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November 2014 Homegrown Collective Subscription Box

While I had anticipated posting about my Thanksgiving and my recent trip to Topsail Island, when I opened the newest Homegrown Collective box today, my excitement to share its contents overwhelmed the need to post about those two events.

It’s crazy how far behind I get on blog posts. I started on this post 6 days ago and even though I had all the pictures on my laptop ready to be uploaded, I didn’t make anymore progress. I’m blaming Pinterest. That website can just suck up my time! Anyway…

MAIL TIME!

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The theme for this box is “RESET YOURSELF”. The general idea is that with all the craziness of the holidays, we could all use a little boost to help us enjoy the tastes and scents of winter.

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This box contained:

  • Classic Mason Jar
  • Fiberglass Wick
  • Clean Burning Indoor Paraffin Lamp Oil
  • Pinecones, Cedar Cuttings, and Holly (Ilex Berries)
  • Cocoa Chocolate
  • Pomegranate
  • Cypress Sea Salt Flakes
  • Oregano and Peppermint Essential Oils
  • Grape Seed Oil
  • Amber Dropper Bottles, Muffin Cups, Pipette, Latex Gloves

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So the projects that can be made include an Evergreen Oil Lamp, an Oregano and Peppermint Immune Booster, and Cacao Wonder Cups (yum!).

Do you know how neat it is to receive a pomegranate in the mail? Obviously it doesn’t take much to tickle me, but this is the first box I’ve received from Homegrown Collective that has something edible to make.

All in all – this was a great box. Perhaps my favorite one yet! I seem to be saying that every month now… 🙂

Oh! Want to know what was in my other package? It was a bottle of Winter White Honey from Savannah Bee Company – delicious! But more about that later!

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October 2014 Homegrown Collective Subscription Box

Even though I received my Homegrown Collective monthly box over a week ago, I’ve waited until now to post my reveal for two very simple reasons. The first reason is that I was in training class all last week for work (I even got to stay in a snazzy hotel). The second reason is that I had to contact customer service regarding an issue. But more on that later.

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October’s theme was “Carbon & Clay” – an instant favorite since I already use a locally made activated charcoal soap and have been touted its benefits from the beginning. The focus of this box is Bentonite Clay and Activated Charcoal. Both have been used by animals and indigenous tribes for centuries because of its ability to absorb toxins.

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This box contained:

  • Pacific Sea Salt
  • Bentonite Clay
  • Activated Charcoal
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Rose Water
  • Aloe Vera
  • Charcoal
  • Various supplies, such as tin trays, toothbrush, mixers, and a glass mug (for the salt?)

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The projects that you can make with this box are: Mesquite Sea Salt, Aloe Vera Face Mask, Teeth Whitener, Hair Mask.

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So why did I have to contact customer service? My box contained two sea salts and no clay. While I was thrilled to receive an extra sea salt (it will definitely be put to good use), I was a little sad not to receive the Bentonite clay. I e-mailed customer service that evening, heard back from them an hour later, and the next morning, a replacement was shipped out. I received my package less than 3 days later and not only was there clay inside, but also some dried rose buds (I think) and dried chamomile – a nice little surprise. One of the customer service reps even followed up with me a week later to make sure I had received everything.

A+ customer service for an A+ box. I can’t wait to make the face masks and the smoked sea salt might make for some good Christmas gifts.

On an unrelated note, meet my ginger bug, currently in its infancy stage. "Baby Bug" was started on Sunday and is still a little shy but has started blossoming just today. Don't worry, "Baby Bug" will receive a post of its own very soon.
On an unrelated note, meet my ginger bug, currently in its infancy stage. “Baby Bug” was started on Sunday and is still a little shy but has started blossoming just today. Don’t worry, “Baby Bug” will receive a post of its own very soon.
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August 2014 Homegrown Collective Subscription Box

I’ve been a little under the weather the past week since returning from Atlanta. I’m blaming it on the fact that I never touch stuff on the airplane because of germs but went ahead and read the inflight magazines this time anyway. I’m working on a post or two talking about my Atlanta trip, but in the meantime, I have a few other posts that deserve their time to shine.

I recently purchased a monthly subscription to the Homegrown Collective – you receive a box every month that promotes a more self-sufficient and sustainable lifestyle. My first box was waiting for me like a little “Welcome Home” gift when I returned from Atlanta.

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The theme of this months box was "The Beauty of Coconut Oil Part Two" - I believe that part one came out last year.
The theme of this months box was “The Beauty of Coconut Oil Part Two” – I believe that part one came out last year. Mom and I had just been talking about picking up some coconut oil to have around the house because everyone is raving about it.

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The box includes everything you need to create three themed projects - coconut deodorant, coconut toothpaste, and coconut chapstick.
The box includes everything you need to create three themed projects – coconut deodorant, coconut toothpaste, and coconut chapstick.

It didn’t take long for me to decide on which project I would attempt first. The toothpaste. The lip balm is the one that I am most excited about but that is more of a weekend project to me, not a quickly-rush-through-it-because-I’m-tired-after-work project. It took maybe 5 minutes max for me to complete the toothpaste project.

The toothpaste was my first project. I didn't add any sweetener like the directions suggested, but I may still do so. The toothpaste has a... taste that you need to get used to. But my teeth feel much cleaner after trying it.
The toothpaste was my first project. I didn’t add any sweetener like the directions suggested, but I may still do so. The toothpaste has a… taste that you need to get used to. But my teeth feel much cleaner after trying it.

I have to say, I absolutely adore the box, but $39 (+ $9 shipping) a month may be a little too pricey for my budget. I’m going to give it another month or two, just to see how much use I get out of the boxes before I decided if I’m going to cancel or not.