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Influenster Sugar ‘N Spice Voxbox Spring 2013 Recap



Disclaimer:  I received the products below free from Influenster to test, review, and enjoy.  Additionally, I personally always attempt to purchase and use all natural, chemical – free products but I am not evaluating any of the products from that angle.  I simply used the products and am giving my feedback on what I liked and disliked.


Item #1 – Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer Total Moisture, $7.99 for 6.5 oz. can

Influenster, “New Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer Total Moisture is a continuous spray lotion that moisturizes and absorbs in seconds, and leaves skin feeling instantly soft – not sticky or greasy.  Now you won’t have to wait for your lotion to absorb before pulling on those skinny jeans!”

Me: I received a can of the  Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer Total Moisturizer with pure oat extract to use and sample.  The scent of the lotion was not pleasant to me, maybe others would be more pleasing.  Also, I didn’t think it saved any more time than my current moisturizing product and routine.  I think it could be great for photo shoots, weddings, the beach, or any special event where you need instant moisture in a fine mist.  For everyday use, the price at $7.99 is too steep for me.  If you used the can everyday it would probably last about two weeks.  I’ve been using the product for a month and it’s been far from daily and it’s just now running out.

Item #2 – Nectresse, $6.99 for 5.9 oz. container, or $3.99 for box of 40 packets.  


Influenster, “Nectresse sweetner tastes like sugar but has zero calories per serving! 100 % all natural, NECTRESSE is made primarliy from monk fruit combined with other natural sweeteners.”

Me: I received a box of 40 packets and sent some to my twitter friend, farmerdarrell and distributed some to another friend as well (who I keep forgetting to ask what they thought).  I’m hypoglycemic so I’m always interested in alternative sweeteners that don’t affect blood sugar levels.  I don’t really cook with sugar or use sugar in my daily routine so I just sweetened beverages to test it out.  I didn’t like the way the sweetener made my cup of coffee taste.  Granted, I do like my coffee black but the sweetener had an odd aftertaste with the coffee.  It would be great for malts, shakes, cereal, oatmeal, pudding, etc.

farmerdarrell: “Nectresse came at the best time for me, I am diabetic and was going through complications controlling my sugar numbers. While stabilizing my numbers I used Nectresse to sweeten rice and cold cereal, I usually don’t like/use sweeteners other than sugar but this tasted similar, no after-taste at all. I saved some packets til my diabetic numbers were in-line to see if it would raise them. I used them in place of sugar in some lemonade and it was delicious!! Good product!!”

Item #3 – Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Oil Controlling Towelettes, $5.99 for a 20 count box.


Influenster, “Introducing Dickingson’s Original Witch Hazel Oil Controlling Towelettes – The soothing blend of Witch Hazel and aloe on these facial wipes rejuvenates your skin by gently lifting dirt, oil and impurities from your pores while nourishing even the most sensitive skin.  The result is a clean, refreshed and blemish-free complexion even when you’re out and about.”

Me:  I loved this product.  I have sensitive, dry skin and these towelettes did not further dry or irritate my skin.  I loved the convenience of the packets as they were easy to take with me to modeling jobs or the gym.  I’ll definitely be purchasing these again and think they should be a staple in any travel kit.


Item #4 – Colgate Optic White Regimen

Toothpaste: $2.99 for 4 oz. tube
Mouthwash: $2.99 for 8 oz. bottle
Toothbrush: $2.99 per brush

Influenster, ” Your VoxBox not contains not one, but THREE Colgate Optic White products in a new high impact formula. Use the Optic White toothpaste, toothbrush, and mouthwash together for whiter teeth in five days (vs. brushing with an ordinary toothpaste alone).”

Me:  I agree that the Colgate Optic White products whiten better than ordinary toothpaste alone.  However, I can’t say that I see a difference from the other whitening brand of toothpaste that I had been using.  I thought the toothpaste and mouthwash both had a clean and refreshing flavor.  I loved the head and bristles of the brush but couldn’t seem to get a good grip on the handle base on the shape and size.  I wouldn’t buy the brush because it kept slipping around in my hands but I have long, skinny fingers and hands.  If you don’t, then you may have better results.  I’d recommend the toothpaste and the mouthwash.

Item #5, belVita Breakfast Biscuits: $3.69 for a box of 5 packets of 4 biscuits


Influenster, “belVita Breakfast Biscuits are made with delicious ingredients and carefully baked to release steady energy that lasts all morning.  They are a good source of Fiber and B-vitamins, contain no high fructose corn syrup, have 18 – 20 grams of whole grain per 50 gram serving and taste great – perfect for on-the-go!”

Me:  I also loved these and will definitely purchase them.  I liked the texture of the biscuit and it did provide sustained energy.  It was sweet enough to be pleasant and it seemed to be a low glycemic food but that’s just based on how my own body digested it, I don’t know if it is or not.  They tasted good, it’s a great price for a nutritious, on-the-go snack and I always have a bag of food just like this on hand.  Try them, you’ll like them!