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Bombay & Cedar Lifestyle Box Review + Coupon – Winter 2020

Taryn Lowman
ByTaryn LowmanFeb 16, 2021 | 27 comments

Bombay & Cedar
2.2 overall rating
24 Ratings | 18 Reviews

Bombay & Cedar is a luxury lifestyle subscription box for women that focuses on essential oils, diffusers, skincare, books, snacks, and other products. In addition to the Lifestyle box, they also offer a Beauty Box that includes 5-6 full- and/or deluxe-size products for $31.95 a month (retail value of at least $100). Check out our Beauty reviews here.

FYI, COVID-19 Update: Bombay & Cedar is experiencing shipping delays. Keep up to date on progress and estimated timelines here.

This review is of the quarterly Lifestyle Box for $74.95.

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 Premium Self-Care and Aromatherapy Subscription Box

The Subscription Box: Bombay & Cedar

The Cost: $74.95 + shipping, or save with longer subscriptions.

COUPON: Use code MSALOVE10 to save 10% off a 3, 6 or 12-month subscription!

The Products: 6-9 full-size products such as skincare, books, snacks, home goods, activities & more with a retail value of $200+.

Ships to: The U.S. for free, Canada for $15.95, and internationally for $23.95

Bombay & Cedar Lifestyle Winter 2020 Review

 

The box arrives with a booklet of information that lists out the products and highlights some of the brands.

 

Droplet Next Level You Wellness Kit, 3 pack – Retail Value $20.00

This drink wellness kit is totally amazing! The packaging alone was a full experience. The drinks were all three equally delicious as well! Inside the kit are three drinks that are 40 calories each, naturally sweetened with organic coconut nectar, aromatherapeutic, made with whole fruit purees, and are infused with nourishing superfoods. The first drink, Pretty Happy, is for when you need to lift your spirits; the second, Pretty Balanced, is for when you are looking for a sense of calm; and the third, Pretty Bright, is for when you need a soft reset. The kit also comes with the latest edition of the Droplet Wellness Guide, which is filled with helpful tips, food facts, and beyond. I honestly had to fight with my husband over who got to drink these, luckily they were each large enough for us to share. They were lightly carbonated with bold flavors that were sweet without tasting artificial. I would truly buy a case of each of these to have on hand because they tasted good but you felt good drinking them as well.

 

Baiser Beauty Formula No. 11 Hair Growing Oil, 0.5 0z. – Retail Value $35.00 (currently sold out)

I suffered from horrible post-partum hair loss after my first pregnancy. It was really heartbreaking, but once I finally came to terms with how bad it was getting, hair oils saved my hair. Luckily I didn’t experience as much hair loss with my second, but I still see breakage from coloring, natural breakage, and damage from the elements like sun or chlorine. I really do believe in using hair oils like this, but with anything, you have to keep up with it to see results. For this product, they recommend applying 10 to 30 drops in the problem areas and massage into the scalp. You can leave it on for 30 minutes before washing or you can leave it in overnight. This oil is made with castor oil, avocado oil, mamey seed oil, rosemary essential oil, and lavender essential oil so it truly does smell amazing. The oil works to naturally stimulate hair growth all while restoring and strengthening your hair. I haven’t had too many issues with breakage lately, but I am going to keep this on hand to use at least once a week to help keep my roots in order.

 

Bubba’s Fine Foods Grain Free Ungranola, 6 oz. – Retail Value $13.99

This granola was so delicious! My husband and I are trying to improve our eating habits especially with what we eat for breakfast and our snack options. This slow-baked granola is soy-free and dairy-free, made with apple, cinnamon, organic coconut sugar, bananas, nuts, and coconut. I am not a big coconut fan and I can usually taste or smell even the smallest amount of it, but with this granola, I really enjoyed the hints of coconut crunch that I got. Maybe because it was baked? It is naturally sweet with that yummy apple pie spice. I added this on top of my yogurt with honey and fresh blueberries for the perfect filling breakfast. This is also really amazing to eat a quick handful of as a snack to help keep sugar cravings away.

 

My Life in Color: A Keepsake of My Past, Present, & Future by Brittany Watson Jepsen – Retail Value $18.99

What an incredible way to create a journal! I have been so inspired lately from journaling and have found it to be a wonderful outlet for a lot of my thoughts, hopes, and dreams. This is a really unique way to journal and I find it so inspiring! I could see this journal being a project that you can work on throughout an entire year, like a scrapbook. I can’t wait to start digging into this! I might be purchasing more of these to gift to some of my friends that are artists and are always moved to think in colors.

From Amazon:

My Life in Color offers a unique way to create a vibrant self-portrait. Conceived by Brittany Watson Jepsen, founder of the beloved blog The House That Lars Built, this guided journal is divided into eight color-themed chapters that are filled with thought-provoking prompts. Uncover your passions in the red section, ponder your personal growth in the green section, and think about what calms and centers you in the blue section. This hardcover journal has a removable jacket and exposed binding that shows off its multicolored signatures. It lies perfectly flat and features space to gather mementos and organize them by color. Within these pages, the random aspects of your life—your memories, current obsessions, and dreams for the future—will fall into harmony, because everything is beautiful when it is arranged in rainbow order!

 

Ampere Creations Handbag – Retail Value $55.00

I received this mini convertible backpack, but you could have also received a different bag or a wallet. This backpack is so soft to the touch, made of vegan leather, and is 10” L x 9” H x 4” W. It’s lined in striped polyester and has two zip-around pockets, two snap pockets, a large zipper pocket, and another zipper pocket on the back of the bag. You can wear it as a backpack or crossbody. But I am going to be really honest here – I do not like this bag. I don’t know if it is the hardware, the amount of pockets, or the chocolate brown color, but it just isn’t working for me. I left it out on my table to see if it would grow on me, but after browsing the Ampere Creations site I decided that this was just not for me. Their site is so beautiful and filled with so many bags that I would love, but this particular one is not my style. It is so well-made though and the vegan leather is butter soft. I know I will be able to find someone that will love this bag!

 

Illume FA LA Lovely Winsome Diffuser in Evergreen – Retail Value $40.00 (found on sale here for $34)

I was so excited to receive the green evergreen diffuser in this box! I am that person that has pine candles burning year-round, it is such a relaxing, earthy, masculine yet feminine scent that I can never get enough of. This diffuser comes in green with the matching reeds to give it the shape and look of a tree. I immediately put this in my bathroom where it matched perfectly, and in less than 24 hours the smell of pine filled my entire upstairs. This is such a chic item that has my upstairs feeling so cozy now!

 

Baiser Beauty Bruja Box Set – Retail Value $89.00 (currently sold out)

I am floored by this box set! Who doesn’t love getting a box within a box?! This box set is filled with skincare items and other “magical” elements to help you cleanse and connect to your inner female power. The body oil was amazing to use right after a shower to give my skin an extra bit of hydration and glow. It left my skin feeling like silk. The Love Spell Mist has this amazing floral scent to it without being overpowering. I have been using it to spray on my body over the body oil after a shower, and even sprayed some on my bed to give it a light scent. The crystals are so small and delicate, I decided to place them on my jewelry tray in my bedroom to hopefully pass on luck and protection to me and my family. Don’t forget to charge your crystals under the full moon, and they suggest charging these in a cup of water which I’ve never done before but am going to try! The deck of cards is my favorite item in this set. The deck comes with instructions on how to use the cards and they recommend using them daily or in a time of discovery. I used to go to a tarot reader for many years and always find it to be such a healing practice. The day that I went into labor with my son I was at a spa where they had cards like this deck out, I decided to pick one, and I received the mother card – my son was born just a few hours later. So while many people might not find cards like this to hold much truth, I find things like this to be very grounding and a great way to reconnect. I have been using this deck each morning. Overall, I think this box set is just so amazing, full of energy, and would make an incredible gift for someone.

From Baiser Beauty This Set Includes:

1 Bruja Body Oil 4 oz: A sacred selection of adaptogenic sacred herbs used in the Maya community for “limpias” to protect, elevate the vibration, and transmute lower energies. This combination of herbs will leave your skin remarkably soft and glowing. Full of vitamins A and C and high in Omega 3 fatty acids.

1 Bruja Love Spell Mist 2 oz: A lightweight violet mist that instantly hydrates, boosts, and refreshes the skin.

1 Bruja Card Deck set of 33: A whimsical deck of 33 mini cards inspired by the divine feminine. Featuring daily magical wisdom to feel empowered, centered, and in-tune with your light. Perfect for the soul seekers on the go.

1 Magic Crystal: An amulet that serves as a tool to enhance the magical energy or as a good luck charm to confer protection.

Verdict: This winter box had so many healing vibes! Can a box give off vibes? The Bruja Box set was filled with unique items that are meant to help you connect and cleanse your inner feminine power. It gives tips on how to use each product from the box together to really get the full effect from each. This set felt so unique and I loved learning more about each item inside. The Droplet drink set was another product meant to awaken, energize, and restore from within. Each drink was so delicious and I loved learning more about the brand and other healthy tips from their wellness guide. The color journal is just another way to help you heal and reflect on your past, present, and future in such a unique way. I can’t wait to dive into my color story more! My favorite product this month was the diffuser because it is filling my home with a warm seasonal scent and makes me so happy to look at. The estimated retail value is $271.98, which is a wild value for the $74.95 cost including free shipping. This is probably my favorite quarterly box that I have received in a while! It felt so different and was filled with totally new brands and products that were all brand new to me. I also love that so many of the products were also giftable, so if you find something that doesn’t work for you personally, a friend or family member will probably love it! Energizing, healing, and overall lovely is the theme for this winter box for me!

To Wrap Up: 

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, the next box would be Spring.

COUPON: Use code MSALOVE10 to save 10% off a 3, 6 or 12-month subscription!

Value Breakdown: At $74.95 for this box (with free shipping), here’s what you are paying approximately per item:

  • Wellness Kit: $5.51
  • Hair Oil: $9.64
  • Granola: $3.85
  • My Life in Color: $5.23
  • Handbag: $15.15
  • Diffuser: $11.02
  • Bruja Box Set: $24.52

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What do you think of the Bombay & Cedar Winter Box?

"Monthly Lifestyle Bombay & Cedar is an aromatherapy, beauty, wellness & lifestyle subscription box featuring vegan and cruelty free full size and deluxe sample size products including essential oils, diffusers, skincare, books, snacks & other products carefully curated for the discerning woman wh... read more.
Taryn Lowman
Taryn Lowman
Taryn's passion for subscription boxes started when she was gifted a monthly Birchbox. She is excited to discover more Mom and baby boxes to share with her family!

Taryn Lowman
Taryn Lowman
Taryn's passion for subscription boxes started when she was gifted a monthly Birchbox. She is excited to discover more Mom and baby boxes to share with her family!
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27 comments

Mary

I received mine with different drinks that leaked over the entire box. The oil also leaked and the diffuser was broken as well I also reached out to customer service with pictures and never heard anything

Taryn Lowman

Hopefully you will hear back soon! My body oil did leak as well a bit.

Julie B

I selected a pink shoulder bag and it’s really cute. I’m sorry to hear some people didn’t get their choice item; that’s worse than if you were told they would choose for you.

On a different subject, has anyone tried the kombucha kit from the previous box? Wondering if it’s worthwhile doing.

Joan

Interesting, I did not receive the drinks in my box. I also did not receive the diffuser that I chose (they sent the wax melter) and I did not receive the bag I chose- I received a wallet. I will not be renewing my annual with this company.

Taryn Lowman

I’m so sorry to hear this! You should reach out to customer service to see if you can get those missing items.

MzBev

I love small bags with those types of pockets! I’d totally buy if from you! Lol.

Angel

Was the purse/ wallet a choice item? Because I received a black wallet with a silver buckle, it’s totally my style and I love it. It looks like something I would have picked as a choice. I’m grateful that I didn’t get the brown purse, it’s definitely not my style/ something I would use at all. Someone could make it work with the right outfit.

I really like the lifestyle seasonal boxes so far! The Winter one did have a nice self-care vibe. I’m very excited about Spring!

Taryn Lowman

The purse/wallet was a choice I believe! I actually don’t do the choices since this box is for review.

zo

I did not like this box at all. I got the wallet as there were not many choices left. It felt (and looked) cheap. I hesitate to admit this here but the hair oil and the Bruja set both went straight into the trash. I selected the diffuser but did not receive that, instead I got the wax melt warmer and it wasn’t packed well and was completely shattered upon arrival.
The book at wallet went into the Goodwill bag. The droplet drinks were very good.

Taryn Lowman

I’m so sorry to hear this box didn’t work for you, hopefully next month will be better!

Rose

I just realized that I never received my box! I really like the variant reviewed. Contacting them now…

Kristin

I got mine probably 6 weeks ago, definitely reach out.

Taryn Lowman

Oh yes please contact them because this box is so good!

Snow

I’ve got to hand it to the photographer for this review! So many pictures (of course in a great way.)

Interesting items. I think it’s the two large pockets that make that purse a bit of an eyesore.

Taryn Lowman

Our photography is so good! Totally agree about the purse.

Kristin

Are you all back in the office now?

Jenco

I got this box for the first time and selected the green diffuser. I was nervous that there wasn’t any confirmation so I emailed asking if my selection was saved. They emailed back saying I would get the green diffuser. Box arrived with the pink diffuser. I cancelled 🙁

Molly Honey

Wow that bag is super ugly. What were they thinking. But the rest of the box looks really cool.

Taryn Lowman

The box felt off from the other items for sure. If you look at the website that the purse is from there are so many cute styles so I was sad.

AC

Okay I am so confused by you guys… I LOVE that purse!!! Understated, worldly… I think it’s really cute!

Taryn Lowman

Totally a preference, for me, it just is not my style. I am so glad you like it, you should take a look at their site!

anDreama

Ooh yeah that purse looks like an early 2000s purse my sister had. Otherwise, this looks like a good box!

Taryn Lowman

I totally agree, I told my husband it felt very 2004. The other products this month were incredible!

Jeannette

I really did not enjoy the granola or drinks. The drinks were very herbal. I tried and ended up pouring them out.

I got a cool purple wallet that I love. I chose a candle warmer which was cool and allows me to have scent at work without lighting a candle.

I put the crystal in the body spray. I did enjoy the scents and the cards are nice. I pick a new one each day.

I’m looking forward to the spring box.

I enjoy this box.

Taryn Lowman

I haven’t heard from anyone that got a wallet yet! I would have loved a new wallet. I’m so glad you enjoy most of the items in this box.

Sarah

I like the variety of products but it just seems really expensive at $75/box, especially for what you get. And a $20 retail price for three cans of a beverage is bonkers.

Taryn Lowman

The drinks are very expensive, but the quality of them is top-notch. My son actually really loved the drinks so we looked into buying a case for him, and they are just way too much for us to spend on drinks for the kiddies.

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