Another one of my “early in the month” subscription boxes has arrived! I normally get the jewelry sub from Yogi Surprise first, but this month, the lifestyle subscription was delivered first. What is Yogi Surprise?
Yogi Surprise Lifestyle Box
- 6-8 full-size yoga lifestyle items
- Vegetarian and GMO-Free
- $70+ retail value in every box
- $44.95/month + free shipping
This month’s theme is “Transition with Intention” ~ September helps us transition from summer to autumn and this month’s offerings will help us adjust our routines for a mellower season.
Pura Botanica Botanic Bath Infusions Rosé Retreat Bath Salts Let’s get the one product that I loathe out of the way. I love bath salts and Botanic Bath has them in mint, lavender, citrus …and rose. And it is the rose version in this month’s box (blech). I was sneezing and watery eyed when I opened the box and then took this out of the package. Even thru the plastic baggie, I can SMELL the rose scent. Oh my. For those who don’t know, not only do I hate the scent of roses, but I am allergic like crazy. Which came first? The hatred of the scent or the allergies? I think that because I am allergic, I just automatically hate the scent. So many people love rose, however, I am sure I find a nice home for these. It is pretty ~ it has little rose petals in the pink salt crystals. I might have to order some mint bath salts to get over my disappointment (love mint!) Somehow, I didn’t think of rose as a transitional scent ~ what do you consider a transitional scent from summer to autumn? I would have thought lavender… RV $11.00
Description: Rosé Retreat Botanic Bath Infusion combines organic bath salts with calming rose and geranium essential oils. Botanic Bath Infusions are three-in-one bath therapies that combine restorative mineral sea salts, fragrant essential oils, and curative herbs and flowers in an all-natural formula that provides an incredibly relaxing bath experience. Patent-pending bags keep residue from getting into water. Fill bath. Infuse. Steep in bliss.
Ingredients: Andes Rose Salt, Atlantic Sea Salt, Epsom Salt, Rose Flowers, Geranium Oil, Rosewood Oil, Palmarosa Oil*, Ylang Ylang Oil, Rose Absolute, Lavender Oil, and Baking Soda in a 100% biodegradable soilon pouch.
Happy Spritz Namaste Ninja Aromatherapy Spray This is more like it! Happy Spritz created a handcrafted facial and body spray as well as a mat spray ~ it has organic tea tree essential oils to help keep your skin and mat free from bacteria and other fun stuff, like fungus. It also has eucalyptus (really wakes me up) and lemon essential oil ~ this has a clear clean scent of tea tree with just a hint of lemon in it. I love the smell of tea tree, so for me, this is very refreshing, purifying and invigorating. This comes in a frosted amber glass bottle and best of all, part of the purchase price goes to help benefit animal rescue. Love this scent ~ so refreshing. This is vegan, cruelty free and they use steam distilled, botanical based 100% essential oils. I have a coupon for 25% off any purchase HAPPINESS25 at their online shop Happy Spritz. Expires 12/31/2016 100 mL RV $25.00
Ingredients: purified water, tea tree, lemon, other 100% essential oils
Good Medicine Lab Every Little Thing Balm Yup, I took a photo of the other side of the jar, so it looks like the name is Enchanted Formula, but it isn’t. I actually think Enchanted Formula is a better name than Every Little Thing Balm ~ ahaha. It’s that time of year when I start getting a gazillion of this pretty little pots of healing balms for my skin. I do use them, as I like to use these for minor cuts, scrapes and burns instead of an over the counter cream. This is also good for dry, cracked skin and lips too. This balm helps restore moisture, reduces inflammation and is very soothing ~ it contains 16 pure essential oils, plus some really moisturizing butters and oil. It smells very herbaceous and I did try this on my skin ~ it absorbs quickly without any sticky residue and my skin feels baby soft and smooth. Very nice!! This will come in handy for my feet when winter arrives. 1 oz RV $16.00
Description: This is much more than a single use balm – more like an “every little thing” balm. Use it anywhere you need to heal dry, cracked skin and restore moisture. It’s wonderful to relieve painful, dry and red skin areas. Apply as often as needed to transform and heal your roughest areas.
Ingredients: Essential Oils(Lavender, Tea Tree, Lemon, Ginger, Juniper Berry, Rosemary, Cinnamon, Peppermint, Wintergreen, Eucalyptus, Black Pepper, Clove, Camphor, Birch, Arnica, Galbanum), Wild Desert Clay, Avocado, Sweet Almond, Sesame, Kukui, Castor, Wheat Germ, Shea Butter, Mango Butter, Jojoba, Cocoa Butter, Avocado Butter, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Vit E – Tocopherols
Eco Lips Repair Nourishing Lip Balm African Savannah Mango Ginger I have had an Eco Lips lip balm before ~ last year I received the Cocoa Vanilla from GlobeIn. You can receive either Mango Ginger, Cocoa Vanilla or Herbal Mint in this month’s box. This one is made with carrot oil, mango and ginger to help repair and heal your lips and it has a slight warming effect on your lips. This lip balm is made with several oils and butters ~ cocoa, coconut, baobab, sunflower, and also contains vitamin E. This has a light mango and ginger scent and initially, I didn’t taste the mango or ginger, but after wearing it for a few minutes, I could ~ it is very light and subtle. All ingredients are USDA certified organic and is gluten free. This lip balm will be a night time repair balm for me. I wear lip balms at night all the time because I love to wear matte lipsticks during the day ~ you need to have soft, smooth lips to pull off a matte lippie ~ I just purchased a great one at Sephora (getting off this box for a minute). It is by Kat Von D, limited edition called Project Chimps ~ 20% of the proceeds of this liquid lipstick will go to Project Chimps, “an organization that helps retire biomedical research chimps to a life of freedom and sanctuary.”
I love this warm brick red color and the only way to pull it off is by keeping my lips well moisturized and hydrated. Having chapped or dry lips is not the way to go if you want to wear matte lipsticks. Back to Eco Lips ~ they also make other balms for specific care ~ softening (cocoa-vanilla), revive (herbal mint), relax (lavender lemon), restore (coconut ginger) and renew (orange spice). Even the tube is bio-degradable and you do have to push it up or down, as it isn’t a twist tube. Full Size .3 oz Value $5.00
Description: When your lips need immediate relief from dry, damaging elements, reach for this ultra-nourishing balm. The unique African combination of mango and ginger adds a warming sensation while carrot seed oil provides the much needed skin-restoring benefit so your lips feel good as new. 1% of your purchase will be donated to Pencils of Promise, a non-profit organization that builds schools and provides quality educational programming to increase literacy rates in Ghana, Guatemala, Laos and Nicaragua. Eco Lips’ goal is to raise enough funds to build a school. To learn more visit here . 100% Biodegradable & Compostable FSC Certified Eco Tube. Made exclusively from cold-pressed oils, this specially blended balm uses fair trade and organic ingredients such as cocoa seed butter and beeswax, giving you a natural way to maintain healthy lips. The FSA-certified tube is compostable, making this a near-zero-waste product and giving healthy lips something to smile about.
Ingredients: Fair Trade Certified TM *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, *Cera Flava (Beeswax), *Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, *Mango Flavor, *Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Seed Oil, *Cocos Nuciferas (Coconut) Oil, *Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Oil, *Coconut Flavor, Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E) , *Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, *Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Oil. *Certified Organic Ingredients
Yogi Surprise Yoga Sequence Card for “Transition with Intention” moves. They always supply a sequence card for yogi positions with this month’s theme in mind.
Buddha Teas Organic Matcha Now This is SUCH as cool idea. In the green portion of the cap, there is premium USDA organic matcha tea and you twist the cap to release into the fresh purified water in the BPA free 12 oz bottle. They have two flavors, unsweetened and lightly sweet (contains 1.6 grams of organic sugar) and I received the lightly sweet version. This is such a great concept and I have mine cooling in the frig right now. It will be a great drink later on this evening. 12 oz RV $4.00
Description: Hundreds of years ago, matcha was only enjoyed by Buddhist Monks, who served it during long and elaborate ceremonies to heighten their focus and clarity of thought. That was matcha then. This is Matcha NOW™. Our Matcha Cap technology stores the matcha fresh in the cap, keeping it pure and potent until you’re ready to release it. Matcha offers all the health benefits of green tea with ten times the strength. When you drink Matcha NOW™, you’ll enjoy: More Energy; Better Focus; Calm, Relaxed Feelings; Rich Antioxidants; Natural Detox. We use only premium ceremonial grade matcha in every bottle, the highest grade matcha powder, to give you the best taste and the strongest benefits. We also source our matcha straight from organic farms in Kagoshima, Japan, home of some of the world’s best matcha.
Most companies infuse their matcha directly into the water before bottling it. However, when matcha is exposed to oxygen, it quickly turns brown and stale, creating an unpleasant experience. Matcha NOW™ has solved this problem with our Matcha Cap. Storing the matcha in the cap preserves the taste and health benefits until you’re ready to drink it, giving you the best matcha experience anytime, anywhere. Why settle for subpar matcha? Pick up a pack of Matcha NOW™, and discover the next level of matcha drinks – right now! What sets us apart from other tea companies? We start with a philosophy of living in harmony with nature, not using it for profit. Buddha Teas uses only fresh, pure organic or sustainably wild harvested ingredients and maintains their natural purity in every tea we sell. We have also created the “Teas for Trees” campaign, planting 5000 trees a year to offset the paper use in our tea bags. Each of our tea bags is bleach-free to eliminate the risk of chemicals, and our boxes are made from 100% recycled material. When you buy Buddha Teas, you’ll enjoy the fresh, full flavor of a truly natural tea in every sip.
Ingredients: purified water, organic ceremonial grade match, organic cane sugar
Manduka The Commuter Mat Sling I received a light dove gray (color is called bliss) mat sling for my yoga mat (what else?). It is made from 100% natural cotton webbing and twill, with no velcro, snaps or buckles ~ you just loop the mat ends over your rolled up mat, pick up the the sling in the center of the handle and gravity will clinch the loops around your mat. There are two metal square buckles but you don’t have to buckle anything ~ they are there for the straps to slide thru. This also has a slightly padded shoulder for comfort and there is a saying “Practice On” and the little eco-frog logo on the strap in white. I really needed one of these as I didn’t have a good one anymore and this looks to be really sturdy. And best of all, no fiddling around with snaps and such. This is 68 ” length and 1 1/2 inches in width and it is a machine washable ~ delicate cycle, tumble dry. RV $16.00
Description: Made from soft, durable, all-natural materials, The Commuter is a fresh, new, nature-inspired look designed to add joy and versatility to any practice. Part of Manduka’s Journey On Collection, whether you are traveling to the studio or taking your practice on the road, the Commuter is an inspired way to carry your mat, your love of yoga, and your commitment to the planet, without sacrificing style or performance. Designed to fit mats of any size, The Commuter is an eco-friendly alternative that keeps your mat easily accessible and at your side for all occasions. Cotton twill and webbing are natural, renewable materials. They are unbleached and free of AZO dyes which reduces the amount of chemicals & toxins released into the environment.
For my Birthday month, I think Yogi Surprise did a really great job this month ~ I won’t use the bath salts, but all of the other items are very useful to me. I love both balms, I needed a new mat sling, the Happy Spritz smells amazing and will help keep me and my mat nice and clean (haha) and the Buddha Teas Matcha Now is such a cool idea! I love it. I paid $35.96 (as I used a promo code) for this box and received a RV of $77.00 and I am very happy with this box!
Do you subscribe to Yogi Surprise Lifestyle Box? What was your favorite item this month? Let me know in the comments below, I would love to read them
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Next Month Spoilers
If you sign up now, you get a free gift worth $20.00 ~ Chakra Healing Stones (these came in the May box ~ see my unboxing here)
October’s Theme is Harvest Celebration
LifeStyle Box: Kensington Apothecary Skin Serum #5 Antioxidant Boost and rareEARTH Naturals Meditation Travel Tin Spa Candle
Jewelry Box: Amethyst Stalactite Slice ‘Be Healed’ Necklace
The October 2016 Jewelry Box is one you’ll want to be around for! Each box will include a stunning one of a kind, hand sourced Amethyst Stalactite pendant. Each slice of healing and protecting Amethyst has it’s own unique array of violet and lavender shades–reminiscent of a beautiful watercolor sunset. If you’ve been curious about the potential healing benefits of Amethyst, this is a wonderful, genuine necklace to have! Plus, a Fall inspired adjustable bracelet you won’t want to miss!
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