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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Apothecary At Home Box Review: July 2020

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A couple of months ago I told you guys about a new subscription box that was coming out called Apothecary At Home. Well, their first box shipped July 1st, and I am so thrilled with it. I cannot believe how many amazing goodies they packed into this awesome box. If you missed my unboxing video on Instagram, you can check it out now. This is one of the coolest boxes I've ever received and totally up my ally. 

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The first box came with information (not pictured) on what to expect from the subscription box as a whole as well as a detailed pamphlet discussing each of the herbs, including their folklore, medicinal, and magical uses, much like my Herbarium posts, and a number of herbal remedy recipes to make with the herbs in the box. Furthermore, there is general information on making herbal remedies and how different herbs interact. This box is truly designed to help you learn how to make herbal remedies, not just give you random recipes to follow with context. The box comes with all the supplies to make your remedies and includes a number of bonus recipes for herbs you have leftover, which I absolutely loved. If you missed their first box or are interested in the reading material, you can purchase the study guide and welcome packet as digital downloads for $4.99 each on their website.

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This month's box was all about mental health, fitting considering the current pandemic has taken a toll on most people's mental health, mine included. As such, it contains chamomile, lemon balm, and passionflower, all of which are known to help ease depression and anxiety, while promoting calmness and joy. The box came with 4 ounces of both chamomile and lemon balm and about 1 ounce of passionflower. I couldn't believe how much of each herb they fit into the box. I still can't figure out how they got the box to close! With these herbs, you have all the ingredients to make a salve and a tincture, but there are a number of bonus recipes you can do with the leftover herbs. But that's not all.

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The box also comes with both lemon balm and chamomile seeds, along with growing instructions, and two beautiful art prints of said herbs created by the creator's mother. They are absolutely beautiful and would be perfect for your BOS or Grimoire, whether you cut them out and paste them or hole-punch them. This month they are printed on glossy paper, but next month I was informed that they would be printed on higher quality, matte paper. Furthermore, these prints and all future prints will be available for standalone purchase in a variety of sizes in the future. I love that they include not only a hefty amount of herbs, but seeds as well so you can continue to grow your practice. I am looking forward to starting my seeds soon and allowing them to take over in my garden. I love the overgrown look and lemon balm grows rapidly. 

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This month's box also came with a wonderful surprise: Stress Relief Tea from The Loose Leaf! I freaking love me some tea and was so excited to see tea in this box. This particular tea contains oatstraw, skullcap, kava kava root, ginkgo, ashwagandha, and cloves. It has an earthy, spicy taste that will warm your soul. It reminds me of Yule to be honest. Its warming and calming and leaves you feeling completely relaxed by the end of the cup. It's sure to delight your taste buds and enliven your spirits.

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Overall, I was super impressed with this box. It exceeded my expectations by far. 

Pros:

  • The box is designed to teach, instead of just providing you with goodies. It includes everything you need to learn how to make herbal remedies and gets you started on the herbalist path.
  • The item quality is great. Every item is worth more than I paid and sometimes you even get some bonus items thrown in!
  • The information packet is informative and explains how to use each of the items in the box. The herb profiles are clearly outlines and recipes are easy to follow.
  • There are vegan and non-vegan options. They offer both beeswax and soy wax for salves, so if you are vegan there is an option available for you.
  • They survey you for allergies. When you sign up for the box, you begin with a survey where you can let them know if you are allergic to anything. I thought this is great because I am allergic to opiates and gogi berries, and while I don't think opiates will end up in the box, gogi berries have a strong possibility of showing up. I'm glad that they take this into account and won't put anything in my box that I am allergic to.
  • They are ecofriendly. The box is recyclable and you have the option to receive the information packets printed or digital. I love how much you can customize this box!
  • They support the BIPOC community. Right now, they are offering boxes to BIPOC who are interested in learning herbalism for free or heavily discounted. If you or someone you know is interested in the details, check out their website. You can also sponsor a box to help provide more boxes!
  • This box is available! They still have some spots available for next month's box, but you best hurry!

Cons:

  • The box is somewhat expensive. It's currently priced at $39.99 plus $8 shipping within the US. However, if you were to compare this to an online course, this box is significantly cheaper and provides all the supplies needed for a fraction of the price.
  • There is some packaging that is not eco-friendly. The paper and cardboard box can be recycled, but the bubble wrap can not. I believe having eco-friendly packaging as much as possible is extremely important.
OVERALL: 5 out of 5 stars 

Interested in purchasing this box? Check out Apothecary At Home online

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4 comments :

  1. Excellent, in-depth review. I've been eager to see what this exciting new subscription box housed. The items here are really lovely and I feel they've been well harmonized to complement and support one another. And how brilliant (not to mention caring and considerate) is it that the offer customers/subscribers the option of vegan or non-vegan products. Good on them!

    Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life

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    1. I loooooved that it was an option. The time and thought that went into this subscription box is incredible.

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  2. This ABSOLUTELY looks up my alley. I'm a sucker for mystery boxes and am a student of horticulture, plus I love herbs and teas and everything you can do with them.

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    1. Then yeah, this is definitely a box for you my friend! It was freaking awesome. I can't wait for the next box!!

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