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Conscious Box: Plant-Based Sample Box Review

Conscious Box: Plant Based

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

About Conscious Box:

“Conscious Box helps you discover healthier choices. Our personalized subscription service lets you sample the best natural, non-GMO products, every month. Find something you like? Pick up full-size favorites at deep discounts. It’s that simple. Conscious Box makes living healthy easier than ever.”

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My Thoughts:

I discovered Conscious Box when I was still a college student, finishing up my bachelor’s degree in North Texas. At the time, Consciouc Box provides an excellent means for me to become acquainted with a big range of natural and organic beauty, skin and nutrition products. I have always been happy with & impressed by the variety in their boxes. In one box, you may get a deodorant sample and a seaweed bar. Heck, you could really go crazy and apply your deodorant while eating the seaweed bar! 🙂 The only thing I’ve noticed that I’d improve is that not all products inclosed are organic. They seem to be varying in quality as far as ingredients used.

Conscious Box sent me this plant-based version of their box for me to take a look at and try. My favorites in the bundle are the Chickpeas made by Saffron Road, Green Superfood Bar made by Amazing Grass &  the Bamboo Towels made by NaturezWay. I loved the idea of the Tiny Tea, but couldnt dive deeper ingredient-wise on their website because the info was hard to locate (that’s a instant turn-off for me! I dig transparency). The Back to Nature juice would be more appealing if it was not from concentrate, unpasteurized (requiring refridgetation) and contained organic ingredients. I really wanted to love the Vaska detergent–I checked out their website and saw this:

“Made from plant based surfactants and essential oils. NO nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs), NO chlorine, NO phosphates, NO optical brighteners, NO animal products, NO EPA priority pollutants, NO dyes, and NO chemical thickeners.

Water/Aqua, Alcohols C9-11 Ethoxylated, Alkyl Polyglucoside, Surfactant Copolymer, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Potassium Cocoate, Fragrance/Parfum, Methylchlorisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.”

While I appreciate that they do not use several harsh chemicals, I am apprehensive about the hard-to0-pronounce ingredients. Since I make my own very simple deterent at home with three ingredients, reading that ingredient list was not appealing to me. the lavender provided my clothes a pleasant aroma, though!

As I predicted, I was impressed with the variety in this Conscious Box, but would just ask for better in regards to quality of the products. I strive for the best of the best!

 

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Camelbak Relay Water Filter Pitcher Review

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Camelbak Relay Water Filter

Overall Rating: 3.5 STARS

About Camelbak Relay:

“CamelBak® Relay™ reinvents home water filtration with a unique Double Filter Technology that allows you to filter at the speed of your faucet. The innovative double-filter design removes chlorine, taste, and odors twice—every time you fill and every time you pour. Made with plant based activated carbon, each Fresh™ Filter lasts twice as long as the leading competitor—up to four months. With its spill-proof locking lid and space-saving design, Relay goes from your faucet to your fridge in a snap. It’s so fast and easy, you’ll discover all kinds of new uses for filtered water, from making your morning coffee to washing fruits and vegetables. Learn more at relay.camelbak.com. 10-cup (80oz) capacity. Dishwasher safe (top rack). ”

DOUBLE FILTER TECHNOLOGY

Filter as you fill and again as you pour for great tasting water. This dual filter system is the secret to delivering freshly filtered water, fast.

FAST FILLING

The Relay Fresh Filter is pleated, which increases the amount of water that comes into contact with the filter at a time. This design allows Relay to filter water 10X faster than the leading competitor.

EFFECTIVE FILTERING

The Relay Fresh Filter is packed with plant-based activated carbon that is embedded into a non-woven material. Independent test data shows Relay removes 97% of chlorine, taste and odor (see test data here).

LOCKING LID STAYS IN PLACE

No more super slo-mo trips from the faucet to the fridge. The Relay lid snaps on and locks tight, ensuring that you won’t slosh water all over the kitchen floor.

NO SPILLS WHEN YOU POUR

CamelBak Relay filters at the speed of your faucet. This eliminates the need for a filling reservoir (located at the top of most pitchers), making Relay easy to balance and virtually impossible to spill.”

My Thoughts:

When Camelbak contacted me to share their newest product, the Camelbak relay Pitcher,  I was very excited to incorporate this product into my family’s daily routine. Between filling up glasses of drinking water, filling up a blender, filling up the coffee maker, filling up the dog bowl and other kitchen necessities, we require quite a bit of filtered water in a day’s time! Though we have a large filter jug that we keep in the kitchen, this Camelbak pitcher fits into our routine nicely, as it:

-Fits on a refridgerator shelf (our other, larger filter does not)

-(Seriously) filters water as fast as it comes out of the faucet–it’s amazing to watch.

-Holds enough water to fill up several glasses of water-

-Doesn’t leak as you pour (most filters, from my experience, leak and make a mess!)

-Is BPA free, like other Camelbak products

My scrutiny is that with the convenience of quick, filtered water, comes a compromise in how many impurities can be filtered out (understandably so). For a quick way to minimize chlorine and bad taste, this pitcher gets the job done!