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GlobeIn Artisan Gift Box Subscription Review – August 2015

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GlobeIn Artisan Gift Box Subscription Review – August 2015 Box

The GlobeIn Artisan Gift Box is a monthly subscription that sends you original crafts by global artisans. Each box contains handcrafted items from around the world and the stories of the artists who made the pieces. This month’s theme is Laundry!

Laundry with an exclamation mark, because GlobeIn really knows how to write about Laundry:

Typically, most of us consider the laundry to be a drag. But what if it were an indulgence? The products in this month’s kit invite you to reconnect with a sense of gratitude at the joy of washing, to think of the laundry as a small, daily ceremony of renewal in harmony with the environment and echoing with the traditions of earth-centered livelihoods around the world.

(Chris – I had to include that quote in the review for you! 🙂 )

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

GlobeIn Artisan Gift Box Subscription Review – August 2015 Open

The Box: the GlobeIn Artisan Gift Box

The Cost: $35 a month

COUPON: Save $8.75 off a 3-month subscription with coupon code WELCOME

The Products: specially handcrafted items from around the world

Ships to: US

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GlobeIn Artisan Gift Box Subscription Review – August 2015 Letter

This box comes with an info booklet – the first page is a letter explaining the theme.

GlobeIn Artisan Gift Box Subscription Review – August 2015 Info

And inside each maker and their product is detailed. There’s also details about the fair trade practices, community support initiatives, etc. – it is a feel-good read!

GlobeIn Artisan Gift Box Subscription Review – August 2015 Bag

YFK Upcycled Laundry Bag from Cambodia – Value $25

This bag is so big I couldn’t fit it all in the picture! This will definitely hold a lot of laundry, and will be equally good for some other uses MSA readers mentioned in previous spoiler posts: Costco trips, reusable grocery bag, beach bag, etc.

Here is a look at the lining:

GlobeIn Artisan Gift Box Subscription Review – August 2015 Lining


I love the colors of this bag!

GlobeIn Artisan Gift Box Subscription Review – August 2015 Items

And here are the rest of the items in the box.

GlobeIn Artisan Gift Box Subscription Review – August 2015 Basket

Palm Leaf Basket – Value $12

Each box comes with some of the contents packaged in a palm leaf basket. (I think I get a different color each month – they’re great for storage).

GlobeIn Artisan Gift Box Subscription Review – August 2015 Wool

Wool Dryer Balls (Set of 3) – Kyrgyzstan Value: $15

These are designed to be a natural alternative to dryer sheets – they help prevent static/wrinkles, and cut down drying times.

Here’s a picture to give you a better sense of scale:

GlobeIn Artisan Gift Box Subscription Review – August 2015 Scale

Looking at reviews of wool dryer balls, one thing I’ve noticed is that dogs tend to love these things!

I just tried them out for the first time, and I like that they aren’t as noisy as the plastic dryer balls I tried before. GlobeIn also recommends adding a few drops of essential oil to the dryer balls for scented laundry. I think I’m going to try that out with a sweet orange oil.

GlobeIn Artisan Gift Box Subscription Review – August 2015 Laundry Bag

FairTrade Cotton Bag (packaging for wool balls) – India (HAE Now) Value $2.50

And the dryer balls even come with their own (really nice) storage bag – GlobeIn has kept their word at making Laundry feel like a luxe experience!

GlobeIn Artisan Gift Box Subscription Review – August 2015 Soap Nuts

Soap Nuts Sampler – Nepal (Green Virgin Products) Value $2

To use these, you put them in the bag included and add them to your next load of laundry instead of regular laundry detergent. I haven’t tried these yet (and I love my Honest Company detergent), but I’ll give them a try. If you’ve used these and have any tips, let us know!

Verdict: You did it GlobeIn, you got me excited about laundry. I think this is a fun, useful, and unique box – not an easy feat in the subscription box world!

What do you think of the August GlobeIn box?

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!
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  1. This came at a perfect time for me. I’m was sending my oldest off to college. She took the laundry bag and the dryer balls with her. She has told me every time she does laundry other students ask where she bought the bag. I wish I had thought ahead, this would have made a great grad gift for her friends that went away to college

  2. The only thing about the August Globe-In box that makes me sad is that it is my first month as a subscriber. Thanks to the extended offer which allowed me to get the August box after the review was posted on, I am now a subscriber. My laundry hamper had a hole in the side, now it has been retired and my new bag is in use. I am looking forward to using my soap nuts and my wool balls. I love that both came with their own bags. I plan to make some soapnut liquid. The basket is wonderful, bigger than I thought it might be. When I end up with extras they will make wonderful gifts filled with special treasures for my family.

  3. I got a bright blue bag with lavender inside. I just love i!t

  4. Just got home and opened my very first GlobeIn. I’m absolutely over the moon! Perhaps it’s because this was preceded by a Birchbox cleanup of a wasted vial of strongly perfumed hair oil that had leaked, but I feel like I underpaid! After reading the pamphlet, I can’t help but think their stated values are extremely deflated (considering how much good is behind each endeavor)…not complaining, just trying to re-hinge my dropped jaw.

  5. I love Globein! They have great products and I have been very happy with their customer service. I love that they include one of the woven baskets every month.

  6. So excited…I got a purple laundry bag. Makes up for the ‘yellow’ backpack from last month

    • I didn’t even realize there were colors other than green until my ORANGE bag arrived today! Sure enough, there’s a whole handful of colors available. I should have known — silly me!

  7. I got my box today! My box was red. A red (with pink inside) laundry bag, red cotton bag and red pattern palm basket. I don’t know if they matched the colors on purpose (it seemed like it) but I am absolutely delighted. I was really hoping to get the greens/blues like your box since those are my favorite colors, but I love the bright cheerfulness of the reds and the OCD part of my brain is thrilled with how everything color coordinates. This was my first box from GlobeIn and I couldn’t be any happier. Now I wish I had bought a second one to give as a gift!

    • I got all greens – my favorite color! And for my benefit box I got a purple basket (my other favorite color 🙂 and green bag inside – perfect!!

  8. u can boil the soap nuts, and squish the liquid out and use it or you can just crush, soak in warm water and use. But beware, if it gets in your eye, it will burn for a long time. its absolutely harmless though. and if it gets in your mouth, its the most worst tasting awsome natural product ever.

  9. i can tell you that the soap nuts are most natural and best thing you can use for hair washing. As an indian, i can vouch for it. its messy, its time taking and takes effort and patience to get used to. we indians are pretty much used to it since childhood. and we have great black hair. we also apply its juice, which tastes most hideous, to our nipples to train babies stop breast milk. also, we use it as a body wash and scrub. its very natural.

  10. I waited too late too order it. They usually have a few available … but this must have been a popular one. I have box envy.

    • On their FB today they actually have a caption that the Laundry Artisan Boxes are back. I checked and they are available for purchase in their shop for $50.

  11. I will have my soap nuts up for swap once I get the basket. I only use All free and clear as I am super sensitive to laundry detergents and changes, so I am too afraid to try something new. Hint…hint…

  12. I want that laundry bag so bad!! If I subscribe to this box do you know if I will get that one?

    • Yes JackieNiko! They just sent an email yesterday saying the boxes were still available. If you use the code AUGUST you will get a surprise artisan gift as well in your first box.

  13. I’m very interested in hearing about the soap nuts. My boyfriend is very sensitive to changes in our laundry soap, I am not joking, he breaks out like nobody’s business with the smallest change and I’ve been hesitant to even try an Honest organic detergent. I’d like to change to something more natural, these sound very interesting. It’s not like we use a special detergent now, just plain old Tide with no scents or add-ins, but literally any changes are awful for him.

  14. I don’t know why the bag is from Cambodia but all the words on the bag are in Vietnamese

    • You asked an intriguing question so I looked it up. 🙂

      Per wikipedia, Vietnamese is the most widely spoken Austroasiatic language in Cambodia, followed by Khmer (Cambodia’s official language). Vietnam and Cambodia are neighboring countries.

      • Thanks for looking it up. I didnt realized Vietnamese was one of the languages in Cambodia. I knew they were neighbors. Learned something new☺

  15. I’ve used soap nuts before… they worked well, didn’t leave any residue, and didn’t irritate sensitive skin. You can either use them whole as Liz has pictured, or you can make a liquid “soap nut soak” and then use it like a liquid detergent (directions online if not listed on the tag).

    It’s worth a try, especially if you have any skin issues like eczema, rosacea, acne, etc.

    • Thank you! I’m going to see if I can find some.

  16. Yay! I love that quote–that is some masterful writing!–and this is an awesome box!


  17. I hope we get the little bag with our wool balls in the Benefit bag! And I’m totally going to try to swap for those soap nuts. – If any are listed!

    • I got my Benefit bag yesterday. I got the dryer balls!! Hope you get them too! 🙂

  18. Liz…did you get your box early or can we all be expecting our boxes soon? I am only getting the Benefit basket at this time, but am still excited to receive it (and I can’t remember the shipping schedule).

    • Bloggers receive their box early. Ours should be shipping in the next few days!

      • Ok…cool. I guess I’ll just have to let my laundry wait until then….ha ha ha

        • I know the feeling!

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