Cottage Crate Review - March 2016 - Canadian Lifestyle Subscription Box

This box was provided complimentary for review and this post contains affiliate links.

*** 2017 Update - This subscription is closed for business.*** 

What is it? Cottage Crate 
How Much? $43/month, including tax, plus $9 flat-rate shipping. Prices in Canadian dollars. 
What’s in it? 5-6 lifestyle items from Canadian "cottage country".

Cottage Crate is a brand new Canadian subscription box based in Muskoka, Ontario. Each month, Cottage Crate puts together a curated box of lifestyle items from local artisans and producers in "cottage country". Items may include food, music, home decor, preserves, accessories, or jewellery. Cottage Crate also promises to include a sweet treat in every box.

Canadian cottage country produces a bountiful selection of inspired goods from local artisans and entrepreneurs. Everything from socks to candles, organic jam to home decor and original music and artwork. Cottage Crate curates all these great things and sends to you, a monthly selection of an eclectic mix. It's not a place. It's a lifestyle. 

Boxes ship via Canada Post on the 15th of each month. Gift subscriptions and Gift Crates are also available. If you so desire, you can  easily cancel your subscription at any time through your account page.

Product Sheet

Fine Art Cards by Kelly Holinshead (~$12)
Kelly is a Muskoka based photographer. While her specialty is wedding photography, she also shoots beautiful landscape photos and turns them into prints and cards. These two art cards are beautiful - the photo doesn't do them justice.
Muskoka Bear Wear Ladies Socks ($12.99)
Muskoka Bear Wear produces quality Canadian made lounge wear (similar to Roots). These lumberjack style socks are amazing and easily my most favourite item in this box. For those interested, MBW ships Canada-wide for $9.99.

"Here I Am" by Marc Ekins CD  ($2.97)
Marc Ekins is a Canaidan singer who "plays an eclectic mix of Rock, Country, Blues, and Celtic music". Sounds perfect for cottage life. This 3-song album is available on iTunes for $2.97 (99 cents per song). 

Soul Soap Muskoka Canadian Flag Felted Soap ($5)
Felted soaps last longer than regular soaps, provide a gentle exfoliant to remove dirt and dead skin cells and can even make bath-time fun for the most reluctant young bather! As you use the soap, the felt shrinks along with the bar. When the soap has been all used up, you're left with a tiny 'pouch'. Just cut one end of the felt open and it can be dried and used as a potpourri sachet for your garment drawers or a pocket for little ones to hide their tooth for the toothfairy. The possible uses are endless.
I've never seen soap like this before. What a genius idea!

Soul Soap Muskoka B2 Bomb Square in Pink Himalayan ($2.50)
Unwind in a warm bath with one of our luxurious bath bombs. These all natural products will provide you with the calm and tranquility your soul craves, without harmful chemical ingredients.

Soul Soap Muskoka Grandma's Garden Rose Soap (1/2 bar, $2.50)
For many years, it has been stated that Rose water and essential oils contribute to softer, younger-looking skin. The natural oils present in rose helps to maintain moisture in the skin making your skin soft and glowing.

Johnston's Cranberry Marsh - Cranberry Wine Jelly (125ml, $4.95)
This wine jelly is made from Muskoka Lakes Cranberry Wine, which is made from cranberries from Johnston's Cranberry Marsh in Bala, the cranberry capital of Ontario.

Johnston's Cranberry Marsh Dark Chocolate Cranberries (8oz, $7.95)
These are delicious! What is better than sweet and tart dried cranberries dipped in rich dark chocolate?!

Muskoka Dry Pale Ginger Ale (1 bottle, $1.50)
Muskoka Dry has been in business for over 100 years. Being a West Coast girl, I'd never heard of this company, but I'm glad I know about it now! This ginger ale is very good. It's not too sweet and has just the right amount of ginger tang. For those interested, Muskoka Dry ships 6-packs across Canada!

The inaugural Cottage Crate included 7 products, with an estimated retail value over $52 Canadian. I really enjoyed unboxing this one and discovering all the great Canadian-made products. I've never been to the Muskoka region of Ontario, but I have spent a fair bit of time enjoying the laid back "cottage life" lifestyle... Although on the west coast we call them cabins, and where my family spends our time, we call it "island life", but the feeling is the same. It's like a breath of fresh air stepping off the boat and into a completely different world. You can often find very unique and creative products in small, rural communities. As Cottage Crate says, "away from the hustle and bustle of urban life, creators have time to focus on their art, hone their product and delve into what makes something great". I liked that this box included a mix of items from small home-based creators to large-scale regional companies. It really showcases some of what Ontario cottage country has to offer. If you love discovering unique products from Canadian producers, check out Cottage Crate.

Click here to check out Cottage Crate.

Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up.   

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  1. Oh this one sounds really neat! Will definitely check it out :)

    1. Excellent! It's a great local box.


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