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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Bomb Cosmetics, Sky High gift set

 

Sky High Bomb Cosmetics

Let me start off by saying thank you to my wonderful friend who purchased me this box as a Christmas/Birthday gift. She had seen my blog and thought it would be perfect for me to be able to review. She was right, as always. So as I’m sure you’ve guessed, I can’t comment on the purchasing side of this box. I had no dealings with the company directly but I will attach their website here: http://bombcosmetics.co.uk/ and for this particular box the link is: http://bombcosmetics.co.uk/skyhigh

It apparently cost £14.99, which I shouldn’t know and I hope my friend doesn’t kill me for looking this up! I did it for review purposes only so you can blame my readers, not me! The products are all handmade and use essential oils only. They also don’t test on animals which is great! Although, not all of the ingredients are natural, only where possible.

The packaging is stunning, its wrapped in a way that you feel like everything inside is a luxury item. I’m not a fan of the use of plastic to wrap them, but that might just be the Eco side of me talking. I did think it extracted from the overall look of the product, but that’s just my issue with plastic. The smell when you open the box (even before you open it) is amazing. I keep the box at the bottom of my wardrobe before I used them all and it made everything smell great.

As I’ve mentioned before though, I do not own a bath, only a shower. So these products are being used as bath soaks instead. Please bare that in mind when your reading as I can only comment on how they are as foot soaks. This means they will dilute a heck of a lot more in your bath then they do for me in my little dish tub that I use for my feet. Before I begin, here is what is to come. A list of the product details from the leaflet that comes with the box. This comes in different languages.

The Chai High Bath Mallow was my starting point. If I’m being honest I found the smell of this one a little overwhelming. My room stank for days and it just smelt like an overpowered cleaning product. It left my feet feeling oily and I didn’t get any of the ‘nourishment’ that was being promised in the booklet. The only good part was the little fake flower on top that I use to decorate my noticeboard. It’s cute! I loved the design of it but was disappointed with it overall.IMG_1950

My next foray into this box was with the Incense & Sensibility Bath Blaster. Which I Have to say, love the name. I’ve unfortunately been studying a bit of Jane Austen in my lectures this week along with other Victorian writings and so a product that plays on the title ‘Sense and Sensibility’ seemed appropriate. The smell of this one is a little more to my taste, not overpowering but subtly floral. I was a bit worried when I placed it in the water and it pretty much became a mass of foam but, it was very relaxing. It did still leave my feet very soapy though and I image this is going to be common with these products.

It’s been a long week of working and stress so I thought I’d treat myself to the Miss Tangleberry Bath Buttercup bomb. Its light scent was perfect to calm my stomach which has been rolling a bit today. Frankincense and Sandalwood apparently. It’s a nice size, and didn’t take as long as the others to dissolve. It’s a very pretty and vibrant blue, even in the water. Again, quite soapy but It left my feet feeling really soft.

For the finale, I went for the massive Pink Rhubarb Princess Whoopie Blaster. This is a beast. If you’ve ever had the rhubarb and custard boiled sweets, then you’ll know what this smells like. Honestly, the best smelling yet. My only negative is that it has glitter. I’m not a fan of glittery products because the stuff ends up going everywhere. I’m not too bothered though as I’ll be leaving University in two more weeks so it won’t be me hoovering it from the carpet for the next few months. This is my favourite so far and I wish I’d kept the top half so I could use it on two separate occasions. Still very soapy but I actually don’t think it’s as bad as the previous ones. I have uploaded a video of this onto YouTube to show how fizzy it goes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bnnNEDx9hk

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I didn’t have the time to use the soap as my previous Passion fruit soap from my treat trove box is never ending. So, the soap has been bestowed to a flatmate. It smelt amazing and judging by its size; it will last for months.IMG_1951

All in all, it was a lovely relaxing box. I don’t think I could use them as bath bombs without irritating my skin as they are very soapy and fragranced. If I had used them in the bath I can almost guarantee that I would get Thrush. So, if you have sensitive skin like myself, maybe just use them as foot soaks. I would like to try a few different scents in future and I especially would be interested in purchasing more soap so I can try it.

It’s a nice little gift box and if you’re looking for something to buy for Christmas, birthdays, or even as a small pick me up, this would be a nice little box for you. Please go and check out the website: https://bombcosmetics.co.uk/ or their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Bomb.Cosmetics/?fref=ts

Please excuse the poor photos as I have been using a dish washing bowl as my foot spa. Doesn’t make for the prettiest of pictures.

Thanks as always for reading! My updates should increase after the deadlines are over. The World of Wizardry box should arrive in the next few days so that will be up when it gets here.

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

Winifred’s Homemade Fudge review

Today I am reviewing the wonderful Winifred’s Homemade Fudge. I ordered a sample box in order to try a range of her products as they all sounded amazing and I couldn’t decide on what I wanted. The box was on offer and I believe it is usually £7.50 whereas I bought mine for £5 and the postage was £4.40 so it wasn’t unreasonably expensive.

The box arrived a week after it was ordered and was packaged really nicely. Even with my postman throwing the box around, there were no squished bars. I’ll admit that there is more fudge then I was expecting as well so definitely worth the price! Also you get different flavours every month! You get to try some unique flavours like Apple Crumble fudge, which sounded a bit strange but was amazing.

The first one I had to open straight away was the Bounty milk chocolate bar. It was one of the smaller ones in the box but it was perfect. I love coconut but I don’t eat bounty’s very often so this was a lovely little treat. There wasn’t too much coconut as to overwhelm the chocolate but it was just enough that you could taste it. Was so yummy!

Next was the Apple Crumble that I mentioned before. It really was amazing! It actually melts in the mouth (sorry for cliché!) and you can really taste the apple. Enjoyed it more than I expected I would. I did expect a bit more of a crumble texture, maybe even a slight crunch but I was happy it wasn’t there as I prefer smooth fudge. If you don’t purchase a selection of flavours, then I really recommend this one!

My next try was of the Kinder surprise, kinder Bueno and kinder and Nutella mix. It was stunning, so creamy and scrummy. I have to admit that I would have preferred it without the Bueno as I’m not a fan of those and it’s broke up the creamy texture of the bar. I still loved it and wish I had a heck of a lot more of it. I actually ate the entire thing by myself, no sharing of this one. Far too good to let the parents have any.

The next sample was of something I have never tried before, at least as far as I can remember. Pistachio. I know, I know, I’m an uncultured cur, but I honestly don’t remember having Pistachio before. I was a bit wary at first because my childish brain just told me that it ‘smelt funny’ my dad chimed in with ‘it smells like playdough’ not a great start. If it helps it probably smells like Pistachio but we’re all cur’s in this house. As for the taste, I’m apparently not a Pistachio fan, it was a little too sweet for me and I didn’t enjoy it. Maybe if I accustomed myself to Pistachios I’ll enjoy it more in future, for now I’ll pass on this one.

I was pretty curious about the next sample as it was tropical flavoured with white chocolate. It smelt amazing! Really fresh and summery, and I couldn’t wait to try it once it was opened. I’ll admit that I wouldn’t be able to eat much of it at once as it is a very sweet combination but it tastes fantastic. The tropical flavouring really comes through followed by a creamy white chocolate which isn’t as strong. Really nice to eat but I’d probably order it for a larger group, maybe small bite size pieces for a party? Honestly delicious!

The final one was the dubious Oreo cookie and white chocolate. If you’ve read my previous blogs, then you’ll know that I’m not an Oreo girl and so this one was left for last. It actually isn’t bad, wouldn’t be my first choice if I was shopping for fudge but certainly not the last. You can really taste the white chocolate in the fudge itself and with the chunks of Oreo biscuit/cookie inside it kind of pulls down the sweetness if that makes sense. It stops it from being overly sweet and gives it a bit of a crunch. I preferred the mix of crunch and fudge with this one whereas I didn’t for the kinder bar. If you enjoy Oreo then you’ll hopefully love this.img_1719

Anyways my lovelies this brings me to the end of this review. I have loved trying out new fudges and letting you all know how I got on with them. If you have any questions, then please feel free to ask. As for all of the lovely people out there that now want to go and purchase mass amounts of fudge here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/Calorificfudge/?fref=ts. There are boxes available or there are market nights where you can purchase flavours that have been made that week. Please join her group to see what wonderful creations she makes. I’m hoping to be able to try more but with the move back to University happening tomorrow I might have to wait a bit longer to be able to treat myself.

If there is anything you would like to see me review or hear my opinion of then let me know. Even if you just want to know how I went about moving back to University.

Thanks for reading!

Charlotte x