I Tried A $49 Box Subscription Just To See What's Inside

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I'm not really a fan of box subscriptions. I don't like not being able to choose what I'm paying for.  I KNOW there are some decent ones out there, and because I do really like stuff, I asked a few of my friends which ones are actually worth it and which ones to avoid like the plague. Hence, here is my honest review about FabFitFun's Spring Box - the company recommended to me most by other New York City gals. It costs $49.99 and is delivered 4x a year (so $179.99 annually). The gals at FFF tell me the box is worth over $200, so a good deal in my opinion (they also gave me a coupon code for you to use at your leisure - use "BOSWORTH" at check-out for $10 of your first box).

Upon arriving at my doorstep I'm actually charmed by the design and size of the box. Being the founder of an online wellness company myself, I take packaging very seriously. I do NOT like waste, and FFF does a good job of sending an appropriately sized, recyclable box full of goodies. It's pink too, and I like pink.

I open the box expecting to find another box on the inside, but thankfully for the planet, there isn't one. 10 points for FFF. The products are just right there waiting for me, and I get the feeling that I do on Christmas morning when I scope out what has my name on it under the tree (private shivers of excitement). There are so many THINGS! And they are FULL-SIZED THINGS. I love full sized things. Everybody does.

In the spring box are some actual gems - the first thing I see is an exfoliator by legendary New York dermatologist Dr. Brandt (may he RIP). It's the Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator. And like I said, FULL SIZE. I'm stoked. It smells sort of like peppermint and leaves my face actually glowing after use.

The next gem: a FULL SIZE round beach towel from Gypsy. I looooved Gypsy when I lived in LA. I don't have a ton of use for their gear anymore living in NYC but with summer just around the corner I'm super happy to find this great towel in the box. I do have a backyard to perch in and this is perfect for it, and my upcoming trip to Turks and Caicos. It's fringed and tie-dye and totally of the moment.

The other highlight for me in the box: FOUR (yes, 4) Hydrating Face Masks from Karuna. They're the cloth kind that you lay over your face and make you look like a crazy person during use. I absolutely LOVE a mask like this. I scare the pants off my boyfriend then he wants to wear one too. This particular one by Karuna is great because the cloth is a 100% natural fiber, and it's a mask+serum duo which deeply conditions the skin.

Outside of these 3 perfect surprises are nail polishes by Deborah Lippmann, lipstick by REALHER, gummy vitamins by Nature's Bounty, a charming bracelet by Emerald Duv, a cosmetics bag from Milly, and a leave-in conditioning spray from Briogeo. I like this box concept because these items aren't things I would purchase on my own, but now that I'm the proud owner of them, I'm using 'em and likin' them!

That's the thing about box subscriptions, right? Some fabulous curator gets to pick what they think you'll like, what's on trend, or what they want you to like because they've been pushed to do so by their boss. Not EVERYTHING is a hit, but certainly a lot of the items are. Because of the really high-end brands included in FFF's Spring Box, I'm temped to sign up for the next one too. Hopefully the summer box will even include a little SPF for warm days spent in the Hamptons or the French Riviera. Maybe I'll petition them to include some Love Wellness in the next one!

Okay... I signed up for it. Here's to the next box reveal....


Tell me honestly - what do you think about box subscriptions? Are you a fan? Let me know in the comments below!