Honeybundle 'February Box'
It's always super exciting to try a new subscription box (especially one made in New Zealand), and after following Honeybundle's journey for a while now on Instagram, I was absolutely elated to see my first Honeybundle Box on my front doorstep (note, this is also the very first month of Honeybundle boxes to go out!). From their posts containing little peeps of the Honeybundle Box packaging, to the sneak peeks of the wonderful, natural products that will be featured in their boxes and the stories of the people in New Zealand who made them, the Honeybundle Box has honestly been the most highly anticipated box for me, and I've taken a couple more photos then I normally would as I want to show you all of the little details, right down to the packaging.
The box was wrapped in brown paper and then finished off with a string bow and it's always refreshing to see packages not in plastic courier satchels. I was delighted to see my name and address lovingly handwritten, and this box contains several handwritten, personal touches throughout. After unwrapping my package, I was met with this large label that both seals and tells you more about what Honeybundle is going to bring to you each month. I love that on the label it tells you the bundle number and date and I also appreciate a little bit of reading in my boxes.
From what I've read and seen in this box, it's all about self-love and self-care, and natural, handmade, and ethical products, and at even just a quick glance in the box, you can already tell that each product has been chosen with a lot of thought and care. My items were nestled in a bed of shredded paper and the breakable items were securely wrapped up to ensure no breakage whatsoever. After seeing my fair share of boxes, how the box is packaged and presented is just as important as the items themselves.
A bit about the bundles you can get, Honeybundle does three different subscriptions. The first one is 'Honeybundle Handmade', which contains four full-sized, handmade products and is $25 per month. Their second bundle is the 'Honeybundle Cycle' which is built around nurturing you during your cycle. This contains handmade products along with a few other goodies to help you get through your cycle. As someone who has suffers from an incredibly painful cycle (and currently on a surgical waiting list to see if I have endometriosis), this box which is $35 per month, is going to be a godsend for many women. And the third bundle, which I am reviewing, is the 'Honeybundle'. The biggest of the three, this box contains four full-sized luxury items, two Honeybundle handmade items (wait till you see these beautys!), and a handful of samples / testers. In my February bundle I received a mix of beauty products, relaxation products, and a couple of products for the home. I'll also be linking the website of the NZ brands that make these products, so keep an eye out for any underlined words!
1. WILD EARTH Natural Perfume
The first product in the very first Honeybundle Box is an essential oil perfume by WILD EARTH Natural Perfumes. You don't often find perfume in a subscription box, nor one that is natural and made in New Zealand. From the East Coast of NZ, WILD EARTH natural perfumes are all handmade in small batches and contain natural ingredients such as spices, flowers, herbs, resins, waxes, and tree bark. WILD EARTH have a beautiful range of perfumes and the one I received in my box is the Essential Oil Roller Perfume in M U S E. This perfume has a sultry, warm, spicy scent and contains the essential oils of Nutmeg, Bois De Rose, Cinnamon, Jasmine, Vanilla, and Patchouli. Reading more about this perfume, it was interesting to learn that a base of freeze-dried strawberry infused fractionated coconut oil was used in the creation of M U S E. I find the packaging very appealing, with the dark glass bottle, and the wooden lid. I've never been big on roller ball perfumes before, but I'm officially converted with WILD EARTH's perfumes. All I needed was a couple of rolls on each wrist, and I was left with an intoxicating, but not overpowering scent. I'm definitely interested in getting their Natural Perfume Box next, which contains the set of their Essential Oil Roller Perfumes.
2. Libertine Blends Kapow Tea
You can already start to see the variety in the February Bundle, with the perfume and now, a full pack of loose leaf tea. I've had tea bag samples in subscription boxes before, but never loose leaf (which I prefer), and never a full-sized packet! This organic tea is called Kapow, and is hand blended by NZ tea company, Libertine Blends. The Kapow Tea is a blend of native kawakawa, chilli, lemongrass, and cardamon. I had this tea both hot and cold and found it to be delicious and it packed a punch! It does have a slightly peppery taste and a hit of sweetness from the cardamon. Kapow is a refreshing tea and contains herbs that will help you fight the chills. The bag I received is 40 grams, which makes 32 cups and I'll be starting off my weekend mornings with this bold blend.
3. Lotion Bar by Two Local Girls
Here we have a handmade, naked lotion bar by Golden Bay company, Two Local Girls. I'm a big fan of naked products, as they eliminate the need for packaging. All you have to do is store your naked products in a tin or your own container, in a cool, dry place. This body lotion bar is 50 grams and has a gorgeous vanilla scent. Two Local Girls make products that are free of palm oil and the ingredients in this bar are: shea butter, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, beeswax, and vanilla fragrance. I found that a little goes a long way with this super moisturising lotion bar, and it left my legs with a slight glistening sheen which I like. You could also use this lotion as a massage bar!
4. Honeybundle Bath Bomb
Here we have the first of two products handmade by Honeybundle themselves. I thought it important to show how some of the items are wrapped, along with the handwritten tags which adds a lovely, personal touch to the box.
Now, this is the item in the box that I haven't tried, and that's because we are going through a sweltering heatwave in New Zealand right now. It's currently 29 degrees where I am and it's just way too hot at the moment to have a bath! But when it gets a bit cooler, I'll be using this floral bath bomb straight away. This stunning bath bomb is frankincense and lavender scented and as you can see above, it's got a lot dried lavender and rose petals pressed onto the top. I'm big on bath bombs and I usually have at least one or two baths a week in the Winter, as it's a great way to chill out and get some 'me' time. This wee bomb has a strong floral scent (my favourite), and I just know that I'm going to have a beautiful bath with this one, with all of the petals floating on the water.
5. Coven Skincare Mask Brush
This applicator brush is used to apply face masks, and it comes free with every Coven Skincare Face Mask. The handle is made from bamboo and the brush itself feels unbelievably soft and luxurious.
Here is a closeup of the brush head, and you can even see in this photo how soft the synthetic brush hairs are.
6. Coven Skincare Blue Magick Adaptogen Detox Mask
There it's careful packaging, there was no way that this glass jar was going to break in transit and the choice of coloured paper used to wrap some of the products in the box, gives this box a real natural vibe.
Coven Skincare is based in Auckland, and crafts skincare products that help connect your body to nature. The ingredients used within Coven's products are sustainable pure minerals and plant-extracts that are cruelty-free and vegan. Coven Skincare have several different face masks on their website, and the one I received in the Honeybundle Box is called Blue Magick Adaptogen Detox Mask. This face mask is for all skin types but is particularly great for ageing skin.
The Blue Magick Detox Mask contains New Zealand Glacial Clay, Kaolin clay, Blueberry, Blue Spirulina, Butterfly Pea, and Aloe Vera. Blueberry, Blue Spirulina, and Butterfly Pea contain blue favonoids which have antioxidant properties. The two clays in this mask, NZ Glacial Clay and Kaolin Clay, pull impurities from the skin such as dead cells and excess sebum. I recommend having a read about the Blue Magick mask yourself, as there's plenty more info about the ingredients in this mask and how to correctly use Coven's face masks.
As per instructions, I used a non-metal bowl and non-metal spoon, and activated the powder for the mask by mixing one teaspoon of the powder to one teaspoon of water. It's important to add the water slowly to the powder, and stir to create a blue paste. I then used to bamboo mask brush to apply the paste to my face and just the process of applying the mask with the brush felt very soothing. The mask itself felt nice and cooling, and then dries, and I left it on for fifteen minutes to work its magic. I then washed it off with warm water and a wash cloth. It really worked wonders for me, and genuinely left my face feeling better than it has in weeks and it removed all of the dry, flaky, skin spots that I get around my nose and forehead. You will get around 10-15 applications from this 70 gram jar, and this would be one of the best face masks I have used.
7. Positivity Spritzer by ORA Aromatherapy
The seventh item in the February Honeybundle Box (check out the wrapping!), is a bottle of Positivity Spritzer by ORA Aromatherapy. Local, NZ company ORA Aromatherapy, are based in Papamoa and create handmade therapeutic aromatherapy products. Their products range from hay fever
relief, to roller blends, and essential oil blends. This large 200ml bottle contains oils that are known as natural antidepressants to lift your mood, promote positivity and confidence, and clear your mind. You can use the spritzer as a body or aura spray, room spray or burn in an oil burner/diffuser.
The ingredients in the Positivity Spritzer are: geranium, grapefruit, neroli, sweet orange, lemongrass, citronella, meadowfoam seed oil, and purified aqua. These are all uplifting ingredients that promote positivity, happiness, confidence, and energy. Two scents that I adore are floral scents, and citrus scents, and this spray has a powerful, sweet, citrus scent. I've been spritzing this spray onto myself while studying to help me focus and in my study room, to keep a positive vibe.
8. The Wick Collection by Honeybundle
The last product in this month's box, is an absolutely stunning hand poured, pure soy candle by Honeybundle. I think it's very unique and special to see subscription box companies that not only create box, but make their own products too. I adore the simple packaging, a silver tin, with Honeybundle's logo and art, and then finished off with a hand written tag.
How incredible does this candle look with the black soy, dried flower petals, and that thick wick. It's so pretty, that I don't if I'm quite ready to light it just yet! This candle is from The Wick Collection and is scented with Frankincense & Myrrh. To me, it has a warm, spicy, incense-like smell and this is the perfect candle for in Winter. What I've noticed with this box, is that even if I don't use all of the items now, I know that I will definitely use them later on. This is also the first candle I've received in a subscription box, and even though all the items in this month's box are pretty much equal as they are all amazing, this candle is one of my favourite pieces as candles hold a special place in my home. I hope to see more of The Wick Collection in the months to come.
Verdict: So Honeybundle don't know anything about me, yet it felt like every single item in this box was chosen just for me. And, I'm pretty sure that each subscriber is going to feel the same way, because so much care and thought, and personal touches, have been poured into this box. I'm not rich whatsoever, and I tend to be stressed out about one thing or the other, and this box made me feel luxurious and helped me to make time for myself to unwind and de-stress. After following Honeybundle on social media for a few months, I got hyped up about their boxes, and Honeybundle has delivered more than what I expected. Their February box was magnificent, and I feel really special to have received all of the beautiful products that were handmade by New Zealander's, in small batches. You can subscribe to Honeybundle here, and Honeybundle have kindly provided my readers and followers their own discount. You can use my discount code which is: FRANKIE15 to receive 15% off your first box. a one-off box, or any item in the Honeybundle store.