Luxe Provence Autumn 2015 Parcel Subscription Box Review
Luxe Provence Box is new luxury subscription box service from France. They ship four times a year, and this is their very first box!
FYI – this box ships from France via DHL. They sent out an email with shipping information warning subscribers that they may get charged with customs fees. I didn’t get charged anything when I signed for the box and thought I was in the clear. Then my husband told me he was once charged customs by DHL over a month after a package arrived, so we’ll have to wait and see.
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The Subscription Box: Luxe Provence Box
The Cost: Single Parcel Special Intro Price $195.00 normally $225.00
Annual membership (quarterly box) $700
The Products: “Each season, we curate a surprise selection of luxury objects, lifestyle and beauty products, and exclusive collaborations delivered to your door from Provence.
Our parcels are limited editions designed to celebrate each change of season in Provence, featuring local luxury brands, artisanal and hard-to-find items selected in the many small shops and markets of Provence.”
Good to Know: Luxe Provence Box accepts PayPal. I recommend using PayPal whenever possible with subscriptions (especially new ones) since it is easy to dispute charges (if needed) or you can cancel an ongoing subscription directly from your PayPal account.
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your wishlist or subscription list!
This box came with a paper sheet instructing subscribers to go online to learn more about their items. I was expecting this box to come with a pretty substantial booklet (like Oui Please) since it is so luxe and pricey, but I suppose there’s nothing wrong with cutting back on paper!
This is the spoiler item for the first box, a tumbler and candle set:
Love the packaging! This is definitely ready to be gifted if you don’t want to keep it yourself!
Rose et Marius Tumbler – Value $112
This is such a quality piece – and not as heavy as I was expecting! I love the metallic gold accents too.
This tumbler can be used with candles, diffusers, etc. And it is dishwasher safe!
The other part of the boxed set is this set of candles:
Two Mini Candles – Value $28 total
Based on the spoilers I thought we’d be getting either the Melon Basil scent or the Fig scent, but I’m happy to see we get one of each! I think the Melon Basil is my favorite scent of the two.
Rose et Marius Hand Carved Discovery Soap – Value $8
This is a smaller “discovery” soap – it weighs 1.18 ounces. I love the scent of this – and the design too!
Stone Washed Linen Tea Towel – Value $27
This tea towel is made with 100% linen and it has a floral photograph print:
(Not sure if subscribers will receive different prints, but I’m happy with this version).
Hand Carved Olive Wood Cutting/Serving Board – Value $30?
This wood is gorgeous, but the board is much smaller than what I was expecting from the spoilers. (They didn’t give a size, I just assumed it would be a little larger). Here it is next to an iPhone 6+ to give you a better idea of scale:
I love the wood grain of this board, so I’ll make sure to use it for serving small amounts of food!
Aix & Terra Truffle Salt – Value $9
As soon as I opened this to take a picture I knew I couldn’t wait to cook with it – it smells so good!
Lastly, all subscribers who pay for an annual subscription up front get a small bonus gift in one of their boxes. More info from Luxe Provence:
Bonus Antique Gift: For our Annual Subscribers, we have included a special found treasure from the brocantes and village antique markets throughout France. We are keeping this little bit a surprise but do please note, these are not “new items”, they are antique or vintage pieces found in France, so they may have some small imperfections or age, but we hope we find this as charming as we do.
(Please note: new Annual Subscribers after September 20, 2015 will receive this gift in their last parcel to allow for more time to curate. We offered this as a bonus in the first parcel to our first annual subscribers, thank you!)
I decided to go for the annual subscription, and here is my bonus gift:
It’s an enameled trinket box that measures about 1.5 inches across. I like the idea of getting an antique item from France in this box, and I think this is an item I’ll pass along to my mom!
Verdict: This box has a value of about $214. (I had to guess on the value of the cutting board, so that value may be off a little). I signed up when there was a $20 off coupon and I bought the annual membership, so this box cost me $165 shipped to the US. (We’ll see if I get hit with customs fees later – the cost might be much higher). $214 worth of goods shipped for $165 is pretty good, and I am very impressed with the curation, but I do have an issue with the pricing:
When I first posted about this box (Sept 2nd), the pricing was listed on their site as:
Single Parcel Special Intro Price $195.00 normally $255.00
Annual membership (quarterly box) Special Intro Price $680.00 normally $900.00
Now the pricing has changed to:
Single Parcel Special Intro Price $195.00 normally $225.00
Annual membership (quarterly box) $700
Based on the original pricing, I assumed that each box would have a value of at least $255, and that signing up for the annual subscription would be a significant saving. Now the normal price of the box has decreased to $225. I also went for the annual subscription up front since it was specially priced and would soon go back to the $900. Turns out, it just went up by $20.
Personally, I feel a little misled by the pricing changes. My thinking was that those “normal” subscription costs meant the box I would receive is the box they would send to someone who paid $255 for it. Now I’m thinking that’s not the case.
OK – I’m done complaining about pricing! All in all, this box feels luxe, and they sent products that I don’t normally see in subscription boxes. I’m still glad I signed up, but I would be cautious about subscribing until we see a few more boxes and get a better sense of what type of value to expect.
What do you think of the Luxe Provence Box?
According to Luxe Provence the $255 pricing I’m referencing is a typo, I’m no longer seeing the $255 listed anywhere on their site, but it is still showing up in search summaries: