Dottiebox Mini Review – August 2014

by Must Have Boxes on August 20, 2014

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Company: Dottiebox

Category: Handmade

Cost: Dottiebox Mini - USD $10.00/month, plus $3.00 shipping

About: “A Dottiebox is a box curated every month for women. We feature high quality handmade items, small businesses, and indie brands.”

The Scoop: In this mini version of the original Dottiebox, you’ll receive a collection of 2-3 handmade items plus coupons each month. These hand-picked items come from local artisans across the United States and may feature goods such as beauty products, home decor, and more! Each box is different and features unique indie brands.

The Box:

I knew Dottiebox would be perfect for me because I love shopping on etsy and supporting independent businesses. The Mini box is the smaller version of the regular Dottiebox subscription. The August shipment arrived in a branded box with the contents carefully wrapped inside. There was also a card that described each of the featured products too. Let’s check out this month’s amazing handmade goods…

thegoodies

Naturally Kamdyn Hair Ties
3 pack, value: USD $5.00

Elastic hair ties are the best because they don’t damage your locks like traditional hair ties with metal closures. Naturally Kamdyn is based in Cincinnati, Ohio and it’s owned by business woman Miranda Picadio. These soft and stretchy hair ties are made from fold over elastic and the ends are heat-sealed to prevent fraying. I absolutely adore the gorgeous colors — especially the fun tie dye design!

Moe’s Apothecary Sugar Scrub
4 oz., value: USD $8.00

Sugar scrub is the perfect way to treat yourself to an at-home spa experience after a long day of work. The Coconut Lime and Mint Emulsified scrub from Moe’s Apothecary, run by Karen Gard, smells just like a tropical mojito! It’s pretty darn magical. The scrub exfoliates and moisturizes rough skin, leaving you feeling smooth and hydrated. I appreciate the fact that the product washes off easily and doesn’t have a greasy feel.

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After reviewing my first Dottiebox Mini, I can safely say that this is one of my favorite subscriptions.  I was super impressed with the quality of this month’s featured items. The elastic hair bands are chic and comfortable to wear, and the sugar scrub provides the ultimate gateway to relaxation. And, it feels great to know that Dottiebox helps support small businesses nationwide. I’m excited to share that I’ll also be reviewing the regular Dottiebox later this month, so stay tuned. I can’t wait to show you what’s inside!

Do you love handmade items? What do you think about Dottiebox Mini? Let me know!

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Splendies Review – August 2014 + EXCLUSIVE COUPON CODE!

by Must Have Boxes on August 18, 2014

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Company: Splendies

Category: Panty

Cost: USD $12.00/month, free shipping (Save $4.00 off your first month by using the promo code MUSTHAVE)

About: “Splendies is the easiest way to receive a surprise package of quality undies delivered to your door every month.”

The Scoop: Each month, you’ll receive three fun and sexy panties. Simply choose your size and Splendies will do the rest! Shipping is always free and you can pause or cancel your subscription at any time. Now, you can discover amazing new panty styles and brands you love without ever having to set foot in a store.

The Box:

Yay! Splendies is back with another package of cute and affordable panties. I love that my undergarment collection gets refreshed every month without me even having to worry about it. :) The August shipment arrived in the usual no-frills envelope with the contents wrapped in pretty tissue paper. Let’s check out this month’s featured panties…

thegoodies

Blue and White Polka Dot Panty (Full Cut)

This playful panty features a white polka dot design against a pastel blue background. The elastic around the waist and leg openings are super comfortable and the full cut is perfect for the conservative woman. Overall, the look is really pretty and demure.

Pink with Black Polka Dot Panty (Thong Cut)

I guess polka dots are a recurring theme this month! This pastel pink panty is covered in tiny black polka dots. The panty material is incredibly soft and stretchy and feels great against your skin. For those that dare to bare all, this thong cut is perfect for you.

Blue Lace Panty (Cheeky Cut)

Va-va-voom! How gorgeous is this panty? This undergarment features a blue floral lace design that is accented with a lace up detail and white bows. You’ll feel like a total Hollywood pin-up wearing this. The cheeky cut shows just the right amount of skin on the backside too.

verdict

Splendies does it again with another shipment of panties that are too good to be missed! My favorite undergarment is the Blue Lacy Panty because it looks super luxurious and is really flattering when worn. This month’s collection featured a nice variety of panties that range from ultra conservative to sexy. I’m really pleased with the August box and I can’t wait to see what Splendies delivers next. Are you thinking about subscribing to Splendies? Let me know!

Use the exclusive promo code MUSTHAVE to receive $4.00 off your first month of Splendies. This promo code is also good for $5.00 off your first order from Volupties (Spendies’ plus size service).

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Fair Treasure Review – August 2014

by Must Have Boxes on August 17, 2014

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Company: Fair Treasure

Category: Handmade, Lifestyle

Cost: USD $35.00/month, free shipping

About: “Handmade Treasures, Fairly Paid, Beautifully Crafted, & Delivered To Your Door Each Month.”

The Scoop: Each month, you’ll receive ethically sourced treasures from around the world, ranging from jewelry to candles. Each high quality, handmade item is produced by a local artist with an incredible story to tell. Fair Trade allows you to explore amazing global treasures while supporting small businesses across the globe.

The Box:

I was so excited when my Fair Treasure Box arrived! Fair Treasure delivers unique handmade goods from around the globe. This month’s theme is all about enjoying the warm weather and holding on to summer. Now, that’s something I can get behind! The August shipment arrived in a branded box with the contents carefully wrapped inside. There were also cards that described each of the featured products. Let’s check them out…

thegoodies

Mata Traders Allego Bracelet 
Value: USD $18.00

This stunning bracelet from Mata Traders is perfect for summer. It features light peach-colored glass beads in an intricate braided pattern. In the center, is a section with brass-colored beads. The fair trade, handmade bracelet has an adjustable lobster claw closure which makes sizing easy. Pair this accessory with a colorful dress for a classic look!

Sana Hastakala Lotus Blossom Candle Set
Value: USD $21.75

Bring some zen to your home with this gorgeous candle set that’s handmade in Nepal. The candle holders are shaped like lotus blossom flowers and they hold two pillar candles. I love the way this home decor piece looks and it adds some great mood lighting to any environment. This candle set also comes in a sturdy, decorative box that makes for easy storage.

verdict

Total box value: USD $39.75

  • Mata Traders Allego Bracelet  – USD $18.00
  • Sana Hastakala Lotus Blossom Candle Set – USD $21.75

 

I totally loved the August box from Fair Treasure! This month’s featured goods are the perfect fun summer accessories! I especially enjoyed the Lotus Blossom Candle Set which looks fabulous as a decorative item in my house. The candle holders are so unique and they give off a cool, bohemian vibe. This subscription box is a great way to support local artisans from around the world and discover fabulous products.

What do you think about this month’s Fair Treasure products? Interested in subscribing? Let me know!

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