What’s in the box? These days everything from bras to booze is being offered in a box format. But there is just something so wonderful about getting a surprise box of goodies. If you like what’s in the box, you can always purchase more or buy a subscription. This story explores a box for tea lovers, people who like pampering or chilling out, and two boxes fit for foodies. These theme boxes bring big benefits and lots of surprises.
Take Time for Tea with Tae
When I still lived in New York City my happy treat was to go to Takashimaya on 5th avenue down in the basement to the tea parlor. There, I could sip and savor a wide variety of different teas and small snacks. It was so tranquil I’d go whenever I felt overly stressed. Alas, like so many department stores in NYC it’s long gone, but there are some in Japan.
But receiving the Tea with Tae is a woman-owned tea company offering premium teas sourced from some of the most exquisite and finest tea farms in the world. Our tea is served in eco-friendly tea sachets to preserve the sophisticated flavor profiles and aromas of each tea while maintaining the convenience of a teabag. The benefits of tea are many from Tea contains substances linked to a lower risk for heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Some caffeinated tea even has a lot less caffeine than coffee.
In my photo above, you can see the advice sisters curated set: Top Row L to R; Calming Tea (fresh scent with peppermint, licorice, and sage). Spicy Bombay Chai ( Ceylon black tea with cardamon, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves), exotically scented Lemon Creme (Ceylon black tea with lemon).
Bottom Row L to R: Bedtime Bliss (chamomile, lavender, lemon verbena, spearmint and to help calm and sleep there is valerian root), Fruit & Berry Oolong (fruity and slightly tart with dried fruit, fennel seeds, hibiscus, and Ti Kwan oolong and flavoring), Jasmine Green tea filled with fragrant jasmine blossoms that make the tea smells heavenly) plus well-fired bao zhou green tea leaves.
Tea With Tae is a subscription box, and at $40 it’s a good buy for those who love tea and want to try different things. You can build your own tea bento box or get a curated box (herbal, sampler, or caffeinated). We got the sampler This preset Tea Bento Box includes six small tins of our most popular herbal and caffeinated teas (Bedtime Bliss, Calming Tea, Jasmine Green Tea, Lemon Creme, Fruit & Berry Oolong, and Bombay Chai). Each tin contains five premium tea bags for a total of 30 tea bags in your Tea Bento Box.
You can also purchase some of these separately, and there are also tea pouches and iced tea. It might be a bit pricey for a box of tea, but it’s beautifully presented. Furthermore, it’s so much fun to try these as smaller samples. It’s also a fabulous gift idea. One box is $40 but if you buy a subscription it’s $36 a month. It’s the best surprise in the mail for those who love tea. Explore old favorites and try new tastes. To order visit the Tea with Tae Website.
Pamper Yourself With Spa Boxes By Pevonia:
When it comes to spa products, one of my personal favorite brands is Pevonia (read our Pevonia stories). They are always high quality, with natural ingredients, great scents, and effective formulas. They just make me feel a little bit more pampered, every day.
Pevonia has many different skin and body care lines to target various skin types. So it’s great news that they also offer skincare boxes designed for different interests. With 9 different Spa Boxes, there’s something for everybody and every skin type. Additionally, Pevonia International is a member of the Organic Trade Association and holds a CTN Green Excellence Award. You won’t find any Sulfate, GMOs, PABA, Lanolin, Urea, Formaldehyde, Alcohol, Parabens, Mineral Oil, Gluten, Artificial Colors, or Artificial Fragrance, They are also cruelty-free.
These are not subscription-based boxes, but even one would be a fabulous gift idea, I suggest The Spa Box – Envious De-Aging Body Bathing Experience! It’s an $89+ Value for only $49!
The moment you open the box you get a whiff of the fresh, herbal scent. Nestled into this Spa Box are 6 products to take cleansing to another level with a focus on “me” time.
There are 4 decent-sized travel products: 1 oz./each Deluxe Trial Size Papaya Body Balm and Deluxe Trial Size Papaya Saltmousse. There is also a 1.07 oz. Deluxe Trial Size Body Scrub 1.7 oz and a 0.7 oz. Deluxe Trial Size Crepe-No-More Body Cream 0.7 oz. Also inside the box is an easy-to-follow step-by-step instructional guide with diagrams showing how to perform your self-care ritual for a daily and weekly spa time.
Two of my favorite products are in this box: a full-size Anti-Stress Bath & Shower Gel (5 fl. oz.) and De-Aging Saltmousse -Papaya/Pineapple. The bath & shower gel has a fresh herbal scent and dark blue flip top tube make this a gender-neutral product, Even better, you can use it as a shower gel but also run it under the tap in your tub for a luxurious soak, Before you start though, dry some dry brushing with the included Pevonia Wooden Body Brush (read our feature on Dry Brushing).. If you’re not up for dry brushing, the Saltmousse Body Scrub gently clears away impurities and exfoliates dry rough skin with aromatic Papaya and Pineapple Fruit Extract, Sea Salt, Carrot, and more.
Many high-end spas use Pevonia products, but you can do a spa experience (Long) or (Quick) at home with the products in this box. Step by Step you’ll feel your stress fade away. The products are superb, and these boxes give you the opportunity to try some of the most popular anti-aging high-performance spa-style products at a bargain price. See the other Pevonia skincare gifts and spa boxes – Visit the Pevonia Web Site
Chill Our More With The Calm Box:
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Everyone needs a good way to keep their cool, sometimes. The perfect solution is the Calmbox. This is a subscription box that helps you to keep calm and grounded. What’s great about this kind of box is that you get new items to help you relax and target all five senses. The fun part is that each month has a new theme.
Our sample in the photo above was the “Renewal” Callmbox. Inside the box we found is gorgeous linen covered green and yellow self-care notebook collection, Old Whaling Company handmade Coastal Calm soap, Aromafume Bliss Crown rollerball with Chahka Balancing Oil Blend, a pretty Two Sisters Lavender Bubble Bath Bomb, a pack of Life is Beautiful inspirational cards, and a 4 oz. bag of individually wrapped Torie & Howard organic candy chews.
Additionally, calm box donates a portion of each month’s subscription box proceeds to charity. To date, the company has worked with 50 different charities.
Single boxes retail for $29.99 plus shipping. Although you don’t get to pick what’s in the box, ours had things everyone can use. Some would even make re-gifts on their own. The price is well worth it. But if you can learn to stay calmer and boost your positive chi, maybe it’s priceless! Visit the Calmbox Website.
Fun Finds for Foodies:
*addvicesisters.com has reviewed these two boxes in the past, but food boxes are increasingly popular. So here are two from past advicesisters.com stories.
The Grill Masters Club is a monthly BBQ subscription box that brings all sorts of grilling goodies to your door. They include specialty sauces, dry rubs, spices, wood chips, etc. What’s nice about a gourmet grilling box like this one is that you’ll find products to try that you might not find in your local store. By using the products, you or your lucky recipient gets to expand their knowledge and expertise with grilling. In fact, it’s really quite thrilling. Of course, you can use the products in your kitchen without a grill or on an inside grill.
You also receive information about the products, ways to use them, and even cooking tips. Choose 1, 3, 6, and 12 months subscriptions. Prices decrease from $30 for one month to a savings of $5 per box for a years’ subscription. It’s a really fun gift idea. For more information visit Visit the Grill Masters Club website firstname.lastname@example.org
Bokksu is another delightful subscription box service that curates sweets, savories, and other treats from all of Japan. We have reviewed Bokksu a couple of times on advicesisters.com. With your bokksu-full of goodies (sorry, I couldn’t help saying this) you also get a booklet explaining where are these treats came from. It’s fun to learn something about different regions of Japan. Most boxes offer a range of crackers, cookies, tea, candies, and unique snacks representative of Japan.
You can purchase one box ($50) but we suggest three or six months. Or just go for it and make it a year ($40/box). When you find products you love that you really won’t find elsewhere you can purchase these individually on the website. Visit the Bokksu Website