Little Life Box is our first experience with a monthly subscription box. It’s a great place to start! As far as I can tell, there really aren’t many vegan-only subscription options on the market. A huge selling point for us is that it’s Canadian, from right here in Montreal. If you watch my Instagram stories, you may have heard me say that I love to support local business. You may also have seen us use ingredients from the November and December boxes. So we’re thrilled to do our first Little Life Box review!
We met Chelsea, co-owner of Little Life Box, in November 2016 at the Festival Végane de Montréal, which essentially translates to Veg Fest Montreal. After chatting about her business, we bought our first box on the spot and signed up to start receiving them at home. I don’t know about you, but I love getting packages in the mail. Knowing it’s a box full of vegan goodies? That’s next level anticipation, especially for a foodie!
Let’s first establish that there are two versions of the Little Life Box. Obviously we receive the vegan one. The items aren’t limited to food. Little Life Box a lifestyle box, not a snack box. Some items are more everyday and might not wow you. While some of it is practical, there is also plenty of fun to be had. My favourite thing about the box is that I get to discover new products every month.
I’m going to get into a tiny bit of psychology/sociology/I have no idea/don’t quote me, but I hope you’ll indulge me, because I find it fascinating. I am plagued by decision fatigue. Every day, all day, I am forced to make decisions, and it’s exhausting. The grocery store is no exception. Walking up and down the aisles, trying to choose a brand of sesame seeds or tea or energy bars is a chore. I start to read all the boxes, compare prices, maybe google a few things. It turns into this ordeal, but maybe that’s just me?
Receiving the Little Life Box at my door takes a bit of that stress off my plate and actually makes it enjoyable. I don’t have to make any choices. Someone else has decided what’s worth trying and I’m almost always satisfied with the result. We ordered the box the last 2 months, but Little Life Box kindly sent us the January 2016 box to review. To help support our blog, we do make a small commission on some of the links. So without taking up anymore of your time, here’s we enjoyed to in the January box!
Camelina Oil by Three Farmers
Camelina oil is cold pressed and perfect for salads & dipping. It’s grown in Canada and it’s non GMO, gluten free, vegan and nut free. – Little Life Box
Three Farmers camelina oil is high in Omega 3’s and perfect for both salads and cooking, due to the high smoke point. We received the roasted onion & basil infused oil in our box, which I’m thinking will be perfect in a chickpea salad. I’ve never tried Three Farmers before, so I’m excited about this first!
Organic Juice by Kiju
This juice has no added sugar, is non GMO, vegan and made in Canada. – Little Life Box
Another Canadian company, Kiju also makes all of its juice in Canada with 100% organic, non-gmo fruit sourced from across North and South America. I’m no stranger to Kiju, so these are a welcome addition to the box.
Chocolate Mint Gum by PUR
Naturally sweetened with 100% xylitol — recommended by dentists to reduce plaque build-up and wash away bacteria. Vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, nut and peanut-free. Swiss made and non-gmo with high quality ingredients sourced from Europe. – The PUR Company
I was initially skeptical when I saw chocolate mint flavoured gum. Sounds like a nice dessert, but in a chewing gum? Despite already being a fan of PUR, I had my doubts about this one. That changed after popping a piece into my mouth. It’s great!
Prebiotic Fiber by Fiberrific
Taste-free all-natural fiber supplement. It’s gluten-free, non-GMO, natural, vegan, and dairy free. – Little Life Box
This is something that’s completely unknown to me. I don’t think I’ve ever worried about fiber in my diet. I suppose it’s important, but it’s just not something I think about. Now that I have a few Fiberrific samples, I’ll try it out.
Mineral Supplement by ConcenTrace
Complete ionic mineral and trace element supplement. It’s vegan, gluten free, lactose free, soya free and peanut free. – Little Life Box
Again, a bit of a mystery to me, but I am aware of the need for electrolytes in my diet. This little ConcenTrace bottle is a great way to get started.
Facial Scrub – Acure
This brightening facial scrub with argan extract and chlorella is sulfate, paraben and cruelty-free as well as being vegan. – Little Life Box
I enjoy a facial scrub as much as anyone, but I don’t have a preferred brand. It’s something that Victoria will normally buy and I’ll use liberally, to her annoyance. I do like that Acure is a family-owned business committed to creulty-free products. This is one of those instances where I’m happy to try a product because I don’t need to stare at a wall of them in the store, checking each label individually to see which are cruelty-free. I look forward to trying this out.
Makeup Sponges by Life Candy
Sweet Tools professional french wedges by Life Candy are great to use with liquid foundation and cream blushes. Wedges are ideal for precise makeup application and aid to even out makeup. They work exceptionally well with overall coverage and blending. – shopnatural.ca
This isn’t something that I use and not really something to get excited about, even if you do use them. Though you might find the inclusion practical. Victoria will likely end up using these, so it’s certainly not a wasted item.
Toothbrush by BambooLife
It doesn’t get softer or more natural than this brand new bamboo toothbrush. You will love the feel in your mouth. We are making everyday life products for you to remember that the little things are what matter the most in the end. – Little Life Box
Maybe I’m silly, but this was item number 1 for me! My toothbrushes are always kinda boring and I feel like I wouldn’t normally treat myself to something like this. But it’s stylish, bamboo is sustainable, and you always need a good toothbrush! I can’t imagine anybody being disappointed with this.
Overview – Little Life Box – January 2017
This was our third box and the first that we’ve reviewed. There were a few practical items, things Vic and I will certainly keep for ourselves, and a few things we’re excited to try for the first time. Personally, I’d like to see more food items, such as we did in the November and December boxes. That being said, the biggest reason I like getting Little Life Box every month is to try new things. We definitely got to do that this month. Now we just need to order a second bamboo tooth brush so there are no fights over who gets it!