Merkaela is a seasonal subscription box focused on promoting your spiritual wellness and connection to nature.
Every December, March, June, and September, Merkaela sends its subscribers a package of 7-10 natural body and home items centered around a seasonal theme. According to the Merkaela site, the company uses Alchemy to "activate" their products, meaning you might get additional, unseen benefits from these pretty potions!
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).
The Subscription Box: Merkaela
The Cost: $58.00 per quarterly box
ACTIVE DEAL: Save 10% off your first box!
The Products: 7-10 natural, handcrafted, cruelty-free self-care products for home and body. Each box also gives you access to a monthly playlist and content around the seasonal theme.
Ships to: U.S. and Canada. Shipping is free within the continental U.S.
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This season's theme is "Manifest." I love the tips and tricks they give to help guide you!
As with every Merkaela box, there's also a small affirmation to fit the season's theme. I like that this card is about the size of a business card, so it's easy to tuck it into a purse or wallet pocket and literally keep it with me wherever I go. This month's card has a blank space for me to fill in. I know it says to write something down, but I might keep it blank and mentally fill in whatever seems most relevant—maybe "patience" or "love" or even "learning", if I find myself facing challenges or adversity.
Here's our product list for this box. I'm so smitten with the crisp, tidy way this box is presented, from the packaging to the minimalist design of the paperwork inside.
Ugh, the peppery zip in this sweet, spicy fall blend is amazing. I'm a big fan of Merkaela's loose-leaf teas, which are both thoughtfully blended and delightfully tasty. This chai is aromatic and feels perfect for the chilly season. I recommend pairing it with your favorite milk. (I used unsweetened vanilla soy milk, and yum.)
Sacred Sage Smudge Stick - Retail Value $6.50
This bundle of dried sage is small but mighty. I singed the end and walked it around my apartment to wake up the stuffy space. If simply thanks to the earthy, herbal aroma, I definitely felt like this smudge did the trick. Did it cleanse the energy in my space? Hard to say. But the act of burning it and thoughtfully walking it around my apartment, coupled with the fantastic, natural scent did bring my a sense of calm and comfort.
The smudge comes along with a feather that you can use to waft the smoke around. (Or to diffuse it when it creeps a bit too close to your smoke detector... haha!)
Rosemary Juniper Salt Bath, 8 oz - Estimated Value $14.00
I couldn't find this exact salt bath blend online, so I linked to another type for a value reference. These salt baths are so rejuvenating. The fragrance of this one was a lot more refreshing than I thought they might be. Apart from the rosemary and juniper, there's also some citrus in this blend, so that the scent is at once soothing and energizing.
Black Tourmaline Pendant - Estimated Value $8.50
I priced this item based on other crystal products on the Merkaela site. This little guy is only about an inch or so long and comes tucked inside its own little brown box. It's so striking, isn't it?! According to the information card, this jet-black gem is associated with protection and grounding. I wish it came with a chain or cord I could loop through its hook, but I am happy that it's conveniently designed to be worn around. My collection of gems is getting pretty big, but I love the idea of being able to tote one around without having to hide its beauty in the confines of a pocket.
Sweetgrass Soap Bar, 3.5 oz - Estimated Value $8.50
This soap is lovely—so creamy and rich. It's got coconut and olive oil in it, which makes it more moisturizing than other soaps I've tried. The scent reminded me of a forest after a nice rain. Nice and natural, and not too pungent.
Frankincense and Orange Shea Body Butter, 4 oz - Estimated Value $21.00
Oh man, I live for the body butters they include in most Merkaela boxes! They are beautifully smooth, creamy, and thick. Especially as the days get colder and the heat kicks on, drying out the air, I am so grateful to have this luscious little jar nearby. This one isn't just a treat for my skin—it's a joy to smell, too. I always forget about how warm and intoxicating frankincense is. Pair it with a hint of orange, and you've got a comforting aroma that'll see me through the holidays.
Note that I couldn't find this exact blend online, so I linked to something similar.
Sandalwood and Ylang Ylang Meditation Elixir, 2 oz - Estimated Value $18.50
This is another product that isn't available online, so I linked to a similar elixir to give an idea of value. My meditation practice isn't as consistent as I'd love it to be, but that doesn't mean I haven't already gotten a lot of use out of this spritz. I've found that it's just nice to have by my desk, or on my bedside table so that it's in reach whenever I need to take a deep breath, reset, and refocus. The scent is woodsy and light. It doesn't linger terribly long—or else I go nose blind to it before too long. Still, it's a nice way to reawaken my senses after a few busy hours.
The Verdict: I loved this Merkaela box, but of course, I always love getting this subscription! The quality of these handcrafted, considerately made products is sooo nice—each piece is a treat to smell, touch, and see, thanks to their gorgeous packaging. Fans of holistic lifestyles or even just people looking for cruelty-free, natural self-care products will love this beautiful box!
To Wrap Up:
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Value Breakdown: The box costs $58.00, but contains at least $77.00, not counting the tea. Each of the seven items, on average, would have to be worth about $8.29.
What do you think of the Merkaela box?