I signed up with Influenster just over a month ago and a I was just sent this Flourish Box after getting accepted for the chance to review it. Everything was sent to me for free and it gives me the chance to review the products as well as earn points for these and other products I reviewed that I have purchased in the past and continue to buy.
This box came with a bunch of great products that I was surprised were so close to my needs and likes. I didn’t receive anything that I would not use or love to try so I think that’s pretty amazing considering how many items from my paid subscriptions end up in a giant jar in our guest bathroom.
The Flourish box had a FitTea 14 Day Detox pack, Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Power Serum, Welch’s Fruit Rolls, a Balance Bar – Cookie Dough, and EVA NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask.
Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Power Serum
Smells good – earthy green leafy + floral scent that smells totally natural and the scent dissipates quickly so I doubt it’d be an issue for even people who are sensitive to scented products. Feels good on application- cool, soothing, hydrating and not sticky at all but also not oily. A little goes a long way. I’m not quite at the wrinkle stage yet but I’m starting to notice lines so I hope this helps repair some of that. In the meantime there is instant gratification because of how refreshing it feels and how well it’s absorbed and that it’s moisturizing. Another positive note is that it feels weightless and not heavy so it’s not clogging pores and can be inserted in my daily regime instead of substituting other products I’m using. If I could afford it, I’d buy it.
Welch’s Fruit Rolls
I grew up on Welch’s Grape Juice so this brand is one that I am familiar with. I like that they make fruit snacks now. I know they taste great because they were gone within a minute of opening the box by my two kids. There is one left and I’m hoarding it to try myself but my kids can hear a food or candy wrapper opening from a mile away so it’s in hiding.
I love the idea of a healthy fruity snack and this is a good option, especially for road trips or lunch boxes… but I don’t love that it has carrageenan, palm oil, or modified cornstarch- that said we don’t always stick to that kind of a diet so occasionally it’s OK for us. I don’t understand the need for carrageenan when they used turmeric, annatto, and other fruit/veggies to color it as seems unnecessary to add a controversial ingredient. Also they used sugar then corn syrup and had they just left out the corn syrup – would have been much better. What I do love most is that it’s first ingredient is real fruit purée and not “fruit” meaning artificial flavors. That’s a definite plus. I’d recommend to at least try them because other similar products can’t compare to actually containing fruit.
Not sure if I got lucky or Influenster just gets me but I got cookie dough – probably the only flavor I would like – and I like these. 15g of protein is a high amount in a snack bar, the sugar is not tragically high but I’m actively trying to avoid it. That said, it’s way better than drinking soda, eating ice cream, or eating a cupcake, both of which I crave all too frequently. It also has a good boost of vitamins and minerals to include iron which I need extra in my diet after becoming anemic and I still struggle to add to my diet. I’ve tried some cookie dough flavors from other brands but they have been let downs, this is a good option
EVA NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask
This hair therapy mask has some well-known powerful natural ingredients like Sea Buckthorn Oil and Argan Oil. It smells really good and the packaging is pretty cute. I am using this on my daughter’s fine blonde hair as it has recently become a nightmare of a tangled dry mess – I’m just doing her ends right now as a test. It goes on thick and creamy and I can already feel how effective it is because my skin is incredibly soft just from applying it to her hair. Did I mention that it smells really good? it does. After waiting the full 5 minutes (they say 2-5) we rinsed and let her hair dry and it is noticeably softer. I took a before and after photo but its not really possible to see the difference, its more of a feel kind of situation. I can say it definitely works well.
It also promotes an ingredient called Keravis™ – which I knew nothing about, so I researched it. “It is a multifaceted protein based complex which acts on all of the three fundamental parameters of hair strength: tensile properties, bending modulus and cuticle abrasion. The unique chemical composition of Keravis™ allows it to penetrate into the hair cortex, building strength from within, while providing film forming effects to reinforce, lubricate and protect the surface of the hair. These properties combine to strengthen the hair…” (Prospector).
FitTea 14 Day Detox
About 9 years ago, I tried a green tea that aimed at detox and weight loss and I liked the flavor quite a bit but it didn’t do much for me. That product did not have any of these ingredients.
All of the ingredients in this tea are healthy and natural which is a great start.
A type of Japanese Tea, unlike Matcha which is very popular in America right now, Sencha is the green tea in Japan. Sencha is very different from Matcha Green Tea in that Matcha is a powder and Sencha remains in its leaf form and is steeped in hot water as traditional teas are. There are many health claims about Sencha Green Tea like it can lower your risk of cancer, prevent chronic disease, reduce blood pressure, balance cholesterol levels, aid weight loss efforts, protect the immune system, and increase energy and stimulate cognitive activity, read more here. I cannot speak to the research or results but I think we can all agree that it is very healthy to drink green tea (without sugars and dairy added of course).
Is a tea native to South Africa, sometimes called “red bush tea” as it is reddish-brown in color when dried. It is caffeine-free which is awesome because with my caffeine intake from coffee, I need not add more to the blood stream. It also tastes unlike any other tea I have tasted, in a very good way. To me, it tastes fantastic with a small spoonful of creamy raw honey. It is my most favorite tea (with the exception of an Earl Grey Tea Latte – that link to the left also has a recipe I came up with for a Rooibos Tea Latte that is pretty magical.
Garcinia Cambogia Extract:
aka Malibar Tamarind, native to India and Southeast Asia. Somewhat controversial for weight-loss and that it can increase serotonin levels but still very well marketed for weight-loss and for good reason. I believe it can be very effective in managing appetite but I think it depends on the source, the way it gets from the tree to your body, and whether or not you are taking medications that could interact and give a reaction like Seratonin Syndrome. I am on one of these medications and I wasn’t aware of this warning at the time.
With the first dose (of a pill-form from one of the many companies on Amazon) I landed my butt in the ER because the symptoms were weird for me and I had no idea what was happening. Luckily I quit taking it right away and the symptoms went away. It is also important to note that the doctors didn’t actually diagnose me with that and couldn’t determine the cause but it would have been an extraordinary coincidence if it was not a contributor as it was within hours of taking it. This garcinia, in tea form, could be less potent or totally different in absorption…but if you are concerned try contacting the company for answers OR read more here.
I have only had oolong tea a handful of times and am not more familiar with it like I am others but the basics are that it is a fairly well-known Chinese tea that is also known as Camellia sinensis. It is a species of evergreen shrub or small tree whose leaves and leaf buds are used to produce tea, (Oolong, by Wikipedia). I actually happen have a yard full of Camellia flowering bushes and they’re very pretty. It seems this species is very useful in health, wellness, and beauty. I also use Camellia Seed Oil from Plant Therapy and Eden’s Garden for its unique properties that make it good for sensitive or mature skin and smoothing the look of fine wrinkles.
It is classified as a superfruit full of antioxidants and vitamins. It tastes very good in my opinion and is always cool to grab one at the grocery store in fall when it is in season. Because of its nutritional qualities, it is good for the body inside and out. Its widely used in skincare products and in countless beverages, and foods. Hey its a fun, yummy, unusual fruit (but frustrating and messy as hell to get the seeds out of effectively – clearly I haven’t been humaning right and following the instructions on Pinterest and Facebook Foodie Videos) and its also a beneficial fruit -why not?
A healthier form of natural sweetener alternative which is extracted from the leaves of the Stevia Plant, Stevia rebaudiana. I really dislike the taste, more specifically the aftertaste, but tons of people like it and I’m in no way against it. Although I do not prefer it, I still am willing to buy some products that use stevia as the positive results make it a non-starter. It’s not my favorite but its tolerable and in many instances, it can also be easily masked by other ingredients when done just right.
Famously in popular energy drinks and a very well-known Brazilian soda, guarana fruit grows from an evergreen shrub that climbs like a vine. It is native to the Amazon region. The guarana tree grows red berries that have been used like coffee in its native Brazil for centuries… The seeds of the berry are dried, roasted and then brewed to make a drink that is at first bitter and slightly astringent, later becoming sweet, (MRH). From everything I’ve read on its caffeine content, the exact numbers vary but all agree that the caffeine content of guarana is more than 2x that of the coffee bean. It is thought to be good for weight loss, mental clarity (in the same way that coffee can do for us as a stimulant), and is an antioxidant. It can be dangerous for people with heart disease, digestive problems, glaucoma, for diabetics, and in pregnancy – all due to to its potency.
Matcha Green Tea:
A finely ground powdered green tea from Japan, in recent years it has become a major trend in health + wellness, beauty, culinary use, etc… It is dissolved instead of steeped into hot water and gives food and beverages a beautifully deep green color unlike traditional green tea that is steeped. The deep green coloring and refreshing flavor make it a cool and unique dye for foods such as cakes, cookies, noodles, and ice cream. Matcha is known to be high in antioxidants, give energy and calmness, help lower cholesterol leading to a healthier heart, aid in weight loss (likely due to the previous two qualities), increase focus and concentration, and be a good source of chlorophyll – which many in natural health believe can be considerably powerful in detoxing the body, (read more here).
There are classifications on the quality of Matcha such as ceremonial, premium, and food grade – these classifications aren’t exactly monitored and you’ll see it all over amazon being sold with one of these classifiers. The better the -grade of Matcha powder, the more expensive it is and it can get very expensive for a fairly small amount. That said, a little goes a long way and a small bag should last quite a while. Because of this, its best to do research on a brand before buying as I’ve been duped into buying a low quality tea despite it being touted as the highest of quality. Amazon reviews aren’t the most trustworthy anymore so I recommend to research other sites as well before buying.
I honestly never thought about ginger, aside from pumpkin pies and my beloved ginger ale, until I met Lauren – my amazing British Mother-in-Law who I was lucky to call one of my best friends – more on that here. She had a serious love for all things ginger – crystallized, in all foods and drinks, in EOs. Once she introduced me to it, I was in love. I began using it in many ways and have grown extremely fond of it since as well… one of the many ways all that was her somehow I inherited. Ginger isn’t just that simple though, there are many scientific and healthful reasons that this is truly an amazing root and spice. Firstly, it is a completely universal spice across cultures all over and has been a big part of our foods for a long time. Second, it is a pain reliever by relieving inflammation. Third, it has multiple uses in our digestive system to include the more famous quality of quelling mild to severe nausea. It also makes a pretty awesome addition in essential oil collections.
Other natural ingredients likely added to stabilize or bring out natural flavors in the above ingredients are: Citric Acid, Sea Salt, Lemon Juice, + Honey.
Fit Tea’s Recommendation for Maximum Benefits
You are supposed to drink this in the morning, preferably prior to taking a walk – which is obviously an incredibly healthy practice for everyone. I have a hard time not drinking coffee straight away but for the sake of health, I’m doing it this week just to see what kind of difference it can make for my body. With the amount of goodness in this tea, I suspect it is a great idea to try if you need to detox or just want to start your mornings healthier. Every time I’ve seen a news report on a woman who is close to 100 years old or more, they swear by drinking tea or hot water with lemon as their little secret to a long life. I suspect this tea would suffice in that endeavor.
All in all, I’m very happy with the Flourish box. It’s free, fun to try, and totally worth signing up with Influenster.
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