Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Handmade Hive February 2017 Subscription Box Review and 20% Off Coupon

I'm so excited to introduce you to Handmade Hive! If you've followed me for long, you probably know that I have an abiding love for subscription boxes that send handmade, artisan goods. I'm a huge proponent for supporting small businesses and independent artisans. Especially women! We are creative, thoughtful beings and I love being able to support artists in any way I can. It's not exactly easy to grow your own business from scratch when you're a women with ten thousand things on her plate so I'm always thrilled to find a new subscription exploring the wonders of handmade products!

Handmade Hive has a wonderful February 2017 box with a theme of "Love is in the Air." February is always a fun month to subscribe to any box because they tend to focus on all the things that say "me-time" and Handmade Hive is no exception.

With every purchase, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to organizations that help fight sex trafficking, sexual exploitation and sexual abuse.. The months of January, February and March, donations will go to Truth for Women's Truth Home. Truth Home is a therapeutic residential home offering changed lives and hope-filled futures to survivors of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation. The home offers a safe place and supportive services for women who want an opportunity to rebuild their lives.

The Cost: $44.95/month plus $9.99 shipping

What You Get: Each box is filled with locally-sourced, quality handmade goods from small businesses around the country. Each month, the contents will center on a specific theme and contain a piece for home, wardrobe or style. You will receive anything from art, personal-care products and stationery to home goods, edible treats and more.
The Fruit Boxx Strawberry Summer Freeze Dried Strawberries- I'm just going to start with awe over how large these strawberry pieces are! So many times when I get dried strawberries, they're basically dust. These, though, are excellent, large pieces! Perfect for decorating or including in your own chocolate dish.
Value: $3

Chocolate (Vol. 18) by Susie Heller- This is a recipe book packed with chocolate concoctions! I love this! "Susie Heller's ode to chocolate improves on the touchstones that chocolate fans know and love (killer caramel brownies and the only chocolate layer cake recipe you'll ever need), while still finding room to explore new ideas." Apparently, this author has several cookbooks and has worked with Julia Child. My mom might steal this from me and never give it back...
Value: $14
Frost'd Co. Mexican Hot Chocolate Snack Frosting- Alright, so you love chocolate. And you've got a significant other. You've probably heard that cinnamon is an aphrodisiac and well, it *is* that time of year! While I can't really attest to it's aphrodisiac powers (my husband is an aphrodisiac all by himself /swoon), I can say that Mexican hot chocolate is one of my favorite ways to "do" chocolate. I make it myself but I've used the Abuelita (great if you like it sweet) and many other types. This, however, is FROSTING! Frosting that tastes like Mexican Hot Chocolate. It's made with coconut oil which tends to be hard at room temperature so you have to heat this up and stir before you can use it. It is AMAZING. I didn't even bother putting it on anything except a spoon. It's rich, decadent and totally satisfying. I'm going to make brownies and put this on them. It's so good plain, though...
Value: $9
Oak Barrel Designs Wineglass and Bottle Holder- Stop everything!! Have you ever seen something like this in a subscription box?!! Me either! I don't drink wine so I think I'll have to find something more creative to do with it. I love the stain and I'm sure I can think of something crafty. I'm just happy to see something so random in this box.
Value: $15

Meadow View Beekeeping Beeswax Candles- Love! Beeswax candles burn so clean and last forever! If I wasn't afraid of work, I'd probably try to do bees myself. Instead I just provide tons of flowers for them so they'll make awesome honey. I think one day I may try beekeeping myself but until then, I have to take advantage of those who already are! These are perfect candles and I'm excited to light them up for Valentine's Day dinner (wish me luck, I'm making Chateaubriand).
Value: $9
Big Picture Farm Farmstead Goat Milk Caramels- I've been heading to the gym regularly with my husband just so I can indulge in (I'm up to 105lbs on my squats!) the things I love. One of those things is caramels! Handmade caramels are handsdown the best kind to ever eat. Once you have one or two, you'll realize how terrible all those other caramels you had were. Now, I have to admit that goat's milk is not my favorite thing unless it is a very specific kind of cheese spread from one specific grocery store. These caramels are not my favorite because... well, goat milk. But it's fun that there are several flavors and I plan to gift these to a family member who loves this stuff.
Value: $10
Farmstead Apothecary Citrus Rose Body Butter- Very fitting for a February box! Rose scented body butter! This is a thick, creamy body butter made with real fruit and essential oils. It's vegan and cruelty free. And it has no lavender! So happy when more unusual fragrances are chosen for products like this. They also have a Strawberry Gardenia that sounds amazing.
Value: $15

VERDICT: I'm really excited to see where Handmade Hive goes! I'm always interested to see what kinds of inclusions curators make in boxes like these. I definitely think there can be a personality to boxes of this kind and sometimes you find out that whoever is doing all the choosing is someone with your style. It's always a great thing! It means that more often than not, you're going to enjoy what you find each month. The variety is fantastic and the value is very good for a specialty box like this, exceeding the cost plus shipping by almost $25. Usually they come in right at cost. Fun!

If you would like to sign up for Handmade Hive box, you can do that here. Use code SWEETTREAT for 20% off AND free shipping when you subscribe for this February box!

*This box was provided complimentary for review purposes. all opinions are mine.

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