Trying a new Subscription: Vella Box Review April

It is time for a new subscription box!  Well, new to me anyway.  With staying at home more (or all the time really), I find somethings aren’t as easy to pick up.  One thing I always like to have around the house are candles.  Personally I find the flickering glow of a lit candle along with the subtle perfuming of the air from their scent restful and relaxing. 

And who couldn’t use a bit more resting and relaxing, right?

So I decided to give Vella Box a try. 

In case you hadn’t guessed or didn’t know, they are a candle subscription box.  They have three tiers.  The Lucerna tier subscription sends you One 4oz candle with approximately 25 hours of burn time as well as one surprise gift each month for $10 (with $3 Shipping and Handling).  The second tier is the Ignis Box which comes with one  8 oz candle with 50 hr.s worth of burn time and one surprise gift for $20 (plus $3 S&H) and the third tier is the Vivere Box which is $30 and a combination of the previous two tiers.  In it you get one 8 oz candle, one 4 oz candle plus one surprise gift as well as free shipping.

As I am just trying the box out for the first time, I went with the Lucerna tier to start with.  It is my understanding that each month the candles come from different companies around the United States.  I ordered my box on March 30th (because I’ve sort of started losing track of dates and at that moment thought it actually was April for about two hours. I soon got sorted but that’s another story) and so I received the March selection, but will not get another one until May (so I basically missed April).

So the March candle was from Kin &Care.  According to the card included with the box, Kin &Care make soy wax candles hand poured by refugee women resettled in the USA (in the DC area I believe) and all of their candles are made in small batches.

I rather appreciate all of that.  I think their candles look a little different from the Vella Box ones so I think it is a special batch in their packaging, which I believe is supposed to be the same jar type package each month. As this is my first month I will have to report back on that.

The scent of the candle I received is Fern And Tobacco.  I have to say if I saw the name on the shelf I might just pass it by.  That doesn’t bother me actually as part of the reasons I like subscription boxes is that when things arrive I feel compelled to try them since they are already paid for. This helps get me out of my comfort zone and by doing so I have found several things that I never would have tried, but really end up liking. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had absolute flops, but I have had better luck than expected. So I continue experimenting in the world of subscription boxes.I also have a second new box coming this month, but I’ll get to that when the time comes.

So to my first candle from Vella Box. Once lit, I found I rather liked the light delicate scent.  The fern is a green smell but it seems grounded by the tobacco so you don’t feel overwhelmed as some of the intense green scents can get a little intense.  It is pleasant and not overpowering when burning in a room. 

I believe my darling dearest was hoping it had a more pronounced tobacco scent so he could say “AH HA!” and then try to bring his once a month cigar smoking inside from its back porch banishment. As the candle in no way smelled like his cigars, he was disappointed not to claim kinship.

The included card has a section of fragrance notes which reads… rich forest greens with a sweet and woody finish reminiscent of dried fruits, teas and tobacco leaves sold in the open air markets throughout the middle east and north Africa.

I have to admit, I didn’t get that.  I got a light green scent with slight earthy back notes.  But it does paint a pretty picture. I really enjoyed the candle and I love the way it comes in a glass jar with a screw top lid.  I love when my candles come with lids in general as it keeps the scent of the wax from fading and dust from collecting on the candle.  I tend to trade mine out based on seasons and personal mood. 

Although this year that isn’t saying much.  My winter type candles were well and truly used up this year instead of being put aside when my thoughts turned towards spring.  I think it is because the winter scents are ones I find very comforting.  My plan was to restock more spring and summer scents from the store, but I didn’t manage it before lock down.  Somehow this winter felt like it was never going to end so I put off a lot of my typical spring purchases thinking I had time. But at least I now have this subscription to provide a monthly candle, hopefully with a seasonal aroma to keep me going.

In addition to having a lid on the candle I like that it is a glass jar as I will be able to reuse the jar when the candle is finished rather than just chucking it out. A simple screw top jar can be used for a lot of things once the candle is gone and the label looks like an easy one to remove with soap and hot water. The candle is packaged in a reusable canvas bag which I will also easily find another use for.

In the description, each box promises to come with a surprise.  This month’s surprise was a Loofah Kitchen sponge.  It is the square item pictured above with the rest of the package. Not only does it actually work well on my dishes but it is biodegradable as it is made from 100% loofah plant. when I was little my mom grew loofah plants in the back garden and we used to use them at bath time so I find it both comforting and familiar.

All in all, I am pretty happy with this subscription box and looking forward to keeping it for at least the next few months, possibly longer.  I don’t think I need any of the larger subscriptions, mostly because I really like shopping for candles myself and really hope to get back to that at some point before fall. while I am more forgiving with summer scents, I find the winter ones I almost always have to sniff before deciding wheter or not to purchase. But at least at this ppint I know my favorites and can order them if nothing else.

I do like getting the one surprise scent each month as well. It is a small thin, but I really like having that small element of surprise. I think I will enjoy it more the longer the self-isolation continues as now that my baby doll and I have worked out the details of working from home together or at least in the same house and grocery shopping is more of a pantry raid there are few surprises within the day. And for $10 ($13 with shipping) I think it is a pretty good deal.  I like their eco friendly ethos and their support of small batch companies.  It will be interesting to see how different months progress with this one and if I continue to like the candles. I suppose we shall see.

Now, I am in no way an affiliate and this isn’t sponsored,(I actually get nothing from the links above, they are just the link to the companies sites) but I did notice that they do have a $5 off deal going on right now if you are interested in trying out this subscription, that might be a good incentive to try something new. when you go to their website a pop up offers you $5 off your first purchase, or it did when I went to the site. If you are looking for a little something different and like candles this might be a good option for you.

Also, speaking of candles, I am going to put an ad for Paddywax Candles below (If you do use that link to make a purchase I get a slight compensation. If that bothers you, just go to their website without using the link, no worries). They are one of my favorite on-line companies as far as candles go and they are currently doing a give back to local stores (you list your local store I believe). The details are on their website which you can access by clicking the banner below. Again if you are looking for candles, it might be something to check into.After all if you are going to be staying home for a while, you might as well make home as nice as possible.

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