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POPSUGAR Must Have Mini – April 2016 FULL SPOILERS!

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We have full spoilers for the April Must Have Mini box thanks to dayna_jane! (Thank you so much, Dana!)

Each box includes:

GreenMarket Purveying Co. White Melon Soy Candle – Value $16

Farmacy Lip Bloom – Value $16.50 (Scent may vary)

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What do you think of the POPSUGAR Must Have Mini Box spoilers for April 2016?

More info on this box:

The Box: POPSUGAR Must Have Mini Box

The Cost: $18.95

The Products: Introducing a smaller version of our box of curated, full-sized products including the best in fashion, beauty, and home for only $18.95, shipping included. Your subscription will auto-renew, so you get a little present every month!

UPDATE: In the Must Have MINI Box you will receive 2 full-size items worth over $30. Please note that the products in the Must Have MINI Box will be different from the products offered in the Must Have Box.

(Check out our POPSUGAR Must Have reviews of the regular sized box to see what has been in past boxes!)

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.

93 Comments

  1. I got mine today. It is okay, the candle smells good and the lip balm is alright. I think I will give it one more month and if it isn’t great, I will just cancel the mini and keep the regular PopSugar box.

    • Agree exactly! I wanted to be wowed… it was just me (especially for box #1) hoping May is better!

    • agreed! I was kinda expecting like maybe 3 products. But i just felt it wasnt worth it. Ill give it one more month!

  2. Hmmm… well, I guess this proves I do not like being a guinea pig for a new box, lol. I am meh about the candle and not at all into the lip balm, so that’s $20 for two things I never would have bought myself. Sub boxes are a risk, it is true, and I do dig the surprise, buuuuuttt…. only 2 items means you better love the heck out of one of them (at the very least) and I do not. I will probably cancel, if this is the way things will be for the Mini….

  3. My mini subscription isn’t allowing me to cancel? Anyone else having this issue? I’m hoping it is a temporary glitch…

    • I haven’t tried to cancel but I did see I have a credit for the mini box. Maybe early adopters get a free box?!?!

      • Check your credit card. That usually means they have charged you.

  4. I maybe in minority but I LOVE THIS BOX! I LOVE THE CANDLES and love the lip balm. I wanted to try this already and this sounds awesome! So excited!

    • I agree. I got my box yesterday and love the candle and lip balm. They both smell great and something that buy all of the time anyway. I am going to give the box a few more months and if not good just keep regular PS and the PS Limited Edition boxes. I do think the value should be a little bit higher though for the cost of the box, but at least both products are nice and useful and smell great 🙂

  5. I just received My box today .. And holy cow that candle smells AMAZING!!!!

    • Right?!? You can tell it is high quality and I love melon scent anything!!!

  6. The Mini reminds me of the Birchbox beta sub in which people paid additional to receive 2 full size beauty item.

    With the current sub market (price vs contents vs quality vs “value”) I don’t Think this will be around at the end of the year.

  7. I wanted to get this box, but now I’m glad I didn’t. Neither item is something I want, nor something I’d be able to gift. So they’d both just wind up on the swap site. I like candles and lip balm, just not these particular ones. I wonder if PS upped the price by a couple bucks and included three items instead of two if that’d be better. It’s a big risk with just two items that you won’t like anything in the box.

    • I am new to sub boxes and I totally agree with Jessvii! I am disappointed that my 20+ dollars went to this instead of some other goodie! I cancelled immediately after I saw the spoilers! Luckily, I have a family member in mind to gift this too…

  8. I wish I would have been able to get the Serendipity box. Those look so much fun and only $10 every other month. Perfection!

  9. I was expecting to be blown away by the inaugural box. They played it way safe. That said, both items are easily giftable/swappable if I don’t care for the scents, so there’s that.

  10. I am happy with the contents. They said up front to expect a $30 value. I have been wanting to try that particular lip balm and I can always use another candle 🙂 I would rather see them include “safe” items like this that have a wide appeal than random stuff that doesn’t even make sense as a gift. I am excited to receive the first mini 🙂

  11. I am super happy I passed on this one… I think a couple of boxes will have to be rolled out first in order for them to get a value or products people are happy with. I was, however, extremely tickled that someone is already selling this box on ebay and are asking for the value of the box ($35) when people are upset with the $18.95 price tag….lol….

  12. This is about what I expected, since it’s exactly what was advertised…. two items with a $30 value.
    I didn’t sign up for one, knowing that this was the risk that was run (it wouldn’t compare with the value of the full-sized box, since it was very clear that it wouldn’t), so I don’t really get why so many people are shocked or disappointed? I’m not sure what else they are going to do besides more things like this, since they’re only aiming for a $30 value. *shrugs*

    • Wholeheartedly agree with you kiales. They should not be criticized for keeping their word this time.

    • It’s not so much that the box only includes two items, it’s more about the fact that both of the items are incredibly lame. They should’ve included a book or something for their first box. I almost expected them to include something like that new party-planning book by Lauren Conrad since they’re including Chrissy Teigen’s cookbook in the regular one. Even something like that would’ve been more exciting than a candle or a lip balm.

  13. Super lame..I figured they would WOW us with the first box. Yeah total fail. Part of me wants to cancel..part of me wants to see May and then decide. Not even excited to receive my box now. I hope they read all these reviews..

    • Agreed – 100% lame. Very little effort went into pulling this box together – at least try to use a theme or something. I also thought that when the original announcement went out it said 2-3 items. I’m on the fence about May; will decide before billing on the 1st.

    • I agree as well. I try not to peak at the spoilers, but I often do. I’m still happy with the big box, but I’m not too thrilled with this first box they’re sending of the mini.

      • *peek*

  14. Makes me glad I have Serendipity for my mini box! Too bad its only every other month!

  15. I can’t believe I paid $20 for a candle and some lip balm. I’m so disappointed. You’d think with the value you get in the regular box they’d up their game a bit. I’m also irritated with their sketchy advertising how they’re “sold out” til July’s box. I’m sure plenty of slots will open up when everyone cancels! So lame 🙁

  16. Not impressed at all and I’m glad I won’t be receiving this one. I don’t use candles and have enough lip balms. I would’ve expected them to include more exciting items for their first box, especially if they want to convince more people to sign up.

    I’ve been put on the July list for this, but I wouldn’t be surprised if a bunch of people cancel and they end up bumping me to an earlier month. I won’t cancel just yet, but if the next one is a dud, I’ll probably ask for a refund.

  17. After thinking about it, if this is all the mini boxes are going to be, for around the same price I could get Boxycharm and get a handful of items with a value of ~$100. It doesn’t seem to add up.

    • That’s exactly what I just said. It isn’t adding up.

    • Seriously or glossybox…Come on $16 for some lip balm…my lips better look and feel amazing!!

  18. Is this Aprils fools? I can’t believe what I’m seeing. So disappointed. Cancelling now. What a disappointment. Wow, can’t say much more ?

  19. Wow.. that’s what they pick for the first Mini box? I’m out… regret I purchased it.

  20. I am so glad I didn’t get this. I love the regular PSMH box. But I don’t use candles because my apartment complex doesn’t allow them and I have enough lip products to last a lifetime!

  21. Meh, I was hoping for something a little more special, especially for the first PopSugar Mini. I do need another lip balm, but it’s such a plain and boring item to include.

    As for the candle – again, another item that is included in sub boxes so often. I’m not big on candles anyway, and my husband is allergic to so many (as soon as they start burning, he starts sneezing like crazy and gets a really stuffy nose). I’ll probably swap it.

  22. Glad I waited. I have so many candles from subs and I don’t need another lip thing. I don’t know what I was expecting to see. They should have done something a little more special. I think the value and curation is better in the big box.

  23. You’d think with the first of these mini boxes they’d have made it a bit special. This just doesn’t compete with Popsugar’s monthly boxes for variety and certainly not for value.
    I’m glad I resisted and waited to see what the first box was like. Although, good going those of you who did order and are delighted!

  24. Everything PopSugar continues to be underwhelming for me. I can easily buy a candle and lip pot at TJX for less than the $19 per month cost. I am glad for the people who are happy with their boxes, but agree with those who are frustrated that it is a bit of a let down.

    • totally agree

  25. I’m glad I passed on this box. For the first box I expected more then 2 items. The lipbalm looks great though, not fond of the pots yet I use qtips with them and toss out the qtip after use. I noticed that the next box will not be till July. Wow so they sold out of May and June already. Guessing many people for signed up for 3 months.

  26. I had to cancel after they were taking money monthly from my account now , but I was not receiving a box until July. Made no sense to me. Would really like a refund of the money they drafted from me this month for a box I wouldn’t receive until July.

    • I was originally on the July list as well, but when I checked a few days ago, I got bumped to May already, so you may wanna check your account again. Kind of glad I missed the April one, fingers crossed for May box there will be items that I don’t have to gift or swap.

    • Are their policies that well written that they let you know that you are prepaying months in advance? I would grab a copy of their FAQs and fight it with PS or your CC company. It absolutely makes no sense that they get to pull your money 3+ months in advance.

      • I have requested a full refund. I couldn’t believe that they expected me to pay 3 full months in advance when my first box wasn’t due to arrive until July.

        • I only got charged for 1 month when my first box was July. I have 1 credit in my account now. Pretty weird for them to charge you 3 whole months in advance. I thought mini is a recurring monthly sub… Hmm… Definitely need to let them know!

  27. These are definitely things that I would normally buy for myself anyway, so it feels like I’m getting a really good deal on things that are right up my alley. Can’t wait!

  28. Meh. A lip balm and a candle? I have so many of each and I rarely use them (I’m more of a lip gloss girl). I was hoping for something a bit more special, I guess, especially because it was the first mini box. :/

    • I agree, very disappointing, so glad I passed. I don’t like lip balm, especially in little pots.

  29. I was JUST in Sephora, hemming and hawing over buying that lip balm. so glad I didn’t, and very excited to get it!

  30. Oh no, this was a mistake for me. I never use candles (i always give them away) and I only use lip balm in tubes…i really dislike dipping my finger into a tin to get lip balm. Sigh. Don’t know if i should give this box another chance or just unsubscribe.

    • I can’t stand putting my finger in either. Plus why is it whenever you have one of those pots everyone comes along and wants to dip their finger in too? Excuse me I don’t want your finger in my lipgloss pot, IDK for sure what you’ve touched, I don’t care who you are you might have touched something just accidentally that I DO NOT want on my lips. No thanks.

      • LOL. Yes, always happens. I can’t help but get extremely grossed out when I’m on the subway and I see a group of friends sharing a tin of lip balm. I see them all dipping their fingers in and rubbing it over their lips and I cringe so hard inwardly!

    • I too dislike using my finger so whenever I get one of these, I use a small cheapie makeup brush (one meant for eyes or lips) instead and that’s the only use for the brush.

    • Am I the only one that applies my lips directly into these kind of containers? I scrunch up my lips like I’m kissing the product in a way… Anyway it all applies perfectly to my lips. Lol my containers all have lip indents in them. (I also have small lips so this works well for me).

      • I do the same thing!

    • I agree with you! Dipping your fingers into a jar is a bit gross.. and messy.

  31. Okay. I’ve learned my lesson.
    I’m excited for the candle, but was really expecting there to actually be more than 2 items. Slightly irritated by the lip balm.

  32. Glad I passed, but also glad that those who didn’t are happy with it.

  33. That’s it?

  34. Thanks Liz and Dana for spoilers!
    Excited to see new brands. But I wish the lip balm was a tube. Hoping the candle doesn’t have too much of a peach sent bc I am just not a peach person at all, not even a little. But I’m sure I can swap or gift it if it’s too peachy for me.
    Now hopefully we get full spoilers for the big box soon too

    • You’re welcome! The candle smells more like melon. I was surprised that the card said peachy notes because melon is all that I smelled, even before I pulled it out of the box.

      • Awesome- good to hear! Excited to get my box.
        Thanks again Dana!

  35. Not great value for money and they are “safe” items to include, though they do seem to be nice versions of a candle and lip product. Both seem very giftable so I’m looking at it that way. Mothers day is coming up. MIL would love either/both of those items.

    • That is a good way to look at it. They are super safe items.

  36. I’m excited. Though it is a little pricey for two items it is worth it because it’s pretty much getting the one item free or for a few dollars. I love how popsugar introduces new brands and items to us so it’s worth it to me ?

  37. Yuck – listing the whole box

  38. Soooooooo glad I passed…don’t need any more candles or lip balm!

  39. I agree that with the value I’m used to from Popsugar, this feels more like a $15 box. I will always take another candle and lip balm, but this just isn’t very exciting for the price. I’ll give it a few more months and see where it goes.

  40. I didn’t realize that it was only 2 full sized items with a $30 minimum retail value. I’ve gotten spoiled with the regular popsugar boxes being three times the value or more of the cost of the box. While I like the candle and lip balm, I think I don’t think it is worth the risk to me in the future. I was expecting $60 value but I clearly pulled that number out of thin air.

  41. Love them both! So glad I signed up before they sold out! 🙂

  42. I’m glad I didn’t sign up.

  43. Excited! I can never have too much lip balm and I bet the candle smells Great!

  44. I love it! I can use both.

  45. Wah you got me again popsugar.

  46. But cute!!
    I can imagine that the candle smells delish!!!

  47. Hmmm. Not absolutely blown away by value, but love both the items! I’ll give it another few moths to decide….or continue forever because I’m an addict 🙂

    • “…or continue forever because I’m an addict” LMAO that’s what I should’ve written because its so true.

  48. I didn’t get this box, but have wanted to try Farmacy products. I also love candles. On fence. If it was $15 instead of $20 I might jump at the box but with only an extra $10 additional value promised ($30) with only two products it could easily be a miss box. I would have been happy with this box.

    • I agree. If one item is a miss then the value is not there. However, they did seem to play it safe this month; I think most people interested in this box would use candles and lip balm. I will have to watch and see.

  49. So glad I didn’t sign up for the mini box. Lip Balm and candles are two things that I don’t need more of!

    • I was consumed with FOMO and was regretting not purchasing this but I’m moving and just finished tossing a bunch of half-burnt candles. The lip balm does look nice though… (and I may end up caving and purchasing the box post-move). I wouldn’t have been unhappy to get the box but I’m glad that I’m not kicking myself for missing the opportunity.

      • Couldn’t agree more.

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