Simply Earth Subscription Box Review + Coupon – May 2017
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
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
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?