The Brooklyn Box Subscription Box Review – October 2015
The Brooklyn Box is a monthly subscription box that sends artisan items crafted in Brooklyn, NY. They describe it as “A box filled with the best artisan products from the best place on earth, Brooklyn, NY, delivered to your door.”
This box was sent to us for review purposes. Please be sure to check out our review process post for more information about how we review boxes!
The Subscription Box: The Brooklyn Box
The Cost: $35/month
COUPON: Use coupon code MYADDICTION to save $5 off your first box!
The Products: Artisan products from Brooklyn, NY
Ships to: US
This box didn’t come with an informational brochure or booklet, but it did come with a faux polaroid of (what I am guessing to be) the Brooklyn Bridge and 4 coasters from the Brooklyn Brewery. The polaroid seemed fitting for a Brooklyn Box! I’m actually really happy with the coasters as well, because I’ve never gotten around to purchasing coasters for our house. Cardboard coasters FTW!
As soon as I opened this box and saw that pink packaging, I was over the moon. Liz received “The Cookie” from Salt of the Earth in one of her Hammock Packs and I fell into the internet hole that is the Salt of the Earth bakery’s website. I wanted everything they have for sale! For the good of my scale and my bank account, I sadly clicked the little red button that closed the window of happiness…and then…I got my own cookies! So, I’m sure you can tell I was pleased with this item.
This is more than likely lowballing the price of these, but the best I could do was divide the full 16-piece sampler linked, and multiply it by 4 (the amount I received in my box). These little shortbread bites were delicious! They tasted like everything pumpkin spice should be in shortbread cookie form. They did seem to be a bit softer than shortbread I am used to, which is probably due to the water content of the pumpkin. I would love to try their rosemary sea salt flavor!
This is the largest bag of seasoning I have ever owned. Greenpoint describes this seasoning as “…herb seasoning (that) would make any Italian grandmother proud,” and they suggest using it in soups, sauces, and baked dishes. The herb blend contains garlic, poppy seeds, oregano leaves, black pepper, lemon peel, basil leaves, dill weed, paprika, and marjoram. I’m tempted to throw this in my favorite tomato sauce next time I make pizza or pasta!
Ok, first I must comment on The Jam Stand’s marketing: it is perfection. Their website is hilarious! Now, on to this jam. I read the ingredients and doubted: banana, rum, and lime? As a jam? Oh, how I was proven wrong. This is my favorite thing in this box…it is out of this world. The flavor is absolutely unexpected as a jam but it works! I can absolutely see myself repurchasing this along with some of the other jams on the site…raspberry jalapeno? YES PLEASE!
Midwood Co. Candle – Vetiver 11 oz. – $22?
I couldn’t get the Midwood Candle website to load so I don’t know the actual price of this candle. I found a few other soy candles online, and kind of took the average to get the estimated price. This candle is a great size for a subscription box and I LOVE the scent. I’m really picky with candles because of my allergies and some scents tend to trigger headaches for me. Thankfully, this one smells amazing and doesn’t aggravate my allergies. In my opinion, it’s the perfect fall scent; I prefer clean scents opposed to sweet ones, and this is a very clean, fresh scent.
Ryan Cole & the Paper Souls – Soul Girl – $9.99?
I’m guessing again with the price of this CD. The website listed on their Facebook page isn’t loading, so I couldn’t find much about the CD itself. I listened to a few of the tracks and it seems a bit too acoustic for my tastes but it is completely fitting for a Brooklyn box!
The Verdict: My calculated value for this box is $59.49. They promise an average value of $50, so I would say they met that in this box. I feel like I got a great introduction to Brooklyn artisans and artists (and the travel bug to get back to NYC as soon as possible…) and the value exceeded the cost of the box. They included a nice balance of items that was a little heavier on the food side. This is perfectly fine for me, but might not be for everyone! I look forward to watching this new box to see what they include for future months!
What did you think of this month’s The Brooklyn Box?