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May 2016 Yogi Surprise Unboxing and Review
If you read my April 2016 Yogi Surprise Review, you’ll know I was a bit disappointed in the box’s contents. Well, I forgot to cancel my subscription decided to give them another chance, so here is my review of the May box. I’d loved the box they offered back in February, so I hoped they would return to including high-value, full-size products this month.
The first item I took out of the May 2016 Yogi Surprise box was a pouch with an 8-day supply of a MitoSynergy-brand rejuvenation pack. It’s a bit difficult to tell what this is at first glance, so I did some research online. Apparently this product is great for neurophysical health and is particularly useful for people with Lyme disease to treat their symptoms. For people without Lyme disease (like me), it can supposedly increase mental clarity and improve energy levels.
I’m not usually big into these homeopathic products, but I might give it a try since I already have it in my possession. The pouch I received contains 8 capsules that are meant to be taken 30 minutes before a meal and 8 green tea sticks that are meant to be mixed into water and drunk during the meal. YogiSurprise attributes a $35 value to this product. I couldn’t find the exact product online, but the value seems fair compared to similar products, so I’ll use the $35 value.
Although I’m not big into homeophatic products, I appreciated opening a high-value, full-size item right off the bat.
The second item was a travel Neti Pot from the Himalayan Institute. This was a spoiler, so I was looking forward to it. I once walked to a grocery store at 12am while sick simply to get my hands on a Neti Pot. It will be nice to have this one as a backup or for use during travel. Yogi Surprise attributes a $14 value to the product, although I found it online from the manufacturer for $12. Regardless, it’s a good value and a useful product and I’m happy to have received it.
The third item was a pouch of Ancient Grains ‘Made in Nature’ Cuban Mojo. As someone evaluating a subscription box, I thought this was a neat item to include - people can always use nutritious food, right? However, I’m not a fan of spicy foods, so I would’ve preferred a different flavor such as the Mediterranean Feta. Still, I can’t expect Yogi Surprise to cater to every person’s individual preferences, so I thought it was fair to include as-is. These pouches can be bought for about $4 each.
Speaking of spicy...the fourth item was a Sola bar in a jalapeno flavor. Having two spicy food products together seemed a bit overdone IMO. For the sake of variety, I think it would’ve been better to have one spicy item and one non-spicy item. At least it was a full-size item, warranting a value of $2.
The fifth item was a tube of Acure Organics Lip Lush lip gloss in the “No Strings” color. This was a fun item to unbox and I appreciate having a makeup item to contribute to the box’s selection. Furthermore, it’s nice that the lip gloss is organic with decent reviews online. And, yes, it’s full-size. Woo! This product sells for $6.
The sixth item was a satchel of Energy Muse chakra healing stones. The bag includes 7 different stones that have different properties in restoring a person’s chakra. The Energy Muse website provides instructions for how to use the stones, which require placing them on your body and meditating. Like other homeopathic medicines, I don’t lend much credence to this type of remedy. However, even if they don’t actually heal, the stones look attractive and will be nice to display. The satchel of chakra healing stones retails for $20.
The seventh item was a sample size of MyChelle refining sugar cleanser. As much as I’ve been complaining about non-full-size products, I’m okay with this one because the majority of the box is full-size. I think it’s fine to include sample size products in a subscription box as long as they aren’t the majority.
Anyway, to this specific product: the sugar cleanser has a nice texture similar to a scrub and I look forward to experiencing its exfoliating effect. This sample is labeled with a $7 value on the Yogi Surprise information card, but my estimates from searching online value it closer to $2.
The eighth and final item was a sample bottle of Babyberry Rosehip and Hibiscus Moisturizer. Again, I was fine with this being a sample item in the context of the full box. The moisturizer has an interesting scent - it’s more powerful than I typically use, but I like that it’s unique compared to many others that I’ve smelled. I also appreciate that the moisturizer is naturally made. This sample size is worth $2.
Even with my conservative estimates, the value of the May 2016 Yogi Surprise box amounts to $83, which is much higher than both the box cost of $45 and the April box value of $46. Combined with the array of full-size items included in the box, I’m happy to report that the May 2016 Yogi Surprise renewed my faith in the value that Yogi Surprise can provide.
At the same time, only a handful of the products warranted my interest. My conclusion, then, is that while Yogi Surprise is a good value, it’s not the best fit for me. If you liked the products outlined in this post, I recommend giving it a try. You can use code "GRATITUDE" to save 20% off every month for the length of your subscription.
Recommended for: people who like homeopathic and natural beauty and health products
Not recommended for: people who don’t care about homeopathy or naturally-made goods