Monday, January 21, 2019

Simply Earth Subscription Box (Giveaway/Review)



Do you enjoy using essential oils in simple DIY projects to create homemade natural alternatives to commercial products?  I do, and I have a modest collection of oils and books of ideas to work with, but often I never get around to doing half of what I'd like, due to missing one vital item or another.

Simply Earth is a monthly subscription box that is delivered to you for $39.00 a month that makes it easy to build your oil collection and provides six projects a month with necessary tools and four essential oils.

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Each month tends toward a seasonal theme, making the whole thing a lovely way to learn a few techniques with the help of just a few pieces of equipment you are sure to have on hand.  Many of the projects are quick and simple enough to do with children.

When you first sign up for the subscription, along with the current month's Recipe Box, you will receive their Bonus Box that contains six amber vials, six roller ball bottles, a small jar, solid coconut oil, liquid coconut oil, almond oil, and beeswax pellets.

These supplies are used often in each month's recipe collections, and a new Bonus Box is delivered every six months as long as you have a subscription.

I received the January Box along with the Bonus Box for review and I was intrigued as I explored the contents after opening it.

The January theme was body and skin care - perfect for these winter months that can make us so dry!

The monthly recipe box came neatly packaged with four essential oils, a packet of multicolor pastel tapioca beads, a silicon square mold, two lip balm tubes, six recipe cards and a sheet of stickers for labeling the completed projects.

The four essential oils for January are Bergamot, Myrrh, Ravensara, and a blend called Farewell Scars made up of Lemon, Lavender, Rosemary, Myrrh, and Helichrysum.



I was most curious about the Ravensara as I had no previous experience with it.   It is touted as an oil that helps with seasonal illnesses and has a calming effect that increases confidence.  The scent was highly reminiscent of anise, so it was no surprise to discover its botanical name is Ravensara anisata. I find the scent to be very pleasant and was pleased to find that it is often used during cold season much the way eucalyptus would, to clear stuffy heads.



The first and simplest project was a confidence diffuser blend that used bergamot and ravensara.  I added it to a tea candle style infuser and set about to work through the other projects.


Both the Skin Healing Booster Roll On for minor injuries and scar care, and the delightful Skin Renewal Sugar Scrub were quick to make and would be easy for children to make as gifts with adult supervision.

The Calming and Uplifting Body Butter required a mixer to whip the ingredients together, but otherwise was also very simple to put together, and the result was sublime - I have so enjoyed using this and will definitely be making up another batch when it's gone.

The last two projects - the Lip Rejuvenating Lip Balm and Relaxing Textured Massage Bar  (which is where the tapioca beads come in) both required melting wax and coconut oil over a double boiler or similar alternative.   I used a glass measuring cup so I'd have an easy way to pour the contents into the lip balm tubes and square mold - I found that hooking the handle over the edge of the pot and suspending it in boiling water was the easiest way to keep the handle available to pick up with a potholder when it was time.

As a tip - remember not to use hot water to remelt the remains of wax on your tools with hot running water and let it go down the sink!  It'll reharden in your pipes.  Instead, wait until it is nearly cool but still soft and wipe out thoroughly with a paper towel before washing.


Both of these projects worked out just as described - of the two, I like the massage bar best. The lip balm is not quite creamy enough for my winter-dry lips to use without pulling at them.


All in all, I found this subscription box to be a lot of fun, and a great value - the four oils included go for a total of $64.96 on the website - that, along with several projects and supplies to get familiar with using them make the $39 a month cost a real bargain.  Add to that the free $40 Bonus Box that arrives the first month of your subscription and you will be all set for several months of fun and a collection of homemade natural products to enjoy.

If you've ever wanted to try out a few DIY techniques using essential oils or to grow your essential oil pantry, Simply Earth may be the perfect subscription box for you.

The February Box will be all about making your own cosmetics!



If you subscribe following using the code RCHFREE you will receive a free $20 gift card with your first subscription box and bonus box! You can use the gift card for individual purchases on Simply Earth or the next box.


Simply Earth is also allowing us to host a giveaway for the February Box plus Bonus Box - read on to see how you can enter to win!

UPDATE:  This giveaway was originally for the January Recipe Box plus Bonus as described above - however January has now sold out and the winner of our Giveaway will receive the FEBRUARY Recipe Box plus Bonus Box.   Check here for a sneak peek, and if you want to subscribe, don't delay - these things do sell out before the end of the month!


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One winner in the US will win a February Simply Earth Subscription Box plus Bonus Box (value $79.00).

This Giveaway ends at just before midnight ET February 4, 2019.

To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment in this entry as instructed by the Giveaway Tools Entry Form below. This will open up additional optional entries to increase your odds of winning. (If you don't leave a comment, any additional entries will be void.)

The winner will be notified by email 24 to 48 hours after the end of the giveaway by email. In order to claim the giveaway prize, the winner will need to respond within 24 hours of notification, or an alternate winner will be selected.
 Good luck!


41 comments:

  1. I absolutely love this! And the bonus box is an awesome addition, making sure you have everything you need

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  2. I love essential oils. My collection has dwindled recently though. That’s for sharing this!

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  3. I have always wanted to try Frankincense.

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  4. I'd like to try the Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil!

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  5. The frankincense sounds cool!

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  6. I have stomach issues and would like to try the Digest blend oil to see if it helps.

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  7. Wow! That is a lot of value for $39 and I love that you get to play and make your own products.

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  8. Thank you so much for sharing this opportunity and experience.

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  9. Oils are some of the best things to lift your moods.

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  10. I would like to try the Peppermint Essential Oil (Supreme)!

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  11. I would like to try the lavender oil

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  12. I'd like to try the Happy Joy Essential Oil Blend.

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  13. This is great, I am going to have to look into these boxes. I love using E'Os. Thanks for sharing at the " BLoggers Pit Stop" hope to see you next week.

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  14. This is great. I have done some research on oils but have not gone any further than that.

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  15. I would like to try homemade cleaning products with essential oils

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  16. I have inherited about 150 essential oils but there are still many I dont have.
    The subscription sounds interesting.

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  17. i love to have one of the box of oil

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  18. Bergamot Essential Oil is my favorite love to use it

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  19. I'd love to try the clove oil.

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  20. I love that car diffuser!!!Add a little peace & quiet blend & I'd be good to go!

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  21. I am interested in trying the Frankincense Essential Oil.

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  22. I would love to try the wellness box set.

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  23. i would be totally interested in trying the Essential Oil Diffuser!

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  24. The essential oils added to ceaning products sounds like itll smell better!

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  25. All of the DIY projects for January sound great. I am really interested in learning about the DIY uplifting and calming body butter. It would be great during these cold months!

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  26. I like the recipes and products in the MARCH 2019 Recipes box!

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  27. I would love to try the Patchouli Essential Oil.

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  28. I would like to try the DIY natural cheek tint.

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  29. I love essential oils. The Lip Rejuvenating Lip Balm is one recipe I would like to try!

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  30. I would love the essential oil diffuser!

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  31. Love to try the Patchouli Essential Oil

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  32. I use essential oils and would love to try the Blood Orange.

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  33. I've not really got to use essential oils much so it would be cool to try any of them!

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  34. Definitely want to try frankincense

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  35. I would love to try the eucalyptus oil It would be perfect for this time of year!

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  36. I would love to try the peace and quiet essential oil blend :). Thanks for the chance! xoxo
    Katie

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  37. Frankincense is the oil I would like to try.

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  38. I'd like to try lavender. I need help relaxing.

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  39. I would love to try their Essential Oil Car Diffuser. My car definitely needs to smell better.

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