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Our Subscription Box Favorites for 2015!

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Subscription Box Favorites

We’re starting a new monthly post highlighting our favorite discoveries from subscription boxes! Here are our favorite items from all of 2015:

Lindsey’s Favorites:

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The Item: RawSpiceBar’s Malaysian Spice Box

The Cost: $6

From: RawSpiceBar

Why I love it: RawSpiceBar sent some outstanding spice blends in 2015, but October’s Malaysian Spice Box was an absolute home run. The box included Curry Laksa Spices, Sambal Oelek, and Kaffir Lime Blend with recipes for Malaysian Curry Laksa, Sambal Oelek Paste, and Vegetable Salad with Kaffir Lime Dressing. The spices were well-balanced and delicious, and I thought they were incorporated into the recipes in fun and interesting ways. Looking back on all of the fantastic meals I had thanks to subscription boxes this year, this one was definitely the star.

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The Item: Trio of Ravioli Stamps by Eppicotispai (Round, Square, and Triangular)

The Cost: $24

From: Hamptons Lane

Why I love it: I really enjoy making pasta at home, and ravioli stamps were on my kitchen wish list for years. Despite that, I never bought them for myself because I didn’t feel I made my own pasta often enough to justify the purchase. Imagine my delight, then, when they showed up in my first ever Hamptons Lane box! This was one of the first times the stars aligned for me in perfect subscription box fortuity, and I still get tickled about it every time I use my ravioli stamps.

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The Item: Cactus Candy 

The Cost: $7.95

From: Mantry

Why I love it: One of my favorite things about subscription boxes is sampling new products that I wouldn’t find on my own, and this Cactus Candy was definitely a new discovery for me! The consistency is very much like pâte de fruit, a classic French gummy fruit candy, but the prickly pear flavor is so unusual. (Or, at least, unfamiliar to my East coast palate.) I really enjoyed it, and it’s definitely one of the most memorable foods I received in a subscription box this past year!

Celicia’s Favorites:

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The Item: SprezzaBox – Socks

The Cost: $12.00

From: SprezzaBox

Why I Love It: My husband, John enjoyed all the socks received from SprezzaBox and were his #1 subscription box product..  Besides their selection of great ties every month, Sprezza killed the sock game!  He says they are uber comfy and really fit his sorta “right outside of the box” kind of style.

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The Item: Dirty Mintini Sugar Lip Scrub

The Cost: $8.00

From: Rainbow Honey Mystery Bag

Why I Love It: I had been on a hunt for a good lip scrub to replace my old favorite by Alikay Naturals.  RH makes sugar lip scrubs in all sorts of flavors, and I received this one in the November bag.  The consistency is perfect!  And actually better than my old favorite.  Lots of grit to remove lipsticks and dead skin, oils to ensure smooth kissable lips, and a taste that keeps you coming back to scrub some more.  I want to collect them all!

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The Item: Honest Company Wipes and Deodorant

The Cost: $4.95 – $8.95

From: Honest Company Diaper and Essentials Bundles

Why I Love It: Ok, ok so I cheated a little bit!!  This was entirely too hard to pick one out of the endless products from Honest Company that we love.  I eliminated the top third, the Honest Oil, only because I’ve received a few lotions and oils from other boxes this year.  There’s not a day this year that either of these top two products weren’t used.  Our two and a half year old Abigail is actively potty training and is also very messy.  Wipes come in handy everyday for all sorts of things.  I recommend adding on a pack to your Honest Bundle even if you don’t have children.  I’m far from being perfect and 100% cruelty-free, but I personally went on a mission earlier this year to find a natural deodorant that really worked.  I haven’t looked back since trying the Honest Deodorant.   They come in three scents and Bergamot Sage is my favorite.  I don’t miss my Clinical Strength Dove Deodorants one bit!

Anna’s Favorites:

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The Item: ASOS Curve

The Cost: Varies by item

From: Dia & Co.

Why I love it: Maybe I’m late to the party, but I had never heard of ASOS Curve before receiving this blouse in my September box! I loved this blouse but found it for less on another website, so I sent it back. Then I found out that Dia does price matching, so I could have kept it. I wish I had! Anyway, when I went to the ASOS Curve website to buy it, I learned that ASOS Curve has really, really stylish clothes for Plus Sizes! They are reasonably priced, too. They carry a lot of different styles, but nothing looks matronly or cheap like so many other Plus Sized brands. This was a thrilling discovery for me!

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The Item: Anti Aging Hand Cream by Davines

The Cost: $14

From: Birchbox Limited Edition: Lovely Day BoxBirchbox Limited Edition Lovely Box

Why I love it: There’s a saying that a woman’s age always shows in her hands, and it’s one of those sayings that I’ve always found to be true. Until now. This hand cream is a game changer, y’all. I really don’t get excited about too many beauty products, but I’ve found that about once a year I get a new product that changes everything, and in 2015, this was it. It makes my hands instantly feel soft and look smooth. Plus it’s not greasy at all, absorbs quickly, and has a nice fragrance that’s not too strong.

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The Item: Zoetropes

The Cost: Varies, but watching the videos of them is free

From: Tinker Crate

Why I love it: Tinker Crate is my nine-year-old’s favorite subscription box! This was our favorite project from last year! When we opened it, neither my son nor myself knew what a zoetrope was, but since then we’ve become completely obsessed with them. The one we made last January (above) came with several sets of slides, plus some blank ones so you could make your own animation. We did all those, plus now we love finding cool ones on the itnernet and watching the animations others have made – both old and new.

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The Item: Super Ape by Scratch and the Upsetters

The Cost: Currently $20.57 on Amazon

From: Vinyl Me, Please

Why I love it: I buy a lot of vinyl every year, but subscription vinyl has been a great source for new discoveries! This was my favorite new discovery of 2015, and considering the sudden, renewed fame of classic dub master Lee “Scratch” Perry, it wasn’t just mine. I love to listen to Reggae on Sunday mornings, and this was the soundtrack for many weekends in 2015. Give it a listen.

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The Item: Mountainsmith Hemp Cooler Tube

The Cost: $25

From: Cairn

Why I love it: This is so practical, yet so ridiculous at the same time, I simply adore it. Yes, it could be used to carry cans of water or diet soda, but let’s face facts – there’s only one beverage I’m willing to strap on five extra pounds to hike through the wilderness with, and that’s beer. I love cracking open a cold one at the top of a mountain. I love strapping beer across my body like I’m Rambo. I love calling this my beer-tube-cooler-sling. This thing is awesome!

Ragan’s Favorites:

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The Item: Trayee by Neela Vermiere Creations

The Cost: $18 (for the three samples)

From: Olfactif

Why I love it: This was from Olfactif and it is everthing I look for in a fragrance.  It is inspired by India’s Vedic period (I love all things India) and it blends all my woody, spicy favorite notes together!  Of course it is $260 a bottle so I doubt I will be buying it in full size anytime soon…

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The Item: Living Raw Darkest Cacao Truffles (1.64 oz)

The Cost: Value $4.49

From: RawBox

Why I love it: This is from October’s RawBox.  I do not typically eat raw and I am not a vegan.  (I am vegetarian but don’t have any other dietary restrictions.)  But these were seriously the best food item I got in any box all year.  Loved them.  The texture was soft (with a bit of crunchiness around the outside) and the chocolate flavor was awesome (and this comes from someone who typically prefers milk chocolate)!

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The Item: Kalamkari Fabric Hand Towels (set of 2)

The Cost:  Value $8

From: Artisan Box by Luxurion World

Why I love it: These were from Artisan Box by Luxurion World, which is one of my favorite subscriptions to receive every month.  It is hard to pick just one item from this box as a favorite for the year.  But I can’t bear to use these as towels – they’re too pretty.  They’re hanging on the walls as art in my yoga/exercise room (which has an Indian theme).

Haley’s Favorites:

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The Item: Kut from the Kloth Mia Skinny Jeans

The Cost: $84

From: Trendsend by Evereve

Why I love it: Trendsend is to blame for my Kut from the Kloth jeans obsession. The Mia Skinnies are awesome and they fit me so well they convinced me to pay more than I would usually consider for jeans. I also adore Kut’s Diana Skinny jeans, too!

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The Item: Loveappella Maternity Azaela Cold Shoulder Knit Top

The Cost: $48

From: Stitch Fix Maternity

Why I love it: This top became one of my go-tos for maternity wear. I thought the cold shoulder cut-out made this top a little extra stylish, and I adore this color. It was really soft, comfortable, and easy to wear (which are the most important things for maternity clothes!).

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The Item: the Balm Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Committed

The Cost: $17

From: Ipsy

Why I love it: The Balm is one of my favorite cosmetic brands since being introduced to it years ago through Birchbox. Between that and the fact that I’ve become obsessed with matte liquid lipsticks lately, I was thrilled to see this in my Ipsy bag this month! The color is really nice and easy to wear, the formula doesn’t dry out my lips at all and has great wear time, and has a vanilla-mint scent that I like.

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I actually loved this so much I purchased 2 more shades, Charming and Adoring. The only photo I really have of me wearing it is from my November 2015 Sun of a Chic review, which is where this photo is from.

Bekki’s Favorites:

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The Item: Palomino Blackwing Pearl Pencils – set of 12

The Cost: $22.95

From: Moustache Stationary

Why I love it:  These pencils are my #1 favorite out of all the things I received this year in subscription boxes.  They write smoothly, the lead doesn’t smear, they sharpen beautifully, and they feel great in my hand.  I never thought I would prefer a pencil over a pen; but I have been using these in my new Day Designer, and I honestly don’t think I’ll switch to using a pen.  They erase completely too…which is great for someone like me who is a little OCD about keeping her planner clean of all mistakes.  I will absolutely repurchase these pencils.

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The Item: Olive the Senses Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic Vinegar

The Cost: $10.00

From: The Taste Club by Eat Feed Love

Why I love it:  I’m always a fan of fancy oils and vinegars, so when both of my Taste Club boxes this year included multiple vinegars, I was so excited.  All of the oils and vinegars I’ve received from Olive the Senses have been outstanding, but the lemon flavor is my favorite of all.  I used it in my cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving, have used it for dipping bread, added it to my risotto, and more things that I can’t remember right now.  It is just so subtly sweet, tangy, and delicious!

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The Item: Cornucopia Smokey Sweet BBQ Popcorn

The Cost: $4.25 for a small bag

From: My Texas Market

Why I love it:  Again, an item I didn’t expect to love, but fell hard for it!  This stuff is beyond amazing.  Every single kernel is packed with flavor – sweet, smoky, salty – this stuff ruined regular popcorn for me.  Even the popcorn itself was great – perfectly popped, almost buttery kernels.  Bonus points for it being vegan, and still available in January…I thought it was a seasonal thing, but was excited to find that they still have it on their site!

Eric’s Favorites:

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The Item: Dr. Emmett Brown Funko POP Exclusive Variant

The Cost: Value $25+

From: Loot Crate

Why I love it: I love Back To The Future, and I love POPs, so combine the two and you can’t miss. I just love this version of Doc – it was my favorite item of the year!

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The Item: Hover Board Replica

The Cost: Value ?

From: Loot Crate

Why I love it: See comment above about BTTF! I love this little replica board. It goes well when displayed with the Delorean!

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The Item: Exclusive Batman ’66 Q-Pop Figure

The Cost: $12.96 on Amazon

From: Loot Crate

Why I love it: This was the first Q-Pop figure I’d ever seen. I’m a big Batman fan, and I just love the classic pose on the gargoyle.

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The Item: Funko POP Hulkbuster

The Cost: Value $30?

From: the first-ever Collectors Crops

Why I love it: This was their first delivery, and they hit it out of the park, and have kept up that status. This Hulkbuster is beyond awesome! Have you noticed my trend of vinyl figures as favorites?

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The Item: Captain Phasma POP (Chrome)

The Cost: Value $25+ on Amazon

From: the first-ever Smuggler’s Bounty

Why I love it: Just in time for the movie, and to get me even more excited, I got 2 exclusive vinyls in the first-ever Smuggler’s Bounty! But, this chromed-out version of Captain Phasma took the cake – I just wish she was in the movie more!

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The Item: McNairy College Graphic Tee

The Cost: Value ?

From: Five Four Club

Why I love it: This is my go-to t-shirt. I love FFC shirts, but for some reason I typically go for this shirt when it’s in my clothing pile – I like the colors and the graphic.

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The Item: Mr. Bean Teddy and Bendable

The Cost: Value $10-15 and $8

From: Nerd Block

Why I love it: I was a big fan of the old Mr. Show when I was younger, so these definitely found a soft spot in my heart!

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The Item: Gilded Age lambskin gloves

The Cost: Value $149.00

From: Bespoke Post “Frost”

Why I love it: Now that winter is actually here, I’m using these quite a bit – they’re nice and softly lined. I’m not a glove person, but these are kind of converting me.

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The Item: Presse Coffee Maker

The Cost: Value $30 on Amazon

From: Bespoke Post “Roast”

Why I love it: I love this thing, in combination with the handheld grinder, I’ve made some delicious brews!

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Comic Boxes like Comicboxer, Comic Block, Comic Bento, and Blindbox Comics

This was the year I got back into reading comics, and it’s thanks to these comic boxes! I’ve loved getting new series to try – and discovering new favorites!

Liz’s Favorites:

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The Item: NUDESTIX Lip Cheek Pencil 

The Cost: $24

From: Birchbox Prestige Special Edition Box

Why I Love it: This NUDESTIX is one of my favorite discoveries this year. I can’t get over how creamy and moisturizing the formula is – it goes on so smoothly! I’ve been using this lip pencil every day since I first sampled it – I bought it in a few different shades too!

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The Items: Bodyography Brow Trio  and Bodyography Brow Brush

The Cost: $19 each

From: May 2015 Boxycharm box

Why I love it: This brow powder and brush set became part of my daily makeup routine thanks to the May Boxycharm box. I love the application with the angled brush and the darkest brow powder is a perfect match for my brows. (The middle shade was a little too warm). The brow powder is very pigmented too, so this little brow trio has lasted so long, and I haven’t even used up half of it yet!

And since I picked two beauty staples, I’ll mix it up with my other item:

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The Item: Hooded Moto Jacket by Thread and Supply

The Cost: $105

From: October 2015 Golden Tote

Why I love it: Out of all the clothing I’ve gotten from subscription boxes in the past year, this one has been my favorite go-to piece. It’s super easy to pair with anything, and I love the detail of the jacket.

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It has an inner zipper hoodie lining:

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I didn’t think it would be that amazing, but I just love the look of wearing the jacket open while still keeping it fitted with the inner zipper.  The hood is great too:

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What do you think of our favorites for 2015? And what were your favorite discoveries this year?

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.

20 Comments

  1. Celicia! Question! So I’ve been using the Dove clinical strength for years now. I like it, but my under arms have been feeling sensitive lately and I think it could be because of the high Aluminum (or whatever it’s called) content. Why specifically do you like the Honest Co. deodorant so much?

    • I’ve tried the Honest Company and it DOES NOT work for sweat. Especially if you sweat a lot. I also have to use a clinical formula. I switch between Dove and the new Secret Clinical clear gel. I’ve found that it’s usually a heavy fragrance that causes irritation. I also moisturize my underarms after every couple of shaves. This has helped as well.

      • Wow! Thanks so much, really helpful!

        • I have problems with all clinical strength deodorants (they give me rashes). And also with strong scents. But I need the aluminum for sweat. So I have been using the regular Dove (“go fresh”) deodorant/antiperspirant for years. No skin issues with any of the scents and they do a good job with sweat, odors, etc.

  2. My 2015 item is the Simpatico shea butter hand cream in ambergris from Popsugar. I love it because it moisturizes perfectly but isn’t greasy at all. I can’t stand greasy keyboard keys or a greasy mouse!!!!! Plus, the scent is heavenly. I think I’m actually on my 8th tube by now. I carry one in my purse, one at my desk, one at home…

  3. My favorite item from 2015 was the Miansai cuff bracelet from the spring Box of Style. I absolutely adore it!

  4. Really enjoyed reading everyone’s favorites. Mine was Davines shampoo and conditioner from Birchbox. My color lasts longer and my hair feels so soft. I’ve only been into boxes since April and it’s nice to come to this site and know I’m not alone in my addiction.

  5. My favorite discovery for 2015 was subscription boxes themselves! I basically gave up wearing makeup for about 30 years (for a variety of reasons). Then lost 90 lbs, stopped wearing big tents, and started wearing makeup again. So these boxes have been so much fun! I’ve also had my hair dyed fun colors, wear jewelry all the time — in short, a whole new me 🙂

    • I love this! 🙂

  6. That hooded Moto jacket is gorgeous! My favorite find was the Laura Geller Glam Lash Mascara. I got in one of my Birchboxes.

  7. I fell in love with Nuxe dry oil Huile Prodigieuse from the Holiday edition glossybox.
    It smells divine, not too heavy.
    I use it all over and esp after I get out of the shower , it is quick and easy to apply. It warms up quickly and doesn’t freeze you like lotions do when applying.
    I also use it in my hair for shine and frizz control. And since I am sensitive to perfumes this is a great alternative.

  8. This isn’t relevant to this post but I’m not sure where else to ask…several items like the Chloe + Isabel necklace from the Birchbox LE Summer Box and the Mara Hoffman sarong from Rachel Zoe were flagged by someone as not a sub box item. I can’t swap for these now. Is there something in place to verify when people make this claim? Other items have a picture from the sub box site itself as a spoiler and its flagged too and now unavailable. Just frustrated as if like to swap.

    • I’m with SJ…I was looking at an item I knew came from a PopSugar box- the Jack & Lucy Pom Pom beanie hat, and it was flagged as being not from a sub box, which I thought was really weird. What can you do in that case? I’d love to follow it to see if one becomes available, but with it being flagged you can’t follow it.

  9. Ragan that is also my favorite scent I have received thus far from Olfactif. Perhaps if I give up Starbucks for a couple months…

  10. Are you wearing Charming or Adored in the photo?

    • Adoring? Sorry

    • I’m wearing committed, the shade I got from Ipsy in the photo! =] sorry that was confusing!

      • Sorry for the dumb question! Committed looks SO different on you than me, lol! I assumed it was another color..one I wanted for myself! Ha ha

  11. Great picks, everyone! I will have to check them out myself especially the pencils-my oldest is a lefty so he could use the help 🙂 2015 was definitely the year of the face mask for me found in an assortment of subs!

  12. I am with Bekki on the blackwing pencils. I never thought i would pay close to $2 a pencil for a pencil, but the replaceable eraser and the fact that these don’t smear even though I am left handed and write upside down, make these pencils a winner for me. My 2015 item was my up move from the Arianna Huffington box. I now take pleasure in walking my 10,000 steps a day!

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