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.

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

Shout Color Catchers

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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Vitacost vs iHerb Updated Review Posted on OlgasLaundry.com

vitacost-vs-iherb1There has been so much traffic to my original Vitacost vs iHerb post from way back in 2013 – it is one of the most popular posts on this blog of all time! But three years is an eternity when it comes to the internet, so I have published an updated 2016 version on Olga’s Laundry Blog. In the updated review I compare the two retailers and determine who is the 2016 winner and overall best online vendor of natural products and supplements.

Come check it out – you will also find out how to save $5-10 off your first order!

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Epic Miele Washer Review Just Posted on OlgasLaundry.com

miele_logo_1I have owned my Miele W3038 washer for about 18 months now, and at a rate of 7-10 loads of laundry per week I can definitely say that I’ve put it through some rigorous testing. I summarized all my experiences in a lengthy review that just went live on Olga’s Laundry Blog – click here to check it out!

If you’re thinking of buying the Miele W3038, if you are generally researching compact front loaders, or if you are a laundry nerd like me you should find it interesting. And when I say “epic”, I really do mean it – the review got so long that I ended up needing to add a table of contents!
Head on over to Olga’s Laundry Blog for all the details.

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Persil ProClean Put to the Test – First Impressions and Review

Persil ProClean Review

Persil ProClean is now available at Walmart

Updated February 2, 2016: Check out my detailed review of Persil ProClean 2in1 liquid on Olga’s Laundry Blog. There’s also a giveaway running through February 16, 2016!

As you probably already know, I am a huge fan of German Persil and got very excited last week when the launch of Persil ProClean was announced in the US. Unfortunately, none of my local Walmarts were carrying the Persil ProClean line yet, so I reached out the the folks at ProClean and they were kind enough to send me some samples. I received them yesterday and of course had to put the US version of Persil to the test straight away! Here are my first impressions, and I will be doing a full comprehensive review after I’ve used the detergents for a while.

Edit June 5, 2015: Consumer Reports has named Persil ProClean 2-in-1 liquid their #1 top rated detergent! Read more here.

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iHerb vs Vitacost: Which Is Better? My Review

iHerb vs Vitacost: Both offer a similar selection of healthy goodies, so what’s the difference?

Come check out the updated 2016 Vitacost vs iHerb review at my new blog – click here to go to Olga’s Laundry Blog.

I’ve been on a bit of a health kick lately and a couple of weeks ago I placed my first iHerb order. I had heard a lot about the website, but somehow never had any need for their products. However, when I found myself on the market for supplements I started looking around and comparing prices. And I realized that Whole Foods charges $10-15 more on some of the stuff I need! AND you can save $5-10 off of your first order with a referral code! It was a no-brainer for a cheap frugal person like me.
And then I got sucked in – there is just so much to choose from. Some of the products I needed weren’t in stock on iHerb, so that is how I discovered Vitacost. Shortly after that, a second order was placed, and ever since I’ve really gotten into the whole “healthy option” thing and my purchases have ranged from eco-friendly dishwashing tablets to shampoo to vitamins with a lot of stuff in between.

When I did my initial online research, I noticed that there wasn’t much information comparing iHerb and Vitacost – most of the search results were outdated forum threads or websites promoting their referral codes, none of which is very helpful. At this point I think I have enough experience to compare the two and with that I decided to jot down a detailed review/comparison. I have to warn you that it will be pretty subjective though – I’m basing it all solely on personal preference and experience.

And… yes, I will share a Vitacost link that will give you $10 off of your first order of $30 or more and my iHerb discount code (VMC661) that will save you $5-10 off of your first order. Enjoy! ♥

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My Two Favorite Facial Cleansers: Neutrogena Extra Gentle and Neutrogena Naturals

My two favorite facial cleansers: Neutrogena Extra Gentle Cleanser and Neutrogena Naturals Fresh Cleansing + Makeup Remover

My two favorite facial cleansers: Neutrogena Extra Gentle Cleanser and Neutrogena Naturals Fresh Cleansing + Makeup Remover

I have to say, I have super sensitive skin. It’s quite a challenge to find skincare that would suit me – a touch too harsh and the flakiness begins, a touch not cleansing enough and the imperfections and clogged pores start popping up, too fragrant and there goes the eczema flare up… So all in all I’ve had my fair share of skincare products going straight to the trash. But these two are my absolute holy grail, and I thought I would share that with all you sensitive ladies out there! Continue reading

Neutrogena Cosmetics Review and Swatches: Healthy Lengths Mascara, Crease Proof Eyeshadow, MoistureSmooth Color Stick

Neutrogena Cosmetics: Healthy Lengths Mascara, Crease Proof Eyeshadow and MoistureSmooth Color Stick

Neutrogena Cosmetics: Healthy Lengths Mascara, Crease Proof Eyeshadow and MoistureSmooth Color Stick

As a BzzAgent I sometimes get sent products and asked to review them. This one was super exciting, as it’s right up my alley: Neutrogena Cosmetics!

In my BzzKit I got the following:

I’ve had a chance to use all these products for several weeks, so now I can post a detailed review.

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Can Some Vitamins Do More Harm Than Good?

Natrol My Favorite Multiple Energizer

Vitamins: Healthy and good for you, right? Well, turns out that’s not always the case

As I have already mentioned, I’m on a bit of a health kick right now. And since we’re right in the middle of winter, I thought that a multivitamin complex might be a good idea to help me get through the season (I come from a culture where “spring avitaminosis” is considered common – that’s when after a winter of hardly any fresh fruit/veggies by early spring your body is really low on vitamins). As I’m a very healthy eater, I knew that I wanted a fairly basic multivitamin with some extra “energizing” additives. Natrol My Favorite Multiple Energizer seemed to fit the bill perfectly – one-a-day, with a blend of green tea, eleuthero and ginkgo to give you that extra bit of energy, and with sane amounts of vitamins added. Why anyone would want 2000% RDA of anything escapes me.

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