Tea Box Express Review + Exclusive Deal – November 2018

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Tea Box Express is a monthly box of tea goodies! Rather than just having tea and nothing else, you’ll get a few edible treats and accessories as well.

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.)

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About Tea Box Express

The Subscription Box: Tea Box Express

The Cost: $25.50 a month + $6.49 shipping. Save with 3 and 6-month subscriptions.

LIMITED TIME DEAL: Now through 12/1, use coupon code MSAHOLIDAY2018 to save 35% off your first box!

The Products: Quality teas, edible goodies like cookies, and a couple of accessories

Ships to: US

Tea Box Express November 2018 Review

You can usually expect one tea (sometimes more), one accessory, and one edible item (sometimes more) in this box. Occasionally there will be other tea-themed items as well:

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There was a card asking you to share your box contents on social media. This subscription typically does not have an information card with it.

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St. Fiacre’s Farm Coastal Cranberry Spice Loose Leaf Tea (3 oz) – Retail Value $11

This is a little bit tart, possibly from the hibiscus and also a little from the cranberries (which you can taste in the tea – dried fruit in tea doesn’t always contribute much flavor, but here it does). This also has some spices and lemongrass. (Note to the manufacturer regarding the product page description: lemongrass is NOT lemon. It does not taste the same. It is not even from the same plant family.) FYI I really do not like lemongrass at all and I don’t understand why it shows up in so many herbal teas these days. Thankfully, if you only brew this for a short time, it doesn’t really taste like lemongrass, so I just need to be good about removing my tea strainer and I’ll be all right. If you brew this a long time, it definitely tastes like lemongrass. This would be good with the honey spoons from this month’s box, too (see below).

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Chocolate Therapy (4 pieces) – Retail Value $9.99

I am not 100% sure I linked to the same item, but all the 4-piece chocolate collections were going for the same price. (I didn’t pay a ton of attention to what the flavors were in the two pieces I ate and I didn’t think to ask my husband what flavors were in his.) Although I didn’t take note of the filling flavors, I do think these were delicious. And also beautiful to look at.

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St. Fiacre’s Farm Winter Balm (1 oz) – Retail Value $7

I do not think I would rely on this as a hand sanitizer (one suggested use on the product page, but there is no evidence this has been tested in any kind of laboratory). It has a wintry, slightly spicy scent that does not actually smell strongly of frankincense (which is a good thing, as frankincense on its own is kind of weird and medicinal, but in blends with other components can be nice). I like to use products like this on rough heels and elbows during winter so that’s how I’ve been using this. So far, no skin irritation (I can be sensitive to cinnamon). I think it also might make a good cuticle oil.

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Melville Candy Honey Spoons (2 count) – Buy 15 Spoons for $31.99

I’m not sure which variety of spoons these are but the honey spoons on the manufacturer’s website all cost the same if they are in the same package size. There are quite a few to choose from, actually, including flavors like coconut, lemon, pomegranate, etc. I don’t know if this is how you are supposed to use them, but I just insert one into hot tea and stir for a few seconds, then remove, allow to dry, and re-wrap. It takes the edge off really tart tea without adding a bunch of sugar calories. And since it has a lot of honey, it should be relatively antibacterial. (If you get a cold, you could probably just pop one in your mouth like a lollipop, too, since honey can help suppress a cough.)

Verdict: Tea Box Express costs $31.99 (including shipping). The tea, balm, and chocolates together cost $27.99, which leaves about $4 in value to be distributed between the two honey spoons. I found I liked the tea if I removed my tea leaves in a timely manner, the balm will be useful for my elbows this winter, and the chocolates were delicious. You are not getting a huge discount by subscribing because Tea Box Express works with a lot of smaller, independent producers, and those sorts of suppliers can’t offer the same huge discounts as giant corporations. You *are* saving the cost of meeting order minimums and paying shipping at all the smaller suppliers, plus you are discovering them in the first place (I’d have never heard of most of these companies if not for Tea Box Express).

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, your subscription would start with the December box.

LIMITED TIME DEAL: Now through 12/1, use coupon code MSAHOLIDAY2018 to save 35% off your first box!

Value Breakdown: This box costs $25.50 a month + $6.49 shipping, which means that each of the 4 items in the box has an average cost of $8.

Check out our past reviews of Tea Box Express and see other great tea subscriptions in the Drinks Subscription Box Directory!

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Written by Ragan Buckley

Ragan Buckley

Ragan stumbled across My Subscription Addiction in late 2013 and immediately subscribed to way too many beauty boxes. She’s now focused on boxes for her cats and dog, vegan/vegetarian food boxes, and craft subscriptions (and she didn’t give up beauty boxes entirely).

Posted in Subscription Box Reviews, Tea Box Express Reviews| Tags: tea box express | 2 comments


  1. The chocs look yummy!
    The box is a bit pricey for my budget though.

    • I think because they work with a lot of small companies, they just can’t have huge discounts. The producers of the items don’t get the same bulk pricing/wholesale advantages from their suppliers as huge companies would, because of production scale, and they can’t afford to eat as much of the cost in order to offer discounts. What I do like about this subscription is finding new companies that I never would’ve heard of otherwise, and getting to sample a few items without paying shipping at each company.

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