I’ll never get over my excitement about getting a mystery parcel in the mail. This way I can pretend I have a secret admirer or an old-timey benevolent patron or that I’ve won a special prize in a contest I never entered. A recent mysterious arrival was this month’s Native Box ($15 + $5.95 shipping/month), which features a range of sustainable lifestyle samples. April’s Native Box has an approximate dollar value that is slightly higher than the total cost of the box including shipping (by about a fiver). My top picks are the spicy Your Inspiration at Home South American Dukkah, the sweetly spiced Bondi Chai Club Cinnamon Chai Latte stick, the Jack and Jill Natural Toothpaste in Blackcurrant (which makes an occasional appearance in our house already on account of Johanis’ love for the packaging), and the Natralus Paw Paw Ointment (which combines the impressive powers of lanolin and fermented paw paw). The only product that I won’t use is the Byron Bay Detox Foot Patches – my inner skeptic refuses to even momentarily entertain the idea of drawing out systemic impurities through my feet while I sleep.
The April 2013 Native Box contains:
~20g sample of Your Inspiration at Home South American Dukkah [vegan] ($18.95/180g)
One stick of Bondi Chai Club Cinnamon Chai Latte [vegan] (.53c/stick)
Full size Ajita’s BBQ Vege Chips [vegan] ($2/50g)
One pair of Byron Bay Detox Foot Patches ($3.95/pair)
Full size Jack and Jill Natural Toothpaste in Blackcurrant [vegan] ($5.85/50g)
Full size Natralus Paw Paw Ointment ($2.99/7g)
Two 30mL samples of Serene Valley Shampoo & Conditioner [vegan] ($20/200mL)
Mrs Fields Anzac Biscuit & Herbal Extracts Herbal Fresh Hands sachet
Note: These products were provided for consideration in accordance with the Disclosure Policy. The Natralus Paw Paw Ointment is marked as vegan in the information flyer that is included with the box, but the product contains lanolin as an ingredient, which could be considered to be non-vegan (as it is an animal-derived product). In addition, the Byron Bay Detox Foot Patches are also marked as vegan, but the website notes that the product may contain shellfish.