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PureFormulas Essentials Oil Subscription Box Review- Jun 2016

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The Essentials Oil Box is a quarterly essential oil subscription from PureFormulas. When you sign up you get that season’s starter box, which includes 3 different oils and a diffuser. After your initial starter box, you get a seasonal box of 3 oils every 3 months.

This is a review of the Summer Starter Kit.

ESSENTIALS OIL BOX JUNE 2016 - packaging

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.)

ESSENTIALS OIL BOX JUNE 2016 - all items

The Subscription Box: Essentials Oil Box by PureFormulas

The Cost: $37.50 covers your starter box and your first seasonal box. Then you’re charged automatic payments of $18.75/quarter (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter). Free shipping for US!

The Products: The first box you receive (your “starter kit”) includes three 1 fl oz essential oils and a USB diffuser. After that box, you’ll receive seasonal boxes each quarter, which include three 1 fl oz essential oils.

Ships to: US & International

Check out the Lifestyle Subscription Box Directory and make sure to add Essentials Oil Box by PureFormulas to your subscription list or wishlist!


Each box includes an info sheet about each oil and the flip sides have recipes/DIY projects you can use them in! I love that they come on little rings so you can easily collect them and keep them together, and I think they are beautifully designed.


Lemon Essential Oil – 1 fl oz, value: $6.49 (on sale for $4.68)

Lemon is purifying and revitalizing. Its aromatherapy benefits are energizing and uplifting. Lemon is also great for making cleaning products with thanks to its natural antiseptic properties. I love using a drop in my laundry and it’s also my go-to for getting goo and sticker residue off of things. The info card gives a recipe for using it in a fabric softener.

Lavender Essential Oil – 1 fl oz, value: $11.99 (on sale for $7.70)

Lavender is a great, multi-purpose oil. Aside from aromatherapy (lavender is calming), you can dilute it with a carrier oil and use it on the bottoms of your feet or a drop on your pillow for sleep aid. Diluted, it can also help soothe burns and itchy/painful bug bites, cuts, etc. And it also has some antibacterial property to it. In general, it’s known for being calming and soothing. The lavender info card tells you how to make a lip balm with it.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil – 1 fl oz, value: $5.99 (on sale for $3.20)

Eucalyptus is a good oil to have for various practical uses. Aromatherapy-wise, it’s great for helping with colds and clearing sinuses (when my husband’s feeling stuffy I always diffuse some in our bedroom). You can also use it in a hot bath or shower to open sinuses and help drainage of congestion. Also, if you mix it with peppermint oil and a carrier oil like coconut or jojoba oil you can use it in place of Vicks Vapor Rub. The info card gives a recipe for a Eucalyptus shower cleaner!


Now Solutions Ultrasonic USB Oil Diffuser – value: $26.99 (on sale for $19.49)

I love collecting different diffusers (I’m convinced I need one in every room), so I loved that their start kit includes one. I also think it’s a super great thing to send out with subscribers’ first boxes because diffusing/aromatherapy is one of the most simple and fun ways to use essential oils! It came with the oils, the USB/power cable, and a little brush, I suppose to clean it with? I’m not sure.


This diffuser is great! Being USB, the cord can hook into your computer for use at a cubicle or desk, or you can use an adapter for an outlet, which is what I do. We have a few extras from various phone charging cables. The end that plugs into the diffuser is a micro USB, so in a pinch you could also just use the cable to charge your (android) phone or something, too.


And possibly my favorite part is that it lights up in different colors! You push the button to turn it on, and it cycles through color light. You can then push the button again to turn off the light, and push it again to turn it off. It’s also pretty quiet!

Verdict: My first impressions of the Pure Formulas Essentials Oil Box are great! This Summer Starter Kit contains 3 oils I consider to be “must-haves” – ones I recommend for beginners because they are such staples and so versatile for many uses. I also love the little diffuser! I also like that I am familiar with and like/trust the brand of oils they distribute – NOW Essential Oils. You can read about their company, standards, and oil quality here. FYI – They exclusively purchase food-grade oils and every oil (except jasmine) is derived through natural distillation or cold pressing methods.

I also like how the box (and oil brand) focuses on aromatherapy uses/DIY uses for oils. I know that oils can be controversial (some people claim magical medicinal uses, and some people claim they’re just nice smelling oils), so focusing on aromatherapy and DIY is a nice, practical middle ground. I think everyone can get something out of this, no matter where on that spectrum you may fall.

As far as value goes, I received a $51.46 value ($35.07 with sale prices) for $37.50 – and just a reminder: you pay $37.50 up front and that covers the cost of your starter kit (the 3 oils and diffuser) and then are charged $18.75 per box/quarter when they ship.

What do you think about this Essentials Oil box?

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.

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.


  1. So, the $37.50 covers the cost of both the starter box (summer) AND the first seasonal box (fall)? Or does $37.50 only cover the summer starter box? I was about to order, but want to know now so that I’m not disappointed later 🙂

  2. The box looks great. But I am not sure how you did your calculation of $51.46 value for an $18.75 payment. Weren’t you reviewing the starter box, which cost $37.50? Or was there a discount I missed?

  3. You sold me, Haley! I just subscribed. I’m very interested in learning more about and using essential oils. There’s a lot of products/scents/information out there, but it wont be so overwhelming when I can work with 3 at a time to feel comfortable. I’m really excited ever this sub – thank you so much for your wonderful, positive review!

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