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Essential Oil Box Subscription Box Review + Coupon- Jun 2016

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Herb Stop recently began offering a monthly subscription box filled with a variety of its essential oils.  All of their essential oils are 100% pure except for the blends (obviously) and the precious essential oils, which are stretched with jojoba oil.

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

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The Subscription Box: Essential Oil Subscription Box by Herb Stop

The Cost: $19.99 per month with free shipping

COUPON: Save 15% off your first box with code MSA15

The Products:  “Your box will arrive with 4 bottles (1/6 oz or 1/3 oz each) of essential oils, and/or essential oil blends, and/or roll-on essential oil blends.  Along with your aromas, you will receive a description of each oil, 3 tips on using each oil, as well as any safety information.”

Ships to:  US only

Check out all of our Essential Oil Box reviews and the Women’s Subscription Box Directory!

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

This month’s box is all about “Summer Ready.”  It feels like summer is in full swing here in Georgia already, it’s hard to believe it doesn’t start until Tuesday!

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The information sheet from Herb Stop is really impressive.  There’s a lot of knowledge packed in here!  Every oil they sent is matched with three different usage tips.  That’s really helpful!  Plus on the reverse side there is a recipe for a cellulite busting salt scrub that uses all three of the pure oils!  Fingers crossed it works!

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Here are the vials I received for this month!  They are (from left to right):

Cypress – We have a giant Leland Cypress in our front yard, and I love the bright, woodsy smell.  I’m so pleased to now have it in a vial, too!  What I did not know is that it can be used topically to help reduce varicose veins.  Amazing!

White Grapefruit – Citrus is always such an energizing scent to me, especially graprefruit.  Apparently it also helps reduce sugar cravings, which makes it a super win for me!

Sweet Fennel – I like the licorice scent of fennel, but only if it’s quite light, so I will have to use this really sparingly or diluted.  It’s supposedly very good for digestion as well as an energy boost.

Fat Attack Roll-On – This is a blend of grapefruit, cypress, cedarwood, lime, orange, basil, lemon, fennel, patchouli, and jojoba.  The patchouli seems to be the outstanding fragrance, as it usually is in blends.  There are several ways to apply this, and it claims to be helpful with all kinds of weight problems, from appetite to cellulite to water retention!  I’ve only used all of these oils once or twice now, but I’m really hopeful that they will make a difference!

Verdict:  This was my favorite package from Herb Stop Essential Oils so far!  It’s probably since all the issues that these oils help with are ones I happen to have!  I also really like all the fragrances they sent.  Essential oils are pretty expensive, but the amount of oils in these vials is small.  A little will go a long way, though, so I personally prefer having small amounts rather than bigger bottles I never use completely.  The biggest part of the value to me, however, is all of the know-how that is packed into the info sheet!  It speaks to not only what to use the oils for, but many different ways to apply them.  I think if you are interested in learning A LOT about how to use essential oils to improve your health and your life, then this box is definitely for you!

What do you think of the Herb Stop Essential Oil Subscription Box?

Written by Anna Rodriguez

Anna Rodriguez

Anna has been a fan of subscription boxes since joining Birchbox in 2013, but didn’t become a true addict until discovering subscriptions she could share with her children. Her favorites include Kiwi Crate and Fab Kids.
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.

29 Comments

  1. i am having a hell of a time canceling my BOX. keeps saying I do not have an account? and that my email is not found? how can I cancel?

    • Hi Katywaggoner,

      If you would like to give us a call at 877-345-4372, we will be more than happy to help you with your account.

      My apologies for your frustrations,

      Natalie

  2. Thanks for the review! I’m impressed and am going to sub!

    • Forgot to ask: Do you know if I will get this box? Want! 🙂

      • Hi Brooke! Yes, if you subscribe by the 28th of the month, you will get this month’s (June’s) box as your first box 🙂

        If you have any questions, please let us know,

        Natalie

        • Thanks Natalie! I signed up. 🙂

          FYI, the MSA15 coupon did not work…

          • Hi Brooke,

            I’m not sure what happened, but out system sent you to a regular checkout and not a subscription. I will call you later today to get it all straightened out and to apply your coupon code.

            My sincerest apologies!

  3. I didn’t know this sub box existed, going to add to my wants list and see if I can fit it in the budget ? I really, really like essential oils as I have really bad reactions to artificial smells. I got the starter kit to “a very well known mlm company” as my sister in law sells them. Well, I feel like I was duped into joining a cult. It’s weird. I posted a photo of my Sephora play sub box I received and one of the girls in the oil group commented to my sister in law that I shouldn’t be spending money on make up, I should be buying oils. Wtf! Then, you aren’t even allowed to mention any other brand out there, and they refer to those on the tiers above them as “our leaders” it seriously makes me uncomfortable. Sorry for the long rant… I just really, really love essential oils without the side of crazy. This would be a cool sub box to get.

    • Hi Anna,

      Thank you for your story – I feel like many people can relate to your experience and for that I am terribly sorry. I promise that if you join our subscription that will never happen to you with us 🙂 We are not an MLM company, but a family run business that has been serving our community for 25 years 🙂

      If you need anything at all or have any questions, please let us know <3

      Natalie

      Btw – I also get the Sephora box 😉

      • That is awesome, I really do like using essential oils and am happy to discover them. your company sounds fantastic 🙂 thank you for the response, I’m excited to continue my essential oil journey without the crazy ? love MSA for introducing me to products and companies I would never have found on my own!

  4. It’s great to see a company that is so knowledgable and uses essential oils safely! I’ve been keeping my eye on this subscription box and after reading the responses I can tell they are the real deal!

    • I 100% agree! A lot of EO companies do not focus on safety at all! I can’t believe some of the things I’ve seen some MLM reps recommend! Although I need to research this particular company and their oils further, I definitely like their responses to misinformation!

  5. I find this box to be totally off! I use a really good brand of Essential Oils and most I can use internally. While is company says they discourage taking essential oils internally, the only reason they do this is because they get their oils from an unknown source and haven’t tested them for therapeutic use and they can’t be sure of what’s in them. I really discourage people using these types of oil for any type of therapeutic use as they obviously haven’t been tested. Use only for aromatherapy if your going to use at all. Make sure before you use topically, infusing or orally that you know exactly where your oil is coming from. It could be synthetic, not organic or cut with other oils that are not for therapeutic use.

    • Hi Nancy,

      Thank you for your comment. We have been working with distilleries and the companies that represent them since 1992. We are very careful about sourcing only pure and unadulterated essential oils. I would be more than happy to show you a GC/MS sheet or a CofA on an essential oil, the industry standard, however understanding the specific chemical breakdown of an essential oil is quite complex .

      I would like to refer you to this article http://roberttisserand.com/2015/08/robert-tisserand-interviewed-on-ingestion-dilution-and-other-safety-issues/ , which explains essential oil safety and is an interview with Robert Tisserand who literally wrote the book on essential oil safety.

      Unfortunately there is much confusion about essential oil quality and safety. The designation of “therapeutic grade” is actually an internal standard created by the company that invented this term (notice, the TM after the term when it’s used which means it’s a trademark) . Long established essential oil companies will refer to their oils as unadulterated when they are 100% pure.

      We discourage the use of essential oils internally because they are extremely powerful substances. The most common side effect of internal use is gastrointestinal issues, but they can also have more severe side effects such as burns, rashes and rapid heart rate. There are actually several companies collecting data about adverse reactions to essential oil use internally . There are several studies that show that inhalation, dermal application as well as oral ingestion of essential oils can all be found in the bloodstream, leading all major aromatherapy organizations, such as NAHA, to state that there is no need to use essential oils internally and discourage ingestion as well.

      While we do discourage the use of essential oils internally, we do list if an essential oil is designated as FCC (food chemical codex) – the only safety standard implemented by the FDA – safe for food and flavor use. This means that an essential oil can be used to flavor foods, but we cannot advise you to take them internally for medicinal use. That is actually against FDA rules, and that practice is viewed by the FDA as a method of prescribing. There are several letters you can view on the FDA’s website warning companies of this practice.

      I hope this clears things up for you and if you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us directly.

    • Hi Nancy,
      Thank you for your comment. We have been working with distilleries and the companies that represent them since 1992. We are very careful about sourcing only pure and unadulterated essential oils. I would be more than happy to show you a GC/MS sheet or a CofA on an essential oil, the industry standard, however understanding the specific chemical composition/breakdown of an essential oil is quite complex.
      I would like to refer your to this article http://roberttisserand.com/2015/08/robert-tisserand-interviewed-on-ingestion-dilution-and-other-safety-issues/ , which explains essential oil safety and is an interview with Robert Tisserand who literally wrote the book on essential oil safety.
      Unfortunately there is much confusion about essential oil quality and safety. The designation of “therapeutic grade” is actually an internal standard created by the company that invented this term (notice the TM after the term when it’s used which means it’s a trademark). Long established essential oil companies will refer to their oils as unadulterated when they are 100% pure.
      We discourage the use of essential oils internally because they are extremely powerful substances. The most common side effect of internal use is gastrointestinal issues, but they can also have more severe side effects such as burns, rashes and rapid heart rate. A few organizations are currently collecting data about adverse reactions to essential oil use internally. There are several studies that show that inhalation, dermal application as well as oral ingestion of essential oils can all be found in the bloodstream, leading all major aromatherapy organizations, such as NAHA and AIA, to state that there is no need to use essential oils internally and strongly discourage ingestion as well.
      While we do discourage the use of essential oils internally, we do list if an essential oil designated as FCC (Food Chemical Codex) – the only safety standard implemented by the FDA – safe for food and flavor use. This means that an essential oil can be used to flavor foods, but we cannot advise you to take them internally for medicinal use. That is actually against FDA rules, and that practice is viewed by the FDA as a method of prescribing. There are several warning letters you can view on the FDA’s website warning certain essential oil companies of this practice.
      I hope this clears things up for you and if you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us directly.
      I leave you with a quote from Robert Tisserand – “…all the multi-level-marketing companies say that theirs are the only true and pure essential oils. But, they all buy from the same distillers and wholesale suppliers as every other aromatherapy business. (And notice how they will spin stories that make it sound as if they buy all their oils from unique sources…) Somehow they have to justify their much higher prices, which are needed to support the MLM business model. Their products are similarly priced. Great quality, but you can get the same great quality from many other sources, with less hype, and less mark-up.”

      • Thank you Natalie! As an aromatherapist it drives me absolutely CRAZY when MLM customers/distributors discuss internal use of essential oils! Essential oils should never be ingested unless you are under the strict guidance of a licensed aromatherapist. I cannot believe the marketing and lies that these companies use by stating “grades” of their oils, or recommending casual ingestion. EO’s are POWERFUL substances and should be used with the same care as medications, and NOT used internally! The MLM companies tell people to ingest, use undiluted oils, use unsafe oils on children, etc all to boost their profits. The industry is not regulated by the FDA. In fact, one of the main MLM companies was recently found to be using adulterated oils. Always, always, ALWAYS look for Gc/Ms reports. If you don’t see them, don’t trust the company! The main MLM companies lie about where they get their oils from as well. They do not own all of their seeds or farms lol… Look up the shipping docs of their oils coming straight from China. It’s actually quite disgusting what these MLM companies have done to the true essential oil/aromatherapy community!

        • I have to say the company I buy from gets all their oils from their own farms or carefully sourced, testing and reporting , does not use adulterated oils, is open with their customers as far as there reports go. I can ask any time I want and I can go to their farms (many around the world) anytime I want. I have been to their distilleries, farms and warehouse. EO’s are powerful substances and should be used accordingly and very carefully. I have used EO’s for years and they have helped me with my Fibromyalgia and my gastrointestinal problems I had before starting. I would not be without them and the company that I buy them from. I am a customer, I don’t MLM and use the oils because they work for me. I also have taken many courses on EO’s and their chemical compositions and how to use them safely. I have also talked with my doctors with The oils I am using and they have been extremly positive and supportive of the ones I am using.

          • From what you are typing, I know which company you buy your oils from. Please, please, please do your own research. There are so many better, more honest conpanies out there. There is NO SUCH THING as “therapeutic grade” oils. Please look up the facebook group “using essential oils safely”. This is not my group, but it is run by a very knowledgeable fellow aromatherapist. I’m not trying to argue with you, I’m only trying to help, as almost everything you’ve written in these comments is false.

        • Hi Amy,

          Thank you for giving us your professional opinion on this subject – it is very much appreciated <3. I understand exactly your frustrations and I also read that report on that company and was very sad to see what has been happening and how much mis-information is out there – especially about sourcing. This is why I love Robert Tisserand – he tells it like it is and has been working in the industry for so so so long that he is aware of what is exactly happening.

          Thank you again for chiming in <3

          Natalie

    • I completely agree. It’s important to know what’s in your oils as well as the company you buy from. The same goes with food and beauty products.

  6. Great review, a box worth checking out!

  7. Thank you for the review. I just compared prices online where I have previously purchased similar items, these 4 items would have cost me $32.96. This will definitely be the next purchase from my wish list. The free shipping sells me every time.

    • Thanks Aunt!

    • Auntheffer, the reason the oils might cost you more online is that they might be of better grade than the ones in this box. I’m actually surprised if your getting good oils online that is all your paying for them. I personally pay for 100% therapeutic quality, know where the plants even come from, organic, tested etc. . . Anywhere from $15.00 – $120.00 for
      5 ml for tested organic oil. I know where the plants are grown and that they are tested for their quality. They are not synthetic etc.. . It makes me personally mad when I see oil companies sell their not so great quality oils to people when they haven’t been tested or even know where they came from.

      • Nancy,

        Please see my comment above. If you would like to further discuss this, I am available tomorrow at 877-345-4372.

        Natalie

      • Nancy, you’ll be surprised how many people look for “therapeutic essential oils” thinking is the purest and best oil out there (me included). That changed when I learned from a certified aromatherapist–yes, they exist–there is no such thing as “therapeutic essential oil”. Sounded hard to believe so I double checked and found out she was right. “Therapeutic essential oil” a marketing term invented just to sell more and give customers an undefined sense of safety. Unfortunately, lots of sellers use the “therapeutic” term even when they know it’s made up as to not alienate customers since lots of us look for that kind of oil. It’s regretful they get away with such deception.

        Even though there is a lot of reputable sources out there, I suggest reading the safety info on the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) page. Hope this helps.

  8. This is my 2nd month getting this box. I really like it! I use them to assist with my Ptsd and Migraines. I am also using them for there thing and am always learning for more.
    I love how this box comes with the pamphlet, gives great information about the oil (even safety).
    I am looking forward to trying the weight loss and see if it even works

    • Hi Sally!

      So happy you are enjoying your boxes 🙂 We are having so much fun putting them together! !

      Natalie

      • enjoy reading your tips, I share them on my youtube channel. along with the box. 🙂

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