Back in April we included the Project B pregnancy subscription box in our What We’re Loving Feature (if you missed it you can find it here). The lovely folk at Project B sent us a box to review this month and I’m (Liz) really impressed.
Just to set the scene… At twenty two weeks pregnant, I’d just picked up my son (five) early from school with a sickness bug, and was attempting to settle him on the settee whilst trying to explain to my three-year-old daughter that I really wasn’t able to play a game right now and “yes, of course I’ll help you at the toilet for the third time in the last twenty minutes” when the doorbell rang. Just what I needed! So, after a quick dart to the front door past Jonny who looked like he might throw up any second, a scribbling of my signature on the delivery man’s computer, a dumping of the parcel next to the door and a run back to the toilet hoping that there wasn’t complete carnage, calm descended on the house as Mr Bloom and his friends on CBeebies provided at least some comfort to all three of us. As the third programme started my mummified brain considered that rather than watching the fun down on ‘Big Barn Farm’ I could, in fact, retrieve the parcel and at least have a moment of excitement opening it.
To be honest, I had a little tear in my eye when I realised the parcel was full of treats for me! Just me! (Including the chocolate). All for me! A little bit of luxury in a manic world thanks to the producers of the ‘Project B’ boxes. At that moment I could have hugged them. The beauty of the box is that all the products are instantly usable (especially the chocolate) and just make you feel that little bit better about life in general. The box is carefully customised to suit your stage of pregnancy, each box with its own theme. I was sent Month 6 which has has the theme Energise.
I’m not a particularly cosmetic person and generally a bit of shower gel and moisturiser is all my face is treated to as I don’t tend to get too many spots. This is, however, until pregnancy loomed once again and I literally wake up with about three new spots every day. So, some proper face wash has been on my shopping list for the past six weeks. The delight at having two pots of Urban Veda Purifying Facial Wash and Exfoliating Facial Polish magically appear in front of me was almost too much for this hormonal mother to bear. I’ve read the science bit about anti-aging, detoxifying, antibacterial etc. but, to be blunt, I don’t really care about that at the moment. It feels great and has helped to make me look slightly less like a spotty teenager so I’m ecstatic. The scientists can deal with the science and I will take advantage.
As for the Femfresh Daily Intimate Wash, it is very gentle indeed and I am a convert. Soap-free and you know it’s suitable for pregnancy. Brilliant!
Also on my shopping list for weeks has been stretch mark cream. Once again two pots (of APOTHEDERM Stretch Mark Cream) magically appeared and I’m hoping the end result will be my stomach looking less like a road map of Great Britain… Lots of science to support all the advantages and one mum who is delighted to use it but needs to use all the brain power she can muster to get the next lot of sick clothes in the washing machine…
The gems at Teapigs have come up with a brilliant selection of caffeine-free ‘tea temples’ and I received ‘peppermint leaves’ for sore tummies, ‘lemon & ginger’ for a summery taste, and ‘superfruit’ for an antioxidant boost. I’ve never been too keen on herbal teas but I have to admit even I was impressed with these ones and it makes a difference from drinking decaf builders brew. They seem to be quite posh and my mum loved tasting them.
How clever of Project B to know that one chocolate bar would not be enough and so included two. Of course, the fact that it is Divine Chocolate means you can eat it in one sitting with a clear conscience that it is Fairtrade, and so you are actually doing a good thing by eating it! I had toffee and sea salt flavour which was really nice.
Over the years I have reviewed a few pregnancy books and this one, What to Buy For Your Baby is definitely one of my favourites. There are few books that manage to balance giving information without giving bias, but this one really does and I wish I’d had it during my first pregnancy. Liat Huges Joshi and Caroline Cosgrove present facts and you choose what is right for you. I particularly liked the chapter on bottle versus breast feeding, where they offer advice on what ‘equipment’ you need for both but do not enter into a debate on what is best. Rather, they acknowledge that some women find breast feeding enjoyable and easy, whilst for others it is very problematic. The same is true for disposable versus washable nappies.
They use their own experience, mixed with a range of other mums, to work through what is best for you and what, in their opinion, is a complete waste of money. They list lots of possibilities for you to consider buying and put a tick, cross or question mark beside it based upon whether they think it necessary. I especially like the list for nursery furniture which has a lot of possibilities and only two ticks for ‘cot’ and ‘storage’. This book is fabulous and I will certainly buy a copy for newly-pregnant friends.
There were also some added extras in the box with some samples of PG Tips ‘Green Tea’ and ‘Red Berries’ Tea, plus a bottle of WaterBaby Calm Pregnancy Care Drink. This was, to my surprise, really tasty with a good punch of ginger and lemon. I’ve never seen a drink purely produced for pregnant women and I’m really impressed. Not only does it make you hydrate your body, but it includes lots of nutrients for pregnancy and the recommended amount of folic acid. It’s designed for breast feeding too so I’m definitely going to stock up on it.
What I really like about the Project B box is that it comes with a few leaflets of information which are useful, but you’re not overwhelmed with vouchers for 5p off or subject to lots of ‘in-your-face’ advertising. There is a short description of the products so you quickly read about them and there are links to each one so you can buy them or just find out more about them. Also, in this box, are leaflets with advice on buggies, recipe ideas, staying healthy and the fact that baby is about the size of a grapefruit. Again, no hard-sell; just useful information.
I really like this box and when my sisters or brother decide it’s time to produce some cousins I will definitely be signing them up. The Month 6 box has a beautifully balanced range of products, it’s clear that Project B really put a lot of thought into their boxes.
It is true that some women bloom in pregnancy. I am not one of them, and though I am truly grateful for the baby developing now, I spend the entire nine months feeling pretty rubbish, feeling sick and sore. In this manic world of parenthood and pregnancy it’s lovely to feel pampered for a few moments too. Thank you!
To find out more about Project B or to sign up for the monthly subscription service visit their website.
We were sent a Project B box free of charge. All opinions expressed are entirely our own and completely honest.