Fair Ivy Mystery Box: May 2014

So this is another of the May boxes.   I recently switched over to the Fair Ivy Mystery subscription (one handmade item). I’m always excited to see what fun things they send me so let’s dive right in.

Box Open Box

Looks like some adorably wrapped items from Butter Toki.

Wrapped
According to the cute little card, “Butter Toki was opened on January 2014 after a long 5 year journey of experiment and working with the best ingredients suited for the skin. We truly focus on the the art of handmaking products, putting attention to detail on every product made.”

I love how all the items were individually wrapped and the packaging just gave a fun cheerful impression.

Cube
Jojoba Cube in Enchanting Garden
(Retail: $4.25)
Verdict: Hit!
Description: “…the Jojoba Cube based with Golden Jojoba Oil as the main active ingredient. Jojoba oil works great as an anti inflammatory, anti bacterial, and extra moisturizing agent… also included jojoba beads for gentle skin exfoliation. This Jojoba Cube is scented in the Enchanting Garden aroma of soft Apricot Blossom, Blue Iris, and Lily of the Valley!”

I love the cube shape on this soap and I am a sucker for exfoliating soaps. This one is going to the top of my ever growing soap stash.

Body Butter
Black Raspberry Vanilla Whipped Body Butter
(Retail: $8.00)
Verdict: On the Fence
Description: “These body goodies…include Coconut oil, Grapeseed Oil, Almond Oil, Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter! Handmade from scratch!”

I like the scent on this, but I’m not sure the consistency is what the product is supposed to be. It has a really hard balm like texture (almost the kind of balm you’d apply to your cuticles.) I’m not sure if something happened to my product en route to me or if it’s supposed to be this way. As is I think it’s nice for rubbing into super dry spots like your elbows and hands, but I’m not sure I could use it all over my body.

Balm
Cherry Lip Balm
(Retail: ???)
Verdict: Hit!
I couldn’t find this exact one in their shop but they have a cute cherry version in a tin. I’m addicted to all forms of lip balms and cherry is my favorite flavor. I keep lip balms all over the place so this one can find a home somewhere in my apartment.

Scrub
Coconut Vegan Sugar Lip Scrub Scrubbie for Baby Soft Lips
(Retail: $3.75)
Verdict: Like
Description: “Our lip scrubbies are made up of moisturizing oil based jelly, almond oil and sweet brown sugar to exfoliate while moisturizing and buffing away dead skin cells on your lips. Everything is lip approved which means you can rub this mixture on your lips and lick it off, yup edible approved!”

I actually only have one other lip scrub (from Julep) so it will be nice to try another brand. I kind of wish the flavor wasn’t coconut, but it will still be a fun product to try out.

ALL!
OVERALL
Verdict:
Like
It was so much fun to unwrap all these goodies and it was interesting to discover this new brand. I enjoyed getting a mini skincare collection as my “mystery” surprise and the only real downside was that I couldn’t figure out if the texture of the body butter was intentional or not.

Excluding the lip balm that I can’t figure out the price of, the remaining items totaled $16 alone, while I paid $22.00 (including shipping) so I feel like I got my value for the money.

In any case, Butter Toki seems like a fun brand to explore and their prices are very accessible. I also think their cute packaging and fruity scents would make them appeal to teens and preteens, so they’d make a nice gift for the young fashionista in your life.

FAIR IVY NEWS

As I mentioned in my last Fair Ivy post, Fair Ivy is going on hiatus after June, so my next review will be my last one until they resume next year. I’m sad to see them go, but excited to see what awesome new stuff they come up with as they expand their network of artists.

In the meantime, I need to do some detective work to find a handmade/artisan type box to replace this one.   I’d love to hear your suggestions!

Fair Ivy Mystery Box: April 2014

I’m finally finishing up my outstanding April posts with my Fair Ivy Box. This month I opted for the new subscription Fair Ivy offered for one mystery handmade item. So let’s jump right into it.

 Package

WrappedCard Box

Cards
Watercolor Card Set by Rachelle Levingston
(Retail: $14.00)
Verdict: Love!

They mystery item turned out to be some beautiful blank cards designed by watercolor painter Rachelle Levingston. The set that I was sent has drawings from different themes so it appears that it was put together specifically for Fair Ivy. I love stationary and I keep a supply of cards for all kinds of occasions. The designs are universal enough to be used for many different holidays and special events as well as every day greetings. I know I’ll find a use for all of them.

Since I thought I was only getting one mystery package this month, I was surprised to get two more in the mail. It turns out Fair Ivy sent some of its “most loyal customers” some extra samples to try. So two more fun surprises to open!

Surprise Sample #1:
Sample Package #1

Soap
Lavender Soap from Would You Lather
(Retail: $4.00 for a 5 oz bar)
Verdict: Hit!
Would You Lather creates handmade skincare products like soap, body butter, body scrub, moisturizing wash and more. Their scents are derived from pure essential oils and their entire product line is made in small batches. This bar had a lovely natural scent. I’m happy to add it to my ever growing subscription box soap collection. They also included a coupon for 20% off your next order, just use FAIR42014 (it expires ion 8/31/2014).

On to Surprise Sample #2:
Sample Package #2
Wrapped SampleCandle
Lilac Candle from the Columbia Fragrance Co.

(Retail: $18.00 for a 12 oz Candle)
Verdict: Gift
The Columbia Fragrance Co. specializes in artisan hand poured candles and boutique home fragrances. This candle was elegantly packaged, unfortunately the scent was a bit strong for me.  However, I think those who enjoy floral scents will really like it. The packaging makes it an adorable gift so I’m going to add it to my gift stash.


OVERALL
Verdict:
Hit!
I’m not sure how to do an estimated retail on this since I got those great free gifts. I paid $22 including shipping and the cards were valued at about $14.00 retail (not including shipping). I’m happy with what I received for my $22. I got some lovely cards and got to try out a couple interesting new brands.


FAIR IVY NEWS

I’ve got some good news and some bad news for you. The bad news is that Fair Ivy is going on a hiatus beginning at the end of June, so June will be the last month for subscriptions until they start up again next year. The good news is they are taking a break to focus on finding new brands and new artists, so when they come back they should be better than ever.

Do you enjoy handmade items? Are you a frequent Etsy shopper?

THE BACKSTORY
Fair Ivy is a subscription box of beautifully wrapped, handmade items made by individual artisans.

There are now three exciting subscription options:

A jewelry only subscription at $25.00 a month (plus shipping) for 1 jewelry item per month. (This option will ship in the US & Canada).
Or

The Mystery at $20.00 a month (plus shipping) for 1 handmade mystery gift every month

Or

The Duet subscription at $35.00 a month (plus shipping) of 2 handmade items (1 item will be jewelry). (This option only ships in the US).

Because the items ship directly from the artisans, if you choose a duet subscription you will receive the packages individually throughout the month.

DISCOUNT CODE: FAIRIVYFRIEND for $5 off the first month of any subscription.