VellaBox Candle Subscription Review August 2016

Vellabox is a monthly candle subscription that delivers all-natural candles right to your door. If you’re looking for soy, coconut or vegetable derived candles with lead free wicks and essential oils, Vellabox is here for you. No beeswax candles and only fragrances that are phthalate free are considered for inclusion. These hand-poured candles are sourced from the best American artisans and small businesses.

Candles are one of my favorite things and while I’ve learned to make them myself, I still can’t resist endulging in beautifully packaged and scented artisan candles. This review is for the Vivere. One thing I really love about subscriptions like this is that I tend to find great new brands to fall in love with. This month’s candles are summery and delightful.

The Cost: Lucerna- $10/month, Ignis- $20/month, Vivere- $30/month. Shipping is +$2 for Lucerna and Ignis.

What You Get: There are three levels of subscription. The first is the Lucerna which sends one 4oz candle with about 25 hours of burn time. The second is the Ignis and you’ll receive one 8oz candle with approximately 50 hours of burn time. The last option is the Vivere and each month consists of two candles with a burn time of about 75 hours. Usually that means one 8oz and one 4oz.
Makana “Seaside”– This pure soy candle has notes of fresh sea salt with hints of lush island foliage and exotic blossoms. It smells like a day at the beach. I like it! All ingredients, vessels and labels are mindfully made in the USA.  Vegan and cruelty-free.Caen Deming Co. “Coastal Cypress”– Also by Makana, Caen Deming Co. is their new brand of apothecary style candles. This is a 100% soy wax candle with 50 hours of burn time. It’s made from American-grown soybeans, has a cotton wick, phthalate free fragrance and essential oils. It smells heavenly! I love the hint of pine mixed with the seaside citrus.
Also included in the box was a little stroopwafel by Rip van Wafels. It’s a fun and unexpected extra.

VERDICT: I love knowing that such care is taken to support local candlemakers while maintaining a high standard for clean burning, healthy candles. No crazy dyes, no eye-watering synthetics and I can happily reuse the glass jars! I’ve been making a point to do that. I set the jars in gently boiling water to get whatever wax is left in the bottom out and then wash them. I’ve used old candle jars for new candles, homemade jam and dog treat jars. So handy!

If you would like to subscribe to Vellabox, you can do that here.

What do you think of Vellabox? Do you prefer to choose your own candles or be surprised?