I tried a eucalyptus plant subscription service—and it makes staying home so much better
This monthly delivery is my $20 form of self-care.
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I pride myself on being practically impenetrable when it comes to Instagram ads. I see them and ignore them. I also write about fashion and lifestyle products for a living, so there’s no way I can afford to buy everything I see. However, there was just something something that kept sparking my curiosity when Eucalyptus Farms popped up again and again on my feed.
Eucalyptus is known for it's relaxing, minty aroma, as well as how gorgeous the plant looks when hung on a shower. Maybe it was the fact that I’m in a major nesting mode, as many of us are now that we’re home and socially distancing. But I finally broke down and decided to bring eucalyptus into my home for the first time, and ordered from the company.
Here's what I thought of the subscription service and if it's actually worth the money.
How Eucalyptus Farm works
Eucalyptus Farms is a subscription service that delivers—you guessed it—fresh eucalyptus straight to your door each month. The California-based company has been growing eucalyptus for more than 47 years. It exclusively sells a bouquet of 12 to 16 fresh eucalyptus leaves, which can range from Silver Dollar, Willow, or Baby Blue eucalyptus, or a mix of all three. The bouquet is $12 and shipping was $7.50 for me, but I used a promo code to get free shipping initially.
After placing my first order, I was amazed by how quickly it arrived. I received an immediate email alerting me the package was on its way and just two days later, the bouquet was in my hands. The long rectangular box was labeled fragile and came perfectly packaged with a detailed care instruction card included. These instructions only arrived with my first order, though.
While I was expecting the scent of eucalyptus to waft through the air upon opening the box, that wasn’t the case. But the care instructions suggested running the bouquet under hot water for a few seconds—and bam, that’s when the aroma filled my bathroom. Besides just loving the look of eucalyptus leaves, the fresh, slightly minty scent helps alleviate a lot of congestion I’ve experienced due to seasonal allergies, which was a major bonus.
Before you decide to bring eucalyptus into your home, it should be noted that the plant can be dangerous if ingested by pets, so you might want to reconsider purchasing or be sure it’s always out of reach from your fur babies if you do.
What to do with eucalyptus in your home
After wrapping the bouquet around some twine I had lying around, I hung it from my shower head like I’ve seen from Pinterest, so the steam from the water could continuously activate the scent. The fragrance only lasted for about a week, however, and would disappear unless I directly ran the bouquet under hot water again for a minute or so.
So if you’re expecting the constant scent of eucalyptus, this isn’t it. But, personally, I love that I can essentially reactivate and extend the aroma for a few weeks with the simple trick of running the leaves under water.
You can pretty much hang the Eucalyptus Farms bouquet anywhere, but small spaces like in a laundry room or entryway are best as there's no way you'll get the fragrant eucalyptus scent in a large room. I found that my bathroom was the best spot for me.
Plus, once the leaves start to totally dry out and completely lose any scent, they’re not completely useless. I like to save a few branches as decor by adding them to a vase, which looks just as good on my bathroom counter as the leaves did hanging in my shower.
Is Eucalyptus Farms worth it?
I’m currently on my fifth delivery and I have noticed a few differences since the first order. While I previously received my order in two days, now it seems to take three, which I’m sure mostly has to do with COVID-19 shipping delays. Also, the selection of leaves can vary in quality, but stay the same when it comes to the type of eucalyptus that’s in the package.
With my first order, the leaves had a more vibrant green tone and compared to my most recent order. This time around there were a few branches that looked a bit dry and even slightly white or ashy. Ironically and in spite of the appearance, this package smelled the most fragrant, so it didn't deter me to cancel my subscription.
For me, the variety of leaves has also always remained the same. The Eucalyptus Farms page mentions a bouquet can include one of three different types of leaves, though you’re unable to select the kind you'd like for your delivery. So far, I have only received the Baby Blue type. That hasn’t been a big deal for me, but I am wishfully waiting to open that box one day and see some more variety.
Though Etsy has a ton of sellers offering eucalyptus bundles for similar prices, I just love receiving a monthly delivery. I’ve never been into receiving flowers, but this monthly eucalyptus bouquet feels like a little piece of self-care and happiness that I look forward to seeing at my mailbox during these unprecedented times, and I’m not planning on canceling my subscription anytime soon.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.