I’ve never been to New Orleans, so why not bring a piece of New Orleans to me? Cue the jazz bands and toss me some Mardi Gras beads and now I have a craving for Zatarains…ah come on…you know that commercial is going to get stuck in your head!
Hazel Lane features a different city every month. Select one of their three sizes, mini ($19.99), City Explorer ($39.99), or Deluxe ($59.99) – you can buy a one-time box for a taste of that month’s featured city or sign-up for a subscription and experience a new city each month. How cool is that? You get to explore and never have to leave your couch.
When my package arrived, I already knew that I wasn’t going to like the presentation. It was sent in a soft mailer that my mailman just shoved in my mail box, which, in turn, bent everything that wasn’t solid. Hazel Lane, break my heart, can you please put “do not bend” on your mailers?
The presentation indeed wasn’t that great. I opened it up to find my items were wrapped in brown paper enclosed with a sticker and the ends exposed. I wish they would have sent it in a corrugated box with some crinkly stuffer- it would would have looked so much cuter and my stuff wouldn’t have been bent. Oh well- I’ll move on.
Hazel Lane included a personalized Handwritten postcard from the co-founders Sam & Ash. Honestly, I love stuff like that! If you have read any of my past reviews you know that I am big on customer service. That kind of personal touch you receive doesn’t make you feel like just another customer.
My first item was from Blue Frog Chocolate, it was a cute milk chocolate alligator paired with a chocolate coin wrapped in purple foil. This is a perfect play on Louisiana and the swampy bayous. May I add this was delicious? I opened it up right away and ate half. The plan was to save the other half for my husband but it was taunting me and consumed it a few minutes later. ($8.50)
The second item was a JBrewton NOLA Print. I wasn’t really happy with this item. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate a good artist and creative artwork. The print is a layout of New Orleans wards which I found interesting since I have not been to the Big Easy. However, my issue was it was printed on HP paper and valued at $15,00. It is the same type of HP paper I use to print out pictures on my home printer. Plus, due to the way this package was mailed, it arrived bent. If it would have had a cardboard backing and encased in clear plastic, it may not have been damaged. Again, I do like the print, it is colorful and makes me want to discover the wards of New Orleans.
I’m saving the best for last. I truly mean it! The final item was a body spray from Cake Face Soaping.com called “Hangover”. I will admit, it’s been a while since my last hangover; but boy after smelling this scent, I wish I had this product all through my college and pre-baby days. This product is made from distilled water, with Cake Face’s original blend of homegrown herbal hydrosois and essential oils. The spray is 100% natural, handmade, and get this – Vegan. It has an incredible smell, I can’t exactly pinpoint it but there has to be rosemary and mint somewhere in that mix. What a pick-me-up, it really does refresh you! After every shower, I have sprayed this on me and even refreshed myself throughout the day. I’ve sprayed it on my pillows. Seriously, I cannot get enough of this product! Can you tell I love “Hangover”? ($8.00)
The NOLA box is listed as a $31.50 value. I loved the chocolate and the body spray, these were excellent items. While I did like the print, I do not think the overall “value” is $15.00. I like this company and would enjoy exploring more cities; for those interested, Hazel Lane takes you to Brooklyn in April.
**UPDATE: Oddly enough, as I was writing this review I received a mass e-mail from Hazel Lane stating that items will be shipped in their new 100% recycled boxes in April. If you do sign-up for a subscription, you will have the option to cancel or skip a month by e-mailing Hazel Lane customer service.
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