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JourneeBox Subscription Review – Summer 2021 Editor’s Box

Christen Russo
ByChristen RussoJul 27, 2021 | 23 comments

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JourneeBox
4.7 overall rating
20 Ratings | 15 Reviews

JourneeBox delivers a quarterly lifestyle experience that features designer-produced, sustainably-made fashion, home, body, and culinary goods. The JourneeBox direct-to-consumer business model — meaning they design and produce all of their goods — keeps costs and environmental impact down. This model guarantees subscribers quality, vetted products made from sustainable materials that are ethically made.

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About JourneeBox

The Subscription Box: JourneeBox

The Cost: $59.99 per quarter + free US shipping. $54.99 for a pre-paid annual subscription.

COUPON: Use code FIRSTBOX! to save $10 off your first box!

The Products: 6+ sustainably-made or fair-trade items with customizable products focusing on accessories, apparel, home, and beauty goods.

Ships to: The contiguous United States for free, Puerto Rico, Alaska, Hawaii for $8.00.

FYI: JourneeBox is taking a pause on shipping to Canada, but they do have a waitlist here!

JourneeBox Summer 2021 Editor’s Box Review

Starting last quarter, JourneeBox began replacing its informational booklets with digital PDFs. I love this experience! It’s great to have it saved to my inbox for future reference, rather than having a physical booklet I’ll just throw away. Even though I have only received one quarterly JourneeBox so far I recognize a couple of subscriber favorite items that were chosen for the Editor’s Box. I’m excited to show you what’s in this limited edition box.

 

Kevia Botanicals Himalayan Soaking Salts

These Kevia bath salts smell as beautiful as they look. The ingredients include pebble-sized granules of Himalayan pink salt, vanilla planifolia extract (I looked this up—it’s a species of orchid, one of the sources of vanilla extract!), and lavender essential oil. The scent is extremely pungent when you open the container! Though a pleasant and spa-like aroma, it was a little intense for me at first, but when you dump 1/4 of the bottle into a warm bath as directed, it fills the steamy air and water with a more subtle and peaceful version of its scent. You’re directed to let it dissolve before soaking in the bath, which I found to take a little longer than I was expecting, so next time I might fill the bath just a few inches to let the salts dissolve, then fill it the rest of the way, so it’s plenty warm for me when I get in.

 

Kevia Vie Boheme Bracelet — Retail Value $56.00

Okay, this bracelet is gorgeous! Its pearly medallion is bordered by small clear and black rhinestones, and its beige macrame cord adjusts easily but stays put. I know that “it dresses up or down” can almost be said about anything, but I genuinely feel that way about this bracelet. I can see myself wearing it to have a glass of wine on my porch, or to a music festival, or to a wedding. Subscribers can choose between four colorways of this bracelet, but Kevia also carries it in a ton more beautiful colors.

wearing the bracelet from the JourneeBox Editor's box

Here I’m wearing the bracelet adjusted as tight as it goes. It was easy to do myself with no help! It’s loose enough that it has a little room to slide around, but the pendant part doesn’t flip to the underside of my wrist. Win!

 

Annual Subscriber Bonus: Kevia Water Droplet Gold Necklace

This necklace was one of the customizable subscriber gift options for annual subscribers last quarter. I chose a different necklace, but this one is also very pretty. The fine chain has little dotted beads, which act as sort of stoppers for the hammered gold charms. The system is imperfect, but the necklace clearly isn’t meant to offer a perfectly symmetrical look. I don’t think this necklace is very “me” but I would feel good gifting it. I will say that the little charms make a really soothing sound!

Note: this Editor’s Box includes a mystery piece of jewelry as a bonus for annual subscribers. This is what I received; other subscribers may find something different in their box.

Journee Box Editors box gold necklace

Here’s how the necklace looks on. I messed with the medallions a little to even them out and couldn’t get them to look how I wanted them to. If I thought I might keep it, I would’ve sat with it for a little longer.

 

Kevia Swedish Dishcloths, Set of 3

Anyone recognize these dishcloths? They were sent in last quarter’s JourneeBox. I mentioned then that I had tried Swedish dishcloths before, having received them in a different subscription, but that I didn’t realize you could toss them in the washing machine or dishwasher a couple of times to make them last longer. Now that I’ve had a few months of use under my belt, I can give a more thorough review: I like them but don’t love them. Pros are that they’re beautiful and eco-friendly—you can reuse them, then compost them when they’re worn out. Cons are that they’re a little too soft to do any major scrubbing of dinner plates, they’re a little awkward to hang on my faucet (they often fall off and then end up sitting in a wet puddle in my kitchen sink, which makes them smell mildewy quickly), and if you go the washing machine route and forget to pull them out of the pile, they don’t handle an accidental dryer run too well. I know that making changes to live an eco-friendlier lifestyle doesn’t always equal convenience, but I don’t know if this is the upgrade for me. That said, They work fine as paper towel replacements for wipe-ups, and if I had less dishes to do (like before I had kids and was living alone), I probably would’ve had an easier time caring for them as dishcloths!

 

Cold Press Soap Bar

This handmade bar of soap is another one I received in my last quarterly Journeebox but in a different scent. This lemon-poppyseed-jasmine one has an extremely subtle scent, which surprised me because citrus scents are often so bright and noticeable. I love a well-made bar of soap both to use and to gift, and I have a lineup of bars waiting to be used in my home so I gave this one to my uncle, who is my birthday twin. We wouldn’t otherwise give each other gifts, but having something small for him that he can use up felt really good.

 

Grand Canyon Zipper Pouch

You can never have too many pouches! This one would make a cute wristlet with its removable faux-leather strap, inner zipper pocket, and open pockets for a phone plus a pen or tampon. Or it could be used inside a larger bag or purse. But I think what I’ll do is make it a little mini emergency diaper kit to keep in the car. It’s just the right size for a couple of diapers, some wipes, and a little bottle of hand sanitizer! The exterior is a woven material that feels like it’s been waterproofed, with a metallic gold geometric design on it, and the word “JourneeWell” printed in the center. The inside looks like it could be wiped down easily if needed. It has a faint manufacturer smell to it, but I’m sure that’ll fade over time.

P.S. This pouch first appeared in the Grand Canyon box. See how Megan decided to use hers here!

 

Kevia Rose & Fig Scented Candle

This small candle doesn’t have a volume measurement on it, but I would say it’s a couple of ounces. It’s sweet and petite! Its rose and fig scent is floral-forward and fruity. Its gold label and red glass jar may give it almost a holiday feel to some, but I find that it works well with my decor. I could also see it making a nice add-on to a gift for someone. Really a nice, elevated little candle.

Verdict: It was really fun to find what items JourneeBox subscribers loved most in this latest Editor’s Box! The dishcloths and gold necklace were items I recognized from the last quarterly box, but all the rest were new to me as someone who’s new to this subscription. My favorite item in the Editor’s box is the bracelet because of how versatile it is, even for such a unique item. I’m also excited to put the pouch to use as a small on-the-go diaper kit in my car—I’m always happy about opportunities for organization! While I do plan on gifting a couple of items (the soap and necklace), I still felt this box was full and offered lots of special treasures for me.

To Wrap Up:

Can I still get this box if I sign up today? Yes, but it will likely sell out soon. You can choose to start your subscription with either this Summer Editor’s box or the Kyoto Box.

COUPON: Use code FIRSTBOX! to save $10 off your first box!

Value Breakdown: This box costs $59.99 + free shipping, which means that each of the 7 items in the box has an average cost of $8.57.

Check out our other JourneeBox reviews and our list of the best subscription boxes for women!

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JourneeBox, a black-owned business, delivers a destination-based quarterly lifestyle experience that features designer-produced, sustainably-made fashion, home, body, and culinary goods. JourneeBox’s direct-to-consumer business model — meaning they design and customize all of their goods — kee... read more.
Christen Russo
Christen Russo
Christen is a smile collector, outdoors enthusiast, and appreciator of soggy French fries. Her favorite subscriptions involve eco-friendly products and clothes, nature supplies, stationery, and coffee. She can be easily won over with a good sheet of stickers.

Christen Russo
Christen Russo
Christen is a smile collector, outdoors enthusiast, and appreciator of soggy French fries. Her favorite subscriptions involve eco-friendly products and clothes, nature supplies, stationery, and coffee. She can be easily won over with a good sheet of stickers.
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23 comments

Carol

PS, for the sceptics out there, I nor anyone I know is paid to write the “glowing” reviews.

Carol

Received the Kyoto box today and it is lovely, as always. A unique approach to a place and culture I knew nothing about and an impressive unboxing experience. The information enclosed made it much more enjoyable, as did the playlist. Now if only bottle the calm, thoughtful and patience and send that along….

Subscription Snob

This jewelry is hideous. And I’m not a fan of the candle either.

Taren

Summer box? I got most of these items previously in other boxes and am still waiting on my summer box. I’m getting frustrated.

Christen

I believe the Kyoto box will start shipping in August!

Laura

I was thinking the same thing

Sharon in TX

I love that bracelet!

Laura

Has anyone received the email to customize the Kyoto box? Thanks 😊

Mary L.

Not yet. Although I did get a spoiler email that said customization is coming soon.

I’ve been a huge fan and cheerleader for this sub but must admit that I am worried we are veering into OuiPlease territory here. They also auto-renewed my annual membership even though I am still due a box from last year.

Hello Mary,

Apologies about that, please contact our customer service and we would love to resolve this for you. Thank you!

Sherri

Mary – the same thing happened to me. They auto-renewed my annual sub despite me only having received 2 boxes in the year’s time due to the shipping/fulfillment delays. I contacted CS, and although it took some back-and-forth (at first they claimed they saw no record of a charge on their end, even though the charge was pending on my card), they did refund the charge (once I showed them screen shots of the charge once it formally posted to my credit card) and reset my renewal date to allow me to get the remaining boxes due on my initial annual sub before charging again. So you may want to reach out to CS.

Kellee

I haven’t. I’m a bit annoyed since I signed up over a year ago for an annual subscription and have only received two of my boxes.

Hello Kellee,

Apologies if you haven’t gotten all of your boxes. Due to the pandemic, we encountered delays. Rest assured we are getting back up and making sure to release faster. We appreciate your patience in this trying time. Thank you!

Cindy

This box mystifies me. I think it’s okay, and I don’t want to offend anyone, but the over-the-top (to me) positive reviews leave me scratching my head. I think it’s one heck of an expensive box, and though some months it really is quite nice I don’t think this month is so hot and the spoilers for the next box aren’t so great either. And of course it’s a matter of personal taste, but the jewelry here doesn’t appeal to me at all. Honestly, I wouldn’t be caught dead in it. Again, a matter of taste, I know and we can’t all like the same things.

Cara

Sadly alot of companies pay for positive reviews. Look at some of the over the top squealing omg I love the new site comments here. I don’t think 90% of the comments here are legit.

Ashley H

I totally agree, Cindy. This box just looks extremely meh and the Kyoto box is disappointing.

Melissa

I haven’t subscribed to this box for 2 years now, and I got those soaking salts, the candle, and the bracelet in the last (or one of the last boxes) I ever got, so I’m surprised to see that they are still making the rounds. The bracelet is on the swap site and doesn’t seem to get a lot of interest, so I’m surprised this would be considered a favorite item or whatever.

Marie

The soaking salts, the candle, and the bracelet were in their first box. And the dishcloths were in the spring 2021 box.

Sherri

Wow am I surprised to see the soap in this box, and not in a good way. I received an alternate soap in the last box which, IMHO, was a poor substitute for this item. Supposedly there were supply issues that forced the substitution – which I accepted. But to now see the original soap in this later box that was supposed to be included my box but wasn’t… well, that’s really frustrating and disappointing. Kinda feels like a slap in the face. I can only hope that it is in this box because suddenly after the fact their full soap order was fulfilled. And yes, I totally recognize that it’s just a bar of soap, #firstworldproblems and all of that, but it happened to be one of the items I was most looking forward to receiving in the last box.

JB Team

Hi Sherri,
You are correct, part of the original soap order was delayed in transit which is why you were sent the French soap. They have arrived now.
Please email Leo at customer service we will have a complimentary bar of soap added to your next box. Journey Well,

JourneeBox Customer Service

Sherri

Thank you, I appreciate the offer but mostly I appreciate the explanation. As I’m sure you can understand, without context it was surprising and frustrating to see the substituted item in a later box. I know quite a few people were in the same boat as me, i.e. received the substitution, so I wouldn’t feel right accepting your offer and getting the original item just because I have a big mouth and happened to raise a concern, but again, I do appreciate that the offer was made.

Snow

I’m all about bars of soap so I understand. Now I’m intrigued though. One of my subscription review pet peeves besides not showing swatches is giving products away without telling us much of anything about it.

Christen

Hey Snow, I hope the comment from JourneeBox customer service above answered one of your questions/concerns. I didn’t have that insight when I wrote this review. But if something seems to be missing from my review, let me know, and I’d be happy to answer your questions to the best of my ability!

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