Monday, May 2, 2016

Vox Box

If you love getting products to try for free then I recommend joining Influenster, where I recently got the treat VoxBox which was filled with great snack type treats. Influenster is a free-to-join community where you can write or read about all types of products.  There are all types of social media loving people giving their reviews and offering advice/tips.   All you need to do to join is to sign up at the  Influenster Website.  If you look to your right, I have a emblem on this page which will take you directly there.  Once you join, you can start writing reviews of products you actually use.  

Influensters looks at the reviews and picks people to get sample boxes from them.  For instance if you do a lot of reviews on cosmetic products, then you are more likely to get offered a cosmetic themed VoxBox. Not everyone is offered a VoxBox.  It depends on your reviews, social media experience, and more.  You do not need to have a blog to participate or be chosen.  

The folks at Influenster do contact people that they have selected for a particular VoxBox,in advance. This is to see if the potential reviewer is actually interested in a particular upcoming VoxBox before they send them out.  They also list their review requirements for each particular VoxBox in advance so you can make a qualified decision if you want to receive that particular VoxBox. Some are different from others, last month I got an offer for a sports bra related VoxBox that required photographing myself in the sports bra and posting it to social media.  Hmmm....this was not something I would want my kids to see, so I did not sign up for that box. 

Anyway, once the box is received, then you photograph the outer box and the contents.  This is so you can do reviews with photos on the products later.  Each box is specific as to the type of media they want you to review the products on.  For example for the Treat VoxBox, I had to photograph the various contents and include their tags and hashtags.  Then I posted those to Instagram, amazon, twitter, and my blog along with my personal opinion of the products.   

I am selective about which boxes I will commit to receiving because of my school schedule.  I don't seem to have a lot of free time lately.  Plus, this way I get the products I am interested in and more likely to repurchase in the future.

In this box I received:

  • Yum-V's Probiotic Bear Treats
  • Weleda Sea Buckthorn Hand Cream
  • Hills Brothers Cappuccino K cup Sampler
  • Hills Brothers Cappuccino Single Serve Packets and a coupon to share with a friend
  • A coupon for a free Country Crock tub of my choice.

I am a hug coffee fan and really appreciated the sample of 4 of the Hills Brothers Cappuccino k-cups that came free in this Treat VoxBox from Infuenster. 

The English Toffee flavor was the flavor I really enjoyed and used my coupon to purchase more. I have found that there are so many regular Cappuccino and vanilla cappuccino flavors being sold that I really wanted something different. The English Toffee flavor is really good and not over powering.

Hint: use the lowest selection in your Keurig to get the most flavorful cup. I found the medium setting added too much water which took away from the flavor. I liked this K-cup for a nice afternoon pick me up. For me this is a dessert in a cup which is perfect for my busy mom schedule. I have added a picture of the nutritional info and of the k-cups sampler I got so you can get an idea of what the calories and fat content are in this coffee.

The price of the 12 cup pack is a good deal for the quality of the cappuccino. Some people have posted that they have had k-cups melt on them in their Keurig.  Thankfully, I have used six of them without any problems (however, I have a newer Keurig and the heating system is more consistent than my old one was).  [ #CozyCapp #TreatVoxbox / @Influenster ]

The coupon for the Country Crock was also appreciated because they have this great flavored spread called "Country Crock Cinnamon". My daughter loves taking it camping because it is great on bread, pancakes and crackers.  And it is easier to put in tupperware so it can be carried in her backpack than other products might be.  The hardest part is finding in our local Ralphs store.  They do not carry it consistantly, even though we keep asking them to.

The next product is the "Yogi" tea.  I already buy Yogi tea and it was fun to try some new flavors. Their teas are herbal and I find I can enjoy them without the addition of sugar or other sweetness.  I also enjoy the uplifting tea tag sayings that they attach to each tea bag.  

The Yum-V's Probiotic Bear Treats were very tasty.  

They are really sweet and have a light chocolate (bordering on Vanilla) flavor.  I enjoyed the flavor but probably would not purchase this because my daughter ate the other three in minutes so I doubt a box would last long in my home.

If you are a fan of Sea Buckthorn berries then you might enjoy this hand cream.  It does have a citrus scent that is light.  I wash my hands a lot so my hands always feel dry, so I gave it a try. It worked fine but I had to use almost the whole packet to really get them to feel moist.  The product is sold in a 1.7 Ounce tube for around $12.     

Warning: if you are allergic to bees wax then be forewarned that Weleda Sea Buckthorn Handcream product does contain beeswax.  

Once again, if you enjoy trying new products and reviewing them on social media, you may want to consider joining the Influenster community.  If you are, then click on the Influenster button to your right and it will take to the website.

Note:  I was send these products for free by Influenster to sample and review.  

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