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RunnerBox Sample Box Review

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RunnerBox Monthly Sample Box Review

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About RunnerBox:

“RunnerBox is a subscription based box for runners, triathletes and other active people. It is a mini shoebox filled with running products, mailed to your front door. It has everything from energy products, gels, chews, protein shakes/supplements, nutrition bars, skincare, and other accessories! Some products will be brand new (but personally tested) on the market, and some will be tried and true favorites. With so many products coming out on the market, leave the trials and testing to us, we’ll search out the best and send them to you!”

RunnerBox was generous enough to provide me with February’s RunnerBox as well as the Valentine’s Edition Gift RunnerBox. I have been overwhelmed with the awesomeness of these boxes. I have known about RunnerBox for a long time but had yet to see what all the fuss was about. I’m glad I dove in! It’s neat that there’s a sample box specifically put together for runners. All of the products in the box are relatively ingredient conscious, with several of the products boasting organic ingredients. I will briefly mention and comment on each item that both boxes contained. Here we go!

Klitch Footwear Clip

This clip is such a simple, handy tool for a runner. It’s a cinch to attach it to shoes. This Klitch clip will come in handy the most for traveling (through airports) or during outdoor adventures and hikes. They attach easily to the outside of my Camelbak and allow you to carry shoes without dirtying the inside of your bag.

Honey Stinger Vanilla Waffle

Delicious! This bar is almost entirely made of organic ingredients, which I love. Its the perfect, portable size to throw in a purse or Camelbak for a a quick snack. My husband also found it to be yummy! It does contain wheat, but their chews are gluten-free.

Health Warrior Chia Bar

I’m a huge fan of chia as a plant-based source of good fats, so I was excited to try this bar. It’s robust, earthy and fulfilling–just what you’d want during an outdoor run or bike ride. Like the Honey Stinger waffle, this bar is the perfect, small size to throw in your bag or even in a pant/jacket pocket.

CocoHydro Pineapple

This is a neat idea that makes instant coconut water a cinch. As long as you have some water on hand, you could virtually have a bottle of coconut water in seconds. This little packet makes a perfect addition to an energy bar for for a replenishing snack before, during or after activity.

Amrita Chocolate Maca Endurance Bar

Maca is a great superfood that helps balance and regulate your body’s hormones–I was happy to see Amrita include that in this bar. It’s a yummy, well-rounded bar that satisfies chocolate cravings and replenishes your energy stores, simultaneously. Contains a whole bunch of organic ingredients & is gluten free.

Rani’s Lemon Meringue Granola

I typically stay away from grains and most ingredients that typically contain gluten. However, this granola is a nice, occasional, satisfying treat that I would enjoy eating over coconut or almond yogurt.

Pocket Fuel Vanilla Energy Shot & Chocolate Haze Nut Butter Blend

Doesn’t appear that it contains mainly organic ingredients, but the ingredient lists are simple and delicious. Very convenient for outdoor workouts or keeping in your purse/car for a quick boost.

True Bar

So incredibly delicious. Cashews are probably my favorite nut. The coconut compliments that cashew very well. This bar is a satisfying, dense treat. The ingredient list is not organic, but they are all recognizable. Does contain gluten.

Kay’s Naturals Protein Chips

I was a bit weary of these chips, but they were VERY good. Delicious, actually. A nice replacement for traditional potato chips. Not all organic, but are gluten free.

Natural Ice Lip Protectant

Not totally down with all of the ingredients, but I think the idea of the product is a great idea. I would like it more with cleaner ingredients.

I Heart Keenwah Chocolate Sea Salt Clusters

I (and my 5 year old daughter) loved these! Quinoa is a great, gluten free source of protein and carbs. The chocolate and sea salt make these a yummy treat. I see them as a great way to introduce quinoa to kids, or simply enjoy as an adult! Contains several organic ingredients.

Eden Foods Trail Mix

Just like you would want trail mix to be: hearty and filling. The ingredients are entirely organic. Score! Perfect size pouch to keep in a backpack pocket.

Get Active Performance Tea

What an interesting and unique idea. I haven’t seen many teas specifically formulated for an athlete’s performance. It tastes earthy with a bit of a licorice punch. Contains organic ingredients.

Iced Gingerbread Clif Bar

Clif bars are a mainstay in our house because of how portable and yummy they are. They are 70% organic, which is above average. Some Clif Bar products are gluten-free, but this bar is not.

Jelly Belly Sport Beans Protein Recovery Crisps & Quick Energy

Two unexpected products from Jelly Belly! Not organic, but taste yummy, are gluten free and are easy to tote around.

Honey Stinger Cola Energy Chews

I’m not a huge fan of the cola flavor, but I like the organic ingredient list and the portability of this small packet.

Foot Rubz Massage Ball

Boy, did I need this! I love how this little ball feels on the bottom of my foot. I have been making it a habit to roll both feet over this ball once a day and it feels like it stretches and massages the muscles, tendons and ligaments of my foot. A great treat for a hard working runner!

Kind Bar Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt

Not completely organic ingredients, but at least the ingredient list is short and recognizable. These bars are hearty and delicious.

Quest Bar Protein Bar Cookie Dough

I am generally skeptical and uninterested in protein bars. This one really surprised me with how yummy it tastes. Unfortunately, it doesn’t boast organic ingredients. Quest seems moderately ingredient conscious, though. In other words, this protein bar seems above average.

RunnerBox Versatile Head Gear

What a neat, unique head piece! I wear a wide, thick headband every time I run–so this piece is a perfect fit into my normal routine.

Thanks RunnerBox for such an expansive spread! You’ve turned me on to a few products I had yet to experience!

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Erbaviva Organic Skin Care Review

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Erbaviva Organic Skin Care

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Erbaviva:

“Robin Brown and his wife Anna Cirronis, started Erbaviva in 1996 as a way to offer mommies-to-be and babies upscale products completely free from all harsh detergents, chemical fragrances, and other unhealthy additives.

Erbaviva’s first product was our unique, soap-less Baby Washbag – an unbleached cotton sachet, filled with organic oatmeal, organic milk and organic lavender flowers. Shortly after, we added a complete line of baby care products including an extra mild Baby Soap and Organic Baby Oil to create a complete authentically herbal and organic baby care collection.

Line Additions
Following the success of our baby care line, Erbaviva created an organic pregnancy collection that included everything a mommy-to-be could wish for during the nine months of pre-natal body care. Today we offer a wide range of products for the entire family with bath, body and true aromatherapy. Using the highest quality organic and wildcrafted essential oils, our products are freshly made with loving care through all stages of production at our own facility in Southern California.

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Organic Ingredients
For us, being organic should be the conscious consumer’s expectation and the conscientious manufacturer’s doctrine. We only label our products “organic” on the front label if they contain more than 99% certified organic ingredients. Please look at our back labels where we list all of the ingredients and state which ones are organic. When we use botanical extracts we do so in therapeutic proportions. So much so that you will see that they affect the product color as their inclusion increases product efficacy. We are very proud of our ingredients labels; we encourage you to read them! more about organic or more about our ingredients.”

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Jasmine Grapefruit Organic Deodorant Spray

Erbaviva’s Description:

“This award winning product was made after an over-whelming result from our Original Organic Deodorant we have launched JASMINE GRAPEFRUIT, soft, feminine and subtle. You will love it! Aluminum & Chemical Free.

INGREDIENTS: *Alcohol, *citrus grandis (grapefruit) peel oil, *cupressus semperivirens (cypress) oil, *zingiber officinalis (ginger) root extract, *santalum spicatum (sandalwood) oil, *citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) oil, *citrus medica limonum (lemon) oil, *jasminum officinalis (jasmine) flower extract, *salvia officinalis (sage) oil, **benzyl benzoate, **citral, **eugenol, **geraniol, **limonene, **linalool.

*denotes certified organic ingredient. **denotes component of certified organic ingredient.”

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Lemon Sage Organic Deodorant Spray

Erbaviva’s Description:

“If you’re one who loves to feel fresh but recoils after a quick scan of the content label on most conventional deodorants, then our award winning Organic Deodorant is just the product for you. By blending organic extracts of Sage, Lemon, Patchouli, and Tea Tree Oils with organic grain alcohol, we’ve created a sweet smelling product that counteracts the growth of bacteria but doesn’t clog pores. Aluminum & Chemical Free!

*Alcohol, *citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel oil, *salvia officinalis (sage) oil, *pogostemon cablin (patchouli) oil, *melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) leaf oil, **citral, **geraniol, **limonene, **linalool.

*denotes certified organic ingredient. **denotes component of certified organic ingredient.”

My Description & Thoughts:

When products are this good, I feel that I do not need to write much, because I basically only have applause and no scrutiny. This deodorant smells wonderful–I wouldn’t think to put jasmine & grapefruit together, but they make for a flowery and zesty scent.

The spray feature is convenient prevent application from being messy. I find that two sprays under each arm is sufficient for all-day long. To maintain a pungent fresh smell, I would reapply once later in the day if I was a bit sweatier that day.

My husband uses the lemon & sage version of this product and has been very happy with it–and that it rare, as a lot of natural and/or organic deodorants I have asked him to try have not been sufficient in regards to longevity and effectiveness. I see us restocking these products when we are out! I recommend the “Jasmine & Grapefruit” to active gals and the “Lemon & Sage” for active guys. I believe even heavy sweaters will be pleased.

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Breathe Body Lotion

Erbaviva’s Description:

“Use this wonderful potion throughout the day on hands and arms for a charge of fresh air. Used in conjunction with our Breathe Room & Body Spray the combination of pines, herbs, and leaves is the perfect antidote to indoor air conditioning, pollen season, and colds.

Water, *aloe barbadensis leaf juice, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, glyceryl stearate, cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, glycerin, *beeswax, xanthan gum, algin, *rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, *theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, glyceryl stearate citrate, *simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, tocopherol, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, *picea excelsa (spruce) leaf oil, *cedrus deodara (cedar) wood oil, *eucalyptus globulus (eucalyptus) leaf oil, *thymus vulgaris (thyme) oil , *melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) leaf oil, *citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel oil.

*denotes certified organic ingredient.”

My Description & Thoughts:

Exceptional ingredients and nourishing components make this lotion awesome. What makes it even more awesome is the fact that I would describe the scent as unisex–making it perfect to put in a family bathroom for everyone to use.

One application on fresh, clean after showering keeps my skin hydrated all day long–with no goopy-ness or oiliness. I would recommend this to any lotion-seeking individual who wants a product that will suit the whole family.

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Refreshing Organic Foot Balm

Erbaviva’s Description:

“NEW – Our new Refreshing Foot Balm doesn’t just smell great and warm the skin, it has essential oils of grapefruit and cypress to help stimulate circulation while relieving swollen feet with Ginger, Cypress and Lavender. Petroleum free and almost 100% organic, Mommy can rub in this Foot Balm several times a day.

Organic shea butter, organic sunflower seed oil, organic beeswax, organic grapefruit peel oil, organic cypress oil, organic lavander flower oil, organic sandalwood, organic ginger root extract, organic geranium flower oil, organic rosemary leaf extract.”

My Description & Thoughts:

This was the one product that was a new idea to me. I typically neglect my feet–which is a bit ironic as much as I run. My feet certainly needed some tender love. I started applying this in the evenings before bed (putting on socks after applying, so my feet could absorb it and I would make the carpet messy).

It moisturizes my dry, calloused feet, but it also feels to affect my whole body. Feet, just like the rest of our skin, absorbs what is on it. I’m sure the powerful essential oils in this balm benefit the rest of my body as well.

The scent of this balm is soothing, relaxing, and perfect for pre-bedtime. I see myself continuing this routine in the future.

I would recommend this product to anyone like me who neglects their feet and would benefit from some pampering.

*These complimentary products have been generously provided to me for the purpose of trying them in order to write a review on my experience.