Zen Box Subscription Box Review + Coupon – February 2017
ZEN BOX is a bimonthly (February, April, June, August, October, and December) subscription box delivering essential oils and essential oil blends to your door.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: ZEN BOX
The Cost: The bi-monthly cost is $45 or $194.40 for an annual subscription. There is also a one oil per month subscription available for $10.99 (it’s hard to find so click here if you are interested).
The value for the Immune Boost and book is $34.99! (Zen Immune Boost is for both topical and inhalation, and includes essential oils to strengthen and support the immune system.)
The Products: Every other month subscribers receive 3 full-size Zen Essential Oils or Zen Essential Oils Blends. In addition, subscribers receive information via email on how to use the oils, what the oils do, and interesting information on how to improve overall wellness. Check out the ZEN BOX FAQs for more info.
Ships to: U.S., for free
Good to know: You can place your account on hold at any time
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
The February ZEN BOX includes Zen Frankincense Essential Oil, Zen Lemongrass Essential Oil and Zen Air Soothe & Purify Diffuser Blend.
This box made significant changes to the subscription as of January 2017. You can watch the Vimeo explanation here.
I think it was a good idea to switch to bi-monthly boxes. Three oils a month is a lot to learn about and use on a monthly basis. Plus, I learned from Zen Box information emails that the shelf life of essential oils is generally 1.5-2 years depending on how well they were stored so that is a lot of oil to use when you have a subscription box.
ZEN BOX includes a business card with their contact information in the box and all other materials are sent electronically to the subscriber’s email address. I have contacted ZEN BOX several times for information and I always receive a response within a day – typically within hours. Their customer service is superb! And it’s not just me that thinks this, I’ve seen similar comments from others customer on the Amazon website regarding other Sublime Naturals (Zen Box parent company) products.
The information on each product and how to use it is sent as a link to a PDF document which you can see by clicking on this link. The information ZEN BOX sends is useful and I like that they provide source and production information for their oils, as this is one of the telltale signs of pure, high-quality oils. The downside is that it is a lot of information. I wish they would synthesize the information better or include infographics to make it easier to read. They have been sending shorter (and more practical) emails with essential oil since the beginning of this year.
Zen Frankincense Essential Oil – Value $14.99
Frankincense bark is burned in some churches on holy days. This smells wonderful and is not as overpowering as the church scent. I would describe it as woodsy and earthy with a slightly sweet undertone.
ZEN BOX says frankincense oil was “sacred” in ancient times and can be used for:
- Cuts, scrapes, bruises
- Face and body creams
- Respiratory issues, etc., etc.
What I like is that ZEN BOX has recently been including recipes such as this for headaches:
Blend in a small cup or bowl – or directly in a diffuser 7 drops frankincense, 5 drops lavender, and 5 drops peppermint. Either diffuse, do a tent‐over‐bowl diffuser, or use on a cold compress (put the drops in cool water, drop in your washcloth, wring and apply. Re‐dip, wring, and apply as needed – don’t get the liquid in your eyes – keep it on your forehead.
Zen Lemongrass Essential Oil – Value $12.99
I imagine most people know what this is but if you don’t, it is lemon citrus scent (I think less overpowering than lemon and some of the oranges but still a strong citrus smell). I love this scent -it’s great for the diffuser in the bathroom.
The ZEN BOX information says Lemongrass essential oil can be used in the following ways:
- Fever relief
- Ease cramps
- Repel mosquitos and more!
Plus I can’t wait to try out the post exercise soothing blend recipe they included for this:
Lemongrass 3 drops + Lavender 2 drops + Frankincense 2 drops. Diffuse the blend or put this in an ounce of a carrier and massage on to be soothed and relax after your workout!
Zen Air Soothe & Purify Diffuser Blend – Value $15.99
This blend does not have a carrier oil for topical use but is great for inhaling and diffusing. I’ve been using this blend primarily in my diffuser for the last three day. It has a slight woodsy smell with a sweet undertone. This blend is a mix of Magnolia, Lavender, Neroli, Fir Needle, Marjoram, and Clove.
Verdict: I really enjoy ZEN BOX. I love trying new oils and learning about their various uses. The information ZEN BOX sends has been one of the best parts for me (although sometimes I wish there was a little less of it). I like reading the history of each oil that is included in the information they send. I always learn something new about the flower or herb and how to use the essential oil.
These oils are not the cheapest you can find but remember that it’s important to buy essential oils from a reputable supplier since they are not regulated. Many cheaper oils are cut with other oils and not pure. The prices of these oils are on par with the high-quality retailers I’m familiar with. ZEN BOX says their oils are 100% pure therapeutic quality and are gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC/MS) tested, which is the way essential oils are tested for purity. The tests are conducted by Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS), a multinational company providing inspection, verification, testing and certification services. I requested to see one of the GC/MS reports and ZEN BOX sent it to me the same day. I’m certainly no expert but at this point, I feel comfortable purchasing oils from ZEN BOX.
The value is just okay if you pay full price. The box costs $45 (you can get it for less with the BOOK20IMMUNE coupon or an annual subscription) and the products this month add up to $43.97. I’ve seen cheaper essential oil boxes but I trust the quality of this box and that means a lot since there is so much variation in quality for essential oils.
What do you think of ZEN BOX?