Put a Little Yuzen Box in Your Life

Treat yourself or someone you love to a little zen – not through meditation, though you may certainly do that on your own, but with the help of a beautiful Yuzen box and the thoughtful, organic and plant-based balms, fragrances, moisturizers and creams it contains.

yuzen boxWhat’s In a Yuzen Box? There are actually three types of boxes to choose from. I recently received two of the boxes at no charge to review, and was delighted with them both.

The seasonal box arrives four times a year – in Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. My spring box included Acure Organics Facial Treatment, Balanced Guru skin balm, Sranrom’s Urban Wellness Calm Down Hand Cream, Lotuswei Infinite Love Mist, an Essio Aromatherapy shower Kit, and Sumbody Bath Fizzers, plus a Chocolove Cherries and Almonds Chocolate Bar.

I also received a gift box containing Jurlique Rose Hand Cream, Kerstin Florian foot balm, a travel candle from Level Naturals, a PINO facial mask, some Sanitas Moisture Mist, nail lacquers from Sparitual, Tara Spa Therapy Stress Relief Roll-On Remedy,  and some Sun cups Dark Chocolate Mint Cups. The gift box can be sent at any time of the year.

Plus, there’s a box specifically designed for men, which includes items like PHYT’s Men’s Cleanser to help reduce ingrown hairs, Honey Stinger Energy Chews, Level Naturals Active charcoal Soap, and Eco Armour Shaving Foam. You can get a complete description of the contents of each box here. All of the products are full-size, rather than small samples, so you will get the benefit of each item included.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhose Idea Was This? Yuzen was founded by my friend Ted Ning and his wife Jen. I first met Ted through his role as Executive Director of LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability), where he works closely with companies that are focused on providing products and services that promote health, well-being and the environment. Ted and Jen closely curate the items they include to make sure they contain no ingredients harmful either to people or the planet.

I thought the name “yuzen” was a combination of “you” and “zen,” which made sense, given that the products in their boxes seem the perfect complement for a lifestyle focused on living in harmony with nature and the world around us. But that’s not exactly right. Ted and Jen picked the name “yuzen” because it is a type of exquisite Japanese paper, also known as chiyogami, that’s made by Japanese artisans who layer patterns and color to make gorgeous designs. I have to admit, when I opened my first Yuzen box, it was so lovely, I hated to disturb it (see the gift box, below). I’m combining the paper strips from two boxes together to make a lovely bookmark.

What Does a Yuzen Box Cost? Each box costs $33. You can buy the men’s box or gift box individually, or subscribe to the four seasons’ worth of boxes at once (though you will be charged only when the box is shipped). You can cancel your subscription at any time. Yuzen would make a special gift, but it’s also ideal if you want a seasonal infusion of zen body products. If you give it a try, please come back and share your experience.

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