August The Homegrown Collective
The Homegrown Collective includes seasonally appropriate, professionally curated products that deliver the satisfaction of living a more self-sufficient & sustainable lifestyle to your doorstep each month. I always look forward to seeing what they come up with each month because you never know what it will be!
I received my first July Homegrown Collective box a week or so ago (they ship via USPS and service is fast), but one of the items in it had leaked. I planned to just run out and pick up some essentials oils (which is what leaked) so I could do the projects, but The Homegrown Collective insisted on shipping me a whole new box! I gotta tell you though, that first box smelled AMAZING!!! But I did appreciate the customer service response and also the fast shipping time on the new box.
Second First Look
As you can see, the second box was packed nice and secure and there wasn’t much chance of anything happening to this one.
The Beauty of Coconut!
The July The Homegrown Collective theme was “The Beauty of Coconut” and included all of the items you needed to make Homemade Coconut Milk, Coconut Orange Sugar Scrub, Citrus Coconut Lip Balm and a Coconut Oil Lotion Bar. It’s quite possible that this may be one of my favorite, if not my total favorite Homegrown Collective Box ever. The thought behind this box is to know what you are putting on your skin because if can’t pronounce an ingredient in your lotion, it probably shouldn’t be on your skin.
Homemade Coconut Milk: The first project is Homemade Coocnut Milk and is the only one of the bunch that I didn’t do. I just don’t like coconut milk and know I will never drink it. When L gets home we will probably make it though because I think it’s something he will enjoy. You blend shredded coconut and warm water in a blender until it’s thick and creamy. You then have to use a strainer and a towel to get any remaining hunks of coconut out. After that you can add flavor (strawberries, vanilla extract or cocoa powder) or enjoy on it’s own.
Coconut Orange Sugar Scrub: The second project is Coconut Orange Sugar Scrub. All you do is mix coconut oil, sugar and essential oil and that’s it. Three things. I used to think it was so difficult to make things like this on my own, but recently (thanks in part to The Homegrown Collective) I have realized it’s so easy. At first I thought there was no way the sugar would mix in okay with the melted coconut, but it worked out perfectly. This smells amazing and rivals store bought scrubs. It would also make an amazing (and inexpensive) gift! Cute labels and fancy ribbon on the jar would make it even fancier!
Homemade Coconut Milk & Orange Coconut Sugar Scrub: The Instructions
Orange Sugar Scrub: The Ingredients
Orange Sugar Scrub: The Results
Citrus Coconut Lip Balm:
I LOVE all this make your own lip balm lately and this was no exception. This is made from beeswax, organic coconut oil, cocoa butter and citrus fresh essential oil. The making of this was a tad more involved than the sugar scrub, but probably only took 10 minutes and involved melting it all together double boiler style on the stove. I didn’t use the exact amounts of each ingredient, I more of less just guessed what I thought was close and all was well. I didn’t realize that the reason that lip balms needed to be reapplied so often is because they contain water and that dries your lips out. I can’t wait to see how how works after using it for awhile.
Citrus Coconut Lip Balm – The Instructions
Citrus Coconut Lip Balm – The Ingredients
Citrus Coconut Lip Balm – The Final Product
Coconut Oil Lotion Bar:
The final project was the coconut oil lotion bar which is made from coconut oil, cocoa butter, beeswax and citrus oil. This was made double boiler style again and I was totally sure that this wasn’t going to work out because I didn’t think I had enough coconut oil left (clearly I should have measured better). But to my surprise, it turned out PERFECT! I was so excited and tested it right away. I think it’s awesome for elbows and knees and would totally make this again!
Coconut Oil lOtion Bar – The Instructions
Coconut Oil Lotion Bar – The Ingredients
Coconut Oil Lotion Bar – The Final Product
As usual, I didn’t do a value calculation for the July Homegrown Collective box since it would have been too difficult. However, I do think it was totally worth the $48/month ($39 + $9 shipping) price tag. The Homegrown Collective actually gets me to do all the projects I have always wanted to do which I love! And, of course, the box is even cheaper if you buy a 6-month ($39/month) or 12-month ($35.75/month) subscription! If you are interested in subscribing, or just want to learn more, click here. And don’t forget to use the code “RAMBLIN10″ to save $10 off your first box!!!
But wait, The Homegrown Collective wants to give one of you guys the July Homegrown Collective Box so you can make your own beauty products too!!! How cool is that? All you gotta do is enter in Rafflecopter below and you will be all set!
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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. Just in case that’s not enough fine print, this post also contains affiliate links.