Our Subscription Box Favorites for December!
We’re starting a new monthly post highlighting our favorite discoveries from subscription boxes! Here are our favorite items from the past month:
The Item: Saucefly Demi Glace
The Cost: Saucefly boxes cost $100 + shipping (Eugene, OR residents receive a shipping credit of $15 per box. Shipping is free to states west of the Colorado Rockies. Shipping to the east coast is $25.)
Why I love it: December was my second month reviewing Saucefly, and I absolutely love the concept. Every month, professional chef Chef Sara Willis makes and bottles a selection of organic products and then cold ships them out to subscribers. The last couple of boxes have contained salad dressings, sauces, marinades, cocktail mixers, dips, and chutneys, and I’ve been absolutely blown away by the taste and quality of everything I’ve received. December’s box included this jar of demi glace for beef wellington (Chef Sara posted a video walkthrough of the recipe on the Saucefly site) that was outstanding. This was my first time making beef wellington, and I’m thrilled with how it came out. The pastry was golden and crisp, and the steak was perfectly cooked. Best of all, though, was the demi glace; it was thick, rich, and full of flavor. I love that Saucefly sends chef-made, restaurant-quality products and encourages me to break out of cooking comfort zone!
The Item: Inaba Ciao Churu Treat (tuna flavor)
The Cost: $0.75
From: Cat Claws Club
Why I Love It: Once again, my favorite item is decided by what makes the best cat pictures. This is a repeat item for me and I very well may have picked it as a favorite in a past month, as well. But I had so much fun watching my cats eat this, and my cats thought it was awesome. (Plus, it’s affordable!)
Anna Rodriguez’s Favorite:
The Item: Liz Claiborne Woman Pajamas
The Cost: $62
Why I love it: I love nice warm pajamas in the winter, and these are super soft, too! I was thrilled to get jammies in a subscription box – that was a first, and it was awesome!
The Item: Classic Puffer Coat
The Cost: $70 in the Golden Tote boutique, $45 as an add-on to a tote purchase (or, as always, you can order it as a chosen item in your tote purchase)
From: Golden Tote
Why I love it: This coat is so much higher quality than I thought it would be when I picked it for my tote! It’s so thick and warm, it’s a double-zip close with a zip-out inner shell that’s lined with faux fur, and the cuffs around the sleeves and waist are perfect.The color is great, and I love the flattering design with the waist-accentuating pattern on the sides. I also love that the hood zips all the way up, which is perfect for keeping my hood up on windy days!
The Item: Jammit Jam – Cherry Clove Cabernet
The Cost: $8.00
Why I love it: This jam…it’s amazing. I love the complex flavors of the clove and cabernet mixed with the sweet cherry. I ate this on a biscuit, but I think it would be amazing with cheese as well – I’m picturing brie, but Jammit recommends Gouda, which is probably outstanding as well! This was the perfect item for a December box – it can be gifted or used for a holiday appetizer. I loved it!
Nancy S’ Favorite:
The Cost: $2.79
Why I love it: Brownie brittle is already amazing, but when you add white chocolate drizzle to the mix, it becomes irresistible. The drizzle adds extra creamy sweetness to the crisp brownie flavor for a decadent snack. I can see this eaten in different ways too, such as a topper for vanilla ice cream.
The Item: 24 Karat Gold Luxe Restorative Balm
The Cost: Value $44.00
Why I love it: This balm is truly amazing. I don’t think I’ve ever put something so restorative on my face that didn’t feel greasy or heavy but moisturized so instantly and thoroughly. I am obsessed with this product and I’m so thrilled Clean Beauty introduced me to it!
The Cost: $19.99
Why I love it: Since I received this item, I’ve been using it almost every day. It’s a great scent for December and it might be my all-time favorite winter aromatherapy mix! It has everything I love – cedarwood, clove, and coffee smells are what I get most but the website also lists cinnamon bark, cassia root, bergamot, lavender, cardamom, and nutmeg.
The Item: Scandi Scarf
The Cost: $34.00
From: Aster Market
Why I love It: This black and white patterned scarf keeps me warm and stylish. I love how it pairs nicely with my winter accessories and coats. This has become my favorite scarf!
Anna Reilly’s Favorite:
The Item: Mi Esperanza Simplicity Necklace
The Cost: $24
From: Hope Supply
Why I love it: This necklace has added a little sparkle to so many of my December outfits. I love that it can be dressy or casual depending on the look. It’s a beautiful example of what sustainable, ethically produced fashion can be!
The Item: Toddler Socks from Sock It To Me
The Cost: Say It With A Sock Kids’ subscriptions are $13.99 for 2 pair a month, with free shipping
Why I love it: These fit our almost-2-year-old so well! I love the fun hamburger design too, they’re adorable, and it’s a welcome change in a sock drawer otherwise full of superhero socks.
The Item: Organic Forest Chai – Rooibos Tea
The Cost: $13.97 ( for 2oz.)
Why I love it: This tea can be prepared two ways and both were delicious! I loved how easy it was to create a creamy chai tea using the steeping instructions and the combination of chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger are perfect for cold winter days.
The Item: Lamami Champagne Sabre
The Cost: $79
Why I love it: I’m not sure that I’ve ever had more fun shooting photos for a review. I was so skeptical of how the sabre would work – but it was a bit of a thrill to crack the top of the bottle and watch it fly about 40 feet!
The Cost: $65
Why I love it: This cream is SO hydrating! It’s infused with cucumber so that scent adds to the spa-like refreshing vibe of the cream. You can use it as a day cream, night cream, or even add a little over makeup to hydrate your skin and give you a dewy finish. And it is super gentle on my skin. This it the type of skincare product that I would actually pay full retail price for!
What do you think of our favorites for December? And what were your favorite discoveries?