Wow! Am I late with this review or what? I think that moving forward, instead of having a separate open box and then a full review, I might as well go straight into the review, that will save me some time.
Anyway, this was not a great box, at first impression, but it did redeem itself in the end.
Here is the review:
VALENTI ORGANICS - B
CARROT, GRAPEFRUIT & EGYPTIAN GERANIUM ROSE - BODY LOTION
CAFE MACHIATTO - BODY OIL - D
Whatever I salvaged smelled horrible and nothing like Café Machiatto. In fact, I could not even determine what it smelled like. More like a rancid nut, if you ask me. So why am I not giving it a massive fail? The formula was actually okay and as an oil it spread on nicely, absorbed well and did not leave a shinny, greasy residue on my skin. Other than that, I really could not find anything in it to persuade me to spend $24 on a bottle half the size of the lotion above.
CRAFTSMAN SOAP - A
This was actually a very nice soap to use on my face and I finished the entire sample. I really liked the light lemongrass scent and found the soap quality to be excellent, in fact it lasted for almost the entire month. I had mentioned that I am not a big fan of using soap for my face, but this one did not dry my skin at all and removed almost all of my makeup (there is always added work required in the mascara department). I would purchase this, for sure. I am rushing to it, no, but if I ever see this soap in a boutique or a farmer's market, I would definitely buy a few bars.
COCO LAQUER - F
I said in the open box post that I would keep it simple and short by letting you know I thought it was just plain H-I-D-E-O-U-S! And it still is! The color is atrocious. I know that it is a trend right now to wear all these fancy colors on nails and some of them I kind of like, for instance the dark purples and the dark blues...But quite frankly, anything green should just be banned - period. This is such a horrible color! Now to be fair, I did apply this thing on all my nails just to check the quality and the texture and I found it to be too liquid, requiring too many coats, and taking forever to dry in between coats. It also peeled off my nails almost instantly. So - yeah...it's trash and Wet 'n Wild has a better formulation.
GOURMET BODY TREATS - B
This is a good eye shadow but quite frankly, I am not sure what would justify such a high price tag! For crying out loud it's just crushed minerals! The color is very nice, a dark, shimmery gray, leaning towards charcoal once applied as opposed to gunmetal/steel. unfortunately, and though it has long lasting wear, the stuff gets all over your face when you apply it, so unless you're super proficient at applying loose eye shadow, know that this one will fall off your lids as it is applied with a brush and smudge all over your cheeks if you re not careful. I don't have time for that nonsense when I get dressed in the morning, and at that price, I am definitely have even less patience. That said, if you have a special event and all the time in the world, it is a very high quality shadow.
EAT GREEN TEA - C+
I like the taste of green tea and was excited to try this. Could I live without it? Absolutely, it's the kind of stuff you would find interesting at some hoopla restaurant and make a big deal about it to your friends, like it was something special or something like that, but outside of the experience and novelty factor, I am, again, not rushing to the store to get me some. I still prefer to have my green tea in liquid format. This had a nice crunch to it, but after a while it took over my entire salad and all I could taste was green tea and red onions, I can't say it's the greatest of combinations, not like Jelly Belly is going to make it a new flavor, if you know what I mean!
ARTISANA - A
This was delicious! I absolutely loved it and would definitely purchase it (if only I could find it at my local store first). It has the texture of creamy peanut butter with a very nice walnut flavor, not the kind that has stayed a bit too long in the package, it definitely tastes fresh minus the annoying skin. I also did not find it to be greasy nor messy. I ate mine on thin celery slices and quite frankly, it was very filling. It would be a great snack on the go or at work. I am recommending this to those of you who are health conscious and want to make a few snack adjustments here and there without feeling taste deprived.
HOME FREE TREAT - B-
I am not sure, but I think this is the same rating I gave the other bag of chocolate chip cookies from the same brand I had received a few months back. They taste like chocolate, but feel very airy, light and totally not filling. I would rather snack on one of those 100 calories snack pack than these. Maybe it's the lack of gluten that turns me off, I am not sure, but I really don't see the big deal about these cookies. They're just too light and obviously way too healthy tasting for me!
BAKERS CONFECTIONS - No Rating
I really cannot rate these. They are meant to be miniatures of actual wooden disposable utensils. It's a cool concept but it's not like I have the kind of money to spare on disposable fancy forks and spoons. I would rather use my regular utensils and throw them in the dishwasher. They do look neat and would make for a cool conversation piece, but other than that, it's not something I would gravitate towards as a party essential.
Like I said in the open box post, it's just eye candy.