Wednesday, June 14, 2017

May 2017 Daily Goodie Box Review

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I know I'm a little (okay a lot) late to the party, but here's what came in May's box:

Kicking Horse Coffee - Kick Ass Ground Coffee - It's times like these that I wish I was a coffee drinker (and/or had a coffee maker) because this one sounds so decadent. Plus, with a name like Kick Ass who wouldn't want to try it? The aroma is described as "smoky, sweet vanilla and dark chocolate," and the tasting notes are "chocolate malt, molasses, licorice and an earthy lingering finish." Doesn't it make your mouth water? But it's a dark coffee and my sweet tooth can't even handle medium roast. Yep, I'm that girl who always orders the frappuccino at Starbucks because I like a touch of coffee with my sugar. My girlfriend told me that I'm the gal she gets mad at for holding up the line and ordering fake coffee. Haha. Oops. Still wouldn't mind trying it though, if only I had a coffee maker...

Georgia Grinders Creamy Peanut Butter - With all the processed foods you see lately, sometimes it's nice to eat something simple with minimal ingredients. What's even nicer is if you can eat something simple without going through the trouble of making it yourself. Georgia Ginders is simple. They handcraft their peanut butters (and almond butters, and pecan and cashew butters) in small batches. Not only that but they never add any sugars or oils. It's just slow roasted nuts and some sea salt. Since they don't add the extra stuff, don't expect this to taste like Skippy. It's on the bland side but grew on me the more I ate. It's actually quite delicious. And then I ran out of club crackers. :( Note to self: buy bread today.

ONA Cookies in Peanut Butter - As it turns out these aren't your typical soft and chewy peanut butter cookies. These organic cookies have the soft, sticky-but-chewy texture of a protein bar instead of the chewy, crumbly cookie that we're all used to. There are 5g of protein per 2-cookie package and over 12g of fat. Fortunately, it isn't the empty-calorie kind of fat; the fat in here comes from nuts (mostly peanuts and coconuts) - they're healthy fats. Still, at 105 calories per cookie, I think these are meant to be snacked on one at a time, not the whole package in one crack. But they're so delicious that I ate the whole thing without thinking twice, but now that it's gone I'm realizing that these cookies are a bit filling and one would have sufficed had I chomped slowly. Oh well, 20/20 hindsight.
ONA cookies: delicious AND satisfying

Prince of Peace Ginger Candy - I'm typically not a fan of ginger-scented or -flavored anything. I don't mind it in cooking, but I could totally do without it, too. But for the sake of a fair review, I tried to do this from an objective point of view. What I do like about this candy is that it's coated in powdered sugar (remember my sweet tooth?). It's a welcomed distraction from the spiciness of the ginger. The texture is soft and chewy so it doesn't last long like a hard candy would. Unfortunately, it's not enough to completely change my view on ginger candy, but the initial sweetness earns it some points and I think I'll keep this around for those times when my stomach could use a little soothing. 

Natralia Eczema Body Wash & Shampoo - This unscented colloidal oatmeal-based body wash is intended for the management of flaky itchy, red, irritated skin associated with eczema. My husband is always looking for something that will clean yet will not irritate his skin. Anything with sodium lauryl sulfate leaves his skin itchy and dry, but without it he claims his skin still feels dirty. Instead of SLS this body wash contains cocamidopropyl betaine (CAPB), a coconut oil-derived surfactant (which ironically is reported to trigger allergic reactions in some). Whether this will work for you depends on how sensitive your skin is as well as the purity of CAPB in here. Hopefully the soothing effect of the oatmeal is enough to counteract any irritation this ingredient may cause. 

Volo Vitamins Energy Sticks in Berry and Citrus - I was a bit wary of trying this at first because my experience with powdered vitamins hasn't been the best. They usually end up tasting chalky or medicinal and don't resemble the labeled flavor at all. So I was pleasantly surprised when the Volo citrus actually tasted like citrus, no weird TheraFlu aftertaste. In fact, it was sweet (again, sweet tooth here). I haven't tried the berry flavor yet, but I have high expectations for it taste-wise. A single packet (only 5 calories!) is loaded with Vitamin C (600mg) and Vitamin B12 (2500ug) as well as a host of other vitamins and minerals. Each packet also contains a proprietary blend consisting of taurine and guarana seed extract w/ caffeine for energy, L-arginine for heart and circulatory health, and lots of other goodies for health maintenance.

Goviter Viter Energy Caffeine Mints - Not too much, not too little, but juuust right. That's how you'd describe Viter energy mints. Each mint contains 40 mg caffeine, or about the equivalent of half a cup of coffee. They also contain vitamin B complex which is responsible for converting food into energy and red blood cell production (more red blood cells = more hemoglobin = higher oxygen capacity = increased energy!)

Tiger Balm Pain Relieving Patch - Back when I was playing sports Tiger Balm was my best friend. When you're grappling five days a week you get your fair share of aches, pains, and tight muscles so you need something stronger than IcyHot for soothing relief. Tiger Balm was my answer. In fact, everybody on the team owned a jar of the stuff and you knew you were getting close to the practice room when you could smell Tiger Balm wafting out of the doors. It's been 15 years since those days but I'll never forget that medicinal scent that gets stuck in your nose. (I wonder how my parents put up with it all those years?) These patches have minimal odor and zero mess. Each patch contains menthol (24mg), camphor (80mg), and capsicum extract (16mg...yup, the stuff in peppers) to soothe and relieve pain. I don't have any sore muscles right now...thankfully...but the next time I do I'll be sure to see how this patch compares to the balm itself.

Andalou Naturals Beauty is Uplifting Face Cream - This is a very thick moisturizer that claims to give you a "more lifted, firmer, youthful appearance and a rejuvenated complexion" with the help of fruit stem cell complex, resveratrol, CoQ10, hyaluronic acid, and dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE). Although this cream is super thick, it absorbed into my skin almost instantly and left no greasy residue. I think it's supposed to be unscented but I thought it smelled like candy wrappers (maybe from the sample's plastic packaging?) Can't say whether this is "anti-aging" though. I'd need more time and sample to be able to tell.

Swago Cologne Wipes for Men in Smell Like A Gentleman - Cologne on the go! Swago eliminates the need for men to carry a bottle of cologne if they need to freshen up away from home for a night on the town (because seriously, what guy has room in their pockets for a bottle?) These fragrance wipes come in four manly scents: Legend, Gentlemen, VIP, and Champ. The Gentlemen variety is described as "the fragrance for the man who would be many men at once" with notes of wormwood, bergamot, cardamom, lavender, orange blossom, cinnamon, cumin, wood, musk, amber, vanilla, and tonka bean. Wow. That's a mouthful. I personally prefer the comforting scent of fresh laundry. Wipe a dryer sheet all over yourself and you're good to go. But that's just me. I can be a bit too simple sometimes.

This was my second Daily Goodie Box and in my opinion it was more impressive than the first. First off, A WHOLE BAG OF COFFEE. I may not be a coffee drinker but replace the word "coffee" with "hot chocolate" and I can see myself doing cartwheels across my living room so I can imagine the excitement of actual coffee drinkers. I also like that there was a nice mix of products in here. Some food, some drinks, some hygiene and therapy. My surprise favorite in here is the peanut butter. I thought it tasted rather bland at first but now I can't get enough. Plus I love that it contains minimal ingredients. And this packet is lasting surprisingly long. I don't put too much PB on my bread so I'm going on two weeks and still have some left. :D

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Note: I received these products for free in exchange for my honest opinion

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