Monday, February 13, 2012

February Conscious Box

All right, it's official: I am a Conscious Box subscriber for life!  Or, at least for as long as I can afford it :)  February's box is amazing.  I liked the January box, but this one just absolutely blew me away.  The theme is "Unwrap an Open Heart," in keeping with Valentine's Day.

This month's box was once again stocked with items.  I was very happy with the variety: some food, some beauty items, and some other miscellaneous things. The maroon wrapped items in the top left of the above photo are labeled "For Conscious Adults Only," and in hopes of keeping this blog family-friendly I will talk about those items -- but only after the "Read More," and they will be at the very bottom of the post.

For those of you who aren't familiar with Conscious Box, they are a monthly subscription service that costs $19 a month (including shipping).  I have been a subscriber since December and I'm in love with this service!  They send eco-friendly/sustainable/etc. items, hence the "Conscious."  They also provide tips each month that go along with their theme on how to keep your lifestyle green.

Bottom Line: I can't rave about Conscious Box enough!  Each month, they send a box that is packed with items that far surpasses the value of the $19 a month price tag.  If you're interested in finding new products that can help you lead a green lifestyle, I highly recommend this service.
Check out all of the items and some of my thoughts on them after the cut!

Here is the loot, in all of it's splendid glory.  One thing I like about Conscious Box is that they always provide literature about a majority of the items you receive, which is what those pamphlets and cards are in the upper right-hand corner of the photo.  As you can see, there are a lot of samples and full-sized products here!  In my opinion it is definitely worth the $19.

All of my boxes so far have contained some type of food bar.  I really like receiving them because I take them to work and eat them for breakfast at my desk (I'll admit that I'm not the best about eating a well-rounded breakfast, but these are better than nothing).  I was actually going to take the Winetime bar today, but I forgot it at home.  Anywhoo...(items listed clockwise from top left in all photos)
  • ResVes WineTime Resveratrol Bar: This bar is Chocolate-Raspberry flavored and contains more Resveratrol than 50 glasses of red wine.  It's high in fiber (8g), has 4g of protein, no trans fat, and is gluten- and dairy-free.  I had no idea what resveratrol was. so I looked it up, and it's a natural phenol.  According to Wikipedia, there have been beneficial cardiovascular signs in animals, but no definitive results in humans.  Either way, this bar sounds yummy!
  • Love Grown Foods Simply Oats: Gluten-free oats with organic agave syrup.  These are delicious!  One package has 130 calories, 4.5g of fat, and 21g of carbohydrates.  They taste slightly cinnamon-y to me.
  • Himala Salt: This is a "Himalayan Pink Salt Shaker."  I think this is fun because I'd never expect to get salt from a subscription service.  It's kosher and gluten-free, and ethically sourced from the Himalayas. There are no additives or impurities.  I like the size of the bottle, it's pretty big and I think it'll last me quite a while.
  • Nutcase Crunch: This is a high-protein, low-carb blend that can be eaten instead of high-sugar cereals.  It's also gluten-free.  It consists of four ingredients: almonds, pecans, coconut, and pine nuts.  I won't eat this because I'm not a nut fan, but I'm going to give it to one of my brothers to try.
  • Nature Crops Quinoa and Prunes Bar: Quinoa and prunes!  A combination I would never think up. I got some quinoa in my January Eco-Emi box that I still haven't tried, so this is a convenient way for me to get my first taste.  I haven't tried it yet, but I'm curious to.

Does one of these items look familiar?  If you read my January Eco-Emi unboxing post, you'll recognize the Dr. Cleangreen's Instant Hand Purifier.  And if you've been around my blog for a while, you might be able to guess which item in this photo made me very happy!
  • Agape Oils Frankincense Moisturizing Serum: This was the extra item for February's box.  If you post something -- anything! -- about the current month's box on the Conscious Box Facebook page, they'll include an extra item in the following month's.  This oil is an organic and highly-concentrated moisturizer.
  • Badger Balm Lip Tint and Shimmer: If you guessed that this item would be my favorite, you're right!  I love love love Badger Balm; they are hands-down my favorite skin care company!  I have a full-sized version of the Lip Shimmer, but this sample is super cute and smells great.  I hope that everyone who tries it loves it as much as I do, because Badger Balm is awesome!
  • Mayron's Goods Barrier & Diaper Cream: This sample is small, but I think the packaging is so cute.  Even though I don't have a baby, I'll still use this because it's a cream packed with vitamins, essential oils, shea butter, and beeswax.  Perfect for the damage wrought on my hands from Western New York winters.
  • Dr. Cleangreen Instand Hand Purifier: Love this.  Loooove it!  I received a bottle in my January Eco-Emi box and it was my favorite from that box.  This is a lotion-like sanitizer, so it doesn't dry out your hands.  It also has a fantastic cinnamon scent.  My only complaint is that this full-sized bottle isn't filled all the way to the top, I wish they had used less plastic on the packaging if it isn't going to be full.
  • Scientific Organics Kombucha Cleanser: This cleanser is suitable for all skin types.  I'm still using my Somme Institute line, so I probably won't try this just yet.
  • Soapbox Soap: Here is a really cool company--for every bar of soap they sell, they donate one to a child in need.  This soap has a soothing, lavender scent.

Here is the last batch of family-friendly items.
  • C3 for Stress: I saw this in other peoples' unboxing posts and was curious to find out what it was.  Inside of the little container are two effervescent drink mixes, which are all-natural and sugar-free.  I feel like most people are all about energy drinks, but I hate those.  I want to relax!  My job can be pretty stressful at times, so I'm going to take these in to work and give them a try.
  • Bloomin Seed Paper: I love this little guy!  The pink heart-shaped paper is full of annual and perennial wildflower seeds; all you have to do is plant it under a thin layer of soil and water daily.  I can't wait to see what beauties bloom from it.
  • Natural Vitality: This is another stress soother drink.  It's raspberry-lemon flavor and is a "relaxing magnesium supplement."  I'll give this a try along with the C3 at work.
  • Olbas Herbal Remedies: These are cough drops made with chlorophyll, clove oil, and eucalyptus.  Based on those ingredients, they sound really strong, so I'm hesitant to try them.  I'll wait until a day when I have a really sore throat!
  • Treehouse Herbs Tea: The flavor of this tea is "Organic Mellow Mood Flower Tea."  I'm so happy that a lot of the items in the box reflect calm and relaxation.  The ingredients include chamomile, rosehips, hibiscus, lemon balm, lavender, oat straw, orange peel, and rose petals--all organic.
Here's the sample (front) of the Badger Balm Lip Shimmer, with my full-sized one behind it
**Don't scroll any further if you don't wish to view the adult-only products included in the box.

I'm glad that Conscious Box didn't neglect the fact that Valentine's Day often comes with intimate romance.  They did a great job of handling these items--they sent out an email when boxes shipped letting subscribers know that the items would be included, and that they were wrapped separately and labeled.  So anyone who didn't want their kids to see the items, etc., could remove them.

  • Good Clean Love Personal Lubricant: This "Almost Naked" lubricant is organic and free of petrochemicals, parabens, and glycerin.  I think that when you're being intimate, it's best to have a product that is going to be gentle and all-natural.
  • Blossom Organics: There are two items from this company, a Pure Pleasure Arousal Gel and Natural Moisturizing Lubricant.  These are also all-natural and reflect the pH balances within the body.
*Disclaimer: I purchased this Conscious Box with my own money and am a monthly subscriber.  I was not asked to review this box by Conscious Box and was not monetarily compensated for the review.  All of the honest opinions here are entirely my own.


  1. wonderful review! really liked everything!!

  2. @Katie If you do subscribe I'm sure that you'll love it!

  3. hmmm...i wonder if there are any discounts anywhere for first time subscribers?....

  4. @valerie You can buy the February box for $9 on Organic Soul! It's a one-time purchase, not a subscription, but a great way to try out Conscious Box before committing to a subscription. Learn more here:

  5. Oh wow you got some goodies in this box for sure. I'm not going to be getting my crave box this month and I'm annoyed about it. Our bank changed companies and I had to update my credit card info and they said I didn't do it in time but I did. I'll quit fussing now lol.

  6. @Terri's Little Haven Oh no! I hope you get your Cravebox, that would really stink :(

  7. Great review!
    I'm still very excited that the people of Conscious Box discovered my little business and found my Organic Herbal Teas 'box-worthy' :)

    Jana (Treehouse Herbs)

  8. I absolutely love the Winetime bars! So tasty and good for you!

    1. Me too! They're the perfect mixture of chocolate and raspberry and deliciousness.


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