Oprah Circle of Friends Subscription Try & Keep Item Review
The Oprah Magazine Circle of Friends Premier subscription comes with perks including a luxury beauty box, a surprise gift, and the opportunity to try and keep products, so I had to sign up!
Here’s a breakdown of the subscription perk options:
My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The test and keep item comes with a card asking you to enter your feedback on the Circle of Friends site.
Here is my test and keep product:
Burt’s Bees Tips and Toes Kit – Value $13
This set includes:
- Almond Milk Hand Creme (0.25 oz)
- Hand Salve (0.3 oz)
- Thoroughly Therapeutic Honey & Grapeseed Hand Creme (0.75 oz)
- Coconut Foot Creme (0.75 oz)
- Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream (0.3 oz)
- Replenishing Lip Balm (0.15 oz)
The good news – I love Burt’s Bees and I will use all these items. The bad news – this wasn’t what I was expecting as a test and keep item. Here are screen shots of the products they use as examples for test and keep:
To be fair, they do make a point of stating “images are illustrative only, actual items may vary.”
I love getting quality drugstore brands in subscription boxes, but the pictures shown for this program led me to believe I’d be getting higher end, more expensive test and keep products.
Looking at the #omagcircle on Instagram, it looks like everyone either received this Burt’s Bees set, or an OXO Good Grips Chef’s Digital Leave-In Thermometer. (Everyone on Instagram seems to be very happy with the items they received though – maybe my expectations are way off).
Verdict: At this point I can’t recommend this subscription. I was expecting higher value luxe items based on the advertisement of this box (and the fact that this is Oprah’s subscription). If I knew what I would be actually getting, I wouldn’t have paid $200 for it. (I still have one more test and keep item coming to me this year, so I know I’m jumping the gun a bit on this verdict, but after this item and the planner that arrived in February I’m OK with making the call).
From what I can tell from comments on past Circle of Friends reviews, it sounds like this subscription was a lot more valuable in terms of items and perks last year – I guess I missed the good year!
What do you think of the Oprah Circle of Friends subscription?