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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Handmade Hive Subscription Box Review + FREE First Box! | January 2017

handmade hive subscription box review
Handmade Hive is a new monthly subscription box featuring different makers and small businesses from around the country. There's an about the artist feature on their website as well as an online shop where you can buy one off items from boxes with a 10% discount if you are a Handmade Hive subscriber. A portion of all of their proceeds go to helping victims of sexual abuse and trafficking. Subscriptions are $44.99 with flat rate shipping of $9.99.
Use code FIRSTBOX to get your first box free (with subscription)

*product was received free for review


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Here's the Box Breakdown
first look inside the handmade hive box
Our first glimpse inside the Handmade Hive Box

what's in the handmade hive subscription box
Everything that we received in our January Handmade Hive "Pamper Me" themed subscription box. What an excellent grouping and what's more... a lot of these are Pennsylvania based companies!


So what is all this stuff?


Our box inserts. Each item is listed on our card along with retail values


purely posh soap company
$10
A Seattle based bath and body company - this one woman show whips up some amazingly decadent and yes... pampering products. Case and point this Vanilla Coconut Bath Soak, it smells of vanilla and is rich and warm and rest assured that these products contain all the good stuff and are palm oil free! 

We can't get over the flower petals and the the scent. It was relaxing and a wonderful treat! 


the bread box and bakery chocolate chip
$4
This Bucks County PA (Holla) Bakery makes delicious treats - primarily a vast menu of specialty breads. For this box they contributed 2 ginormous chocolate chip cookies

These were huge. We split the two between ourselves and the four children and still had some left over. They were oh so tasty!


plum deluxe tea sampler
$7
Plum Deluxe has their own monthly tea subscription. For this box they sent three of their organic tea blends. Two were yummy herbals and one was a calming green tea. We love that they gave us such a great variety!

We tried the Relaxing Spa Blend which contained a blend of Lemon Verbena, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Lemon Peel and Lemongrass. It was delicious and with all that lemon - it's definitely a bright flavor!


purely posh soap co
$12
We've tried many sugar scrubs but never a whipped sugar scrub. Super stoked to try this out! We were surprised at this packaging - it almost looks like a bag of coffee!


my favorite story desk calender
$18
Box Favorite! This beautiful desk calendar comes with it's own stand so that you can display each month individually. We love the seasonally apt floral prints!

January's placard  - so pretty!


a natural alternative
$5
This soap smells amazing. The rosemary is perfection! Hand milled in Emmaus, PA this bar is free of parabens, pthalates and sulfates. A great, long lasting bar!


ava + snow goats soap
$6
This hand salve is made with beeswax, lavender, eucalyptus and rosemary and keeps your hands from getting chapped out there in this cold weather. All of the Ava + Snow products are handcrafted in small batches in Apple Valley, California

The smell of this is amazing. The eucalyptus is wonderful and the formula is thin enough that it isn't greasy but still coats the skin evenly


This was a little box bonus this month and quite frankly in these cold winter months you can never have too many!


So in summary


We look for three things in a subscription box; quality, curation, and presentation. The Handmade Hive Box is an amazing selection of small businesses, We love that everything hones in on a theme and their philanthropic ideals! The presentation is awesome. Everything is packaged well and arrives exactly as it should. The quality is awesome - we love supporting small businesses. We really believe most products from small businesses are just made better. And of course curation. This box is excellent. Each item is fitting the theme of "Pamper Me" but it also happens to be a small business that strives to create something you can't buy in a store, and we love that!

As far as box economy the Handmade Hive Box costs $44.99 monthly and for that we received $62 in items which is awesome!

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