POPSUGAR Must Have September 2013 Review

I finally got my POPSUGAR Must Have September box, and I admit I was a little frustrated that it arrived so late (it’s the second to last day of September!). I know they had some issues with the Fall Edition Box mailing out this month as well, so hopefully my October box will get here faster.

POPSUGAR Must Have is a subscription service that sends the latest “must have” items for women that are curated by the POPSUGAR editors. Items typically include food, beauty, home, among other miscellaneous things. It’s $35/month, and $31.66/month if you buy a 3, 6, or 12 month subscription. Personally, I find it to be a great deal. Every box has been a great value and the variety within each box is impressive; it always seems very well balanced to me. Use the code REFER5 to get $5 off your first month. If you sign up now, you’ll receive the November box because they’re already sold out of October’s!

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The bright pink always cheers me up after a long day. I think this box is the one I look forward to the most each month!popsugar must have september 2013 box review

First look! I knew it was going to be a good box because I love Barr-Co. and I’m always down to add a good DIY book to my shelf.popsugar3

P.S. You’re Invited Hardcover Book | $17.59 
Some of the projects look interesting, but overall I think her first book is much better. Still, it’ll be a fun book to flip through on a rainy day.

Kitsch Headbands | $11.99popsugar4

Rifle Paper Co. Botanical Coaster Set | $16.00
I actually already have these coasters! They’re super cute and surprisingly durable for paper coasters. I love that their packaging is perfect for gifting.

That’s It Fruit Bar | $1.75
I got the Apple and Apricot flavor, and I love it. It’s great to look at the ingredients list and see only two things: apples and apricots! I also appreciate that they are vegan, kosher, gluten-free, and diabetic-friendly. While I am none of those things, I have friends and coworkers who are and these would be a perfect snack to carry around or bring into the office for sharing.

Sharkies Organic Energy Chews | $2.00
Not bad, but they had a really sticky texture.

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The big ticket item!

Barr-Co. Reed Diffuser in Original Scent | $46.00
As I already said, I love Barr-Co. and pick up their soaps and candles at Anthropologie whenever I drop by. The packaging is also stunning! But since I already have so many of their products, I can’t decide if I should gift this diffuser or keep it for myself.

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Shoptiques Gift Card | $25.00

The problem with these gift cards is that you usually have to spend more money to use them, and in this case you might be spending quite a bit. While there are some items that are around $25 and under (mostly jewelry), the majority of stuff is on the pricey side. Most clothing items are well above $100. But they do have a lot of cute clothes and if I find something that I love I might go for it.
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The total combined value of this box is $125.33, which I’m really happy with. Even if I don’t end up using the Shoptiques gift card, it’s still worth triple of what I paid for the box. I mean, just the diffuser itself is worth more than the box cost! Is anyone else already dying to get their hands on the October box?

As always, all views in this review are the opinion of the author. Nothing was received in exchange for a review, and I am not affiliated with POPSUGAR. 

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KLUTCHclub Best Of Box Review

I forgot I had even ordered the KLUTCHclub “Best of” Box, so it was a pleasant surprise after work. KLUTCHclub is a monthly subscription service that sends a box of eco-friendly and healthy products to you for a greener lifestyle. I think they are similar to Conscious Box (review found here), although I found KLUTCHclub to be much more satisfying in almost every aspect.

This “Best of” special edition KLUTCHclub box contains products that the members love, including healthy snacks and beauty products. The box is supposed to contain at least $75 worth of stuff.

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I was really impressed with the packaging! It’s a really sturdy box and has these cute flaps when you open it. I also like that the inner box pulls out and can easily be reused for storage or organization.
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klutchclub best of box review

2 Crunchmaster Multi-Seed Crackers | $1.00

Annie Chun’s Grab’n Go Roasted Seaweed Pack of 5 | $3.00

Corazonas Blueberry Oatmeal Squares | $1.25

Happy Squeeze Organic Superfoods Caramel Apple | $1.80

Happy Squeeze Organic Superfoods Orange Mango Coconut Milk | $1.80

klutchclub best of box review foodSheaTerra Mango African Black Soap Body Wash | $2.25 

5 Crystal Body Deodorant Towelettes | $2.15

Fanghi D’Alga Guam Seaweed Mud Cellulite Formula | $8.00? (it’s a generously sized sample, and this product seems hard to find online)

Celsius Raspberry Acai Green Tea Calorie Reducing Drink | $3.40

Bic Soleil Bella 4 Blade Disposable Razor | $2.50

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I also got some coupons and a voucher for 3 months free unlimited access to Yogavibes, an online yoga class. This is supposed to be a $60.00 value.

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So the total value comes out to approximately $27.15 not including the yoga class voucher, and $87.15 with the yoga voucher. Overall, I’m pleased. I like the sizes of the samples and found the variety to be really good. Compared to Conscious Box (I didn’t end up using most of my products), this is a definite win. I’ll use all of the items and I discovered some new eco-friendly brands, so this subscription is a keeper!  

As always, all views in this review are the opinion of the author. Nothing was received in exchange for a review, and I am not affiliated with KLUTCHclub.

Pijon Box Will Make Military Care Packages!

So it sounds like Pijon Box is actually going to make boxes curated for our enlisted friends and family! it’s good to know that they’re a company that cares about what their customers think and supports our troops. I know I’ll be buying some for my friends when they release it. Thanks to Amber Leigh for passing along the information!

“We have heard this request LOUD and CLEAR from our customers. We are big fans of our brothers and sisters, sons and daughters in uniform, and completely committed to making a special box for them. We don’t have it available just now, but I assure you that before the end of the year we will get this going. We want to ramp it up very fast, so we can help you and others send a little bit of fun and love over to your military family and friends.

PLEASE keep telling us what you want in these packages. We want them to be AWESOME and we want them to be FUN and full of discovery. We currently curate PijonBoxes with products we think will be fun, and which we think will offer our members a new experience. So we are very open to all new ideas to make them even better.

Thank you so, so much for contacting us. We are very excited to keep making a better service for you and your loved ones. Here’s a picture of an enlisted pigeon.

thanks!
Adam”

As always, all views in this post are the opinion of the author. I am not affiliated with PijonBox.

Now on Quarterly: Bill Nye (The Science Guy!)

Quarterly Co. is a subscription service that allows people to receive items in the mail from influential contributors of their choice. They send out a package every 3 months that is actually curated by whomever you choose to subscribe to. They have a wide variety of people, so definitely check them out! I love that you get a tiny glimpse into the world of these fascinating individuals. While sometimes the value isn’t as high as other boxes, part of what makes Quarterly so fun is the experience.

I’m digging their explanation on the website: 
“You could buy all the books for an English class, but would they mean as much without the guidance of a teacher?”

But of course, the big news! Bill Nye is joining as one of the contributors, and I am super super super excited. And the box sounds really promising:

“Bill Nye The Science guy here… here’s a box of things I find absolutely fascinating, I hope you do too. When you explore these items, two things will happen. You’ll make discoveries, and you’ll have an adventure. Here’s hoping you enjoy them as much as I do.

-Your friend, Bill N.”

I’m currently subscribed to Poketo and Tina Roth Eisenberg on Quarterly Co. and am so happy to add Bill Nye onto my list! His subscription is $50/box, which is pretty standard for Quarterly (this is where too much of my money goes…) but I have really high hopes that it will be a great value, well-executed, and just plain fun. I mean, it’s Bill Nye! What more can I say? Is anyone else really excited? 

PopSugar Must Have Special Fall Edition 2013

So I came home and was so excited to see that my PopSugar Fall box finally got here! Shipping took about 2 weeks so I was ecstatic to finally see it on my doorstep. When I noticed that one corner was damaged from a leakage, I started to get a little concerned. This is the box that cost $100, so I wanted everything in perfect condition!

The first sign of trouble:

popsugar must have fall edition 2013 damagedAnd then as I proceeded to open the box it just got worse

popsugar must have fall edition 2013 damagedThe entire box was drenched in the shower gel stuff.

popsugar must have fall edition 2013 damagedAnd all the items inside ruined. I can’t even dig through this sticky mess because the tissue paper has been stuck together and dried in hard clumps.

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popsugar must have fall edition 2013 damaged

Obviously I’ve reached out the PopSugar to see if I can get a refund, but in the meantime I’m totally heartbroken over this. I have been waiting for this box since the beginning of August, and refrained from looking at all the spoilers so I could be surprised. I guess this is a surprise, just not the kind I like. It’s also depressing because it was such an expensive box. Oh well, at least it’s Friday.