Friday, 12 February 2016

Miletea Review - January 2016 - Canadian Tea Subscription Box

This box was provided complimentary for review and this post contains referral links.
What is it? Miletea
How Much? $19.95 per month. Save on 3 & 6 month pre-paid terms. Shipping included. Prices in Canadian dollars.
What’s in it? Two unique, high quality teas plus one choice from our classics (three 20g pouches total)

Miletea is a Canadian tea subscription service that sends three pouches of tea per month. Two of the pouches are selected by Miletea and inspired by the seasons. The third pouch is yours to choose from the Miletea Classics. Select from Green, Earl Grey, Jasmine, Oolong, or Black. You can change your selection from month to month, or keep it the same. Each pouch contains 20 grams of tea and the monthly box yields more than 30 cups of tea! As a bonus, with your first order you will receive a pocket tin with a surprise tea sample.

First look

This month's box included four pouches of tea for 80 grams total. This little slip of paper was included promoting the bonus. I'm not sure if this is a permanent change or just a one-time special. The website is still promoting Miletea as having 3 pouches per month.

Cherry Sencha (20g)
The succulently delicate flavours of the young tea buds are harmoniously complimented by the slight tartness of the cherry, giving the infusion more character and a bit of bite. Conversely, the rose petals soften the brew, and imbue it with a pleasant floral aroma and taste.

White Tea Bai Mudan (20g)
Hand picked from the Narcissus cultivar, our Bai Mudan tea (Chinese: 白牡丹; literally: "white peony") is velvety smooth and bursting with aromatic freshness. Although delicate compared to most, amongst white teas Bai Mudan is recognized for it’s fuller flavour, resembling that of a mild Bordeaux.

Green Tea (20g) 
Our green tea is that which inspired us to create Miletea. When we visited the mountains of Ningbo, we loved it so much we brought it back right away! You’ll undoubtedly enjoy the pleasant aroma of this handrolled green tea.

Bonus - White Tea Bai Mudan (20g)
Another pouch from this month's tea selections.

Bonus - Jasmine Tea Sample
Every subscriber gets a bonus sample tin of tea with their first order.

The January Miletea box included four pouches of tea - about 80 grams total. So far I've only tried the Bai Muden White Tea. It was very light but had a distinct floral taste and was nice with a touch of honey. The Cherry Sencha smells amazing and I plan to try it iced! If you are a fan of loose leaf teas, be sure to check out Miletea.

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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, 11 February 2016

LaRitzy Review - January 2016 - Eco-Conscious Beauty Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

This box was provided complimentary for review and this post contains affiliate links.
What is it? LaRitzy
How much? $24.99 per month, plus $5 shipping. Save on 3 & 12 month terms. Prices in US dollars.
What's in it? 
4-5 full & luxury size cruelty free and vegan beauty products

LaRitzy  makes discovering cruelty free beauty brands easy and exciting. They aim to show women that cruelty-free and vegan beauty products are the best choice.

Expect to see a mix of products, from hair care to body lotion to a trendy nail polish. We only send you products our team of curators loves and feels you should try. Most of the items will be full-sized, however you might find a few luxury-size samples here and there.

For those that like the concept of LaRitzy but are looking to spend a little less, check out LaMini Box. It's a taste of LaRitzy, at a fraction of the cost. For only $14.99 per month, you will get 2-3 full and luxury size vegan product each month. Shipping applies for Canadian customers.

This is a review of LaRitzy.

Hello, to you too!

There was a mix up with the product cards this month and some of us received the January LaMini product insert. LaRitzy was all over it and sent an e-mail with the correct product info right away. For those interested, the January LaMini box included the nail polish, mascara, and cuticle oil from the December LaRitzy box.

Glam Natural Lip Cream in Poco Loco ($20)
A warm tone of coral that will give your lips a bright, fresh look.
This is a nice neutral shade and they say it's not too matte and not too shiny. It should be perfect for daytime/office looks. Subscribers received this product in a variety of shades.

Mai Couture Highlighter Paper in St Barts (50 sheets, $28)
It's easier than ever to get that "lit-from-within" look and all without a brush! Brighten and heighten your look anytime during the day. Tear half sheet and pat shimmer side of paper above apple of cheeks, along nose bridge, forehead, chin, and decolletage.These are very interesting. They are also very pricey! I feel like the St Barts shade is too dark for me though. The lighter one, Crystal Cove, probably would be better.

Zoe Organics Cream (2oz, $18)
Developed specifically for very dry skin and conditions such as eczema. This ultra rich cream is packed with vitamins and nutrient-rich oils and botanicals that naturally heal and restore sensitive and damaged skin. Unlike lotion, this product contains no water, fillers or chemical preservatives – a jar of our Cream is packed with only premium organic ingredients. A little bit of this product goes a long way! This product is also “naked” with no added fragrance or essential oils to irritate sensitive noses.Zoe Organics is now available at Target stores in the US! There are many interesting products on the website. This cream is made with shea butter so it's solid and needs to be warmed on the skin and then rubbed in really well. I've been using it on my super dry legs.

Otavea Body Scrub in Lemon (2oz sample, $6)
Formulated to target clogged pores, damaged skin, uneven skin tone, acne and wrinkles. Tiny sugar granules soften skin by exfoliating and removing dead skin cells making this scrub great for healthy, glowing skin.

Lemon is a brand new formula and LaRitzy subscribers are the first to try it out! It smells divine.

The January LaRitzy box included four full size products, with a retail value of $72 US! LaRitzy costs $29.99 US per month for Canadians, including shipping. The value this month is fantastic. I love the lemon scrub. 

Interested in subscribing to LaRitzy or LaMini? Use code FIRST10 to get 10% off ANY subscription term. New subscribers only.

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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, 10 February 2016

SprezzaBox Review - January 2016 - Men's Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

This box was provided complimentary for review & this post contains affiliate links.
What is it? SprezzaBox
How Much? $34 per month, including shipping. Save on 3, 6, and 12 month terms. All prices in US dollars.
What’s in it? 3-4 lifestyle products and 1 grooming item to help a man redefine his style experience.

SprezzaBox is a subscription box for men that sends 4-5 products each month to help men add more style to their wardrobes. Each box will contain 3-4 lifestyle products and 1 grooming item. A typical box will have a tie, socks, an accessory and a grooming product. You may also be surprised with an occasional pocket square, bow tie, cuff links, or other trendy product. SprezzaBox is geared towards the "modern corporate man, everyday dapper gent ", or just those looking to spruce themselves up once in a while!

First look

I didn't receive a product card in  my box this month, but I did receive an e-mail from Sprezza titled "Get To Know This Month's HAMILTON BOX".  I'm not sure if this is a permanent change, or if the card was accidentally omitted from my box. I don't mind a digital product card like this. Saves paper.

Dappered Man Lapel Flower ($15)
Lapel flowers seem to be all the rage. We previously received a white one. This navy is a classic colour and goes well with the feature tie this month.

Every Man Jack Face Lotion (1oz, $1.40)
Hydrate and heal with this light, non-greasy formula that's ideal for dry or razor irritated skin. 
Subscribers received a variety of Every Man Jack men's grooming products. 

Twillory Collar Stays ($5)
Twillory makes men's dress shirts. These custom collar stays are way better than the cheap plastic ones that come with most shirts. For those that aren't aware, higher-end men's dress shirts come with little pockets under the tip of each collar. The collar stays keep the ends of the collar down and flat. Sprezza listed this set as being $15 but the Twillary website (here) sells 3 pairs for $15.

Sprezza Socks ($12)
SprezzaBox launched their own line of men's socks and accessories. These are great socks!

Articulate Leather Wallet ($25)
This wallet isn't available on the Articulate website, but I actually think it's nicer than the ones they currently have available. It's a very nice dark brown leather. The idea is to ditch the bulky wallet and just carry the basics. 

Knottery Tie ($45)
Sprezza says plaid is very in this year. This tie is made from cotton and was featured in two great colours for winter. The other colour scheme featured this month is green with black.

The January SprezzaBox included six items with a retail value over $103 US! It's a fanatic value this month, as it is every month. It's hard to believes that quality, high-end pieces like these come in a box for only $34, but SprezzaBox manages to do it each and every month. I like that they are branching out more and starting to include more lifestyle items (like the wallet), along with accessories and grooming products.

If you are interested in signing up, you can save 10% off your first box on a 3, 6 or 12 month subscription, or save 15% off your entire purchase in the Sprezza Store. Use promo code BOXADDICT10 at checkout to claim your discount. The Sprezza Store includes products from past boxes, as well as complete boxes from previous months. 
Click here to check out SprezzaBox.

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, 9 February 2016

Ellebox Review - January 2016 - Canadian Time of the Month Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

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What is it? Ellebox Co.
How Much? $12 to $36.40 per month, depending on plan you choose. Save on longer terms. $5 shipping per box. Prices in Canadian dollars.
What’s in it? Your choice of tampons and pads and hand curated comfort and wellness goods

Ellebox Co. is a new Canadian "time of the month" subscription box that sends everything you need to survive your monthly cycle. Ellebox Co. aims to revolutionize your period by ensuring you receive a box in time, for your time, every time. There are a range of subscription options to choose from, with several price points. Shipping is an additional $5 per box and all prices are in Canadian dollars.
  • The Comfort Box offers your choice or tampons and/or pads, chocolate, tea, and two self care gifts. It starts at $33.40 per month. Alternatively, the Organic Comfort Box starts at $36.40 per month.
  • The Necessities Box offers your choice of tampons and/or pads, as well as chocolate and tea. It starts at $12 per month. There is also an Organic Necessities Box starting at $17 per month.

All boxes come with up to 25 feminine hygiene products. You specify the number of pads versus tampons, then choose your preferred size and brand. With the non-organic box, Tampax Pearl, Playtex Sport, U by Kotex, and Playtex Gentle Glide are available.

First look

Product card & "Period Tip"

Capilano Tea Senakw Village (False Creek)  Tea - Sample
This crimson-berry tisane with rich colouring and deep flavours is delicious, hot or cold, and honours the ancient name for False Creek: Senakw (or Snauq). Hibiscus, Rosehips, Black Currant, Cranberry, Blueberry, Elderberry, Lemongrass and Rooibos.
This is the third time I've relieved Capilano Tea from Ellebox. It's great, but I would love to try something different. 

Ghirardelli Squares Milk Chocolate with Caramel (3 squares, $2)
Just like last month, the box included three little chocolate squares. Ellebox - love you, but 3 squares is not enough!

Cedar and Stain Special Limited Edition Mug (~$12)
Cozy up with this inspirational mug from Cedar and Stain in our signature colours. This beautiful mug is hand painted and the perfect way to add a boost of happiness to your day.
The mug is cute, but it's not hand painted. The letters are high-grade peel & stick vinyl, which is actually better and likely way more durable. The mug itself is from the IKEA 365+ line and sells for $2. Cedar and Stain doesn't have any mugs this size for sale in their shop, so I estimated the value based on larger personalized mugs they are selling for $17. I love this Fox one. The mug is hand wash only and not recommended for microwave use.

Sukin Australian Natural Skincare Facial Moisturizer (125ml, $9.95)
This daily moisturiser is fast absorbing and deeply penetrating, providing hydration that softens and soothes the skin. A lightweight cream which combines a delicate infusion of aloe vera, horsetail, nettle and burdock to soothe with skin healing rose hip, wheat germ, jojoba and avocado oil to promote healthy skin.This skincare is paraben free and is made with aloe vera, rose hip oil, avocado, and sesame seed oil.

U by Kotex Refresh Flushable Wipes (3 wipes, $0.70)

Panty Liners (3 liners, ~$0.50)

Both of these are great additions to the box, but it would be nice to be able to select and receive more than 3 liners each month though.

U by Kotex Pads (12 pads, ~$4) and Tampax Pearl Regular (13 tampons, ~$4)
These are the brands and product number I requested. The options are 13 pads/12 tampons, 12 pads/13 tampons, all pads, or all tampons. After that you can select your desired absorbancy and the quantity of each you'd like to receive. Of your tampons, you can select how many are Super and how many are Regular. Same goes for the pads. You can choose Regular, With Wings, or Overnight. The customization is great. The only problem I'm found is that you can't update your preferences on your own - you have to e-mail. I'd also like to see an option for panty liners.

Happy Valentines Day!

This is my January box, but Ellebox ships my parcel at the end of the month. They included a Valentine so I'm sure to have it before V-Day. How cute!

The January Ellebox included all my monthly supplies, plus four treat and gift items. I estimate the value to be just under $35 CDN. This box costs $38.40 per month, including shipping. Just like last month, I'm not thrilled with the value. I like the products included - the mug is cute and the lotion is great and useful during this cold and dry weather. I wish they included more treats and snacks, or maybe another small gift item to bring the value up a bit more.

Interested in trying Ellebox Co.? You can save 10% on any Ellebox of your choice. Enter promo code WITHLOVE10 at checkout!

Click here to check out Ellebox.

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, 8 February 2016

BuddhiBox Review - January 2016 - Eco-Lifestyle Subscription Box

This box was provided complimentary for review.
What is it? BuddhiBox
How Much? $30.95 per month, plus $9.99 shipping to Canada. All prices in US dollars.
What’s in it? Mix of 4-6 full-size products and product samples to enrich mind, body, and soul.

BuddhiBox is a subscription service for yoga lovers. The goal of BuddhiBox is to deliver "monthly mindfulness through a curated box of products that enhance your yoga practice and lifestyle". Each month you will receive items that enrich mind, body, and soul. Items may include healthy food, supplements, beauty products, and yoga accessories. A monthly BuddhiBox will include 4-6 products for you to discover and share. Even if you don't practice yoga, BuddhiBox is for people who enjoy a peaceful and mindful existence. BuddhiBox practices Saucha (living purely) and only partners with businesses that follow ethical and conscious standards in production. They also donate a portion of proceeds to charity.

Check out the new packaging! I like the change. Less packaging and more space for products! 

The yoga pose of the month is Mountain Pose (Tadasana). I can actually do this one! For our recipe, we have Roasted Tomato Soup by The Wellness Gypsy.

Mandala Publishing Ganesh Journal ($18.95)
Every yogi needs a journal to take note of revelations and enlightened moments.
This lovely journal is made with fingerprint-resistant leatherette and filled with lined acid-free pages. There's a back pocket to hold mementos, a ribbon placeholder, and an elastic closure.

Levals Anahata Bracelet ($21) 
Green Aventurine inspires creativity and courage. Lepidolite enhances self-love, patience and optimism. Rudraksha attracts harmony, health and prosperity. An antique gold tree of life charm adds a vintage touch.
I can't find a website for this company so I have no way to verify the value. It seems high. My bracelet is also missing the tree of life charm, as are all the ones I've seen in other review posts. I wonder if that was a mistake on the product card.

Hemp Nation Kiwi Mango Body Wash (2oz, $5)
Indulge your skin with the exotic fruit extracts in Hemp Nation Kiwi-Mango Daily Body Wash. Exotic Kiwi and Mango combine to provide high levels of nourishing antioxidants to help brighten, soften and protect that gorgeous glow. Pure Hemp Seed Oil replenishes thirsty skin with essential fatty and amino acids for silky, smooth, touchable skin. Use daily to secure your passport to the world of Hemp Nation! Comes with loufa. THC-Drug and Paraben-Free.This is from an Australian company that sells wholesale tanning products. It smells nice and will be handy for travel.

Co Pur Lavender Lime Body Balm ($15)
Great for outdoor yoga lovers exposed to wind and sun, this luxurious balm softens dry, cracked feet and elbows. Made with pure essential oils, its lovely lavender-lime scent will also energize your practice. Simply rub over skin for a layer of rich, soothing moisture. Ingredients include: coconut oil, beeswax, cocoa butter, shea butter and essential oil. 
I love lotion sticks! They are so easy to use and are great for travel and rushed mornings. Lavender Lime is a strange combo but it's growing on me.

Herbal ZAP! Digestive & Immune Support Sample ($1)
Powerful IMMUNE SUPPORT in a zesty and delicious instantly dissolving Ayurvedic beverage.

North Detail Everyday Tote ($14)
This is a tote with personality! We love its fun and inspiring messages.
It's a basic tote with a cute message. We also received a discount code for 20% off a purchase at North Detail. They make fun gifts, decor, stationery, and desk accessories.

Here is a closeup of the message on the tote.

The January BuddhiBox included six items with a retail value around $75 US. This box costs $41 US for Canadians. The value is great this month and I like the products included. The notebook is fantastic. I can never have enough notebooks. I also love the Co Pur Body Balm, mostly because it's in the form of a stick! It's another great month from BuddhiBox.

Click here to check out BuddhiBox.

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, 5 February 2016

Bowzer Box Review - January 2016 - Canadian Pet Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

This  box was provided complimentary for review and this post contains affiliate links.
What is it? Bowzer Box
How Much? $29/month CDN, plus $4.50 shipping per box. Save on 3 & 6 month subscriptions.
What's in it? 5-6 items such as dog treats, toys, and accessories

Bowzer Box is a Canadian subscription service that delivers a box of doggy goodies every month. Bowzer Box caters to all dogs - small, medium, or large. Subscriptions start at $29 per month. You can save by pre-paying for a 3 or 6 month subscription. Shipping is an additional $4.50 per box. Bowzer Box includes a variety of handpicked items including toys, treats, samples, and coupons from various brands. Every box is unique and each one will highlight a Canadian product. Bowzer Box also donates a portion of proceeds to animal related charities.

The theme for January is "Baby it's Cold Outside" and the box is loaded full of great winter treats, and warm toys.

Product card!

First look!

foufouBRANDS Corduroy Rhino Stuffed Toy ($9.99)
More durable than traditional plush toys, these squeaky toys will hold up to serious play by those active dogs that put their toys through fun filled tossing, tugging and squeaking fun!
This Rhino is too cute to surrender to a destructive dog! 

FeelGood Treats Turkey Liver Brownies (4oz bag, $5.99)
Deep, dark, delicious, that's a FeelGood Brownie. Packed with flavour and rich with all natural ingredients, your best friend will love their reward as much as you'll love rewarding them. Luxuriously moist and just the right size, everyone can enjoy FeelGood's Turkey Liver Brownies; feed them full size as a reward or in smaller pieces for training.Oh boy are the dogs going to LOVE these.

foufouBRANDS Fou-Stick Protect ($4.99)
Protect your dog’s paw naturally with FFD Pet’s Fou-Stick Protect®. Natural ingredients including coconut oil and beeswax form a protective paw barrier against harsh winter conditions (snow, salt, sand) and summer’s unforgiving hot pavement. A great year-round soothing paw moisturizer to keep your dog in perfect step!
This is a great addition for a winter box.

Petprojekt Dogbon ($8)
Made from 100% synthetic RUBR™, this 100% transparent dog bone is super cool, and super durable! RUBR™ is a proprietary blend of durable and non-toxic synthetic materials that bounce and float. 
It's great that this one bounces and floats. It will make a good dog park toy.

FeelGood Treats Teeny Treats Grain Free Gourmet Mix (4oz, $6.99)
Perfect Gourmet Treat for Small Breeds, Great treat for training, Handcrafted in British Columbia, Canada from all natural ingredient, No preservative.
The product card said we were supposed to get FeelGood's Trail Blazin Bitz, but we received these Teeny Treats instead. They are basically the same thing.

The January Bowzer Box included five items with a retail value around $36 CDN.Four of the five  products are from Canadian companies. I love the Rhino and may end up giving to my niece instead of having it chewed up by my mom's dog. It's also great that they included two full size bags of treats and a pet accessory suitable for the winter season.

If you are interested in trying Bowzer Box, you can save 10% off your first month's box. Just enter promo code CDNBOX  or REFERFRIEND at checkout and 10% will be deducted from your total.  

Click here to check out Bowzer 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.