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October 2015 POPSUGAR Must Have Box Unboxing
The POPSugar Must Have Box is the most expensive subscription box I ordered, so I was looking forward to seeing what was inside.
The first item I pulled out was a pillowcase from Savvy Sleepers. In the video I thought it might have contained two pillowcases, but it only contained one. I tried the pillowcase the other night and it was wonderful! It felt very nice and has a nice weight and quality to it. I just checked their website and it looks like the pillow also contains a secret pocket I wasn’t aware of, which might be nifty for hair ties and other small items. The estimated price of the pillowcase is $36.
The second item was a pair of slippers socks from Richer Poorer Inc. As mentioned in the video, I like to wear these types of socks in my boots, so I should get some use out of these. I’m not particularly fond of the pink color, but it makes sense considering the Breast Cancer Awareness theme. Besides, my socks will be in my boots, so no one will know what color they are. These socks retail for $15 per pair.
The third item was a body scrub from the Honest Company. I like scrubs and I like the Honest Company, so I’ll probably use this. Lavender and vanilla are also two of my favorite scents, although when I smelled the scrub it wasn’t as appealing as I’d expected. Perhaps the scent will be more appealing once it’s applied. The scrub in this size is worth $17.
The fourth item was a leave-in hair care product from It’s a 10. I’ll admit I’m bad about hair products, so I can’t promise I’ll use this, although I probably should. The 4oz container of this product costs $18, so a 2oz container (the one I received) is valued at around $9.
The fifth item was a book from Mindy Kaling. I really enjoyed watching her on the Office, so I think I’d enjoy this book. However, I already have a lot of books to read, so I don’t know when I’ll get to it. Still a cool item to have in the box, though. The MSRP is $25, but it retails for $15 on Amazon.
The sixth item was a set of four paper bags for wine bottles. I don’t drink alcohol so I probably won’t get much use out of these, but they might be good for when I gift wine to other people. The estimated value is $8 for the set.
The seventh item was a stroopwaffle from Belgian Boys. I’ve already eaten it and it tasted pretty good. Estimated value is $2.
The final item in the box was a $40 gift code to Danielle Stevens Jewelry. I have really mixed feelings about this item. Basically, it only applies to personalized items, and the cheapest personalized item is $48. Getting a personalized item for $8 is a great deal, but when I get subscription boxes, I want everything to be included with the price I pay. This gift code is essentially worthless unless you’re willing to fork over extra money to buy something. I could see this as being a nice bonus card to include in packages similar to the coupon code for the pillowcase, but I don’t think it stands on its own as an item. That being the case, I don’t think it’s appropriate to include in the calculation of the box’s value.
Although the box ended on a disappointing note with the unusable DSJ gift code, it’s value still far exceeds the amount I paid. The total value of all of the items I designated as items (e.g. excluding the DSJ code) was over $100, when I paid $40 for the box. There are also many items in the box that I plan to use, such as the pillowcase and socks, so I’m happy with my purchase overall.