Merkaela is a seasonal subscription box focused on promoting your spiritual wellness and connection to nature. They offer two levels: an Essential Subscription Box for $35 a quarter or a Deluxe Subscription Box for $65 a quarter. With each box, Merkaela sends a curated bundle of natural body and home items centered on 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! For fall, they've chosen to celebrate the moon and its cycles!
This is a review of the Deluxe Subscription Box for $65/quarter.
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 this Natural Self-Care & Spirituality Subscription Box
The Subscription Box: Merkaela (Deluxe Subscription)
The Cost: $65.00 per quarterly box + shipping which varies! (Shipping to PA is $9.52)
ACTIVE DEAL: Save 10% off your first box!
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: The U.S. and Canada
Merkaela "Lunar" Box Fall 2019 Review
This season's theme is "Lunar" and celebrates the cycles of the moon with products to use at each change. There are six items to utilize at different phases as well as a moon guide, affirmation, and two playlists.
Merkaela Moon Salt Bath, 8 oz. - Listed Value $18.50
Summers are simply too hot for me to enjoy a relaxing bath but now that it's colder outside and I've refused to turn on my heat yet, the perfect conditions are upon us. Relaxing is something I think I excel at and these moon bath salts are here to help. This blend of lavender essential oils, lavender buds, and passionflower with Mediterranean, Himalayan, Epsom, and dendritic sea salts are said to relieve muscle aches (got 'em), irritability (hi, #itme), anxiety (a lil) and insomnia (only once in a while for me). This smell is super dreamy and definitely relaxing - I just have to make sure I don't fall asleep in the tub.
Mandala Tibetan Incense Five in One Pack, 60 ct. - Listed Value $8.50
I've said this before, but this 60 pack of five different incense really brings up childhood memories and reminds me of the shop called Daystar that is still at the top of my Mom's street. They were always burning incense and it's where my brother and I would always go to buy ours along with band tees, CDs, and look at the "tobacco" pipes. It's a fond memory as I always thought the tie-dye banners and hippies that worked there were really cool. Anyhow- this are legit handcrafted incense hailing from Nepal and each scent (Sandalwood, Jasmine, Rose, Musk, and Red Sandalwood) has 12 sticks to enjoy. I'm pretty excited to get these burning in what used to be my home office that I am slowly turning into a "chill zone".
Merkaela Rosemary Meditation Elixir, 2 oz. - Estimated Value $18.50
Oooh, I really love the smell of rosemary so this meditation elixir is right up my alley. As directed, I gave myself a spritz at the crown my head, but also a few around my office to clear the negative energy that may have been hovering about. The label tells me that this will encourage inspiration which I am always in need of while writing reviews, so I think keeping it near my desk is a good idea. It also helps with mental clarity, so, ditto on that one.
Merkaela Oatmeal Lavender Bar Soap, 3.5 oz. - Listed Value $8.50
I am so lucky to have been blessed with many bars of soap lately from various boxes. As someone who is trying her best to cut down on plastic, I've slowly been switching to bar soap in my kitchen, bathroom, and shower (when I'm not reviewing something otherwise). Merkaela's Oatmeal Lavender bar is made with saponified oils of palm, coconut, olive and palm kernel, lavender oils, organic oatmeal, and rosemary (yay!) extract. This bar has a wonderful smell without leaving behind any fake scents on my hands while also not stripping away moisture. It leaves my skin feeling clean and nice.
Vivoo Wellness Strips Pack, 4 ct. - Retail Value $24.90
You don't even understand the excitement that spread across the MSA office when we saw that Merkaela included a Vivoo kit. Megan recently received one and we all joined in the fun and had a blast seeing our results so we wanted to do follow up tests to see what had changed. What this packet includes is four "urine strips" which, like a pregnancy test, you pee on to activate. Before even doing that though, you'll want to download the Vivoo app because you'll need it to get the results of your urinalysis. Once you've properly soiled the stick (TMI?), you'll set an in-app timer (2 mins, I think) and then it will tell you to snap a picture of the stick. A mere 20 seconds later, it delivers eight different results based on the colors of the boxes on the strip ranging from energy to liver or kidney function, to hydration levels and more. Since I had taken one of Megan's strip tests last month, I got to compare and saw some improvements in my pH as well as hydration. The app will give you more in-depth info as to how to get on the right track if you're off and it becomes a fun sort of game to keep your urinary health booming! Buying a one-off kit will cost $24.90, but if you sign up for a monthly subscription you'll get 4 strips per month (to use once a week) for $9.99. Merkaela's kit also included a 30% off code if I decide to reorder.
Merkaela Frankincense Shea Body Butter, 4 oz. - Listed Value $25.00
This shea butter is nicely whipped and comes as a solid in a nice-sized jar. I simply needed to rub my fingers around the top to get it warmed up and spreadable onto my hands and body. With winter looming, this is a serious product to restore hydration to dry skin which for me lies in my elbows, legs, and the back of my arms. The frankincense has a great woody scent that is perfect for the season as well. The tip on the back of the jar says to use this before bed which sounds like a great idea since it is a heavier product that needs time to seep in and work its magic.
Merkaela Lunar Guide - Listed Value $5.00
Sometimes getting a guide like this as an item bums me out, but not in this case. I'm actually super curious about the lunar cycle and I love that they've included the best times to use the products they've sent! I think it's really cool to learn about what rituals to perform and the best times to make changes that are in tune with the moon.
Affirmation by Louise Hay - Listed Value $3.00
I have this card hung up in my office so that if I'm in a crummy mood, I can look over and repeat these words in my mind.
The Verdict: I am so stoked on my very first Merkaela box! I have to say that back when Anna reviewed this, I was always jealous and now I'm happy to have it for myself! I love Merkaela's simple and natural approach to self-care and their products feel luxurious without being too "extra". I like the variety they offer in the deluxe box and I feel like it covers a lot of bases well! It's hard to pick a favorite item from this box!
To Wrap Up:
ACTIVE DEAL: Save 10% off your first box!
Value Breakdown: The box costs $74.52 ($65 + 9.52 shipping to PA), which means the average cost per item via the box is $9.32
Alternatively, each item had the following approximate cost:
- Salt Bath: $12.32
- Incense: $5.66
- Elixir: $12.32
- Bar Soap: $5.66
- Vivoo Kit: $16.58
- Body Butter: $16.65
- Lunar Guide: $3.33
- Affirmation: $2.00
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