Wednesday, July 18, 2012

July 2012 KLUTCHclub Review and Giveaway

I was offered a complimentary July 2012 KLUTCHclub box for review.  I had no idea this box existed, so I am grateful for the opportunity.  I asked my contact if KLUTCHclub would consider giving a box to one of my readers in a giveaway, and she said yes, so I decided to go for it - one for me, one for you!  All opinions are my own, as per usual.

July 2012 KLUTCHclub Box: Healthy Summer Entertaining

Date of arrival: July 7, 2012

The deets: KLUTCHclub is a lot different than the other boxes I subscribe to, which are mostly beauty boxes and two lifestyle boxes (Influenster and Cravebox).  KLUTCHclub's focus is on health, wellness, and fitness products.  I looked through the past boxes and they offer food, drinks, makeup/skincare, supplements, and workouts (DVDs and online options).  There are 1 month ($18/box), 3 month ($17/box) and annual ($16/box) programs.  You can earn KLUTCHdollars towards a free box by answering surveys and participating in social media, or participate in the ambassador program to earn 20% commission on referrals. 

Packaging: Nothing too fancy; it's basically a shoebox with some tissue paper inside. This did lead to a problem since the heavy beverage broke my cookie - perhaps they could take a note from the beauty boxes and get some crinkle paper?  The card that came with the products was really nice.  No cost information, but there was a nice little blurb for each product that explained how it fit into the summer entertaining theme.  C for the box, A for the card.

Contents: The foodie stuff in the box was a can of CasCal Fermented Soda (which, oddly, is not on the card - last minute add?), 2 packs of Zoye Soybean Oil, a Breton Gourmet Shortbread Cookie, 3 Mighty Leaf teas, and 7 truvia packets.  
Also included was 1st Step Liquid Vitamin B12 Complex, a $15 gift certificate for Mineral Hygenics, a card with various offers from Nia (30 days free Nia Passion workout, 40% off select products, and $500 off Nia White Belt Training), and a booklet about molecular gastronomy that included a packet of Molecule-R's Soy Lectin emulsifier.  
Mini product review: The first product I tried was the CasCal fermented soda.  Fermented drinks aren't for everyone, but I love them. This one was no exception.  It's nice and tangy but has that bite from the fermentation.  I did think it's funny that none of the flavors are in the actual ingredients - the mango, jasmine, and kaffir lime taste is "crafted" with tangerine, lemon, carrot, and apple juice.  Why not just say it has those flavors?   A 
Next up was the Breton Gourmet cookie...or is it a Broye du poitou Goulibeur cookie?  The package is all in french, which is a little weird.  Ahhhhhh, the internet tells me that Breton imports the Goulibeur cookies.  Thanks, internet!  I also love shortbread / butter's like KLUTCHclub is reading my mind!  It was a tasty little snack.  A little harder than I wanted, maybe it dried out a bit from being broken?  A-

Oddly, I have never tried truvia before.  Weird, right?  I always reach for Equal, just to spite those anti-aspartame weirdos (YOU WILL HAVE TO PRY MY DIET COKE OUT OF MY COLD, DEAD HANDS).  I sprinkled it on some berries, and it was delicious!  Much more real sugar-like than its contenders.  I might make the switch, especially since there was a 75 cent off coupon.  A+  
I wasn't able to try the Zoye vegetable oil or the Molecule-R's Soy Lectin emulsifier because, um, I haven't cooked since I got the box.  On July 7.  Worst mom ever.  I am definitely intrigued by the molecular gastronomy concept (science nerd stuff!!), but if I couldn't even cook some chicken to test the oil, I'm certainly not going to engage in gelification, sperification, or emulsification.  I did pass it on to a coworker who thought her husband would be super excited to test it out, so I will pass on any feedback.  

I should also mention that I also haven't tried out the liquid B12 because energy boosters aren't my thing.  I'm thinking about giving it to Justin since he was voted "most likely to die from sketchy energy drink consumption" in 2011.  By me.  This particular one doesn't look sketchy though, it's stimulant free and caffeine free, it's just crazy high doses of B12 (8334% DV), B6 (1000% DV) and folic acid (200% DV).  Basically, it will result in very expensive pee (your body can't absorb B vitamins at those dosages) :) 

I wanted to verify that there were no shenanigans with the Mineral Hygenics gift card (myglam has gotten in trouble with customers for calling coupons with a minimum purchase requirement a gift card).  I ordered an eye shadow in Adore, which is a gorgeous pink.  I wish they would have taken off the full $15, but they didn't discount the shipping and handling.  I got the ship notice on the same day I ordered it, which was nice.  I will let you know what I think after I get to try it out. 

I totally saved the best part for last.  When I first saw the Nia card, I was like "whatever, I'm sure we don't have anywhere that offers that program in Ohio."   I would have been partially right - the $500 off Nia White Belt Training wouldn't be possible without travel (and the program is $1599, YIKES!) However, the Nia Passion workout is a class that you watch online.  It's supposed to be a blend of dance and martial arts.  My shoulder and wrist have been screwed up for the last week so I haven't been able to try it out, but I will definitely be trying this out over the next month and will report back.  

I had no issues ordering the class online, so KLUTCHclub is 2 for 2 in successful offers by card.  
Also of note: I called the Nia people to confirm that there is no White Belt Training near me, and the person I spoke to was extremely helpful and friendly, and stayed on the phone answering questions a lot longer than she had to.  She also had a very soothing voice, which is a weird thing to matter, but somehow it did.  I could almost picture myself learning about balance and awareness and all that fun new agey stuff at the Nia Institute.  But, you know, $1099 after the discount.

Value:  I had to make some assumptions here, but I think I got it...$55.11 for an $18 box, which translates to $30.62 if this were a $10 box.  That makes this a B- 

Overall impression of the box: I was surprised when I first opened it, expecting a lot more "fitnessy" stuff - powerbars, powders, etc.  I enjoyed all of the products I tried, and am SO EXCITED to try out the Nia workout.  That really made the box for me.  A

Overall impression of the service: At $18 a box it's pricier than the other services I'm still subscribed to, but you have to consider what you are getting.  If you get a workout each month and you actually use it, that's better than a gym membership.  I tend to get bored doing the same DVDs over and over, and this is a great way to try out something new.  I do think it's a little more than I would want to spend each month, but I just love the whole concept.  Also, one of the coolest things about this service is that they show you the next month IN ADVANCE so you can make an actual informed decision about whether or not you want to buy!  Here is the August box - I am SERIOUSLY considering it despite my budget crackdown because of the one year membership to iBodyFit

If you want to sign up through my referral link, here it is.  Thanks!

KLUTCHclub has offered to give away a box to one lucky reader!  

We will follow the same rules as the last giveaway - U.S. residents 18 and older, please!

Enter ONE comment below.  Please, please, please do not comment twice.  I won't judge you (much) for your typo, I promise.  If you want to comment but don't want to enter, say "don't enter me" in your comment.  I will randomly choose one winner using the random number generator set to however many comments there are; if it picks a non-entry or a rule-breaker I'll have it pick again, and will keep picking til it lands on the first entry that counts.  If you are a stranger to these parts, make sure there is an email address or twitter handle in your comment so I know how to get ahold of you (if I can't contact you, you are a rule-breaker and I'll pick again). 

The winner will have to send me their address so I can send it to KLUTCHclub.  I will pick a winner 5pm Ohio time on Friday, July 20.

Good luck!

The contest is over, congrats Suzanne!!!


Suzanne said...

Me! This sounds really fun, with much more stuff I might actually use that most beauty boxes (I am not a beauty box person).

Jessica said...

Looks like fun! Interesting food products plus free fitness stuff sounds like a pretty great box.

Erica said...

Drinking unnecessary B vitamins sounds like something I would do.

Amy said...

Your reviews are great! Thanks for sharing your honest opinions.

Saly said...

this seems like a pretty good box! I am also a huge shortbread cookie fan. Have you tried the ones from Panera? The! Best!

Calli said...

I'd love to try this out!
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Ann said...

I loved the review! It was informative AND funny. I especially liked the part where you nominated your son. I'm always yelling at mine to quit drinking those. I don't allow him to purchase them when he's with me. However, he's almost 20 and he can buy them himself. :) My son would have loved the molecular gastronomy inserts. He is currently attending Culinary School. I'd love to enter. Thanks for the cool giveaway.

Sheryl-Superfreaky1ru said...

I haven't cooked in longer than that, so I think I take the worst mom ever award away from you! I let the DH do all the cooking these days. This sounds like a really cool box, I'd love to try one. Stay away from new age-y people with soothing voices...they might be secretly hypnotizing you! lol!

Miki said...

Thank you for reviewing the box! I've wanted to subscribe for a while, but can't bring myself to make the jump until I've read some reviews!

Megan said...

I've never tried any of these box things before but they sound intriguing. Especially for someone who doesn't stick with any sort of routine/brand for very long.

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Jill said...

Right now I only subscribe to Birchbox but this one seems pretty cool!

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Mrs. Irritation said...

Looks quite intriguing!

Farrah said...

Thanks for the great review. I just found your website & am adding it to my favorites.
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