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MindWander Subscription Box Review + Coupon – March 2020

MindWander is a monthly mental wellness subscription box that delivers self-care items and therapy-inspired workbooks to boost mental health. Created by a psychologist/therapist, each box is centered on science-based strategies that aim to improve stress, anxiety, sleep, self-confidence, positive mindset, and more.

Reviewed by popular demand!

There are two subscription options: MindWander Box for $39.99/month and MindWander Mini for $19.99/month.

This is a review of the MindWander Box for $39.99/month + shipping.

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

About MindWander Box

The Subscription Box: MindWander

The Cost: $39.99 per month + $5 shipping. Save with longer subscriptions.

COUPON: Use code SPRING10 to save 10% off your first box!

The Products: An assortment of bath and body, lifestyle, and novelty items, along with a specially designed mini-workbook aimed to decrease stress and anxiety and improve overall wellbeing. Monthly boxes focus on a coping skill based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) while the mini-workbook helps you learn and apply the skill.

Ships to: The U.S.

Good to Know: Your first box always ships around the 4th of the following month.

MindWander “Dream” March 2020 Review

 

“Dream” Mini-Workbook – Listed Value $5.00

Each month arrives with a workbook, which is the intellectual meat of the box. It starts with a welcome statement from clinical psychologist Dr. Sarah. She briefly introduces the theme and purpose of the workbook and explains that the included strategies are grounded in a science-based therapy called cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Item descriptions are listed on the next few pages.

The workbook is divided into four sections and you can approach them in one go or spread them out over the course of the month. I’ve been looking forward to this month’s theme. When I think “self care” my mind immediately goes to hot baths, indulgent skincare, sitting in PJs sipping champagne… but never “8 rested hours of sleep.” I am slowly coming around to this wild concept. The workbook tackles a bit of everything: tracking sleep habits, sleep hygiene, stimulus control (think classical conditioning), nighttime worries, and what to do when nothing seems to help you get a full night’s sleep. My favorite is the weekly sleep diary. It helps you track the quantity and quality of sleep along with other factors that might be influencing them, such as naps and light exposure. I’ve used sleep diaries before and found them very helpful for collecting data on myself, but the one included here has better structure.

 

“Dream” Journal Prompt Card Pack – Listed Value $5.00

This month’s card pack features 30 journal prompts to reflect on your sleep strategies, build upon things learned from the mini-workbook, and practice worry-reducing skills before sleep. Several cards have a date on them so that you can practice together with the MindWander community on their Facebook group. I received an exclusive card holder in February’s box and recently switched out last month’s cards for this fresh pack. Admittedly, I don’t use cards every day. When I do reach for one I find that they help me stay grounded and act as a great thought exercise right before bed.

 

Habit Tracker and Stickers – Listed Value $3.00

This habit tracker allows you to track an activity that you want to incorporate into your life. The stickers help provide a little more motivation and encouragement to your habit tracking journey. Last month, I used mine to track sleep hygiene things such as getting enough hours of sleep, taking melatonin, etc. Mental health is affected by many things, including biological aspects like sleep. I noticed that if I don’t get enough hours of sleep, my energy and motivation levels are much lower than usual (even after accounting for weather, coffee, and amount of schoolwork). So, I’m going to continue tracking sleep hygiene for the rest of the month!

“Dream” Lavender and Vanilla Linen Spray, 4 oz – Listed Value $15.00

This is a MindWander exclusive from woman-owned business Hued Shoppe + Botanica. It has a warm sugary fragrance that reminds me of creamy honey with a hint of lavender. Yummy! Just a couple sprays will do since it’s a pretty strong smell with a wide projection. My one gripe would be the vague ingredient list on the label. It only lists distilled water, essential and fragrance oil, solubilizer, and plant-based preservative. It would have been helpful to have a detailed ingredient breakdown for people who have ingredient allergies.

 

Travel-Sized Notebook – Listed Value $4.00

I really enjoy receiving notebooks in subscription boxes. They’re practical and versatile and it’s nice to keep extras around the home. This adorable unlined notebook measures 3.5 inches by 5.5 inches. It comes with a ribbon bookmark and there’s a small pocket in the back for keeping loose papers–all features I appreciate. It is also the perfect size for keeping on my nightstand, right next to my journal cards! I plan to write my journal prompt responses on it before bedtime every night.

 

Simplicity Teas Fairytale Tea – Listed Value $6.00

This is a caffeine-free tea blend that’s perfect for soothing you into your bedtime routine. It’s an earthy blend of nettle leaf, St. John’s wort, spearmint, damiana, and valerian. It has a soft fragrance like green tea and a somewhat mild flavor. While I’m not hooked on it, I do appreciate a change from the ol’ classic Sleepytime Tea. Don’t worry, the tube looks small but it holds enough tea for at least 3-4 cups.

 

Hope & Hive Lavender Honey Lip Balm, 0.15 oz – Listed Value $3.00

Full disclosure: I love lip balms. I hoard them, I love trying new brands, and I slip one into each drawer and pocket and purse that I own. This one smells like an aromatic blend of honey and lavender (wait, I’m sensing a theme here) and the formula is fabulous. The balm is thick and emollient enough to hydrate my lips for multiple hours after application. It also leaves my lips with a nice satin sheen.

 

Flower Mill Beauty Balm Shell Cleansing Balm, 2 oz – Retail Value $38.00

This is a cleansing balm made from a coconut oil, mango butter, and shea butter base. The workbook describes the scent as floral with strong notes of neroli. The texture is thick–I used a mini spatula to scoop out product. I was disappointed to find that the balm does not emulsify into a milky lather after washing with water. Rather, you remove it gently with a warm damp cloth. After fully rinsing, my face felt clean but also hydrated. If you have the patience for it, this balm makes for a luxurious cleansing experience.

 

Gemstone Organic Lullaby Elixir – Retail Value $20.00

This multipurpose gemstone-infused elixir can be used during meditation, before bedtime, or any time as a perfume to soothe and calm the mind. When you shake the elixir it shimmers with gemstone essence. I also spot a tiny shard within the bottle that looks like amethyst. Unlike the lip balm, the lavender top note here is too strong for my tastes. I might even say it does a better job jolting me awake than putting me to sleep! I know that lavender is frequently used as a sleep aid, so I’m sure I can find a friend who will benefit from it more than me.

 

Moon + Constellation Sticky Note Set – Listed Value $3.00

I love the muted colors and celestial design of these sticky notes! The watercolor moon is just so pleasing to the eye. Each measures 3 by 3 inches. I’m always a fan of practical items so this is a win.

The Verdict: Good sleep is vital to mental and physical health, so I love that MindWander dedicated a whole month to the topic. This is my favorite theme yet! The mini-workbook is great like usual–it ties with the Flower Mill Beauty cleansing balm for favorite item of the box. The other staples, like habit tracker and journal cards, continue to be useful. The self-care products all feel thoughtfully curated as well. Based on listed and retail prices that were available, I received an estimated value of $102, which is more than twice the cost of the box plus shipping. This is an all time high in terms of box value, much of which comes from the cleansing balm.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No. All new orders ship around the 4th of the following month, so you would receive the April box as your first.

COUPON: Use code SPRING10 to save 10% off your first box!

Value Breakdown: This box costs $39.99 + $5.00 shipping, which means that each of the 10 items in the box has an average cost of $4.50.

Check out all of our MindWander reviews and our list of the best personal care subscription boxes, as recommended by MSA readers like you!

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Written by Nancy Su

Nancy Su

Nancy began her subscription box adventure in 2014 and never looked back. She loves Asian beauty and is constantly in search of skincare holy grails. She hoards lipsticks. Her favorites are beauty, lifestyle, and jewelry subscriptions.

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Comments (7)

  1. This is my third MindWander and the first one that I felt actually gave me some value with the included items and workbook. I ultimately canceled after this box because the workbooks aren’t telling me anything I don’t already know how to do, and Sarah promotes the Facebook group as a large part of the value, which I’m just not interested in.

    Also, I could not scrape up enough of that balm to use to save my life. I liked what I could get out of the jar, but man, what a fight. I’ll have to try a small spatula like you used.

  2. Hi Nancy, thank you for the comprehensive review. I’m in two minds about this box. On the downside, I wish ‘Dr Sarah’ would put her full profile including her full name and qualifications on their website. They’re promoting this box as one led by a practicing clinical psychologist, yet do not give any kind of supporting information about ‘Dr Sarah’, which I find bewildering. Yet, on the positive side, I have undertaken quite a bit of CBT as a chronic pain patient over the years, and the guidance given in the boxes you’ve reviewed seems to be in line with techniques I’ve been taught (by practicing clinical psychologists who were happy to use their full names and have their qualifications on the wall and on their business cards). So I think the guidance in these boxes is in line with techniques I was paying $295 per hour for. It makes it really difficult to put an estimated RV on that! But I think the guidance in the box is worth way more than the value of the more tangible items in it. Which makes this box a really accessible mental health resource. I just wish ‘Dr Sarah’ was a bit more transparent than she seems to be right now. I don’t think that’s too much to ask.

    Best wishes to everyone who is interested in, or who is already receiving this box!

    • Hi Mimosa, thanks for sharing your thoughts! I was curious about Dr. Sarah’s background as well, especially since I’m a grad student in the same field as her. This article about her came up in my search: https://www.cratejoy.com/box-insider/mindwander-seller-spotlight/. This is merely speculation but I wonder if Dr. Sarah’s limited transparency has to do with academia. I’ve been told that, often in academia, having projects outside of what your job requires is frowned upon (and also greatly disincentivized).

  3. St. John’s wort can negate the effects of birth control is taken often. I use to take it as a supplement before my doctor told me this.

  4. Oh my gosh… I just noticed that Nancy’s doing reviews again! Yay! 😀 I’ve wondered where you’ve been 🙂 If I recall correctly, I think you reviewed some k-beauty boxes a few years ago. Do you think you’ll be reviewing some beauty boxes again? 🙂

    • Aw Luna, you warm my heart! I appreciate your comment. I may review beauty boxes again if the right opportunity arises.

      • Great! I can’t wait! 🙂

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