Simply Earth Essential Oil Recipe Box Review + Coupon – Fall Candles


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Simply Earth October 2019 subscription box review

Simply Earth Essential Oil Recipe Box is a monthly subscription box that sends you therapeutic grade essential oils paired with ingredients, bottles, and extras to make 5-6 natural recipes.

This is a review of the $39 monthly recipe box.

According to the Simply Earth site:

Every month, we’ll send 4 full size 100% pure essential oils + 1 -2 extra + bottles to make 5-6 recipes. So you’ll have everything you need. Each month is a new theme. Plus, you’ll get more ideas and recipes on how to use the oils inside your box outside of the recipes included.

a peek inside!

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.)

all the included items together in a group shot

About Simply Earth Essential Oil Recipe Box

The Subscription Box: Simply Earth Essential Oil Recipe Box

The Cost: $39.00/month + free US shipping

The Products: 4 full-size 100% pure essential oils + 1 -2 extras to make 5-6 recipes around each month’s theme. Simply Earth donates 13% of profits to a charity.

Ships to: The US for free

Simply Earth Essential Oil Recipe Box Fall Candles Review

The first things I grabbed from the package were two cards with a note from Katie (the curator and aromatherapist behind this box!), a sneak peek for the November box, and all the info on the included oils this month. It also let me know that 13% of my purchase cost was donated to 5 Stones, a non-profit dedicated to the end of human trafficking. It makes me feel extra excited to support companies that give back and deliver awesome boxes.

recipe cards

Also included were 6 recipe cards and coordinating stickers to use on all my handmade items. Cute!

Now, for the oils I received this month:

 

Sweet Orange Essential Oil, 15 ml – Retail Value $6.99

From Simply Earth:

Likely originating in China, the dried peels of the orange tree were used in ancient Chinese medicine to treat coughs and colds. Now Orange Essential Oil is used for its uplifting and comforting effect on mood while also being able to ease sore muscles and aid in digestion. It’s also been used for centuries as an all-natural degreaser.

Mmmmm I love sweet orange! I use it a lot throughout my house, but my favorite uses are with lavender in my diffuser or mixed with water and white vinegar for a natural all-purpose spray cleaner.

 

Cassia Essential Oil, 15 ml – Retail Value $9.99

From Simply Earth:

Cassia, one of the few essential oils mentioned in the Old Testament of the Bible, is known for its unmistakable aroma, calming properties, and countless health benefits.

This oil smells like a milder and woodier cinnamon. I quite like it! It is a perfect cold weather scent.

 

Focus Essential Oil Blend, 15 ml – Retail Value $11.99

From Simply Earth:

Having trouble staying on task? Use Focus Essential Oil Blend to help you avoid distractions and improve concentration when working on that big project or studying for that big test.

This blend of cardamom, frankincense, eucalyptus, and orange is as fragrant as it is invigorating! I absolutely love it. It has a distinct depth from the cardamom and frankincense, but the orange keeps it zingy and bright. The eucalyptus gives it a very bold impression on the nose.

 

Balsam Fir Essential Oil, 15 ml – Retail Value $13.99

From Simply Earth:

During the American Civil War, Balsam Fir was one of the herbs used in the field to treat combat injuries. Native Americans also used the herb for ritual purposes, as an external treatment for burns, sores, and cuts, as well as relief for heart and chest pains.

I am having trouble thinking of a more seasonally appropriate oil. Anything fir or evergreen just fits these holiday months beautifully, especially when combined with spices and citrus.

 

Soy Wax, 3 oz – Retail Value $2.99

Soy is my go-to for candle making because beeswax has just gotten so expensive! This 3 oz bag is enough for one smaller candle or a few votives.

 

Braided Candle Wicks, pair – Buy 5 for $1.49

These 3-inch wicks are perfect for handmade candles. I think I will likely end up just using one since we didn’t get a ton of wax in our box this month.

 

Lip Balm Container, pair – Retail Value $1.00

I have yet to try my hand at making my own lip balm, but I am excited to have these containers on hand for when I do!

I decided to make some Cassia and Orange candles. I like to reuse vintage glasses that I have collected over the years to house my handmade candles. They have a lot of character and prevent me from having to spend more money and create more waste buying new vessels. Because my containers are on the larger side, I did have to supplement the included wax with extra soy wax flakes I had on hand. I also had to use my own wick since these included were far too short.

I started prepping my vessels by using a little melted wax to stick the wick base in place, then I created tension on the wick by winding it around some paintbrushes I had close by. I usually use kebob skewers but I was out.

I then melted my wax by adding it to a round metal bowl that fits perfectly into one of my pots that was filled with boiling water. Kind of a DIY double boiler! I also added my oils at this point. It was hard to get more process photos this month since I was working with really hot wax!

Here the wax is curing. The tension on the wick keeps it straight during this process and helps the candle burn more evenly later. (Also, I swear my mirror isn’t that dirty! It is part of a vintage mantle and the glass is very old.)

I like to let my candles sit for a few days after they solidify. Here are a few of them burning! The fragrance was lovely and festive. I think my favorite pour was into the little creamer. The candle looks like milk inside when it isn’t lit and it is truly adorable!

Verdict: Simply Earth was centered on one of my fave crafts this month: candlemaking! I do have to admit that I thought the amount of wax sent in this box was certainly on the low end. It would have been nice to get enough to make a few larger candles without supplementing with my own wax and wick. Aside from that complaint, I really loved this box! The oils were utterly perfect for the season and work so well together. I am thrilled to add them to my ever-growing collection. I have yet to make any balms so far, but I will report back when I do!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No—if you subscribe today, you’ll receive the Starter Box as your first box as well as the big bonus box!

Value Breakdown: This box costs $39.00 (with free shipping) and the retail value of the contents of just the regular monthly box total around $43.55. The recipes and stickers add even more value. Each of the 7 items has an average cost of $5.57. 

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Written by Megan Kirkland

Megan Kirkland

I love natural/vegan beauty products, Korean skincare, unique jewelry, and weird candies from far away places. When I am not waiting for my next exciting box you can find me painting or taking photographs of interesting people. I never leave home without pug hair somewhere on my shirt and a bold lipstick on my smile.

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7 Comments

  1. What a cool sub! Those candles look great!

    • Thanks Carol! These were my first test batch for poured Christmas candle presents 🙂

  2. This is one of my favorite boxes to receive every month. I love making all the different items that they help you learn how to do in each box. The variety has been fun. But what delights me most of all is that handpacked by sticker with Cheryl’s face on it. She looks like a good time. I want to be friends.

    • I came to the comments section to see if anyone else loved the Cheryl sticker as much as me! Lol

    • That sticker always makes me giggle!

  3. I’ve been using Simply Earth’s oils for years, and I can honestly say that the quality is top notch. Its lavender is amazing (French lavender, and smells neither too sweet nor too tart, but rather, very balanced and high-end), and the sage oil from them is so clean and refreshing that I dilute it in a carrier oil and wear as a roll-on perfume.

  4. I’ve received several SE boxes (although I missed out on the fall candle one) and they are awesome. Customer service is exceptional too.

    They don’t send a ton of materials but I thinkI their idea is to get us *started* in making products with natural ingredients and essential oils. I like I get to try different things. This month, I got to do a citrus-y Christmas room spray. Ahhwesome!

    I like that I can customize the oils included in my box for $2 each but I wish I could select any oil after paying the difference. Right now, you can only select oils with similar rv. Yes, I know I can add-on any oil to the box but it would be nice to stay close to the box’s price.

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