The Story Behind ExplorBox

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Recently, I started a small business called ‘ExplorBoxes‘ and since it means so much to me, I want to share with you the ‘why’ behind my business.

The Story Behind ExplorBoxes:

I started this blog about two years, and while I love blogging for fun, I’ve been feeling there is something else I am supposed to be doing…something bigger. I started to think about all the connections I have made with so many great small business owners throughout the past few years. Some through my blog, some friends, and others through social media.

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One day I said to myself, “How can I help all of these amazing people grow their businesses and support them?”, and that’s when ExplorBoxes was born! The idea of starting a business has always been something I aspired to do. I started ExplorBoxes in March 2018, and have been working non-stop ever since to help support these small businesses across the US the best I can!

The main idea behind ExplorBoxes is to collaborate and help grow these businesses and their artisan products. Each product featured in ExplorBoxes is handmade, organic, and/or supports a good cause. And because I am an eco-friendly person, my packaging is minimalistic and straightforward for two reasons:⠀

  1.  The products inside are what should stand out, NOT the packaging; and⠀
  2. All packaging material is 100% recycled! (And I encourage you to reuse/repurpose the box for storage!)📦

Supporting local/small businesses gives me a sense of pride and I hope you share that feeling with me! Working from home and running a business on your own comes with many ups and downs – but connecting with others, networking & collaborating with them has all been a learning experience, and I’m loving every second of it. ⠀

If you are looking to explore new homemade/organic products, then I invite you to head over to ExplorBoxes and check out this month’s box!

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Why Artisan-Made Products Are Better

Have you found yourself at the store lately searching for products that aren’t full of all the harmful chemicals and crap, and are just not having any luck?  Yeah, me too!  That being said, you DO see a lot of products labeled as ‘green friendly’ or even ‘organic’ – but sadly, a lot of that is just marketing tactics and not very honest. Sorry if that sounded so much like a commercial lol, but it’s true!

So, what the heck is ‘artisan’ and what is all the hype about? It’s defined as a person or company that makes a high-quality, distinctive product in small quantities, usually by hand and uses traditional methods (without all the crazy harmful perseverates like the stuff you buy in the store now). Before I started my business, ExplorBoxes, I was finding myself at Target searching up and down the aisles for items made without all the crap chemicals that NOBODY can even pronounce, and I was struggling! I know the stores are now becoming more “conscious” of harmful preservatives and focusing more on the vegan lifestyle and non-GMO products, but some of it cannot be trusted.

A label that says ‘made with organic ingredients’ can be used when a product contains at least 70% organic ingredients but is not accompanied by the official USDA Organic seal. Because of this, I started to realize that big box stores (such as Target and Walmart) are slowly becoming full of products that claim to be organic but aren’t 100%.

Recently, I started searching on Etsy and other websites for products that are handmade and TRULY organic/eco-friendly. I started coming across so many small artisanal businesses that make AMAZING body & beauty products that it made me think… “Ugh, why can’t I find more of this in the big box stores?!”. That’s when it dawned on me and I started thinking of ways to get these businesses more exposure. 

I have done quite a bit of research and have learned that most all homemade products sold by artisan businesses are preservative free. This is why getting products from them is beneficial because they do not require the preservatives since they are made fresh and are used within a short period of time. But, sometimes the use of preservatives is necessary to ensure quality products and to prevent bacterial growth and skin infections. If they are required, those businesses I’ve come across during my search use natural preservatives, such as grapefruit seed extract or antioxidants, because they want the same benefits as you – safe and healthy.

Every business I’ve partnered with through ExplorBoxes has not only provided me with fantastic products, but the customer service is spectacular and that’s what makes me love what I do even more! I invite you to check out my website for ExplorBoxes and subscribe to a monthly box! You’re going to love what you receive in each monthly box, I guarantee it!

www.explorboxes.com