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!

My Days pamper box, July Box

I didn’t think I’d get the chance to write this review today as I’m going to see the new Star Trek film but it turns out that I’m going this evening and not the mid-day viewing so I have time to spare. Still can’t wait to see the film though!

So today I received my lovely July Pamper box from My Days. This is my second box from them and I have to say I’m not disappointed. Before I’d even opened the lid I could smell the goodies inside which made it all the more exciting. It comes really neatly packed and I swear the card is different than the one last month, shinier, but I can’t find the other one to compare. Maybe I’m imagining things, but it’s a really cute design anyways.

The first thing I picked up were the crisps that were sitting on the top. My mum will be sad to hear she didn’t get another pack of the lentil crisps (but not to fear I found some at a health food shop on my travels) instead I received, Pipers Crisp Co. Anglesey Sea Salt crisps! The website for them is www.piperscrisps.com and they are delicious. Very lightly salted and crispy and oh so yummy. I definitely prefer then to yucky lentil crisps, no offence to you lentil crisp ladies and gents! I don’t really eat a lot of crisps and so I can’t stop munching on these as I’m typing. My keyboard is going to be covered in salty finger prints but it’s worth it! Great addition to the box.

Next we have another sachet of hot chocolate, I received one of these in the previous box but it had leaked so I didn’t get to experience it in all its chocolaty glory. This month will be different, it’s a really creamy instant chocolate which is hard to find. I’m really happy to get another sachet and will treasure it until my cravings for chocolate start again. It’s a Fairtrade product by Lichfields but once again I can’t find a direct website for them so I’ll just tell you to find them on amazon because I’ve seen them available there before. I’ll be stocking up when it comes to the colder months.

Now onto the teas of the box. As I’m sure you’ve all realized by this point, I’m not a fruit tea drinker. In fact, anything other than English breakfast tea isn’t great to me. I do love trying them out though. I’m on a mission to find a healthy alternative to my usual tea. So far I’m unsuccessful. I’ll admit that the Dragonfly tea which is Indian Spice Chai does sound tempting. It is however an Organic Black Tea and I have a feeling it will be a bit too strong for me. I’ll save it for when my mum is around and that way if I don’t like it she can drink it. No I haven’t outgrown giving food and drink to my parents when I don’t like it, maybe I will when I’m 25 but for now they can have it! Anyways the website is www.dragonflyteas.com for those of you who are on the search for new teas to try and like Organic products.

The second tea is a Clipper tea and I’ve had one of these before and it was one of the nicer teas I’ve received, I wouldn’t buy it, but I managed to finish the whole cup. This one is a called ‘A bag of our Happy Mondays Infusion’ so maybe it’s something I can try after my shift on Monday? It smells quite citrusy which is a good start and I have to say I can’t wait to try this one out, could be a winner. There isn’t a website on the packaging but I have seen Clipper teas in health stores so they shouldn’t be too difficult to get hold of on your next shopping trip.

There’s a small tea light candle as well which is always a bit of a guessing game on what the scent and brand is. It smells very much like a berry in the box so I’m thinking blackberry. It smells great and I really wish I knew the brand so I could buy a box. I don’t use candles very often but this one isn’t overpowering and is really fresh smelling, would love to get some more.

There are also two handmade bars in this box. One is an Ylang Ylang and Orange Shampoo bar which smells a bit like I’ve walked into a Chinese herbal shop. It smells a little strange but quite fresh as well. I’ve read that Ylang Ylang is a flower that can be good as an antidepressant and relaxant, also an aphrodisiac which I don’t think I’ll be using it as. The orange is a little overpowered but there are still hints of it. I’m really cautious with what I use on my hair so I would have loved to know a bit more about what’s in this bar before I could use it. I might just use it as a hand soap instead.

The second hand product is a Dragonfruit soap. Unfortunately this is the one scent that I’m not a fan of. I find it a little too tangy for my tastes. The look of the bar is very pretty and I will be putting it by the sink in the bathroom so everyone can use it. Just not my personal favourite when it comes to scents. Prefer citrus or coconut if I’m honest. So love the look just not the smell.

Next up is the Ancient Wisdom, Dragons Blood gel scent and it looks amazing!  Again, the smell is a bit too strong for me and so I’ll probably be giving it to a friend, but I love the product itself. It’s packaged really nicely and gives good clear instructions and I really want to go take a look at the website. Usually strong scents as they are too overpowering for me and set off my migraines. I’m sad because I really like it and want to use them I just can’t, I might try popping them in a bowl as potpourri which I’ve just been advised by the lady who runs these boxes, Tanzi; that it might spread the scent a bit.  I initially thought this was a wax melt so apologise for any mix up. I really recommend taking a look at the site though because this pack will last for ages and if you like scented products then this is perfect for you! The site is https://www.ancientwisdom.biz/ and they do a massive range of products and so I might order a few candles instead.

On to another little snack. This one is a Ginger Teatox bar. I’m a little wary of this because I love ginger bars but the words Teatox are making me think Detox and Detox makes me think, shits. If this sends me to the crapper whilst watching Star Trek I will be very, very unhappy. So I have just nibbled a little bit from the top in the hopes of sampling the product without clearing out my system. Sorry if that is too much information and I’m sure this doesn’t have a laxative effect but you can never be too sure when it comes to Star Trek! A girl can’t take risks! On to how it tastes. It’s not too bad to be honest, I’d like it to have more of an overpowering ginger taste as it’s a bit sweet. It’s all natural products so to achieve a sweet taste they’re done well and it’s counted as one of your five a day so I’m happy. I’ll eat the rest of the bar tomorrow just to be on the safe side. I’ll be buying a box of these if it agrees with my sometimes finicky system. The website is www.creativenaturesuperfoods.com and for those of you that are trying to eat a bit healthier or are vegans these would be perfect snacks for you! It looks like they do a peanut one as well so I might try those when I place an order.

This box comes with a reusable facecloth in every box and this month’s one is a pure red cloth. I use the other one as I would a cotton ball and its super soft and I love it, this one isn’t as soft as it’s a different material but I still love the quality of it and will use it when I need to wash the other one.

The final snack I received is a bar of dark chocolate. It’s a Montezuma’s bar and I’ve never heard of or tried this brand before so I’m pretty excited by it. It’s called Dark Chocolate Spice it Up with Dragon Ginger. Now I have not been a fan of dark chocolate in the past but have been meaning to give it another chance as I know it’s a healthier option when it comes to chocolate. Also, ginger! It’s not too bad, a little too dark so I might try something that’s a lower percentage in future (this one is 93%) but I can definitely see myself munching on this whilst I’m watching TV. Could use a little more ginger if I’m being completely honest, but things never have enough ginger, or lemon, or banana. Yeah I like my flavours. Overall a good bar though. The site for them is www.montezumas.co.uk and they have a great selection of bars and are actually pretty cheap. Bring on pay day so I can stock up! They have a Lemon Meringue bar! Oh God! Well there goes this month’s money.

The final item is an add on item which I actually forgot I ordered. It’s a Sea Sponge tampon and is supposed to be a healthier alternative to disposables. Been meaning to try them out but I think I’ll chicken out and sell this on to someone else because it’s bigger than I thought it would be and I’m a wuss. If you’re a tampon person though I recommend you check them out. Maybe treat yourself to a box and add it on like I did. The boxes are only around £16  anyways (not including postage) so you might as well treat yourself! This box was themed around Dragons and so I can’t wait to see what the next months holds.

Thanks for listening to my rambles and as you can tell, this was one very full box! So many goodies, some I’ll use and some I’ll pass on to others. I’m going to go finish that packet of crisps now and bide my time until Star Trek!

Charlotte x

 

 

My Days Pamper Box

I received my first ever ‘My Days’ pamper box today and it was pretty exciting. Love getting pamper post! These are a subscription box that you can receive every month, or you can send it as a pick me up to a friend going through a hard time. They’re a brilliant idea and only cost around £16. If you’re a cloth pad user or new to cloth pads (like me) then you can add pads, sea sponges, or cups for an extra cost. A really great little box to treat yourself with. The Facebook group is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MyDaysMonthly/ and the lady in charge is called Tanzi Spencer. She is so lovely and helpful, and if you have any queries she responds super-fast. Honestly some of the best customer services I’ve received so far in my new adventure into the cloth and pamper world. Please check them out!DSCF2419

There was a nice bar of Banana chocolate which I was pretty excited about because I love banana flavoured things and had never tried banana chocolate before. It’s made by a UK company called Kingdom, they’re a ‘Modern British Chocolate’ company. It was really nice chocolate, smooth and milky. I would have loved to have had a stronger banana flavour as it only faintly came through. In fact if I had just been given a piece I probably wouldn’t have noticed it was banana flavoured. Still gorgeous but needs more nana!  They have quite a few different flavours and the website is: http://www.kingdomchocolate.co.uk/ DSCF2420

The Sea Salt crisps were a lot nicer than some of the other Gluten Free products I’ve had in the past, my mum had to cut gluten out of her diet so I’ve tried a lot of these products over the years. The company is called Eat Real and the crisps (chips for you Americans) are Vegan and Vegetarian, as well as gluten free. I admit that for me I would probably want to eat them with a dip of some sort as I find them a little bland just eating them on their own. Not bad in small doses but with a nice salsa dip I could probably eat them all and more. My mum and dad ended up splitting most of the pack between them as they enjoyed them more than I did. I would like to try some of their other flavours though as I’m not usually a sea slat fan. I would probably prefer the chilli and lemon flavour over sea salt. They have a great range available on their website though, really want to try a few of their snack bars, or maybe even the hummus crisps! Take a look: http://www.eatreal.co.uk/ DSCF2412

Next up with have the fruit bar. I have been trying to find health bars that I enjoy recently because I want snacks for my bag that I don’t feel guilty about eating. I’m not in any way weight conscious but as I get a bit older I’m becoming a little health conscious so trying to swap my Snickers bars and Crunchies for something a bit healthier. This bar is lovely! It’s apple and Sultana flapjack which is organic and gluten, milk, peanut, egg, and soya free. The only complaint I have is that they don’t seem to do a banana flavour! What a let-down, I’ll just have to stick to my second favourite of apple. Honestly really nice. The company is called Doves Farm and they were apparently established in 1978, so they know what they’re doing. They’re pretty filling so not a bad idea to have one on a coffee break at work of to keep in your handbag for when you’re out and about, might have to get another box of these. If you have any dietary requirements or just want to order some healthier snacks then take a look at the website: https://www.dovesfarm.co.uk/ DSCF2415

I used the little ball of deodorant after my shower and I like it a lot more than a Lush deodorant bar I bought last year. The Lush one irritated my skin and felt really dry where as this one feels smooth but not oily. I like it so far but haven’t tested out how well it works yet. Feels great, smells great and is the perfect size to put in the suitcase when I travel so I might have to use it as a travel bar to save on spays. Plus I could put it in my handbag to use at work. Yeah I’m a fan so far.

I one again received samples of tea, which I have yet to find a fruit tea I am willing to give up my PG Tips of Yorkshire Tea for. Out of all the teas so far though the wild apple and cinnamon Pukka tea is my favourite, I love the cinnamon tang to it and would probably buy a box of this around Christmas time as it’s pretty festive. Still not a drink I would have often but my mum would probably like them a lot more than I did. As for the second tea which was organic redbush from Clipper, not a fan. A bit too earthy for me I think, but again, my mum loves her fruit teas so it won’t go to waste. Sharing tea bags is great, two for the price of one! Again both of these teas are organic and caffeine free. You can get Pukka teas from their website: http://www.pukkaherbs.com/pukka-products/pukka-teas/    and Clipper teas from theirs: https://www.clipper-teas.com/ DSCF2414

You can also never have too many lip balms. I received an Optima Australian organic tea tree lip balm. It apparently, soothes, protects, and moisturisers your lips. Which is kind of what you’d expect from a lip balm. Really handy for the summer months as it has an SPF 18, so it’ll be going in my holiday bag and my purse for this summer. Not that there’s much point, we’ve probably had our share of sun already and summers just started. Flooding, in June! That’s good old UK for you. This balm does smell quite tea tree like, as you’d expect, but I’m not a fan of the scent. It goes on really easily and feels nice once it’s on, but the smell is a bit off putting for me. I’ll use it for the SPF factor, but it won’t be a balm that I reach for in the shops I don’t think. In case you’re looking for an SPF lip balm, or even a tea tree product balm, cause it’ll be really good for your skin, then the website is: http://www.optimah.com/brands-range.asp?Auto_ID=13 apparently it’s also available in Hollands and Barretts.DSCF2411

My little cloth that came in the box is apparently something to be used instead of things like cotton balls! It’s a little facecloth, cotton ball, thing. Its super soft and I love it! I never even thought about chucking out the cotton balls as well! My new cloth product stash in the making! The supplier is called Claire who runs her own store on Facebook, she hand makes her items which is amazin! Honestly, super soft! Really want to get a few more of these. Her Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/washablewipeshandmadebytuppennytots/?pnref=lhc DSCF2421

My little sachet of hot chocolate unfortunately managed to tear on the way to me, but I managed to scrounge a cup from the half of the powder left in the pack and really enjoyed it. It’s a Lichfields instant hot chocolate and is a Fairtrade product. You do use hot water instead of hot milk so if you’re not a fan of water chocolates then it’s probably not for you. I love them either way and to be honest this is a creamy chocolate, so even though it’s a little watery, you can’t tell as much as with the Cadbury chocolate. A nice little treat for the evening, I’ll stock up for the colder months I think, definitely better than the Cadbury’s one I usually get. I don’t know the website but they are available on amazon. I’m savouring this cup until payday, sweet chocolatey goodness!

Finally, my last little gifts were a set of bath salt crystals, which I won’t be able to use in the bath because I only have a shower unfortunately. I will use them as a foot soak though to try them out, but I can’t really tell you how they are for you leisurely bath takers. They are pretty cute though. There was also a little tea light candle, which I think is a lime scent, it’s fairly strong but will work great to air the house out when the dogs come back wet after their walks!

The box was definitely worth the cost, and it was fun to receive it. I will be buying one in the future, maybe the next one I’ll add some cloth pads to it?! It’s easy to order and as you can all see, you get a lot of stuff! Loved trying new things, even if I didn’t enjoy some of them, I loved trying them out!

Charlotte x