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Subscription Box Review: The Hive Box

Subscription Box Review: The Hive Box | angiethefreckledrose.com

As I was digging in the dirt outside in the garden, I noticed all the honeybees flying around my August blooms.  Without these winged wonders, our gardens certainly wouldn't be as beautiful and bountiful as they are right now.  They fly around, pollinating and working hard for us nature lovers all day long.  I'm always looking for ways to support the pollinators, so I was thrilled when I was contacted by The Hive Box!  They offered to send me one of their bee-friendly boxes. 

Subscription Box Review: The Hive Box | angiethefreckledrose.com The Hive Box is a monthly subscription filled with bee-based items delivered straight to your door.  They currently offer two sizes of boxes to choose from.  You can pick the regular size which contains four to five items.  You can also choose the mini box that offers three goodies each month.  They are extremely flexible, so you can adjust your subscription and size as you go along.  Your box arrives on the 25th of each month filled with top of the line, pollinator approved items.  They partner with apiaries and small businesses to provide high-quality products that support bees.  Each month, they work hard to provide you with new products to try out.  Some will be edible, some homemade, and some from local artisans.  I certainly starting buzzing with excitement when my box arrived! 

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Subscription Box Review: The Hive Box | angiethefreckledrose.com
Subscription Box Review: The Hive Box | angiethefreckledrose.com

Bee Local Oregon High Desert Raw Honey - 4 oz: This honey isn't cooked to preserve flavor and health benefits.  It isn't blended with honeys from different locations, and it retains pollen.  Let me just tell you, it is delicious!  I usually only enjoy honeys mixed in teas or with other things, but I ate some of this straight out of the jar like Winnie The Poo himself.  This variety is gathered from Eastern Oregon.  They recently won the Good Food Awards under the honey category.  The bees in this area forage on sage, rabbit bush, larkspur, buckwheat, phlox and other wildflowers.  I'm definitely going to be ordering more of this!

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Square One Soapworks Oatmeal, Milk & Honey Soap - 2.25 oz: This mother-daughter duo is based in Newton, Wisconsin.  Their products are free of synthetic fragrances, harsh dyes and harmful chemicals.  This is perfect for someone like me with skin sensitivities!  All of the products they make are hand-crafted in small batches.  A few of the natural ingredients in this soap are honey, sweet almond oil and coconut oil.  It made my hands really soft after using it and didn't have a heavy smell which I enjoyed.  Now that I've given this soap a try, I really want to give their lavender patch a go!  I love their back-to-basics approach and can't wait to buy more for the upcoming holidays.

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Bees and Beans Reserve Honey Bar 1.8 oz: This delicious treat contains honey caramel and hazelnut nougat dipped in dark chocolate.  They are hand crafted with only the finest ingredients and topped with a hint of Jacobsen sea salt.  They are based in Portland, Oregon and recently won the Good Food Awards for confections.  I first discovered the brilliance of mixing honey, chocolate and caramel by biting into a John and Kira's chocolate bee.  If you haven't tried this flavor profile yet, you should give it a taste.  It is delightful! 

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VisuaLingual Bee Seed Bombs - 2 oz: If you feel like you don't have a green thumb, these are for you!  They are truly the throw and go, easy-to-grow way to garden.  These bombs are handmade in Indianapolis, Indiana and contain toadflax, echinacea and black-eyed susan seeds.  VisuaLingual is also a design and print studio mixing creativity with saving the bees!  They also sell personalized seed bomb favors perfect for parties, events and weddings.  I can't wait to give the butterfly and ladybug friendly seed bombs a try.  They sell a slinger, which in my personal opinion makes planting these just that much more fun! 

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Big Dipper Wax Works Beeswax Candle Tin 1.7oz: These candles are made with 100% pure and natural beeswax in recycled tins.  They have a mild, sweet honey scent infused from the hive.  It burns for over 12 hours and can purify the air by emitting negative ions.  Big Dipper Wax Works is based in Seattle, Washington and they strive to use the highest quality ingredients in all of their candles.  They sell all different sizes and shapes, including gift sets and even aromatherapy candles.  I'm interested in giving their apothecary glass collection a try! 

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Hillside Candy Go Organic Honey Drops - 5: This was an added bonus, but I had to mention it because I love honey drops!  They are perfect when your throat is scratchy or you are feeling under the weather.  These candies are just the right amount of sweet and organic, non GMO and gluten free!  I love to toss these in my purse and pull one out whenever I need a quick and healthy treat!  You can purchase them here

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I was very impressed with the quality of products that The Hive Box contained.  Each and every item was useful and unique.  It also makes the importance of bees very tangible, showing you all of the different benefits we can enjoy from these vital insects.  As a gardener, I really enjoyed planting the bee-friendly seed bombs in my garden!  They have sprouted, and are growing right now.  Tasting some treats produced from beehives like the honey and chocolate hazelnut bar made me want more.  It's amazing how delicious a little fresh honey can make food and drinks taste!  The soap is wonderfully gentle, and I've been enjoying the light fragrance of the beeswax candle.  I really recommend giving this box a try!  I love how it introduces you to natural and hand crafted items that can benefit your everyday life.  This subscription box would also make a great gift for a friend or a family member!  

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With all the buzz surrounding this subscription, the August box has already sold out!  Don't fret though, the September box will be available to order very soon.  The cost to subscribe is $24.95 a month.  Each box contains items that were carefully chosen to support the bee loving community and help save the bees.  These items range from natural beauty and body care products, beeswax candles, honey samples, handmade soap, and bee themed cards and decor.  Your box will contain all of the product's company information, so if you find an item you really enjoy, you can easily purchase it.  They also offer a shop section on their website that has a limited amount of goodies from your box on sale!  Once you receive your Hive Box, don't forget to share on social media using the hashtag #myhivebox

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Email: hihivebox@gmail.com

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The Hive Box makes it easy to support the companies that strive to help save the bees.  It is important to be aware of what is called Colony Collapse Disorder.  Bees are dying at a rapid rate due to pesticides, loss of habitat, climate change and disease.  These pollinators do so much for us on a daily basis, and with them in danger, this puts our food supply in serious risk.  Other ways you can make a difference include planting a pollinator friendly garden.  Honeybees need plant nectar and pollen that you can provide in your very own yard.  There are a variety of flowers, herbs and veggies you can plant!  This includes purple coneflowers, shasta daisies, milkweed and California poppies just to name a few.  Maybe beekeeping is a little out of your realm, but that doesn't mean you can't provide them with shelter.  You can purchase what is called a mason bee house.  Mason bees are a gentle and non aggressive pollinator you want working for you in your yard.  They lay eggs in holes made by woodpeckers and grubs in the bark of trees.  Although they are unable to tunnel holes themselves, you can provide them with some!  Providing a home will encourage them to reproduce and continue pollinating.  Here is an instructional guide on how to build one from the National Wildlife Federation.  Along with providing food and shelter, try limiting pesticide use, garden with native plants and leave some weeds for the bees.  All of these small actions you take can make a big difference!

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Bee on my liatris flower

Are you subscribed to The Hive Box or are planning on giving it a try?  Ask any questions or share any comments you have with me below.  I'm always striving to make my home and garden more pollinator friendly.  Do you buy local honey or have your own backyard habitat?  You can tweet me pictures @thefreckledrose.  I want to thank The Hive Box for contacting me and providing me with one of these beautiful boxes.  I'm already counting down the days until I can order my September box.  I can't wait to see what will be in my next box!  


Disclaimer: The Hive Box was kind enough to provide me with a box to review.  I was not paid or compensated to write this article and all opinions are my own.  I only promote companies I enjoy and love!


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  • Rachel Kaly
    August 13, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    How cute is this!! So right up my alley! Thanks for shedding light on it, I had never heard of this one before!

    • Thefreckledrose
      August 14, 2016 at 5:30 pm

      Thanks Rachel! It’s a great subscription 🙂

  • Charles Hubbard
    August 14, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    What a fantastic venture this is. Congratulations and the best of luck.

  • Michelle Adams
    August 14, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    These are so cute! What a great cause. Congrats and best of luck!

  • Isabel // fromcatstocooking.com
    August 14, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    What a great idea! I’ve never heard of the Hive box but all the products in there looks fantastic! Those Bee seed bombs are very cool.

  • Simon
    August 14, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    This looks like a really quality box; this would make an amazing gift. The bee-bombs are a really nice touch.
    I’m glad this campaign ends in awareness. Save the bees!

  • Dana
    August 14, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    I’d never heard of this box before, looks like you got some great treats!!

  • Krista Dial
    August 14, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    Yum! I’ve never heard of the hive box, but I do love subscription boxes and I LOVE honey, so I’m going to explore a little further. Love using honey for baking and in my morning coffee! 🙂

  • Hanna
    August 15, 2016 at 1:55 am

    I love those seed bombs 🙂 although I’ve never heard that you could get a slinger with them, how much fun would that be? I bet the kids would love it. Thanks for your post, it’s an important subject

  • Jill
    August 15, 2016 at 9:30 am

    I love the concept behind this box and what a great cause! $24.99 is a great price point too. You got so many cute goodies!

    Doused In Pink

  • Sarah
    August 15, 2016 at 10:30 am

    This box looks like so much fun! I love all things honey so I will definitely have to check it out!

  • Clarissa
    August 15, 2016 at 10:50 am

    I didn’t even know Hive Box existed! I love that you get great natural products and that it’s for a good cause! 🙂

    -Clarissa @ The View From Here

  • Christine @ The (mostly) Simple Life
    August 15, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    This looks like a cool box. I love that it has stuff I wouldn’t normally find.

  • image-in-ing: weekly photo linky
    August 15, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    We’ve planted specifically to attract bees and butterflies, and for thanks I got yellow jackets stuck in my hair and my T-shirt! But still, we persist….
    Thanks for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2016/08/sweetheart-in-sepia.html

  • Liz
    August 15, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    So cool! I’ve heard a few people talking about the subtle flavors of honey between different regions. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the Eastern Oregon honey! I would love to do some beekeeping one day, and have been trying to learn more about the Colony Collapse Disorder. I’m so glad this box subscription works to support bee-friendly companies!

  • Cait
    August 15, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    What an awesome box. It is so unique, but all of those goodies look great!

    – Cait | http://www.prettyandfun.com

  • Louisa
    August 15, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    This looks like an awesome subscription box. All those natural goodies look so delicious.

  • Maggie
    August 16, 2016 at 1:31 am

    The Hive Box is a wonderful way of supporting bees and bee keepers, the products inside looked wonderful I especially like the bee bombs. I grow lavender, honeysuckle and nasturtiums especially for the bees, as well as the usual roses and geraniums. We also have a woodpecker who takes up residence in our back garden every summer, he makes holes in the lawn, which drives my husband crazy, but I’ve never seen any bees around the holes.
    Thanks for joining us for Mosaic Monday and reminding everyone how precious and necessary bees are to us all.

  • Rhiannon
    August 16, 2016 at 9:18 am

    This is so incredibly cute! Love the products and the price seems pretty reasonable. Thanks for the review! #intentionallypursuing

  • Snap
    August 17, 2016 at 9:23 am

    I think there must be a box for everything and for everyone. This one looks like so much fun. I get two boxes — one for me and one for my kitties! Seems only fair that everyone in the house has fun! Thanks for telling us about The Hive!

  • Michelle ramblingwoods
    August 18, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    What a great idea Angie….I buy honey and products made here to support a local bee keeper and we all should…Michelle

  • Beth Patterson
    August 18, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    This looks like such a treat! All the products look awesome. Like most people, I’m worried about what will happen if the bees die off. I think I might just order a subscription box for myself with the idea that I can always regift a few items if I’m overloaded with anything.

  • Rachel
    August 19, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    This looks like a great box! The site says it is sold out so I will try next month! Thanks for the great review!

  • Lorrie
    August 21, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    What a treat to receive in the mail! Bees are such amazing creatures and do so much good for our planet. We love honey around here.

  • Lisa @ LTTL
    August 25, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    I want some of those Bee Bombs for my garden. I will have to look them up.

    Lisa @ LTTL

  • Tabitha
    October 31, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    What a fun and different type of subscription box! I love that it brings attention to the bee problem in a way that is sweet and helpful to you! That chocolate bar looks amazing!