Monday, January 15, 2018

Freyja Box Review: December

Freyja Box Review: December

So, this 3-month subscription box, Freyja, was given to me as a gift for Yule this year, and both me and my boyfriend were pretty disappointed with it right from the start. First, the box is supposed to ship on the 20th each month, and they didn't end up shipping until January. He messaged them several times trying to figure out what was going on (he ordered December 2nd), and never received a response. When the box finally arrived, it came in a standard USPS flat-rate box, which is fine, but all the items barely fit and the box was slightly damaged. Third, the box is Yule-theme, which is also fine, if Yule hadn't already passed. In fact, shipping on the 20th would have meant the boxes wouldn't have arrived by Yule in the first place, so maybe the box from November would have been better suited for Yule? However, despite this, the box did come with some great little items.

Freyja Box Review: December

The first item I pulled out was a small Winter Solstice Soap bar. The packaging says it contains goat milk and pure essential oils, but there is no mention which essential oils it contains. It does have a hint of evergreen and some other solstice smells, but I am unable to accurately identify them. There is no mention where this item came from.

Freyja Box Review: December

Freyja Box Review: December

The second item I removed was some read Mala beads. These came in a plastic bag that said they were made in China, which is pretty disappointing, but they are nice all the same.

Freyja Box Review: December

Freyja Box Review: December

Next was one of my favorite items, garnet. With the small crystal came in information card explaining some of its uses. While the card mentions garnet was used during Winter Solstice rituals, there is no indication as to how it was used.  Underneath the garnet was some frankincense-myrrh incense cones by Hem. I love Hem incense and look forward to using this in upcoming rituals.

Freyja Box Review: December

I then removed my very favorite item from the box, a candle snuffer. Up until now, I didn't own one and would snuff candles out using fingers or a plate. Having a snuffer is an excellent addition to my collection. According to this sticker, the snuffer was massed produced in India.

Freyja Box Review: December
Freyja Box Review: December

Finally I removed a set of three candles, red, gold, and green. They each smell like scents common to the season, but I can't accurately identify any of them other than the green as an evergreen scent. Each votive candle came in its own holder, which is nice considering most other boxes provide a candle and no holder. Despite their scents, these candles can be used for rituals other than Yule.

Freyja Box Review: December

Freyja Box Review: December

Overall I was not very impressed with this box for a variety of reasons. There is no information card on how to use the items, only one item is potentially supporting a pagan business while others are mass produced in foreign countries, the box was late and slightly damaged, no help from customer service was given, and I do not believe the contents of this box are worth $28. We shall see how the next two boxes go, but as it stands, this subscription box leaves a lot to be desired. If the next box is just as disappointing, I will go ahead and give my full synopsis, and move on to another box. Box of Shadows has stepped up their game tremendously, and I would like to review it again.


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