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POPSUGAR Must Have January 2016 FULL SPOILERS + Coupon!

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POPSUGAR Must Have Box

We have the full spoilers or the January 2016 POPSUGAR Must Have box! Thanks Allison SO MUCH for sharing this picture with us!


In addition to the first spoiler:

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Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class to the Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo

The box includes:


Pehr Designs Pebble Sack Bin (Value $40)

Patchology FlashMasque Trio (Value $20)

Blue Sky Day Designer Weekly Planner (Value $16)

Not Soap, Radio Bath and Shower Gel Gift Set (Value $22)

Project & INC Summer Snow Sugar Free Gum (Value $2)

Chapstick Total Hydration 100% Natural Soothing Vanilla (Value $3)

What do you think of the full spoilers? I’m loving that bin! FYI – this box is still available! If you haven’t signed up yet, use coupon code MUSTHAVE5 to save $5 off your first box!

Here is another look thanks to fittoplan:

And we have more unboxing pictures thanks to Ellen!

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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.


  1. Every month I’m secretly hoping the box is going to suck so I can stop subscribing and save money, but every month it’s really good. I’m excited for all of the items except the Chapstick.. That seems like a really random thing to add in. Otherwise the box looks great. Again. Of course. $$$$$

  2. I was excited when I saw the list of stuff, but it seems that we’re not getting what Liz listed. According to the unboxing photos:

    – it’s one mask, not three (so $8 value)
    – it’s not a gift set of shower gels, but 5 1-oz shower gel samples ($7.5 value, at most)
    – it’s not the 8×10 planner, but the smaller one with a $12 value

    Now I wonder if we’re getting the $40 bin or a smaller one too.

    • I made the list based on the info card. Here are more specifics from Ellen:

      Pehr Designs Pebble Speck Bin, RV $40
      Spark Joy by Marie Kondo, RV $18.99
      Patchology FlashMasque Trio, RV $20
      Blue Sky Day Designer Weekly Planner, RV $15.99
      Not Soap, Radio Bath & Shower Gel Gift Set, RV $22
      Project 7, INC Summer Snow Sugar Free Gum, RV $1.99
      Chapstick Total Hydration 100% Natural Soothing Vanilla, RV $2.99 (listed as Special Extra)

      Hope that helps!

    • Ok, I was at least wrong about the masks

      • All of the $15.99 book-bound planners appear to be 5×8″, so I imagine that’s what we’re getting.

        It looks like you’re onto something with the soaps, though. The PSMH description lists them as a “gift set,” so Liz linked to the only bath and shower gel gift set available on the brand’s website. And its RV is $20. But closer examination shows that the set PSMH is sending us includes 5 bottles, not 7 as in the $20 set. More importantly, it looks like they’ve sent us 1 oz bottles instead of what APPEAR to be 2 oz bottles in the $20 set. The 2 oz bottles sell for $3 each. If there were seven 2 oz bottles, that would total $21. But five 1 oz bottles totals $7.50.

        I like the box reasonably well this month (not awesome, not terrible), but I have to admit I find this a bit disheartening. It seems purposefully misleading.

        • You are right. Too bad it’s not the 8×10″ planner that Liz linked to.

          I’m not very good at using planners in the first place, and it’s particularly hard to use small ones where I have to write in tiny letters.

    • I am a day designer user have have the $59 version from the DD website. I had looked at the blue sky cheaper version back and forth thinking I need a lighter version. This one was never on sale on the blue sky website. The only DD on the blue sky website are/ were spiral bound. I think this is a Popsugar version.

  3. I’m disappointed with this box. I stopped using paper planners years ago, don’t care for the book, and don’t use anything from Chapstick. Urgh…

  4. For starters, I love the aesthetic of this box. Everything coordinates beautifully, color wise. That soothes me. lol But beyond that it all looks fun and interesting and useful. I’m totally on-board. I really don’t think getting a planner a few weeks into January negates its usefulness. If anything it’s a jump start for those of us lagging behind on the “get organized” front.

  5. I’m excited for this box! I read an article about the author of the book in the New York Times several months ago and her organizational approach sounded really interesting and different. The article about her was great and I’ve thought about it all these months since I’ve read it. So, I really look forward to reading her book.

  6. Excited to try everything in this box and read the book! I think they did a good job on this one 🙂 I already have a planner but I will leave this one on my desk at work just for client appointments.

  7. PopSugar’s monthly boxes have really been doing it for me lately. The summer and early fall ones were not my cup of tea, but November, December, and January have been right up my alley. I already made my own planner for 2016, because I’m particular about the layout and also like a combination of planner/journal/smash book, but I will probably turn this one into a project planner or maybe a meal planner.

  8. Anyone interested in this whole box? I’ll have it up for trade…I’m not sure how to sell it on here (are we allowed to sell it on this site)? Jeez, I hope the Target Popsugar box I just ordered is better…

    • Swaps only on the swap site, but you can add your ebay listing for free on the swap site as well. Hope that helps! Sorry this box isn’t for you 🙁

  9. I look forward to swapping with all of you who like this box, because I’m not excited about it at all. There isn’t one thing in this box I want or can use. I have a 6 month subscription, but would otherwise not have purchased this box. I’ve been a popsugar subscriber for awhile and This box would win my vote for worst box in the past 18 mos. However, I realize with subscriptions that things can be hit or miss and you can’t please everyone. I’m
    Not mad or disappointed–I will just hope that February’s box is more up my alley. In that spirit, I hope I can unload everything in this box, or even the entire box itself to those of you who are excited about it.

  10. Did anyone else notice that it’s pretty much all either consumable or about organization? Thus in keeping with the general idea of the book (the inclusion of which I found ironic in a sub box.)

    For me, I’m happy with the box for the deal price I got. I really like the look of the bin and am curious about the book. I keep on toying with going back to a paper planner, at least in part.

    • So ironic, right?!? I canceled my subscription after Dec but I was too late and ended up receiving this box – if I hadn’t already canceled, reading Kondo’s book would make me! What a weird thing to include in a box of unnecessary things lol. But…it transformed my life in three days, and I’ve been rolling my eyes at this trend since it began, so big thanks to PopSugar for that! The book and the soaps were the highlights for me.

  11. Pretty excited for this box but I already have a planner so I’ll try to swap that. If anyone would be interested in it, let me know! I don’t have a tracking code yet but hopefully should soon!

  12. Nope. Hope people want to swap for any/all of it!

  13. I’m just dumbfounded by the popularity of the regular PopSugar sub boxes. I’ve been into this site and sub boxes for a year or two now and I still can’t understand all of the positive chatter over the PopSugar boxes. I don’t know a single for person who still reads paper books or uses a paper planner. Sugar free gum that most likely contains artificial ingredients. Chapstick that you can buy at Wal-Mart or Target for a dollar or two with a coupon… Not a lot in this box to come anywhere near justifying the price and popularity… JMHO… Personally I’m really glad that I’ve still NOT caved and ever ordered this sub!

    Hope everyone else likes what they get.

    Happy New Year! 🙂

  14. Considering I still never got my LE box…….not a chance……sad really as I loved popsugar but no more

  15. Great looking box. Can’t wait to get, everything will be useful and get used. No tracking yet but should be any day now I hope.

  16. Really like the bin but everything else I don’t really care about. I don’t hate the other items so if the box was cheaper, I would’ve gotten it. But at $40… I’ll pass.

    Thanks for posting the coupon!

  17. Uuugh. I don’t want to be a Debbie Downer so I just really hope I feel differently when it’s in my hands. ::crossing my fingers::

    • Me too, there’s not one thing in this box I need or will use. I was hoping for something more like the 2015 January box. This looks like a big disappointment to start the new year out with. Hope I like it better when I get it.

      • Carol …. Ahhhhh memories of last January’s box. Sigh. It was my very first Pop Sugar box. I got it half off & I was hooked. I just wore the hat today. I use the travel glass weekly. The hand towel is a mainstay in my workout bag & a full size jar of First Aid Repsir Cream. Triple sigh.

        I bought Marie Kondo’s first book when it came out & before the hype. There wasn’t anything new to me in that book. I’d already been doing pretty much everything she has mentioned in there – for decades & I upped my game after losing everything I owned in a fire in ’08. (After a meltdown in the 3rd aisle, I went down, in Walmart, I realized I needed EVERYTHING & my cart was already full. I was so overwhelmed, I left the full cart right there & went straight to my car. Anna Nalick’s, “Just Breathe” came on the radio & in that moment I realized I hate Walmart so why was I there? Why purchase CRAP just because I could & I was completely without? Then I yelled at the radio LOL “I’m only buying things that bring me JOY!!!!” I then drove to an ice cream place & had a huge sundae for breakfast. hahaha). So I don’t think her second book will add anything to my life that I already didn’t add to it myself.

        I’m a Crazy Planner Lady do not only do I already have enough planners for my own systems but I loathe preprinted dated ones & well when you’re a crazy Planner, the thought of getting one in January that’s only good for that year, is a joke. How I wish this was an undated one where I could add the months & dates myself because I could set it aside for 2017. Oh well.

        I’m in dental HELL currently not to mention I’m 47 & haven’t had the urge to chew gum since puberty in the late ’70’s/early 80’s. Receiving snow cone chewing gum, in a Sub box geared to grown adults really kind of insults me.

        I need shower gels like I need another hole in my head. Between my L’Occitane & Philosophy stashes, the end of the year Bath & Body Works semi-annual clearance sale & the Barr & Co bubble elixir one I received in their Today Show Box, I’m good until 2035. LOL

        Carmex is made here in my own backyard so I’ve been using it since I was a child with no need to ever go rogue with another brand. haha.

        As for the tote ….. I am beyond organized to the point that my friends are threatening to send me to an “Organizing Bins Anonymous” meeting if I bring one more freaking storage bin into my house. LOL I suppose I could use it to put the contents of this box in, shove a label on it “Giftings” & call it a day.

        So basically, this month, I received a $27 clay mask. Thank God I jumped on that 6 month $75 off deal! hahaha

        Don’t get me wrong! The box is very PopSugar awesome in that the products are quality, worth more than cost of the box & very relevant (despite the late planner & gourmet gum). It just happened to be that they finally stumped me. I guess it was bound to happen eventually. Now I’ll just hope February’s box rocks it out of the park & surpasses last February’s box of awesomeness. 🙂

  18. I love the box this month! Everything seems very practical, at least for my life, so that’s great. I would normally not be excited about the book, but I mentioned it to my mom and she was thrilled and mentioned how wonderful this organization lady is, so that’ll be a great item to pass on.

  19. The only thing I really need would be the planner (SUPER cute!) so I guess this month I’m happy I don’t have a current sub…plus I’m waiting on my Missoni candle replacement from Popsugar from two weeks ago… 🙁 Not another dollar until I get a candle that is not broken and HAS A WICK (seriously, how??)

  20. Excited about the Not Soap, Radio, The bin might be useful. I love masques, so those will come in handy, as will the Chapstick. I’ll read the book, although I’m not sure how much I’ll take away from it. I have a planner, but still mostly use my phone – but maybe I’ll give it to my mom. I don’t ever chew gum except on a plane, but we are travelling in early March, so if it’ll stay fresh that long I’ll take it with me. If not, hubby occasionally chews gum.

  21. This is a serious question: do people still use paper planners? I’ve been digital only for years now. Glad I decided to drop PSMH in the new year (along with 4-5 other boxes; I was decluttering as per the book, haha!)

    • I thought the same thing, I was surprised by the number of people who are excited for this.

      • I would not make it through the work day with out my Emily Ley Simplified Planner! I am SO much more productive when I can see my day laid out. Plus, I’ll never get over that surge of satisfaction from crossing something off my list! Keeping it in Outlook or my phone just isn’t the same!

      • Me too! I have not had a paper planner in a decade! I have been super surprised at the reaction!

    • Haha yes. There’s a HUGE following of expensive planners like Day Designer, Emily Ley, Erin Condren…. they not only sell out within hours, but they have massive facebook communities, tons of accessories, accompanying blogs, and more!

    • I still use paper planners! I went digital a couple years ago but I would schedule things on my computer at work that wouldn’t show up on my home computer or ipad, or I’d put something in my phone that wouldn’t sync up with my computer. It drove me crazy so I gave up! Maybe there’s an app out there that would solve that problem but I just ended up going back to paper.

    • I use paper planners but I always have one for the next year well before the end of the current one. So even for someone who uses a planner, this item is a dud. I wonder if they got a significant price break by not getting the planners for the December box.

      • That’s what I was thinking. Who wants a planner at the end of January? If you don’t already have one you’re probably not the type to use one.

    • It really helps me to see everything laid out in front of me. I’ve tried to go digital and it just doesn’t work for me. Plus, I really like writing lists out by hand.

    • I prefer to have a paper planner. I use my outlook calendar for appointments but details and meeting notes all go into the planner. I use a fiscal year planner so this will just be used for notes to go into next year’s planner. People that use planners tend to get them a month or more before they begin.

    • I’m a weirdo. Possibly a byproduct of my parents being in their fifties when I was born so I was raised by people many generations above me.

      I’m 30 and I HATE digital planners with a passion. HATE HATE HATE them. Heck I hate digital storage of most things. I prefer printed photos, phone calls over texts (I won’t respond on principle. Call me if you want an answer), and sticky notes over phone notes.

      I use my phone for three things: phone calls, sending and reading emails, and using the Internet when it’s too much trouble to use my computer that I still much prefer.

      Every time my iPhone updates my calendar clears unless I sync it to gmail which adds people’s birthdays from Facebook and clutters my calendar. I miss things because my phone is silenced when a notification goes off and it only chimes like once instead of non stop until I look.

      I religiously use paper everything. I handwrite all my notes during meetings. I don’t store notes on my phone any longer now that I have been burned by notes I absolutely needed deleting from my phone for no reason simply because a software update happened. My calendar doesn’t get erased when I move it. No one walks up and smears white out on my ink.

      I use a big calendar at work to schedule. A purse planner to keep up with my husband’s stuff (he has a brain injury so I have to keep his schedule and appointments on my person to know if he’s supposed to be at work but forgot or if he has a doctor’s appointment he doesn’t remember scheduling etc). Keeping up with his stuff is so much it gets its own planner.

      Then I have my own planner with my appointments, dates bills are due, etc. I write every single bill when it’s due and how much it is. When I pay it I highlight it. If I hit that date and it isn’t highlighted I have to pay it cause I missed it.

      There’s just a wonderful satisfaction to physically crossing off a to do list or checking a box. Or highlighting a bill note.

      So yeah, those of us who prefer paper planners exist. 🙂

      • Jocelyn, amen! One iPhone IOS update & I lost EVERYTHING. At the time, my most recent back-up to the cloud was a corrupted file, which I didn’t know until AFTER the update lost my info. And that was it for me. I was done with all electronic crap. Not only that, but I was sick & tired of trying to go back a month or two to see when I had an appointment & all the info was GONE.

        I keep 3 planners now. One for business, one for “To-Do,” shopping, etc that goes in my purse & then one for all of my creative ventures. They’re all small 3-ring binders so everything is interchangeable. If I need my notes for measurements for something, I just pull that page out of one binder/planner & put it in my purse binder.

        I had to go “Old School.” Technology failed me. Besides, being “paper” allows for my creativity to flow & I’m so much more productive now. I customized them for my own needs so sending me a planner in Jan is laughable. Jan thru Mar was all set up by Christmas. And you’re right, calendar reminders need to scream at me until I read them. 99% of the time, they have the uncanny knack of coming through at THE most inappropriate moments or when I’m in the shower & I miss it. LOL

        So you’re not alone in your need & love of “Old School” paper planning.

        • Yes! I swear the alert only happens when I’m in the shower or working where I can’t have my phone and it’s gone when I get back to it. I only notice it when the little 1 shows up on the app.

  22. Hmmmm looks like everything i would love.

  23. So in love with this box! Especially for the six month promo price. The bin is fabulous for storing my son’s matchbox cars in our family room stylishly. Still hadn’t bought a planner so now I’m forced to use one lol! Gum is yummy. Shower gels will be great on our next vacation. Masks I will give away. Book I can read then pass along to a friend. Perfect mix of products!

  24. I pull the trigger in a 6month sub deal mostly because I always drool with the reviews because of the snacks… Ironically I love everything but the snack! Supper happy with the rest of the items!

  25. Personally I think this may be one of my favorite boxes and I don’t even use planners.

  26. So excited. I will use everything in this box! I’m always dissapointed when there’s a few things I don’t like/can’t use. But everything will be used in this box. Ready to get it now!!

  27. The gourmet gum sounds good otherwise junk

  28. I’m trying so hard to talk myself into liking this, but I just can’t! The planner is definitely not for me (agree with all the comments about it being a month late! Now if they’d done a Rifle paper co one, I’d be singing a different tune!). I don’t love the design of the storage bag, not a fan of the book, I’m all masked out from Birchbox, and gum just doesn’t do it for me like another gourmet snack would have! And this is only my second box, coming off December as my first. And we all know how that one went. I reallly hope February redeems my opinon of popsugar!

    • I agree with you. I’m just not that into this box. I’ve been with Popsugar since the glory days when boxes included items such as the Brokedown fringe scarf. Popsugar just has not impressed me lately.

  29. I am so glad I am getting this box! Looks great and full of stuff I need!
    However, I thought I was getting the LE Target Box (I was charged twice and received a refund for one) PS customer service just got back to me (after MANY emails) to tell me that it never processed and I’m not getting it :/ I’m beyond aggravated….

  30. Love this! I’ve never had much luck with a paper planner but this one looks so pretty… Everything in this box will get used!

    And… FedEx tells me my box is moving!

  31. I am pretty excited. I love the pehr bin and I think it is coming with a coupon code. Yay! Plus how fun is gourmet gum to get to try?!

  32. Oh Popsugar, how do you manage to anticipate my needs? I was just regretting not buying a planner for the new year, like it doesn’t count unless you begin on the 1st of January, lol!
    No excuses now – a planner, a book AND a bin to help get myself organised.
    I just checked out Pehr Design’s site and they have free shipping until the end of this month. So if you plan to use the discount code – get on it!

  33. Got mine today- everything is so nice! This is the best box for me personally since I subbed 6 months ago!

  34. Just resubscribed for this. Way to hit it out of the park, PS!

  35. I already own LITERALLY the EXACT same planner. So. Great taste I guess?

  36. Uhm I’m in love with this. All of it. So so excited.

    I already have a Day Designer planner, but this one will become my workout planner. Perfect.

    • Ah yay, thanks for giving me an idea what to use that planner for, I already have an Erin Condren, lol.

      • Yes, great idea, thanks, I’ll use it for this too. I was just about to moan about the planner as I use my iPhone calendar and iNotes, haven’t used a planner in years…. Wasn’t initially in love with the box, but it’s practical and growing on me and I’m definitely excited to get it.

  37. I’m super excited about all of this! Especially the body washes which I’ve sampled through Birchbox and the bin is just gorgeous! Aaanduh I need those hydrate and illuminate facial sheets! Thatisall.

    • Haha! Yay! 🙂

  38. Ooh, I’m excited about this box! All things I can use, especially the planner! 2016 is the year I get organized ? (my husband’s suggestion lol). Love Patchology. I think the bin will look cuter when I have it in front of me.
    Thanks Liz and Allison ?

  39. I’m sort of upset about the planner thing (have one I have been using since October) but maybe can use some of this stuff at work? It all seems sort of like a random assortment of things but maybe I will get it more once I have it in my hands.

  40. i am pleased that i took a gamble on the 6 month promo deal! this looks like a great month <3

  41. I was upset when I saw the first spoiler revealing another book. I think we get one every 3-4 boxes from them and I can never get rid of them. I read frequently, but only e books. Anyways, now that I see the rest of the box, all I can think is Wow! This is a great box! (Except for the book). I need a great planner and I hope I like this one in person. The printed sack storage looks very useful. I like the Not Soap, radio body washes and it’s kind of exciting to get a whole set of them. I’m always iffy on new face masks, but I’ll look at these and see if I should use them or not. Also, the gum and Chapstick are items that are always good.

  42. Great box! The only thing I don’t want is the book, but I’m sure I can swap it or gift it. I don’t know that I’d be thrilled with the box for $40, but I got the 6-month deal and I’m very happy with it at that price.

  43. I usually really like the monthly boxes but for once I’m not excited. Which is a good thing since I cancelled the sub this month for the first time in 2 years! Everything seems cute and useful but I would have swapped pretty much everything. Dodged a bullet! 🙂

  44. Great box! I’ve missed PopSugar since letting my last 6-month deal expire…so glad to be getting this box again.

  45. Thanks Liz! The bin is soo nice in person! I forgot to mention they also included a generic promo code for Pehr Designs for 25% off your order (exp Feb 15th)

    • That’s awesome to hear! What a great and unique item – I bet it will be popular in swaps 🙂

  46. I love everything. I’m so happy as I signed up at great discount so totally worth it.

  47. Wish the planner was in the December box. I already have a calendar that I am using for 2016. I guess if this one is a whole lot better I will transfer everything to it. If not, I will give it away to someone.

    Love the rest of the items. This is a really good box for me.

    • I bought my 2016 planner back in July…I plan that far ahead at work!

    • I agree about the planner…a month late. I already bought a Plum Paper so I’ll use that. Thinking perhaps I can use this one as a journal of some sort…write down things I did that aren’t on my calendar.

      I think everything else is pretty useful….wonder how large that bin is?

    • Totally agree, I already bought a planner and written down a ton of stuff in it. I don’t know why they don’t send them in December, especially when the month of January is nearly over by the time I get my box.

  48. Looks like a great box! Excited to get!

  49. Wow! When I saw the book spoiler before I wasn’t impressed but everything else is super useful! Now debating ordering 🙂

    • Yea – I bet this will sell out quickly now with the spoilers. I think they did a great job for January! 🙂

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