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Our Winter Mantra Box® shipped out last month and I wanted to take a moment to share everything we put inside. Mantra Box® has been one of the endeavors I’m most proud of because it supports small businesses. As a nod to that, I wanted to share the faces behind the businesses we support in this box. Many have generously offered coupon codes for our readers, so please feel free to take advantage! And if you’re ready to pre-order your Spring Mantra Box®, be quick because we are already getting low on inventory! It’ll ship in late May, and everything inside is a total surprise.
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Company: Daily Dry Shampoo
Founder: Meg Baucum
Why the company was started: Daily was founded with one simple goal: to make good hair healthy again. As we have navigated the natural beauty industry, our company has adopted the mission of proving a few common misconceptions totally FALSE. These misbeliefs include but are not limited to: Natural beauty products “don’t work” Processed chemicals are necessary to make a product “marketable” Testing on animals is a necessary evil.
Product included in box: Two 2 oz jars of dry shampoo (one of each shade) and a travel sized applicator brush. Also, an info card with product instructions.
Code: YOGA25 for 25% off a full size kit
Retail value: $42.99
Company: Mighty Grip Inc.
Founder: Joel Bretan
Why the company was started: Mighty Grip is the leader in providing the best protective and assistive fitness and sports gear. You will get the most from your work-out when you get a grip on it. Mighty Grip Sports Powder is the ideal solution for slippery, sweaty hands. Mighty Grip Sports Powder is made from a patented thermoplastic formula that allows for a tacky grip that lasts hours and reactivates and intensifies easily by simply rubbing your hands together creating heat. It won’t transfer to your clothes or gear, is water and sweat resistant, but washes off easily with soap.
What the company does to give back: Mighty Grip has been implemental in the funding and growth of the World Aerial Arts industry and Sporting industries. Since 2000, Mighty Grip has donated, sponsored and invested in over 700 business ventures, individuals and organizations annually. Mighty Grip offers international wholesale options along with many programs to help brands, athletes and businesses strive in the Sporting market. Mighty Grip's Wholesale, Sales, Affiliate and Sponsored athlete programs now service over 60 countries and 600 fitness gyms ,studios and instructors around the world.
Product included in box: Mighty Grip Original Formual Powder
Code: YOGA15 for 15% off
Retail value: $12.95
Company: Swanson Health
Founder: Lee Swanson
Why the company was started: Lee Swanson was a man with a passion for wellness (and golf 😉) and sought a way to alleviate his knee pain. His journey into the world of natural supplements and scientific research in health and wellness became a mission to share wellness and nutrition directly with others, focusing on product quality and purity, while offering the lowest possible prices and superior customer service. Swanson fulfilled it's first order of vitamin E in 1969. Today, the company is headed by Katie Doyle and continues it's mission to bring innovative, science-backed vitamins, supplements and other health products directly to customers.
What the company does to give back: Swanson is proud to be part of the Fargo-Moorhead community, and our team regularly volunteers with the local United Way. Our team in Chicago is gearing up for our second year participating in Memorial Sloan Kettering's Cycle for Survival--in our first year we raised $40,000!
Product included in box: Real Food Plant Protein
Code: YOGA15 for 15% off (over $50; through 3/31/19)
Retail value: $37.49 (MSRP, full size)
Company: Halsa Essentials Aromatherapy
Founder: Holly Griffin
Why the company was started: Halsa Essentials is a family-owned business. Our yoga line was created by the yoga instructor in our family - first as a yoga aid for her own students, then for the larger yoga community. We strive to provide high quality, but affordable aromatherapy products so that as many people as possible can enjoy the benefits of essential oils.
Product included in box: Asana Flow Aromatherapy Roll-On
Code: YBC15 for 15% off
Retail value: $14.95
Company: JUNKLESS Foods Inc.
Founder: Ernie Pang
Why the company was started: Ernie came up with the idea after he and his son were grocery shopping and Michael asked about the lengthy list of hard-to-pronounce ingredients on the side panel of a frozen food product. Ernie believed it was time to go back to basics and create wholesome food products the whole family would love.
What the company does to give back: JUNKLESS donates to the Kids' Food Basket in Michigan. a worthy community solution to help reduce childhood hunger. We become part of a bag of food given to underprivileged families so when kids get home from school, they don’t go hungry. In the future, we plan to focus more efforts on improving kids' nutrition
Product included in box: Two JUNKLESS Chewy Granola Bars
Retail value: 2 bars = $1.33
Company: BodyChek Wellness
Founder: NHL and other Professional Athletes
Why the company was started: Premium Full Spectrum & Isolate Hemp Extracts Bodychek Wellness products are designed to defend and support total wellness. Our company was built on the belief that the road to recovery begins with natural solutions, and we proudly stand behind the healing powers of hemp. Our mission is to optimize everyday performance and challenge individuals to rethink the healing process by creating products that promote wellness, balance and recovery.
What the company does to give back: We Support 3 foundations that work with Pro Athletes and Special Operations Forces Operators with CTE and TBI issues as well as those that suffer with PTSD.
Product included in box: BodyChek Trial Size Lotion 3ml
Retail value: $7.99
Company: LENUS Handcrafted
Founder: Laura Lisauskas
Why the company was started: In 2013 LENUS Handcrafted was conceived out of the need for gimmick free all natural skincare and developed with passion for sustainable lifestyle and handmade local goods.
What the company does to give back: By using organic and natural botanical ingredients, LENUS consumers promote healthy living and support small agriculture all around the world.
Product included in box: Nọ 47 CLEANSING EARTH / GREEN / ANTIOXIDANT
Retail value: $8
Founder: Noam and Irene Krasniansky
Why the company was started: Bambooee was inspired by a kitchen conversation between the husband and wife team. In 2009 Irene told Noam that she didn't want to use paper towels in her kitchen anymore, since she just recently learned that only 7% of the Brazilian rainforest was still intact. Noam set out to develop a product that not only replaced disposable paper towels made from trees, but one that was made out of a sustainable and renewable resource.
What the company does to give back: Bambooee donates to Trees for the Future. With every roll sold a tree is planted in a much needed country.
Product included in box: Bambooee single sheet
Retail value: $3
Company: Earth Source Organics
Founder: Audrey Darrow
Why the company was started: I was a Breast Cancer Survivor (2003) who had severe food intolerances after treatment. There were no affordable healthy chocolates with no Refined Sugars so I created my own.
What the company does to give back: We have donated over the years to many organizations. I am a healer and I mentor new breast cancer patients over the phone all the time to help them get through a very difficult time. When people read my story on my website they or they significant others reach out and ask to speak to me.
Product included in box: Pure Dark Bite and Rose Bite
Code: YOGA15 for 15% off
Retail value: $.99 ea.
Company: Meadow Expressions
Founder: Hailey Meadow
Why the company was started: As I learned more about the crystals, their energy and healing potential, my inner artist wanted to make them more beautiful and more functional. Other crystal jewelry felt commercial and without soul so I wanted to bring the beauty of each crystal into a functional, easy to work with form and made with heart and soul.
What the company does to give back: Being a single mom with three kids, it has been hard to do all that I would like however I do spread knowledge and light to others. In particular I support other mothers in their journey through motherhood by hosting mothers groups and culturing a social media community where mothers can come for acceptance and advice.
Product included in box: A hand selected AAA Grade Amethyst crystal from Artigas Uruguay
Code: YBC2019 for 20% off First Order
Retail value: Crystal Value $6 + Special Offer Value of $10
Company: Eat Your Coffee
Founder: Johnny Fayad and Ali Kothari
Why the company was started: Eat Your Coffee was founded by coffee-deprived college students at Boston’s Northeastern University. Today, Eat Your Coffee is on a mission to get people energized with tasty, caffeinated snacks. Every Eat Your Coffee Bar is caffeinated with Fair Trade coffee (comparable to one cup), and is made with real ingredients so you can feel good with every energizing bite.
What the company does to give back: Eat Your Coffee pays it forward in a number of ways through its operations and involvement in the Boston community. EYC sources its ingredients, especially its coffee, sustainably through fair trade, non-GMO, and organic suppliers. Additionally, they regularly support the fundraising efforts of many local organizations through 5Ks and other race events. A great example is Eat Your Coffee's support for RACE Cancer as its exclusive bar sponsor in their support for cancer research.
Product included in box: Fudgy Mocha Latte
Code: 25% off with YBC25
Retail value: $2.49