I was over excited when the Rhodia Essentials box landed on my doorstep. It’s stationary. Enough said really. I have a slight obsession with notebooks, pens and pencils in particular (it’s getting out of control in fact,) so this box is right up my street. Up until now, I have been unfamiliar with this French brand but I am pleased I’ve discovered it.
The box itself is good quality and I like the orange colour scheme. It’s bright (which makes a change from all of my black covered notebooks.) It contains one A5 size notebook (the cover flips upwards.) There are two A6 size notebooks and there is also a shopping list style notebook. Completing the box, is two Rhodia pencils with an eraser on the end. I write with pencils a lot and always carry one in my bag. I’ve been carrying one of these around for a while and it is very durable and smooth across the page. It’s lovely and so comfortable to write with. I like that you get two pencils too.
The paper in the notepads are square patterned and it is good quality and the paper is smooth and not flimsy. There is weight to the paper. The ink from one side doesn’t seem to leak through to the other side.
I like the fact that the notebooks are all of varying sizes and all accommodate my notebook needs. The A5 pad is great for taking notes, having by the side of your keyboard and I like the fact that the cover flips upwards and that the paper is perforated (so it is easily removed if needed.) The small notebooks are a perfect size for my handbag as I usually like to carry a book around for story ideas, conversations I ‘accidentally’ overhear, my thoughts, to do lists etc.
The only negative I found (and this is more a personal choice,) is that they sent me a A5 dot pad too (the dot pad is not included in the essentials box.) It would be cool to have this included in the box to then have a variation on the paper type. The dot pad is great for writing and doodling (I sometimes find that writing on plain paper is messy and doodling on lined is a little restrictive. The dot pad is perfect for both.) However, all the pads being square paper is certainly not a deal breaker.
If you are looking for a variety of notebooks, this gives you that all in one box. It’s currently available via http://www.myrhodia.com for £10 (price correct at time of print.) Also, if you subscribe via the My Rhodia site, you get 10% off – http://www.myrhodia.com/sign-up-to-mailing-list/
I love this box. The notebooks are great, the pencils are brilliant and its great value. I love, love, love.
WIN AN ESSENTIALS BOX.
Thanks to the lovely people at Rhodia, we have three boxes to give away to three lucky people. The competition is being run over on Twitter. All you have to do to enter is to tweet ‘I’d like to win a Rhodia Essentials Box with @MyRhodia & @NovelKicks. #myrhodianovelkicks’ Be sure to use the hash tag so we can find your entry (otherwise it may not be counted.) Click on the link to go to our Twitter page: https://twitter.com/NovelKicks
(This competition is only open to people in the UK and via Twitter. You need to have tweeted before the closing date which is Monday 24th August 2015 at 23.59. Three winners will then be chosen at random and announced via the Novel Kicks blog on Tuesday 25th August. People will then be contacted via Twitter to organise getting your prize to you. Good Luck)by
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