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Bombay + Cedar “Breathe” Box Review – May 2018

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

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

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About Bombay & Cedar Self-Care and Aromatherapy Subscription Box

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 “Breathe” Box Review May 2018

bombay and cedar may info booklet

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info booklet

tips in bombay and cedar info booklet

promo on back of info booklet

The box comes with a booklet of information about brands featured in the box as well as short articles that center around the theme of the month, which is “breathe”.

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product list for may 2018 bombay and cedar box

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

essential oils

bombay and cedar essential oil cards

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essential oils set by bombay and cedar

essential oil set

essential oil dropper

Bombay and Cedar Comfort Essential Oil, 10 ml – Listed Value $17.00

Bombay and Cedar Clear Mind Essential Oil, 10 ml – Listed Value $17.00

Each box comes with two proprietary 100% pure essential oil blends. I like that they include little cards explaining the purpose of each blend and how to use it. Comfort is an oddly delicious mix of rich aromas like frankincense, refreshing mints, and rosemary. It’s calming, soothing, and cooling all at once. Clear Mind feels very meditative. It’s a headier fragrance that combines bergamot, ylang-ylang, and a decadent combination of citrus scents.

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boom boom back of package

boom boom tool

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Boom.Boom Tropical Rush Nasal Inhaler, 0.025 oz. – Retail Value $7.95

This lipstick-sized gadget delivers a burst of fruity fragrance directly into your nose. The idea is that these therapeutic-grade essential oils will help stimulate your senses and help you feel more alert. They definitely do wake you up, though to be honest, the initial fruity “flavor” of the aromas was a bit too strong and candy-like for my nose. Immediately following the fruity burst, though, there’s a cooling, kind of minty effect that seemed to relax and open my sinuses in a really pleasant way. I don’t know how much use I’ll personally get out of this little tool, just because the pineapple-y fragrance isn’t quite my thing, but it’s definitely unique and fits perfectly with the theme.

breathe book

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meditation practices

Breathe by Jean Hall – Retail Value $12.99 (Found on sale here for $10.39)

I’ve heard a lot about breathwork lately. This book is a helpful intro to the concept, offering lots of little tips on how to breathe for health and mental well-being.

Book Summary on Amazon:

Breathing the right way has many benefits including lowering your blood pressure, promoting feelings of calm and relaxation as well as helping you to de-stress. Breathe will teach you some of the simplest methods to increase awareness, mindfulness, and help you regain mental and physical focus. With 24 breath work exercises to improve your wellbeing, it covers the essentials such as the moving breath, mindful breathing, and how to balance the breath. This handy sized book with easy-to- follow techniques and inspirational quotes, will improve the way you breathe and help you to achieve a renewed sense of energy, calm, and clarity of mind.

bkind bath salts package

bkind bath salts back of package

bkind pink bath salts

BKind Hibiscus Himalayan Bath Salts, 230g – Retail Value $21.95

These pink crystals make bath time feel positively pretty! The deep pink hibiscus leaves strewn throughout these salts give off a rich, romantic aroma that’s almost like a rose. Sea salt is supposed to be fantastic for your skin and circulation. According to the info card, you may have received lavender or eucalyptus versions of these salts. I’m thrilled with my hibiscus style!

tea glass

glass tea mug

glass tea mug out of box

Pinky Up Avery Double-Walled Glass Tea Mug – Retail Value $11.99

Half the reason I drink tea is to hold a fresh cup in my hands and breathe in the soothing steam. I’ll get plenty of use out of this simple, sleek, double-walled mug, which prevents you from having to hold on to a too-hot cup.

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tea balls

unique balls of tea in package

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tea blooming in mug

Blossoming Tea in Coconut Escape by Flower Pot Tea, 1.13 oz. – Retail Value $8.99

This is the coolest tea product I’ve seen in awhile! The foil-wrapped balls inside this cork-topped tube look like chocolate bonbons. In fact, each one holds a tea “flower”, which expands in hot tea water like an elegant version of those little expanding foam dinosaurs you’d get as a little kid. Each flower is enough tea for one teapot, but I expanded this richly flavored, lightly nutty tea in my new glass so that you could clearly see the magic happening. Ready? 3, 2, 1…

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tea inside mug

Love it! Subscribers may also have received Lush Lavender or Regal Jasmine flavors.

potato chip bag

potato chip ingredients

potato chips

Lesser Evil Green Elephant Potato Chips, 1.5 oz. – Listed Value $1.00 (Buy 24 bags for $17.99 here)

Mmmmm! These potato chips have a delicious salty flavor and a hearty crunch. This recipe uses non-GMO potatoes, sunflower oil, and Himalayan sea salt to create a tasty, quality chip. I got the Perfectly Salted flavor, but subscribers may receive Salt ‘n’ Apple Cider Vinegar instead. (Doesn’t that sound tasty?)

natural room spray

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room spray bottom label

Mer Sea Sun Kissed Room Perfume, 4 fl. oz. – Retail Value $19.00

I like having room sprays around for when guests come over, or when a room just starts feeling a little stale. I can totally see myself cracking open a window or two to get some fresh air in and rejuvenating the space with this beachy aroma. It’s citrusy with woodsy notes to keep it grounded and peaceful. It’s got the tone of an oceanside hotel.

natural floss inside box

natural floss box

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Cocofloss in Delicious Mint, 32 yd – Retail Value $8.00

$8 for floss? Wow! That seems pricey, though this is some top-notch floss. The idea of this product is that its 500+ polyester fiber filaments scrub your teeth more than typical flat or smooth floss would. The ingredients list is also natural and coconut oil/essential oils based. I didn’t notice a huge difference between this and my regular drugstore floss, performance-wise, but I’ll certainly use it! I don’t think I’ve ever thought of floss as aesthetically pleasing before, but this pack is downright cute! I got the Delicious Mint style, but subscribers might get Fresh Coconuts or Pure Strawberries versions instead.


face cream

Bonus: BYBI Buffer Lip Scrub, 0.35 oz. – Estimated Value $13.00

If you share your previous box on social media, they’ll include a bonus gift for you. It’s a nice gesture, though I was a little thrown since I just got this BYBI lip scrub in my March box. (I estimated the value as being $13.00 above, since that’s what it was listed for in the March box.) It’s a great little cruelty-free scrub with a gentle strawberry sweetness to it—it just feels like a repeat as opposed to a special thank you.

Verdict: I really liked this month’s box! Most of the items (apart from the floss and the potato chips, hehe) fit beautifully with the theme, and I was impressed by the quality of everything I got. They’re the kinds of products that have great ingredients/work really well AND come in beautiful packages, in case you want to gift them or just feel good about them sitting on your shelves. I’m looking forward to using almost everything (but for the tropical nasal spray, which was a smaller item in the box anyway, so it’s luckily not such a big deal in my opinion), and I’m making note of the flower tea balls—I feel like they’d make such a cool gift for someone!

To Wrap Up: 

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No. Order by the 12th of the month to get the current box. You can sign up for June’s box 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 $138.87 worth of retail value inside (not counting the bonus item). A few of the items were exclusives or didn’t have reliable individual retail values that I could find online, but the values that I could find added up to $90.87, which is already nearly double the price of the box.

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

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Written by 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!

Posted in Bombay and Cedar Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women, UK Subscription Box Reviews| Tags: bombay and cedar | 5 comments

Comments (5)

  1. This box definitely looks like something I would love to subscribe to,but the price is too steep for me:(

  2. I like this box a lot, but it’s too expensive for me, especially in CAD. $30 would be perfect. The items seem exciting enough – I wanted to buy this floss as a FFF add-on, but didn’t.

    Waiting for my LE box.

  3. I was pretty happy to receive the double-walled cup and blooming tea – I’ve had blooming tea saved in my amazon cart for at least a year or two but it was never something I needed. I didn’t realize until I got this box that even if I Had bought the blooming tea when I first heard about it, I didn’t have any pretty heat-safe glass mugs to display it in.

    I got Kismet of the Mer Sea room spray varieties and didn’t care for it all that much – reminds me of heavy herbal scents my friends used to cover up the smell of weed in high school. And I really wanted one of the beachy scents!

  4. The citrus mint inhaler is really refreshing and energizing

  5. I don’t know about this box. Seems “cheap” to me and oddly strange.

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