Little Life Winter Box Subscription Review + Coupon – January 2018
Little Life Box is a quarterly healthy subscription box aimed at introducing you to healthier alternatives to your favorite snacks, cosmetics, supplements, vitamins, and more. They offer an Original box for $25 or a Deluxe box for $45.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
This is a review of the Deluxe, $45 a quarter, box.
About Little Life Box Subscription Box
The Subscription Box: Little Life Box
The Cost: $45.00 per quarter + free US shipping
COUPON: Use code MSA10 to save 10% off your first box!
The Products: 8-12 healthy items (snacks, skincare, and lifestyle items) and a mix of samples and full-size products valued at at least double the subscription cost.
Ships to: US (free shipping) and Canada ($5.00)
Little Life Box January 2018 Deluxe Box Review
This box doesn’t include an info card—just this one-sided 4″ x 6″ saying card. It’s a good message to carry with me through the first month of the new year.
Solo Low Glycemic Nutrition Bar in Peanut Power, 1.76 oz – Buy a 12-count box for $18.99
If there’s chocolate in a box, you know I’m going to find it first thing. This bar was really delicious and chewy. It has a really satisfying, rich peanutty flavor for a nutrition bar. It features all-natural ingredients, no sugar alcohols, artificial sweeteners, trans fats or hydrogenated oils. Plus, it’s minimally processed and certified Kosher. And again, it tastes great. Not a bad way to get my chocolate fix.
Bobo’s Mini Sample Size Oat Bites in Chocolate Chip and Coconut, 0.9 oz each – Buy a 5-pack of 1.3 oz. snacks for $6.67
It wasn’t easy to find a great value for these snacks since according to the packages, they’re sample-sized versions of Bobo’s snacks. In looking around, it seems like Bobo’s offers bars, stuffed bars (with nut butter inside—yum!), and bites, which are closer in size and shape to these guys (if a little bigger). Long story short, I linked to a box of bites to provide an estimate. Hope that’s helpful!
Anyway, back to the important matter at hand—these taste so good! They’re gluten-free, non-GMO, oat-based snacks with a delightfully moist, chewy bite to them. Obviously, as a chocolate-lover, the chocolate chip version was my fave (it had a nice hint of brown-sugar-like richness to it that really hit the spot), but the coconut version was great, too. For as small as they were, they were super satisfying. One of these would go great with my usual mid-afternoon giant cup of tea, and probably keep me happy until dinner.
Zest Tea in Blue Lady, 15 pyramid bags, or 1.32 oz. – Buy a 20-sachet pouch for $12.95
Did someone say “tea”? This box also comes with a zip-shut pouch of Zest Tea’s Blue Lady tea—a blend of black tea, orange, lemon, and hibiscus with as much caffeine as a cup of coffee. Apparently, this brand was lauded at the World Tea Expo (which I didn’t know existed but sounds… delicious!), not only for its awesome flavor combinations but for its positioning as a coffee replacement. I’ve been eager to drop coffee for something less acidic, but some mornings, that caffeine kick really comes in handy. This tea seems like a nice alternative. The flavor is light, but the aroma is almost tropical. And I really appreciate that the tea is pre-portioned out into (really nice quality, pyramid-shaped) sachets. I’ve gotten a lot of loose-leaf teas in boxes lately, and while they are super tasty, sometimes I miss the simplicity of tea that’s already packaged and ready to be doused in hot water right out of the pack!
Vegan Rob’s Asparagus Chips, 1.5 oz – Buy 24, 1.5 oz bags for $42.00
I love love LOVE asparagus, but I was ready for these chips to be… odd. I didn’t know how well the very green, gently bitter flavor of asparagus would translate to a chip. Well, surprise surprise, it’s awesome. I will say that the asparagus-ness of these chips doesn’t bop you over the head—it’s very subtle, probably because the asparagus shows up only as part of the seasoning blend, rather than the actual makeup of the chip. It’s also paired with bouts of nutritional yeast, sea salt, onion powder, and even (get this) algae! I’m not sure what algae taste like, but I can tell you that I didn’t taste anything that made me go “oh boy, what is THAT?” Instead, I just found some extremely addictive chips (with waves! How fun is that?) that aren’t just yummy, but gluten-free, cholesterol-free, Kosher, and vegan to boot!
I always forget about freeze-dried fruit, but it makes such a good grab-and-go snack. This mix of banana and strawberry slices is like eating a smoothie. It’s sweet, lighter than air, and has a crunch to it that’s a little like a rice cake. Something about the freezing must really concentrate the flavors—I found the strawberries, in particular, to be super tart and tasty! I like that they include an information card about the brand, too. I checked out the site, and they have freeze-dried veggies, too. I’m really curious to try the freeze-dried tomatoes!
Veggie Go’s Veggie and Fruit Strips in Berry, Apple, and Spinach, 0.42 oz. – Buy a 20 pack for $24.99
I’d say that this is a pretty standard fruit leather, except for the fact that it includes some green alongside the sweet stuff! The website says there’s even some sweet potato mixed in here. It’s sort of like adding spinach to a smoothie, though—even if you know it’s in there, you’d be hard-pressed to pick out the flavor. This snack is not only nutrient-rich but non-GMO, certified organic, vegan, Kosher, gluten-free, and has no added sugar. Speaking as a big kid, I really enjoyed it, so I’m betting little kiddos would be into these snacks, too.
Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes Protein-Packed Flapjack and Waffle Mix, 4.9 oz. – Buy 6 20 oz. boxes for $26.94
Oh my goodness do I ever love pancakes. This sample-sized box gives you enough mix to make 4 small pancakes that are not only full of whole-grain goodness (from whole grain wheat and oat flours) but protein, too. I’ve seen a lot of recipes for protein-powder-centric pancake mixes, but let’s face it—when I’m feeling lazy on a Saturday morning, I like having as few steps as possible between me and my breakfast. This box mix makes pancakes a snap. My only wish was that the mix was vegan, rather than having buttermilk already incorporated into the recipe (the protein blend relies on whey, too, FYI). I’m not vegan by any means, but sometimes whey and heavier dairy products can pester my stomach. I’d probably prefer a vegan mix that I could add my choice of milk into… That being said, I’m really glad to know about this just-add-water brand for camping trips!
Kanna Effects Sleep Capsules, 10 count pack – Buy 60 capsules for $34.44
I’m not super into supplements like these, partially because I don’t have too much trouble getting to sleep (once I finally put my phone down…). I do know some friends who struggle with insomnia or just getting a good, restful sleep, so I may pass these along to them. These supplements are made with “Kanna Sceletium Tortuosum”, which is a South African adaptogen that helps the body deal with stress and find a natural, peaceful homeostasis. There are other natural ingredients in this blend, too, including lavender, valerian, chamomile, and ashwagandha. There’s also an ingredient called “skullcap” which I’ve never heard of before—cool name, though! I like that they’re natural, not tested on animals, and gluten-free, too.
24 Hour Health Liquid Vitamin Supplement, 2 fl. oz. – Buy a 12 pack for $29.99
This little potion tastes like super-sweet, mildly chalky orange juice. The idea of it is to act almost like a hybrid between a 5 Hour Energy and some Emergen-C. The formula includes 18 vitamins and minerals, including B vitamins, magnesium, and even an omega fatty acid blend that’s supposed to help signal the body to burn fat. It’s an interesting take on the idea of a daily multivitamin, though the flavor is a little intense for me. (Know that it’s sweetened with stevia leaf extract, rather than sugar, so it’s actually a sugar-free product, despite being very sweet!)
BodiPure Keratin Gloves and Socks, 1.62 oz. – Retail Value $7.98
Wow was I happy to see this product in the box! The dry winter air has hit my cuticles hard—they are dry and not happy. This set of gloves and socks is kind of like a moisturizing sheet mask for your hands and feet, and since the formula has keratin in it, there’s a chance that your nails and skin will end up both softer and stronger. The greatest thing about this product is that it’s not been tested on animals, has no parabens or other spooky ingredients, and all active ingredients are derived from natural, renewable sources. I think that’s the first time I’ve seen a mask-style product like this be that natural! I’m digging it. (And my cuticles are, too.)
Urban Spa Pedi Pack – Retail Value $18.00
Oooo! I’ve been considering buying a new set of mani-pedi tools, so I’m thrilled that this box has done the work for me! This set has most of what I usually use when tidying up my nails and feet, including an emery board, a foot file, two cuticle sticks (or “cuticle pusher-backers” as I’ve always called them, hehe), and two toe separators. I do kind of wish there were a set of cuticle nippers or nail clippers in here—I have a pair of my own currently, but I don’t mind having extras around for travel or keeping at my desk for unexpected broken nails.
Evelyn Iona Green Tea Primer, 0.67 fl. oz. – Retail Value $29.50
I’ve received this primer in other boxes before, and I do really love it. It’s cruelty-free, vegan, paraben-free, and certified organic, and has a loose, creamy consistency. Unlike other primers I’ve tried from Smashbox and other bigger brands, it doesn’t have a super velvety or ultra-smooth finish, but in the way that it really makes it feel like it’s your skin that’s smoothing and softening up, rather than a product sitting on your skin. I hope that makes sense, haha! It truly feels like you’re nourishing what your face, so that it’s refreshed, plumper, and ready for your makeup. I’m a fan!
Laritzy Cosmetics Lip Pencil in Cabernet, 0.37 oz. – Retail Value $18.00
Lip liner is one of those things that I like to try to pretend I don’t really need, but then as soon as I pick one up and try it, I’m like “Where have you been all my life?” This pencil can be used to color your entire lips, but I’m definitely using it as a liner. The color seems deep, but I’ve found that you can keep it nice and light or build it up to its full darkness as needed. I’ve been using a rather light touch with it and it’s looked really natural alongside a lot of my rosier nude lipsticks. (Stay tuned for a swatch at the bottom of this review!)
Laritzy Nue Eyeshadow Collection, 12-color set, 0.035 oz. each – Buy a similar palette for $36.00 here
Ooo, I love the warm tones in this eyeshadow palette. They have a nice pigmentation to them, as well, though the lighter colors (the white and pink, in particular) show up more subtly on my very pale skin than the deeper ones. I can’t tell if “Nue” is intentional, or if they meant to say “Nude” on the front of the package and had a misprint… Either way, I’m pleased with this palette. It complements my skin tone well and should be a good pick for everyday and special occasions, too.
Here’s a (very long) set of swatches of the makeup in the box. At the very top, near my hand, you’ll see the pencil (that’s an example of it at max darkness), and just beneath (though it’s almost impossible to see) is actually the ivory shadow from the palette.
The Verdict: This was a pretty great box to dig through, especially considering that it only cost $45.00. If you’re someone with a specific diet or healthy change you’re trying to make, this assortment of items might not be the best fit for you—some products were gluten-free, others were vegan, others were neither gluten-free nor vegan, etc. But if you’re curious about making small healthy changes to your life in a myriad of ways, this box is great, especially for brand discovery.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes! Find it here.
Coupon – Use code MSA10 to save 10% off your first box!
Value Breakdown: At $45.00 (+ free US shipping), the average cost of the 14 items in this box (counting the two Bobo’s sample-sized snacks as one item) is about $3.21. That’s huge, considering that the green tea primer alone costs more at retail than this entire box!
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