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Fair Treasure May 2015 Subscription Box Review 0

Disclosure: This complimentary box was received for review purposes. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received.
FAIR Treasure
Cost: $35/month
Ships To: United States.
Coupon Code: N/A
Fair Treasure May 2015 Subscription Box Review

Fair Treasure May 2015 Subscription Box

FAIR Treasure sends fair trade items such as jewelry, glass wear, pottery and paper goods, to your door each month. Their goal is to make it easier for everyone to explore the very best that Fair Trade products have to offer… and in turn, providing exposure and supporting the communities of people making these treasures.

Fair Treasure May 2015 Subscription Box Review

The Box

FAIR Treasure ships via USPS and generally arrives in the first half of the month.

Fair Treasure May 2015 Subscription Box Review

First Look

I knew right away I liked this box!

Fair Treasure May 2015 Subscription Box Review

The Information Card

The May 2015 FAIR Treasure was dedicated to Nepal. 10% of the proceeds of the May box are being donated to Oxfam America who has aid workers on the ground providing clean water, latrines and emergency shelter. Here is what the box included:

~Matr Boomie: Duchess Pouch: I love this!  I love everything about it.  The print is awesome and I love the pom-pom on the zipper.  I already filled this up with a bunch of samples I had in my office.

Fair Treasure May 2015 Subscription Box Review

Matr Boomie: Duchess Pouch

Fair Treasure May 2015 Subscription Box Review

Matr Boomie: Duchess Pouch

~Mata Traders: Threaded Arrow Earrings ($22):I am not a big fan of dangly earrings, but these are really cute.  And very well made. They are actually a joint venture made by two different groups – Peetal Crafts and KB Craft.

Fair Treasure May 2015 Subscription Box Review

Mata Traders: Threaded Arrow Earrings

Fair Treasure May 2015 Subscription Box Review

Mata Traders: Threaded Arrow Earrings

I couldn’t find a price for the pouch so I was unable to do a price breakdown on this box.  However, I really liked this month and am thrilled with the pouch.  Plus, the earrings will make a great gift!

What do you think about FAIR Treasure? What’s your favorite item in the box this month? Interested in subscribing or just want to learn more? Click here.


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December 2014 Fair Treasure Review 6

FAIR Treasure
Cost: $35/month
Ships To: United States.
Coupon Code: N/A
December 2014 Fair Treasure

December 2014 Fair Treasure

Fair Treasure, who kindly sent me this box to review, sends fair trade items such as jewelry, glass wear, pottery and paper goods, to your door each month. Their goal is to make it easier for everyone to explore the very best that Fair Trade products have to offer… and in turn, providing exposure and supporting the communities of people making these treasures.

December 2014 Fair Treasure

The Box

FAIR Treasure ships via USPS and always arrives towards the beginning of the month, without a problem.

December 2014 Fair Treasure

First Look

My December 2014 FAIR Treasure box didn’t have any information cards in it, so I am going to have to wing this one.  I am sure that, had I e-mailed them, they would have gotten some cards out to me, but it’s not a big deal.  Here is what was included:

~Elephant Ornament ($5): This little guy was made in Tibet and now lives on my Christmas tree. This is exactly the kind of thing I would pick up if I were traveling and I couldn’t love it more.

December 2014 Fair Treasure

Elephant Ornament

~Christmas Tree Card (~$5): Every time Fair Treasure sends out a card I am impressed.  The craftsmanship is always top notch and the cards are adorable!

December 2014 Fair Treasure

Christmas Tree Card

~MATA Traders Dueling Triangles Necklace ($32): My picture does not do this one justice at all.  It is a gorgeous necklace made out of beads and glass and is all handamde!

December 2014 Fair Treasure

MATA Traders Necklace

All totaled I came up with a value of $42 for the December 2014 FAIR Treasure box!  This box had a great variety in it and I really liked that while they included a few Christmas items, the large piece wasn’t holiday related!

What do you think about FAIR Treasure? What’s your favorite item in the box this month? Interested in subscribing or just want to learn more? Click here.

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Disclosure: This complimentary box was received for review purposes. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received.

February 2014 FAIR treasure Review 6

February 2014 FAIRtreasure Box

February 2014 FAIRtreasure Box

Fair Treasure, who kindly sent me this box to review, sends fair trade items such as jewelry, glass wear, pottery and paper goods, to your door each month. Their goal is to make it easier for everyone to explore the very best that Fair Trade products have to offer… and in turn, providing exposure and supporting the communities of people making these treasures.

February 2014 FAIRtreasure Box

The Box

FAIR treasure ships via USPS First Class Mail and always arrives within the first week of the month.  I always say it, but think it’s important to mention that I’ve never heard of a shipment issue or a delay of any sort with this box. They are always on time and ship as promised.

February 2014 FAIRtreasure Box

First Look

The first look didn’t reveal much, but I thought I saw a cute card in there.

February 2014 FAIRtreasure Box

The General Information Card

FAIR treasure includes a general information card and then individual information cards for each of the products in the box.  They don’t do a monthly “theme” which I am guessing would be quite difficult to even attempt!  Here is what was included in the February 2014 FAIR treasure box:

~Global Mamas Slippery Slope African Shea Body Butter ($12): Global Mama’s based in Ghana and assists its mamas in providing proper meals, health care and sending their children to school.  This shea butter is fabulous and will happily use up every last bit!

February 2014 FAIRtreasure Box

Global Mamas Slippery Slope African Shea Body Butter

February 2014 FAIRtreasure Box

Global Mamas Slippery Slope African Shea Body Butter

~Greenola Style Calypso Ring ($16):  This ring isn’t exactly my style, but I know I will be able to find a good home for it.  This ring is made from up-cycled metals and semi-precious stones and was created by a family business in Bolivia.

February 2014 FAIRtreasure Box

Greenola Style Calypso Ring

February 2014 FAIRtreasure Box

Greenola Style Calypso Ring

~Sanctuary Spring / Good Paper Valentine’s Love Cards ($4.99): Love this card!  It was handmade (on handmade paper) in the Philippines by women who have escaped prostitution.  Sanctuary Spring offers programs which assist these women in their restoration process while also allowing them to provide and education for their families.  This is B’s Valentine’s Day card for sure!

February 2014 FAIRtreasure Box

Sanctuary Spring / Good Paper Valentine’s Love Cards

February 2014 FAIRtreasure Box

Sanctuary Spring / Good Paper Valentine’s Love Cards

All totaled I came up with a value of $32.99 (subscriptions start at $30/month) for the February 2014 FAIR treasure box!  Between the card and the shea butter, this was probably one of my favorite boxes from them!  

What do you think about FAIR teasure? What’s your favorite item in the box this month? Interested in subscribing or just want to learn more? Click here.

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Disclosure: This complimentary box was received for review purposes. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received.

January 2014 FAIR Treasure Review 6

January FAIR Treasure

January FAIR Treasure 

Fair Treasure, who kindly sent me this box to review, sends fair trade items to your door each month. Their goal is to make it easier for everyone to explore the very best that Fair Trade products have to offer… and in turn, providing exposure and supporting the communities of people making these treasures.

January FAIR Treasure

The Box

FAIR Treasure ships via USPS First Class and took only a few days to get to me in MI (they ship from MA).  FAIR Treasure always ships on time and never seems to have issues or delays some of the other boxes do.  You can tell they take pride in their boxes and I appreciate that!

January FAIR Treasure

First Look

Ahh!  First look had me very excited!  And, like most of the FAIR treasure boxes I have received, this one smelled amazing.

January FAIR Treasure

The Information Card

FAIRtreasure doesn’t have just one information card.  They do individual information cards on the products so you can get lots of information on the artists and they include this little note along with some information on where to find them on social media.  Here’s what this month’s box included:

~Tara Projects (World Finds) Cubist Earrings (~$24):  Tara Projects is a member of the Word Fair Trade Organization and are a pioneer in the field of fair wages, non formal education programs for children and women, health and environmental awareness and further development for its member artisans.  I don’t really do dangly earrings, but these are gorgeous and would be a great statement piece (and conversation piece) with the right outfit.

January FAIR Treasure

Tara Projects (World Finds) Cubist Earrings – The Information Card

January FAIR Treasure

Tara Projects (World Finds) Cubist Earrings

~Nkuku Eva Handpainted Mug ($13.10):  Ahh, it’s like my lucky mug month!  I love it!  This tin mug is hand painted and totally me!  And Nkuku ensures that suppliers are paid a fair wage and that working conditions are safe and a good standard and that no children are exploited.  I cannot wait to use this!!!

Nkuku Eva Handpainted Mug - The Information Card

Nkuku Eva Handpainted Mug – The Information Card

January FAIR Treasure

Nkuku Eva Handpainted Mug

All totaled I came up with an (estimated) value of $37.10 for the January 2014 FAIR treasure box!  I didn’t love  this box as much as last month’s box (that would have been a hard one to beat for me), but I love that mug so it’s a win!  FAIRtreasure starts at $30/month and would make a great gift for anyone who love fair trade and / or hand crafted items from around the world.

What do you think about FAIR teasure? What’s your favorite item in the box this month? Interested in subscribing or just want to learn more? Click here.

 

Disclosure: This complimentary box was received for review purposes. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received.

December Fair Treasure Review 3

December FAIR Trade

December FAIR Trade

Fair Treasure, who kindly sent me this box to review, sends fair trade items to your door each month. Their goal is to make it easier for everyone to explore the very best that Fair Trade products have to offer… and in turn, providing exposure and supporting the communities of people making these treasures.

December FAIR Trade

The Box

Fair Treasure ships via USPS First Class and took only a few days to get to me in MI (they ship from MA).  I feel like all the mail problems due to weather in other parts of the country are actually getting my packages to me more quickly.  I wonder if that’s possible?  Less volume maybe?

December FAIR Trade

First Look

FAIR treasure always smells so good when I open up their boxes! I should also mention that I have never had broken item from them so they package their items well and they consistently ship at the beginning of the month as promised.

December FAIR Trade

The General Information Card

FAIRtreasure doesn’t have just one information card.  They do individual information cards on the products so you can get lots of information on the artists and they include this little note along with some information on where to find them on social media.  Here’s what this month’s box included:

~Mata Traders Archer Necklace: I wasn’t sure about this one at first, but the more I look at it, the more it grows on me!  Mata Traders guarantees that their artists receive living wages and experience safe working conditions and also guarantee that no child laborers are used to product their products.

FAIR Treasure

Mata Traders Archer Necklace – The Information Card

FAIR Treasure

Mata Traders Archer Necklace

~Prokritee Holding Greeting Cards ($6): Prokritee and its enterprises provide jobs for poor and rural women: widows, divorcees or heads-of-households, primarily rural, landless and with little to no income.  The card is gorgeous and whoever gets it is going to be quite lucky!

Prokritee Holding Greeting Cards

Prokritee Holding Greeting Cards – The Information Card

FAIR Trade

Prokritee Holding Greeting Cards

~Ashirwad Batik Star Ornaments (~$8): Love these! When L and I were decorating the tree I was reminded of all the ornaments that B used to bring me home from his world travels. Germany, Kuwait, Hawaii, anywhere he went, I got an ornament. He hasn’t traveled in ages so no ornament for me until these. I LOVE them and love the story behind them and they will be on my tree forever.

FAIR Treasure

Ashirward Bati Star Ornaments

FAIR Treasure

Ashirwad Batik Star Ornaments

All totaled I came up with a value of $46 for the December FAIR treasure box and I think it was one of my favorite ones to date! I love love love those ornaments and will they will be something I’ll always use which is awesome.   FAIRtreasure starts at $30/month and would make a great gift for anyone who love fair trade and / or hand crafted items from around the world.

What do you think about FAIR teasure? What’s your favorite item in the box this month? Interested in subscribing or just want to learn more? Click here.

Disclosure: This complimentary package was sent in exchange for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own and no compensation was received!

November FAIR Treasure Box Review 0

November FAIR Treasure

November FAIR Treasure

Fair Treasure, who kindly sent me this box to review, sends fair trade items to your door each month. Their goal is to make it easier for everyone to explore the very best that Fair Trade products have to offer… and in turn, providing exposure and supporting the communities of people making these treasures.

November FAIR Treasure

The Box

Fair Treasure ships via USPS First Class and took two days to get to me in MI (they ship from MA). They ships in various sized boxes depending on what products they are sending that month. This month’s box was quite small which had be even more interested.

November FAIR Treasure

First Look

The first look provided me with no details of what could possibly be in the box. I never know what Fair Treasure us going to send.  I have received jewelry, glassware, scarves, a wine stopper, a seashell dish, etc.  It could be anything and I love that part of it.

November FAIR Treasure

The Information Card

FAIRtreasure doesn’t have an information card really.  They do individual information cards on the products, so this one just has a little note along with some information on where to find them on social media.  Here’s what this month’s box included:

~Greenola Lima Posts ($39.95): These earrings (although you’d never know it by looking at them), are made from These earrings are made from recycled, glass beer bottles, soda bottles, and medicine bottles which are harvested from local trash cans, local restaurants, and off the street in Bolivia.  I thought these earrings were pretty and then I read the store and now think they are even prettier.  So cool

November FAIR Treasure

Greenola Lima Posts – The Information Cards

November FAIR Treasure

Greenola Lima Posts

~Maroma Gratitude Candle ($13): My picture doesn’t show it well, but this is a great sizes candle.  This candle is totally gorgeous and I look forward to using some other candles up so I can use this one.  Maroma provide sustainable work for many woman (and men) in India and is becoming a major source of fait trade employment in the region.

November FAIR Treasure

Maroma Gratitude Candle – The Information Card

November FAIR Trade

Maroma Gratitude Candle

All totaled I came up with a value of $35.95 for the November FAIRtreasure box. FAIRtreasure starts at $30/month and would make a great gift for anyone who love fair trade and / or hand crafted items from around the world.  It’s not the most valuable box ever, but I am so excited about the candle it doesn’t even matter!

What do you think about FAIRteasure? What’s your favorite item in the box this month? Interested in subscribing or just want to learn more? Click here.

 

Disclosure: This complimentary box was received for review purposes. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received.

October FAIRtreasure Review 0

October FAIRtreasure

October FAIRtreasure

In a super fun surprise, I found a FAIRtreasure box in my mailbox yesterday! I had forgotten I’d be getting a box to review from them, so it was a total surprise when it arrived. It also happened to be the only box I received from my mail lady yesterday.

October FAIRtreasure

The Box

FAIRtreasure ships via USPS and always ships in the first half of the month.  They are consistent with their shipping and don’t ever seem to have any crazy issues or delays like some of the other box companies.

October FAIRtreasure

First Look

This is one of those boxes that I never know what to expect from.  They send such a variety of items that you really never know what you will get.  I was extra excited this month when I saw fabric in the box and couldn’t wait to see what that was!

FAIRtreasure does individual information cards so they don’t do an overall information card for their boxes.  They do include a card which gives you social media information, their website, etc.

Here is what the October FAIRtreasure box included:

~Ton Fai Group Marquet-Open Weave Scarf ($23): This is probably my most favorite FAIRtreasue box item ever.  It’s a scarf, which I love and the information card tells you about the women who actually made the scarf.  Grandma Kum as she’s known makes the scarves because she loves to do it and so she can save some money for her grandchildren!

October FAIRtreasure

Ton Fai Group Marquet-Open Weave Scarf- The Information Card

October FAIRtreasure

Ton Fai Group Marquet-Open Weave Scarf

~Jallpa Nina Artisan Group Ceramic Owl Topper ($17.95): Jallpa Nina Artisan Group is located in Peru and offers their workers not only healthy working conditions, but also a training and support.  I wanted to open a bottle of wine yesterday just so I could test this out because it is so cute!!  Maybe tonight during the Tigers game.  I may need the wine then.

October FAIRtreasure

Jallpa Nina Artisan Group Ceramic Owl Topper – The Information Card

October FAIRtreasure

Jallpa Nina Artisan Group Ceramic Owl Topper

All totaled I came up with a value of $40.95 for the October FAIRtreasure box. FAIRtreasure starts at $30/month and always provides great fair trade items.  And, of course, the chance to learn and support artists around the world.  If I could find a place that had those scarves available, I would certainly pick some up for holiday gifts!

What do you think about FAIRteasure? What’s your favorite item in the box this month? Interested in subscribing or just want to learn more? Click here.

Disclosure: This complimentary package was sent in exchange for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own and no compensation was received!

September FAIRtreasure Review 6

September FAIRtreasure

September FAIRtreasure

I was just thinking about FAIRtreasure and wouldn’t you know it, a few minutes later I received an e-mail asking me if I wanted to review their September box!  If you aren’t familiar with FAIRtreasure, their goal is to make it easier for everyone to explore the very best that Fair Trade products have to offer… and in turn, providing exposure and supporting the communities of people making these treasures.

September FAIRtreasure

First Look

I skipped the picture of the outer box, but FAIRtreasure ships via USPS at the beginning of the month and boxes arrive very quickly.  And, as always, the box smelled wonderful.  They must somehow scent the boxes?  Or the straw (?) they use is scented?  Something!

September FAIRtreasure

The Information Card

FAIRtreasure doesn’t have an information card really.  They do individual information cards on the products, so this one just has a little note along with some information on where to find them on social media.  Here’s what this month’s box included:

~Mata Traders Chevron Necklace ($28): I believe Mata Traders has been featured in previous boxes, but they source products from local cooperatives in India and and ensure that artisans receive living wages, work in safe conditions and guarantee that no child labor is involved in the production of their goods.  I wasn’t totally sure about this necklace at first, but then realized it’s chevron and what’s not to like?

September FAIRtreasure

Mata Traders Chevron Necklace – The Information Card

September FAIRtreasure

Mata Traders Chevron Necklace

~Indika Imports Elephant Gift Cards ($4): I love receiving paper goods in boxes and these cards totally fit that description.  Indika Imports partners with artisan organizations to bring employment to artisans and to keep traditional skills alive.  I plan to use these not as gift cards / tags, but as little note cards when I sent out blog prizes / swaps / books!

September FAIRtreasure

Indika Imports Elephant Gift Cards – The Information Card

September FAIRtreasure

Indika Imports Elephant Gift Cards

~Acacia Creations Olive Wood Pinch Pot ($15): I had to estimate this price because I couldn’t find it online. Acacia Creations works to improve the skills  and product designs of craftsmen and women in Nairobi, which is a means of providing sustainability. I believe that a pinch put is used to hold salt near your cooking area so you can grab a “pinch” when you need it for your mails.  I am not sure that B needs a pinch pot though and if he doesn’t, I will happily determine a use for it!

September FAIRtreasure

Acacia Creations Olive Wood Pinch Pot – The Information Card

September FAIRtreasure

Acacia Creations Olive Wood Pinch Pot

All totaled I came up with a value of $47 for the August FAIRtreasure box. FAIRtreasure starts at $30/month, so the value is totally there (and could be more or less depending on the true value of the bowl).  And every time I get a box, I feel like I am going on a mini vacation and learning a little about a part of the world and some of the local artisans!

What do you think about FAIRteasure? What’s your favorite item in the box this month? Interested in subscribing or just want to learn more? Click here.

 

Disclosure: This box was received free of charge in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was received and, as always, all opinions are my own.

July FAIRtreasure Review 2

July FAIRtreasure Box

July FAIRtreasure Box

I wasn’t expecting it, but my July FAIRtreasure box also arrived while I was up-north. I was excited to see what goodies the box had in it this month. If you aren’t familiar with FAIRtreasure, their goal is to make it easier for everyone to explore the very best that Fair Trade products have to offer… and in turn, providing exposure and supporting the communities of people making these treasures.

July FAIRtreasure Box

The Box

FAIRtreasure ships via USPS Priority Mail and always ships in the same square boxes with FAIRtreasure stamped on the side. Seriously, although custom boxes are great sometimes they just aren’t in the budget, so this is totally the way to go!

July FAIRtreasure Box

First Look

I never have any idea what FAIRtreasure is going to include, but I was very surprised / excited by the first look! I never expected to see a card in this box!

July FAIRtreasure Box

The Information Card

Since FAIRtreasure includes information cards for each of the individual items in the box, they don’t do an overall information card listing the products.

~Jirmit Papyrus Group Birds of a Feather Card ($4.50): I don’t even know that I would describe this as a greeting card. It’s more of a piece of art. It’s hand painted in Egypt and the organization that represents these artists aims to generate work for unemployed young people in the Egyptian town of Mallawi – a place where jobs are scarce. I love this card and loved browsing through some of the other cards their artists make!

July FAIRtreasure Box

Jirmit Papyrus Group Birds of a Feather Card

July FAIRtreasure Box

Jirmit Papyrus Group Birds of a Feather Card

~Mata Traders Garden Party Necklace ($26): Mata Traders ensures that their workers receive living wages and experience safe working conditions and also guarantee that no child laborers are used to produce their products.  This necklace is pretty and I will try to make it a point to wear this.  For whatever reason, I find myself wearing bracelets all the time, but necklaces I have more trouble with!

July FAIRtreasure Box

Mata Traders Garden Party Necklace

July FAIRtreasure Box

Mata Traders Garden Party Necklace

~Crisil Srl. Blooming Bud Vase ($6): At first I thought this was just a “normal” bud vase, but after I read the card I realized I was totally wrong! Crisil Srl. uses recycled glass collected from local garbage dumps by small businesses that collect and sort the bottles. They then clean and melt the glass and make the vases in Bolivia.

July FAIRtreasure Box

Crisil Srl. Blooming Bud Vase

July FAIRtreasure Box

Crisil Srl. Blooming Bud Vase

All totaled I came up with a value of $36.50 for the July FAIRtreasure box. FAIRtreasure starts at $30/month, so this just proves that you are getting a great deal on the box. Plus, you are helping to support the people all over the world that make these goods, which is a good feeling!

What do you think about FAIRteasure? What’s your favorite item in the box this month? Interested in subscribing or just want to learn more? Click here.

Disclosure: This box was received for review purposes. As always, all opinions are my own and no compensation was received.