In case you haven’t heard of it, The Blurt Foundation is an organisation created to support people suffering from mental illness, especially depression. The Buddy Box is a monthly subscription crate which contains things designed to promote a good state of mind and help combat depression. I subscribed and have been since May, so I thought I’d review the May and June boxes together as they’re great and I don’t think I’ve seen anyone talking about them on Twitter etc. and I think they should have more attention online.
So May box’s theme was ‘Couldn’t Give A Monkeys’ with the idea being that you couldn’t give a monkey’s about the things you would usually stress about. The colours of the box were greens and blues with even the packing paper matching this and the lid of the box had a beautiful embossed picture of a zoo scene on it (also green).
The first item in the box was a tea from Bluebird Tea (Website Here) which are tea blends which you put into teabags yourself (also provided in the box). The flavour was banana (named ‘Monkey Chops’) and smelt absolutely amazing. I don’t personally drink tea but I’ve never tried banana flavour so I tried it and although it did taste too strongly of tea for me, I gave it to my friend (who does enjoy tea!) who really loved it.
The next items in the box were a soap and a magnet. The soap is from Bomb Cosmetics (Website Here) and it’s pineapple scented. It smells amazing and looks super pretty too so I kind of don’t want to use it and ruin it… The magnet has a monkey on it and has the slogan from the theme of the box; Couldn’t Give A Monkeys’ written across it.
The next items in the box were a ‘Sentence A Day’ diary and a to-do list in the same style of ‘Couldn’t Give A Monkeys’ as the rest of the box. I’ve been using the diary religiously and love it as it’s so beautiful and has little quirks such as a map you can colour in as you visit various countries. The to-do list is great for blog posts and helps with college work and just looks so adorable. I can’t wait to have a real reason for using this but also don’t want to waste it on something unimportant or unworthy…somebody must get what I mean..?
There were also a couple of postcards which are absolutely adorable and follow the animal theme along with some quotes which are positive/inspirational. One simply had monkeys on it and the other had a lion in a jungle with a quote about courage. I love these so much and have stuck them up in my room to remind me to care less and to be braver.
June’s theme for the box was ‘For When It’s Not All Sunshine And Rainbows’ and it, as you can imagine, was very colourful and pretty. The colour on the lid of the box was gold though, and the illustration was a gorgeous rainbow design which also matched the paper on the inside of the box.
The first item in the box was a pair of Happy socks which I adore since I got a pair in an Illumicrate box a few months ago. They’re so bright and colourful with the idea that they cheer you up and honestly, it does work because I always get really cheery when I wear them purely because I know that’s their purpose and because they’re so bright when I usually wear boring socks. I love these so much, you can find their website here.
The next item in the box was a hot chocolate which I actually have yet to use simply because it’s been so hot, but I have had this type before and I love them. Basically, it’s a lump of chocolate on a stick and when you mix it with hot water, it melts, creating a delicious drink. The one I now have is dark chocolate and has marshmallows so I can’t wait to use that on a chilly evening all curled up in bed…
The next item is a coaster with a llama on it as well as the phrase ‘I love naps’ written on it. I love it because I do love naps and appreciate a llama understanding my needs… Also llamas are super cute and the coaster itself is very cute and kind of quirky. I really like it and have it on my nightstand currently.
The next item is an orange-scented lip balm which I think is a great idea. I don’t know whether this is true of everyone/the majority, but for me, when my mental health takes a dip, so does my immune system and I end up with a cold as well as sore eyes and sore lips. So, having a lip balm intended as mental health help really helps me as it kind of insures that I’ll remember to look after myself in that way even when I feel at my worst. It also smells amazing (orange!) and is super soft on my lips. It’s also vegan so that’s cool!
The next item is a set of inspirational cards called ‘Believe In Yourself’ cards and they’re filled with beautiful, inspiring quotes in order to empower you and keep you feeling positive about yourself. They’re a good quality material and feel super sturdy so I’ve stuck a few up in my room to remind me to believe in myself. I love these because there are quite a few and among them all, there’s always one which helps me.
Finally, we come to the postcards in this box. This time, they’re illustrated with a rainbow/sun design which is so gorgeous and the quote is an empowering quote about strength and believing in ourselves. They’re pretty and colourful, so I’ve stuck them up in my room too.
Thanks to my guinea pig, Fudge, for helping me out with her real modelling debut which she seemed to enjoy. Thanks to The Blurt Foundation for coming up with this fantastic idea which I (and many others) really enjoy. I’m definitely a subscriber now and I hope it continues to be an amazing success.