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Smartass and Sass Subscription Box Review + Coupon – March 2017

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Smartass and Sass is a monthly subscription box designed for gals with a sense of humor.

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Each month, you’ll receive 4-8 awesomely irreverent items handmade by artists and small businesses. The women behind Smartass and Sass might not take themselves too seriously, but they are serious about supporting the creatives behind the items in their box and paying a fair price for their quality goods.

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The bottom of the box is decorated with great quotes from “Witty Women”! I love it.

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The Subscription Box: Smartass and Sass

The Cost: $34.95 per month. You can also choose a 3-month plan for $33.95 per month, a 6-month plan for $32.95 per month, or a 12-month plan for $31.95 per month.

COUPON: Use code MSA10 to save 10% off your first box!

The Products: 4-8 irreverently fun handmade finds (including decor, stationery, accessories, and more) from artists and small businesses

Ships to: $6.95 to the U.S. Varies worldwide.

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This is my first time checking out Smartass and Sass, but I’ll say that their aesthetic definitely vibes with my silly, sarcastic sense of humor. I also really love their interest in featuring smaller artists and businesses in their box (and paying them fairly for their work), rather than turning to discount sites for mass-produced items.

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The theme this month is “You Are a Magical Queen.” Doesn’t get much better than that! While some boxes are dodgy about where they source their products, this info card spells it right out, linking to each vendor and even noting the social networks on which they have a presence. (There are some coupon codes on there, too!)

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There’s a thank you note from the founders of the box, too. I love that they signed it!

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If you love this box (or if you just want to wear this badge of honor for your sassy personality), you’ll be glad to know that you also get a Smartass and Sass sticker!

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Queen of Everything Vinyl Decal by the GCG Studio – Value $4.00

On the GCG Studio site, this decal is shown on a laptop, which I think is a cute idea. I suppose you could stick it to a notebook or other stationery, too. Just be sure to take your time applying it to avoid any air bubbles from creeping in beneath the smooth, sleek letters.

I’m drawn to how bold and brazen this saying is, though I don’t know if I’m quite to the point where I’d want to flaunt it around in public. It’s just slightly more “diva” than my personality is just yet. But who knows! Maybe some of this box’s confidence will start rubbing off on me!

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Bling Bomb Bath Bomb by Da Bomb Bath Fizzers – Value $7.50

I’ve seen plenty of bath bombs in subscription boxes, but this is the first one that has jewelry inside! The scent of the bomb is blueberry lemongrass, which is refreshing, fruity, and perfect for spring. And I was delighted that the process of fishing the jewelry out of the tub was pretty quick and painless!

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This gold eyeglasses ring came packaged in a little plastic capsule that’s not unlike the kind you’d get in a 25-cent machine. That kept it from getting wet or gunked up with blue bath bomb material and even better, made it float! Floating jewelry is way easier to find in the tub, haha. The ring isn’t that sophisticated, but it is awfully cute. I’ll have to paint it with clear polish to make sure the finish doesn’t rub off or discolor my fingers. The experience of getting a surprise inside my bath bomb, even if it’s something tiny like this ring, was a lot of fun. Oh, and did I mention this company was created by two enterprising teen girls? How cool!

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Fancy Face 4 oz. Soy Candle by Soy Much Brighter – Value $12.00

The lid says the candle has a sandalwood, amber, and vanilla scent, but I found it quite floral.

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It’s also got a lot of fragrance to it—I left the jar open in my office overnight, and this morning, the room was filled with a pretty, earthy fragrance.

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Stay Gold Pencil by the Carbon Crusader – Value $1.33

There are a few fun stationery items in this month’s box, including two pencils from The Carbon Crusader, a pencil, pen, and notebook shop imagined and run by a Houston woman. It’s funny thinking of how infrequently I use pencils these days, what with my phone and laptop taking over most of my notetaking. I can’t wait to put these prim, pink-eraser pencils to use, either in writing or doodling. This pencil has an Outsiders-inspired message and an awesome metallic gold sheen to it. It looks so pretty in my pen cup!

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Queen in a World of Commoners Pencil by The Carbon Crusader – Value $1.33

This baby blue pencil is a little more simple, but I love it just the same. The saying has that same divaesque vibe as the vinyl decal, but I’m a little cooler with it here. Seeing it poking out of my pencil cup is sort of like getting a bite-sized pep talk!

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Plastic Pencil Sharpener – Value $0.08?

This item is sort of a bonus, so I didn’t know for sure its brand or where it was sourced—I just linked to a similar sharpener above! I’ve gotten pencils in subscription boxes before, but it’s actually rare to also get a sharpener. I’m super grateful for this tiny, handy gift!

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Aurora 4″ x 6″ Notebook by Hadron Epoch – Value $4.50

How dreamy is this notebook? I love the way these rainbow colors kind of drift in and out from behind one another. So pretty!

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This is a soft-cover notebook, but it has a nice squared-off spine. The pages are lined (the top line is dotted)—I’ve been getting really into dotted notebooks lately, so I would have preferred that. Regardless, it’s such a great, crisp notebook that will fit perfectly into my crossbody purse. Love!

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Time to Drink Champagne and Dance on the Table Tote by Dream State – Value $10.00

Last but not least, there’s this cute cotton tote bag. I’m a huge fan of tote bags (I have a whole collection of them hanging precariously from my bedroom doorknob, and I can’t believe the door hasn’t just fallen over yet), so this was a fun find. I noticed that the shop this comes from mostly specializes in wedding wares, which gives the saying on this tote some context. That said, when is it not time to drink champagne and dance on the table? I like the idea of using this bag as my purse when I go to casual showers or birthday parties (or on Friday nights on the town). I will say the tote is on the thinner side, but so long as I don’t try to stuff it really full, it probably has a good long life ahead of it.

Verdict: I really enjoyed Smartass and Sass! I’ll admit that I was a little worried, given the name, that the box might be more Smartass, Sass, and Crass, but it turns out, it’s super playful, cool and confident, aspirational, and best of all, approachable. The value of the high-quality items was about $40.00, which is just below the $41.90 price point (including shipping). I’m really excited to see what this box does next, and what new artists and businesses they feature!

What do you think of Smartass and Sass?

Written by Anna Reilly

Anna Reilly

Anna loves collecting little treasures, be they pop-culture finds, handmade mementos, or new potions to put in her makeup bag. Beauty boxes got her interested in the subscription world, but now she’s swooning for all things kawaii!

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.

18 Comments

  1. I agree with everyone here. WAY WAY too much for what you get. 🙁

  2. This box is so overpriced; I’d be so mad if I paid the full amount and received items like that. Even if I paid $10, I’d feel like I got ripped off. This seems like something I’d get in a goody bad for visiting a convention. I’m really tired of these subscription boxes that include a couple of pencils, stickers, and/or a quote on some cardstock and charging over $20. It just seems like overpriced filler, honestly.

  3. I ‘am so sick of reviewers on MSA not including shipping in the over all cost of a subscription box!! So no the sub did not cost $34.95 it cost almost $42 so you should probably change the last part of your review, not trying to be mean but MSA should try to look at for its readers instead of subscription box business.

    • It’s tricky because most people, myself included, do include shipping in the total cost of the box because that’s how much money you’re out to get it. But then the argument could be made that the value of this box is well over $40 if you include the shipping cost of each individual item. But overall, I agree with the comments that S&S needs to either lower the price of the box or up the average value of their boxes to get more takers. The vision of the box has potential.

    • Hi Pilar,
      The verdict’s total value has been updated to include shipping. Thanks for your feedback!

  4. I think the price accurately reflects their desire to pay their vendors fair prices for their wares. No super bulk discounts here to help offset the costs. Part of the value in this box is supporting entrepreneurs. Having said that, I’d rather shop for myself and support small business of my own choosing because I personally have to offset the mystery and chance of subscription boxes with some feeling of getting “more than I paid for.”

  5. I feel like I’ve seen those bath fizzies at Target, or something very similar. This looks like a $10-15 box, I’d be mad if I paid $42 for some pencils, a sharpner and notebook. The candle is the only nice thing I’d like; the tote bag is cute, but doesn’t look very sturdy.

    • Definitely at Target for 4.99. Target even has an “F” Bomb that I think would have been more suited for this box :p

  6. Cute and fun curation – but I think the price should be about 15 – 18 dollars.

  7. It’s really a $42 box if you include shipping, so the value of the contents are lower than the cost of the box.

    • Hi Heather – The verdict’s total value has been updated to include shipping!

  8. I very nearly ordered this as a gift for my 23 year old daughter, so glad I waited. The items look fun but I am with most of you, the price is simply too high for what you are getting. I am truly a sub box addict, with way more subscriptions than I like to admit. I have no problem with curation being a selling point instead of value in certain boxes (Indiespensable being one of those) but in these lifestyle type boxes, there has to be a big value for me to be happy. If they lowered the price to a reasonable amount I may reconsider.

  9. I love the theme, and I proudly identify with it! But the contents miss the mark and the price point seems high. Overpriced pencils in a sub box is always a red flag, in my sassy opinion.

  10. I like the items, but I think the price point is too much for this box. This seems more like a $25 box.

    • You are being more generous than I was, which is more like 9.99 – 14.99, tops.

  11. I’m glad to see this one reviewed! I am definitely part of their target audience so I will keep a watchful eye on this sub!

  12. I’ve been eyeing this one for a while. I just wish they would offer a good coupon or deal and I would snap up a longer-term subscription!

  13. Hmmmm, not sure about this one for the price.

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