October The Homegrown Collection Review + Coupon Code

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October The Homegrown Collective
October The Homegrown Collective

The Homegrown Collective, who kindly sent me this box to review, includes seasonally appropriate, professionally curated products that deliver the satisfaction of living a more self-sufficient & sustainable lifestyle to your doorstep each month.  I never even attempt to guess what they are going to include in their boxes.  Sometimes when I get the boxes and look at everything (without looking at the information cards) I still don’t know.

October The Homegrown Collective
The Box

The Homegrown Collective ships via USPS Priority Mail and it arrived in two days.  They ship “perishable” items every so often and I had never had an issue with something not being fresh and usable.  This for sure isn’t a box to put aside and open later though.

October The Homegrown Collective
First Look

This is more like a second look picture since I removed a ton of packaging material before taking this picture.  I knew right away I wanted to work on this box this weekend (I like to do all my Homegrown Collective projects before I do a review), but I was intimidated from the start with this one. I recruited B to help me before he left on Saturday though, which made it much more manageable.

October The Homegrown Collective
The Information Cards

The November Homegrown Collective theme was “Preserving & Preparing The Harvest Feast” and included two projects – Gourd Candle Making and Water Bath Canning.

Gourd Candle Making: I have never ever thought to make a candle out of a gourd.  Never.  Little did I know that this was even an option. I had B cut and carve out the gourd while I melted the wax for it.  I do think that B was impressed I knew how to melt the wax using a double boiler.  I always save the mason jars from old Homegrown Collective for just this reason.  The box came with two wick options, a wax wick and wood wicks.  We opted for the wood wicks because they seemed cooler.  B left before the wax was cooled but when he gets home I need to have him work on smoothing out the bottom of our gourd so it sits flat.  I’m not sure if we did something wrong or what, but it didn’t mention in the instructions we needed to somehow smooth out the bottom.  I don’t think it’s going to be too hard though (and I also consulted with my mom on this who agrees) so I am loving these.  I think mini DIY pumpkin and gourd candles would be so cool for your Thanksgiving table!

October The Homegrown Collective
Gourd Candles – The Instructions
October The Homegrown Collective
Gourd Candle – The Materials
Gourd Candle - In Process
Gourd Candle – In Process
Gourd Candle Making - The Results
Gourd Candle Making – The Results

~Water Bath Canning.  The second project was water bath canning.  I have never actually canned anything myself and I guess I didn’t realize what an involved process it was.  I guess if you do it all the time you have it down to a science, but I never would have thought you needed to, for example, put the filled jars back into a stock pot and bring to a roiling boil?  Clearly I have never canned before.  I “cooked” the cranberries (we made cranberry preserves) while B got the jars ready.  For some reason we only ended up with one full jar (B was in charge of that as well), but I don’t mind.  We are saving this for the “right” meal, but I am super curious how they turn out.  Did anyone make these yet?  What’d you think?

October The Homegrown Collective
Water Bath Canning- The Instructions
October The Homegrown Collective
Water Bath Canning – The Materials
October The Homegrown Collective
Water Bath Canning – In Process
Water Bath Canning - The Results
Water Bath Canning – The Results

As usual, I didn’t do a value calculation for the October Homegrown Collective box since it would have been too difficult.  I wouldn’t describe The Homegrown Collective as a “value box” by any means, but I always learn something new with each box, which I love and what this box is all about.  Some things (canning, wool dryer balls, sugar scrubs) you’ll love and incorporate into your daily life.  And some things (growing your own alfalfa sprouts, preserving lemons) you’ll realize aren’t for you, but you’ll be happy you tried!

Boxes are $48 /month and, of course, are even cheaper if you buy a 6-month ($39/month) or 12-month ($35.75/month) subscription!  If you are interested in subscribing, or just want to learn more, click here.  And don’t forget to use the code “RAMBLIN10″ to save $10 off your first box!!!

Disclosure: This complimentary box was received for review purposes. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received.  This post does contain affiliate links.
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Jennifer is the author and founder of Subscription Box Ramblings. She first discovered subscription boxes in 2012 and has been addicted since. Current favorites include CAUSEBOX, Boxycharm and Beachly!

This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. Lauren

    Another very cool box. I wish I had the money to subscribe to that box because I absolutely love it. Right now I actually have a small gourd and soy candle wax lying around- I think I’ll be making a candle for the Thanksgiving table! 🙂

    1. Jennifer

      Ohh, yes! I can’t wait to see how it looks!

  2. Glenda

    I want to love this box… they have creative and cool ideas. But their customer service is awful if you ever need help. I’ve been waiting since May to get a replacement box for one lost in the mail. No one bothers to answer emails, phone messages or Facebook posts.

    1. Jennifer

      That’s too bad!

      1. Pamela

        I loved the contents of this box (and all their boxes) but I just received it on November 7. I also ordered two July boxes on October 8 and as of today have still not received them. I emailed 4 times and called twice before my query was answered. They are now ‘on their way’.

        1. Jennifer

          I always get my monthly box the following month as well. But that’s too bad about July! That was a long time ago ;(.

    2. CJ

      That’s so weird! I have received responses immediately any time I’ve contacted them!

    3. Amy

      Me too! Try e-mailing again! Mitchell always gets back to me ASAP. Maybe you have the wrong contact info?

  3. Bonnie

    I really love these boxes, but I have too many going right now. Maybe soon I will be burnt out on nail polish. I’m starting to think I have too much to really enjoy my favorite colors. I’m lucky to use a polish once before my next order. I love Julep too though.

    1. Jennifer

      I really struggle using them all. They just all look so pretty?..

  4. Bonnie

    I read this and I thought it would be the perfect gift for my mother. It will give us a reason to spend time together, which is the real gift.

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