Thursday, September 24, 2015

UncommonGoods Review

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of UncommonGoods. All opinions are 100% mine. 

The online New York based store, UncommonGoods, invited me to review some of their products. The offer was to choose from their gifts for men and women collections and write a blog post about them. Since I am trying to be more health conscious, I chose this green Bike Tote from their gifts for women, and this attractive Define Fruit Infusion Bottle from their gifts for men. (I think I've mentioned before that green is my favorite color - and the olive green shade of the tote is just right!)

I hadn't heard of UncommonGoods before. However, when I mentioned it to my circle of family and friends, I was delighted when they told me that they had ordered Christmas gifts from UncommonGoods because of the uniqueness of their products. I learned that UncommonGoods provides a platform for artists and designers; half of their products are handmade; and that most of what they offer is made in the USA. When browsing their website, I noticed that information is given about the artists and their studios.

I have to thank UncommonGoods for inspiring me to ride my bike out of my neighborhood. In the past, I have ventured out on busy roads, and visited a neat historic bridge. I hadn't done this for a couple of years and just this week, I put two Etsy boxes (10 x 7 x 3 inches each) that needed mailing in the well constructed and spacious bike tote. My plan was to drop them off at the post office and then stop at the grocery store on the way home to purchase some fruit for my Define Bottle. 

The boxes did not budge and arrived safely at the post office. Then I rode to the grocery store and filled the tote with lemons, limes, oranges and a fresh pineapple. Again, I left the zipper open and the fruit remained in their place while I rode home. (I also had my phone, wallet, bike cable lock, and a few other small items in the tote.)

From top left clockwise: (1) at the post office, (2) outside the grocery store, (3) riding home, (4) and arriving safely home!

There are three other nice features of the bike tote that I want to mention. Two clasps open and close easily for attaching the tote to the bicycle handlebars. A strip of fabric at the upper edge near the zipper illuminates in the dark for safety. A thick black (over the shoulder) strap is tucked inside for comfortably carrying the tote with you when you get to your destination.  As you can see, the bike tote performed very well for my little excursion. For my next trip, I'll ride into our little town, then to our city park with my lunch in the tote. 

The Define Bottle was something new to me. At my last doctor appointment, I was told to increase my water intake. I have never been a good water drinker, so I was eager to try this concept of flavoring my water naturally with fruit. I tried several fruits and my favorites were oranges, pineapple, lemon and limes. I'm researching recipes for combinations of fruits, herbs, teas, etc., to continue to add more interest to my water drinking from this bottle. 

The Define Bottle holds 2 cups (16 ounces) of water with fruit in the bottom. There are many pieces to the water bottle and it is quite easy to assemble. The instructions caution you to remove the four silicon gaskets when cleaning the bottle to keep them fresh. The bottom piece of the bottle, after being stored in the freezer for awhile, will keep the water cold.

The base of the bottle is a bit small for standard car cup holders. I found that using a foam sleeve helps it to sit securely in my car's cup holder. 

I do like the idea of knowing what is in my water and that it is fresh and healthy for me. 

I took the bottle and tote with me when I spent an afternoon with my grand dog Tangerine. These products I chose from UncommonGoods gave me the health inspiration I was looking for. The Define Bottle opened up a new method of making water more fun to drink, and the bike tote will carry my necessities on my excursions around town. I cannot wait to go out on another bike ride! Visit UncommonGoods to see more unique gifts for men and women and to learn more about their interesting business practices, that include supporting causes that positively impact the world.


  1. I recently bought a fruit infusion water bottle and I love it. It really has helped me drink more water. My favorite "recipe" is strawberries, lime and mint leaves.

    1. That's awesome, Beth! I'm going to have to try your recipe!

  2. I love Uncommon goods, glad you got to ride your bike and enjoy your infusion water bottle!

  3. Cool!!! I've never heard of them before, and will definitely have to check their products out. I love the idea of riding your bike in town and doing all your errands that way. I might have to try this out one of these days. On the infusion water bottle it looks a little too complicated though.


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