Witch Please!- Fortune Cookie Soap Box Fall 2014

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Words cannot begin to express how excited I was to get the fall Fortune Cookie Soap Box.  The collection is called “Witch Please” and as you might assume, it has a little something to do with a certain wicked witch of the west.   Not only is it inspired by The Wizard of Oz, but they also incorporated themes from my all time favorite musical, Wicked.    This in and of itself is enough to make me have an increased interest in the collection, but what’s even better is the line is actually fantastic!  The smells embrace my favorite scents of the fall season.  The “Witch Please” soapbox was an excellent treat and I am really excited for the release of the entire collection.

To give you a sneak peak at this wickedly delightful collection, I’m going to break down all of the products that I got to sample in the soap box.  I numbered the products to match the photo above.

 

1. “Swankified” Walnut Facial Scrub– Fortune Cookie Soap is working on expanding its skincare line and this new scrub is a part of it.  It smells like a delicious treat of bananas, cake batter, and of course, walnuts.  This is a coarse but gentle scrub that feels so great on my face.  It’s gentle enough to use daily, and this scrub can also be used on the body.

2. “The Shiz” Perfume Oil– This oil is very earthy and autumn. They describe it as “a woodland hike through damp balsam woods, with top notes of maple leaves blowing through new dawn blossom, laurel and sweet clove.”

3. “Hair Flip” Hail Oil– Toss, toss! New to the FCS family, this hair oil is  a blend of oils that is made to repair and nourish dry and damaged hair.  The scent of vanilla buttercream mixed with hazelnuts adds a sweet scent to your hair while the oil adds control and shine.  Only a few drops of this goes a long way.  This must be the stuff that Galinda’s hair tossing is made of 🙂

4. “Roy G. Biv” OCD Hand Sanitizer– Fall also means cold season, so we need to keep hands germ free, even if we are hanging out somewhere over the rainbow (see what I did there?).  This scent of OCD has bright citrus notes combined with some autumn woods made up of lemon, mandarin, cotton blossom, vanilla, leaves, and bonfires.  Sounds like the perfect fall day to me.

5. “Flying Monkeys” Personal Space Air Freshener– Spray a little bit of this in the air to make the space around you smell fruity and fabulous.  Contains notes of peach, watermelon, jasmine, neroli, aquatic notes and fresh bananas.

6. “Miss Popular” Bubble Bath Powder– While I haven’t been able to open this, as I’m afraid of the mess it will make, I’m sure it’s just as stellar as the rest of the collection.  I’ve never used a bubble bath powder, but I’m interested to see if it turns my tub into a bubbly paradise.  Scent notes are star anise, star jasmine, honey, orange and violet.

7. “”BFFs” Whipped Cream–  This might be my favorite thing in the box.  FCS released 4 whipped creams for this collection and soap box subscribers got to try one of them.  BFFs is a blueberry and pumpkin scent that is to die for.  I’m almost out of my little tub and I can’t wait to actually order some full size whipped cream.  The only problem is the 3 other scents sound just as amazing for a pumpkin fiend like myself. The 4 whipped creams are:

  • BFFs- Pumpkin, blueberries and fall spices
  • Green is the New Black- Pumpkin pie filling, cinnamon, ginger, brown sugar and a touch of whipped cream
  • No Good Deed- Pumpkin, cinnamon, maple syrup, rum, vanilla and caramelized sugar
  • Wicked Good- Top notes of orange, pear, apple, pineapple, cherries mixed with pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and vanilla sugar

Seriously, guys, how on Earth do I pick just one of these?  I want them ALL

8. “There’s No Place Like Home” Fortune Cookie Soap– The product that started it all.  FCS’s signature fortune cookie shaped soap smells like apple cinnamon Heaven. Macintosh apples, cinnamon, allspice and cloves make this smell like fresh apple pie is baking, making it actually feel like home.  Well played.

That’s everything I got in my soap box this fall.  I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am to check out the full collection, which launches today, Aug 29th, 2014 @ 6:30pm.  I don’t know how I’m going to decide on only a product or two to add to my collection.  My husband might kill me if I actually bought everything that I was interested in.  I might be biased because of the amazing theme (for those that don’t know me, I’m pretty obsessed with the musical “Wicked”), but based on the sampling I got, if you’re in to the scents of autumn, you are not likely to be disappointed by what you find in this collection.

If you’re interested in getting in on the seasonal Fortune Cookie Soap Box, it’s a subscription service that you can sign up for on the website.

Fall Neutrals Welcome Box

Bulu Box: October 2013

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Here’s this month’s Bulu Box.  This is my second one and I am pleased with this one as well.  Let’s see what’s inside, shall we?

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Simple Being Slimming Smoothie

This smoothie came in a conveniently portioned pack , so there was no measuring involved.  The protein kick in this baby is awesome at 26 grams in one serving.  With only 1 g of carbohydrates, the Points Plus value of my chocolate smoothie mix is only 2!  That’s the same amount as the Weight Watchers smoothies, but with over twice as much protein in it.  As usual, I prepared this smoothie with about a cup of frozen strawberries and a cup of water.  The result is a chocolate covered strawberry smoothie packed with hunger fighting protein, making this an amazing snack that will, as the name says, slim you (or help keep you that way.  There are two flavors available (chocolate truffle and vanilla bean) and you can get it in a 2 lb tub.

Full Size: $49.99 (on sale from $59.99) for 28 servings

Sample Size: 1 Serving

Sample Value: $1.78

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Natural Vitality Calm Anti-Stress Drink

This anti-stress drink is also known as a magnesium supplement, containing 235 mg per 15 teaspoons.  There was also an informational brochure in the Bulu Box talking about how magnesium balances the amount of calcium in your body, and it explains why this balance is important.  Basically, an abundance of calcium (aka magnesium depletion) in the body can cause many things: stress, low energy, muscle tension, spasms, and cramps, irritability, difficultly sleeping, and more serious things like calcification of organs.  Seeing how 1/2 of the symptoms on that list pretty much described my life right now (click here for my most resent random breakdown) and knowing that I take a calcium and vitamin D supplement daily, I consulted my mom (who is a nurse and I consult with everything.  She basically told me I don’t really have to worry about getting a magnesium supplement becuase too much magnesium in the body can cause sluggish muscles (hence the relaxing), and having Muscular Dystrophy (read more about that here) sluggish muscles are not something I want to encourage.  I tried this drink yesterday late afternoon after I knew I was done with anything important for the day, and I didn’t notice anything terribly calming other than the fact there was no emotional break down last night.  Now, that is an improvement, but I’m going to go with the hope that i have a enough control over my emotions that I don’t need a drink to keep myself in an emotionally sane state (the occasional (once or twice a week, usually) alcoholic beverage in the evening to wind down with Erik is of course exempt from that statement).  This product comes in a variety of flavors and is available in tubs (8 oz or 16 oz) or in a set of 30 packets.

Full Size Product: $16.99 for 30 packets

Sample Size: 1 packet

Sample Value: $0.57

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Pocket Protein: Women’s Formula

You know those fruit puree pouches that little kids (or their parents) are carrying around all the time lately?  This instantly reminded me of that.  This gel is made with high grade, lactose free whey protein and has no sugar, carbs, or lactose in it.  Bonus: This 2oz pouch is only 1 Point Plus!! I’m digging these stats for sure!  I literally just consumed this in an effort to power up my workout which I will do as soon as I get this baby posted.  It was a little weird at first, but it’s not at all bad tasting.  Having it take less than 30 seconds to get a strong protein boost is worth it.  I hope it fuels me up.  You can buy these in 5 day, 15 day, and 30 day supplies, with the expectation being 2 packets per day.

Full Size Product: $26.99 for 5 day supply (10 pouches)

Sample Size: 1 pouch

Sample Value: $2.70

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Life Equals: Focus and Energy

This vitamin dishes out a dose of B vitamins, amino acids and natural caffeine to help keep you energized and focused without the crash that comes with other energy supplements.  What I’m imagining here is a B-complex vitamin with a few added perks.  I’m trying to remember how I felt after taking these.  I think I’d need a few days to truly test it out to see if I notice an energy difference.  The concept behind it is great though,

Full Size Product: $29.99 for 60 capsules

Sample Size: 2 capsules

Sample Value: $1

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Burn 360

Claiming to be an advanced fat burner and detoxifier, this supplement had raspberry keytones (hot product right now) and acai in it to help boost metabolism, curb cravings, and boost your antioxidants.  I’ve seen mixed reviews on this product, and only took one of the two so far and was not able to detect a noticeable difference.  Again, probably more noticeable after a few days (come on, Bulu Box, bring back the awesome sample size like last month, were we got a week’s worth to try!!).

Full Size Product: $34.95 for 72 capsules

Sample Size: 2 capsules

Sample Value: $0.97

They also threw in a $25 gift card to livewell360.com, which sells high end gym bags.  Sadly, this is not something I will use because the starting price on these babies are $167, and it goes up from there, so even the $25 gift isn’t going to make me get one of those.  Good try, but I’ll stick to my gym bag from Kohls

Total Box Value: $7.02 (without the $25 gift card, of course).

 

You’re a little shy of the $10 this month Bulu Box, but nonetheless, the products have proved to be worth a try.  I still am living this box as much as my first one last month, and continue to be impressed with the products they are introducing me to.

Bulu Box is a monthly subscription service that costs $10 a month and allows you to try 4-5 samples of top of the line health and fitness supplements.  There are two types of boxes you can subscribe to: a regular one and a weight loss one. I am subscribed to the weight loss one.  Check out Bulu Box here and sign up for this great service delivering things to help you reach your health and fitness goals to your door every month 🙂