Treat Trove Winter box 2017 review

 

The ladies of The Treat Trove have really outdone themselves this year. I can no longer afford a monthly box and so I treat myself at Christmas and this box definitely doesn’t disappoint. For those of you that have never heard of The Treat Trove, they are a small business that sells lots of handmade goodies, mainly pertaining to reusable menstrual products such as cloth pads or menstrual cups. However, they also have monthly boxes or comfort boxes. Ones that include these reusables or if you just want to treat yourself to something special. The monthly boxes are £19.95 and are full of products from small businesses that are handmade and unique. I recommend taking a proper look at their stuff and make sure to check often as they update their stock. The website is: http://thetreattrove.co.uk/

This box that I am reviewing cost me around £30. I can’t remember exact pricing as I ordered back in September. The first thing that jumped out at me was the reusable heat/cooling bag. I’ve been meaning to get a few of these so this was perfect timing. It doesn’t smell which is a big bonus for me as strong scents set off my migraines. I’m also pretty certain that this was a substitute item, as I specified in my order that I had certain allergies and mentioned the scents. Thank you, ladies of Treat Trove, for the effort! The wheat bag appears to come from a company called ‘Heads Up’ but it doesn’t have any links on the label. If I find out where you can get there I will add it here.

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The next thing I picked out was an adorable either crocheted or knitted basket. At first, I thought it was a very small and stiff hat and was a bit lost but once I read the label I was very happy. I’m wanting to start up a bit of a hobby area and this will be perfect to hold all the random little bits and pieces that always go missing. Its small and malleable, love it! If you’re interested in one for yourself then go to: www.facebook.com/ditsypips. I remember this company from a previous box, so I had a nosy at the page myself and it looks as though she offers crochet lessons! I wish I lived nearby to take advantage of those as I am in dire need of an advisor, as my readers will know as I shared my progress a while ago. I haven’t improved. Anyways, give her a look!

The next item is from a supplier I have heard of before JJ Jiraffe. A set of super soft face wipes that are great for taking off make up. I have a set of these already, in a different fabric. I don’t wear makeup so at first, I wasn’t sure what I would use them for, but they have completely replaced cotton balls. I use a facial cleanser, and these are perfect for that. I will save one as a nail varnish remover as I don’t wear the stuff often, but it would be handy for that. Honestly, a great purchase for anyone wanting to reduce their waste. The wipes are exclusive to The Treat Trove so keep an eye on their website (listed at start of this post) but, she also offers other products so go check out her group at: https://www.facebook.com/JJ.Jiraffe/

A glint of yellow caught my eye and I found a lovely citrine bracelet in a bag. I’m trying to get back into accessorising, so this is a great Christmas treat. I’m not a big believer in the healing properties of stones but with my health being so up and down, I’m happy to have all the help I can get. Even though it wasn’t intentional, the properties of this stone are said to help with digestive issues and an unsettled mind. You ladies are perfect! With the number of deadlines, I have at the minute, this thing is not going to leave my wrist. The maker is Wild Feather and she has an etsy store here: https://www.etsystudio.com/shop/WildFeatherCreations/ and it looks as though she sells other items such as embroidered products so go and take a look. I can’t see a Facebook group, so I assume she works solely through this store.

There is also a small glass magnet that admittedly, I won’t have much use for. It is beautifully made and a great quality but it’s a bit small for my house. The place I put magnets is my radiator and if my dogs can easier swallow the magnet, it goes in a draw, so they don’t choke. Just because I won’t be able to display this as it should be doesn’t mean it’s not a lovely addition to the box and I definitely recommend looking at the wares of Rainbow Lux Glass at https://rainbowluxglass.co.uk/ I’ve had a glance over what else is available and the items are stunning. However, the owner is on maternity leave until 2018 so no orders until then. Congratulations to her and good luck!

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The final little extra is from one of my favourite small businesses. I have received a few items through the treat trove boxes and have loved them all. Cinnamon Designs have included a little hanging ornament. Mine is shaped like a Christmas pudding and will soon be on my Christmas tree. Always happy to see items from Cinnamon Designs, very well made and always something different. Check her out on etsy at: https://www.etsy.com/uk/people/cinnamondesigns2 and on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/cinnamondesigns2/

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That’s everything non-cloth pad related, other than a bar of chocolate. The only edible item in the box which I am very happy about. Last year there were more edibles, but I prefer getting the other items to food products just because I’m so picky. This chocolate bar is by Cocoa Tabby, and is made in Derbyshire. I love a good fruit and nut bar so I can’t wait to break this open, likely when I’m on my own, so nobody can steal it from me. It has a full list of ingredients on the back so very helpful for allergy sufferers. Check them out at https://www.cocoatabby.co.uk/ and it looks like they take part in fairs and markets so keep your eyes peeled for those.

Finally, onto the cloth pads! I hesitated on adding these as I no longer have periods whilst I’m on this pill, but when I come off it I’ll have these to look forward to (and agonizing cramps). The first pad is by Muff Fluff who I have a couple of liners from and really like the quality of them. They are great quality pads and the topper is stunning. The back is a thicker fleece then I would normally wear but will work perfectly fine for the days I want to feel more secure. Sometimes I doubt my thinner pads can hold up to the challenge, they manage but the doubt does win out occasionally. Her Facebook group is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1141753795848931/ and she has a great selection of pads. I love the straight corners, I don’t always like the full curve and want something a bit different.

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The second pad is by one of the loveliest people ever. Moongazy Cloth is run by Karen who was one of the people that helped me when I first began my journey into the cloth world. She has a fantastic range of toppers and her pads are stunning. I really wish I could go crazy and buy a full stock of her pads but with no periods, I can’t justify it at the minute. One day! As I said her toppers are stunning and this one is no exception, the quality is perfect, and the shape is not fully curved, so again I love it. Very thin pads so I would be happy to wear it when I’m out and about, but not on my heaviest of days, the fluffier the better on those days for me. Please check her out at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/moongazycloth/ there is a waiting list here for custom made pads so you can choose your own length, topper, and absorbency.

This is by far the best box I’ve had from The Treat Trove. I know my review sounds like I’m easy to please but I’ve always been honest with what I’ve said, and this box really has just made me happy. The items were all sweet, practical, and considerate. The pads are from two amazing makers. What’s not to love about this box?! Honestly a great treat that I needed after the past term of University, if only they had a second box that I could order for after exams. Might just go ahead and do that after Christmas.

I hope everyone has a fantastic and safe Christmas and New Year. Even if you don’t celebrate these holidays, I hope you relax and treat yourselves to some lovely goodies. There are some great ones in this review.

Merry Christmas!

Charlotte x

PS. Once again, sorry for the terrible photos!

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My Days winter box 2016 review

Unfortunately, the lady who runs the My Days boxes has decided to stop selling them, if you head over to the Facebook page she has some great closing down sales that I believe will be happening through the next few months to use up the last of her stocks. The page is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MyDaysMonthly/

I had ordered myself the Christmas box back in September so I’m afraid I can’t remember exactly how much I paid for it but it was around £30 because I included a pad as an extra treat. I was very happy with this box and was very happy to see a personal note explaining that substitutions have been made for me as I can’t have bath products. Makes you feel like the organisers actually care about you, and it wasn’t only the bath products but my intolerance to onion and garlic that was taken into consideration, she checked all the products (as its often in crisps), which is great customer services!img_1876

On to the items in the box, I’ll start with the cloth pad as I haven’t had one from this box before. Tanzi (the owner) has a monthly order from Luna Chick and I must say, I’m impressed. The quality of the pad is amazing and it’s my first Christmas themed pad! Super excited over that, really wish I had ordered the scrundies to go with it as they look brilliant. This maker does a range of products, including clothing for women and children. If you interested, then take a look at hew Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/LunaChickUK/ or her etsy store here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LunaChickUK?ref=search_shop_redirect

Staying on the theme of reusable products, I also received a Toggle Wheat bag from Ancient Wisdom. I love the idea of this bag but I found the smell a little off. I love lavender as a scent but this doesn’t really appeal to me as it smells a bit stale, I think that’s the best way to describe it. The quality of the bag is fantastic and I am thinking that I may just repack it with some fresh wheat and lavender. I have had products from this company before and they haven’t really impressed me. It’s closed with Velcro so it won’t be a problem to undo and use fresh after a wash. A great idea but I wouldn’t buy from Ancient Wisdom. There site is www.Ancient-Wisdom.info but I don’t think you can purchase here, they may only do bulk orders.

Sticking with fabric based products, there is a really adorable crocheted star ornament for the Christmas tree. I think its brilliant and a nice addition to the box. I’m not sure who the supplier is as it doesn’t have a label but if I find out I will add it here: I admit, I’m jealous of their crochet skills, mine have not improved much, should really practice more.

Ok, pamper goodies are next. The first of which is a Juicy Burst facemask It’s a paraben free mask from ooh-arr that sounds fantastic, will definitely be using it on my next pamper day. I will be taking it back to University with me as sometimes I really need a pamper when I’m there. For more information as well as how to purchase, there website is: http://www.ooh-arr.com/

The second pamper item is a nail brush, I’ll be honest and say I have no idea how to use one of these. I have seen them before and it looks like it’s a good quality, but I may need to google how to use it. Both of these pamper items were my replacement items, the initial pamper goody was a bath bomb, but I only have a shower.

There were a few scented items in the box like I handmade soap which was really nice, just a bit too strong for me and so it has been given to a friend, along with the Ancient Wisdom scented granules. They were pine scented and a little too sweet for my delicate nose. Great additions but better in the hands of my friend, sorted my stocking filler gifts out though!

Next we have the drinks. There is the usual Lichfields hot chocolate which I love. Honestly can’t recommend this brand of hot chocolate enough, the box is worth it just for this. I don’t have a link but I know it can be found on amazon. Also two different teas, we have our Pukka which is wild apple and cinnamon which I am saving to have on Christmas morning as I actually like apple tea so it’ll be a treat. The other tea is a Hampstead Organic Peppermint tea. Now with all my nausea and stomach problems recently, I am super happy to have this as I’ve been wanting to see if it helps settle my stomach but I didn’t want to buy a box in case it was wasted. I know I’m not a big fan of the taste but it’s worth it if it settles my tummy so thank you Tanzi! There is also a Peppermint Chai Latte, I’m a bit weary of it as it sounds good but I don’t particularly enjoy Chai, I’m actually saving this for Christmas as well as we have my brother and sister-in-law coming round so we can all try it together.img_1879

Next is the all important treats. We have two different bars of chocolate, the first being by AngeliQ which I haven’t seen before. It’s a 70% dark chocolate made of Peruvian cocoa which sounds fancy, it is an Orange and Cranberry flavour and is really nicely packaged. I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a fan of orange chocolate and so this is likely to go in my dad’s belly but I have tried it and wow is it dark. You can really taste the orange coming through and its not bad for dark chocolate, I can’t taste any cranberry though. If you like dark or orange chocolate, then I really recommend as even I wasn’t put off by the flavour and I’m fussy. The website is: http://www.iqchoc.com/ I’m impressed with their options and they are gluten, dairy, nuts, and soya free, they are also vegan. Very impressive, the website tells you which stores stock their chocolate near you and allows you to buy online. I’m going to order a few flavours in future I think, once my current stash is reduced a bit. On to chocolate bar number two, it is a Divine bar which I have heard off, and its Dark Chocolate with Cranberries and Hazelnuts, very festive. Again, very dark but the bitterness of the chocolate is reduced with the cranberries. I’m trying to eat darker chocolate as its healthier but not doing very well so far. This is good though, I ate an entire piece without pulling a face. I was a little sad that the bottom corner of the bar was slightly damaged but it didn’t affect the bar itself and this box is so full that I’m shocked that more things weren’t damaged! That is a compliment, not a criticism! Can’t believe how much was in this box!

There was a third chocolate item but this was in coin form. That right, 70% Dark Chocolate coins that are also from Divine. My only downside to this brand is that they aren’t gluten free. I’m not coeliac or gluten intolerant but a lot of my friends are and It would have been nice to share it, guess that just means more for me. The website for these is: www.divinechocolate.com if I’m honest, if it wasn’t for the fact I like the cranberry taste, I would say go to the IQ chocolate website that’s above instead, better quality and allergy awareness from what I can tell.

The final food item is a Perk!er Quinoa bar, it is Goji and Cranberry flavour, which if you can’t tell, I love cranberries. I had it on my break at work today and it was nice. Not my favourite health snack bar but I would buy more of them if I saw them. I’m not a large quinoa fan so that might be why I wasn’t blown away but, it had great flavour and it is gluten, wheat and dairy free as well as being vegan. If your any of these things and struggle to find snacks, then I recommend trying this. The website is: www.perkier.co.uk I would be quite interested in trying their porridge range, might be a healthier alternative for breakfast.

The final two items were the usual tealight candle, in a lovely orange scent which I’m happy with and a reusable facecloth, not as soft as the first one I received but it has baubles on it! I love it!

Thank you for reading, and buy these boxes fast before they stop being available! I’m sorry to see My Days closing as it’s been a great way to try new things. Yes, some of the things have not suited me, but I have found a lot of snacks that I now actively look for when I’m shopping, all tanks to the wonderful Tanzi. Sorry to see you go!

(Sorry there aren’t as many individual pictures, a few problems with my camera uploading)

Charlotte x

 

 

The Treat Trove, winter 2016 review

The Treat Trove Winter box review

Its been a while since I last had a Treat Trove box but I couldn’t resist treating myself to the Winter special. It’s a decision I don’t regret in the slightest. I received it when I came home this weekend from University so it was nice to have a treat waiting for me. The box costs £24.95 and they have a variety of items and boxes available on their website: http://thetreattrove.co.uk/ There are treat boxes available that don’t include reusable menstrual pads for those of you that just want a pamper. They also have menstrual cups available if your interested in trying them out. Everything in the box is from the UK and the company help support small local businesses. I believe they deliver worldwide, but if you have any questions then you can ask them in their Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thetreattrove/

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As for this box, I’ll start with the pads. One was from Red Queen Cloth, I have one of her pads already and its really comfy. This is my first Sherpa pad which is exciting, its not as fluffy as I imagined it to be. I expected it to feel a bit more like a minky pad but its closer to a soft towel, very excited to try it out. If you’re interested in Red Queen Cloth pads then here is the link to her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RedQueenCloth/?fref=ts I really recommend these pads, very good quality.img_1907

The second pad is from Cheecolicious Eco Wear. I haven’t tried any of her pads before but I love the shape and the material is perfect! I was told it was Jersey, I assume it’s a wicking jersey because it feels great, can’t wait to use it. The pad is made to a high standard and is really pretty. Please check out this maker at her website here: https://cheecolicious.com/ or her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cheecolicious/?fref=ts she’s a new maker to me but she has a great range of products that I’m sure you’ll love, including cloth nappies (diapers) and clothing.img_1906

Moving on to the goodies included, I was really happy to see a soap from the amazing Yorkshire Bath Boutique. I first discovered this company through Treat Trove and have since purchased a box of her products, there is a review on my blog here: https://charlieblogweb.wordpress.com/2016/07/16/yorkshire-bath-boutique-review/ I apologise about the lack of images, they were unfortunately deleted. The soap included in this box was a Gingerbread scent, which admittedly is not my favourite, I love gingerbread but the smell is a little sickly for me so this soap will be gifted to a friend. I love her products, she has a massive range of scents available as well as a large range of products. I ordered months ago, and I’m still using the things I purchased over the summer. They last forever! Really good value and great customer service. The link for her Facebook page is here: https://www.facebook.com/yorkshirebathboutique/?fref=ts and her website is: http://www.yorkshirebathboutique.co.uk/store/

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There was a really pretty headband included which is in a gorgeous red. It is made by Ditsy Pips, who I haven’t head of before but from what I can tell she makes some great quality products. The headband is really comfortable and will be perfect for when I’m trying to keep my hair out of my face when its been straightened. Her Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/ditsypips/?fref=ts and she has her own etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/DitsyPips These products would make some great stocking fillers or even early birthday ideas.img_1896

There were two different chocolate treats, both with their own Christmas themed decoration on top. One a snowman, the other a reindeer. Unfortunately, neither of these have labels to show where they have come from. The reindeer is packaged really neatly with a pretty ribbon and a Merry Christmas tag. If I find where they came from I will add the link here:img_1900

Also a really nice nail polish. I believe they are from a company called, Freckles Polish, all of the shades oare handmade and I’m really impressed with it. The link for the Facebook group is: https://www.facebook.com/frecklespolish/. The boxes all had different shades, mine was a sparkly pink which isn’t my colour usually but its really pretty. I can’t paint my nails as I work in a hospital and its against policy but I used it on my toenails and really like it. Its smooth and easy to use and hasn’t cracked.img_1902

There was a really cute Christmas tree ornament that is shaped like a Christmas pudding. Again, the boxes all had a different shape but all Christmas themed. Its really good quality and will look perfect on the tree when we finally put it up. Again, nothing to show who the supplier is, but they’re really nice so again I’ll try and add the store here:img_1897

The second I opened this box I could smell peppermint and I traced it back to the Butterfly scents wax melt. I have seen a lot of people talking about this brand before and I have had one in the past that I used straight away, I can’t remember which scent I had but it lasted awhile. Its quite a strong scent and I might just use it as a room freshener rather than a wax melt. Please check out the Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/butterflyscentswaxmelts/?fref=ts she makes a massive range of scents and I believe she makes candles as well as the melts. I’ve heard a lot of good reviews and it’s packaged nicely with a little glitter in the melt as well, so again, a good stocking filler or gift idea.img_1899

The final product is another of the Alfie Isaac wish bracelets that I have received in a previous box. I love the idea and the charms are cute but I still say that the string used to tie them is far too stiff and doesn’t feel comfortable. The idea is that you tie it on and make a wish and when the string wears through your wish comes true, unfortunately I find the string too slippery and it comes loose, or too stiff and its uncomfortable. Would prefer just a normal thread. The packaging is gorgeous though and they are really cute ideas so if its something that appeals to you then the link is: www.etsy.com/shop/alfieisaacimg_1905

Thank you for reading! Still more reviews to come before Christmas so keep a look out!

Charlotte x

June Treat Trove Period box

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Sorry for the late review, I actually received this box early last week and just haven’t had a chance to sit down and type this up. This is a review of the monthly subscription box that I have been getting since April. The Treat Trove is a UK based company and do a range of boxes and products on their website: http://thetreattrove.co.uk/

They have a selection of different boxes the majority of which include reusable cloth menstrual pads. It’s perfect for someone who is interested in trying them out but doesn’t know which brand or style they would prefer as it will provide a range of styles over time. They vary in prices usually around £18-30 depending on the box. I buy the Period box which is £24.95.

In this box I received two different cloth pads from two new makers. One was a Craft Mummy Makes pad which is I believe an bamboo velour pad so it’s extremely soft and was a gorgeous colour. Unfortunately its shape really doesn’t suit me, it’s far too wide at around 4” when closed and doesn’t fit in my undies at all. It’s very floppy and soft and I do love the material it’s just not for me.

The second pad is a Chubby Joes pad and is in a really nice Peace print. The size of it was a bit of a worry at first as it looks like it fastens quite wide, but because it’s not as floppy as the other pad it actually sits really nicely. It doesn’t move once it’s fastened and it[s a decent size so I really like it. https://www.facebook.com/chubbyjoescloth/

You also get a little interlabial pad which I haven’t actually tried yet. They’re supposed to be really good for people with heavy periods to stop the (sorry if this grosses you out) gushing. It’s a very soft material and I’ll use it on my heavier days to try out in the future, but it’s not been much of an issue for me so far.

On to the extra little goodies, you get a nice little mirror which easily fits into your handbag or purse. Mine has a nice anchor print on it which I like. I was actually looking to get myself one of these just before the box came so I’m happy I didn’t buy the one I saw in the shop. It’s cute and a nice touch.

This box didn’t come with many sweet items which I was quite sad about, you do get a nice chocolate lolly stick. It’s quite small and while very tasty, it didn’t really satisfy my monthly chocolate cravings. It was provided by Choco Loco and I do recommend you check them out because the chocolate was milky and lovely. These lollies would make a great little party bag addition.

Next in the box was a little wet bag, pouch, thing. It’s fairly small and would fit nicely into your handbag. It’s made of a wet bag, waterproof material so it would be great for people that go swimming and want to take some pads or make up but don’t want to risk them getting wet. It’s made by Holly Willow and it’s nicely made, neat stitching. My only down side to it is that I received a floral print, I really am not a floral girl so I will probably pass this on to a friend.

You get another wax melt which is different to the ones received in the previous boxes as it’s a bit larger and has a fun design. Mine is a Hot Pink Lime scent which does smell great. It’s a bit big for my melt holder so I’m going to have to break it down to use it. It’s made by Butterfly Scents who’s website is: http://butterflyscents.co.uk/

The final item is a Swirl soap from Knick Knacks Attic. Mine is a Passion Fruit swirl which does smell amazing. I’m not going to open this just yet though so I can’t comment on how it feels, I’m planning on taking it to university with me when I start back up in September. It’s my little treat for when I’m back to no cash. Their website is: http://www.knickknacksattic.co.uk/

So all in all it’s not been a bad box. I have to admit it isn’t my favourite box so far just because the pad doesn’t work for me and if I’m honest, the little extras just didn’t seem enough. I still recommend this box fully, especially to those just starting out with cloth or who want a treat. The items in this box are lovely and well made it just didn’t suit me personally. More chocolate or sweets or snack bars! The customer service for this company is amazing so if you have any questions then feel free to ask the ladies over on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thetreattrove/?fref=ts

Thanks for reading!

Charlotte x