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Bombay & Cedar Monthly Lifestyle Box “Balance” April 2022 Review

Naomi Pandolfi
ByNaomi PandolfiJun 1, 2022 | 1 comment

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Bombay & Cedar is a luxury lifestyle subscription box for women that focuses on essential oils, diffusers, skincare, books, snacks, and other products. For $44.95 per month, you receive two essential oils and 6-8 full-size products with a retail value of $120+. 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 per month (with a retail value of at least $100).

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First Impressions

Open Box for Bombay and Cedar Lifestyle April 2022

I’m really excited to see what kind of product curation was included with this month’s box, so let’s get to it.

What's Inside The Box

 

The box arrives with a booklet of information that lists the products and highlights some of the brands found within for this month's "Prepared" theme.

BOMBAY AND CEDAR Essential Oil Roll-ons in Comfort and Balance, 10 ml each - Retail Value $21.00 (Balance) and $19.00 (Comfort)

 

I’ve only recently become slightly more accepting of using essential oils in the recent past, so I was interested to see which had been included in this month’s box. Unfortunately both of my roll-ons arrived broken this time around, so I wasn’t able to test these out. If the same thing happened to you, no worries; just reach out to the lovely customer service and they’ll be quick to help you out. The two roll-ons for this month were ‘Comfort,’ which has a blend formulated to relax you and ease tension from your head and body, and ‘Balance,’ which can be used whenever you feel a need for balance in your life and has a powerhouse blend including oils from sweet basil, eucalyptus, and cypress, just to name a few. These roll-ons are great because you can so easily apply them to your pulse points. For me, applying to my wrists works best because it’s the furthest place away from my nostrils (I tend to be sensitive to scents). Getting the potential advantages from breathing in these specialty blends is much more convenient for me personally with this new applicator, and I love it.

KEEKO Copper Tongue Cleaner - Retail Value $12

 

I’ve recently discovered the brand Keeko, and I’ve come to love it. They make lots of fabulous oral hygiene products that I enjoy, and I’m really excited to use this tongue cleaner. Primarily because it’s the first 100% pure copper tongue cleanser that I’ve had the opportunity to use. I was at first worried it might smell or taste a bit like a penny, and as someone sensitive to scent, I would not enjoy that. But I am happy to say that I worried for nothing; no weird scent or taste. This tongue cleanser is very easy to clean, and it’s much more sturdy than others I’ve used in the past. It’s the perfect tool for scraping the back of your tongue, and in case you didn’t know… A bunch of material and toxins like to hang out on your tongue, and they can affect your oral hygiene and breath. Using a tongue scraper can aid in digestion and prevent cavities and plaque buildup, as well as liven up your taste buds and freshen breath. While this definitely isn’t a step in my everyday oral care routine, I do try to get to it a few times each week.

ACE BLEND Protein Powder in Raw Chocolate, 1 pack - Listed Value $2.99

 

This protein powder from Ace Blend is entirely plant-based, vegan, gluten and soy free, with no added sugars. It offers up a nice serving of 20 grams of protein, alongside natural antioxidants and multi-greens including amla juice extract, chlorella, ashwagandha extract, barley grass, and spinach. I will say, although chocolate protein powder in general isn’t my favorite, this ‘raw chocolate’ blend was not bad. Did I drink it as directed with nothing more than some cold water and a mere 15 seconds of shaking in a blender cup? Absolutely not. I added oat milk, banana, a scoop of peanut butter, and a little bit of natural sweetener in there, and threw it onto my blender. After all that, the shake was not bad. It does have a bit of an interesting taste to it that I don’t exactly prefer, likely because of the added greens, but as long as I ‘zhuzh’ it up just right, this isn’t a bad protein powder overall. Plant-based protein powders are definitely the way of the future, and I’m all for it.

JONATHAN ADLER New House Memory Game - Listed Value $19.99

 

Huh, I haven’t seen a memory game since my days of watching Sesame Street, so this was a bit of an interesting product for me to see in this month’s box. But hey, I am getting older, so I guess I should do what I can to keep the old brain in tiptop shape, and if that requires memory games, I am all set and ready to go. This New House Memory Game from Jonathan Adler is a matching game with 20 cards (total of 10 matches). These cards feel sturdy and well-made, so I was definitely impressed by the quality, and the storage box was an added bonus. Now, this might not be something I pull out every day, of course, but these are great to have on hand. I also think this game would be a ton of fun to play after some generous indulgence on adult beverages (wink-wink).

ODD DOT Make Your Own Beauty Masks, 48 pages - Listed Value $19.99

 

Skincare and books don’t exactly align in my mind, so I was a bit confused when I first saw this book. Anything that says ‘Make Your Own’ or ‘Do It Yourself’ are instant turn-offs to me. Maybe it’s just because of who I am as a person, but hey, if you’re one of those people who are into DIY kits AND skincare, then this may very well be the product for you. This book is pretty cool, though, because not only does it provide 38 easy, all-natural recipes for making your own face masks, but it also includes 10 sheet masks. This book from Odd Dot is colorful and bright, and that I do appreciate, but I will likely be passing along this book to one of my more ‘adventurous’ friends. Would it be rude if I kept the 10 sheet masks, though? Because I’m definitely tempted to do so…

CANVAS Tabitha Soda Tab Y Necklace in Worn Gold - Retail Value $26.00

 

This is a really interesting piece from Canvas Style. It reminds me of something I would have worn in high school and thought I was the coolest kid around. Something about the ‘soda tab’ feels very vintage, and I like it. It’s 20 inches in length, which works nicely for me. The brand has somehow taken this retro statement piece and put a modern spin on it, combining the soda tab with just a touch of elegance from the accompanying T-Bar style. I definitely do not consider myself the most fashion-forward person out there or even in my circle, but for casual outings, this necklace will be a nice addition to dress up an outfit.

MARGOT ELENA Lollia Dream Bubble Bath, 700 ml - Retail Value $56.00

Bubble Bath for Bombay and Cedar Lifestyle April 2022

Right off the bat, I was stunned by this beautiful bottle of Margot Elena’s Dream Bubble Bath in Lollia. The glass exterior is adorned with royal blue floral patterns inspired by fine textiles, and I appreciate the eye for elegance, with the gold beaded detailing and handmade tassel. This glass bottle is truly a statement piece, and I love that it can be reused once you’ve used up all the bubble bath solution. Now, I know this isn’t the most popular opinion, but I hate the idea of taking a bath. I’ve never been able to understand why anyone would want to soak in a cauldron of their own filth, but to each their own, and for someone who enjoys bubble baths, this will most likely be a hit. It’s a super luxurious white tea and honeysuckle bubble bath that contains hydration-rich ingredients like olive fruit oil and avocado oil to leave your skin feeling silky-smooth and refreshed. Since I won’t be using this, I’m going to pass this luxurious product along to my grandma, who happens to love bubble baths.

Verdict

I thought this was an interesting Lifestyle Box for Bombay and Cedar this month! Don’t laugh, but the highlight for me was Keeko’s tongue cleaner. This product does a wonderful job of removing bacteria from your tongue, and I couldn’t be happier to have this. The necklace from Canvas Style is a welcome addition to my quirky jewelry stash, and I’m excited to show it off the next time I want to elevate a casual outfit. Margot Elena’s bubble bath bottle is simply stunning, and the design on it made me wish to be a lover of baths myself for a moment. My grandma is going to be thrilled with this product. Jonathan Adler’s memory game is something I never would have envisioned to be included in this box, but alas, it is here, and I have to say, it’s not a bad option for brain exercise. The raw chocolate protein powder by Ace Blend worked well for me once I took the time to add some of my own flavors and additions like banana, peanut butter, oat milk, etc. If I were to have tasted this protein powder mixed with water alone, I would not have been a fan. I really love the DIY book ‘Make Your Own Beauty Masks.’ I wish I was more of a DIY-er, but unfortunately I am not, so I’ll be passing this along to a friend who will benefit. Lastly, the Bombay and Cedar ‘Comfort’ and ‘Balance’ roll-ons. Since they arrived broken, I did not get to properly test out these products, but I’m sure they would have been good quality like all the rest. Overall, I thought this was a good box from Bombay and Cedar. The product diversity was unique, to say the least, and the value is certainly there.

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Value - Was This Box Worth It?

The Cost: $44.95

VALUE BREAKDOWN

  • Essential Oils: $40.00
  • Tongue Cleaner: $11.32
  • Protein Powder: $2.99
  • Memory Game: $19.99
  • Mask Book: $19.99
  • Necklace: $26.00
  • Bubble Bath: $56.00

The products this month have an estimated retail value of around $176.29, which is amazing for a $44.95 box.

To Wrap Up

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Naomi Pandolfi
Naomi Pandolfi

Naomi Pandolfi is a skincare obsessed subscription box junkie who is always on the hunt for the best curl defining cream. She is a producer and contributing writer at several online publications, including MSA, The Knockturnal, and Hey Beauti Magazine. Naomi is also the Head of Development at Starfury Productions and is dedicated to helping Black, minority, and underrepresented creators develop and sell projects.


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1 comment

Aarjullor

All bubble bath is is body wash with a different name IMO. No way would I gift the Lollia, it’s too beautiful, and Dream is a pretty fragrance. I’d be tempted to take the face masks out of the book also, but it says right on the cover that they’re included. If it’s a good friend you’re giving it to, split them with them. A decent box overall I think.

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