Unboxing September 2015 Herbal Bliss Co

My September Herbal Bliss came while I was on vacation, and it did go out late ~ however,  Herbal Bliss does update their FB page with statuses on the monthly boxes.   I so love this subscription box  ~ it just keeps getting better and better!    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)

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.

Contents Revealed

This month’s box had some lovely potpourri flower petals lining the box and my box just seemed so purple!  Lovely presentation this month.


Wandering Goods Tea Tree & Lemongrass Hand Sanitizer This is really a nice product to have ~ it is a mist-spray on hand sanitizer and therefore, applies and dries quickly.  It does initially smell like alcohol, as that is the main ingredient, but it does dry down to a light lemongrass scent.  It contains Tea Tree, which is an amazing product that I use on my face, but it is also good on your body as well ~ it contains antibacterial, antimicrobial, anti-fungal and antiseptic properties to ensure that your skin is clean and germ free!  Their shop looks very interesting and it seems they might be out of Oregon.   Travel Size  2 oz Value $6.00

About Wandering Goods:  100% Pure! All Wandering Goods products are handcrafted from the highest quality ingredients and scented with steam distilled essential oils. Contains no sulfates or detergents that can strip your skin of moisture.

Ingredients:  ethyl alcohol, distilled water, glycerin, tea tree essential oil, lemongrass essential oil


Cuisine Mentor Indian Tandoori Gourmet Spice Blend with Fenugreek   Last month, I received Chai tea in my  Herbal Bliss and now this month, Tandoori spice!! OMG!  This is SO great and I will be making Tandoori chicken this weekend (look for a pic on IG after I make it!)  I love love love Indian food, but rarely make it at home so to have something like this is amazing.  Tandoori chicken is one of my favorite dishes and they even included the recipe on the back of the package, along with the ever-oh-so-delicious raita (a cucumber, yogurt and herb dipping sauce).  Cuisine Mentor is an etsy shop that also sells on Amazon.  This one package makes 5 servings, so I will split it in half so that I get two uses out of it.   Keep sending the spices for Indian dishes, Herbal Bliss!!   Full Size 1.15 oz RV $10.00

Description: “Tandoori Chicken” is India’s version of a barbecued chicken. It is one of the most popular delicacies from the Northern India that has survived years of perfection. It dates back to the Mughal Empire (1526 – 1707). CuisineMentor’s Indian Tandoori is a Spice Blend with a perfect balance of spices and herbs that combines coriander, cinnamon, cumin, fennugreek, paprika, cloves, turmeric, cayenne, ginger, garlic, black pepper,. It is savory with a mild after kick. CuisineMentor Spice Blends are ALL NATURAL, no additives, preservatives or msg. They are also sugar free, gluten free. This blend is salt free.  Paprika gives our Tandoori a natural bright hue and color. Each pack makes 3 pounds of chicken, or 5 generous servings. Vegetarian variation can be made with tofu or as grilled vegetables, try making curry

Ingredients: paprika, garlic, cinnamon, ginger, coriander, turmeric, fenugreek, black pepper, cloves, cayenne

Since the recipe is hard to read in the photo, I have copied it out here

Tandoori Chicken – 5 servings

  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 package Cuisine Mentor Indian Tandoori Gourmet Spice Blend
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher Salt
  • 3 pounds chicken pieces (or 2.25 lbs boneless skinless chicken pieces

Make marinade: mix yogurt with spice blend and salt.

If using chicken  with skin, push skin back to expose meat. Cut deep slashes in several places on each chicken piece. Place chicken and marinade in a baking dish or large plastic bag. Marinate overnight in the refrigerator

To Bake: preheat over to 400 F.   Place chicken pieces in single layer on a rack in a baking pan. If pieces have skin, pull skin up over meat. Bake chicken for 46 minutes (boneless, skinless pieces for 25 minutes) or until cooked thru.

To Grill: preheat gas or charcoal grill. Grill pieces indirectly over medium heat, turning occasionally until completely cooked

Serve with rice, naan and traditional Indian yogurt salad – raita

Cucumber Yogurt Raita – 6 servings

  • 4 cucumbers, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint, dill or cilantro

Cut cucumbers lengthwise in half and scoop out seeds with a spoon. Slice the cucs 1/8 inch thick. Rub slices with salt and let stand 30 minutes in colander to drain.  Rinse under cold water and squeeze cucumber slices lightly in small bunches to remove as much liquid as possible. In a bowl, mix cucumber slices with yogurt and herbs. Refrigerate for 30 minutes


Sweet Harmony – HaHa Family Farm Essential Oil Taper Candles Aren’t these sweet looking?  They are artisan hand crafted and dipped taper candles made with beeswax, paraffin and essential oils.   The beeswax comes from HaHa Family Farm’s own bees.   There were several scents that were sent out and I received Lavender, as my candles are purple.  It is a lovely light scent and these tapers are so pretty and petite!   I need to check out their site for the other scents as I would love to get them all!  Full Size 4 4″ candles RV $3.50


Sciabica’s California Olive Oil Lavender Extra Virgin Olive Oil    Now, this can be used as a moisturizer, but it would be too heavy for my oily skin.  What I will use it for is as a culinary oil, as it does have a lovely lavender taste and scent to it and this is going to be a great oil for a fruit salad or baked goods, like the Scabicia’s Lavender Scone recipe.  I might just take their advice and purchase a pre-made mix (haha) and add in the lavender oil (I am so lazy!!)    Full Size 50 mL RV $10.00

Description: Mediterranean women have long known the secret to beautiful skin – extra virgin olive oil! Now we’ve taken our finest award-winning extra virgin olive oil and pressed it with locally harvested English Lavender, known for its gentle healing properties, to produce a sensational, delightfully fragrant, 100% all-natural Lavender Olive Oil.

Mr. Sciabica (Joseph) said he would never put anything on his skin that he wouldn’t eat! Our Lavender olive oil is made only from fresh California sun-ripened olives and succulent English Lavender.  Favorite Uses: Moisturizing, Lavender Scones or Coffee Cake

Ingredients: Olive Oil, Lavender Oil

Lavender Scones

(from http://sunshineinabottle.com)

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • grated peel of 1 orange (optional)
  • 1/3 cup Mission Spring Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 pumps Lavender Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 eggs (or 4 egg whites)
  • 1 egg white slightly beaten (to brush tops)
  • 1/2 cup dates, chopped (any dried or candied fruit may be used, such as dried cranberries)

In a mixing bowl, sift in dry ingredients; make well in center. Add eggs and olive oil; stir just until dough holds together. Add dates, then place on a lightly floured board. Pat dough down to about 2/3 inch thick. Cut into rounds with a 2 inch fluted cookie cutter. Dip cutter in flour each time keep dough from sticking. Place on a greased (or parchment lined) cookie sheet. Brush tops with beaten egg white.

Bake at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes until golden. Cool on a wire rack; serve warm.

Note: Dough may be patted down into a 7 inch round, then cut into 8 wedges.

You can actually turn any scone recipe or commercial scone mix into lavender scones by adding a few pumps of Sciabica’s Lavender Olive Oil to the dough before baking. Glazing the scones with a simple confectioners’ sugar frosting with a few drops of the lavender oil added enhances the flavor as well. 

Common Scents Soaps Truffle Bath Fizzies in White Tea & Ginger   This is actually two products, a bath fizzy that got pulverized and I had a nice coating of powder all over my goods this month ~ but it is okay, as most of the fizzy is still in the little container and I just put it in a plastic baggy to use ~ and a bath truffle, which is so pretty and detailed.  I almost don’t want to use it and then it got really humid in here (thank you Hurricane Joaquin)  and the top of the truffle turned dark blue!! haha    So, I guess that is an indication I should use it or it will turn colors!   This has a nice light scent of a floral tea ~ I cannot smell the ginger that well.  I couldn’t find this vendor online, so it must be a local shop.  The little “takeout” container is so cute and well decorated and it would have been nice to see what the intact fizzy looked like.   Based on what I see for bath fizzy tablets and truffles, this gift set is probably worth about $5.00 ~ $6.00

The difference between a bath fizzy and a bath truffle:

  • Bath Fizzy A bath fizzy are some form of a solid tablet, ball or some mold that are effervescent and will fizz when placed in your bath water.  They are also known as bath bombs.
  • Bath Truffle  Truffles are made with more butters or oils than bath fizzies, so they will add a lot of moisturize to the water and to your skin.  Depending on the type of truffle and the ingredients, it may or may not fizz.  This bath truffle has fizzy ingredients in it, so it will produce some bubbles!

Bath Fizzy Ingredients:  corn starch, baking soda, citric acid, dead sea salts, fragance, colorant (goats milk berry) 

Bath Truffle Ingredients:  baking soda, citric acid, cocoa butter, shea butter, goats milk, fragrance, colorant

This was another fantastic month from Herbal Bliss ~ I love the culinary products (as I will be using the lavender oil as such), the bath truffle is beautiful and I love the convenience of the spray hand sanitizer.  The taper candles are really sweet and I love the scent and color!  The presentation this month was also top notch.    I paid $20.00 for my box, as I am on a 6 month subscription and received a value of about $35.00, which is pretty good for an eco-friendly, herbal based subscription box!

Do you subscribe to Herbal Bliss?  Once again, I hope that more people sign up for their service, as I do believe they select unique products that are all based on herbs ~ I would never think of using a lavender oil in my food!   Are you interested in this subscription and what products do you want to try out?


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