Oh subscription boxes, I just can’t quit you. I guess there are worse things I could be addicted to — getting boxes of samples shipped to me in the mail is definitely preferable to street drugs, no? When I was a kid, I used to subscribe to catalogs just so I could get something in the mail. Did you know Cher used to have a mail order catalog for home furnishings? She did and I used to get it.
I’ve subscribed to Conscious Box in the past, but I cancelled all of my subscription boxes when we moved last summer until we had a permanent place to call home in Illinois — I figured it was too much of a pain to change my address twice and I didn’t want anything to get lost. This has been a very sad time, not getting those boxes in the mail every month, so when Conscious Box offered me a one-time sample of their December box for review here, I was happy to oblige.
Conscious Box is for us crunchy types who try to eat clean and avoid chemicals in the home. Although there’s always a few foods in the box, they do tend to lean more towards the household goods and beauty/bath types of items, so if you’re looking for a box that’s strictly food, this probably isn’t the best option for you. The Taster box, which I reviewed here, is primarily samples, but you can spring for the Plus box, which also includes some full-size items. You can also choose whether you want Classic, Vegan or Gluten-Free boxes. The Classic Taster box is $9.95 a month if you pay monthly, with discounts for paying for 3-, 6- or 12-months in advance, while the Classic Plus box is $19.95 a month.
Pangea Organics Italian Red Mandarin with Rose Lip Balm // This was my favorite thing in the box — and it was full-size! At $12, this product was worth more than the price of the box itself.
Rockin Green Dishwasher Detergent // I love Rockin Green, but I had no idea they made a dishwasher detergent. And that’s why I love subscription boxes — you find so many new products that you didn’t know about.
Barney Butter Vanilla Bean + Espresso Almond Butter // I always love getting food samples and this almond butter sounds pretty amazing.
Primal Pit Paste // I’m trying to avoid phthalates during my pregnancy, which means artificial fragrances, like those in conventional deodorants and antiperspirants, are a no-no. I’m excited to try this out, even though I will admit, the name of the product kind of grosses me out.
When I judge whether subscription boxes are worth the cost, I always look at the value of the products in the box and compare it with the price I’m paying for the box. There were some months last year when I felt that Conscious Box was a little low on the value side, but this box was well-worth the $9.95 price. And then there’s the x-factor — are these products I like and that I’ll use? Because you could get a $10 box of $100 worth of guitar picks in the mail, but if you don’t play guitar, it’s still not worth the $10 to you. Between my husband and I, we’ll use every product in this box, so it’s a good value on that front too.
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Disclosure: I received a complimentary box from Conscious Box in order to facilitate this review.