We’re back with another YBC Mantra Box unveiling and I swear every time we do an unveiling post I get chills. I love to see this little dream of mine come to fruition, so when we start plugging in the founders’ photos and get to share their personal mantras, I just feel so happy. The YBC Mantra Box, in case you’re new here, is our quarterly discovery box program. Those interested in receiving one simply preorder one of the 150 before they sell out, and wait for the surprise to show up on their doorstep. No one ever knows what the products will be ahead of time - they’re a total surprise - but you can choose from a Paleo, vegan/vegetarian option, and an “I eat all the foods” option. The items in the box will be products from the health and wellness industries. When you purchase a YBC Mantra Box, you’re supporting small businesses and discovering products not found at big box stores. Check out what we put in the winter box below, and if you’re ready to jump on board for the spring box, which will ship out in March, you can pre-order yours here. Thank you so much for your continued support.
Small Businesses in the Holiday YBC Mantra Box
Coconut Organics founder, George Metrik
Personal Mantra: "Fake it till you make it" -- even though we are a small, self-funded brand, our non-compromise commitment and organic standards will show from day one through all of our healthy and innovative creations.
Why the company was started: Coconut Organics based was founded due to a personal lifestyle and passion for health as well as the realization that people have lost their connection to their first foods. Over the years, a lot of misinformation has also been shared to steer people away from these complete, "healthy fat" foods. We are here to change that and are innovating with the amazing coconut.
What does the company do to give back? We are in the process of establishing a cause that will share a part of our sales with farmers in the tropical regions to make sure they are paid in a fair-trade manner and the coconut plantations are protected in an organic fashion.
Product included in box: Dark Chocolate Coconut Chips
Retail value: $3.50
Founder of Soulful Essence Jessica Brantley
Personal Mantra: Life’s too short to worry about what other people think.
Why the company was started: Nourishing mind, body & spirit thru love, aromatherapy & nature. Celebrating interconnectedness, and always giving back.
What does the company do to give back? We donate a portion of our proceeds to help protect the South Florida water supply and the Everglades. We've also just become a proud partner With Friends of the Earth and we donate donate a portion of every sale to help save bees.
Product included in box: Lavender Lip Butter
Retail value: $38 (DIY Kit 4 pcs)
Coupon Code: 'CANDACE' for 15% off
Founder of Clever Yoga Ellie Teng
Personal Mantra: Everything will be fine.
Why the company was started: As a very active yogi, I know yoga practice can benefit everyone who is open minded and willing to improve their lives. It can be a challenge to pick up the right yoga props and accessories with quality and affordability. We combine meticulous market research with strict quality control and testing to create high quality products at affordable prices. I want to provide all level yogis the best products and services. The products should be environmental friendly on the way too.
What does the company do to give back? Very actively involved with Annie Okerlin's Exalted Warrior Foundation by donating our new product launch proceeds to the foundation monthly. The Exalted Warrior Foundation facilitates an adaptive yoga instruction program that is designed for wounded warriors in the active military, veteran hospital facilities, and veterans within communities around the country. We recently also involved with Garrison Elementary School Fundraiser project and are happy to help. We will continuously help our community in our capability.
Product included in box: Yoga Mat Strap Sling
Retail Value: $18.99
Coupon Code: 'YBC15OFF' for 15% off
Founders of WB Kitchen, Chris & Anna Feuille
Personal Mantra: Challenge your comfort zones daily.
Why the company was started: From our own desire to find balance and nourishment in our lives WB Kitchen was inspired. Making conscious food decisions became very important to us and we wanted to share that awareness and knowledge with others. We realized that every human body is different and will require different food choices at different points throughout ones life and learning to make those correct decisions, in all aspects of life, is the ultimate challenge.
What does the company do to give back? Spreading knowledge and high quality snacks to the global community along with buying high quality ingredients that use sustainable farming techniques helps promote organic farming and clean living around the world.
Product included in box: Ona Chocolate Chip Cookies
Retail value: $2.99
Coupon Code: 'YBC15' for 15% off
Founders of WholeMe, Mary Kosir and Krista Steinbach
Personal Mantras: "Show up and be seen." and"There are no mistakes, only lessons."
Why the company was started: Founded in 2013, WholeMe was created by two women dedicated to developing nutrient-dense, delicious, convenient foods. Like many, their lives were busy and chaotic. WholeMe was created using real ingredients to fuel their active lifestyle. A real alternative to the preservative-filled, sugar-laden snacks that surround us.
What does the company do to give back? As a company, we are trying to pick a new organization each month to contribute to in some way - by giving our time or financially.
Product included in box: Cinnamon Banana Chip Clusters
Retail value: $7.00
Coupon Code: 'YogaByCandace' for free shipping
Founder of YogaBrights, Linda Hamilton
Brand Slogan: "Brighten your Inner Yogi"
Why the company was started: I believe your fitness accessories are more than just a tool you use to help you achieve your goals, they’re a reflection and extension of your personality. In the same way a swipe of your new lipstick or a new pair of sneakers can give you a boost of confidence with your look, so can the addition of bright colors to your yoga practice.
YogaBrights was started in order to provide yogis with bright colored yoga accessories, some of which come with a dash of sparkle, to truly let you shine during your yoga practice.
What does the company do to give back? I plan to donate yoga accessories to local charities and yoga shops as the company grows :)
Product included in box: Hot Yoga Towel
Retail value: $24.97
Coupon Code: 'YBC20' for 20% off
Founders of Rickaroons, Grant and Rick LeBeau
Personal Mantras: Don't let the minimum be your maximum. Do more.
Why the company was started: Rickaroons began as a treat made by Rick for a loved one with special dietary needs. It has evolved to be a source of fuel for the on-the-go yogi, surfer, runner, swimmer, and overall athlete.
What does the company do to give back? We donate to schools, cancer fundraisers, the National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, and local youth athletic teams.
Product included in box: Chocolate Blonde "macaroon"
Retail value: $25 (1 dozen)
Coupon Code: 'YBC' for 15% off
Founders of My Grandpa's Farm Amy, Jayson, Paul and John Savela
Personal Mantra: Live Healthy, Work Hard, Play Fair!
Why the company was started: We wanted foods that were pure and wanted to provide products to everyone that are Organic as well as Gluten Free without added fillers, preservatives, or extra ingredients AND tasted GREAT!
What does the company do to give back? We provide local jobs to a distressed area. We donate to surrounding Food Shelves in Expo cities and locally.
Product included in box: Organic Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix
Retail value: $6.99
Coupon Code: 'YBC20' for 20% valid until 11/25
Founder of Yummi Yogi, Amy Dube
Personal Mantra: Stay Focused. Stay Positive.
Why the company was started: Yummi Yogi was developed when I was pregnant with my first daughter. I have always had passion for product development and creating. My family always baked growing up and then in my 30s I fell in love with yoga after loosing my job. I combined all of these things together and started my company Yummi Yogi. I am excited to see where the next 4 years will take us!
What does the company do to give back? We are proud that all of our products are made in the USA. Locally, we have joined forces with ARC of Monmouth; Work Opportunity Center which is a non profit that serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. By assembling our yoga cutters with ARC, we are supporting this community with job opportunities. The more we sell, the more we can provide :)
Product included in box: Yoga Pose Cookie Cutters
Retail value: $8.50 each
Founder of Williams Honey Farm, Jay Williams
Personal Mantra: Whatever you do, where ever you go, leave this world a better place than how you found it.
Why the company was started: Our company started with only 2 hives and a dream almost 8 years ago. We wanted to make a difference in the world and the bees were calling our name. Since then, helping bees and other threatened pollinators has become an addiction, an obsession, and a place of pure joy in our lives.
What does the company do to give back? We believe one of the biggest problems facing our bees is lack of good quality food. As a result, we are working to create bloom boxes or "pollinator pit stops" in and around our communities to feed our local bees and butterflies. Outside our community we ship seed bombs around the country to create new feeding grounds in as many states as possible. We have worked to train new beekeepers in Haiti and regularly ship honey straws to orphanages there to sweeten up their days. For every 10 seed bombs we sell, we donate 1 Seed bomb to a Nashville area school kid to take home and plant in their own backyards, vacant lots, or community gardens.
Products included in box: Honey Sticks and Seed Bombs
Retail value: $7.50/pack of honey sticks & $4.00/Seed Bomb Pouch
Founders of RAD Mike Mallory and Dan Mcintosh
Brand Slogan: To improve body awareness and movement competency through education and innovative products.
Why the company was started: RAD was started because of a need to be able to create effective CHANGE in muscles and joints when the current tools weren't effective enough. We carried the thoughtful design process through to create products for the whole body.
What does the company do to give back? RAD Roller is all about health and wellness, bringing good products to the community that will ultimately help the world.
Product included in box: RAD Roller Original
Retail value: $24.99
Coupon Code: 'ybc20' for 20% off
Founder of The YES Bar Company Abigail Wald
Personal Mantra: When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. (a quote from physicist Max Planck)
Why the company was started: We were started out of love - pure and simple. My son had some sensitivities that got our whole family looking carefully at our food supply; what we discovered led us on a mission to make very different and healing choices around the food we buy, make, and consume. We healed our bodies but in the process found ourselves a bit lonely and austere, so we went back in the kitchen with a mission to create something fun and tasty that still fit our health criteria. And The YES Bar was born.
What does the company do to give back? We are deeply engaged with our local food community, as part of the growing artisan food movement. We often give bars to shelters, and are committed to going fully organic (we are so close already) and helping to change the national idea of what snacking can mean.
Product included in Paleo boxes: Mocha Cayenne and Macadamia Chip YES Bar
Retail value: $36/dozen
Coupon Code: 'ybc' for 20% off
Founders of Inkling Scents, Tiffany Kirkham and Sarah Skeem
Personal Mantra: We have always been fascinated by this quote, attributed to Socrates: "The unexamined life is not worth living." It makes us stop and consider where we need to improve and to appreciate the many blessings we might take for granted.
Why the company was started: We had friends and family members reacting to the chemicals in mainstream skin care and cosmetic products. We wanted to give a gift to a particular friend who has always wished to wear perfume, but has violent skin reactions to department store formulas. After she tested our experimental fragrance and had no adverse reaction, we decided to brand our product and offer it to others that might have a similar disposition.
Product included in Male boxes: Men's Roll On Cologne in Steel & Velvet
Retail value: $25.00/each
Founder of Pure and Simple Charm, Ashley Key
Personal Mantra: "Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. " I try to remind myself of this several times a day when life get too hectic. It helps me remember to slow down and savor!
Why the company was started: PureandSimpleCharm was started because we were tired of buying chemical ridden body scrubs from big name companies. We started making our own and eventually we started making other beauty products from scratch. It was a better, healthier option and we decided to sell them and see how others liked these products! Now, we've expanded and we offer more than just beauty products! We have a little bit of everything.
What does the company do to give back? PureandSimpleCharm has a soft spot for animals and we like to help local animal rescue organizations whenever possible. We usually send a raffle basket to their fundraising events even when we may not be attending. The hope is that our raffle basket will make them some money that they can then put to good use for the animals in their care.
Product included in Vegan boxes: Vanilla Mint Lip Scrub
Retail value: $4.00
Coupon Code: 'SAMPLES' for 10% off
Founder of Good4You, Jes
Brand Mission: Good4You is an independent beauty brand that uses local flowers + herbs to create makeup, skin care + bath products for a new era of natural beauty.
Why the company was started: The Good4You journey first began in 2004 where I first discovered the language of plants in a medicinal herb greenhouse. I was called upon to be a voice for nature in our modern era. The ten year journey to now has been filled with so many plant adventures in tea blending, tincture making, foraging, salve formulation + hydrosol magic. This has lead me to focusing on using the gifts of my local surroundings to offering raw ingredients + plant makeup + natural skin care, an evolving dream of mine as an artist / plantist from the very start of this quest.
What does the company do to give back? I support sustainable systems in order to ensure an environmentally balanced future. All my ingredients are either locally grown or purveyed certified organic. All shipping materials are 100% eco friendly.
Product included in Male boxes: Red Cedar Incense Cones
Retail value: $12.00
Coupon Code: 'FLOWERMUSIC' for 10% off
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