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Simply Earth Subscription Box Review + Coupon – May 2017

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Simply Earth is a subscription box that provides essential oils along with recipes for using them to “help you create a healthy and chemical free home for your family.”

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: Simply Earth

The Cost: $39 for the monthly subscription, $45 for one box every three months and $49 for a one month box.

NEW COUPON: Use code ADDICTIONFREEDIF to receive a free Wood Grain Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser in your first box ($49 value)! In order for the coupon to work, you need to add the Diffuser to your cart. 

The Products: Each month, you will receive a box with 5-7 aromatherapy recipes, 5 essential oils, recipe ingredients, and recipe containers.

Ships to: U.S. only, for free

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Simply Earth’s packaging is great. The essential oils are very well protected and I like that the label on each bottle tells what plant part was used to make the oil, where the plant is from, the ingredients and the aroma description. Simply Earth says all their oils are tested 100% pure therapeutic grade too. Plus, 13% of their profits go to fighting human trafficking. I like to support companies that give back and fighting human trafficking is an important and worthy cause.

Each month Simply Earth sends 5-7 essential oil recipes with 4 essential oils. I like that the recipes are held together by the o-ring as it helps with organization. Everything sent by Simply Earth seems high quality. One of the most unique parts of Simply Earth is their inclusion of recipes with their essential oils. There are quite a few other essential oil boxes on the market but this feature makes Simply Earth distinctive.

Geranium Essential Oil – Value $13.99

Juniper Berry Essential Oil – Value $11.99

Cypress Essential Oil – Value $9.99

Lemongrass Essential Oil – Value $6.99

All of these essential oils were included in the box! I have a lot of essential oils and only the lemongrass was a repeat for me so I’m thrilled. I really love the grassy, earthy smells of the geranium, juniper berry, and cypress oils.

Camellia Seed Oil (4oz) – Value $9.99

Castile Soap (4oz) – Value $7.99 (Dr. Bonner’s brand)

Roller bottles (2) – Total Value $2.17 ($12.99 for 12)

Simply Earth also included two roll-on essential oil bottles, a bottle of castile soap and a bottle of Camellia Seed Oil for the recipes. Camellia seed oil comes from a wildflower that grows in China and Japan. It is a carrier oil that contains antioxidants that are great for the skin and hair. I’m excited to use this oil but I had to look up what it does online. I wish Simply Earth had sent information with this month’s box explaining why they chose particular ingredients for this skin and hair care box.

Recipe #1: Makeup Remover

The first thing I made was the makeup remover. I already use homemade makeup remover made with witch hazel, olive oil, distilled water and essential oil. I like (not love) the one I use now so I was excited to try something new.

Maybe I have sensitive eyes but this really stung! I think it was the castile soap as I’ve seen other people say the same thing about makeup removers with castile soap. I’m a huge fan of castile soap but not so much for use on my eyes.

Recipe #2: Natural Facial Cleanser

I like this cleanser recipe but I wouldn’t trade my regular cleanser for this one. With this cleanser, my makeup washes off nicely and my face feels very clean. The recipe makes quite a bit when mixed with water in a foaming soap dispenser, as directed, so I’m a bit concerned about the longevity of this (and the other recipes) considering there are no preservatives. I didn’t have a foam dispenser on hand so I mixed it with water until I got one.

Recipe #3: Body Scrub

Body scrubs are my absolute favorite DIY beauty items! These are easy to make and work so well. I always have one in my shower but I especially love them in the winter when my skin is super dry. I love the smell of the geranium and juniper oil in this scrub and will definitely make more of this.

Recipe #4: Under Eye Serum

The Under Eye Serum is made with geranium oil, cypress oil, and camellia seed oil. The oil feels nice on my skin but I want a serum that soaks in more quickly than this. Also one (or both) of the essential oils are too strong to be that close to my eye.

Recipe #5: Natural Shampoo & Body Wash

I didn’t make either the shampoo or the conditioner since I bleach my hair and castile is no bueno for bleached hair. Additional information on using these recipes would have been a good idea because using castile soap in a hair wash is often a balancing act. The acid rinse is definitely needed and the amount of castile to use varies from person to person. There is a lot of information on the internet about using these kinds of recipes so if you do decide to go this route, make sure to do your research first.

Verdict: This is the second Simply Earth box I’ve received and while I loved the first one, this box was not the greatest. I certainly enjoyed trying new recipes and I found one I liked and would make again but I’ve tried lots of DIY beauty products and I haven’t been as happy with most of them as I have with the all-natural professional stuff I buy. That being said, I’d probably like any other box Simply Earth sent, this just wasn’t the best month for me. Most subscription box subscribers know, some months work for you and some months don’t.

You definitely receive a lot for your money – 4 essential oils, the castile soap, the camellia seed oil, two roller bottle, the labels and the recipes- but DIY beauty products are tough to get right, especially if you are a picky user. The value of this box is great. This month subscribers received approximately $63 worth of products (plus the recipes and shipping!) for about $40.

What do you think of Simply Earth?

Written by Shawn Brossart

Shawn Brossart

Shawn is a recent subscription box addict but when she fell, she fell hard. She can’t resist a bargain so she receives all kinds of boxes. Her current favorites are natural, holistic, and health and fitness related.

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.

10 Comments

  1. Hi Shawn,

    Wondering if you have tried to talk with csa? If anyone has?

    I am having trouble getting answers from day one when I signed up 3 months ago!

    I love the product.
    After my 1st order, I forgot my password. Sent email to get new password, waited a week and wrote again. They replied “we have looked at your account and it seems fine.” The acct may look fine, but I can’t get into! Tried resetting password before contacting them

    2 weeks to get into my account! I had wanted to pause it, before next order to read details on 3 months/quarterly box for $45.
    The 2nd box shipped during All of this.

    The reply to quarterly box questions was “you get some of the same stuff. But will miss out..”

    Coming to 3rd month, I ask for free sample after seeing on site that they offer samples. Does it ship with box? Etc they replied that they do not do samples. I explained it’s on the website, they said ok, but you may have to pay shipping. I wrote ok. How much for shipping? And can it go in monthly box

    Still no warning, nothing has been answered. For 3 months!
    Their site is vague on stuff.

    My 3rd box has shipped in the meantime.

    Keep in mind I love the product and box. But when I write questions it’s at least 2 weeks before next box.
    Very frustrated

  2. I am not sure if I will put EO that close to my eye, or add soap to my make up remover… I do keep my homemade eye syrum in the fridge. The cold rollerball feels great!

    This is my 2nd box also. They are worth the money. Great boxes. The size of the oils alone are great. And handy to have everything included for a recipe.

    I have made EO goodies for years (for myself and family/friends), I am not a professional, but this has always worked for me…

    I make smaller​ batches (If used with in 3 months, you should not need a preservative), keep everything in dark containers, and use distilled water.

    P.S. even homemade PooPouri calls for distilled water lol

    I do like that you can pause subscription if needed and not have to cancel.

  3. I am not sure if I will put EO that close to my eye, or add soap to my make up remover… I do keep my homemade eye syrum in the fridge. The cold rollerball feels great!

    This is my 2nd box also. They are worth the money. Great boxes. The size of the oils alone are great. And handy to have everything included for a recipe.

    I have made EO goodies for years (for myself and family/friends), I am not a professional, but this has always worked for me…

    I make smaller​ batches (If used with in 3 months, you should not need a preservative), keep everything in dark containers, and use distilled water.

    P.S. even homemade PooPouri calls for distilled water lol

  4. Hi Amber.

    This sub is great and I use the diffuser every day.

    As for the cleanser, any time you add water to something there is a risk of attracting bacteria or mold. The Natural Beauty Workshop website online is a great resource!

    • Gotcha. Does it make a difference if you use bottled, distilled water instead of tap?

      • I don’t think so. I always used distilled water anyway – just in case.

        • Thanks. We made a foaming facial cleanser a few weeks ago, but haven’t used it much. I’ll have to read up more on how long to keep these things around

  5. The diffuser is great! I use it daily. Plus, this is a good value for everything you get – and it’s fun.

    Any time water is added to a product there is a risk of attracting bacteria and mold. Check out http://www.naturalbeautyworkshop.com for additional information.

  6. This looks interesting. I may try out a box.

  7. I might try this, mainly to get the diffuser, and I love all those oils. I’m curious about why the facial cleanser needs a preservative, if it’s just oils, soap and honey?

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