Crunchy Mama Box Review May 2020

Crunchy Mama Box is a curated monthly subscription box that provides natural and eco-friendly self-care to fellow crunchy mamas. They kindly sent us this box for review.

Crunchy Mama Box is much more than a subscription box company; they create a community of Mamas that are on a mission to spread love, support, and encouragement. They support women-owned, small, and eco-friendly businesses that make clean, healthy products and that are motivated by a cause.

Each month you’ll receive a carefully curated box that contains 5-8 FULL SIZE products including home items like reusable snack bags or beeswax wraps, self-care items like candles or body care, along with snack items, a beautiful stone with meditation instructions, information regarding the companies behind the products, and more.

They are also passionate about giving back and they donate a portion of each box to a different Cause Partner each month that is working to make this world a better place.

Subscription Details

Crunchy Mama Box is $29.99 per month with free shipping. New boxes are shipped on the 3rd of each month and will arrive to subscribers within 2-5 business days after shipping.

May Box Details

The May Crunchy Mama Box theme is Strength: ”With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” – Eleanor Roosevelt”

This month’s theme is such a wonderful one. We women often forget to acknowledge the strength we have so the contents in this month’s box are the perfect reminder that we can tackle and overcome life’s challenges while also using that strength to first and foremost, give ourselves love and self-care.

Here’s a look at what’s in this month’s Crunchy Mama Box:

Box Insert

This is such an informational box insert and has a nice layout like a tiny newspaper. On the front it boldly lists this month’s theme along with an inspiring quote and the company’s mission. It also provides information on the Cause Partner that they are donating to this month which happens to be the YWCA of Knoxville & Tennessee Valley for May. The YWCA provides life-saving services to women and their families in times of crisis. Such a fantastic organization to contribute to this month. Inside the insert are detailed descriptions of each item including icons for those that are vegan or Leaping Bunny certified. The back page includes information on the stone of the month, how to work with it and a meditation and mantra that align with it’s healing powers.

The Yes Bar Salted Maple Pecan Bar

“My son was born with so many food sensitivities, I was always having to say “no” to the foods he wanted to try. In frustration and out of love, I went to my kitchen and took out all the ingredients that I could say “yes” to, and made a snack that he could eat. He loved them because they looked and tasted like a cookie. I loved them because of their nutritious, premium quality organic ingredients. From that day on the Yes Bar was born.” Yes Bars are fully plant-based, paleo, & vegan and free of GMO’s, gluten, grains, dairy, corn, soy, eggs, & peanuts. They’re perfect for the whole family to enjoy.”

Yum! This treat sounds so delicious, but also healthy! It’s made with simple ingredients like almonds, cashews, pecans, macadamia nuts, maple syrup and chia seeds. It’s great for providing energy and nutrition and helps to curb sweet tooth cravings. I like that many of the ingredients are organic and there’s only real, whole foods used to create it. This one sounds like a great afternoon snack to me!

Revival Body Care Bloom Lash and Brow Serum

“Revival Body Care is a line of ALL NATURAL Skin, Lip and Hair Care created using only finest quality Organic, Fair Trade, 100% Vegan BODY CARE Ingredients. Revival Body Care is committed to using ingredients that are sustainable, ethically sourced, fair-trade, cruelty-free and organic, to ensure healthy, nourished skin, lips and hair without the use of chemicals, toxins, artificial colors, fragrances or fillers. Revival offers a range of beauty products that are good for the consumer and the environment. EVERY Ingredient serves a purpose. Not only are Revival Body Care products more effective than the chemically laden products on the market, Revival is wonderfully indulgent, yet much more affordable. Revival does not test on animals and is 100% cruelty free. Sleek, attractive, Eco-friendly, recycled and recyclable packaging looks chic in a home bathroom or on a store shelf! This is truly a product that is good for you and the environment! Nicole (owner/founder) is a mother of 3 daughters and is passionate about a healthy lifestyle. Revival focuses on education, community, sustainability and women empowerment. These very important missions are integrated in all aspects of Revival’s brand. Each blend of carefully curated ingredients is handcrafted with love, in small batches in Cleveland, OH.”

I’ve been trying a handful of products lately to get my lashes and brows to work but haven’t had a ton of success so I’m excited to have a new product to test out for this purpose! I love that this one is super easy to apply by just rolling on skin – no mess at all. It smells so lovely that I almost want to slather over my whole body (but won’t!). It’s made with lavender and lemon essential oils so it’s scent is calming, but also bright. A nice treat to apply before bedtime in a moment of purposeful self-care. Fingers crossed this one works for me!

Body Brush (For Dry Brushing)

“Dating back to ancient times, Dry Brushing is very common in many cultures including Ayurvedic medicine. Dry brushing works by removing dry and dead skin cells to not only help improve your body’s ability to eliminate toxins, but it also improves the function of your sweat and secretion glands. Benefits include smoother skin due to exfoliation and increased circulation leaving skin more radiant.”

I’m obsessed with dry brushing so this is an awesome tool to find in this month’s box. I don’t have a handheld version like this yet so it’s perfect for adding to my brush collection. Since this one is more compact it will be great for taking on travels away from home (whenever that happens again!). The bristles are soft yet just firm enough to stimulate blood and lymph flow while gently exfoliating too. I’ll be using this one a lot!

thank-u-body Smile Journal

“thank-u-body makes zines (self-published booklets) and buttons that support positive body image, build self-compassion and, self-care ideas. Every time you read one of our zines or wear our buttons, I hope you feel empowered to think about your body in a different way. As if your body were a life-long friend for which you’ve both had some ups and downs and a few tumbles along the way. My name is Kim, I research about body image as part of my Ph.D. and I love to draw, write and make zines! I also struggled with body image for a lot of my life. It’s taken 20 years to learn to be kind to myself and appreciate all the ways my body tries to support me and its quirks too. Body image dissatisfaction can have a huge impact on quality of life. After I became professionally involved with body image I wanted to connect and support my community and create things I could share about body image too. That’s how thank-u-body was born.”

This is so cute and clever! It’s a little mini journal to help uplift and induce positive feelings. The idea is to write nice notes, messages, quotes, lyrics, etc. (that have made you smile) in the spaces provided. Then when you are feeling down or have self-doubt you can read your messages back to remind you that you are loved. This would make a great gratitude journal to keep by the bedside and recount smiles from the day like a happy download before drifting off to sleep. Love this!

Teamí Nursing Tea Blend

“Our co-founder & CEO, Adi Arezzini, started having health issues at the age of 23 after her military service. Addicted to coffee, exhausted, constipated and bloated, Adi’s digestive system just stopped working. In search of an alternative to drugs or medicine, Adi read books about colon health and the negative effects accumulated toxins can have on your body. Adi started blending her own high quality loose leaf tea until she created the perfect formulation to help solve her own digestive issues. OUR PURPOSE: TO HELP YOU LIVE HAPPIER, HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE. We are blenders at heart, meaning we love mixing teas, herbs and natural ingredients in order to make truly effective, plant-based solutions. Not just for nursing mamas, this tea is great for anyone that wants calming or relaxing ingredients. This tea has many benefits including relieving gas and bloating (thanks fennel!) and also aids with insomnia due to it’s chamomile content.”

I’m not currently nursing so I love that this tea can actually be helpful for anyone. I would use this for digestive or sleep related reasons, so maybe it would be a nice after dinner tea. Since it’s says it’s calming and relaxing it seems like it would be a nice way to wind down the evening. It’s made with fenugreek, fennel, lemon balm, chamomile, aniseed, caraway and more so I’m guessing it’s a very herbal-ly flavor with a softness and hint of sweet and spice. My only small downside is that I wish the tea were in a more naturally crafted tea bag.

Elephant Candle Holder

“I personally love elephants. They have positive symbolism and spiritual meaning throughout many cultures all over the world. They are also considered a symbol of good luck, power, success wisdom and experience. Because elephants are highly social animals, they are also considered to be a symbol of loyalty, companionship and unity. We love incorporating this symbolic piece in our daily meditation routine by using the meditation stone in place of a candle.”

What a meaningful symbol this candle holder has. A reminder of your strength whenever you look at it since elephants are known for their strength and power. This would be a great addition to a meditation altar, not only for it’s energy and usefulness but because it’s pretty and would look cute too.

Stone of the Month: Desert Rose Selenite

“Desert Rose Selenite is also known as Sand Rose or Rose Rock. It is a crystal formation that occurs naturally in desert regions from the combination of sand, water and wind. It varies in
color from brown and tan to cream and white. Rose Selenite has a calming energy that rejuvenates and cleanses the mind and body. It neutralizes negative energy and quiets the mind. Because of these characteristics, it increases intuition and can relieve stress. Rose Bud Selenite is the perfect stone to meditate with. It can also be kept in a workspace or room where you would like to dispel negative energy from a person or space.”

I’ve always loved this stone and it makes it all the more interesting to learn more about it’s meaning and healing uses. Calming and cleansing energies are a total must, especially right now. Being in a calm state of mind is a good starting point to find and feel your inner strength so this stone really fits this month’s theme. This will be useful for morning meditations to start the day on a good note or for calming breathing before bed. Plus, I love the mantra card it came with, a good personal strength reminder: “When my inner voice speaks today, I will listen.”

Crunchy Mama Box Review May 2020 – Final Thoughts

I love the themes Crunchy Mama Box has each month. Sometimes you want to cultivate a certain feeling like strength for example, but need to read some inspiring words or use some tools to help you out. This box always has the perfect pairing of both so that even just reading about the chosen theme gets me inspired to get inspired! Everything in this month’s Crunchy Mama Box points to self-care which is a super important starting point for finding and providing strength. I always say, if you don’t take care of yourself first it makes it hard to care for others too. There are unique finds like the Smile Journal and items to help you feel your best too like the brow serum, plus items to give you nourishing strength like the tea and snack bar. Overall a really great selection this month. As always, looking forward to seeing what next month’s theme inspires!

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