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JourneeBox Subscription Review – 2021 Welcome Box

Christen Russo
ByChristen RussoAug 14, 2021 | 6 comments

everything inside JourneeBox Welcome Box

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.

This is a review of the JourneeBox Welcome Box that’s available as a one-time purchase.

opening the JourneeBox Welcome Box

This box was sent to us at no cost to review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

JourneeBox Welcome Box

About JourneeBox

The Subscription Box: JourneeBox Welcome Box

The Cost: $34.99 + free US shipping. This box is available for one-time purchase; the monthly subscription costs $59.99 per quarter or $54.99 for a pre-paid annual subscription.

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

The Products: 5 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 2021 Welcome Box Review

If you want to treat yourself to a one-time purchase of JourneeBox, for yourself or as a gift, the Welcome Box is a great option. It’s a lower cost than the quarterly boxes, and you can see what comes inside ahead of time. Below, I’ll walk you through each item.

 

Delft Blue Eco-Bag

I recognize this unbleached organic cotton tote from last quarter’s JourneeBox, the Zero Waste Box. Here’s what I said about it at the time:

This one definitely makes the cut! It’s roomy without being too gigantic (and risking getting too heavy), its unbleached organic cotton is sturdy, and it’s got two handles that can be carried in the crook of your elbow or slung over your shoulder—all features I’ve grown to appreciate. The little inner pocket is a nice touch, and the great pattern of veggies and plants is a fun bonus. Best of all, I know it will wash well, which can’t be said of all totes.

Today I’m here to say it remains one of my most reached-for totes! It’s a great lunch bag if you’re not concerned about keeping your food chilled, and I’ve even used it as a small pool bag once or twice. My favorite subscription box items are ones I love for myself, or would also feel proud to give as a gift, and that applies to this tote.

 

Pink Knot Headband

This pink and white polka-dot headband had a knot-like top and an elastic back. I do wear headbands like these on dirty hair days (usually with my hair up in a bun and the headband covering greasy bangs), but to be honest I would never reach for this one. Aside from pink being a color I generally avoid, and the white polka-dots making it feel a little Minnie Mouse, I’m not loving the synthetic material. It strikes me as something one might find at Claire’s. I was really surprised to see it in the JourneeBox, as I think of this subscription as one that reliably strikes a nice balance between unique and elevated. I think a headband is a nice idea if it were made from a natural material and in a more mature color or pattern.

wearing headband from JourneeBox welcome box

The headband is comfortable, and I think if I saw someone else wearing it I would find it cute, but I passed it along to my neighbor’s daughter.

 

Kevia Vie Boheme Bracelet — Retail Value $61.00

JourneeBox sends another version of this bracelet in their Editor’s Box, which wound up being a rather divisive piece of jewelry among our community! Some of our readers really disliked it. I personally think it’s quite interesting and pretty, and can see myself wearing it both for everyday and for nicer occasions.

JourneeBox Vie Boheme bracelets

I can see some of you out there not loving the fact that they include this bracelet in both the Editor’s and Welcome boxes, but as someone who likes this bracelet a lot, I was happy to see a similar style again. They lend themselves well to stacking.

 

Arizona Wildflower Seed Balls

Give me all the wildflowers! I adore a natural, colorful floral landscape. These seed balls came at a great time for me, because my front beds have become quite wild and overgrown this summer, which was beautiful but beginning to be problematic with aggressive Morning Glory vines choking out my flowering butterfly bushes. We had a landscaper help us clear some of it out, and then I had big “haircut” remorse after seeing how sparse it looked. I scattered wildflower seeds all over the beds and planted these seed balls among them. It’s been about 2 weeks and I’m not seeing any signs of sprouting yet, but I’m holding out hope that there’s action going on underneath the surface and it’ll start to peek out soon.

 

French Pressed Soap

This small bar of soap is made with shea butter, glycerin, Italian olive oil, and coconut oil, and is scented with a light fruitiness—perhaps pomegranate? It’s absolutely lovely, and the packaging is beautiful, too. That said, it’s quite small and does feel a little like a filler item. Some JourneeBox subscribers have had a frustrating experience being sent a different soap than promised in the Zero Waste Box due to some shipping issues from the vendor, so I can see the inclusion of soap in this box feeling sensitive to some, but I suppose regular JourneeBox subscribers won’t be receiving the Welcome Box anyway.

Verdict: I love that JourneeBox offers this Welcome Box as a lower-cost box for one-time purchase. It makes a great option for those who want to try out the JB experience or give it as a gift. That said, I don’t feel this box is entirely representative of the quality and curation I expect and enjoy from this subscription. While it certainly contained items I really like (the tote bag, bracelet, and seed balls most of all), the low-quality headband and small bar of soap make the box feel a little sparse. All of the items found in the regular JourneeBox are made in-house, so they’re exclusive and of great quality. I’m not sure that the same is true of the Welcome Box. I think if I were to give this subscription as a gift, I would just purchase a single month of the quarterly box.

To Wrap Up:

Can I still get this box if I sign up today? Yes. You can purchase the Welcome Box as a one-time purchase.

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

Value Breakdown: This box costs $34.99 + free shipping, which means that each of the 5 items in the box has an average cost of $6.99.

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

Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!

What did you think of the Welcome Box from JourneeBox?

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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6 comments

Kristin

My seed bombs never sprouted and I planted in the spring.

Christen

Update! After several days of heavy rain, two of my seed bombs just started sprouting! I’ll be so curious to see what the blossoms look like.

Erinn

Agreed. I love JourneeBox but this would be underwhelming as a first-ever box for someone. Instead of feeling thoughtfully curated, it feels like leftovers.

Also, wondering when customization will be open for the Japan box? I’m worried I’m going to miss the window.

Erinn

Thank you Mary & Dana – I checked my spam folder and the email to customize was there!

Mary GT

It is open now. I had to email them for a customization link, but they replied with the link very quickly.

dana spierling

I am an annual subscriber and I got my customization a few days ago.

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