I know I usually only post DIY tutorials, but I joined a great program and I just had to blog about it! I came across Influenster while browsing through Bath & Body Work Facebook page a few months ago. People were commenting and uploading pictures of full-size fine fragrance mists they received for free. Being a lover of free things, I decided to investigate.
Basically, Influenster wants social-media driven trendsetters. You have to earn badges to show how active you are in different online communities, and if you qualify, they send you a VoxBox full of free goodies to try, review, and share. The more influential you are, the more likely you are to receive free goodies in the future.
I received my first VoxBox a few weeks ago full of natural products.
I received a bunch of goodies to test and review, including:
Some items I love and will continue to use, while others were just okay. Check out the pictures and reviews below:
This is one of the items I received I really like and use a lot now. I usually shove everything in the dishwasher, but after my new dishwasher busted/melted some items, I've started handwashing some more of my dishes. This drying mat doesn't let water seep across the counter like ordinary towels do. It also isn't distracting in appearance and blends in well with my countertop. This company also makes microfiber towels, cleaning gloves, and other kitchen products available at Bed, Bath and Beyond.
Influenster sent me two packets of this all natural sweetener plus a coupon to buy some more. Nectresse is from the makers of Splenda, except I think it tastes better than normal Splenda. I feel it tastes more like regular sugar, but unlike sugar, it has zero calories.
I tried it straight by dipping my finger in the packet, and I also tried it in a cup of coffee. I like my coffee really sweet and it tasted pretty good to me. The packets all come with unique facts on them which are a cute touch. Not sure how it would do in baking since many recipes call for granulated sugar due to its chemical makeup- but I'm sure it is worth a try.
This was my favorite product in the VoxBox. I keep it in my purse now and use it daily. I have been using it as the first step of my makeup routine. I apply it to my lips first, so foundation doesn't stick to my lips, and by the time I get to the last step of my routine (lip stain) my lips have absorbed it and the lip stain color is more consistent.
The menthe smell isn't overpowering, and the lipbalm isn't the slightest amount sticky. I haven't had to reapply it often- I can feel it on my lips even after eating. (Must be those magical Swedish bees lol) This tube is going to last quite a while- I feel it is at least 1.5-2 times bigger than a standard tube of chapstick and the packaging is very gender neutral.
Isn't the little bee slider just adorable? You can find this lipbalm at your local drugstore for less than $3.
I received this product, but I think my hair was TOO damaged for it to help me. I use curling irons, flat irons, and blow dryers. It has been red, brown, pink, highlighted, and now all over blonde. It needs a lot of help.
I tried this product on both wet and dry hair. I tried it with a blow dryer and with air drying. It helped momentarily with frizz, but didn't last very long. This product smells amazing though. It make your hair smell like a delicious pina colada. It actually helped to mask my burnt-hair smell and I could smell it in my hair the morning after I used it.
I'd say it is perfect for those with virgin or slightly processed hair. My hair is just so shot that only intense conditoners can help with breakage. I did use it on my boyfriend's curly, long hair and it did help his to reduce his frizz.
This was one of the products I received that I wish I could love. I have been looking for a natural deodorant because certain chemicals in standard deodorant are prone to cause cancer, but it did not last 24 hours as it claims it should.
The smell as soon as you uncap it is very delightful and fruity and I wish that smell lasted all day. I work in retail, and I started to smell myself after 3 hours of just stocking shelves and running a cash register with this deodorant. This deodorant didn't stain or streak the inside of my shirt and didn't leave a sticky residue.
If you are not super active or naturally have little-to-no body odor- this deodorant might work for you though.
EBOOST is a natural energy supplmuent that also is meant to boost your immune system. It has 1667% daily value of Vitamin C plus a ton of other vitamins and minerals. I have tried competitor products, and I'd say the taste level is equal to EBOOST.
I personally am not a fan of energy supplements- they taste too much like vitamins. This product had a great foam that formed without any stirring and tastes best with ice cold water. I think this product woud be better mixed in a smoothie than just by itself. I did feel an energy boost and did not feel a crash when I used it.
I liked this product as well. I used my CleanWell wipe after working a long retail shift. My hands were feeling grimy, and afterwards they smelled clean and felt not the slightest amount sticky. These smell way better than those cheap 'lemon' wipes we've all seen at restaurants and the wipe material was very soft.
There was a little moisture left in the wipe after cleaning my hands, so I used the wipe to clean my iPhone screen. It removed all the fingerprint/greasy hand buildup without damaging the device. I only used this product on my hands and did not try it on my face because I didn't want to remove my makeup with it. It didn't dry out my hands and it didn't have the sting like regular hand sanitizer when it got in a papercut I had on my hand.
Overall I was pretty happy with the VoxBox I received and encourage anyone to request an invitation to Influenster. It's a completely free program and is a great way to be the first to try new products. Also, if anyone is really interested in becoming a member, contact me via the tab at the top of my blog- I have 5 invitations to send out and would love to see your blogs as well!
NOTE: All opinions are my own and I received all products complimentary of Influenster.