Friday, July 17, 2020

Pure Planet Club Plastic-Free Lip Balm Review

I've been a fan of natural lip balms for a long time and I've tried a ton of different brands. Pure Planet Club has just launched something that I've never seen before, though: an entirely plastic-free lip balm!

*Disclaimer: This product was sent to See, Shop, Love! in exchange for an honest review.

Pure Planet Club was created after their founders learned that approximately 27,000 trees are chopped down every day to manufacture toilet paper. Their mission is to help everyday people make a difference to help prevent climate change and protect the Earth by swapping household products with Pure Planet Club options.

The company is entirely plastic-free. Plastic can take decades to thousands of years to break down, and we're all aware of how this increased pollution is detrimental to the planet. Going plastic-free helps protect wildlife, waterways, and oceans for future generations.

Pure Planet Club started with their eco-friendly toilet tissue and recently launched a line of four plastic-free lip balms! The balms are USDA certified organic, made with compostable packaging (made of 100 percent uncoated PCW paper), cruelty-free, gluten-free, and free from parabens, aluminum, and artificial colors, flavors, and sweeteners.

What they do contain is she and cocoa butter, beeswax, sunflower oil, and Vitamin E, which is rich in antioxidants and helps hydrate your lips.

The lip balms are available in four flavors: Raspberry, Vanilla, Natural, and Mint. They're gentle on the environment and your lips, but also effective. I found the formula to be light and non-sticky. My lips feel hydrated for the long-term, instead of just coated with artificial ingredients the way non-natural lip balms sometimes feel.

The individual flavors do not have a very strong scent and all of the balms are not colored, so if you're looking for a strong scent, you may think these are too light. But if you're looking for an effective balm that helps the planet, this is a great option!
Bottom Line: I'm very impressed with the Pure Planet Club plastic-free lip balms. I love that the packaging is entirely recyclable. The balms themselves made my lips feel smooth and provided long-lasting moisture.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

July 2020 Gramma In a Box Review and Coupon

The July Gramma In a Box was all about patriotic treats for the 4th of July! As always, the box was full of yummy ingredients to create cookie and candy crafts.

*Disclaimer: This box was sent to See, Shop, Love! in exchange for an honest review.

Gramma In a Box lets you create delicious candy and cookie crafts from the comfort of your home that you can share with family and friends. It also makes a great gift for loved ones that you can't get to see often.

Everything you need to complete the crafts is included in the box, except for household items like a spoon and bowl for mixing. There are enough ingredients to make 15-20 individual snacks.

Here are the pricing options:
  • Monthly: $20 per month (first box is only $10)
  • Three Months: $55 every three months (save $5)
  • Six Months: $110 every six months (save $10)
  • 12 Months: $220 every 12 months (save $20)
Shipping is free to the U.S. and taxes are included. If you want to cancel, do so by the 25th of the month. You can also try one box for $20 without a renewing subscription.

There is also an informational card that introduces the theme and list all of the ingredients inside. 

The first project is Sparkler Pretzel Rods. I melted the chocolate discs in the microwave and then dipped the pretzels into the chocolate and sprinkles for a fun firecracker-like design.

The second project was Star Spangled Crispy Bites and used the rest of the melted chocolate. The puffed cereal was mixed in and spooned into the little paper holders, then I added an M&M and some sprinkles on top.

The box always contains cookie decorating, and the Patriotic Cookie Decorating was the theme for July. The cookies are pre-made and wrapped in plastic shrink wrap to keep them fresh. It's recommended that you complete the crafts within a week of receiving the box to ensure freshness.

The stars and flags shapes were easy and fun to decorate with the red, white, and blue frosting and sprinkles! They tasted even better.
Bottom Line: Gramma In a Box is a great way to pass the time and create delicious treats to share with your friends and family! I always have a good time with the box and my family loves eating up all of the treats.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Cover + Clear COVID-19 Health Box Review and Coupon

The team behind the Spiffster Tie Club subscription has created a new, timely box called Cover + Clear. The box delivers preventive health products safely to your door for an affordable price.

*Disclaimer: This box was sent to See, Shop, Love! in exchange for an honest review.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made life very different for all of us. Cover + Clear was created to ease a bit of the tension by delivering masks, sanitizers, and other preventive care products to your door.

Cover + Clear delivers KN95 masks, hand sanitizers, non-latex gloves, and safety tips. They have a few different box options:
  • Light Use: $19.95 per month for two masks, two small sanitizer bottles, four pairs of gloves, and safety tips
  • Heavy Usage: $29.95 per month for four masks one large sanitizer, two small sanitizers, eight pairs of gloves, and safety tips
You can also gift a box with the Light Use products to someone. Shipping is free for all box options within the United States. They ship internationally, but the shipping charge will depend on your location.

I received the Heavy Usage box option to review. Each product is individually packaged and easy to sanitize before use. 

The non-latex protective gloves are on the left side of the above photo, inside of their own plastic packaging. They have no natural rubber or latex proteins, so if you have allergies to those ingredients you can safely use these gloves.

Cover + Clear sends KN95 masks, which are my preferred type of mask because I find they are the easiest to breathe in. These masks have a filtering rate above 95 percent against COVID-19, the flu, pollen, and other allergens. They are disposable and made from multilayer fabric, ideal for daily use. I wore one to the store today and the straps were comfortable and the mask fit well on my face.

The large sanitizer bottle is from i belivyu, a Korean skincare brand. The packaging is entirely in hangul (Korean alphabet), but I am Korean so I immediately recognized the brand and language. For those who don't read Korean, the back of the box does include an ingredients list and this sanitizer meets the CDC and WHO standards for efficacy with 65 percent alcohol content. I'm going to keep this bottle in my car.

The box also contained two smaller bottles of sanitizer from Angie Makes Joy. There was no ingredients list on the bottles, so I checked their website and confirmed that they contain 70 percent alcohol. The bottle has a dropper applicator, so I think these are best for using at home and not on-the-go (might be a bit difficult to use a dropper while in the car, etc).
Bottom Line: I think the Cover + Clear box is a great idea. We all need protective products now, and it's not always easy to find them in stores. This subscription delivers high quality sanitizers, masks, and gloves right to your door, so you can further limit your exposure and not have to go to the store.

July 2020 Book of the Month Selections and Coupon

The July Book of the Month selections are here! You have until July 6th to choose your book this month.

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Book of the Month is $14.99 for a new, hardcover book. You can add on as many title as you want for $9.99 each. Here are the selections for July:
  • The Beauty in the Breaking by Michele Harper: the real story of an ER doctor's life
  • The Shadows by Alex North: a creepy thriller for urban-myth believers
  • Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia: a new take on Gothic suspense that displays the horrors of colonialism against a dreamy (nightmarish) backdrop.
  • Head Over Heels by Hannah Orenstein: a story of long-standing rivals, gymnastic routines, and inter-athlete love.
  • Big Friendship by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman: a nonfiction exploration of female friendship from all angles.
Which book are you choosing this month? I'm going to go with The Shadows, because I loved Alex North's previous title I got from BoTM!