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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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!).
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
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).
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.
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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.
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