Fred’s Box Mystery Subscription Box April 2018

Fred’s Box is a monthly subscription full of things for kids 3 and over.  In the Mystery Box, you get a book, an Ooshie or Crayola funky shapes, depending on the age of the recipient, pencil, sticker, and some mystery items. You can get this box as a twin version to get double the goodies.  There is a straight Ooshies box that saves you from having to try to collect them one at a time as well, in 4 sizes.  Boxes start at $3.99 British Pounds and go up from there.  Shipping to Canada is 54 pence a month.  I decided to go with the Mystery Box for Bug and since her birthday is soon, I aged her up to 6 for the books.  They shipped out quite quickly after ordering and now we get to check out what’s inside.

The flat box showed up around the same time again this month.  It looked a little messy inside but it does travel a long way to get here.

This month’s book is Kasia’s Surprise.  It is a novel about the summer break from school and the adventures of Kasia during that time.  It has a few Polish words and looks to be a good chapter book right at Bug’s current reading level.  It also has some images in the book to help with grasping the storyline.

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I can’t remember what this little lizard guys name is, but he is very cute.  I see my girls playing with the Ooshies they have previously received all the time so that is a good thing.  So many little toys get played with and tossed aside.

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The pencil crayon of the month is a lovely orange one and the sticker is there as normal.

Our four mystery items this month are a package of animal print scissors, a pack of Shopkins Trading cards (the kids love this game), Frozen Best Friends Necklace set, and a Frozen jewelry set that includes ring, bracelets, and necklaces.  We used to have scissors in this house, no clue where they ended up so getting more is a needed item.  There are lots of pieces of jewelry for the girls so there should be less fighting than normal…..who am I kidding?

This box is great fun.  The girls are going to be very happy with all the toys in it and the book has already been given the thumb’s up.  There is an opportunity for creativity with the crayons and pencils, learning with the book, and play with the rest.  I can’t wait to see what future boxes from them bring us.  Fred’s Box run contests and have lots of special boxes you can get quite often.  If you want to check them out and get your own box of goodies click here.

 

 

Fred’s Box Mystery Subscription Box March 2018

Fred’s Box is a monthly subscription full of things for kids 3 and over.  In the Mystery Box, you get a book, an Ooshie or Crayola funky shapes, depending on the age of the recipient, pencil, sticker, postcards, and some mystery items. You can get this box as a twin version to get double the goodies.  There is a straight Ooshies box that saves you from having to try to collect them one at a time as well, in 4 sizes.  Boxes start at $3.99 British Pounds and go up from there.  Shipping to Canada is 54 pence a month.  I decided to go with the Mystery Box for Bug and since her birthday is soon, I aged her up to 6 for the books.  They shipped out quite quickly after ordering and now we get to check out what’s inside.

We got this box on time, so now I really don’t know what happened to the last one that took so long.  I could see from the first glance that this was going to be another good one.

The book this month is going to be a huge hit!  Bug has been obsessed with these Fairy books and we now own so many of them.  Luckily this is not one of the ones we’ve found.  Ruth the Red Riding Hood Fairy is book 4 of the Storybook Fairies collection.

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Our Ooshie this month is Cyborg.  He’s adorable and I love him.  He’s a good character and this one will join the princesses in the castle or the Lego house that’s being created.

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Purple pencil crayon and sticker.  I find random things with these stickers on them throughout the house.

The mystery items have hit it out of the park one more time.  We have a Frozen necklace that has sparkles that move around, Shopkins Trading Card Game pack, Shopkins Barrettes, a Frozen coin purse, and an Elsa tiara.  I can only envision fights happening but all of these things are going to be hot commodities in our house.  They really do know the crowd they are packing for and we have yet to get a box of things no one wants to play with or use.  It’s uncanny.

This box is great fun.  The girls are going to be very happy with all the toys in it and the book has already been given the thumb’s up.  There is an opportunity for creativity with the crayons and pencils, learning with the book, and play with the rest.  I can’t wait to see what future boxes from them bring us.  Fred’s Box run contests and have lots of special boxes you can get quite often.  If you want to check them out and get your own box of goodies click here.

Fred’s Box Mystery Subscription Box January 2018

Fred’s Box is a monthly subscription full of things for kids 3 and over.  In the Mystery Box, you get a book, an Ooshie or Crayola funky shapes, depending on the age of the recipient, pencil, sticker, postcards, and some mystery items. You can get this box as a twin version to get double the goodies.  There is a straight Ooshies box that saves you from having to try to collect them one at a time as well, in 4 sizes.  Boxes start at $3.99 British Pounds and go up from there.  Shipping to Canada is 54 pence a month.  I decided to go with the Mystery Box for Bug and since her birthday is soon, I aged her up to 6 for the books.  They shipped out quite quickly after ordering and now we get to check out what’s inside.

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This month the book is one the kids have never read before.  The My Favourite Fairytales series has been sent to us before and they are great stories, engagingly written.  These ones are at a level that Bug can ready with only a little help, so that is a bonus also.

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Once again there are no postcards but we got a navy blue pencil crayon and the sticker as normal.

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Our Ooshie is Clark Kent, with just a hint of Superman peeking out.  I feel like maybe he glows in the dark but we’ll have to wait a few hours to see if that happens.

Our selection of mystery items is amazing again this month.  First up was a Littlest Pet Shop Pets In The City blind bag.  Then there are tow Tsum Tsum, Chip from Chip & Dale and Mike from Monsters Inc.  Mike is Bears favourite character so she’s going to be thrilled.  The three little coloured animals are shaped crayons.  I think they are super cute and I can’t believe there is no damage to them or breaks for the distance they traveled and the fact there is no real padding in the box.  Next up is a Kylo Ren wristband.  I think my husband might actually steal this as he’s a big fan.  We have a Legend slap bracelet and a Barbie pencil case. These are both going to go over hugely.  It’s also great that they can store all the treasures they have in random corners and boxes and bags.  We finish off with another package of Disney Princess Trading Cards.

This box is great fun.  The girls are going to be very happy with all the toys in it and the book has already been given the thumb’s up.  There is an opportunity for creativity with the crayons and pencils, learning with the book, and play with the rest.  I can’t wait to see what future boxes from them bring us.  Fred’s Box run contests and have lots of special boxes you can get quite often.  If you want to check them out and get your own box of goodies click here.

Fred’s Box Mystery Subscription Box November 2017

Fred’s Box is a monthly subscription full of things for kids 3 and over.  In the Mystery Box, you get a book, an Ooshie or Crayola funky shapes, depending on the age of the recipient, pencil, sticker, postcards, and some mystery items. You can get this box as a twin version to get double the goodies.  There is a straight Ooshies box that saves you from having to try to collect them one at a time as well, in 4 sizes.  Boxes start at $3.99 British Pounds and go up from there.  Shipping to Canada is 54 pence a month.  I decided to go with the Mystery Box for Bug and since her birthday is soon, I aged her up to 6 for the books.  They shipped out quite quickly after ordering and now we get to check out what’s inside.

The box was big again but it’s still thin so it easily fits in my mailbox.  Once I opened it I could see all kinds of fun Halloween items.  This box arrived before Halloween so there is no issue with that, I’m just a little later getting the review done!

They have a card in the box and it lists all the social media links for Fred’s Box and a code for a discount.

The book we received this month is How The World Began by Fiona Macdonald.  It seems to be a little above in reading level then we have been getting but that is not a problem.  This book is a collection of stories and myths from different cultures that explain the beliefs about how Earth was created.  This one is going to be a good book to make my girls think and to show them a broader range of cultures then we might normally.

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The Ooshie is Wonder Woman!  How great is that?  These things are so freaking cute and my kids love them.  Superheros are still a big part of their play and they add in these little guys with their bigger dolls and go from there.

We got a brown pencil crayon this month, we’ll have a complete set by the time this is done!  There is also the standard name sticker and postcards, only two this month instead of the normal four.

There are so many mystery items this month!!!!!!!!!  It’s a serious haul of Halloween and play items.  Half of me wants to hide away the things that are not themed and use them as stocking stuffers.  I should but I’m too excited to see the reactions to the things to do that.  We received this month, a Littlest Pet Shop blind bag, Halloween Glow Rings (we have a glow stick every night, HOW DO THEY KNOW?????), a Paw Patrol Bracelet, Paw Patrol Hair Ties (all the girls in this house have waist-length hair, again how do they know?), Shopkins Top Trumps cards, Disney Princess Trading Cards, Halloween Nail Tattoos,  and Halloween Window Clings.  Every single one of these things is going to be a hit.  The kids are obsessed with Shopkins and all things card game related.  Having their nails done is a special treat that happens way less then they ask for it to.  Once again I am astounded at the items we received and the amazing ability they have to put together a box that is full of the things my kids are into at this moment.

This box is great fun.  The girls are going to be very happy with all the toys in it and the book has already been given the thumb’s up.  There is an opportunity for creativity with the postcards, learning with the book, and play with the rest.  I can’t wait to see what future boxes from them bring us.  Fred’s Box run contests and have lots of special boxes you can get quite often.  If you want to check them out and get your own box of goodies click here.

Fred’s Box Mystery Subscription Box October 2017

Fred’s Box is a monthly subscription full of things for kids 3 and over.  In the Mystery Box, you get a book, an Ooshie or Crayola funky shapes, depending on the age of the recipient, pencil, sticker, postcards, and some mystery items. You can get this box as a twin version to get double the goodies.  There is a straight Ooshies box that saves you from having to try to collect them one at a time as well, in 4 sizes.  Boxes start at $3.99 British Pounds and go up from there.  Shipping to Canada is 54 pence a month.  I decided to go with the Mystery Box for Bug and since her birthday is soon, I aged her up to 6 for the books.  They shipped out quite quickly after ordering and now we get to check out what’s inside.

This box is much better preserved as I got to it first!  It’s a little closer to what you can expect when you get your box.  I can tell right off the bat this one is going to be another winner.

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The book this month is a classic fairytale, Rapunzel.  With the amount of joy that comes from the Tangled series and movie, this story is a good fit.  It is also a good book for Bug’s reading level as the words are large and clearly printed so we can work on her reading skills as we go.

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The Ooshie is cute and I have no clue who he is.  He has a cape and an arrow on his head.  He also looks kinda pink instead of red but that could be the lights in the house.  He looks grumpy too so maybe he’s a villain.  If anyone can help me out, please do!

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We are back to having a pencil crayon in the box.  Teal is my favourite colour.  There are the postcards to fill in too.  There are four of them each time I just stack them to get the picture.

The mystery items are off the hook! We have a Frozen headband, a package of Scented Glitter Gel Pens, Frozen Barrettes, a pack of Disney Princess Trading Cards, and a My Little Pony blind bag.  It’s so insane!! I’m now 100% convinced they have a device that is reading my kids minds from all the way of in Britain.  The hair items are needed because my kids lose them like crazy, they love blind bags to the point that they watch the ridiculous opening videos online ALL THE TIME, and more Princess cards are wanted daily.

This box is great fun.  The girls are going to be very happy with all the toys in it and the book has already been given the thumb’s up.  There is an opportunity for creativity with the postcards, learning with the book, and play with the rest.  I can’t wait to see what future boxes from them bring us.  Fred’s Box run contests and have lots of special boxes you can get quite often.  If you want to check them out and get your own box of goodies click here.

LoveLula Beauty Box July 2017

LoveLula Beauty Box is a UK box that is filled with natural beauty products and brands without having to purchase the full sized versions first.  Individual boxes are $52.50 British Pounds a month or a yearly option of $210 British Pounds.  That price includes the shipping fee.  I have had great luck with the other British box I get so while the British exchange was down a bit I went ahead and got this one.

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Couple of longer items on the top of the box this month.  I couldn’t actually see anything else and the box felt light so I was beginning to get concerned that maybe things were missing.

They do include an info card in this box.  On the front is a code to get a discount on the brands in the box.  On the back is the list of the items and a little blurb about each one.

Madara Fine Line Minimising Cream-$22.68 20mL

I have received many items from this brand and I have never been disappointed in them.  This is a new line from them and is made to boost your skin and make it more radiant.  Unlike quite a few natural beauty products there is not an odd or unpleasant smell with this one.

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Lyonsleaf Marshmallow Facial Oil-$21.04 30mL

This oil is rich in antioxidants and fatty acids to boost, bolster, and help the skin.  It has a scent but it’s not offensive or strong.  I don’t know much about the marshmallow plant but this oil has no artificial colour or fragrance, no preservatives, and no petroleum derivatives.

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PHB Natural Mascara-$25.83

I love getting mascara in my boxes and I’m excited to try this one.  My stash is shrinking when it comes to mascara!  This one should lengthen, thicken, and volumize.  It is available in brown and black and this one is the black.

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John Masters Spearmint & Meadowsweet Shampoo-$9.72 60mL

I’m sure you’re tired of my complaints by now about getting only a shampoo in a box.  How can I judge whether I want to shell out for this type product if I have to try it with some random conditioner?  On the good side……this smells AMAZING!!!  It is a purifying shampoo, so removes build up on your hair and stimulates the scalp as it cleans.

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Ren Satin Perfection BB Cream SPF15-$2.82 3mL

I wish this was a bigger sample.  I love Bb creams and this seems like a nice one.  It has colour adaptive technology and gives a good finish that’s not too matte or too shiny.

The LoveLula box is always nice.  It is full of skincare products but that is mostly what they have on their site so it’s not a surprise.  This is my last box from them and while I won’t be renewing, I’ve been very happy with what they’ve sent out.  The value this time is $82.09 and there were two full sized items. I’m not always going to seek out natural products but everything I’ve tried has worked well and if I had a complaint, it would be that some of them have quite strong smells that I don’t particularity enjoy.

 

 

Earth Wax & Fire July 2017

Earth Wax and Fire is an Israeli subscription that sends out an artisanal candle and a matching ceramic bowl.  You can get a month-to-month plan, or go for a 3,6, or12-month plan.  Plans start at $27.00 a month but go down with the longer ones.  Shipping to here was an additional $11.00 a month.  This normally would be above my comfort price but I signed up on Mother’s Day weekend and they had a 50% code for a 6-month plan.  That definitely made the decision easier.  I have a candle burning every evening so I am on the lookout for them always.  The pictures they have on their site were beautiful so I have hopes for this box.

Once again this box showed up carefully wrapped and packed so that none of the highly fragile items inside shift and break.

They wrap the candle in its own little package and all the other items come in the little bag.  They also have little cards that tell you about each of the items included, a code to get a discount on previous combos, and a handwritten note that hopes I like the items this month.

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Velvet Crystal Soap Rolls

These say they are made specifically for scenting drawers and cupboards.  I”m sure you can use them as soap as well if you wanted to.  They are scented with amber crystal and ISO-E-SUPER, whatever that is.  It is a nice smell and I think it would give anything you stored in the drawer with it.  They are handmade by people in a rehabilitative hospital in Isreal.

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Handmade Ceramic Greenery Bowl

This shade of green is based on the Color Of The Year by Pantone.  The glaze is applied over speckled mustard clay and kiln fired to become dishwasher safe.  You can burn the candle on it and then use the bowl for pretty much anything afterward and it is safe to use with food items like condiments or spices.

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Spring Peach Delight Candle

I really like the candles I have received from this box.  They are well made and highly scented.  This one has the essence of peach, rose, jasmine, and French patchouli.  It smells great and sexy, actually.  It is not overpoweringly peach at all, even though they have named the candle after it.  This candle has about a 40 hour burn time.

I am so impressed with this box.  The level of detail provided and the care in selecting and packing it is first class.  They have reached out a few times to see what my choices would be and been polite and friendly each time.  I know this is a slightly higher priced subscription when it’s not on sale but I honestly believe it would be worth it.  You can currently save 10% off a plan using the code SAVE10 at checkout.

LookFantastic Beauty Box June 2017

Look Fantastic Beauty Box is a box from the UK and you will receive a minimum of six products.   Those products will be an assortment of skin, hair, cosmetic and body products.  There also are sometimes high-value surprises added to a few boxes randomly.  They promise to have a much higher value than what you pay each month as well.  They have free worldwide delivery on the boxes or things you order from the website. Boxes are $26 a month but go down with 3,6 or 12-month subscriptions.  Shipping was pretty quick for overseas and I received tracking notices as well.  The stuff I’ve been getting in this box has been really nice.  This one was a find and I really enjoy it.  I had ended my subscription but with the exchange rate being better right now and the fact that I love this box I signed back up.

The box is very colourful this month.  The theme is Wanderlust and I’m going to guess this is full of things I could take on the road with me.

They have a mini mag that tells you all about your items, lifestyle tips, and beauty options.  They also include the latest copy of ElleUK magazine.

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Kerastase Shampoo-$7.90 80mL

Well, I’m going to start by complaining about getting only a shampoo and not the matching conditioner.  Now that that’s out of the way, I’m kinda excited about this.  This is a brand I’ve never tried and have always wanted to.  This version of it is a strengthening shampoo and I can use that with my long hair.  It looks like maybe there were different versions sent out to people.

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First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads-$21.24

These pads are filled with toner so you can swipe them across your face and neck after cleansing.  They have a blend of lactic and glycolic acids in them that is supposed to help refresh and revitalise your skin.

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Balance Me Balancing Face Moisturiser-$16.99

This is not the nicest smelling lotion but it is supposed to help reduce shine, brighten the skin, and even out skin tone.  If it can do all of that just a little bit, then it is worth the smell.  It absorbed into my skin very quickly and it feels soft and smooth.

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Hailey Baldwin for Model Co Super Lips Lipgloss in Beige-$15.00

I’m guessing a bit on the price of this one as I don’t know how big the actual one is but this is 3mL.  I was concerned about the shade but once you get it spread around on your lips it is fine.  It smells like fruit too!  It is not sticky on my lips at all.

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Bellapierre Shimmer Highlighter in Excite-$17.70

This is a white powder that can be used as a highlighter or a shadow.  It is very shimmery and since I don’t use highlighters, this is going to become an eyeshadow for me.  I like the shade and will just have to be gentle with how much I use.

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Monu Rosewood Reviving Mist-$5.73

This is a facial mist of lemon, rosewood, and sandalwood to revive you and your fatigued skin.  It will even fix your makeup on days that are warm and might cause melting.  I use facial mists all the time in the summer to keep me up and this will be a good addition to that.

This month has a value of $84.56.  The mix of items was great, once again. The best part about LookFantastic is that they have sales all the time and free worldwide shipping so if you want more of anything or find other things on their site it’s simple to get.  I’m really glad I went for them again and the new billing procedure is simpler than before so there are no worries there. This is my last box from them again and I’m sad but I think it’s time to try new things.  If you are looking for a beauty box to try, this would have to be my recommendation, hands down.

LoveLula Beauty Box June 2017

LoveLula Beauty Box is a UK box that is filled with natural beauty products and brands without having to purchase the full sized versions first.  Individual boxes are $52.50 British Pounds a month or a yearly option of $210 British Pounds.  That price includes the shipping fee.  I have had great luck with the other British box I get so while the British exchange was down a bit I went ahead and got this one.

The box once again made it safely across the ocean and to my front door.  Things inside were all packed into the squiggles that I hate but whatever makes things not be broken must be tolerated.

They have an info card that gives you a code to get a discount on all the brands in the box on one side and a listing of all the included items on the other.

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Madara Daily Defence Ultra Rich Balm-$?

This is an all-over lotion that should rescue dry and rough skin.  It is made for extreme weather conditions and is very thick.   It is organic and so has that odd smell that most good for you beauty products have.  I’m sure that it will work very well though.

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Bellapierre Kiss Proof Lip Creme in Antique Pink-$33.80

This is a liquid lipstick.  I have a few of them, not from this brand but they are not my favourite type of lipstick.  They are very thick and hard to apply, I find.  The colour is good for me and it dries fast, leaving it smudge proof.  It is sticky though if I rub my lips together.  This one will take some getting use to.

Balm Balm Hibiscus Face Mask with Muslin Cloth-$6.78

This mask powder just needs water added to make a paste.  You apply it, let it dry, and then wipe off using the cloth. The mask draws out impurities as it dries and then you wipe them all away, while gently exfoliating.

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John Masters Lavender, Rose Geranium, & Ylang Ylang Soap-$5.07

This soap smells very strong but nice.  I think it will leave my skin scented for the whole day.  There are two sizes of this available and this is the smaller one.  I hope that this lathers well since I find their shampoo to not lather at all.

The LoveLula box is always nice.  It is full of skincare products but that is mostly what they have on their site so it’s not a surprise.  The value this time is $45.65 plus the lotion and there were three full sized items. I’m not always going to seek out natural products but everything I’ve tried has worked well and if I had a complaint, it would be that some of them have quite strong smells that I don’t particularity enjoy.

 

 

Earth Wax and Fire June 2017

Earth Wax and Fire is an Israeli subscription that sends out an artisanal candle and a matching ceramic bowl.  You can get a month-to-month plan, or go for a 3,6, or12-month plan.  Plans start at $27.00 a month but go down with the longer ones.  Shipping to here was an additional $11.00 a month.  This normally would be above my comfort price but I signed up on Mother’s Day weekend and they had a 50% code for a 6-month plan.  That definitely made the decision easier.  I have a candle burning every evening so I am on the lookout for them always.  The pictures they have on their site were beautiful so I have hopes for this box.

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The box is the same as last month.  It came fully wrapped in butcher paper and taped all up for the shipping and then inside was this one.

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Things are packed nicely inside as well.  There is not much room for movement and so everything stays safe.

Once you get it all out you can see there are four packages and some cards.  The cards have a note from the owner, a coupon, and information about the items on them.  I think it’s a great method and really enjoy learning about the items individually.  The title of this months combo is Love And Flowers.

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Handmade Ceramic “Ahava” Bowl

It’s a little hard to see in the picture but there is an inscription in the bottom of the bowl.  It is the Hebrew word for love.  It is dishwasher safe if you wanted to use it for small foods or sauces after it does its job as a candle holder.

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“Desire Lips” Floating Flower Candle

This candle smells beautiful.  It is a blend of rose, jasmine, and patchouli.  It has a burn time of five hours and can be a floating candle if you want it to be.

The other items this month to round out the box are Flowers of Israel card game and Artisanal Flower Stickers.  I hope the card game has some English instructions or this will just be a pretty bunch of flower pictures to look at.

I am so impressed with this box.  The level of detail provided and the care in selecting and packing it is first class.  They have reached out a few times to see what my choices would be and been polite and friendly each time.  I know this is a slightly higher priced subscription when it’s not on sale but I honestly believe it would be worth it.  You can currently save 10% off a plan using the code SAVE10 at checkout.