Why I Love Positive Care & Pink Parcel #Giveaway

I’ve been thinking a lot about ‘self care’ recently, and how every other post we see on blogs and social media has something to say about it.  I’m sure you’ve read ’10 ways to practice self care’ or something very similar and I wondered how you felt about it?  There’s something about the term ‘self care’ that doesn’t sit quite right with me, and I’m not sure it helps women, men or anyone really feel good about the practice of taking care of themselves.

Self Care or Positive Care?

Perhaps the word ‘self’ is to close to the word ‘selfish’ for it to be used in a healthy way.  Maybe it resonates far to closely with ego for me to be comfortable using it.  I strongly believe that we should all take some time to look after our health and wellbeing, but ‘self care’ just doesn’t seem to inspire me to do it if I’m honest.  The very term makes me feel guilty before I’ve even run the hot bath and lit the scented candles.  Is it just me that feels like this, or is anyone else struggling with ‘self care’?

bath candle and towel bath bomb

Words are an incredibly powerful thing, and I thought that if we changed things up a bit I might start to enjoy taking care of myself a little bit more.  This is when I realised that if I started talking about ‘positive care’, that I might actually feel better about taking a few moments to myself to read my magazine and enjoy a nice cup of tea or apply that much needed face mask.

‘Positive Care’ says to me that it’s OK to look after yourself.  It doesn’t seem to start those same pangs of guilt as the other phrase we have come so familiar with.  I wonder if it’s the words ‘self care’ that have been the biggest hurdle in getting into a good routine of looking after myself.  When I think about taking care of myself, I want the message to be a positive one.  I don’t want an inner battle with myself about nurturing my health and well being, so I’m definitely going to be adopting the phrase ‘positive care’ from now on.

Pink Parcel Subscription Box Review

Nurturing ourselves for our own health and well being, and for those around us, should be part and parcel of our normal routines, yet it makes me sad how many people still struggle with the concept and I suspect the ‘self care’ phenomenon is actually holding us back.  I think the words themselves make us feel like it’s a selfish act instead of a healthy and necessary one.

Pink Parcel Subscription Box

One of the times when I really feel that some extra positive care is needed is just before and during my period.  I’m sure I’m not alone with that one am I ladies?  There are definitely a few days at least where my energy is at an all time low, and my mood is right behind it.  Recently I was asked to try out the Pink Parcel subscription box and I was really interested to find out some more about the service and it’s contents.  What I really wanted to know was would it inspire me to take some time out for some ‘positive care’, and this is what I thought.

open pink parcel unboxing

Firstly, the concept is great. Pink Parcel send you a monthly Positivity Parcel packed with everything you need for your period with some beauty items and tasty treats to lift your spirits.  I absolutely love the mixed nature and practicality of this subscription box, and I was really excited to open the parcel when it arrived.

tampons pads pink parcel

Lets get the period talk out of the way first, then we can get to the good stuff.  Pink Parcel allows you to select the sanitary brands and products that suit you best, which is perfect.  When they arrive there’s a little bag you can pop straight into your handbag to keep you going when you are on the go.  You’ll also find the rest of your sanitary products discreetly packaged so they don’t screen ‘I’m on my period’, when the are left in the bathroom.  There’s more than enough to see you through a month, and maybe a little bit more.

There were lots of other exciting products inside my Pink Parcel, but please note that these change from monthly box to monthly box.  I really enjoyed the ones I received in January though. Here’s what I received:

Bandeeze (RRP £5.95) Cute, long lasting hair ties for kink free hair.

Laritzy Eye Pencil (RRP £18.00) A much needed new eye pencil for perfect definition every time.

Made By Coopers Apothecary Happy Mist (RRP £12.00) This was probably my favourite item in the Pink Parcel subscription.  The mood boosting mix of lime, clementine and basil essential oils are perfect for spraying on your pillow at night or for a little boost when you are feeling a little on the low side.

We Are Tea Sample (£2.99 for box of 15 tea bags) As you already know I’m a huge fan of We Are tea so receiving a sample of their peppermint tea was perfect for me.  I love a hot cuppa when it’s time to get cosy on the sofa.

What's in Pink Parcel

Browcote Waterproof Brow Gel (RRP £6.99) My eyebrows can certainly get out of control and this is perfect for taming stray hairs.

Montezuma’s Organic Milk Chocolate Chilli & Lime (RRP £0.99 for 30g) This was the perfect little treat, and the flavour combo was both delicious and satisfying on every level.

Vega Essentials Nutritional Power (RRP £29.99 for 613g) This delicious chocolate shake is packed with 13 essential vitamins and it great by itself or in your favourite smoothie.

I was really impressed with the contents of the Pink Parcel subscription box, and feel it’s a perfect option for women who want to take positive care of themselves.  The variety is perfect for people who enjoy beauty and lifestyle products and want the convenience of having their monthly supplies delivered through their letter box.

If you would like to find out more about Pink Parcel and sign up to a monthly subscription just head over to the website.  If you want to find out more about the positivity parcel movement, you can follow Pink Parcel on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Pink Parcel Giveaway

Would you like to test out the Pink Parcel subscription for yourself?  That’s awesome news, as I have a great giveaway for you today.  Pink Parcel are very kindly offering one Zena’s Suitcase reader the chance to enjoy a one month subscription box of your very own.

I honestly don’t think you will be disappointed with the contents or the service.  If you would like to get your hands on this lovely prize all you need to do is enter via the rafflecopter below.  Competition ends 6.3.18.  Other T&C’s apply.
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92 Comments

  1. Susie Wilkinson
    February 3, 2018 / 8:10 pm

    I like the convenience of never forgetting to buy your sanitary products, and there’s lots of lovely products to lift your mood.

  2. Katie Skeoch
    February 3, 2018 / 8:16 pm

    My periods have been so up & down since having my son 9 months ago. Trying some different products would be ideal!

  3. Ritchie Dee
    February 3, 2018 / 8:49 pm

    I would like to win so that I can try the tea and the protein powder

  4. melanie stirling
    February 3, 2018 / 8:56 pm

    This would be a lovely surprise every month, I suffer badly every month with menorrhagia.

  5. Kim M
    February 3, 2018 / 9:09 pm

    The Happy Mist sounds lovely – like anything with lime in it x

  6. Ruth Wollerton
    February 3, 2018 / 9:14 pm

    I would love to win this to brighten up my periods. I suffer with terrible pain each month and actually dread them xxx

  7. Rebecca Sutton
    February 3, 2018 / 9:33 pm

    this sounds fantastic, something uplifting for your lowest part of the month. This would be perfect.

  8. Margaret Gallagher
    February 3, 2018 / 9:36 pm

    Everything a girl would want – id love to indulge and treat myself

  9. Evette Gabriella Williams
    February 3, 2018 / 9:38 pm

    I also strongly believe that we should all take some time to look after our health and well-being. Wonderful prize.

  10. Dawn F
    February 3, 2018 / 9:41 pm

    I would love to win this because I seldom take time out for myself and would really love to have the chance to use products like this.

  11. Gayatri Gogoi
    February 3, 2018 / 10:04 pm

    I would absolutely love to win this because I think practising self care is very important

  12. February 3, 2018 / 11:41 pm

    I would love to win this prize as I think a little pick me up in the post every month is bound to bring a smile to my face 🙂

  13. jo
    February 3, 2018 / 11:45 pm

    i would like to win this prize because i would like to win this prize

  14. Solange
    February 4, 2018 / 12:06 am

    I think it’s such a good idea and something to look forward to every month.

  15. Angela Treadway
    February 4, 2018 / 12:23 am

    i think these are great as a little pick me up during your monthlys x

  16. Elizabeth
    February 4, 2018 / 3:47 am

    Sounds like a good antidote to the combination of irregular periods and disorganisation. No more: “Yikes, I thought I had some in – where are they?” and ransacking for my holiday toiletries bag to see if I have any spares in there.

  17. Tracy Gladman
    February 4, 2018 / 5:55 am

    My daughter has the betty box so this would be great to have for myself! I can then have some products for myself!

  18. Jamie Edwards
    February 4, 2018 / 7:25 am

    What a fantastic idea, it’s so easy to get grumpy but I think my other half would appreciate me being a little cheerful about something at this time of the month! 🙂

  19. Sue McCarthy
    February 4, 2018 / 7:47 am

    Would be lovely to have a surprise box of treats to look forward to.

  20. Melissa Lee
    February 4, 2018 / 8:09 am

    This would just be so handy to have around and spare any inconvenience

  21. m
    February 4, 2018 / 8:32 am

    I would love to win this prize and gift it to my sister – who has looked after me in the past and I would like to return the love!

  22. Katie
    February 4, 2018 / 9:06 am

    This is such a lovely idea. We’ve been trying for a baby for years, with failed IVF cycles too, so I always feel especially down at that time of the month. Plus, if anyone else is like me, they feel exhausted at the start. It’s nice to have a little treat to cheer you up. I’m pretty sure everyone hates that time of the month!

  23. hannah wood
    February 4, 2018 / 10:28 am

    I love this box so good and will come in handy.

  24. Carolyn
    February 4, 2018 / 10:38 am

    This is such a brilliant idea. I, along with most people, would be so happy to get a bit of positivity in the post. It would make delivery day a happy day!

  25. Emma C
    February 4, 2018 / 10:40 am

    I would love to try some new products

  26. Jennifer Bruce
    February 4, 2018 / 11:06 am

    As a busy mum I always forget something at the shop, this would ensure I never forget those items!

  27. kelly L
    February 4, 2018 / 11:32 am

    Because what busy mum does need some TLC! I certainly do!

  28. clara
    February 4, 2018 / 12:53 pm

    would love to win to try out all these fab products

  29. Helen Best
    February 4, 2018 / 2:51 pm

    This would be absolutely wonderful a wonderful treat for myself a lovely giveaway thank you

  30. Jade Hewlett
    February 4, 2018 / 3:00 pm

    It sounds like a great idea and would be a lovely treat

  31. Annabel Greaves
    February 4, 2018 / 3:16 pm

    It is a really good idea for something that all women go through

  32. Sarah Ann
    February 4, 2018 / 4:28 pm

    I love the sound of this subscription box. I always feel down and just not myself on the days up to my period and can take really bad cramps. This would be a lovely little pick me up exactly at the time I need it most!

  33. lb.
    February 4, 2018 / 5:53 pm

    I think these are a great idea and would love to try them!
    I especially think a “starter / choices” pack for mums and daughters to discuss together would be great

  34. Pam Francis Gregory
    February 4, 2018 / 6:12 pm

    This would be fantastic to win to help me relax

  35. Ellen Stafford
    February 4, 2018 / 6:18 pm

    I think it sounds like a great box. I hate that time of the month. I love surprises.

  36. Hannah Wallington
    February 4, 2018 / 6:22 pm

    I would love to try it, it would be a good treat.

  37. MARIA ROGERS
    February 4, 2018 / 6:44 pm

    since doing a mindfulness course last year I realise the importance of looking after yourself and having positives around you

  38. Laura Pritchard
    February 4, 2018 / 7:53 pm

    It’s always exciting to get something unexpected and non-bill-related in the post, and this would force me to make ‘me time’!

  39. Lucy Anthony
    February 4, 2018 / 8:57 pm

    Brilliant prize. I think I need to subscribe for my daughter, might make the monthly’s more bearable!

  40. Lindsey Stuart
    February 4, 2018 / 9:28 pm

    I just think these Pink parcels are marvellous! I love that they have a combination of goodies that would suit everyone! Very appealing, and most of the products I haven’t heard of but already cannot wait to try them out 🙂

  41. Sadiyya Maryam
    February 5, 2018 / 1:40 am

    I am going through a very painful breakup or makeup situation with my husband which have left my monthly cycle all over the place with the stress so that I dread my period arriving monthly this would be such a welcome and needed treat. Many thanks for this great review and giveaway.

  42. Ren Taylor
    February 5, 2018 / 7:12 am

    It would be a nice little treat for my teenage daughter

  43. Karen Barrett
    February 5, 2018 / 9:23 am

    I’d love to keep for myself, a lovely treat through the post

  44. helen tovell
    February 5, 2018 / 10:26 am

    For my teenage daughter to give her a nice surprise at a horrible time of the month

  45. Lucy
    February 5, 2018 / 11:02 am

    I love to get surprises and definitely at that time of the month!

  46. Jodie Halsey
    February 5, 2018 / 12:54 pm

    It would be a lovely surprise in the post

  47. Sarah Lambert
    February 5, 2018 / 1:40 pm

    I would love to win as it’s the only thing to look forward to at that time of month lol

  48. Rebecca Richardson
    February 5, 2018 / 3:15 pm

    What an awesome idea I’d love to win and see what this box has to offer.

  49. leanne weir
    February 5, 2018 / 3:39 pm

    I like the sound of this so would want to give it a try

  50. Carly Banks
    February 5, 2018 / 5:28 pm

    I suffer with adenomyosis and its horrible, anything to make it easier would be appreciated

  51. ashleigh allan
    February 5, 2018 / 5:35 pm

    It looks lovely with a great selection of treats to make you feel good

  52. Jayne Townson
    February 5, 2018 / 6:27 pm

    I would love to win this, as I love getting things in the post and this would be sure to cheer me up at that time of month.

  53. Nicola Dow
    February 5, 2018 / 7:26 pm

    I have tried other subscription boxes but this looks the best. Very practical too x

  54. Rachael G
    February 5, 2018 / 8:09 pm

    I have horrible periods – it would be nice to have a bit of a “pick me up” around that time of the month.

  55. Jennifer
    February 6, 2018 / 12:25 am

    I’ve been stressed out lately running around for everyone else, it would be really nice to have some self-care supplies 🙂

  56. Mary H
    February 6, 2018 / 8:08 am

    I’d love to win this beacuse it would be such a treat and I’d have to take time out from the usual grind to enjoy it.

  57. Emily Hutchinson
    February 6, 2018 / 9:37 am

    I love surprises and this is both fun and useful

  58. Karen Usher
    February 6, 2018 / 9:44 am

    I’m sorry but as a girl we do deserve a treat once every month especially with what we have to go through, I think this Is a lovely idea!

  59. charlotte
    February 6, 2018 / 10:00 am

    it would be something to look forward to than not

  60. cheryl hadfield
    February 6, 2018 / 10:05 am

    this would be a lovely treat to cheer me up

  61. kRIS
    February 6, 2018 / 1:02 pm

    Becasue it would be something to look forward to each month, lovely added goodies to make me smile.

  62. Alison Johnson
    February 6, 2018 / 2:02 pm

    Sounds like the perfect box for lifting your mood at that time of the month & I could sure do with my mood being lifted!

  63. Rich Tyler
    February 6, 2018 / 8:29 pm

    Would love to spoil my wife, giver her some “me” time

  64. Lynsey Buchanan
    February 7, 2018 / 1:32 am

    It would be a lovely treat to win the Pink Parcel Subscription and receive a lovely range of products through my letterbox rather than just bills that need paying.

  65. Louisa Nelson
    February 7, 2018 / 9:59 am

    This is a great idea I would love the opportunity to try it out. Great to have little prezzies every month x

  66. Leila Benhamida
    February 7, 2018 / 11:59 am

    Love the Positive Care & Pink Parcel. Will be a great treat.

  67. February 7, 2018 / 1:15 pm

    So I stop annoying and stressing out my boyfriend at my time of the month!

  68. aj
    February 8, 2018 / 12:58 pm

    It will help me stop me been brideszilla

  69. Charlene Merrall
    February 8, 2018 / 8:34 pm

    Wow I’ve never heard of this before! I’d love to win because like you, around my period is a particularly rough time when I could do with a bit self care and cheering up!

  70. Chanette Kennedy
    February 8, 2018 / 8:44 pm

    I love the bits included in this box, they look perfect for a bit of pampering

  71. TRACY JAMES
    February 9, 2018 / 3:05 am

    i would love to win this prize. im always up for a bit of pampering around my period time

  72. Iris
    February 9, 2018 / 9:41 am

    I would like to win this for my oldest daughter, she is quite stressed st the moment and could do with a bit of cheering up something to look forward to

  73. Jessica Quinn
    February 9, 2018 / 8:10 pm

    It would be lovely to have nice things to make the time of the month a bit better!

  74. Emma Lycett
    February 10, 2018 / 9:15 am

    To make a bad day just a little bit better 🙂

  75. ZARA
    February 10, 2018 / 1:12 pm

    I would adore to win as my family and I love trying out new products and this is a fab way to! 🙂

  76. Megan Kinsey
    February 11, 2018 / 12:23 pm

    Because it’d be such a lovely treat to look forward to each month and make me feel a bit better than I usually do at that time of month

  77. jo liddement
    February 11, 2018 / 3:38 pm

    It would make that time of the month a bit more happier

  78. Julie Edwards
    February 11, 2018 / 3:38 pm

    I would love to win this for my daughter is struggles with her periods

  79. Ruth Harwood
    February 12, 2018 / 10:45 am

    I love trying new products, and my eldest daughter is of an age where she could see what she thinks too xx

  80. clair downham
    February 12, 2018 / 6:42 pm

    i would love to win this for my daughter to cheer her up

  81. Lorna Ledger
    February 12, 2018 / 8:22 pm

    My daughter suffers terribly with PMS so I feel this would be a lovely mood booster – thanks for teh chance

  82. kayleigh Robinson
    February 12, 2018 / 9:17 pm

    I’d love to win because I love subscription boxes! I’ve tried loads of different ones. This one is such a unique idea and would certainly cheer me up on a miserable time of the month!

  83. sarah fielding
    February 13, 2018 / 1:17 pm

    Self care is such an important thing and this it such an amazing idea, i would love to win!

  84. katie smith
    February 13, 2018 / 2:43 pm

    Such a fab idea. Nice have a treat at the time of the month when you are feeling your worst.

  85. claire griffiths
    February 14, 2018 / 9:33 am

    I would love to win as i have heard so many good things about pink parcel

  86. Christine Lockley
    February 14, 2018 / 10:11 pm

    What a fab idea, this would definitely brighten those days of the month that are a struggle and I’d love to win for just that reason

  87. Sarah Austin
    February 15, 2018 / 9:10 pm

    I hvaen’t tried a subscription box before but this sounds really good!

  88. Rebecca Alderson
    February 17, 2018 / 7:12 pm

    This would be great, I’m always forgetting to buy pads and tampons in advance!

  89. Robert Price
    February 18, 2018 / 1:34 pm

    My Grand Daughter would love to try all of them

  90. Elizabeth Smith
    February 18, 2018 / 11:50 pm

    I love receiving stuff through the post and this would be something to look forward to

  91. Julie
    February 19, 2018 / 8:57 pm

    I’d love to win because I have been so disorganised since Christmas and this would help to sort me out with things i forget to pick up for myself!

  92. Michelle Ferguson
    February 20, 2018 / 7:11 pm

    I always feel so miserable when I get my period so this would cheer me up

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