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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. You can receive body care products, snacks/bars and beverages (teas, organic coffee, etc).
The cost: $30 CAD ($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.
I love that all of the packaging is easily recyclable, since I have way too many boxes to keep/reuse them all.
June box came with four 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.
I love a good black tea, because it always reminds me of visiting my grandparents – they would make a big pot of classic black tea pretty much every time. Earl Gray blends are something I discovered only when I was much older, and I quickly became a fan of the blend, because of my love for citrus scents and flavors. This Duchess or Earl blend, make in Ottawa, Ontario, is an interesting twist on the classic Earl Gray, with the addition or rose petals and cornflowers. It’s still a rich black tea, but those additional notes make it different and interesting. I am glad the pouch is resealable, because I am trying to cut down on caffeine, so I will save this blend for when I need a little pick-me-up. This is a real treat, especially if you love black tea.
Ingredients: Black tea, organic rose petals, cornflowers, bergamot (citrus oil)
I see that there is a theme to this month’s box. These bath salts come from Newfoundland and Labrador, and they are a wonderful blend of various salts and oils, scented with multiple citrus essential oils, and it smells AMAZING. As usual, I didn’t manage to find time for a bath (I should really try and have baths more often), but I am saving these salts for the next time I’m in a slump and need to relax and energize. Epsom salts are great for muscles, so I may even use it after my next work out. There is nothing in this blend that wouldn’t melt (no flower petals etc), so these salts are great for when you want a quick clean-up after your bath. I really appreciate that there are no added dyes, since those are really not necessary in bath products.
Ingredients: Dead Sea Salt, Himalayan Pink Salt, Epsom Salt, Sea Salt, Baking Soda, Sweet Almond Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Sweet Orange Essential Oil, Bergamot FCF Essential Oil, Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil
As someone with dry skin, I love a good body butter. I normally use lighter textures in the summer, but they can’t hydrate my skin enough, so even when it’s hot I have to use a rich body butter at least once a week. This particular one is rich and creamy, absorbs quite well for a body butter and doesn’t make my skin too greasy. The scent is a mix of grapefruit and rosemary, with rosemary definitely being the stronger scent. This is a bit disappointing to me, since the product is named “grapefruit”, but the scent is not bad, I was just a bit surprised. It’s a bit herbal, a bit earthy and a bit citrusy. It’s a great body butter to use in the summer if you have normal or dry skin, because it absorbs so fast and so well.
Ingredients: Organic Shea Butter, Grapeseed Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil, Cornstarch, Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil, Vitamin E, Rosemary Leaf Extract
Finally, we have a product from Abbotsford, British Columbia! The roll-on perfume is a wonderfully balanced blend of various essential oils, and I can honestly distinguish pretty much each of them as they are released with my body heat. I rolled this perfume on my wrists the minute I opened this box, and I could still smell it a little bit in the evening. Everyone’s body chemistry is different, but for me this perfume has a serious staying power. I love that the vanilla is not overpowering in the blend, so that I can enjoy all the various scent layers. I’d describe this perfume as warm with pops of spicy and fresh. It’s a great natural perfume that will last for a while, and I will be using it a lot in the summer and fall.
Ingredients: Fractionated Coconut oil, Palmarosa, Bergamot, Geranium, Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood, Vanilla Flavor, non-GMO Vitamin E.
I am glad to see that Sweet Oak Care has already improved over their first box last month. I loved the products, and the mix of the included products is nice. I also like that they are different from last month’s products – who would want two soaps in a row, when it takes longer to use up one. My favorite product is the tea, with the perfume and bath salts being a close second. I love the texture of the body butter, but the scent is not my favorite.
The cost of this box was $40 CAD ($30 box + $10 shipping), and the total value of the products is $42.97, just over the cost. New subscription boxes often don’t offer a great value, so I’m not surprised by this, but I’m happy to see an improvement in value/cost over the last month’s box. If you were to order these 4 products separately you would pay more for the shipping anyways (3 separate orders). 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, July boxes are billed on June 15, and shipped on July 15). Use code SPACEY10 to get 10% off your purchase (expires July 16, 2018).
Do you have any questions about this subscription? Do you subscribe to any boxes? How do you like this one?