Crate and Story is a new subscription box offering finely crafted artisan goods along with the stories of the individuals/companies who create them.
Each box will feature a selection of handcrafted products in the following categories — food, body essentials, and home accessories. You can expect to receive items such as natural bar soaps, small batch snacks & condiments, skin care items, home decor, kitchen accessories, and more. Every item will be accompanied by its own info card with a carefully researched story about its maker.
Disclosure: I received this box for review purposes. I was not compensated in any way. All opinions are my own. Post may contain affiliate and/or referral links.
Subscriptions are $31.95/month, or less with multi-month commitments. Shipping is free within the US.
Let’s see what’s in the November 2017 Crate and Story box!
Everything was shipped in a small box with a Crate & Story sticker on the side.
A peek inside!
An insert card from Crate & Story’s founders welcomed you to their subscription.
As promised, there were separate information cards for every item in the box. The cards were all 2-sided and packed with details about the individual makers behind each item/company.
This trio of all natural salves was crafted in a converted barn that soap maker Kate Jaeckel owns with her husband, Brad. The couple lives on a farm where produce is grown both for sale, as well as for use in their homemade body and skincare products. Each of the balms above contain calendula that is grown right on their land. Rosehip Balm is great for eczema & psoriasis relief, while Muscle Balm is (obviously) good for sore muscles, and Repair Balm is ideal for cracked cuticles & dry skin.
Ooh! This granola looks absolutely delicious and I was thankful to see that it’s vegan-friendly! Ingredients include rolled oats, pure maple syrup, almonds, brown sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon. Golden Girl Granola originally began as a fun family activity to sell homemade granola at a local farmer’s market. Today it comes in 7 different flavors and is sold in shops across the US.
Jonathan Simon first got the idea to start his own woodcraft career when he was ready to dig into his soup and realized he had forgotten a spoon. Since he was employed as an apprentice with a furniture maker at the time, he did what any soup-loving furniture apprentice would do — he made his own spoon out of a block of wood. Today he crafts countless spoons and other kitchen utensils out of beautiful cherry wood. The 6-inch spreader included in this month’s box is ideal for spreading butter, jellies, and jams.
The final 2 items were tucked into the small wooden crate above.
Ali and Alicia are a couple who were brought together by an unconventional mutual love of… bees. Together, they run King Cobra Apiary, a North Carolina based company that sells honey as well as handmade beeswax candles. The sample of honey in this box contains 100% raw honey taken straight from the hive and bottled by hand.
Peter and Nancy DiGirolamo started Trillium Soaps in the early 90’s as a way to earn income during the offseason (cooler months) in Midcoast Maine. They began by selling the bars at gift shops & fairs, and eventually opened their own brick and mortar storefront. All of their soaps are made with all natural ingredients and scented with pure essential oils. November’s box included “Pine”, which is perfect for the holiday season. 🙂
I really enjoyed the first offering from Crate and Story! I love being introduced to new artisan-made products and it was neat getting to learn so much about each of the different makers. The products were all of high quality, useful, and clearly made with love. 🙂
What do the stars mean?
★ = Crummy ★★ = Just Okay ★★★ = Good ★★★★ = Awesome ★★★★★ = Extraordinarily Awesome