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Melissa Joulwan Quarterly Subscription Box Review #EAT02

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Melissa Joulwan Quarterly Subscription Box Review #EAT02 Box

Melissa Joulwan is one of the newest Quarterly curators, and since her box has a paleo theme, I had to try it out. (I avoid dairy and gluten in my diet, so almost all paleo items work for me!)

If you aren’t familiar with Melissa Joulwan, here’ is her Quarterly mini-bio:

Melissa Joulwan is the author of two best-selling Paleo cookbooks and a healthy lifestyle blog called The The theme of her boxes is eating clean, training hard, and living loud.

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

Melissa Joulwan Quarterly Subscription Box Review #EAT02 Items

The Subscription Box: Melissa Joulwan for Quarterly

The Cost: $50 a box

The Products: A care package of paleo goodies plus a new recipe in each box.

Ships to: US and Worldwide.

Check out all of my Melissa Joulwan Quarterly Box reviews!

Melissa Joulwan Quarterly Subscription Box Review #EAT02 Letter

Melissa includes a handwritten/drawn letter with each box – I love it! The theme this box is “Knock Out Your Morning.”

Melissa Joulwan Quarterly Subscription Box Review #EAT02 Recipe

On the flip side of the letter are recipes for paleo pancakes and eggs.

Melissa Joulwan Quarterly Subscription Box Review #EAT02 Egg

Arthur Egg Holder – Value $9.20

This hard boiled egg holder is adorable – it even has a removable sword/spoon. I love eggs scrambled, but not hard boiled, so this is going in the gift/swap pile.

Melissa Joulwan Quarterly Subscription Box Review #EAT02 Mug

Knuckle Duster Mug – Value $30

We’ve received a few of these mugs in Fancy Boxes in the past, and they always make great gifts. (The only thing I don’t like about this mug is that it isn’t dishwasher safe). And on this one the gold paint is already starting to rub off.

Melissa Joulwan Quarterly Subscription Box Review #EAT02 Tea

Tega Earl Grey Rooibos Organic Tea – Value $7

I’m a little obsessed with tea, so I love discovering new brands in subscription boxes (especially if they are organic and fair trade). This flavor is a winner for me, and I plan on trying more from the Tega brand!

Melissa Joulwan Quarterly Subscription Box Review #EAT02 Salt

Old Salt Merchants Black Powder Salt – Value $10

Yawp! Coconut Chai Bar – Value $3

This Black Powder Salt is made with activated charcoal and supposed to be good for digestion. She also used it in her included it in recipe for Egg-Cellent Yolks. The Yawp! bar was pretty good. It wasn’t too sweet, but I didn’t like it enough to want to buy more.

Verdict: This box has a value of about $60. For food boxes I don’t expect the value to be much more than the cost (that’s just the way it is with food subscription boxes), but I would have preferred more food in this box like the first box. I think the mug and egg cup are fun items, but just aren’t for me personally, so this isn’t my favorite box. What did you think of #EAT02?

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.


  1. Are you kidding me? This box is just ridiculous- someone would have to pay me in order for me to get a box like that. Absolutely not my style. But to each their own as they say..

  2. Agree with all the points you made. This box was just too gimmicky for me, which I subscribed to based on the first one’s contents. I gifted the mug and the tea (i’m a coffee drinker) and the egg thingie will get gifted too (maybe I”m just boring, but I didn’t get that) . So I gained a jar of fancy salt and a paleo snack bar for $50.

  3. Amen to that!! Excellent points both SB and Stephanie.

  4. After being so impressed with the first box — lots of positive exposure to new ideas and foods (both the ghee and the coconut butter — this one was a real downer. There really is not much paleo here. The value was barely $60 and since I didn’t like the majority of the items…. I’ve requested a return label.

    For some of these more risky boxes (Rosario, Melissa), I may save money in the end if I just read the reviews and then purchase on-line the things that interest me. In this case, I would have just bought the cute little egg man for $10 on Amazon.

  5. I’m glad I dropped the box after the spoilers.

  6. Her first box was so great that I subscribed the minute the spots open for the 2nd box. After seeing the two spoilers (mug and egg thingy) I remove the sub from my quarterly queue. Super glad I did. I’ve been trying to add some paleo into my lifestyle and breakfast has been impossible so I knew that the breakfast theme was hard to pull off. However, I was expecting this box had more fresh ideas like the anchovies from the last box.

  7. I’m so glad I didn’t get this box. I loved the first box, and want more of the same. I don’t need or want cutesie items, but things that will facilitate adhering to a Paleo lifestyle.

  8. And half of the $60 value is that mug, which is…well, I’ll just leave it at “interesting.” I do love the hand-drawn letter and recipes, however, and need to check out that tea.

  9. If *I* can consume all the food items in a box, it’s probably not a great paleo box. I’m about as far from paleo as you can get (I’m a vegetarian and consume tons of dairy and grains and not much in the way of protein). As an observer (as opposed to a subscriber), I was expecting something a little different from this one, as well.

    I really wish there was a vegetarian food box out there that was not vegan.

    • OMG, I totally agree. I cannot find a vegetarian box, only vegan. Like, here, vegetarians, we are lumping you automatically with vegans.

      I like cheese, dammit.

      • I was beginning to think I was the only one…

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