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Essentials Crate Subscription Box Review – March 2021

Megan K.
ByMegan K.May 3, 2021 | 3 comments

Essentials Crate
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Essentials Crate is a monthly subscription featuring healthy and eco-conscious lifestyle items for day-to-day life. This includes 4-5 full-size home, personal care, beauty, and/or wellness products from local artisans, small businesses, and bigger household brands.

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About Essentials Crate

The Subscription Box: Essentials Crate

The Cost: $44 per month. Save with longer subscription commitments.

ACTIVE DEAL: Get 15% off your first order!

The Products: 4-5 full-size home, personal care, beauty, and/or wellness items focused on eco-friendliness and health.

Ships to: The U.S. for free.

Essentials Crate March 2021 Review


Essential Living 500 mL Travel Tumbler - Estimated Value $32.00 (similar found here)

I really enjoy a clean metal travel tumbler and this one certainly fits the bill. Will also loved them, which is why most of mine go missing. This one is double-walled and keeps your liquids hot or cold for hours. The top is really useful too because it is in two pieces which makes me think this would be perfect for something like soup if you remove the inner lid. Or keep it on for cold drinks that have ice cubes or fruit pieces that you would want to stay put inside.


Stretch Liquid Athleisure Wash, 16 fl oz - Retail Value $19.00

I have been hitting the gym hard since last winter and this leads to some really, really gross gym clothes. I go daily, and even though I own EIGHT of the same pair of black leggings, I still feel like I am constantly washing gym clothes. The tricky thing about washing stretch and spandex clothing is that it tends to lose its compression/elasticity over time which can be a bummer. In addition to smelling great (it's a clean and slightly floral smell) it got all the sweat and odor out of my gym clothing while still making them feel incredibly fresh and clean. I didn't know I needed this stuff in my life until this box! If you have gross gym clothing that you want to protect (hey, good leggings aren't cheap!) I totally recommend trying this out.


Stretch Pre-Treatment Odor Eliminator Spray, 3.38 fl oz - Retail Value $9.00

This odor elimination spray is a great partner to the detergent. It is also perfect for my gym bag because I can use it to freshen up clothing or even apply extra as a pre-treatment. I also found that it is pretty marvelous inside my gym shoes!


Movida Deodorant - Retail Value $12.00

Another development for me from last year is that I have been wearing natural deodorant exclusively. Yes, even to the gym! I hate that we still have to wear masks while we work out, but honestly, I think that gave me the bravery to make the natural switch because I was less worried about being "that stinky girl" at the gym because none of us can smell each other anyways. Will that change when masks go away? Not sure. I will keep you updated. ANYWAY, this was a brand I hadn't tried before and the first thing I noticed (aside from the very chic packaging) was the strong scent of evergreen needles. This is one of the most strongly scented natural deodorants I have ever worn which is going to be a good or bad thing depending on how you feel about scents. I liked it! I also found that this stuff worked great! It has more of a clay sort of texture compared to some of my slicker, sheer deodorants and really kept me pretty fresh considering how much I sweat at the gym. I also noticed zero irritation!


Essential Living Travel Microfiber Towel

Finally, my last item was a microfiber mini-towel inside a keychain silicone carrier. My gym doesn't offer towels right now and I really have missed them! One of my pet peeves is the feeling of the pleather of some of the weight machines touching my sweaty skin while I am using it. It makes my skin crawl!! This is perfect to lay down on the armrests of the machines or even use to wipe away sweat after my 20 minutes of torture on the stair climber. The compact design feels a lot easier to carry around than an actual towel and it easily attaches to the loop on my water bottle with my keys.


The Verdict: Essentials Crate was all about the gym this month, at least in my mind. Sure, these items can be used anytime, but since I go daily it felt specially designed for the gym to me! I will get loads of use out of all of these products and I really like how everything was clean and minimal, a feature that is coming to define this box and one they do very, very well. I also felt like some of these items were ones you were less likely to see in boxes, which is always really nice and the value felt great to me!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, your first box will be the April box.

ACTIVE DEAL: Get 15% off your first order!

Value Breakdown: This box costs $44, including free shipping which means each of the 5 items costs an average of $8.80.

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Megan K.
Megan K.
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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I find sometimes that even regular deodorants and antiperspirants don’t do it for me. My dermatologist gave me some prescription pit wipes and man did those things sting like a mother! So now if I’m feeling really desperate, I just throw on some baby powder and that seems to help with the sweating (granted, I don’t recommend this if you are wearing a tank top 😆)

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Steph H.

Sometimes I feel like the only one who regular deodorant doesn’t really work for. It’s embarrassing in the summer. I was prescribed a prescription strength deodorant that stings like crazy. I believe it’s from the high alcohol content. I sweat it off just as fast as regular deodorant so I stopped using it. I’m having some luck with the Secret Outlast deo that I randomly picked up as a last resort. 🤞🏻 it continues to work lol.

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I went to the dermatologist like 20 years ago and they prescribed me some deodorant that you use for a few days and after you apply it, you’re supposed to wrap cling wrap around your pits (for real). I use to sweat in my pits a lot, like embarrassing wet stains, after using this I’ve never faced any issues all these years.