Vitacost Review

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Disclosure: Vitacost provided me with free products in order to try to share my opinion. I was under no obligation to give a positive review and regardless, I will always and only, give you my thoughts 100 percent honest and true. 

Recently I was given the opportunity to try some products from Vitacost. I had heard about Vitacost in the past, but I thought they only sold vitamins. When I was given this review opportunity, I looked into them some more and I discovered that they sell so much more than vitamins. They sell a ton of stuff – including vitamins, personal care products, food, diapers, herbs, medicine, and pet supplies. They honestly have so many things I had a hard time choosing what I wanted to review. And they have a lot of specialty items too – they carry a wide variety of gluten-free products, non-GMO products, vegan products, cruelty free products, organic products and much, much more. They have a lot of brands that are new to me, but they also carry brands that are familiar to me, like Seventh Generation, California Baby, and Tom’s of Maine.

I have been very impressed by Vitacost. They have free shipping over $49 dollars all the time on everything (though it is sometimes even lower – their Vitacost brand products, for example, have free shipping over $25). My items arrived very quickly and the packaging was very well done. You could tell they took care to make sure nothing broke or leaked in transit, which I was extremely grateful for. They also picked the right sized box for all of my items to ship – I hate it when companies use a box that is so much bigger than all the contents because it’s a waste of packaging. They box also contained a hummus recipe on the side, which I really liked (that it was there – I haven’t had a chance to try it yet with a broken blender). I also feel that Vitacost is very competitively priced – I looked up all the products I received on Amazon, which is where I usually shop online, and everything was the same price or lower – that really impressed me. They also have a page for free samples and if you know me, I really love free so I like that a lot!

And lastly, before I delve into any one of the individual products I received, I also want to tell you about one more neat thing they do. They have a program called Set and Save. Basically with set and save, they deliver you a certain product at a certain time interval that you determine. Some products under set and save will even give you an additional ten percent off, though not all products will. The program is completely commitment free – meaning you can cancel your order at any time and you can pick to have your items delivered every 15, 30, 45, 60, 90 or 120 days. They also guarantee the lowest price – if the price of your item later goes up and you already have it set as a set and save item, you will continue to pay the lower price. My favorite part of this program, however, is the anniversary order. Basically, if you have something set to every 30 days, when your 12th consecutive order, you will get a free order of your ship and save products. How cool is that? It seems to me like they are really trying hard to reward their customers for sticking with them.

All right, now I know you want to know about the products I received!

Organicville Organic Ketchup

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I really enjoyed this ketchup. Over the time that I’ve had it, I’ve used it in a variety of ways – everything from a dipping sauce to burgers to a cheeseburger meatloaf and I have to say it does not disappoint in any of those areas. I love that it has a very tomato-y flavor and that, unlike some other ketchups I’ve tried, it’s a sweeter ketchup as opposed to a tart tasting ketchup. I also like that the flavors in this ketchup compliment foods instead of overpowering them. And I’ve made an observation about this ketchup as well. Do you know how sometimes when you buy ketchups and after they’ve been opened and they’ve been in the fridge and you use them, at first they have that clear, runny ketchup water come out because they’ve separated a little? Do you know what I’m talking about? Well, so far that hasn’t happened at all with this ketchup and I really like that. Color me impressed. Plus, like the name says, it is organic and gluten-free and I know that is important to a lot of people. When I did a side by side with the generic store brand that’s in my fridge, it was also lower in sodium, which is important to me, since we try to eat less salt because of Dominic.

Organix Hydrating Macadamia Oil Conditioner

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I also have nothing but praises for this conditioner. Where should I start? First of all, let’s start with the scent. It is a lovely, light scent. I’m not sure how to describe it, except to say it is a very nice blending of fruity and floral. I absolutely love, love, love the scent and it makes me smile every time I use it in the shower. It has also made my hair feel very lovely and soft. My husband also spontaneously complimented how shiny my hair had looked lately and I think I owe it to this conditioner. The bottle is environmentally friendly – made from recycled plastics and the label is also made of compostable corn-based material and green inks. This product is also cruelty free – no animal testing! The only thing I would possibly change about this product (and it is a very minor thing) is that I would make the cap flatter. The only reason I would do this is because it’s hard with the rounded top to have it rest upside down in the shower when it’s getting close to empty so you can get everything out. But that’s so minor and I love it so much overall that I would still use it despite that.

Nubian Heritage Body Wash with Shea Butter, Lavender, and Wildflowers

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This body wash was just okay – it didn’t thrill me the way the conditioner did. The scent was pleasant, but I didn’t have a wow feeling with it. All the seeds in it through are confusing. My first thought was for exfoliation purposes (that’s the only thing I could think of) but when I opened it for the first time, I realized the opening was too small for them to come out. It lathers nicely and does its job, but it just didn’t blow me away. It does also contain Vitamin E and while it doesn’t say it on the website, the bottle says that it has never been tested on animals. It also contains some certified organic ingredients, according to the bottle, but not all of them are. It was fine, it just wasn’t anything special – at least to me.

Nunez De Prado Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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I’m not sure what to say about this other than, I really liked it. I’m not a super great evaluator of olive oils – but what I can say about this one is that it was very versatile and it had a nice consistency  – it worked great in everything I used it in, from sautéing to baking to the couscous I made last night. It’s a very large bottle and will last me awhile. It’s organic, unfiltered, and cold pressed. It comes in a glass bottle and the packers of the box were very careful to wrap it in bubble wrap, which I really appreciated. Can you imagine the disaster if the bottle had broken? Haha. Very pleased with this though and I look forward to continuing to use it.

Buried Treasure PreNatal Plus DHA Complete

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As you may or may not know, I am the worst at swallowing pills. I just am no good at swallowing pills. So I have been wanting to try out liquid vitamins for a long time and when I had the opportunity to review some items right as I was running out of my chewable vitamins, I thought it would be a good time to try liquid vitamins. (And no, before you ask, since I’ve had some people ask – I’m not pregnant. I’m taking prenatal vitamins because I’m still nursing and because it’s recommended for all sexually active women of child-bearing age – just to get that out-of-the-way.) The instructions say to mix one tablespoon with juice, so that’s what I did the first time. I found, however, that one tablespoon was actually too much for me, it made it taste too vitamin-like. However, I did find if I did it half tablespoons at a time in a glass of juice and drank it with food, it was a piece of cake to get down. It has all the important nutrients – DHA, Folic Acid, and Iron to name the big three. It is also gluten, wheat, yeast, and dairy free. It also contains red raspberry leaf (said to strengthen the uterine wall and make labor easier and smoother), ginger root (said to help with nausea), and chamomile flower (said to help with nausea and insomnia). Overall I would recommend these vitamins if you are like me and have trouble swallowing pills.

Orgran Buckwheat Pasta Spirals Gluten Free

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While I am not currently gluten-free, I do have more and more friends who are going gluten-free for various reasons. It is very important to me to be able to feed my friends when they come visit me, because I like to feed people and I don’t want anyone to have to go hungry. So I picked out these noodles so I could try what gluten-free noodles tasted like and I invited over one of my friends who recently found out that she needs to eat gluten-free. We both liked these noodles – as you can see, I added cheese and butter to mine. They were a bit darker in color than ordinary noodles and they tasted a little different as well, but I was surprised how close they tasted to noodles made with regular gluten-containing flour. And I was also surprised at how much Dominic loved them – they were a huge hit with him! All in all, I would eat these again and I would serve them to my friends. These noodles would also be perfect for virtually any diet as they are gluten-free, wheat free, dairy free, egg free, yeast free, soy free, nut free and vegan. They also have no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. They are definitely tasty and I would definitely eat them again.

I found all my Vitacost products to be a great quality and I will definitely be shopping from them in the future. I want to thank the lovely team at Vitacost for providing me these products to review. I also hope that you will consider shopping at Vitacost as well!

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