Popsugar Must Have Box is a monthly lifestyle subscription box that costs $39.95 including shipping. The most recent one that I purchased is the July 2015 box. I didn’t stay subscribed for August or September, but because inquiring minds like to know, I’ve included spoilers for both of those boxes.
July 2015 – $126.94 retail value, actual cost $39.95. Henri Bendel Small Signature Stripe Canvas Dopp Kit ($28, $8.81), Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF50 ($28, $8.81), PopDental Portable Toothbrush ($19.99, $6.29), Sorial card case ($28, $8.81), The Good Bean Chocolate Berry Fruit & No-Nut Bar ($1.99, $0.63), Yes to Blueberries Cleansing Facial Wipes ($5.99, $1.89), Hallmark Signature Greeting Cards ($14.97, $4.71).
Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist is what sold me on this box. SPF that you can apply over makeup, and it won’t sting or smear or make everything all greasy and shiny? Yes. Yes I need this immediately. I’d tried a sample already, so I knew it was something I like. The mattefying effect is a little weird. It’s not sticky, but it feels like it might be. It’s almost like a rubberized texture – your fingers stick a little bit if you touch your face, but then you touch something else and realize that your fingers aren’t actually sticky. It’s weird, but not necessarily bad. In my experience, this is by far the best product of its kind.
Henri Bendel Dopp Kit – This is not a kit, contrary to its name. It is a little water resistant coated canvas bag, and I’m quite fond of it. It’s high quality, and it conveniently holds its shape when it’s opened, so you can easily see everything crammed inside.
PopDental Portable Toothbrush – “Portable.” Umm… as opposed to all those bulky leave-at-home toothbrushes that no one is strong enough to move? I mean it IS portable, but why would anyone think that would be a good selling point for a toothbrush? It’s okay, but not great. The cover comes off, but does not attach to the handle like I expected it to. And if you put the cover on the toothbrush, it won’t dry because there’s not enough air flow. So the cover is really annoying and only useful if you are actually traveling with the toothbrush. The head of the brush is child-toothbrush size small. I don’t mind that, but it was unexpected since it’s not advertised as a child size toothbrush. If you’re dying to try one for yourself, it looks identical to this $9 one in Sephora’s sale section. You could do a lot worse than spending a few bucks on cleaner teeth.
Sorial Card Case and $25 no minimum discount code – If I’m only taking a couple of cards with me, I carry them loose in my pocket or in my hand, so I suppose this is a classier option for me. The discount code though…. **fart noise.** When the spoilers for this box were shared, I checked Sorial’s website and was delighted to see a decent-looking wristlet for exactly $25. About two days later, there were only a couple items for sale, most of which were $100+. A month or two later, Sorial finally put the wristlet back up for sale, only now it’s $28 (Note: if they’re pricing a wristlet at $25-28, I call bullshit on the “$28 value” of that card holder). That price increase wouldn’t bother me so much, except that shipping is a whopping $12. So this super great gift card costs a minimum of $15 to redeem. Any gift card that requires you to spend money, well, that’s not a gift card. That’s an expense. If you are planning a Sorial purchase ANYWAY, the code for $25 off is MUSTHAVE25. It bothers me that all the reviews I’ve read neglected to mention the actual code, since it’s clearly a generic/non-unique code that anyone can use. Have at it, friends. The code expires on September 9th.
The Good Bean Bar – This is totally fine. I have no strong feelings about this granola (energy? snack? whatever) bar. It wasn’t overly sweet like Cliff Bars or Kind Bars, and it wasn’t disgusting like that horrible raw vegan “brownie” PSMH sent out last December. I’d consider buying more.
Yes to Blueberries Cleansing Wipes – I don’t use wipes because walking all the way over to the bathroom and actually washing my face does not take any more time than trying to wipe off all my makeup. Considering the same energy is going to be used, I’d rather pick the option that leaves me with a clean face. That said, sometimes washing my face wakes me up when all I want to do is sleep. So far I’ve used exactly one of these wipes, and was pleasantly surprised by how much makeup it removed. I still felt like my face was covered in fragrance that needed to be washed off, but then I fell asleep and stopped caring about it.
Hallmark Cards – They’re nice cards which will sit in a drawer with my other greeting cards. Their main function is allowing me to imagine a universe in which I’m really great at sending people friendly greeting cards just because. Totally effective, would recommend.
July’s box was definitely one of the lowest retail value PSMH boxes I’ve seen. The Supergoop! spray was on my shopping list, so picking up this box for an extra few bucks was a no-brainer. The box didn’t have any super exciting new discovery, but it included something I definitely want, and a bunch of things that I will definitely use. PSMH doesn’t do that very often for me, and I’m thrilled that I was able to grab this box before it sold out.
August 2015 – $199.93 retail value, actual cost $39.95. American Colors Mediterranean Plaid Scarf ($78, $15.59), Pastel Best Day Ever mug ($12, $2.40), Royal Apothic Tea Balm Firming Eye Treatment ($36, $7.19), Meri Meri Toot Sweet! pink stripe napkins ($5.95, $1.19), Southern Culture Shortstacks pancake & waffle mix ($7.99, $1.60), Happy Jackson Yay Lunch! lunch box ($10, $2), Folgers Iced Cafe Caramel Macchiato Flavored Coffee Drink Concentrate ($4.99, $1), MyYogaWorks Three-Month Trial ($45, $8.99).
The Royal Apothic eye balm was the spoiler for the August box. It’s a product that I’d like to try, but it’s not one that I’d spend $35 or $40 on, and I’m not willing to buy a full size without sampling it first. The eye area is sensitive! I have to know that I can actually use it! Because I wasn’t interested in the spoiler, I cancelled my PSMH subscription. It turned out that August was a decent box, but it wasn’t so great that I feel like I missed out. I included the MyYogaWorks code in my calculations because it can be redeemed for its full value without spending any extra money.
September 2015 – SOLD OUT! $159 retail value, actual cost $39.95. Hudson + Bleecker Labyrinth Onyx Travel Trio ($45, $11.31), Kris Nations XO stud earrings ($35, $8.79), Too Faced Cosmetics Brow Envy Brow Shaping and Defining Kit ($39, $9.80), Briogeo Roscaro Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray ($20, $5.03), NCLA So Rich Vitamin E Enriched Cuticle Oil ($18, $4.52), Nourish Snacks Almonds to Cherries ($2, $0.50).
Spoiler information is from My Subscription Addiction. September’s box was jam-packed with things that I like and would use, except for the brow kit (I have probably five years’ worth of brow pomade). It also included $10 off PSMH Box codes to share with friends. This is the first time I’ve seen PSMH offer single-use discounts; their discount codes are typically generic and can be used by multiple people. Even though there’s nothing in the box that I need, I’m a little disappointed that I missed out on this box. If you are interested in signing up for October’s box, consider using my referral link. The code MUSTHAVE5 will take $5 off your total, or you could look around for one of those $10 off codes.