Thursday, March 8, 2018

February 2018 Little Life Box Review

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We are entering the third month of 2018, and I’m proud to say that I’m still following the healthy habits that I planned to adopt at the beginning of the year. One of my goals is to replace unhealthy, processed snacks with more natural, healthier options. This is not always easy during the busy work week when it’s hard to find time time to go to the grocery store or prepare snacks in advance, but luckily there's a subscription that can help: Little Life Box.

If you are unfamiliar with Little Life Box, it’s a subscription service that sends its members 8-12 healthy items per box, including snacks, skincare, vitamins, and more. Each box contains a mix of samples and full size products that can be vegan, gluten-free, eco-friendly, biodegradable, non-GMO, organic, fair-trade, preservative-free, natural, or cruelty-free. If you are looking for items that are strictly vegan, there is a vegan box option that you can select when signing up. Canadian subscriptions are offered monthly and start at $23 per month plus shipping and taxes, and US subscriptions are offered quarterly and start at $25 per quarter with free shipping.

The February 2018 Little Life Box* (original version) includes a cute post card that would be perfect to send someone you love on Valentine’s Day.

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One aspect of Little Life Box that I really appreciate is that it includes product information for each box on its website. This way there’s no risk of losing an information card, and you can access the information even when you don’t have the box with you. The website also conveniently includes links to where you can purchase the products in your box if you find something you really like and want to order more.

The February box includes ten healthy items.

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Tutti Gourmet Bites - Made with only 6 ingredients, these snack bites are high in nutrients and low in sugar. They have a light texture with a satisfying crunch that I just can’t get enough of. They’re also paleo and free of gluten, corn, soy, dairy, egg, and added sugar or salt. I received the Almond & Cocoa flavour which tastes like a chocolate dipped banana with a hint of rum extract. I really enjoyed everything about these guilt-free snacks and have already ordered more since I’m excited to try the other flavours as well.

Handfuel Spanish Marcona Almonds - I don’t eat a lot of meat, so I try to get a bit of added protein and healthy fats from nuts. These deliciously seasoned almonds are rich in natural oils, a good source of Vitamin E, high in fibre, gluten free, and non-GMO. They help curb any fried potato chip cravings with their savoury lemon and sea salt flavour. I ate mine with an apple as a healthy afternoon snack.

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Flow Alkaline Water - This naturally alkaline spring water is preservative free, vegan, GMO-free, and comes in an eco-friendly pack. I brought this with me on a busy work day and was pleasantly surprised by how different it is from other water. The alkaline water has a softer, smoother consistency than tap water or bottled waters that I’ve tried. The flavour is very light and fresh without any chemical aftertaste. Another one of my goals for 2018 is to drink more water, so I plan on picking up more of this water for motivation to reach that goal. It also comes in organic flavours such as cucumber + mint and lemon + ginger which sound like great alternatives to sugary sodas or juices.

Clif Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar -  Mr. Writing Beauty claimed this energy bar as soon as I opened the box. He likes to have one of these before or after a workout since the combination of nut butter and organic ingredients provides sustained energy in a healthy way. It’s also low glycemic, high in protein, and easy to take to work for a mid-day snack.

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LaRitzy Cosmetics Silicone Makeup Blender - This clear gel sponge can be used to apply a smooth layer of makeup or skincare to the face. It’s cruelty-free and vegan. I like that it’s made of silicone which makes it easy to clean and prevents it from absorbing too much product. I’m interested to see how this sponge compares to the Beauty Blender.

Goddess Garden Organics Natural Sunscreen SPF 30 - I wear sunscreen on my face every day (even in the winter) to prevent signs of premature aging. I usually use a moisturizer that contains sunscreen because regular sunscreens are either too irritating or too greasy for my face. This sunscreen is recommended for the face since it’s all natural, sheer, and non-greasy, so I’m looking forward to trying it. It’s also GMO-free, vegan, eco-friendly, gluten-free, and cruelty-free.

A. Vogel Echinacea Lozenges - These Echinacea lozenges help freshen breath naturally with a formula that’s free of gluten, lactose, and aspartame. They have a refreshing peppermint flavour and a soft centre. I have been using them to help with a dry throat on extra cold days when my furnace is running continuously. They are individually wrapped which keeps them from sticking together in the box and makes it easy to throw a few in my purse or pocket to bring with me for the day.

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Pure Heart Essentials Sea Salt Soap Scrub - Now that winter is coming to an end, my skin is quite rough and dry. This vegan soap arrived at the perfect time since it provides gentle exfoliation with fine sea salt and Himalayan salt. It’s also 100% natural and free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates, artificial scents, artificial colours, dyes, and petrochemicals. I received the lemongrass scent which is refreshing and a bit zesty.

Undercarriage Deodorant Cream - This natural deodorant cream is gluten-free and safe to use under the arms, the breasts, and the belt. It has a powdery finish and a natural oil barrier that protects from odor, chafing, and discomfort. I think this will be a great product to keep on hand for the hot summer months. It comes in multiple scents or an unscented option. I received coconut lime which is very tropical and reminds me of the beach.

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Vista Magazine - I’m always happy to receive something that I can read before bed. It encourages me to put my phone away for the day and take some screen-free time to myself. I really enjoyed the articles in this magazine that focus on healthy recipes, health topics, organic living, and more. One article that I found especially interesting discussed the connection between low ferritin and hair loss. Over the past five years, my hair has slowly been getting thinner and I never realized that it could be linked to my low ferritin. It will be a good topic to bring up at my next doctor’s appointment. I will look out for more issues of this magazine in the future.

Overall, I’m very impressed with the February Little Life Box. It introduced me to some exciting new snacks and other products that I will get good use out of. It’s a very convenient way to ensure that you always have something nutritious to eat when there’s no time to prepare snacks in advance, and it makes grocery shopping easy by taking the work out of figuring out which products are healthy. It also includes a large selection of items at a reasonable monthly price since each box is valued at $35-$75 including shipping. This month’s standout products for me are the fruit crackers, the almonds, the water, the sunscreen, and the magazine.

To learn more about Little Life Box or to sign up for a subscription, click HERE or visit

Which February product is your favourite?

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