I just renewed my Thrive Market membership for another year, and I started thinking about how my expectations have changed over the last year. I thought I’d be buying more organic food, which proved true in some ways. I also thought I’d be ordering more often, although my frequency seems to vary based upon time of the year.
What happened is that I started ordering more organic condiments and herbs. I also started ordering safer bath and body products. I was introduced to new products that I couldn’t find locally, and for less than I could find them on other online retailers. And I got a lot of free products. I don’t know if I had any orders in this past year that didn’t include at least one free product. There is always some kind of promotion.
Now, admittedly, there have been some promotions that I’ve shied away from. Something about protein bars made with roach flour (or whatever it is) doesn’t really appeal to me. When those promotions come up, I tend to wait until after it’s over before I submit my order. Still, I’ve gotten bone broth, coconut oil (x2), panettone, and salad dressing all for free. When I’m paying for a subscription service, it’s nice to know that I’m getting something in return. Receiving a discount on organics is one thing, but I really like free stuff.
So, what products have I found to be my go-to staples that I order from Thrive Market? I went through my orders for the past year and compiled a list of my most frequently ordered items. I won’t mention how frequently I order some of the items (cough…chocolate chips…cough), but I can say that these weren’t the products I expected to be ordering frequently. Still, I order them frequently beause I’ve found Thrive Market to have the best prices and because I’m really happy with the quality. So here you go.
10 Products to order from Thrive Market
Everyday Shea Fair Trade Shea Butter Baby Bubble Bath Calming Lemon Lavender – It took me a long time to find a bubble bath that I was happy with. I had always been told that safe bubble baths don’t work because they don’t have the sulfates that other commercial brands have. However, I have two young kids who at times will only bathe if bubbles are involved. Rather than not bathe, I resorted to Mr. Bubbles or some other similar brand. Then another mom in one of my Facebook groups mentioned Everyday Shea’s bubble bath, how well it works, and that she orders it from Thrive Market. I had to try it out. Let me say that we get great bubbles from Everyday Shea, and I love the scent. This is now our go-to bubble bath. It’s a pretty big bottle, and it doesn’t take very much, so it lasts a little while. We go through a bottle every couple months.
Annie’s Homegrown Organic Ketchup – When I first signed up with Thrive Market, I was most interested in purchasing organic condiments, so ketchup was one of our first purchases. My kids eat ketchup like it’s a food group, so we’ve bought it a few more times since then. Annie’s is good stuff, and Thrive Market has it for much cheaper than our local Publix. I’ve also ordered mustard and maple syrup (see below).
Simply Organic Spices – I hadn’t given spices much thought when I origianlly signed up with Thrive Market. Publix carries organic spices and they have a pretty good selection. I also had a goal of producing my own spices by now (yeah, hasn’t happened). Well, once I started looking into it, I realized that the spices are much cheaper on Thrive Market. Plus, they’re big bottles. I was actually surprised and impressed when my first order came. Now I’m slowly working on replacing my spices with Simply Organic.
Sunspire Semi-Sweet Baking Chips – Dairy Free – These chips are amazing. I used them so much through the Christmas season last year that I just started making a point of always having a bag on hand. They just have so much flavor. I wasn’t sure what to expect from dairy free chocolate, but these are good stuff. Smooth, rich, and a great texture. Ghiradelli, I love you, but these are now my go-to chocolate chips.
SmartyPants Kids Complete Gummies with Multivitamin + Omega 3 + Vitamin D – I tend to be a bit of a vitamin nut. I take a lot of them because I want to feel my best (and I really can feel a difference). I also want to make sure my kids get everything they need, despite their sometimes bird-like eating habits. Now, I’ll admit, we did the Flintstones thing for a while. Then, I noticed aspertine on the label, so we stopped taking those. I tried some other natural vitamins, but my son wouldn’t eat them. Finally, I came across SmartyPants. They’re a food based vitamin, so better absorption. They don’t have high fructose corn syrup. And they happen to look and taste like gum drops. Yes, I’ve eaten a few. By the way, SmartyPants also makes adult chewable vitamins.
Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil – I use a fair amount of coconut oil in my cooking. Granted, I prefer lard for most things, but I learned that lard doesn’t make very good brownies. I’ve long since cut out vegetable oil, so I needed something else to replace it in my dessert box mixes. Enter coconut oil. It’s great for replacing vegetable oil in desserts. It’s also really good as oil for popping popcorn. It can be used as a carrier oil for essential oils, as a moisturizer, and for oil pulling. I even know some friends who use it to condition their hair. Really, you can never have too much coconut oil on hand. And if you watch the sales at Thrive Market, they’ll give it away with a minimum order amount.
Annie’s Homegrown Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks – Summer Strawberry – My kids LOVE fruit snacks. It’s a little crazy. But I’m not a big fan of giving them pure sugar as a snack. Don’t get me wrong, it happens more often then I care to admit, but I usually pay for it later. But at least with the Annie’s bunny fruit snacks, I don’t feel as guilty. They have less sugar than the more conventional brands and no artificial colors (which usually cause more problems for my kids than the sugar). Plus, they have an impressive amount of flavor.
Coombs Organic Dark Maple Syrup Grade A – I have loved maple syrup for as long as I can remember. One of my favorite candies has always been maple syrup candy. Yet, I never gave much thought to the flavor. I mean, obviously, “pancake syrup” can never compare to real maple syrup, but within the maple syrup universe? I mean, it’s all the same, right? Well, I don’t know if it’s because it’s organic or because it’s Grade A, but this is truely the best maple syrup I have ever tasted. It’s phenomenal! I don’t even need to use as much because it’s so rich (except that I also end up dipping much more than just my pancake in it). And the price isn’t bad either, at least not compared to what I pay at the grocery store here in Florida. Keep an eye on the Coombs brand page during the Christmas season. Thrive Market usually stocks their maple syrup candy, which make great stocking stuffers and taste just as good as the syrup.
Traditional Medicinals Throat Coat® Lemon Echinacea Herbal Tea – I go through so much of this tea during cold and flu season. Actually, I’m about to order some more. It is my go-to sore throat tea. With a little honey and lemon, it clears my sinuses and sooths my throat so I can feel somewhat functional again. This particular blend also contained echinacea to help support my immune system and get me back on my feet faster. I really do recommend it to everyone.
Thrive Market has because my source for all of my Traditional Medicinal teas. They have a better selection than I’ve seen at any of my local stores and much better prices. In fact, they have several flavors I haven’t tried before, but I plan to.
Calbee Non-GMO Lightly Salted Snapea Crisps Snacks – What is it about these strange green colored Cheetos? Seriously, my kids go nuts for them. Ok, I’ve been know to polish off a bag or two myself. What amazes me is that they’re almost $3 a bag at Publix. If I’m lucky, I’ll find them at the gas station for $1.99. Thrive Market is much better.
So there you have it, my strange assortment of frequently bought items from Thrive Market. There are plenty of other things I’ve ordered, and I’m always discovering new things to try, but there are several of these items on almost every one of my orders. In fact, I’m getting ready to reorder several of them. Not every product I’ve ordered from Thrive Market has been a raging success, and some have been downright duds, but I’ve been satisfied enough with my membership to renew it for another year. I’d say that’s a pretty good sign.
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