Homegrown Collective GREENBOX Review – August 2013
The Homegrown Collective GREENBOX is a eco-friendly DIY subscription box. Every month they send you all the ingredients and instructions you need to make 3 different projects. FYI – everything the send is usually organic and sometimes perishable (like fresh fruit) so make sure you open your box within a day of receiving it! (Homegrown Collective kindly sent me this box to review).
The Box: The Homegrown Collective GREENBOX
The Cost: $39 a month plus $9 shipping (Free shipping and free month with annual subscription)
The Products: Green products and projects that allow you to be more self-sufficient.
Ships to: US and Canada (additional costs for Canada shipping – pricing available upon request).
Check out all of my Homegrown Collective GREENBOX reviews.
This month’s theme is Superfoods, and i think it’s one of my favorite boxes from Homegrown Collective. For this review, I decided to complete all the projects before I posted so you could see the finished results!
The first project (and my favorite project) is making Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Wonder Cups.
They include absolutely everything you need for this project: Organic dark chocolate, finishing sea salt, a pomegranate, and paper cups.
To make the chocolate, I first cut open the pomegranate (I’ve never actually worked with a whole pomegranate before, but there were instructions on how to properly open in under water). Next I separated the seeds (and ate a few in the process – they are delicious). Then I heated the chocolate in a glass bowl over a pan of boiling water (my double broiler alternative).
Once the chocolate was melted I decided to forgo the included cups and use one of the many silicone ice trays I’ve accumulated this summer from subscription boxes to mold the chocolate. The bottom layer was pomegranate seeds, then chocolate, then the finishing salt. I put them in the fridge for 15 minutes to harden.
The finished product! (Or the only two pieces that were left when I remembered to take a picture). I am not a fan of just plain dark chocolate, but this chocolate combination was amazing. The pomegranate seeds added the perfect amount of sweetness and flavor, and the finishing salt was a great accent. I’ve never made my own chocolate before, but now I can’t wait to make these again!
The next project is detoxifying your body with an organic green tea bath.
For this project all you needed to do was combine the lavender and organic green tea into the two cotton muslin tea bags, and fill a bath with the included epsom salts and let the warm water run over one of the bags as it fills the tub.
This was a pretty easy project to complete, and it should last me for two very relaxing baths!
The last project was growing your own alfalfa sprouts. I was probably the most skeptical of this project – but the card made it clear that you do not need a green thumb at all, so I gave it a go!
For this project you put the alfalfa seeds in the mason jar and fill it with water. Then you use the mesh and mason jar rim to drain the water. (You do this 2 times a day for about 3 days). This project totally took me back to the days of science projects in elementary school, and it was fun. At the end of the third day this jar was completely full to the brim with alfalfa sprouts. Here’s a small sampling:
Verdict: I loved this month’s GREENBOX. The chocolate alone would have been a great box – it was that good! I love that Homegrown Collective always uses organic or natural ingredients, and the projects are always so unique. There definitely is no other subscription box like this! What do you think of the Homegrown Collective GREENBOX for August?