I’ll admit, I find haul videos fun. There may be an argument about the sustainability of these type of videos and posts, but I’ll leave that conversation for another day.
I recently visited Trader Joe’s for the first time in probably over a year. I enjoy the store, but with COVID and budgeting, I haven’t had a reason to visit. But, I finally ran out of a Trader Joe’s exclusive, aka an item that I literally cannot find anywhere else. It was finally time to make the trek out there.
A Brief Intro To Trader Joe’s:
A snippet from their website about their model:
We know that maintaining our everyday focus on value is vital, which is why we don’t have sales, we don’t offer coupons, and there are no loyalty programs or membership cards to swipe at our stores. Trader Joe’s believes every customer should have access to the best prices on the best products every day. To consistently deliver value:
- We buy direct from suppliers whenever possible, we bargain hard to get the best price, and then pass the savings on to you.
- We buy in volume and contract early to get the best prices.
- If an item doesn’t pull its weight in our stores, it goes away, making room for another innovative new product.
- Most grocers charge their suppliers fees for putting an item on the shelf. This results in higher prices… so we don’t do it.
- We keep our costs low because every penny we save is a penny you save.
Trader Joe’s is a quirky, inclusive, hippie spot that radiates their mission. They strive to provide products that are ethical and sustainable, at a price point that is more accessible than some other suppliers.
Without further ado, here is what I recently picked up!
Lemon Elderflower Soda
This was a spontaneous purchase. The moment that I saw elderflower, I was intrigued. As someone who enjoys botanical additions to beverages and foods, such as lavender, I knew that I had to try it. (Plus, if you are concerned about a low calorie soda, this is a great option at 70 calories a can!) Plus, it is sweet. I am not a fan of seltzer waters, because of the lack of sweetness, and this soda drinks like a seltzer but with a little more warmth.
I did try one, and it is a very mildly sweet and soft soda. I found it refreshing, although I was anticipating a stronger presence of lemon. Would I buy it again? I am not sure yet, I need to try another can. But, if you enjoy unique pairings, this may be worth it for you to try.
Peppermint & Tea Tree Oil Shampoo Bar
This was a new find, but one that I am excited about. I made the switch to shampoo and conditioner bars a few years ago and, aside from the obvious environmental impact, I have found them to work much better on my hair. I primarily use Lush Cosmetics products, but I am nearly out of my current shampoo bar and this was a fraction of the price. Being the Trader Joe’s brand, I trust that is an ethical and high quality product, so it seemed to be the perfect timing to try it out.
Honey Mango Moisturizing Cream Shave
THIS is the whole reason that I went to trader Joe’s and waited in a socially distant line in the middle of winter. This is the shaving cream that I “can’t live without.” I have very sensitive skin, and this is the first shaving cream where my legs don’t itch right after shaving. It is not super thick, but thick enough to provide a protective barrier, and it smells wonderful. Bonus points for being vegetarian and gender neutral. Although it is not package free, the bottle is made from recycled materials. It will be a sad day if Trader Joe’s ever discontinues this product.
Washable Paper Bag Lunch Tote
Trader Joe’s, if you are reading this, this is the coolest find of 2021! I had an inexpensive lunch bag that I had purchased online that I love, but I apparently treated it too roughly because the handle broke and the inside is ripping away from the zipper. So. . . I had a valid excuse to purchase a new bag.
While exploring the aisles, I noticed this next to the bread and tortillas.. For $6, it is large, I can pack a lot of food (think breakfast, lunch, and possibly dinner) and it is one of the most unique products that I have seen. It is made from cellulose and latex and is 100% washable – not just spot clean, you can actually put in your washing machine. This is a moment of sustainability and creativity at it’s finest.
I don’t always do product reviews, but every now and then I enjoy sharing the products that bring some joy into my life. These recommendations are not sponsored*, I simply believe that when you find a good thing it is worth sharing.
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Are you a Trader Joe’s fan? What is your favorite product?