GlobeIn Fair Trade Artisan Subscription Box - The Wellness Box Review
I stumbled over GlobeIn by accident a few months back, and it immediately caught my interest! I've always been a bit fan of subscription boxes (after all, who doesn't like pleasant surprises in the post?). I also try to support fair trade to whatever extent I can, so when I saw that GlobeIn is a subscription service which delivers a box of gorgeous, handmade, fair trade products from artisans across the globe, of course I had to try it.
The GlobeIn Artisan box is $35/month (a little less if you pay for several boxes at once), which is a little more than I've paid for subscription boxes in the past. However, since we're talking about fair trade products, I felt it was well worth the higher cost. The shipping to most other is $15 (totally reasonable, in my opinion), except to Canada where it's $12.
The Wellness Box
The GlobeIn boxes are themed and previous boxes have had themes like Laundry, Entertain and Refresh. The September box was called the Wellness Box and featured 5 absolutely lovely products.
Handwoven Basket from Mexico
The handwoven basket is a staple of the GlobeIn box and included in every box. The baskets are handwoven by Mexican artisans from the Mixteca region and come in a range of colors and patterns. I got one with pink patterns in the Wellness box, and I just adore the strong color! The baskets are gorgeous and so well-made. They're also a great size to use for storage of various items, and to be honest I can't imagine I could ever get to many of these! Even if I did, I would just start passing them around to friends. They really are just lovely.
Blessing Bag from Ghana
These little bags are a gorgeous example of creativity meeting sustainability. They are made from recycled/upcycled plastic (the interior lining), recycled glass (the beads on the zipper) and beautifully dyed fabric (I am unsure if this is also upcycled or not). I'll be honest: I'm not sure why it's called a blessing bag or what it's intended to be used for (the information didn't say), but my mother laid claim to this one, and is now using it as a carrying case for toiletries. It appears to be great quality, and as you can see it's gorgeous and colorful!
Baobab Powder from Benin
I'd never heard fo baobab before I recieved this box, but I have since learned that it is a tree whose fruit contains a range of nutrients and, from what I understand, is particularly high in Vitamin C. Because of this, it has recently become popular as a powder supplement that can be used in cooking, smoothies and other things. I tried mixing baobab powder into a simple yoghurt and banana smoothie, and it added a difficult to place but pleasant, tanginess to the taste. I'm not sure if it's something I'd buy on it's own, but it was certainly fun to try!
Eye Pillow from Peru
This eye pillow from Peru features a beautiful fabric, which has been dyed with natural dyes and then had geometric shapes painted on it. It is filled, at least partially, with lavendar and smells amazing! It is definitely a great way to add some extra luxury to an afternoon nap.
$5 Watsi.org Gift Card
For the Wellness box, GlobeIn co-operated with Watsi.org, a non-profit that fund medical procedures for people in poor countries. 50% of the profits from the box was donated to Watsi, and in addition each subscriber recieved a $5 Watsi.org gift card which could be redeemed as a donation to any patient's fund. A nice gesture, indeed.
Overall, I was very happy with my first GlobeIn box! The products were gorgeous, high-quality and useful. I really look forward to next month's box, the Cozy Box.
Apart from the products listed above, the box also contained a little pamphlet with information about the products and the artisans who made them. A really nice touch which added some depth to the experience! If you are a fan of fair trade and beautiful handmade products, I hope you will consider subscribing!