I'm thrilled the reveal everything we put in the Fall '17 Mantra Box®, which went out last month. In case you're new around here, the Mantra Box® is a quarterly discovery box curated by the team here at YBC®, which features health and wellness products to inspire your life on and off the yoga mat. Each box comes with a little note from me, and a bunch of products from small businesses we love. The goal with the box is to support small business by bringing you products you won't typically see in big box stores.
Keep scrolling to see what we put in the fall box! And be sure to follow our Mantra Box® instagram account for sneak peeks and hints about what might be in the winter box!
Company: Little Seed Farm
Founders: James and Eileen Ray
Why the company was formed: We started Little Seed Farm to change the way soap and skincare are made. Our skincare is made of only natural and organic ingredients. Our soaps are nourishing and moisturizing and include milk from our 100% organic and grassfed goat herd.
How do you give back?: We are an environmentally-focused, 100% solar-powered, company. In addition, we partner with various charities throughout the year for fundraising efforts
Product included in the box: Activated Charcoal Deodorant Cream
Retail Value: $14
YBC Code: HappySkin - 10% off
Social Media: @littleseedfarm
Company: Mavi Bandz
Founder: Jordan Campuzano
Why the company was formed: Mavi Bandz is a woman owned, small business that began as a way to find the solution to a problem that so many women face everyday - finding a headband that stays in place, doesn't slip or slide, and doesn't give you a headache. After years of trying dozens of different brands, we developed Mavi Bandz. We are now the only company that offers a completely adjustable headband. We have been able to share our products with thousands of women who workout, run, and do Yoga.
How do you give back?: Mavi Bandz partners with dozens of foundations to help raise local awareness. We also offer a number of headbands that benefit these causes. We continue to support our favorite charities by partnering for events and organizing donations.
Product included in the box: Little Lotus Adjustable, Non-Slip Headband
Retail Value: $14.99
YBC Code: Take 40% off your total purchase with coupon code "YBCMANTRA"
Social Media: @mavibandz
Company: Made in Nature
Why the company was formed: For more than 25 years, Made In Nature has taken a stand in the name of real food and has grown into the #1 organic dried fruit brand in the United States. Now with a full lineup of Supersnacks, Made In Nature continues to go all-out organic in everything we do. We do right by our planet, support our farmers and we skip the gross stuff like sulfur; artificial additives colors and flavors; GMOs; and synthetic preservatives pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers.
How do you give back?: We work closely with dedicated farmers around the world to help them grow the best tasting organic fruit. We are committed to helping farmers transition conventional farmland to organic and increasing the supply and availability of organic, non-GMO produce.
Product included in the box: Nut-Butter Filled Figgy Pops and Nut-Fusions
Retail Value: $1.99 for a 1 oz snack pack
YBC Code: Get 50% off of our Variety Snack Pack. That's 10 Supersnacks for $9.99! Use code YBC at checkout.
Social Media: @madeinnature
Company: Amazing Grass
Founders: Todd Habermehl and Brandon Bert
Why the company was formed: Founded by Todd Habermehl and Brandon Bert, Amazing Grass cereal grasses are produced on their family farm in Kansas, which has perfected the growing, harvesting and dehydration of its grasses for the last 60 years to ensure optimal efficacy and nutrition. Over the past decade, this once small grassroots company has evolved into one of the leading producers and distributors of organic green superfoods. Today, the Amazing Grass brand continues to be a leader in the Greens category, where it remains on the forefront of innovative ways to help people feel amazing every day.
How do you give back?: A portion of sales of Amazing Grass products are donated to support organizations dedicated to making a difference in local communities around the world. Through the Whole Planet Foundation, we’re helping to alleviate poverty on a global scale in communities that supply Whole Foods Market stores with products.
Product included in the box: Beauty Elixir
Retail Value: $29.99
YBC Code: YOGABYCANDACE40 - 40% off
Social Media: @amazinggrass
Company: Brija Cosmetics
Founder: Brianna King - owner & founder, Yoga Instructor too!
Why the company was formed: I started using nontoxic products when I was sixteen and soon after, also found the world of "indie" cosmetics available online. They were quirky, fun, and while most had good ingredients - I wanted a brand that was vegan, organic, 100% dye free, and affordable for *everyone*. I'm incredibly passionate about anyone being able to afford cosmetics with great ingredients that don't skimp on quality.
How do you give back?: I provide talks/discussions on ingredients and product demos on Youtube and at fairs and craft shows on the benefits of cleaner cosmetics and skincare and how you don't have to break the bank to use them.
Product included in the box: Moon Glow Highlight Drops
Retail Value: $11
YBC Code: Code YBCMantra for 15% off all orders at checkout
Social Media: @brijacosmetics
Founder: Ana Martina Lukić
Why the company was formed: The idea was to meet the real demands of making life and yoga practice easier and the products are made for yoga practitioners by yoga practitioners. We wanted to provide more enjoyable experience of learning and teaching or gently accompany the self-study periods where you might feel the need to journal and take detailed notes of your progress and discoveries along the way. In that way we at Looxa feel connected through yoga community and provide a tool for sharing the wisdom of yoga practice. Product imperative is that they are simple, unadorned and straight forward, purified to suit their function without unnecessary distractions and are conceived with the utmost respect for Mother Nature and eco-friendly.
How do you give back?: We oversee every step of the production and take personal responsibility for each action. Our products are ethically made, cruelty free and have a strong ecological component since we insist on recycled or sustainable materials being used. The labor is outsourced to small local businesses and fairly compensated and there is a zero waste policy in place.
Product included in the box: Vinyasa yoga workbook
Retail Value: 10€
YBC Code: MANTRABOX10 for 10% off
Social Media: @looxayoga
Company: Motion Matcha
Founders: Erik and Jess Thoren
Why the company was formed: Matcha has some amazing health benefits and is a great complement to a healthy lifestyle. We want to make matcha more accessible to the average person trying to lead a healthier life. That's why we created convenient, single serving packets and 6 refreshing flavors.
How do you give back?: Motion Matcha has given us the freedom and courage to pursue a non-traditional lifestyle. In particular, it's allowed Jess the flexibility to pursue her passion, which is fostering kittens.
Product included in the box: The Original Pack - 1 packet each of Sweet Matcha, Ceremonial, and Just Matcha
Retail Value: $6
Social Media: @motionmatcha
Company: Nuun Hydration
CEO: Kevin Rutherford
Why the company was formed: To inspire a healthier, happier, more active lifestyle so that everyone can achieve life's next personal best.
How do you give back?: We are committed to replenishing active people and our planet - by always examining our practices and valuing our principles of living clean: clean sport, clean product, clean planet.
Product included in the box: Nuun Vitamins
Retail Value: $7 per tube
Social Media: @nuunhydration
Company: Sorelli Sport
Founder: Heather Sorelli
Why the company was formed: Yoga is our life! We wanted to create eco-friendly products that are durable and comfortable for any yoga practitioner.
How do you give back?: We donate 10% of proceeds to our local animal sanctuary.
Product included in the box: Hot Yoga Towel
Retail Value: $28.89
YBC Code: KJOY5ZAM for 20% off
Social Media: @sorellisport
Company: Ona Foods
Founder: Chris Feuile
Why the company was formed: Chris started Ona Foods in 2012 with his wife Anna. In their journey to finding better health Ona was born. Ona is a grain-free, paleo friendly, brand centered on nutrient dense foods, healthy foods, and clean label ingredients Our snacks deliver the clean fuel you need to live your best life.
How do you give back?: We donate a portion of our sales to the Pollinator Partnership's Bee Friendly Farming program. Ona believes in balance in ourselves and the world in which we live.
Product included in the box: Ona Cookie - Coconut Shortbread
Retail Value: $2.59
YBC Code: FUELME20 for 20% off
Social Media: @onafoods
Company: ROIL yogis
Founders: Gwen & Mae (sisters!)
Why the company was formed: We are two sisters who lead very different lives (think Carrie Bradshaw vs. Wonder Woman) but ultimately share the same wants and needs of being happy and healthy adults. With this, we came together to create ROIL yogis: a magical place where essential oils, positive intentions and yoga live in harmony. We’ve found something that has made our lives better and we want to share it with you.
How do you give back?: In this crazy world where stress is a major hindrance to our health and well-being, ROIL yogis promotes a positive and mindful lifestyle. There's a reason why we say "#vibeon" - if you raise your frequency through self care, your contagious energy helps to lift others up around you. We believe in paying it forward with positivity!
Product included in the box: ROIL yogis goodie bag
Retail Value: $20
YBC Code: YBCMANTRABOX for 20% off
Social Media: @roilyogis
Company: Copper Cup
Founders: Adam Braus and Kat Koh
Why the company was formed: We started Copper Cup simply to scratch our own itch. We've researched it to the hilt and we're convinced that turmeric is as close to medicine as food can be. It delivers energy, is an anti-inflammatory powerhouse, and a sleep aid to boot. And honestly, we just couldn't stop drinking golden milk. We wanted a delicious, quick, and easy alternative to making it from scratch every time. Copper Cup is just that.
Product included in the box: 3 Copper Cup sachets
Retail Value: $8.99
YBC Code: GOLDENTICKET15 for 15% off
Social Media: @drinkcoppercup
Company: Skinny and Company
Founder: Luke Geddie
Why the company was formed: Skinny is the only coconut oil on the market that is wild harvested, hand pressed, small batched, never heated, 100% raw, 100% virgin, and 100% without chemicals and solvents. You can actually smell, feel, taste and see the difference. At Skinny, we are committed to providing only the highest quality products, with full transparency, so you know exactly what you are getting in each jar. Consisting of only five or less all-natural, edible ingredients, each of our products is made with our patented process coconut oil to ensure that all of the nutrients of the amazing coconut stay intact. We are confident that Skinny Coconut Oil is as close as you can get to fresh-picked from the tree!
Product included in the box: Skinny Coconut Oil 2oz
Retail Value: $8
YBC Code: YBC20 for 20% off
Social Media: @skinnycoconutoil