Unboxing August 2016 Herbal Bliss Co

Herbal Bliss has fantastic customer service ~ Julie let me know back in early August that this month’s box was going to be mailed after the 20th, as she was out of town.  Those types of personal consideration really make me appreciative of their services!  BTW – I do love this subscription box ~ it is one of the best indie sub boxes out there, imho.  Herbal Bliss is a unique eco-friendly subscription service, as their whole theme is around providing herbal products ~ samples, full sized ~  from artisan crafted companies around the USA.   Their monthly lifestyle box will contain 5 items that could be culinary, health, beauty, aromatherapy and more.

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. (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!

Moroccan Magic Lemon Thyme Lip Balm  In case this is the first time you are reading it, I am a lip balm addict.  I love getting new flavors of lip balm and I do not believe I have had one that is a lemon-thyme mix!  Moroccan Magic uses pure high grade, USDA organic Argan oil and infuses it into their lip balms, along with sunflower oil, beeswax and organic herbs,  giving your lips complete moisturize and protection.   They also make their lip balms in Peppermint Eucalyptus and Rose flavors too.  Kristina Tsipouras is the owner of Moroccan Magic and she is also the co-founder of Zoos Greek iced tea. Based on the interview in the Boston Globe, it sounds like no one has made an argan oil lip balm before! 

The oil, named for the tree fruit and traditionally produced by hand, has become popular in hair care products for its smoothing, moisturizing properties. The 30-year-old Tsipouras decided to experiment with it on skin and believes she has found lip-obsession perfection. “I was shocked,” she said. “No one’s hit the market with argan oil lip balm.”

Moroccan Magic is made in my neck of the woods ~ Milton, MA and they have been certified organic by Oregon Tilth.  I am pretty excited to try this and it looks like they will be carried at Whole Foods soon (if they aren’t already) If you would rather order online, Moroccan Magic has free shipping on orders over $25.00 ~ just use promo code FREESHIP  Full Size .15 oz RV $3.99

Description: Why we put Organic Argan Oil in our Lip Balms? In Morocco, argan oil (also known as moroccan oil) is traditionally used the on face, body, and lips. After being gifted a bottle of the pure “magic oil” last year, we started testing it on our lips and face at home. Overwhelmed by the deep hydrating result and silky texture, we created a magical lip balm, Moroccan Magic. Over six months of testing and many focus groups went into production with what people are calling “the smoothest lip balm they have ever used”! We hope you love it as much as we do!

Ingredients:   Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Beeswax, Organic Argan Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Peppermint  Essential Oil, Organic Lemon Essential Oil,Vitamin E, Organic Thyme Essential Oil, Organic Rosemary Extract, Organic Calendula Extract

Clean Living Collection Illuminating Viridescent Mask  I was happy to have this until I saw the rose otto ingredient 😦 I am allergic to rose and this does smell like rose!  I do know someone I can gift this too and she will love it as it is full of great ingredients ~ Manuka Honey, which is an antioxidant that will help heal and moisturize your skin and Spirulina and French clay, which will help detox and aborb toxins and excess oil.   This mask is black-green in color, due to the spirulina and clay and has a jelly texture, due to the honey.  It is handcrafted in small batches and no toxic preservatives or artificial fragrances were used.   This 1 oz pot contain 10 mask treatments or more if you use it as a spot treatment. Full Size 1 oz Value $20.00

Description: The Illuminating Viridescent Mask will quite literally have you “glowing green”. This mask will lead to healthy, glowing skin because spirulina works to repair and rejuvenate any tired/dull areas you might have. Scented with rose damascena, frankincense, and ylang ylang, it is unique, intoxicating, and calming.

Manuka honey – High in the antibacterial agent methylglyoxal (this is present in small amounts in most honey, but Manuka honey contains 100 times more MG than regular honey), potent anti-inflammatory properties (soothes inflamed skin and heals blemishes), natural humectant (draws moisture to the skin, enhancing elasticity and cell regeneration)  The Clean Living Collection always strives to create and distribute products of the highest quality, that is why we use Manuka honey with UMF +16. The Manuka honey used in these masks is sourced from Graham Cammell’s farm in New Zealand, UMF license # 1033

Spirulina – Extremely high in chlorophyll, which is a potent deotoxing and cleansing agent. It is also very high in antioxidants which fight free radicals, sun damage, and age spots. Improves general dryness and and irritation around the eyes, which reduce fine lines and dark circles.It also eliminates surface bacteria, which prevents and fights acne.

French green clay Cleanses (removes excess oil and impurities which clogs pores) and exfoliates dry skin. It is a gentle clay, that tightens the skin while also leaving it feel soft and supple.

Ingredients  Real New Zealand Manuka honey (UMF 16+), *spirulina, French green clay, essential oils of rose damascena, frankincense, *ylang ylang *Certified Organic  cosDNA analysis

Make Your Place: Affordable, Sustainable Nesting Skills by Raleigh Briggs (Microcosm Publishing)  Oh this is fantastic!  I am one of the world’s worst housekeepers ~ I hate cleaning and the only way to interest me is to come up with new and fun ideas, so this book is right up my alley. This book contain hundreds of DIY recipes from skincare to housecare ~ simplifying your lifestyle without using toxic products.  I love this book ~ the pages are handwritten with illistrations ~ a tutorial to create your own salves, body care, first aid kits,  health tips, cleaning tips and supplies ~ this is perfect!  This book has 3 sections

  • Health & First Aid: Includes essential oils, making salves, infusion, tonics, gut issues, colds & flu and more
  • Nontoxic Cleaning & Body Care: Includes basic ingredients for cleaning, all purpose cleaners, windows, laundry, pest control, herbs for skin & hair, shampoo, facial cleansers and more
  • Gardening: Includes plant anatomy, assessing space, when to plant, testing & improving soil, composting

I will have to purchase one for my sister ~ she will love this. RV $9.95


Aura Cacia Ginger Mint Aromatherapy Spray   I love Aura Cacia products ~ my local drugstore carries some of their oils and bath salts and I own their Yoga Mist in Sweet Orange and Peppermint.  This aromatic spray can be used either as a room or body mist and I have to say, it is wasted on the room!  It smells so good ~ it reminds me of ginger ale with that warm spicy scent, along with the cool, fresh mint.  This is very refreshing on my skin and feels wonderful as well as an uplifting and soothing scent. It is made with 100% pure essential oils and water, with no synthetic colors stabilizers, synthetic fragrances, synthetic color fragrances, parabens and there is no animal testing.  The aluminum bottle is recyclable as well as portable.   Full Size 4 oz RV $7.99

Ingredients: Spring Water (Purified), Citrus Limonum (Lemon) Oil (Lemon), Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Oil (Peppermint), Mentha Spicata (Spearmint) Leaf Oil (Spearmint), Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Oil (Ginger)


Locally Preserved Basil Simple Syrup  Simple syrups are sugar and water heated together and then allowed to cool down ~ they last a long time and are used anywhere you need to add some sweetness.  I rarely make them, but they are very popular in the South (with their infamous Sweet Tea).   It comes as no surprise that Locally Preserved is located in the heart of the South ~ New Orleans!   They have infused their syrup with basil, which gives this sweet treat a wonderful herbal scent and taste.  I already tried it in some hot tea (yes, I used a honey dipper as it looked nicer than a spoon!) and I think this would be fantastic in lemonade or limeade ~ I make a blueberry lemonade with basil leaves and this syrup can take the place of the sweetener and basil leaves.  They have other great flavors too ~ ginger (yum!), hibiscus, lavender, mint, thyme, sage, rosemary and rose.  Locally Preserved has seasonal flavors as well ~ like spring-time strawberries and fall pumpkin as well as selling fruit syrups (like watermelon mint), jams, jellies and other fun preserves.   Full Size 8 oz RV $8.00

Description: There’s no mistaking the aroma of fresh basil, and our syrup packs a wallop of basil’s signature scent. Use our Basil Simple Syrup in one of your favorite spring/summer citrus-based cocktails, or use it to sweeten your favorite -ade (lemonade, blueberry-ade, strawberry-ade, ginger-ade) or iced tea.  Locally Preserved is a New Orleans company on a mission to preserve what is grown locally … everywhere. Today, we buy all of our seasonal fruits and vegetables from farmers in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, and we only distribute our products in the region where they are grown to reduce our carbon footprint. In the near future, we will take our sustainable business ecosystem national – engaging with local farmers and producing region-specific syrups, jams and jellies. Maine blueberries, Michigan cherries, Washington apples, New Mexico chiles – it’s on the horizon. We’re taking local national.

I really loved this month, even though I cannot use the facial mask, but that will make a really nice gift as it is so luxe.  This box ~ actually, it came in two parcels because of the simple syrup ~ is really lovely.  The lemon thyme lip balm made with argan oil, a fantastic uplifting and invigorating mist in ginger and mint, a sweet treat with basil ~ perfect time of year for this too ~ just winding down with summer, but we are still enjoying cool refreshing drinks.   I love the sustainable book too ~  that will make for some excellent reading and it is so charming with its hand written words and drawings.  Excellent month from Herbal Bliss and Julie is really doing a fantastic curation with her boxes.  I paid $17.00  for my box, as I am on a 6 month subscription with one of their promo codes  (you should follow me on IG, as I will post any code when I see them) and received almost a $50.00 value 😀

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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4 thoughts on “Unboxing August 2016 Herbal Bliss Co

  1. I loved this months box, I am really enjoying this subscription, so glad to have read about it on your blog. I love the basil syrup, being Southern I of course had to try it in my sweet tea! As I’m part Scottish I then had to try it in my hot tea that I drink for breakfast. I have never heard of these types of syrups so really happy for the chance to try it. I can’t wait to try the mask, I’m sure my husband will just love to see me walking around the house with that on my face LOL.

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    1. I am so happy you found this box thru my blog! I love this sub – it just keeps getting better and there are always very interesting products in here. The basil syrup is really tasty – I am very interested in the other herbal syrups – I keep thinking that the ginger would taste good in hot cocoa 🙂


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