The 'September/October Box' by Love From You
I've been beyond excited for the 'September/October' Box by Love From You as their 'July/August' Box was absolutely amazing! 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 'September/October Box' contained eight NZ-made products and a free gift.
1. CALM Aromatherapy Roll-On by Skye Candle & Body Care
The first Mind item in the Love From You Box, is the CALM Aromatherapy Roll-On by Wellington based company, Skye Candle & Body Care. Skye Candle & Body Care have been regularly featuring in subscription boxes, and for good reason, as they have a large range of products for your mind, body, and home, and all of their products that I've tried so far, have been good quality and smell wonderful! These Aromatherapy Roll-On's contain a blend of essential oils, with the CALM containing a blend of Bergamot and Lavender to promote relaxation and help you get through moments of stress and anxiety. To use, you apply the Roll-On onto your pulse points, and inhale. The CALM Roll-On is great before bed, if your mind is a bit busy, and when you are feeling stressed.
2. No Ugly Wellness Tonic
The second Mind product is the Ginger Wellness Tonic by No Ugly. This scientifically formulated isotonic beverage is packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to support you whether you're feeling stressed, have a hangover, had a lack of sleep, or just dehydrated. The Ginger Wellness Tonic contains less than 1% sugar, and contains ingredients such as: green tea extract, white tea solids, apple extract, and grape seed extract. This drink goes down smoothly as it's lightly carbonated, and you can taste the delicious blend of ginger and apple. I have a shit tonne of study to get done today so this Wellness Tonic is gonna give me a concentration boost!
3. Evolu Energising Facial Oil Complex
The first Body product in this box is the Rosehip & Friends: Energising Radiance Renewing Facial Oil Complex, by NZ skincare company, Evolu. This Facial Oil contains a blend of natural ingredients that help reduce lines and scars, soften, soothe, brighten, and hydrate your skin. Evolu use a range of native and worldwide botanicals that are rich in vitamins, and their Radiance Renewing Facial Oil contains ingredients such as: Rosehip Oil, which promotes skin repairing and is rich in antioxidants; Organic Argan Oil, which is skin brightening; Grapeseed and Pomegranate Oils, which are protective; and, Kiwifruit Seed Oil, which is rich in Vitamin C and Omega-3. The Energising Facial Oil has a dripulator cap for easy dissension, and all I needed was a couple of drops for full face coverage. I massaged the oil onto my face before bed and my skin lapped this oil up overnight, so it's clear that my skin is needing as much nourishment and moisture as it can get.
4. Nature's Beauty Bee Kiwi Manuka Honey Hand Cream
The second Body product in the 'September/October' Box is the Bee Kiwi Manuka Honey Hand Cream by Nature's Beauty. This Hand Cream contains: Active Manuka Honey (MGO 260+), which has strong anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties - with an MGO rating of 260+, the Manuka Honey used in this product is of a high grade; Shea Butter, known for being super moisturising and healing; and, Vitamin E, an antioxidant which reduces sun damage. This Hand Cream has a lovely, light fragrance, and kept my hands moisturised for several hours. I'm notorious for letting my hands dry out, and never use hand cream, so my goal is to carry this around in my bag and use this at least once a day.
5. Wild Dispensary Liver Bitters
Next, we have our third Body product which is the Liver Bitters, by Dunedin-based company, Wild Dispensary. Wild Dispensary use ingredients sourced from native, local, and wildcrafted plants to create medicinal tonics. Wild Dispensary ensure that they sustainably harvest and also have a bottle re-use scheme. For every product sold, Wild Dispensary donate $1 to a Dunedin charity called The Wildlife Hospital, a veterinary facility that specialises in the treatment of NZ's native species. Their Liver Bitters contains organic herbs for liver, digestion, and hormone support. Some of the ingredients in the Liver Bitters are: Globe Artichoke, Orange Peel, Cardamom, Manuka, and Calendula. You can use these bitters as a digestive support and 1-2ml before a meal. I appreciate products such as this one in subscription boxes, and can't wait to see more health and wellbeing products in future Love From You Boxes!
6. Dried Gold Kiwifruit Slices by Little Beauties
The fourth Body product is this pouch of delicious Dried Gold Kiwifruit Slices by Nelson-based company, Little Beauties. Little Beauties dried fruits are preservative-free, gluten-free, and vegan. Their slices are air-dried and contain nothing else, to ensure the sweet, true flavour of kiwifruit. Kiwifruit are an excellent source of Vitamin C and I can't get enough of these sweet and tart Kiwifruit slices! I'm going to buy some and try their other fruits, feijoa and boysenberry (they also sell these dried fruits dipped in white and dark chocolate!), as my partner and I love them!
7. Haven & Co Farmers Bag
Here we have the first Soul product in the 'September/October' Box and it's a Farmers Bag by Haven & Co. Haven & Co make a range of eco-friendly, stylish products that can be re-used over and over again. Their Farmers Bag is biodegradable and made from certified organic cotton and cotton mesh. It's important to reduce your environmental impact by re-using, and I'll be using this bag when shopping and for carrying my lunch.
8. Doubtless Bay Botanicals Moisture Bar
The last item in the Love From You Box, and one for your Soul, is a Moisture Bar by a fave NZ skincare brand of mine, Doubtless Bay Botanicals. Based in the beautiful Doubtless Bay in Northland, this company creates vegan, plant-based, natural products for the bath and body. Doubtless Bay Botanicals Solid Moisture Bar contains: cocoa butter, shea butter, and essential oils of rose geranium, patchouli, and lavender. This bar is nourishing and smells divine, and I'll be using this on my legs after a shower.
Bonus Love Heart Gingerbread Cookie
All subscribers that completed a survey on the first box, received a yummy gingerbread cookie as a 'thank you' gift!
Verdict: This is my second box by Love From You and I'm wowed by the mix of products that are in their boxes! With eight products worth over $120 value, this is a big box of natural, ethical goodies that all subscribers will love. As well as a couple of my fave NZ brands, there were products by six new brands that I enjoyed trying! Love From You ensure that they include the perfect balance of beauty products, useful items, health products, and food, to give subscribers plenty of variety. You can subscribe to the November/December Love From You Box here.