Unboxing December 2016 Yogi Surprise Lifestyle Box + Promo Code & Next Month Spoilers!

This month’s Yogi Surprise Liftstyle Box is packed full of goodies!  What is Yogi Surprise?   

Yogi Surprise Lifestyle Box

  • 6-8 full-size yoga lifestyle items
  • Vegetarian and GMO-Free
  • $70+ retail value in every box
  • $44.95/month + free shipping

This month’s theme is The Joy of Giving” ~ This month’s offerings will help open your heart, give intentionally while clearing your mind to be calm.

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St Tropica Organic Hot Oil Hair Mask  I received this in a Kloverbox and in Herbal Bliss a few months back and I love this stuff!  A few years ago, I would have turned up my nose at hair treatments, but even oily hair needs some TLC.  I will repeat my original blog post on this product plus my review. I am so happy to have another one of these ~ as I have chin length hair, these pack will be enough for 2 treatments.  RV $5.00  You can purchase this at St Tropica (click here) and use code STT10 to save 10% off your purchase. 

This is a deep conditioning hair mask made with 100% certified USDA organic ingredients such as coconut oil.  It will help repair damaged hair, stimulate hair growth, strengthen dry/damaged hair, lock in moisture to prevent split ends and frizzies, and will result in stronger, thicker hair with shine ~ or so St Tropica claims!  This hair mask has been proven to work with studies here in the USA and in Korea ~ it is free of chemicals, parabens, sulfate, gluten, soy and does not contain additives, stabilizers, preservatives or fragrances ~ which I assume they mean added artificial fragrance.  This is certified cruelty free, no animal testing and is vegan.  

You just heat for 20 seconds in the microwave (it is safe) and then wait until it is cool enough to apply to your hair ~ knead the unopened package in your hands until it feels safe.  Apply to your dry hair, massaging the product into your hair and scalp.  Put on a hair cap or towel and leave in your hair for at least 20 minutes ~ best results are overnight.  Rinse and shampoo your hair twice, then condition normally.  If you don’t have a microwave, follow their directions here.  

My Review: I wasn’t sure how well suited it would be for my fine, straight and oily hair. This is a deep conditioning hair mask made with 100% certified USDA organic ingredients such as coconut oil.   This is certified cruelty free, no animal testing and is vegan.  This contains biotin, which will happen to strength your hair. I heated up the pack in the microwave for 20 seconds and then applied it very carefully to my dry hair (doesn’t need to be freshly washed, just dry). This smells amazing ~ very coconut, with some tropical florals. I used my scalp brush to comb and massage the oil into my hair and then put on my turbie twist.

I have chin length hair, so I was able to use only 1/2 of the package. I did leave this on overnight (my turbie twist fell off, leaving me with a wonderfully scented and oily pillowcase (into the wash it goes!). I washed my hair twice, making sure to get all of the oil out, used a light conditioner. I did not put any other products in my hair, as I wanted to see how my hair would look after I blew it dry. Well, my hair has VOLUME, BOUNCE and is so silky shiny. And it does feel thicker and fuller to my touch. I usually don’t get that type of bouncy hair unless I put styling products in my hair. The tips of my hair looked healthy and no split ends. This is really a great hot oil treatment.

Description: The ST. TROPICA Organic Coconut Hair Mask with Biotin & Hair Superfoods is a hot oil hair mask that instantly repairs hairs damage from the inside-out, while revitalizing & strengthening dry or damaged hair. The one that people everywhere are calling “Best of the Best”. This coveted Hair Mask formula starts with the single most important hair ingredient: Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO). That’s because VCO is the Only natural hair oil ever proven to increase hair strength, by reducing protein loss.

Ingredients: organic virgin coconut oil, organic biotin, organic horsetail, organic amla, organic hibiscus, organic green tea, organic coconut butter, organic coconut fruit extract

Good Medicine Lab I’m Peaceful Antidote for Anxiety Bath Salts This is just beautiful! And it smells fantastic as well.   This mineral salt bath made with botanical herbs and plants will help detox your skin, soothe and repair aching muscles and joints and smooth and soften your skin,  all while providing a relaxing and calming aromatherapy atmosphere with its scent of frankincense, amber and myrrh ~ it is divine and is a great scent for the winter season.   This contains the following ingredients:

  • Powdered Potato: Protects from free radical damage, boosts collagen, improves elasticity, cleans, mild exfoliation, plumps, brightens, softens, maintains balanced skin, moisturizes
  • Sodium Bicarbonate: Neutralizes skin acidity, promotes elimination of toxins, soothes aches and pains, softens the skin
  • Vitamin C: Antioxidant, heals skin, reduces harmful ions, prevents free radical formation
  • Mineral Salts: Nourishes and replenishes the body’s mineral stores, encourages skin repair and rejuvenation, pulls toxins from the skin, protects, calms, softens, heals, soothes
  • Sugar: Brightens, promotes cell turnover, softens
  • Milk: Soothes dry skin, calms stressed skin, removes debris from clogged pores, brightens, assists in maintaining moisture, plumps

This scent will help relax your mind so you can have a good night’s rest. The bath powder is colored by natural vegetable dyes and it is in lovely shades of violet and rose.  Just stunning and I cannot wait to use it this winter time ~ the time that I take a lot of Sunday night spa baths 🙂  This jar is good for 4 baths.  Good Medicine Lab has other bath salts, depending on your mood ~ unplugged, passionate, grounded, and so on, along with skincare products and perfume oils. Made in Utah, using only conscious ingredients.  4 oz RV $12.00

Description: Peaceful Sleep + Intuition + Insight + Serenity  Are you ready to realize your vision? If so, your mood is deep INDIGO. This frequency leads you into a state where clutter in the mind disappears, concentration in focused, non-essentials are eliminated, and ideas become clear. Whether you want to undertake a new beauty regimen, redo your household, participate in social reform, write a book, compose a concerto, develop new scientific insight and know-how, or bring relief to the world’s suffering people, this mode is where visions and dreams become real. Though these salts are disguised as a simple luxury to delight the senses, they are actually much more. While working to repair and rejuvenate sore tired muscles, and dull sallow skin, the pure essential oils and color activate the olfactory and neural systems to elevate mood and enliven visual imagery. A little time spent in our Bath Botanicals is all it takes to increase mobility, lighten a heavy heart, alter a dismal perspective, and discover new hidden parts of yourself. Ancient gifts from the sea quickly loosen muscles and quiet the mind. 50+ trace minerals and lively botanicals leave the skin resilient, smooth and receptive.

Ingredients: sodium bicarbonate, citric acid (vitamin C), natural fossilized mineral salts, organic potato, organic sugar cane, organic milk. Color derived from plant and vegetable sources.  Pure essential oils and attars of frankincense, amber, myrrh and cinnamon

 

Natural Fitness Hemp Sling Strap    Just the other month, we got a Natural Fitness Hemp Yoga Strap  and now this one in a Flame, which is a bright orange.   I went from not having a yoga strap to having two! haha  This one can also be used to help tote your yoga mat as well, but I don’t mind having two yoga straps if I am doing some moves on the floor that require me to have my legs stretched at the same time.   This is 6 feet in length and using a yoga strap to help with your poses allows you to build up your flexibility, hold poses longer and ease into routines and stretches.   I like this because it is a 2-in-1 product ~ when not in use, use it to roll up and store/carry your yoga mat and in use, for extra support while exercising.  You an also lip on your thermos on the buckles, while carrying your mat. 

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Hemp is a stronger and more durable alternative to cotton and it is pesticide free. This strap has premium high-strength buckles. What is nice is that Natural Fitness will plant one tree per purchase of their products thru their Zero Impact Program. That program aims to offset the environmental impact of the production and transportation of their products.  RV $13.00

Description:This is our modern take on the classic yoga mat sling. The innovative design allows the SlingStrap to perform as both a sling to transport your mat and gear and a strap to use in your practice. By performing as both a mat/gear carrier and a yoga strap you have less to carry to class and it allows your mat to breathe while rolled up. Our SlingStrap is made from durable hemp; a stronger, longer-wearing pesticide-free alternative to cotton. Includes a carabineer for keys and other items.

Seeds of Intention Cards  May the seeds you plant today take root and blossom.  Sorry for the horrible photo ~ the cards are so glossy that I had a hard time photographing them, so I just overexposed the shot.  These are a spin on Inspiration messages, with the focus on what you will achieve today ~ such as connecting with nature, be open to possibilities, stand tall, be kind to yourself and so on.  Nice simple clean lines with the little plant sprout and the lettering in green on these glossy cards, which are made from a glossy stock paper, very durable and not flimsy  These are great to have as a reminder to be positive and you can just start with one simple goal for that day. 42 cards RV $15.00

Fourth & Heart Madagascar Vanilla Bean Ghee Butter  Fourth & Heart (Wolfram & Hart = fun word association with Joss Whedon series)  This ghee butter uses milk from hormone free and pasture raised New Zealand cows who have been 100% grass fed and contains no antibiotics.  It is dairy free**, lactose free** and casein free **.   ** You might be wondering how this can be dairy, lactose and casein as it is made from milk.  All of those ingredients, plus whey, have been been filtered out and it just contains less than 5ppm of dairy from the fat and oil from butter.  Ghee (sprinkled in Sanskrit) Butter is a product that rendered the milk fat from butter in order to separate the solids from the water.  You melt butter and then skim the fat off the top ~ when cooled, it is a creamy solid product that is used just like butter.  It is used for diets that need to be vegan or lactose free and it doesn’t need to be refrigerated even after opening.  It lowers cholesterol, helps lubricate your connective tissues, resulting in better flexibility, and  rich in vitamins A, D, E and K, boosting your immune system and keeping your bones and brain healthy. It also is good for your gut, making your digestive system healthy and helps with weight loss. 

Since this is made with vanilla, I cannot use it just like butter in a lot of dishes, but it can be used in a variety of them just the same ~ think of pancakes, hot drinks (yes, add this to chai and lattes!) , oatmeal, smoothies and baked goods.   Best and quick way ~ just spread on toast! Fourth & Heart has a recipe section on their website to give you ideas on how to use their Ghee Butter, as they make several flavors.  I’ve have a few of those recipes here, but for the full library of recipes from Fourth & Heart, you can find them here   9 oz RV $15.00

Description: Fourth & Heart’s ghee butter is whipped to ensure a smooth, creamy, so it’s spreadable like butter. Available in five unique flavors to complement any meal. Naturally rich in Vitamins A, E, and K, Omega-3, CLA, and butyric acid. Made with love in our Los Angeles kitchen. It’s a better butter! Spreadable at room temperature, no refrigeration required Great addition to any diet – Paleo, Gluten Free, Ayurvedic, Whole 30, FODMAP Pure Madagascar vanilla bean is infused into the ghee, leaving a subtle, sweet taste and aroma. Perfect for bulletproof coffee, smoothies, desserts, and more!

Ingredients: clarified butter (milk), vanilla bean

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Frisky Fish Winter Solstice Kit Frisky Fish is an etsy shop and this was our spoiler for this month. This is a 3 piece set that includes items to help renew.  This Solstice kit is an exclusive to Yogi Surprise ~ Frisky Fish does sell another solstice kit, but it has a different scent.  This comes nicely packaged in a carton and the items are wrapped up in a beautiful paper 

  • Palo Santo Wood Stick ~ this smells wonderful ~ I love the sent of Palo Santo wood, which is an South American tree that is related to frankincense, myrrh and copal.  It has cleansing and healing properties and has been used for centuries to keep energies grounded and clear.  
  • Fresh Essential Oil  This blend is made with lemon and lavender oils that will help clear your mind, renew and uplift your being and it smells really good.  Use on your pulse points  ~ this is alcohol free, cruelty free, vegan and eco-friendly .   10 mL  

Ingredients: lavender essential oil, lemon essential oil, fractionated coconut oil

  • Citrine crystal on a hemp cord that can be worn as a necklace or bracelet.  Now, when I look at Frisky Fish, their hemp cords look to be actual cords.  This is a string and way too delicate for anything.  I am bit disappointment that this was not on an actual cord as it is pretty useless as is.

All of Frisky Fish items are made with recyclable materials sourced from the USA,  100% vegan and cruelty free. RV $25.00

Description: This Beautifully packaged solstice/renewal ritual kit will make the perfect gift for the yogi, traveler, graduate, student, artist, wanderer, philosopher or truth seeker in your life.  Our tools.  Your intention.  The ritual:

  1. Burn Palo Santo to clear out the old

To burn your Palo Santo:  Hold your stick at about a 45 degree angle and pointing the tip downward into the flame.  Burn for 30 to 60 seconds and then blow out.  Walk around your space to clear the energy, bring peace and clarity, along with good feelings.  When finished, just put the stick in a bowl that is fireproof and the embers will die out on its own.  Please do not let children use this as a toy. 

  1. Set intention & anoint with Frisky Fish blend
  2. Wear citrine crystal for abundance, creativity & joy

Bonus Item: Yogi Surprise Yoga Sequence Series Card: December The Joy of Giving. Embrace giving’s essential nature of pure love by connecting to your heart center with this powerful sequence. Yogi Surprise always has a sequence card in every lifestyle box with poses and positions that reflect the theme of the box.

This is an interesting box from Yogi Surprise.  On one hand, I do love the Ghee Butter, bath salts, the hot oil treatment and  part of the Solistice kit ~ with the oil and palo santo stick.  I am okay about another yoga strap, although I wish they wouldn’t have sent us another one so soon and I will have to get used to the positivity cards as by nature, I am more cynical.  I am sad that Frisky Fish did not put the citrine  crystal on an actual cord.  I paid $35.96 (as I used a promo code)  for this box and received a RV of  $85.00  and whereas this isn’t my favorite box from Yogi Surprise, I will use all of the items and try to look on the bright side of life with my positive flip cards 😉

Do you subscribe to Yogi Surprise Lifestyle Box?  What was your favorite item this month?

If you are interested in signing up to Yogi Surprise for either their Lifestyle or Jewelry box, I would love it if you used my referral link   They are currently running a 10% off special for the first month of the Jewelry Box, no promo code needed.    If you sign up for the Lifestyle box, use BELOVE to get 20% for the life of your subscription!  Check out the spoilers for next month below!

Next Month Spoilers

If you sign up now, you get a free gift worth $20.00 ~ Chakra Healing Stones  (these came in the May box ~ see my unboxing here)

 

Jewelry Box: Crown Chakra Amethyst Necklace: A purposeful and powerful necklace. We’ve sourced beautiful, high clarity, clear quartz for this one of a kind pendant necklace. Clear quartz is a high resonance, high vibrational crystal that resonates with all chakras (strongest within both the third eye chakra and the crown chakra). This special pointed crystal pendant is the perfect meditation aid and has been known to help one reach higher spiritual realms with less resistance. + one more handcrafted jewelry piece and decadent chocolate treat!


Lifestyle Box: Soulstice ‘Soulsleeve’ Wrist Compression Sleeve. Soulstice is a conscious lifestyle brand that helps save up to an entire acre of endangered rainforest for every item sold. Their new Soulsleeve is a beautifully designed wrist compression sleeve that combines an eco-conscious fabric with various mantras on the inside to help keep you centered. You can use these for added support in your yoga practice, or just casually for a boost in your well-being.

 

 

 

 

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