Peace & Pages is a monthly subscription box that offers a new book to read every month combined with items to promote peace and relaxation. They offer various subscription models, including the Basic for $25.99 a month (which comes with a book, a bath or body product, and an aromatherapy option), the Deluxe for $37.99 a month (which includes everything from the Basic box along with a book accessory or book item plus a gourmet snack or drink), or Just The Peace, Please for $32.99 (which is the bi-monthly non-book option).
The Basic and Deluxe boxes are also available on a bi-monthly basis.
The book will be unread in new or like-new condition, and when you subscribe you choose three genres from a choice of ten different options. Some of the genre options include classics, biography, romance, true crime, and science fiction.
This is a review of the Deluxe Box for $37.99 + $6.99 shipping/month. The three genre options I chose were Romance, Suspense, and Historical Fiction.
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 Book Subscription Box
The Subscription: Peace & Pages
The Cost: $37.99/month (or bi-monthly) for the Deluxe box + shipping. Save with longer subscriptions.
ACTIVE DEAL: 10% off first box
The Products: Each Deluxe box will include a book, bath product, aromatherapy product, an accessory/gift item, and a gourmet snack to drink—all of which aim to promote peace and relaxation.
Ships to: The US for $6.99
Peace & Pages Deluxe Box December 2019 Review
Here is the info sheet for this month's box.
The Forgotten Room by Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig - Retail Value $16 (found here for $10.29)
I love reading, but honestly, I need books popping up in a subscription box to remind myself to actually sit down and read. This book has a unique concept in that it follows the lives of three separate women from three separate time periods who are all connected to the same mansion, and a different author is behind the story of each of the three main characters. I have designated this strictly as my bath time-only book, so it has taken me a bit longer to get through it. There were a lot of small details throughout the story that makes you wonder if things will ultimately be connected, but it's not so complicated that if I went a few days without picking it up I was lost.
1945: When critically wounded Captain Cooper Ravenel is brought to a private hospital on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, young Dr. Kate Schuyler is drawn into a complex mystery that connects three generations of women in her family to a single extraordinary room in a Gilded Age mansion.
Who is the woman in Captain Ravenel’s miniature portrait who looks so much like Kate? And why is she wearing the ruby pendant handed down to Kate by her mother? In their pursuit of answers, they find themselves drawn into the turbulent stories of Olive Van Alan, driven in the Gilded Age from riches to rags, who hired out as a servant in the very house her father designed, and Lucy Young, who in the Jazz Age came from Brooklyn to Manhattan seeking the father she had never known. But are Kate and Cooper ready for the secrets that will be revealed in the Forgotten Room?
Wake Me Up Shower Steamer by Leebrick - Retail Value $6.95
I love shower steamers and I firmly believe that they are not sent often enough in subscription boxes. Popping a shower steamer onto the floor of your shower out of the direct stream of water turns your shower into an aromatherapy haven, and this energizing scent blend features "forest fresh green leaves, lemon zest, and well-rounded fruity notes of peaches, apples, and pineapples." I can attest that yes, this smelled as amazing as it sounds, and this really was a good morning scent that helped me to wake up and feel ready to take on the day.
Zzz's Please Sleep Oil by Wellspring Naturals, 5 ml - Retail Value $4.99
I love a good essential oil blend, and this sleep oil features chamomile, vetiver, sage, vanilla, cedarwood, and lavender set in a coconut oil base. A little bit on my wrists and the back of my neck was all I needed to feel more relaxed before bed, and I thought the packaging of this was really charming with the brand's logo in a wax seal on the back of the business card.
Dreamcatcher Bookmark from 220PennyLane - Retail Value $10.75
This bookmark features a shepherd hook in the shape of a feather that I honestly thought would be too bulky to be functional, but actually successfully served its purpose. Along with the dreamcatcher pendant, this features turquoise enamel feather charms and turquoise and red beads.
Vanilla Dream Cookies by Unna Bakery, 8 cookies - Retail Value $5.99
Honestly, I was prepared to not like these. I usually prefer soft and moist cookies, and these have a bit more of a drier crunch. But wow, I ate this entire box so fast I am not going to admit it for the world to know. The fact that they are packaged into two cookie sets slowed me down slightly, but these were a real treat to enjoy that was more unique than my standard cookie options. These cookies are made with real butter and weren't too dense, and once I was chewing they felt like they were melting in my mouth. If you know how to buy these without ordering them online, don't tell me or I'll lose all of the dieting progress I have made.
Verdict: I love the idea behind this subscription box- books, self-care, and relaxation have always been my go-to way to de-stress, and this wraps up that concept and sends it to you in a monthly box. This box places an emphasis on including items from small businesses across the country (the info sheet lists the state each small business is located in, which I thought was a fun touch), but in what I experienced that did not mean in a lack of quality items. I calculated a total value of $44.68, which is cents short of the cost of the box plus shipping at $44.98. That said, if supporting small businesses and thoughtful curation are subscription box qualities you look for, I would say check out this box.
To Wrap Up:
Can I still get this box if I sign up today? No, the current month's box is currently sold out, but sales will resume in January!
ACTIVE DEAL: 10% off first box
Value Breakdown: This box costs $37.99 + $6.99 shipping, which means that each of the 5 items in the box has an average cost of $9.00.
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
Do you subscribe to Peace & Pages? What do you think?