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Arianna Huffington Quarterly Box Review – #ARI02

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Arianna Huffington Quarterly Box Review – #ARI02 Box

This is the second Arianna Huffington Quarterly box. Her box is focused on health, wellness and mindfulness. (I think it is a really unique theme for a subscription box!)

A little more about Arianna from Quarterly:

Arianna Huffington is the editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group and author of fourteen books. She sends items that help her take her mother’s advice: “Don’t Miss the Moment.”

This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

Arianna Huffington Quarterly Box Review – #ARI02 Items

The Subscription Box: Arianna Huffington Quarterly Box

The Cost: $100

The Products: Items that follow Arianna’s mother’s advice, “Don’t miss the moment.”

Ships to: US and Worldwide (additional shipping costs for Canada and International orders).

Delivered via: USPS

Check out all of my Arianna Huffington Quarterly Box reviews!

Arianna Huffington Quarterly Box Review – #ARI02 Letter

Each Quarterly box comes with a letter from the curator detailing the items included. This letter was missing the pages on the reverse sides, so I emailed Quarterly for the full letter. Here it is in case your package had an incomplete letter too:

Letter page 1  letter page 2 page 3 page 4

Arianna Huffington Quarterly Box Review – #ARI02 Headphones

Urbanears Medis Earbuds – Value $44

These earbuds are specially designed to actually stay in your ear. The earbuds are a little intimidating looking at first since they are larger than the standard earbud, but I gave them a try and I was impressed that they were both comfortable and stayed in place. (I didn’t try them for hours at a time though, so I can’t weigh in on long term comfort yet).

Arianna Huffington Quarterly Box Review – #ARI02 Hope

philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar – 1 oz Value $23.50

This is a relatively new philosophy product – it is not even available on the philosophy site yet! It’s a lightweight formula, (from what I can tell from reviews lighter than the original hope in a jar), and it does have fragrance, but I don’t mind the scent.

Arianna Huffington Quarterly Box Review – #ARI02 Sugar

JJ Virgin Kitchen Makeover DVD, Sugar Impact Scales, and Toasted Coconut Cacao Bar – Value 10?

I feel like I’ve seen the Sugar Impact Diet book everywhere lately, so I’m intrigued by this DVD and I may pick up the book. (It seems very in line with the documentary Fed Up too). (I thought the bar was pretty good – I’m just not a big fan of the sweetener taste of Stevia).

Arianna Huffington Quarterly Box Review – #ARI02 NOW

The Power of NOW by Eckhart Tolle – Retail Value $15 (On Amazon for $8.46)

I really enjoyed Thrive from her last box, so I’m hoping I like this book just as much. I’m only about a chapter into it though, so it hasn’t really grabbed me yet.

Arianna Huffington Quarterly Box Review – #ARI02 Subscription

Arianna also included a month pre-paid subscription to Eckhart Tolle TV – Value $14.95

Arianna Huffington Quarterly Box Review – #ARI02 Wrap

Nap Wrap – $20

This nap wrap works for quite a few different needs:

Arianna Huffington Quarterly Box Review – #ARI02 Info

Arianna Huffington Quarterly Box Review – #ARI02 Wrap Info

I don’t travel that often, so I may gift this to someone who needs it more!

Verdict: I like this box a lot – not as much as the first one, but I’m thinking I may like it even more with time. (That happened with the first Arianna box as well. I liked it when I opened it, but after using the products for months I absolutely loved it!)

What do you think of #ARI02?

 

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!
All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

28 Comments

  1. Hi Liz! Been a while! Love the site u guys are doing amazing by the way( I been a reader for well, a cpl years now). I’m sad ur box didn’t work out and I wish I had got this one! I did get hooked on tatcha because of u I hope to see that in the store u set up, hopefully even some great promo codes too

  2. Now that I’ve lived with this box for a while, I’m not so impressed. The Virgin Diet content isn’t very good. Getting the book would have been better. The Tolle book sounds like it was written by someone who’s lost their grip on reality so I’m struggling to really get anything out of it. Love the earbuds and Renewed Hope but the value on this box is kinda low to me.

    • I agree. Unlike Rosario Dawson’s box, this box felt like the curator did not put any effort into it. I felt like it was shill for the diet plan and after loving her first box which I used everything out of and ordered more, this was a letdown value wise and in curation. Even the face cream is their cheapest product line (why not miracle worker?). I am going to watch the spoilers and if I don’t like it or it doesn’t fit in with what she discussed in Thrive, I will cancel or return. At $100 I expect more. Currently, Quarterly’s $50 boxes, MSA and Rosario, are such a better deal than their $100 boxes that I may just get the $50 ones.

  3. I ended up cancelling the box because I did not like the book. Also it was a little excessive having 3 $100 boxes bill in December. I would had kept it if I did receive it and not read the book. The naprest interests me the most. I do a lot of driving and think that would help keep my left arm comfortable. I’m signed up for the next box. I’m still using the items from the first box.

  4. I was disappointed in this box – I don’t like getting diet/fad stuff in boxes – if I was going to overhaul the way I ate, I’d discuss that with my doctors and coaches, not just pick something out of a box. So that was a miss/turnoff for me.

    Earbuds aren’t exciting, but I’ll always use them. Hope in a Jar is a nice thing to get to try out. I CANNOT figure out the nap wrap! I love the idea but I can’t figure out the armrest thing? Anyone?

    • I don’t think much thought was put into this box like the last box. It could be because the curator has been busy launching her website in other countries. I too thought it didn’t make sense but the one thing I can think of is the nap wrap might be able to be used ARound your arm to carry your phone with your earbuds while your exercising. I saw that mentioned on the Amazon site. Also, Arianna Huffington has been traveling a lot herself and that might have given her the idea for it. I hope next time to see a better curated and a better value box if she is still curating for Quarterly.

    • Grommet has been sending me emails about the napwrap. They have a demo on their website.

      • Thank you – I’ll go check that out. I love the idea, I just couldn’t figure out how to make it into the arm rest!

  5. I’m loving this the AH02 box. I have been coveting some Bose earbuds because I have strangely small ear canals. Extra small bud covers are too big and most headphones don’t include that size. I didn’t want to take a chance at buying the Bose and have them not work. These earbuds are a similar concept and I can’t wait to try them.
    To be perfectly honest, the whole Philosophy skincare line is so confusing to me. I was hoping to get some of their samples in sub boxes so I could start to make sense of it all. If this is a light moisturizer that you can wear at night, that will be pretty good for me.
    I love the book and diet information and will dig into that over my upcoming vacation.
    The Napwrap was the only thing in the box that I thought I’d be trading but it does so many different things, may have to test it out first.
    So glad I signed up for this!

  6. Please stop including ear buds in sub boxes. I have a lifetime supply. I don’t really care if yours are better or somehow unique – I just have way too many. PRETTY PLEASE.

  7. I cancelled ARI02 at the last minute. Super glad I did. I’m a firm believer that quarterly boxes are more about curation than value in terms of cost. That being said, I think is a good box, but its for a niche population as same as the MSA which focus in concious ingredients(which I personally don’t care for). I went through a major subscription purge. Only ones Im keeping is Mizzfit, Eva Scrivo and Le Metier de beaute. Still deciding if will keep or cancel Birchbox, which I love, but think I need a break from it. I first joined subs for discovery purposes and after 4 years I already know which beauty brands and products works best for me. I also stopped Golden Tote and as soon as Spring fashion starts I will order one of Kikas bags. I will keep coming back to this site though 🙂 Thanks Liz for your great reviews

  8. First, thanks for reviewing this box. I got the Arianna box, and admit I was disappointed. I loved the first box and used everything and even joined the mediation site for the year and trade for an extra sleep mask. THis one just didn’t seem as well curated (what does inexpensive face cream and ear buds have to do with health and wellness) as the the last one and the value was not as good. About $110 for $100 cost. IF this was a $50 box, I would be pleased but at $100, I am thinking of returning it. However, I loved the first one so much I am having trouble sending it off. Also, after reading thrive, I feel like I have started the journey with her and want to continue.

    On another note, there are spoilers on instagram and MUT for the Rosario box and I think it is a fabulous concept and a good mix of funky and cheap and high end, more expensive items. For $50 it is a great box.

  9. You may already realize this, but if you don’t, Stevia is a natural sweetener. It’s a plant/herb. I grow it in my back yard. When you bite into the leaf, it’s intensely sweet. The Stevia we eat is just an extract of that plant. The reason it’s good for diets is that it doesn’t cause sugar spikes in your body. It’s better than all other natural sweeteners in that regard, including agave and honey. And, of course, it has none of the chemicals or harmful effects of artificial sweeteners, which are being found to be worse than cane sugar when it comes to overall health. So while it may have an artificial sweetener taste to you, it’s actually what a natural sweetener tastes like.

    • You are so right – I don’t know why I wrote artificial sweetener – just fixed it. I used to use Stevia to sweeten coffee, and I liked it but never loved the taste.

      • I’ll admit I don’t like it as much as other sweeteners, but for health reasons, it is my go-to sweetener for drinks these days. Personally, I think it’s best in chai. 🙂 For baking, I’ll either do palm sugar or a mix of stevia and sugar.

      • I’m also in the “not loving the taste” camp. I think it’s the intense sweetness that it seems to share with artificial sweeteners that I find off-putting. Honey and agave are the only alternative sweeteners that I use regularly.

        As for the box – looks like a great one but I’m glad I canceled because none of these items really appeal to me. I think AH does a great job of curating and promoting her personal techniques for stress relief, happiness and well being.

        • I can grow all kinds of things and want to be a Master Gardener when my children are older. Every time I try growing Stevia it ends up dead. I can eat the leaves, but am not much for it in its sweetener form.

    • I found out the hard way that I’m allergic to stevia. Not fun. I’ve never had an allergic reaction to anything in my life. I still don’t know why I am.

  10. Hi Liz,
    I’m not sure where to post this, but I got your MSA02 box a few days ago, and I love it. I was sad to see all the negative comments on MUT. It’s exactly what I was expecting and hoping to get from you.

    • Thanks for letting me know – I’m so glad you like it! I’m taking all the feedback to heart, and planning on an MSA03 box that hopefully combines luxe and practical in a way that will be appealing to more people! 🙂

      • Dear Liz,
        First off, an apology. I was one of the people who initially criticized your box on MUT. I even requested a return ticket. And you know what? I have simply been unable to hand that box over to UPS.The -fill in the blank-will make an excellent present. The -no spoilers here- were needed immediately. The throw will be used over Christmas for a very long road trip (12 hours) and everything else is very practical and will be needed eventually. You really did think of everything. No, it wasn’t Luxe–it was better than luxe. It was a smart and practical curation. Please forgive me.

        • Oh my goodness – no need for an apology! But I’m so happy to hear you ended up liking the box!!! 🙂 One of the reasons I wanted to work with Quarterly is because they are one of the few subscription companies that accept returns. While I hate the feeling of knowing I sent a box to someone that they didn’t like, I’m really appreciative of all the feedback, and I’m able to keep going forward with the subscription knowing that it is super easy to return a box if you didn’t like it. (Otherwise I don’t think I could do it! $50 is a lot of money, and I would never want someone to feel stuck with a box of items I picked out.)

          That being said, I’m really glad you found the items useful and didn’t need the return slip!

          Thanks again for letting me know! (And I agree about the throw being great for road trips!)

        • “It was better than luxe.” I agree.

        • Its probably really easy to figure out but I’m at a loss…what is MUT??

          • MakeUpTalk forum

    • I really like it, too. I’m going to try the advice in the letter and wash the blanket a couple times, since it’s a bit itchy for my taste, but overall it’s my favorite of the Winter Quarterly boxes so far.

      • I admit that I canceled due to the throw spoiler. Although I can wear high quality cashmere with only occasional itchiness anything wool is going to drive me completely insane even if I try to put distance between myself and it with other materials. It’s a disappointment in general and doubly so because I knew I would be canceling MSA this time.

        I read a blog post on the entire MSA02 box and thought the other items were carefully selected. I really appreciate the emphasis on natural cosmetics and love the look of that necklace! I resubscribed and look forward to the next one!

  11. I’m glad i cancelled this box, i had signed up for it after seeing the reviews of her first box. the Philosophy cream would have been the only thing i would have used. I’m sure others will enjoy the items, it’s just not for me.

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