I was surprised to find my December PijonBox in the mail on Saturday since it wasn’t even December yet! But I give major props to their operations team for getting these boxes packed and shipped out so early. I know a lot of schools begin winter break the 2nd week of December, so it was very considerate on Pijon’s part to ship with such a generous amount of time left over.
PijonBox is a subscription service catered to the needs of college students; they deliver a variety of products including snacks, beauty products, and other useful items. They also partner with Project Night Night, a nonprofit that donates care packages (consisting of a blanket, a children’s book, and a stuffed animal) to homeless and underprivileged children. The service is $29/month, or less if you sign up for an extended period of time. Check out my review of November’s box here!
They shipped in a much smaller box this month, which I think is a good decision because the larger boxes always felt really empty.
Smarty Pants Vitamins 4 Individual Packs } $1.85 each
Each pack comes with 6 gummy vitamins, which I personally think is a bit much. We have adult gummy vitamins from Costco at home, and you only have to eat 2 a day. Plus, these are way more expensive! I guess I just fail to see the appeal.
JimmyBar in Chocolate Chip and Banana Muffin | $2.49 each
These are quite tasty, and are also gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan! They’re quite filling, so I think I’ll buy some more in the Banana Muffin flavor and keep them for busy mornings when I don’t have time for breakfast. I didn’t think I would like this product, but I think it’s my favorite from the box!
Frava Caffeinated Juice in Peach Mango | $2.08
I haven’t tried this yet, but I’m excited to try this peach mango flavor. It sounds really good! The concept is pretty much the same as Starbucks Refreshers, which also uses green coffee bean extract for natural caffeine.
Girls Can Tell Magical Unicorn Pocket Notebook | $8.00
I really don’t think this notebook is worth $8. While the size is convenient, I much prefer Moleskine Cahier 3-pack notebooks: very high quality, same size, and more affordable! I’m just not sure what this notebook would be used for, since the paper inside is an impractical grid paper. I love traditional grid paper, but this one has a very dark grid that is distracting (sorry, I’m just really picky about my notebooks!). Don’t get me wrong, I love Girls Can Tell and think they have some really awesome products. Unfortunately, this was a huge miss for me.
Richer Poorer Socks | $12.00
You can get these socks for $7.20 right now because of their Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale. They are really cute and feel high quality. My only problem is that you can’t put them in the dryer. It’s not a big concern, but for college students I think convenience is key. I remember when I was in college I was careful to avoid clothing that needed any kind of special attention. I was willing to hand wash and flat dry a cute sweater or dress, but definitely not for socks.
Vapur Reflex Water Bottle | $5.99
Love this! I think it’s perfect for a college student and actually pretty useful for almost anybody.
Overall, I wasn’t a fan of this box. I only have one more shipment in February before I have to renew, and it’s not looking good! I was pretty let down by last month’s box too. The value for December’s box is $40.45, which is quite good! But for me the vitamins and the notebook were very overpriced and not things I could really use. Again, I think they missed a fun opportunity to do festive things for the holidays (I’m picturing some hot cocoa mix with marshmallows, peppermint bark, maybe even a cinnamon scented room freshener?). I’m hopeful that they will have a good box for February, since they will have more time to curate and it’s the last shipment before all the people who purchased through LivingSocial have to decide if they want to renew or not!
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 PijonBox.