Serendipity by Little Lace Box January 2017 Box Review

It feels like it’s been forever since I got a Serendipity box! They skipped the November box  because of some sourcing problems, so this has been the first one since September. I also subscribed to the regular Little Lace Box back in October, and my first box should have been in December. But due to some mixups with my order it turns out my first box will be in February. As frustrated as I was about the problem, I really can’t wait to see what they’ll include in the February box! I feel like February is always a great month for boxes!

Serendipity by Little Lace Box is a bi-monthly subscription by the same people who run the original Little Lace Box. Serendipity is only $12.99/shipment ($9.99/shipment if you get a whole year), and sends out a collection of 5-7 items that “celebrate life, celebrate style, and celebrate you”. The shipments for the two boxes alternate, so if you subscribe to both Little Lace Box and Serendipity, you’ll receive a LLB in August and a Serendipity box in September. There’s no overlap at all. And while Little Lace Box has a theme for each shipment, Serendipity does not. Sign ups for Serendipity are often sold out and open briefly when new spots become available, so if you’re interested I would check the website every now and then to keep tabs! Usually spots open up when the shipments go out. 

Serendipity almost never goes on sale, but Little Lace Box does offer promotions fairly frequently. Right now they are having a promotion for their April box! Get $15 off from a single month with code SISTERS15, get $30 off from a 6 month subscription with SISTERS30, and $60 off from a 12 month subscription with SISTERS60.

Serendipity by Little Lace Box January 2017 Box Review

I’ve noticed that they changed the layout of the pamphlet. It reads more like a mini magazine now, which I like. It’s also printed in color and features pictures of the products!

Serendipity by Little Lace Box January 2017 Box Review

Modgy Expandable Vase | $8.95
I admit that when I first saw this I was super confused. I wasn’t quite sure what this plastic collapsable vase could be used for, since it seems really odd to have around the house. It’s pretty flimsy and would be difficult to reuse because it would be hard to clean. But after I showed it to my husband he reminded me of the time we were traveling and I couldn’t resist getting a bouquet from the farmer’s market. When we brought the bouquet back to the hotel, we asked the staff if they could lend us a vase to use but they didn’t have any. We ended up using our ice bucket, which wasn’t very pretty. A disposable vase that is easy to pack would have been perfect! Thanks to my husband’s sensible brain, we will be bringing this with us on our next vacation!

Serendipity by Little Lace Box January 2017 Box Review

It comes out of the packaging completely flat like this, and you just fill it with water and the weight of the water expands the bottom part enough for it to stand on its own.

Serendipity by Little Lace Box January 2017 Box Review

It looks like this when it’s filled with water. Not super sturdy and certainly could not handle a large bouquet, but would be perfect for a dozen tulips or something like that.

Serendipity by Little Lace Box January 2017 Box Review

Doxen & Hue Face Wash | $6.00
At 6 ounces, this is a generously sized face wash. I’m a big fan of grapefruit scented cleansers and hope this will be gentle enough to use every day. I’ve only tried it once so far and it seems fine, feels a little too harsh for me but still better than the typical drugstore brands. There was a bit of controversy about this product, since LLB sent out two variations. The one I received does not have any exfoliating microbeads in it, but the other scent does contain microbeads. Microbeads are very very very bad for the environment and recently federal laws have been passed to prohibit them in the future. The manufacturing of cleansers with microbeads will be banned starting on July 1, 2017 and the sale of cleansers with microbeads will be banned starting July 1, 2018. So while I’m glad I got the version with microbeads, I’m disappointed that half the subscribers got the other one. If you received one with microbeads please reach out to LLB customer service and see if you can get the grapefruit version in exchange!

Serendipity by Little Lace Box January 2017 Box Review

Xtenex Accufit Laces | $9.99
I think I’m in the minority, but I really like tying shoelaces. I know that sounds weird, but I really do! I don’t consider it a hassle, so these laces (while really cool) don’t serve any purpose for me. These shoelaces are designed to hold your shoes in place without the need to keep untying and retying. The laces have a lot of stretch and give so you’re able to slip your foot into your shoes. Even though I won’t use these, I know someone who will! My grandmother loves to take walks after dinner but over the years her arthritis has gotten pretty bad. We recently had to replace all her kitchen tools with OXO gadgets, which are designed for people with arthritis in mind. I’m going to send her these laces along with a new pair of comfortable walking shoes and see how she likes it!

Serendipity by Little Lace Box January 2017 Box Review

Beekman 1802 Jasmine and Heirloom Rose Hand Wash | $20.00
Beekman 1802 is my jam! All their products are great and it’s such a treat to get one in a subscription box. This soap smells amazing! The rose scent isn’t overwhelming and my hands feel very soft after using this soap. Definitely my favorite item in the box and just this one product is worth more than the cost of the box itself!

Serendipity by Little Lace Box January 2017 Box Review

Plus how pretty is the packaging?

Serendipity by Little Lace Box January 2017 Box Review

I have mixed feelings on this month’s box. From my perspective, it was actually an amazing box because the soap is a total win, the vase is surprisingly cool, the face wash smells really good and is generously sized, and my grandmother will (hopefully) enjoy the laces. But due to the microbead issue, I feel sort of torn. I’m very disappointed that LLB chose to send out a product that will be banned in a few months. About half of their subscribers received a face wash that they should not be using! I’m also annoyed that I never even got an email addressing the issue. I really think a quick apology with an offer for a replacement would have gone over well for those who were affected.

On the other hand, the overall value is unbeatable. For just $12.99 (or $9.99 if you get a whole year!) this box contains $44.94 of value.  I don’t know of any other lifestyle box out there that has such a good value for the low price point. I still highly recommend this box to everyone!

 

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