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 $39 a quarter or a Deluxe Subscription Box for $72 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!
This is a review of the Deluxe Subscription Box for $72/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: $72.00 per quarterly box + shipping which varies! (Shipping to PA is $9.52.) Save with an annual subscription.
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 "Alignment" Box Spring 2020 Review
This season's theme is "Alignment" and it encourages self-reflection and calibration. This is a time of growth! It also came with a mantra card.
Patchouli Meditation Elixer, 2 oz - Listed Value $18.50
I really enjoy scented mists and patchouli is one of my favorite earthy scents. This bottle contains patchouli essential oil, rosemary extract, purified water, and moon energy. You can use it during meditation or really anytime! I like to save mists like this to use on my sheets before crawling into bed. They add a lot of relaxation and comfort.
Chamomile Body Butter, 4 oz - Listed Value $30.00
Merkaela makes a great body butter and the light and whipped texture is pretty amazing. In the past, a few of these have felt on the greasy side but this one seems to be much improved in that regard! It feels like a dream on my dry legs and knees after a shower and before tucking to bed. The shea, hemp oil, and olive oil provide moisture for hours after application during the day, too! The scent is probably not going to be for everyone, but I adore it and would wear it as a perfume! Instead of a light chamomile scent, it has more of a smoked herbal fragrance that is moody and sophisticated.
Stardust Clay Mask, 2 oz - Listed Value $18.00
Anyone else out there have a bad case of maskne? That is a cute name for the not-at-all-cute blemishes that have popped up along my jawline. While I generally avoid clay-heavy masks on my entire face, this is just the ticket for some deep cleaning detox power on my lower cheeks and chin. I mixed some of the pretty pink clay with some water in my favorite mask bowl, and applied with a flat brush. The clays inside (kaolin and bentonite) work to draw up sickness from my pores while the inclusion of turmeric helps prevent inflammation. This mask also has a very nice and earthy scent thanks to the addition of sandalwood. After rinsing off with warm water, my face felt smoother, calmer, and less red.
Rose Herbal Tea, 12-14 tsp - Retail Value $8.50
I am a tea addict so I am always thrilled when some arrives in a box. This is a really pretty herbal blend of chamomile, rose petals, orange peel, oat straw, lemon balm, lavender, and stevia. Mmm! As you might guess, the vibe here is very soft and floral, and since it is caffeine-free, it is an ideal before-bed indulgence.
Here is what it looks like brewing!
Luminous Exfoliator, 2 oz - Retail Value $14.00
I tend to avoid salt scrubs on my face because they are too harsh, but I do like scrubs like this for my legs and arms. This is a soft smelling blend of organic salt, rice oil, vitamin E, and geranium essential oil. The sea salt size is larger, and it feels great rubbed in circles on my skin. The geranium oil leaves behind a pleasant scent.
Patchouli Rose Soap Bar, 3.5 oz - Listed Value $9.50
I am happy to see more patchouli in this box! Combine this scent with rose? So good!! This soap has such an earthy scent and it fills my shower when I use it. This is a moisturizing soap that I also love to use instead of shaving cream on my legs.
Palo Santo - Listed Value $5.00
Palo Santo is one of my husband's favorite scents in our home, but I think it is really important to make sure yours is ethically sourced. This little bundle is both "sustainably sourced and ethically wildcrafted" according to the card. We like to burn this very special wood during times of happiness and thankfulness or stressful times when we need grounding or clarity. As this is a sacred wood, it should be handled with respect and with intention.
I place my beliefs in alignment with the experiences I wish to have. I am attuned to my higher purpose, and my life reflects this refinement. My life is beautiful, and more beauty is revealed to me each day.
The Verdict: This was a really lovely Merkaela box. The formulas and scents felt so special and the emphasis on self-care is welcome right now. I found the affirmation card to be really on-point for me right now, as I (like a lot of people) feel a little like I am just floating around in space and trying to figure out what life is supposed to look like after such a wild year. The scents inside were all comforting and grounding, and I love that so many of these items could be used together in a procession to bed if you started with the soap and scrub, treated yourself to a mask, moisturized your skin with the body butter, and drifted off to sleep with the scent of Palo Santo in the air after a cup of tea. Dreamy! This is a more expensive box but the quality and curation make it a great choice if you are looking for a high-quality and quarterly indulgence.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No. Your first box will be the upcoming Summer box!
ACTIVE DEAL: Save 10% off your first box!
Value Breakdown: The box costs $88.52 ($79 + 9.52 shipping to PA), which means the average cost per item via the box is $11.07.
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