Merkaela is a seasonal subscription box focused on promoting your spiritual wellness and connection to nature.
Every quarter, Merkaela sends its subscribers a package of 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, intangible benefits from these pretty potions!
Merkaela offers an Essential Subscription Box for $35 a quarter or a Deluxe Subscription Box for $65 a quarter.
This is a review of the Deluxe Subscription Box.
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).
About Merkaela Natural Self Care & Spirituality Subscription Box
The Subscription Box: Merkaela
The Cost: $65.00 per quarterly box + shipping which varies! (Shipping to PA is $9.52)
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
Merkaela "Gratitude" Box Winter 2018 Review
Included is an info card that states the theme of this quarters box ("Gratitude") and has some inspiring words on the subject. On the back is our product list.
This business-card-sized affirmation is meant to be a portable reminder of the gratitude this box hopes us to focus on this quarter.
Cinnamon Salt Bath, 8 oz - Listed Value $18.00
Sometimes cinnamon products can smell very holiday-like and artificial. These beautiful salts are a true natural cinnamon scent that is super earthy and herbal. I have been using salts in foot soaks lately and I love the warm and cozy feeling they bring, along with muscle relaxation and better circulation. This fragrance is just perfect for a soak in this cold weather.
Merkaela Patchouli Meditation Elixir, 2 oz - Listed Value $18.50
This spray smells so good! Admittedly, I am a patchouli lover, so I am always thrilled with any products that have this distinctive herbal scent. It is woody, musky, and more than a little sexy. You can use it during your meditative practice to instantly transform your space or just literally spray it everywhere in your house and car like I do.
Frankincense Body Butter, 4 oz - Listed Value $25.00
The formula of this body butter is a super nourishing base of shea, olive, hemp, and jojoba. This formula will take a little extra effort to rub in and absorb, but it is totally worth it, promise! The scent is mild pure frankincense. I like to rub a slower absorbing formula like this all over my legs before bed and then sleep in loose pants to prevent it from getting all over my sheets. In the morning my legs are glowing and very hydrated.
Apple Cinnamon Tea Ritual, 12-14 tsp. - Listed Value $8.50
I don't always love an apple cinnamon flavor like this but this naturally sweet tea blend was a real treat! Instead of that artificial scent/taste that comes to mind when you think of so many apple+cinnamon foods, this was very herbal and well balanced. I loved the cheerful little yellow calendula petals! It made for a very pretty brew.
Citrine Druce Crystal Cluster - Listed Value $15.00
Hello gorgeous! I was so thrilled to see this pretty cluster waiting to be discovered in this box. I actually only have one super small piece of citrine in my collection so this is an especially exciting find for me. Citrine is a prosperity stone said to attract happiness and abundance. Who doesn't want more of that? Even if you don't buy into the metaphysical benefits of crystals you can't help but be charmed by such a cheerful color and sparkle.
Sacred Sage - Listed Value $6.50
Sage is one of those elements that as of late has become super trendy but I think it is important to touch on the true spiritual significance and importance to certain cultures this plant has. (The Merkaela blog has a nice little write up on this that I highly recommend reading) White sage and other herbs are often used to purify and cleanse in spiritual contexts and they can be an absolutely beneficial ceremony to add to your life! I tend to smudge sage as well as other herbs such as cedar and rosemary when I am feeling lost and in need of centering or guidance, or when I feel like I need a fresh perspective or just a little extra clarity and protection, sometimes from my own negative thoughts. I like to think that these cleansing herbs help me cleanse out the figurative shadows in my "corners" if you will. When I light a bundle I like to carry it around my house and gently blow the smoke into the actual corners of my house and above my doorways. Always smudge with intention.
Woodspice Bar Soap, 3.5 oz - Listed Value $9.50
This soap smells like a fall vacation in a log cabin. It is so woody and crisp, but also just a wee bit sexy and spicy. it left my skin feeling clean and refreshed without stripping it dry. It also was super bubbly! I need more of this scent in my life, STAT!
The Verdict: This was my first Merkaela box and I really enjoyed it! Each of the products felt very luxurious and nourishing. I was thrilled with all the woodsy scents in this batch. I am a crystal nut so I loved the stunning chunk of citrine crystals. The salts were such a treat and the body butter made my sad winter legs shine again. My husband has already stolen the soap, but I will share (I guess) and the patchouli elixir makes me smile whenever I catch the scent in my home. This is absolutely a more expensive box, but it is also one of those "experience" type boxes that I always value greatly. Each product ties into the theme perfectly and creates a cohesive experience I really enjoyed. The overall listed value of the box is a healthy $101.00.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes! Hurry and get it while it lasts!
Value Breakdown: The box costs $74.52 ($65 + 9.52 shipping to PA), which means the average cost per item via the box is $10.65.
Alternatively, each item had the following approximate cost:
- Salt Bath $13.28
- Patchouli Elixir $13.65
- Body Butter $18.45
- Tea Ritual $6.27
- Citrine Crystal $11.07
- Soap $7.01
- Sage $4.80
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