Ok, I received my "perks" from Klout yesterday!!! I can't believe they got here so fast! Originally it said 2-3 weeks shipping but it seemed like less than 2.
A few people have asked me about what exactly "Klout" is. It's a networking tool that helps to track how relevant you are in social media. This is done by tracking how often your name is mentioned on different sites (such as twitter & facebook) but you can also get recognition by receiving +K from others in categories that pertain to your purpose.
For example, I've gotten +K in Beauty, Cosmetics, facebook, blogging and nail polish, to name a few.
A +K is described as "the ability to vouch for your peers’ influence in topics."
I thought it would be a great way to help spread the word about my blog and so far it's really helped. It's also fun to see your peers giving you support & being able to support them right back.
You can receive "perks" for your participation & according to klout the perks are described as "exclusive products or experiences that you earn based on your influence" so it's not just about the products.
So far I have earned 2. The first being a box of body care items from the company gud from Burt's Bees. It required me to have a minimum klout score of 45 and at least a medium strength level in the Beauty topic. The box was heavy & gorgeous! It came with a thank you note acknowledging me as an "influencer" and encouraging me to review my items, which I was more than happy to do :-)
They don't test on animals and all products are natural & free of parabens, phthalates & petrochemicals.
Everything comes in 4 scents:
Floral Cherrynova (Cherry Blossom & Almond Milk)
Pearanormal Activity (Pear & Acai Berry)
Orange Petalooza (Hyacinth & Blood Orange)
Vanilla Flame (Vanilla & Rice Milk)
They make the following products:
Foaming Hand Wash
I was happy to see 3 out of the 4 scents in the box they sent me.
(L to R)
Vanilla Flame Body Mist, Floral Cherrynova Body Lotion, Orange Petalooza Body Wash
I tried the body lotion right away and the texture is great! Smooth & creamy but not greasy. To get a better idea of the scent, it's very reminiscent of the Cherry Blossom from Bath & Body Works. I can't wear it all the time b/c it's too floral for my taste but I do have a few perfumes that would compliment it well.
The body wash smells like an orange popsicle, but with a tiny bit of added perfume, deelish! It's very citrus-y so you must be a citrus fan to use this. I am so it'll work for me! It's very moisturizing and I can tell it's not loaded with chemicals and detergents. At first the orange is dominant but after you've washed with it, the hyacinth takes over & it settles beautifully into a soft, sweet scent. Never overpowering!
I didn't always, but in recent years I've grown to love Vanilla scented body products. I didn't like them because I felt they were generic in the sense that anyone could go to the drugstore & buy a cheap bottle of Vanilla spray. I liked unique perfume instead and truth be told it lasts longer anyway. For whatever the reason, they've grown on me and I now find the scent to be soothing. I gave my bathroom a few spritzes of the vanilla body mist (just in case I didn't like it, I wouldn't have it on me all day) and I loved it! It's sweet but not nauseating and it's strong enough that you can smell it if someone wearing it passes by you but subtle enough that when they do, you're not gagging. I tend to keep these body sprays in my car because I like to keep the inside smelling fresh. Plus, it's always good to have something you can spray in your bag at all times. If you've ever been on a subway, bus or a taxi in NYC, you know exactly what I mean ;-)
I choose these as air fresheners for my car over products like febreeze because they're easier on the senses & usually don't have subtle traces of a febreeze/lysol type of product. Chemicals basically :-(
I would love to try the Pearanormal Activity (could you just die with these genius names for everything?!?!) for when I want to smell sweet like a fruit salad b/c even though it's fruity tooty, if mixed properly, it can smell amazing.
The box came with these full size (love that!) goodies but also with great literature. We know, I love to read up on what I'm using and this gave me plenty to look at. It came with a big booklet outlining the products and an envelope filled with coupons! It also came with a scratch & sniff page so you can sample all of the scents (genius). It shows 6 here so maybe they have 6 scents but I only saw 4. They could be coming out with new ones.
Overall it was a success & Klout just got a whole lot more interesting! My next perk, that I should be getting soon, is by a company called Simple and they're sending me skincare. It looks like I'm going to love it so we'll see...
I believe you can buy these gud natural treats at most Target stores or via their facebook page, where you can also sign up to try a sample product...(facebook.com/gud)
I hope that explained it. Though I'm still trying to figure out how Melanie Griffith (yes, the actress) retweeted one of my tweets & my score only went up 1 number...haha!
It's not confusing once you get into it, I promise!
Keep it pretty!