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MoonBox Fall 2021 Review

Abby Holsinger
ByAbby HolsingerSep 22, 2021 | 3 comments

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MoonBox is a quarterly holistic crystal and full moon subscription built to help you greet each season's cosmic activity with sacred self-care and intention. Each box celebrates the quarter by sending high-quality and sustainable goods meant to last all season long. Items are sourced from independent artisans and small businesses.

For $54.95 per quarter, you can expect four vegan and cruelty-free featured items, a premium crystal, a cosmic art tapestry, and an Astro Forecast + Guided Rituals Booklet.

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First Impressions

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Every quarter, MoonBox sends a box guide full of information about the oncoming season including an Astro forecast, mantras, rituals as well as information and instructions on how to use each item.


Fall's mantra is "There is beauty in the impermanence of life; embrace the process and let your joy multiply." This card seems somewhat bleak this time around. Life's impermanence is a daunting subject if you're looking at it directly, but when I think about it, I guess it presents the idea that life is short, unpredictable, and sometimes hectic. Do the things that bring you joy and don't wait around for things to present themselves.

What's Inside The Box

Cosmic Art Tapestry by Natasha Chomko


Every quarter, MoonBox includes a stunning art tapestry by the very talented Natasha Chomko. This tapestry is beautiful, there's no questioning that, but I would have liked the collage more if it were bigger. There is too much going on in such a small frame, and I can't see the minute details of each work. I still am entranced by the color palette, as always, but I wish we could have focused on one gorgeous scene instead.

Zoe Ayla Jade Gua Sha - Listed Value $23, Retail Value $6.99


I am only familiar with this brand, thanks to the realm of subscription boxes. Zoe Ayla has dipped their toes into many different subs, and I've been the recipient of many different products from them. Honestly, I have never found a good use for the majority of their products, since when it comes to skincare tools, I am a less is more type of gal. My sensitive skin tends to nay-say when it comes to using anything but your everyday essentials, but for the sake of this review, I headed to youtube to find out what this tool can do for me.

Gua Sha tools are used to aid with lymphatic drainage and boost skincare performance by enhancing absorption. I saw a few videos referring to using this product to get rid of a double chin, and I knew I had to tune in. I aligned the indent along my jaw and went to work simultaneously massaging my jawline and chin. Since this is day one, I didn't expect any immediate results, but I think if I work at this every night I could perhaps someday find a more defined single chin! Haha, I hope so, anyway!

Magic of I Pocket Journal - Retail Value $13


Stationary is one of my weaknesses, and I can never pass up a pretty notepad. This small pocket journal has a soft, vegan cover, and it came in one of my favorite colors. The attached band will protect your pages, and it can also easily function as a bookmark if you need to quickly flip to your last page. This is a good find, and I'll absolutely put it to good use.

Fruits to the Roots Eye Wand - Retail Value $57


As I get older, I am constantly reminded of how important eye products are by simply looking in the mirror. I can tell when I forget to use my eye creams and serums, and it is blatantly obvious especially when I forget to wear a corrector on those days. This is why I love getting bougie eye products in subscription boxes; this wand retails for $57! That totally pays for this season's box. Ingredients include clary sage, ruby extract, Moringa, sweet almond oil, and hyaluronic acid to hydrate and brighten the under eyes. Unfortunately for me, this wand did not work for my skin. I applied immediately when I opened this box because I was so excited, but about an hour later, I realized that I was breaking out in painful, welt-like blemishes under my eyes. I can't figure out which ingredient may be causing this reaction, since my skin typically loves oils and hyaluronic acid, but I had to immediately wash off and a cool cloth calmed my skin down a bit. Boo, hiss. I was so excited for this product to help calm inflammation and reduce lines and darkness, but it seemed to do the opposite for me.

Strob Apothecary Moon Warrior Intention Mist - Retail Value $12.50

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This spray can be used whenever you feel a little unbalanced. Sometimes I can spiral when I don't take enough time for myself; when this happens, I force myself to get back in sync by taking a self care night for myself. Creating a safe space to sooth is so important, and I could see this spray helping to calm and relax the senses, finding my way back to myself and getting in touch with my needs. Essence of Moonstone, Chrysocolla and essential oils give this powerful fragrance an herbal kick that lasts for hours.

MoonBox Faden Quartz Crystal - Retail Value $12


Meditating with this stone is to bring more clarity, healing, and connection. In my life, this stone could not have shown up at a better time. This crystal isn't the most exciting crystal to look at, but I am hoping it brings forth some help with the self-healing properties it is known for.


The Verdict

MoonBox's Fall Curation was a little underwhelming. I've seen similar items before, and none of the items blew my mind. I will totally use all of the items, except for the eye wand, but I feel like this season's box was missing an autumn accessory. MoonBox supports small businesses and chooses premium goods to inspire and pamper its subscribers. I typically love the variety of items sent out each season, and I can always find a use or gift someone with each thoughtful item. This month's box has a retail value of $101.49, not including the tapestry or guide; I think that is a decent value for this type of box, even though I wasn't wowed this time around.

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To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? This season's box is now sold out but some past boxes can be found in the  Limited Edition Moonboxes section.

Value Breakdown: This box costs $54.95 with free shipping, which means that each of the 6 items in the box has an average cost of $9.15.

At $54.95 + free shipping for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item (excluding crystal & tapestry):

  • Pocket Journal: $7.02
  • Eye Wand: $30.78
  • Intention Mist: $6.75
  • Crystal: $6.48
  • Cosmic Tapestry: N/A
  • Jade Gua Sha: $3.78

What was your favorite item in your MoonBox this quarter?

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Abby Holsinger
Abby Holsinger
I’m a self-proclaimed “cool mom” who loves a little, who am I kidding, a lot of razzle-dazzle. I have been box-obsessed for over 10 years, and I am always on the hunt for new beauty, fun flair and trendy clothing boxes. A fun night for me includes an exfoliating foot mask and a bag of Dot's Pretzels while binging Rupaul’s Drag Race.

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Thanks for the review. It sounds like an interesting box, even if it isn’t totally up my alley. I’m sorry you had problems with the eye product. That sounds miserable!

When I read the “impermanence of life” phrase, death wasn’t even the first thing that came to my mind. I was thinking about relationships, jobs, circumstances, etc. Kind of like the moon phases, our lives go through different phases. I guess it depends on how literally you read the phrase.

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That’s a great interpretation of that phrase! Save from getting life in prison with no parole (I watch a lot of true crime shows), life is extremely fluid and changeable in good ways and bad. When things are going good, we tend to not want things to change, but when things are bad, all we want is change! But by being flexible and taking things in stride, we can help ourselves cope with what life throws our way. Great topic for discussion! ☺️

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That’s a great point–nothing seems to ever be permanent, which can be good and bad; I’m glad you pointed that out because it is really interesting (and actually quite soothing) to consider. Thank you for reading, Melissa!

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