Reviewing Citrus Lane: The May “Fun in the Sun” Box

I reviewed my first Citrus Lane box in March and I really liked it, but couldn’t say that I totally loved it. It had some cool things in there, but the only two things that I’m still using a couple months later are the Itsy Ritzy Bib, Burp and Bath Cloth (I use this ALL the time) and the Mommy’s Bliss Gripe Water. The gripe water came in so handy for my gassy baby that we used the entire bottle and I went out and bought more. So super winner there!

When my April box came, I was a bit disappointed and actually didn’t even bother to write a review. My first instinct was that the box wasn’t really very fun – it pretty much included just a bath towel, some flannel wash clothes and a bunch of promo codes. I had a bath towel and baby washcloths already… and the ones they sent me weren’t even cute! However, it’s a month later and I use that plush bath towel and super soft washcloths every single time I give Jack a bath – so I’m pretty glad I didn’t complain about them when I got that box!

My cornucopia of awesome — the May “Fun in the Sun” box

Since I had one good box and one okay box, I was waiting to get my May “Fun in the Sun” box before deciding whether to cancel my subscription.

And I’m so glad I did because the May box ROCKED MY SOCKS OFF!

Reading the insert that they sent along with the box o’ awesome, it seems like they may have gotten some feedback similar to mine where the newborn mommies wanted more FUN in their boxes. It’s a sign of a great company when they actually listen to the feedback and deliver!

So enough with the jibber jabber, here’s what was included in this month’s box:

iPlay Sun Protection Hat ($15.00 value, also a 20% promo code)– Since the company knows that I have a boy, they sent me one in a cute blue sailboat pattern. It is absolutely adorable and has a handy under-chin tie to keep it on Jack’s head. Even better, the hat is rated 50+SPF with a wide brim and ear flaps.

Green Toys Twist Teether ($10.99) – FINALLY a toy in our box! We were starting to feel a little left out, because the only “toy” we had previously gotten was a clear teething thing in March. This was worth the wait though – it’s made in the USA, doesn’t contain any yucky stuff, is super easy for baby hands to grab AND makes a fabulous clinky noise when  you shake it around. Jack is just starting to figure out how to grab things and I predict that this will be one of his favorites.

His outfit says “Girls Dig Me’ and it’s especially true when he’s showing off his mad multitasking skillz!

“In My Ocean” book ($8.99, also a 20% promo code) – YAY A BOOK! Okay, you all know that I’m a huge book dork which means that I’m counting the days until my son joins me in my dorkery. I received a bunch of awesome books at my baby shower to start Jack’s collection and a couple more this past weekend at his baptism. So, you can imagine my excitement when I opened this month’s box and found that they included a nicely illustrated book with a cool dolphin finger puppet. This is perfect for us to add to Jack’s bedtime reading ritual. The colors are bright and the dolphin perfect for slobbering on!

FULL SIZED — do you SEE! That’s 8 oz of lotion… heck yeah!

Episencial Better Body Butter Lotion ($10.00) – Do you see the size off this body butter lotion?! It’s FULL SIZED, not some little tiny sample thingie. Another item made in the USA (yay Citrus Lane for keeping it American), the bottle describes it as “silky soft” and it really is. I put some on and it’s got a nice, light scent and rubs right in to your skin without leaving you feeling greasy. It’s organic and free of nasty additives, so it’s good for me to use on myself or my baby. NOW we’re talking!

Episencial Sunny Sunscreen Travel Size ($9.00) – Okay, I was impressed at the full sized lotion and then we come to this tiny (.75 oz) tube of sunscreen. But instead of being annoyed at its itsy bitsy-ness, I actually like that it’s little and easy to throw in a diaper bag. According to their pamphlet, dermatologists recommend that babies under 6 months only use sunscreen on small areas of their body – so this little tube is actually the perfect size for my little monster. Also, I can try it out and see if we like it before we commit to a larger size. That’s what I consider a win, win!

Joyus $15 Gift Card ($15.00) – I had never heard of Joyus before and really wasn’t sure what to expect with a website that has in-depth videos for each product. I figured I’d just toss this card like I had so many other coupon code/gift cards from Citrus Lane in the past. However, hold your horses because I just checked out the site and I actually LIKE it! Even better, I found what they call “The Perfect Bracelet”which is a set of three gold plated and leather bracelets. Or you could go with the silver plated and leather option. The set of three is $38, so after I use my gift card I can get them for only $23 WITH free shipping… SOLD! Now the only question is which set do I get?

Wow, this book is fascinating!

Now when I added up the value of the March box, it was over $90 worth of goodies. This total for this month’s box came to just under $70. However, if you take note of the number of exclamation points I used when describing the contents of this month’s box, it’s easy to see that it’s a winner. Instead of just liking one or two of the items in the box, I’m actually super excited about EVERY SINGLE thing in there. If this was the first box I’d received, I would have been shouting from the rooftops how great Citrus Lane is for new mommies.

Now that my socks have been knocked off with this month’s box, I have high hopes for the June box. I don’t know what that theme will be, but hopefully it will be just as great as this one!

Now time for my full disclosures:  I was not rewarded in any way for mentioning Citrus Lane on my blog. They didn’t send me a free box to review; I paid for it myself because I feel like as a new mom I DESERVE a monthly gift. However, if you choose to sign up for your own subscription and use my link I will receive credits on my account.

The hat serves double-duty for stealthy naps.

This doesn’t mean that I’m going to give them (or any company) a good review just to get you guys to sign up! This is MY blog, I only write about whatever I feel like writing about – if they suck, they suck. But they didn’t suck… they were awesome. So I feel comfortable recommending them to you.

As an added bonus to my fabulous readers, you can get 10% off the cost of any subscription (normal cost $25 each month). You’ll save $7.50 on three months, $12.50 on six months, or $25 on twelve months. To redeem the deal, click on my link and enter the word SPRINGFUN when checking out.

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