Terra Bella Box Review, January 2016

Terra Bella Box, $37.95 per month for regular box, $17.95 per month for lite box

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Isn't my baby bunny adorable?!  He is a 6-week-old Holland Lop and he couldn't wait to hop in the Terra Bella Box!

Terra Bella Box is one of the newer boxes out there.  It features high quality, handmade, natural beauty products from small companies.  I love getting unique products from teeny companies that I never would have discovered otherwise, so there is a lot of value in the curation.

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Terra Bella Box has a full size box of five to six items per month, or a lite box with two to three items per month.   They also have a one time trial box available for $24.  It contains a mix of products from past and present Terra Bella Boxes so you know what to expect if you subscribe.  I believe they are still selling their fabulous Winter Limited Edition box for $65 (review here) and have a sale going on of a three month subscription to their lite box for $50.  I'm not sure how long that sale will last, so act quickly!  

I got the following items in my January Terra Bella Box:

This month's Terra Bella Box was worth about $52.  The values on Terra Bella are steadily improving.  

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Unfortunately, Meraki Botanicals is closed during the month of January, so you can't buy anything on their website right now.  I linked to their site above, but if you want to buy this hair oil, you're going to have to wait a couple more weeks.  When I tried to use this, I couldn't get anything into the dropper.  The oil had congealed, probably from being outside on the porch in the cold.  I made a little hot water bath for it, though, and it liquefied within a minute or so.  In the picture above, the oil is still congealed because I hadn't used it yet.  When it is liquid, it is a transparent light yellow.  The oil can be used as a hair treatment or as a styling serum.  As a treatment, it is supposed to be great for dry scalps.  I didn't really need a treatment, so I used it as a serum.  I applied a few drops to the ends of my hair and then rubbed what was left on my hands into the rest of my hair, then brushed it for good measure.  It gave it a little extra sheen, which was nice.  It definitely has an herbal scent from the rosemary, sage, and peppermint oils in it, but the scent wasn't all that strong and went away with fifteen minutes after I applied the oil to my hair.

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I've never gotten smelling salts in a beauty box before, so this was a surprise!  You're supposed to shake the little vial a few times, then open the cap and smell the salts for a few seconds.  The bottle says it will energize you and drive away demons.  I was skeptical that this would do anything for me, but I gave it a try.  I did seem to get a second wind after smelling the blend of salt and essential oils.  I can't say I noticed it driving away any demons, but if you're looking for a little midday pick-me-up, this is worth a try.  I wish it said how long I could expect this to last.  Will it last weeks, months, years?  I have no idea.

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I've been getting lots of coffee scrubs lately.  I love coffee scrubs, so I'm okay with that.  This coffee scrub is from India and comes in this adorable little wooden box.  The ingredients in this scrub are very simple:  coffee, coconut oil, and sesame oil.  You might worry that this would feel really oily, but that's not the case at all.  It felt moisturizing and exfoliating.  It is also supposed to be brightening and somehow prevent cellulite and minimize stretchmarks.  Like all coffee scrubs, this can be a little messy because there will be coffee all over your shower curtain, shower walls, and tub.  It is easy enough to rinse this down the drain, so the mess doesn't bother me.  While I liked this coffee scrub, I found it to be similar to many other coffee scrubs out there.  

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I like that we got both a sample of eyeshadow and a full size primer from Mother Earth Beauty Bar.  The plastic container the powdered eyeshadow is in isn't the best packaging for this product.  Even though I opened it carefully, powder would always fly out every time.  There's a lot of fine powder in a tiny hinged container, so there is no way to avoid a little eyeshadow coming out each time.  I thought it was a little strange that the name of this very pale tan color is called Midnight Mocha.  I assumed something called Midnight Mocha would be a dark brown, but this is light.  I used it to highlight my brow bone because it was so pale and didn't think it could really be used anywhere else.  The eyeshadow lasted well, especially when paired with this eyeshadow primer.  The primer was a sheer cream that went on smoothly and kept my eye makeup on all day.

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Finally, we had the lovely Wellsmith Herbal Detox Bath Tea.  There are two ways to use the bath tea.  You can fill the cloth bag that is included with purchase (shown above) with the tea, then boil water and dip the bag in the water.  After dipping the bag in the water, you remove the bag and pour the tea into your bath water.  The second way is to fill the cloth bag with the tea and just dip the bag in your bathwater.  Putting it directly in the bathwater definitely seemed to be the easiest way, so that's what I went with.  The herbal blend had a nice scent, but it was not overwhelming.  It relaxed me and I felt great after my bath was done.  Wellsmith sells several other herbal bath teas -- they also have Healing, Relax, Cold Relief, and regular, in addition to the one I tried, Detox.  I highly recommend this bath tea and hope to try out all the different herbal blends Wellsmith offers at some point.

Terra Bella had an excellent month!  I hadn't tried these products before and ended up loving them all.  I enjoy discovering the small businesses that Terra Bella works with because, chances are, I never would have come across them on my own.  I liked everything so much that I'm not sure I could choose a favorite item.  If you're on the fence about Terra Bella, I recommend you give them a try.