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May 2016 Pura Vida Box Review
Onto the review: Pura Vida Box promotes itself as a “Costa Rican Inspired Monthly Box of Mind Body and Soul”. This sounds like a neat, relaxing lifestyle box and I was excited to see what came inside.
The first item was a big bag of Pura Vida Coffee in a Costa Rican Tarrazu variety. I don’t actually drink coffee, but I had no reservations about getting this because it’s the staple of the box - it would’ve been strange if it hadn’t been included! The pouch is 6 oz and Pura Vida sells their coffee for about $1 per oz, so this bag has a value of $6.
The second item was a duo of little 72% dark chocolates from Nib Mor. I love dark chocolate, so these were much appreciated by me. Due to their small size, I’m estimating a $1 value for both of them together.
The third item was an almond honey protein bar from Rise. I’m not a big fan of bars, so they’re common in boxes like these, so I won’t fault it for being included. The almond honey flavor sounds good. Value-wise, Rise bars usually cost around $2.
The fourth item was a 4oz soy candle from Earth Meets Water in a lovely “Leaves of Life” scent. This candle smells great and has a nice earthy tone. The packaging is also attractive and adds to the appeal of the product. These candles sell for $6 from the Earth Meets Water Etsy store.
The fifth item was a Pura Vida brand pumice stone. This is a simple item that will be nice to have around for when I need it. Pura Vida sells this pumice stone for $10 on their website, and although it seems a little pricey, I think it’s fair enough as an assigned value.
The sixth item was a set of Pura Vida mala meditation beads. These beads are used for many types of meditation, but especially Buddhism. They seem to fit the “mind, body, and soul” nature of the box well.
However, with this product, I’ll have to disagree on its value. Pura Vida sells these beads for $12. You can get identical ones elsewhere for $3 and I couldn’t identify anything in the product description to make me believe that Pura Vida’s beads are worth any more than the others when they are exact in size, material, and appearance. Thus, I will be estimating a value of $3 for these.
The seventh item was a bar of soap from Wild Botanicals in a Coffee Scrub scent. Again, I’m not big into coffee, but I think this item fits the box well because the box is made to appeal to coffee lovers. This is also a high-value item that sells for $8 from the Wild Botanicals Etsy store.
The eighth item was a wood soap dish to go with the soap. This is another simple yet practical product that fits the box’s theme. It has an estimated value of $2.
The ninth and final item was a lip balm from Wild Botanicals in a “simple” variety. Lip balm is good to have on hand and I appreciate that Wild Botanicals makes their products all natural. These lip balms sell for $3.50 each at the Wild Botanicals Etsy store.
Overall, the May 2016 Pura Vida Box contained about $41.50 in items. The box normally costs $46.95, and I’m normally critical of boxes for which the value falls below the cost. However, I’m giving Pura Vida the benefit of the doubt in that they sell their mala beads for $12; if I’d gone with the $12 value for the beads, the box would have an estimated total value of $50.50, which satisfactorily exceeds the box’s costs.
In terms of the box’s contents, I appreciated the items I received and the variety that came with it. Even though I’m not a fan of coffee, I think it is a must-have for this box based on the box’s theme. Additionally, there were plenty of other products to enjoy. My favorite was the candle.
To add to that, I’m curious where the Costa Rican inspiration comes in. Aside from the coffee, none of the products struck me as having a Costa Rican slant. I thought some of the products might come from Costa Rica, but they were all from the USA. I would’ve particularly appreciated seeing the Etsy products having come from Costa Rica, but instead they came from Illinois (Wild Botanicals) and Texas (Earth Meets Water.) Furthermore, Pura Vida, Rise, and Nib Mor, the other suppliers featured in the box, are all from the USA too. The products don’t necessarily have to be sourced from Costa Rica, but I didn’t get a Costa Rican vibe from them either, so at least sourcing them from Costa Rica would’ve made that connection.
That having been said, I still enjoyed the box! I don’t want you to think that I have a negative opinion of it. If you’re looking for a box that focuses on Costa Rican specialities, I’m not sure this is the one for you. However, if you’re simply looking for a mid-price lifestyle box that promotes mindfulness and good health, I think this is a reasonable option. It provided enough value and variety to be satisfying and stuck well to the “mind, body, and soul” theme. If you're interested in giving it a try, you can use coupon code "SUMMER25" to get 25% off your first box.
Recommended for: people who want a mid-price lifestyle box that promotes mindfulness and good health
Disclaimer: I won this box from a giveaway, and thus did not pay for it