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Craftly Subscription Box Review – June 2015

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Craftly Subscription Box Review - June 2015 Box

Craftly is a brand new subscription box that delivers artisan and handcrafted goods from independent artists, small businesses, and mid-to-large scale brands. This is their very first box!

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

Craftly Subscription Box Review - June 2015 Inside

The Subscription Box: Craftly

The Cost: $19.99 per month plus shipping

The Products: 3-5 handcrafted lifestyle items

Ships to: US

Good to Know: Craftly offers a men’s and women’s box. This review is of the women’s box.

Note: Craftly is currently in limited beta, and both of their subscriptions are sold out. They will be opening again shortly. In the meantime, I can’t get into the checkout section of their website to find out how much shipping is, or if they ship internationally!

Craftly Subscription Box Review - June 2015 Info

One of the items included in Craftly’s inaugural box is a print (see below), and they used the reverse side to provide information on all the items included. I usually don’t even notice things like this, but the printing, formatting, and layout of this info card is really lovely!

Craftly Subscription Box Review - June 2015 Print

“Hello Everyone” 5×7 print – Value $10

For the record, I am using the values that are printed on the information card.

This is a cute little print that was designed especially for this box by the curators, Cathy Diep and Adam Montoya. I like how colorful it is! I also like that the sides of the cardstock are neon pink! This one is going up in the office.

Craftly Subscription Box Review - June 2015 Candle

Citrus & Chili Pepper Soy Candle by Ms. Betty’s Bad Ass Candles (8 oz.) – Value $18

“Stuff We Like” Pocket Notebook – Value $10

This candle smells amazing! It doesn’t really smell like chili and citrus, though – it smells a little like anise.

This is definitely a cute little notebook, and I can never have too many. I would never pay $10 for a small, staple-bound notebook, though. It’s a nice inclusion to this box, and an appreciated one, but I think this value is a little inflated.

Craftly Subscription Box Review - June 2015 Keychain

Sea Salt & Lavender Shea Butter Soap by Formulary 55 (2.75 oz) – Value $9

Cognac Leather Keychain by Viveo Leather Goods – Value $2.50

I can’t smell the lavender in this soap, which is a bummer because I love the scent of real lavender. It doesn’t have much of a scent at all. I do love shea butter soaps, though! I’m curious to find out if the sea salt cancels out the moisturizing effect.

This is a really well-crafted leather keychain! It’s very nice! I don’t have much use for this kind of thing, but it will make a lovely token gift for someone. Viveo is also located in Odessa, Ukraine, which (to me) makes it all that much more special!

Verdict: I think this was a great inaugural box from Craftly! Well done! They delivered five lovely lifestyle items that were handcrafted, as promised, and introduced me to three new brands. I will use everything they sent except the keychain, which I would use if I didn’t think it would be better suited for gifting.

My only issue with this box is around value. One very interesting thing I noticed is that the info card not only lists values, it also lists shipping and handling costs. First, I’ve never seen a subscription box do that. Second, it looks as though the shipping and handling costs are what you might expect to pay if you bought these items individually yourself, not what Craftly paid to have them shipped to themselves. For example, the candle is listed as $18 plus $6.50 S/H = $22 (which is also strange because it would be $24.50). Additionally, I feel like the values listed on three or four of these items may be a little inflated.

What I have an issue with is not really the value of the goods that were sent, however. I think for $20 + S/H (provided S/H is reasonable), the items that were included are a great value! I guess I feel like Craftly is going a little overboard trying to make that point. Does that make sense?

What do you think of Craftly‘s first box?

Written by Anna Rodriguez

Anna Rodriguez

Anna has been a fan of subscription boxes since joining Birchbox in 2013, but didn’t become a true addict until discovering subscriptions she could share with her children. Her favorites include Kiwi Crate and Fab Kids.
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  1. To me handcrafted items should cost more than mass produced items. Could they be listing the shipping cost you would pay if you bought that item by itself?

  2. I’m so excited to see Formulary 55 in a sub box! I came across them a few years ago at a show and have been in love ever since. From what I can see, the info card has the cost of the 6 oz bar, and not the 2.75 oz bar that was sent. I don’t know if it matters that much, but it should be $5.00 for what you received.
    And I’ll agree that the scent is really light, but it makes for a wonderful reminder of the beach in the dead of winter! 🙂

    • Cordelia here from Formulary 55. Thank you for your kind words about our soap! The Sea Salt & Lavender is our #1 seller. The bar you have pictured here is our guest soap, and they retail for $5.00.

  3. It’s interesting that they include the S&H prices for each item in the box, but the website FAQ for the actual box states $19.99 plus shipping and handling. I wonder if it is going to be based off of zipcode. I also think that this is the first time I’ve seen handling as an expense picked up by the subscriber.

    I’m not familiar with the curators. I hope that it works out well for them. In case they are reading, I don’t see listing the S&H of each item going over well with subscribers and double-check the info card.

    The brands look interesting. I like how they repurposed the information card. This is a wait and see for me. I am curious about the men’s box.

    • I’ve seen ladies mention how they can get “all the items in a box cheaper” if they buy it themselves. I think its just a way to do a cost breakdown so you can compare the actual price of the box vs what you’d pay if you were to do get everything separately. Maybe they frequent these blogs and read the comments

      • Those ladies must be better shoppers than me!

  4. I love the idea of this box, not a big fan of the items in it though. $10 for a postcard is a lot and $10 for some stapled pages is also a lot. I could make either one myself for pennies.

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