JourneeBox Riviera Maya Box Spoilers!

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We have six spoilers for the Riviera Maya JourneeBox! FYI: The current schedule for shipping this box will be late January/early February. Customization opens 2/18.

Sabana Maya Blanket

Sabana blankets have a wide variety of applications. Recently, it has become popular to use them during yoga practice for sitting or standing postures or rolled up for support because of their substantial strength, softness and thickness. They are excellent for a picnic, at an outdoor concert, at the beach, or when camping. The beautiful patterns and designs make them a wonderful decorative item in your home as well. This Sabana Maya Blanket makes a wonderful rug in your kitchen or living room, a durable table covering or lovely art piece when displayed on a wall. Of course, this blanket is also very comfy to warm up with on a cool night.

The Sabana Maya Blanket is made of 100% cotton including 40% reclaimed material. Initial pilling of the material can be expected. Dimensions: 46” x 70”

Select from Colors: Indigo, Mocha or Merlot

Boxes will include a Riviera Tote Bag!

Inspired by traditional Mexican patterns and vibrant colors, the Riviera Tote Bag is perfect for a trip to the farmers market or grocery store, an afternoon at the beach, or for dashing off to meet friends. The Riviera Tote Bag can hold a beach blanket, a bottle of your favorite beverage and delicious snacks, a loaf of fresh bread and oranges, or a beach towel and a juicy page-turner.

The Riviera Tote Bag’s knit fabric is soft, durable, and machine washable. Tote dimensions: 13.5” x 14” Handle drop length: 10” Colors: Indigo or Cream MSRP: $55

Mexican Embroidered Face Mask

The Mexican Embroidered Face Mask is a vibrant mask featuring a traditional embroidery motif, which is characterized by large flowers in many hues. Colorful textiles have a long history in Mexico, dating back to pre-Hispanic times when cloth was dyed using local plants and embroidered by using the tip of the agave plant as a needle. With the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century, wool and silk were introduced into indigenous embroidery.

This embroidery typically depicts the flowers, birds and animals that were local to that area. Traditional patterns varied by region, designs passed down from mother to daughter. These designs are also a reflection of the people who embroider them: they reflect the joy, beauty and struggles that occur in each community, while expressing the creativity of each artisan. In modern day Mexico, learning embroidery is considered a way to share a bond with ancestors. Your Journeebox will contain one mask, the color of which the Kevia team will select based on colors you select for the other four customizable products.

The Mexican Embroidered Face Mask* measures 2.5 inches x 10 inches and is 100% cotton with silk embroidery. MSRP $24

Molinillo, a traditional whisk!

Spoiler #3 features a molinillo, a traditional wooden whisk that can be found in Mexico, turning many a hot chocolate into a foamy treat. The molinillo can be used to make traditional Mexican drinking chocolate (or any chocolate bar that can be shaved then melted) into delicious foamy, whipped hot chocolate – yes, including the Ah Cacao chocolate we dropped in Spoiler #1. To use, simply place the handle between palms and rotate the molinillo back and forth.

The box will include an item from the Riviera Maya Jewelry Collection

Mayan Sundial Necklace

The sundial necklace is inspired by the ancient civilization of the Mayans. The sun played an important part in ancient Mayan culture, which included the worship of the sun god, Kinich Ahau. The Mayans were able to keep time using sundials which were incredibly accurate. Select between a brushed 18k gold or sterling silver finish, $55 MSRP.

Annual Subscriber Bonus Item: Tulum Earrings [You will not get this item if you are not an annual subscriber]

Our Journee to Riviera Maya continues with an iconic earring set inspired by architecture from the Mexican city of Tulum. Tulum is home to the ruins of a pre-Columbian Mayan city, which was walled and set on tall cliffs overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Like these earrings, the architecture of Tulum features interlocking patterns using vertical and horizontal blocks. Select between an antiqued 18k gold or sterling silver finish, $65 MSRP.

Subscribers will have their choice between two amazingly tasty chocolate bars from Ah Cacao: either milk chocolate or Mayan dark chocolate.

Our Journee to Riviera Maya, Mexico begins with an ancient, adored delicatessen: chocolate. Made from the seeds of the Theobroma Cacao cacao tree, the Olmec civilization was one of the earliest civilizations in Latin America and credited as the first to cultivate the cacao plant into chocolate well over 3,000 years ago.

High quality, sustainably produced cacao is a labor of love from our Riviera Maya JourneeBox partner – Ah Cacao in Mexico. In 2013, Ah Cacao was recognized by theMexican Center for Philanthropy as a socially responsible company for their nature conservation efforts and their work directly with farms that harvest cacao seeds used for chocolate production in their zero emissions, rooftop solar powered facility.

JourneeBox is a lifestyle subscription box that delivers travel and nature inspired goods for just $54.99 per quarter. See all our JourneeBox reviews to find out more!

Each JourneeBox contains specially designed travel and nature-inspired accessories, home, beauty and apparel goods; delivered to you four times a year. The box is made up of $250+ worth of ethically-made, sustainable designer goods for only $219.99 a  year ($54.99 per box).

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  • Amy G
    02.23.22

    If you didn’t get the email, the blankets and totes are in stock (messages to the contrary were just a technical problem; phew!!) and you can re-customize.

  • Amy G.
    02.19.22

    Journeebox sent an email out at 5:04 pm Pacific time Friday night. Within hours, ALL blanket types and BOTH bag types were showing as sold out. So either those of us who couldn’t jump on and customize immediately are just SOL, they will substitute other products, or they were having tech issues. It seems like opening customization at the end of a work day may be a less than ideal plan . . .

  • Anita F
    02.19.22

    Customization opened today and all three blanket choices are out of stock as well as the indigo tote and possibly the cream one I’ve heard. I really regret my annual subscription and at this point I’m going to be asking for a refund. Unavailable items are unacceptable within hours of customization. I am so through with this sub. Sadly because it used to be good.

  • Weary of delays
    02.16.22

    The other day I talked with a friend importing things from Mexico to resell.

    He buys cheap plane tickets, flies down with empty suitcases, and flies back with his inventory. He says paying duty and spending hours at the airport (because they always call a drug dog) is less stress than waiting on things to get through customs and to his warehouse.

    Seems someone from Journeebox could’ve done the same thing months ago if these products are coming from Mexico.

    • Danielle
      02.17.22

      The USMCA is the international trade agreement currently in North America. This trade agreement allows for duty free trade and makes it quite easy to move product between Mexico & the US. By truck is the easiest and most cost effective, not to mention the road infrastructure is the US is great so there’s hardly any delays. If you used a broker, it’s even easier, faster and more stress free.

      Your friend more then likely wants a vacation added on because with the trade agreement things aren’t sitting at the border for months. If someone tells you this they are lying.

      My suspicion, most of the Mexican goods are coming from China because ocean shipments are taking a long time. There’s issues at Chinese customs & ports, the US ports are months behind and there’s a truck driver shortage in the US right now. All this equals severe delays. The alternative? If JourneeBox did actually order from Mexican manufacturers then this means she must have just placed the order, probably because of an operations or financial issue.

  • Rebecca
    02.15.22

    I know supply chain issues have had a huge impact on some subscription boxes. It seems the smaller companies have been hit the hardest. I think Kevia and her team do a fabulous job given the circumstances! The blanket looks great. The tote is lovely. The chocolate, though maybe not the most exciting item, will not go to waste. I have read comments about her jewelry, and it seems most are positive and note the nice quality. Agree the face mask isn’t something I would have picked, but the colors are beautiful and the embroidery is nice–trying to come up with a way to repurpose this one. The whisk looks like a fun kitchen tool to try. For the price, I find the blanket, tote bag and jewelry more than make the cost of the box. The rest is just a bonus.

    • Not An Employee From JB
      02.16.22

      Rebecca- it sounds like you’re from JB. Supply issues has been the go to excuse for businesses not run properly, including small companies. Truth.

      Do you think shipping out 2 boxes per year for the past 2 years is a good job? Shall we go into no updates about our boxes and not answering our emails for months at a time? You think that’s a fabulous job? Give me a break. This is not acceptable.

      Subscription boxes take our money and ship out our boxes in less then a months time. Why has it only become sub boxes that find it acceptable to take our money and not send us anything for 6+ months.

      That blanket does not look great. Anyone who’s been to Mexico knows their on every corner for $7-10. And they’re all the same with recycled material blah blah blah. Same with the cheap tote. And who wants to receive a mask 2 years later since covid began, we all have at least 5.

      • Cindy
        02.16.22

        It’s unbelievable all the excuses that are made for this box. I don’t subscribe, have been eyeing it but now will never, ever subscribe. When I pay for something, I expect to receive what I paid for. I won’t comment about the actual contents because whether or not you feel this box is worth it, is a personal decision. I don’t like this specific box, particularly, but others seem to and if it floats their boat, great. I think the problem with this box is simply that people are paying for something that they are not receiving. I subscribe to many boxes and all of them are shipped on time with zero issues.

      • Cindy
        02.16.22

        I also forgot to add that I think once a box starts to behave in a sketchy manner, these review sites should start to consider whether promoting it makes sense. The sites should at least publish a disclaimer pointing out the many problems that their readers have been complaining about. We shouldn’t have to read the comments section to discover that a box is taking people’s money and not fulfilling its obligations.

  • KJ
    02.13.22

    Sad because this was a good box once.

  • Anita F
    02.11.22

    I do not buy their supply issues excuses. This box used to be wonderful so WTF happened??? And yes from Mexico it can come by truck- no port issues and no trucker protests on the southern border!

    • Jennifer
      02.12.22

      Not sure if this is true but I read this box used to be owned by someone else. The current owner, is the one having all the issues. Since 2019 it’s been a sh*t show.

      The only time companies face shipping issues nowadays is when they’re having goods coming from China which is where Journee Box buys from. I know they say they buy from that specific country they’re featuring but I’ve seen people post their import records online and they’re from Chinese manufacturers. Looks like the small stuff like the food items and/or chocolate bars actually come from the featured country themselves but everything else is just Alibaba.

      • Mary L.
        02.12.22

        I don’t think that’s true.

        Kevia took over for Sugarbash and the first JourneeBox came out the start of 2019. I joined in the spring of 2019, and shipping didn’t start to go off the rails until 2020.

        FWIW, I have been impressed and satisfied with every box I’ve received. Not sure why they haven’t been able to pull it together, but I’ve never gotten “cheap China” vibes from any of their stuff.

        • Erika’s Mom
          02.13.22

          They’ve written they “design” and manufacture all their stuff. The word design is meaningless when it comes to this kinda stuff but it’s a marketing tactic to make people think it’s quality stuff. All their stuff comes from Alibaba. It’s not cheap stuff but I don’t think the quality is by any means outstanding. I received 2 boxes and while the curation is put together the items themselves, for me, are cheaply made.

          There’s a comment on MSA where a subscriber bought an annual in summer 2019 and said she’s only received 2 boxes per year. Their issues started way before Covid.

          It’s utterly unacceptable for subscribers to wait this long!

          • Mary L.
            02.14.22

            JourneeBox isn’t exactly at the top of my list of favorite subs right now — especially since I asked for a prorated refund for my last box and they refused — but I don’t think it’s correct to say all their stuff comes from Alibaba. I still haven’t used my wrap from the Kyoto box so it’s still in its original packaging, and it says “Made in Japan.” The manufacturer also seems to have a good rep from what I can see.

            If you look at the reviews on MSA (and I’m sure here too), it shows four boxes in 2019, two boxes in 2020 and two boxes in 2021. So I can see how someone who subscribed in summer of 2019 and started with the fall box only got two a year. However, in my experience, the shipping issues didn’t begin until 2020.

            Having said all that, I completely agree: it is utterly unacceptable for subscribers to be waiting so long for what was promised to be a quarterly box. It seems like a bi-annual schedule would work better for them.

  • Anita F
    02.11.22

    I have 2 boxes left on my annual and although I’d like to skip this one like I did the Japan one I’m afraid they are going out of business and want to just get this over with. I will NOT renew.

  • Anita F
    02.11.22

    I have 2 boxes left on my annual and although I’d like to skip this one like I did the Japan one I’m afraid they are going out of business and want to just get this over with. I will NOT renew.

  • Jennifer
    02.11.22

    This box is a hot mess! Not only have they not sent out anything for 6+ months and counting but they want to send these yuck products.

    I don’t buy their pandemic shipping issues as I have plenty of other boxes that contain international stuff and have faced no issues. Plus Mexico items could have easily been sent by truck and not ship.

    FYI, the good news is you can use their chat feature and get a refund for this/remaining boxes. That’s what I did. Oh and their last post was that they got hacked….

    • Mary L.
      02.14.22

      I am quite bummed because I asked for a refund on the last box of my annual, and they refused. 🙁

      • Jennifer
        02.15.22

        Hi Mary- you need to threaten to file a complaint with the FTC for failure to ship product in a timely manner, in order to get a refund.

        In the US, the FTC requires goods to be shipped within 30 days of payment or the option for a refund. There is the Mail, Internet, or Telephone Order Rule which requires that when you advertise merchandise, you must have a reasonable basis for stating or implying that you can ship within a certain time. Because they keep pushing back shipping without clearly stating you can request a refund, they are in violation of the FTC rule. When you buy an annual subscription, they state on the website the the month they ship. Since it’s way pass that, you have the right for a refund and they can’t deny you.

        “If, after taking the customer’s order, you learn that you cannot ship within the time you stated or within 30 days, you must seek the customer’s consent to the delayed shipment. If you cannot obtain the customer’s consent to the delay — either because it is not a situation in which you are permitted to treat the customer’s silence as consent and the customer has not expressly consented to the delay, or because the customer has expressly refused to consent — you must, without being asked, promptly refund all the money the customer paid you for the unshipped merchandise.”

        ReportFraud.FTC.gov is where complaints about online purchases can be made.

  • KJ
    01.27.22

    A chocolate bar, a whisk, a necklace, and a face mask. This is does not say Mayan Riviera to me. I have 2 boxes left on the annual I ordered a year an a half a go, but to have already cancelled so it doesn’t automatically renew.

  • Amy G
    01.25.22

    There’s a 4th spoiler out now — an embroidered fabric mask. They look pretty but are relatively unhelpful since the CDC says fabric masks don’t do much . . .

    • Amy G
      01.27.22

      They’ve also changed the shipping date . . . yet again. Instead of late January/early February, they’re now saying “Will ship in February.” Not holding my breath.

      • Mary L.
        01.28.22

        February now? Ugh. This feels more and more like Oui Please. I am not digging these items at all but don’t dare skip. This is the last box on my annual and at this point, I’d like to just receive it and be done with my subscription.

  • Xtina
    11.17.21

    When is the Mexico box shipping? I get the supply issues. I just want to know when to expect this.

  • Amy
    11.14.21

    I am sure it will be tasty, but I agree it seems odd to lead with this.

    But really, I am still on “delicatessen.” I have never seen it used this way and can’t decide if I’m out of date or if they mean delicacy. Since they often have typos in the booklet I’m going to assume this is one, but I’m still going to Google to see if I’m just behind.

    • Hello Subscription
      11.14.21

      Delicatesse is basically the same as delicacy. Seldomly used, but it’s a word. They could’ve been autocorrected. I personally wouldn’t use the word delicacy or any other word with the same connotation for a straight up chocolate bar, but that might just be me – Brandy

  • Lorraine
    11.13.21

    I understand the need for a change up since we only got 2 boxes all year, but a chocolate bar?

  • Mary L.
    11.13.21

    Yeah, I know they are doing the best they can with supply chain issues, but I am not really feeling this destination and this spoiler isn’t doing much for me.

  • Anita F
    11.13.21

    A chocolate bar is not very exciting. Sorry.