Subscription boxes. Everywhere you turn, there they are with those colorful eye-catching ads full of celebrities and beautiful modern ladies singing their praises. Are they worth it? How does it work? Being a bit skeptical of them and largely tuning out the onslaught of social media ads geared towards women my age, I finally poked my head out of the sand for a look see after a couple of trusted friends posted their love for them on Instagram. Was I missing out on something fabulous all this time? Really, what was the big deal?
Let me start by saying, I love getting stuff in the mail (Amazon Prime, I love you so much). So, after educating myself about the subscription box world, and discovering that a seasonal box full of surprises would be mailed to your doorstep, my heart did a little pitter patter. Yes, please! Where do I sign up? After turning my skepticism into action, I narrowed it down to two different companies that I thought would work for me. FabFitFun, and Causebox, and while both seemed to have great track records, I landed on FabFitFun, as I got a peek at their summer box contents first, and ultimately liked what I saw, which led me to sign up for an annual subscription.
How does it work, you ask? FabFitFun is a beauty and wellness subscription box curated with 8-10 full sized premium products per box. They give the option of becoming an annual member where you pay for a year of boxes up front (4 boxes, you will receive one at the start of each season), or, you can become a seasonal member, where just the seasonal rate is paid up front, and you purchase your box each season as they come out. The perks for being an annual member by paying up front, is that you get to customize some of the contents in your box, a twenty dollar discount on your first subscription, and access to add on items from their marketplace to be added to your box if you so choose. For me, customization was a big draw as I have the ability to get a sneak peek into my box before it’s shipped and am able to customize the products to my needs.
My first box ever was my Summer Box, which I received in early June. I loved it! There were a couple of products I wasn’t crazy about, but found most of the items in the box very useful. My initial trepidation with subscription boxes is ending up with a bunch of items I don’t use, cluttering up my bathroom drawers. So far, two boxes in, that hasn’t happened, and the products I didn’t end up using I’ve stocked away to put into Christmas stockings and other gifting emergencies. I won’t spend much time chatting about the summer box as it has sold out, but rather give you the low down on the Fall Box, which is latest to hit the market. To be honest, when the spoilers came out for the Fall Box, I was disappointed in the product options, and almost paused my subscription for the season (which you can do as an annual member), but after taking a closer look, I ended up getting it, and was so glad I changed my mind! After receiving my box my misgiving faded away as I tried each of the box items, and dare I say, I love it even more than my summer box? I think I do!
Here is my summary:
- Harper and Ari Exfoliating Sugar Cubes. This is a product I would have surely walked past without a glance if I were out shopping. It’s not something I ever use in my everyday beauty routine, however, when I opened the box, these bright green little cubes immediately intrigued me. They are used to gently buff, moisturize, and exfoliate your bod, and they smell ah-mazing! Not only do they work great, it leaves your bathroom smelling delicious, like lightly sugared green apples and citrus, not sugary sweet, but fresh and lovely. These fun little gems lasts around 4-5 showers each cube, and I’ll be sad when they’re gone. These are a sweet surprise, I’ve really enjoyed these!
- Baggage Claim Gold Eye Mask (6 pack). I’ve circled around this type of product before, but never purchased. Would they really work? After testing it out after a long night and up for an early morning, I can confirm that yes! They do work some kind of de-puffing magic. I will definitely squirrel these away for those days I want some extra pampering, or dark circle under eye emergencies. These are indeed golden.
- The Better Skin Co. Better Skin Lava Magik. This is a one of my very favorite things in this box. When I first saw it, I sighed. Do I really need another face scrub? But, after using it, I moved out all my other facial scrubs and replaced it with just this one. I absolutely love it. The smell is grapefruit-y fresh, with a thick consistency, beautiful salmon color, and it’s full of natural minerals. It makes you feel buffed, pampered, and polished up like a shiny new penny. I would hesitate to use it as a mask as advertised, but rather just use it as a scrub every other day or so. It’s definitely something I’d purchase again, and am happy to be introduced to this skin care line. And, made by a hometown company to boot!
- Plush Ultra Soft Fringe Scarf. This is my favorite fall box item. It’s cozy, super soft, and comes in a very seasonal black, white, and navy plaid print. As a petite woman, I can quickly get swallowed up by scarves with too much material, and, this scarf, while being 72 inches, lies nicely, and doesn’t poof out like other scarves tend to do. Its neutral colors lend itself to many outfits, and I look forward to wearing this all fall long.
- Epare Dual Salt and Pepper Mill. As a foodie, this caught my eye. I haven’t had a salt grinder before, just a pepper mill, so this was very attractive to me. I was pleasantly surprised by the nice quality, it feels good in my hand, grinds smoothly, and already has a place on my kitchen counter. If you like kitchen gadgets, this is a useful one!
- Kate Spade Lunch Tote. I was so excited for this tote, but my excitement waned a bit after receiving it. It was smaller than I expected, the zipper felt pretty cheap, and I didn’t care for the fabric which looks like it should be canvas, but has a somewhat plastic-y wipe able surface. My feelings changed, however, when my teenager ooohed at it, and wanted it. It’s the perfect size to fit into her mini backpack, and was here just in time for the start of school. She’s used this every day since, and since this has proved to be integrated into our daily routine, I would give this a mediocre thumbs up.
- Skin and Co. Roma Truffle Therapy Face Toner. I love toners, but have either ran into toners leaving my skin too dry, or somewhat tacky feeling. This toner is well reviewed on Ulta, and for good reason, it’s pretty fabulous! It has a very light tropical-ish smell to it, dries quickly, and leaves my skin feeling toned and soft, but not tight. I have incorporated it into my daily skin routine, and am pleased with the results. I can say it’s a lovely addition to the box!
- Aveda Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair. Aveda has a great reputation for being the standard when it comes to hair care, but unfortunately, this was a miss for me. My hair is very finicky and doesn’t take kindly to change, and this was no exception. The cream is meant to protect from heat styling and repair damage, so I reluctantly gave it a go. I tried it twice, but it left my hair frizzier and hard to comb through, so it just wasn’t for me. It has stellar reviews on Nordstrom.com though, so it will be beneficial for a good many people, especially if your hair likes Aveda products already.
- Human Kind Body Soufflé. Another lotion? Oof! I scoffed at this, but after testing it out, it is the after shower lotion I reach for every time now. It has a light and pleasant scent, not overpowering, absorbs quickly, and is not greasy at all. Its whipped texture makes it lighter, not heavy, and glides onto the skin smoothly, leaving it soft and perfectly moisturized. The lotion is Vegan, cruelty free, and is made with no harmful chemicals or parabens which, as a consumer, is most appreciated. This one is a keeper, and will prove to be useful during those colder months when your skin needs some extra care.
Final Thoughts on the Fall Box
With a FabFitFun subscription, part of what you are paying for, beyond the products, is the interactive process of anticipation and surprise. If I break down the seasonal subscription ($179/ 4 boxes), break it down further ($44.75/seasonal box), then break it down to cost per product (8-10 products/box), it ends up costing you approximately $5 per item, which is an incredible deal. While there were a couple of misses, for the most part, I am very happy with the fall box. My only complaint was that besides the scarf, the other items didn’t have a “fall” feel to them. Not a huge deal, but compared to the summer box which was spot on, this one wasn’t as much. If you are on the fence, you can wait a bit as they typically offer their seasonal boxes at 40% off around mid season, which would be a great time to try it out. All in all, I would give this box a go!
All Photos by Marla Smith Photography