Subscriptions I Would Like to Try

I will be the first person to admit that life got the better of me and I sacrificed the blog in order to take care of other things. I did really enjoy writing the blog while I was doing it. I also still receive several subscription boxes. That being said, I am going to try and start off 2017 by getting back into the blog. The topic I would like to start the year off with is one that I have written about before: subscription boxes that sound interesting to me.

If you have ever read any of my blog posts from previous years, you would know that subscription boxes are a bit of an addiction for me. I am fairly confident that if I hadn’t become so interested in them back in 2013 (I believe), than my student loans would already be paid off. That’s neither here nor there at this point though. My loans are still there and my subscriptions still make me happy so I just have to come to terms with that so here we are.

The boxes that I currently subscribe to are:

  • Ipsy
  • Luxebox
  • The Soap Box (Fortune Cookie Soap)
  • Love With Food
  • Universal Yums

I think that’s all of them? Yikes, that makes me wonder if there are more that I am forgetting about (like there need to be more, really). I am always searching for boxes that I think I would enjoy, and can afford. One of my problems is that I live in Canada. Not that living in Canada is a problem, I really do love it. However, when it comes to subscription boxes, there are 3 main obstacles for Canadians.

  1. A lot of boxes do not ship to Canada at all. There are tons of boxes that I have had my eye on that just don’t ship up here and it makes me pretty sad. I can understand why they don’t, but I have selfish interests at heart.
  2. When boxes do ship to Canada, there is usually an obscene flat rate for shipping that I am just not willing to pay. Where a box in the US will ship anywhere in the US for free, it costs $20 USD to get it to me. As a note, I am just a 2.5-3 hour drive from the border so that $20 stings even more.
  3. The current third hurdle, that has been in the way for quite awhile now, is the horrible exchange rate. While a price may look good, you get the cruel reminder on your credit card statement that the price was listed in US Dollars. Once that exchange comes through, you realize how much more you had to pay just for living in Canada.

Most of the boxes that I subscribe to are American so clearly I like them enough to take the financial hit to have them. It’s hard to make the decision to take the plunge, though, when the cost can be so high. Sometimes I will gift myself a short subscription so that I don’t have the commitment but can try it out to see if I want to fully subscribe.

I have a previous post where I wrote about the boxes I would love to try. Some of the ones I wrote about in that post were:

  • Naturebox
    • I did have a chance to try Naturebox and I was subscribed for quite awhile. This was one that was quite costly for me with the exchange rate but I did enjoy the snacks a lot. The snacks I received started to become repetitive though and it stopped being worth the money for me so I stopped receiving the service.
  • MunchPak
    • I still have not tried this one but it does still interest me. I have really been into snack boxes lately so there is still a chance that I will try this one.
  • Mystery Chocolate Box
    • I also haven’t tried this one but I am considering it in the next few months. I have gifted myself a Chococurb subscription. They will no longer be shipping to Canada but will be honouring prior purchases so once that subscription runs out, I may try Mystery Chocolate Box.

There were others but there aren’t any others that I have tried. There are some boxes that I’m planning on trying this year or that are newer on the scene than my previous post so they are the ones that I am going to talk about today.

Chococurb

For those who have never heard of Chococurb, it is a chocolate subscription box. There are two different sized boxes you can receive: Chococurb Mini ($20) or Chococurb Classic ($35). The Mini comes with 3 items each month and the Classic comes with 5-7 items each month.

I am so excited to get my first Chococurb box. I really hope that I like it but I am also going to be disappointed if I do and then after a few months won’t be able to receive this box anymore. I will be sure to post reviews of the few months that I do receive though so you can see what my thoughts are.

HandPicked

HandPicked is a relatively new subscription box, with the first box only shipping out in September of 2016. The creator of this box is a blogger named Alexia who wanted to help people discover wonderful new beauty products, thus leading to the creation of her own box! Each month, subscribers will get 5 full sized products at a cost of $39.99 plus the cost of shipping.

This box looks so good to me, with full sized, high end products. This is another box where I run into the obstacle of the exchange rate to Canadian dollars. I would absolutely love to try this box at some point so I will have to keep an eye on it in the future when I have more money. For those of you that can afford it though, I would recommend trying it. I have seen the previous boxes and they look really great to me!

La Boîte à Bonbons

This subscription box is Canadian which is something that I really appreciate. Every month they send 1 kg of assorted candies (you get to choose between soft, sour, or a mix) and it seems there are 4 different types each month. This is a box that is $25 and only ships within Canada so for my fellow Canadians, this is one for us. I am definitely intrigued by this box and I am hoping to try it out in the future.

These are just some of the boxes that are interesting me at the moment. I look forward to getting back on track and getting to write about some of these in the near future!

What are some great new subscription boxes that you guys think I should try? Let me know in the comments!

xo Amanda

Naturebox February 2015

Naturebox

Naturebox is an American subscription service that sends out healthy and delicious snacks. There are a couple of different box sizes that you can receive. The monthly deluxe box is $19.95 monthly (plus shipping) and you get 5 full sized bags of snacks. They do have other size options which are: 3 snacks ($13.95 + shipping), 10 snacks ($29.95 + shipping), or 20 snacks ($49.95 + shipping). The shipping for Canadians is $7.95 per box. It used to be $4.95 but the cost went up for some reason when they launched the full site which isn’t the best. With the exchange rate at the moment, the cost can end up being fairly high.

You can sign up for a trial box which is free but you do have to pay the shipping cost. In this trial you will receive 4 different single serving bags of snacks and one full size bag of snacks. After that month, you will be signed up for a recurring monthly subscription but you can cancel anytime. I received my trial box last month and this is my first full box. Let’s see what I got!

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Apple Pie Oat Clusters

These Apple Pie Oat Clusters combine the sweet apple taste of freshly baked pies with the crunchy goodness of oatmeal cookies. These bite-sized clusters are perfect right out of the bag but even better atop a scoop of vanilla yogurt. But we doubt you’ll have any left for that!

Sometimes when you put things into your Naturebox pantry, they are out of stock so they replace the snack with others that may be similar. Some people are really frustrated by this but I don’t mind at all. I just put things into my pantry in hopes that I will get them. For this one, I had requested the mini Belgian waffles and they replaced them with these.

I actually really like these. I like the bit of chew that they have and they are just tasty!

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Mango Almond Bites

That post-breakfast treat is a tough one to get just right. You’re ready for a little nourishment but not quite hungry enough for lunch. But one thing is certain: you’re looking for the perfect pair to that morning cup of coffee. Chewy mango and crispy rice come together in a sweetly satisfying snack. We dare you not to spoil your appetite for lunch.

I really love this snack! It has that puffed rice taste that is reminiscent of rice cakes or Sugar Crisp cereal. I’m also a big mango fan so this is an all around win for me. I have to remind myself to step away from the snacks or else I’d eat a ton at a time.

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Antioxidant Boost

You’re rushing to the gym for the next crossfit class but first – sustenance! Open this lovely mix of roasted nuts, dried fruits and dark chocolate. Savory yet tart, this snack makes for a sweet greeting to any workout. After all, you need a wholesome treat to get you through those handstand push-ups.

I’m not typically one for trail mix kinds of snacks but I really like this! I love the dried fruit in it and the level of salt and what not is perfect! I really love the bites that have the chocolate in it, and I’m not the biggest chocolate person. Super yummy!

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Jalapeno White Cheddar Popcorn

What’ll it be: a little cheesy or a little spicy? Get the best of both worlds in this popped snack! Whole grain popcorn is flavored to cheesy perfection then taken to spicy new heights with jalapeño flakes. We can’t imagine a more satisfying accompaniment to game night at home than tangy white cheddar popcorn with jalapeño heat.

This was one that I did request. I love jalapeno and white cheddar popcorn so I saw this one being a winner and I was right! This was delicious. My family found it to be too spicy but I didn’t think it was. Just perfect!

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Greek Yogurt Pretzels

I don’t have an actual description for this one because they aren’t available in the original or blueberry flavours anymore, only strawberry. I had requested the blueberry because my brother wanted to try them but we got these ones. That was fine with me, I didn’t even think I would like them, just got them for him to try. Little did I know these would be creamy and delicious! Definitely glad I tried them.

I am so happy with my first full box! I can’t wait to see what I get next month!

If you would like to check out Naturebox for yourself, you can find their website at https://naturebox.com/

xo Amanda

Disclaimer: Promotional images and product descriptions are taken from the Naturebox website. All other pictures and opinions are honest and my own.