I don’t even know how this happened, but it’s time for another FairyLoot unboxing. Is it because the month is shorter? Is my life slipping through my fingers? Let’s not get too deep into existential questions. Rather, let’s get deep into the dark forest because the theme for February is Twisted Tales. So many scary and lush stories come to mind with this theme and this box is based on the best of them. Tales by The Brothers Grimm.
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were German academics, cultural researchers and authors who together collected and published folklore during the 19th century. They were among the first and best-known collectors of folk tales and popularized traditional oral type tales such as Cinderella, The Frog Prince, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White.
These tales, which we regard as traditional today, still enjoy a widespread popularity. In Europe, where I grew up, these are the classic stories parents read to children before they go to bed. Many children, however, probably know these stories thanks to the animated film adaptations by Walt Disney.
Not so many of them know that the Disney versions are heavily edited. The original folk tales were first and foremost warning tales for children in which violence and cruelty play a big role. Life is not a fairy tale, so Hansel and Gretel are left in the forest by their mother to starve to death. Snow White’s death is ordered by her own mother, who wants to eat her lungs and Rapunzel’s prince is blinded by thorns when he leaps out of her tower.
No matter how dark and twisted these folktales are, they gave birth to beloved fairy tales. And to this wonderful box of goodies.
Upon opening the box, there is one item that simply jumps out at you. One, because it’s huge. And two, because you can tell what’s inside and you’re so excited you have to open it first. It’s an exclusive ‘Grimm Tales’ mug with a design by Anjuli Art. The artwork features multiple Grimm fairytales, among which are Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and many more. FairyLoot is revealing them all on their social media, so I’m not going to spoil you. It’s the perfect item to drink mead with the dwarfs from. Or to serve a poisoned drink to someone, if you prefer the evil side of things (please, don’t do that).
Another unmissable item is one I look for in every box. The candle. This month FairyLoot partnered with Wick and Fable to bring us another exclusive item. The candle is ‘Hinterland’ and it is inspired by the featured book of the month. The scents of oakmoss and tea leaves represent The Hinterland, which is a supernatural place in the story. And let me tell you, it is the most beautiful candle I have ever seen. It has a stunning warm honey colour and it shimmers when it burns. Words are not enough to describe it, so I’ll leave a video of it burning on my Instagram.
The next item is just pure fun. You can get a nice and warm bath this February (if you dare) with the exclusive ‘Poisonous Apple’ bath salts. It is made by Little Heart, has a toxic green colour and smells irresistibly. It has everything a poisoned apple should have. No wonder Snow White gave in.
If you were, by any chance, running out of cool socks to display on your feet or just take cool Instagram pics of, don’t despair. In this box, we have ‘The Witch & The Gingerbread’ socks inspired by Hansel and Gretel and designed by FairyLoot themselves. They feature little witch hats and gingerbread houses and are the cutest purple-pink colour.
You can never have enough bookmarks. Especially when they’re as beautiful as this one by Ink and Wonder. It is printed on sustainably sourced wood and the art depicts Little Red Riding Hood with a wolf and a chilling quote: ‘Wolves may lurk in every guise’. So watch out!
The featured book of the month is The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert. It tells a story of Alice, whose mother is stolen away by a figure who claims to be from The Hinterland. A cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s pitch-dark fairytales are set. To retrieve her, she must venture there herself.
As is a new tradition with FairyLoot, this edition has a beautiful exclusive cover. And here comes the best part. It is actually signed by the author! I know I will treasure this one.
As always, there is a dear reader letter by the author, a print and a bookmark with the theme art. My buddy number is #FairyLoot122652. Hit me up on Instagram if we match.
This box fulfilled the theme to perfection. Next month, the theme is Memorable Moments and it is very special. FairyLoot will celebrate their second birthday and the box will be purple. I can’t wait to unbox that one!
If you want to get a box for yourself, check out FairyLoot here.