Mindfulness Box Zen Lifestyle Subscription Unboxing & Review: November 2015

Mindfulness Box

Mindfulness Box is a lifestyle subscription service aimed at promoting mindfulness, inner peace and balance by giving people the tools to live with more intention and in the present moment. This lifestyle box includes holistic and homeopathic, essential oil, and mineral based health care products, handcrafted jewelry, delicious biodynamic treats, natural minerals/crystals and more. Each box contains 4-5 items accompanied with guided dialogue to enrich the recipient’s journey to balance and inner peace. Boxes cost $29.00 per month, which includes shipping, and are less with multi-month subscriptions. Use code CRUNCHY10 for 10% off of your order.

Mindfulness Box graciously sent me this box to review. I received no additional compensation, and all opinions are my own. See more of my Mindfulness Box reviews here.

Asher and Alina have become my regular Mindfulness Box unboxing sidekicks. They love to see what interesting, useful, and tasty items will be included in the box. You can watch us unbox and discover, or if you prefer to skip right to the product close-ups and details, scroll down past the video.

The box came with the sunny, smiling Mindfulness Box symbol and “Present Moment. Beautiful Moment” message to set the tone to best appreciate the contents. Everything arrived to me safely and intact.

Mindfulness Box November unboxign & review

As always, Mindfulness Box included an enclosure card listing the contents along with descriptions and values, as well as suggestions for how to integrate the items into our life in a way that would promote mindfulness. We set the card aside so that we could discover the items on our own, but referenced it at the end to help us learn about what Mindfulness Box had curated for this month. This month’s theme was focused on gratitude, a perfect message for November when we shift our intention more mindfully to giving thanks.

Mindfulness box serpentine palm stone & heart chakra meditation

Alina had asked to be the first to unwrap an item from the box. She discovered a smooth, polished green stone. In reading the enclosure, we discovered that the stone was a serpentine palm crystal; perfect for carrying in a pocket or holding in one’s hand during meditation (value, $7.50). Mindfulness Box described serpentine as being excellent for meditation and associated with the heart chakra. They also included a heart chakra guided meditation activity.

Mindfulness box custom grateful tea towel

Asher wanted to find the next item in the box, and chose to take out a white tea towel that had been embellished with a stamped mandala design and the word “grateful” as well as the Mindfulness Box logo (value, $14.00). I really liked the unique design of this Mindfulness Box custom item. I do a lot of fermenting and culturing and often need to cover jars with a tea towel to protect my ferments from dust or critters while allowing air to circulate freely.

kombucha infusing with gratitude-mindfulness box

This tea towel was perfect for covering my most recent batch of kombucha. It made me think of Marasu Emoto’s work investigating the relationship between focused intention and water crystal formation. Although the science is dubious, I figure that it cannot hurt to infuse my kombucha and other ferments with a little positive energy and gratitude while they culture.

Mindfulness box gratitude pocket journal

Building on the theme of gratitude, Mindfulness Box sent a pocket-sized, softcover, gratitude journal; custom made as an exclusive for this box (value, $6.00). The journal included a number of writing prompts to reflect on gratitude and blessings, as well as inspiring quotes about gratitude.

Mindfulness box gratitude journal sample page November box

I look forward to using this journal for my own reflections as well as using the prompts to serve as conversation starters during dinner or discussion times with the kids this month. Rich and I often talk about gratitude and how to practice gratefulness in our life as a way to bring about greater happiness. This journal will be a welcomed addition to our practice.

Mindfulness Box Zenbunni chocolate & yo soy candle Grateful

Alina showed off the Zenbunni Spirit Weavers Chocolate Bar as her next selection (value, $3.00). We have gotten to sample several Zenbunni bars through subscription boxes and have become familiar with their high-quality, full-bodied chocolates. The Spirit Weavers bar commemorates the Spirit Weavers gathering that brings together women from around the world annually to practice and share skills that support the body and spirit such as fermenting, dyeing, and herbal medicine making. The biodynamic bar blends hibiscus, elder flowers, and blood orange with cacao and cane jaggery to give a delicious boost to the immune system. I enjoyed the hint of fruitiness balanced by the rich and slightly bitter chocolate.

Zenbunni Spirit Weavers chocolate bar Mindfulness Box

The final item, uncovered by Asher, was a Yo Soy “I am Grateful” soy candle in a sweet orange and chili pepper fragrance (4 oz., value, $8.00) I did not see this scent on the Yo Soy site, but they had many other tempting fragrances available. As is obvious in the video, my kids are very used to having little glass jars of homemade salves all around the house, which is why Asher kept trying to dig his finger into the candle (fortunately without success). As much as I love salves, I was happy that this was in fact a candle. I find that with the darker days in the fall and winter months, I am lighting candles more for meditation, during a relaxing bath, or to create a quiet tone within the house. I was delighted to have this candle to add into the mix, and I loved the fresh orange scent that was balanced with just a hint of spice from the pepper. According to Mindfulness Box, the candle is meant to align you with your intention of gratitude.

Mindfulness full November Box Unboxing & review; zen meditation, chocolate, crystals, gratitude

The overall value of this month’s box according to the retail values provided was $38.50. This is a good value relative to the box price, and a significant increase over last month’s box value. I know that I will use every item in the box, as well as the meditation and gratitude practices. I find that the longer that I have been receiving subscription boxes, the more I have come to appreciate item utility and goodness of fit with my lifestyle over straight retail price. After all, the ultimate value is in the perceived utility to me, not a theoretical number. I very much liked the gratefulness theme; it is one that is not just popular at this time of year, but is very much in keeping with Mindfulness Box’s year-round mission. I like that Mindfulness Box consistently sends a nice balance of items for home, for self, and for emotional and spiritual wellness.

What are your thoughts about Mindfulness Box? Do you appreciate reminders and practices to promote gratitude in your life?

To see other crunchy subscription box video unboxings, look here on the Crunchy Parent You Tube channel. If you are interested in finding “crunchy-friendly” subscription boxes to enhance the way you live, eat, craft, play, care for you home and body, etc. you can find them on my ULTIMATE list, recently updated for fall. If you have any suggestions or requests for future videos, please let me know in the comments, and be sure to subscribe to CrunchyParent!

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Mindfulness Box Zen Subscription Unboxing & Review-October 2015

Crunchy Parent Mindfulness Box Oct 2015 unboxing review zen

Mindfulness Box is a relatively new lifestyle subscription service aimed at promoting mindfulness, inner peace and balance by giving people the tools to live with more intention and in the present moment. This lifestyle box includes holistic and homeopathic, essential oil, and mineral based health care products, handcrafted jewelry, delicious biodynamic treats, natural minerals/crystals and more. Each box contains 4-5 items accompanied with guided dialogue to enrich the recipient’s journey to balance and inner peace. Boxes cost $29.00 per month, which includes shipping, and are less with multi-month subscriptions. Use code CRUNCHY10 for 10% off of your order.

Mindfulness Box graciously sent me this box to review. I received no additional compensation, and all opinions are my own. See more of my Mindfulness box reviews here.

Asher and Alina have become my regular Mindfulness Box unboxing sidekicks. They love to see what interesting, useful, and tasty items will be included in the box. You can watch us unbox and discover, or if you prefer to skip right to the product close-ups and details, scroll down past the video.

The box came with it’s bright, smiling symbol and “Present Moment. Beautiful Moment” message to set the tone to best appreciate the contents. Everything arrived to me safe and intact.

mindfulness box enclosures meditation October

As always, Mindfulness Box included an enclosure card listing the contents along with descriptions and values, as well as suggestions for how to integrate the items into our life in a way that would promote mindfulness. We set the card aside so that we could discover the items on our own, but referenced it at the end to help us learn about what Mindfulness Box had curated for this month. Alina was the first to find what Mindfulness had in mind for the month, which was a box centered around warmth and grounding; perfect for autumn. Alina took two cards out of the box, each of which were printed front and back with a meditation. In total there were four meditations to help enhance mindfulness, focus, and gratitude throughout the day during routine activities such as eating, cleansing, standing, and sitting.

Flip side of the meditation cards.

Flip side of the meditation cards.

The meditations reminded me of exercises that I have done in my Mindfulness Meditation classes to help enhance awareness and to focus presence. The children and I all practiced the enclosed Chocolate Meditation together. They found it fun and delicious, and the exercise sparked a discussion about taking time to be present and grateful for the simple experiences in our lives rather than mindlessly moving through our day.

Mindfulness Box  Southwest incense sampler

Asher helped with the next item. I had been looking forward to it since Mindfulness Box had released a spoiler on Facebook. It was a beautiful collection of natural wood incense along with a holder by Incense de Santa Fe (value, $9.00). The incense set included seven cones each of seven different woods from the Southwest such as piñon, juniper, and mesquite.

Mindfulness Box Southwestern incense sampler-inside view

I have a special place in my heart for plants of the Southwest since going on my Arizona herbal adventure, and this box made me very nostalgic. I have tried several of the “flavors” so far. They smelled different that I was expecting; less “pine/tree-like” and more like a warming campfire. Burning the incense definitely shifted the ambiance of my space. I can see myself using it for meditation or at times when I want to create a feeling of serenity or coziness.

Mindfulness Box October unboxing review a wild soap bar & The Merry Hempsters lip balm

The next two items that we found in our Mindfulness Box set a great holiday tone. Mindfulness box included A Wild Soap Bar’s Warm Wishes soap (value, $6.50). The soap is a nod to the holiday season with orange, cinnamon, and oats among its ingredients as well as a blend of various organic oils to moisturize dry skin. The soap is topped with a piece of a cinnamon stick, and the package is decorated with pine boughs, pine cones, and bright red berries; giving it a very festive feeling. I think that it would be perfect for gifting too. Mindfulness Box had sent a different bar of soap from A Wild Soap Bar in the past. I love that they continue to showcase this small family business and their wonderful soaps.

As a nice complement to the soap, we found vegan lip balm from The Merry Hempsters in their cinnamon variety (value, $2.99). I have used lip balms from the Merry Hempsters before and like the formula a lot. The hemp oil is very moisturizing and the balm is not sticky or thick at all. I find that sometimes too much beeswax in a lip balm can make it tug at my lips when I apply, but this vegan formula uses candelilla wax and I find that it glides on very smoothly and easily. I thought that the cinnamon leaned more toward the “red hot” versus the spice side of cinnamon. It made my lips tingle when first applied, although it did settle down after a little while. Rich however did not notice any tingle, so perhaps I have more sensitive lips than others.

Mindfulness Box October unboxing review Zenbunni chocolate & tiger's eye

The next treat may have been my favorite indulgence in the box. The Zenbunni Maui Turmeric Ginger chocolate morsel (value, $3.00) was the perfect choice for pairing with the Chocolate Meditation. Another favorite that Mindfulness Box has sent in a past box, Zenbunni is a true artisanal chocolate company, using the finest organic, biodynamic, and wild crafted ingredients. I think that the Maui Turmeric Ginger flavor was just right for fall. Rudolf Steiner, the founder of biodynamic agriculture (and of Waldorf education) wrote about the time of year when the weather cools and the plant moves its energy away from flowering and fruiting, directing it down underground and into the roots. Steiner advised eating roots to help with grounding. I cannot say that I am in full agreement (or even completely understand) all of Steiner’s theories, but I can reflect that while slowly savoring the bar, I was struck by the fiery “root-iness” of it. The turmeric and ginger added a very earthy spiciness to the bar that got my attention and left an impression. I wish that I had another one to nibble right now.

The last item in the box was a beautiful piece of tiger’s eye, one of my favorite gem stones. I have always been drawn to the layers and dimensions in the stone as well as its chatoyancy, which I did not know was a word, but Wikipedia taught me when I was Googling how to describe the shiny amazingness in tiger’s eye. According to Mindfulness Box, tiger’s eye is a stone for protecting, and is both stabilizing and grounding. They went on to add that it enhances good luck, brings financial prosperity, and is protective, especially during travel. Tiger’s eye is associated with the solar plexus chakra. There was no value listed for the stone, and I am really not sure how to estimate its value.

Mindfulness Box October complete unboxing & review

I was especially pleased with the curation of this month’s box. I thought that the autumnal theme and transition to the holiday flavors and scents were very well executed. I also appreciated the emphasis on warmth and grounding, both of which are so important when the temperature cools and the schedule intensifies with holiday activities. The value of this month’s box was lower than recent boxes have been. The total value is $21.49 plus the tiger’s eye and meditation cards, whose values I could not estimate. As I looked at the box in total I would say that I think that it feels like a gift, and is well worth the $29.00 box price. I know that I have used, or will use all of the items. I also appreciate that the box is a nice mix of high-quality, practical, everyday items, special indulgences, and items to enhance my home and mindful practices. What do you think about this month’s Mindfulness Box? Are you happy with the overall value and the autumn feel?

To see other crunchy subscription box video unboxings, look here on the Crunchy Parent You Tube channel. If you are interested in finding “crunchy-friendly” subscription boxes to enhance the way you live, eat, craft, play, care for you home and body, etc. you can find them on my ULTIMATE list, newly updated for fall. If you have any suggestions or requests for future videos, please let me know in the comments, and be sure to subscribe to CrunchyParent!

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Cosmic Box Indie Subscription Unboxing and Review-September 2015

Crunchy Parent Cosmic Box Subscription Unboxing & Review September 2015

The Cosmic Box is a recently launched indie subscription service aimed at sending you a cosmically amazing care package for the soul. This lifestyle box is curated by a holistic nurse, and is designed for the free-spirited and eco-conscious. Each box includes a mix of 3-6 trial and full size products, or 1-2 luxury full size items. Every box is hand packed and sent with heaps of love. You will find items ranging from toxin free skin care, organic/gmo free artisan edibles, unique home goods, gems and more. A portion of the sale from every box goes to support a charity, which varies from month-to-month. The September and October Cosmic Boxes are already sold out, but orders are currently being taken for the November Box.

Boxes cost $27 per month, which includes shipping. I purchased this box and was not compensated in any way for this review. All opinions are my own. You can check out my other Cosmic Box reviews here.

If you would like to see the live-action unboxing, please enjoy the video unboxing below. If you prefer to skip right to the product close-ups and details, scroll down past the video.

The box came well-packaged in a small white box, which is only significant if you know that the past two months the box was brown. This is probably of little interest to most everyone but me, however it is distinctive that the box varies in size, shape, and color each month. Keeps me guessing! Everything arrived to me safe and intact. Cosmic Box generally is very eco-conscious with their shipping materials, using boxes just large enough to fit the goodies of the month, and packaging with tissue paper and paper shread rather than plastic or styrofoam.

The Cosmic Box review 12 Gypsy Toner

As with my last box, there was a small enclosure card that gave a bit of information about the items in the box and included a little note and photo from Kat, the founder and curator of The Cosmic Box. Kat also runs a sister company, Wild Honey Apothecary that makes small-batch, skincare and body items using wild harvested botanicals. As of this month, the website description of The Cosmic Box indicates that each month will feature a Wild Honey Apothecary product. The first tissue-wrapped bundle that I unwrapped was a travel size bottle of Wild Honey Apothecary 12 Herbs Gypsy Toner (1 oz., value $21.00). The ancient recipe infuses twelve organic herbs into apple cider vinegar using the light of the moon and of the sun to enhance the infusion. The brew, which also includes honey and witch hazel can be used as an occasional hair rinse as well, but with my head of hair, and ounce would be gone in a snap. I will stick to using the toner on my face. I found it somewhat astringent but not terribly harsh. It removed the last bits of soil and oil remaining on my face after I cleansed, and it smelled like a really delicious salad; reminiscent of cucumbers, vinegar and herbs. The website does not list the specific ingredients, but I do not have any allergies or concerns about topical use of herbs. Those who may have a sensitivity to particular plants may want to inquire about the ingredients before using.

Cosmic Box unakite tumbled stone bracelet

The next item that I found in the box was a sweet little drawstring bag, stamped with an owl, the “spirit animal” of The Cosmic Box. Inside the bag was an unakite tumbled stone bracelet. I was not familiar with unakite before, at least not by name. According to The Cosmic Box, unakite helps to rid negative and stagnant energies. I appreciated that the bracelet was strung onto a stretchy cord. I have large wrists and sometimes standard fitted bracelets won’t work for me. This bracelet was easy to take on and off. The stones are substantial in size and weight, and a very pretty mottled olive and salmon color. I am not sure how I feel about the bracelet just yet. I am oddly sensitive to the feeling of bracelets moving around on my wrists so I’m seeing if I can get used to this one or if it is destined to be sent along to someone who is less “Princess and the Pea”-like about her wrists. TCB did not list a value for this item and I found tremendous variability online when I searched for tumbled stone unakite bracelets (e.g., $1.50-$30.00+) so I am not quite sure how to value it here.

Cosmic Box sage smudging and S. W. Basics lip balm

Making the box smell absolutely delicious was my next discovery, a 6” white sage smudging wand (estimated value $6.00). If you have read any number of my prior posts you know that I have an affinity for white sage and many plants of the Southwest. I find the smell to be delightful. White sage is traditionally used for smudging purposes; to clear negative energies from a space or an individual. Since moving in August I have received sage, cedar, sweetgrass, and other smudging plants from numerous subscription boxes. I think that the Universe was making its point clear, and I smudged the house thoroughly with sage (to clear negative energies) and then with sweetgrass (to invite positive energies) within days of this unboxing. Let the good times roll!

The final item in the box had been teased earlier in the month; a cocoa butter lip balm from S. W. Basics (.15 oz, value $4.00). I was familiar with S. W. Basics from A Night for Green Beauty but I have not tried any of their products, so I was excited to get this balm. The balm is organic and fair trade, and contains only three ingredients to nourish lips. As it happens, I absolutely adore the scent of cocoa butter (when I worked at The Body Shop back in high school, their cocoa butter stick was my favorite product based on smell factor alone). I am all too happy to have a lip balm with no added scent whatsoever. We also use loads of lip balms in the fall and winter so I am confident that this will be put to good use very soon.

I have been noticing the “crunchy, zen, mindful” subscription box market growing significantly in recent months and I think that The Cosmic Box is a great option in the zen lifestyle genre. I think that the box is well-curated, and well-rounded. I appreciate having someone like-minded searching out products that are a good fit for my lifestyle and my values and then sending them to me to discover and enjoy. I also like knowing that Kat, the box curator, has a hand in the making of at least one item in every box.

Cosmic Box subscription September 2015 complete unboxing  review

The overall value of this month’s box was a little difficult to estimate given the wide variety in unquote bracelet pricing, but I think that it is fair to say the value was around $45.00-$50.00, which I think is a good value for a lifestyle box of this genre that emphasizes indie small-batch products, and quality ingredients. I am very much anticipating the October box, which will have a Supermoon/Harvest Moon theme. Our whole family was captivated by last week’s red, supermoon, lunar eclipse and I love the idea of that special energy being captured in a box. As mentioned above, the box is already sold out, but I will review it for those who were unable to get one. TCB boxes have been selling out in advance the last couple of months, so if you’re thinking about grabbing the November box, you might want to act fast.

Have you tried out The Cosmic Box yet? How do you think it compares to other crunchy, zen lifestyle boxes?

If you would like to see the most recent Crunchy Parent List of Crunchy-Friendly Subscription Boxes, you can find that here. To see other crunchy subscription box video unboxings, look here on the Crunchy Parent You Tube channel. If you have any suggestions or requests for future videos or reviews, please let me know in the comments, and be sure to subscribe!

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Mindfulness Box Subscription Unboxing and Review-September 2015

Crunchy Parent Mindfulness Box subscription unboxing & review September 2015

Mindfulness Box is a relatively new lifestyle subscription service aimed at promoting mindfulness, inner peace and balance by giving people the tools to live with more intention and in the present moment. This lifestyle box includes holistic and homeopathic, essential oil, and mineral based health care products, handcrafted jewelry, delicious biodynamic treats, natural minerals/crystals and more. Each box contains 4-5 items accompanied with guided dialogue to enrich the recipient’s journey to balance and inner peace. Boxes cost $29 per month, which includes shipping, and are less with multi-month subscriptions. Use code CRUNCHY10 for 10% off.

Mindfulness Box kindly sent me this box to review. I received no additional compensation, and all opinions are my own. See more of my Mindfulness box reviews here.

As you may recall, last month Alina and I filmed the video unboxing just days before our scheduled move and I was so distracted and overwhelmed by the move, I was being anything but mindful. While editing the video, I noticed how much I rushed her through the process of discovering and exploring the items. This month, I tried to create space for the unboxing during a less hectic time, and approach it with gratitude and mindfulness. Alina, Asher, and I all had fun unboxing this much-anticipated box and I smiled and laughed while editing the video; thankful for the fun that we had with one another and amused by my children’s clear observations of me in previous unboxings as they mimicked me here. They are truly little sponges and it always serves as a great reminder to me that I want them to see how mommy greets life in a positive way more than in a hectic harried one. If you prefer to skip right to the product close-ups and details, scroll down past the video.

The box came with it’s bright, smiling symbol and “Present Moment. Beautiful Moment” message to set the tone to best appreciate the contents. Everything arrived to me safe and intact.

Mindfulness box unboxing & review zen calcite crystal sacral chakra meditation

As always, Mindfulness Box included an enclosure card listing the contents along with descriptions and values, as well as suggestions for how to integrate the items into our life in a way that would promote mindfulness. We set the card aside so that we could discover the items on our own, but referenced it at the end to help us learn about what Mindfulness Box had curated for this month. Alina unwrapped the first item, which was a a polished piece of orange calcite (4.5 oz., listed value: $8.00). According to Mindfulness Box, orange calcite is for energizing and cleansing and encouraging positive energy in the areas of sexuality, creativity, and emotions. Orange in color, it is associated with the sacral chakra, also represented by the color orange. Mindfulness Box included suggestions and steps for a guided sacral chakra meditation.

Mindfulness box september 2015 review-white sage, red abalone shell, & Yum Earth organic candies Crunchy Parent

Asher helped to unveil the next item which smelled so fantastic, I was swooning. Mindfulness Box included a beautiful red abalone shell along with about 1/2 oz. of small white sage pieces (listed value $6.50). You may have heard me go on and on about white sage before, as I adore the smell of this sacred Native American herb abundant in the Southwest (home of many of the most intoxicatingly odorous plants, in my opinion). I have used white sage for smudging before, as the smoke from burning the plant has long been used to clear negative energy from spaces and to purify. I have always used bundled sage for this purpose and have not seen it “potpourri-sized” before. Mindfulness Box suggested that the shell be used as a vessel for holding a small pinch of the burning herb while the smoke dissipates into a room. I think that the abalone shell may be too pretty to burn things in so I may just display the sage in the shell and enjoy the scent that way. However it ends up being used in our home, I know that I will love it.

While Asher checked out the abalone shell (which Alina thought looked like a “mermaid’s tail,”) Alina rooted out four Yummy Earth Organics butterscotch candy drops from the box (only two made it to the photo; Eva and Alina had to taste test swiftly). We are very familiar with this line of organic, natural candies and have always appreciated how they are made without ingredients that I cannot or choose not to feed my kids. The butterscotch flavor was one less familiar to us, and was an welcomed treat. (listed value $0.50).

Mindfulness Box Review-Crunchy Parent September 2015 Ganesh statue, mandala coloring book, and pencils

Asher found the next item, which was a small “lost wax” Nepalese copper statue representing Ganesh, not Dumbo as Asher had guessed (listed value; $12.00). I enjoyed Mindfulness Box’s description of the lost wax process, which is a laborious and delicate one; each hand carved mold can only produce about thirty statues, and each statue is later enhanced by hand using miniature chisels and hammers. When I saw the statue, I speculated that it was Ganesh and Eva later chimed in with, “Does he have four arms and an elephant head?” to help me confirm the identity. I strive to expose my children to many cultures, stories, and ideas, and am glad that they grow up knowing about them. That said, I am likewise mindful of the relationship to symbol and belief. Although I enjoy and honor the stories of the Hindu religion, I am not Hindu myself. I think that I will look to pass along the Ganesh statue and his positive energy to a home where he will be properly revered and appreciated.

The final items in the box were a big hit with all of us. Mindfulness Box tucked in The Mini Mandala Coloring Book along with a set of eight Crayola colored pencils (Book value: $9.95; pencil value not provided so I’m considering them to be a bonus item). Coloring books for older children and adults have been gaining in popularity as coloring is increasingly being promoted as a calming and meditative activity. This particular book was created by art therapist Suzanne Fincher, who includes information about mandalas and their connection to the self and to personal growth. The coloring pages are paired with text that describes each traditional mandala’s theme and message. Alina has been coloring with this book in the mornings after breakfast as a calm, quiet activity before school. I think that it is centering for her and a far better before-school activity than getting annoyed with, or trying to annoy one’s siblings. We’ve even used it to practice math, “Mommy, I want to color rainbows. The rainbow has six colors. If the design has thirty diamonds can I do it just with rainbows or will I have extra spaces at the end?” I think that I will put the coloring book and pencils in a central location so that anyone looking for a quiet activity can let their creativity flow within the pages.

Mindfulness Box September 2015 unboxing & review complete

Since so many of the items are unique to Mindfulness Box, I defer to the values listed on the enclosure card. According to the values listed on the card, the total value of this box is $36.95 (plus the bonus colored pencils, which did not have a value listed). I think that this is a good value for the $29.00 box price. Moreover, I think that a great deal of the value of this box goes beyond the sticker price of the items and is about the mindful practices and peace that the box brings to your life. For people who are looking for a subscription to gently remind them to center and care for themselves and those around them and to create a culture of mindfulness and peace, I think that the box value is greatly enhanced. I think that Mindfulness Box is very well curated, and reflects a depth of knowledge with the “niche” of a mindful lifestyle. I have recently started taking a Mindfulness Meditation class at the Cancer Center, and can see myself using many of the items in the box to support my learning and practice. As a mother I greatly value how much my children appreciate, and look forward to receiving the box. It makes me happy that they are delighted by organic treats, natural treasures, and simple, quiet activities that teach them to calm from within when they become overwhelmed.

To see other crunchy subscription box video unboxings, look here on the Crunchy Parent You Tube channel. If you are interested in finding “crunchy-friendly” subscription boxes to enhance the way you live, eat, craft, play, care for you home and body, etc. you can find that here. If you have any suggestions or requests for future videos, please let me know in the comments, and be sure to subscribe to CrunchyParent!

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Cosmic Box Indie Subscription Unboxing and Review-August 2015

The Cosmic Box is a recently launched indie subscription service aimed at sending you a cosmically amazing care package for the soul. This lifestyle box is curated by a holistic nurse, and is designed for the free-spirited and eco-conscious. Each box includes a mix of 3-6 trial and full size products, or 1-2 luxury full size items. Every box is hand packed and sent with heaps of love. You will find items ranging from toxin free skin care, organic/gmo free artisan edibles, unique home goods, gems and more. A portion of the sale from every box goes to support a charity, which varies from month-to-month. The August box sales supported the charity Every Mother Counts, a non-profit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother. The cause is one close to my heart. I personally have had challenges at some point with all three of my pregnancies. I suffered multiple hemorrhages in the days following my first birth, which required three separate blood transfusions and surgery to resolve. My very dear friend experienced severe complications after the birth of her second, which left her in the hospital fighting for her life for over seven months. I was very happy to know that a portion of my purchase was supporting this very worthy charity.

The August and September boxes are sold out, but orders are currently being taken for the October Box with a Supermoon/Harvest theme. Boxes cost $29 per month, which includes shipping, and are less with multi-month subscriptions. I purchased this box and was not compensated in any way for this review. All opinions are my own. You can check out my other Cosmic Box reviews here.

If you would like to see the live-action unboxing, please enjoy the video unboxing below. Once again I am in transition trying to find the right place to film videos in the new house, so forgive the boring background and poor lighting. If you prefer to skip right to the product close-ups and details, scroll down past the video.

The box came well-packaged in a surprisingly small box, distinguished by a cute owl “The Cosmic Box” sticker. Everything arrived to me safe and intact. I liked how Cosmic Box protected the items during shipping by wrapping the smaller bits in tissue paper. That kept them from rattling around and was a nice eco-friendly alternative to bubble wrap or other plastics.

The Cosmic Box Indie Subscription August 2015

As with my last box, there was a small enclosure card that gave a bit of information about the items in the box and about The Cosmic Box as well. The first tissue-wrapped bundle that I unwrapped was a small (approximately 1 oz.) piece of lepidolite crystal (TCB stated value $3.00). I was not previously familiar with lepidolite. Cosmic Box states that it is, “a stone of balance and calm. Great for aiding in times of transition.” It sounded perfect to me, as we are up to our ears in transition with the move to the new house and all of the kids starting new schools. I thought that the crystal was a very pretty pale lavender color with sparkles, and I can see it finding a home in one of the children’s rooms, on a nature table, or in our play room where rocks, shells, and crystals seem to make their was into all sorts of games and play.

The Cosmic Box Indie Subscription August 2015-Wild Honey Apothecary scrub and Phoenix Botanicals Faerie BalmIMG_0726

The next item revealed was one that had been released as a spoiler earlier in the month, and was an item I was very much looking forward to receiving. Kat, the woman behind The Cosmic Box has another company, Wild Honey Apothecary that makes small-batch, skincare and body items using wild harvested botanicals. It was a natural fit to feature some Wild Honey Apothecary products in The Cosmic Box from time to time and this month the Wild Honey Apothecary Honey Love Face Scrub made an appearance (2 oz. value $25.00). The 100% organic scrub enhances pure honey with Manuka honey powder, corn flour, and frankincense to gently exfoliate skin. I have been resisting the urge to eat it by the spoonful because it smells delicious. The directions said that it can be applied to a dry or damp face. I tried dry but found the honey too think to rub around easily. I added some water to my palms and that diluted the scrub a bit and made it glide around my face beautifully. I was surprised by how “scrubby” it was because the corn flour looked so finely ground and unassuming. My face felt very soft after using it, and after rinsing my face and patting dry, my serum (Andalou Naturals today), oil (La Bella Figura today), and moisturizer (Eminence Organics today) went on like silk. In addition to using it as a gentle scrub, I think that I might also try using it as a base to mix with powdered face masks that I have in my stash.

I loved the Phoenix Botanicals multi-use Faerie Balm that I unwrapped next (.5 oz., value $8.00). The balm combines oils, shea butter, and beeswax and enriches them with linden blossom, wild rose petals, and lavender essential oil. The balm was recommended for lips, cuticles, and even under eyes. I am sure that we will get a lot of use out of this, and I really like the subtle but sweet scent.

The Cosmic Box Indie Zen Subscription August 2015-Triple Goddess Tie Dyed Tote Bag

The last item in this month’s Cosmic Box was a beautiful tie dyed Triple Goddess cotton tote bag (18” square excluding handles; TCB stated value $12.00). My bag had a triple moon design with a Celtic border and was tie dyed in shades of turquoise, green, and purple. I love the colors of the bag and know that I will get a ton of use out of it. I mentioned in the video that the bag had a surprising scent. It reminded me of incense, and I think that I will try to wait to wash it for a while so that I can sniff it periodically.

The Cosmic Box Indie Zen Subscription-August 2015 Box

I think that The Cosmic Box is a great option in the “zen lifestyle” genre. I really liked this box and found it well rounded. I appreciated that it included items for body and for home, and I enjoy the opportunity to try items from indie brands that are new discoveries for me. Once again, I like that The Cosmic Box gives a portion of the sale of each box to charity, but would love to see a little information about the chosen charity included in the box, maybe on the monthly enclosure card. I think that it is easy to forget the charity piece when unboxing if it is not mentioned, and it is such a nice part of the box’s concept. I also have had a hard time finding the month’s charity information on The Cosmic Box’s site by the time I receive my box. I think that it gets mentioned in the box description on the site at the time of ordering, but is often no longer on the site by the time that I receive and really dig into my box. I reached out to Kat via Twitter and she replied very quickly, but it would be nice to have the information just provided with the box each month.

The overall value of this month’s box was $48.00, which is a significant improvement over last month’s box and a great value for the $29.00 purchase price. I really liked everything included in the box, and like the balance of practical and useful items like the bag and the balm with more luxurious, feel-good items like the honey face scrub and the crystal. This box is a very good fit for my lifestyle. I have been using the bag and the balm since I opened the box, and I know that I will continue to use and enjoy the honey scrub as well. I very much appreciate The Cosmic Box’s charity involvement each month, and I really like the lesser-known brands and items included because it introduces me to new things.

I am intrigued by the September box, which is said to feature another Wild Honey Apothecary skincare product, as well as an item from ANFGB brand S.W. Basics. Have you tried out The Cosmic Box yet? What do you think about the increasing trend for energetically positive, zen, subscription boxes?

If you would like to see the most recent Crunchy Parent List of Crunchy-Friendly Subscription Boxes, you can find that here. To see other crunchy subscription box video unboxings, look here on the Crunchy Parent You Tube channel. If you have any suggestions or requests for future videos or reviews, please let me know in the comments, and be sure to subscribe!

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Mindfulness Box Subscription Unboxing and Review-August 2015

Mindfulness Box is a relatively new lifestyle subscription service aimed at promoting mindfulness, inner peace, and balance by giving people the tools to live with more intention and in the present moment. This lifestyle box includes holistic and homeopathic, essential oil, and mineral based health care products, handcrafted jewelry, delicious biodynamic treats, natural minerals/crystals and more. Each box contains 4-5 items accompanied with guided dialogue to enrich the recipient’s journey to balance and inner peace. Boxes cost $29.00 per month, which includes shipping, and are less with multi-month subscriptions.

Mindfulness Box kindly sent me this box to review. I received no additional compensation, and all opinions are my own.

If you would like to see the live-action unboxing which features my devoted Mindfulness Box sidekick Alina (who was apparently auditioning for a Mindfulness Box commercial at the end), take a look at the video unboxing below. Forgive that I was rushing a bit with this month’s video. As I mention in the video, the unboxing was three days before we are scheduled to move and I think I was being less present than I should have been; something that tends to happen when we are feeling overwhelmed and could probably most benefit from a moment of mindfulness. In viewing and editing the video, I wish that I had taken a few extra minutes to let Alina explore the items as we opened them, rather than rushing her along. I will take this to heart next month and follow her lead more. She so enjoys receiving this box in particular, and I am grateful to share in her excitement. However, if you prefer to skip right to the product close-ups and details, scroll down past the video.

The box came with it’s bright, smiling symbol and “Present Moment. Beautiful Moment” message to set the tone to best appreciate the contents. The outer box was marked “fragile” to protect the contents. Everything arrived to me safe and intact.

Mindfulness Box August 2015 review: lollipops and tea

Upon opening this month’s box, Alina and I were both excited to see some edible treats tucked in amongst the larger items. Alina snapped up four Yummy Earth Organic lollipops, and immediately started thinking about friends and siblings with whom she could share the goodies (value: $0.50). Each of the flavors included (strawberry, blueberry, watermelon, and cherry) are packed with a full day’s dose of vitamin C. We have been long-time Yummy Earth fans because they are organic and non-GMO as well as being free of artificial colors, flavors, and many common allergens. They are also really delicious. I zoned in on two bags of Yogi Relaxed Mind tea, which blends a host of fantastic herbs and flowers to create a delicious cup of tea. I received this tea as a bonus in a previous Mindfulness box and really enjoyed it, so I was excited to have some more. This item was not listed on the description card included in the box, so it may have been a bonus this month as well.

Mindfulness Box August 2015 Essential oil and diffuser

Among the next discoveries in the box was a .5 oz. bottle of Aura Cacia sweet orange essential oil (listed value: $5.00, although Aura Cacia lists it at $4.15 on their website). The oil came packaged in a box that gave some recipes for using the oil to make a refreshing room mist or a brightening body wash. We love essential oils around here and use them all the time. That is why almost any time I unbox an essential oil, my children will recognize it as familiar; this video being no exception. Mindfulness box paired the essential oil with a gorgeous, two-piece, soapstone essential oil diffuser that had been hand-carved in India (value: $15.00). According to Mindfulness Box, soapstone provides for both movement and widening of one’s horizon and assisting one in “changing with the tides.” They go on to add that soapstone emits a calming energy, stimulating one to release old routines for new loving environments. I have to say that it sounds like the absolute perfect addition as we transition to our new home later this week.

The diffuser is meant to be used with an essential oil and water in the top bowl, and a tea light placed underneath to warm and disperse the oil throughout the air, while the light shines through the carvings. Mindfulness Box expanded on this interplay of scent and light by including the instructions for a guided Jyoti (light) Meditation. I have been bringing Alina with me to my Cancer Yoga class this summer and we always end class with a guided meditation. I think that the practice has been grounding and relaxing for us both. I look forward to using the meditation as suggested with the whole family to build a practice of meditation in our new home.

Mindfulness Box August 2015 review: Salve and amethyst crystal

The last two items in our Mindfulness Box this month included a .75 oz. tin of Sage, Lavender, and Orange Enlightening balm from Medicine of the People (value: $10.00). The all-purpose balm is made by Native Americans using herbs that are hand-foraged in their native soil, which used biodynamic farming practices. I find that as I have become more proficient and confident using herbs for healing, we have been using balms more and more. They come in so handy as a gentle, easy way to soothe and nourish troubled or damaged skin. This week alone we have been using the balm on scraped knees and dry, scaly elbows with great results.

The very last item unwrapped was a beautiful amethyst crystal cluster. Weighing over four ounces, Mindfulness box states a value of $10.00. I absolutely love this crystal. Mindfulness Box listed many wonderful qualities associated with amethyst. What resonated the most for me was, “Amethyst energy encourages the mind to be humble and to surrender to that which is greater than itself in order to gain a deeper understanding of how the powers of the Universe can direct and guide one’s life.” I am excited to add this crystal to my collection, which had been growing ever larger and more beautiful thanks to Mindfulness Box.

Mindfulness Box subscription box August 2015 unboxing & review

I really liked this Mindfulness Box a lot upon opening, and the more I sit with the individual items, the more I come to love and value everything that was included. Both girls spent time with me individually looking over the box and asking questions about the items (some of which started with, “May I have….”). It is clear that they are drawn to the items and curious about integrating the practices. As I look forward with tremendous gratitude to moving into our new house this week, I think about what I want to have in my home and what energy I want to create for my family within the space. So many of the objects and rhythms that I hope to integrate into the home have come to us through Mindfulness Box, which I think is pretty amazing for a subscription box.

The total value of this box according to the values listed on the card is $40.50, which I think is a good for the $29.00 box price. Looking at the individual items, I might have guessed a higher value myself. I think that Mindfulness Box is very well curated, and I really appreciate the high quality of the materials used to create the products in the box. I also like that Mindfulness Box includes such detailed and informative descriptions of the items as well as mindfulness activities that enhance my appreciation for what they choose to include in each box, and allow me to use them in a way that brings peace into my life.

I really look forward to receiving Mindfulness Box each month (and as Alina states, it is her favorite box so far). I think that the subscription remains very true to their mission to provide simple reminders to live more deeply in the moment. In this day and age when there are so many commitments and distractions vying for our attention, I appreciate receiving a box focused on helping me take time to be present to what is important to me in my life and to be mindful of how I want to spend my time, create my environment, and care for myself and my family.

For reviews of prior Mindfulness Boxes, look here. To see other crunchy subscription box video unboxings, look here on the Crunchy Parent You Tube channel. If you are interested in finding “crunchy-friendly” subscription boxes to enhance the way you live, eat, craft, play, care for you home and body, etc. you can find my extensive list here. It has been newly updated and expanded. If you have any suggestions or requests for future videos, please let me know in the comments, and be sure to subscribe to CrunchyParent!

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The Cosmic Box Subscription Box Unboxing and Review-July 2015 (relaxation)

The Cosmic Box July 2015 Box

The Cosmic Box is a recently launched indie subscription service aimed at sending you a cosmically amazing care package for the soul. This lifestyle box is curated by a holistic nurse, and is designed for the free-spirited and eco-conscious. Each box includes a mix of 3-6 trial and full size products, or 1-2 luxury full size items. Every box is hand packed and sent with heaps of love. You will find items ranging from toxin free skin care, organic/gmo free artisan edibles, unique home goods, gems and more. A portion of the sale from every box goes to support a charity, which varies from month-to-month. The July box sales supported the charity Wild Aid, whose mission is to end illegal wildlife trading.

Boxes cost $29 per month, which includes shipping, and are less with multi-month subscriptions. Right now, first time subscribers can use the code FIRSTBOX to receive 20% off of their first month’s subscription.

I purchased this box and was not compensated in any way for this review. All opinions are my own.

If you would like to see the live-action unboxing which features my sweet middle child this month, please enjoy the video unboxing below. If you prefer to skip right to the product close-ups and details, scroll down past the video.

The box came well-packaged in a small box, distinguished by a cute owl “The Cosmic Box” sticker. Everything arrived to me safe and intact. The July box featured a relaxation theme.
As you can see in the video, one of the first things that I noticed upon opening the box was how wonderful it all smelled. I am very sensitive and responsive to scents. I love subscribing to crunchy-friendly subscription boxes, knowing that the great smells will be all-natural and not headache-inducing for me. I always enjoy taking that first sniff of every box. This one was really fantastic, and did trigger a relaxed and happy vibe. The box smelled like sassafras, lemon grass, and other such deliciousness.
The Cosmic Box July 2015 Free GWP

I had only recently discovered The Cosmic Box, but when I stumbled across them they were advertising a promotion for a free pair of handcrafted earrings with a new subscription. I could not pass it up, and was thrilled when I opened the box and found these beautiful copper lotus petal earrings from Bright Star & Buffalo (value $25.00). They are delicate, nature-themed, and completely my style. This promotion is no longer available and this free gift with purchase was not included in all of the July boxes. What was included in all of the July boxes was an information card describing the box contents and letting you know where you can follow The Cosmic Box on social media.

The Cosmic Box July 2015 sweetgrass and tea

Among the first items that I saw in the box was a long braid of what appeared to be dried grass, but smelled far better than any grass I’ve even encountered. It turns out that it was a 12” braid of Washington grown sweetgrass, something that I had never seen before. According to The Cosmic Box’s website, sweetgrass has been enjoyed historically for it’s calming, clearing and spiritual properties. They describe the scent as sweet, warm, and vanilla-like, although I personally thought that it smelled sweet and mildly woodsy with a hint of licorice. The Cosmic Box recommend using the sweetgrass for smudging, or for just resting in a bowl. I did try lighting the sweetgrass, but did not find the smoke to be as fragrant or pleasant as the dried grass itself. That said, after seeing this Organic Authority article that The Cosmic Box mentioned on their site, I realize that I did not follow the proper sweetgrass smudging instructions. I may have burned a part of the braid that was too dry to provide a fragrant smoke. I will need to try again. I do not know the exact value of the sweetgrass included in the box, but I found this source, suggesting an approximate retail value of $1.30 for a single braid.

Also discovered in the box was a deluxe sample size tin of six pyramid-shaped, compostable tea bags by indie brand Flying Bird Botanicals. The Peaceful Spirit tea is mixed by hand; blending organic and wild crafted herbs such as lemon balm, rosemary, and gotu kola, which is then packaged in a recyclable tin (value, $9.00) The Cosmic Box also included a code for 10% off purchases at Flying Bird Botanicals.

The Cosmic Box July 2015 serum and candle

The next item in the box was Blissoma’s Stress Relief Serum (full size, value $10.99). Packaged in a glass roll-on vial, this blend is perfect to pop in my purse to have on-hand when I need a bit of calm. According to Blissoma, the serum blends three forms of chamomile with peppermint, lavender, and ginger to help cool and calm. It is recommended to ease muscle tension and headaches. I grabbed for it when I was feeling a headache coming on the other day and applied it to my temples and at the base of my head. After rubbing it in a bit, I found the cooling sensation and the uplifting fragrance helpful. As an aside, one of the three forms of chamomile used in the serum is chamomile CO2. If you watched my recent Kings Road Apothecary unboxing, you know that I spied coconut CO2 in the ingredients there. According to the Blissoma site, the CO2 extract is the most true, concentrated, and clean essence of a plant. It seems to be the latest, greatest plant ingredient that is just popping up everywhere.

The final treasure that I again smelled before I saw, was a small tea light candle (approx. .5 oz.; value $2.50) by indie brand House of Good Juju. Handcrafted during the New Moon, the Aura Cleansing candle blends soy wax with dried herbs, crystals, and essential oils. It is designed to help balance and cleanse your aura to allow for better flow of positive energy. This candle was beautiful and smelled divine. I personally recognized the lemongrass scent as a standout as it is one of my favorite scents. I said in the video that I was going to wait to burn the candle until after our move next month but I just couldn’t. I lit the candle while writing this review and enjoyed the scent greatly. I will look forward to using this in our new home when I feel a need for balancing or to prepare for yoga or meditation. Interestingly, this same Aura Cleansing tea light from House of Good Juju was also included as a bonus item in the current BuddhiBox Jewelry subscription box. It is unusual for two identical items to overlap in subscription boxes at the same time, so I thought that was noteworthy, although certainly not a big deal. The Cosmic Box also included a code for 10% off purchases at House of Good Juju.

The Cosmic Box appears to be another option among the growing trend of subscription boxes focused on positive energy, natural healing, and zen. I thought that the box was well curated and represented the relaxation theme, in addition to The Cosmic Box’s overall mission. I like that The Cosmic Box gives a portion of the sale of each box to charity, and would love to see a little information about the chosen charity included in the box. I think that it can be easy to forget the charity piece when unboxing if it is not mentioned, and it is such a nice part of the box’s concept.

The overall value of this month’s box, excluding my free promotional gift was approximately $23.79, which is lower than I’d like to see for the $29.00 purchase price. The free gift promotion more than doubled the value of the box, however so I do feel like I got very good value in that respect. Despite the less-than-impressive dollar value, I really liked everything included in the box and thought that it was a good fit for my lifestyle. I have already put many of the items to use and discovered new brands that I probably would not have found otherwise. Not only is The Cosmic Box an indie subscription box option, but they appear to go out of their way to promote other indie businesses. As with making conscious choices to support small business, indie subscription boxes mean that you are often supporting an individual or family-owned business. The Cosmic Box seems to strive to go a step beyond by paying the small business concept forward to other indie brands and to promote charities as well. I think that this adds “cosmic” value to the purchase. I am curious to learn more about this box in the months ahead. What did you think about the July Cosmic Box?

If you would like to see the most recent Crunchy Parent List of Crunchy-Friendly Subscription Boxes, you can find that here. To see other crunchy subscription box video unboxings, look here on the Crunchy Parent You Tube channel. If you have any suggestions or requests for future videos or reviews, please let me know in the comments, and be sure to subscribe!

**Note, item value for the House of Good Juju candle was provided to CrunchyParent.com by Kat, founder of The Cosmic Box, for the purpose of reporting in this review**

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