Real talk, guys.
I’m a sucker for a subscription box. I signed up for Birchbox* just about immediately after discovering its existence, and I’ve been a loyal StitchFix subscriber for over a year now. I recently also subscribed to Plated, Organics to You, and I get a monthly wine insert shipment from Vinocopia Barrel**.
All that being said, when I found out Tique Box was launching in Portland, I got super excited. Not only is it a subscription box (or not, you can buy one-off gifts, too), but it’s Portland-centric, showing off our local makers with a heavy focus on food and art. I connected with co-founder, Paige, and was gifted the July box to sample, taste, peruse, and then share with you fine folks.
So, check this out, and then consider signing up or gifting someone you love a whole lot the delicious, unique, creative, and maybe a little bit weird gift of Portlandia.
Tique Box | July
I generally like mustard and sauces and condiments and the like, and this? Not only was this no exception, it was incredible. It’s slightly sweet, slightly spicy thanks to the addition of horseradish (love!) and jalapeno, and it’s completely addictive.
I packed this with my patio grilling supplies for an impromptu outdoor dinner of burgers and veggies, and the flavor of this mustard absolutely killed it. Perfection.
Also, because this could and should go beyond simply topping your summertime grilled goodness, check out the recipe section on the Fat Dog Inc. website for more ways to integrate these flavors into your everyday cooking.
Bonus! Fat Dog Mustard uses local (to Portland) ingredients and is naturally gluten-free.
Hello, summer on my lips! This is so smoothing, so rich and nourishing, and smells so fresh and summery. Perfect for those hot summer evenings spent stealing kisses on beaches and in the woods.
The lip balm is handmade and includes deliciously fresh ingredients such as coconut oil, organic bees wax, organic honey, rosehip oil, and other essential oils.
You guys. Someone figured out how to bottle up the amazing, intoxicating nature smells of the Pacific Northwest.
That “someone” is Vance Family Soy Candles, and the Portland Rose candle in my July Tique Box is incredible. It actually smells like walking through the International Rose Test Gardens. It would make sense that this smells like actual roses since Vance Family Soy Candles never use any synthetic fragrance, but rather use pure essential oils and organic (natural, GMO-free, and edible grade) flavor oils.
There’s a whole bunch of other scents (lemongrass! autumn spice!), but the two on my radar for when this one runs out? Hiking Trail (fir and cedar!) and Pacific NW Rain.
I’ll be honest. I haven’t tried this one yet. I’m so excited, yet also, maybe a little intimidated. Ghost Chili! That shit’s legit, and by “legit,” I mean “the hottest pepper in the world.”
Now, I love spice, but I’d like to figure out how to use this well. Since I couldn’t easily find recipes featuring this blend on The Noble Spice’s website or blog, I reached out directly for some ideas and inspiration and will definitely post something here once I’ve done some experimenting!
I might be a tiny bit biased, because Yosh is a friend of mine, but just check out these cards. She is incredibly creative and talented, and I’m so delighted to see her illustration work featured in Tique Box! I got this adorable squirrel card which I can’t wait to send to a faraway friend as part of my never-ending come-visit-me-in-Portland petition.
All of these cards are printed on heavyweight paper (16pt stock) that is FSC certified. It has a light satin finish, left un-coated on the inside for easier writing. For more designs, check out the Etsy shop.
Magical forest? Sign me up!
Wooly Beast Shea Butter Soaps are handmade with shea butter, essential oils, coconut oil, safflower oil and other natural ingredients. Also, it smells like moss and pine and rain and clean air. And according to the official product description, also like fairies and woodland creatures.
And you guys. I’m into that.
Ready to check it out for yourself? I’ve got a couple of offers for you!
Subscribe and save $5 per month ($60 per year!) on a Tique Box subscription and get a little Portland love delivered straight to you every single month.
Not ready to commit, but want to try a box? Get the August box for $10 off by using the code AUG$10OFF now through August 13. Purchase your box today!
*Duh, these are referral links because when you buy, I get credits, and when I get credits, I do a happy dance. You all want that, right? Right.
**Disclosure: Vinocopia Barrel is a client (super cool, huh?). If you want your own barrel, grab one and use the promo code ‘DONIREE’ to save 20%.