The Hive Box Subscription Review – September 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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A few months, the box hasn’t had an information card, but this time we received one that included more information on the items as well as a recipe (that I can’t make because of gelatin, but oh well).
Lavender Honey from Mickelberry Gardens – Value $6?
This particular honey isn’t available from the Mickelberry Gardens site so I had to estimate the value (I also don’t know the amount). This is a really fun one – those are all lavender buds in there (they floated to the top, so be sure to give this a good stir before using). I think I want to use this with blueberries in some way because lavender and blueberries really go well together (in my opinion, anyway). Maybe on pancakes?
Go Organic Hard Candies in Honey Lemon (3.5 oz) – Value $2.72
These are made with wildflower honey. They kind of remind me of some cough drops my husband and I buy, but without the menthol, so they taste a lot better.
I am pretty sure these are the 8-inch tapers (they offer four different lengths). These are the lovely raw, natural color I associate with beeswax candles (though you can get them in various colors as well) and they burn very cleanly.
Wild Honey Botanicals Gem & Honey Infused Bath Salt “Twilight” (1.5 oz) – Value $4
These include Mediterranean sea salt, Epsom salt, Manuka honey, and some essential oils. The maker says the blend is “crystal quartz charged” but that is not something I personally believe in (because I am a scientist by training…). Anyway, this has a nice lavender scent, regardless, and did make for a relaxing bath.
Save the Bees Sticker – Value $5?
There are a lot of “save the bees” stickers available online but I couldn’t find this exact one so the value is an estimate. I prefer the tasteful design of this one to something cartoonish, for sure.
Verdict: I calculated a value of $25.72 for the September The Hive Box. That is a little above the cost of the subscription but not after you factor in shipping costs, which are charged separately. I did have to estimate some values, though. Anyway, I would say the box contents were about average for this subscription, as was the overall value. I learned a lot of small honey producers and apiaries with this subscription and I am kind of sad to see it end, but that seems to be the way of things these days.
What do you think of the September 2017 The Hive Box? Do you have a non-food use for honey?