Month: February 2020
From Colossal – Overflowing Bouquets Built From Hundreds of Spare Utensils
Artwork: Belladonna, Datura, Foxglove, Mandrake, and Wolfsbane Book of Shadows Pages
Herbs: Mandrake Root, Scullcap, Snakebite
Incense: Amidst the Fog
Magickal Anointing Oil: Nurture
Personalized Oracle Reading: Bearberry Strength card from the Hedgewitch Botanical Oracle
Sacred Salt: The Great Giver
Spell Candle: Gift of Gaia
Other Items: Hand-Carved Book Stand, Gilded Hardcover Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham, Parchment Paper
The Witch of the Woods, February’s Witches Moon, is my first box since having to cancel last summer. Fate was kind to me this round because I could not have chosen a better month to return to The Witches Moon!
Five pieces of beautiful artwork are included for February: Belladonna, Datura, Foxglove, Mandrake, and Wolfsbane Book of Shadows pages. I received an extra copy of Mandrake which I will either set aside for a future giveaway or include for free in one of my custom Books of Shadow.
I’ve heard a few criticisms, and some confusion, regarding the herbs for this month, or rather the exclusion of the herbs correlating with the Book of Shadows pages. These plants are poisonous so I am thankful all were not included. Inexperienced practitioners should not receive toxic herbs or plants, in my opinion, as it is far too easy to make a mistake with handling or useage. Call me old-fashioned (or worse), but dangerous materials have no place in this type of subscription box.
My personalized oracle reading is the Bearberry Strength card. Bear keeps reaching out to me and I will pursue this message in another post.
As I stated above, I chose the right month to subscribe to The Witches Moon again. The Witch of the Woods is an extraordinary botanical collection featuring an exclusive gilded hardcover edition of Scott Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs. When I was sixteen I purchased a copy of this book and still use it today (it is quite worn by now). I cannot express how delighted I am to receive this special edition!
Accompanying the book is a carved wooden book stand that I’ve decided to use for storing my beeswax candles.
The Gift of Gaia spell candle is crafted from vibrant hunter green beeswax and is dressed with Earth Elixir magickal anointing oil from the Witches Moon’s personal cabinet of witchery. A spell incantation, Gift of Gaia, is included in the box.
Mandrake Root, Scullcap, and Snakebite (plantain) are the featured herbs, in honor of Scott Cunningham. Please note that Mandrake is poisonous and should not be consumed.
Nurture, February’s magickal anointing oil, has been prepared with almond, cedarwood, chamomile, and green tea oils, with bits of chamomile, lavender, green tea leaves, and a Lemurian quartz included in the mixture. Within the Grove magickal anointing oil from the Witches Moon’s personal cabinet of witchery has also been added. Nurture has a crisp, sweet fragrance – almond is predominant, with a hint of apples and enticing herbs.
February’s sacred salt, The Great Giver, has been blended with cedarwood, sandalwood, and white tea oils, with inclusions of oak, poppy, scullcap, and willow. Grounded Goddess magickal anointing oil from the Witches Moon’s personal cabinet of witchery has also been included. The Great Giver sacred salt has a strong white tea aroma with undertones of floral essences and wood. I am not sure if I prefer the old jars to the new bags, but either can be reused. Make sure to open the bags from the very top by pulling the front and back apart, rather than tearing at the notch. This makes it much easier to open and easier to reuse!
The Amidst the Fog incense has a powdery and soapy aroma which I do not care for (yes, I know, I am not a fan of incense).
February’s box does not contain a crystal.
I am thoroughly delighted with the selection of items curated for Witch of the Woods. The special edition of the Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs is now the jewel of my book collection – something I truly appreciate and treasure.
It is hard to imagine how The Witches Moon could outdo themselves after this, but I look forward to receiving the March box!
The Witches Moon is a monthly subscription containing high-quality spiritual items crafted around the seasons. The current US price is $54 a month, including shipping.
Disclosure: I am not sponsored by The Witches Moon. All opinions are my own.
Apothecary Items: Aphrodite’s Kiss Lip Gloss, Rose Water
Candles: Pink Self-Love Candle, Red Aphrodite Offering Candle
Crystal: Rose Quartz
Tea: Love Spell
Other Items: February 2020 Moon in the Astrology Calendar, Aphrodite Artwork and Invocation, Aphrodite Statue, Rose Quartz Pendant Necklace, 3 Seashells, Teaspoon Wand
February’s Aphrodite Sacred Space Crate was my first experience with this relatively new monthly subscription box. I’ve been watching YouTube reviews and really like what has been included in past boxes, especially the apothecary items. Sadly, February’s box did not live up to my expectations in regards to quality. I had planned on doing a full review of each item but will instead give a synopsis of my experience because I’ve cancelled the subscription.
Let me start with the items I liked: the Aphrodite statue, calendar, candles, rose quartz necklace, seashells, tea, and teaspoon. Tea and candles are always appreciated, and I adore the statue, though it does have a strange odor somewhat like spray paint (I have a freakishly sensitive sense of smell so I don’t hold that against them).
If you’ve read my other reviews you will know I dislike most incense. This month’s strawberry incense has a pleasant aroma (unlit), but it makes my eyes water. I don’t hold that against them either, I know it is a “me” problem.
The final three items for February were disappointing: the jar of rosebuds, lip gloss, and rose water. My jar of dried rosebuds contains crushed petals and tiny bits. I was expecting to receive whole rosebuds as others had received. As for the lip gloss, it looks enticing but has a plastic roller ball instead of metal and it doesn’t work. The mixture is lovely though and the flow of blended elements is mesmerizing when I tilt the bottle back and forth! Finally, the rose water. My dissatisfaction centers mostly on the aroma, which is a bit off. Perhaps it is just an odd batch, but I don’t care for it.
While this subscription is still rather new to the market and they might be working out some kinks, receiving items I perceive to be of lesser quality is disheartening. To be fair, I fully realize I am a harsh critic. I’ve worked in the advertising industry and I am currently a web developer, so it is literally my job to notice the small details such as colors, packaging, presentation, typography, variations, etc. – details matter!
Per the included paperwork, Sacred Space Crate will be focusing on goddesses for the remainder of 2020. While I do not worship any of the goddesses, I don’t mind receiving a box pertaining to them now and then. Simply put, I have no interest in a monthly goddess box and this influenced my decision to cancel.
I will note that the box was packaged very nicely, had detailed paperwork explaining each item, and arrived quickly. Aside from my issues with the quality of a few items, Sacred Space Crate feels like a good value overall. I am curious to see how this subscription service evolves past this year if it survives.
Sacred Space Crate is a monthly subscription containing “handcrafted and Spell crafted items for all your Sacred Spaces”. The current US price is $54 a month, including shipping.
Disclosure: I am not sponsored by Sacred Space Crate. All opinions are my own.
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