Popsugar Must Have, $40+tax/month, lifestyle products
Promo: $5 off your first box with code MUSTHAVE5
I paid $23.5 + tax, as part of an annual subscription
Box retail value: $97 My value: $ 78
Canceling subscription: Painless, through website.
Popsugar Must Have is a monthly box that includes six items plus a small extra. There is usually a piece of jewelry or another accessory, a make-up or beauty item, an edible treat and three other lifestyle items. The items follow a general theme, though one vague enough to include mostly anything. They are often from small design houses and it’s a great way to be introduced to items you might never see otherwise, or pay full price for. There isn’t much consistency between boxes, so they can very much be hit or miss. They are usually a good value, though sometimes they include items which are purposely overpriced. The box often includes coupons, though I don’t usually use them.
The theme of January’s box was “Renewal, Organization, Detox, New Year, Healthy Habits” – basically, a theme per item. It had a variety of items to help you renew and re-organize. While I wasn’t super excited about anything in particular, I did end up using all but one item so I was quite happy with the box. It had a total retail value of.
This is what I got:
This is a rather large cotton bin. It has a 13″ diameter, and it’s a foot high. It’s large enough to hold a couple of throws or a whole bunch of scarfs. It’s pretty sturdy though not terribly so, so you won’t want to put anything terribly heavy in it. I’m happy to have this one and I wouldn’t mind swapping for others.
Pehr, the company that makes it, what started in 2010 by two life-long friends and it features “classically simple yet modern home accessories” that are designed in Canada and are “responsibly” made in India.
Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class to the Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo, $19
Japanese “decluttering guru” Marie Kondo has a huge following of people. I’m not one of them. Even if I wanted to be one, I live with three other people, including one that will not throw anything away, no matter who inconsequential and useless it is. So I could read the book and feel even more frustrated at the messiness in my life, or I could try to swap it. I’m going for the latter.
Blue Sky Day Designer Blue Casebound 2016 Weekly/Monthly 5 x 8 Planner, $16
This planner matches in color the jewelry box we got in the last Popsugar MH box. It’s not my favorite color, but my daughter loves it. Still, she already had a planner so I kept this one. I’m not really a planner person, but I’m making the effort to use it. Many people complained that they shouldn’t have sent the planner in the middle of January, as most people have bough one by then – and I think they have a point.
I do like how this planner is organized, it has a month at a glance with a small squares for major activities, and then pages for each week, with spaces for activities and to/do lists for each day. Not that I have used these features yet.
I love sheet masks! These are face masks made of paper or cloth that are soaked on facial serum. You put them on your face and go around your business, while looking like a mummy. Most masks say you should keep them for 20 minutes, these one say 5, but I don’t think it really makes a difference.
I like these masks, but I can’t say I like them 7 times more than the $1 masks I get at the dollar store.
These are 5 1-oz samples of shower gel/bubble bath by the Not Soap, Radio company. They each have an inspirational name (e.g. “calm”, “luck”), and they smell nicely. I prefer to use soap in the shower, so I gave these to my daughters.
Note that while Popsugar MH and No Soap, Radio list this set as having a retail value of $22, you can buy a set with 7 2-oz bottles for $20, so I think the “real” retail value of this is set is just $7. I really hate it when Popsugar MH tries to inflate the value of the items it includes!
Project 7 Sugar Free Gum in Summer Snow, .55 oz, $2
My kids absolutely loved this gum and they want me to get them more. Project 7 makes them in a number of other intriguing flavors, like birthday cake and kettle corn. They are supposed for sale at Target and some supermarkets.
ChapStick Total Hydration in Soothing Vanilla, $3
This was the extra item in the box (the extras tend to be items that companies pay to have included). I gave it to my daughter who was very pleased with it. She didn’t think it tasted particularly of vanilla, but she liked the natural formula and how hydrating it was. She’d like me to get her more of these.