Influenster definitely stepped up their packaging with this box. Previous boxes had just been packaged in plain white boxes, so these orange ones were a fun change. It made me feel more like I was part of a program as opposed to just receiving a random box of stuff.
I hope that in the future I'm able to receive one of the badge-specific boxes (especially the "Eco" one), because more often than not my experience with Influenster has been that they include a lot of brands that are not cruelty-free. The reason I still choose to participate is because I'm hoping to receive the Eco box, and the more active you are within the community, the better your chances. I don't love the idea of using products that aren't cruelty-free, and their status as such is included in my reviews.
The Sugar 'N Spice Voxbox contained seven items total, only two of which I really enjoyed using.
- Splenda Nectresse - I have never tried an artificial sweetener that I liked, and this one was no different. Apparently it's derived from Monk Fruit, but to me it just tasted exactly like Splenda. I just don't like that artificial taste (whether it be Splenda, stevia, etc.), so I'll be sticking with sugar.
- Colgate Optic White Mouthwash, Toothpaste, and Toothbrush - This trio is supposed to help whiten teeth. I needed a new toothbrush so I was able to put that to good use, but I won't be using the mouthwash and toothpaste. The mouthwash tasted horrible, I can't really compare it to anything, it just was not good. I'm not using the toothpaste because I have sensitive teeth and whitening products are usually too harsh for them. Colgate is also not a cruelty-free company.
- Vaseline Spray & Go Total Moisture - I tried this, but I don't like it. Aside from Vaseline being owned by Unilever (not cruelty-free), it was loaded with ingredients that I don't like to use (ammonium, parabens, and the like). I have a spray body oil from Deep Steep that I currently use, and I won't be replacing it with this. If natural ingredients aren't a concern for you, though, I do think that you would enjoy this product due to its ease of use.
- Dickinson's Original Witch Hazel Oil Controlling Towelettes - This was my favorite product of the bunch. I've used Dickinson's Witch Hazel before, and I love that these towelettes only have three ingredients (witch hazel, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, and sodium benzoate) and are cruelty-free. I used these to remove my makeup after work and to relieve the oily feeling on my face, and they worked really well. I'll definitely be purchasing more in the future.
- belVita Breakfast Biscuits - These were the other product that I really enjoyed. They were delicious and I'm going to see if I can grab some the next time I go grocery shopping.
Bottom Line: Overall this box had some hits and some misses, but I've come to expect that from Influenster. I think they did a great job of including a variety of products for this box, and you can't argue with a 100% free assortment of items to try.
*Disclaimer: I received this box from Influenster for free as part of their product review program. I was not monetarily compensated for my review and the honest opinions here are entirely my own.