Tuesday, July 23, 2013

What's in the July Box from Citrus Lane?

I received my July box last week (about the 18th of the month) and I must say I'm a little disappointed.  I'm not really sure if I would have purchased all of the items in my box but it's still a fun program.  Here's what I got:

Zo-Li On-The-Go Travel Formula & Snack Dispenser
Maybe I would be more excited about this if I fed my son formula but I'm just not into this item.  The reviews are great and moms really seem to like that it's stackable so you can fit four different snacks conveniently in the diaper bag.  Apparently it's also very easy to mix powder formula with.  It's BPA and phthalate free, which is great I guess but really I'm trying to stay away from buying plastics at all.  My son's still too young for me to be bringing snacks, but when the time comes, I will probably use whatever I have on hand (repurposed food containers).  I don't feel like I need to buy him special containers.  This retails for approximately $15.

Tiny Love Tiny Smarts Jittering Activity Toy, Giraffe                                                We love jittery toys and my son is liking this.  It's colorful and I really like that claw-like snap.  I also like that it has multiple textures for multi-sensory stimulation.  However, we have one or two similar items so I'm really not sure if I would have bought this anyway.  This is retailing right now for $8.59 on Amazon.
me4kidz Little Buddy Antibacterial Wipes                                                          Now I was excited about seeing this in the box.  We were just in a restaurant the other day and my son sat in a high chair for the very first time.  It was completely unexpected, I guess I thought I would just keep him in the carrier but then we decided to put him in the high chair.  I cleaned the chair with water but what I really wanted were some antibacterial wipes.  These are non-toxic, alcohol free, and made in Israel.  Ingredient list: benzalkonium chloride, purified water, polysorbate 20 (coconut oil), glycerin, gluconolactone, sodium benzoate, cucumber & tea tree fragrance. These are retailing for $2.49 on Amazon.

California Baby Aloe Vera Cream, 2 oz
California Baby Calming Shampoo and Bodywash, 19 fl oz                                   
I really have been wanting to try more California Baby products and I was happy to see these samples in my box.  These products always seem to get the highest reviews and recommendations for safe choices for babies.  The only other product that I have from California Baby is the California Baby Calendula Cream (4oz) (that I picked up for a lot less than what it retails for) and I love it.  Like I said, I've wanted to try their shampoos, but couldn't see paying what they retail for so I'm glad to get a chance to try it out first.  It's also nice to have some aloe vera on hand.

NurturMe NurturMeals Carrot/Sweet Potato/Raisin Organic Dry Meal Pouches   
I haven't started solids yet.  We are going to make a big deal about it on my son's birthday.  I'm going to give him his 6 month birthday avocado meal, we'll see how that goes.  I will probably follow avocados with cereal, sweet potatoes, bananas, and then apples.  I was planning on making his food and given that according to Amazon these individual packets retail for $2.11, I don't see myself buying them.  However, this is nice to have when we travel.  That seems a little steep, I'm sure that they can be had for cheaper at the local grocery stores but I haven't checked.  Amazon's food prices are usually not that cheap.

We also received a coupon for 10 free Postagrams (retail value $10).  I had never heard of this before and the process seems to be easy enough.  It's not clear right away how much this costs but in the checkout process you find out that each Postagram is $0.99.  The site allows you to upload pictures from your computer or device and crop them.  Postagram is a branch of "Sincerely" brand products which include:

Sesame:  Their push is "Beautifully designed gifts from your phone".
Postagram: Mail real postcards from your mobile device.
Ink Cards: Create and mail greeting cards from your mobile device.
PopBooth: Mail photo strip cards from your mobile device.

I initially thought this would be a fun way to announce my son's 1st birthday or holiday cards but unfortunately the deal expires in November.  Not sure what I will send out but fun anyway.

So I really have no reason to be disappointed.  The total for all of these items if I would have purchased them would be $38.00 and that's not counting the samples of California Baby products.  I guess I'm just bummed because I wasn't impressed with the big item, the Zo-Li On-The-Go Travel Formula & Snack Dispenser.

Bottom line, I think I'm going to try to sell the dispenser and see what I recoup and continue with the subscription.  If I don't recoup some money this month I might discontinue after August.  It's really fun though receiving these boxes in the mail I must say.

Disclosure:  I purchased the Citrus Lane box on my own and was not given compensation for this post.  All opinions are my own.  This post does contain affiliate links.