Must Have Boxes on Vacation

by Must Have Boxes on May 22, 2015

Hello lovely readers!

I’m leaving tomorrow for my summer vacation, so you won’t see any new subscription box reviews from me for about a week. But not to worry – there are a ton of additional May boxes waiting to be reviewed when I return. I don’t want to give anything away, but I have some seriously cool boxes to share with you. Cheers!

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Exotic Noods Review – May 2015

by Must Have Boxes on May 22, 2015

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Company: Exotic Noods

Category: Food & Drink

Cost: USD $20.00/month, free shipping 

About: “A curated selection of the highest quality instant noodles delivered to you.”

The Scoop: Each month, you’ll receive four exotic ramen products with bowls that are only found at specialty markets. Varied styles include udon, curry, and more! Sample unique tastes and flavors from around the word as you take your taste buds on a culinary adventure.

The Box:

I’m a big fan of ramen and international foods, so this subscription has my name written all over it! Ramen is a Japanese noodle soup dish that consists of Chinese-style wheat noodles served in a meat- or fish-based broth with toppings. Exotic Noods (what a fun name!) delivers rare ramen bowls that you can’t find in your typical grocery store. My May shipment arrived in a branded box with the contents carefully packaged inside. Let’s check it out…

thegoodies

Jjajangmen Chajang Noodle Bowl

This 6.7 oz bowl of premium Korean black bean sauce noodles is ready in just four minutes. Jjajangmen is a Chinese-South Korean fusion dish with Ramyun noodles and Chajang sauce. The flavor is rich and thick and I really enjoyed the mung bean sprouts and yummy black beans.

Maruchan Midori No Tanuki Instant Soba Bowl

The first thing I noticed when opening this bowl was the big packet of dry seasons. The noodles are buckwheat and they have a yummy texture and flavor. The soup broth has a nice taste and the ramen included a circular tempura-type thing. It was definitely a little unusual but I still enjoyed it.

Menraku Japanese Ramen “Shio” Bowl

This ramen bowl is super delicious! “Shio” means salt, which describes the broth well. It’s not too salty, but has a great flavor. This ramen also includes a veggie pouch filled with corn, seaweed and cabbage which was a tasty addition. I think this bowl definitely needed something extra like meat or a fried egg.

Ottogi Ramen Bok Ki Bowl

This Korean noodle bowl is wonderful! I was able to cook this meal in four minutes and I liked the drain spout feature on the lid. The bowl included noodles, a soup base and a mix-in vegetable packet. The ramen was really good and the flavor had some spice to it! There was also some naruto too.

verdict

Exotic Noods is a really fun treat! Ramen isn’t something I have an opportunity to eat regularly, so it was really cool to get to sample these international bowls. My favorite instant ramen bowl is the delicious Jjajangmen Chajang Noodle Bowl. The black bean sauce is super tasty and I enjoyed the rich flavor profile. If you’re a foodie who loves to try global dishes, then you should definitely subscribe to Exotic Noods.

Are you obsessed with Ramen? Interested in subscribing to Exotic Noods? Let me know! 

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Clean Bar Box Review – May 2015 + EXCLUSIVE COUPON CODE!

by Must Have Boxes on May 21, 2015

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Company: Clean Bar Box 

Category: Soap

Cost: Large Clean Bar Box: USD $19.99/month, Four Bar Sampler Box USD $13.99/month, free shipping (Use the code 5OFF to receive $5.00 off any order!)

About: “Handmade Soap Subscription Box.”

The Scoop: Clean Bar Box delivers artisan, all-natural handmade bars of soap. Each box includes 4 different scents that are themed for the current season. The Large Clean Bar Box contains two 5 ounce bars and two 2.5 ounce bars and the Four Bar Sampler Box contains four 2.5 ounce bars of soap. You can choose to receive your box every month, or every other month.

The Box:

Handmade artisan soap is the best and I love discovering new companies who make high-quality soaps that I can add to my collection. Clean Bar Box creates amazing seasonal-themed varieties of soaps and delivers them straight to your door. My May shipment arrived in a plain cardboard box with the contents carefully wrapped inside. There was also a card that described each of this month’s featured soaps. Let’s check them out…

thegoodies

Honeysuckle Soap
Value: USD $7.50

How gorgeous is this bar of soap? I love the pretty bold colors. This handmade soap has a strong floral scent that will remind you of wild spring flowers. I can’t think of a better fragrance for the month of May. Ingredients: Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Soybean Oil, Corn Oil, Hemp Oil, Organic Shea Butter, Water, Lye, Rose Petals, Fragrance, Coloring.

African Violet Soap
Value: USD $7.50

African violets have long been associated with mother and motherhood. It’s only fitting then that this soap is featured in the May box. This high quality soap has a mild floral scent that invigorates and cleanses. Ingredients: Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Soybean Oil, Corn Oil, Hemp Oil, Organic Shea Butter, Water, Lye, Juniper Berries, Fragrance.

Cherry Almond Soap
Value: USD $3.75

Cherry Almond is one of my favorite scents of all time. Woo hoo! This classic fragrance features ripe red cherries and almonds combined with a ground oatmeal exfoliant! Ingredients: Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Soybean Oil, Corn Oil, Hemp Oil, Organic Shea Butter, Water, Lye, Ground Oatmeal, Fragrance.

White Tea Mint Soap
Value: USD $3.75

This soap is lovely and totally reminds me of the spring season. White Tea Mint has a super refreshing scent that will allow you to stay  cool during the summer months. The swirled green colors are so pretty. Ingredients: Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Soybean Oil, Corn Oil, Hemp Oil, Organic Shea Butter, Water, Lye, Fragrance, Coloring.

verdict

Total box value: USD $22.50

  • Honeysuckle Soap – USD $7.50
  • African Violet Soap – USD $7.50
  • Cherry Almond Soap – USD $3.75
  • White Tea Mint Soap – USD $3.75

Clean Bar Box delivered an amazing assortment of handmade soaps! Each of the varieties is perfectly themed for the month of May. My favorite scent was Cherry Almond because you can’t beat a classic combination. Visually, the Honeysuckle soap is stunning and would look great in any bathroom. If you’re a fan of handmade artisan soap, you must subscribe to Clean Bar Box. :)

Remember to use the code 5OFF to receive $5.00 off any order!

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