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CandleLit Self Care Subscription Review – December 2018

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CandleLit is a monthly subscription box that features books by authors of color, soy candles, organic tea, and handmade wellness products created by people of color. CandleLit simplifies scheduled self-care despite your busy life. We partner with POC-owned brands to support a holistic wellness lifestyle.

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CandleLit offers monthly and quarterly subscription plans, as well as single box and gift box options. Subscribers have the option to receive an e-book (Kindle) or hardcover book.

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

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About CandleLit

The Subscription Box: CandleLit Box

The Cost: $40 every month or $120 every 3 months. Boxes ship the first week of the month.

The Products: A new hand-picked hardcover or e-book by an author of color, a soy candle, organic tea, and other handmade wellness products

Ships To: the US only

CandleLit December 2018 Review

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Included in the box is a card that highlights this month's box. The front of the card reads: "This box is an ode to women who continue to light our flame. We are here to light yours." The back of the card highlights the box partners and featured editor for the month as well as other useful information about the box.

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Swing by Kwame Alexander - Retail Value $18.99 (found here for $12.91)

Book summary from Amazon:

“Walt is convinced junior year is their year, and he has a plan to help them woo the girls of their dreams and become amazing athletes. Never mind that he and Noah failed to make the high school baseball team yet again, and Noah’s love interest since third grade, Sam, has him firmly in the friend zone. Noah soon finds himself navigating the worlds of jazz, batting cages, the strange advice of Walt’s Dairy Queen-employed cousin, as well as Walt’s “Hug Life” mentality. Status quo seems inevitable until Noah stumbles on a stash of old love letters. Each page contains the words he’s always wanted to say to Sam, and he begins secretly creating artwork using the lines that speak his heart. But when his private artwork becomes public, Noah has a decision to make: continue his life in the dugout and possibly lose the girl forever, or take a swing and finally speak out?

At the same time, numerous American flags are being left around town. While some think it’s a harmless prank and others see it as a form of peaceful protest, Noah can’t shake the feeling something bigger is happening to his community. Especially after he witnesses events that hint divides and prejudices run deeper than he realized.”

From the very start, I knew this would be an interesting read by award-winning and New York Times best-selling author Kwame Alexander who is best known for his poetry and children’s books. Swing is a young adult fiction novel written in free-verse poetry. It’s a story of the friendship between Noah and Walt navigating the ups and downs of young adulthood in an environment where cultural struggles and racial prejudice exist just below the surface. Noah’s in pursuit of the ultimate comeback year while Walt wants to steal the heart of his long-time crush Sam with the assistance of old love letters he found from the 1960s. I’m told there’s a surprise ending! Can’t wait!

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Lux Living Candle Co. Candle in Winter Zen - Estimated Value $25

Lux Living Candle Co. makes beautiful hand-poured candles using safe and non-toxic soy wax, high-quality fragrance oils, eco-friendly wood wicks, and glass jars. This Winter Zen candle is scented with white tea, ginger, and peppermint and has a subtle but lovely scent. Since this candle is ed sample sized, it doesn't contain the wood wicks (which I've come to love) and is in a tin jar instead of glass.

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Cuples Tea House ‘Tea Tube Testers' - Peppermint Black Tea, 1oz – Retail Value $6

Cuples Tea House is a family owned business offering loose leaf teas, tea sets, tea accessories and “urban tea experiences”. This peppermint black tea has hints of vanilla and smells so good and tastes great even without sweeteners. I’ve come to really enjoy Cuples tea but would like to see other tea brands featured in future boxes.

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CandleLit Affirmation Notes

Each month, the CandleLit boxes include affirmation notes. This month’s sticky notes read: "I will be patient with my growth”. I can relate to this affirmation. Living in a fast-paced society, we often expect things to happen fast and with little effort. In my experience, growth can sometimes be a slow and tedious process requiring not only time but also a lot of patience.

Verdict: I love that this box highlights authors and partners that are people of color. The Kwame Alexander’s book in this month’s box is a hit! But, overall, I’m disappointed in this month’s box. Last months was the highest value and largest number of items in recent boxes and this month’s box is the exact opposite. This is in part due to the missing wellness item from CandleLit’s box partner, Your Goddess Glow. There was a delay in delivery so this missing product will be included in next month’s delivery. Also, the price of this box left room to include a full-sized candle from Lux Living, more Cuples tea or maybe another wellness item.

This CandleLit Box costs $40.00 and includes the book, candle, tea and affirmation notes. Considering the low retail value of the items included and the missing wellness product, this month’s box is not a good value.

To Wrap Up:

Can I get this box if I sign up today?: If you subscribed by the end of the month you will receive the January CandleLit box. You may also be able to purchase this box as a Single Box order from the CandleLit Shop.

Value Breakdown: This box costs $40 + free shipping, which means that each of the 4 items in the box has an average cost of $10.00.

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Shatae Hutchinson
Shatae Hutchinson
Hi, I’m Shatae; pronounced shhh-tay! I work in IT Healthcare, I’m married to my high school sweetheart and we have 2 cool kids. I am obsessed with black culture, lifestyle, travel and art made by and featuring women of color. I also love trendy plus-size fashion and accessories, eclectic and bohemian home décor and all things self-care, mental health and fitness. My favorite box is Izzy & Liv’s Brown Sugar Box; a monthly box offering tees, accessories and lifestyle products designed for black women. I also subscribe to TheSelfCareBox, FabFitFun, CauseBox and Merkaela. Being a wife and full-time working mom, subscription boxes are one of the few things that are just for me! They are fun, convenient, reasonably priced and full of surprises.

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I really have come to enjoy reading your reviews. Last month’s box was SPECTACULAR, after reading your review I signed up and got the November box and loved every item. Although I got my shipping notice almost a week ago (didn’t receive the box yet and I’m actually located in NYC like Candlelit too), I’m hoping the delay may mean that the box has an additional item.

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That you so much Jese! You made my day! Yes, last month’s box was the best. This is slowly creeping to the top of my “best boxes list”. I’m not so much disappointed in the missing item in this month’s box as I am that they didn’t address it. I do hope you receive a full box!

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So I finally got my box today and it did contain the goddess glow item. Our boxes were slightly different, mine contained: the JL Winter Zen candle, Your Goddess Glow White wine sangria body scrub (but it came in a Bali mason jar….so I’m not too keen on trying this), a Cuples mango green tea, the sticky affirmation post-it things and my included book was All the Women in My Family Sing: women write the World – essays in equality, justice, and freedom.
All in all, I’m disappointed. This was a subpar box. The packaging on the candle was cheap and it looked like the labels were printed at home and slapped on a tin. The label was barely readable. Same thing for the body scrub…. seriously a Bali jar?!??
I’m seriously considering contacting customer service for a refund or something. This is just…bad

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