Unboxing April 2015 Herbal Bliss Co!

Herbal Bliss Co is a recent subscription service for me and I have been enjoying the boxes quite a bit!  April’s was a bit late, because of some issues with their printer, but it is here and I am ready to unbox 🙂 What is Herbal Bliss Co?

Herbal Bliss enjoys reaching out to the diverse herbal suppliers throughout the USA to bring you five unique samples each month. Our sample categories are Aromatherapy, Blissful Body, Culinary, Well Being and a Spotlight product. Each of our suppliers thoughtfully grows, harvest, and packages to bring you delightful experiences into your home. Herbal Bliss is thrilled to introduce you to a multi-faceted experience each month.

  • Passionate About Small Batches ~ Our suppliers are often growing their herbs, creating their recipes, and building their shop fronts on their family farm. You are receiving special, handcrafted gifts from nature without bias to one supplier over another.
  • Discover Herbs ~ Herbal products are one of the fastest growing consumer products. Why is that? People are wary of chemical, laboratory products that have who knows what effect on our body systems. We want to put natural products in our bodies and on our skin & hair. We want to read a label and not only be able to pronounce the ingredients, but know what they are
  • Education ~ Herbs can be intimidating. Herb shops are usually very helpful, but sometimes you may be afraid to ask questions because other customers seem so well informed. Most people know that you should not ingest herbs for ailments without speaking to your doctor first, but there are many other questions about the use of herbs. Herbs are from the earth and have uses beyond what you think of everyday and we are here to help introduce those uses and the makers of these gifts. We bring education for each category.  (source)

Herbal Bliss offers (per box) a month-to-month sub at $25.00, 3 month sub at $22.00, 6 month sub at $20.00 and a yearly sub at $18.00 per box.

Contents Revealed


Portland Apothecary Gomasio I love getting spices and this is really nice a blend of sesame seeds, seaweed and salt, plus a few more ingredient, that are collected from local areas in Portland.  This seems to be very Asian in its contents, as I have used sesame and nori in my dishes before, but never a blend.   I love the nutty taste of the sesame seeds and the salt is not overpowering, for those concerned about salt intake.  This is a full size bottle at 2oz, nicely packaged in a glass jar.  Value $8.00

Description: Our herbal gomasio is a great nutrient-dense addition to your daily meals, and can be used as an alternative to table salt. This blend is a beautiful culmination of carefully collected ingredients from the Applegate Valley to Waldron Island.  Benefits: Kidney, Liver and Adrenal Support.  Add as a finishing salt to rice dishes, avocado toast, eggs and salads.

Ingredients: Black & White Sesame Seeds, Bullwhip Kelp, Nettle Seeds, Milk Thistle Seeds, Pacific Sea Salt.

Skinourishment climbOn Bar  This is a deeply hydrating and moisturizing lotion bar that can be used to soothe any skin issue you might have.   This sample is very soothe to touch and I took the bar out of the tin flat and warmed it in my hands.  That allowed the product to adhere to my palms and then I was able to rub it easily into my elbows, as that is the area that always gets really rough for some reason.  This can be used on cracked heels and as a cuticle balm too.  I can smell the neroli more than the lavender, which is fine, as I have a lot of lavender products!  This is a nice balm product. Sample Size .20 oz Value $2.62

Description: climbOn Bar is a 100% pure (synthetic,chemical free), food grade, skin nourishing product.  We say “If you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin.”™ This is a multi-purpose product that can be used to soothe burns, cuts, scrapes, rashes, cracked cuticles and heels, tissue nose, road rash, diaper rash, abrasions, poison ivy…any skin issue that needs deep moisturizing and nourishing. climbOn Bar was originally formulated for rock climbers skin, being used to help the body repair from extreme use and environmental conditions. It’s crossed all barriers since it works on any skin type and any skin issue.  The physical properties of this product include analgesic, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antitoxic, cicatrizant (wound healing), insecticide, vulnerary, bactericidal, astringent, stimulates white corpuscles, and more. WOW!

Slightly filtered, unrefined, yellow Beeswax is used as a humectant (draws moisture), an emulsifier (holds ingredients together naturally), and is water resistent (provides protection). It has a high content of vitamin A which is a key component in human cell development. Beeswax also has antibacterial properties and has been recognized as valuable and used for thousands of years  The aromatherapeutic values of Lavender essential oil are anti-depressant, nervine, calms stress related conditions, shock and insomnia. The Neroli has aromatherapeutic values of anti-depressant, aphrodisiac, mild hypnotic, and stimulant.

Ingredients: Cera Alba (unrefined yellow beeswax), Prunus armeniaca (apricot kernel oil), Lavendula angustifolia (essential oil of lavender), Vitis vinifera (grapeseed oil), Triticum vulgare (virgin wheat germ oil), Essential oils of Citrus Limon (lemon),  Citrus vulgaris (neroli), (non GMO) Tocopherol (Vit E)  cosDNA.com analysis

J.R. Liggett’s Old-Fashioned Shampoo Bar  I am familiar with J.R. Liggett products, made in my neck of the woods, the Northeast, and I have tried their lemon-lime body wash ~ it is very nice!  This is the original formula shampoo bar ~ it is NOT soap!  It is small, but shampoo bars last a long time.  This mini will last me about a month (seriously!)   You do not want this shampoo bar to “sit” in water, so invest in a wooden soap holder that drains.  You don’t even have to use a conditioner afterwards, as it is so hydrating.   This is 100% natural and it will leave the natural oils in your hair intact, so it will not strip it dry and is not harsh.  The Original formula scent is very unisex, fresh and clean-smelling.  It is free of sulfates, parabens and detergents.  Mini size .65 oz Value $1.34

Description: Refresh your shower and shave routine with this amazing bar shampoo original formula from J.R. Liggett. This old-fashioned formula was discovered in an old New England cookbook by the Liggett family who has since been creating these all-natural, safe-to-use bath products. Its unique formulation lathers and quickly cleans, leaving you with healthy, beautiful results. This sulfate-free product is safe to use on all hair and skin types with no risk of irritation. Enjoy this old-fashioned recipe with your family.    This is the cornerstone of our fine line of bar shampoos that over the years has proven itself over and over to a countless number of loyal users. This is attested to by the number of years it has been on the market. Its 100% vegetable oil formulation lathers quickly, cleans well, and rinses out and easily, leaving you with healthy, beautiful, and clean hair. It will not strip the natural oils from your hair (there are no detergents) for this reason most people do not need a conditioner! It just smells clean.  

Ingredients:  Saponified olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil, fresh pure new hampshire spring water, sodium hydroxide (a binder) and essential oils for fragrance.

image from https://jrliggett.com


Wild Hibiscus Flower Co Heart-Tee Blue Tee I wish there was more than one tea bag in here!!   But this product is not that expensive, so I will just go ahead and purchase it.  This is an interesting tea, made from 100% pure butterfly pea flowers, which gives this tea a vivid blue shade.   Butterfly pea flower tea is a traditional Thai drink, where they make it iced and serve with honey and lemon to welcome guests and friends.   It changes to purple when lemon is added.   Each teabag contains the equivalent of 16 butterfly pea flowers!    1 teabag Value 30 cents.

Description:   A mild tasting tea with intense blue color.  The flowers are a very high source of anthocyanin antioxidants. Hot or iced herbal tea – Mix one Blue tea bag with one Heart-Tee Hibiscus tea bag for added boost of flavor and antioxidants.  Add honey and lemon for the traditional Thai welcome drink – nam dok anchan.  Liquor infusions and cocktail ingredient.  Great for a colorful punch ingredient

image from http://www.wildhibiscus.com/products/heart-tee-blue-tea?variant=1043117264


Sweet Grass Farm Farmhouse Laundry Sachet  The card didn’t say what scent I received, but I believe it is the Lemon Verbena, as I can smell lemons!  This is a really cool concept ~ it can be tossed into the dryer, with your clothes, to freshen them.   Or you can use this in your clothes drawers as well.  Sweet Grass Farm mentions that it can go into gym bags or any sticky place!  I am very interested in their Herb Blossom sachet scent as well.   If these are used in the dryer, they are good for 5-6  cycles, so I think I will use them in my clothes drawers so it will last longer 🙂    If you decide to use this in the dryer, there is a little bag that you place your sachet in, as to protect the sachet from breaking open.  I also am really liking Sweet Grass Farm’s website and their products ~ they have things like hand soap, cream, candles, furniture polish, all purpose cleansers, laundry soap, body scrubs ~ just a lot of really cool items in a variety of scents!  I am bookmarking this site as I want to purchase some items from them.    This is another New England company, located in New Hampshire.   1 sachet Value $2.31


  • Lavender ~ Our signature fragrance made with pure lavender essential oil.
  • Fresh White Lilac ~ Light and green floral smells just like a lilac bush in full bloom.
  • Lemon Verbena ~ Top clear notes of bright lemon with earthy green verbena.
  • Herb Blossom ~ A fresh fragrance based on sunwarmed blossoms of coriander, thyme, and tarragon. A touch of green parsley finishes the effect.

Description: Adding something new to your routine can transform a task into a joy. And the caring people here at Sweet Grass Farm will set you free with all-natural house products. The daily grind will be forgotten when you sub in green cleaning products on your cleaning team. Don’t worry about losing your strong lineup, natural home products still employ the same cleaning power that you know and rely on, but will have less of an impact on our real home, earth. Sweet Grass Farm has your cleaning line up covered with powerful, natural ingredients like lavender, baking soda, and plant base cleansers. Finally, once all is well and clean top off your hard work with organic room fresheners that will leave everyone feeling peaceful and at home.

We use natural plant-derived ingredients and essential oils wherever possible to create our products. We do not test our products on animals, and they are paraben-free. Many who are sensitive to highly chemical cleaning and bodycare products find that our collections give them relief from allergic reactions and chemical sensitivity.

Urban Herbal Chocolate Mint Air Freshener   OMERRGAWD  This smells so good, I want a chocolate mint ice cream cone.   This is just too decadent!   I have no idea what is in this, as there is no ingredients posted and I don’t care.  This smells effing amazing.   It is a wonderful dark chocolate scent, sweet, with mint.   There is even a mint sprig in the bottle!  Lovely, lovely, just lovely.   This company is located in Texas.  I think this is about 2 oz, as my scale states 2.5 oz.  I think that the full size is 8oz, so that would make this value about $4.25

Description: Our herbal mission is simple: to provide the best organic products and service to you at the most competitive prices possible. We take great pride in our URBANherbal, our commitment to customer service and in the products we sell. Shop.urbanherbal.com is designed to provide you with a safe and secure environment to browse our product catalog.  URBANherbal, continues to provide the intimate and personalized atmosphere, offering their unique artisanal herbal products. Their products and herbal knowledge have won international awards and have been recognized by the press since 1985.

Bringing Nature Back to Civilization


Lollia by Margot Elena Breathe Petite Hand Cream   I am not into really floral-y scents, but this is a really pretty, delicate scented cream,  with florals, citrus and green woodsy scents ~ it works very nicely together and the citrus and woodsy scents help tone down the floral notes.  It is all very subtle and light, a perfect scent for a spring evening.  The cream is very light weight in texture, but it is very moisturizing and does not leave a greasy or tacky feel to the skin.  This contains rich shea butter, vitamin E, macadamia nut oil, honey extract and avocado oil, as well as aloe vera and lavender extracts.  Key notes are Peony, White Lily, Lavender and Violet, fresh grapefruit and orange, leafy green notes.   I also love the design on the box and the tube, which are vintage cabbage roses mixed with modern floating peonies.  This is also a great size to tuck in my purse.   Mini .33 oz Value $7.50

Ingredients: water, cyclopentasiloxane, stearic acid, isopropyl myristate, cetyl alcohol, glyceryl stearate, PEG-100 stearate, fragrance, cetearyl alcohol, ceteareth-20, carbomer, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, glycerin, tetrasodium EDTA, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), butyroperumum parkii (shea butter), lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower extract, persea gratissima (avocado) oil, macadamia ternifolia seed oil, honey extract, propylparaben, methylparaben, aminomethyl propanol, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone  cosDNA.com analysis

image from http://www.lollialife.com/t/fragrances/breathe

I really liked April’s box ~ I think that this month was very practical and had a few items for “the home” with the air freshener (omg, the chocolate…) and the laundry sachet, a full size of the Gomasio seasoning (pretty cool!), plus the blue tea, which I am going to purchase a box of this week.   I also got 3 body care items, so all in all, a very well rounded box.

I paid $22.00 for my box as I am on a 3 month-subscription and received a value of a little over $26.00.  This month had some really unique items and so I am pretty happy with these items.   This subscription is not for those who want a huge value out of their monthly payment ~ I am finding that this box is a bit more than what you pay for it, but Julie does find really unique and fun items to try.  Supporting small businesses is also very important to me, so I am fine with the price point on this subscription.  I think it would be great if Herbal Bliss started including coupons from the vendors as I know I would use them ~ I would love to get a discount on the Sweet Grass Farms site 🙂

This month did come late, so another suggestion is to communicate any delays with the customers via email and to also provide an automatic tracking number notification.   Herbal Bliss is very new, so they do know that they have some room for improvement in that area, but Julie is super nice and listens to all feedback.

Do you subscribe to Herbal Bliss?  Are you interested in this subscription and what products do you want to try out?

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