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April 2016 Yogi Surprise Review
In February, I received a Yogi Surprise box that I really enjoyed - you can read my review here. This box is a bit more than I usually like to pay for subscriptions, so I usually only get it when there are coupons around, and when a coupon came up for this month’s box, I jumped on it.
I loved the February box. Will the April box meet my expectations?
The first item I pulled out of the April Yogi Surprise box was a tin of Tangerine Ginger loose-leaf tea. February also contained tea, and I think tea is good item to have in this type of box. However, I was disappointed to get another ginger-variety tea when I don’t like ginger very much. The February flavor was Cranberry Ginger, compared to this month’s Tangerine Ginger. Based on other reviews I’ve seen for this month’s box, there were other varieties available, and I was disappointed to be stuck with another ginger tea. Still, it’s a high-value item worth $10.
The second item was a little bag of Stoneridge Orchards-brand Montmorency Cherries. These look like an interesting item to try, and I don’t mind getting a sample size for it considering it will likely be hit-or-miss with recipients. I value the item at $1.
The third item was a sample of Go Raw Spirulina Sprouted Bites. I thought this item was OK when I saw it, but I got disappointed after seeing that other people got little Go Raw chocolate cookies. I love chocolate. Seems like I got the short-end of the stick for this month’s variety options. Regardless, this is a decent item that I value at $1.
The fourth item was a Dosha Bar in the Cran Apple Awakening flavor. In this particular case, I was fine with the flavor I received. I’m not big into snack bars because they never feel filling to me, but I think it’s another fair item to have in the box. I’m shocked to say that these bars sell for $4 each! I would’ve estimated $2 at most. However, I could only find them for $4, so that is the value I’ll assign.
The fifth item was a sample packet of Seaweed Bath Co. Powder Bath. I’m not really sure what the purpose of this item is and the reviews online are unfavorable. I guess it’s meant to rejuvenate your skin or something, but apparently it makes a mess and smells awful. I’m not sure I’ll take the risk. I value this size of the product at $3.50.
The sixth item was a mini bag of Herban Essentials towelettes. This bag contains seven towelettes. I like the idea of this product and I plan to put it to use. The size also seems fair; it’s not a full-size bag, but it’s not a sample either. This bag sells for $7 regularly.
The seventh item was a roll of Rescue Plus stress relief lozenges. As a person who suffers from anxiety, I’m excited to try these out. I also appreciate the full-size of the product. This product sells for around $8.
The eighth item is another sample - one-sheet of a reusable bamboo towel from Bambooe. For this type of product, I think it’s good to include a sample to give people the chance to try it before springing for a full roll; however, by this point of the box, I was getting sick of all the sample products. The reason I’d enjoyed the February box so much was because it had full-size product. But anyway, this towel seems worth a try, and it’s nice to get eco-friendly items. I value this sheet at around $3.
The ninth item made me happy, because it represented something full-size. It was a coupon for a free bottle of Suja juice. I’ve seen Suja juices at the store and I’m glad I have the chance to try one thanks to this coupon. The coupon will cover a value up to $4.
The tenth item was a bundle of Herbal Zap supplements in two varieties: one for immune support and one for digestive support. This seems like an interesting product, so I’ll give these packets a try. However, I’m not impressed with them as items in the box. Perhaps if there were less samples earlier on, it wouldn’t be such a big deal, but if I wanted a box of healthy samples like this, I would’ve just gotten a $10 Bulu Box. I’ll give Yogi Surprise the benefit of the doubt, though, by assigning these packets a value of $0.50 each, giving them a $2 value in total.
The eleventh item was a set of Four Sigmatic mushroom elixir pouches. One pouch contained their Reishi elixir, which helps with sleep and relaxation, and the other contained their Chaga elixir, which helps with immunity. Again, on their own, these products sound interesting, but in the context of getting a bunch of samples, they were a disappointment. These are worth slightly more than the Herbal Zap supplements at an estimated value of $1.50 each, or $3 total.
With an overall value of $46, this box barely squeaked by its $45 cost. Normally I’m not picky about a box’s value as long as it’s not significantly lower than the cost, but in this case I was disappointed because of the copious amount of samples in the box. For example, I wouldn’t ordinarily include things like the Herbal Zap supplements and the Four Sigmatic powders in a box’s value; if you take those out, the box costs more than its worth.
Compared to the February box, the April Yogi Surprise contained far fewer full-size items and a far lower value ($46 in April versus February's $66.) I hope this is simply a bad month for Yogi Surprise and not an ongoing trend. As I mentioned earlier in this review, if I’d wanted samples, I would’ve just gotten a Bulu Box. I expect better from Yogi Surprise. At this rate, especially with the different varieties for the samples, it seems like the company took samples from vendors and put them randomly into boxes without really considering the value each item provided.
I will probably give Yogi Surprise another chance if the time comes, because historically they have performed well. It’s also good to note that the box value still exceeded its cost as long as you count the sample items. However, for me, this particular month was disappointing. I’ll probably use the towelettes, lozenges, and Suja juice coupon - my favorite items in the box. The rest will be added to my pile of samples that I only touch when needed.
If you’re open to giving Yogi Surprise, a box that typically delivers good products, a try, use coupon code “JOY15” at checkout to get 15% off. Their next month is going to include a travel-size neti pot, which sounds pretty cool.
Recommended for: people who are willing to take a risk on a healthy living box that typically performs well
Not recommended for: people who don’t care about healthy living or don’t want to risk getting sample products