Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Citrus Lane Mystery Box Review- Cozy Sleeping Bag

I follow a lot of blogs and somehow I ended up reading someone's review of a Citrus Lane monthly subscription box, and thought to myself:

 "self, those are cute, but I don't think they are for me"

...and then I saw the 50% off your first box and thought:

 "self, I will buy nearly anything for 50% off"

Sucker born every day, this one was born 29 years ago.

But actually I don't think I'm a sucker, because so far Citrus Lane seems pretty legit. After signing up for a one month trial box, which I have to wait until the end of NOVEMBER for (I don't have a lot of patience thanks to Amazon Prime), I got an email about their Mystery Boxes.

From what I gather, these Mystery Boxes are filled with leftovers from other monthly boxes, and as Citrus Lane wants to clean house, they give you a great deal on products. Each one seems to have a theme, an age range and sometimes a gender. They also have a value of double what you pay.

I looked around at the options they had and bought two, I just received them yesterday and was very excited to bust them open and see my goodies, which I will now share with you.

This is the first box I opened, it was called "Cozy Sleeping Bag- Star Light print" and was $39 with a value of $80. The box was for a baby girl up to 1 year old.

The only item I knew I would be getting was the Aden and Anais sleep sack, which I was very excited about because here in MN it gets pretty cold and we have been using sleep sacks every night, you can never have too many and this one is gorgeous. Plus I love Aden and Anais products, we have their muslin swaddles and a few bibs as well. This has a retail value of $19.95 and I can't wait to get it in the wash and on the baby!

Next was an Aden and Anais security blanket, I wasn't sure about this when I saw it but after handing it to my baby last night she hasn't wanted to give it up, so clearly its a winner. She has been chewing her hands a ton lately and now she can chew her hands while they are covered in silky satin and I guess that makes her really  happy. Retail value $9.95

Next was a little wooden toy from a company called Haba, they call this a Klick Klack Rattling Figure. It is really cute and seems very well made, although a bit too big an heavy for my 4 month old but I'm sure in no time she will really like to play with this. Retail value $9.49

Next was two small sample size boxes of Dr. Smith's Zinc Oxide diaper rash ointment. Now we cloth during the day at home and use disposables at night and when we are going to be out and about for a long time. So those are the only times I could really use this cream, but I'll give it a shot next time we end up with a rash that won't go away with cloth diaper safe cream. Before cloth we were using Boudreaux's organic butt paste and I was very pleased with how well it worked and the simple pure ingredients. So we shall see if this stuff makes me want to switch. Hard to say retail value of a sample size but I'd guess $3.

There was an Innobaby EZ Grip Massaging Teether. I'm not sure if my baby is really teething quite yet, but she is drooling a ton and loves to put everything she can get her grubby little paws on into her mouth and chomp away on it. So the second I put this toy in her hand she jammed it into her mouth and chomp, chomp, chomped it! I was surprised since many teethers are a bit too big for her to hold or really cram in her mouth but this was just perfect, a winner for sure. Retail value $9 on some sites and $21 on others? Not sure what that's about.

Innobaby Glass tot Food Cubes- now everyone is all about not using plastic and using glass for things, I'm not sure I've really jumped onto that bandwagon completely but I do check plastic things for having BPA but that's about the extent of it. However I will definitely use these especially since I plan to make as much of her baby food at home as I can so they will come in handy. Retail value $9.95

Lastly was a Baby Soy USA bib. It is very soft and really cute, I have a LOT of bibs but it never hurts to have more, especially cute ones since so many of them are kind of tacky and weirdly scratchy and stiff, soft cute bibs are a true gem in this house. Retail value $6

So the box didn't include little sheets like the monthly subscription boxes do on the products/brands or their retail value, so I had to use my best judgement based on Amazon and Google searches, but from what I gather this box has a retail value of $67-$78 depending on the price of that teether (weird), so I'd say for $39 it was a good deal, not quite AS good as they made it seem when they said value of $80, unless my values are way off, but I'm still pleased especially since some of the items are already favorites of my little one's.

Have you used any of these products or other items from these brands? Do you subscribe to Citrus Lane? 

Stay tuned for the review of my other mystery box!