When I found out that Simply Earth‘s Essential Oil Recipe Box theme for August was skincare, I was really excited. I have struggled with acne for over half my life and while my nine month course of Accutane back in 2016 (which you can read about HERE, if you wish!) significantly improved my skin, I do still get regular hormonal breakouts. After going through such a harsh treatment, I have been wary of what I use on my skin ever since, opting for products that are as natural and gentle as possible while still being effective. The August EO recipe box provides the recipes and supplies for a pretty thorough skincare routine, perfect for a Sunday self-care evening!
The August box is my third box from Simply Earth’s essential oil subscription service. Simply Earth is a family owned company that provides, in addition to their monthly subscription service, quality essential oils at fair prices. Each box includes four full-sized essential oils, six recipe cards, and a couple of bonus items to help make the recipes that follow a monthly theme.
The oils included in August’s box are:
- Clove: Used mainly as a spice, ancient cultures used Clove to treat a variety of ailments. Chinese medicine used Clove to combat bad breath, hernias, and bronchitis; others used it to relieve toothaches, aid digestion, alleviate childbirth pain, and eliminate intestinal parasites and athlete’s foot. ($8.99 USD).
- Rosemary: Rosemary is a popular herb that can be found in most pantries across the world, but its uses are not limited to the kitchen. Its essential oil can be used to simultaneously relieve sore and tight muscles and provide an uplifting and clearing effect on the mind. ($9.99 USD).
- Frankincense: Frankincense has been used throughout history, with its most notable appearances in the Bible and in ancient Egyptian history. Historically, Frankincense was used by ancient Egyptians for incense, treating wounds, and easing arthritis. In more recent times, Frankincense has been used in soaps, perfumes, and even in some pharmaceutical products. ($19.99 USD).
- Clear Skin: The essential oils in Clear Skin will help to balance skin and to reduce the appearance of redness, helping skin to look clear and healthy. ($19.99 USD).
(Descriptions are from Simply Earth’s website)
The extras are:
- Lavender Hydrosol.
- DIY compressed mask.
- Stickers (for labelling!).
Since this is my third box, I have been able to pick up a couple patterns that carry from month to month. Each box has a diffuser recipe: a combination of the enclosed oils to create a custom blend for diffusing and adding a light fragrance into the room! I use an old Saje diffuser to try the “Feel Good Morning Diffuser” recipe. It wasn’t my favourite in terms of home fragrance but I liked that it set the mood, if you will, for the spa-like theme of the rest of the recipes!
Another type of recipe that has appeared from month to month is a roll-on, using the roller ball bottles included in the Bonus Box (which comes free with your first month’s box! You can see my unboxing HERE.). They are easy recipes to make and use and this month’s roll-on has been my favourite so far! The “Clear Skin Roll-On” is a DIY spot treatment using the Simply Earth “Clear Skin” blend. This has quickly become my favourite Simply Earth recipe so far and was one of the few products I brought camping with me this week! It checks all of my boxes for a spot treatment: light, effective, residue-free, and with a healthy helping of tea tree oil! Simply Earth actually sells the “Clear Skin Roll-On” individually HERE, if you’re just interested in picking that up!
The next recipe in the August Box that I tried was the “Frankincense Face Scrub”. I really like that each recipe in this box, (with the exception of the diffuser blend) is numbered so you know what order to apply them, as that’s something I always find confusing when it comes to skincare! I am a sucker for a good face scrub and this one did not disappoint. It required a couple ingredients not included in the recipe box or the bonus box but they were all things already in my kitchen. I use raw honey so it had a bit of a different texture than the one in the Simply Earth spoiler video but I found the result to still be effective and enjoyable to use! It had the perfect grittiness for a scrub without being too abrasive and the Frankincense oil adds an extra level beyond just the physical scrub. I’m a big fan!
I definitely think this box is the best value of all the Simply Earth Recipe Boxes I’ve received so far! Just the Frankincense and Clear Skin Blend alone make up for more than the cost of the box! I especially like this box because it is all recipes I will use multiple times. The price makes sense especially if you consider how much it would cost for similar skincare products from Sephora, Lush, or the local drugstore and that you can keep the recipes and make your own refills and will know exactly what is going into your beauty products.
If you are interested in essential oils but have no idea where to begin, I definitely recommend checking out the Simply Earth Recipe Box. Even if you’re not sure about the box itself, their website has a lot of really helpful resources and information on the products they sell individually as well. Simply Earth also donates 13% of their proceeds to human trafficking causes, so not only does your purchase help in bringing more natural products into your home, but you are simultaneously doing good for the worldwide community.
The subscription itself costs $39 USD per month which works out to about $53 CAD, with a value of $150 (about $203 CAD). American customers get free shipping of the subscription boxes and Canadian shipping is an additional $9.99.
If you use the code EHDREEAHNAHFREE when you order your first box, you will receive a $40 USD gift card to use towards your next box or additional products found on their website!
If you’d like more information or just to see what was included in the previous boxes, all my Simply Earth Recipe Box posts can be found HERE!
Disclaimer: I received the Simply Earth August Recipe Box at no cost 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!
Thank you for reading this post and happy August!