The Fab Box: New Subscription Box: July 2015 Demo: Summer BBQ

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I received for review,  this cute, soon to be, demo subscription box from The Fab Box. The above picture is their logo from their blog. Starting in September, this will be a full-fledged subscription box.  Every month the box will be curated with a particular theme. It will include 5-7 items and one personalized handmade item from Lizz ,the owner and curator.  The value range of the boxes will be between 30-50 dollars and the theme will be announced two weeks prior on Instagram. This lets you know if you would like to gift this particular box or try it on a one time basis.  If you want to gift the box, you simply fill out the form on the website before the first of the month, in order to be able to get that person’s item made just for them.

It is easy to cancel, on their website and if you are unhappy with your box, you can ask for a refund. This will be done on an individual basis. Here are the prices:

Single Box: 22.00 + 5.95 US Shipping

Monthly: 22.00 + free US Shipping
6 Months: 20.00 a box and free US Shipping

Let’s look at the Demo Box I received. The theme was Summer BBQ. Here are the contents of the box all laid out. It arrived in a cardboard box with tons of tissue paper. The retail on this demo box was 18.00.

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So many cute things, let’s start with the cupcake holders. I really need to use these soon. Strawberry cupcakes with raspberries on top sounds good. Perfect little checkerboard pattern that fits the theme to a T. These are valued at 5.00.

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The next item was this pale yellow vegan leather notebook, which I swear smells like leather to me. It comes with lined and solid pages. It retails for 8.00.

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These ice cream cone pens are so very cute. I have one sitting on my desk and it makes me smile. The little attached jewels are precious. Retail for the two pens is 8.00.

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One of my favorites from the box are these watermelon clips. I currently have them hanging in a row on the valance of my curtain. So cute! They are wooden. Retail : 6.00

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The summer thumb tacks have come in handy as well. The sunglasses one is holding up my calendar and the strawberries are above my stove in the kitchen. Retail: 5.00

 

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This adorable little hamburger pencil sharpener with two gummie erasers really added to the theme of the box. I winded up gifting this one to a little one who is starting kindergarten. Retail: 7.00

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The last item was handmade by Lizz the curator of the box. Her company is Curious Fabulizations. She is an Etsy seller. It is a teal colored D for Debbie, metal ornament hanging on a matching satin ribbon. This is hanging from one of my watermelon clips now. The value on this one is 8.00.

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The total value of the box comes to 47.00. If you are interested in subscribing and receiving the September box when the subscription starts up , go to http://www.the.fab-box.com and follow the company on Instagram @the.fab.box for sneak peeks of upcoming boxes.

I received this box free for review. So adorable! I can’t wait to see what else they have in store in the coming months!

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Old Factory Scented Candles Citrus Grove Collection Review

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I was selected to review any scent combinations of candles that I wished from the company Old Factory Candles. They offer many different variations. Since I am a nut for all things citrus, I chose their Citrus Grove collection. This collection contains one candle each in the following scents: Key Lime, Lemongrass, and Orange Zest. Perfect scents for summer!

These candles are handmade in the United States with natural soy wax and self-trimming cotton candle wicks for clean burning and contain premium fragrance oils. They are sold exclusively on Amazon and are supposed to burn for 25-30 hours. Each candle is a mere 4 oz large and the set retails for 29.83, free shipping with Amazon prime.

As you can see in the above pictures, they come packaged in a very attractive box which would be perfect for gift giving for just about any occasion.

Here is my experience with the candles.  When you initially take the lid off of each one, there is a light fragrance, nothing particularly strong. I am not sure if it is because of the set of fragrances I picked or whether or not all of their candles are this way. I have a very small house, very small. When I lit one candle and set it on a table near me as I was reading, no scent at all wafted my way or anywhere else in the house. There was no fan or air conditioning on either. Upon blowing the candle out, a scent emerged that did not last very long. I tried lighting two of the candles together in the same area and after a few hours, I was finally able to pick up the fragrance. They do recommend grouping these together, depending on the size of your space.

The claim on these candles is the burn time is supposed to be between 25-30 hours. Here is a picture of my initial candle at the 9 hour mark. I kept accurate tracking each time I burned this particular one.

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This candle lasted another half hour, so in total, 9.5 hours burning time. A far cry from the 25-30 hrs. claimed by the seller. It also did not burn down evenly, as you can also tell from this picture. The funny thing is, the lower the candle burned, the stronger the scent became, as if all of the fragrance oils were concentrated at the bottom of the candle. I continued to smell this candle unlit into the next day when I was sitting next to it. I have no explanation for this phenomenon whatsoever. It was a wonderful Key Lime fragrance, I just wish I had been able to enjoy it the entire burn time of the candle.

I did not purchase this candle set as I said before, they were sent to me free for review. I had high expectations. I adore candles as so many do. Besides the lack of fragrance, I have a few more issues that I would like to address to any consumer considering purchasing these.  The cost seems extraordinarily high for what you receive.  These candles are very tiny. If they had burned for the 25-30 hours, no problem. On the website, the candles look enormous, here is the reality.

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A bottle of nail polish is what I decided to go with for a size comparison. The nail polish bottle is actually taller than the candle.  The company does clearly state the size in their description on Amazon, but as I said before, the pictures are misleading. At nearly 10.00 a candle, these seem way over-priced. I get that they are hand made, but with that, I also expected higher quality. My recommendation to the seller would be to lower the price by half. I think that would be appropriate. They can be purchased here at this link on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VY3SZ5E/ref=sr_ph_1?m=A2Y1GCN4YDSDF9&ie=UTF8&qid=1435911038&sr=1&keywords=old+factory+candles

I received this product free for testing purposes and an honest and unbiased review. All opinions are strictly my own. This is one review that I was sad to write, but I must stand by my above statements.

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Soap.Club Review

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I received these two luscious bars of soap for review from Soap.Club This company takes great pride in their premium quality hand made soaps. They are aged up to six weeks and made with only fresh, pure ingredients like olive oil, coconut oil, soybean oil, organic shea butter, water and their unique essential oil blends. They carry over 70 varieties , so there is a fragrance for everyone. As I stated before, they are made by hand,starting from stirring every recipe, cutting the bars and packaging each individual item. They are made in the U.S.A.

I was initially supposed to only receive one bar, because they were concerned that the one I ordered was not up to their standards. Each bar was just fine, one was a bit more heavily scented was the only difference in quality that I could tell.

The scents I received were : Black Raspberry/ Vanilla Sweet n’ Sour and Pomegranate Cherry/Crimson Crush. There is a band at the top of each soap marking off the different scents.

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I was very impressed with the packaging right from the start. Each arrived in their own sturdy white cardboard box, and were wrapped in bubble wrap envelopes. Inside those is where you find the soaps in their boxes with a little peekaboo at the top bar.

My first experience was to try the Pomegranate Cherry/Crimson Crush just to shave my legs sitting on the edge of the tub. I noticed when just a little bit of water was added, it turned into a creamy lotion, and was nothing like any bar soap I have ever tried. The aroma was heavenly, it seems there was the scent of almonds as well in this one. It was a very pleasant aromatherapy experience. My skin felt so soft and moisturized after, that I felt no need to apply moisturizer.

I used the second bar for a complete shower. It lathered beautifully as well, and really can replace a shaving cream if needed. The only issue I had was the width of the soap, I seemed to keep dropping it, blame my small hands. It never crumbled once though, no matter how many times it was dropped in my tub and also emitted a delightful scent. Normally I am a body wash person, but after experiencing these, I may have to switch over , as they are such a lovely pampering product.

Apparently, you can become a member of their soap.club on a monthly basis. I recieved mine from Amazon, but here is the link to their website. It appears they will even send samples for free, and all shipping is free as well. https://soap.club/

If you are looking for a luxurious bathing or showering experience, I think you will be happy with these delightful soaps and their awesome fragrances. It is also a plus that they are completely all natural, so you don’t have to worry about sulfates or other nasty things on your skin.

 

I received these at a discount for my honest and unbiased review. All opinions are strictly my own.