Fair Treasure Box: February 2014

February 13, 2014
A few days ago, I got my second Fair Treasure box in the mail.  Fair Treasure costs $35/month and in each box subscribers receive 2 to 3 handmade items from artisans around the world.  This is a "feel good" subscription because the company makes sure to only select items crafted by those who are receiving a fair wage.

Here's what came in this month's box:

First off, I was glad to see that there was an extra item this month because January's box just came with two things.  One of the items is this handcrafted card from Sanctuary Springs.  This item comes all the way from the Philippines and was made by workers who escaped prostitution.  I find the card to be absolutely adorable and just perfect for Valentine's Day.  My only gripe is that this card is so cute that I don't want to give it away!

I also received some African Shea Body Butter from Global Mamas.  Shea butter is in a lot of the body butters I use, but I've never actually tried a purer form of shea butter from Africa.  I've been meaning to and just never got around to buying it for myself, so this item was a good match for me.    My hands get so dry in the winter and need all the help they can get.  I think this item was an appropriate choice for the month of February.  Purchasing shea butter from this company supports women in Ghana who might not otherwise be able to find a steady source of income.

Finally, I received this Greenola Style Calypso Ring from Bolivia.  This is my favorite item in the box because I have a jewelry obsession, and while I liked the earrings I received in last month's box, I cannot wear them for prolonged periods of time (more than a few hours) because they are too heavy and start to hurt.  The ring is adjustable and very comfortably fits my pointer or middle finger without having to adjust it.  I just love the look of the ring overall--it's very bohemian.

Value of the box:

Sanctuary Springs Card:  $4.99
Greenola Style Calypso Ring: $16.00
Global Mama's Shea Body Butter: $12.00

Total value: $32.99

If this box is purchased on a month to month basis, the value of the items in the box is less than the $35 price of the box.  My sister bought this for me as a Christmas gift and went with a three month subscription which cost $95, or $31.67 a month, which is only slightly less than the $32.99 value of the box.  I guess I am just used to beauty box subscriptions like Ipsy Glam Bag where I pay $10/month and then almost always get items that add up to more than double what I spent.  When shipping is factored into this, buying the Fair Treasure box is still a better deal than trying to buy these items individually since with Fair Treasure the shipping cost is included in the price of the subscription.
Overall, I do love getting this box in the mail and reading about the workers that made each piece.  Another plus about this month is that the items all came from three completely different places, and on top of that they are all hand crafted.

What's your favorite item in this month's Fair Treasure box?

Treasure Tromp
6 comments on "Fair Treasure Box: February 2014"
  1. I also don't want to give away cute cards or stationery :) I love the idea of this box and I wish there was something like this in my country. The body butter is my favourite from this box.

    1. That stinks that you can't get a box like this in your country. On the Fair Treasure website it says that they might start offering subscriptions internationally as well and to keep checking back.

  2. Wow this is awesome! I didn't know this existed! I love the Olive You card :) Thank you for sharing :)


    1. I love it, too! Hahaha...I didn't give it away to anyone for V-Day. It's just so cute... I almost want to keep it and frame it.

  3. That isn't cheap, but I do love the causes the products are supporting. I would like a shop on the high street that sells this kind of stuff.

    Louisa @ My Family & Abruzzo

    1. The products are great and so are the causes! I really might ask for an extension of this subscription for my birthday.