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Unboxing: Bookworm Candles & Crafts Bookish Box (March)

Unboxing: Bookworm Candles & Crafts Bookish Box (March)

Company: Bookworm Candles

Theme: Folklore Dreams

Contents

Everapple 7oz candle jar, based on events in The Cruel Prince

The Shire 4oz double wick candle tin based on Lord of the Rings

Goblin King 2oz candle tin inspired by Wintersong

Trollus 2oz candle tin inspired by The Malediction trilogy

A Throne of Glass inspired pouch

The Language of Thorns bookmark by At Home Amongst the Clouds

Faerie Wine lip balm from LitBalms

A Lord of the Rings print

A Cardan print

A folklore dreams badge

A compact mirror featuring Ignatius from the Summoner trilogy

I absolutely loved this box. I have a lot of candles from Bookworm Candles, primarily because their candles can be trusted to consistently cast scent through a room when they’re burning, and while I have candles from other companies that are very pretty, I’ve yet to find some that are both aesthetically pleasing and burn as efficiently and effectively as these. The colours and scents of the candles, and the decoration and the jar/tin designs of Bookworm Candles are beautiful and I’m sure I’ll continue to be a customer for a long time.

I really enjoyed The Cruel Prince and it was brilliant to items in this box themed on the novel. The Everapple candle smells sweet, but not cloyingly so, and I can’t wait to burn it (once I’ve used it in some Bookstagram shots!). The choice of quotation for the lid is great and an apt one for the novel as a whole, let alone the incident the candle alludes to.

Pictured on the right are the The Shire (green), Goblin king (yellow) and Trollus (blue/green) candles. I think my favourite is The Shire for its fresher notes, but the other two have great scents too – slightly sweeter – and are just my kind of thing. I’m not particularly fond of candles with heavy perfumes and they walk a nice line between floral and syrupy.

More Manon merchandise seems to be appearing in various book-related subscription boxes of late (yay!) and I was thrilled to find a pouch with a quotation about The Thirteen on it. I use a lot of fabric pouches for jewellery and nail varnish, etc, when on the move and find them infinitely useful.

The Language of Thorns remains one of my favourite reads after many months and many books. The design on the bookmark is beautiful and it’ll be finding a home in one of my copies of the book. Other paper goods in the box included two prints, one Lord of the Rings themed and another of an anime inspired illustration of Cardan. They’re both good quality, but not really my thing, though admittedly I was interested in this box primarily for the candles!

The lip balm smells lovely and I’ve already been to LitBalms’ Etsy shop to order a couple more of their products (they’re having an Easter sale until April 4th!). I’ve not read the Summoner books, but the compact mirror is adorable and I keep one in my handbag (co-incidentally, the one I’m using now is from a previous Bookworm Candles box).

All in all, this box made me smile, which has to be a good thing. I’ve never been disappointed by anything I’ve purchased from Bookworm Candles and this is no exception. The box is fantastic value for money, especially considering how many candles you receive, the size they are, and the amount/quality of the other goods included. Great products, great customer service… what more could you ask?

Unboxing: Fae Crate (March)

Unboxing: Fae Crate (March)

Company: Fae Crate

Theme: Bewitched

Contents

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw + postcard and signed bookplate

Sightwitch candle from Spidey Scents

Angela the Herbalist ‘Craft your own Brew’ by Albion Tea Co

Swan Sisters tea strainer

Alba’s Forgetful Cakes mug cake mix

Manon mug by Verge of Wisteria

Marvelous Land of Oz Map

Sanderson Sisters magnetic bookmark by Coolyeti Creations

Bellatrix Lestrange post card from Chioink

Free ebook download of Scythe of Darkness by Dawn Husted

So many book box subscription services had a sea theme for March that I deliberately avoided ordering them, assuming that the book would be either To Kill a Kingdom or The Wicked Deep, the first of which I had loved and read an ARC of and the second I was a little on the fence about (and had an odd feeling that it would be the pick for Fae Crate) until I actually had the book in my hand. I was beginning to regret that I didn’t have a hardback copy of The Wicked Deep when the box arrived, so I was pleased to see it was the choice for this month. I look forward to reading it once I get a couple more ARCs finished and reviewed.

For my favourite item in the box, I can’t decide between the candle and the mug. It’s lovely to see a decent sized candle in a subscription box and it both smells and looks beautiful. This isn’t to say that I don’t like seeing smaller candles in other boxes, but that I tend to end up less inclined to burn them in-case they get used up too quickly. As for the mug, Manon swiftly became one of my favourite characters from the Throne of Glass series and it’s nice to see more merchandise dedicated to her appearing. I love the dragon design!

I am exercising great restraint and not experimenting with the ‘craft your own brew’ until summer hits us (if it ever does…) and I can enjoy making brightly coloured iced drinks with the ingredients. It’s a good twist on a standard tea! What restraint I’m employing there may well mean that the mug cake mix is gone by this evening, as I have zero control when it comes to making mug cakes. I’ve mentioned this about another subscription box, but it’s great that everything you need for helping make the tea (the swan tea strainer) and the cake mix (mug) are included in the box. Yes, I’m sure most people have mugs to hand, but I like to get use out of the items in subscription boxes and will be making the cake mix in the Manon mug. <3

I’ve already used the Land of Oz map in a Bookstagram photo (yet to be posted)! I’m a huge fan of the Wicked musical and the ‘Wicked Years’ series by Gregory Maguire. Out of Oz is one of my favourite books: “I may not know how to fly, but I know how to read, and that’s almost the same thing.” 

Unfortunately, the magnetic bookmark and postcard aren’t my kind of thing, as I’m not a fan of either source material, but they are both excellent pieces of artwork. I’m sure I can find homes for them with friends who will appreciate them more than me, so that’s a positive too.

I love that a second book is included in e-book form. Bookish goods are wonderful, but an extra book is a real bonus.

Though I really loved Fae Crate’s March box, I’m afraid that I probably won’t be ordering another box unless I’m really interested in the theme of the month. The price of the box plus shipping to the UK prices it a bit far above some other subscription boxes from the US, and while I’m sure it’s a necessity owing to the size of the box being bigger, it means I end up paying almost as much for shipping as for the box itself. I really wish I could justify maintaining a subscription, as their future themes and item reveals look brilliant. If you’re in the US, I highly recommend checking out Fae Crate!

Unboxing: Wildest Dreams Book Box (March)

Unboxing: Wildest Dreams Book Box (March)

Company: Wildest Dreams Book Box

Theme: Family Ties

Contents

Far From the Tree by Robin Benway

‘The Weasleys’ inspired shower gel from Geeky Clean

‘The Carters’ English Breakfast Tea from Rosie Lea Tea

Far From the Tree tissues

Note from Robin Benway

This might be an odd thing to start off with, but I really appreciate that empty teabags in which to put the tea of month are included in the box! A lot of subscription boxes include loose teas and assume that you’ll have a tea steeper or something of that variety to use, and though I know I do have one sitting around somewhere, the chances of finding it when I want to use one of these teas? Zero. It’s thoughtful to include the teabags in the box and something I find very convenient. The branding on the tea is lovely and the The Hate U Give  is such a fantastic book (currently doing a re-read) that it put a smile on my face to see an item themed on it in this month’s box. That it’s an English Breakfast tea? Even better.

I also love Geeky Clean’s products! As mentioned in a previous unboxing, I’m not a fan of Harry Potter, but I tend to favour citrus scents in terms of bath products, so, the shower gel being orange scented, it will get used! As an aside (of sorts), the colour scheme of this box was just my thing. I’m on an orange/pink/green kick at the moment.

I’d not heard of Far From the Tree before finding it in the box, but I’ll be looking to read it soon. I’ve read a lot of fantasy/sci-fi YA novels recently and I’ve started looking for more contemporary YA books to read. The novel is described as follows: ‘When 16 year-old Grace gives up her baby for adoption, she decides that the time has come to find out more about her own mother. Her search leads her to two half-siblings she never knew existed. When these three siblings come together, they find in themselves the place they can belong, while the secrets they guard threaten to explode…’ Given that there are Far From the Tree branded tissues included, I’m going to take that as a warning that there will be tears! I’m still recovering from reading Brave Enough, so I might leave it a few days before jumping into this.

I subscribed to Wildest Dreams Book Box in February, so this is my second box. I’ve been impressed by both, particularly by the quality of the items included and just how reasonable the price is for what you get. It’s also great to see a more affordable UK-based subscription box, hopefully opening up more opportunities for young people to take out subscriptions and enjoy reading the books they receive. Great work.

Unboxing: Wonder Crate

Unboxing: Wonder Crate

Company: Ink & Wonder

Theme: Light & Dark

Contents

An A5 Harry Potter themed print

Sew-on Lord of the Rings patch based on the Phial of Galadriel

Star Wars magnet featuring a Leia quote from The Last Jedi

Enamel ‘Lumos’ Harry Potter themed pin (glow in the dark!)

A vinyl sticking featuring a quote from The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas

An A4 print featuring a quote from George R. R. Martin’s A Clash of Kings

A Harry Potter themed tote bag bearing a quote from The Prisoner of Azkaban

Four woodmarks with quotations from Emily Dickinson, Cassandra Clare, Stephen King and Bram Stoker respectively

Review

I should start this off by stating that I am not a fan of Harry Potter. This said, the quotations used on the products within the Wonder Crate are some of the few I actually know and I’ll be using all of them in some way or another. The pin is absolutely beautiful (and glow in the dark!), I’m always in need of tote bags and love the design, and the print will most likely be used in a YA books display I’m planning for work. The A4 Game of Thrones will probably be part of the same display. 

The magnet is not in the main photo of the crate’s contents because it went straight on my fridge! So, here’s a photo of it on said fridge.

My favourite item in the crate has to be the LotR patch. I was/am a huge fan of the LotR musical that ran in Toronto and London several years ago (they keep promising to bring it back, but, so far, no sign!) and it immediately made me think of it.  The patch has a lovely colour scheme that includes my favourites, and I’ll be looking for a bag to sew it to.

I love Ink & Wonder’s woodmarks, my first experience of which was in FairyLoot boxes. I was delighted to see so many of them in the crate! I think the Emily Dickinson one is my favourite, though the Stephen King one is a close second.

The Maas sticker will be going on my laptop, once I get over the worry that I’ll immediately find something else I’d rather affix it to (this I why I have a stash of stickers I like to look at, but never stick to things). It’s not a quote that I think I’ve seen on any merchandise before and it was great to see a Throne of Glass themed item that didn’t have one of the more overused quotations on it.

I was very impressed with the quality of all of the items in the Wonder Crate. In some crates from various companies, I find that there are sometimes items that I’m unlikely to use or don’t get to see the light of day again after the initial unboxing, but I immediately knew where most of the items here would be going/what I’d be using them for. I generally only order crates/boxes from outside the UK once every couple of months because of shipping and potential import fees, and though I did have to pay import tax for the crate (which I knew was a possibility and was completely prepared to pay), it remained a reasonable price in total and certainly what I would be willing to pay for contents of such high quality. If there are to be more Wonder Crates in the future, sign me up.