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Ellada Lane – Greek Subscription Box Review – Vol. 1

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Ellada Lane is a brand new subscription box that sends you an assortment of goods from Greece every other month. This is their first box, so I had no idea what to expect. I was definitely not expecting to pull this out of the packing peanuts:

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This is officially my first treasure trunk in a subscription box!

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One important thing to call out – I had to pay duties/fees upon receipt of this box. I can’t remember the exact amount, but I think it was around $20.

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The Subscription Box: Ellada Lane

The Cost: $149 a box for an ongoing subscription (ships every other month)

IMPORTANT: Since this is a new subscription box, I strongly recommend using PayPal for checkout so you can easily cancel your subscription or dispute any charges if necessary.

The Products: “Boutique products will be curated each time from different parts of Greece. The first parcel is created in Santorini and the Cyclades Islands such as Naxos, Paros and many more. Unique products are chosen individually, with the sole purpose to travel the owner to the beauty of each location.”

Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your wishlist or subscription list!

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This box comes with a booklet detailing the items included and other info about Santorini and the Cyclades:

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They also included postcards. Basically this box is full of pictures that make me say:

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And there is a fold out map of Santorini from Atlantis Books

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Now onto the items inside the treasure chest!

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Fish & Olive Lemon Squeezer + Mortar and Pestle

These are made with olivewood and they are definitely high quality pieces:

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I think these would make a great hostess gift, and they are pretty enough that I would want them out on display.

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We have a box within a box within a box. This is…

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the inception of subscription boxes! (Alternatively, this might just be evidence that I shouldn’t be writing reviews late at night!)

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So, inside this box we have:

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The Family Beez Wildflower Honey 

I love getting gourmet goodies in boxes like this. This honey looks great, and it is another item that would work as a hostess gift if needed. 

 

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Krinaki Bracelet

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This piece is lovely, and another quality item. It also has a lot of give so you can bend it to match your wrist perfectly if you like. Here it is on:

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Silk Scarf

This item isn’t listed in the booklet, and there is no tag with fabric materials, so I’m assuming it is an all silk scarf. The fabric is very lightweight, and the detail is beautiful:

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If you received this box and can weigh in on the fabric content let me know. I feel like I may not be able to tell apart a $5 scarf from a $200 one.

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Heart Bookmark

This is another item not listed in the booklet. I wish we had information on both of these remaining items!

Verdict: This is an interesting box! I didn’t list values of items in this box because literally everything would have been an estimate, and I think I would have likely been way off. (I can’t find any of these items for sale online). I think not being able to easily buy these items from the US is definitely a perk to some subscribers, though!

I enjoyed this box and I definitely feel like quality and unique items were sent. I signed up for an annual subscription up front, (a bit of a risky move), so I’m very interested to see what else we will be getting in future boxes.

If you are thinking of signing up for this box though, please read this first:

  1. Boxes didn’t ship on time, and there was some communication about shipping delays, but I think we should have received the Vol. 2 box by now. (I should call out that I am late in getting this review out – it arrived over a month ago).
  2. You may be charged customs upon delivery.
  3. Definitely make sure to pay with PayPal in case you need to dispute charges. (I’m always a little hesitant with any new boxes – especially ones without great shipping track records).

What do you think of the first Ellada Lane box? Did you subscribe?

 

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!
All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

47 Comments

  1. I don’t mind waiting for a sub box. Where I’m confused with this particular one is which box am I getting & is this an auto-pay sub?

    I purchased the sub on Jan 13th. I have yet to receive any form of confirmation of “Thank you for subscribing….” Or “your first box will be the ______ box which ships on _______.” I paid through PayPal so I’m not that concerned but it sure would be nice if they offered better communication with this sub. Especially since the only reason I am receiving any communication from them at all is because I signed up for their email newsletters. Sigh.

  2. I have not. Very disappointed in the way this is being handled. I have emailed and posted twice and no response. If i do not receive a shipping notice by Monday I am filing a claim with PayPal to get a refund of my annual subscription. Emails making false promises will not do anymore for me. I suspect they have a lot of angry customers right now.

  3. Has anyone received a tracking number number or anything for the second box? I got an email a few weeks ago saying that I would have it in 10-14 days. I emailed them and called them several times asking for a tracking number but I haven’t received any reply

  4. I just recently swapped quite generously (two 1951 Large clutches) for this trunk and all of the contents. Unfortunately, my trunk did not include the purple and white wooden keepsake box that included the honey. I received the honey, but not the wooden keepsake box. Is anyone else missing their keepsake box?

    • No, but I don’t need the box my honey was in, if you want to contact me on the swap site we can work something out.

      • Do you have it up for swap otherwise how do I locate you? Sorry I am fairly new to this site and never had to search for anyone. I thought if I would click on your name it would take me to your site but it did not.

        • I have listed my honey box on the swap site. If you have an account there, you can find me under the same name.

          • @DianeER Thanks. I just submitted a swap request.

  5. Has anyone heard anything about the Athens box? I cannot get them to respond to me. It was supposed to ship in December and it is now February. They said it was shipping middle January. They are already stating that the Valentine’s box is shipping February 5th, but nothing about the Athens box. If someone has heard anything could someone let me know.

    • I heard from Stavros that they have worked out a new shipping partner and expect the Athens box to arrive to us by Valentine’s Day (so probably slightly after the Valentine’s Day box, I guess?).

      • Thanks Diane ER. You must have an in with him because I can never get him to return my emails. We will see if we actually get that email. I think they might have the wrong email address for me. IF you get something can you post it her so I can try contacting him if necessary.

  6. I am having serious box envy with this one! Those who were brave enough to try out a new sub have been handsomely rewarded. I just signed up for the month-to-month which starts with Crete, bummed that I missed out on 1.2 though and have to wait until March, but it will be a birthday present to myself. Also confused about 1.3 shipping in March if 1.1 has just arrived…

    • The owner says 1.2 should ship for delivery within the next 2 weeks and if so, 1.3 could definitely ship in March.

  7. What are the dimensions of that trunk?

    • 13″ long x 6″ deep x 8″ high

      • Thanks!

  8. I think I need to go greek, my college sorority daughter would be proud. Im emailing them now

  9. @Jerilynn, yes, I have just exchanged email with Stavros. Vol. 2 Athens will be shipping very soon and “should arrive in about 14 days”. He confirmed that they will not be using DHL anymore. Subscribers will receive an email with tracking information. He says there will be a limit of 200 boxes for Vol. 3 Crete, including the subscribers’ boxes. (“As an annual subscriber you don’t have to do anything just be curious what the next box might have included 🙂 “) The website is undergoing some upgrading, and subscribers will soon receive email detailing the changes. And they are now testing the code for a referral system! I sure wish that had been true before, since I think I might have been responsible for half a dozen subscriptions. 🙂

    If anyone would like, I can list the RV for the items from Vol. 1 Santorini as noted on the customs form.

    • Thanks Diane ER. I can’t believe they will only have 200 boxes. I would think they have close to that in annual subscribers plus with the new people who are joining I think it would be hard to stick at 200. Still, with everything hand done I can see why it has to stay small.

  10. I did have to pay customs fees. They billed me for them. Still I loved the box. Diane ER have you had any further communication with Stavros about when the next box will ship?

    Also, they announced the 3rd box as Crete and said there is a limit of 200 boxes or 200 additional boxes, not sure which one.

  11. I emailed Stavros and told him I had purchased an annual subscription and the Valentine’s Day box but too late for Box 1. He said I could still buy the first box and he will get it to me. So excited!!

  12. Are there any coupons that still work for this box? I saw they had one initially but I tried it and it didn’t work. I think I would be willing to jump in if there was a 20% off coupon.

  13. There were no import duties due on my Vol. 1 box. Liz, you can find the RV of the items by looking at the customs form attached. The bracelet is listed on the customs form as RV 105 Euros! It alone is worth the wait for the box for me! It is easily adjustable for a variety of wrist sizes and is delicate but not dainty, which suits me well. I loved the scarf (it came from The Silk Shop on Santorini and is listed on the customs form as silk, RV 35 Euros), but knew I would be too hard on it so I swapped it to someone who can give it the love it deserves. I’ve happily used everything else in the box. And the quantity of honey: do you realize that’s a full POUND of honey?! Delicious! Eagerly awaiting shipment of Vol. 2 in another week or so!

    • Thanks for the tip – I totally should have thought to look at the customs form! I’ll make sure to do that for future reviews.

      And so glad that you loved the box! 🙂

      • Liz, I’d be happy to send you a picture of my customs form, if you want to have it for future reference or to edit to add the RVs, just let me know.

  14. I feel kind of meh about this box for this price point, especially when considering the potential for added costs in the ways of fees and duties. I really liked all the items, but the only thing I loved was the trunk.

    But the reason I’m posting is just because I wanted to say I loved this review. Liz’s posts are always, always, ALWAYS my very favorite. I never read who the author of the post is until I get to the bottom and I always know when it’ll be Liz because of how much fun it is to read the post. I love living vicariously through subscription addiction’s reviews.

    • OMG – thank you! Happy to hear you enjoy my reviews 🙂

    • I can always tell when it’s Liz’s reviews halfway through! Liz and Haley are my favorite bloggers ever.

  15. Ooooh, I want that TRUNK! Is it real leather?

    • It is wood with leather and brass accents.

  16. I’m not going to be thrilled if there are duties coming in on each of these boxes. Isn’t there a threshold (like if they list the values under $200 on packaging) that there won’t be dues? There is some formula I am sure. And they should list it in local costs since it obviously would be more expensive for us to buy over here. So it would come in lower.

    • I did not have to pay any customs duties on my parcel.

  17. My honey didn’t actually come in a separate box but I still loved this box. So much so that I signed up for an annual subscription after I received it.

  18. I got the box and loved it! I believe the scarf is is silk as they spoiled it was from the silk shop in Santorini. I will be wearing the scarf today! The honey came in a little box that is actually shaped like a hive and the hive number is on the outside of the box. The map is actually annotated and describes the guys from the bookstore favorite places to go on the island. After getting my box I changed to a yearly subscription.

    I do agree with Liz that shipping on this box has been spotty. For the first box they used both Dhl and Ups and the dhl boxes were stuck in Europe for over a month. They now use only ups. It can also be difficult to get a response from the company on certain matter, but they do seem to be improving. There next box which is Athens ships in 2 weeks so we will see what it brings.

    • was your box diff than thebox pictured? For the honey?

  19. Great box! How does it work with the customs fees? Do you have to pick it up at the post office and pay them before they will release your box?

    • I think only a random few recipients had to pay customs fees. (I did not.)

  20. I’d give anything for that trunk!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. I’m sold. After reading this review, I had to sign up. Every single item is unique! That book mark alone is a piece of art! I was waivering all weekend on adding one more sub box to my list & really thought it was going to be Luxor. Then I saw this one & it was love at first sight. Thanks Liz! (And thanks for the heads up to use PayPal! That’s the way I went.)

    • I think you chose right! Such a great box, that trunk… I want!!!
      But I have no funds… 🙁

  22. Gorgeous items!

    I’m glad you’re having fun writing the reviews, Liz! ? I appreciate the Inception and Clueless references- and Tina Fey, of course ?

  23. I am so happy I did the annual subscription to this box. As far as the items I received, it is the best box out there. The items are so lux and I love the curating. I can’t wait for the next one. That being said, the shipping delays with this box were ridiculous, it was supposed to be shipped in Oct. and I received my box Dec. 27th and had to pay customs fees. I wrote their customer support numerous times and they were always polite and helpful. So all in all, if you sign up for this box, you’re going to LOVE the box, but expect shipping delays!

  24. PS- I should have said, and didn’t, that the entire box is full of beautiful things from Greece which I would love, and nothing I wouldn’t adore.

  25. Would love to get that honey!

  26. OH MY STARS!!!!
    How I wish I had climbed out on that limb and subscribed!
    The leather trunk is such a surprise, both the looks of it and the fact that you pulled an actual trunk out of your box. I love the whimsical touch. 🙂

    I would LOVE the mortar and pestle as I’m a nurse and before there were plastic pill crushers and so forth, we did use mortar and pestle. So great for many kitchen uses now.

    The scarf, if silk, is likely over a $100 value. I have a few 100% silk scarves and they were over $100 00 years ago when scarves were first popular for baby boomers to wear. Ditto for cashmere. Each of these two fabrics are so soft and, as you said, light.

    You can tell whether an item is silk by burning a thread or two from the edges. ( Not that you should do this with your scarf, but if it was mine, I’d clip off two tiny pieces of the fringed tasseled part.)
    IF it is silk, the burning will produce a fine ash. If it is synthetic, which I’ve never seen a silk and other fiber mixed fiber scarf, then the thread will melt, as synthetics melt, not burn clean like natural fabrics.

    I used to collect vintage clothing, and sometimes, I had to do the burn test on a small seam selvage ( the insides of the seams are the selvage and a great place to cut a teeny bit) on a few pieces : a gorgeous dress or dressing gown from the 40’s, as rayon became popular in the late 30’s for some really high fashion items. Some vintage clothiers would try to pass off rayon as silk and there’s a difference. Rayon actually holds up better many years later, as vintage silk ” shatters”, meaning the fabric starts separating and there’s no fix for it. it doesn’t burn like silk, though.

    With that out of the way, I really believe that if anything related to the item says ” silk scarf” these days, it IS silk. I don’t think it’s legal to misstate the fiber content.

    • There’s another way to tell if an item is pure silk without setting fire to it, lol. You should be able to easily pull the entire thing through your wedding ring. Or any ring that fits your finger.
      I’ve seen bulky coats pulled through a ring. Of course the lining and thread also had to be silk to do that.

  27. What a beautiful box. Now I want to go to Greece. This box is a little too pricey for me but maybe if I can whittle down a few boxes I could afford it. Or use the money I’m saving for a trip to Greece!

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