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Yoga by Candace Mantra Box Subscription Box Review – Winter 2015

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The Yoga by Candace Mantra Box is a quarterly discovery box highlighting products from small businesses in the health and wellness areas.  Only a small number of boxes (150) are typically available so be sure to get one while you can!  (Candace is a full-time yoga instructor and healthy living blogger.  Check out the Yoga by Candace site for lots of yoga instruction, some 30-day programs, recipes, links to YouTube instructional videos, and more.)

Yoga by Candace sent us this box for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

The Subscription Box: Yoga By Candace Mantra Box (Winter 2015)  Note: This box is no longer available, but you can purchase the Spring 2016 box or sign up for all four 2016 boxes here.

The Cost: $49.99 

The Products: Yoga supplies, snacks, health and wellness items, and other great products from small businesses.

Good to Know: You can choose “vegan/vegetarian,” “Paleo,” or “I eat all the foods!” to be sure you’ll get suitable items for your dietary needs.  You can also check a box to indicate you’re a man, which would replace items like feminine jewelry with other items.  I am not sure which box this is, although I do note that everything was vegetarian, which works for me!

Ships to: US for $9.99, other countries for an additional charge

Check out other great yoga boxes in the fitness subscription box directory.

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Included was an information card with a list of products in the box and where to find them.  It was even signed by Candace!

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WB Kitchen Ona Cookies in Chocolate Chip – Value $3.29 

Ona Cookies are Paleo-friendly and gluten-free.  (Not vegan, though, as they’re sweetened with honey.)  I’ve linked to a different kind because I didn’t see the chocolate chip ones on their site.  I didn’t get a lot of chocolate out of these; they were mostly coconutty to me.  But I like coconut so that’s all good 

Rickaroons Chocolate Blonde Macaroon – Value $2.08

 More coconutty goodness here!  These are soy-free, gluten-free, vegan, Paleo-friendly, and non-GMO.

Williams Honey Farm Honey Straws – Value $1

I’ve been experimenting with natural sweeteners for my Crio Bru brewed cocoa, so these will definitely get used.  I never have good luck opening honey straws, but that’s what scissors are for… 

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Whole Me Grain-Free Cinnamon Banana Chip Clusters – Value $7

Anytime you cook banana chips in coconut oil, I will find them delicious.  These did not last very long around my house…

 Coconut Organics Coconut Chips in Dark Chocolate – Value $3.69

These are vegan and gluten free and a perfect combination of salty and sweet.  These also did not last long.  I did share them with my fiance, at least, instead of eating the whole bag by myself.

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Soulful Essence Lip Butter – Value $9.50?

If the value here seems high, it’s because the link is to a DIY kit for making four lip butters and I just took ¼ of the price.  But that’s probably not the best way to calculate value here since you get one already made lip butter.  This is lavender scented and it’s a good lip butter, but I have to get used to floral flavors (Benefit PosieBalm is a little odd to me, too, for a similar reason).

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My Grandpa’s Kitchen Pizza Mix – Value $6.99

 This is organic and gluten free and I love that the first ingredient is brown rice flour (i.e., a whole grain).  We are making pizza using this for dinner tonight (well, the night I am writing this review).  I have not tried baking anything bread-like and gluten free in the past (usually I buy gluten in bags and dump it into whole grain bread doughs) so we will see how it turns out.  I do love getting pantry items in boxes, though. 

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Williams Honey Farm Seed Bombs – Value $4 

These are cool.  You throw them into the yard (or a pot) and they will grow into plants that provide food for bees and butterflies.  (You can buy ones for different regions on the Williams Honey Farm website.)  I will probably save these until spring and put them in a pot on my deck since my backyard is basically a half acre of jungle (really tall trees, lots of underbrush and vines growing everywhere).

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Yummi Yogi Yoga Cookie Cutter – Value $8.50 

I got one of these in my Yogi Surprise lifestyle box for November, too, but I checked and it was a different pose.  Soon I will have the whole set!  I do like to make sugar cookies from time to time and this gives me an excuse to make them when it’s not a holiday…

Clever Yoga Mat Strap/Sling – Value $8.89

 I have two yoga mat strap/slings already, but I have five yoga mats (don’t ask), so this will get put to use.  It can also be used as a yoga strap, which is fitting since my first exposure to Yoga by Candace was this page, which is all about things you can do with a yoga strap.

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Yoga Brights Hot Yoga Towel – Value $24.97 

I don’t do hot yoga, but if you do, you can put this over your mat to absorb sweat during your practice.  These are also useful for doing yoga after heavy cardio (something I have done) and for travel.  I was once in a situation where I wanted to do yoga in a hotel room while at a conference, but couldn’t fit my yoga mat into my suitcase.  I ended up using hotel towels, but I think this would’ve been a much better idea (and easier to fit into a suitcase).  I like that it’s a fun color as most of my yoga towels (yeah, I have more than one) are gray.

Rad Roller (Original) – Value $24.99

I have the soft Rad Roller from Yogi Surprise and now I have the original, too.  I do get a lot of tightness and soreness in my muscles since I have been doing more strength training lately, and I will switch off depending on which one best fits my needs that day.  This came with a little booklet illustrating different ways to use it.

Verdict: I calculated a value of about $105 for the Yoga by Candace Winter 2015 Mantra Box.  This is an exceptional value for a yoga lifestyle box.  Although I did receive some items I’ve gotten in past Yogi Surprise Lifestyle boxes, they weren’t exact duplicates, and I thought the overall curation was excellent.  The food was all good and I will use everything in the box, plus I discovered plenty of small companies I might not have heard of otherwise. 

What do you think of the Yoga by Candace Winter 2015 Mantra Box?  Were you able to get one?

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Written by Ragan Buckley

Ragan Buckley

Ragan stumbled across My Subscription Addiction in late 2013 and immediately subscribed to way too many beauty boxes. She’s now focused on boxes for her cats and dog, vegan/vegetarian food boxes, and craft subscriptions (and she didn’t give up beauty boxes entirely).

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