December's box was the first one I received and it took about a week to get to me as all boxes ship on the 1st day of each month. This box was very prettily packed and I love the owl tissue paper. There seems to be a variety of boxes people got as other reviews I've seen have included quite different products.
They even sent a xmas postcard.
A very full looking box.
Camino Chilli & Spice Hot Chocolate 275g tin (Retails $8.49 but on special for $6.99 on Camino website)
I haven't tried this yet but it seems like an interesting take on Hot Chocolate and its also Fair Trade and Organic which is great. It also contains no milk products so its suitable for vegans too.
The Bee's Knees Peanut Butter blended with Honey 32g sachet (Value approx $0.35, $4.99 16oz jar)
I'm sure I'll enjoy this but it seems like it will be difficult to get out of the sachet.
Homeocoksinum Flu Buster 3 doses X 1g (Retail approx $5.66- 9 dose $16.99)
This is basically a Homeopathic Medicine for relief of Cold and Flu-like symptoms. I used one of the tubes and its like little balls that you dissolve under your tongue. Not sure if it really did much as I used it a week into my symptoms and the box suggest doing it at the onset.
Camino Chocolate-covered Cacao Beans 100g ($5.99)
These are Cacao Beans covered in dark chocolate than Cocoa. Neither me or my boyfriend like these and they just leave this bitter taste stuck in your teeth. They are fair trade and organic though. Was searching for a price and found they are basically discontinued and the box I have has an expiry date of 19th Dec 2014. FAIL.
Natera Hemp Seeds in Himilayan Pink Salt, Maple and Natural 25g each (Retail $4.50- $17.99 for 12pack)
You can eat them by the spoonful or use them in a range of recipes and apparently they are a superfood. I think I will use mine in some energy bars or some Oatmeal. Expiry date is also in Jan 2015.
MadeGood Chocolate Banana Granola Minis (Retail $0.81- $4.89 for 6 pack)
I hate banana so gave them to my boyfriend who gobbled them up straight away. He seemed to enjoy them.
Montagne Jeunesse Cucumber Peel Off Mask (Retail $1.99)
This is a single use mask I'll use for a pampering session one day. It is for normal, oily and t-zone skin so I'll choose the right time to use it with my dry skin. Its also the only brand I have heard of before in this box.
Camino 65% Dark Chocolate with Coconut 100g (Retail $4.29)
More Dark Chocolate, yuck. I hate the stuff and all the big things in this box contain it. This is okay, it reminds me of a Coconut Rough. If it was Milk Chocolate I would've loved it.
A.Vogel Echinacea Lozenges 30g/13 pastilles (Retail $3.29)
These are just like other throat lozenges except more flowery tasting and don't have the same soothing effect. Mine also had a best before of Jan 2015. FAIL.
GoGo Quinoa Royal White 125g (Retail $2.50- $9.99 for 500g pack)
I'll use this in some fancy recipe soon. Quinoa is such a great grain, I just wish it was cheaper.
This brand is also Organic.
Aronia Lip Butter Approx 1-2g (Retail approx $1-2, $14.99 for 14g full size)
This smells really good and is made with Organic Aronia Berry extract marketed as a Super Berry which I've never heard of. It's kind of moisturising but it disappears from lips kind of quickly and isn't that smooth on the lips. It wouldn't be a product I would purchase just cause it doesn't do much for my winter lips and the taste is not good.
Overall this is an interesting box and I get a value of approx $37.37 with values found online. It is a good box to get exposed to new organic and health minded brands But for me 5 of the things in my box have best before dates within the next month which shows me that they are getting old product dumped on them. I subscribed for another box with 25% off for the first month that was included with this trial but I think I will stop after that as the value for what I like in it is not there.