I was given a ChronicAlly Box as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this ChronicAlly review are my own, and I was in no way influenced by the company. This post contains affiliate links.
Monthly subscription boxes are all the rage right now. You can find a subscription box for nearly any hobby or interest, and now there’s one for the chronic illness community, too!
The ChronicAlly Box “contains lavish and necessary products for the chronically chic woman’s life. Every month, you can expect a treasure box full of 3-6 full-sized health and beauty products to make your beauty routine possible in a pinch, with little effort,” reads the website. ChronicAlly also offers a smaller ChronicAlly Treat Box, which contains at least three full-sized/treat-sized products. The regular ChronicAlly Box costs $43.95 per month and the Treat Box is $27.95, but there’s a discount available now for those who subscribe for three- or six-month increments.
ChronicAlly gets its name from CEO and founder Ally, a chronic illness sufferer from North Carolina. Ally is the blogger behind IBS Sisters, a blog dedicated to irritable bowel syndrome.
I love watching subscription box unboxing videos on YouTube, so when I was asked by the Chronic Illness Bloggers network to review November’s ChronicAlly box, I was happy to do so! As soon as I fetched the box from my mailbox, I grabbed a kitchen knife and cut open the box to see what goodies were inside.
Here’s what I received in my box:
- “You Got This” mug from Slant Collections – This is the perfect mug for any fibro warrior! It’s a great size – not too big and not too small – and the positive message reminds me that I will persevere and get through even the worst fibro pain. This is my favorite item in the box. I love the modern script and the touch of gold!
- Tuffy Steeper by The Tea Spot – This collapsible, portable, food-grade silicone tea and coffee steeper made Dr Oz’s 2011 Holiday Hot List!
- Meditative Mind Loose Leaf Tea by The Tea Spot – I’m looking forward to trying this blend of Chinese white tea, rosebuds and jasmine pearls. The ChronicAlly description card explains that jasmine is uplifting and soothing, and the rosebuds ease tension and stress. I definitely need that in my life!
- Clarity Bath Bag by House of Intuition – I’m not a bath person, but I promise I won’t let this blend of Epsom salt, sea salt, organic pink roses, organic lemongrass and organic peppermint go to waste. I’ve been putting off taking an Epsom salt bath forever, so this is my motivation to finally do it!
- Chai Space Lip Balm by Hurraw! – This organic lip balm is made from simple, easy-to-understand ingredients, and it tastes as good as it moisturizes.
I loved how November’s box had a theme (tea). All of the items worked together to create moments of self-care – something we all need! I also liked that the box came with an information card, which described each item and its benefits. (Some subscription boxes don’t come with a card, which is frustrating because I like to learn about the products I’m using.)
I like that the company is headed by someone who lives with chronic illness so she understands the day-to-day challenges of what that entails. I also think it’s great that ChronicAlly donates a portion of all sales to chronic illness causes.
Like ChronicAlly’s website points out, it was a real treat to receive something in the mail other than medical bills and lab results. It definitely brightened a ho-hum, ordinary day, and it gave me the opportunity to try out some products that I wouldn’t have been exposed to otherwise. I’m thinking about becoming a monthly subscriber. I know a lot of us are really bad at self-care, so I think receiving ChronicAlly Box every month would be a great little pick-me-up and something to look forward to. Of course, a subscription would also make a great gift for yourself or someone you know who is living with chronic illness.