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CAUSEBOX Spring 2017 Subscription Box Review + $10 Coupon

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CAUSEBOX is a quarterly subscription box that features brands and items dedicated to doing good all over the world. Many featured brands donate a portion of proceeds to charities and/or may employ local artisans, use ethically-sourced goods, etc. 

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This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

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The Subscription Box: CAUSEBOX

The Cost: $54.95 on a quarterly basis, or $49.95 per box with an annual subscription

COUPONUse coupon code WELCOME10 to save $10 off your first box or use coupon code WELCOME15 to save $15 off your annual subscription!

The Products: At least $150 worth of products for women from Sevenly’s favorite socially-conscious brands.

Ships to: US

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The box came with this full-color brochure featuring more information about the items and brands included in the box.

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This adds so much to the subscription for me – it’s great to read the stories and inspirations behind each product in the box.

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Now, onto the items!

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Altru Canvas Banner

This is the first item from CAUSEBOX’s new home brand: Altru! It measures 14 by 17 inches.

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This is a quality piece. The canvas is a heavy-duty material, and the embroidery work is impressive, too.

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This banner was created with the design team at Trube Alive. Each letter was individually cut and sewn by artisans in Jaipur, India.

I love getting home items in boxes, and I appreciate this one is easy to hang and display! Plus I’m excited to see more home items from this brand in future boxes.

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Sasa Designs by Far Fetched Mini Equator Studs – Value $28

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These earrings come in a vibrant drawstring bag with mesh on one side, and this patterned fabric on the other side.

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More about Sasa Designs:

Sasa Designs is a handmade lifestyle brand empowering and employing individuals regardless of physical ability or geographic location.

We started our work in 2011 exclusively with Deaf women in Kenya. As our original group’s potential has grown, our brand is expanding to work with women and men across the globe who face exceptional physical or geographic challenges in accessing safe, secure and sustainable work.

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These earrings were made via a partnership with Far Fetched, in Mexico.

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These earrings are made of hammered brass and measure about 3/4 inches long.

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I’m all about simple, gold jewelry, so these are perfect for me!

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And these earrings came with a coupon for 20% off your first order at Sasa Designs.

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Mud Love Ceramic Container – Value $20?

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This handmade item was made exclusively for CAUSEBOX! It measures about 4 inches tall and 3.5 inches across.

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Each Mud Love item has a maker’s mark – signifying the artist that created it. And the MudLove stamp is on the bottom:

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CAUSEBOX recommends using this as a vase, mug, toothbrush holder, storage container for your desk, etc.

I’m going to use it as a pen holder for my desk – I love the muted blue color, and I want it on display!

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A little more about how Mud Love gives back:

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Through our partnership with Water for Good, every product you purchase provides one week of clean water to someone in need. The Central African Republic is a country in desperate need of hope, love, and basic necessities. Access to safe, clean water has the power to transform communities and save lives.

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And Mud Love included a coupon for 30% off your next Mud Love order!

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Braid Tidy Up Room & Linen Spritzer – Value $20

This ingredient conscious room spray is a made with a blend of Lemon, Sweet Orange, Tangerine, Grapefruit and Lime Essential oils. So it smells AMAZING!

The only downside to me is that it’s a light fragrance, so it doesn’t linger as long as I wish it did.

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More on how BRAID gives back:

For every product sold, BRAID gives to life changing supplies, mentorship and aid for homeless children. Our mission, #3CordCrew, focuses on giving back to a non-profit, Hope Supply Co., which aids homeless children. We believe it should always be more than a bottom line and that is the driving force of our purpose and passion.

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And Braid included a coupon for 20% off all orders!

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Banded Hair Ties – Value $7

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Things I always seem to lose/things I’m always happy to see in subscription boxes: hair ties and lip balm!

And these colors are bright and perfect for Spring!

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More on how Banded gives back:

Every BANDED product purchased provides 3 meals to a child in need through feeding programs located in Uganda, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

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And Banded included a coupon for 25% off your next order:

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This Bar Saves Lives – Value $2

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For every bar sold, This Bar Saves Lives gives life-saving food to a child in need. Learn more about their cause and how they fight malnutrition here.

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In addition to being a wonderful cause, this bar gets high taste testing ratings, too. My husband Eric love the mix of chocolate with sea salt!

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Lili Arnold Print

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Every season, CAUSEBOX sends out a new 5″ X 7″ art print from a different artist. For the welcome box, you also get this wood frame, to display your print. (Check out my review of the Welcome Box to see the frame.)

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The Renewal Workshop $20 Coupon Code

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Lastly, this box includes a coupon code to use at Renewal Workshop – a site that cleans and repairs “unsellable” inventory from top brands to prevent it from going in landfills.

Verdict: It’s difficult to calculate a value for this box since there are so many exclusive items. I think $54.95 for this box seems like a great deal for all the products you get, and how they give back. (And it’s even better for the $44.95 cost when you sign up with coupon code WELCOME10.)

This is one of those boxes that makes you feel good about every single item and the causes they support, and as an added bonus the value is great, too.

What do you think of the Spring Box from CAUSEBOX? What’s your favorite item?

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.

23 Comments

  1. This is my second Causebox and although I like many of the items, I dont think the value is as good as the Winter box. Pros: I LOVE the earrings, mug, and print. Cons: The Causebox website lists the banner’s retail value as $68. The quality is good, but I don’t know anyone that would pay $68 for a casual canvas banner. My BRAID spray didn’t work and leaked during shipment, so for the moment its still unusable. Customer service was great and said they will replace it but I’m getting a bit impatient. Lastly, the $20 giftcard for the Renewal Workshop is nice, and seems like a great company. However, there is nothing on their website in that price range! After already spending $55 on a box, I cant justify spending an additional $20 – $30 for something I don’t particularly like or need. In the winter box they included a gift card to Krochet Kids, which was awesome because KK has a selection of hats for around $20. Ill give it one more season before canceling my subscription because I REALLY love their mission and culture.

    • I feel the same way. Photos of the Winter box was what inspired me to pull the trigger on an annual sub, so I was really really disappointed with the welcome box and then the Spring box.

  2. Is it still possible to get this box? My son’s name is True so I’m dying for that banner!

  3. This is my fourth Causebox, and while it’s probably my least favorite among those I’ve received, I do appreciate the quality of the items in it. At first I was a little “????” about the banner, but it’s beautifully made and it’ll look cute in my craft room. And while I don’t have pierced ears, I LOVE those earrings, so I’m going to try turning them into a necklace and bracelet set — “Make it work” as Tim Gunn would say 😉

    And I will say that even though I didn’t have to contact customer service for this shipment, when I’ve done so in the past, CS has been VERY responsive and friendly. All in all, despite my slight disappointment this time around, Causebox is really a great sub, and it’s introduced me to a lot of companies I never would have known about otherwise.

  4. A word of caution for pet owners – there are many essential oils that should not be used around pets (especially cats), and the room spray contains some of them!

    Citrus oils contain d-limonene, of which carvacrol is a bi-product, and can cause toxicity for kitties as their systems cannot process it. Consider using room sprays -like the one in this box – (and other household sprays/cleaners) containing citrus oils away from cats and areas they frequent.

    • Thank you for the heads-up! That’s very helpful to know.

    • OMG! Thanks for the warning! I didn’t even think about this and was spraying it all over the house the other day thinking it was safe because it’s all natural. Oh my poor doggie 🙁 He seems fine though. I will definitely be more careful.

    • I have 3 dogs so thank you for sharing this!!

    • Nooooo!!! But it smells so good 🙁

  5. This is supposed to be my first box from them but it hasn’t even shipped yet. I also got the notification that I may be getting the candle and cards rather than the mug. I really want to like this box but with the (inferior, IMO) item substitution, late shipping, and these pretty “meh” spoilers we’re off to a bad start. To me, this isn’t an inexpensive box and I’m a bit disappointed.

  6. I’m actually really unhappy about this box. I subbed because I saw how amazing past boxes were, and this one was just so so disappointing. I deeply regret subbing for the whole year. My first box was that cruddy little welcome box with all of their leftovers in it. That should have been my first sign.

    • Sorry to hear that, I admit this isn’t as high of a value box as some past ones but causebox items are usually very swappable if you are on the swap boards 🙂 I think causebox works hard to curate thoughtful and responsible items, I also subbed for the year and hoping the next few boxes have the same curation we’ve seen in past boxes. I’m sure and hope you won’t regret it!

  7. This was the first time I received my box well before the review came out, so it was actually a surprise when I opened it, aside from the mug and the earrings. The spoilers were awesome enough that I was super excited for this box, but then everything else was a bit of a let down for me when I initially opened it. The print is super cute, so I’ll put that in my new office to help add a little color, along with the mug as a pencil holder. The spray would have been my favorite item, I love citrusy scents, but my bottle is defective, doesn’t spray, and leaked all over my box. I will commend Causebox on their awesome customer service and prompt attention to that matter. Many people mentioned having the same issue, and they are working to replace the defective products.

    It’s the standard subscription boxing whining though. Not everything is going to suit everyone. The banner isn’t my style at all, and I have a very short hair style, so I’m always sad when I get hair ties in my boxes. Luckily with Causebox everything is quality and can easily be gifted. And I will find a way to use the defective room spray. I might try adding a bit to my essential oil diffuser to see how that works.

    • I don’t have pierced ears so I feel the same way every time I get earrings in a box that you do about getting hair ties. You’re right…it’s the “known risk” you take with sub boxes since there is so much variance in people’s preferences, styles, and what we can use. But everything always does make great presents or gifts!

      Also, I had an issue with my nail polish from the winter box spilling all over and the customer service was great in promptly addressing my problem too. I didn’t try to actually spray my room spray this time around since I could smell it just by removing the cap so I will have to remember to do that now. Thanks for the head’s up!

  8. I wish the banner had been a tote instead. I have no use for a banner and hope this was a one-time thing.

    • Agreed, I thought it was a tote at first and was very excited. The banner just isn’t something I’ll use.. I may make it into a pillow or something.

    • I agree. A tote would have been great! Instead I’m gonna put the banner on my toddler’s wall. It’ll be perfect in there.

    • Could I buy the banner from you? My son’s name is True so I’m dying for it!

      • Hi Dianna,
        Did you find someone to send you a banner yet? If not, Im happy to sell mine to you. Its beautiful but just doesn’t fit into my decor and it sounds perfect for you son. Whats your email address?

  9. Great review!

  10. This is one of my favorite subs. They nailed it with the winter and fall box, this one is just ok. I love the earrings and mug, I’ll use the spray and hair ties, but that banner and gift card (why do they put gift cards in sub boxes?) I won’t use. The banner is too young in my opinion for this box. I still love Causbox, but it’s hard to follow those last two boxes, they were fab!

    • I agree. I also loved the last 2 boxes much better than this one which is OK. Interesting but just OK,

  11. I saw a picture on instagram revealing the items in this box a day or two ago, and I wasn’t excited at all to get mine, BUT, I got my box today and as I opened it and saw everything, i realized that I actually love everything! I will use everything single thing in this box, except for the earrings because my ears aren’t pierced! I don’t know what my problem was the other day, but I seriously love EVERYTHING!! This has to be my favorite sub box out of the several subs that I get!

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