This box was a little hit and miss for me. Although there were some really fabulous finds and I did try everything out there were a few items I didn't care for. I'm going to start with the things I thought were a bit of a dud and move through to my favorites - I'll save the best for last! Here is a photo of the insert card that explains all of the goodies the box contained:
First up - the Nectresse sweetener packets. Honestly I have tried this before and simply don't care for the taste. I have spoken about it with other women and know that this is a widely liked product, but for me the monk fruit derived sugar substitute has an odd aftertaste that I can't get around. I have tried other similar "naturally derived" sweeteners that were sourced from stevia and other plants like this one is but I don't enjoy them the way I do Splenda. I often have a reaction to products containing saccharine which is another sugar substitute so I have to be extra careful when I am trying new sweeteners, but this one isn't my favorite.
Next - The Colgate Optic White family of products. How wonderful to receive a whole tooth care regimen in the VoxBox! I wanted to give this a shot although I normally use a natural toothpaste (Tom's of Maine) due to the fact that as I stated above I don't always do well with products containing saccharine and toothpaste and mouthwash seem to nearly always have it as a listed ingredient. It has been a very long time since I have used a toothpaste that wasn't naturally derived and I forgot how incredibly sweet these toothpastes taste to me. The mint flavor was super refreshing and tasted incredible, but after my first use I gave it to my husband to use. I love the tingle of the mouthwash and I LOVED the toothpaste packaging. Instead of a standard tube with a twist off cap it has a very neat and tidy flip cap. I would love it if every toothpaste had this unique design. I even loved how smooth and white my teeth looked, but I know that the ingredients tend to give me allergy related sinus headaches and sore throats so I'll let my husband enjoy these products. The toothbrush is all mine though - it feels incredible. I normally use a medium hard brush because I feel like they do a better job of cleaning my teeth, but this Colgate 360 brush has something called "whitening cups" which are curved silicone shapes that really felt good. I also liked the textured back of the brush which you can use as a tongue scraper. I will definitely repurchase this brush for myself and for my husband too.
I also received a package of Belvita breakfast biscuits in a new flavor I have never had before - Cinnamon Brown Sugar. Yumm-o! I regularly purchase these and take them to work as a snack. I've had the Oats and Honey and Blueberry varieties but so far this is my favorite. They are crunchy and not too sweet and they are very satisfying as a snack or as breakfast on the go. I am happy to see that they have also added another new flavor - Chocolate! I can't wait to try them! They are pictured above with the Nectresse sweetener.
Last but not least there were two smashingly good beauty products in this box, the first I already owned and loved so I was thrilled to get some more and I am going to share them with a friend. Those were the Dickinson's Original Witch Hazel Oil Controlling Towelettes. I am prone to breakouts even though I have dry skin and these are wonderfully refreshing and help to clean and tighten pores without over drying and stripping moisture from my skin. I also use Dickinson's Witch Hazel Toner (both Dickinson's products are pictured in my tote above). I had won it as a free product from their line last year and after trying it once I was sold and have since repurchased it and picked up these wipes to try on that same trip. I love to stash the wipes in the fridge to cool down after coming in from a hot summer day - they help to remove sunblock, sweat and makeup and cool sunburn too. I love their products and I'm looking forward to using one of the enclosed $2 off coupons towards one of their cleansers.
The hands down best product in the box was the Vaseline Spray and Go Moisturizer. I had been seeing the commercials for this where the girl sprays her body and then hops into jeans and I was like "yeah, sure!" It just didn't seem possible but it made me want to try it. I hadn't picked it up yet because I was skeptical and thought it was a little bit expensive for something that I couldn't imagine working the way they claimed it did. When I saw I had the chance to try it for free I cracked it open immediately! It REALLY DOES sink in that fast. I sprayed it on my arm to show you the texture of the lotion. All you have to do is rub it in for a second and it feels heavenly and dries super fast and without a trace of greasy residue or the filminess that many moisturizers leave behind. Jumping into clothes quickly is definitely possible and I do it when I get ready for work in the mornings (since I wake up at 4 am to be at work by 5, anything that cuts time is precious to me). The scent of the Total Moisture Pure Oat Extract variety I received is
There you have it - My fab Influenster Sugar and Spice VoxBox for Spring 2013! If you want to get in on the Influenster fun and try new products while engaging in a fun community of like minded girls click here and discover what this great program has to offer - Thanks Influenster!