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Bombay + Cedar “Cherish” Box Review – February 2018

Anna Reilly
ByAnna ReillyMar 1, 2018 | 12 comments

bombay and cedar box for february 2018

Bombay & Cedar
2.1 overall rating
26 Ratings | 20 Reviews

Bombay & Cedar is a luxury lifestyle subscription box for women that focuses on essential oils, diffusers, skincare, books, snacks and other products.

unboxing the february 2018 bombay and cedar box

This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

all items inside the 2018 bombay and cedar box

About Bombay & Cedar

The Box: Bombay & Cedar

The Cost: $49.95 per month + $6.95 US shipping, or save with longer subscriptions.

COUPON: Use code MSALOVE10 to save 10% off a 3, 6 or 12-month subscription!

The Products: 2 essential oils and 6-7 full-size products such as diffusers, skincare, books, healthy snacks, and other surprises with a retail value of $100+.

Ships to: US for $6.95, Canada for $19.00, and internationally for $35.00

Bombay & Cedar “Cherish” Box Review February 2018

february 2018 bombay and cedar booklet

another page in the bombay and cedar info booklet

a spread in the bombay and cedar info booklet

page in bombay and cedar booklet

back cover of 2018 bombay and cedar booklet

This booklet came with the box. Inside, there are short articles on subjects surrounding the “Cherish” theme, as well as brand spotlights.

bombay and cedar info card

bombay and cedar february 2018 product list

There’s also a typical info card, which features the product list for the box.

essential oil blend from bombay and cedar from the front

essential oil blend from bombay and cedar from the opposite side

essential oil blend from bombay and cedar

essential oil blend from bombay and cedar from the side

Bombay and Cedar Eucalyptus Lemon Essential Oil Blend, 10 ml – Listed Value $14.00

Bombay and Cedar Cedarwood Himalaya Essential Oil Blend, 10 ml – Listed Value $14.00

The first items on the list are these two proprietary, 100% pure essential oil blends. The cedarwood blend is made from a root that only grows in the Himalaya. I find woodsy scents to be incredibly grounding and relaxing, so I’m thrilled to have this oil on hand. The Eucalyptus Lemon oil is, alternatively, soothing yet refreshing. It feels like something I’d want to start my day with.

almond snack

almond chocolate

unwrapping almond chocolate bar from packaging

almond chocolate bar unwrapped

Alter Eco Dark Almond Chocolate Bar, 2.82 oz. – Retail Value $3.99

Oh wow, do I ever love dark chocolate. This 60% cocoa bar isn’t just delicious—it’s also non-GMO, vegan, organic, fair trade, soy free, certified gluten-free, and produced by a certified B corporation. Basically, it’s a bar that tastes good, does good, and in the grand scheme of things, is pretty good for you. I love the crunch the almonds provide to each slim square. Plus, the packaging is so nice (the cardboard exterior unfolds, revealing more feel-good information about this bar’s economic and environmental impact) that it makes this treat feel like a sophisticated experience, not just any old snack.

love book

page inside love book with hands

page inside love book with feet

yellow page inside love book

pink page inside love book

back cover of love book

Love Who You Are from Compendium – Retail Value $9.95

This book has the look and feel of a lovingly made craft and the polish worthy of a gift. I might actually hang on to this and give it as a gift to a friend. Inside the cute cover, there are pages and pages of upbeat words of encouragement set amidst colorful designs and illustrations. I imagine this would be a great pick for someone starting a new chapter of their lives when they could use some love—maybe after a breakup, before a big move, or just as a reassuring pick me up from a friend.

dropper bottle of serum


serum and dropper

Province Apothecary Clear Skin Advanced Spot Treatment, 0.2 oz. – Retail Value $28.00

My skin is pretty acne-scarred in some places and still prone to breakouts, especially during my period. (Hormones!!! *Shakes fist at the sky.*) My skin is doing pretty good at the moment, but I tried this oil on a few redder parts of my face. This golden potion contains turmeric and calendula to reduce inflammation and soothe the skin. I’ll have to try it on some heavier duty breakouts to be sure, but I think the bit that I applied to my face left my skin a little bit brighter and at the very least, feeling more nourished than before.

baobob powder

baobob powder can

baobob powder sprinkled out

baobob powder info card

baobob powder info card from side

Kaibae Baobab Fruit Powder, 4 oz. – Retail Value $17.99

Ooo, I like reading up on new superfoods, but I’ve yet to hear about baobab! From what I’m reading on the info cards provided by Kaibae, it’s kind of a do-all miracle fruit. It’s packed with nutrients like vitamin C, calcium, potassium, and antioxidants, it’s known to help with healthy skin, immunity, and digestion, and maybe most importantly, it’s filling! The flavor is unique. I’d say it’s kind of like a diluted lemonade. Not the prettiest of flavors, maybe, but I bet mixed into a smoothie, it’d add an extra bit of tartness (and tons of nutrition).

glass water bottle with tag

water bottle

glass water bottle with straw

opened glass water bottle

all parts of water bottle

product tag

bombay and cedar info promo card


Devon Glass Tumbler in Mint by Ello – Retail Value $14.29, Listed Value $12.99

Yay for nice tumblers! I’ve gotten drinkware like this in subscription boxes before, but most of that has been plastic tumblers of one kind or another. This one, on the other hand, is glass, comes with a silicone sleeve for insulation (you can remove it if you want), and a wooden lid with a friction-fit silicone seal (sort of like a big plug). It feels fresh and sturdy, plus its dishwasher safe. The info card says “SMOOTHIE APPROVED!” in the description for this little guy. I can’t wait to add it to my routine!

diffuser kit

mini diffuser

diffuser parts

diffuser rings

mini diffuser with light on

Mini Scentifier Essential Oil Diffuser – Retail Value $9.99, Listed Value $10.00

How cute is this droplet-shaped diffuser?! Unlike my current diffuser, which uses water to distribute essential oils around the room, this one uses “dry diffusion”, which fans the scent around. To use it, you open the device and put some drops of essential oil onto one of the absorbent pads, close everything back up, and let the fan do the work. This box comes with two pads, plus a bonus bottle of orange essential oil. I wish it was a little bit more reusable—I’ll have to choose which two scents I love most!

skincare product

back of skincare bottle

Renewed Pumpkin Walnut Facial Cleanser, 4 fl. oz. – Retail Value $28.00

A good cleanser can make all the difference in your skincare/beauty routine. This one is made with pumpkin and walnut—autumnal plants that have year ’round benefits for your skin. There are alpha hydroxy acids, zinc, and vitamin A and C in the pumpkin, and the walnut powder offers gentle exfoliation (which I need after this long dry winter). I found this cleanser to be delightfully refreshing. I’d never heard of this brand before, so I’m excited to have potentially found a new fave!

moringa powder packets

moringa powder information

Bonus Gift: Three Fera Organic Moringa Powder Packets, 0.04 oz. each – Buy 5 for $9.99 here

If you share about your box online, this subscription box returns the favor with a fun bonus gift! We got three packets of moringa powder to use in smoothies, water, lattes, and more. Moringa is the most nutrient-dense food on the planet, so there are oodles of good reasons to add some to your daily routine. It has a very, well… green flavor to it, so I personally will be sprinkling my servings into smoothies to help tone it down.

Verdict: No joke, Bombay and Cedar is my new favorite subscription box. It has a holistic vibe to it that I really like—from  beauty to diet to emotions, it has something to nourish every aspect of “wellness”. Especially with the addition of the booklet in the box, which I think really adds to the curated feel and sophisticated presentation, I felt like this collection of unique items was well worth the price. It has the same feeling to me as treating myself to a monthly spa day (but less expensive). It’s the perfect thing to treat yourself with!

To Wrap Up: 

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? As of writing this review, the February box is still available here!

Coupon – Use MSA10 to save 10% off for life on their recurring subscription box!

Value Breakdown: This box cost $56.90, including shipping, but I estimate that there was $140.21 worth of retail value inside (not counting the bonus item). That means that, proportionally, I paid the following for each item:

  • Cedarwood oil – $5.68
  • Eucalyptus lemon oil – $5.68
  • Chocolate – $1.62
  • Book – $4.03
  • Spot treatment – $11.36
  • Baobob powder – $7.30
  • Glass tumbler – $5.80
  • Diffuser – $4.06
  • Cleanser – $11.36

What do you think of the Bombay and Cedar “Cherish” Box?

" Bombay & Cedar is women and family-owned and operated in Atlanta, GA. We were intrigued with the idea of curating unique monthly finds that not only bring joy but help to enhance our members' lifestyles. Launched in July of 2017 as a monthly lifestyle subscription box featuring two of our pure ... read more.
Anna Reilly
Anna Reilly
Anna loves collecting little treasures, be they pop-culture finds, handmade mementos, or new potions to put in her makeup bag. Beauty boxes got her interested in the subscription world, but now she's swooning for all things kawaii!

Anna Reilly
Anna Reilly
Anna loves collecting little treasures, be they pop-culture finds, handmade mementos, or new potions to put in her makeup bag. Beauty boxes got her interested in the subscription world, but now she's swooning for all things kawaii!
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I like this box. It feels more grown up than some of the other lifestyle boxes and has interesting, unique curation.


The review says this is also the limited edition winter box, but that must be a mistake I’m thinking.


I agree with the box having a holistic vibe. If it wasn’t for the gilt deal I probably would not have tried it. It was a fun mix of items.

In case anyone else was wondering why the chocolate looks like it has a white sheen on it, it has “bloom”. I went to Alter Eco’s FAQ on their website and because they do not use emulsifiers the chocolate is more sensitive to temperature changes. Still safe to eat just looks a little funny.

Anna Reilly

Thanks Ree! I’ve seen that on chocolate before. I can confirm that it tastes awesome—the flavor and the texture of the chocolate that I’ve eaten so far has been A+ 🙂


my little PSA: many varieties of essential oils, including eucalyptus, can be toxic to cats. please be cautious when diffusing if you have pets! snopes has an article verifying this info.

Ashley W

I came here to mention this, I was gifted a diffuser for Christmas and didn’t realize I was slowly poisoning my cats! Luckily, we realized before any damage had been done. I wish this information was more readily available because I think a lot of people are unintenionally harming their cats.

Anna Reilly

Ooo thank you for mentioning this, Jenny!!!


I want that cup


I had issues with hormonal acne for several years, but I think I’ve finally conquered it and I just wanted to share (hope you don’t mind). It seems to be gone completely since I started using these two products: Tula Probiotic Purifying Cleanser and ZO Medical Aknetrol Acne Treatment. The acne treatment has benzoyl peroxide, so it can bleach clothing, but I just started wearing a tank top at night and it solved that problem. I use several other skin care products (like retinol cream), but my acne went away completely when I started using those two products.


I’ve used many ZO products and they are fantastic!! In particular, their Vitamin C, Facial cleansers, scrubs, and retinol are very effective. Highly recommend! I’ve never seen this brand in a sub box though.

Anna Reilly

Very cool! Thanks so much for the tips, Suzanne <3


This was my first box and I LOVE it! I love baobab powder even though it tastes weird and the cleanser smells so good, definitely my 2 favorites in the box. I’m so happy I was able to try this box out from the Gilt deal, otherwise I never would have discovered it.

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