So, if you hang out on any deal sites, you may have noticed that Amazon has been producing a bunch of sample boxes exclusively for Amazon Prime members lately – basically, you pay $X amount to have a box full of samples shipped to you, and if you buy the full-size of any of the items promoted by said box, you’ll get the original $X cost applied as a credit to that purchase.
As of this writing, there are several options:
- New Year, New You Sample Box – Stick to your resolutions with our top-rated vitamins, supplements and sports nutrition products. Costs $14.99, with a $14.99 credit when you purchase a promoted item afterwards.
- Beauty Sample Box – Try samples in skin care, hair care, oral care, and more. $11.99 cost, with equal credit.
- Men’s Grooming Sample Box – In this box you’ll find men’s grooming essentials to keep you looking sharp. $9.99 cost/credit.
- Crest 3D White 1 Hour Express Whitestrip Sample Kit – A small kit featuring Crest 3D White toothpaste, whitestrip, and some dental floss. $4.99 cost/credit.
- Mr. Olympia Sample Box – Fuel workouts and discover your new favorite sports nutrition products with our Mr. Olympia Sample Box. In this box you will find several assorted samples from the selection of products below. $9.99 cost/credit.
- Luxury Beauty Box – Contains 20 samples from La Roche-Posay, Jane Iredale, Proraso, and many more Luxury Beauty brands. $19.99 cost/credit.
As I’ve been trying to be better about my health lately, I decided to go for the New Year New You Sample Box – it appeared to have a nice mix of protein powders, protein bars, vitamins, beauty supplements, and probiotics, so I was fairly certain that I’d find something I liked enough to use the $14.99 credit. And even if I didn’t, when I peeked at the possible items that you can apply your credit towards, I saw my current love-of-my-life health item (the Vega post-workout powder, which actually works for me and has been a godsend since I tend towards 2-3 days of DOMS after a good workout and that was making it super, super difficult to progress on a daily challenge type of plan like PIIT28) as one of the possible credit items, so… I was sold!
For my thoughts on the individual items that I received as well as my overall impression of the New Year New You Box, please hit the read more!
I live a few hours away from an Amazon shipping hub, so the free two-day shipping that Prime offers is, for me, quite often one-day shipping in reality. This package was no different – I received it super quickly. It’s packed loosely in just a normal Amazon Prime shipping box – even if you order other things in your cart at the same time, the New Year New You box will arrive on its own for this reason.
There’s your first look into the box. Nothing fancy, just a bunch of samples and ad cards wrapped loosely in blue tissue paper. There was nothing fragile in the box (I mean, I guess the protein bars could break if you had a really aggro postal worker who was, like, playing basketball with your box, I guess?), so I found this to be satisfactory.
So let’s run down each item in the box, one-by-one!
These are chewable vitamins with a wintergreen flavour. They taste just like wintergreen LifeSavers to me! I can see how this kind of multivitamin delivery would be good for people who have trouble with swallowing the usual horse-pill style multivitamin, but also want to avoid the temptation/yumminess/high cost of gummy vitamins. Plus, I suppose that if you frequently take your multivitamin on your lunch break or some other situation where you’re eating and can’t immediately brush your teeth afterwards, this is a two-for-one vitamin and breath freshener. I can see it being attractive for the very busy, always on-the-go type of person, now that I’m thinking about it.
These were pleasant tasting and didn’t upset my stomach, which is a big plus for me – I’m one of those people who can get really nauseated by some multivitamins, even when taking them with food.
Currently, this item is $11.06 for a 60-day supply (2 per day) and $6.26 for a 30-day supply (2 per day).
Hey, I actually just finished a bottle of these gummy vitamins! They were a lightning deal about two months ago, so I grabbed the Women’s Formula. The Women’s Formula had a slightly different nutritional profile as well as being non-sugar-covered, whereas this sample had the large sugar granule dusting over each gummy.
Both formulas were tasty, caused no stomach issues or nausea, and have Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil. The price is kind of steep (IMO) for a multivitamin, but gummy vitamins tend to be pricier – also, I expect the inclusion of fish oil is probably helping them justify the markup, though it’s a bit of a lower dose than most standalone Omega-3 supplements.
I would probably repurchase these in a situation where I had a hefty credit (like the one this box offers) or if they were on special again, but probably not at full price. However, if you are unable to swallow pills and are looking for a non-queasy, tasty gummy vitamin, I think these are a pretty good option.
Current price: $18 for 180 gummies (30-day supply at 6 gummies per day) with an additional $3 off coupon if you choose the subscription option.
I’ve used a few NeoCell products in the past – their collagen-infused protein powder tastes pretty good, is sugar-free, and packs 30g collagen/whey protein per 123 calorie scoop, which I thought was pretty nice. I’ve also used their Super Collagen+C supplement, which I felt was decent but possibly a placebo effect for my joints – one of those things where, afaik, the science of consuming collagen doesn’t really support the fact that my joints did feel a little better. I’ve since moved on to tart cherry, which is both scientifically supported and has a HUGELY noticeable impact for me, so I’d kind of forgotten about NeoCell beyond their protein powder!
This item is a chewable that contains biotic, a small amount of acai, and sugar. It tasted nice, but I personally can’t see why you would need this – biotin is present in so many multivitamins/supplements already, and I’m not really sure wtf 25mg of acai berry is supposed to do for you…?
Current price: $11.43 for a 30-day supply (one chew per day).
Okay, these are actually pretty bomb. They’re 110 calories each, and give you 6-7g of fiber (the Waffle flavor contains 6g; Chocolate and Cinnamon Roll contain 7g) and 12g of protein per bar. And they actually taste like a really dense cereal/marshmallow treat bar. The sweetener they use, Allulose, is apparently a low-calorie sweetener, which explains how these bars can taste so sweet but still be so low in calories compared to similar protein bars.
The chocolate flavor reminded me vaguely of a Cocoa Puffs Cereal Bar in texture/taste, albeit chewier and with a different kind of sweetness. I hope that makes sense! The Allulose definitely has it’s own flavor that may be too synthetic-tasting for some – it’s certainly not the taste of real sugar – but I didn’t find it offensive or bothersome at all.
I ended up buying the variety pack of these, as I found them tasty and the calorie/protein/fiber profile seemed just right for a pre-workout snack. I am one of those people who needs SOMETHING in my stomach pre-workout to prevent burning out within like 5 minutes, but anything more than 100-200 calories of protein bar or oatmeal or something will make me feel very queasy. I prefer bars like this because I can down them as soon as I wake up and be ready to work out within 30 minutes – which tends to be about the same amount of time that I need to do all my morning-routine stuff like making sure I have no urgent missed calls/texts, feeding the animals and letting the dog out, planning out my meals for the day, texting a certain cute boy, that kind of thing…
So far, these bars are my favorite item from the New Year New You Box.
Current price: Around $22-24 for 15 bars, depending on flavor.
On the flip side… boy, I did NOT like this Chocolate Peanut Butter Clif Bar at ALL. And to let you know how serious business that dislike is, I have been on a peanut butter craving spree for almost two weeks – so the fact that a peanut-butter-filled protein bar had me so grossed out that I stopped eating it after one mouthful should tell you something ?
Honestly, I’ve never been a Clif bar fan. They have so many flavors that sound like they should taste great, but they always tend to be kind of flavorless or downright bad tasting with an unpleasant texture.
No thank you!
Currently priced at $16.50 for 12 bars.
This, however, was pretty tasty! I’ve been pretty pleased with everything I’ve tried from Vega thus far, though, so I’m not too surprised.
At 200 calories, 11g protein and 12g sugar, this bar isn’t ground-breaking – but it’s nice and tastes good. I probably wouldn’t bother buying more, however. I think if you’re going for chocolate peanut butter flavor, my favorite is still the Power Crunch Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge – it has the waferlike texture that reminds me of those Little Debbie Nutty Bars and the same calorie count but with more protein and less sugar.
Currently priced at $18.99 for 12 bars, with a 20% coupon if you subscribe to shipments.
Honestly, I don’t have much to say here. There were two servings in this pack, and while they tasted great, it’s kind of impossible to know how effective they are from such a small sample size.
They have largely positive reviews, though.
Currently priced at $14.99 for 60 gummies.
This was a more generous sample size – they recommend you take 3-4 per day, so I’ve been taking 3 per day for the past couple days. Today will actually be my final day, actually.
I can’t say that I’ve really noticed any difference in my… “intestinal function and health,” really, but at least they don’t upset my stomach. As they’re intended to be consumed on an empty stomach, that is a plus.
Currently priced at $29.37 for 120 capsules.
Okay, so now we’re getting into the protein powders. TMI time: it’s that time of the month for me, which brings with it mega cramps and at least one migraine. So working out hasn’t been on the table, and thus, I haven’t tested any of these protein powders. I do plan to try them out over the next few weeks, though!
At 130 calories and 24g protein with only 2g sugar, this is an attractive balance. Of course, for me, I also want a powder that blends smoothly and tastes good – I’ve had powders that tasted absolutely repulsive or just clumped up in my blender, which – no thank you! I use a good post-workout protein shake both as a way to replenish/supplement my protein intake and as a carrot to help me finish harder workouts, so I need my shake to taste GOOD.
My current favorite recipe is 8oz of Flax Milk (Good Karma brand is only 25 calories per cup!) + CTD Sports Isolicious Fruity Cereal Whey Protein (tastes just like the cereal milk in a bowl of Froot Loops!) + Vega Sport Recovery Accelerator in Apple Berry (which tastes kind of like fruity cereal itself) = 225 calories of delicious protein and anti-inflammatory goodness.
The Vega also comes in a Tropical flavor, though, so I’m interested in seeing if I really like any of these vanilla samples – a tropical fruit/vanilla hybrid shake might be a nice switch up once I’m finished with my current “Fake Froot Loops” combo.
Uh, yeah. So that’s why I don’t have any reviews or details about any of the protein powders – I just haven’t tried them yet.
Currently, the Bodylogix retails for $22.38 per 1.85lb jar.
Okay, so I guess this is a meal replacement rather than a protein powder. Vanilla is 160 calories, chocolate is 170. They both have a multivitamin’s worth of vitamins, a bunch of amino acids, some probiotics, decaffeinated green coffee bean extract (I’m assuming that’s the “burns fat!” claim on their packaging, which… eh, skeptical), and a “glucose management” complex that includes daikon radish and baobab, among other things. Whew.
I’ll try this as either a pre-workout meal or for a busy night when I’m too tired to cook but too hungry to sleep. I remember back when I was a teenager and my mom was crazy busy, I usually had some kind of meal replacement shake as my breakfast every morning – I think that was the age of Ensure and Slimfast. I’m hoping this tastes better…
Price: Chocolate is currently listed at $29.99/16.3 oz, and Vanilla is listed at $31.89 for 16.1 oz. Interesting, I wonder why the discrepancy?
I was pretty surprised to see that Burt’s Bees is making a protein powder – but you know, it does kind of suit their brand. It looks like so far, they’re only producing protein powders, but I can easily imagine them expanding into more supplements (I feel like collagen and phytoceramides and other beauty-type supplements are likely) if these powders are successful.
This is the Healthy Radiance variety, which is apparently focused on anti-oxidants from real fruits and vegetables. They also have Protein + Gut Health, which includes added probiotics, and Daily Protein, which seems to be the Healthy Radiance but with half the amount of fruits and vegetables. All three varieties offer 15 grams of plant-based protein from Pea, Rice, Flaxseed, Sunflower Seed, and Oat.
I think that this is the protein powder I’m most excited to try, just because I totally went through a Burt’s Bees phase in college. Their skincare leaves something to be desired (so many irritating ingredients…) but their lip balms and cosmetics have been pretty nice. I remember when they first came out with their lip shimmers and everyone I knew was totally obsessed! Aw, memories.
The +Healthy Radiance is currently priced at $39.51 for 19.1 oz, with a 15% off coupon if you choose the subscription option. Pricey stuff!
Lastly, we have a full-sized bottle of Vitamin C gummies! I eat enough fruits and vegetables that I probably don’t need to supplement Vitamin C, but there have been a few studies that suggest higher doses can be good for you (and some studies that totally contradict that, so, grain of salt).
These are sooooo delicious, though. They’re sugared gummies that seriously taste just like orange slice gummy candies but with that rosehip tartness. I love rosehip, so if these were just basic fruitsnacks, I would be completely enamored with them. Though honestly, most fruit snacks these days have a full serving of Vitamin C per serving, so I guess this is almost the same thing!
It was really tempting to just eat them like candy ? Soooo yummy!
If you have trouble getting Vitamin C into a picky kid or just want some delicious Vitamin C gummies for yourself, I’d definitely recommend this variety.
Retails for $5.99 for the 90-count bottle (a 45-day supply, as it’s 2 gummies per serving).
So that’s the contents of my New Year New You Sample Box. I’m quite pleased with it – I’m not sure yet if I’ll use the credit towards any of these items (the Quest variety pack I purchased wasn’t shipped from Prime, so I couldn’t use the credit from this box for it) or if I’ll just apply it to my next bottle of Vega Recovery Accelerator. I’ll wait to make that decision until after I’ve tried all the protein & meal replacement shake samples.
There’s an absolute ton of stuff you can apply the credit to that wasn’t in my sample box – so if you’re on the fence, it’s worth checking that out to see if anything on your shopping list is eligible. If so, the sample box basically becomes a bunch of freebies since the credit is the same as the price.
I’d personally say that the New Year New You Sample Box is absolutely worth the $14.99 cost if you’re at all interested in supplements, vitamins, and protein powders. It’s a fun way to try out new products while being relatively risk-free if you already buy such items from Amazon.
I’m not sure yet if I’ll be buying any of the other Prime Sample Boxes, but if I do, I’ll report back here!
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