Yogi Surprise March 2017 Review and Coupon

Yogi Surprise March 2017

Since I got quite a bit of traffic to my previous post about Yogi Surprise I thought I’d continue posting reviews of these awesome monthly boxes. My March Yogi Surprise box arrived yesterday, and I once again absolutely love it!

Yogi Surprise is a monthly subscription box, and the cost is $44.95 with free shipping, however right now you can use code YOGIFRIEND to get 20% off for life (this is what I do – it brings the cost per box down to $35.96).

The theme this month is “Time to Blossom”, which is just perfect for March! Yogi Surprise ships at the beginning of the month and even though they are in Oregon I usually get my box in MA just two-three days after they send out the shipping notice.

Here’s what was in the box:

  • Jivana Ayurveda & Yoga Body Butter, 4 oz (MSRP $21) – this stuff is absolutely fantastic! It’s a whipped body butter with a light incredibly pleasant scent. The whipped texture sinks right into the skin and doesn’t leave a greasy residue behind. This is probably one of my favorite Yogi Surprise products to date!
  • Soul Flower Boho Headband (MSRP $16) – this was one of the spoilers from last month, and for some reason I thought it was a bandanna. I was really glad to open my box and find that it’s actually a very soft and wide headband! It’s made in the USA out of 50% organic cotton and 50% polyester from recycled water bottles. I got the Illuminate print which I prefer to the red that was in the spoiler. This will be great for lazy/slouchy days.
  • Andalou Naturals Coconut Milk Firming Mask (MSRP $14.99) – I already tried this out. It’s a “quenching” face mask for dry skin with a light pleasant coconut scent. There is prickly cactus extract which I’m seeing more and more in natural beauty products these days. I felt that it was a fairly light mask, not greasy or oily at all. I’m going to have to use it a couple of times to see how it performs, one time wasn’t quite enough to form a full opinion.
  • Moon Valley Organics Muscle Rub (MSRP $12.99) – another product I was super excited to receive. It’s a fairly thick ointment with arnica, cayenne, habanero that’s supposed to help heal sore muscles. I tried it out on my husband’s sore neck last night, and can say that it has a very mild warming action and smells absolutely delightful. It also comes in the cutest box I have ever seen. The full size tube isn’t huge, but it’s a great thing to have on hand!
  • Rhythm Superfoods Broccoli Bites (MSRP $4.59 – less on Vitacost!) – the ingredients list looks great on these, however I haven’t tried them out yet. Always great to receive some healthy(-ier) snacks.
  • Ulimana Coco Nectar Truffles (MSRP $5.39) – I also haven’t tried these yet, but they are made out of certified organic raw ingredients, sweetened with coconut nectar and have only 4g of sugar per truffle (vs 9g in a Godiva truffle!).

That comes to a $75 combined value of the products, and since I was able to snag a 20% off code I only pay $35.96 a month for this box. So March brought us another great box from Yogi Surprise! It is my favorite subscription right now, I find the curation to be spot-on every single month.

If you liked the contents of the March 2017 box, subscribe to Yogi Surprise now and get 20% off for life with code YOGIFRIEND.

Also, for a limited time your first box will include these awesome chakra healing stones from Energy Muse (MSRP $19.99)! Click here to sign up for Yogi Surprise if you think this is a subscription for you.

Yogi Surprise February 2017 Review

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I haven’t written about subscription boxes in quite some time, but had to get back to doing that after subscribing to Yogi Surprise. I absolutely LOVE Yogi Surprise! I’ve been subscribing for 4 months at this point, and have loved every single box I’ve gotten from them. To clarify, Yogi Surprise is technically a “lifestyle box” that focuses on eco-friendly products with yoga as an overarching theme, not a monthly dose of yoga props.

This is a monthly subscription, and the cost is $44.95 with free shipping, however right now you can either use code LOVEYOURSELF25 to get 25% off your first box (which comes to $33.71) and then 10% off for life OR use code YOGIFRIEND to get 20% off for life (this is what I do – it brings the cost per box down to $35.96).

Each month does come with a theme and asana sequence card, and the February 2017 Yogi Surprise theme was “Let Love In”, which I thought was great for February. Not only is love in the air due to Valentine’s Day coming up, but this last winter month is a great time to finally get back to being grounded after a tumultuous holiday season and show yourself some love.

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Yogi Surprise advertise an average retail value of $70, and I personally love the way these boxes are curated. Here’s what I received in the February 2017 Yogi Surprise box:

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  • Jasmine Seven Yoga Mat Wipes (MSRP $3.95) – this is a travel pack of 10 wipes. The wipes are a little on the thin side, but then again I have a super grippy Jade mat that wipes never really work with. I think I’ll use these as emergency hand/body wipes – they have tea tree oil in the ingredients, which is great for disinfecting.
  • Cuccio Somatology Calming Yoga Elixir (MSRP $8.95) – a lavender/cardamom spray that is advertised as a soothing room spray or towel spray for a “spa experience”. I love getting room sprays in my Yogi Surprise box – it is not something I would typically purchase myself, but it’s great to get as a treat. This one smells quite lovely, and I like to spray it a couple of times over the pillows before bedtime.
  • Bearded Brothers Bodacious Blueberry Vanilla energy bar (MSRP $3.19) – I haven’t tried this yet, but loved that it was high in protein and did not list any added sugar. It’s made out of organic dates, organic almonds, rice protein, organic dried blueberries, organic chia seeds and sea salt and contains 241 calories and 8 grams of protein. I’ve already thrown this in my yoga bag to have as a post-workout snack!
  • Booda Butter Suds of Love All-In-One Soap (MSRP $6.95) – this is an unscented soap made with organic olive, coconut and shea oils that according to the manufacturer can be used as a soap, shaving foam and even shampoo. We don’t actually use bar soap in our household, so this is going to be a great gift for a friend of mine who has sensitive dry skin.
  • Balanced Guru Nourished Organic Scalp Treatment (MSRP $23) – there was a variety of Balanced Guru hair products in the February 2017 Yogi Surprise box, and I was thrilled to get the Nourished treatment! It’s a strengthening and soothing non-greasy tonic that comes with a dropper. You drop in on your scalp after a shower, massage in and it calms the skin and strengthens your hair. My scalp has a hard time in the winter, so this was a perfect fit for my needs. And I loved that this was not oily at all and does not weigh down my fine hair!
  • Valentina’s Naturals Balancing Beauty Mist toner (MSRP $22) – this is an apple cider vinegar-based toner which is meant for oily/combination skin, and it comes in a generous 4 oz spray bottle. I have dry/sensitive skin, but decided to give it a try nonetheless – ACV is a magic ingredient, and there are additional ingredients such as glycerin and aloe vera that made me think it wouldn’t be too drying. So far so good, but if I find that it’s starting to dry me out I will just use it as a back/chest spray. It does smell of ACV, although not as strongly as I thought!
  • The box also contained discount codes for 25% off your Cuccio purchase and 20% off your Booda Butter purchase.

So overall the total value of this box came to a little over $68. I just love the curation and for me the value is absolutely there – I used code YOGIFRIEND when I signed up to receive 20% off my subscription for life, which brought my monthly cost down to $35, so all of these product were at about a 50% discount. But honestly, with this box for me personally it’s less about monetary value – I just love the items I get every month!

The March 2017 Yogi Surprise box spoilers are out already, and if you subscribe now you will receive a Soul Flower Boho Headband (MSRP $16), Jivana Body Butter (MSRP $21) and four more full sized items!

The cost of a Yogi Surprise subscription is $44.95 with free shipping in the US, however right now you can either use code LOVEYOURSELF25 to get 25% off your first box (which comes to $33.71) and then 10% off for life OR use code YOGIFRIEND to get 20% off for life (this is what I do – it brings the cost per box down to $35.96).

Also, for a limited time your first box will include these awesome chakra healing stones from Energy Muse (MSRP $19.99)! Click here to sign up for Yogi Surprise if you think this is a subscription for you.

 

How To Choose a Natural Laundry Detergent – Posted on OlgasLaundry.com

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I got asked so much about this that I just had to put together a blog post with an overview of natural laundry detergent options. Have you wanted to try out a more natural laundry solution but did not know where to start? Do you have sensitivities in you family, but are afraid that moving away from your current detergent would leave you with stained, dingy clothes?

Go to Olga’s Laundry Blog to read the full post.

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Bosch 800 Series Dishwasher Review Posted on OlgasLaundry.com

Bosch 800 Series Dishwasher Review

As you probably know by now, I love appliances, especially of the cleaning variety! So when the time came to replace our old Maytag dishwasher I was pretty excited. I knew right away that I wanted to have a European dishwasher, since that’s the technology I’m used to and quickly narrowed it down to Bosch.

Check out my full review of the Bosch 800 Series dishwasher over on Olga’s Laundry Blog.

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How to Clean a Condenser Dryer

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I personally have owned condenser dryers my whole life – growing up in Europe clothes dryers in general were difficult to come by, and vented options were pretty much unheard of, so condensers were the only option. Now that I’m in the US I opted for a condenser because we live in a condo with no dedicated laundry room, just a small closet in the bathroom. It’s really a great option for those who, like us, don’t have the space but want to be able to do laundry.

At the same time condenser dryers need maintenance that differs from what you would be doing with a vented dryer. I put together a step-by-step photo tutorial over on Olga’s Laundry Blog for anyone who wants to know how exactly how to access and wash the condenser part, and how frequently this needs to be done.

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Persil ProClean Now Available in Canada!

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One of my Canadian readers, Shalryn, just recently complained that she had searched left and right for Persil ProClean in Canada, only to find out that it was only available in the US. I made sure to add a note about that in my blog post so that wouldn’t happen to anyone else. Well guess what, that has just changed!

Persil ProClean is now available in Canada, and their lineup even features an exclusive Persil Coldwater formula that is not currently sold in the US.

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How to Remove Shoe Polish Stains

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Have you ever gotten black shoe polish on your clothes and wondered what to do with it and whether the clothes could be salvaged? My husband recently came home with a shoe polish stain on the cuff of his white dress shirt and asked me if anything could be done to remove that. Laundry challenge accepted!

Over on Olga’s Laundry Blog I’ve posted a tutorial on how to deal with such stains and some before and after photos of the shirt, so click the link below to check it out.

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Go Green in your Kitchen with Ecover Dishwasher Tablets!

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I’m a firm believer in “going green” in the kitchen and using only eco-friendly and safe cleaning products around food. I’ve gone through quite a bit of trial and error, but some products just really stand out to me as being both safe and effective.

Check out my review of Ecover Dishwasher Tablets over on Olga’s Laundry Blog. I figured the best test would be to throw a baking dish with greasy, baked-on potato residue at them and see how they handle that.

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Life Without Sorting Laundry: Do Shout Color Catchers Really Work? Review on OlgasLaundry.com

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Some people REALLY don’t like to sort their laundry. In fact, in a recent WSJ article some laundry detergent manufacturers claimed that detergent formulas and washing machine programs were evolving as more men were doing their own laundry. And according to their studies the vast majority of men do not like to sort clothes before they go into the washing machine.

I am not a man. I am also somebody who religiously sorts their laundry by both color and fabric type. Nonetheless, despite not being the target audience for Shout Color Catchers I decided to give them a try and see if they really do what the package claims and keep your whites white even in mixed loads.

Head on over to Olga’s Laundry Blog to see how they performed and whether they stood up to the bold claim of “mix whites and colors in the same load” (which assumes that your whites will come out of the wash non-dingy).

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Win a Coupon for a Free Bottle of Persil ProClean Laundry Detergent on OlgasLaundry.com

Persil ProClean 2in1I’m actually super excited to announce the first ever laundry giveaway on http://olgaslaundry.com!

Head on over to the blog to read my review of Persil ProClean 2in1 and enter a giveaway – you can win one of three coupons for a free bottle of Persil ProClean laundry detergent. This giveaway is open to US residents ages 18 and up only.

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