The Hive Box Subscription Review – August 2017
The Hive Box is a bee-friendly subscription box that partners with small businesses and artisans that work with honeybees to make their products. Honeybees are threatened due to conditions like colony collapse disorder and The Hive Box is helping to combat that by partnering with people who support local bee populations.
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The Subscription Box: The Hive Box
The Cost: $24.95 a month + $6.95 shipping
The Products: Food, bath and body items, beeswax candles, and other specialty gifts with a bee-friendly theme. And of course, lots of honey!
Ships to: the U.S.
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I didn’t get an information card this time.
Massey Honey Co. Orange Blossom Honey (5.5 oz) – Value $7
I guess I don’t have a sophisticated enough palate yet to notice the citrus notes in this honey (maybe one day, when I’ve tried enough different kinds), but it is good honey with no crystals. I usually just try some with tea when I get a new variety, but with larger jars, I like to do things like make fruit syrups to put on pancakes, so if I can find some good plums or something this weekend at the supermarket, that’s probably what I’ll do with much of the rest of this.
Mason Jar Citronella Beeswax Candle – Value $3.17 (buy 3 for $9.50)
This didn’t come with any kind of label so I am seriously surprised I was able to find it online, but I am pretty sure I’ve got the right maker. This is small, about the size of a typical votive, and it is definitely a citronella candle. I think the shape is cute. This burns pretty cleanly and is definitely going to be used out on the deck when my husband is grilling to keep the insects away.
Busy Bee Planner from Quill & Fox – Value $11.50
This is 7 x 10 and 50 pages. This comes at a good time for me. I am getting a lot of little projects at work and I need a way of managing them in a timely fashion – the Post-Its all over my desk are not cutting it. But I don’t need a calendar page every single week because sometimes I have one project that takes a whole week. This is adaptable since it is not preprinted with months or years – I can use it when I need to, and not use it on weeks when it is not required. This will definitely help me get organized!
“Honey” Printed Canvas Tote – Value $10?
This item wasn’t in the Hive Box shop and there was no manufacturer label, so I used the value of similar items I found on Etsy and CafePress. The canvas is a little on the thin side, but it appears to be quite sturdy, nonetheless. I like that the graphic is simple. Yes, as a subscription box addict, I have a lot of totes, but the funny thing is, I find many of them in use (usually to hold loom knitting or cross stitch projects) so it’s always nice to have another.
Verdict: I calculated a value of $31.67 for the August The Hive Box. That is within a few cents of the value of the box + shipping. I did have to estimate the value of the tote, but since most of these products come from small, independent makers (and makers I never would have heard of, otherwise), I am satisfied with the value. Of course, you should always expect honey with this box (!), but the candle is cute and the tote and calendar will both be useful for me.
What do you think of the August 2017 The Hive Box? Do you have a non-food use for honey?