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Universe Bound Subscription Box Review + Unboxing + Coupon | September 2019

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universe bound box review

Universe Bound is a monthly book subscription box that has lots of different options. The standard book box from Universe Bound includes an eclectic mix of handmade bath products and candles as well as books and teas and candy for $32.99 monthly. There’s also the Deluxe Book Box that includes even more items for $45 monthly. Additionally, Universe Bound offers and adult subscription box, a read and relax subscription option. Use code UB05OFF for $5 OFF your first box. NAT received this package at no cost for review purposes.

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My first glimpse inside the box from Universe Bound for the month.

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Everything that came in my box from Universe Bound. This box is PACKED with so many awesome items!


So what is all this stuff? 

My box insert. This comes with a sealed outer paper which is cool. It also breaks down not only the items you receive but what was in the alternate box.

The pages even include images of the items.


Serenity Tea Lights

The first item in my box are these pretty tea lights in the Serenity fragrance which is a blend of Japanese Cherry Blossom, Bergamot, Nag Champa and Magwa. These are nice if you are planning to read in the tub and want to have some candles’ a glowin’


Uno Dare

This was a totally unexpected item and I’m a board / card game obsessed person so this was great to receive. I hadn’t heard of this but it’s a twist on the classic where you have to complete dares as you play the game of uno! Sounds like a lot of fun, I think the kids will love it!


Jasmine Pearl Tea Company Ruby Nectar Tea

Our boxes from Universe Bound always include tea. This month it’s Ruby Nectar – a blend of Greenbush, Hibiscus, Peppercorns, Bee Pollen, Natural Cranberry flavor, Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil and Stevia. There were three bags included as well as disposable tea bags as this is a loose leaf tea. There were also these blue mylar bags with rock sugar. The insert also include brewing instructions as well iced tea instructions.

And for our convenience we received a wooden teaspoon to stir our tea!


Big Bang Coffee from Peet’s

Included in the Deluxe box only for the month is this medium roast called Big Bang from Peet’s Coffee. I personally love medium blend coffees and this one promises to be full bodied and flavorful. Again we also received some rock sugar as well as disposable steeping bag – there are instructions on the insert for how to brew coffee in a tea bag too which is kinda neat!



Every box from Universe Bound includes a wide variety of candies. This month there was candy corn, Charleston Chews, Fruity Tootsie Rolls (a favorite of mine), as well as coffee candies all in a cute burlap bag.


Shower Steamer

This must have been a box bonus as it wasn’t listed on the insert. Shower steamers are a nice way to make a shower a little more exciting – you simply put them somewhere they won’t be directly hit with water and allow the vapor and scent to wrap you up like a warm blanket!


African Black Soap

I was stoked to see that they had included a 100% natural raw African black soap from Ghana in this box. These are made with palm kernel oil, coconut oil, stearin oil, cocoa pod husk, unrefined shea butter, plantain skin ash, natural vitamin e, natural sodium and water. You can use this on your hair, face and body but you must use a washcloth as there could be small bits of plantain.

I just love the way this looks, it looks almost like marble!


Reactive Bath Dust in Purity Scent

The Reactive Bath Dust included in this box was a Deluxe only item. These are almost like a deconstructed bath bomb and are multi-colored. The scent Purity is a blend of Japanese Cherry Blossom, Geranium and Tangerine.


Popcorn on a Cob

I have to say that the most exciting item in this box is this microwaveable popcorn… on a cob. My kids are going to think this is a hoot – this item was also only in the Deluxe boxes for September.


Enemy Me by J. Carrell Jones

Our first book in the box (there are five) is Enemy Me explores what it would be like to live in a world where you can live forever. It sounds like a real page turner, especially if you love sci-fi.

The book’s synopsis.


Binti Home by Nnedi Okorafor

Our second book is actually a sequel and was featured in only the Deluxe box for the month. This book is also a sci-fi of the intergalactic variety. This also looks like a really amazing novel!


Part of what seems exciting for me is the element of friendship that seems to be a huge part of this series of books. I love storylines like that!


Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Speaking of that series we also received the first Binti novel. This is a Hugo & Nebula award winning work . This was included in both boxes from Universe Bound for September.

Our synopsis.


Akata Witch from Nnedi Okorafor

The book that caught my eye the most for the month is Akata Witch also from the same writer of the Binti series. This book has been dubbed the Nigerian Harry Potter and I have actually let my daughter start reading it and she loves it! I’m excited to read it as well.

This was the only book in this box that I had heard of prior to receiving it!


Abbott by Saladin Ahmed and Jason Wordie, Sami Kivela

The final book in our box for the month is Abbott a graphic novel that was only included in the Deluxe boxes. Abbott takes place in 70’s Detroit and follows Elena Abbott as she investigates murders she believes to be done through malevolent forces that she has sworn to destroy. This one looks pretty rad!

It’s not often I receive graphic novels in book boxes which is a pleasant break from the norm.

A couple of the images from inside the book.


Universe Bound Roll Up Book Sleeve

The final item in the box and my absolute favorite is this roll up book sleeve made by Universe Bound. This is a great way to protect both your books and bookmarks. This was a Deluxe Box Exclusive.

Personally I’ll be using this when I travel!

You just roll it up and clip it together and there you go!


So in summary

Presentation: Everything was packaged well and arrived to me perfectly in my Universe Bound Box for September

Quality: I love the handmade aspect of this subscription and that the books they choose are done because they are great!

Curation: I mean… this box really has it all. That is what I love about it, it’s a book subscription box but it’s also so much more!


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Universe Bound $32.99+

Something for everyone

This box has it all – books, snacks, bath items, teas and candles. If you love handmade items and sci-fi this may be the perfect box for you!

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