Thursday, 27 October 2016

House Box Review - October 2016 - Canadian Lifestyle Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

Canadian Box Addict pays for this subscription. This post contains referral links.
What is it? House Box
How Much? $21.95 bi-monthly, plus $9.95 shipping. Save on longer term subscriptions. Prices in Canadian dollars.
What’s in it? 5 or more items for your household

House Box is a Canadian subscription box that sends samples and full size products to help you make your house a home. Every other month, you will receive five or more items, including samples of household products, non-perishable consumables, atmosphere enhancers, and other unique items. Products may include coffee, tea, or spices, candles or essential oils, and cleaners, laundry detergents, and dish soaps. The idea is to discover new products for your family and home.

Every other month, Allison actively seeks out the latest and greatest in household products, from citrus peelers to laundry detergent strips. These safe, effective and natural products are sourced from small companies, many of which are Canadian owned and operated.
This is House Box #7, the Fall 2016 edition.

First look!

The product card details all the items. If you like what you receive, you can buy more from the House Box shop!

Herbal Healing Moisturizing Lemon Lip Balm ($6.59)
This lip balm is made from all natural ingredients and contains natural lemon flavouring. Herbal Healing is based in Calgary, and they have a large line of natural personal care products, as well as herbal teas.

Fox Run Brands Pumpkin Cookie Cutter ($3.50)
This 3" metal cookie cutter is perfect for fall themed cookies. With Thanksgiving and Halloween in October, there's lots of baking happening this month. Now I know what I will do with the fall leaves sprinkles from my October Hello! Bliss Box!

The Laundry Tarts Laundry Detergent (Sample)
This sample yields 2-8 loads (HE washers use less detergent). Laundry Tarts detergent is vegan and Eco-friendly. This detergent comes in dozens of yummy sounding scents. This seasonal pumpkin pie scent is perfect for October!

Manitoba Hemp Hearts ($1)
Hemp hearts are an easy way to add protein to any meal. I like to sprinkle them on yogurt and use them in smoothies. 

This pack includes a few samples of Arbonne products. My cousin used to sell Arbonne, and I only know it as a skincare line. I'm curious to see what's inside!

Do the daily shake with delicious, nutritious perfectly balanced vanilla shake mix. Provides 20 grams of vegan protein, plus more than 20 essential vitamins and minerals per serving.

Stir in a fizz stick as a replacement for your morning coffee or afternoon slump. Create a refreshing bubbly drink to help temporarily promote alertness, enhance cognitive performance, relieve fatigue, promote endurance and enhance motor performance.

Arbonne Pure Vibrance Hair Serum
This serum is made with argan and grapeseed oil to tame flyaways, repair split ends, and add glossy shine. 

This chew is a natural appetite suppressant. Use it to curb a sweet tooth or help get through an evening without snacking. At first glance, I thought this was a salt water taffy!

The October House Box contained 8 items valued over $20 Canadian. This box costs $21.95 every two months, plus $9.95 shipping, for a total of $31.90 Canadian. This is considered a discovery box rather than a value box, so you can expect to receive new and interesting products with each box, but the value will be pretty close to the cost paid. It's very cool how a few of the products are matched to the season. Lots of pumpkin!  I'm most excited to try the pumpkin pie laundry detergent and the Arbonne Fizz. 

Interested in trying House Box? You can save 25% off your first box by using promo code 1HBXSPECIAL. Code applies to new subscribers only. The next box ships December.

Click here to check out House 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.   

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

La Boîte à Bonbons Review - October 2016 - Canadian Candy Subscription Box

Canadian Box Addict pays for this subscription.
What is it? La Boîte à Bonbons
How Much? $25 per month. Shipping free in Ontario & Quebec. Additional cost for other provinces. Prices in Canadian dollars.
What's in it? 4 different types of candies, totalling 1kg of candy

La Boîte à Bonbons is a new subscription box, based in Quebec, Canada. Each month, La Boîte à Bonbons sends four different candy selections, totalling 1 kilogram of candy. The candies are selected based on your preferences. When you subscribe, you can select between three box options - Sour, Soft, or Mixed. Every month there will be new selections. Shipping is free for Ontario and Quebec. For the rest of Canada, shipping is an additional charge, based on location.

One thing to note is that the website for La Boîte à Bonbons is entirely in French. If you don't read French well enough to navigate the website, try to copy/paste phrases or paragraphs into Google Translate. To make it easier, you only need to know a few key words: s'abonner (subscribe), bonbons sour (sour candy), bonbons doux (soft candy), mixtes (mixed candy). With that, you should have no trouble signing up! When you get to the website, make sure to sign up for the e-mail list, or look for the "15% de rabais" icon in the top right corner. You will receive a code for 15% off your first box!

The box included a personalized handwritten note. It's in French, but roughly translated, they thank me for subscribing, they hope I like the premier box, and if I have any comments let them know. It ends with a little reminder to share my experience on social media! I am a paying subscriber for this box, so I am thinking all subscribers received a note like this. It's a very nice touch.

First Look!

All the candies come packaged into small cello bags and are sealed with a branded sticker. We are supposed to receive 1kg of candy, so I weighed all the candy, outside of the bags. In total, I came to 995 grams, which is pretty well bang on, keeping in mind calibration issues and error of uncertainty with various scales. I purchased a box of "Mixed" candies, so I received soft and sour.

Cola Bottles
These are a childhood favourite of mine. My package included 237 grams of cola bottles. They were delicious!

Red Berries
Red berries are another favourite. I received 253 grams of berries so I shared these ones with my aunt and she raved about how fresh they were. For reference, my aunt works in a grocery store, and she kept saying the red berries sold at her store are no where near as fresh as these ones!

Sour Buttons
I don't know what these are called so I dubbed them Sour Buttons. They are VERY sour and fruit flavoured. The green ones are my favourite! There was 251 grams of sours.

Sour Rings
These sugar coated rings are slightly sour and taste of apple. I received 254 grams of sour rings. I've never seen these before so it was fun to try something new.

My October box from La Boîte à Bonbons included about 1 kilogram of candies. The packaging and selection was really great. I was most impressed with the freshness of the candies. They were all soft and chewy, just how they should be. The unboxing experience was very fun, and my family was thrilled to sample from the box! La Boîte à Bonbons would make a great gift for a family or the sweet tooth in your life. Remember to sign up for their e-mail list to get a 15% off code!

Click here to check out La Boîte à Bonbons.

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, 25 October 2016

Gentleman's Box Review - October 2016 - Men's Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

This box was provided complimentary for review & this post contains affiliate links.
What is it? Gentleman's Box
How Much? $33/month, including postage. Prices in US dollars.
What’s in it? 4-5 products for men

Gentleman’s Box is a subscription box for men providing essential items for today's gentleman. The monthly subscription box may contain a range of items from grooming supplies to wardrobe accessories – each selected to complement your or your man's lifestyle and align with our monthly theme.

Each box is themed around a noteworthy gentleman from past or present. The products inside each box are picked to reflect the class and style of that month's featured individual.

Over the years, many renowned individuals have defined what it means to be a modern gentleman. Through courage, charisma and admiration, these men have become icons to fellow gentlemen.

You can check out all my Gentleman's Box reviews here

I didn't get a product booklet this month, but I know from my shipping confirmation e-mail that the theme this month is "Our Favorite Voice". I have no idea who that is since I have no write up from which to decipher clues.

First look!

Eezy Wear Tie - Bae's Choice ($23)
This is a great tie. The neutral colour and classic pattern will go with everything. The interior liner fabric is a cool floral design.

The front of these socks are a grey & black herringbone pattern and the back side is black, grey, and orange stripes. They're business, with a fun side.

Dead Soxy Shoe Strings ($8)
These are stain-proof & water-proof laces.

Boomer & Co. Organic Wash Citrus & Cedar (2oz, $4)
This is an all natural body wash and shampoo for men. The scent is subtle and refreshing.

Collar Bar ($20)
At first I thought this was a tie clip, but t here is no "clip" portion. Since I had no info sheet, I had to ask Google. This is what a collar bar looks like worn. It keeps the lapels together and the tie knot tight and in place. It's kind of an old school style, as this article shows.

Gentleman's Essentials Pocket Square ($12.99)
This small paisley print is trimmed with orange so it goes with the socks.

The October Gentleman's Box included six items, valued at $80 US. As always, the value is fantastic. This box includes items that can be worn together for a complete dapper look, or wear them separately.

If you are interested in trying Gentleman's Box for yourself or as a gift for a loved one, you can save $5 off your first box using promo code 5OFF. This brings your first box down to $28 US (for Canadians), including shipping.

Click here to check out Gentleman's 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.    

Monday, 24 October 2016

nextmeat Review - October 2016 - Canadian Cured Meat Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

This box was provided complimentary for review and this post contains affiliate links.
What is it? nextmeat
How Much? $47.95 per month, including shipping. No tax. Save on 3-month pre-paid term. Prices in Canadian dollars.
What's in it? 3-5 products per month, including cured meats and items to accompany the meat.

nextmeat is a new Canadian subscription box, based near Vancouver, BC. Each month, nextmeat ships out a box of different cured meats and accompaniments. Products are sourced from importers and local Canadian manufacturers. In addition to premium cured meats, you may also receive crackers, cheese, vinegar, salts, or oils. Boxes ship the first week of the month, and shipping is free!

Every single month we organize an election. Tons of meats from different meat artisans around the world are candidates. After a long delicious process of sampling, voting, we only elect the best to feature in our monthly boxes.
The product card from nextmeat doesn't come with any detailed information about the products. The box is a tasting experience, so product information and tasting notes would be a great addition. All of the products this month denote "Keep Refrigerated" on the labels, so be sure to refrigerate your box upon receipt. 

Venetian Soppressata Hot Salami 
The Sopressa is also an old fashion home style salami made from pork and spices. This one is good until August, 2017.

Venetian Pepperoni 
This is a moist style pepperoni that's said to be great on pizza. The best before sticker on this product is September 13, 2016, which has already passed.

Italissima Casalingo Salami 
This another home style dry pork salami. I could not find a best before sticker on this package. 

Preferisco Salsiccia Piccante - Hot Cured Sausage
This Italian pork sausage is flavoured with wild fennel seeds, red pepper and pepper sauce. The best before date on this one is November 22, 2016 so be sure to consume it soon!

The October nextmeat box included four packages of cured meat. I couldn't find these items online to do a proper valuation, but based on the subscription cost, it works out to $12 for each item. This box included three different kinds of salami and one pepperoni. One item is past its best before date, which is really disappointing to see, and there are no extras included this month. 

If you are interested in giving nextmeat a try, use promo code MEATBOX20 to save 20% off your first box. This saves you just under $10, which makes the first box a great deal.

Click here to check out nextmeat.

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.   

Friday, 21 October 2016

Market Mix Review - October 2016 - Canadian Lifestyle Subscription Box

Canadian Box Addict paid for this box.
What is it? Market Mix
How Much? $39.95/month, plus $10 shipping. Prices in Canadian dollars. 
What’s in it? 4-6 hand-picked, small batch, Canadian products that you might find at your local farmers' market.

Market Mix is a new Canadian subscription box, based in Calgary. Each month, Market Mix sends the farmers' market to your doorstep. With Market Mix, you will receive hand-picked, small batch, local good, without having to go to all the markets yourself. Boxes may include a variety of treats, from candles to soaps and relishes to lotions. All products will be Canadian made!
Market Mix aims to get wholesome, local products to Canadians in a simple and delightful way – with a package full of goodies delivered every month! Buying from local producers stimulates the home economy and supports our neighbours, so Market Mix makes it easy and affordable.
First look!

The theme for October is "Bath Bliss". This box is full of products to add an extra level of relaxation to bath time. A quick glance at the info sheet shows that Market Mix is venturing west! There are four products from BC this month!

Saltspring Soapworks Rosemary Mint Shampoo Bar ($6.95)
I like shampoo bars for travel. They don't count as a liquid or gel, don't take up much room, and last for months. You work the soap into a thick lather and use as you would regular shampoo. The rosemary mint bar smells great, and it's good for the scalp.

Bodylove Bathworks Tangerine Mint Loofah Bar (~$5)
This soap bar has a loofah right inside it! You can exfoliate and cleanse at the same time.

Barefoot Venus Coconut Kiss Bath Bliss ($5.50)
This powdered bath melt is made with mango butter to leave skin soft and kissed with a sweet coconut scent.

Apple Island Naturals Cedar Soap Dish ($8.95)
This dish is carved from one piece of cedar so there are no joints or fasteners to rust or come apart.

Melanie Mitchell Bath & Beauty Tranquil Essential Oil Mist ($15)
This mist is a blend of lavender, bergamot, tea tree, and citrus essential oils. Shake, spay above your face, and inhale deeply. It also doubles as a linen spray.

Buttery Bites Vanilla Caramels ($11)
These caramels are made by hand and they are so buttery and smooth, they just melt in the mouth.

The October Market Mix box included six products, valued around $53 Canadian. The Bath Bliss box is very well curated with some really fantastic local products. I love that they included a sweet treat as well!

Interested in a subscription? The November box is themed "Cozy Comfort". Order by October 27th and you will be guaranteed to receive the November box!

Click here to check out Market Mix

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, 20 October 2016

Molr Dental Club Review - Canadian Dental Care Subscription Box

This package was provided complimentary for review.
What is it? Molr Dental Club
How Much? Starts at $7 per shipment, plus tax. Shipping varies. Prices in US dollars.
What’s in it? Simple, effective oral health products sent to you exactly when you need them

Molr Dental Club is a new Canadian subscription that sends oral care products straight to your door. Dentists recommend you change your toothbrush four times per year, but if you're like me, you only change it when you go to the dentist and get a new free one! Molr Dental Club sends simple, effective oral health products, exactly when you need them. You can select your shipment frequency (every 2 or 3 months) and add additional products to your shipment.

There are a few different subscription options to choose from, and this review will look at all the different combinations and the products available for purchase. This is not a review of a typical mailing. When you subscribe, you will receive one of the five packages detailed below. 

The packaging is great! The mailing tube is stuffed with branded tissue paper. It fits in a condo sized mail box. The Ultimate Pack and the Electric Boogaloo 2 come in the mailing tube. The other packs come in a mailing envelope. Packs that include toothpaste are charged $5 shipping due to the added size and weight. Packs without toothpaste offer free shipping!

Select from these subscription options:

Base Camp - $7 per shipment, free shipping
Base Camp is the bare bones subscription. Get a new toothbrush and pack of floss every 2 or 3 months. Choose your toothbrush colour and floss type. This bundle is valued at $8.50.

The Lovers Pack - $11 per shipment, free shipping
Perfect for a family of two, this pack includes two toothbrushes and one pack of floss. These items are valued at $12.50.

Il Ultimo Paccheto - $16 per shipment, add $5 shipping
The ultimate package includes a full size tube of Marvis toothpaste in the flavour or your choosing, one charcoal infused bristle toothbrush, and one pack of dental floss. Purchased separately, these items would cost $20.50.

Electric Boogaloo - $13 per shipment, free shipping
This pack includes two electric toothbrush heads and a pack of floss. At this time, only Sonicare toothbrush heads are available.

Electric Boogaloo 2: The Freshness - $19 per shipment, add $5 shipping
Version 2 of Boogaloo gets you the full meal deal - two electric toothbrush heads, a full size tube of Marvis toothpaste, and a pack of floss.

You can also add-on additional products to your shipment.

Molr toothbrushes feature a compact, tapered shape and come in four different colours (pink and black also available). The Binchotan charcoal infused bristles are extra soft on your teeth and gums. Regular price of each toothbrush is $4.

The Binchotan charcoal infused bristles on these electric toothbrush heads fit any Sonicare brand electric toothbrush.

Molr offers two types of floss - Smooth Glide and Woven. Smooth Glide is waxed, non tearing and designed for tighter fits. Woven floss is made from woven strands of cotton. It is designed to grab more plaque from the surface of your teeth for a deeper clean. Each pack retails for $4.50.

Molr exclusively stocks Marvis toothpaste, an Italian brand that's minty and effective. There are seven flavours to choose from including Classic Strong Mint, Jasmine Mint, Aquatic Mint, Ginger Mint, Cinnamon Mint, Whitening Mint, and Amerelli Licorice. A little goes a long way, so one tube can last a couple months. One 3.8oz tube retails for $12.

So there is your complete look at Molr Dental Club. There is a subscription to fit every need and every budget. I think the Ultimate Package is the best value, and I love Marvis toothpaste so that's what I would go with. If you are just looking to replace your brush at regular intervals, the Base Camp package can't be beat! Just remember, although Molr ships from Canada, they do bill in US dollars.

Click  here to check out Molr Dental Club.

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.