New Hobby Box Subscription Box Review + Coupon – June 2016
New Hobby Box is a subscription that sends you everything you need to take up a new hobby every month! I love learning how to do new things, so I was really excited to try this!
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out our review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: New Hobby Box
The Cost: $30 + $7.26 shipping = $37.26 per month with discounts for longer commitments
COUPON: Save 10% off your first box with ADDICTION (6-month subscriptions only).
The Products: Everything you need to try out a new hobby every month
Ships to: US
Good to Know: You can skip any month you’re not interested in!
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
These are the supplies I was sent this month. My new hobby for June was organic soap making! How fun!
New Hobby Box does not send printed instructions, so the tutorials are all online. You can print them out, but so far I have found the videos they post even more helpful.
My work on my new hobby this month was abruptly halted when I got to the online tutorial. New Hobby Box usually sends all the supplies required to take up a new hobby, but this month they were unable to send one item due to shipping restrictions: lye. So the instructions basically include the step of going out and buying some lye. Lye is a pretty hazardous substance that can cause burns and even explosions if mishandled. I was uncomfortable bringing it into my house with two little kids, three insane pets, and a general round-the-clock atmosphere of chaos, so I couldn’t complete the project this month.
Verdict: I am a big fan of New Hobby Box, but this month was a really bad call, in my opinion. It wasn’t a really amazing hobby selection to begin with (again, my opinion), but even if they had chosen soap making as the hobby, there are many ways to do it without requiring subscribers to purchase lye. I have made about a million different kinds of soap in the past using various pre-made soap bases, and it can be really fun and interesting. I also expect to receive all the supplies for each month’s hobbies, as promised. If I have to go out and buy something, it heavily detracts from the value for me. I have had such a great experience with New Hobby Box so far that I don’t want to cancel, so we will just have to wait and see how next month’s hobby plays out.
Spoiler Alert: July’s hobby is how to pick locks! It sounds kind of salacious, but it will probably be one of those skills I’m glad I have!
What do you think of New Hobby Box? Were you bothered by the lye also?