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JourneeBox Fall 2022 Editor’s Box Review

Christen Russo
ByChristen RussoSep 15, 2022 | 12 comments

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.

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

Opening The Box

Note: This is a review of the JourneeBox Fall Editor's Box. It's an exclusive offering for new subscribers to this quarterly subscription. When you sign up, you'll get to choose from this Editor's Box or two other past boxes.

 

Any seasoned subscription box lover will tell you the subscription box experience starts with the box itself. There are a number of ways the box can look, but if it can stand to be both secure and beautiful, it's a winner, and if it has repurposing capabilities, all the better. JourneeBox packs their quarterly curation of items carefully in these navy blue boxes that tie closed. They're perfect for keepsakes, and I keep all the meaningful cards that loved ones have given me in one.

The latest Editor's Box takes us on a journey through some of our favorite past JourneeBoxes, featuring items from the Quingdao box, Kyoto, Nottingham, and more. Let's take a look at the spread.

Here's What's Inside

Set of 5 Assorted Kevia Jewelry — Listed Value $40

Customization item! Subscribers will choose 1 of the 2 sets of necklaces shown.

 

Let's start with the customizable item in the Fall Editor's Box: a set of five layerable necklaces in your choice of silver or plated gold. Each delicate necklace is adjustable from 16"-20", so you can customize how long you want each to look and what combinations you go for. I have long admired this layered necklace trend, but I didn't know where to begin looking for one that was both quality and affordable to try (and maybe not like for myself), so I never had the chance to partake. I'm so thrilled that I can now try it for myself with this variety.

I chose the set that had all gold-plated necklaces. Aside from preferring gold tones on myself, I have never been much of a rhinestone-wearer, and I was drawn to the small beads on some of the choices in this set. Truly, pictured here is my first time wearing delicate chains layered like this, and I have worn some combination of them every day since. I know I'm going to get a ton of wear out of these necklaces!

Papaya Seaweed Scrub — Retail Value $25

While the necklace sets were sent in a box that was before my time, I remember the papaya scrub from the Kyoto box fondly. I fell in love again with the earthy papaya scent of this refreshing scrub, and with the deep-cleanse-meets-lasting-hydration effect it has on my skin. This scrub comes in a nice, heavy glass jar that can be repurposed when the scrub is gone.

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

 

A familiar offering from the recent Nottingham box, new subscribers are sent this organic English Breakfast loose-leaf tea. It arrives in an airtight bag that's nestled into a beautiful tin. We are sent 3 oz of tea, which can make up to 42 cups of tea if you use a scant 1/2 teaspoon of tea leaves per 8 ounces of hot water.

Polka-Dot Headband — Listed Value $15

 

JourneeBox tends to offer a fair balance of wearable items, and typically they are very elevated, sometimes artsy—whatever they are, they're something I can see any creative adult styling with ease. This pink polka-dot headband doesn't fit that description for me, and isn't something I can see myself ever wearing. That said, Kevia offers some interesting history about this headband:

The polka dot pattern–so named for how it evokes the sheet music of the lively Czech peasant dance known as the “polka” popularized in the US in the 1840s–is a timeless spring and summer look. The pattern also shows up in the Congo and Southern Africa, often associated with spirituality, renewal and vitality.

In that context, I am warmed up to it a bit, but it still isn't my style, so I will pass it along to someone younger.

Botanical Wax Sachet — Listed Value $24

 

Quite the opposite, this handmade soy wax sachet is a treasure! It's decorated with a dried orange slice, a stick of cinnamon, a petite pine cone, and more, and is bursting with a warm, spiced scent that evokes such a cozy feeling. This sachet could easily be used as a Christmas ornament using the string that's already attached, or could serve as a year-round decoration in a powder room or other corner of a home.

Semi-Precious Macramé Bracelet — Listed Value $45-$59

Customization item! Subscribers will choose 1 bracelet. My review shows 2 of the possible options.

 

Another choice item in the Editor's Box is this semi-precious stone bracelet. We've seen this bracelet before, both in the Summer 2021 Editor's Box and the 2021 Welcome Box—but keep in mind, these boxes are for first-time subscribers only, so you won't have to worry about receiving it as a repeat item. This isn't everyone's cup of tea, but I personally think it's really unique and pretty, and easy to style in a lot of different contexts. During sign-up, you'll get to choose from pearl, tiger’s eye, green onyx (shown above), turquoise with cream macramé cord or turquoise with black cord (also shown above).

Ombre Scarf — Listed Value $98

 

Finally, in preparation for chilly weather, new subscribers are sent a cozy scarf/shawl. Lying flat, the grey ombre didn't excite me much, but wrapping it around my shoulders (even on a warm day), I found it to be a nice neutral that's a little outside the norm. Worn wrapped around my neck like a classic scarf, the fading tone offers a nice colorblocking effect that adds texture to the look. A $98 value feels a little overshot to me, but still this is a nice piece with a very high cozy factor.

Value - Was This Box Worth It?

The Cost: $59.99

Shipping: Starts at $6.99 for new orders.

Value Breakdown: The JourneeBox Fall 2022 Editor's Box has a total promised retail value of up to $281 (depending on which semi-precious stone bracelet you choose). JourneeBox's products are all self-produced, so this calculation is based on mostly provided values. The listed values are definitely boutique pricing, but generally reasonable within that context—the only one that feels high to me is the cost of the scarf. This box costs $59.99, plus $6.99+ shipping, which equals $66.98 total. That means the 7 items in this exclusive Editor's Box break down to $9.51 per item. That's an amazing deal! The only item here that I might say doesn't feel worth that cost is the headband, but it would likely retail in a store for at least that much, and if it were more my style I'd be more open to paying that and more.

Key Takeaways

If you're a new subscriber to JourneeBox and want a little taste of many past boxes, the option of choosing the updated Editor's Box is a great one. There's some jewelry, something to drink, a self-care item, and a sweet keepsake (the sachet), and all of these pieces would be just as nice to gift as they would be to keep.

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? This will be one of the new subscriber choices, alongside the past Nottingham and Riviera Maya boxes. Existing subscribers can look forward to the upcoming Tubingen box, which will open up for customization choices in late November.

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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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12 comments

Stephanie

I agree, 2 boxes a year maybe even only 1. This box is a dumpster 🔥 of cheap Daiso quality goods. Steer clear of this box!!

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Hello,

I’m sorry you feel that way, if we did something that angers you so please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We would love to help you out with any concerns that you might have. Thank you and take care!

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Lorina

This used to be my favorite box but I canceled after the last one, which was just awful. They charged me for the next box way back in June and won’t answer my inquiries about when the next one will ship. I have to wonder if I will ever get it.

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Hello Lorina, Apologies for your experience. We always respond to emails but sometimes our reply is filtered as spam or blocked completely. However, we do have a live Chat feature in which you can get help in real time. Please reach out, we would be glad to help. Thank you and take care!

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Alice

The papaya scrub was one of my all time favorite sub box items.

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Lynn

The minimum amount of loose leaf tea should be closer to 1 1/2 teaspoons, not a scant 1/2 teaspoon, you would have very weak tea otherwise so that’s closer to 14 servings. What was the scarf made of? Cashmere? Unicorn hair? Polyester? The listed values are laughable.

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Christen

You know what, Lynn, you’re right about the tea. I had done a little mental math to convert grams to teaspoons, and am realizing I did that incorrectly (that ratio differs per substance, of course!) Also, LOL I had the same thought about the scarf. It’s really soft and cozy, and in an attractive color/design, but $98 is quite a reach!

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Mary L.

I really don’t think this should be marketed/categorized as a quarterly box anymore. It’s been biannual for a few years now.

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Kristin

Agree that is why I canceled.

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Marie

Are you sure that’s not a welcome box? Those all look like repeat items.

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Christen

Hey, Marie! Confirming this is the Editor’s Box, but you’re right that some items are repeats from a past Welcome Box.

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KatS

Got an email stating next box theme is Tubingen, Germany. September Week 4: Tubingen Spoiler #1
October Week 1: Tubingen Spoiler #2
October Week 2: Tubingen Spoiler #3
October Week 4: Tubingen Spoiler #4
November Week 1: Tubingen Spoiler #5
November Week 2: Tubingen Spoiler #6
November Week 3: Tubingen Spoiler #7 & Customization Opens
November Week 4 or December Week 1: Tubingen Box Ship window opens

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