Unboxing February 2015 Herbal Bliss Co!

I recently signed up for a few more subscription services on a limited basis and Herbal Bliss Co got my attention a few months ago. I am pleased to have a 3 month sub with them and I will see where this takes me 🙂   I really wanted to try this as they are not strictly a beauty box, but have several categories that they offer products in each one monthly.  What is Herbal Bliss Co?

Herbal Bliss enjoys reaching out to the diverse herbal suppliers throughout the USA to bring you five unique samples each month. Our sample categories are Aromatherapy, Blissful Body, Culinary, Well Being and a Spotlight product. Each of our suppliers thoughtfully grows, harvest, and packages to bring you delightful experiences into your home. Herbal Bliss is thrilled to introduce you to a multi-faceted experience each month.

  • Passionate About Small Batches ~ Our suppliers are often growing their herbs, creating their recipes, and building their shop fronts on their family farm. You are receiving special, handcrafted gifts from nature without bias to one supplier over another.
  • Discover Herbs ~ Herbal products are one of the fastest growing consumer products. Why is that? People are wary of chemical, laboratory products that have who knows what effect on our body systems. We want to put natural products in our bodies and on our skin & hair. We want to read a label and not only be able to pronounce the ingredients, but know what they are
  • Education ~ Herbs can be intimidating. Herb shops are usually very helpful, but sometimes you may be afraid to ask questions because other customers seem so well informed. Most people know that you should not ingest herbs for ailments without speaking to your doctor first, but there are many other questions about the use of herbs. Herbs are from the earth and have uses beyond what you think of everyday and we are here to help introduce those uses and the makers of these gifts. We bring education for each category.  (source)

Because of a glitch in their system, my February box didn’t ship out until the first week of March and the owner, Julie, is giving me a fourth month free!  Great customer service!!   This also gives me more time to evaluate the service too 🙂  Herbal Bliss offers (per box) a month-to-month sub at $25.00, 3 month sub at $22.00, 6 month sub at $20.00 and a yearly sub at $18.00 per box. 

My box, which I threw out before I took a photo ~ I will remember to take one for March ~ was in a sturdy cardboard box with the Herbal Bliss logo, and had crinkles and tissue paper.  

Contents Revealed

The little red envelope contains “flash cards” with a brief description of each product I received.

Red Moon Herbs Three Sisters Vinegar (Culinary) ~   I love using vinegar and apple cider vinegar is my favorite.  This vinegar, made in Asheville, NC,  contains a proprietary blend of herbs ~ chickweed, motherwort and mugwort ~ to give it a herbal flavor.  I do drink apple cider vinegar in water for my health ~ ice cold water, a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar ~ tart and refreshing ~ so I am going to use this as well in my drinks.   Red Moons uses “fresh, local plants that are ecologically wildcrafted and sustainably grown”  Full Size 5 oz Value $11.95

Description: Red Moon Herbs Three Sisters Vinegar using fresh plants of Chickweed, Motherwort and Mugwort steeped in organic apple cider vinegar.  This delicious vinegar is wonderful in salads, marinades or just a little by itself as a tonic.

Ingredients: organic apple cider vinegar, Proprietary Blend of Chickweed herb (Stellaria media), Mothewort leaf & stem (leonurus cardiaca), Mugwort herb (Artemisia vulgaris)

Terra Firma Botanicals Arnica Infused Oil (Well Being) ~  I have used a gel that is made from Arnica to help sooth my aching back muscles ~ I work all day long in front of a computer and I do have both upper and lower back issues due to whiplash and flipping an overturned, water-logged catamaran upright in the ocean,  which I was ill equipped to do 😦  So, I am happy to try this oil out, which uses only certified wildcrafted or organic ingredients.   They only use them at the peak of their potency and process fresh or shade-dried ingredients.   This does smell like arnica, which is grassy/dusty scent.  Full Size 1 oz Value $9.00

Description:  Terra Firma Botanicals Arnica Infused Oil.  Used for years as a remedy for muscle soreness, bruising and pain due to strain, Arnica is a staple in herbal first aid kits.  This highly rated oil is made using fresh wildcrafted flowers and certified organically grown Olive Oil.  Fresh wildcrafted flowers and certified organically grown Olive Oil. The shock remedy, Arnica helps muscular soreness and pain due to strain, overexertion, or sudden jars and blows. Good for any unbroken surface to stop pain; for bruises; sprains; fractures and rheumatism. Take your healing to another level with natural massage oil, injury aid salves, and potent organic herbal extracts.

Ingredients: OG (organically grown) cold pressed olive oil,  Wildcrafted Arnica cordifolia (fresh flower)

NYR Organic/BeInspiredBy (Spotlight) ~ This is a set of foils from NYR, which contains a variety of skin types and needs.  There are a couple of rose items in here, so I will skip those, but the others I am very interested in.  This will be a long post on the individual sachets 😉   Stay with me, as there are still 2 more products in this box!  I do wish that, instead of all of these one time use foils, that I had several of the same type, as I won’t get a feel of the product and how it works with just one small foil.   Even a patch test is going to use up some of these foils quickly.  These are all sample sizes ~ full size vs foil value breakdown is in my individual description of each, but the value of these items is about $15.71, as some of the items were not marked in size, so I had to do some guesswork on it.

Description:  NYR Organic/BeInspiredBy) generously assembled sachets of their Award Winning Products created to be an experience for humans 8-108. NYR has formulated solutions for all skin types, men’s shaving and even squeaky clean soaps, lotions and oils for babies.  Your kit has mattifier for oily skin, facial polish, beauty sleep and mask for all skin types, and frankincense solutions for more mature audiences.

Top Row

White Tea Enriching Facial Mask ~ This has rose in it, so I cannot use this tube.  Full Size is 1.76 oz at $43.00, this tube is not marked, so I will say it is .1 oz at a value of $2.44

Description: Deeply nourishing, Gently cleansing, Detoxifying, With anti-aging, antioxidant white tea.  Made with 59% organically produced ingredients and 26% natural clay minerals. 

How To Use:  Using fingertips, apply a thin, even layer over clean skin, avoiding the eyes and directly around the mouth. Leave for up to 10 minutes then rinse with tepid water and pat dry. Use once a week or as needed for stressed skin. Use enough to cover the face with a thin, even layer of mask. A teaspoon of the mask should provide enough coverage. Each jar contains enough for 4 to 5 masks.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Kaolin, Glycerin*, Oryza sativa (Rice) extract*, Alcohol denat., Rosa centifolia (Rose) flower extract, Zinc oxide, Cetyl alcohol, Propolis extract*, Cucurbita pepo (Pumpkin) seed oil*, Oenothera biennis (Evening primrose) oil*, Ribes nigrum (Blackcurrant) fruit oil*, Centella asiatica (Gotu kola) extract*, Boswellia carterii (Frankincense) oil, Pogostemon cablin (Patchouli) leaf oil*, Elettaria cardamomum (Cardamon) seed oil*, Cistus ladaniferus (Cistus) resin*, Aloe barbadensis (Aloe vera) leaf juice powder*, Camellia sinensis (White tea) leaf extract, Sodium hyaluronate, Cetearyl olivate, Sorbitan olivate, Citral, Farnesol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linaloo *Organically produced ingredient.  Natural constituent of essential oils listed.  cosDNA.com analysis

Middle Row

Beauty Sleep Concentrate ~ This is like a sleeping pack and I can use this one-time use foil.    Full Size is 1.01 oz at $53.00 and this is .017 oz ~ Value .90 cents

Description: Optimizes skin’s night time recovery.  Wake up to skin that looks and feels beautifully revitalized, soft and supple.  Helps reduce the signs of premature skin aging.  Made with 90% organic ingredients. This is a vegan product.

How To Use: Apply 3-4 pumps nightly, either over serum or on its own, to moisturize, recharge and replenish. Gently massage onto skin with a light, upwards, circular motion.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycine soja (Soya) oil*, Glycerin, Cetyl alcohol, Cetearyl olivate, Cetearyl glucoside, Vitis vinifera (Grape) seed oil*, Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) seed butter*, Ricinus communis (Castor) seed oil*, Narcissus tazetta (Chinese sacred lily) bulb extract, Aloe barbadensis (Aloe vera) leaf juice powder*, Palmitoyl tripeptide-5, Sodium hyaluronate, Cananga odorata (Ylang ylang) flower oil*, Citrus sinensis (Orange) peel oil expressed*, Pogostemon cablin (Patchouli) leaf oil*, Styrax tonkinensis (Benzoin) resin extract*, Alcohol denat.*, Cupressus sempervirens (Cypress) leaf oil*, Salvia sclarea (Clary sage) flower oil*, Sorbitan olivate, Sodium levulinate, Levulinic acid, Tocopherol, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil, Xanthan gum, Potassium sorbate *Organically produced ingredient. Natural constituent of essential oils listed: Benzyl alcohol, Benzyl benzoate, Benzyl salicylate, Citral, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Isoeugenol, Limonene, Linalool.  cosDNA.com analysis

Rejuvenating Frankincense Facial Serum ~  ohhh, this has lots of goodies in it ! sunflower seed oil, centella asiatica, blueberry oil, turmeric, plus the frankincense oil.  This is a one time use foil, so it won’t be enough for me to determine if I wish to purchase a full sized serum 😦  Full Size is 62.00 for 1.01 oz, foil is .017 oz Value $1.04

Description: For all skin types. Firming. Radiance-boosting.  Apply before moisturizing. Made with 41% organic ingredients. This is a vegan product.

How To Use: Apply morning and evening after cleansing and toning, ideally while skin is slightly damp. Gently massage onto skin with a light, upwards, circular motion. Follow with Frankincense Hydrating Cream.

Ingredients: Aqua,Glycerin*, Sucrose distearate, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil*, Centella asiatica (Gotu kola) extract*, Palmitoyl tripeptide-5, Vaccinium corymbosum (Blueberry) oil, Curcuma longa (Turmeric) root extract, Sodium hyaluronate, Boswellia carterii (Frankincense) oil, Citrus bergamia (Bergamot) peel oil expressed*, Citrus nobilis (Mandarin) peel oil expressed*, Tocopherol, Xanthan gum, Cetyl alcohol, Sucrose stearate, Levulinic acid, Potassium sorbate *Organically produced ingredient.  Natural constituent of essential oils listed: Citral, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool  cosDNA.com analysis

Purifying Palmaros Mattifier ~ this is for oily and combo skin types. It contains clay (kaolin), along with corn starch, to help mattify and smooth oily skin.  I ran this thru the cosDNA analysis and am glad that there are no major acne triggers 🙂   Full Size is 1.01 oz at $51.00, sample size .017 oz for a value of .85 cents

Description: Lasting shine-control for OILY and COMBINATION skin An oil-balancing treatment to reduce shine and minimise the appearance of pores, for a clear matt complexion. Also makes a fantastic base for make-up. With purifying palmarosa, toning alpine willowherb, clarifying mahonia and mattifying organic corn starch.  Oil balancing, Preserves moisture, Reduces shine, Minimises appearance of pores, Leaves skin with a matte finish. Organic percentage 87% (SA certified)

How To Use: After cleansing and toning, apply sparingly to oily areas of the face, avoiding the eye area. Use under make-up, as a daily treatment under your usual moisturizer or on its own to help reduce shine.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Zea mays starch (Corn starch)*, Glycerin*, Ricinus communis (Castor) seed oil*, Kaolin, Sucrose cocoate, Cetearyl olivate, Cetearyl glucoside, Lotus powder, Aloe barbadensis (Aloe vera) leaf powder*, Zinc oxide, Epilobium fleischeri (Alpine willow herb) extract, Cymbopogon martinii (Palmarosa) herb oil*, Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea tree) leaf oil*, Boswellia carterii (Frankincense) oil, Coriandrum sativum (Coriander) fruit oil*, Citrus aurantium (Neroli) flower oil*, Canarium luzonicumcommune (Elemi) gum oil, Citrus limon (Lemon) peel oil expressed*, Melissa officinalis (Melissa) leaf oil*, Sodium hyaluronate, Sorbitan olivate, Dextrin palmitate, Sclerotium gum, Levulinic acid, Potassium sorbate, Citric acid, Tocopherol, Helianthus annuus seed oil. *Organically produced ingredient. Natural constituent of essential oils listed: Citral, Farnesol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool  cosDNA.com analysis

Bottom Row

Frankincense Intense Concentrate  ~ This is like a serum or essence that you apply before your moisturizer.  Full Size 1.01 oz at $105.00  Sample Foil .07 oz (?) Value $7.27

Description:  Our latest age-defying innovation – yet more proof organic works!   Clinically Proven: Within 30 minutes smoothes & reduces the appearance of fine lines & wrinklesIn just 7 days boosts skin’s plumpness, firmness & toneInstantly hydratesOptimizes skin’s radiance

Made with 73% organic ingredients.  The silky, gel-like Concentrate delivers effective results you can see and feel. The active ingredients include organic, wild-harvested and FairWild frankincense, plumping gardenia stem cells, a line-smoothing 3-peptide complex, nourishing organic argan oil and a synergistic blend of gums that delivers an immediate smoothing action. Independent consumer trials* using Concentrate & Cream together found:

  • 85% agreed their skin feels smoother
  • 82% agree their skin looks & feels firmer
  • 79% agree their wrinkles are visibly reduced
  • 79% agree their skin looks & feels younger

*152 women took part in the trial

Benefits:   Smoothes & reduces the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles within 30 minutes**    Boosts skin’s plumpness, firmness & tone in just 7 days**  Instantly hydrates**  Optimizes skin’s radiance ** From clinical trials

How to Use: Dispense 2 pumps and massage gently into your face neck after cleansing, morning and evening. For best age-defying results follow with Frankincense Intense™ Cream.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Heptyl Undecylenate, Acacia Senegal Gum, Bambusa Arundinacea Stem Powder, Polyglyceryl-3 Rice Branate, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil*, Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil*, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil*, Sclerotium Gum, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder*, Boswellia Carterii Oil, Boswellia Neglecta Resin Oil*, Commiphora Confusa Resin Oil*, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Caprooyl Tetrapeptide-3, Trifluoroacetyl Tripeptide-2, Gardenia Jasminoides Meristem Cell Culture, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Oil*, Commiphora Myrrha Oil, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Rhizobian Gum, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Levulinic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Dextran, Xanthan Gum, Citronellol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool.  *Organically produced ingredient.  Natural constituent of essential oils listed.  cosDNA.com analysis

Wild Rose Beauty Balm ~ I can actually use this item, because it contains vitamin-rich wild rosehip oil, not rose flower or rose oil.  I will use this as a cleanser to get the exfoliating benefits.   The other type of uses seems too rich for my facial type.  Full Size 1.76 oz Value $70.00, so this Sample Size .07 oz  is a Value $2.78

Description: For all skin types.  Rich cleanser. Gentle exfoliant. Deeply nourishing balm. Full facial treatment. Made with 99% organic ingredients.

How To Use:   This balm can be used in 3 ways – as a deep nourishing balm for dry skin, for simple cleansing and exfoliating, or as part of a full facial treatment to decongest and enrich the skin. If you purchase the full size, it comes with an organic muslin cloth.

Ingredients: Rosa canina (Rosehip) seed oil*, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil*, Cera alba (Beeswax)*, Butyrospermum parkii (Shea butter)*, Cannabis sativa (Hemp) seed oil*, Borago officinalis (Borage) seed oil*, Pelargonium graveolens (Geranium) flower oil*, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) leaf oil*, Boswellia carterii (Frankincense) oil, Cymbopogon martini (Palmarosa) herb oil*, Pogostemon cablin (Patchouli) leaf oil*, Ascorbyl palmitate, Tocopherol, Citral, Citronellol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool. Natural constituent of essential oil listed. *Organically produced ingredient.  cosDNA.com analysis

Rehydrating Rose Facial Polish ~ This does have rose flower in it, so I cannot use this antioxidant exfoliator that also contains milk thistle and aloe vera ingredients.   Full Size is 3.53 oz at $23.00 so this .07 oz (?) sample is .43 cents

Description: Exfoliates and enriches normal to dehydrated skin. Antioxidant milk thistle and aloe vera combined with gently exfoliating wild rose seed powder to leave skin smooth, enriched and revitalised. Made with 84% organic ingredients.  Benefits include enriching, brightening, refreshing and rich in protecting antioxidant.

How to Use: Apply to damp skin with a circular massage motion to cleanse the skin. Rinse.

Ingredients: Aqua, Zea mays (Corn) starch*, Glycine soja (Soya) oil*, Glycerin*, Rosa centifolia (Rose) flower extract, Olea europaea (Olive) fruit oil*, Zinc oxide, Sucrose cocoate, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) oil*, Rosa canina (Wild rose) seed powder*, Cetearyl olivate, Alcohol denat., Sorbitan olivate, Silybum marianum (Milk thistle) seed extract*, Propolis extract*, Cetyl alcohol, Aloe barbadensis (Aloe vera) leaf juice powder*, Rosa damascena (Rose) flower oil*, Citrus limonum (Lemon) peel oil expressed*, Cananga odorata (Ylang ylang) flower oil*, Pelargonium graveolens (Geranium) flower oil*, Tocopherol, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil*, Xanthan gum, Dehydroacetic acid, Levulinic acid, Glycerin, Potassium sorbate, Citric acid, Benzyl alcohol, Benzyl benzoate, Benzyl salicylate, Citral, Citronellol, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Isoeugenol, Limonene, Linalool.  *Organically produced ingredient. Natural constituent of essential oils listed.    cosDNA.com analysis


WHEWWWWW… never thought I would get thru that SpotLight!! haha


hydra Lemongrass Aromatherapy Shower Burst (Aromatherapy) ~  hyrda, a San Francisco, CA based company,  has several shower burst collections ~  a Signature, Wellness, Spa and Pure Essentials ~ This lemongrass is from their pure essentials as it is only 100% lemongrass essential oil as the scent.  You just place this shower burst on a dish or in a sachet (which they sell) and “wet briefly to activate the aromatherapy experience.”  You should keep it out of the direct stream of your shower, otherwise, it will melt too fast.  I love lemongrass scents so I am very happy to get this! Full Size Value $4.95

Description: hydra Lemongrass Aromatherapy Shower Burst is excellent for when a bath is not an option, yet you still want to enjoy the finest unblended essential oils in your cleansing routine.  These take showering to a whole other level!

Hill Country Haiku Handcrafted Shea Butter Mini Soap Bar in Cucumber Mint (Blissful Body) ~ I do not know if they gave out other scents, but I LOVE cucumber scents ~ I have an Olay Cucumber shower gel and a Dove Cucumber antiperspirant ~ that is how much I love my cucs! Hill Country is in Spicewood (I LOVE the name of that town!), TX and they have a great variety of soap scents ~ blackberry & sage, cranberry & fig, chocolate espresso, honey, Moroccan mint, white tea & ginger, just to name a few ~ and I think I might have to purchase some of these scents ~ They do sell the minis, so that is a fantastic way for me to grab some of these scents that appeal to me!  The Cucumber mint is a lightly scented cuc & mint soap, and it is just making me hungry for lazy, hot summer days with a tall, ice-cold glass of cucumber-mint water!  Mini Bar 1.5 oz Value $1.85  Full Size is 5 oz at $6.95

Description: Hill Country Haiku Handcrafted Shea Butter Mini bars are just as beautiful as they are cleansing.   Shea butter is one of the keys to a non drying, cleansing routine.  Cherish the experience.  Breathe in the scent and feel the soft lather on your skin.   So refreshing … you’re in the summer garden with Cucumber & Mint.  Two simple, yet complex fragrances. The two married well and you will love the uplifting aroma.


So, what do I think of my first Herbal Bliss Co box?  I really enjoyed all the products enclosed here, except for the Spotlight ~ only because foils really do not give me a feel for beauty items, unless I get several of the same type.  They are good to toss in a carry on, but I usually do not use foils, unless the contents are really interesting to me.  I love how Herbal Bliss breaks down each category, and I am eager to try out the vinegar, soap and shower burst. I cannot believe how I lucked out with getting a cucumber mint soap and a lemongrass shower burst, because I love those scents!  I am also looking forward to using the Arnica oil as I do get achy muscles and sore back/neck.

I paid $22.00 for my box as I am on a 3 month-subscription and received a value of $43.46 (approximately).  I am really looking forward to March’s box and that ships out in a few days as Herbal Bliss ships around the 15th of each month. 

Do you subscribe to Herbal Bliss?  Are you interested in this subscription and what products do you want to try out?

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