When I choose to do a product review on this blog, I consider a lot of things:
- Does the product reflect what my blog is about?
- Does the product seem like something my readers would care about?
- Is this a company I can endorse overall?
- Can I make my review entertaining and readable?
I try hard to be careful about what products I take on, and I try to be cognizant of this blog’s focus when I do so.
Sometimes, as a blogger, I am approached by a company or product to do a review. Or, as an Ambassador for Fitfluential, I may get the chance to review a product through that network. In fact, most of the reviews that I have written so far have come about via one of these 2 means.
So if I choose to write a product review that DOESN’T come from one of these 2 avenues, it means that I am choosing to post about a product for NO REASON other than my own satisfaction with it.
I bought a 2-pound container of About Time Chocolate Peanut Butter whey protein about a month ago, and I really liked it.
The ingredient list is the real reason I first purchased it:
Cold-pressed ultra micro-filtered whey isolate, natural flavors, xanthan gum, stevia.
I was looking for a low-carb protein with only one kind of whey, sweetened with stevia versus sucralose, and mixed with minimal extraneous ingredients.
Plus I wanted to try a Chocolate Peanut Butter protein powder.
I loved this protein right away, but I wasn’t overwhelmed by the flavor. Too much chocolate, not enough peanut butter.
And I needed a protein I could really rely on — I have been working right through dinner on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and rather than try to stuff food in my face in the 15 minutes (or less) I get for eating, I’ve been having a protein shake mixed with some coconut milk instead of a solid meal. I just eat for real when I get home instead.
So I decided I needed to sample some of About Time’s other flavors, which you can easily do by ordering sample packs through their website.
I tried 5 or 6 times to order these sample packs — and every time, the website wouldn’t accept my credit card. I refreshed the page, I cleared my cache, I tried a different browser. It just wouldn’t work.
Finally I emailed the company, on a Sunday afternoon.
I got an email back from them within an hour.
ON A SUNDAY.
I emailed them my order that day, I called to make payment arrangements and spoke to a real live person that day, and my sample (plus a little freebie thrown in) shipped the very next day.
I ordered samples of About Time in Birthday Cake, Cinnamon Swirl, Banana and Peanut Butter flavors, and so far, I like them better than the Chocolate Peanut Butter.
PLUS — how good is a company that will answer an email and a phone call ON A SUNDAY AFTERNOON?
I will be a repeat customer.
FYI: The Banana flavor of protein tastes like banana Laffy Taffy.
Not a bad thing.
In other product news, I finally got the Paleo Bread that I ordered a few weeks ago:
My thoughts in one word:
My thoughts in more words:
It doesn’t taste anything like bread, so if you really want something bread-like, this probably isn’t the product for you. If you can deal with things that don’t taste the way you’d expect, then you could give this a shot.
I, however, will not be reordering.
One loaf of this costs about $8 through the website, and when you add shipping onto that, this loaf wound up costing me a little over $15. Had I ordered many, many loaves, MAYBE this would be cost effective.
But I don’t love this enough to order many, many loaves.
I might even have a hard time finishing the one I do have.