Emma & Chloe Jewelry Box January 2017 Review

I feel like February zoomed by without that many boxes, which was kind of a let down. Little Lace Box ended up delaying their box until March, and I didn’t like any of the Bespoke options. But I had the pleasure of discovering a new box thanks to the team at Emma & Chloe! They offered to send me one of their January boxes to review, and I am so excited to have found such a fun jewelry subscription with high quality pieces.

Emma & Chloe Jewelry Box is a monthly jewelry club that represents independent, up-and-coming French jewelry designers. In addition to their monthly shipments, you can also purchase jewelry from their online boutique.

Every month they feature a designer and send a surprise piece of jewelry, though you can choose if you prefer gold or silver and whether or not you have pierced ears. If you do the month to month plan, it’s $35/month. If you prepay, the price goes down to $33/month for a 3 month subscription, $31/month for a 6 month subscription, and $29/month for a 12 month subscription. The unique piece of jewelry is always valued between $50 and $200, so you’re getting a significant discount no matter what option you choose.

Emma & Chloe Jewelry Box January 2017 Review

I received this black box inside a protected bubble envelope, so the box itself was in great condition. This is wonderful if you end up deciding to gift the jewelry. The packaging is so beautiful! I love the sturdy black box filled with French illustrations on the inside. Each shipment comes with a little magazine with more information about the featured designer and also fun little articles about France and fashion.

Emma & Chloe Jewelry Box January 2017 Review

I love how much thought and effort goes into their magazine! It feels very substantial at 31 pages, and each article is interesting and the pictures are great for styling inspiration. It’s a magazine that you actually want to read!

Emma & Chloe Jewelry Box January 2017 Review

LOVE this list of coffee shops! The magazine really does emphasize France and the lifestyle over there, so if you adore France and French designers (but seriously, who doesn’t?) this is a fabulous subscription for you! The rest of the magazine includes information about the featured designer, an interview, tips for beautiful skin and hair in winter, a cute personality quiz for 2017, and a recipe for making authentic galette des rois (king cake)!

Emma & Chloe Jewelry Box January 2017 Review

They also included a bonus postcard with a picture of the ring. I’m thinking it’s supposed to be a way for you to share a picture of your new jewelry with a friend, but I would have preferred an illustration or something that feels less like an ad. Maybe just a cute print of the inside pattern of their box! Or a beautiful picture of a cafe in Paris. I don’t really feel comfortable sending a postcard like this to one of my friends, since it looks way too much like an advertisement.

Emma & Chloe Jewelry Box January 2017 Review

Back of the postcard is branded but not obnoxiously so. If the front were a different picture or illustration, I would have been more than happy to use this postcard. I love sending and receiving snail mail!

Emma & Chloe Jewelry Box January 2017 Review

More details on the packaging. Can you tell I’m obsessed with pretty packaging and little details? The jewelry comes in a little black bag that is great for traveling with. I always like to keep these little pouches so when I travel I can store my jewelry in their own bags to prevent scratching.

Emma & Chloe Jewelry Box January 2017 Review

Another cool thing I really like about Emma & Chloe is that each piece of jewelry comes with a certificate of authenticity. It’s just a nice little touch that makes the piece feel a bit more special. The certificate card also includes a little blurb about how to care for the jewelry, which is helpful.

Emma & Chloe Jewelry Box January 2017 Review

L’Atelier Clandestin Labradorite Gold Ring | $60.00 (on sale for $50)
So without further ado, the jewelry piece! It’s a really beautiful ring that is gold plated and set with a labradorite stone. It has a great weight to it and feels incredibly well made. Love the interesting textures stamped onto the band of the ring! The stone itself is lovely as well. The designer talks about the power of stones and choosing specific stones for their meanings, so I looked up labradorite to see what it represents. Turns out it’s strongly associated with balance and protection. While I’m not someone who uses healing crystals or anything like that, I appreciate the thought process of designing a piece of jewelry with specific meaningful stones in mind. It really makes the piece so much more interesting!

Emma & Chloe Jewelry Box January 2017 Review

The ring is very easy to adjust and since it’s a thick band it feels sturdy too. I’m always nervous about adjusting really thin rings because they are easy to break and don’t hold the shape as well. The way this ring is designed makes it easy to accommodate a very wide range of sizes. The brand name is stamped on the inside.

Emma & Chloe Jewelry Box January 2017 Review

Look how pretty! (Please excuse my very sad nails, they’re recovering from a gel manicure…) Normally I don’t wear chunky rings like this, but since the stone itself is so dainty and the design is quite minimalistic it actually really works with my style! I have several weddings to attend this year and just bought an emerald colored dress that looks amazing with this ring.

Emma & Chloe Jewelry Box January 2017 Review

And one last picture of the front of the ring. So pretty and love all the details!

Emma & Chloe Jewelry Box January 2017 Review

Overall verdict: love this subscription! It’s a really cool idea and I think it’s particularly great if you’re a quality over quantity kind of person. When it comes to jewelry, I do believe in investing in fewer high quality favorites. I’ve never enjoyed collecting a ton of cheap costume jewelry that falls apart quickly. I think I get too attached to jewelry and prefer having pieces that last for a long time.

The value is also there for those of us who are interested in getting a great bang-for-your-buck subscription. For $35 (or less) you get a unique piece of jewelry that’s a minimum value of $50. And personally I think there’s extra value in the fact that you’re getting authentic French designer products! It’s not something that’s easy to purchase from the designer itself. For instance in this case, L’Atelier Clandestin only has a website in French and it’s quite difficult to navigate. If I ordered direct from the site, I would have to pay a hefty shipping fee and wait for my package to go through customs and it’s a bit of a hassle. Going through a reputable company like Emma and Chloe is a great option. There’s also value in the cute magazine and pretty packaging! If you want to build up a collection of beautifully curated jewelry that is going to last for many years, this is a great subscription to try.

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!

 

Peaches and Petals January 2017 Review

I always look forward to getting my Peaches and Petals box, since it’s one of the few boxes that I never know what to expect. They send out some really interesting and unique items that you don’t see very often in subscription boxes! I think if you’re a subscription addict you’ve seen your fair share of candles, eyeliner, lotion. (And don’t get me wrong, I love all three of those things.) But after a while it’s really nice to get a box that sends out something different! In the past I’ve received from Peaches and Petals: mermaid socks, a portable bluetooth speaker, ceramic party spoons, and just last month I got a wax warmer. All totally new to me for subscription boxes!

Peaches and Petals is a monthly subscription service that sends out vintage-modern items and beauty goods. For $19.99 a month (includes shipping), you’ll receive a mix of jewelry, fashion accessories, lifestyle goods, and beauty samples. Usually each month has a theme for the box, but oddly enough this month my box didn’t come with a card listing the theme and contents. If I had to guess, the theme is probably something related to color. All the items are colorful and I can’t really pick out any other theme.

Peaches and Petals January 2017 Review

So Fresh So Clean Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes | $7.49
It’s always good to get a practical item like this. I can never have enough wipes–they’re a godsend for traveling! I plan to bring this pack with me on a weekend trip that I have coming up. I always bring more than I need because inevitably my friends start to use my wipes. They’re just too convenient! It has good reviews on Amazon too, which is great.

Peaches and Petals January 2017 Review

Kenneth Jones Socks | $3.33
Another practical item! Fuzzy socks are a staple in this household when it gets cold in Houston. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does you bet we take advantage of it with our boots, sweaters, and fuzzy socks! These are on the thinner side and don’t feature the rubber grips at the bottom, but will work well if you have carpet or rugs. Oddly enough this is another travel must-have for me. On long international flights I always slip off my shoes and put on fuzzy socks to sleep. It’s such a habit now that I just keep a pair of clean fuzzy socks in my carry-on suitcase!

Peaches and Petals January 2017 Review

My socks had this minor black smudge on them. Not a huge deal but it’s worth mentioning. It didn’t wash out when I hand washed with gentle detergent, so I’m guessing it’s going to be there permanently.

Peaches and Petals January 2017 Review

Hamilton Beach Screw Top Sports Bottle | $24.94
Now that I’m writing this review, the theme could be travel as well. This is yet another travel must-have for me! I always bring a water bottle with me to the airport. I fill it up as soon as I get through security and it keeps me well hydrated on the flight. The flight attendants are always happy to provide me with refills and ice if I ask for it too. Once I get to my destination, I like to fill the water bottle every morning at the hotel with cold clean water. It’s especially helpful in places where tap water is not safe for drinking, since I can fill it up with bottled water at my hotel and don’t have to risk drinking unsafe water when I’m out exploring the city.

Peaches and Petals January 2017 Review

The bottle itself feels very similar to a S’well bottle (my favorite!). Since I already have several S’well bottles in various sizes, I’ll be gifting this to a friend.

Peaches and Petals January 2017 Review

This kind of screw top is the best at keeping cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot. I haven’t tested this bottle, but I can tell you that my S’well can keep ice cubes frozen for well over 24 hours.

Peaches and Petals January 2017 Review

Papaya Love You To The Moon Sticky Notes | $14.49
When I first saw this I assumed it was a pack of postcards, but they’re actually sticky notes! Decorative sticky notes must be a trend now, since I just got some in my January POPSUGAR box too. Like I said with my POPSUGAR box, I tend to stick (haha, get it?) to blank sticky notes at the office. The most creative I’ve ever done is the ombre colored ones. One of my friends loves to scrapbook and this is 100% her aesthetic, so I will happily give this to her. I’m sure she’ll love it!

Peaches and Petals January 2017 Review

The packaging is adorable! The cover opens up and reveals a palette of 4 different sticky note designs and 4 different tab designs. The cover has a magnet embedded in it to keep it closed.

Peaches and Petals January 2017 Review

The individual sticky notes are very pretty! My favorite is the bottom middle one with the blossoms on both sides–if I could buy just that one design in a single pad I would!

Peaches and Petals January 2017 Review

Viva Beads Clay Bead Bracelet | $12.95
Peaches and Petals always includes jewelry in their box. It’s usually not my style, but sometimes it’s interesting stuff that I can gift. I have never received clay beaded jewelry before so I was happy to see something very different. If the color scheme were more subtle I think I would have actually worn it, but the bright orange and blue combination is definitely not for me. But you know what’s great about this color scheme? It’s the same colors as the Florida Gators and also for Auburn University! There’s a big fan base for both here in Houston so I know this bracelet will find a good home.

Peaches and Petals January 2017 Review

 

Overall I think it was a good box! The items were a great mix of cute and practical, and the retail value comes out to $63.20. That’s over triple the cost of the box! It’s a great start to 2017. Can’t wait to see what else is in store for us this year!

POPSUGAR Must Have January 2017 Box Review plus February Spoiler!

Happy New Year! First round of boxes of 2017 have been rolling in so now I get to play catch-up again with my review. I’m happy to say that I’ve resubscribed to POPSUGAR for yet another year. I think this is going to be my fourth year of being a subscriber!

POPSUGAR Must Have is a subscription service that sends a variety of items for women that are curated by the POPSUGAR editors. Items typically include food, beauty, home, among other miscellaneous things. Each month is $39.99/month, but you can use the code REFER5 to get $5 off your first month.

POPSUGAR Must Have January 2017 Box Review plus February Spoiler!

Love the blue and yellow color scheme of this box! I’m always impressed when they manage to get the colors coordinated in addition to curating around a theme.

POPSUGAR Must Have January 2017 Box Review plus February Spoiler!

The themes for this box were: new, fresh, detox, motivation, healthy, and revitalize. Perfect way to start the new year! Like so many others, I have an exercise resolution for this year and I was hoping for some new fitness goodies to get me excited.

POPSUGAR Must Have January 2017 Box Review plus February Spoiler!

Goldfaden MD Fresh A Peel Multi Acid Resurfacing Peel | $85.00
It’s been so long since we’ve seen a Goldfaden MD product from POPSUGAR! The last time I received a scrub that I absolutely loved, so I was hoping this would work well for my skin. This is a peel that only takes 1-3 minutes and leaves your skin feeling refreshed and exfoliated. The main ingredient in this peel is lactic acid, which happens to be one of those things that my skin reacts well to. For the record, I now have dry to combination skin with hormonal acne. Within the past year my skin type has changed from normal/combination to dry/combination and I’ve picked up this super annoying hormonal acne. Lactic acid and retinol are two things that have been working well for me!

POPSUGAR Must Have January 2017 Box Review plus February Spoiler!

Manduka eQua Mat Towel in Playa | $38.00
Yay, a yoga accessory! This is kind of an embarrassing confession, but I tend to sweat a lot when I work out. Gross, I know. Compared to a lot of other people, I’m just a sweatier person when I’m active. It’s usually not a huge deal or anything (not even close to being enough of a problem to be a medical issue), but I am always sure to bring a quick-drying towel to any workout. So a yoga mat towel is wonderful for me! One of the girls in my pilates class uses one and I’ve always wanted to get one as well. She’s able to just lean over and wipe her forehead with a corner and it provides a super non-slip surface to stand and work out on. Can’t wait to try this out!

POPSUGAR Must Have January 2017 Box Review plus February Spoiler!

Daily Concepts Your Hair Wrap Towel | $18.00
Love hair wraps. I didn’t open this one because I love my black one from Rachel Zoe Box of Style so much and don’t plan to replace it. I’m going to give this one to my mom, since she loved the concept of a hair wrap so much when she saw mine. I do like that this one comes with a reusable travel pouch! I might steal the pouch back from her after I give her the hair towel…

POPSUGAR Must Have January 2017 Box Review plus February Spoiler!

May Designs Desk Calendar & Notecard | $25.00
I knew to expect some sort of calendar/planner item in this box, and I’m glad that it’s a really cute desk calendar. Each month has a different pattern and it’s printed on really lovely thick paper. And since the calendar portion is quite small, you can cut the left side off afterwards and use the pretty pattern as a notecard.

POPSUGAR Must Have January 2017 Box Review plus February Spoiler!

It comes with a clear acrylic stand which can be reused for holding pictures or other paper goods in the future. I like how versatile this calendar is!

POPSUGAR Must Have January 2017 Box Review plus February Spoiler!

Sourcebooks Inc Instant Happy Notes | $8.99
These are the only items in this box that I have absolutely no use for. I think the idea is cute and these would have been awesome when I was in school or living with roommates, but I just can’t imagine what I would use them for now. Each sticky note has a positive saying or funny note on it, but they simply aren’t practical and seem too childish for a professional setting.

POPSUGAR Must Have January 2017 Box Review plus February Spoiler!

My coworkers would be so confused if they saw these around the office!

POPSUGAR Must Have January 2017 Box Review plus February Spoiler!

Dean & Deluca Peppermint Loose Leaf Tea | $10.75
Getting Dean & Deluca items are always a treat! Even though I have a large collection of tea already, I don’t have very much peppermint tea. It’s not my favorite, but I like the idea of having this lovely tin on hand for guests or for when I’m in the mood for something different. I also really like that the food item for this month’s box is something healthy and clean like tea! As much as I love getting cookies and chocolates and chips, this seems like an optimistic way to start the year!

POPSUGAR Must Have January 2017 Box Review plus February Spoiler!

Glade No 3 Coconut and Beach Woods Candle | $4.99
This is a sponsored item, so it’s included as an extra for the box. I was surprised to see Glade produce such a nice candle, since  I usually see their products as cheap and lower quality candles. I didn’t even know they had this line of soy candles! The coconut beach scent is lovely without being overwhelming. I would definitely be interested in purchasing more from this collection in the future!

POPSUGAR Must Have January 2017 Box Review plus February Spoiler!

Wow, a great box to start the year! The retail value comes to $190.73, which is amazing! That’s over 4 times the cost of the box. As usual when it comes to value, POPSUGAR can’t be beat. Almost everything in the box will be used or gifted. The only dud was the sticky notes, but since it’s such a low value item I’m not upset at all. Next month is historically a great month for POPSUGAR. I’ve loved all their February boxes in the past, so I am beyond excited.

And now without further ado, here’s a spoiler for the February Must Have box!

POPSUGAR Must Have January 2017 Box Review plus February Spoiler!

Each box will contain this TribeAlive Foldover Clutch – Atitlán Brocade, which retails for $98.00. How gorgeous, right?! The detail is stunning and I think the pattern is simply beautiful. I can already picture this with a ton of different outfits!

POPSUGAR Must Have January 2017 Box Review plus February Spoiler!

What do you think? Are you as excited for the February box as I am?

Tokyo Treat January 2016 Premium Japanese Candy Box Unboxing & Review

Whenever my friends travel and ask what I would like as a souvenir, I always ask for snacks. I think food is one of the best ways to experience a different culture, and I’m totally guilty of being a hopeless snacker (my numerous failed diets can attest to this…), so it’s always the perfect gift for me. I love getting to try new flavor profiles! And let me tell you: nobody does snacks like Japan. They’re always so unique in taste, packaged beautifully, and super fun to eat. So when Tokyo Treat reached out and asked if I wanted to review a box, I was completely over the moon! I had some difficulty containing my excitement.

Tokyo Treat is a monthly food subscription service that sends you snacks and candies directly from Japan. They have three different subscription options: Small ($14.99/month), Regular ($24.99/month), and Premium ($34.99/month). The Small comes with 5-7 candies/snacks, Regular gets everything in the Small plus 3-5 more items including a DIY kit, and the Premium gets everything in the Small and Regular, plus 4-6 more items, a DIY kit, a beverage, and a special item. These prices include shipping, and I’m pretty sure they offer free worldwide shipping–good news for all my non-US friends!! I’ll be reviewing the Premium box today.

Tokyo Treat January 2016 Premium Box Review

How fun is it to receive international mail? It was so exciting for me to come home and see this bright orange box with a foreign customs form sitting on at my front door. I almost never get packages from abroad so this was a neat experience! Good to know: there were no customs fees.

Tokyo Treat January 2016 Premium Box Review

The team at Tokyo Treat recently redesigned the packaging, complete with amazing illustrations. I absolutely love it! It’s gorgeous and fun and really on-brand for them. It totally screams “Japan” to me!

Tokyo Treat January 2016 Premium Box Review

Each box comes with a little booklet detailing all the snacks and some fun facts about the theme. Staying true to Japan, the booklet reads “backwards” from the perspective of a Westerner. The pages open up on the left side and you flip left to right.

Tokyo Treat January 2016 Premium Box Review

Since all the packaging on the snacks are in Japanese, it’s really helpful to get a description of each item. It’s also a good booklet to keep around for reference, since you can then try to find some of the snacks you liked at a local Asian grocery store or online. I was able to locate three of these snacks locally–albeit for a pretty ridiculous price point. More on that later.

Tokyo Treat January 2016 Premium Box Review

The booklet also includes some illustrated directions for the DIY kits, which proved to be pretty useful. I love that there are some pages dedicated to learning more about Japanese culture. This month there was a page about Yo-Kai Watch, a popular monster franchise that has its own video games, movies, toys, etc. There were also pages about Oshogatsu (New Year) and some famous places to visit in Japan.

Tokyo Treat January 2016 Premium Box Review

 

First look! Almost died of excitement at this box of adorable goodies. Everything was packed very well. My box arrived damaged but all the contents looked perfect.

Tokyo Treat January 2016 Premium Box Review

Fuku Fuku Tai Chocolate 
Sea bream is a traditional fish to cook for the New Year celebrations in Japan, so this bream-shaped chocolate snack is a play on that. Love the festive red and gold packaging! It definitely reminded me of Lunar New Year celebrations with my family.

Tokyo Treat January 2016 Premium Box Review

Look how cute it is! The wafer shell is pretty fragile, so I’m really impressed it arrived without any damage whatsoever.

Tokyo Treat January 2016 Premium Box Review

The inside is aerated chocolate, which I love. It’s light and melts in your mouth and isn’t too sweet. The crispy wafer and chocolate combination is dangerously delicious. I’m dying to find more of these! If anyone knows where I can get them online, please let me know!

Tokyo Treat January 2016 Premium Box Review

Pokemon Wafers
These wafers are similar to the Fuku Fuku Tai Chocolate: they’re both crispy wafers filled with chocolate. This one is Pokemon themed and comes with a collectible sticker.

Tokyo Treat January 2016 Premium Box Review

I definitely preferred the aerated chocolate over this dense chocolate filling, but you really can’t go wrong with any form of chocolate. As expected, this was also quite tasty and went great with coffee!

Tokyo Treat January 2016 Premium Box Review

Pokemon Ramune 5 Pack 
I’m pleased that they were able to send 5 different flavors of this candy: pineapple, cola, ramune, melon, and grape. I had a lot of fun trying all of them. The texture is similar to Smarties, but less crumbly and more smooth. The flavors were all fantastic. I couldn’t even pick a favorite! I was able to find these at a local Asian grocery store in a non-Pokemon themed packaging. Definitely a candy that I’ll be purchasing in the near future.

Tokyo Treat January 2016 Premium Box Review

Yokai-Watch Character Soft Serve Caramel Corn 
Okay, how precious is this design? Almost too cute to open. The flavor is described as being vanilla soft serve ice cream, but I didn’t get much vanilla taste. It is more of a creamy sweet milk flavor. Imagine the taste of sweetened condensed milk, but not as rich.

Tokyo Treat January 2016 Premium Box Review

Even though it’s called “caramel corn”, the texture is nothing like popcorn. The texture is more similar to those puffy cheetos. It’s very light and crispy and kind of melts in your mouth. I found these to be oddly tasty (as in I kept saying “I don’t know if I like this” but couldn’t stop eating them), but overall a little too sweet for me.

Tokyo Treat January 2016 Premium Box Review

Tyrant Habanero Who Came Back!
I was pretty nervous eyeing this bag. Anything with a huge evil grinning pepper on it tends to make me wonder if I should even attempt to eat it, but eventually my curiosity (and snacking urges) got the better of me and I went for it.

Tokyo Treat January 2016 Premium Box Review

I’m happy to report that I got through the entire bag! Maybe all those years of eating hot cheetos have desensitized me a little. It was definitely spicy, but nothing too extreme. The texture was phenomenal. Super crunchy with the perfect amount of flavor. I was really sad when I got to the bottom of the bag because these are so addictive. I’ve been searching for them in stores around me with no luck.

Tokyo Treat January 2016 Premium Box Review

Neru Neru Nerune Soda Flavor DIY Kit 
I love Japanese candy kits! They’re so much fun to make and usually the results are pretty tasty as well. This one has apparently been a favorite in Japan for a long time.

Tokyo Treat January 2016 Premium Box Review

I somehow forgot to get a picture of the final product (possibly too busy eating it?), but it turned out successfully. The blue powder mixed with water becomes a puffy kind of texture and tastes like ramune. I then covered it with the little bits of hard candy.

Tokyo Treat January 2016 Premium Box Review

Pocky “Melt In Your Mouth” Winter Limited Edition
Pocky was one of my favorite childhood treats, so I definitely have a soft spot for it. I know they release a lot of limited edition items throughout the year that are difficult to find in the US, so I’m very happy to get this. The Pocky is dipped in a creamy chocolate mix with cocoa powder and truly does melt in your mouth! The chocolate flavor is so rich and indulgent, I can see why this is a winter limited edition.

Tokyo Treat January 2016 Premium Box Review

Pokemon Pineapple Chewing Candy
At first I thought this was a pack of gum, since the packaging looks just like chewing gum. It’s actually a very chewy (and I mean VERY chewy–my jaw kind of hurt afterwards!) pineapple candy that comes in strips. Each strip is wrapped in a Pokemon quiz and temporary tattoo. The pineapple flavor is excellent, the texture is just too hard for me though!

Tokyo Treat January 2016 Premium Box Review

Pokemon Sticker Matching Chewing Gum
I would say that this is definitely more of a paper product than a candy product, since the gum is a very tiny piece and plays a fairly insignificant role. The main attraction is a Pokemon puzzle and card, which I assume can be collected. The cola gum was a nice little bonus. Great flavor, very soft and easy to chew texture. It’s too bad there was only one piece!

Tokyo Treat January 2016 Premium Box Review

Yokai-Watch Fortune Seal Namaste Curry
Another crispy savory snack that is completely addictive! If you’ve ever had Asian ramen packets before, you probably know what this tastes like. I personally can’t get enough of ramen (secret addiction!) so this was perfect. I also adore the hexagon packaging. How come we never see snacks packaged like this in the US? It’s a very common shape in Asia!

Tokyo Treat January 2016 Premium Box Review

Amazake: High Quality Sweet Sake
Definitely an acquired taste. It’s a fermented rice beverage that has a goopy texture, and a 1% alcohol content. Personally I kind of liked it, but that’s most likely because I had a lot of fermented rice growing up in an Asian household and knew what to expect. My boyfriend wasn’t thrilled with this. He really couldn’t get past the odd texture. He said it didn’t even feel like a beverage, but more like a mushy porridge. This beverage is supposed to be served warm, which I think would be even more off putting for your average American.

Tokyo Treat January 2016 Premium Box Review

Oekaki Kyanland Candy
Yay, another DIY kit!

Tokyo Treat January 2016 Premium Box Review

The main candy base is a soft white ramune flavored putty. It feels almost like playdough and is very easy to work with. You can take a small piece and push it into the mold to create the shape you want to color.

Tokyo Treat January 2016 Premium Box Review

The “paint” came in three main colors and the palette gives you a lot of space to mix different combinations.

Tokyo Treat January 2016 Premium Box Review

Ta da! Finished product. I had a lot of fun painting the candy and think this would have been a fun kit to try with kids. I had enough materials to make approximately 5 pieces of candy. The candy itself was delicious. It was a soft and chewy ramune flavor, and the paint didn’t have much taste so it wasn’t overly sweet.

Tokyo Treat January 2016 Premium Box Review

Chocolate Ball “Chocoball” Peanut Candy
These are whole peanuts covered in chocolate, and my boyfriend loved them. He is already insisting that we buy more! Good new for him: I managed to find these locally. Bad news: they’re really expensive. I wish imported goodies weren’t so pricey from the Asian grocery stores.

Tokyo Treat January 2016 Premium Box Review

Pokemon Moncolle 12 Species Assortment
This is the “special item” for all Premium boxes. I think their theme this month of Pokemon was a cute choice and probably quite popular with their customer base. I mean, who doesn’t like Pokemon? It brings back a lot of childhood memories for me. I was definitely obsessed with them in elementary school. I’m giving this to one of my friends who collects little Pokemon figurines, and I’m sure she’ll love it.

Tokyo Treat January 2016 Premium Box Review

Whew, that was a lot of stuff! Overall I must say this is the most fun I’ve had with a subscription box in a very long time. All the items were unique and interesting and definitely authentically Japanese. It’s hard to place a retail value on these, since most of them can’t even be found in the US.

But I will say that for the few snacks I did find in local stores, they were pricey. I’m actually kind of amazed Tokyo Treat can send out all these items in a box with shipping for only $35! Just for reference, the three snacks that I did find: the Pikachu 5 Pack Candies were $3.99, the Chocoballs were $2.99, and the pineapple chews were $2.99. Just those three added together comes to almost $10.00, and they were some of the smaller snacks in this box. In my opinion, Tokyo Treat is a really great deal.

I know there are various other Japanese snack subscriptions out there, but I think this is the only one that has their headquarters in Japan. Their office is located in Tokyo and Ayumi (the founder) personally sources the snacks. I am thoroughly impressed with the range of products that I received, and think the curation was spot on. I loved the theme of Pokemon and New Year! The mix of sweet candies with savory snacks and DIY kits plus a beverage really made for a well rounded box.

 

The only thing I wish they would implement: a way to purchase more snacks directly from them! I would love for the chance to buy more of my favorites that I can’t find anywhere else. Otherwise, I think they have a near perfect product. I think I’ll be gifting a subscription to my boyfriend for his birthday coming up! And shhh I don’t think he reads this blog, so let’s keep it a surprise 🙂