The 'November/December Box' by Love From You
This is the last box of 2020 by Love From You, and this one is full of so many beautiful and different products! Love From You is a relatively new subscription box and have had three boxes out this year, and it's one of the best subscription boxes I've personally ever subscribed to. Love From You Box is a wellness subscription box that is sent out every two months, and contains a variety of products for your mind, body, and soul. This box is beautifully presented, and you'll also receive a 'Wellness' magazine and checklist to help inspire you as you discover each product and take time out to care for yourself. A Love From You subscription is $69.99, with free shipping, and you'll be billed once every two months. The 'November/December Box' contained ten NZ-made full-sized and sample-sized products.
1. Tasti Strawberry & Beetroot Wholefood Balls
The first Mind item in the Love From You Box, is a pouch of Strawberry & Beetroot Fruit + Vege Wholefood Balls by NZ snack company, Tasti. Each pouch contains six balls, and they are made using: Apple Puree, Sunflower Seed Butter, Coconut, Dried Beetroot, and Freeze Dried Strawberry. These wholefood balls are also gluten-free, vegan, and contain no added sugar. Honestly, I usually can't stand bliss balls, and I won't go out of my way to buy or eat them and that's because they usually contain chocolate and nuts and are dry, which doesn't do it for me. But these wholefood balls are delicious, moist, chewy, and you can really taste the apple, beetroot (a brain food which is a rich in antioxidants), and strawberry in each ball. I'll definitely be saving the empty packet to remind me to buy these on my next supermarket trip, as these balls make for a yummy and healthy snack.
2. Glow Lab Energising Eye Mask
The second Mind item is the Energising Eye Mask by natural NZ skincare company, Glow Lab. Glow Lab's products are made from naturally derived ingredients that are also scientifically proven, and are 100% cruelty-free. Glow Lab have a large range of products for your face, body, and hair, and their products can be found in all Countdown supermarkets as well as several other retailers. The Energising Eye Mask refreshes your eyes and targets dark circles, and contains antioxidant rich ingredients such as: Vitamin C, Rose Flower Water, Ruscus Aculeatus Root extract, Marigold Flower extract, and Honey extract, to name a few. Using an eye mask is a great way to relax and also kickstart your morning with refreshed eyes. I applied the sheet eye mask under my eyes in the morning, chilled out for ten minutes, and then patted my skin dry with the remaining product. My eyes felt and looked much more refreshed afterwards, and I think I'll be heading down to my local Countdown to try more from the Glow Lab range.
3. Ultrella Natural Deodorant
The first Body item in the box is the Vanilla Bean Natural Deodorant by NZ natural deodorant company, Ultrella. I was very excited to see this deodorant in the November/December Box, as I'm very conscious of my pits, especially during the warmer months! The Ultrella Natural Deodorant is actually the first natural deodorant to be able to reduce sweating, as it contains a plant extract that has been clinically proven to reduce sweating by 36%. This deodorant also contains prebiotics to support healthy armpit bacteria as well as: Sweet Almond Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, and Black Pepper Seed Oil. All you need to do is squeeze a pea-sized ball out of the pouch and rub into each armpit. Unlike a lot of paste deodorants out there, this one is non-greasy, goes on smoothly, and I found that it lasted the entire day, and I would purchase the Ultrella Deodorant.
4. Go Beautiful Skin Collagen Support by Go Healthy
The second Body product subscribers have received is a bottle of the Go Beautiful Skin Collagen Support capsules by Go Healthy. I regularly take Go Healthy supplements including their immune support, women's multi, and magnesium, so I was pleased to see one of their products in the Love From You Box. The Go Beautiful Skin Collagen Support contains Collactive®, a natural Marine Collagen to help provide anti-wrinkle support and healthy looking skin. As you get older, your skin needs as much support as it can get and you'll notice your skin changing (I know I have!). Each bottle contains a generous 60-day supply. This is one of the reasons I adore Love From You so much, their boxes always contain a diverse range of products that are both useful and beneficial.
5. Vanilla Chai Organic Loose Leaf Tea by Suborbital Tea
The third Body product in the box is a pouch of Vanilla Chai Boutique Blended Organic Loose Leaf Tea by Suborbital Tea. You'll find the Vanilla Chai Tea along with a range of other loose leaf teas on the Spacify Store, an online store that has two more unique brands, Spaceman Coffee and Sirius Skincare. Suborbital's Teas are made using organic tea leaves and all natural ingredients. The Vanilla Chai Tea contains: Rooibos, cinnamon, clove, vanilla, ginger, cardamom & horopito, and boosts bone health, improves blood pressure and circulation, and promotes healthy skin and hair. This tea is a strong, spicy brew, and perfect for warming you up on a cold morning or just before bed. All of the ingredients shine through in this blend, and this is a solid, delicious tea.
6. Atutahi Horopito Blackcurrant & Boysenberry
Next, we have a product for both your Body & Soul, the Horopito Blackcurrant & Boysenberry drink by Nelson-based beverage company, Atutahi, created by Kiwi Kai. This drink is made using leaves from the Horopito (Pseudowintera colorata) tree. The leaves from this tree were used in traditional Maori medicine to treat stomach pain. As well as Horopito, this drink also contains a blend of blackcurrant and boysenberry. I really enjoyed Atutahi's Horopito Blackcurrant & Boysenberry drink - it's light, refreshing, fizzy, and not tastes naturally sweet from the berries. This is a really yummy non-alcoholic beverage that's perfect for hot summer days.
7. Holistic Hair Salt of the Earth Volumising & Texturing Spray (plus samples)
The second product for both your Body & Soul, is the Salt of the Earth Volumising & Texturing Spray, by NZ haircare company, Holistic Hair. I'm excited to see a product by an NZ company that specialises in haircare, and natural haircare products at that! Holistic Hair use plant-based ingredients to create safe and natural products for your hair and scalp and you won't find chemicals or irritants in any of their products. This spray helps to lift roots, texturise, and define curls, and contains ingredients such as rock salt and melon oil for moisture. This spray has a zingy, citrus fragrance, and is scented with cedar wood, lavender, lime, and orange. Unlike most texture sprays I've tried, this one actually gives you a good volume boost without leaving your hair feeling dry, stiff, and sticky! This will be one that I use to help maintain light curls during Summer.
Love From You also included a couple of sachet samples of Holistic Hair's Pure Shampoo & Conditioner for all hair types. These contain aloe vera and Manuka Honey for restoring moisture.
8. Miss Wax Co. Soy Candle Exclusive Edition - Sweet Gingerbread
Next, we have an item for your Soul, and that's an Exclusive Edition candle by Miss Wax Co. This Exclusive Edition is called Home For The Holidays and the scent is Sweet Gingerbread. Miss Wax Co.'s candles are hand poured in Auckland and each of their candles are made using 100% natural, vegan soy wax. All of their packaging is 100% recyclable, and these glass jars can be re-used or returned to Miss Wax Co. Handy tip, for your first ever burn, you want to make sure that your candle burns right out to the edge (a couple hours should do this). That's because candles have a memory and if you blow your candle out after 20 minutes and it hasn't burnt fully out to the edge, the candle will remember this and never will have a full melt pool. This sweet and warming candle smells exactly like gingerbread and is just what I need to light in the house to get into the Christmas spirit!
8. Earthwise Nourish Rosehip & Almond Hand Wash
The final item in the November/December box, is a bottle of Rosehip & Almond Oil Natural Hand Wash by NZ Home & Body products company, Earthwise Nourish. Earthwise & Earthwise Nourish make a large range of products for your home and self, that are natural, effective, and are made from plant-based ingredients. This hand wash contains rosehip and almond oil to moisturise, cleanse, refresh your hands. I already use Earthwise's cleaning products around the home but this is the first product I've tried of theirs for the body, and I'm impressed. This hand wash is lightly scented, works up a good lather, and leaves your hands feeling soft. And it's so affordable, so I'll definitely be using this hand wash from now on!
Verdict: This is my third box from Love From You, and I'm beyond impressed and constantly wowed by this company! The November/December box contained $140 worth of products, and there was a variety of items to eat, drink, enjoy in the home, and use on your skin and hair. I love how every single product in their box are made by New Zealand brands, with all focusing on being sustainable and using natural ingredients, and Love From You do an amazing job at making sure they include a mix of products made by well-known brands, as well as new, boutique businesses. You can kick off 2021 by sunscribing to the January/February Love From You Box here.