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Welcome to the Boost Box Company
Home to a range of thoughtful, uplifting and pampering get well gifts for cancer patients and anyone who may be undergoing surgery or facing an illness. All our Boost Boxes have been carefully put together with natural and suitable gifts to comfort and support and above all give the recipient a much-needed boost.
About the Products
All our Boost Boxes have been carefully put together with natural and therapeutic products aimed at alleviating some of the symptoms that can occur as a side effect of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery.
Many of the products chosen are based on our own experience of treatment along with that of the health professionals we consulted and family and friends who kindly shared their knowledge and insight. The starting point has always been to source exceptional products, free from sulphates, parabens and preservatives, that are not only beautifully made, but that won’t add more toxicity to an already overloaded body.
We are proud to work with all our suppliers, some of whom are small independent makers who share our commitment and passion for beautifully made, natural, and organic products, using sustainable materials that are also kind to our environment.
- Body butters, lotions, calendula creams and multi-purpose healing balms are highly effective at combating dry, irritated and sensitive skin as well as, scars, burns, stings, post radiation and post-surgery skin.
- Super soft bamboo flannels are naturally antibacterial and antifungal, whilst charcoal soaps are renowned for their highly absorbent properties, effectively helping to draw out toxins and impurities.
- Super soft-headed toothbrushes and natural toothpaste, free from SLS, artificial flavours, sweeteners, colourants and parabens are ideal for sore, irritated mouth and gums.
- Hand-held massagers stimulate blood flow, help to improve circulation and are ideal for those times when you need to ease muscle fatigue and unwind.
- Aromatherapy roller balls can help bring a sense of calm and aid relaxation through their easy application.
- Nail varnishes are free from DBP, toluene, formaldehyde, resin, and camphor and can help mask dry, brittle, discoloured nails and cheer you up with their bright pop of colour.
- Bath oils can aid relaxation, ease muscle aches as well help keep skin soft and moisturised.
- Natural sea sponges provide extra gentle and frothy luxury to your bathing ritual.
- Cosy socks, eye masks, wrist warmers, hats, blankets, scarfs and wraps are not only practical, luxurious and comforting, they can help regulate any temperature changes that you may experience.
- Notebooks, colouring books, pencils and puzzles help keep boredom at bay and your mind active.
- Herbal teas are packed with vitamins and antioxidants and can help ease stomach upsets, neutralise taste changes that may occur, help flush out toxins and ease anxiety. Sipped throughout the day they will help keep you hydrated.
- Honey is rich in flavonoids and antioxidants and is known for its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties.
- Chocolate is made from raw, vegan organic ingredients with no refined sugar, dairy, soy or gluten and is full of antioxidants
In 2013, our eldest daughter Bibi was diagnosed with lymphoma. In the space of three days, she went from being a school girl with a cough to a cancer patient recovering from surgery.
As parents having to watch our daughter go through such a gruelling experience and have no way of controlling the outcome was heartbreaking and terrifying in equal measure. Bibi was in the hands of the professionals now, and they got to determine what would happen next. Faced with this overwhelming feeling of helplessness, we decided that if we couldn’t protect Bibi from all the procedures she was going to have to face, then at least we could protect her from the environment, the language, the protocols – basically the world that she had now been catapulted into.
We didn’t want our days to revolve around medication and surgery, side effects and blood counts, we would leave that to the doctors, instead, we would create our own vibrant world. We figured Bibi might have cancer but focusing on her illness and subsequent treatments was not going to make it go away, so we didn’t, instead, we channelled all our energy into lifting her spirits, keeping her distracted and reminding her she was a 15-year-old girl and not just a patient.
Boost boxes are based on simple routines we established to help keep our spirits up and make each day the best it could be. We found that having a focus helped temper our anxiety and allowed us a modicum of control over our days, so morning routines gave us a sense of purpose and bedtime routines eased the sorrow of being away from home. Manicures and pedicures became a positive distraction, whilst drawing and colouring proved to be highly effective at shifting our focus when we felt stuck. When it all got a bit too much, and a greater emotional escape was needed, cosy socks, scented roller balls and an episode of Modern Family usually helped to comfort and cheer us up.
We also became increasingly mindful that Bibi was being pumped full of drugs, so set about finding great products she could use that wouldn’t add more toxicity to her already overloaded body but would ease some of the symptoms she was experiencing. As a result, all our Boost Boxes have been carefully put together with only natural and therapeutic products, free from sulphates, parabens and preservatives so as not to exacerbate any existing conditions or symptoms.
We were lucky, our daughter got better. I appreciate this isn’t always the case. Nor am I naive enough to think that painting your nails fixes everything, it doesn’t, but in trying to distil the essence of a Boost Box I’d like to think that at its core, and in its purest form it’s about wanting to make someone’s day just that little bit brighter, and by way of offering some practical support, might also momentarily bring some mental, emotional and physical relief.
Bibi is now 18 and has just started an art foundation course. She has been in remission for three years and is both the inspiration and the motivation behind the Boost Box.