This year I decided to buy myself a birthday present, so I purchased a book subscription box from ‘Book’s that Matter’. I’ve been wanting to order a subscription box for a while but hadn’t because I was unsure on which one to purchase. I was recommended to buy from Book’s that Matter who is a feminist subscription box which aims to empower and inspire women through literature. In your box, you receive one book which is considered to be a ‘book that matters’ and at least three gifts from independent female and non-binary artists. Each box has a specific theme and the book and gifts from the box will be based on that theme.
Although I don’t title myself as a ‘feminist’, I love the idea of this box and proceeded to purchase my one-off box for £18 and I then lingered at the door stop for days waiting for my box with anxiety and anticipation all rolled into one.
When it arrived I was in awe of the beautiful box design and couldn’t wait to open it. I did feel slightly nervous in case I didn’t like the book, or it wasn’t something that interested me. I was pleasantly surprised at the contents of the box and you can watch me unbox it here! This month’s box theme was ‘Wild Woman’ and here is what I got!
The book I received was ‘The Word for Woman is Wilderness’ by Abi Andrews. My first impressions were based on the cover and must I say it is beautiful, and the title is intriguing, although I’ve never heard of it, I am excited to read it and when I have I will link back a review. The blurb was intriguing and made me want to read more and I really wish my reading list wasn’t so overbearing so I could get stuck in. Nevertheless, I will get round to it soon!
“Nineteen-year-old Erin has never been this far from home. From the midlands to Iceland, Greenland, Newfoundland, on across the entire breadth of the American continent… As Erin’s one-woman odyssey leads her towards a lonely cabin in the wilds of Alaska, she charts the changing landscapes of her own mind – and reimagines not just a woman’s place in society, but humanity’s place on planet Earth.
Filled with a sense of hope and wonder, The Word for Women is Wilderness is a funny, frank and tender account of a young woman in uncharted territory.”
The box contains a menu which explains the company and what the box contains along with how to re-use your box and how to win a free box.
I also received a note from the author as well as a bookmark.
I got this ‘Feminist Fashion Revival’ Magazine by Revival Collective which is a Brighton based sustainable fashion initiative. Revival Collections Zine contains some wonderful articles, beautiful photo shoots, and even a lovely vegan gingerbread babe recipe!
I was quite surprised by this magazine and I did thoroughly enjoy the read. I also browsed through the Revival Collective’s website and they have some great products on them.
I got some Wildflower Seeds for Bees from Wildflower Limited. I was surprised but pleased to receive seeds in the box and I do look forward to planting them in my garden with is currently under maintenance.
I also got this adorable metal rainbow straw which is from Sugar and Sloth. It is so beautiful and honesty the pictures do not do it justice. I was very pleased to receive a metal straw in the box because I have been wanting one for the longest time and I’m now a proud owner. The only thing I can say is I wish it had come with a bag to be placed in and possibly a cleaning brush. I did manage to order myself a cleaning brush of Sugar and Sloth, it arrived in no time and works great. I can’t wait to spend my summer drinking ice cold water through my metal straw.
I love this vegan, natural and cruelty-free shampoo bar by Hairy Jayne Handmade Hair Care. This little shampoo bar smells amazing, it’s a beautifully fresh and earthy smell. I am always skeptical when using hair because I have dyed hair and alot of products wash out my colour but I used it on my hair and I loved it, it didn’t wash away my colour and it left my hair feeling smooth, clean and smelling natural. I feel like this is the perfect shampoo for all hair types including dyed hair like mine and I will definitely be using Hairy Jayne in the future.
Overall, I am pleased with what I received from ‘Book’s that Matter’ and I would recommend to other’s wanting a subscription box. I paid £18 for one of the boxes, I feel like I got a good value for money and all of what I received is in good quality and arrived safely in beautiful packaging. Book’s that Matter also run a blog and a podcast which I am going to be looking into. I loved the experience of not knowing what I was going to get and being able to share it with you all. I hope you have enjoyed this post and that I can review another subscription box soon!
If there is a subscription box, you recommend or want me to try, let me know in the comments.