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

My Days winter box 2016 review

Unfortunately, the lady who runs the My Days boxes has decided to stop selling them, if you head over to the Facebook page she has some great closing down sales that I believe will be happening through the next few months to use up the last of her stocks. The page is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MyDaysMonthly/

I had ordered myself the Christmas box back in September so I’m afraid I can’t remember exactly how much I paid for it but it was around £30 because I included a pad as an extra treat. I was very happy with this box and was very happy to see a personal note explaining that substitutions have been made for me as I can’t have bath products. Makes you feel like the organisers actually care about you, and it wasn’t only the bath products but my intolerance to onion and garlic that was taken into consideration, she checked all the products (as its often in crisps), which is great customer services!img_1876

On to the items in the box, I’ll start with the cloth pad as I haven’t had one from this box before. Tanzi (the owner) has a monthly order from Luna Chick and I must say, I’m impressed. The quality of the pad is amazing and it’s my first Christmas themed pad! Super excited over that, really wish I had ordered the scrundies to go with it as they look brilliant. This maker does a range of products, including clothing for women and children. If you interested, then take a look at hew Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/LunaChickUK/ or her etsy store here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LunaChickUK?ref=search_shop_redirect

Staying on the theme of reusable products, I also received a Toggle Wheat bag from Ancient Wisdom. I love the idea of this bag but I found the smell a little off. I love lavender as a scent but this doesn’t really appeal to me as it smells a bit stale, I think that’s the best way to describe it. The quality of the bag is fantastic and I am thinking that I may just repack it with some fresh wheat and lavender. I have had products from this company before and they haven’t really impressed me. It’s closed with Velcro so it won’t be a problem to undo and use fresh after a wash. A great idea but I wouldn’t buy from Ancient Wisdom. There site is www.Ancient-Wisdom.info but I don’t think you can purchase here, they may only do bulk orders.

Sticking with fabric based products, there is a really adorable crocheted star ornament for the Christmas tree. I think its brilliant and a nice addition to the box. I’m not sure who the supplier is as it doesn’t have a label but if I find out I will add it here: I admit, I’m jealous of their crochet skills, mine have not improved much, should really practice more.

Ok, pamper goodies are next. The first of which is a Juicy Burst facemask It’s a paraben free mask from ooh-arr that sounds fantastic, will definitely be using it on my next pamper day. I will be taking it back to University with me as sometimes I really need a pamper when I’m there. For more information as well as how to purchase, there website is: http://www.ooh-arr.com/

The second pamper item is a nail brush, I’ll be honest and say I have no idea how to use one of these. I have seen them before and it looks like it’s a good quality, but I may need to google how to use it. Both of these pamper items were my replacement items, the initial pamper goody was a bath bomb, but I only have a shower.

There were a few scented items in the box like I handmade soap which was really nice, just a bit too strong for me and so it has been given to a friend, along with the Ancient Wisdom scented granules. They were pine scented and a little too sweet for my delicate nose. Great additions but better in the hands of my friend, sorted my stocking filler gifts out though!

Next we have the drinks. There is the usual Lichfields hot chocolate which I love. Honestly can’t recommend this brand of hot chocolate enough, the box is worth it just for this. I don’t have a link but I know it can be found on amazon. Also two different teas, we have our Pukka which is wild apple and cinnamon which I am saving to have on Christmas morning as I actually like apple tea so it’ll be a treat. The other tea is a Hampstead Organic Peppermint tea. Now with all my nausea and stomach problems recently, I am super happy to have this as I’ve been wanting to see if it helps settle my stomach but I didn’t want to buy a box in case it was wasted. I know I’m not a big fan of the taste but it’s worth it if it settles my tummy so thank you Tanzi! There is also a Peppermint Chai Latte, I’m a bit weary of it as it sounds good but I don’t particularly enjoy Chai, I’m actually saving this for Christmas as well as we have my brother and sister-in-law coming round so we can all try it together.img_1879

Next is the all important treats. We have two different bars of chocolate, the first being by AngeliQ which I haven’t seen before. It’s a 70% dark chocolate made of Peruvian cocoa which sounds fancy, it is an Orange and Cranberry flavour and is really nicely packaged. I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a fan of orange chocolate and so this is likely to go in my dad’s belly but I have tried it and wow is it dark. You can really taste the orange coming through and its not bad for dark chocolate, I can’t taste any cranberry though. If you like dark or orange chocolate, then I really recommend as even I wasn’t put off by the flavour and I’m fussy. The website is: http://www.iqchoc.com/ I’m impressed with their options and they are gluten, dairy, nuts, and soya free, they are also vegan. Very impressive, the website tells you which stores stock their chocolate near you and allows you to buy online. I’m going to order a few flavours in future I think, once my current stash is reduced a bit. On to chocolate bar number two, it is a Divine bar which I have heard off, and its Dark Chocolate with Cranberries and Hazelnuts, very festive. Again, very dark but the bitterness of the chocolate is reduced with the cranberries. I’m trying to eat darker chocolate as its healthier but not doing very well so far. This is good though, I ate an entire piece without pulling a face. I was a little sad that the bottom corner of the bar was slightly damaged but it didn’t affect the bar itself and this box is so full that I’m shocked that more things weren’t damaged! That is a compliment, not a criticism! Can’t believe how much was in this box!

There was a third chocolate item but this was in coin form. That right, 70% Dark Chocolate coins that are also from Divine. My only downside to this brand is that they aren’t gluten free. I’m not coeliac or gluten intolerant but a lot of my friends are and It would have been nice to share it, guess that just means more for me. The website for these is: www.divinechocolate.com if I’m honest, if it wasn’t for the fact I like the cranberry taste, I would say go to the IQ chocolate website that’s above instead, better quality and allergy awareness from what I can tell.

The final food item is a Perk!er Quinoa bar, it is Goji and Cranberry flavour, which if you can’t tell, I love cranberries. I had it on my break at work today and it was nice. Not my favourite health snack bar but I would buy more of them if I saw them. I’m not a large quinoa fan so that might be why I wasn’t blown away but, it had great flavour and it is gluten, wheat and dairy free as well as being vegan. If your any of these things and struggle to find snacks, then I recommend trying this. The website is: www.perkier.co.uk I would be quite interested in trying their porridge range, might be a healthier alternative for breakfast.

The final two items were the usual tealight candle, in a lovely orange scent which I’m happy with and a reusable facecloth, not as soft as the first one I received but it has baubles on it! I love it!

Thank you for reading, and buy these boxes fast before they stop being available! I’m sorry to see My Days closing as it’s been a great way to try new things. Yes, some of the things have not suited me, but I have found a lot of snacks that I now actively look for when I’m shopping, all tanks to the wonderful Tanzi. Sorry to see you go!

(Sorry there aren’t as many individual pictures, a few problems with my camera uploading)

Charlotte x

 

 

My Days Pamper Box

I received my first ever ‘My Days’ pamper box today and it was pretty exciting. Love getting pamper post! These are a subscription box that you can receive every month, or you can send it as a pick me up to a friend going through a hard time. They’re a brilliant idea and only cost around £16. If you’re a cloth pad user or new to cloth pads (like me) then you can add pads, sea sponges, or cups for an extra cost. A really great little box to treat yourself with. The Facebook group is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MyDaysMonthly/ and the lady in charge is called Tanzi Spencer. She is so lovely and helpful, and if you have any queries she responds super-fast. Honestly some of the best customer services I’ve received so far in my new adventure into the cloth and pamper world. Please check them out!DSCF2419

There was a nice bar of Banana chocolate which I was pretty excited about because I love banana flavoured things and had never tried banana chocolate before. It’s made by a UK company called Kingdom, they’re a ‘Modern British Chocolate’ company. It was really nice chocolate, smooth and milky. I would have loved to have had a stronger banana flavour as it only faintly came through. In fact if I had just been given a piece I probably wouldn’t have noticed it was banana flavoured. Still gorgeous but needs more nana!  They have quite a few different flavours and the website is: http://www.kingdomchocolate.co.uk/ DSCF2420

The Sea Salt crisps were a lot nicer than some of the other Gluten Free products I’ve had in the past, my mum had to cut gluten out of her diet so I’ve tried a lot of these products over the years. The company is called Eat Real and the crisps (chips for you Americans) are Vegan and Vegetarian, as well as gluten free. I admit that for me I would probably want to eat them with a dip of some sort as I find them a little bland just eating them on their own. Not bad in small doses but with a nice salsa dip I could probably eat them all and more. My mum and dad ended up splitting most of the pack between them as they enjoyed them more than I did. I would like to try some of their other flavours though as I’m not usually a sea slat fan. I would probably prefer the chilli and lemon flavour over sea salt. They have a great range available on their website though, really want to try a few of their snack bars, or maybe even the hummus crisps! Take a look: http://www.eatreal.co.uk/ DSCF2412

Next up with have the fruit bar. I have been trying to find health bars that I enjoy recently because I want snacks for my bag that I don’t feel guilty about eating. I’m not in any way weight conscious but as I get a bit older I’m becoming a little health conscious so trying to swap my Snickers bars and Crunchies for something a bit healthier. This bar is lovely! It’s apple and Sultana flapjack which is organic and gluten, milk, peanut, egg, and soya free. The only complaint I have is that they don’t seem to do a banana flavour! What a let-down, I’ll just have to stick to my second favourite of apple. Honestly really nice. The company is called Doves Farm and they were apparently established in 1978, so they know what they’re doing. They’re pretty filling so not a bad idea to have one on a coffee break at work of to keep in your handbag for when you’re out and about, might have to get another box of these. If you have any dietary requirements or just want to order some healthier snacks then take a look at the website: https://www.dovesfarm.co.uk/ DSCF2415

I used the little ball of deodorant after my shower and I like it a lot more than a Lush deodorant bar I bought last year. The Lush one irritated my skin and felt really dry where as this one feels smooth but not oily. I like it so far but haven’t tested out how well it works yet. Feels great, smells great and is the perfect size to put in the suitcase when I travel so I might have to use it as a travel bar to save on spays. Plus I could put it in my handbag to use at work. Yeah I’m a fan so far.

I one again received samples of tea, which I have yet to find a fruit tea I am willing to give up my PG Tips of Yorkshire Tea for. Out of all the teas so far though the wild apple and cinnamon Pukka tea is my favourite, I love the cinnamon tang to it and would probably buy a box of this around Christmas time as it’s pretty festive. Still not a drink I would have often but my mum would probably like them a lot more than I did. As for the second tea which was organic redbush from Clipper, not a fan. A bit too earthy for me I think, but again, my mum loves her fruit teas so it won’t go to waste. Sharing tea bags is great, two for the price of one! Again both of these teas are organic and caffeine free. You can get Pukka teas from their website: http://www.pukkaherbs.com/pukka-products/pukka-teas/    and Clipper teas from theirs: https://www.clipper-teas.com/ DSCF2414

You can also never have too many lip balms. I received an Optima Australian organic tea tree lip balm. It apparently, soothes, protects, and moisturisers your lips. Which is kind of what you’d expect from a lip balm. Really handy for the summer months as it has an SPF 18, so it’ll be going in my holiday bag and my purse for this summer. Not that there’s much point, we’ve probably had our share of sun already and summers just started. Flooding, in June! That’s good old UK for you. This balm does smell quite tea tree like, as you’d expect, but I’m not a fan of the scent. It goes on really easily and feels nice once it’s on, but the smell is a bit off putting for me. I’ll use it for the SPF factor, but it won’t be a balm that I reach for in the shops I don’t think. In case you’re looking for an SPF lip balm, or even a tea tree product balm, cause it’ll be really good for your skin, then the website is: http://www.optimah.com/brands-range.asp?Auto_ID=13 apparently it’s also available in Hollands and Barretts.DSCF2411

My little cloth that came in the box is apparently something to be used instead of things like cotton balls! It’s a little facecloth, cotton ball, thing. Its super soft and I love it! I never even thought about chucking out the cotton balls as well! My new cloth product stash in the making! The supplier is called Claire who runs her own store on Facebook, she hand makes her items which is amazin! Honestly, super soft! Really want to get a few more of these. Her Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/washablewipeshandmadebytuppennytots/?pnref=lhc DSCF2421

My little sachet of hot chocolate unfortunately managed to tear on the way to me, but I managed to scrounge a cup from the half of the powder left in the pack and really enjoyed it. It’s a Lichfields instant hot chocolate and is a Fairtrade product. You do use hot water instead of hot milk so if you’re not a fan of water chocolates then it’s probably not for you. I love them either way and to be honest this is a creamy chocolate, so even though it’s a little watery, you can’t tell as much as with the Cadbury chocolate. A nice little treat for the evening, I’ll stock up for the colder months I think, definitely better than the Cadbury’s one I usually get. I don’t know the website but they are available on amazon. I’m savouring this cup until payday, sweet chocolatey goodness!

Finally, my last little gifts were a set of bath salt crystals, which I won’t be able to use in the bath because I only have a shower unfortunately. I will use them as a foot soak though to try them out, but I can’t really tell you how they are for you leisurely bath takers. They are pretty cute though. There was also a little tea light candle, which I think is a lime scent, it’s fairly strong but will work great to air the house out when the dogs come back wet after their walks!

The box was definitely worth the cost, and it was fun to receive it. I will be buying one in the future, maybe the next one I’ll add some cloth pads to it?! It’s easy to order and as you can all see, you get a lot of stuff! Loved trying new things, even if I didn’t enjoy some of them, I loved trying them out!

Charlotte x