I just recently found Lily & Eve on my quest for new handmade subscription boxes. I instantly fell in love and had to give it a try. They recently changed their subscription options but at the time, they were offering a mini box and a regular box. I decided to try the mini box to get a taste. Shortly after, I got an email saying that they were merging their two boxes into one sized box and adjusting the price a bit (more than the mini box and less than the old regular box). The email stated that anyone who ordered the mini box was going to be upgraded to the regular box at no extra cost. That made me very happy because that meant more items for no extra money! The email also stated that due to weather conditions in Atlanta, the boxes would be slightly delayed. I had emailed them to ask about tracking info and I just have to give a shout out to Paige in customer service. She was wonderful and even checked back to see if I enjoyed the box! Thanks Paige, I love it! :) I'm not sure if they have a theme each month, but this month's seems to be Pamper Me.
The box was way smaller than I expected but that doesn't bother me. I've seen a lot of stuff packed into small boxes before.
It appears that Tokyo Factory is a featured artist this month.
Tokyo Factory Natural Vegan Soap - Japanese Purple Kimono (Lavender) - Retail $8.00
This soap smells SO GOOD. Even better, it's made from 100% natural organic ingredients. The key ingredients are organic shea butter and shikon (gromwell root). I love this soap - there's even a sort of stamp in the front of the bar with Tokyo Factory on it - a very nice touch. This stuff smells so good, I don't know if I even want to use it because then it'll be gone eventually! I might just put it in my bathroom because it smells good and looks pretty!
Okay, so imagine rubbing cocoa on your lips. Yeah, that's what this is like. As soon as I opened the jar, the smell was overwhelmingly delicious! This is a very generously sized jar too! It'll definitely last a while (maybe.. it's really awesome!) The icing on the cake is that this is also made with natural organic ingredients, like organic cocoa butter. Tokyo Factory has won me over with these products, for sure!
Tokyo Factory Natural Vegan Lip Butter - Aloe Vera Lip Balm - Retail $6.00
Lily and Eve Solid Perfume Stick - Bella's Kiss - Retail $8.00
At first, I thought this was another lip balm type product but then I remembered that Lily & Eve was offering this perfume stick as a bonus gift for anyone that signed up for the new box. I didn't expect to get one, but that must have come with the upgrade! Anyway, this smells so good. I feel like a broken record saying that about all of these items, but seriously. This box is like a party for my nose! After looking at the scent choices that subscribers could pick from, I really don't think I would have picked Bella's Kiss - but I'm so glad I got it! I'll definitely be using this!
I'm still a little bummed that the mini box isn't available anymore. I paid $10.00 plus $5.00 shipping for this box and received $22.00 worth of items! That's pretty great to me! The new box will be $19.00 plus $4.99 a month and will include 2-3 artisan crafted items. I'm definitely keeping this one going for as long as I can. If you'd like to give Lily & Eve a try, head over to www.lilyandevebox.com to sign up and receive a free give when you do!
Escape Monthly has revealed their March destination - IRELAND! If you'd like to be whisked away to the Emerald Isle next month - click HERE to sign up and use the promo code "IRISHESCAPE" to get 20% off! Enjoy!
Eco Emi is one of my regular monthly subscriptions. This is one I feel is worth the money and I really enjoy getting it.
Since I've been getting Eco Emi, this might be the first box that I wasn't that excited about. Not that it's bad. It just wasn't one that I related to in a big way. Mostly I guess because it's alot of cosmetics that I'm not really into. That's the way it goes sometimes though. As in life, some months are better than others!
The basic theme this month is pretty much an alleviation from winter's harsh weather. I'm all for that - but my idea of alleviation from harsh weather is to get the heck out of the Northeast! No box of cosmetics and feel good items will ever do that for me.
Paraffin-free tea light candles are made from 100% palm wax and pure cotton wicks which creates a warm and inviting atmosphere without the harmful fumes.
All Natural Hummus by Wild Garden 1 pack (5 pieces) - $4.29
This healthy snack is made from chick peas and many flavorful spices making it both nutritious and delicious. I've gotten this same hummus in another sub box and it was okay. Once you've had hummus from The Barley House in Concord NH, no other hummus compares, in my mind.
Chocolate Vanilla Paste by Premier Organics 1 pouch - $1.35
Made from the highest regarded premium cacao, Ek-Chok Chocolate is boosted with herbs and a hint of hazelnuts to add flavor. Bask in the aroma of this delicacy while enjoying it on flat bread or toast. I've never tried chocolate paste before. This should be interesting.
The rest of the items came wrapped up in this little gift bag making it that much more fun to open! I like that some items are always wrapped in tissue paper, making it more like a present and prolonging the suspense of what items are in there.
Organic Hairspray by Aubrey Organics 5 oz - $9.95.
This is a full size product. This organic hairpsray is infused with quinoa proteins that add body as well as smooths hair fibers to eliminate frizzing.
Eyelash Conditioner by Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques Full Size Tube - $10.00
This great product is made with vitamins, herbs, and extract that will help feed and protect your lashes. Gently use this lash conditioner at night after washing off your mascara. Leave on for 20 minutes, or throughout the night.
Lavish Face Mask by Blissoma 2 oz - $33.99
Great for dry and stressed skin. Lavish mask contains a combination of anti-reactive herbs, restorative oils, and eupuacu butter that helps rebuild skin from deep within. Use once or twice a week to remove fine lines.
Vegan Lip Balm by Jersey Shore Sun .15oz - $5.00
Earth friendly, cruelty free and a winter mint fragrance. It has anti-aging properties that are gentle enough to use on other areas of the face, making it great for winter sports and traveling.
I often use lip balm on hang nails and other dried skin areas. I never thought it would be not gentle enough for other areas? I'm not real partial to mint flavored things but to be honest, this lip balm is really soft and the mint sort of smells and tastes like wintergreen so it's really not bad.
I think I will try the face mask and the lip balm. I doubt I'll use that lash conditioner because I don't wear mascara and I don't need anything "feeding" my lashes. That just sounds kind of creepy. I may use the hairspray if I ever decide what to do with my hair. All in all it's not a bad box, but like I said, just not one of my favorites. I'm still wondering about that chocolate vanilla paste. LOL - weren't we told not to eat paste in school?
As always, you can check out Eco Emi at www.ecoemi.com. I've never seen a coupon code for them so as far as I konw the cheapest you can get it is for $15.00 a month. I really like this box and this company. I look forward to what the year has to bring.
Phone Case of the Month (PCOTM) is a subscription service that sends you a random phone case for your phone each month. This is not something I would normally be interested in since you can buy phone cases anywhere, at any kind of price you feel like paying. When I first got my iPhone I bought all kinds of cases on Amazon for hardly even $1 each. I ended up sticking with just 1 that I liked and then continued to use that all the time. Unfortunately, the one type of case that I love is no longer available in my favorite color - orange - anymore. Oh sure, you can get it in all kinds of other colors, but orange - no way! Figures.
Then, in our quest to review subscription boxes, and just have fun doing something together, even though we are almost 3000 miles apart, Kelli and I just share the fun of buying things, comparing things, seeing what we can get for free and just communicating from a distance. That's how I came to sign up for the Phone Case of the Month. With a coupon code of ILOVEPCOTM and you get $5 off when you sign up. I thought, well $5 isn't bad and it means I get something else in the mail and it just sounds fun. Little did I know that once you sign up they send you a link that you can post for other people to sign up and if they use that link you get another $5 off and THEY also get a $5 credit. It just keeps going and going!
The day finally came when my new phone case arrived and I was anxious to see what I got. After all, that's really the fun of it, don't you think? Just like when you open the grab bag and take that first peek inside? Is it a dud, or is it a good one?
When you first open the envelope you find 2 things inside. There is a card that welcomes you to the club.
Each phone comes with a unique hash tag and you are encouraged to take a picture and post it on Facebook, tweet about it and also find out where other cases just like yours have ended up all over the world.
I think that's a cool concept. I'm not into Twitter so I don't really do that hash tag thing. I'll stick with Facebook and our little blog.
The company seems really fun though. I love that they signed the card with Sincerely, Awesome Phone Case of the Month Staff. I tend to respect anyone and any company who doesn't take themselves too seriously. Believe me, working for state government for 30 years, I am surrounded by people who think they run the world and really, really take themselves too seriously. I love people who can just relax and live and not worry about what other people are doing. Any company that has a little fun makes me jealous because I don't work for them!
THE BIG REVEAL!
So I pulled out my new phone case and look what I got! This case has the work of Dylan Thomas on it complete with a coffee stain! This is Do Not Go Gently into That Good Night - which is his most famous work, and written for his dying father. It is so unique and quirky that I fell in love with it's coolness right away.
Inside the pouch there is also a card with his famous refrain: Rage, Rage against the dying of the light. Another hash tag which I assume has another whole following on Twitter.
Then there is a sticker, which I assume I got because I have an iPhone, which says "haha...YOUR APPLE IS SHOWING"
Here is a close up picture of the phone case. I just like the added effect of the coffee stain. Quirky.
The only negative thing about the case is that it's one of those that is the exact same size as the phone. I am used to a case that comes around to the front and has a little lip around the front, which protects the screen a little bit more. Having my phone back to it's original size after so long with a bigger case I find I can barely hold on to it because it's so small! I am trying to get used to it.
I found this a fun subscription to have and the randomness of it just added to the excitement. Since I have another $5 credit I am going to keep this going for another month and see what shows up in March.
If you would like to sign up for a Phone Case of the Month AND would like to benefit me with a $5 credit AND get yourself another $5 credit you can use this link: Phone Case of the Month or for Kelli's link use Phone Case of the Month and don't forget to use that coupon code from above to get your first one for $5. ILOVEPCOTM
Loot Crate was one that really excited me at first. I was really jealous of everyone that got one, seeing all the cool stuff they got. Since I signed up, I've been quite pleased with it for the most part. It's usually pretty hit or miss with me though. Sometimes I'm not a fan of a certain character or show or movie or whatever it may be. Sometimes I don't even understand the reference. This was one of those times. This month's theme is Warriors so I thought it might be pretty cool. I had actually cancelled my subscription at the end of last month, but reactivated when I found out the theme.
Every Loot Crate comes with a mini-mag with relevant articles and details about the items inside.
Honestly, I had to google this because I am not at all familiar with Bravest Warriors. I LOVE Adventure Time and Pendleton Ward but I have never watched this particular creation so THAT is why this box is not exactly my cup of tea. I'm sure if I ever get around to actually watching it and (probably) falling in love with it because it was created by Pen Ward, I will learn to appreciate these items. Regardless, I tend to like the items that Loot Crate Labs had anything to do with because that means they're more unique than mass produced items sometimes included. Not that I like those any less, it just gives these a bit more charm! That's also why I'm estimating the dollar value!
I usually like blind boxes - they're like a mini subscription box or grab bag and that's really what we love, isn't it? I'm glad I got the Sideshow collection rather than the Bot collection because I like the designs a lot more. This is the argyle warrior designed by Scott Tolleson. I actually like this one a lot, it's kinda cute for a warrior. It came with a little bead necklace and the staff. I can appreciate this just as a little knick knack that looks pretty cool on a shelf.
Dunny Sideshow Blind Box Figure - Argyle Warrior by Scott Tolleson - Retail $9.95
Frederator & Black Tie Geek - Bravest Warriors Catbug Bow Tie - Retail ~$10.00?
Again, I don't know anything about Bravest Warriors or Catbug or anything and I don't wear bow ties so this is quite a miss with me. Black Tie Geek seems to have just formed and they said this is their first product, debuting specifically for Loot Crate so I couldn't get an accurate dollar value. I honestly don't know what I'll do with this. If anyone wants it, let me know. I'll send it to you!
This is definitely my favorite item in the box, simply because I love bacon. I can't imagine loving someone more than bacon, but I do like this card a lot. I really which the writing wasn't on the back of the bacon heart side because I would actually prefer to cut this in half and hang them up next to eachother. So I guess I'll just hang up the heart bacon.
One of the other reasons I reactivated was because I saw that there was going to be a tshirt included this month. Eh. I'm a little disappointed because I don't understand all the references, but I get enough of them to appreciate the shirt as a whole. The biggest bummer is that the graphic isn't even centered on the shirt! It's off to the left (if you're looking at it) and crooked. If you really look at the picture with your head aligned with the neck, you'll see it's pretty clearly skewed. But whatever, I like having extra shirts to wear on laundry day or to bed. I'm okay with it.
This month's box also comes with a commemorative pin - this was just recently started last month and I kinda like it! It's pretty cool for a long-term member to be able to see all of these together displaying each month's theme. Mike Vasquez actually designed this pin, and if you remember, the Catbug and Impossibear Star Wars crossover sticker was designed by him in December's crate. This month's crate came with the first issue of the Bravest Warriors digital comic as well (valued at $1.99) so maybe I can get into that as well! I feel like I have to give it a chance because Adventure Time is so near and dear to my heart. The last item in the box is a Bravest Warriors sticker. I don't get this reference either but that's okay.
Overall, I'm not exactly WOW-ed with this month's crate. But again, that is only because I don't get the references. I had a completely different idea about what Warriors could have meant when I saw the theme reveal. I wish I had known it was going to be something I had no idea about. But that's okay - I still love Loot Crate and hopefully I can get into Bravest Warriors and learn to love these items too! If you'd like to give Loot Crate a try, it's $13.37 + $6.00 shipping for a total of $19.37 a month. This month's box had probably $50.00 worth of items PLUS the added value of a few one-of-a-kind exclusive Loot Crate items. Head over to www.lootcrate.com and sign up! Use the coupon code "MARCHLOOT" to get $3.00 off! >>--> Kelli <--<<
Phone Case of the Month is a clever idea. My mom found a way to get your first month for only $5.00 so we both decided to try it out. I was a little skeptical because I already dropped my phone the second day I had it and cracked the screen so I'm very picky about keeping it safe from further damage. Normally I don't trust normal plastic phone cases. Phone Case of the Month offers cases made of Poly Carbonate and ABS (Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) with a silicone coating so they're definitely better than just shiny plastic.
Each phone case comes in a drawstring pouch
I. Love. This. Design. It's perfect for me!
Close-up of the detail
I'm really happy with the design I got, but I'm still not sure I'll be using this very often. It doesn't come up over the top edges of the phone, which definitely gives it a nice sleek feel and keeps the phone feeling very thin. I do like that, but I'm a little paranoid about my phone getting hurt! It's a little too pretty not to use so I'm sure I'll work up the courage eventually. I'm very pleased with this, especially for just $5.00! If you'd like to receive your first Phone Case of the Month for just $5.00, click HERE and sign up! It'll only be $10.00 a month after that! >>--> Kelli <--<<
IGB! IGB! IGB! I love Indie Gift Box. I can't wait until subscriptions become available for them (fingers crossed, this year!) because I have acute anxiety each box release day. I don't want to be dawdling the day they sell out within the first hour! Indie Gift Box usually has a central theme each month and the items inside are curated to go together. I'm always really impressed with how well they find just the right gifts to fit the theme perfectly. This month's theme is The Librarian. It was said to be full of romantic and literary-themed handmade products and that made me really excited!
They recently revamped their logo and website and I'm REALLY liking it! Very well done :)
Eeeeee!! Another new feature for IGB is a card detailing each item inside.
This was the first thing that caught my eye because I really like the color I got. It's more yellow than the picture would have you believe. I don't wear glasses but my sunglasses are notorious for getting extremely scratched and dirty so this will definitely be kept on hand in case of smudge emergency. See their other products including a HUGE collection of glasses, sunglasses and accessories at www.activisteyewear.com
Duchessa Handmade Bracelets - Retail $12.00
Ilana Leah makes these beautiful bracelets by hand from Czech glass and silver plated accents. They're really really pretty and the pictures don't do them justice. They're great for stacking and they look really good together - I'm wearing them right now! I'm really happy with the colors I got. Check out more of Ilana's work at www.duchessa.etsy.com and www.duchessaoriginals.com
Sweet Tea Apothecary - Lenore and Dead Writers - Retail $6.00
Honestly, I don't really ever wear any perfumes but as soon as I opened Dead Writers, I think I fell in love! With black tea, vetiver, vanilla, clove and heliotrope to name a few, this scent boasts being able to send you to the dark corners of a library leafing through old books - which sounds fantastic to me! Sweet Tea Apothecary makes historically inspired perfumes, which I think is really great. Most of their other scents sound like they'd be very nice as well. I also received Lenore which has Moroccan rose, oak moss, clove and dragon's blood but overall has a much too flowery scent for me. I think it might give me a headache if I smell it too much (my mother and I have that in common). Check out their other scents and maybe pick up a sample or 3 at www.sweetteaapothecary.com
One Ugly Unicorn Cameo Earrings - Retail $4.00
I like these a lot! They're very cute. I definitely expected some sort of cameo jewelry when I read about the theme of this box. There just had to be something. I'm glad there was! One Ugly Unicorn makes SO many different styles and designs of earrings it's insane. "Making things that aren't ugly at all!" Check out their other items at www.etsy.com/shop/oneuglyunicorn
Written For You Tag/Bookmark - Retail $4.00
This is very cute. I'll either use it as a bookmark or just hang it up like a little sign. Either way, I like it! I love the font too. Written For You makes a lot of greeting cards and prints and you can even get your own sayings or messages customized. It even came with a 10% off coupon! Check out their other prints at www.etsy.com/shop/writtenforyou
Killing The Angel - Issue 1, 2012 - Retail $8.00
I believe this is the item that the first 50 people to order got for free? It's not listed on the card detailing all the items so I can only assume it's a bonus gift! Either way, I like it! I don't normally get too deep into literary magazines because it gets me into a huge loop of sooo many words written about sooo many words and it's just endless criticism and opinion. BUT this has me intrigued and I think I'll give it a shot. I don't know much about Virginia Woolf and this is inspired by her, starting with the title, which eludes to her speech, "Professions for Women" given at the National Society for Women's Service in 1931. This book is full of short stories and poems that I think will be really fun to read!
Well. Once again, I'm very pleased with Indie Gift Box. They've done it again! They continue to top themselves each month. I was really surprised to receive so many items in this month's box, nevermind the fact that they all fit so well into the Librarian theme. I just love seeing what they put together. Indie Gift Box is $25.00 plus $5.50 shipping. This month I received almost $55.00 worth! That's extremely good value especially since all the items are so skillfully crafted and curated! Very impressed! If you'd like to give Indie Gift Box a try, head over to www.indiegiftbox.com to get one! Each month, usually around the 1st of the month, they release about 100 boxes and they usually go pretty quickly. Usually, there are several shipping days throughout the month so your box will ship within 5 days of when you order.
Box of Happies is another subscription box I can't seem to resist buying each month. One of these days I'll have to cave and get more than a 1 month subscription. They cater to the Etsy-obsessed individuals like myself by curating handmade and small business items from talented artists from around the country. I'm a sucker for handmade stuff so this is one of my favorite boxes to receive.
Each Box of Happies comes in a reusable plastic container. I love this idea because so much cardboard and paper gets wasted on subscription boxes - this way you can reuse them again and again for about a million different things!
Box of Happies Necklace/Earrings Set - Retail $16.00
I love that Box of Happies provides an original item ("original happy") in their boxes. So many of the people/companies that provide subscription boxes are so talented themselves but they usually only curate other items by other artists. I like that they can do both! These pieces are really cute but I'm not really sure they're my style. I'll most likely end up wearing them though - maybe I'll like them more when they're on.
Holly Camp Cards - Greeting Card - Retail $4.00
This was the first item that stood out to me and when I saw the "featured artists" for this month, I was really excited to see which one I would get! Their collection of whimsically illustrated greetings is awesome and hysterical and very well done. I love the style. I can't wait to use my 20% off coupon code to get some more! I don't even want to part with them to use them as greeting cards - I just want them to hang up on display like mini pieces of art! Check out the rest of their cards at www.hollycamp.com and www.hollycampcards.etsy.com
These are so cute! And such a clever idea! You can wear them 3 different ways - just the pearls, just the mini beads, or both as seen above. I love them together but this is such a good idea when different color combinations or the simplicity of pearls alone are what you want. I love them! And green is my favorite color so I'm very happy that's what I got. Check out the rest of their interchangeable jewelry (they have necklaces, bracelets and hoop earrings as well!) at www.myuniquekreations.com and www.youruniquekreations.etsy.com
Anne Riggs Designs Reusable Makeup Pads - Retail $2.00
These are cute and well-made - soft cotton on one side and terry cloth on the other. I very rarely wear makeup so I don't think I'll be using these for that, but I'm sure I can find some use for them. I'm sure they're perfect just for cleaning your face, not necessarily cleaning off makeup. I might even make use of that 10% coupon code that came with these! Check out the rest of Anne's work at www.anneriggsdesigns.etsy.com
Over all, I'm pretty happy with this month's box! It wasn't my favorite but I know I'll use each item so that's a win already. Plus, I paid $28.99 for this box ($24.00 plus $4.99 shipping) and received over $40.00 worth so that's a GREAT value! ** Don't forget to enter the giveaway to receive March's Box of Happies for FREE! You only have until the 28th so get as many entries as you can! The giveaway is HERE! Good luck! ** If you'd like to give Box of Happies a try, head over to www.boxofhappies.com to get yours now! They have several different subscription options - including individual months (past, present AND future months), 2, 3, 6 and 12 month subscriptions and they recently added a new option - Surprise Me 3 for $18.50 + $4.99 shipping, you can pick 3 items from past featured artists or choose to be surprised. It's a nice simple, slightly cheaper way to try it out before committing to a subscription. >>--> Kelli <--<<
I recently found GlobeIn Artisan Box and was incredibly intrigued. You all know how much I love handmade subscription boxes and this one doesn't disappoint! GlobeIn boxes contain extremely authentic items from all around the world. Some of these items may seem like things you can find in a normal store, but they are much more than that.
The box was so much smaller than I expected but there's plenty of room to pack all the goodies inside. Each item comes with a card telling the story of the person who made them. This is probably my favorite part of GlobeIn. It really makes you appreciate each individual piece.
Marina Lopez Antonio - St. Tomaso, Oaxaca, Mexico - Hand woven cotton coin purse - ~$10.00
This hand woven coin purse is incredibly well made! I can't believe it's made by hand! But after 25 years of experience, Marina has kept the traditions of her parents and generations before them alive. I love the colors and the size is perfect. Check out her shop on GlobeIn here!
Profiria and Margarita - Oaxaca, Mexico - Hand woven basket, earrings - ~$10.00
This hand woven basket is very nice! The story behind it is even better! Margarita and Profiria are the matriarchal members of the petate basket-weaving community in Oaxaca and they've been spending their lives perfecting this craft. While both of them are very talented, I'm astonished by Margarita, whose eyesight is failing. She won't miss a beat though, saying that her hands just "know the way."
These earrings also came in a smaller woven pocket but I'm not actually positive who made them! They look like they're made from leather with very colorful cotton sewn into it. They're a little large for me but since someone put the effort into them, I will make an effort to show them off!
Andrew Polezhaev & Mikhail Bronsky - Saint Petersburg and Zolotilovo, Russia - Birch Bark Story Cubes - ~$10.00
At first I was really confused about these cubes. I couldn't tell if I was supposed to open them somehow or just shake them or what? While almost breaking one of them trying to open it, I found a piece of paper at the bottom of the cardboard box they came in. It describes the meaning of the cubes as a sort of story game. The cubes have peas in them that create the noise when shaken. You throw the cubes and the images painted on them (very beautifully by Mikhail) are used to create a story. Keep throwing the cubes, keep telling a story. They're used to boost creativity and story-telling skills. Check out their other items here: Andrew Polezhaev and Mikhail Bronsky
Honestly, I was really bummed I didn't get the Russian nesting dolls I saw in the February sneak peek... I LOVE nesting dolls. Even so, I'm pretty happy with the items I received and I really appreciate the talent and effort put into each individual item. I am happy to support these artists any way I can. All of these pieces will have a cozy place somewhere in my home or desk at work so they can always be on display. GlobeIn costs $29.99 a month with FREE shipping. Each month you get up to 3 handcrafted items from around the world and the stories that go along with them. This month, I received about $30.00 worth of items (I'm estimating of course, but they're pretty unique so it's hard to get a firm dollar value) - but I always consider the fact that these pieces took time and effort to make by hand and that counts for a lot more than a monetary value to me. If you'd like to give GlobeIn a try, head over to www.globein.com to join! >>--> Kelli <--<<