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June 2014 Homegrown Collective Review – “Summer Time…& The Livin’s…” 7 comments

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June 2014 Homegrown Collective

June 2014 Homegrown Collective

The Homegrown Collective, who kindly sent me this box to review, includes seasonally appropriate, professionally curated products that deliver the satisfaction of living a more self-sufficient & sustainable lifestyle to your doorstep each month.

June 2014 Homegrown Collective

The Box

The Homegrown Collective ships via USPS Priority Mail.  I received this box just before the 4th of July (boxes always ship towards the end of the month) and have been wanting to work on it ever since.  I took it up-north over the holiday week and didn’t get a chance and then every time I planned to work on it at home the day just got the best of me and time ran out.  Since I am not sure when I will get a chance to finish the projects I decided to go ahead and write the review anyway!

June 2014 Homegrown Collective

First Look

I hadn’t a gotten a look at any spoilers yet so I didn’t know what we would be making here. I thought it might be sunscreen related, but beyond that I was clueless.

June 2014 Homegrown Collective

The Information Card

The June 2014 Homegrown Collective theme was “Summer Time… & The Livin’s…” and included the following projects:

~After-Sun Aloe Lotion Bars: These bars work as a great “after-sun” lotion and according to the card help to hydrate your skin.  I was thinking about keeping one or two in the fridge to really cool after a long day outside.

June 2014 Homegrown Collective

After-Sun Aloe Lotion Bars – The Information Card

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After-Sun Aloe Lotion Bars – The Materials

~All Natural Insect Repellant: Love this!  The bugs aren’t so bad in my backyard, but up-north they are crazy awful.  This buy spray has no chemicals like a lot of the store bought sprays do, which is awesome. This mixture is suppose to be mixed with equal parts water and I should note that they included a storage bottle, as well as, a spray bottle do you don’t have to worry about what to do wit the undiluted mixture.

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All Natural Insect Repellant – The Information Card

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All Natural Insect Repellant – The Supplies

~All Natural Organic Sunscreen: Sunscreen is like our number one summer essential for the kids and it’s not really something I was even aware you could make it home.  That’s obviously what Homegrown Collective is for!  I also didn’t know that the differences SPF numbers on sunscreen were so small.  SPF 100 blocks 99% of the suns rays, SPF 50 blocks 98%, SPF 30 blocks 96.7%,etc.  Who knew?

All Natural Organic Sunscreen - The Information Card

All Natural Organic Sunscreen – The Information Card

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All Natural Organic Sunscreen – The Supplies

What do you think of The Homegrown Collective?   Boxes are $48 /month and, of course, are 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!!!

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

February 2014 The Homegrown Collective Review – “Honey: “How Sweet It Is” 3 comments

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February 2014 The Homegrown Collective

February 2014 The Homegrown Collective

The Homegrown Collective, who kindly sent me this box to review, includes seasonally appropriate, professionally curated products that deliver the satisfaction of living a more self-sufficient & sustainable lifestyle to your doorstep each month.

February 2014 The Homegrown Collective

The Box

Homegrown Collective ships via USPS Priority Mail.  They always ship at the end of the month meaning that sometimes you may not receive your monthly box until early the following month.  I believe I received my February Homegrown Collective on the first or second day of the March this month.

February 2014 The Homegrown Collective

FIrst Look

I knew right away that this box was honey related.  I know that they did a honey themed box a year or so ago, but that was before I started receiving the boxes.

February 2014 The Homegrown Collective

The Information Cards

The February 2014 Homegrown Collective theme was “Honey: How Sweet It Is” and includes three products which are a homage to Spring and the Bee.  Here is what was included:

~Honey Lip Balm: The first project I worked on was making Honey Lip Balm.  I have made lip balm a few times in the past so I basically knew the drill.  It is always a challenge though to make sure you have the proportions right.  Too much oil makes the balm too mushy.  Too much beeswax and it will be too hard.  I think I got a good combination for this one and was pleased with the results (and have applied it half dozen times since I made it just to test it out).

February 2014 The Homegrown Collective

Honey Lip Balm – The Instructions

February 2014 The Homegrown Collective

Honey Lip Balm – The Materials

Honey Lip Balm - All Done

Honey Lip Balm – All Done

~Honey Sugar Face Scrub:  I think I was most excited about this one.  It’s a face scrub that contains only two ingredients – raw honey and organic sugar.  I added grapeseed oil too, but that’s not required by any means.  I loved this.  I don’t know when my face has felt softer.  It was kind of difficult to spread, but I added a little water to it and all was well. I will be making another batch of this again soon.

February 2014 The Homegrown Collective

Honey Sugar Face Scrub – The Instructions

Honey Sugar Face Scrub - The Materials

Honey Sugar Face Scrub – The Materials

Honey Sugar Face Scrub - All Mixed Up

Honey Sugar Face Scrub – All Mixed Up

~Oh My Wood Butter: Wood butter, which is made from beeswax and grapeseed oil is a way to bring your wooden utensils back to life.  The project included coasters to make (which I did) and then also encouraged you to try it on your own wooden cutting boards, utensils, etc.  I didn’t have anything that looked too rough, but I liked how it made the coasters look!  I probably should have removed the bark from my coasters (I broke one of the four) because I can’t seem to get the wood butter out of some of the cracks, but oh well!

February 2014 The Homegrown Collective

Oh My Wood Butter – The Instructions

February 2014 The Homegrown Collective

Oh My Wood Butter – The Materials

Oh My Wood Butter - All Done

Oh My Wood Butter – All Done

I never do a cost breakdown for the Homegrown Collective since it would be too difficult.  As always, I wouldn’t describe The Homegrown Collective as a “value box”.  It’s all about the curation and the opportunity to learn about new things.  If you happen to have some honey and sugar around, I seriously recommend mixing it up and doing a facial scrub tonight!

What do you think of The Homegrown Collective?   Boxes are $48 /month and, of course, are 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!!!

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

January 2014 The Homegrown Collective Review – “DIY Detoxify” 5 comments

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January 2014 The Homegrown Collective

January 2014 The Homegrown Collective

The Homegrown Collective, who kindly sent me this box to review, includes seasonally appropriate, professionally curated products that deliver the satisfaction of living a more self-sufficient & sustainable lifestyle to your doorstep each month.

January 2014 The Homegrown Collective

The Box

The Homegrown Collective ships via USPS Priority Mail. They always ship at the end of the month, and delivery takes about two days.

January 2014 The Homegrown Collective

First Look

I hadn’t seen any posts about the January 2014 Homegrown Collective theme and the first look didn’t provide me with many clues either.

January 2014 The Homegrown Collective

The Information Cards

Ahh, here we go!  The January 2014 Homegrown Collective theme was “DIY Detoxify: Inside & Out”.  The theme seems to fit perfectly for January after all the holiday indulging.

January 2014 The Homegrown Collective

The Details

This month’s Homegrown Collective box was all about giving you a reason to give your body a break with a hot mineral bath, a cup a tea and a chance to get a little muddy.  Here is what projects were included this month:

~Dandelion Leaf Herbal Tea: Since I don’t like tea, I skipped this project, but I did read all about the power of the dandelion herb which I had no idea about.  Quite interesting, but it didn’t make me want to drink tea (not much would).  My cousin (who gets all my tea) will be happy about this though!

January 2014 The Homegrown Collective

Dandelion Leaf Herbal Tea

January 2014 The Homegrown Collective

Dandelion Leaf Herbal Tea

~Dead Sea Salts and Lavender Fizzing Bath Soaks: This was a super easy project to make.  All you had to do was mix the salts, the lavender buds and the sodium bicarbonate & citric acid blend and put them in the little bags.  Those go right in the bath.  If I had to guess, I would say that there are enough supplies for about 15 (?) baths?  Oh and  the Dead Sea Salts actually came with a mineral certificate, which I thought was pretty cool!

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Dead Sea Salts and Lavender Fizzing Bath Soaks

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Dead Sea Salts & Lavender Fizzing Bath Soaks

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Dead Sea Salts and Lavender Fizzing Bath Soaks

~Bentonite Clay & Rosewater Mask: The final project in the box (and my favorite) was a clay mask!  You mixed the powdered clay with water, smeared it on your face and then sprayed with the rosewater / water mixture.  I loved it. I felt like it made my pores open up and I’ll totally use this again.  It was really thick and I was a tad scared I’d never get it off, but it was fine.  And again, there is enough clay in this for TONS of masks!

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Bentonite Clay & Rosewater Mask

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Bentonite Clay & Rosewater Mask

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Bentonite Clay & Rosewater Mask

I never do a cost breakdown for the Homegrown Collective since it would be too difficult.  But I also wouldn’t describe The Homegrown Collective as a “value box”.  It’s all about the curation and the opportunity to learn about (at least I learn a lot with these boxes) new natural ways to do things.

Boxes are $48 /month and, of course, are 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!!!

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

December Homegrown Collective 11 comments

December Homegrown Collective

December Homegrown Collective

The Homegrown Collective, who kindly sent me this box to review, includes seasonally appropriate, professionally curated products that deliver the satisfaction of living a more self-sufficient & sustainable lifestyle to your doorstep each month.

December Homegrown Collective

The Box

The Homegrown Collective ships via USPS Priority Mail. They usually ship near the end of the month (sometimes I won’t even get the box until the following month), but this month they shipped early because of the holidays. This one shipped on the 20th and I received it on the 24th, so that 2 Day Priority Mail didn’t quite work out.

December Homegrown Collective

First Look

I wasn’t expecting the box to arrive so early and hadn’t even had a chance to guess what was inside this month.  Even from the first lookI still couldn’t figure out what the projects were going to be.

December Homegrown Collective

The Information Cards

The December Homegrown Collective theme was “Naturally Essential Home Remedies & Cure-Alls” and included the following projects:

~Herbal Tintures: I have to tell you, I had no idea what a tincture was before yesterday.  It turns out it’s an “alcohol-based derivative of a fresh herb or other natural plant material as an alternative medicine”.  I have not started this yet, but it included your choice of herbs, which each have different benefits and takes about 30-45 days from start to finish.  Once finished, they recommend you take 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon at the first sign of a cold up to 4 times per day.  If anyone already uses this, I would love to know what you think and if you recommend it.

December Homegrown Collective

Herbal Tinctures

December Homegrown Collective

Herbal Tinctures – The Supplies

~Eucalyptus Vapor Cups: These are great!  I could not wait to get started on them and  couldn’t believe how easy it was to make my own shower bombs.  All that’s in them is baking soda and eucalyptus and essential lavender oil.  You mix it all, put it in the oven and bake for 20 minutes and that’s it!  I seem to now have a cold (not a surprise considering everyone else around me is sick) and cannot wait to test one of these out tomorrow!

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Eucalyptus Vapor Cups

December Homegrown Collective

Eucalyptus Vapor Cups – The Supplies

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Eucalyptus Vapor Cups – About to Cook

~Essential Oil: Oregano, much to my surprise, is known as nature’s antibiotic.  It’s been shown to kill unwanted bacteria, fungus, yeast, parasites and viruses.  I have never tried essential oils before (that I can recall anyway), but I’ve got nothing to lose (except this cold) so why not??

December Homegrown Collective

Essential Oil

December Homegrown Collective

Essential Oil – The Supplies

Essential Oil - All Finished

Essential Oil – All Finished

As usual, I didn’t do a value calculation for the December Homegrown Collective box since it would have been too difficult.  And as always, I wouldn’t describe The Homegrown Collective as a “value box”.  It’s a way to learn about and try new, “green” things and see what works for you.

Boxes are $48 /month and, of course, are 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!!!

Disclosure: This complimentary box was received for review purposes. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received.  This post does contain affiliate links.

November The Homegrown Collective Review + Giveaway 71 comments

November The Homegrown Collective

November The Homegrown Collective

The Homegrown Collective, who kindly sent me this box to review, includes seasonally appropriate, professionally curated products that deliver the satisfaction of living a more self-sufficient & sustainable lifestyle to your doorstep each month.

November The Homegrown Collective

The Box

The Homegrown Collective ships via USPS Priority Mail.  My box actually arrived in November (it was here on Saturday), however, it is fairly standard for The Homegrown Collective boxes to arrive early into the next month.

November The Homegrown Collective

First Look

I can never guess what the Homegrown Collective will do and actually can never even figure out what the projects are even when I see the materials.  I actually need to read the information cards to figure it out!  Whatever we were going to be making here though, I was liking it!

November The Homegrown Collective

The Information Card

The November The Homegrown Collective theme was “almond de”light”” and included two projects: Evergreen Oil Candle and Oh My Cacao & Coconut Almond Milk!  I didn’t snap a picture, but the box includes an summary page describing each of the projects, why they were included and the benefits of each.

Project #1: Evergreen Oil Lamp: Ahhh, I was so excited about this one that I forgot to take pictures of the materials used!  It’s possible that this is my favorite Homegrown Collective project ever.  It’s filled with all things holiday and is gorgeous.  It took me two seconds to stuff the pinecones and other evergreen filler in, pour in the lamp oil and get the wick set up.  Love love love.  These would make an amazing and thoughtful gift this season too!

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Project #1: Evergreen Oil Lamp – The Instructions

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Project #1: Everygreen Oil Lamp – The Final Product

~Project #2: Oh My Cacao & Coconut Almond Milk!: I have not finished making the almond milk yet, but I think this is going to be a project L and I do together.  The almonds need to sit in water for 24-48 hours and then the actual making of the milk can begin. It’s going to be fun to see what L thinks of this milk.

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Project #2: Oh My Cacao & Coconut Almond Milk! – The Instructions

November The Homegrown Collective

Project #2: Oh My Cacao & Coconut Almond Milk! – The Supplies

As usual, I didn’t do a value calculation for the November Homegrown Collective box since it would have been too difficult.  I wouldn’t describe The Homegrown Collective as a “value box” by any means, but I always learn something new with each box which is what it’s all about.

Boxes are $48 /month and, of course, are 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!!! Oh and one more thing! The Homegrown Collective sent me an extra box this month to give away to one of you! All you need to do is enter in the Rafflecopter widget below! Good luck!

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Disclosure: This complimentary box was received for review purposes. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received.  This post does contain affiliate links.