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Aster Market Subscription Box Review – August 2015

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Aster Market Subscription Box Review - August 2015 Box

Aster Market is a brand new subscription box that focuses on sending you small-batch products from around the world.

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Aster Market Subscription Box Review - August 2015 Open

First thoughts when I opened the box – love the packaging!

Aster Market Subscription Box Review - August 2015 Items

The Subscription Box: Aster Market

The Cost: $46.95 a month ($39.95 a box plus $7 shipping)

COUPON: Use this link to save 50% off your first month!

The Products: “Aster Market is a monthly delivered box of exceptionally made, small-batch products from around the world. An Aster Market box will include anything from home décor, jewelry, accessories, paper goods, bath products and more.”

Ships to: US Only

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Aster Market Subscription Box Review - August 2015 Info

This box comes with a card detailing the items included.

Aster Market Subscription Box Review - August 2015 Produce

Produce Candle in Peach – Value $20

Aster Market Subscription Box Review - August 2015 Candle

I like the Produce Candles line! This candle is pretty strongly scented – so if you don’t like peach, you are out of luck! I think the packaging is so cute on this line, and I like that the candles are made with all natural soy wax.

Aster Market Subscription Box Review - August 2015 Tote

Parris Chic Boutique Tote – Value $14

I get a ton of totes in subscription boxes, but for some reason, I’m always happy to get more! (I may be a tote addict too…)

Aster Market Subscription Box Review - August 2015 Coffee

Ruff House Art I Love You More Than Coffee Card – Value $5

Aster Market Subscription Box Review - August 2015 Cake

Ruff House Art Eat Cake for Breakfast Card – Value $5

These cards are both blank inside. (In smaller text, the coffee card includes “[most days].”

Verdict: This box has a value of about $44. I think the curation is great – it definitely felt like unboxing a thoughtful gift. (And I fall into the category of subscription box addicts who can never have enough candles, totes or notecards). The value is a little disappointing, though. I would have liked to see them at least meet the total cost of the box $46.95. I know they are working with independent makers, so I expect the value to be closer to Hammock Pack than POPSUGAR, but I hope in September the value is closer to $50 (or higher!).

What do you think of Aster Market?

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.

23 Comments

  1. I got my September box today! Anyone else? Very cute and the value is a bit better this time. Still not sure i can justify the cost to keep this one going but the curation is adorable. I again felt like I was opening a gift from a very thoughtful friend!

    • I received mine today too! I loved everything in it and will definitely use everything in it as well. It is very rare that i am able to use everything from a sub box. IMO i think it is 10 times better than the first one.

  2. Everyone, please be aware the renewal (payment) time is very much ahead of the shipments. So if you do sign on, note that you will need to cancel before you get your box – if that is the intention to only try it to see if you like it. Terms using Liz’s link (and likely other code too):

    …then $46.95 (plus applicable taxes) at first renewal on Sep 5, 2015

  3. Maybe in time this box will be worth it to me. I feel like it’s the exact sort of items I’d be excited to receive, but nearly $50 on items that are an equal value isn’t really worth it to me. I love PopSugar because I may be spending $40+, but I’m receiving like $100 in value. So, if I don’t love every item in the box, it isn’t wasted money. This is just the equivalent to going to the store and picking out these items :/

  4. It’s unfortunate for Aster Market that the candle was in the PopSugar box. It’s a great candle. I’ll be watching to see what is in next month’s box.

    • yeah, but it is such a good candle. loved my rhubarb one! So good!

  5. I wish Liz used a different word than “value” to total up the stated prices. A small/medium jar candle – that’s a value of $5. A tote bag is worth $5 to me. Each card has a value of $2, really. “Total cost to purchase” is different from “value”.

    • I think it implies retail value. that language isn’t really fitting but understand you don’t see the value in the retail value 🙂

  6. I’m stoked on this box. It felt like it came from a friend. The items are unique and from stalking them on instagram they have good taste so I am excited to see what is to come. I gave up PSMH to try it out for 6 months because I am finding myself not using a lot of the stuff from PS or swapping it. I swapped the whole July box even though it was their highest value in 3 months. Plus with this box you have to keep in mind they are donating 25% of net proceeds of the box.

  7. I was disappointed with this box. I like the cards and the candle, but would be unlikely to pay full price for the in a store. The tote is very thin. I don’t think it will last long. I expect a box to either wow me with great products or to provide a great value. Love it when a box dies both!!! Aster box failed on both. I won’t be subscribing.

  8. I love the idea behind the box, but I’d compare it more to Prospurly, they have more locally made items, small batch. Their box is about the same price as this one and you get more items. I canceled it unfortunately as I ended up swapping nearly every item the last couple months. It wasn’t a great value for me when I swapped almost the whole box.

    • Where did you find how to cancel?

      • Prospurly? It won’t let me log in now, but I just canceled on their site. I never got an email but when I logged back in last time it said canceled.

  9. Comparing this box to Popsugar is akin to comparing Walmart to a mom and pop store. And brands probably aren’t beating down doors to get their products in these boxes for little to no cost.

    This box looks like something you’d gift to someone or like something a friend gifted to you. It looks promising.

    • Well, Popsugar was actually the one that introduced me to that small charleston -based candle company in the spring, so so much for the Wal Mart comparison.

      • I’m talking in terms of retail value… Popsugar boxes are normally valued over $100, sometimes smaller companies aren’t always able to do the same thing. Same thing with FabFitFun… just something I noticed.

        • I dont know about anyone else, yet I buy from small companies because of brand uniqueness. I would rather see a brand that completely unique even handmade I’ve never heard of than a brand that has been in any other box in the past 6 months. I know it is tough to see if the brand has in another box. New box subscribers might feel differently about this box, then ones that have subbed to other boxes. As far as the pricepoint, I do think that monthly it will be harder to get the sales at the monthly price. I dont sub to a new box more then monthly until I know the box, no matter how good the deal is. Just because I’ve had some bad experiences with new boxes, and have known others who have had bad experiences with new boxes as well. I hope this box box does well. Price point wise I’m going to skip taking the chance on this box. $35 month to month yes no problem, anymore I would need to see many reviews on. – As far as $100 Values – I would not want expect that from a new company, yet the items would need to have the WOW! factor. – Sara brought up prospurly, I completely agree with her. That box has a lot of potential, the brands are unique, yet above $40 its still high monthly if someone does not use all the items.

    • Tough not to compare when the Produce Candle ( Rhubarb Spring ) was in the April Popsugar Box. 4 months ago.

  10. I’d been following the Aster Market curator for while and had a good feeling about her. I ordered the 6 month subscription to get the free shipping. I used a 15% prelaunch code which brought my box price down to $33.96. If you compare it to Popsugar, yes, it’s disappointing… but Popsugar has been doing this for a while and has the fan base (and funds) to have the items it provides. I saw this box as a thoughtful curation that showed me items I would’ve never thought to look for. I enjoyed everything in the box and I believe it will get better. The candle smells nice and is perfect for summer days! The tote is simple and cute. I like the cards ( A LOT! ) and will be using them VERY soon. The hand written card thanking me for purchasing the box was a nice touch as well. I believe this box has potential and will be looking forward to the next one!

  11. I don’t see how they could possibly increase value while honoring all of these bloggers using the 50% off and $20 referall credit. I only used the 10% off coupon and felt that the curation/presentation was great, but the value needs to be $10-20 more for me to risk continued subscription.

    • Good Point.. Thats exactly how I feel $10-$20 higher value I would risk subbing. – Quarterly no problem, maybe every other month, yet not monthly. – Promos are a great way to get people interested in a new box. Out of all the boxes I’ve seen, Yogi Surprise did a founders coupon, the first few boxes not all that great, yet they’ve improved a lot and now added the jewelry box, + they kept the price point monthly under popsugars which I think makes more people sub

    • Agreed, big time. I think this is the same problem OuiPlease runs in to -so many people wanting to pay 86$ a box, and get the same value as if all the boxes were sold at the 150$ price point. The money to buy things has to come from somewhere.

      I still really enjoyed the box, and have a good feeling in my gut about this subscription. Enough so that I bought a 6-month subscription up front, and I never do that.

  12. For $46.95 a month its a bit high. But for 1/2 price its an excellent deal! – The brand of candle was in one of the Popsugar boxes. I liked the smell of it a lot. My concern with this box, after purchasing to many new boxes, is will this box get better. If so I could see myself perhaps subbing in the future. If it stays the same, I probably wont sub. Any new boxes above $39.99 monthly the amount popsugar charges, I dont feel at ease subbing to, unless I know I will use all the items in the box, and the box will be worth it to me.

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