As part of the Influenster network, I recently got my first VoxBox! What is Influenster?
“We’re an exclusive community of invited trendsetters, social media mavens, and educated consumers who live to give opinions of products and experiences.”
Influenster provides opportunities to receive samples and full size products to try and review. One of the fun perks is the VoxBox program, where Influenster sends out boxes filled with an assortment of different brands to try out. I love this idea because it lets me try something I might not usually buy, and by having different kinds of items in the box (ranging from cosmetics to food), it’s almost a guarantee there is something I do like! Influenster is invite-only, but if you want an invite, I have 5 to give away! Leave your email address in the comments and I will send you one.
I received the Sugar ‘N Spice Voxbox:
“Ingredients for a VoxBox? Sugar and spice and everything nice! Our second box of 2013 was made with love just for you. We threw in a bit of sugar, kicked up the heat, and delivered something irresistable to your door.”
This was my first VoxBox, and I was not disappointed. It came literally packed full to the brim with mostly full-size products along with some explanatory handouts. Here is an in-depth rundown of my thoughts on each item!
Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer in Total Moisture
“Vaseline® Spray & Go® Moisturizer is a line of quick, convenient, continuous-spray lotions. They moisturize deeply and absorb in seconds to leave skin instantly soft, not greasy or sticky. Total Moisture is infused with pure oat extract for healthy soft skin in seconds.”
I’ve used Vaseline products all my life and love their versatility and dependability. I have a bad habit of not consistently moisturizing after showering in the winter. I don’t want to wait for the lotion to sink in before getting dressed (while I shiver in the cold mornings), and then I end up with dry uncomfortable skin that I just HAVE to scratch. I’ve never heard of spray on moisturizer before, so this was a nice product to try.
This is a very convenient and easy product to use. It has a twist-top that lets you lock and open the moisturizer – a great touch, since then you can throw it into your gym bag. A quick spray leaves a misty but liquidy line of moisturizer on your skin, and this rubs in in less than 5 seconds. It’s definitely much lighter than normal lotion, but it left my skin moisturized but not greasy, and sinked in much quicker. The moisturizer has a clean fresh smell that lingers for hours. It’s not overpowering, but if you are very sensitive to scents, it’s something to keep in mind.
Dickinson’s Oil Controlling Towelettes
“The soothing blend of Witch Hazel and aloe in our facial wipes rejuvenates your skin by gently lifting dirt, oil and impurities from your pores while nourishing even the most sensitive skin. The result is a clean, refreshed and blemish-free complexion – naturally!”
Dickinson’s makes a number of Witch Hazel-containing products, from cleansers to toners. Witch Hazel is a natural astringent, extracted from the bark and twigs of the witch hazel shrub. It helps reduce skin oils, without being over-drying or irritating. Dickinson’s has been around since 1866, and witch hazel has been their specialty since then, so they’re definitely the experts at high quality witch hazel extraction!
The Oil Controlling Towelettes come in a box of 20 single packaged towelettes, each perfect for traveling or freshening up late in the day. Aside from Witch Hazel to remove excess oil, the towelettes also have aloe in them, for added moisturizing. The towelettes are pretty huge! I think half of one would be sufficient. The towelette is soft in texture, but still strong, so it doesn’t rip apart as you rub it on your face. The amount of witch hazel solution soaked into the towels is essentially perfect – enough to use over your whole face without having liquids dripping on you. After using one of these, my face felt clean, refreshed, and less oily, without being dried out. I’m definitely going to be getting more of these to use on the go.
“Nectresse sweetener tastes like sugar and is naturally zero calories per serving. How? We started with the deliciously sweet extract of monk fruit and combined it with the perfect blend of other natural sweeteners. It’s 100% natural with nothing artificial. You’re going to love the way it tastes.”
Nectresse is a zero calorie sweetener made by the sweetener kings, Splenda. It consists of a blend of sweet monk fruit extract and erythritol, sugar, and molasses. Apparently you can bake and cook with Nectresse, which is great since a lot of the other non-sugar sweeteners can’t be used that way. Unfortunately, I’m very sensitive to erythritol and other sugar alcohols, so I can’t use this, and will be bringing it to work so my coworkers can use it in their coffee if desired. If you can handle sugar alcohols and are interested, Nectresse is currently offering a free sample promotion on their webpage, so check that out.
Colgate Optic White Oral Care Line (see following post for thoughts!)
BelVita Breakfast Biscuits in Cinnamon & Brown Sugar
“Nutritious sustained energy, all morning. One of the unique benefits of belVita Breakfast Biscuits is the nutritious sustained energy (or steady energy) they provide all morning long. The delicious, crunchy biscuits are made with a combination of grains that are carefully baked to release energy regularly and continuously to fuel your body throughout the morning.”
BelVita is a line of breakfast “biscuits,” with each single-serving package containing 4 crunchy cookies. They are filled with good nutritious whole grains (from oats, rye, and wheat) and fiber, which are supposed to help keep you full. The biscuits also are free of “bad” things like high-fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils, and artificial flavors or sweeteners. One package comes in at 230 calories which, when paired with a piece of fruit or a small cup of yogurt, is a good range for a healthy breakfast.
Taste and texture wise, these remind me of a crisper version of a tea digestive cracker. They are a bit hard (not like a cookie), but not hard to chew. Flavor-wise, the cinnamon & brown sugar are quite light, there’s just enough hint of cinnamon to make them comforting without it being overpowering. Paired with some warm milky earl grey tea in the morning and a banana, these kept me easily full until lunch. I really appreciate the good ingredients and how easy these are to grab and go – important in the mornings when I’m in a rush!
As a whole, I really enjoyed this VoxBox, and hope to get another one soon to try out! All of these items are easily found in your local grocery or drugstores, and range from $3-7 which is quite affordable. Have you tried any of these items out before? Let me know what you think!
Disclosure – These items were provided to me by Influenster but all opinions are my own.