Saturday, August 1, 2015

New England Sack Subscription Box Review, July 2015

Culturally speaking, New England is about as far as you can get from my world. That's one of the things that makes New England Sack so appealing to me.  Not having spent much time in that area is something I plan to remedy some day.  In the mean time, it's fun to sample some gourmet treats and artisanal items from that area.

New England Sack offers three subscription plans starting at $35 if you pay on a monthly basis, $99 for three months or $195 for six months.  They also offer the flexibility of purchasing many of their products a la carte in their on-line store.  Their FAQ section says that you will receive "nearly half a dozen" products in each box.  I actually received five products in my first two boxes and four items in the July box.

The theme of the July box is "Summer Nights"; this box does indeed have a nice summery feel!

There is an information page closed with a wax seal in each box.  In addition to details about each product, you also get a website link if you're motivated to check out the vendor's other products.

There is always a useful woven sack included, although this time it only held one of the products. These are great for storing random items.

Inside the sack was this huge 16.5 oz. "Bug Out!" insect repelling candle from Way Out Wax in Vermont.  This one has a plant derived herbal scent that comes from essential oils.  The notes on the label say this candle is intended to be used outdoors and works as a strong deterrent to mosquitoes, ticks and flies.

Next out of the box is an absolutely wonderful smelling bag of coffee beans from Taos Bum Coffee in Connecticut.  These artisan roasted single origin beans give off the most lovely coffee scent (not over powering) which I noticed immediately when I picked up the box at my post office locker.  

Surprisingly, this milk chocolate covered S'More from Sweet Lydia's of Lowell, Massachusetts survived our 100 degree weather and made it to me intact.  The chocolate is a bit melted but it's well enough packaged that it's not really a problem.  Note to self:  There are a lot of other decadent looking artisan s'mores, caramels and marshmallows on Sweet Lydia's site.

The last item is an interesting shaped box that contains a Watermelon Lime Frozen Drink Mix from Wildtree which is in Rhode Island.  Their products are free of all the bad stuff; the label shows only four ingredients (cane juice, watermelon juice powder, lime juice powder and citric acid).  There is a recipe on the side for making this with or without rum.

New England Sack did a great job of capturing the essence of summer in this box.  I also liked that vendors from four different states were represented.  I do wish there had been at least one more product in this box but as an e-commerce shipper myself, I completely understand the limitations imposed by the ridiculous cost of postage. At more than a pound, the candle was responsible for a lot of the shipping cost this time. Hopefully, they can source lighter weight products so we get more in future boxes.

Thanks for reading,


Disclosure:  Views and opinions expressed in this blog are strictly my own.  Product discussed in this post was purchased by Lone Star Shopper. Post does not contain referral or affiliate links.

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