Subscription boxes are all the rage lately, so when we heard about one that was yoga-specific we couldn’t resist our curiosity. If you’re not familiar with what we’re talking about, a subscription box is basically a box of goodies delivered to your door every month like a little package of Christmas cheer, except you pay for it and Santa looks an awful lot like your mail carrier. Perhaps you’ve heard of Birchbox, the pioneering beauty subscription box, or Vegan Cuts, delivering our favorite vegan food and beauty boxes, or one of the multiple, and super handy, female product subscription box services like The Period Store or Cora.
For our first introduction to the yoga subscription box world, we tried out Yogi Surprise, their tagline “A yoga inspired monthly delivery designed to complement your active lifestyle of vitality and growth. It’s like a retreat in a box!” We received our first retreat from their very first shipment delivered in early October, which was full of interesting items we shall run through individually below. (Full disclosure: The Yoga Surprise box will run you $44.95 a month with free shipping. Our delivery was complementary. Here’s our completely honest and uninfluenced review with the help of YD team member, Alejandra.)
So what was in the box?
1. Buddha Nose Awaken Yoga Mat Spray (2 oz): This stuff is cool. Though the peppermint/eucalyptus/rosemary combo might be too pungent for some, we enjoyed the freshness of the scent and love that it’s natural and gentle enough to use as a body spray, too. It’s more a deodorizing spray than a mat cleaner.
Organic Tea Medley: Tea is always welcome in the YD house. Seven different flavors caf and decaf arrived in their own fully compostable tea bags and packaging. Bonus: The Teatulia Cooperative supports sustainable living for Bangladeshi families through education and other initiatives.
Also, the tea is delicious. As YD team member Alejandra put it:
“The peppermint tea was good. In fact, it was so good that I wanted another cup and I could have one because each teabag can be brewed twice. All teas are placed in corn silk teabags that are compostable. Great! If you are one who hates it when herbs permeate the teabags and float around the water-get over it. Its better for our planet!”
Organic Cotton Towel: These towels advocate for reusability offering an alternative to paper towels, which are used and thrown away way too much in this world. Organic cotton and eco-friendly dyes give the towel a new twist on the old traveling hanky idea.
PittaBar: Tasty snack bar based in Ayurveda principles. Is it for pitta people? Or for balancing pitta doshas? We’re not sure, but the scent of turmeric complemented the coconut and ginger, the raisins were great sweeteners and the sunflower seeds added a nice nutty touch. Note: while the bar is vegetarian it is NOT vegan.
“I am not one who enjoys bars because they are usually awfully sweet but this bar is an exception. It has the perfect amount of maple syrup and raisins that offer a nice and subtle sweetness. The turmeric, ginger and coconut contrast perfectly with the sweetness and give it a little aroma that you can smell and taste. The sunflower seeds are small and soft which is great because I hate eating things that hurt my gums and teeth. Who doesn’t? But vegans BEWARE! While the bar is full of great organic ingredients, it has ghee (or clarified butter) common to Indian food and Ayurveda.” – Alejandra
5. Big Dipper Wax Works
Beeswax Aromatherapy Tin: This was a lovely smelling candle with warming notes of cedarwood and balsam. We just wish it filled the room with the scent when the candle was lit.
6. Emmy’s Organics
Dark Cacao Macaroons: Yum. We were already a fan of this brand, and of macaroons, so receiving a little pack of three was a delight, and almost not enough for us to share. Almost.
7. Rooted Beauty
Raspberry Citrus Facial Wipes: The positives: they smell great, they’re handy, proceeds benefit Woman2Woman Project. The not so positives: although biodegradable, they’re still wasteful and are in direct conflict with the PeopleTowels reusable towel we received in the very same box.
The pros: It’s so fun receiving these goodies every month in the mail (see: monthly Christmas cheer) and it’s actually pretty nice to discover new products whether they’re yummy edible treats or useful items for your daily life and/or practice. (Note: you can send tea and vegan treats to YD any day of the month. Please and thank you.) We appreciated that the products were all natural and/or organic and a few were dedicated to the sustainability of our earth and of the people living on it.
The cons: First of all, the price. It’s a bit steep even for the size and quantity of products that you may not have purchased or needed otherwise (we added all the items separately and the sum was approx. $40, though this may not be reflective of every month). If you find you don’t like some of the products, be sure to give them to a friend or they’ll just keep piling up and go to waste. Vegans beware. The items are all vegetarian, but it does not mean they are vegan – check the ingredients of everything before enjoying. We appreciated the items in the box but they’re not necessarily yoga-specific or exclusive of being a yogi. Additionally, the choice of the PeopleTowels Organic Cotton Towel with the Rooted Beauty Raspberry Citrus Facial Wipes seemed ironic and strange to us. One encourages reusing while the other is disposable.
Bottom Line: We have to say, $45 is a lot to spend every month ($540/year) on a box of yoga-ish products, but if you want to treat yourself, or someone else, we can’t deny the delight in receiving a package of positively charged, healthy products, many of which give back in some way. If not for yourself, it would make a nice gift for someone on your list.
In the November box: Hurraw! Vata Balm, Valentina’s Home Brewed Sunny Outlook Natural Body Mist, Golden Earth Chakra Wellness Oil, Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant, Sencha Green Tea Mnts, Lush Nuts, Earthling Organics Cacao Bar, Valentina’s Home Brewed Psychic Detox Bath Salts.