Vegankind June 2017 review

Hello, something a bit different for you all today. Another review but this time of The Vegan Kind subscription box. This is a monthly subscription that costs around £10 (depending on the box) and is sent out at the end of the month. I ordered a box for a friend and didn’t cancel the subscription in time before this box was paid for, so it was ordered in a woops moment. I actually quite like the idea, I’m not vegan but do have a few intolerances and so I like to try new products. If you want to try a new box the link is: https://www.thevegankind.com/ and they have snack boxes as well as beauty boxes.

Everything you receive is Vegan friendly and Cruelty Free. Not all of it is food items either. This box came with a candle, not a fan of candles and the scent of this one didn’t wow me but it’ll get used.

The Metcalfe’s skinny popcorn was pretty good, mine were Sweet ‘n Salty and it was a nice treat. Don’t buy popcorn often because it gets stuck in my teeth but it was a great snack for me and was perfect for a movie night. They taste just like normal popcorn so the only difference is that you know they are Vegan friendly. If you’re interested in purchasing then they are available in a variety of places, here is the link to their website for you too look at the different products and flavours available: http://metcalfesskinny.com/our-products/ be careful though as I’m not sure if it is an all Vegan company.

The Goupie chocolates were a little weird, not sure if they tasted good or bad, just strange. I think it was the mix of treacle with dates. The salt kicks in with these flavours and I think that’s what I didn’t enjoy. I think if they were just the Sticky Toffee then I would have enjoyed them more. On the second one I have decided that they taste pretty good but not something I would buy again. Would rather just grab a Crunchie if I’m honest. If you’re interested in giving them a try though, please check out their website: www.goupie.co.uk they have a weird and wonderful selection that I am really hoping to try. Although, the chocolate and lavender one might be something I stay away from. The normal box cost looks to be £4 so it would make a nice little present for someone, an extra treat. The packaging and overall look of the box is nice as well, for a box.

This next item isn’t something completely new to me as I have one most days at work. The Bounce energy balls are really nice but a little expensive. I buy them when they’re on offer in Holland and Barretts. The flavour that has been sent is one I haven’t had before and I have been tempted to try it out. They do a nice range which are sweeter flavours but also a healthier side which are the ones I avoid. This is one of the healthier ones, Almond and Spirulina. I like almonds so that’s a plus, but I have always been put off by the Spirulina side of the bar. After trying it I can’t say it’s taken the place of my favourites, Coconut and Macadamia, or Coconut and Lemon. In fact, it reminds me a bit of the Cacao Mint flavour without the mint taste. The almond taste is overpowered by what I can only assume is the Spirulina which I don’t know if I have tried before. I really recommend these balls, they’re great little energy boosts and additions to your lunch box. If you can’t get them from Holland and Barretts, they also have them at Tesco, or you can purchase from the website: http://uk.bouncefoods.com/ this might be the best place to try them out as you can order a selection of flavours.

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After having so much to eat I have decided to sample the drink. I’ve never heard of the brand before, Sunsoul. It sounds pretty enough and smells amazing; the taste is not great. It tastes a bit like I’m drinking washing up liquid with an aftertaste of elderflower. I’m not a big energy drink fan, I used to quite like Lucozade but I have given up drinking anything fizzy. I found that fizzy drinks gave me headaches. This Sunsoul is sparkling and is supposedly full of natural ingredients, but I’m not a big fan. It also contains caffeine which is something else I have recently tried to cut out. For any of the energy drink addicts out there, you may want to try it out to see for yourselves, it may just be that it’s not for me. The website is: http://sunsouldrinks.com/ and you can purchase 24 cans for £21 which is really good for Vegan products.

Last of the products that can be eaten is the chewing gum. I didn’t have high expectations of the Chewsy All Natural Chewing Gum, but I love spearmint and thought I’d try it out. It’s actually really good, a lovely mint burst when you bite into it and I was waiting for it to be crumblier then chewy but I was wrong. I will say that it doesn’t seem to hold it flavour as long as regular gum but it’s been awhile since I’ve had gum. I usually have Spearmint Smints, but this wasn’t bad. Again, along with the lack or flavour it does seem to become a bit crumbly the more it was chewed. If you need a chewing gum fix then please check out the website here: http://www.chewsygum.co.uk/ they have some odd flavours for gum.

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The final item in the box is a scented candle. They are made by Harpers Candles and as with everything else, they are vegan. The smell is a little strange, quite soapy. I think the scent is called ‘The Great British Summer Kind’ and it is supposed to remind you of freshly mowed grass and a quiet lazy morning. It doesn’t stir up any hay fever but I smell more soap then grass, there is a leafy kind of scent that is hidden within the soap though. I’m not blown away by it but it’s not all that unpleasant, soap is good, it means its clean. It will likely just become a decoration on a shelf somewhere in the house. A bonus is that it is really nice packaging so take a look: http://harperscandles.com/

I wasn’t blown away by this box but like I stated before, I’m not Vegan. If your struggling to find new snack products or suppliers of vegan and animal cruelty free products, then I really do recommend this box. I may not have enjoyed what I was eating other than the popcorn and maybe the chocolate, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t buy it again. I’m not going to subscribe as I have found some snacks that I love (the Bounce balls) and am quite happy to stick with these. Check them out though: https://www.thevegankind.com/ they have alternative boxes if you’re looking for beauty products as well as snacks. They also include a recipe sheet in every box that can give you some great ideas. This one had a pizza bun swirl recipe, it looks nice but I would have to tweak it to cut out the onion and garlic.

 

Thanks for reading and please subscribe!

Charlotte x

Bomb Cosmetics, Sky High gift set

 

Sky High Bomb Cosmetics

Let me start off by saying thank you to my wonderful friend who purchased me this box as a Christmas/Birthday gift. She had seen my blog and thought it would be perfect for me to be able to review. She was right, as always. So as I’m sure you’ve guessed, I can’t comment on the purchasing side of this box. I had no dealings with the company directly but I will attach their website here: http://bombcosmetics.co.uk/ and for this particular box the link is: http://bombcosmetics.co.uk/skyhigh

It apparently cost £14.99, which I shouldn’t know and I hope my friend doesn’t kill me for looking this up! I did it for review purposes only so you can blame my readers, not me! The products are all handmade and use essential oils only. They also don’t test on animals which is great! Although, not all of the ingredients are natural, only where possible.

The packaging is stunning, its wrapped in a way that you feel like everything inside is a luxury item. I’m not a fan of the use of plastic to wrap them, but that might just be the Eco side of me talking. I did think it extracted from the overall look of the product, but that’s just my issue with plastic. The smell when you open the box (even before you open it) is amazing. I keep the box at the bottom of my wardrobe before I used them all and it made everything smell great.

As I’ve mentioned before though, I do not own a bath, only a shower. So these products are being used as bath soaks instead. Please bare that in mind when your reading as I can only comment on how they are as foot soaks. This means they will dilute a heck of a lot more in your bath then they do for me in my little dish tub that I use for my feet. Before I begin, here is what is to come. A list of the product details from the leaflet that comes with the box. This comes in different languages.

The Chai High Bath Mallow was my starting point. If I’m being honest I found the smell of this one a little overwhelming. My room stank for days and it just smelt like an overpowered cleaning product. It left my feet feeling oily and I didn’t get any of the ‘nourishment’ that was being promised in the booklet. The only good part was the little fake flower on top that I use to decorate my noticeboard. It’s cute! I loved the design of it but was disappointed with it overall.IMG_1950

My next foray into this box was with the Incense & Sensibility Bath Blaster. Which I Have to say, love the name. I’ve unfortunately been studying a bit of Jane Austen in my lectures this week along with other Victorian writings and so a product that plays on the title ‘Sense and Sensibility’ seemed appropriate. The smell of this one is a little more to my taste, not overpowering but subtly floral. I was a bit worried when I placed it in the water and it pretty much became a mass of foam but, it was very relaxing. It did still leave my feet very soapy though and I image this is going to be common with these products.

It’s been a long week of working and stress so I thought I’d treat myself to the Miss Tangleberry Bath Buttercup bomb. Its light scent was perfect to calm my stomach which has been rolling a bit today. Frankincense and Sandalwood apparently. It’s a nice size, and didn’t take as long as the others to dissolve. It’s a very pretty and vibrant blue, even in the water. Again, quite soapy but It left my feet feeling really soft.

For the finale, I went for the massive Pink Rhubarb Princess Whoopie Blaster. This is a beast. If you’ve ever had the rhubarb and custard boiled sweets, then you’ll know what this smells like. Honestly, the best smelling yet. My only negative is that it has glitter. I’m not a fan of glittery products because the stuff ends up going everywhere. I’m not too bothered though as I’ll be leaving University in two more weeks so it won’t be me hoovering it from the carpet for the next few months. This is my favourite so far and I wish I’d kept the top half so I could use it on two separate occasions. Still very soapy but I actually don’t think it’s as bad as the previous ones. I have uploaded a video of this onto YouTube to show how fizzy it goes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bnnNEDx9hk

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I didn’t have the time to use the soap as my previous Passion fruit soap from my treat trove box is never ending. So, the soap has been bestowed to a flatmate. It smelt amazing and judging by its size; it will last for months.IMG_1951

All in all, it was a lovely relaxing box. I don’t think I could use them as bath bombs without irritating my skin as they are very soapy and fragranced. If I had used them in the bath I can almost guarantee that I would get Thrush. So, if you have sensitive skin like myself, maybe just use them as foot soaks. I would like to try a few different scents in future and I especially would be interested in purchasing more soap so I can try it.

It’s a nice little gift box and if you’re looking for something to buy for Christmas, birthdays, or even as a small pick me up, this would be a nice little box for you. Please go and check out the website: https://bombcosmetics.co.uk/ or their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Bomb.Cosmetics/?fref=ts

Please excuse the poor photos as I have been using a dish washing bowl as my foot spa. Doesn’t make for the prettiest of pictures.

Thanks as always for reading! My updates should increase after the deadlines are over. The World of Wizardry box should arrive in the next few days so that will be up when it gets here.

Charlotte x

My Days August 2016 Pamper box

IMG_1632This box contained a few different goodies that I had never tried (or heard of) before. The tangy lime infused raisins were really yummy. They are the Nãkd brand snacks and I think they’re part of the Naked bar range which I love! I’m a big fan of my citrus flavours and really enjoyed the small bag. They did leave my tongue a bit tingly as they are a little sour, or ‘Tangy’ as the name implies. I loved them so much that I went and bought the other two flavours from Holland and Barretts, Coco-cola, and cherry. They’re only 49p and perfect for a light snack.

I didn’t try the chocolate orange bar as I really don’t like orange flavoured chocolate. My dad loves it though and so I gave it to him, he seemed to enjoy it as it went really fast. I have tried the Divine chocolate range before and I love their products and really recommend you guys buy them as they do a great range of flavours. Just the orange flavour that isn’t really for me.

The chickpea crisps were great fun to try, I’m sorry to you lot that enjoy them but they smelt gross. My mum ate a few and really liked them but then realised she shouldn’t eat them because of two ingredients that don’t agree with her (or me). They were just weird but then again I’m not a big crisp eater, except for quavers, love me some quavers. Another product that went to daddy’s belly.

There was another of the Lichfields hot chocolate sachets, which is being saved for a bad day as the last sachet was. Might even save it for my first day back to student accommodation, a treat qhilst my cupboards are bare.

Also two new teas to try out. The happy Monday one is the same as one I received in a previous box and I’m going to save it for when I have a winter cold as it’s citrusy and will be perfect for when I’m feeling a bit off. The second is also a citrus type tea, Lemon Valerian. It sounds very Game of Thrones like and I can’t wait to try it out. I will save it for when the weather cools down a bit though as I’m not in much of a tea mood when it’s so hot outside. Who’d have thought the sun would even reach the Isle of Man for once?!

The mango chocolate has got to be the oddest thing I’ve heard off in chocolate so far. I was extremely dubious at first and was all for letting someone else be the guinea pig and see how they reacted after sampling it, but I didn’t. I broke off a single piece and gave it a quick sniff (as you do) before placing it in my mouth. Yeah this was oddly enough, not bad. I couldn’t eat all of a bar too myself, at least not in one sitting, but it was quite enjoyable, just a bit sweet. I imagine that’s the lime flavour, maybe the mango. Had a bit of a kick in the after taste as well which must have been the chilli hitting. It was great to try it because I would have never bought it for myself. I like it!

That’s it for the snacks and even though I didn’t get on with some of them it was great giving them all a go. There was one item in this box that I really didn’t get on well with and that was the Ancient Wisdom massage and bath oil. It was a bit too strong scented for me, really not a fan. Did add a few drops of it into Baby Oil to use on my mum’s elbow (She’s got a broken elbow that she massages to help it loosen up) but it gave her a small rash so I’m afraid I won’t be using more of this. Only downside so far.

Next major item from this box was a 100% Natural toothpaste that was Citrus and Aloe Vera flavour. I’ve never used a natural toothpaste before and was very intrigued as it smelt brilliant and sounded like a great idea. I did try it out and once I got over the fact that it wasn’t minty I actually really liked it. It tastes quite lemony and not herbal like I was expecting it too. I don’t think it’s something I would purchase on a regular basis as I’m really conscious about my teeth and have my routine set for cleaning them but I wouldn’t be off put to use this until it runs out, it’s going on my shelf. In fact, I might use it as my night toothpaste that way I’m minty fresh for work and citrusy for bed. It does get a thumbs up for those of you wanting to swap over.

One of my favourite items this month was the little lolly face cloths. When I first saw it I thought it was some kind of Marshmallow lolly but it’s two face cloth towels wrapped up to form the cute lolly in the photo. The towels are very soft and the perfect size, they’re stuck together in one corner which I think will pull apart but I’ve left it as it is for now as it works for me. These little beauties are coming with me to uni next month. I needed some and now I have some. Very happy and perfect little design. Great idea for a little stocking filler present for you oddballs that have started Christmas shopping already!

In every box you receive a tea light candle and a reusable cloth. The blue of this cloth is one of my favourite colours so I was very happy with it. Still not as soft as the first one I received but still really nice. The tea light is very orange and isn’t overpowering at all so it’s perfect. The last one has just been used so this arrived in time to replace it and it smells really refreshing and subtle so I’m happy.

 

Some of you might ask why I thought this was such a fantastic box when I disliked a lot of the things I tried. The answer to that is that I loved to try all the goodies that came in this box. Yes, the crisp things were very yucky but it was something I would never have tried before and I love the fact that I got to try them out.

I would love it if the boxes contained a bit more information on the products, maybe a little guide to show the retail value of what is being received as it would help me know whether or not I would have purchased the items for myself. Also it would really help me be more aware of how good a value the Pamper box is. The Facebook group is a great help for finding out more information but it would be great to already have it in the box itself. This box costs £16 with a £3 postage charge and was the cheaper option for these boxes, there are other available, Including boxes with scrundies and cloth pads. Please go and check them out at the My Days Pamper box Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MyDaysMonthly/ and enjoy. This will be my last box until Christmas now unfortunately as I’m now going to be a poor student and can no longer afford to treat myself. So please go and treat yourselves in my place! Share with me your gorgeous purchases so I can live vicariously through all of my readers!

Thank you all for reading!

Charlotte x

The Treat Trove May 2016 box

I received my second treat box! I love these boxes and can’t wait for them to arrive at the end of the month, already put in an order for my next one, so exciting. So this is a review of my May Period box by The Treat Trove whose website is: http://thetreattrove.co.uk/ they have a variety of different boxes and don’t have to contain reusable menstrual products! They now stock individual items so you don’t have to purchase a box you can try different brands through their site. All of these products vary in price but the box I get is £24.95 which is really good for the amount of things you get. They change the products and suppliers every month and keep everything completely hush hush so it’s a surprise when you open your box. For this box I’d requested not to receive and bath products or candles as I can’t use them so they get wasted. They were happy to adjust things as needed and I received a fantastic range of products.

This box included three different cloth pads, two of them are from the same supplier and are part of a set. They unfortunately didn’t have a label to identify which supplier it was but I asked on the Treat Trove chat Facebook group and found out they were Tender Loving Cloth with I’m ecstatic about because I really wanted to try cloths from this maker! I’m not a fan of them having spots but I love the bright colours that they came in and they feel very soft and thin. I will review them properly in a separate blog once I’ve had the chance to try them out. https://www.facebook.com/Tender-Loving-Cloth-Creations-460899627345718/?fref=ts

The third cloth is gorgeous! The print is so colourful and I fell in love with it as soon as it arrived. I’d never heard of Red Queen Cloth pads and now I’m going to have to try more from them. This is a 10” heavy pad and it says so on it tag, it came with a very well designed label so I knew exactly what I was getting. Very impressed and the link for their Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/RedQueenCloth/?fref=ts so check them out if you also love the design! Again I’ll post a review of it once I’ve tried it out to let you know how it is.

On to the other items I received. The first thing is a small photo booklet. At first I wasn’t too sure what it was, just thought it was a strange notebook, but then I was told it’s to put photos in. It’s a lovely pattern and adorable but I have to be honest and say I probably won’t use it, in fact I’ll be giving it to my friend who’ll probably use it for cat photos so at least it’s being used. I can’t tell you anything about the makers or where to find it as there is no label! If you’re interested then it’s probably best to contact the people over at Treat Trove to find out more. Again it’s a nice idea but not for me.

The next little gift is a fantastic lip balm. It’s Berry Sorbet and smells delicious. I’ve used it a few times now and it’s great for when your lips are getting dry and it goes on really easily. They use all natural ingredients and are against animal testing, they just use organic ingredients. Really recommend this and when I’ve finished it I will definitely be looking at buying some more and will be trying some of their other products as they have a huge range of things. Can’t wait to do an order once I get paid next month! Their website is: http://www.handmadesoap.co.uk/ourshop/ so check them out and stock up on chemical free products. Really great little handmade goodies.

While on the topic of things that smell great the foot soak that came in this box is brilliant! Wish I could let you all smell how amazing it is, it’s lemon and lime and smells really fresh and is perfect for the summer. It’s made by Yorkshire Bath Boutique and is completely handmade which is something I now look for when I buy pamper products. I like to know what I’m using on my skin and this lists them on the package. My only real negative about this is that the label is very hard to read, it’s quite fuzzy and makes you go a bit cross eyed, the bag also doesn’t have a proper seal so it did leak into the box and coated everything else. At least everything smelt great. I haven’t used it yet as I’m waiting on having a really girly pamper evening before I do but I recommend checking out their website: http://www.yorkshirebathboutique.co.uk/store/ they have a lot of different products that would be great for a girly night in or just for you to treat yourself like I have over the last month. Bye-bye money!

There was a sample of tea which is called Cupcake Tea, I’m not really a flavoured tea drinker, I tend to stick to good ol’ PG Tips, but this is a Sweet Honey flavour which wasn’t awful. I know that sounds like it’s bad but for someone who doesn’t like herbal teas it’s a massive compliment! It’s a mixture of Banana and Honey and I didn’t hate drinking it, in fact I finished the entire cup. So if you like these teas you’ll probably love this one. Admittedly I wouldn’t buy a box for myself but I am would love to order some for my friend who loves this kind of thing. Unfortunately there is no website on the package so I have no idea where I can get some, I’ll just keep my eyes peeled when I do my next food shop.

We have now reached the final product, Eton Mess Chocolate! Absolutely delicious! It’s handmade by Sweet Love Chocolate whose Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/alrewassweetlove/ and it was perfect. The size of the bar was just the right size for me as I can’t eat a lot of chocolate in one go without feeling sick. It had what I think was meringue and freeze dried strawberries on top which literally melted in your mouth. The balance of the topping and the chocolate was perfect and they’re perfect if you have an event coming up and need small gift bags making up. They do a range of different products so please go and have a look at the link, I wish I had the money to order a batch of their fudge because my mouth waters just looking at the pictures.

There we have it folks, my review of the Treat Trove Period box. I really hope you enjoyed reading and please subscribe for more or leave me some feedback! I’m so new to blogging that I appreciate any help or recommendations that you guys might have for me! Thanks for reading!

Charlotte x