This was one of the most underwhelming subs. I got a few postcards that were a "$7 value" telling me "love yourself by loving yourself". A cheaper than cheap metal travel mug (because clearly, who doesn't have enough of those, quite unoriginal, I've been getting them for years in subs... and better made). I got an illegally sold candle (improperly labeled as well as underweight - both labeling law violations)- an overpriced plain rose soy candle, that without the tin, only gave me just over 3 ounces, A barely scented body oil of ho hum coconut oil base and a cheap Chinese knockoff foot mask with the main ingredient being alcohol - a big no no, since it will continue to dry your feet out faster. They also use a "shipping charge" to fluff up the price of the "value" of the box.
The actual value of this box, with these items bought from origins would be less than $25, full price, IMO. And that's before you take off the things that are either missing (25% of the candle) or getting a price set on a postcard "checklist" which should and always has been free in other boxes.
And this was their intro box?!?!
I've gotten two boxes. The first was okay, but I felt the value wasn't as good, but sometimes, that happens.
The second box, I was glitter bombed everywhere, including my wazoo. In the "Mermaid" box, the candle had glitter - unbeknowest to me. I opened it to smell it and bam - glitter flying. The "giant" bath bombs were too much. Almost nothing in the box had a scent, but worse, using one of the giant bombs left my skin bitter. It wasn't soft and my husband kissed me on my shoulder and nearly gagged. Not a reaction you want after getting out of a bath. Unfortunately, pretty much all giant bath bombs have a similar problem due to the amount of citric acid used. In fact, everything in the box had next to no scent. It was quite odd.
And of course, the giant bomb had a ton of glitter. Getting glitter in my lady parts? Not something I'm interested in.
I'm not sure if the box is geared towards a much younger crowd (I'm 34), but the incessant glitter everywhere made me think of an older teen or very young adult going to the club, and dousing herself in glitter to shine in the lights.
I get using a very light amount here or there, but maybe I'm far too old for the target audience for the box.
The box is fun, however, the description is false. At the higher price point, the description says a hardcover book and 7-9 items total. In two boxes, I received two $5 paperbacks (according to online price) and only 6 total items in each - unless the last box the two single serve bags of tea could as two items I suppose. It's an okay box, I like but don't love the items, but considering the sub at that level indicates a book that would be $10+ more, I feel like the price should be lower.
I'd have been more happy if the Deluxe version was $33 or under. I don't feel like a few samples of tea, a paperback book and soap packets are worth the price.
I mean, it's something to do. Instructions are clear... but wowza, the dated designs of this stuff. It reminds me of granny garage sales. I started with a cheesy embroidery hoop with brown gel paint with a fake flower and then some plain embroidery hoops to glue into a sphere, then the next month, same fake flower and brown gel paint, this time on a board with string. The next month was a little better with the rock soap, but just received the fourth month and back to the cheesy dated project - a burlap mesh giant sunflower.
My house is barn style and it was too dated and kitschy, even for me. And the items you make are a bit large, which makes them move into not just dated, but gaudy. In fact, I do intend to give these things to my grandmother for gifts, so if that's something of an idea, that's why I gave it a second star, because it's not entirely useless.
The other issue is billing. I don't get my boxes before the next billing. I got a little lucky today this month in that I got it 10 hours before I was to be billed again.