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Sweet Oak Craft Care is a new Canadian subscription box, based out of Carleton Place, Ontario. Their focus is on natural products made by Canadian companies, and they only include products they tested themselves. The boxes are geared towards women, and each box contains 4-5 full size products. This first box features face and body care products, and from the second box you can receive body care products, snacks/bars and beverages (teas, organic coffee, etc).
The cost: $40 CAD + shipping
Please note: From the 2nd box (June), price will DECREASE to $30/ month ($80/ 3 months, $320/ 12 months) + shipping
Ships to: Canada, US (shipping to Canada is $10, the US shipping is calculated by UPS)
You can use coupon code SPACEY10 (expires July 16, 2018) to get 10% off your purchase.
The box arrived in a padded envelope, so it was in pristine condition – great if you reuse your boxes.
This box smelled amazing even before I opened it. I love that all of the packaging is easily recyclable, since I have way too many boxes to keep/reuse them all.
May box came with four natural face and body care products, nicely tucked into the paper sizzle, so there was no leaking or broken products.
The box comes with a detailed info card, explaining why these particular products were chosen for this box.
Natural Panda is an Etsy shop based in Markham, Ontario. I didn’t have much time for a bath since I received this box, but I appreciate that the product is made with no dyes, preservatives or perfumes, yet it has a pretty pink color and a lovely floral scent. The bath bomb is a bit smaller than what I’m used to. It came tightly wrapped in plastic, so it stayed intact. I appreciate the decorative petals, but I know not everyone likes them because they can clog the drain. I highly recommend you get some sort of drain guard – I never have problems with flower petals in my bath bombs, and I truly enjoy seeing them float around me during the bath, it elevates the experience to a spa-like treatment.
Ingredients: citric acid, sodium bicarbonate, witch hazel, organic coconut oil, beet root powder, rose essential oil, sandalwood essential oil, lemon essential oil, orange essential oil, jasmine essential oil, dried rose petals
This soap is what smelled so good even before I opened the box. Wilderness Soap Co. is based in Collingwood, Ontario, and they offer a big range of natural products. What is particularly interesting, their soap labels are printed on organic banana paper made from tree-free agricultural bio-products and consumer recycled products creating a 100% biodegradable and chemical-free label. Rosemary Mint soap is made with glacial clay that comes from melting glaciers and contains high concentration of minerals. This soap is great for dry and irritated skin, and I’ve been using it as a body soap to purify skin, and it’s helping ease some of the hormonal body acne I’ve been getting lately. I am hoping that with prolonged use I will get even better results.
Ingredients: Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Aqua Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Sodium Hydroxide, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Canadian Colloidal Clay, Mentha piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil
Beth and Olivia is a lifestyle company based in Vancouver, British Columbia. They offer a range of bath and body products, and well as the cutest charm jewelry. The pink clay mask included in this month’s box comes in a small glass bottle with metal screw cap, making it completely recyclable. I am a huge fan of pink clay, because it doesn’t dry out my skin like some other clay types, and I can use it all over my face. I appreciate that this is a one ingredient product, so I can mix it with water, oil, honey, or any other base ingredient I want. I used it once with water, and it was gentle, non drying and cleared out my pores somewhat. Dry masks like this one have longer shelf life, and this bottle should have 10-15 uses.
Ingredients: French Pink Clay
Dalia Organics is another company based in Vancouver (yay for BC!), and the only company in this box I’ve heard of before. They use plant and fruit based ingredients, make products in small batches and don’t use any fillers. I first thought that the moisturizing lotion included in this box is a facial moisturizer, however, this is a toner, made to add a layer of hydration before the daily moisturizer. I love everything about this product – the fresh citrus scent, the lightweight hydrating texture, and how quickly it absorbs. It’s not greasy, and it is a perfect product for layering. I need about two pumps for my whole face (3 if I use it on the neck, too). I used it under different moisturizers and sunscreens in the morning, and had no issues layering, since it doesn’t leave any residue on the skin. Since it absorbs so quickly, it’s great for quick morning skincare routines.
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Hamamelis Virginiana Water (Witch Hazel), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (Organic Aloe), Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil (Tea Tree Essential Oil), Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract (Organic Rosemary), Chamomilla Recutita Extract (Chamomile), Calendula Officinalis Extract (Organic Calendula), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (Organic Green Tea), Centella Asiatica Extract (Organic Gotu Kola), Equisetum Arvense Extract (Horsetail), Taraxacum Officinale Extract (Organic Dandelion), Geranium Maculatum Extract (Wild Geranium), Sweet Orange Oil, Mango Oil, Hydoxyethyl Ethylcellulose, Carrageenan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexylglycerin
This subscription box is off to a good start. I personally loved each of the products, and will use them all. My favorite is the Delia Organics toner, which is the most valuable product in the box. The cost of this box was $50 CAD ($40 box + $10 shipping), and the total value of the products is $40.51, which doesn’t cover the cost fully. New subscription boxes often don’t offer a great value, so I’m not surprised by this. They were close to breaking even, though, and if you were to order these 4 products separately you would pay more for the shipping anyways (4 separate orders). I hope to see a better value in their future boxes. They promised 4-5 full size products, and these 4 products, although a bit small, are all full size, so they delivered on that promise, and the products are all natural.
Sweet Oak Craft Care boxes are billed on 15th of the previous month and shipped the 15th of every month. You have until the 15th of the previous month to place an order. (For example, June boxes are billed on May 15, and shipped on June 15). Use code SPACEY10 to get 10% off your purchase. This box is not available for purchase anymore, but if you order by midnight tonight (May 15) you will receive the next box (June).
Do you have any questions about this subscription? Do you subscribe to any boxes? How do you like this one?