I'm not in the habit of reviewing products that aren't related to DIY, home improvement, or life on the lake, but when I was offered a chance to peek inside one of the GlobeIn Artisan Subscription Boxes, I was intrigued because it's an interesting concept.
The "boxes" are actually handwoven baskets, filled with beautiful, curated goods from around the globe, as well as an introduction to the communities and people whose wares you will get to enjoy. Although they can be purchased individually - and their contents can be bought à la carte - a monthly subscription seems to be most popular. You have to love a surprise to sign up for this, though!
Because I am finally indulging in some indoor baths (yay!), I chose the Refresh Box, which boasts spa goodies from all over the world: dead sea soap (Israel), hemp wash cloth (Bangladesh), shea shampoo (West Africa), hand-painted candle (South Africa) and some tea (South American Atlantic Forest). All of the products are fairly traded and help support remote artisans.
What really appealed to me about this subscription service is that so many of the items are consumable and usable. If you subscribe, you will end up with some decorative and useful items (like the ceramic mug from Tunisia in the Cozy Box), but you won't get inundated with clutter and knick knacks. Instead, you'll be treated to indulgences like cocoa powder from Ghana and vanilla from Madagascar - things you can enjoy and use up. The quality of the items in the Refresh Box was lovely, but just note that the quantities of some items are sample sizes, with full size versions available for purchase.
Although I can think of many people who would love this idea - and welcome a parcel on their doorstep filled with goodies - I keep thinking that this would be a great gift idea for a student living away from home for the first time, or as a get well gift for someone on the mend.
Disclosure: I was provided a GlobeIn box but was not asked to provide a positive review. As a feminist, I'm committed to empowering women and GlobeIn supports many initiatives led by women around the world. Many men and women - especially in remote regions - have a difficult time supporting themselves and earning a living wage. Hopefully GlobeIn can play a role by providing global reach to many talented artisans.