Ellebox Review - September 2015 - Canadian Time of the Month Subscription Box

This box was provided complimentary for review.
What is it? Ellebox 
How Much? $12 to $36.40 per month, depending on plan you choose. Save on longer terms. $5 shipping per box. Prices in Canadian dollars. 
What’s in it? Your choice of tampons and pads and hand curated comfort and wellness goods

I first heard about Ellebox in early September, when the trio of young entrepreneurs behind the box were featured in the local Vancouver newspaper. I was thrilled to learn of a new local subscription and when Ellebox offered to send me a box to review, I couldn't say no! Unfortunately the September box arrived after I'd already left on holidays, so this review is quite late.

Ellebox is a new Canadian "time of the month" subscription box that sends everything you need to survive your monthly cycle. Their motto is "receive a box in time, for your time, every time". There are a range of subscription options to choose from, with several price points. Shipping is an additional $5 per box and all prices are in Canadian dollars.
  • The Comfort Box offers your choice or tampons and/or pads, chocolate, tea, and two self care gifts. It starts at $33.40 per month. Alternatively, the Organic Comfort Box starts at $36.40 per month.
  • The Necessities Box offers your choice of tampons and/or pads, as well as chocolate and tea. It starts at $12 per month. There is also an Organic Necessities Box starting at $17 per month.
All boxes come with up to 25 feminine hygiene products. You specify the number of pads versus tampons, then choose your preferred size and brand. With the non-organic box, Tampax Pearl, Playtex Sport, U by Kotex, and Playtex Gentle Glide are available.

Another great thing about Ellebox is that a portion of their proceeds go towards supplying feminine care products to women's shelters in the Vancouver region. They also try to support local small businesses when selecting comfort and wellness goods. 

This is a review for the Comfort Box. This is one of the first boxes to go out, back in September. Since then, Ellebox has changed their packaging and the boxes are now custom printed and very professional looking!

Assortment of products
  • 13 Tampax Tampons (Regular)
  • 12 Pads
  • 3 Liners
  • 3 Wipes
Capilano Tea House - The Sisters blend (Customized for Ellebox)
This loose leaf blend came completed with paper tea bags. It's blend of lavender, chamomile, and rosehips to nourish and relax the body. Capilano is owned and operated by a mother-daughter duo from the Squamish Nation on the North Shore. They will soon be opening a flagship store in Gastown and I'm quite interested to check it out!

Traditional Medicinals PMS Tea (2 bags)
This is a diuretic tea that helps relieve temporary water weight gain and bloating.

Milsean Demerara Butter Crunch (3 bars)
The product card listed Ghirardelli chocolates, but these Milsean ones are even better. Hailing from Aldergrove, BC (another local Vancouver region company!), these Demerara Butter Crunch chocolates are the most amazing thing I have had in recent memory. Chocolate, butter toffee, and slivered almonds all in one tasty morsel. I need more. 

Fable Naturals Rosemary & Mint Sugar Scrub (125g)
This is another local company, based in Vancouver. I love sugar scrubs, and this one smells divine.

Plenty + Spare Activated Charcoal Soap
I sounds like a broken record, but Plenty + Spare is also local, and produces all their products in their Vancouver studio.  

Studio Oh! Journal
Ellebox says writing is an essential part of self-care, so they included a journal so we could take some time to reflect. Great idea!

I was really impressed with the first Ellebox. I received an assortment of 25 pads and tampons, plus a few liners and wipes. I didn't do a valuation on this box, but the two body products alone are worth $19, so I'm pretty confident that the value of this box exceeds the $33.40 price point. The self care items are all well thought out and make sense for a box like this. I was most impressed by all the local products included. The tea, chocolate, and body products are all from local Vancouver region companies, and they are all new to me. I love discovering great new products and businesses through subscription boxes!

Click here to check out Ellebox.

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