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My Lemon Crate Subscription Box Review + Coupon – May 2016

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My Lemon Crate is a monthly subscription that sends you complete DIY kits to help you discover and incorporate essential oils in your home!

MY LEMON CRATE MAY 2016 - packaging

Every month they send you everything you need to make 3-5 complete recipes.

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This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

The Subscription Box: My Lemon Crate

The Cost: $29/month + free shipping

COUPON: Save 20% off your first box with code MSA20!

The Products: All of the supplies to make 3-5 recipes featuring essential oils

Ships to: US and APO addresses

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MY LEMON CRATE MAY 2016 - info 1

Every month’s box has a theme/idea that it’s curated around.

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Here are the oils we’re working with this month.

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The first project I did was the Cooling Aloe Spray.

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I love this – I keep it in my fridge and spray it to refresh/moisturize during the day. It was pretty easy – just combining ingredients. I love that the bottle is glass, too.

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Next was the coconut hair mask and lime infused salt!

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I’ve never used lime-infused salt, but I don’t drink so I’ll have to try it with chicken soup or corn on the cob, like they recommend on the info card!

I haven’t used the hair mask yet, but I’m looking forward to it… I need one! It’s still melt-y liquid in this photo because I microwaved it a little to make the coconut oil stir-able. I’ve been recommended to use coconut oil as a hair mask, so the olive and essential oils can only make it even more effective than that.

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Last, I made the sunscreen. I never knew you could DIY sunscreen!

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For this project, you had to melt some things in a double-broiler.

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All done! I think I waited a little longer than I should have to pour it into the container; it had thickened from being totally liquid so it was messy and difficult to get it in the tube. I can’t speak to how well it works, because I don’t personally care for the texture. It’s super thick and doesn’t absorb very well – I think it’s probably the beeswax? Maybe there’s too much; I’m not sure.

Verdict: This wasn’t my favorite My Lemon Crate, but I still enjoyed it and learned some things! I know the projects are pretty easy but I’m okay with that because I can’t commit to super hands-on or complicated projects right now as a new mom, but also the point of the box isn’t to be challenging; the point is to teach you new ways to use oils. And it did that!

As far as value goes, I personally think the value is there. I could get the little jars and containers and such for less than $29, but not also full sizes of all the other ingredients involved and definitely not also the essential oils I would need. And like I mentioned earlier, it is convenient to not have to buy full-size containers of ingredients like this that I wouldn’t really use except for just a couple projects.

What do you think about My Lemon Crate?

Written by Haley Faye

Haley Faye

Haley Faye first discovered Beauty Army and Birchbox in 2012 and instantly fell hard and fast for the world of subscription boxes. Over the years of writing for MSA she has found many subscriptions to fuel her addiction, but her favorites include fashion, geeky, beauty, and mom/baby boxes to share with her son.
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  1. My apologies! I read the recipe incorrectly and thought I need 1 oz of jojoba oil for the aloe spray. Thinking about it now, 1 oz of oil for “spray” is way too much! DOH! I appreciate My Lemon Crate for sending me another sample of the oil to replace the one that came in the box. Looking forward to making this as it has reached the 90s here in NYC! Aack!

  2. Also, how were you able to make your Aloe cooling spray? I was getting ready to make this the other day when I discovered that there was nothing in my jojoba oil sample. I don’t think it leaked as there wasn’t any oil residue on the drawstring bag. I contacted the company and they kindly offered to send me another sample while also telling me that it was just a sample and wasn’t enough to make the spray! I was quite bummed about that!

    • We send the complete contents to make full-size recipes. Sometimes, the quantity for the components is only a few drops, so the vials appear to have little in them. The “sample” vials was just how I term the small glass container that holds the oils; Not that the product you are making is only a sample quantity. Sorry for the confusion.

  3. I recently discovered that there are 11 ingredients that the FDA bans for use in cosmetic products in the US. The EU (European Union version of the FDA bans over 200 ingredients for use in their products! Something to think about when leaving all your faith in using something FDA approved. Everyone should do their own research on what they use on their own body and make their own judgements!

  4. I’d love this box if anyone is interested in swapping. Please let me know. I’ll be following comments. Thanks!

  5. Please don’t depend on the sunscreen for protection. Sunscreen is regulated by the FDA. Natural products can have sun protection properties, but they can’t legally make claims to this.

    • 100% accurate. They’d do well to not make those claims in advertising on on packaging in the future or they risk scrutiny by the FDA. It happens more than people think. I’m glad that it does since the intent is to protect consumers. I’d hate to think I was using a wonderful, natural sunscreen on my kids only to learn after they were burned that the claims were complete bunk.

      • The disclaimer is clearly marked on the recipe. There is proven validity in the natural benefits and SPF factors of plant based products, oils, waxes, and butters we sent- and every recipe is thoroughly tested before being considered for the crate. But with everything, the consumer should do what feels right for them.

        • I certainly appreciate your tenacity and belief in your products, but to make claims about “proven validity” and “every recipe was thoroughly tested” is reckless, especially as a company who publishes the disclaimer that these products have not been evaluated by the FDA. Proven validity and thorough testing includes publishing data and testing methods with reproducible results. If you had either of those things, you would probably have FDA approval and would have no need for the disclaimer. Making claims of validity and testing opens you up to scrutiny you do not want.

          tl;dr – Words mean things. You should be careful.

          • For a product to be able to get FDA approved it has to be able to be replicated, the exact same product each and every time. EO’s are extracted from plants, trees, shrubs, seeds, and more. The DNA of each of those differs , the chemical makeup will be different therefore not able to be duplicated. If FDA approved products are the only products that you believe to be safe, our toxin free products will fall short every time; but as I said, it’s up to the consumer to make that decision for themselves.

          • You also stated that you thoroughly tested the products and they have proven validity. I’m simply recommending you chose your words carefully because, as you said, that is not possible with your products.

          • It’s a subscription company of DIY kits that incorporate essential oils, not a sunscreen company itself. The customer actually makes the sunscreen so why would they want FDA approval for 1 monthly project anyway?

          • Who has proven it and who has tested it? Is there scientific data to back up your claims?

            Essential oil snake oil MLM companies are making all sorts of outlandish claims about the efficacy of their products. Check out doTerra and Young Living for a good laugh.

            This is a spa craft box with some nice scents. That’s about it.

        • If I order a box does it ship on a certain date? I am moving and not sure which address I should send it to. If I ordered today when would my first box ship?

          • If you order today your first box will ship next week (the first week of June). Our cutoff date is the 5th of every month. If you order after the 5th you would receive your first crate the following month.

    • Actually the FDA doesn’t test sunscreen. It sets the expectations and allows companies to self test and self monitor. Consumer reports May 2016 has a story about how 43 % of the sunscreens they tested did not work as advertised even when tested at the recommended usage. No SPF sunscreen alone will do the job. So, let’s not give the FDA too much credit.

      • The FDA has a lot of problems, for sure. Why sunscreens are not regulated is bizarre- it is basically a medical product, not just a beauty product. However, it is a consumer safety, protection and regulation bureau, and absolutely necessary in an age of limited government regulation. Read a little Sinclair Lewis and thank heavens for the FDA.

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