brands, so you can be sure to have something original in your cupboard at all times. Everything we put in the box is handpicked to make sure you only get the best quality and deliciousness.  

There are two boxes to choose from. The Regular Box includes approximately 600 grams of product and the Family Sized Box (staring at $55.95/month) includes approximately 1200 grams of product.

This is a review of the Regular Box.

It turns out, the team behind Sweetify live pretty close to me, so Elena and Vasily were kind enough to deliver this review box in person. It was great to meet them and learn about the people behind the box!

First look

All of the products this month seem to be from Russia and Latvia. Despite spending some time in Bulgaria last year, my Cyrillic isn't up to snuff so I wasn't able to read the wrappers. Due to the variety of items included each month, a product card is not included. Many of the product are featured on the Sweetify Instagram page, but not all. For what I couldn't find online, I emailed Vasily and Elena for help (they were very responsive!). It would be great to see all the products listed online on their website so customers could see what everything is and find the ingredients easily.

Caramel Wafers
These wafers have a "boiled condensed milk" cream centre. Boiling a can of condensed milk creates caramel sauce (or Dulce de Leche). These were very tasty on their own, and paired as a snack with coffee.

Rulada Creme Wafer Chocolate
Cream filling, crispy waffle, covered with tender chocolate with almonds - all of this together composes a delicate dessert "Rulada". 

Lady Night
Covered with dark chocolate, and under it hides the real surprise delicate souffle and juicy fresh plums. 

Marvellous Bird 
It is Snow-white soufflé covered with a thick layer of milk chocolate.
This was very similar to a chocolate covered marshmallow. 

Rulada Hazelnut Wafer Chocolate
The original mini-dessert of crispy waffle body coated with chocolate-milk glaze with crushed almonds, stuffed with a cream based on hazelnuts.

Little Red Riding Hood
Sweet waffle with cream filling containing grated peanuts and covered with chocolate glaze. It tasted just like an Oh Henry bar!

Walnut praline with cocoa and crushed crispy wafers, top covered with chocolate glaze.

Pineapple Valley
Between two layers of waffle there is a white cream with a pleasant sweet-tart pineapple flavour. Top covered with chocolate glaze. 
The pineapple flavour was very subtle. It was better than I expected.

Delicate and delicious chocolate candy with walnut filling and tender wafers.

Big Miracle
Chocolate candies with a hollow, crispy waffle body, coffee and soft creamy filling, and  a pleasant surprise in the form of whole hazelnut. 
This kind of reminded me of a Kinder product. It was a thin hollow wafer filled with a Nutella-like product, coated in chocolate and rolled in nut pieces. I didn't find a whole hazelnut in the centre.

Walnut Pyramid
Chocolate candy with crushed Brazilian nuts, walnuts, hazelnuts and almonds, covered with white and dark chocolate icing.

Fruit jelly, apricots, nuts, with a chocolate coating. 

Halvah type of candy with peanut paste, covered with chocolate glaze.

Gold Step
Candy on the basis of a soft caramel with peanuts covered with delicious milk glaze.
This one tasted kind of like a Snickers bar. I love the caramel centre.

Chocolate Bar
Chocolate bar of praline with addition of powdered milk, cocoa and crushed crispy waffles.

A combination of sweet chocolate and sour taste of fruit toppings, which include fruit puree and fruit juice. The consistency of the filling is similar to fruit jam.

Waffle decorated candy coated with chocolate glaze with rich nutty flavour.

Glazed chocolate candy based on cream jelly with soft caramel inside.

Candy has rectangular shape, made with praline, delicious waffle crumbs and grated peanuts, coated with dark chocolate.
I got the waffle crumb texture but the praline and grated peanuts were lost to me. It was still tasty though.

Riga Black Balsam
This is a black balsam cream filled chocolate. Black Balsam is a popular Latvian liqueur. It kind of tasted like a Grand Marnier liqueur chocolate.

Marmalade in the form of citrus slices, sprinkled with sugar.

Gold Souffle - Black Currant
Gentle air blackcurrant soufflé with addition of blackcurrant fruchtpaste. The taste is sour with the aroma of black currants.

Gold Souffle - Orange
The candy is sweet fruit soufflé with orange flavour with a touch of cognac.

The July Sweetify box included over 600 grams of chocolates and candies from Europe. Most of the products were from Russia and Latvia, which is pretty cool. Hazelnut and wafer products are very popular here! I like that all the products are small and bite size. I spent a couple weeks going through all the items and tasting. It would be easy to indulge on this one, so invite a few friends over and have a European sweet tasting adventure.

My one warning is to those with nut allergies. It would be impossible for the Sweetify team to ensure a completely nut-free box, so those with nut allergies (or any allergies, really) may wish to avoid this box. For chocolate fiends without allergies, check this one out!

Click here to check out Sweetify.

Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up.