Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Nightshade's Cellar's Super Deluxe Addams Family Box

I should start this off by stating that I couldn't form many solid opinions on most of the things in this box because I'm dying of the plague or something and can't smell anything. 

That's not true, I can smell when my son farts.  Delightful.


I was amped to check this sub box out, especially this particular box due to the theme, but I knew I wouldn't be able to drum up the money for the Super Deluxe box in one go.  Luckily they had a "layaway" program.  For those who don't know, Nightshade's Cellar's boxes can come in several tiers: mini, standard, deluxe or super deluxe, and "massive."  Prices vary depending on the box itself and the size chosen, and size options aren't available for all boxes.  After viewing the options for the Addams box, and looking on their website this morning, I can pretty confidently say that it's worth spending the extra bucks for the bigger packages where it's an option.  But with all good things, there was a snag.

I'm not 100% sure if this box was their first foray into "layaway" or payment plans, but streamlined isn't a word I'd use to describe the process.  Even under the best of circumstances, private messages aren't a very stable way of processing this type of order - especially if there are several customers who want to use this service.  I don't know how many people decided to jump on this opportunity, but I do know that the owner of Nightshade's Cellar was sick.  I don't know what kind of sick, but if it's anything like what's been ripping through my house then I'm going to go with "real fuckin' sick."



I stolded this.


Then you add on the fact that I never know what day it is, ever.  Anyways, because there was no official order filled out, there was no email notifications or traditional tracking.  It's a great idea, but it's still a baby idea that needs to grow into a functional option that's easy for both the customer and the retailer to use.  Because if more than a handful of people decide to go with layaway it's going to turn into a mess.  Which would suck, because I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this box.




Like I said, I don't have a lot of things to add other than pictures because I can't smell, and what I can smell is triggering my asthma like you wouldn't believe.  Luckily coffee mugs don't traditionally have scents of their own.  If I have one complaint it's that I have to be careful washing it.  The decal is similar to ones on those 4-packs of beer glasses you can get at Target that have a theme like DC heroes or National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.  Decal+super hot water=sadness.  And I use excessively hot water, because I like to punish my dishes for being dirty.





The coffee mug is a nice companion to Burial Grounds Coffee Co.'s Cara Mia blend.  I'd been kind of internet stalking this company for a while, but I'm always hesitant to pull the trigger on purchasing new consumables.  This was an excellent opportunity to try out their product without worrying about buyer's remorse. 

First of all, I typically only buy Cafe Bustelo.  It only comes in one roast, espresso, and it's a knock-you-on-your-ass flavor.  I had forgotten what a medium roast looked and tasted like.  In the wee hours of the morning, it took me a moment to realize that my coffee wasn't defective and it was supposed to be that colour. 

For anyone who doesn't swill coffee like water, and slowly die of dehydration in the process, companies typically use a medium roast so that the added flavors aren't over-powered.  Just in case I hadn't mentioned it, I'm very sick.  I can't smell anything.  And because I can't smell anything, I really can't taste anything.  I'm not entirely sure what this tastes like.  So I'm saving the rest of the bag on the off-hand chance that I don't die in the near future. 




Look at that guy.  He's adorable!  He's meant to be a Cousin It Bath Bomb, but he looks like a Minion.  In this particular instance I'm not going to split hairs (PUNS!) because:

1) It's very difficult to translate a sentient mound of hair into a bath fizzy
2) No one wants a poop-brown bath bomb
3) What would that even smell like?

No, seriously, what does it smell like?  I can't smell, and I don't dare use it for fear that my asthma will decide to rear it's ugly head and ruin my bathy bath.  Basically I can't enjoy anything when I'm sick.  Which brings me to...





Family Macabre wax melts from Rebel Potions.  I can sort of smell this.  I will wait until I am completely over this garbage that has taken up residence in my lungs before actually using it, because I'm pretty sure it would kill me otherwise.

I've gotten products from this company before, so I'm fairly certain I'll like it, but right now I'm incapable of joy.  I can't taste my coffee.  I can't take a bath.  I can't burn or melt my stinky stuff. 





If ever there was a product named for my very soul.  While I can't smell it very well, I can still use it and it's actually pretty great.  I Hate Everyone lip scrub is from Sudsy Sirens, another company I've gotten stuff from and not been disappointed.  I like to think that while it's technically a sugar scrub, it's actually preparing my mouth to spit more poison at people I hate.  And people I love.  And people I have no firm opinions on.  Because everyone sucks.


I tried to find a meme to express that I torture those I care about for fun, but all I could find was a bunch of emo bullshit.




Another great item from Sudsy Sirens, this Gomez body butter smells like a good humidor.  It smells like leather chairs and smoking jackets and cigars with large glasses of brandy.  I CAN SMELL THIS ONE!!!

The butter itself is much firmer than it appeared; I was expecting something on par with homemade whipped cream.  It looks so light and fluffy and I want to eat it, but that would be incredibly stupid and the lung rot hasn't worked its way up to my brain yet.

Goddamn, I want to eat it.




Morticia Setting Spray from OMFG Cosmetics.  I literally had no idea what this was.  I had to go online to find out what setting spray was because I don't wear makeup.  Now that I know what it is, holy shit!  There's stuff that does that?!?!  I had no idea.  This is a new and novel idea for me.  I still don't want to wear makeup, but now I know about the latest advances in witchcraft should I ever choose to do so.  In the mean time, I have friends that wear makeup.  And my friends have similar interests to mine, so someone is going to be super happy.




It's teeny tiny soap!  Thing hand soap from Nightshade's Cellar is like a little high five every time you wash your hands.  I have no idea what it smells like.  Because my face has fallen off. 





Family Values soap from Pretties For Your Face.  It says scrubby, which makes me think it's an exfoliating soap.  Further inspection of their website confirms this assumption.  I'm actually in the middle of another bar of soap, so by the time I'm ready to crack this open I'll either have recovered or my body will have been eaten by my cats because that's the circle of life.




It's a little voodoo doll toy thingy!  I'm not sure if this is meant to be a specific character or just a little spoopy guy in general.  I have a couple of similar dolls hanging in my car, where he or she will be joining them shortly.  This new friend came courtesy of Synyster Kreations Co.

This box came with a handy card identifying the products and who made them, which I really appreciate because it suuuuuucks trying to decipher labels and hunt down websites when you're about to expire.  The card stated that there would be a Wednesday bath bomb as well, but after reaching out to the company I've learned that this was a typo.  This makes sense since there was only supposed to be ten items in this box and the extra bath bomb would have made eleven.  Am I a little bummed? Sure.  Does it effect my opinion of this box or company?  Nope.  I've scrolled through their Instagram and seen their past boxes, and their upcoming Beetlejuice box, and I'm really impressed by the quality of their curated themes.  Will I buy more?  Absolutely.  Probably not Beetlejuice, because I'm broke at the moment, but I'll be following them to keep up to date on new themes. 

In completely unrelated news, I am still waiting on Loot Crate's Mission Crate.  I've received an email stating that the shipping date has been pushed back another month.  I really don't know what's happening with this because it's completely out of character for Loot Crate.  I will continue to wait, and this crate had better blow my mind because this is ridiculous.  I will literally cry if it sucks.



Friday, January 12, 2018

Spiritualism and Magick & Macabre

I legit thought I was going to miss out on this month's Wicked Witch sub box because by the time I had a little money in the bank they were completely sold out.  But then more boxes were added!  And I missed out on those too.  But then!  But THEN!  A few more boxes were added again!  And this time I got a box, and just in time.  Because I literally got my order in the week they were being shipped out.

Talk about waiting until the last minute.  I like to fly by the seat of my pants.





Paranormal Tea Party
After how good the last wax melts I'd gotten from Magick & Macabre, I was super excited to see more in this month's box.  And I was not disappointed.  The scent profile is very different; where the Belfana melts smelled like a warm and cozy dessert treat, Tea Party is very floral and a little...spicy?  Zesty, perhaps?  I dunno.  My only concern is that florals and I don't always mix, and I'm a little scared that this might trigger my asthma.  On the other hand, Belfana was such a light, delicate scent and this may follow suit.  So far Magick & Macabre hasn't felt the need to hit me over the head with their scents, making for very pleasant additions to my evening relaxation routine.  Nothing I've gotten from this company would overpower, say, the smell of my cooking (so much garlic, so much chili) but they're very nice when they're not having to compete with other scents.





Bay Laurel
Bay leaves are a common herb used for divination and fortune telling.  I've never used it because I never think to.  I have a crap ton of Bay leaves in my kitchen, which typically end up in my pollo or pavo for sandwiches.  For someone who relies on kitchen supplies for their practical magic, I sure do just end up eating most of my ingredients.  By the way, if you don't know, don't just eat Bay leaves.  You will be very sad.

Included with this little bag of Bay is what I imagine is some folk magic to divine the identity of you soulmate.  I'm tempted to give it a try, but I'm concerned that I'd only receive bad news. Like I don't have a soulmate, or they're just incredibly crappy.  Or one of my exes. 

I ran into one of my exes the other day.  He pretended to not see me, and I did the same. I'm sure he was hoping I wouldn't recognize him but I'd recognize that misshapen head anywhere regardless of how much he looks like a heroin addict now-a-days.  I'd really hate to find out that he's my soulmate.





Wormwood
Wormwood has a bad rap because of its association with absinthe.  Absinthe had the reputation of being mildly hallucinogenic, but would later be found to be the cause of several deaths.  It was assumed that its traditional ingredients were to blame, and was in turn banned in the U. S.  It has come to light in recent years that, more than likely, ingredients like wormwood weren't the cause at all, but instead the lead in absinthe bottles, as well as some extras added to intoxicate and inebriate the drinker faster.  

What am I going to do with a bag full of wormwood?  No idea.  I'm open to suggestions.





Incense Cones
The only fly in the ointment is this.  Because of allergies and asthma I can't use incense of any type.  I wasn't always like this.  I can only assume that overexposure from years of burning incense while getting stoned out of my gourd is to blame.  There is no "may" to it, I'm definitely giving this away.  Possibly on Instagram.  No contests, just whoever raises their hand, so to speak, first.



Cat not included.


Divination Kit
This is easily one of the coolest things I've gotten in a box, right along with that sweet ass spoon I got in November.  The box is a standard wood box, like one that you would buy at an art supply store, that had been stained and has the image of a Tarot card Mod Podged over top.  In the box was a miniature deck of standard playing cards, some mugwort (I think.  I honestly don't remember exactly, and I don't feel like finding the paper.), and a piece of quartz with amethyst.  Also included, but not shown in this picture, were directions for reading standard cards for divination.  This is a fun skill to have, and not many people know how.  I used to be able to, though not in the fashion shown in the directions, and I'm pretty stoked to give this a try.



Cat still not included.


Cameo Necklace
Not technically magical, but how excited was I when I saw it?!  I have a long standing love of cameos, and this one is very pretty.  I had to take it off to take a picture of it because I literally shoved the box aside upon its discovery to ooh and ahh over it, then put it on and show everyone.  And by everyone I mean my mom.  She's super jelly.

Not Pictured
Not pictured is a cute ghost shaped soap that came in this box.  Why haven't I got a picture of it?  Because my mom stole it.  By "accident."  I've already called her to tell her I'm getting my soap back.  My soap.  Mine.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Krampusnacht



I received my Krampus Box from Creeper Crate yesterday and I couldn't wait to write this.  This month's crate seemed a little light at first, but upon further inspection I saw that the items in here were few but very impressive.  While I'd gotten spoiled by the pins from Demonic Pinfestation being a regular part of these boxes, I found that this month didn't suffer from their absence.  Had there been a pin I wouldn't be able to write this because I'd need to be pealed off of the floor.

(Which reminds me, I need to grab a Love Witch bundle while they're still available.)


"Dear Disobedient Creep..."

Like a holiday greeting from Hell, this fun card was the first thing in the box.  It's got some great artwork, either directly from or inspired by the film Krampus.  I don't really have anything pithy to say about it.  It pretty well speaks for itself.




 Merry Krampus Shower Steamers from Glitter Gore Bath
 
These shower steamers smell AMAZING.  I drank a fair amount of whiskey last night, so when I woke up and finally got around to getting into the shower I'd forgotten all about them.  I've never regretted anything more in my life, today.  These will happen tomorrow morning.  Assuming the eggnog doesn't kick my ass tonight.  It's taken me 20 minutes just to manage to type this segment.





Krampistachio Tea from Brutaliteas

I haven't tried this yet, but I like pistachios. I like tea.  If I can add milk to it it'll be perfect.




 Krampus's Bell
This replica bell from the film is freaking awesome.  Right away I decided it needed to be on our Christmas tree.  I don't normally like having a tree but I do it for the sake of my four year old.  If I've got to bow to societal pressure to adhere to holiday customs then at least I can have a reminder of the darker traditions.  Luckily I have a million pounds of red yarn to turn whatever catches my fancy into ornaments.


Krampus can not be bribed.


I don't know if special plates just for cookies for Santa existed when I was a kid, but the tradition is old at least.  But if you're a miserable curmudgeon who probably deserves to be thrown into a bag and beaten with a stick, perhaps you can dampen the dark fury of the Krampus with some cookies and milk.  Probably not.  You'll probably just piss him off. 

I never thought I'd be the type of person who has decorative plates on little easels, but here I am.  It's a crazy world I tell you!

I'm missing out on January's Overlook Hotel Crate next month due to excess poverty, and the hope that there will be leftover Yule boxes from Magick & Macabre.  I should be back on track for March, and with luck I'll be able to grab February's Occult Box from Creeper Crate as well.  The Occult Box is a separate subscription from the usual Creeper Crate, with themes that are more...well, occult.  Less horror pop-culture, more supernatural and witchy.  I'm missing out on their Ouija theme for January, but hope to be on board from their "Live Deliciously" box. 

This post was in no way brought to you by The Wicked Library, but you should subscribe to them anyway.  The latest installment includes a traditional tale of Christmas terror brought to one deserving soul by Krampus himself, not to mention a great little story about some of those lesser known (in the U. S.) Christmas characters, such as the Jólakötturinn and the Yule Lads.

Feliz Navidad, bitches.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Star Trek Mission Crate

Okay, let's start with...


Star Trek Mission Crate Order Confirmed
Qapla’!
You have successfully ordered the Star Trek Mission Crate! Tracking emails for the crate will go out when it ships at the end of November 2017. Your crates will be beamed to you between the 1st and 10th of December.

Reminder: as this is a bi-monthly, recurring subscription, it will automatically renew unless you cancel or the Borg finally assimilate Earth (see below for more details). 

 I found my crate today when I got home for work.  Or did I?  Confusion from the word go.

Uhhhhhh....
Right off the bat this wasn't what I was expecting.  I chalked it up to printing issues or something and went ahead and cracked this guy open.  I would continue to be confused and...mostly confused.  Yeah.




I know it's hard to tell but that pin was a Loot Crate exclusive from last year's "Futuristic" campaign.  I didn't get that particular crate but I do have that pin, which I picked up on eBay.  The socks were also a throwback, but at least I didn't already own them.  I like socks.  Ok, I'm down with the socks.




What you probably can't see in this picture is the sweat inside of the packaging.  That would be the fragrance condensation because this air freshener is TWO YEARS OLD!!!!  I mean, I'm still going to put it in my car, assuming it hasn't become weird or toxic, but what is going on guys?!?




Alright, this was actually kind of neat, but it's from last year again.  At this point this box was beginning to feel like one of the last Horror Blocks from earlier this summer.  Just a box of stuff that was thrown together at the last minute.  At least it was all indeed Star Trek themed, but by now I was becoming alarmed.




This was the only item that was from this year, though I don't know if it was from yet another previous crate.  Needless to say I was incredibly confused because I was expecting this:








NONE OF THIS HAPPENED!!! This crate was due between December 1 and December 10, and today on December 15 I am over here like:



So I did what I did best and basically stalked Loot Crate and this particular crate and found out that this isn't the Mission Crate at all!!!  If there had been an update or email, I either hadn't received it or simply don't remember.  It's just as likely that I'd forget something like this, but somehow I think I would remember the things keeping me away from my sweet sweet Jean Luc.  So I went looking for answers.






 So here I sit, still waiting.  Exhausted from a roller coaster ride of emotions.  I'm still confused, but I'm back to my default level of confusion.  I have two LLAP pins.  I'm considering giving it to my fiance but if we're being real here, it's not like I don't not need two pins. I don't even know if that's grammatically correct.  I've been drinking eggnog with sherry and Rumchata.  What I'm trying to say is that I have one for display and one to put on my Federation uniform messenger bag.  Like the sexy bitch that I am.  

Sorry there's no links.  It's nothing short of miraculous that I got the pictures uploaded.  I'm not trying to find where my links are supposed to go, let alone make sure that I'm using the correct links to begin with.  There's Star Trek parody porn and I'm the kind of asshole who not only has it bookmarked but would accidentally link it in a review of a box full of actual innocent toys.  

Google it.  The Crate, not the porn.  Or Google the porn.  I'm not here to judge.  I'm certainly not in a position to do so.  

Live long and prosper.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Winter Wonderland

Winter is coming...no, literally.  Like, in a couple of weeks.  And I am all set with my Witchbaby Soap Spell Box for Winter 2017/2018.


Get naked.  Do witchcraft.


I've never been disappointed in a Witchbaby box, and this time is no exception.  Even on occasions where a body butter scent wasn't up my alley I couldn't say that it was a bad product.  Everything I've ever gotten from Witchbaby has been a quality product, and when it does happen that I don't care for a scent (too floral, not spicy enough, whatever) I have sisters and nieces and girlfriends who are all just as into this brand as I am.  Typically this works out great because my sisters and I have very strong signature scents, so right away I know which items are a good fit for which sister.

In this box I didn't get a butter, which is fine because I have a TON.  What I did get was a Candy Quartz body scrub, which is soooo good!  The Candy Quartz body butter had been included in the spring (?) Spell Box and I would have been happy to drown in that stuff.  I'm super stoked to see this scent as a body scrub, and I look forward to not being poor anymore so I can order more butter.

What was unusual was the inclusion of a New Moon bath bomb.  It's typical for there to be a bath bomb for every full moon in a quarter, and two of those are in January which is why there's a Blue Moon bomb.  I'm kind of stoked for the extra fizzies, and this winter I have three (plus a total lunar eclipse) to choose from.

This is the second time there's been a pin in a Spell Box, and I love pins.  I'm a little bit of a pin hoarder, if I'm being honest, and this one is really cool.  I also dug the assortment of candles with anointing oil.  I have the unique gift of coming into weird things I need just when I need them, and it was getting to be about that time to find some candles.  It's not a particularly big deal to head into Kent to find some or even order them online, but things have a way of falling into my lap and I appreciate that.  Thanks universe!

The Fairy Milk is very pretty and smells nice, but once again I don't have much call for shimmery oils.  Normally I'd look to include it in a gift but this one smells nice enough that I'm contemplating ways I can use it after all.  I may decide to attempt to make a small batch of body butter so that it's in a more manageable form for me.  Maybe.  Honestly, there's a reason why I throw my money at all of these small businesses: They know what they're doing and they do it well.  We'll see what happens.

(spoiler: probably nothing good)
 



In addition to Witchbaby, which came in a week or so ago, I also got my November Creeper Crate.  This one came a couple days late, but only just a couple.  I've noticed that Jamie has been having a few vendor issues with this and her Nightmare Before Christmas Crate (which I didn't order), so I'm not overly upset about it.  It's not like other subscriptions I've had that basically dicked their customers over before finally folding.  But I wasn't as stoked about this crate as I was about the Sam one.  In retrospect I probably should have skipped this one because, contrary to my reading habits as a teenager, I'm not actually that into vampires.  I'm sure it's just in my head but it feels, to me, like vampires are a girl's obsession and I'm a grown ass lady who prefers my horror to be less romantic and more "I should probably seek therapy."

Having said that, I still dig the t-shirt.  It doesn't scream "vampire" to me as much as "Rocky Horror Picture Show," so I'm just going to pretend that that was the intention.





But we can't get too dirty because there is included in this crate a blood orange scented soap from Sick Soaps!





I couldn't get a good sniff through the plastic, and I'm disinclined to open it before I'm ready to use it, but I like blood orange and fully expect it to smell good. 

Next came a sticker.




It didn't do a lot for me.  It's a well made sticker, with no smears or runs, but...like I said, were I a smarter woman I would have just passed on this crate.  Waited it out until December's Krampus.  Still, I like Near Dark and I like stickers so it'll join the others on my mirror.




Demonic Pinfestation is a pretty regular part of the Creeper Crate lineup, and I love it.  I have a confession to make.  I frequently want to buy pins from Demonic Pinfestation but I'm somewhat intimidated by their work.  I get like that sometimes, where something is almost too good for me to buy.  Like maybe I don't deserve it?  I dunno.  Either way I can now add a Lilith pin (Tales From The Crypt: Bordello of Blood, for those who may not know) to my growing collection from this company. 




Ok.  I like Fright Night.  I haven't had a chance to see the 2011 version because I'm lazy and forget to do things, but I hear that it was pretty good.  While I'm reserving judgment, I'm willing to bet it's not terrible. 

I don't like this post card.  I like that it's a post card, don't get me wrong!  I just...

I just don't collect a lot of vampire things!  I mean, I collect some but it's often more of the campy variety.  I will never meet my dark prince and be whisked away into a blood and sex drenched endless night because I need to scrub out my bathtub and make dinner.  And I'm cool with that.


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Can we speed this up?  I want to make it to the preschool pickup line early.


I won't be reviewing Magick and Macabre's December Horned God box because I'm broke.  I've taken on more financial hardship this month than the typical holiday spend-fest and I've had to suspend most - if not all - of my subscriptions.  I'd be more bummed but the nice thing about Magick and Macabre is that you can still order a box after it's subscription date.  You may end up spending a bit more, depending on what was in it, but if it turns out I truly feel like I missed out on something I will still have an opportunity to get it.  I'll also be missing out on January's Creeper Crate, for the same reason, but similarly may be able to get this crate later if there are extras after its subscription run.  I've already paid for Krampus earlier last month, so I'll still have something to look forward to this month.

Until then!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Witchin' in the Kitchen! Magick and Macabre





Almost as soon as I hit "publish" on my last post Magick and Macabre's Wicked Witch Subscription box showed up on my doorstep.  I always sort of hate people who jump to post unboxing videos because, depending on where you live, there may be a lag in delivery time.  And spoilers are almost always a bummer.  So I waited until I was certain that those who ordered this box had it in their witchy little mitts because I don't really write this for the "initiated," if you will, but for those who might be on the fence about ordering certain boxes or for those who are just interested in new stuff that they might not have heard of.

Last month was their Samhain themed box, which was mostly worthwhile for the mini cauldron, but honestly I wasn't super stoked about most of the rest.  I felt like it fell somewhere between for those who are really just beginning in any sort of witchcraft and is super pumped to do any and every spell, and for those who who just like to dabble.  Because I'm neither a neither of those, nor am I a ritual Pagan, or even someone who has a dedicated altar, this box just didn't hit the bullseye dead on.  But the minute you whisper the words "Kitchen Witch" I'm almost certainly sold.  I'm not a girl who frequently feels the need to pull out all the stops and go whole hog in magic, but I am a girl who has a few tricks up her sleeve when I'm in the kitchen, garden, or bathtub.  Are there cups of vinegar in my freezer...for reasons?  Maybe.








I am a sucker for Halloween and witchy-themed pot holders, and this fits the bill perfectly!  I love when folks have the good sense to save Halloween stuff to give me later in the off season, and while I know that it wasn't picked specifically for me, it felt like it was.  When I got my own home for my son and I, and later Bob and LeeLee, one of the first things I picked up to sort of make the place my own was a little sign that says "Home of The Wicked Witch and Her Little Monsters."  This would wind up being my favorite thing in the box because it felt...special.  It brought back good memories.








Another item that hit home perfectly was Magick and Macabre's La Befana wax melts.  I like my house to stink pretty, and I especially love the scent of baked goods, so (insert heart eye emojis here)!  Technically La Befana is a Yule character, but if ever there was a witch who got up to shenanigans in the kitchen I'm sure it's her.  Plus I'm not super familiar with Italian traditions concerning holidays or the belief in witches and witchcraft, except for maybe vaguely in passing (I knew there was a Christmas witch, I just didn't know anything about her), so it gave me something to learn about.  We're not Italian, but I'm seriously considering introducing the idea of a Christmas Witch to Stinkbug.



Pentacle Ritual Spoon




This was very impressive?  I'm unsure of what kind of wood it's made of, and in retrospect I wish I'd emailed  them to find out for this.  I still will, but whether I remember to update is totally a mystery. As I mentioned, I'm not a dedicated altar kinda kid, but I'd seriously consider trying to set one up with this little guy and last month's mini cauldron.  While the post holder was my favorite thing, this was definitely the coolest.  Almost too cool for me.  I'm not cool.



You can't sit with us.








Under the spoon you may have noticed a little hand drawn card.  It's a mini-zine with tea recipes!  I'm a tea whore and I love recipes, so I'm into it.  This neat little goody is meant to correspond with:



Love Tea Kit



 An organic blend of teas crafted by the owner of Magick and Macabre, Bee.  It came in a pretty basic tin, which I appreciate because utility trumps aesthetics any day for me, a tea sachet and a chunk of rose quartz.  Will I use it magically or will I just drink it?  Probably just drink it, unless someone suddenly needs some extra love.  I always seem to have what people need just laying around. 
Co-worker needs a smudge stick?  I have 20.  Certain crystals?  I probably have you covered.  I'm the mom-est of witches.  You want some soup?  I've got some cooking right now.



Kitchen Witch Pentacle Necklace



 I'm not sure what makes this a "Kitchen Witch" pentacle specifically, unless it's the ginger, but I rarely look cute jewelry that suits my style in the mouth.  I don't have a lot to say about it; it's intentions to bring about good health, personal strength, and general positive energy can't really be empirically tested.  I've been having fewer crap days, which doesn't necessarily correlate with wearing a new pentacle necklace.  Whatever.  C is for cookie and that's good enough for me.



More Black Salt



I'd gotten black salt in a Witchbaby Spell box a few months back, but that had been ritually treated sea salt that under NO CIRCUMSTANCES can be consumed.  This is fancy salt.  Fancy eatin' salt.  That I can still get up to stuff with.  Get you some salt that can do both girl!  I plan on tasting and testing it as just plain food first, and then I may sit on it (not literally) for a while as I decide what I'm going to do with it. 

As I've mentioned, almost all boxes are very hit or miss with me, and I've bought M&M boxes in the past and said "This isn't for me." But then they have a theme that lures me in.  Honestly, I probably wouldn't have gotten November's box if it weren't "Kitchen Witch."  Unless, of course, she figured out some other way to lure me in.  This box was from start to finish one of the best boxes I've ever gotten.  It's rare that I get to say this but it's almost as if it were curated just for me.  I'm severely tempted to get the Horned God box for December, but it will very much depend on my finances here in the next couple of weeks.  After all, 'tis the season to go into crippling holiday debt!  And I have several nieces and nephews.  And a Stinkbug.



*I should note, if I haven't in the past, that I'm never paid for my opinions on any product I write about.  Everything is paid for out of my own pocket and I only buy what I'm interested in.  MY LOVE CAN NOT BE BOUGHT!!! (maybe)