I have seen reviews of subscriptions boxes of all kinds on blogs for a long time and have often been curious to try one out, so I finally took the plunge and ordered the June Native Box.
There are a few subscription boxes in Australia that focus on eco-friendly, Australian owned products, which is what I was looking for. The benefit of Native Box, unlike some of the others, is that you can buy them as one-off boxes rather than signing up to a monthly subscription, which I really liked as it allowed me to give it a go before I take the plunge and sign up for 3 months or longer. The Vegan Box also has this option, so I might have to give them a try too!
The idea is that the box contains a mix of full sized, travel sized and sample sized products, which gives you an opportunity to discover brands and products that you otherwise may never have come across. I really like the focus on Australian products, as well as obviously the fact they are all eco-friendly!
Native Box has quite a few different options, the Classic Box, a Vegan Box, the Supersize box, a Mums & Bubs box, a Beauty Box and also a Men’s Box. I went with the Classic Box, which is $24.95 (using the gift option to buy it as a once off) including postage.
It arrived all nicely packed with a slip explaining all the products in the package, why they were chosen, whether they are vegan/GMO free/wheat free/certified organic etc, where to find out more about the company and in some cases a discount code for ordering more. And here’s what I got!
Sweet William Dark Orange Chocolate
This was one of the full-sized products and an excellent choice for me, as whilst I don’t eat a whole lot of chocolate, dark chocolate with orange would have to be one of my favourite combos. This is vegan with no added sugar, so it’s a pretty healthy way to have your chocolate fix! It’s also delicious, which at the end of the day is really what matters when it comes to chocolate!
Olivella Face & Body Bar
As the name suggests, this is a face and body bar made out of virgin olive oil which is meant to be great for sensitive skin. I haven’t tried it out yet, but I shall report back!
Probiotics Solutions Fabric Spray
Next up was a 50ml bottle of a stain remover called ‘Cuffs and Collars’ which is chemical free and probiotic based. Apparently you spray it on stains and then the probiotics will break them down in the wash, leaving you with stain-free, fresh smelling clothes. I’m intrigued to see how it works!
Brookfarm Power Porrij
This was a single serve sample of the porridge, which is a mix of oats, quinoa, amaranth and flaxseed. I had it for breakfast the day after receiving the box and it was really delicious. You could see all the different grains which made for a more interesting porridge than just oats (or quinoa!) and it was quick and easy to prepare – ready in just 90 seconds! I’ll have to keep an eye out for more of their range to try!
Bondi Chai Latte
Next up was two sachets of Bondi Chai instant lattes, one in the Vanilla Honey flavour, and the second the Club Cinnamon flavour. I really like chai, although it’s not something I drink a lot of at home, so these sachets are pretty handy. They dissolve into warm milk (I made mine with almond milk) and whilst they have quite a bit of sugar they are free from any other additives or nasties. I tried the Vanilla Honey flavour with my Brookfarm porridge and it was really tasty, a perfect winter warming drink!
Weleda, Buckley & Phillips, Natralus Sachets
Last up was a collection of sample sachets including aloe vera and paw paw sachets from Natralus, a hand lotion from Buckley & Phillips and oat shampoo and conditioner from Weleda. I’ve popped the aloe vera and paw paw into my first aid kit for when they are required, but I will keep the others for when I have a weekend away and don’t want to carry full sized products with me. Sachets of shampoo & conditioner can be a bit tricky to use without them going everywhere, but I shall see how I go!
And that’s what was in the box! Overall I think it was a great collection of items, with a nice mix of food, drink, home and body products. It’s a great way to be exposed to a whole new range of products, and they were all items I will get some use out of which is what is most important!
If you’d like to give them a try you can get $5 off your first box by following this link which makes it a pretty cheap way to give it a go! (full disclosure, I get some kind of rewards points for referrals which I believe I can use to make future boxes cheaper)
Have you tried any of the subscription boxes?