Archives: April 2018

 

What is BOKKSU? Bokksu was created by Danny Taing, who lived in Japan for many years and then upon moving to NYC, found he could no longer enjoy his favorite Japanese snacks. Bokksu was then inspired, and it is a subscription box service delivering snacks directly from Japan. Each month has a theme and they are hand picked to match the theme. This month is April Blossom, which caters to a spring theme with Japanese plum, flower and strawberry flavors.

SAKURA LOVE TEA

  • this one has a delicious cherry aroma, I tried it hot after steeping for 4 minutes
  • this one was light and sweet, with a cherry undertone
  • Did not have to add sugar or milk, etc. to enjoy this tea
  • loved the light and refreshing and pure flavor

SAKURA CHOCOLATE CREPE

  • this treat is super tiny (about the size of my index finger) and is a rolled up crepe in floral flavored chocolate
  • it is light and has a wafer like crunch to it
  • sweet but not too sweet, almost tastes like a less sweet white chocolate with a hint of cherry or some sort of floral undertone
  • I really liked it! Perfect little treat when you are craving something sweet but definitely not too sugary

BAKED CHOCOLATE STRAWBERRY

  • this is a “fluffy and rich chocolate” with strawberry bits that is BAKED!
  • it’s very interesting, melt in your mouth yet “fluffy”
  • has a white chocolate taste to it, with prominent strawberry flavor
  • has a freeze dried type of feel to it
  • I like it! It’s a bit rich, but I do like it

SAKURA RUSK

  • this is a baguette  baked twice with Sakura butter with salted sakura petals baked in on top!
  • This one was yummy, kind of like a butter biscuit but not SUPER buttery, just the right amount, with some sugar crystals on top, and just a hint of a floral/sweet flavor
  • it was light and crunchy, and fresh
  • I liked it as a little pick me up snack, or after dinner when you want a little sweet treat

WHITE STRAWBERRY

  • a freeze dried strawberry soaked in white chocolate
  • I really liked this! It was like eating a piece of white chocolate with bits of strawberry flavor in it, but the strawberry tartness that can sometimes be present with freeze dried fruits is mellowed out by the white chocolate.
  • also, not super sweet
  • a great after meal treat 🙂

POCKY

  • easily my favorite in the box, these are strawberry cheesecake coating on a short chocolate stick
  • very rich, only need one or two at a time
  • sweet, creamy, with the perfect little mild chocolate crunch at the end

SUPPA MUCHO STICKS SOUR PLUM

 

  • crispy potato sticks seasoned with sour plum
  • honestly…thought these would be weird…loved them. Salty, sweet, tangy, all in one
  • I think if you like salt and vinegar chips, these would be a hit for you, but with a bit of a plum taste and just the slightest hint of floral

SPRING RICE CRACKERS

  • assorted rice cracker flavors in plum, matcha, purple sweet potato, shrimp, turmeric, salt, chili pepper and soy sauce
  • crispy and light
  • red ones are sour for sure, almost has a corn chip flavor
  • green one reminds me of corn pops cereal!

SAKURA SHRIMP KAMIMOCHI

  • honestly for this one… I just personally can’t do it. It smells way too fishy for me. I took a nibble and it was an immediate pass for me. I’m sure some people may love it, but shrimp flavored crackers are not for me.

UMA SABLE

  • this was pretty good!
  • like a butter/shortbread cookie with some sweet plum flavor in it
  • mildly sweet and rich
  • flavors went well with each other

HAND BAKED BUTTER SENBEI

  • a butter rice cracker
  • this one was a pass for me and my mom
  • very buttery, oily texture, dense
  • has a very off taste that I couldn’t put my hands on

 

Overall, I like this idea! I would love a subscription like this every month to try new treats. Obviously this box in particular had some hits and some misses for me, but I love the fact it incorporates a completely different culture and taste than snacks that I am used to, and is actually authentic! Great idea, and overall a great service.

 

DISCLAIMER: I received this to try for free from the company. This is an UNBIASED review.

 

Theraplex sent me some skin products to try– normally I am hesitant to try new skin products. I have terribly sensitive skin, everything makes my skin blotchy or break out, but I was told these products are dermatologist recommended and accepted by the National Eczema Association, so I was definitely more on board to give them a try.

Let’s begin:

Hydrolotion Daily Skin Moisturizer– this one is hypoallergenic, preservative, paragon, lanolin, gluten and fragrance free. The retail price is $16.50 for one bottle. It is intended to be gentle and ideal for normal-dry, sensitive skin, or skin that may be prone to eczema.

I liked this product for it’s versatility, I used it on my face right after the shower, but then also on my arms, abdomen, legs. It isn’t super thick, but rather light weight and non-greasy. My legs tend to be dry, so I think it was lacking a tiny bit in the moisture department, as I felt I needed to apply more than I would normally with my other lotion. However, no skin reactions, breakouts, nothing. I think it’s great for face and arms, but for my hands/feet/legs I would need something a little stronger.

ClearLotion Moisturizer- and that’s where this product comes in! Again, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, preservative/paraben/lanolin/gluten/steroid/fragrance free. This is an emollient oil moisturizer that comes in a spray bottle. It is best applied to damp skin after the shower to lock in moisture. The retail value is $18.50 for one 8 oz spray pump bottle.

When used alone, I thought it was decent, but feels a little odd to be applying oil to my skin after the shower. It may feel “oily” (obviously) for 10-15 minutes, but then that feeling resolves and skin is left soft. What I did was spray my legs/arms with it immediately post shower, let it dry for a few minutes, then add a few pumps of the daily skin moisturizer, and was soft and moisturized all day.

Emollient Moisturizer- now for the severely dry skin, in comes a super rich moisturizer. This one can be used for psoriasis, eczema, ichthyosis and xerosis, as well as those super dry areas like elbows and heels. Retail value is $21.00. Again, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, preservative/paraben/lanolin/gluten/steroid/fragrance free. My advice is to use LESS than you think you need. It is SUPER rich, and you only need a tiny dab of it for both of your hands. You just need to really work it in and let it dry, using too much will leave a greasy/sticky feel. However, it was great for those cracked knuckles or rough heels.

lastly, the Gentle Cleanser. I really liked this! It is recommended for sensitive skin, and it is an everyday cleanser that leaves skin feeling fresh without being dry. It is paraben/lanolin/steroid and gluten free, and costs about $12.00 a bottle. It left my skin feeling clean and did not dry it out. My face is very acne prone, and I noticed NO new breakouts, and actually got a compliment that my skin was looking better just yesterday 🙂

Overall, I am a fan of these products.  I will not lie, I went and purchased 2 bottles of the cleanser and hydrolotion online because I am running out of product and like the way it was gentle yet effective on my skin. I definitely recommend these if you have sensitive skin, are acne prone, eczema prone, or just looking for a new cleanser/skin products that aren’t filled with a ton of chemicals. A solid 4.5 stars across the board from me.

 

DISCLAIMER: I received these products to try for free. This is an unbiased review.
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