Monday, August 19, 2013

Cloud 9 Monthly Subscription Box ~ Taking you away from the everyday

I recently found out about a new monthly subscription service called Cloud 9. I contacted them to see if they would like me to review their service. They generously sent me this box for free, in exchange for my honest feedback.

Each month Cloud 9 sends you a variety of food and/or beauty items to sample. They don't specify how many samples you will receive each month, however, I received 6 samples & 1 full sized product! If you love one of the items featured in that month's box, you can purchase full size items directly from the retailers. The cost of Cloud 9 is $20.95 a month, including shipping. Boxes are sent out around the 15th of each month. Almost everything that was included was all natural too, which is a great plus!

The Cloud 9 box comes is a brightly colored orange box, with their logo on the front.

Welcome to Cloud 9!

Cloud 9 provides an information card with all of the products included in the box, including websites to retailers & promo codes to order full sized products.

Jaxn's Twice~Baked Potato Stix
1 oz. ~ Sample Value $.62

Geraldine's Key Lime Cookies
1 oz. ~ Sample Value $.62

These were delicious, but unfortunately my sample arrived crushed. It was most likely pounded my the 4 oz. jar of body butter included in the box. I contacted Cloud 9 about possibly adding box filler to protect the contents a bit better, and they seemed very receptive to the idea. So, hopefully we'll see that in upcoming boxes.

Vintage Bee Creamed Cinnamon & Lemon Honey
1.2 oz. ~ Sample Value $1.42

This looks like a very unique company, that I'm excited to try. I think I'll try the lemon in a cup of tea, and the cinnamon on buttered toast. Sounds delicious!

Kelapo Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
0.5 fl oz. ~ Sample Value $1.19

I excited to give this coconut oil a try. I'm late to the bandwagon, and haven't actually tried coconut oil yet. I'll use this to saute some vegetables, since the packet only contains 1 tablespoon.

California Olive Ranch Extra Virgin Olive Oil for Everyday Meals
 .4 fl oz. each ~ Sample Value $.47

Normally, I would be okay with receiving olive oil samples in a subscription box. I mean, it's definitely not the most exciting sample, but at least it is something that I'll use. I'm not sure why this particular brand is showing up in subscription boxes everywhere. You may remember that I received this exact same two pack sample in both The Goodies Co. & Love with Food in recent months, so I wasn't exactly excited to see this same sample reappear for a third time. But, I'll use it none the less.

Char Crust Original Hickory Grilled Dry Rub
0.5 oz. ~ Sample Value $.68

Although I'm excited to try this brand, since it's completely new to me, I'm somewhat concerned about being sent a "free sample." If someone wants a small sample, they can usually contact the company, and be sent one. I hope to see more deluxe sized samples that you could not otherwise get from a retailer, without having to purchase in the future. I guess the bottom line is, I wouldn't want to pay for something I could get for free.

Lisa Ann Skincare Coconut Lime Body Butter
4 oz. ~ Full Size $19.00

This is obviously the shining star of the box. This body butter is made of high quality shea butter & essential oils. The coconut lime fragrance is very light, but it definitely has a shea butter scent. A little goes a long way, and it's best used on rough areas, since it's a bit greasy. I think shea butter is just greasy naturally.

The retail value of my Cloud 9 box is $24.00. It's hard to determine what a subscription is like from one box, but from what I can gather from pictures of previous boxes, the high ticket item looks to be a beauty item. So, if you like to discover new beauty items, as well as sample delicious food items, then give Cloud 9 a try! Print Friendly and PDF
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