Aunt Fannie’s Cleaning & Pest Solution Review

 Thanks, Aunt Fannie’s for sponsoring this post! These products were gifted to me by Aunt Fannie’s. All opinions are my own. 

Transitioning to a cleaner lifestyle takes time! It’s took me years from the time that I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s to really commit to changing my diet, and I’ve only recently transitioned the majority of my makeup and skincare. When it came to cleaning supplies, I was mostly turning a blind eye. I dabbled in a few products here and there, but when quality suffered, my husband I would still keep reaching for our old conventional favorites. That’s why I was so excited when Aunt Fannie’s reached out to me about their clean, natural cleaning products and pest solutions!

Aunt Fannies is a health and wellness company that works through the home, and rethinks cleaning through food-based house cleaning products! This company started out of the same reason that most of us got into this cleaner living world… health crisis. The owner, Mat Franken’s young son had life threatening allergies, eczema, reflux, and so forth. Out went the plastics, and allergenic foods, but his son still wasn’t completely better. sound familiar? So, he turned towards a cleaner lifestyle and focused his efforts on cleaning products without the junk and saw a dramatic shift.

Again, change doesn’t happen over night. But when I heard this story and saw the actual ingredients in these products as compared to my own, I was all on board to give it a try!

 

Why Transition Your Cleaning Supplies?

 

These products are based off of a story that we can all relate to. But after changing so much in our lives, why should we care about cleaning supplies?

Chemicals in cleaning products can be just as harmful as those in foods. 

Food is what we tend to hone in on first in a healing lifestyle, and that’s great, but chemicals in household products can be just as problematic. They can contain endocrine disruptors, and immune system stimulants that can negatively impact our health and impede our ability to heal.

We breathe in cleaning products, and can absorb them through our skin. 

Just like we absorb makeup through our skin, we can absorb and breathe in the chemicals in our cleaning products. I think of all of the times I’ve whipped down my counters with some sort of chemical and then placed food that I eat directly on it. Or all of the cleaning sprays I’ve inhaled while cleaning windows. Not fun to think about!

We use them often, if not daily. 

One of the factors I consider the priority of switching out products is how often I use them. And really, we use cleaning products often, if not daily!

 

About Aunt Fannie’s Products

 

As mentioned above, Aunt Fannie’s was founded by a man who’s son was ill, and changing his lifestyle and cleaning products made a dramatic difference. So cool!

Aunt Fannie’s carries cleaning supplies that aren’t full on junk, but still get the job done! Their cleaning vinegar and vinegar wipes  are made with ingredients that clean the home without disrupting the micro biome of good bacteria in your environment. Plus, the wipes are biodegradable!

The glass and window cleaner leaves windows streak free without harsh chemicals, and I’m really loving using it in my office!

Their flypunch is an awesome addition to any kitchen that’s filled with fruits and veggies and is susceptible to flies. We definitely get a lot of flies, especially in the summer, so this will really come in handy for us!

With my job, my kitchen is almost constantly covered in coconut flour, olive oil stains, and stray bits of kale, so I tried out the fresh lime mint cleaning vinegar in my kitchen and around my house immediately.

Not only is the cleaning vinegar made with great ingredients, but it works really well! The smell was pleasant without being overpowering and unnatural, and it did the job of cleaning my forever dirty house.

What Makes Aunt Fannie’s Different Than Other ‘Natural‘ Products?

 

I know what you may be thinking… what makes this brand worth trying over others?

They have an all A’s rating from the EWG

This was the mic-drop that did it for me. The Environmental Working Group puts out ratings on products like makeup, cleaning supplies, and even makes the clean 15 and dirty dozen list, that help consumers determine whether or not the products are safe.

All of the Aunt Fannie’s products received A’s on the EWG, and according to their website, “No other brand has more products with an ‘A’ rating in either General Purpose Cleaner, Glass/Window Cleaner or Floor Care Cleaner categories than Aunt Fannie’s.”

I really lean on the EWG when picking out products, so this alone was reason to check out these products.

Their ingredients are honest and real

The ingredients is what earned their spot on the EWG. They’re made with food based ingredients and are not tested on animals. Many other cleaning products, even natural brands, can’t claim the same. Much of these other products have harsh chemicals and fragrances that Aunt Fannies doesn’t use. Even worse, many labels doesn’t even list the full ingredients.

Aunt Fannie’s is free from…

  • Dyes
  • Ammonia
  • Formaldehyde
  • Parabens
  • Bleach
  • Alcohols
  • Synthetic fragrances
  • and more..

 

They’re easily accessible and affordable

One of the major roadblocks with natural products is trying to track them down, and inability to afford them. Aunt Fannie’s products are affordable, and easily accessible. You can buy online on their website, or find them in a retailer. They’re in tons of stores across the US!

Plus, I have a unique offer code for you!

When you enter the code, UNBOUNDWELLNESS at checkout it will activate the exclusive discount of 30% OFF CART for you and you’ll also get Free Shipping if you buy over $35!! This offer expires on 10/31/17.

Thank you Aunt Fannie’s for partnering with me to spread the word, and for giving me an awesome new solution to use in my home!

YBC Mantra Box Summer 2017 Review | Natural Paleo & Yoga Box

 Thanks, YogaByCondace for sponsoring this post! This box was gifted to me by YogaByCandace LLC. All opinions are my own. 

Summer is coming to a close and fall is on it’s way! Once labor day started inching closer and closer I started getting anxious for my Mantra Box to arrive, which arrives at the end of each season. I’ve been an avid follower of Candace of Yoga by Candace forever, and have been loving partnering with the YBC to review the MantraBox! I’ve always loved discovery subscription boxes and this one is basically my dream box. My husband has his snack box, my friends with dogs have their dog box, and I have my MantraBox filled with all of the crunchy, hippie, paleo things!

In case you haven’t seen my other two reviews (Spring 2017 here and Winter here) of The Mantra box, it’s a quarterly discovery box filled with tons of fun goodies from small health and wellness businesses such as yoga companies, food brands, personal care and beauty products, and more. The box is definitely made for my fellow holistic lifestyle lovers, and my boxes have had everything from yoga straps, to Vital Proteins collagen, to books, and more. You can pick your gender preference as well as paleo, vegetarian, and just a standard “I eat everything”. There are only a limited number available each season, so you can pre-order your fall box today before they sell out!

This box comes out quarterly, but as they come at the end of each season, the products aren’t necessarily seasonal. There’s always a huge variety of things that you can use year round! 

YBC Mantra Box

Summer 2017 Review

Some Of My Favorite Products 

Harney & Sons Fine Tea Blend

This tea blend was one of the first things that I grabbed out of the mantra box. The packaging was just so pretty, unique and eye-catching… and honestly, I’m a sucker for that. 

The tea itself is super fragrant, floral, and delicious! You can get it here and use the code YBC17 for 20% off.

Stamba Super Food Blend 

This travel superfood blend is another one that really caught my eye. I’ve taken the stance as a nutritional therapy practitioner and a blogger to not really talk much about supplements and what I take on my blog because everyone is so different than what I’d give one of my own clients. It’s a superfood blend specifically designed for short term use during travel to help your immunity and digestion. It’s full of just real food ingredients like ginger, mushrooms, etc. as well as a digestive enzymes. 

All of the ingredients may not work for everyone, and again, this isn’t a daily supplement, but I’ve traveled a ton during the past year and this is something that I would definitely bring with me on a long trip. When I went to Indonesia last winter and was stressing about getting enough nutrients and staying well with the jet lag, I wish I would’ve had something like this to try out. You can get yours here!

Magnesium Lotion From Enviormedica

In each MantraBox I’ve gotten so far, there’s been at least one brand that I already use and trust, which is one of the things I love about it! I was pumped to see this magnesium lotion in the box as Ancient Minerals is a brand that I already use! I have a smaller sample size of their magnesium spray that I apply to my feet/calves that I really like, so getting this full size lotion was exciting. Magnesium is absorbed very well through the skin, and this specifically is great for targeting things like leg cramps. 

This lotion came specifically from Enviormedica, and you can get yours here!

OM Ring by Souldivine Stones and Tyes

I was so excited when I saw this gorgeous little ring in the box! It’s gorgeously crafted, and very malleable to easily fit on any finger. You can get this super cute ring here and use the code YBC for $5 off.

Also in this box…

I love getting these mantra boxes every season and highly, highly recommend trying one out. You can pre-order yours for fall, here before they sell out! Thanks again for bringing us this awesome box, YogaByCandace!

My Favorite Non-Toxic Makeup

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Along with cooking, makeup has always been one of my favorite creative outlets. Nobody needs makeup to be beautiful… but it’s fun, and it’s just as much of a personal style choice as clothes or hair. My love for makeup exploded in college when I got into Youtube beauty videos. I quickly went from a drug store girl that would just get whatever my mom got me as a teen to a full blown Sephora addict with stacks of palettes  and mac lipsticks. Oh the mac lipsticks. I was obsessed

A few years ago, I started to realize a huge change in how I would feel when I’d apply lipstick. I’d go from having a normal day to all of a sudden feeling fatigued and flushed just from applying lipstick. I had no idea what was going on… until I actually read the ingredients. Soy, wheat, sesame, mystery coloring, and so many horrible additives that I didn’t even know anything about. 

After doing some more search on how the beauty industry is highly unregulated and filled with just as much junk as the conventional food industry, most of my makeup went in the trash. Hundreds of dollars of lipstick gone just like that. Not only was the money wasted, but one of my favorite creative outlets was gone in an instant. I went back to a very few cleaner basics and even held on to some of my more toxic favorites as I was at a total loss of what to do.

Transitioning your lifestyle to a cleaner on takes time! It’s expensive, and it doesn’t happen over night. That’s why it took me so long to clean up my makeup. However, this was my year that I was finally going to figure it out. I still have more searching to do, but I’m so happy to share that I have basic non-toxic beauty favorites to share!!

Crunchi Foundation 

As someone who had terrible skin as a teenager (hello, gut health) I got hooked on a full coverage, matte liquid foundation pretty early on. Though my skin has improved a lot as my health as improved in general, I still like a good liquid foundation. 

When I asked my Instagram friends about brand recommendations, crunchi was a clear leader. And it’s very, very clear why everyone loves it so much. This foundation is hands down one of the best I’ve tried period. Not just out of the “cleaner” brands, but I’m counting the high end conventional brands as well.

The coverage is amazing, it stays on all day, and crunchi is an amazing company overall who I really trust with a great ingredients glossary and blacklisted ingredients. I got the foundation brush to go along with the crunchi liquid foundation (I’m shade 02). 

W3LL People Concealer 

I almost wound up getting the crunchi concealer which I also heard good things about, but after so many people recommended W3LL people, I really wanted to give it a try. 

I’m very, very picky with concealer. Your girl definitely has some dark circles and I want my concealer to work. The W3LL people bio correct concealer (I’m the lightest shade) has amazing coverage! It’s great for spots as well as dark circles. 

Lily Lolo Laid Bare Eye Palette

The Laid Bare Eye Palette was another huge stand out in this line up, and one that I never thought I would find. I was a huge, huge Naked Palette by Urban Decay girl for 5-6 years or so and I refused to use anything else. I’ve tried other cleaner beauty brands eyeshadow and was disappointed by the pigmentation. I want an eye shadow that pops and stays on all day. This one delivers. 

Lily Lolo Laid Bare

Lily lolo has a few different palettes that all look amazing with great basic colors. Laid Bare is pretty comparable to the original Naked palette with nude tones and some darker ones as well. 

I hung on to my Naked palette to do a swatch comparison between the two, and the results were fire! Here’s a swatch of half baked from the Naked palette, and Lady Godiva from the Laid Bare palette. 

Isn’t that amazing? The urban decay colors are a bit darker across the board, but the pigmentation and the staying power of the two palettes are super similar. 

I am thrilled that I found this palette and will be getting more from Lily lolo! 

100% Pure Liquid Eyeliner 

Eyeliner is always part of my signature look. I’ll leave the house without my wallet before I leave without eyeliner on. I’ve been loyal to Stilla for years until I read the back… yup… parabens. 

I’ll be honest that the quality of Stilla is hard to match, but 100% Pure does a great job with this eyeliner. It goes on pretty wet and takes a few minutes to dry, so you have to be strategic with when you put it on to make sure it doesn’t smudge, but it defiantly stays on all day and produces a great look. 

Fairy Girl Liquid Lip Potions

I found Fairy Girl on Instagram and was really drawn to their colors and their bundle deals. The ingredients are free of parabens, gluten, soy, etc. and the staying products are incredible! The colors are so beautiful, and they stay on for hours. 

The color that I’m wearing in the picture is Cherish, but I also really love Faith

Axiology Lip Crayons

Did you really think I could really keep it to just one lipstick? I just had to give axiology a shout out!

I was blown away by how clean the Axiology ingredients are! Avocado, coconut, castor oil, and other essential oils are just some of the awesome ingredients in these lip colors. So far, the only color I have is Enchant, and I love it. Highly recommend checking them out. 

100% Pure Maracuja Mascara

This mascara was one of the very first cleaner beauty swaps that I made, and it made me a 100% percent pure fan over night. The mascara is colored with black tea, and as someone coming off of the They’re Real mascara from Benefit, I didn’t miss a beat with this one. It’s an amazing product! 

What about other popular brands like Beauty Counter?

I’ve tried other brands, but these just wound up being my favorites as of right now. That doesn’t mean I have anything against any brand that I didn’t mention in this post, this is just my personal preference.

For example, when I was into conventional makeup, Benefit and Urban Decay were some of my go-to brands. That didn’t mean that I thought Nars, Too Faced, and Smash Box were bad… they just weren’t what I gravitated towards. 

What about bronzer, primer, blush, highlight, etc.?

Like I said, replacing all of your makeup is expensive and it takes time! Every single product you see here I paid for out of pocket on my own… no one is sending me free makeup to review (at least as I type this in 2017). 

These are the products that I use every day and were the highest priority for me to switch over. I intend to keep building my collection and keeping you updated as I do, but this is it for now! 

I hope this post was helpful! I look forward to sharing more about holistic beauty soon! 

My Favorite Non- Toxic Makeup

Why I Trust God With My Health

This blog post has been a long time coming. Too long. It’s hard to pour your heart out to hundreds of thousands of strangers, you know? But it’s worth the inevitable backlash to be able to share the most important part of my healing journey and my life. 

However… a quick disclaimer that if you don’t agree with my views, I completely accept and respect that! I’m using this blog as a space that I created to share my views on God and reading my views are totally optional. No hard feelings if you’d rather just take some recipes and skip anything else. 

Now, I won’t lie to you and tell you that I’ve had it the very worst run with my health. I’m fortunate compared to so many of my friends and acquaintances who have had it worse. But it hasn’t been easy. No one really has it easy for one reason or another. My hashimoto’s made me incredibly fatigued, I lost my hair, it made me socially isolated. My gut issues made me even more socially isolated, took away so many of my favorite foods and activities that I once enjoyed, and contributing to me feeling like crap for a huge percentage of my time of this Earth. It could always be worse, but it’s not easy. 

When you can’t always trust doctors, you feel like you can only trust yourself. Like healing is all in your hands and all other authorities have left you. You ask, “why is this happening to me?” “Who can I trust?”. Even in the hardest moments, my answer has been God. Even when I felt like everything I ate made me sick, and I didn’t understand why such a bad thing could happen to me, I still trusted God.

The question that I know a lot of people have is why? And how? That’s why I wanted to share Why I trust God with my health. Even in the hopeless moments, and even when I don’t understand, and why it’s the most important part of my health journey. 

Why I Trust God With My Health

First, I recognize that perfect health does not exist.

One of my favorite verses is…

“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

– John 16:33. 

So, what does that mean? One of the biggest misconceptions is that when we start following God and living like Christ, everything is perfect and we live a blessed life. If God is on our side, nothing can go wrong, and all it takes is a quick prayer to get us out of a sticky situtation. Like a helicopter parent bailing a 13 year old out of some trouble. We’ve all heard that mentality, right? Maybe even believed it. When in reality, that’s far from the truth.

We’re never promised a perfect life… whether we follow God or not. Original sin has made it to where we will have problems in this  world. We will experience pain, we may get sick no matter how healthy of a lifestyle we live, and we will all experience death. No free passes are guaranteed and nobody gets one. Of course there’s a spectrum of what struggles people face, but none of us are immune to struggles in general. 

The point is that even though we all experience trouble in this world because of sin, Jesus has overcome the sins of the world by taking them on himself. Even if we have troubles in this world that are painful, unfair, and completely confusing, there is a world beyond this one, and hope in a God that has overcome this one. 

Whenever I feel hopeless with my own health or life, I remember that this life isn’t meant to be perfect, but that God provides salvation. 

I also recognize that I can’t do it all and don’t understand it all. 

The question always arises, “How could God allow “x” to happen?”. First, I always refer to the verse above, and second, we don’t always have the answer for that. We just don’t know why everything happens. I don’t understand why certain things happen, and I don’t claim that I know how to fix it. But I have chosen to trust God even when I don’t understand. For more reading on that, I love this article from Lee Strobel. 

We all want to have it all figured out. Especially with our health. We endlessly Google, listen to podcasts, buy books, and even go to schools ourselves. The answer to perfect health has to be out there right? It’s just not that easy.

I’ve accepted that I will never fully understand every inner working of my body at every given moment. No one has it all figured out. That doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t do what’s in our power to learn more and strive for better health. Clearly, I work on my own health and help others do the same. But, it’s important to remember that we’ll never have it all figured out… it also takes trust. 

Personal relationships are about trust and faith… and that’s not always easy. 

God isn’t this lofty man in the sky in a white robe sitting on a throne that we can’t come anywhere near knowing. A personal relationship with God is possible, and it’s what God wants with us. Through prayer, through reading His word, and through striving to be like Him, we can form that relationship. 

And with any relationship, there’s a certain element of not knowing 100%… you just have to trust.

For example… my husband, Daniel, is super creative and loves making home improvements. From installing vintage light fixtures, to mixing and pouring his own concrete, to ripping out the bathroom tile on a moments notice, he does it all. A lot of the time he’ll give me a quick rundown of his vision, and I just don’t really see it working. Regardless, I choose to trust him and have faith that he’ll do the best he can… and he always does. 

Clearly, that’s only a very small example of trust in our relationship. Trust can be as small as trusting your friend to make dinner reservations, or trusting a spouse to be in it with you for a lifetime. Every time you get behind the wheel of a car you’re trusting the drivers around you to not crash into you. No matter the situation, life always take a certain amount and trust and blind faith. 

The same thing goes for a relationship with God. Even when I’m stepping back looking at my life or my health as a mid-remodel bathroom in shambles with broken tiles, and dust, I still have to trust that in the end it will all come together. Trust is never easy. We want to be in control and see the outcome before it happens. But even when we feel our most of out control, in one way or another, it always works out. 

Nothing gives me more comfort or purpose than my relationship with God.

Just like any personal relationship always takes work and trust can waiver, the same goes for a relationship and trust in God. It’s a journey and process.

However, nothing gives me more comfort than that relationship with Him. In both life, and in the health space, we so often stumble for answers. We jump from different protocols, different diets, different fitness regimens, looking for the answer and looking for a way to make us feel good and worthy. Here’s the thing… these things are necessary, but nothing will ever give as much comfort and purpose to me than a relationship with God and the knowledge that even though this health journey is hard, and that trouble will constantly exist around ever single turn, He has overcome the world. 

 

Thank you for reading to this super personal post! I hope that it can help you along whatever tough spot you’re currently in, or give you some fresh insight. 

YBC Mantra Box Spring 2017 Review | Natural Box

 Thanks, YogaByCondace for sponsoring this post! This box was gifted to me by YogaByCandace LLC. All opinions are my own. 

Ever since partnering with one of my all time favorite brands, Yoga By Candace on their amazing Mantra Box, it’s been like having Christmas come every season. I can’t tell you how excited I get to see the box waiting on my door step and to tear it open for all of the fun surprises. Like I said in my last review, I love the idea of subscription boxes but had to shy away from most because they just never aligned with my preferences and my food/ingredient restrictions until The Mantra Box! I’ve been enjoying all of the wonderful goodies from the last box I shared with you guys, and the spring box was also filled with such amazing value!

So what is The Mantra box? It’s a quarterly discovery box filled with goodies from small health and wellness business such as yoga companies, food and snack brands, personal care and beauty products, and more. You can pick your gender preference as well as paleo, vegetarian, and standard “I eat everything”.

There are new boxes filled with tons of surprises that come out every quarter. When you pre-order the box, the products are kept a surprise until they arrive on your doorstep. As you’ll see in this review, products are from brands that you may already know and love, and brand new ones. All of the products come from small business with a natural focus, so it’s all something that I can really get behind! Since it’s all small  businesses, the boxes are limited, so I’d suggest jumping on your pre-order for summer ASAP! 

YBC Mantra Box Spring 2017 Review

At only $49.99 (plus shipping) the box is clearly filled with so much value! Tons of the products are full size, and the samples are all large enough for you to really get a feel for the product. 

Here are just some of my favorites from this box…

Germ Fighter Synergy from Plant Therapy

 may not be totally essential oils crazy, but I love them for things like holistic care of headaches, colds, and the like. This germ fighter blend from plant therapy is a great one to use for warding off seasonal threats. This stuff smells amazing and I’m excited to have it as a purse stapleIf you want to try it out, you can use the code MANTRA  for 20% off, here

Immortelle Perfecting Creme from Floracopeia

 

This hydrating eye creme from Floracopeia was the first thing that I went for in this box. The packaging was beautiful, and the product went on so smooth. It instantly brightened up my eyes and I loved wearing it all day.  I don’t use a ton of products on my face anymore as I’m still building up more natural, cleaner, products, but this is an awesome addition!

If you want to try out this brand, Floracopeia is offered 20% off their perfecting creme with the code MANTRA20, here.

Peppermint Cream Cocoa Butter Soap  from Graham Gardens 

I love, love, love anything peppermint. It’s one of my favorite scents in fragrances, and flavors in treats. The second I opened this box I instantly smelled the peppermint fro this soap! This soap from Graham Gardens is a full size bar and smells so amazing!

If you want to try it out, use the code MANTRABOX to get 20% off, here.

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson and a Beeswax Candle from Sol Organic and their sister store, Tru melange.

I was excited to see a whole book inside the box! Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson has actually been on my Amazon wishlist for months after I’ve heard such great things about it. I really love funny, but still realistic books, so I can’t wait to dive into this one.

And what’s better than snuggling up with a good book and a candle? Sol organix sent this amazing bees wax candle from their sister store, tru melange, and they’re also offering a 20% discount on their organic sheets with code YC20, here.

Here’s what else was in the box…

  • Paleo Protein Superfood from Rootz Nutrition. – We’ve gotten a sample of this before, and it’s an awesome powder for paleo folks! My husband uses it after workouts and he really likes it. If you want to try it, use the code yogabycandace for $5 off.
  • Coupons from Maple Hill Creamery – Another brand that we’ve tried before in my house and my husband really likes! They have great quality yogurts. 
  • A meal kit from Grainful. For those who eat grains, use the code YBC20 for 20% off! 
  • A beautiful greeting card from Ingrid Stevens Photography. If you want one of your own, email at ijstevens@shaw.ca.
  • Whole probiotics from BIOHM Health. Use the code MANTRA20 for 20% off your own if you’d like to try them! 
  • Omax3 The Ultra-Pure Omega-3 from Omax Health. Use the code YBCMantra20 for 20% off!
  • Daily Super Spice Shot from Pranayums – Use the code PranayumsYBC for 15% off.
  • Spicy Red Pepper Pork KRAVE Stick & Rosemary Lemon Turkey KRAVE Stick – This is another one that I couldn’t have myself, but it’s a great option if you can have certain spices and legumes! You guys know I love jerky as a snack on the go. Use the code YOGABYCANDACE for 20% off.
  •  Icelandic Relief Eye Cream Pen from Skyn ICELAND – Another awesome eye care product in this box! Use the code SKYNMANTRA for 20% off.
  • Happy Tea / Man Tea (depending on the box) from Your Tea. This was another full size product in the box that I was so excited for. It’s a delicious herbal tea with adorable packaging. 

 

Isn’t that all so much fun? Preorders for the upcoming Summer Mantra box are available now, and they ship around the world! Remember, that there’s a limited supply and all of the products are a surprise. Hope you enjoy, friends! 

YBC Mantra Box Winter 2017 Review | Paleo & Yoga Box

 Thanks, YogaByCondace for sponsoring this post! This box was gifted to me by YogaByCandace LLC. All opinions are my own. 

I’ve been in the love with the idea of subscription boxes and discovery boxes since college. It always seemed like such a fun treat to get a box of unexpected goodies in the mail! I used to scour websites trying to find the perfect box, for the perfect price, with the perfect contents. I looked at tons of makeup boxes that just had too many ingredients I couldn’t use, clothes boxes that were too expensive, and snack boxes that came with too many foods that I was intolerant to. I do live vicariously through my husbands snack box that he gets delivered to his office every month though. I ask for pictures just to see the fun surprises he gets on his monthly snack Christmas! But needless to say, I never really found my own box that fit my interests and apparently very niche specifications aligned with.

That why I was doing back flips (or full wheels?) when I got the opportunity to partner with one of my absolute favorite online brands, YogaByCandance to try out and review The Mantra Box! I’ve been using YogaByCandace at home YouTube yoga videos, using the app, and reading the blog and her book for a while now. Candace is an amazing inspiration who healed from chronic lyme with real food and shares yoga content online, and in retreats, and in her awesome book.

So, what is The Mantra Box? It’s a quarterly discovery box filled with goodies from small health and wellness business such as yoga companies, food and snack brands, and personal care and beauty products.

 

You can choose male and female boxes as well as paleo, vegetarian, and standard “I eat everything”. Clearly, I went for the paleo box! 

There are new boxes every quarter, and I got to try out the Winter box which was full of tons of great brands and products that I already love and use regularly, and some new ones that I was glad to get acquainted with! 

YBC Mantra Box Winter 2017 Review

 YBC Mantra Box Winter 2017 Review

You guys, this box was so well curated. It’s perfect for paleo yogi’s with a love for natural products. So basically if you’re anything like me, you’re gonna have a good time. It typically comes with 7-11 items, and there were both sample and full size products in this box. Clearly there is a ton here and it’s an amazing value for $49.99 (plus shipping). Here are some of my favorites…

Kasandrino’s International Olive Oil

  

I’m kind of embarrassed to say that this is my first time trying Kasandrino’s… I have no idea what took me so long. They’re a well known brand for their high quality olive oil, and as we all know, olive oil has a bad reputation for being cut with cheaper, low quality oil. Healthy fats matter for our hormones, brain health, and overall health, so it’s important to use high quality fats. 

I loved getting this travel size Kasandrino’s for my upcoming trip to Florida and to get a taste of this olive oil. I’ve already been drizzling it over fresh salads with lemon juice. You really can taste the difference!

 

 Shenzhen LeWangYiGou Tech Ltd Yoga Strap & Clever Yoga Socks

Bring on the yoga stuff! 

I actually don’t have a yoga strap at home… I only use them when I practice in a studio. Frankly, I find most of the designs kind of annoying, but this yoga strap is awesome. It has tons of loops which makes it easy to loop through your hands and feet without making awkward loops and knots. 

Also, these yoga socks from Clever Yoga have stick pads on the bottom which keeps you from slipping. It’s great if you slip around on your mat (which I often do.. especially in hot yoga) or if you’re doing yoga without a mat. Yet another great travel item if you don’t want to bring along a yoga mat but still want to get in some yoga on a trip/

Numi Organic Turmeric Tea and Vital Proteins Collagen 

Okay, first… you guys know I love Vital Proteins collagen. It’s made from grass-fed beef collagen and promotes hair, skin, nail and gut health. It’s perfect for adding a healing and protein boost to drinks, just like this tea. 

I paired the vital proteins with some of these teas from Numi. Numi Organic Tea included a few different turmeric tea samples which I loved. We all know that that turmeric is a powerhouse spice with tons of anti-inflammatory benefits, and it tastes amazing. 

Here’s What Else Was In This Awesome Box…

  • Refreshing stress supplement pack. All good stuff in here!
  • Four Sigmatic Mushroom coffee! This stuff is super popular and gets rave reviews!! I’m pretty caffeine free and only have it on special occasions. so I haven’t tried it yet, but they sent a whole box!! I see some nice Sunday morning drinks in my future! 
  • Unbound $25 Giftcard. Nice name, Unbound 😉 They’re an online sexual health retailer that has tons to choose from.
  • Dandelion Creative Co. – The artist for the beautiful art print.
  • Rootz Nutrition . Another really popular brand with rave reviews! I can’t have some of the ingredients so I passed it along to my husband as a post workout smoothie ingredient, but I hear from everyone that this stuff is great if you’re paleo.
  • The Grandpa Soap Co soap. They sent a full size bar of soap that smells so amazing. 
  • Dandelion Creative Co. The artist who sent the lovely Namaslay print!
  • Raw Spice Bar spice pack. Warming winter spices which would be so yummy in a warm winter drink with some Vital proteins added in 😉

The Spring Box is Available For Pre-Order Now!

These boxes ship quarterly, and the spring Mantra Box is available to pre-order now! Remember, it’s all a surprise which makes it all that much fun, and clearly you gets tons of awesome goodies. They only have 150 boxes available for order as it supports only small businesses, so don’t wait to order if it’s something you want to try out. I hope you love it as much as I do!