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Essentials Crate Box – Should We Review It?

Essentials Crate is a sustainable household and personal care subscription box:

Essentials Crate is a monthly subscription service that offers a selection of 4-5 clean and sustainable products designed to elevate your daily routine and reduce your personal waste.

Essentials Crate subscriptions are available for 1, 3, and 6-month subscriptions:

Each box is centered around a general theme in the household, personal care, beauty or wellness space, with products complementing one another. Reduce your environmental impact by replacing your existing products with sustainable swaps included in every box!

Essentials Crate is curated with 4-5 useful products for personal use and for your home: 

  • Our team of clean product experts scour the market for local, artisanal and luxury brands to curate the perfect selection.
  • Expect household products from cleaning solutions and kitchen supplies, to zero waste alternatives, to vegan & cruelty-free beauty and personal care products.

The Box: Essentials Crate

The Cost: $39-$44 per box

COUPON: Use code MSA15 to get 15% off your first order!

The Products: 4-5 full size home, personal care, beauty and/or wellness products

Ships to: United States


What do you think of this box? Would you like to see it reviewed? 

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Written by Mallory @ MSA

Mallory @ MSA

Mallory joined the MSA team in 2020. She focuses on engaging with our community online, through daily emails, and across our social media channels. Based in New York City, she can often be found biking through Central Park, scoping out under-the-radar coffee shops, and listening to the Hamilton cast album on an endless loop. Her current favorite subscriptions are Hello Fresh and Fabletics.

Posted in MSA Community, Should We Review?, Subscription Box News| Tags: essentials-crate | 19 comments

Comments (19)

  1. I would like this sub reviewed for a few months so that we can see if the value is there or not. Some of us are new to green producucts where others has been using them for a while. I personally like to learn about new brands to see if they will replace my current products.

    I have my routine/favorite brands about my cleaning/personal care products… for dishwasher and laundry, I started using Dropps. They are pods for dishwasher and laundry machine and they come in cardbord boxes which should be recycled. I think they are effective and have often have sale/promotions. I live in NYC apartments where I have to carry my laundry to the common laundry room, so it helps for me to put some in a small container to carry vs. toting heavy liquid container.

    For handsoap, I purchased foaming hand soap dispensor and I refill. I can either use foaming hand soap refill or dilute regular liquid handsoap refill to 1-4/1-5 ratio. I have a young child and foaming soap is more fun and easier to spread around the little hands. Same for handwashing dish detergent. I recently bought Dawn sparyer and refill with other dish soaps diluted. Mrs. Meyers has multisurface cleaner “concentrate” which comes in a large bottle where you can mix 1/4 cup of concentrate to a gallen of water. One bottle of this will last a long time. And I use Eurpean Dish Cloths to wipe down kithen counter, stove, dining table etc. to reduce paper towel waste. You can put this cloths into dishwasher to clean/sanitize.

    I would love to hear other MSA reader’s tips on how to stay green and on the budget 🙂

    • I use a refillable foaming handwash dispenser, too! What I do is that I’d buy a bottle of unscented Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap, and follow the dilution chart on the label. For foaming handwash, it’s 1 oz of the soap to 10 oz of water. A 32-oz bottle at $15 makes 32 10-oz bottles.

      It’s great soap, too; I wash my hands a zillion times a day, and don’t experience dry skin. Hope this helps someone save money!

  2. No thanks. Like others have said, deceiving marketing and overpriced. We don’t like a rip-off.

  3. Since the box only sends out 4-5 products, not 9, that’s like an average price paying $9-$11 per item. But many of those products in the promo image are $5, like the Meyers cleaner, Honest wipes, Whispering Willow soap dish, JR Watkins hand soap ($6,) etc.

    The tumeric candle I’m not sure, but 26oz candles in that brand go for $14 I think, and that’s only 11 oz (looks nice, though.) The glossier mask is $22, but there are so many subs with skincare items that it’s hard to feel like one is getting value if it’s meant to be a hero item. The Earthwise Paperless bamboo towels are $24 though, so those are nice.

    I’m guessing from the promo image that there will be one ‘hero’ item worth over $20 per box, plus 3-4 ~$5 filler items.

  4. Wouldn’t it be easier to incorporate a poll for these should we review posts?

    • Agree! They could be structured around a theme, even if a broad ones like lifestyle/kids/beauty/clothes/crafts/food, like that post they had a bit ago that compared all the coffee subscription boxes.

      It would be much easier to guage what I would be interested in if I could see 4 or more similar subs listed together with their price point and a sample of an actual box, or a sample of a possible box (no showing double products, lol) – then vote in a poll or by comments on what my favorites are.

      Or just have a “what boxes do you recommend we review?” thread every month or so, where we can comment on boxes we are interested in seeing spoilers of reviews for.

  5. This box looks great…will order.thanks

  6. Not really. I’ve learned over the years trying out some ‘greener’ subs that it us less wasteful to just get what I need vs. get items randomly. A lot of Mightfix items just ended up not getting used because they were either dupes of something I had, or were hard to clean. There was another cleaning site msa posted a mrs. Meyers gift set with purchase, a long while back, can’t remember the name – but pretty much every cleaner I got from that website was rubbish. The Mrs. Meyers soap and the sponges were all right, but the floor cleaner was so bad my husband came in just after I’d cleaned the floor with it and said, “wow, our floor really needs scrubbed, huh?” 😛

    A lot of other boxes through in useful things from time to time (like produce bags, or the silicon mats in the winter Causebox) so I think I will avoid the random green subs for now.

  7. No need to review.

  8. This is way overpriced. You can purchase the same items for less and choose what you want. Mrs. Meyers is literally $5 or less per bottle and can be purchased numerous places.

  9. I just ordered this one this month with their Black Friday deal.

    I have to say I’m really upset. They sent a spoiler email and everything included this month is Covid related. A face mask, hand sanitizer, hand soap, keyless key, and a disinfecting spray. As I’m sure everyone is in the same boat, I already have TONS of these items. Had they sent this when Covid had just started or peaked, I could see that. But around the Holidays? I wanted something uplifting, not depressing.

    I ordered this as a Xmas gift for myself thinking this would have useful eco friendly home swaps/self care items. Now I have another reminder to myself of why my Xmas was canceled in the first place.

    Also due to Covid, not making as much money so this was the only thing I got myself. And I don’t even want to open it.

    • Yikes, that’s a bummer first box. 🙁 Yah, Covid stuff everyone has is hardly stuff to “elevate the daily routine.”

      • Exactly.

        Had they sent anything even close to the items in their photos, I would have been very happy. I sent them a Facebook message basically saying that Covid on Christmas was possibly the worst idea I’ve ever seen from a company and this was their response. While I get that these are alternatives.. I just don’t think they understood my point. So many people are struggling because of Covid this Holiday season. To be sent a box of pure Covid reminders is like a slap in the face.

        Thank you for your feedback! I’m sorry to hear you are unhappy with the box. Each box has loose theme and this month was revolved around products to help you stay clean and help protect against germs. While you may currently own products you receive in the box, it is a great discovery platform for you to try new brands and upgrade the products you currently use, whether it’s because the ingredients are safer or because it’s a more sustainable alternative.

  10. No, pics are deceiving as you only receive 4-5 items per box (not the 9 they have pictured). Second, I think most people have the basic green products and isn’t adding more the exact opposite of becoming greener? And it doesn’t seem like a great value at $11 a piece.

    • Completely agree! I love eco-friendly products, but so many subs going this route send the same stuff, creating more waste. And you’re right, people interested in eco-friendly lifestyle probably have the green cleaners/basics already. This is a weird sub.

  11. Yessss

  12. I’m definitely curious about this one.

  13. Yes please, I would be interested in subscribing to something like this.

  14. Looks like a nice box and the price looks good. I would love to see this reviewed!

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