This spring Birchbox released the new Limited Edition How To Hygge Box.
This box is $53 with a promised $180 value.
The back of the card details all the items and describes why they’re amazing!
Everything in my box! In case you didn’t know, Hygge (pronounced hue-guh) is the “Norwegian and Danish word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment.” I am all about cozy comfort so I couldn’t wait to get my limited edition box, and I received it pretty quickly!
The Birchbox Limited Edition How To Hygge Box ($53):
Calm Book by Michael Acton Smith (List price $19.99, currently $14.25) isn’t like a traditional book; it didn’t have a table of contents or an index so you can just open it up and pick up where you like. Some of the pages are similar to a journal entry, and I found a page for doodling and another that can be colored with pencils or markers. It’s a really neat book and I don’t think I would have even looked for something like this at the store, but I love it!
Based on the popular iPhone app, a visually exciting, practical, and playful interactive guide to twenty-first century meditation that provides simple tools, tricks, and habits to find tranquility and focus, improve creativity and productivity, achieve better mental and physical health, and ultimately transform your life.
Achieving mindfulness doesn’t require a huge lifestyle shift or special training. It’s about mastering simple habits that work with the demands of your busy life. It uses the abilities you’re born with: creativity, spontaneity, and awareness of the world around you. There are no rules to follow or break. Everyone can achieve calm—including you.
In Calm, Michael Acton Smith combines fascinating neurological research, ancient wisdom, and real-life experiences to demystify meditation and show you the many simple ways to be mindful everyday. Crafted to resemble a journal, filled with beautiful and inspiring artwork, and divided into eight life-balancing sections—Nature, Work, Creativity, Children, Travel, Relationships, Food, and Sleep—Calmcan help you change your perspective and rediscover the pleasures of the world. Each section blends fascinating research, creative prompts, activities, instructions, and insights that will stimulate your senses and inspire you.
Calm can be used multiple times a day or whenever you need it to find a little peace. Take a walk without a fixed destination, savor a piece of chocolate on the tip of your tongue, plant a seed, doodle aimlessly, turn off your mobile phone for five short minutes. Smile, breathe, and go slowly. Calm your mind—and change your world.
The illustrations are lovely.
Here’s a journal page.
There was an attached bookmark so if you want to work from front to back you can easily keep your place.
Klorane Smoothing and Relaxing Patches with Soothing Cornflower ($7.71) I like the feel of eye patches under my eyes and they help me relax because you can’t do much when you’re trying to keep them from sliding off of your face! Just kick back and take a little snooze or watch a TV show, or just daydream for a little while.
Richer Poorer Women’s Textured Crew Socks – Color/design may vary ($12) I love interesting socks and these fit the bill! They have a Nordic look about them without crossing into Christmas territory.
They are made of combed cotton, polyester, and spandex and are U.S. women’s size 5-10. Perfect for cuddling up on the couch with a good book.
Sunday Riley C.E.O. C + E Micro-Dissolve Cleansing Oil ($11.17) I always use a cleansing oil to remove my face at the end of the day (I follow with a separate cleanser). This one was supposed to smell like citrus, but I didn’t care for the scent. I think I may have had a reaction to all the citrus extracts. I ended up using it to clean my foundation brush!
Amika Soulfood Nourishing Mask ($7) Now this product I love! I use a deep conditioner once a week and not only did this smell amazing and work well, it also has the best darn packaging, so pretty and bright! Even the skull has purple eye spaces!
Askinosie Chocolate Single Origin Sipping Chocolate ($3.69) I love a short list of ingredients, like the one on this packet: cocoa beans, sugar, cocoa butter. That’s it! The cocoa is from The Philippines and this packet makes two servings. Just add hot milk and whisk away over low heat until the chocolate melts. I haven’t tried it yet but there’s a rainy day in this week’s forecast so I will be ready when it happens.
Oh K! Sleep Mask ($6.50) There are 5-6 uses in this pretty packet, so don’t apply it all at once! You just put it on over your moisturizer before bed, or you can skip your regular moisturizer if you have oily skin.
Hyaluronic acid helps lock in moisture – it can draw moisture from the air around you! The mask had a gel consistency and a light floral scent.
Milk Makeup Hydrating Oil ($24) Ok, the first time I used this I thought, “wow, it feels so dry!” I tried it a couple more times before I figured out that I HAD FORGOTTEN TO TAKE THE PLASTIC DOME OFF OF THE PRODUCT!!! In fact, the pictures below all have that dang cap on them. Just to let you know, there is a cap on there people.
I like that this is portable, although I wouldn’t want to leave it in the heat for very long.
Just screw it up to use, and roll it wherever you like. I plan on using it nightly on my elbows. It has a slight lemon scent, and is made with avocado, sweet almond, and jojoba oils.
Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer in Peaceful Paranoia ($18) I have always wanted to try this brand’s nail polish! If this is your first time receiving a Smith & Cult product, please know that the dent in the lid is supposed to be there.
The formula is free of dibutyl phthalate, toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, xylene, ethyl tosylamide, and triphenyl phosphate. It is supposed to last for several days.
Peaceful Paranoia is a nice, neutral dusty-rose shade with a bit of glimmer that works for me.
My daughter is the hand model here, and she was happy with the shade. It is an iridescent color that changes when you move your hands around.
Votivo® Aromatic Travel Tin Candle in No. 45 Grey Vetiver™ ($12.25) It is hard to find a candle that smells good both cold and while burning but this one hit both of those benchmarks for me!
“Embodying the alluring mystique of gallant masculinity, Grey Vetiver haunts sleek sophistication in the form of dry woods spiked with sharp citrus.” It smells like a unisex fragrance that is just on the edge of being too masculine and is fresh yet comforting. I really enjoyed this candle and it should burn around 40-50 hours.
Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Body Polish ($18) Ahhh, a product that does two things at once – exfoliates my body while moisturizing it, too.
I love the ingredients, which include sugar, clay, coconut oil, and shea butter. It has a coconut rose scent. I’m not usually a fan of rose but the coconut makes it work for me.
Thisworks® Deep Sleep™ Pillow Spray ($29) I’ve received little samples of this product before but now I have a full-sized bottle!
I love anything patchouli, which is the smell that I pick up on when I spray this on my bed/pillow/room. There’s also lavender, vetiver, and chamomile essential oils to help induce a relaxing feeling. What can I say, I’ve slept well each time I’ve used it!
I was very happy with my Birchbox Limited Edition How to Hygge Box! I have a stressful job as a high school substitute teacher and when I get home I’m a mess. I just want to curl up in a ball but since I have to adult I prefer to do something relaxing and this box has some products to help me do just that. I liked the variety of items; there was self-care, beauty, a hot drink, cozy socks, a lovely candle, and a book/journal. The promised value was $180 and I calculated this box to have a value of around $163.57, using sale prices when available. I think that it came pretty close, plus, I didn’t have to pay separate shipping fees for these items. I will even be able to use the box itself to store items, just like I do with my monthly Birchbox boxes!
What do you think of the Limited Edition How To Hygge Box?