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Earthlove Subscription Box Review – Summer 2020

Earthlove Summer July 2020 unboxing and review

Earthlove is a quarterly subscription box for conservationists and fans of Mother Earth! Each package is full of eco-conscious gifts that help you enjoy nature and heal the planet.

Subscribers can choose between Vegan or Beegan for the same cost. The latter option includes honey and other bee products.

This review is of the Beegan option for $59.95/quarter + $4.95 shipping.

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 Earthlove

The Subscription Box: Earthlove

The Cost: $59.95 quarterly + $4.95 shipping. Receive free shipping with an annual subscription.

COUPON: Use code MSABUNDLE to get an Earthlove Starter bundle in your first box!

Add this code to your cart and they will automatically add the bundle to your first box!

The Products: 6-8 handpicked, eco-friendly products from different categories such as skincare, snacks, apparel, home decor, and gardening.

Ships to: The US for free with an annual subscription, Canada for $20,  and internationally for $35. Quarterly subscriptions ship for $4.95 each quarter.

Earthlove Summer 2020 Review

 

This booklet was included with information about the theme and the items inside.

 

ECOrenaissance: A Lifestyle Guide for Cocreating a Stylish, Sexy, and Sustainable World by Marci Zaroff – Retail Value $17.00

This book tackles that time old struggle between being eco-conscious and also living with luxurious things and experiences. Inside are some really interesting and easily digestible facts on everything from fashion to food, along with calls to action.

ECOrenaissance provides inspiring tips and tricks for how to live and shop in harmony with nature without sacrificing style or luxury, and how best to benefit from the current renaissance—a global rebirth of sustainable economics, progressive ethics, and green culture—through the wisdom of eco-entrepreneurs, green fashion designers, organic food purveyors, and innovative leaders of this new movement.

 

Real Ebony Wood Wanderer Sunglasses by WUDN – Retail Value $39.00

FYI: Originally sunglasses from Canadian company SKRP were planned for this box, but because of COVID/shipping issues, these from WUDN were sent instead to subscribers.  

Although I don’t really need sunglasses right now, there’s something about this pair I really like. I think it is because they have a very retro shape and they really remind me of my mom’s fave sunnies. Since I am slowly morphing into her (not a bad thing!), I might as well steal her look! These have biodegradable bioacetate frames and wooden arms. They feel sturdy but are also lightweight, and my favorite feature is the lack of those little nose cushions that always get stuck in my hair!

Here they are on!

 

Kokoa Botanics Body Butter Bar in ‘Caribbean Coconut’, 3.2 oz – Retail Value $15.00

I love the idea of body butter in a tube! It is pretty smart for your purse or desk. Simply push the bottom up and the product rises within the tube, allowing you to rub it on your hands, legs, arms, wherever. The heat of your hands melts it down to a soft consistency very quickly. The texture here is super smooth, and though there is a little shine left after massaging it in, it does absorb completely if you give it a little time. The scent here is a sweet coconut sort of deal, which normally isn’t my bag, but this blend of coconut oil, shea, and cocoa butter feels so dreamy, I don’t mind.

 

Lesser Evil Organic Popcorn, 0.88 oz – Buy five 5 oz bags for $19.99

This is my go-to popcorn brand and this butter flavored one is a perfect swap for the less healthy buttered popcorn you can pop in the microwave. There are always somehow big fluffy pieces inside that magically don’t get crushed, and there are notably very few kernels and hard bits to avoid. I like this brand because you can kind of taste the coconut oil which adds a whole new level of yumminess. The bag is also biodegradable!

 

Gogh Jewelry Zero Waste Scuba Necklace – Retail Value $29.00

This delicate little necklace has a sterling silver chain, a round Amazonite stone bead, and two parts of used scuba gear that would normally go to waste. Together, this trio creates a very modern and artsy sort of vibe while repurposing what would be trash into something very stylish. Created by Szilvia Gogh (an inductee into the Women Diver’s Hall of Fame!), these pieces serve to show that recycling and repurposing can be very chic indeed. I like how the three components can slide along the chain because I tend to fiddle with my jewelry, especially when thinking. So this is attractive as well as functional for me!

It is very simple and pretty.

 

No Trace Sandwich Bag – Retail Value $8.99

I was swooning over these cute whales before I even realized what this bag was. It is for sandwiches or other small snacks and because the opening overlaps, you don’t have to worry about any tasty treats escaping. We try to avoid using plastic lunch bags in my home and though this has been made much easier with more time eating in, I still take lunches to class right now. This 100% organic cotton bag is the perfect size for my favorite sandwiches and I can easily wash it in the washing machine between uses. I think I might need a few more of these!

 

Cora Ball Reusable Clips, 3 count – Retail Value $9.85

While most of the bagged foods in my home come with their own closure or twist tie, Will is constantly losing them, which leads to the ‘twist it and tuck it’ move. This is not ideal for our bread. These bag clips are made of sustainable Baltic birch and are perfect for closing those bags in your kitchen or beyond. While I don’t see this as a huge waste reducer in my home, we have been buying bread from the farmer’s market and it usually is twist-tie free and in biodegradable bags. These will be ideal for keeping those loaves fresh while putting a few less plastic pieces into the trash each week.

 

Earthlove Sea Found Kit – Listed Value $25.00

This was such a unique addition to the box! Inside this kraft paper bag is an assortment of sea glass, broken pottery, twine, beads, and driftwood from Hawaii, Japan, and California. You can use these pieces to create your own suncatcher or just have them around the house for beauty’s sake. None of the items have holes, so wrapping them securely can be a little difficult, but I found the result was worth it and the process was fun and relaxing.

Here is my completed piece.

 

Mystic Ginger Apothecary Botanical Hair Oil, 1 fl oz – Retail Value $15.00

The second body care item inside this month is a botanical hair oil handmade by herbalist and licensed hairdresser Kellie of Mystic Ginger Apothecary. This blend contains safflower, poppies, violets, elderflower, and calendula oils that work together to nourish your scalp. Once a week, the instructions recommend parting my hair into 4 sections and gentle massaging a few drops into my scalp, then shampooing. I was worried this might lead to extra greasy roots, but it wasn’t bad and my scalp did feel less itchy and irritated.

 

The Original Apple Pencil – Retail Value $2.25

FYI: This is a bonus item for sharing your previous box on social media. 

As someone who likes to do a lot of sketching outside, the natural feel of this genuine apple stick pencil only somehow adds to my sketches of trees, clouds, and other outside marvels. Both ends have about 1.5 inches of lead embedded inside, meaning you can use the other end when you run out. It will need to be sharpened by a blade because of its irregular shape, but the whole process is giving me serious Thoreau vibes.

 

Milkweed Seed Packets

Our last treat this month is a pair of seed packets to plant milkweed, the only food source for the beautiful and iconic monarch butterfly when it is in caterpillar form. Monarchs are endangered, so taking the time to add some sustenance to your garden is a really great action to take if you want to help! In addition, milkweed is actually a truly gorgeous plant with tall arching clusters of fragrant and tiny blossoms. You would seriously want a plant this pretty in your garden anyways!

The Verdict: I really loved this Earthlove box. I thought the whole curation felt elevated and special, and it also was very conscious! I can’t think of a single item I disliked or something I won’t get a lot of use out of. My favorites were the incredibly creative suncatcher kit, the sandwich bag, the necklace, and the milkweed seeds. This box does a great job of delivering great items as well as a ton of information that you can use to make easy swaps in your life that will be better for the planet. It is a great choice for anyone who wants to add eco-friendly surprises to their deliveries.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes, the Summer box is still available.

COUPON: Use code MSABUNDLE to get an Earthlove Starter bundle in your first box!

Add this code to your cart and they will automatically add the bundle to your first box!

Value Breakdown: This box costs $59.95, including free shipping which means each of the 11 items costs an average of $5.45.

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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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Comments (26)

  1. I loved everything in this box! If you’re thinking about trying it, I really recommend it!

  2. Just subscribed, so excited for this box!!

  3. The art project turned out so beautiful!

    • Thank you 💜

  4. Thank you for reviewing this box!!! This is my first month and I absolutely loved it! Would you also look into reviewing the Women’s Collective box? I wasn’t happy with Causebox so I signed up for these two (lol) instead and I’m very pleased with both.

    • Thank you so much, BB! Glad to hear you loved the box ^_^

      • Picked up the special edition Bee box over the weekend as well, voted in the future box survey today—I’m excited for what’s in store and so appreciate the chance to give input on the next box 💜.

    • yw BB! Let me add Women’s Collective to my running wishlist and see what I can do 😉

      • Thanks Megan! And to add, your project is indeed stunning. That and the seeds are my favorite items from this box. Actually, the Sea Found kit is probably my favorite item from any subscription I’ve ever received. Can’t wait to make mine after I get through this move, unpack and settle in!

  5. I am so in love with this box. I was obsessing for a while and going back and forth because of the cost but ultimately decided to go for it after seeing the found kit, how thoughtful is that little art project?! I received my box yesterday and it exceeded my expectations! I absolutely adore every item and you can tell Serina puts her heart into curating these boxes. I think I spent hours with my little found kit and may have found a new hobby! I live by the ocean so this is right up my alley.
    The sunglasses are really nice and worth the price alone. Mine have dark brown wood frames and are perfect for me. Oh and the necklace is even prettier in person! I love everything about this box, I can’t say enough about how good it is.

    I highly recommend this subscription, I can’t wait to see what the next season will bring!

    (P.S. there is also a bee-utiful 😉 seasonal box on their site right now and I almost pulled the trigger on it too!)

    • Hi Candice,

      Thank you so much for the kinds words! I’m SO happy to hear how much you’ve been enjoying the Summer box! From the feedback on the Spring box, several members were asking for a DIY project (being bored at home), so we thought we’d come up with something fun and unique Earthlove-style! How often do you find vintage 100+ year old pottery and sea glass in a sub box? 😉

      If you haven’t posted already, we’ve got a hashtag on Instagram #seafoundearthlove where members have been sharing their beautiful creations! It’s been truly a joy seeing what everyone has come up with 😀

      Sustainably Yours,
      Serina

      Founder of Earthlove

  6. I believe the apple pencil was a bonus gift for those who shared the spring box on social media and tagged EarthLove (I missed out, as spring was my first box with them!) That’s why it’s not listed in the booklet. 🙂 (Serina, please correct if I’m wrong!)

    • You got it! For next season we’re changing it up a little bit and holding a contest for a free box instead (choosing three winners!). Share your box or favourite item from the box on social media and tag us to be entered. We’ll be announcing the winners next month 😀

  7. This seems like a really fun box!

  8. I love this box, but for the price point and the shipping cost to Canada makes it too expensive for me to subscribe. Still, I love reading the reviews and seeing what is included each month.

    • Thank you so much, Nancy! I hear you about shipping. Unfortunately, shipping to Canada is quite expensive and the $20 only covers part of the cost.

      If you’d still like to be a part of our community we have an active Facebook group that’s open to anyone who loves the Earth called “The Earthlover Community” 🙂

      Sustainably Yours,
      Serina

      Founder of Earthlove

  9. What a FUN box ( that kit !!!)and a great review! The msabundle code doesn’t do anything when when entered FYI , too bad, but I am looking forward to this sun nonetheless!

    • Hi Aly,

      Serina from Earthlove here. When you enter the code during checkout it’ll automatically get added to the order. You can also add it to the cart note. It should work for our quarterly and annual subscription options 🙂

      Sustainably Yours,
      Serina

      • Thanks for the clarification! Excited to receive my first box.

      • Hi Serina I would like to join but wish to wait until the fall box as I have this book already. When will the signup for tha be? Thanks!

      • Hi Liz, We’ll be switching over to Autumn pre-orders around August 12th. Alternatively, you can sign up and add “start with Autumn box” to the cart note to reserve your box before then 🙂

    • the code gives you an extra “starter bundle” not a discount.

  10. Too bad I am on a no spend for the rest of the year, this looks like a great box 🙂

  11. This is great! Love your art project. I think this will be my next subscription.

    • Hi Liz, We’ll be switching over to Autumn pre-orders around August 12th. Alternatively, you can sign up and add “start with Autumn box” to the cart note to reserve your box before then 🙂

  12. I was surprised the hair oil didn’t have much scent. I didn’t know it was for the scalp. I just used on ends for styling.
    I got a citrus blend of body butter. Again would be so handy for the gym. Maybe next year?? We are still shut down in NC.

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