Posted by on in CAUSEBOX Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women | 44 comments

CAUSEBOX Subscription Box Review – Spring 2015 #CAUSEBOX02

This post may contain referral/affiliate links. Read the full disclosure.

CAUSEBOX Subscription Box Review – Spring 2015 #CAUSEBOX02 box

CAUSEBOX is a new subscription box from Sevenly that features brands and items dedicated to doing good all over the world. That means ethically sourced items, fair trade labor, etc. And as a subscriber you also get to select which charity you would like $7 of the purchase price of your box to go to!

CAUSEBOX Subscription Box Review – Spring 2015 #CAUSEBOX02 Items

The Subscription Box: CAUSEBOX

The Cost: $54.95 a quarter. ($49.95 a quarter if you pay for a year upfront).

The Products: In each box, you will receive at least $150 worth of products for women from Sevenly’s favorite socially conscious brands. They will also introduce a new, exclusive Sevenly product in each box. Everything inside the box reflects their belief that “People Matter.”

Ships to: US

Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your Wish List or Subscription List!

CAUSEBOX Subscription Box Review – Spring 2015 #CAUSEBOX02 Info

Each box comes with a fold out card detailing the items included.

CAUSEBOX Subscription Box Review – Spring 2015 #CAUSEBOX02 Towel

Perf Turkish Towel – Value $55

This is an exclusive item to the box, and probably my favorite. It is a very lightweight fabric (almost see through when you hold it up to the light) and I love the nautical stripe look. It isn’t as soft as I was expecting (compared to the POPSUGAR Turkish Towels I’ve received), but I’m guessing one time through the laundry should fix that.

CAUSEBOX Subscription Box Review – Spring 2015 #CAUSEBOX02 Bullet

Half United “Fighting Hunger” Necklace – Value $34

I have already received this necklace in a FabFitFun box, so I wasn’t too excited to see it in this box. I am very impressed with the Half United mission though – half their profits go to fighting hunger worldwide. I would have loved if they had included a different Half United item since this item was already in FabFitFun and since the bullet necklace is controversial for some. (Maybe we’ll see a bracelet from Half United in a future subscription box!)

CAUSEBOX Subscription Box Review – Spring 2015 #CAUSEBOX02 Bracelet

Tribe Alive Bracelet – Retail Value $35

This is another exclusive item made for Causebox. I love the look of this bracelet and I may buy a few more for a stacked look. I’m not sure why this bracelet retails for $35, when the same bracelet with a clasp retails for $25. I’m guessing the price difference may be due to:

In honor of our favorite do-good brand $7 of every bracelet sold will be donated to our favorite non-profit partner, Mi Esperanza. Join the cause and then go check out our partners in hope at to find out how you can get involved in their mission to alleviate poverty among women in Honduras.

CAUSEBOX Subscription Box Review – Spring 2015 #CAUSEBOX02 Journal

Denik “Be The Change” Journal – Retail Value $17.99

This is another exclusive item for Causebox. A little more about Denik:

A portion from every notebook purchase goes to fund building schools in developing countries.  We have teamed up with Pencils of Promise and Mali Rising to bring these schools to life.

CAUSEBOX Subscription Box Review – Spring 2015 #CAUSEBOX02 Cling

Sevenly Today is a Good Day Cling – Retail Value $9.95

I like the message of this cling, and Sevenly encourages you to put it on your bathroom mirror, take a picture, and use the hashtag #sevenlyselfie for a chance to be on their instagram feed.

CAUSEBOX Subscription Box Review – Spring 2015 #CAUSEBOX02 Vitamins

Smarty Pants Vitamins – 3 Samples

Good Spread Peanut Butter – Sample

I loved both of these! And they both do a 1 for 1 program donating vitamins and peanut butter to children in need with every purchase. The gummies are a great way to remember to take your vitamins if you have a sweet tooth, and the peanut butter is absolutely delicious! The addition of honey to the ingredients makes it such a treat!

Verdict: This box has a retail value of about $152. I think some of the retail values for the exclusive items may be a little inflated, but this box is definitely worth $55 to me, especially since $7 of that goes directly to charity, and the box itself is filled with items that support good! My favorite items in the box so far are the towel and the bracelet.

What do you think of #CAUSEBOX02?

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. I’m having problems forwarding the email to Liz. There are 2 spoilers for the summer box. Both are from Parker Clay. One is a hand-crafted leather headband and the second spoiler is a leather wrap bracelet. Both are made in Ethiopia.

    Also the mystery t-shirt bag is on sale $10.00 off.

    • Thanks for the heads up!

  2. I can’t believe that I am writing this. I will purchase the Causebox 03 if it has a good spoiler(s). I read “People Over Profit” by Dale Partridge, founder of Sevenly which came in my May Faithbox. It got me excited about Sevenly and Causebox again.

    • I received an email today stating my sub is expired. It looks like they are gearing up for the summer sub. I’m a bit curious about the box.

    • I have not heard about Faithbox. How does it compare to Loved + Blessed? Thanks!

      • I may need to expand on this tomorrow.

        An easy way to describe it is that Loved and Blessed is internal and FaithBox is External. Loved and Blessed feeds the soul and FaithBox encourages you to reach out to people and sends products that do the same. I think they fit well together.

        FaithBox comes with a set of cards that have Scripture and action items for each week of the month. June’s theme is Hope. It also comes with items from companies that help others. You can see what came in June’s box on FaithBox’s page. faithbox dot com.

        Let me know if you have more questions.

  3. I think you can always tell how “good” a box is if people want to swap you for it. I’ve it up for swap and no takers

    • To be fair, box 2 is still available for purchase.

  4. I really liked the first causebox and just about stalked the mailman waiting for the second one which was shipped almost a month after the automatic charge on my card. I was so disappointed. The necklace didn’t bother me as it did others but I live in an area where bullets remind me of hunting not crime. The bracelet was just sad. I will cancel my quarterly subscription but I’m not above subscribing again if I like the next box spoilers 😉

  5. This is my first box and will definitely be my last. I put everything for swap besides the towel.

  6. If I never see a bullet necklace or metallic tattoos again it won’t hurt me at all. I have 2 of each, the necklaces being my least favorite, love the message but not the design chosen to represent it ! On the fence for canceling.

  7. I too cancelled after receiving this box, but I may resign up if they have some good spoilers for the next box. I must admit that some of the items from this box are growing on me. First, the bracelet. I agree it is way overpriced but it is really cute. I wore it with a turquoise top and it looked great. The towel was much thinner than I expected and not really absorbent but it is lightweight and will be good as something to take for a picnic or a light throw. I love the journal even if the quote is wrong and the cling is actually my favorite piece. I put it on the bathroom mirror and it does start my day off right. Still not into the bullet necklace though

  8. Wow you guys- this is the best conversation ever! I’ve had mixed feelings about that necklace in my swap stash for a long time! It won’t trade, and really… do I want to even pass it along? Lots of opinions, but really what is a bullet and what does it do? Bullets= death. Right- or maybe a few clay pigeons/target practice? (& hey, don’t ‘shoot’ the messenger.)
    Inflated values- I love when a reviewer gives us the REAL value! SO subversive! 🙂 Were we taught by media that it’s okay to overcharge– it’s just branding, perceived values, fair market etc…. “They” must be right. Hmmm.
    Nana- the companies that donate a small percentage to a charity so they can say “look at all the good I’m doing” by selling us more expensive items is… tiresome. I used to work in marketing- and these techniques are used so often- I end up focusing on the success or failure of the marketing plan!
    All that said, I still love my sub boxes! If the items looks good- and I feel like the items are of value to my needs- I *try* to ignore the marketing and just get what I like & have a fun.

  9. Canceled ; looks like they just threw together whatever was available and is especially sad to see this lack of curation for a box to benifit charity 🙁

    • I wrote them a non confrontational note when I canceled expecting some sort of reply
      no…just the confirmed cancellation

      • They did respond to a couple of “unhappy” posts on their FB page with how great the next box would be… With 3 months between shipments I expect so much better from them.

  10. Guns/bullets themselves don’t offend me personally but it’s a risky choice and I’m not sure it makes sense for a charity to be that inherently divisive. Also I think it’s a really bad idea (especially for the smaller boxes) to duplicate items from recent version of the most popular lifestyle boxes (the towel and the necklace). I guess they might not have known based on timing but it seems like they should have. I feel like as a niche box they could come up with something a little less mainstream (something we don’t see in PopSugar or FFF). That is what would make the price tag worth it.

  11. A string bracelet fror $35 is unbelievably overpriced. Even the $25 version is overpriced in my opinion.

    • I think the $7 discrepancy is the actual worth of the bracelet.

      Also, I would be embarrassed being seen with the notebook, since it has the quote wrong. It should be, “Be the change you WISH to see in the world.” But then, I’d be embarrassed being seen with a notebook with that quote since it’s so…smug.

      I am not going to bother commenting on the asinine necklace. It’s like Prince Harry’s Hitler costume: poor judgment.

      • @Shanna Just curious why “hope” is wrong for the quote and what’s so smug about the message? I like the notebook personally and think it’s a positive message because change can start with one person. I definitely would not be at all embarrassed to use.

        • It’s a quote attributed to Ghandi, and is in just about every health food store, and yoga studio around, and a standard bumper sticker on hybrid and electric cars. I saw two of them in the carpool lane at my kids’ school yesterday. We have a store here that specializes in “local” products and is named B.T.C. for “Be the Change.” I live in a small town in Mississippi, so I’m not talking about some cosmopolitan urban center. What I’m saying is that it’s quite overused, and to get a word wrong is ridiculous. It is (or was) a positive message but is now commercialized preachiness.

          • A standard bumper sticker? I have a luxury hybrid and I don’t have that sticker on my car…

  12. This box was almost as disappointing as the Mission Cute– I received both of them this week and the overinflated prices are really starting to get on my nerves. Causebox, being a quarterly, has 3 months to try and get it “right.” I’ve been to Honduras (a very poor country) and there is no way anyone there would ever try and sell this bracelet for $35… I think that these 2 subs are on their way out with me…

  13. How subscription boxes work when your name is Hilary:
    Step 1: you see an awesome box that you are not subscribed to….you sign up immediately for the next shipment!
    Step 2: the next shipment will be nowhere near as good as the other.
    Step 3: Hilary cries….but repeats this cycle 637 times.

    • The struggle is real. At least with this one, you made a donation to charity.

  14. I received my box today. I opened it, looked at the items which did not look any better than the spoiler email, and put the box to the side. I usually take everything out and put the items away. I’m disappointed in the box.

    I understand that people will have different reactions to the necklace. This is my reaction based on what is going on in my life and the little corner of the world I live in. I’m a mom to a teenage boy. What am I going to do with a bullet necklace??? Teens gathering in areas are unwelcomed in many places where I live because of random shootings even though I live in a decent area. My son cannot even go to the mall with his friends because it is not allowed by the mall. This is the fancy mall (Liz) not the mall that had the shooting. There is no way I would wear that necklace. I wish they selected something less controversial. Seeing that necklace ruined the box for me. I didn’t fully understand it when people were discussing it on the FFF box until now.

    I don’t even know what to think about the necklace based on the price discrepancy Liz listed. I’ll be using the towel and the notebook. I’m going to see if anyone I know wants the remaining items. I doubt anyone will want the necklace because most people I know will equate it to school shootings. My older son has gone through a school lockdown when he was in elementary school. Do you know how terrifying that is to a child? Rant over.

    • Bracelet is what I meant to refer in the price discrepancy.

    • I actually like the necklace but mostly for its shock value. But I don’t really see how anyone could wear it casually. Then again, I do live near one of the most violent metropolitan areas in the country and I have a small collection of bullet casings I’ve picked up while walking down the street.

      I don’t know what the people who made this necklace were thinking. I mean, really.

    • Just want to say that I understand where you are coming from. As a school teacher, I cannot imagine wearing this necklace and the truth is, I find it offensive, message or not.

      Controversy doesn’t feed people. Half United would have brought many more people to their cause by producing a piece of jewelry that people could connect to, rather than one that drove them away by invoking images of school and theater shootings.

      I received my necklace from FFF and personally find it so offensive, I feel like FFF owes its subscribers an apology for including it in the first place. This necklace is more than just distasteful.

      I’d understand if this was a nonprofit working to prevent child soldiers and the bullet had a positive message engraved on it. They aren’t and it doesn’t. Both FFF and Half United have seriously hurt their credibility and overall reputations with this necklace. Even worse, they’ve also done damage to a very worthy cause.

      • Sorry, I meant to reply to PA Anna.

  15. I was so excited for this box because I loved everything in the the first one, but this was a big letdown. I actually groaned out loud when I pulled out the Half United necklace. I’ll echo others’ sentiments here that I want nothing to do with anything gun-related and fail to see how that representation ties into their otherwise noble mission. Everything else seemed to have inflated values and the overall curation feels very “we need to fill a box, what do we have too much of?” Whereas the first box seemed thoughtfully pulled together. If half of the of the price of the box was going to charity, I might forgive it. But since it’s only $7, I’m going to have to cancel and donate elsewhere on my own.

  16. I just don’t understand the bullet thing with Half United. I like the concept of the charity but don’t see how the bullet ties in. The only thing I can see is it opening a conversation about the charity with someone who asks you why you are wearing a bullet????

    They sell “bullet” necklaces and keychains, etc. at gun/hunting shows/stores all the time. So, if I saw someone wearing a bullet I would assume they had gotten one at a store/show along those lines.

    • They say it is supposed to represent the “fight” against hunger. While global hunger is a real and honorable cause, I don’t feel that the jewelry represents the cause well. They are made in the USA, which is great, but then why not just make regular jewelry? A lot of the world’s hungry are located in conflict zones, so I also think the bullets are somewhat offensive. However, looking at some of the other designs where they added stones for instance, I think these are a little more appealing than just a bullet on a chain.

  17. Regarding “[m]aybe we’ll see a bracelet from Half United in a future subscription box!”, the Half United “The Honeybee” bracelet was featured in The Zoe Report in November 2013 but that might be a stretch…

  18. I’m definitely cancelling after this box. I wasn’t thrilled with the first one, but I’m less thrilled with the second. :/

    • Agreed. Even though I liked the towel and notebook, I cancelled immediately.

  19. I cut the necklace and made a keychain for my husband. He loved it.

  20. I cancelled upon seeing the bullet necklace. Very personal choice but I abhor guns and everything to do with them. And as just mentioned given the amount on the swap site not everyone seems to like them

    Also in their website they very clearly state that all their products are full size and no samples. That statement now appears false

    I think the prices are grossly inflated. Even if money is taken from the bracelet directly for charity there is no way the pricing is remotely fair

  21. I was tempted about this box until I saw the towel spoiler. The company that sells them also sells those Mexican blankets that you can get all over the southwest for $4, for over $40, so I knew that the towel would be terribly overpriced as well. It seems that everything else in the box is was well. So I’ve taken this box out of my “want” list.

    I also don’t like the concept of buying products at a premium so that the company can donate money to charity and get a tax deduction. I much rather donate directly to the organizations I care about.

    • Anyone who donates to charities can get a tax deduction though, wouldn’t you?

      • I think she meant that it wasn’t fair to have the company inflate their price so they could look magnanimous by donating the extra money you paid for an item.

        It would be like you going out with $20 in your pocket with plans to donate $10 to a person on the street. But when you buy your coffee they charge you $20 and then walk outside and give $10 to the person on the street and say “isn’t this nice of the coffee place to donate money to you?”

      • Yeah, my point is that in this case the customer is the one who is actually making the donation, by giving the company more money than the item is worth. But it’s the company, and not the customer, who gets the tax refund. I dislike those practices.

  22. This box is a disappointment compared with the first one, which seemed more thoughtfully curated. My favorite thing is actually the cling. I put it in my bathroom and swapped for another for the guest bathroom. I was SO disappointed to see that Half United necklace again. I still have the two I got from my FFF boxes lying around unworn. The gummies have gelatin in them, so I had to toss them. I got the same samples in my Pijonbox this month, and those got tossed, as well.

  23. Just seeing the bullet necklace in this box makes me want to cancel. There are over 200 of these necklaces from the FFF box up for swap. Getting it swapped will be highly unlikely and I don’t like the idea of crafting with it. If the bullet was melted with maybe some rhinestones added to it and look less like a bullet I would like it a lot better. The towel is okay, the note book is fine, the bracelet is overpriced. Very disapointed in this box. If this box was monthly I would cancel immediately, yet since it is quarterly, I’ll give it one more season before I cancel. The first box was so much better.

Post a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Comments may not appear immediately. More info here.