Organic Relief: Relax Pack Review & Giveaway

A while back my friend Tammy over at Inside Ballet Technique encouraged me to check out a company called Relax Pack. Relax Pack is a “Woman Owned Small Business in Scottsdale, Arizona” that produces organic herbal therapy packs. The owner, Tiffany Buntin, suffers symptoms of chronic pain and fatigue and is diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The challenges she faces have inspired the creation of her own line of herbal therapy packs which are completely organic. I encourage you to read more of Tiffany’s story at the Relax Pack website.

Dancer Therapy

Many dancers utilize hot and cold therapy packs to relieve sore muscles and injury pain, not to mention dancers and teachers who suffer from chronic conditions. So, on Tammy’s recommendation, I did a bit of investigation and discovered two more great reasons to share Relax Pack with you.

  1. Support of Small Business and Female Entrepreneurs — I like sharing products by folks who originate and believe in their own products. Tiffany developed Relax Packs to fill a need, she offers personal attention and has created a community of support for others like herself.
  2. Organic Options — I appreciate Earth’s ability to provide what is often the best solution for its inhabitants. It just makes sense to me to reduce use of chemicals (particularly in products that come in contact with our skin) whenever possible. Each family and individual does what they can, but I believe in supporting companies’ “green” efforts whenever possible. Relax Pack, in addition to producing an organic product, makes an annual contribution to CarbonFund.org to help offset the company’s emissions.

So, encouraged by my initial investigation, I approached Tiffany about a possible review of her product on Dance Advantage. She generously offered several products for review and, in addition, has agreed to give away some Relax Packs to readers.

Three Packs, Four Formulas

Relax Pack produces three different packs, including a Neck Wrap, Body Pack, and Eye Pillow. Each of these are manufactured in four formulas: Pain Relief, Relax & Soothe, Revive & Awaken, and All Natural Unscented. I sampled all three of the packs and the three aromatic formulas.

For complete details on the ingredients of each pack and formula, please see the Relax Pack website.

My impressions

Construction – The stitching on each pack is consistent and seems quite durable. It appears to me that one would have to abuse these packs to destroy them, and each is packaged with clear and simple instructions for how to heat and cool the packs. The organic cotton feels soft, yet sturdy and is color-coded in fresh, solid colors according to the ingredient formula inside.
Revive and Awaken – I received a Neck Wrap in this formula. The design rests easily on my shoulders and I’ve quickly popped it in the microwave for heating on those early mornings when I manage to rise before my little one to get some work done. The aroma really does have an invigorating yet calming affect, and helps me focus my foggy morning brain for writing.

Pain Relief – The peppermint, spearmint, lavender, ginger, and eucalyptus in this formula is a really pleasing combination. I’ve used heat therapy “beanbags” that cool way too quickly. I tried the heated Body Pack for some soreness after dancing and was pleased to find that the flax seed inside the Relax Pack held the heat for a long time.

Relax and Soothe – I received this formula in both the Body Pack and Eye Pillow. For someone who stares at a computer screen a lot, the Eye Pillow is welcome relief. It is recommended for cold therapy and can be kept between uses inside a resealable plastic bag or container in the freezer. Again, it keeps its cool. This formula contains linden leaf and flower which, according to the handy cards packaged with the order, is said to ease painful cramps. I used the Body Pack on a day that I experienced cramping (of the female variety) and the heated pack did offer relief. The fragrant ingredients are a pleasant and comforting feature.

Cost – Organic does not always mean more expensive. I was pleased to discover that Tiffany’s Relax Packs are comparable (and sometimes less expensive) than other heat and cold therapy packs available even at WalMart and other big stores. They would make a great gift for yourself, for a teacher, or anyone else you know with aches, pains, or stress.

The bottom line: I cannot offer any negatives. I am very pleased with the packs and continue to use them regularly.

The Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed!

Tiffany is offering prizes to three winners on the blog. To enter the contest, all you need to do is comment on this post using the “Speak Your Mind” comment form below this article. Be sure to include the email address at which I can contact you, should you be a winner.

In your comment, tell us which formula you would most like to try (detailed descriptions can be found at Relax Pack) and why.

If you are a Dance Advantage email newsletter subscriber, be sure to write “I’m a subscriber!” in your comment and use the same email address with which you subscribe to the newsletter (they need to match, this is how I verify that you are a subscriber). For this contest, email subscribers (sorry no RSS feed subscribers this time) will receive an extra entry. If you are not already a subscriber, you can sign up before the close of the contest, enter with your comment, and still receive the extra entry.

Winners will be drawn from all entries using random.org. This contest is open only to those in the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, and Guam. My apologies to those in other locations.

The grand prize, offered to the 1st winner drawn will receive:
- 1 neck wrap
- 1 body pack
- 1 eye pillow (in any combination of formula)

Winner #2 will receive:
- 1 neck wrap (in any formula)

Winner #3 will receive
- 1 eye pillow (in any formula)

Entry comments will be accepted from now until midnight (EST) on Friday, March 19. At that point the contest will close, the drawing will be conducted, and the winners will be contacted via email. Winners will have 48 hours to respond or I will have to move on to the next name drawn. When all winners have been contacted and confirmed, I will update this post with the announcement. Further information can be found in the giveaway policy.

Update!

The awesome thing about reviewing products is that sometimes I find items that I like or use so much that I want to endorse them beyond the review. Occasionally I’m also able to earn a little something in return for my efforts. And so I’m pleased to let you know that now if you navigate to RelaxPack from Dance Advantage, any purchases you make will help support my efforts to keep free content flowing on this blog!

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Nichelle Suzanne began Dance Advantage in 2008, equipped with a passion for movement education and an intuitive sense that a blog could bring dancers together. Nichelle holds a BA in dance and is an instructor with more than 17 years experience. She covers dance performance in the Houston area as a freelance writer and balances daily life as a mom to two young children. In June 2012, Nichelle presented the whats, hows, and whys of blogging on a panel at the annual conference for Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance, to better equip artists and companies for engaging their audience and new readers through online communications and content.
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Comments

  1. Ibrahim | TwentiesLife.com says:

    Dear DanceAdvantage,

    Please allow me to win this awesome prize.

    Sincerely,

    Ibrahim

  2. I always hold tension in my neck and have a hard time finding relief with conventional ice packs, etc. – this neck wrap looks like a great solution would love to win one! Thanks for sharing the info.

  3. This is great! I’ve given away similar products to friends over the years, but this company is one I’d really like to support for all the reasons you mentioned. Oh yes, I am a subscriber!

  4. Christine says:

    Hello, I have been seeking more natural ways to create hot packs that last over time and don’t take on stale smells. I would love to have the opportunity to test these packs. Christine

  5. In the upcoming Suchu show, we are doing a flip phrase, yes, a FLIP phrase. My shoulders are holding so much tension, I would love a pain relief pack. I would also use it to relieve my scoliosis discomfort. Thanks Nichelle for reviewing these products!

  6. I would love to try the pain relief one or the relax and soothe, can’t make up my mind! After 4 knee and 1 shoulder surgery, I’m well aware of the benefits of therapy packs, but love the idea of these!

    I’m a subscriber to Dance Advantage, love the ideas!

  7. Jessica Bouldrey says:

    I need these! Competition, Costumes, and Recital OH MY!

  8. I’d try the pain relief one. I have a ThermaPack filled with clay for hot/cold therapy that really works well for foot pain from dancing, but these look even better with the organic herbal ingredients. I’d love to win one to try!

    I’m also a Dance Advantage subscriber!

  9. I love these. You can never have too many of them and they work wonders for headaches, neckachese, backaches!!!

  10. kathy fischer says:

    These look absolutely wonderful can’t wait to order mine.

  11. This looks like such a great product!! I would definitely use the pain relief formula as i hold tension in my neck and have problems with my sciatic nerve.
    Thanks for the info on this product!!
    I’m a dance advantage subscriber!!!

  12. Please give me my Relax Packs!!

  13. Cathy Hutzell says:

    Effective products of this type are a Godsend to those of us who do not or no longer dance, as well. Working at a basically sentient office job can be quite stressful and painful. That covers a large number of the population. The Occupational Therapy industry is on the rise because of the affect our jobs place on our bodies, no matter the level of physical activity. These packs would ‘hit the spot’ for my back, neck, knee, and eye aches and pains. Do you have an entire body pack? :-)

    I am a Dance Advantage subscriber.

  14. Emily N. says:

    I’d get the Relax and Soothe because I struggle with insomnia.

  15. Laura Paskavitz says:

    I suffer from Fibromyalgia and am seeking a form of relief that compliments my other treatments. I would love The Relax Pack for pain. Sometimes all I need is something to soothe the specific pain areas while I’m resting at home. I would love to get the Relax Pack as I don’t have the money to purchase it. I know it’s a good value for what it has to offer, but I’m on social security as I can’t work. I am just seeking another tool to help me get up and go. Thank You!!!

  16. These look amazing. I would love to try them. Working at a desk all day and being stressed leaves tension all over the body. I can only imagine what it feels like to relax.

  17. Lorraine says:

    I have already ordered myself a neck wrap so if I win, it means I have one to give to my kids dance teacher!

  18. alecia h says:

    I would love to try the revive and awaken.
    luckysweeps13momatgmaildotcom

  19. Sitting here with mild contractions and major back pain, I could go for the pain relief formula!

  20. “I’m a subscriber!” I would love to try the neck wrap, working on my computer makes my left neck/upper shoulder hurt… this would be great on it!! I use a cornbag but that does not hold the ehat very long.

  21. Mary W Adams says:

    I think the all natural and unscented would be best for me because I get headaches from certain scents. Thanks.

    maryadams@gmail.com

  22. Relax and Soothe sounds wonderful for when I’m lying awake on cold nights.

  23. I already feel relaxed just thinking about this giveaway.

  24. Glenda SIlva says:

    This would be great for my husbands back and knee since he has bad back and just had surgery on his knee! Also for me sounds VERY relaxing!!!!

    glenda

    glenda.a.silva@gmail.com

  25. The pain relief one would be great for me, because I’m quite athletic and get my fair share of aches and pains.

  26. I’d love to try the relax and soothe pack for when I’m relaxing at night before bed and trying to unwind.

  27. Courtney says:

    Id love to try the Pain reliefe because I get a lot of pain in my shoulders and neck.

  28. The Pain Relief sounds great for my muscles after a long, hard work out! Thanks for the giveaway!

  29. Ooooh, I need these. Looks like they’d help my fibromyalgia.

    Vicki

  30. I live by these packs. Have stopped using hot water bottles. They are so personal, comfortable, easy to use and best of all soothing. Got the whole family addicted to it. You can never have enough. Thank you.

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