For several years, I’ve been a casual user of essential oils without really thinking about it. I use peppermint oil to help with migraines, tea tree for skin issues, and a couple roll-on blends that I got as gifts. A co-worker of mine gave me some of her handmade soap, my sister-in-law is a Young Living representative, and from the shelves of my favourite lifestyle stores to the feeds of my social media, I feel like in the last couple years I have been surrounded by those little bottles… and I am intrigued.
But boy, is it an overwhelming world to delve into.
Simply Earth reached out to me a few weeks ago, asking if I would be interested in their “Essential Oil Recipe Box”, a monthly subscription service that includes four full-size essential oils, along with extras (such as carrier oils, containers, and dried flowers) to make the six recipes they provide, following a monthly theme.
I almost always turn down offers for free products in exchange for reviews, because I do try to keep my blog and my posts as authentic as I possibly can. Due to the (almost uncanny) timing on the part of the lovely people at Simply Earth, I decided to give it a shot because I am very interested in the many uses of essential oils but just don’t know where to begin.
I received the June Recipe Box, as well as the “Big Bonus Box” which is the starter kit. When you subscribe to the monthly subscription, you get the Bonus Box free with your first box and every six months after that!
June Recipe Box
The theme of the June 2019 box is “Summer”, and if you know me, you know that summer is my least favourite season so anything I can get to make it more bearable is very exciting!
The four oils contained in the June box are:
- Grapefruit: Called the forbidden fruit of Barbados by Griffith Hughes, grapefruit was discovered to be growing in Jamaica in 1789. Since then, grapefruit has been found to have so many benefits–from clearing skin to rejuvenating dull hair. Grapefruit is also known for to uplift, energize, and support ($9.99 USD)
- Head Soothing: Tension that turns into head and neck discomfort? Ain’t nobody got time for that! Let our Head Soothing Essential Oil Blend help to ease that discomfort. ($17.99 USD)
- Anise Star: Anise Star Essential Oil is distilled from fully ripened star-shaped fruits. It is best known for its pain relieving properties as well as its ability to support the respiratory system. (12.99 USD)
- Palmarosa: Often used as an adulteration of rose oil because of its similar aroma at a much lower price, Palmarosa offers a variety of benefits for the skin and emotional well being. ($11.99 USD)
The extras are:
- Aloe Vera: Looking for ways to stay cool and soothe your skin from the harsh sunlight? Aloe Vera is widely known to help soothe sunburns and heal wounds. It can also help keep produce fresh and relieve heartburn. ($5 USD)
- Aluminum fine mist bottle: These aluminium spray bottles will work well with any liquid. The nozzle fits the bottle perfectly, preventing leaks, and produces a great spray. ($9.99 USD)
- Dried Hibiscus Flowers: Dried Hibiscus Leaves are said to help heal wounds. Its tea reduces high blood pressure. This goes really well in bath products as it could help fight bacteria. ($4 USD)
- Stickers (for labelling) 🙂
When I opened the bottle of Anise Star oil, it was as if a black jellybean jumped up and hit me in the face. On the website it says you get an Aniseed oil, so I’m not sure if Aniseed and Anise Star are the same or if there was a typo, so just a heads up there! The Head Soothing blend is the product I am most excited about because as a migraine sufferer of over twenty years, anything that might help is a big HECK YES for me! I wanted to use this oil before anything else (check out the recipe later in this post!) and I’m also thinking about adding a couple drops to the bean bags I keep in the freezer for migraine attacks to see if that helps!
The Big Bonus Box includes lots of goodies, including:
- Almond oil: Almond Oil is like Goldilocks’ porridge: it’s just right. It isn’t too oily, but still moisturizes. It nourishes, but doesn’t clog pores. It is full of vitamins A, B, and E, promotes healthy skin, and can have a lasting effect on your hair and nails, too! What can’t sweet almond do? ($7.99 USD)
- Coconut oil: People have fallen head over heels for coconut oil and for its amazing effect on the skin. It nourishes and softens discoloration on the skin, and can also be a highly effective makeup remover, hair mask, and shaving lotion. The uses go on and on. (Not listed for individual sale)
- Fractionated coconut oil: (liquid form of above) ($7.99 USD)
- Beeswax: (Not listed for individual sale)
- Roll-on bottles: Amber glass is best for storing essential oils because it’s great at preserving essential oil properties. This high-quality, durable amber glass bottle will be perfect to make your own ready-to-use essential oil creations. ($0.99 each USD)
- 5 mL oil bottles: Ready to start making your own essential oil blends? These durable amber glass bottles are perfect for making your own essential oil creations. ($0.99 USD)
Something that is really cool about this service is that you aren’t just getting a bunch of stuff like with many other subscription boxes, but (in addition to the actual products) you also get six recipe cards, providing an activity for you (and your family, if you want to share)! One thing that I found really overwhelming when looking into essential oils is the whole… what do you do with them? Aside from dropping some into diffusers or massaging them into my temples, it was always a big question mark. The recipe box gives you a manageable number of oils with instructions on different ways you can combine them to make usable products. However, you don’t have to use all the recipes, or any of them! If you’re not a total newbie in the EO world like I am, you can easily freestyle and use the oils for whatever you want. I think I’m going to try and make a candle with the beeswax and I want to make my own fancy cuticle oil concoction, but I have to research the oils I’ll need first!
One minor drawback I’ve found is that not all ingredients for the recipes are included. Products like distilled water and epsom salt are required to make some of the items, but it’s assumed that these are things that are easily and affordably acquired if not already owned.
To test out one of the recipes I went with one that didn’t require other ingredients or supplies, which is a “Travel Buddy Roll On”. I actually just got back from a weekend in California and definitely wish I had gotten this box before I left so I could have tried it out! It was super easy to make and follow the recipe card, but if video tutorials are more your speed, they post those as well! Here’s the one for the roll-on:
It was easy and even though I’m not crazy about the smell of Anise Star on its own, I actually really like the combination with the Head Soothing blend! I’ve tucked the roller ball into my work bag and it makes a nice, soothing alternative to perfume.
Now the nitty gritty. I have a history of being disappointed with subscription services (some of my most popular posts are regarding why I unsubscribed to them) and so I deliver this information with the full disclosure that I received these products free of charge but I will give the information to the best of my ability, considering my bias.
How much: $39 USD per month (approximately $53 CAD) with a value of $150 (about $203 CAD).
USA shipping: Free shipping for subscription boxes and all orders over $29 USD to anywhere in the USA. $5.95 USD for orders under $29.
Canadian shipping (all prices listed in USD): $15.99 for orders under $29.99, $9.99 for orders over $30 (including subscription boxes), and free shipping for orders over $100.
How often: A monthly subscription with a new box each month (price listed above), or a quarterly subscription with a new box every three months ($45 USD/ $60 CAD) every three months. You can also skip boxes or change subscription model in your account settings.
I am really pleased with my Simply Earth experience. If you are interested in essential oils but feeling overwhelmed like me, (trying to figure out what carrier oils and blends are and why the bottles need to be brown and what makes some oils higher quality than others, etc., etc.) I encourage you to look into SE.
I love how authentic the company seems, with more of a homemade, farmers market vibe and none of the icky feelings that come with the MLM situations surrounding other essential oil companies I’ve looked into. You can read details about the humble beginnings of the brand HERE and even though they’ve grown, you still feel the connection with the people behind it. Best of all, 13% of their profits go towards the prevention of human trafficking and I think it speaks volumes that they aim to give back to the worldwide community. For more information, you can check out the page called “Our Cause” on their website, or click HERE.
If you are interested in subscribing to the recipe box, you can use my code: EHDREEAHNAHFREE and will receive a $40 gift card to be used towards future purchases or the next month’s box! The June box I received is now available and individual items are also listed on the website if you aren’t sure about the recipe box. (I don’t receive anything if you use this code, SE just provided me with the offer for my readers to get a little bonus if they choose to subscribe!)
Regardless of your desire to purchase anything, definitely check out the Simply Earth website for an abundance of free content, including an essential oil beginners guide eBook, their blog where you can find recipes from past boxes, a comparison guide that lists the blends from DoTerra and Young Living with their Simply Earth equivalent. It’s definitely worth perusing!
Disclaimer: I received the Simply Earth June Recipe Box and the Bonus Box in exchange for an honest review. I was given no monetary compensation to write this post but have been an assigned an affiliate link. If you choose to click any (like THIS ONE) I will receive store credit only if the visit results in a purchase. If you have any questions regarding my experience with SE, please let me know and I’ll be happy to answer them as best as I can!
Thanks so much for reading this post and I hope you have a great day!