The April version of the PopSugar Must Have bag isn’t really a must have for me. I’ve had it about a week though and it’s slowly growing on me. Initially when I opened the box my heart sort of sank. It just didn’t look like anything that was worth $35 to me. My feelings have changed and I like the box but I can’t say I love it or would have purchased it if I’d had a preview.
I’ve reviewed almost all of the PopSugar Must Have boxes that I’ve bought. I’ve used a lot of the items in the boxes but I’ve also given away a lot of the items. PopSugar picks a theme and puts in items according to the theme. All boxes are exactly the same unlike some of the beauty subscriptions like Glossybox and Birchbox. I’ve only gotten one box so far that I’d consider to be beauty oriented. These are lifestyle boxes. April’s theme is for Earth Day (April 22nd) so it’s in the eco spirit.
Here are the items in the April PopSugar Must Have Box; their website’s picture makes it look like a bigger box than it actually is. Kai Perfume Oil (value $48); Shashi Nugget Bracelet ($30); Tatchi Evening Blotting Papers ($15); Alter Ego Dark Chocolate Quinoa bar (?? maybe $3-5); The Green Garmento All In One Bag ($10). This equals approximately $105 which places it right about where PopSugar says the value will be.
Kai Perfume Oil – I’m sure this is nice, it’s got a nice value for it. But I personally don’t wear fragrance so this will be either gifted or put in a Beauty Info Zone prize box. I’m probably in the minority when it comes to fragrances in subscription boxes but it’s the one thing I never want. Kai is a “light, fresh smell of gardenia and white exotic flowers.”
Shashi Nugget Bracelet – this is very cute but there’s a B.U.T. here. It’s meant to be worn stacked. They show these bracelets on their website along with other bracelets. So if you loved it and wanted it to have a certain look, it’s going to cost you more. Of course you might have other bracelets that it would look good with so it might not be a problem. The boxes had either cobalt, turquoise or gray. Even though their website shows it should be available in 6 colors, all that’s available at this writing is turquoise. It’s 1/8th inch wide, has adjustable sizing and it’s the cord that holds the nugget that’s the turquoise shade.
Tatcha Evening Blotting Papers – I received Tatcha Blotting Papers once before from them. It’s nice, it’s beauty, it’s sort of special because of the brand. I’m just not thrilled. What makes these the “night” ones is that they are smaller so they fit into your clutch.
Alter Ego Dark Quinoa Organic Chocolate bar – I love dark chocolate. Here’s what they say about it “Delicious chocolate with the perfect amount of crunch, it’s also 100% Organic & Fair Trade Certified — so treat yourself without the guilt.” I guess if I pretend it’s Rice Krispies and it’s not healthy I might like it more. (Actually I did like it, it’s a very dark chocolate taste with a touch of crunch.)
Green Garmento All in One bag – If you are a fan of Shark Tank then you might have seen the company on the show. I think it’s very smart of them to get into a box like this. It gets their name out to a lot of people that might not know of them or glossed over them. When I saw what this big black thing was in my box I was a bit dismayed but I’m glad I have it. I’m going to use it for travel since it’s sturdy enough for that but they recommend that you drop off your dry cleaning in the bag and tell the cleaners to replace it in the bag and skip the plastic. Not a bad idea. They also make these longer if you needed it for maxi dresses or gowns. It says POPSUGAR on it in bright pink so your significant other may not want to take it on a business trip but it’s actually pretty handy.
April’s box brought Food (eh), Beauty x 2 (ok, not exciting), Fashion (not sure about this) and Lifestyle (my favorite item in the box). It wasn’t a great box but it wasn’t awful. You can get $5 off your first box by using the code REFERFRIENDS5. If you do order I’d love you forever if you used my referral code (http://popsu.gr/yqR). What do you think you’d enjoy from this box? Is it enough to get you to buy one yourself in spite of my “meh” review? — Marcia