By Ash Stevens
The modern world is glorious and all, but living in today’s times means you’re constantly doing and going (and yet, that to-do list is never checked to completion).
With all the doing we have to do, self care is more important than ever. The thought of caring for ourselves may seem selfish or overly luxurious, but it’s a concrete necessity.
If you’re feeling drained, neglected, and stressed, but you don’t have the time or energy to love on yourself, then a self-care subscription box is the perfect remedy. I have personally tried out a number of subscription boxes. When it comes to self care and mood-boosting boxes, these are my five personal favorites.
The BuddhiBox is described as a yoga lifestyle box. However, this subscription box is a total magnet for anyone living life with a New Age/metaphysical/spiritual flair.
Each month, the Buddhibox delivers 4-6 products which revolve around a theme, and enhance the yoga and spiritual lifestyle. I got their August box which included a chakra spray (made with quartz-infused water — wow!), a smudge candle, a chakra mala bracelet, a loose-leaf tea for the crown chakra, a lovely chunk of orange calcite, and a Palo Santo stick.
The verdict? This wannabe mystic sees BuddhiBox as self care for the heart and soul. The box delivers high-quality goods that add to any conscious or spiritual lifestyle. I felt that all of my Buddhi goodies promoted relaxation, awareness/intention, and meaningful rituals. To top off the magicalness, the products are energetically and ethically legit, and they’re sourced from knowledgeable producers with sustainable and conscious business practices.
If you’re looking for self care with a New Age or spiritual twist, then BuddhiBox will soothe your yoga-esque soul. If you want to subscribe to BuddhiBox, use coupon code igyogi20 to save 20% off your first box.
If health, wellness, and beauty are your game, then consider the Revival Kit your game pieces and instructions. The folks at Revival say they aspire to deliver products that promote relaxation and help subscribers to take better care of themselves both mentally and physically. Personally, I couldn’t agree more.
Each box comes with 5-8 products that promote wellness, natural beauty and body care, and items that make you prone to little bursts of joy. They also include mindful yet scrumptious snacks (being 30 weeks pregnant, this is important stuff). `
Their August box was packed with a mini soundspa from HoMedics, an organic lavender balm, an amazing lavender and aloe facial spray, a mini book of mindfulness, a new-to-me incense (plus a beautiful incense dish to burn them in), and delectable banana snacks. I love using my Revival products! Maybe even more than I loved stuffing myself with those banana chips. The soundspa and the book offer me instant ways to unwind; the incense help me to create empowering rituals to boost my day (and my life), and my lavender products are amazing. Actually, the facial mist by From The Earth Apothecary is now on my list of Favorite Products Ever. If you’re looking for natural ways to relax and feel fulfilled, then I say try a Revival Kit subscription. It’s time to be revived!
Are you itchin’ to give your medicine cabinet a spa makeover? Are you on the lookout for legit eco-friendly products from companies you can actually like? Well, the Yuzen box will give you all that plus healthy treats and snacks. And all for $35 a box. How delicious is that?!
Yuzen is a quarterly subscription that ships out February, May, August, and November, with new subscribers immediately receiving the box for the present quarter (until those boxes are sold out). The folks at Yuzen aspire to ship goods that are as natural and eco-friendly as possible, but they also offer delight, pleasure, and a feeling of luxury. And they don’t just randomly pick out products and companies. Each Yuzen box includes a product card where they personally share details on why they chose the product and what they like about the company that produces it.
I experienced both Yuzen’s Fall subscription box and their one-time gift box. My loot included items like an activated charcoal face wash, a fig and plum lava scrub, mud masks, pooporri spray, organic fruit chews, an awesome pumice stone, and more. They were all great products with great results. The majority were items that I could use daily, and they helped me to feel and look my best. My Yuzen goodies made me feel good, and since I loved the results and they were sitting there in my bathroom, I was naturally inclined to take conscious care of myself rather than to put my own care on the backburner (which is so easy to do when you’re a woman, mother, and worker). If you’d like to zen out with a Yuzen subscription, be sure to order with coupon code SendMyZen for a zen-sational 20% off.
Woman Up Box
This unique subscription is made for women and by women. When you get a Woman Up box, you can expect a shipment of 6-8 items which can include anything from snacks, beauty products, jewelry, home and lifestyle items, and other fun goods — all of which cater specifically to women. The box is even more lady-licious because Woman Up sources all of their goods from woman-owned companies and female crafters and makers. The estrogen empowerment doesn’t end there though. When the month is over, Woman Up donates 10% of their monthly proceeds to a woman-focused charity. Holy estrogen power!
I got two Woman Up boxes so I could up my subscription experience — August’s “Get The Party Started” box and September’s “Black Magic Woman” box. From a druzy cuff bracelet and raven pendant, to organic peppermint foot rub and caramel popcorn balls, to paper straws and witchy wine charms, to the hysterical 50’s-inspired cocktail recipe book made especially for women, everything was a delight to my femininity.
Whether it was looking pretty, feeling beautiful, having something to share with others, kicking back to relax (or to eat), or the monthly message and suggested activities — my Woman Up experiences were positively delightful. And it felt so good to know that my lovely lady gifts were selected for women, made by women, and supported women. If you want this kind of girl power in your life, order your Woman Up subscription with coupon code HSLAUNCH10 to save $10.
Do you have a self-care box that you want to see on this list? Tell us about it in the comments below!
Ash Stevens is a gardener, a writer, and a fan of all things green. Her love for health and sustainability began with her journey into motherhood, and it’s grown exponentially ever since. She’s passionate about living a healthy lifestyle through gardening, cooking, and spending time outdoors. If she isn’t writing or reading up on exciting green trends, she’s probably playing Connect Four or swimming in the river with the kids. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter.