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First Impressions: TheraBox “Nurture”

Samantha Sendor
BySamantha SendorAug 21, 2023 | 1 comment

4.8 overall rating
11 Ratings | 1 Reviews

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TheraBox is a therapist-curated monthly subscription box for anyone who could benefit from carving out time for self-care. Filled with eight products themed around mindfulness, beauty, lifestyle, and well-being, this box delivers an invitation to pause from life's chaos, and treat yourself to some much deserved TLC. Having arrived just before I headed to Florida to visit family, I figured there was no better time to incorporate a little self-care. Read on to get my thoughts on this well-being box!

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Subscription Details

Subscription Box: TheraBox

What's Inside: Each month, you can expect to receive seven full-size treats to pamper your mind, body, and soul, and one research-inspired therapeutic activity to wire your brain for more joy. Each product is curated to reduce stress and inspire more self-love and happiness.

Price: $39.99 per month ($38.00 for a 3-month subscription, $36.00 for a 6-month subscription, or $35.00 for a 12-month subscription)

Shipping: $5.95 within the US (including Alaska & Hawaii), $14.95 to Canada, or $24.95 to all other international countries

What's Inside the TheraBox "Nurture" Box

My TheraBox arrived neatly packaged in a shoebox-sized cardboard box, not unlike most other subscriptions on the market. It was filled with crinkle fill (or "sizzle" - IYKYK) and tissue paper, as well a magazine pamphlet detailing the contents inside and FAQs about the subscription. The "Nurture" box promises a total value of $189 across its eight self-care inclusions.


The included magazine offers comprehensive information about the ingredients, as well fun facts and tips for how to use them. Some of the products also feature a promo code, so you can snag a discount when you're in need of replenishment. I really appreciate how they list the value of the individual products; it really goes to show how much value you're getting for the box price, especially when one item's value can exceed the cost of the entire box.

Earth Harbor Azure Regenerative Neck Creme, 2 fl oz - $48.00


Aimed to bring you smoother, plumper, and firmer skin, this Regenerative Neck Creme is a natural treatment moisturizer for the delicate neck and chest region. Inspired by the "calming seas on a sunny day," it smells fresh and airy, without being overwhelming in scent. Its texture is bouncy and lightweight - almost like a gel-cream hybrid - and glides on the skin smooth with fast absorption.

I've seen Earth Harbor products come up in several different lifestyle and beauty boxes in the past, but this particular product is the first of its kind that I've come across. This brand tends to appear among the more clean beauty / sustainably-minded boxes, no doubt because its products are vegan, cruelty-free, non-GMO, organic, and pH-optimized. According to TheraBox's pamphlet, every tub is zero-waste with plastic-negative packaging, which confirms my theory about the sustainable box inclusion.

While I don't typically seek out creams specifically for my neck and chest area, this product is a great reminder of why I love subscription boxes - especially self-care ones. I found myself wondering why I don't pay as much mind to moisturizing my neck and chest as I do my face... so perhaps future me will be thankful for this!

GoWipe Face Lift Wipes, 25 ct - $7.99


I'll admit this is a first for me... I've never heard of face lift wipes. Makeup remover wipes, yes, but face lift wipes? Color me green. These wipes are made to offer more than just cleaning; they hold antibacterial and antiseptic properties, and promote healing for skin that's prone to acne, rosacea, eczema, and other irritations. They're dubbed the "face lift" because of its hyaluronic acid, organic rose oil, organic Manuka honey, New Zealand water, organic coconut oil, organic aloe vera, and vitamin E, all to help you bid farewell to sagging skin and welcome a rejuvenated, youthful experience. As a plant-based non-toxic wipe, it is naturally hypoallergenic, free from fragrance, alcohol, parabens, and sulfates.

I don't know about this whole "face lift" business, but I do like the sound of these ingredients. That said, I've tried a wipe or two that packed a lot of promise, and left me with little more than stinging skin. I'm extremely sensitive in that regard, so when I find a wipe I like, I tend to be pretty loyal. I tried this one and was instantly impressed. Not only did it NOT sting my face (major feat, tbh), I found it pulled off whatever gunk had been sitting on my face since I washed it the night before.

Considering I hadn't worn makeup for a couple of days, I was pretty impressed (if not slightly horrified?) by what it took off. My face didn't feel tight after either -- just clean and moisturized. The price point feels fair to me by comparison to other wipes, so I may be reaching for a refill in the near future. Sign me up for this face lift!

waterdrop Youth Microdrink, 12 ct - $11 (48 ct available at Amazon)

The waterdrop Youth Microdrink cubes made for an interesting inclusion. You just peel back the lid, plop a cube in a glass of cold water, and let the fizzle do its magic. The cube takes about a minute to dissolve, giving the water a refreshing little hint of flavor. I personally found it tasted like a very subtle peach. It wasn't a completely transformative beverage by any means, but a pleasant taste nonetheless. Made with ginseng, aloe vera extract, and fused with peach and ginger, it is free of added sugars and gluten, and is vegan to boot.

Produced in Germany, waterdrop aims to help people drink more water in a sustainable fashion. Since their inception, waterdrop says they've helped save up to 30 million plastic bottles (presumably if you see it as choosing this vs. a plastic water bottle). Ironically, when I first saw this, I felt the little bit of plastic used was kind of unnecessary. If I thought people were reaching for this over a plastic drink, I would be onboard, but I'm not sure this replaces that as a solution. I see the alternative to this product as simply drinking tap water from a  glass, but that's just my take. I think it's nice, and the ideals are in the right place, but I'm not sure it's locking me down as a repeat customer. Not mad about this being featured in the box though!


(^ slide to see one of my aunt's 10 curious kitties... yes, 10)

Balanse NYC Hair Treatment Spray, 3.38 fl oz - $25.00

Packed with natural ingredients such as argan oil and vitamin E, this spray targets hair so it feels nourished, hydrated, and super soft. It combats frizzy, lackluster locks and is safe for color-treated and chemically processed hair. As I'm visiting my aunt and grandmother in Florida this week (I thought a self-care box was worthy of my suitcase real estate because... families), my aunt immediately took notice of this one and declared it hers. The box says it helps to promote hair growth, a facet which caught her eye, so I'll stay tuned for the consensus on that matter.

Staying true to the theme of the products in this box so far, it contains zero parabens, silicones, mineral oil, dyes, synthetic fragrance, or petrolatum. The ingredients within are definitely goodies - probably not so groundbreaking that I think it will deliver a whole new full head of hair, but it's certainly got the moisturizing properties that will make split ends and dryness yesterday's problem.

Lorde + Belle x RealHer I Am Blooming Perfume Stick - $21.00

If I didn't read the box, I would swear this was an orange shade of lipstick. Definitely not for your mouth, this fragrance balm was made to revitalize mood on-the-go. Infused with tropical pineapple, zesty grapefruit, and refreshing satsuma, its scent is fruity, with mild undertones of pepper rose, and passion fruit. In short, it smells like a sweet spring day.

It glides on smooth against skin, and is super convenient to stick into my purse for a little refresher while I'm out and about. I like this because it's subtle in scent, but offers a quick moment to do something for myself, even when I'm running around on a crazy busy day. The only challenge here will be that I'll need to remember it's a perfume stick, not a lipstick.

Seraphine Botanicals Sugar + Lemon Moisturizing Lip Buffer, .46 fl oz - $24.00

I feel like I've got so many sugar lip scrubs at this point, I have no excuse for my dry, cracked, and peeling puckers. Does anyone else find these types of products to be really awkward to apply? I always find myself hunched over a sink, inevitably getting more scrub in the basin than on my lips. Most of the time, I find scrubs come in little jars, so I was intrigued to find this tube in a pretty package. What I discovered is that it's totally different.

At first, I squeezed out what looked like a bright yellow oil, followed by a coarse sugar paste that spreads much more easily than others. It's definitely serving two functions; scrubbing away chapped skin and moisturizing lips for a healthier feel overall. Seraphine Botanicals' has a light citrus scent, and it's compact enough to throw into a purse or toiletry bag. I would put this one ahead of my other lip scrubs. Even better, Seraphine's products are PETA-certified, vegan, cruelty-free, and made without parabens. Noticing a trend here?

Mitchell and Peach English Leaf Body Oil, 1.7 fl oz - $32.00

For a full-sized product that comes in a travel-sized package, this body oil comes as one of those subscription box items that you could live without, but aren't mad to have. Technically, this is the smaller version of the English brand's luxury oil. Infused with almond oil and vitamin E, it offers a supple touch to skin without leaving an oily residue.

If you're wondering about the price tag, you might be interested to know that it is skillfully crafted from the brand's very own England estate - a feat that has spanned across five generations (120 years). While I'm not a big body oil person (I think it's the "oil" part that discourages me... I invite persuasive arguments to sway me from this notion), I found the scent rather delightful. This was yet another product that reminded me of springtime (which is interesting since we're in August, but this year did fly by fast, so I'm happy to back up here).

You Me Creations YouMe Cards - $19.99

Each TheraBox includes one research-inspired therapeutic activity, and the "Nurture" box is no exception. Packed with 45 cards to prompt mindfulness, appreciation, connections and more, this little box of self-care invites subscribers to take a moment to reflect, breathe, and observe. It leans into the power of positivity and intentionality as a means to transform one's life in ways they never imagined possible.

Each card poses questions to strike awareness, an activity suggestion to trigger momentum, and a goal instruction to align amplification. There are mantras, words of wisdom, and meditation instructions that are accessible to all levels. This is more of a solo practice (and this is a self-care box, after all), and while you could keep this in your bag and do it from anywhere, some of the prompts direct you to take out a pen and paper.

If your self-care moment is more achievable in a five-second window as opposed to a five-minute window, you might want to hold until you have the latter at your disposal. I say this as someone who is being called to fetch, find, or furnish something by a family member - you guessed it - every five seconds.

Final Thoughts

Overall, my first impressions of TheraBox is that it's a really nice box to gift oneself or a close friend each month. If not for the activity inclusion and waterdrops, it would feel more like a clean beauty box to me. Upon trialing it, I was curious to know whether I received the August or September box, and actually learned it was the May 2023 box (that explains all the spring notes!). I'm not quite sure why I received an older box, but it was still nice nonetheless. The items included were of high quality and clearly thoughtfully selected. To be precise, the value of all the contents in this box is $188.98. For a $39.99 box, that's a lot of value packed in, coming in at 21% of the price.

When does this subscription automatically renew? Renewals occur on the 9th of the month, and boxes ship out between the 24th-29th of each month.

Can you customize this subscription? Since TheraBox is curated around a theme each month, customization isn't offered, however it could be argued this is part of the fun; each box comes in like a surprise soul snack to get you on your way to some much deserved self-care.

Can you skip a month with this subscription? Yes, you can! You can skip a month by logging into your account of emailing [email protected]. TheraBox asks that you make sure to email at least one week before your renewal date if you wish to skip the next month's box.

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

What do you think of TheraBox Subscription Box? Let us know in the comments!

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TheraBox was founded by practicing therapists to inspire happier lives. It includes research-inspired therapeutic activities to wire your brain for more joy + 7 wellness products to reduce stress & promote mindfulness. 

Samantha Sendor
Samantha Sendor
Samantha is a two-time zone editor based out of London and NYC, working (mostly) behind the scenes as MSA's Director of Content Strategy. She enjoys making discoveries, whether through her travels to remote parts of the globe, or diving into the latest subscription boxes right from home. When she's not editing or creating content about all the things that make her happy, she can usually be found cooking, painting, fanatically organizing, or simply cuddling up with her daughter Penny.

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I actually bought the exact flavor of the Waterdrop yesterday (it was buy one, get one free and retailed for $10 at the store (HEB) and noticed the exact same thing about the plastic. The only thing I could think was that they did it that way for ease of travel, but I would have been happy to not have it. I personally tossed it into a BlenderBottle and that worked super well with the little metal whisk. So if you have one of those, maybe try that?

As far as the plastic bottles go, fun fact that in Germany, there is a deposit called a Pfand (like California) and it’s 25 cents per #2 plastic bottle, but you get it back if you’re good about saving them and bringing them to the store’s machine. So compared to Americans, Germans don’t tend to use as many plastic bottles as we do (not sure if it’s because of the Pfand (pronounced without the “P”) or what, and the little plastic piece is recyclable in your household trash…though not having it in the first place is probably ideal.

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