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I was really excited when this months Ecocentric Mom box came in the mail! (Don't mind my totally mismatched jammy pants...I was cold! O_o ) We got so many cool things in the pregnancy box and I was instantly reminded of why I love this subscription box so much.
This will be my third box so far and I can honestly say I have enjoyed every single one of them. The other two past boxes did have a product or two I wasn't necessarily blown away by but again, that's to be expected with pretty much any subscription box. But THIS month I didn't receive anything I'm not at least excited to try! So, without further adieu, let's jump right into it!
About the Box
I noticed that this month the description card didn't include the product values and details. I was mildly disappointed only because I actually enjoyed reading them. However, the information has been made available on the Ecocentric Mom website so it's not that big of a deal.
About the Products
First up is the Organics Happy Mama Prenatal soft-baked oat bar! I'm somewhat familiar with the Organics brand and had no idea they had a prenatal bar! I got the flavor carrot, raisin + cinnamon. This bar packs 7g of fiber, 50 mg of DHA, 55 mg of choline, and 20% of the daily value for calcium. Plus, it's gluten-free! The back of the packaging says it's great for breastfeeding moms as well =)
My Thoughts: I'll admit that a big part of me was hoping it tasted like carrot cake (I mean carrot...raisin...cinnamon...hello?! Carrot Cake!)...it doesn't taste like carrot cake =/...So even though my exceedingly high expectations left something to be desired, it's actually not bad for a health bar. It's definitely..."healthy" tasting but not in a "this tastes like cardboard" kind of way. I could definitely see myself carrying these in my purse as an out-and-about snack for when I'm out running errands and things. And I know it has good things for the baby so that, of course, is a huge plus. I'm always looking for new healthy snacks for the fam so overall, I'm glad I got the opportunity to try it out.
I am super excited about this next product...the St. Tropica organic coconut hot oil hair mask! I have always been a stickler about my hair for some reason. I don't like getting it cut so I do what I can to keep it healthy in between trims. I have never used a hot oil hair mask before so I'm really excited to try this! It says it's proven to reduce hair damage and increase hair strength. The ingredients include Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Coconut Butter, Organic Coconut Fruit Extract, Organic Biotin, Organic Horsetail, Organic Amla, Organic Hibiscus, and Organic Green Tea. There are no chemicals, sulfate, or paraben and they don't test on animals!
My Thought: I will update after I try it out with a before and after shot! Check back soon!
Next up is the Zahler Prenatal + DHA. This is a sample pack of prenatal vitamins and it includes 10 softgels. It says to take 1 softgel twice daily with meals, or as directed by a health care practitioner. It includes 25 vitamins and nutrients, as well as, 300mg of DHA.
My Thoughts: I think it's cool that Ecocentric Mom included prenatal vitamins as a product to try. Being through 5 pregnancies I can say that finding the right prenatal can be an absolute chore. You buy multiple different brands trying to find the right one for you and it can be downright spendy. I did try these and I don't have anything bad to say about them. One thing I'm happy to say is that they are certified Kosher! No Gelatin! I have had to purchase my prenatals at a healthfood store just to avoid the gelatin which most prenatals seem to have in them. These don't have a nasty aftertaste which is nice! Also, I didn't experience any nausea after taking them. I believe taking them with food is key, as with any prenatal. I also like that they're not to big. They are kind of long but they're relatively slim so I had no issues swallowing them. Overall, I'd say this is a pretty good prenatal.
Next up are some bar soaps by South of France Natural Body Care. I received 2 bars in the scents Almond Gourmande and Climbing Wild Rose. The listed ingredients are Saponified Mass Balance Sustainable Palm Oil, Saponified Coconut Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Shea Butter, Natural Colorants, Blends of Natural and Essential Oils, and Fragrance. I am a big fan of natural body products, especially if they smell good! So, whenever I receive any kind of body products, I'm always excited to try them.
My Thoughts: Admittedly, I'm more of a body wash type girl but every now and then I'll find a good bar soap that I like to use. I do like the way they smell. The scent is very light and pretty. Some soaps can lean pretty heavy on the fragrance but these ones are very nicely balanced. As far as their cleansing ability, I haven't actually used them yet but I will share the results and my final thought as soon as I do!
This next product is really cool! It's Essential Wipes 8"x10" Essential Oil Bamboo Towelette. The listed ingredients are therapeutic grade essential oils of copaiba, lavender, niaouli, ylang ylang, and palo santo on bamboo. It says they are naturally sanitizing, biodegradable, and chemical free! The tube comes with 10 bamboo wipes and what's cool is that these little wipes are compressed into tiny tablets. They kind of remind me of tums a little bit. I can't really think of any other way to describe them. But if you have ever seen those little kiddie wash cloths that expand when you add water to them, these wipes essentially work the same way. You add less than 1oz of water and then just unroll it and you have a wipe!
My Thoughts: I really like these wipes! Not only are they conveniently packaged but they work and smell great! My hands felt super soft after using it as well. The wipe itself is strong and seems durable enough to handle pretty much any wiping needs I might have. I will definitely be storing these in my purse for those moments when I am out with the kids and need a wipe ASAP!
Next up is the Para'Kito Mosquito Repellent Gel Unidose. This product couldn't have come at a better time for me. I don't know if it's just in this area but the mosquitos have been out of control here lately. Of course, I'm the type of person that seems to attract every mosquito within a 50 mile radius so, maybe it's just me. Anywho, this particular repellent is deet free...honestly I have no idea what deet is but it doesn't have any of it in it! It looks like the major deterrent here is the essential oils. I have always heard that mosquitos HATE citronella which citronella oil just so happens to be a listed ingredient! Ingredients also include rosemary oil, geranium oil, mint oil, clove, oil, peppermint oil, water, glycerin, glyceryl stearate, lecithin, sodium benzoate, gum tragacanth, guar gum, citric acid, and sodium citrate. It says to apply on neck, arms, legs, or other exposed areas as shown. Apply sufficient quantities , reapply as needed, and at least every 5 hours or after swimming. You simply snap the packaging open and squeeze to apply the product!
My Thoughts: Though I haven't had the chance to try it out yet (stuck inside from rainy weather), I am looking forward to trying it out and seeing how effective it is. I don't generally use bug repellents because of the smell so I'm actually really hoping this works as a more natural alternative. I'll let you know once I try it! ;-)
Here is another product I'm excited about! It's Dr. Brite Cleansing Mouth Rinse with Vitamin C and Activated Charcoal. It's a mint flavored mouth wash that claims to improve gum health, freshen breath, and naturally whiten teeth. I've been looking for a good natural mouthwash that the whole family can use so I was extra stoked when I saw this in this month's box. The listed ingredients are Purified Water, Organic Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Vitamin C, Activated Charcoal, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Spearmint Leaf Extract, Organic Menthol, Xylitol, and Organic Stevia. It says to place a small amount (15ml/3 tsp) of mouthwash in mouth. Swish vigorously and throughout for 30 to 60 seconds. Gargle and express.
My Thoughts: So far, I really like it! My mouth definitely feels refreshed after using it and I like that the taste isn't to overwhelming. I can't really verify the whitening effect as I haven't been using it for very long. But even at that, I am already sold on this mouthwash. I'm even considering trying out the toothpaste (Yes, I like my toothpaste and mouthwash to match!)
Lastly is the Itzy Ritzy Snack Happens Reusable Snack & Everything Bag. I happen to be a big fan of reusable bags such as this one. I actually have one similar that I use as a wet bag for our cloth diapers. But this one can be used for pretty much anything...food, toys, baby products, beauty products, electronics...anything! The bag measures 7" x 7" and has a zipper closure. It is water resistant and washable as well.
My Thoughts: This is probably one of my favorite products from this month's box! It seems to be extremely durable and I love that I can wash a reuse it for different things. With 4 kids, I see it serving multiple uses and it will most definitely be getting plenty of use. I just don't think one is going to be enough!
April's pregnancy box was an overall win for me! There wasn't one product that I didn't feel was necessary or at least useful to my family. I'm really enjoying finding all these new products that I've never heard of and I feel like the quality of the products makes it all worth it. I heard the Mom Boxes got mascara this month!...not gonna lie I was little jelly but I think it's awesome that they offer products like this for us moms to try out.
So, that's it for this months review! If you're interested in trying out one of the Ecocentric Mom boxes, go ahead and click here...You won't be disappointed! ;-)
Until Next Time, Shalom...
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