Tea Box Express Subscription Review + Coupon – February 2017
Tea Box Express is a monthly box of tea goodies! Rather than just having tea and nothing else, you’ll get a few edible treats and accessories as well.
Not my usual helper. Sneaky is food-seeking. She’s temporarily on prednisolone because she was having asthma attacks, and the medicine is making her hungry.
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: Tea Box Express
The Cost: $25.50 for month-to-month; save with 3 and 6-month subscriptions. Shipping is $6.49 per month.
COUPON: Use coupon code MSA20 for 20% off your first month!
The Products: Quality teas, edible goodies like cookies, and a couple of accessories
Ships to: U.S.
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There was a card asking you to share your box contents on social media. This subscription typically does not have an information card with it.
“Tea Thoughts” Cards (2) – Total Value $7
Tea Thoughts is an Etsy shop with various paper goods, totes, and such. These are blank inside (my preference). The cards read “You’re My Cup of Tea” and “I Like How You Steep It Real.” The puns are kind of groan-inducing. But I think it is very much in keeping with the theme of Tea Box Express to include tea-themed gifts, even if they are not directly edible or used with food. And I always like when boxes include Etsy items because Etsy is kind of overwhelming to me and here I feel like, as I write this review, that I’m being given a chance to explore just one artisan’s offerings. Not sure who I’ll send these to yet, but they’ll go in my stash of blank cards until the appropriate occasion arises!
Moonstruck Chocolate Co. Hot Lips Truffles (4 pieces) – Value $11 (on sale for $5.50)
These are kind of awesome. They are vegetarian (full of food dyes to get that lovely red color) and have a very creamy texture inside. They are also a little spicy (so “hot lips” is appropriate as a name!). There is some really adorable stuff on the Moonstruck website.
Beautea Studio Earl Grey Organic Lip Balm (0.15 oz) – Value $5
I didn’t used to think I liked Earl Grey tea, but it has grown on me in the last year. This balm does a wonderful job of mimicking the Earl Gray flavor (mostly the bergamot). And it is also a very good quality lip balm. I’m a fan.
Melitolius Artisan Tea Cardamom Rose Mate, 26g – Value $5.30
This is so beautiful to look at (see below). It is a mate so it is caffeinated. It has yerba mate, cardamom, rose, cinnamon, and pink peppercorns. It wasn’t overwhelmingly floral and I liked the hint of spice. I am going to wait to try this again until my cold is fully gone so I can better appreciate the mix of flavors.
Melitolius Artisan Tea Little Bear Herbal, 26g – Value $4.48
This one tasted strongly of lemongrass to me, above all else. (I was glad to read the description and see that it does, in fact, contain lemongrass. I’ve had a cold lately and it’s been messing with my senses of taste and smell.) This has green rooibos, lavender, pear, cracked ginger, lemongrass, and vanilla and is noncaffeinated. Lemongrass and ginger in tea are an excellent combination and I liked the added complexity of the other flavors.
Melitolius teas are sold by the jar and pound, however, they specially packaged these teas for Tea Box Express in non-breakable packaging.
Here are the tea leaves and the brewed teas. Melitolius gets points for having very attractive products, that’s for sure.
Verdict: I calculated a value of about $33 for the February Tea Box Express. That is above the month-to-month cost of the subscription and is a fairly average value for this box. There were a lot of great discoveries here – Melitolius has tons of other blends I’d love to try, and the Hot Lips truffles were lots of fun. Overall, this was a really nice box for me.
What did you think of Tea Box Express? Do you get any tea subscriptions?