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JourneeBox “Nottingham” Subscription Review

Christen Russo
ByChristen RussoJul 14, 2022 | 28 comments

JourneeBox Nottingham unboxing

JourneeBox
4.1 overall rating
35 Ratings | 30 Reviews

JourneeBox delivers a quarterly lifestyle experience that features designer-produced, sustainably-made fashionhomebody, 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.

For $59.99 per quarter, you receive 6+ sustainably-made or fair-trade items with customizable products focusing on accessories, apparel, home, and beauty goods.

My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

Opening The Box

 

Each quarterly JourneeBox spread is fit tidily inside this beautiful blue box. The golden dragonfly and ribbon ties never fail to delight me. It's such a nicely sized box to use as storage after you've unloaded the items you were sent. On the inside of the Nottingham box's lid is an old map. If you're not in need of a storage box but do love maps, you could even cut the lid off and hang the map on your wall. I could see my brother doing this!

Not pictured here is the small booklet that comes in your box to let you know a little more about what you're receiving and why. JourneeBox is inspired by its founder Kevia's journeys around the world, so you'll always read a little about her personal experiences and knowledge. In this case, Kevia lived in Nottingham, England for a year.

Here's What's Inside

English Breakfast Loose-Leaf Tea, 3 oz. — Listed Value $20

 

England and tea go hand-in-hand, don't they? This organic English Breakfast tea comes in a beautifully designed tin and contains an airtight bag with loose black tea leaves in it. Though 3 oz might not seem like much, if you measure out 2 grams (or a scant 1/2 teaspoon) of tea per 8 oz of water, you'll get 42 cups of tea out of this bag.

JourneeBox Nottingham loose-leaf black tea in my hand

The tea itself is dark and fragrant. I used to drink loose-leaf tea more and have several infusers, which you'll need to obtain to drink this if you don't already have one. Now I tend to reach for tea bags more for ease. But classic black tea is my favorite, so I'll invite a neighbor over to my porch and enjoy this and tell her where I received it and let the story be the reason to have a tea party.

Nottinghamshire Pheasant Tea Time Set — Listed Value $55

Note: This item is a gift for annual subscribers only. Annual subscribers can select between teal or blue.

 

If you're an annual subscriber, you'll receive this three-piece tea set. It comes with a teacup, an elongated saucer, and a golden spoon with the cutest sprig-like design at the end. The ceramic has a matte finish and gold trim. The cup and saucer have a matching pheasant design on them, which come in your choice of teal and navy blue. I am typically drawn more to hearty, earthy handmade mugs but I surprised myself with how fun this set was to drink from. And, imagine my almost-four-year-old daughter's utter glee when she was shown this real life tea set that she could drink actual tea from. She was drawn to the teal color selection and chose peach tea to have from it, and took great joy in using the spoon.

JourneeBox Nottingham both colorways of tea set

Here's a peek of the two color options side by side. To be honest, I'm surprised at how similar they are, but both are lovely.

3-Piece Sherwood Coaster Set — Listed Value $40

 

Each of the three coasters in this set contains a piece of wood from the actual Sherwood Forest, where the fictional Robin Hood is from. How fun! I live in a home that we try to make as visually blended with nature as possible—you've seen our wooden table and green walls—so these are a fitting addition. I am up to my eyeballs in coaster sets, and while I do use coasters (does anyone else have a minimum of three drinks close by while they're working at their desk?), I have to rotate them to possibly use them all. I'm not sure whether or not this set will make the rotation; if you flip to the fourth image above, you'll see that the marketing images for these coasters show more wooden pieces throughout the coasters, whereas the ones I received looked like they were made with a different technique. There's also a bit of bubbling in the resin. To put it simply, I'm not thrilled with the quality we ended up with here and therefore not sure these bring me joy.

Old Market Square Puzzle — Listed Value $45

 

I love setting up a large jigsaw puzzle at a table that can be worked on as anyone in the house is able for the foreseeable future. My mum has one setup on one end of her dining room table right now and anytime we visit I'm sure to sit down by it! I love that this one comes with a poster-size picture of what the finished puzzle will look like so we can consult it while we're working.

Flora and Fauna Greeting Card Set — Listed Value $25

 

Anyone who's followed my reviews will know that I'm a stationery fanatic and I love sending my friends mail. I am more than pleased to welcome this set of five blank notecards into my stationery drawer. These notecards are large, measuring 7 ½” x 5 ½". That's a lot of space to fill if you're writing someone a note! If you're like me, you could always draw a picture on one side and a note on the other—never anything fancy, usually quite crude, in fact, but I figure it will make my recipient smile. On the front of each notecard is a different vintage scientific illustration drawn from the Nottingham Museum of Natural History’s collection, touched with some metallic gold accents. On the back of each is a paragraph of history about the museum. Each also comes with an envelope, of course, as well as a golden, embossed sticker with which to seal the envelope. Such a nice touch.

Antler Necklace — Listed Value $60

Note: all subscribers may choose between silver plating or matte gold.

 

The jewelry item this quarter is this pendant necklace. I wear gold jewelry, but don't much like metal jewelry that is too shiny or bulky, so this is a nice option for me. Its chain is adjustable and its pendant has a rustic feel to it with its not-symmetrical border and hammered gold finish. The antler designed is set with rhinestones for a little extra sparkle.

JourneeBox Nottingham writer wearing the necklace

Here's how the necklace looks on me. I have it on its longest setting. The shortest adjustment would've had it fall right around my shirt's neckline. I like that there is a wide range of lengths that it can be adjusted to, so it could be layered with other pendant necklaces (like the sundial necklace from the Riviera Maya box, for example!).

JourneeBox Nottingham close-up of gold and silver pendants

Here is how the silver and gold necklaces look next to each other, for comparison. I'm not sure if it's evident in this photo, but I would say the silver pendant is a hint shinier than the gold one. Both are pretty!

Lace & Rose Oil Hydrogel Facial Masks — Listed Value $45

JourneeBox Nottingham face masks in their packaging

Each box will come with two Lace & Rose Oil Hydrogel Facial Masks. From what I can tell, sheet masks are a love/hate thing, but if you love them, how awesome is it to receive two? I'm all about rose-scented things, so that aspect sounds really nice to me. Sheet masks aren't my thing, but I have a friend who uses them all the time, and I'm so excited to pass these to her. She loves receiving them and I love giving my friends things they love, so everyone wins.

Value - Was This Box Worth It?

The Cost: $59.99

Shipping: Free for current subscribers; starts at $6.99 for new orders.

Value Breakdown: The total retail value of this quarter's JourneeBox is $290. The promised value per box is $250+ and the last few quarters, the contents have exceeded that value more and more. The box costs $59.99, so if you're an annual subscriber the 7 items break down to $8.57, and if you're a quarterly subscriber the 6 items break down to $9.93. Either is a steal for these items! JourneeBox's products are all proprietary, so we have to trust their info booklet on retail values because they can't be found elsewhere. Most of the time I find their items to be priced fairly with boutique pricing in mind. The only two that I find to seem a bit steep this month are $40 for the coasters given the flaws, and $60 for the pendant necklace (even $50 would feel more reasonable to me). 

Key Takeaways

Nottingham has been long-awaited—it was first spoiled in fall of 2021, then due to production issues, it was put on pause until after the Riviera Maya box. To me, it was a really fun one. The tea set felt unique and special and really great quality. The greeting card set is beautiful and can be used for a variety of occasions. The tea isn't thrilling per se, but it's consumable, which I always appreciate in a subscription box item. The other items are either nice to have or nice to gift.

Keep track of your subscriptions by adding this box to your subscription list or wishlist!

Other Things You Should Know

When is this box available? This box is seasonal, shipping out 4 times a year. JourneeBox has experienced many shipping delays over the past couple of years that have altered the schedule of their quarterly boxes. Keep an eye on our Journeebox spoilers—any news we receive about upcoming boxes will be posted there!

Can I still get this box if I sign up today? Yes, the Nottingham box just began shipping. The Riviera Maya (Mexico) Box from last quarter is also still available if you'd rather select that as your first box.

What did you think of the long-awaited Nottingham JourneeBox? Click below to write a review!

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Launched in 2019, JourneeBox is a sustainable luxury lifestyle subscription box that is carefully curated by founder and designer Kevia Jeffrey-West. Each box has 6+ items inspired by travel, art and nature. Getting a box is like receiving gifts from a well-traveled friend. Subscribers are guaran... read more.

Christen Russo
Christen Russo

Hi there, I'm Christen! I've been writing with MSA since 2017. I am all sorts of things: a writer, a mother, an outdoors-lover, a low-maintenance self-carer, and general hungry person.

You'll find me collecting stationery and squirreling away stickers, riding bikes and swimming with my family, creating outfits in earth tones and flowy silhouettes that make me feel amazing, wearing big earrings, drinking beer and asking my husband to feed me harmonies to sing, taking my vitamins, living for live music, roping everyone into a craft, being human and vulnerable, and celebrating the phenomenon of being alive.


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28 comments

windowshopping

I’m so OVER this company. Worst customer service ever! I selected the teal color choice and received a teal cup but a royal blue plate. Also, the booklet was missing from the box. I reached out THREE TIMES in the past month and no reply. This is my 2nd box of an annual sub and I was already displeased about an issue with my first box. My advice if you’re on the fence….DON’T DO IT!!

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Alex

This was my first box. My fiancé got me an annual subscription. This better be the exception to the quality of this box. This was not worth the price. Three coasters is so odd, I don’t even want to gift them. A $45 puzzle? The value was not there. I really hope the next box is better and more timely.

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green_redhead

I have mixed feelings about this box. I think a valuable aspect of this sub is the story of each box. It’s fun to read that it was inspired but the curator’s visit to a place, and explore it through what they choose to highlight. That said, the execution is hit and miss.
I, too would have been very disappointed if I didn’t get the tea set here. It is lovely, as is the packaging, but 2 cups would have made more sense. (I do have concerns about safety and would like to know that it is lead-free, and what the spoon is made of.) The cards are also lovely and were a pleasant surprise for me. I like the necklace more than I expected to. The tea is useful and looks nice on the shelf.
I would prefer that this box maybe have less items, but include at least something that is more physically connected to the location. Something made by a local artisan(s), that highlights a lifestyle or regional specialty. Something that might make you want to visit the location and see where that item was made.
The coasters aren’t bad but feel like a miss, the puzzle doesn’t interest me and I think the image could have been more broadly appealing, and sheet masks feel like the domain of other boxes, but maybe I’ll try them after all the others I never get around to using. Also, the shipping packaging frustrates me, because it feels like a waste to create such a nice outer box, only to send it across the country in a thin bag and have it get all banged up so that it is barely reusable.

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AH

Per this review, “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.” Those coasters are also supposed to be wood from the real Sherwood Forest?!?!
And yet, those coasters are most definitely from Alibaba – don’t believe me – search wood resin coaster and you will find them easily. So many lies in just this one product. Do not sub to this box if you truly care about ethically and sustainably made products. It’s growing very apparent that sub boxes like AllTrue and this one don’t practice what they preach. I’m so disgusted with these companies. And I have to also state that we as consumers have to realize that truly supporting artisan goods can be more costly, because these people need to be paid living wages. If you are in it solely for just getting cute stuff so be it, but do not buy into these buzzwords. That appears all they are – marketing buzzwords.

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Alice

Exactly. I found them on alibaba as well. They are liars. It is just that simple.

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Jen

Yup! .32 cents for 6. Now I see why it was only 3.

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Jennifer

I just got my box, and was surprised by how much I liked it. I’d been nervous over having got an annual, with a big of buyer’s remorse, but unboxing this was really fun. The nice packaging and presentation reminded me a bit of Margot Elena boxes.

I was a bit disappointed the tea cup only had the pheasant on the inside, though, for some reason I mis-saw the spoilers and thought it was on the outside. So it doesn’t make a good display set since on my shelf it just looks white. Super cute though – would be great for tea and a treat while cuddled up with a book.

Though I really doubt the spoon it came with was made by kevia. I just ordered spoons like it, just a tad longer, a few months ago from Shein.

My coasters were great – no bubbling that I saw, and one had multiple wood pieces. However they seem a tad small, and it really should have been a set of four. They are unique so I like that.

The tea – awesome! What a pretty tin, and it’s loose leaf.

The puzzle is nice, and I loved the bag it came in. My kids are too young for it now but I’ve slowly been collecting bigger puzzles for when they are older.

The necklace is much prettier and daintier than I thought it would be. It’s very much my style.

And the cards! The box set is sooo nice. I want another so I can both use it and gift it.

I’m still a bit nervous over being locked in to the annual (I assume we can ask to skip if needed) but I’m happy with this.

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Carol

Looks like nothing is actually from England, only inspired by Nottingham… The cards, tea tin, puzzle, face masks, teacup, & platter, are all in kevia packages stating items are Designed in Portland OR, Made in China. The kevia necklace & 3 coaster bags don’t say where made

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Cynthia Richardson

I’m an annual subscriber and still haven’t received the last box. Was cutting them some slack due to COVID, but they don’t even have the professional courtesy to respond to my emails. But they still keep charging me. Anyone else have this problem?

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Hello Cynthia,

Apologies if my email missed you. Sometimes it goes to the spam folder or is filtered. I sent you an email again and I hope that one reaches you. I am also available via chat and will be happy to assist between 9 AM to 5 PM Pacific Time. Thank you!

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Lorina

As a quarterly subscriber, I definitely felt pretty let down when I realized I wasn’t going to get the tea set. I have always loved Journeebox but I am really afraid to go annual at this point, since the quality of this box is down compared to previous ones and it is taking so long for each season to ship. Sometimes I am surprised by how much I like items in the box once it arrives and I see them in person, but those coasters don’t look great and the necklace isn’t really something I’d wear. Who knows when I’ll have time to sit down and do a puzzle so it’s really $60 bucks for some tea, face masks, and note cards. 🙁 They already charged me for the next box and I don’t think we even know what the theme will be yet.

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Mary L.

Based on this review, I think I would be very disappointed if I were a quarterly subscriber. The tea set really seems to be the hero of this box.

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Molly

Exactly. That is by far the nicest classic English item in the box.

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mia

I understand that this box is about artisanal quality gifts and knickknacks, and not about getting the most for your dollar, but $45 for two sheet masks is insane. Quality k-beauty sheet masks are like $3 a piece.

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Stephanie

I found the sheet masks on Alibaba and each one costs 14 cents. So that $45 is more like 28 cents she spent on the 2 for each subscribers box. There’s nothing artisanal or quality about this subscription.

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Rose

I buy 90 sheet masks for $40 on Amazon.

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Shar

I subscribed to the Journee Box for one year, and it took me 18 months to get that year’s subscription. So glad I didn’t renew. This box is the WORST. A Puzzle for $45? One tea cup and saucer for $55? How are they staying in business? And who likes that antler necklace? Maid Marion? The first box I got from them was incredible, but boy, have they gone downhill.

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Jennifer

I actually love the antler necklace. I had to act fast to keep my kids from stealing it. I like it better than a Swarovski antler necklace I passed on because this one is a little less ‘in your face.’

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Mary GT

Maid Mary here – I love the antler necklace! I’ve worn it every day since I got the box.

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Stephanie

They’re staying in business because each box is a money grab. This whole box probably costs $5 maximum and that’s including the box and tissue. At $60 for the subscription, they’re making a killing. All these products are bought off Alibaba and repackaged with her label. This then allows Kevia to make up any price she wants and it allows her to not show the ‘made in’ label. This is a fact and she can deny all she wants but anyone who’s in the know, knows this.

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Darla

Wow, I checked casually on alibaba and found the coasters right away!

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ALICE

I used to be annual. I haven’t renewed any of my annual subs. That being said, I love the antler necklace!

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Lorina

Maid Marion! That totally cracks me up!

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Charisma

AWFUL box!! They should be ashamed of themselves

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Kristin

So so glad this is my last box and after all the delays to then leave out the annual member bonus item?? I was not happy and will not renew.

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Marie

This is probably one of the worst boxes that I have received. I really don’t care for any of the items. 😒

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Sam

Couldn’t agree more. This is 💯 a money grab. I would be horrified and embarrassed beyond belief sending this box out. It’s 💯 cheap junk.

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Rachel

I don’t get this box, so I can’t speak for the quality, but just looking at the self-branded items and their “retail” cost makes me roll my eyes. $90 for a puzzle and 2 sheet masks? I guess they can put any amount they want on their own items to get to $250 retail per box, but it makes me less interested in getting this box, not more.

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