NPCC: For the Love of Books
This is a new subscription box from Geeky Clean, with three candles, a bookmark and an enamel pin delivered to your door every month. I have never really tried any subscription boxes before (apart from a stationery one with Sherbet Lane which I loved!), but I couldn’t resist the theme for July – For the Love of Books.
The website describes the crate like this:
Well met traveller and welcome to NPC Crate. Your monthly quest reward sent straight to your mailbox, without any unexpected journeys, having to slay any dragons, roll any dice or seduce any fairy princes (although we do recommend at least a little adventure to keep things interesting now and again).
Quest reward: Three natural soy wax candles based around a monthly nerdy theme and an exclusive enamel pin fit for any dragons horde.
You cannot alter your fate. However you can ride to meet it.
I am a massive and unashamed geek so the language, packaging and idea behind this all appealed to me! I am (surprise, surprise) also a book-lover so the first theme was a no-brainer.
When the box arrived I was surprised by how heavy it is, despite being compact. However, this won’t fit through most normal postboxes so I had it delivered to work. Unfortunately that meant I had to wait until the end of the day to tear it open!
The packaging is completely recyclable which is great!
The bookmark was the first thing I saw – a beautiful watercolour with a great quote. The back of the bookmark gives ideas for how to use your candles and a list of ingredients for each. I kind of wish I hadn’t read this until I opened the candles, but I will know for next time!
Next was the enamel pin, which is so gorgeous that I am almost scared to put it on my bag in case I lose it! It is a lovely pink colour, with the quote ‘Ask Me What I’ Reading’ although I wouldn’t recommend asking me that, unless you’re prepared for an extensive answer and a list of recommended reads!
Finally, there were the three amazing candles! The lids weren’t on very tightly so I was able to get a bit of a preview (pre-smell?!) as I carefully unwrapped the tissue paper.
The first was ‘Currently Reading‘ which is a kind of fudge colour, with a lovely, light floral scent, listed as Cherry Blossom. I know that this one will be appearing in bookstagram posts!
Next, it was ‘Book Dragon‘ which has a strong, enticing smell, listed as Egyptian Musk. I loved the dark colour of this and the added glitter on the top!
Finally, it was ‘Plot Twist‘, the most strongly-scented of the bunch – coconut and rum. Mine is mostly white, with a hint of purple, although I imagine that more of the purple will show as I burn it.
I keep going back and forth between the different candles, trying to decide on my favourite smell, but I love them all!
This is a subscription box in the sense that it is delivered every month, but each box is for sale as a stand-alone, rather than as a rolling subscription. This allows you to pick and choose the months that you would like to receive – themes are announced around the end of the previous month.
August’s box is based around Studio Ghibli movies, which I was super-excited to see as there isn’t much merchandise for Studio Ghibli outside of Japan. After my positive experience with this first box, I have already ordered a box for next month too!
The Nerd Poured Candle Crate costs £15, plus £4.95 postage to the U.K.
What I liked: Great range of scents and colours, bookish theme, loved every single product, recyclable packaging, an exciting thing to receive in the post, geekishness, supporting a UK company.
Even better if: I would have preferred slightly stronger colours for the ‘Currently Reading’ candle – perhaps a pink like cherry blossom instead of brown – and I wish I had more purple in the ‘Plot Twist’ candle (though I’m hoping that it will appear as I burn it!)
Overall, I absolutely loved this crate and went straight online to order the August box!
I can’t wait to receive all the Studio Ghibli geekiness next month!
Thanks for reading!