Bombay & Cedar is a luxury subscription box for women that offers a Lifestyle Box filled with aromatherapy, beauty, wellness & lifestyle items for $49.95/month and a Beauty Box with 5-6 deluxe or full-size beauty items that are clean, vegan, and cruelty-free for$31.95/month.
Recently they had a moving sale where they sold 3 different sized mystery boxes containing items from past boxes:
- Petite Mystery Box - Retail Value of over $100 for only $25
- Deluxe Mystery Box - Retail Value of over $175 for only $45
- Mega Mystery Box - Retail Value of over $250 for only $65
FYI - These boxes were offered in limited quantities and are currently sold out.
This is a review of the Mega Mystery Box for $65.
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 Mystery Box
The Subscription Box: Bombay & Cedar Mega Mystery Box
The Cost: $65 + free US shipping
The Products: Your box will be filled with items from their previous boxes along with other goodies for a total retail value of over $65
Ships to: The US for free, Canada for $29 Flat Rate Shipping, Internationally for $39 Flat Rate Shipping
Good to know: “Due to the steep savings, returns and exchanges are not allowed.”
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Bombay & Cedar Mega Mystery Box Review - October 2020
This is one subscription that I've had my eye on for a while. They always seem to have a nice range of items from quality brands that appeal to my style and every once in a while there is something that just really intrigues me. I was excited to see what kind of items they would include in this mystery box. There was so much inside this box, I didn't know where to begin!
Let's start with a nice pop of color! This tea towel measures 20"x32" and is a blend of linen and cotton. I really love how bright and cheery it is. I love to keep decorative tea towels on our oven and dishwasher handles and this will be a great one to display or to use for serving!
This is another item from the August 2020 box and while I have plenty of cocktail glasses, I really love these! I should probably gift them but I have a feeling they will be making it into my cabinet soon enough because they're just too pretty. I love the clean aesthetic of these! They are really classy and not bulky at all. My husband and I love to drink Old Fashioneds and these will be nice to serve them in.
Blemish Drying Lotion by Zabana Essentials, 1 oz - Buy a full size 2 oz bottle for $12.00 (from the Sept 2020 box)
Fortunately, I don't have a need for this blemish drying lotion at the moment, but considering all of the Halloween candy that's in my home right now, I am sure I'll be reaching for it soon enough! When I do breakout I love having something to put on it to dry it out. I am hoping that this green clay and zinc lotion will do the trick! It also contains moringa leaf, burdock root, aloe vera, and witch hazel to aid in healing and detoxifying your skin and reduce inflammation. I like that it is organic, 100% natural, and made in small batches. This 1 oz bottle is pretty small, but I have a feeling that a little bit will go a long way.
Parrot Tulips in a Vase Paint by Numbers Kit by Elle Cree – Retail Value $35.00 (from the July 2020 box)
I have not done a paint by number since I was a kid and I love how intricate and grown-up this kit looks! I took a lot of art classes in college including painting, and while I loved it, I am not very skilled in this art form so this more structured approach is very appealing. I love that this kit provides the colors for you along with two different size brushes, one of them so small that I can hopefully achieve some precision with it! The painting looks very time consuming, but I know that this will be an activity that I find relaxing. I love putting on some music and just creating something and this little kit having everything together makes it easier for me to set aside that time for myself. My daughter and I have already decided that it should go in her room since it will complement her pink walls nicely. I'm excited to sit down with this one!
Cheesy Garlic Artisan Brew Bread Mix by Soberdough – Retail Value $9.95 (from the May 2020 box)
It's the season of baking for me, although this year I seem to have taken it up year-round, and this cheesy garlic bread sounds like it will be delicious! This dough is made from all-natural ingredients and I'll just need to provide 12 ounces of beer and some grated cheese for this recipe. I love how the instructions include different types of beer you can use for the beer taste. I'm all about simple, so I'm looking forward to making this one! It looks like Taryn received one of these kits in her May 2020 box, although in a different flavor than mine.
FYI- I wasn't able to locate any of the following items by looking at previous reviews so to the best of my knowledge these are all new items that did not come from previous boxes.
Pacific Ocean Tub Tea by Cee Cee & Bee, 2 oz - Retail Value $4.75
Look at those big pieces of seaweed! In addition to the wild-crafted kelp, this also contains sea salt, bladderwrack, and essential oils. I love that a portion of the proceeds goes back to protecting the beaches. To use this tub tea, I emptied the plastic package contents into the muslin bag (which was a bit tricky with those long pieces of seaweed) and then I closed it up and set it in the tub. It definitely has a distinct seaweed smell, but it didn't bother me much, it just wasn't the usual pleasant smells I get from bath products! It definitely made my skin feel softer after a soak and I loved that the mess was contained and I could just pluck it from the tub and dispose of it!
Eyeliner Pencil by Nanacoco in Dark Brown - Retail Value $2.00
I wear brown eyeliner most of the time so I'm never mad to get a new one. Especially one that comes with a brush at the end. I was really surprised at the low retail value because it seems like a decent eyeliner, but this one does contain parabens, FYI. This color pairs perfectly with the next item I received. You can also see it swatched below.
Shimmer Shadow Eyeshadow Quad by Glam & Grace in Sandstone
I couldn't locate this eyeshadow quad on the Glam & Grace site, but I did find that they are a non-toxic clean beauty company which I appreciated. This quad features four gorgeous shimmery shades in colors I would definitely choose on my own. They are handcrafted, made in small batches, and free from parabens and preservatives. While I love the cute palette, the pans themselves don't seem to be stuck in there very well, it's just a piece of double-sided foam underneath, so I probably wouldn't take this on the road with me for fear it would break.
Here they are swatched from top left to top right and bottom left to bottom right underneath a swatch of the eyeliner from above. These shades are totally wearable and I love the shimmer.
Here is my everyday look using this palette and the eyeliner. It applied much better with a brush than my fingers and there was minimal fallout. I thought it wore well throughout the day and the pigment was decent.
Ultra-Nourishing Shea- Gloves by AvryBeauty - Retail Value $3.00
Winter is coming! These shea gloves will be so nice to use when my hands get really dry. It looks like they are made to use as part of a self-manicure so I'll probably use these when I finally set aside some time for a little self-care!
Lavender Sage Hand Creme by Avry Beauty - Retail Value $7.49
This hand lotion is from the same company and this time the lavender scent is accompanied by sage. It looks like this company is more of a salon retailer so I had to get my values from Amazon, although I am not sure that's the most reliable source for purchasing these. The scent is light and pleasant, but the lotion is a bit sticky for me.
Small Half Moon Bag in Wine Squares - Estimated Retail Value $35.00
I really like this canvas half-moon pouch! It's just so cute and I think it would be great to store some lipstick or other smaller items to keep in a larger purse. It seems to be durable and well-made. While I couldn't find this pattern available, I linked to a similar one and it seems that these bags are all designed and sewn in Maine and hand silk-screened. This smaller size is 9.5"x 5.5" and it's already proved useful since I was able to fit the eyeliner, eyeshadow, lotion, and gloves from this box inside of it!
Sanitizing Elixir by Distill in Rosemary Mint - Retail Value $29.99
I used to have a bottle of sanitizer that I kept by our back door for when the kids needed a quick pump, but it ran out at the beginning of the year and I bet you can guess why I haven't been able to replenish it just yet! This glass bottle is much nicer looking and it smells really good with the rosemary and peppermint. The consistency is almost like water, but it works well to make your hands feel clean leaving the lightest scent behind. I haven't noticed it being drying on my hands so far. In addition to the really unique bottle, this is actually a unique product upcycled and distilled from corn. The alcohol content is 80% which makes it seem pretty effective! Considering how sought-after hand sanitizer has been this year, this bottle felt like a luxury item!
16 Very Useful Greeting Cards by Alice Scott - Retail Value $5.99
What classy and beautiful greeting cards! I really love the black and white designs on everything and those striped envelopes are too cute. My son, the animal lover, thought these were so cool and I loved the variety of animals and occasions on these cards. I know these will come in handy and they will be a stylish card to give out!
Gigi Card Case with Keychain by Shiraleah in Jade - Retail Value $18.00
This little wallet is such a nice color and I love the gold accents. Sometimes I like to head into a store with just my money and my keys and this little wallet will clip onto my keyring so I can keep everything together. It isn't incredibly spacious but I can fit a little cash/coin in the center zipper with two or three cards on the outside.
Lavender Infused Cotton Swabs by Revele
I didn't detect any lavender scent on these, but I like the idea of them being infused with lavender! This is an essential oil I use frequently when there is any sort of skin irritation so I feel comfortable using these for cosmetic purposes. I wasn't able to locate these online anywhere so I'm not quite sure what they retail for.
Mini Bamboo Charcoal Air Purifying Bags by California Home Goods
I already have several of these charcoal air purifying bags around my house (I think they work okay?), but I don't have any that are this small. I know these will be perfect once I figure out what space needs them. I like that they have a little ribbon to hang them with - they would be great on a rearview mirror to keep your car smelling fresh. These bags are filled with 100% natural bamboo charcoal which helps to absorb odors. They are fragrance-free and reusable; to keep them working, you just place them in the sun and they'll reset so to speak. I wasn't able to verify the retail price for these either.
Purifying Peppermint Body Cleansing Shower Powder by Nude & Crude, 2 oz. - Retail Value $14.99
This stuff really scents your shower! I love the refreshing scent of peppermint and in this case, it should "address oily, congested skin while stimulating the senses to enhance mental focus." This would be great in the mornings to wake you up! This little carton is good for 40 washes and the contents are eco-friendly and gently cleanses your skin without the use of harsh chemicals. I poured about a half teaspoon in my hand and mixed it with water and was able to get a decent lather to wash with. The smell was very invigorating mixed with the shower steam!
Verdict: Over the years, Bombay & Cedar has offered some really cool and unique items in their boxes. I always love all the tea accessories and diffusers - all of that innovative stuff is what really appealed to me and unfortunately, I didn't receive anything that really fell under that category for me. There were a lot of cute things in here that I liked and will use, although nothing that I just had to have. I can't say it was a disappointment because there are so many items I will be using, but more so that it was not quite what I had hoped for, although I did enjoy the broad mix. I liked that it included everything from kitchen items to makeup & pampering items to some more artsy items like the painting and greeting cards and even some great accessories like the half-moon bag and wallet. I wasn't able to find all of the retail values, but what I do have comes to just over $211. This doesn't include the charcoal bags, cotton swabs, or the eyeshadow quad though, so I think we are pretty close to that promised value of $250. Overall, it did have the feel of a box of leftovers, but I think that's kind of what I signed up for knowing it was a moving sale! My favorite finds are the hand sanitizer, the half-moon bag, the eyeshadow quad, and the shower powder although I know I will use a lot of the other items, too!
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, this box is currently sold out.
Value Breakdown: This box costs $65 with free shipping which means each of the 17 items has an approximate retail value of $3.82.
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