I was listening to Glennon Doyle last week and was feeling SO inspired by her. If you have no clue who she is, do yourself a favor and check her out – she’s hilarious and super inspiring (you might know her as the author of Love Warrior creator of Mamastry and wife of soccer superstar Abby Wambach
– Elle wrote a great article about her life which is pretty fascinating if you’re interested).
You don’t have to be a devout Christian to follow her (I’m not) because despite that side of her, she nails parenting and relationships and matters of the world ON. THE. HEAD. And the way it flows from her is intoxicating.
Anyway – there was a bunch of negative junk going on in politics, as there often is, and she was sending all sorts of positivity and light back into the world and it made me feel so empowered and tingly all over. And, as if the world was sending me a sign (I’ve been a bit of a grumpus lately because my toddler never ever sleeps ever), I received another kind of gift from my BFF’s over at Handmade Hive. And, it smelled glorious!
This box was received for free in exchange for my honest opinion.
WHO IS HANDMADE HIVE?
Handmade Hive is a unique monthly lifestyle box that curates a variety of locally-sourced handmade items from small businesses around the country. Each month, the contents of the box will be a surprise to you, but they will center on a specific theme and contain a piece for YOUR HOME, YOURSELF, YOUR WARDROBE or YOUR STYLE. Subscriptions start at $44 / month + shipping. [otw_shortcode_button href=”https://www.handmadehive.com/MONTHLY-SUBSCRIPTION-BOXES-s/158.htm” size=”tiny” icon_position=”left” shape=”square” color_class=”otw-pink” target=”_blank”] Get the box[/otw_shortcode_button] Bonus! Use my link and enter coupon code SUMMERFUN at checkout to get $15 bucks off your first box when you sign up for a subscription!
- Monthly Minis are now available for $24.99 + shipping!
- Portions of the box sales are donated to Truth Home!
- Member only discounts on products included in the boxes!
- Fill out a customer style profile which allows them to send you custom items every so often!
- Single box purchases available.
- Refer 3 friends and get one box free!
- You can pause or cancel anytime
THE SURVIVER BOX
Oh, I’m so thankful to Handmade Hive for sending a box filled entirely with products from one fabulously inspirational brand. Subscription boxes are fun because they usually come with a bunch of different products inside – but it was so exciting to get a box filled with lots of stuff from the same biz – corresponding love-products I can use throughout my home!
I can’t say enough about the magnificent smell coming out of the box upon arrival – I was literally intoxicated by Citrus Wood which screamed summer and happy and completely wiped the tired frown off my face!
The Survivor Box and the products in it are dedicated to and made by women survivors of trafficking, prostitution and addiction.
We are all survivors of somethin’ right? I’ve survived a TV falling on my face, all the subsequent surgeries, losing a parent to cancer, infertility (3 very long days of un-medicated labor) and the list goes on. But, I’ve never, ever had to deal with something as tragic as trafficking, prostitution or addiction. And, for that – I am so very lucky and so very PUMPED UP about this magical entity who is totally rockin’ it for women who have: Thistle Farms.
This Nashville based enterprise is led by women survivors, nurtured by employees, volunteers, partners and customers rooted in the belief that love is the most powerful force of change in the world. Sniff, sniff. I might have one to 10,000 tears rolling down my face right now (and also, this is SO in line with the live vid of Glennon I was mentioning above).
I was lucky to receive a box full of their newly rebranded and formulated natural body and home collection products. And, if ya can’t tell, they’re amazing. Handmade Hive got it SO right with this box!
THE SPRAYS + CANDLE
I love a good spray. Sprays for my body, sprays for my home…my pillows. When things smell amazing I feel amazing. We received the Lavender Room Spray (Retail: $12 bucks) and the Lavender Linen Spray (Retail: $8 bucks). I mean, you can’t go wrong with Lavender. It’s so calming and just makes you feel good all over. These sprays are made with essential and botanical oils formulated to make ya’ feel good. And, every time you spray this stuff, you know that it was handmade by women survivors. And, product sales help to provide stable income for residents and graduates off their various healing programs.
Soy Candle (Retail $23 bucks). I can’t even with this candle. My nose can’t stop smelling it and probably won’t ever, so don’t even try to stop me.
This soy candle is hand-poured by Thistle Farms survivors, has a flat wick (made from sustainable, natural fibers) and boasts a 35-hour burn time. My only question is can it burn for 35 days straight? Because I’m gonna need that to happen.
THE SOAP & LOTION
We also received the Vanilla Vetiver Liquid Hand Soap (Retail: $12.50) and the Vanilla Vetiver Moisturizing Hand Lotion (Retail: $14).
These handmade lovelies came at just the right time (the soap in my guest bath was just about dunzo). I don’t think I’ve ever heard of “Vetiver”, but it definitely adds a grassy, spa-esque layer to the scent of these soaps & lotions. Sign me up.
Handmade Hive? You nailed this box.
WHAT’S IT GONNA COST?
Handmade Hive offers a variety of boxes of awesome each month. You can hook yourself up with a monthly subscription for $44 plus + shipping (varies based upon location). The Mini Monthly subscription is $24.99 + shipping. And, you can always grab a single box for $49 + shipping. [otw_shortcode_button href=”https://www.handmadehive.com/MONTHLY-SUBSCRIPTION-BOXES-s/158.htm” size=”tiny” icon_position=”left” shape=”square” color_class=”otw-pink” target=”_blank”]Get the box[/otw_shortcode_button]
oh, and don’t forget these coupons! Get 10% OFF: Get 10% off your first 3 months when you subscribe to the full size or mini box. Just enter HIVEFOR3 here when you checkout or Get $15 off: Get $15 bucks off your first box. Just enter SUMMERFUN here when you checkout.
AM I OBSESSED WITH HANDMADE HIVE?
Um, yeah! I have been lucky to try their “But First, Coffee” box, the “Down to Earth” box, their “Celebrate Summer” box and now this Survivor Box. Out of all the subscription boxes I’m lucky to try, this is definitely one I’m most fond of. I literally, use every single handmade product I’ve received. It’s a handmade love fest and I’m swooning.
Are you subscribing to Handmade Hive? If so, tell me which box (or product) was your fave! Happy Monday!
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