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Pop Sugar Must Have Box – October 2012 Review – Monthly Women’s Subscription Boxes

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Pop Sugar Must Have Box - PopSugar October 2012 Review - Monthly Women's Subscription Boxes

Yay! PopSugar Must Have Box Time! I think I checked the tracking info on this box more times than I would like to admit – but after last month’s amazing box, I couldn’t help but be excited!

Pop Sugar Must Have Box - PopSugar October 2012 Review - Monthly Women's Subscription Boxes

The Box: Pop Sugar Must Have

The Cost: $35 a month

COUPON CODE: Use MUSTHAVE5 to save $5 on your first box!

The Products: Favorite items from PopSugar staff and editors!

Pop Sugar Must Have Box - PopSugar October 2012 Review - Monthly Women's Subscription Boxes

Exersocks (Medium) – Value $10

These are anti-slip exercise socks for activities when you’d rather not wear sneakers. I didn’t know these existed – but they make so much sense!

Pop Sugar Must Have Box - PopSugar October 2012 Review - Monthly Women's Subscription Boxes

OPI Pink of Hearts 2012 Set in You Glitter Be Good to Me and I Think in Pink – Value $17

I’m thrilled with this addition to the box – Great cause, great colors and on top of that they are full size!

Pop Sugar Must Have Box - PopSugar October 2012 Review - Monthly Women's Subscription Boxes

Pirate Booty – 1 oz Value $1.50

Dylan’s Candy Bar Gummy Bears – Value $4

I was expecting some kind of treat this month since Halloween is right around the corner, and they did not disappoint!  After seeing Dylan’s Candy Bar everywhere (most recently on Project Runway I think) I’m happy to finally get to sample their sweets!

Pop Sugar Must Have Box - PopSugar October 2012 Review - Monthly Women's Subscription Boxes

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling – Value $35

I love that this book’s retail value covers the cost of the box alone! The Casual Vacancy has been on my to-read list for a while, so I’m thrilled with this box addition.

Pop Sugar Must Have Box - PopSugar October 2012 Review - Monthly Women's Subscription Boxes

Red Flower Spanish Gardenia Candle with Petals – Value $34

I haven’t decided if I love this scent yet, but I am a fan of the design of the candle. It’s topped with scented petals that you use for a variety of different things. Pop Sugar recommends throwing them into a bath or bundling them in a satchel to freshen up any area. Even if I don’t end up using this it will make a great gift.

Pop Sugar Must Have Box - PopSugar October 2012 Review - Monthly Women's Subscription Boxes

Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy Shampoo and Conditioner – 3 oz each Value $3 total

These are definitely deluxe sized samples. Unfortunately for me, they contain sulfate – which I avoid because my hair is highlighted. I’ll be passing these along to a friend!

Verdict: For $35 I received over $100 worth of items – I am so happy with Pop Sugar Must Have! I love the variety and the quantity of the items – it’s like my birthday each month!  Were you happy with this months’ box too? I think my favorite month so far has been September’s Box, but this box definitely was a major win!

Check out all past Pop Sugar Must Have reviews here.

UPDATE: If you are interested in signing up, I recommend doing so soon – the November and December boxes have already sold out!

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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!

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  1. I wanted to share my experience with PopSugar and the October box. Long story short, I tracked my box every day, and was crushed to find out that though USPS said it was delivered, I never received it. I waited a couple days to see if it would show, I talked to my mailman, and nothing. Last resort, emailed PopSugar. After a few emails back and forth, they said to wait another week and if it didn’t show to let them know.

    Longest week ever.

    Emailed them again, sad because I had seen that the boxes were sold out so I wasn’t too hopeful. But a day later I had a new tracking number and today, finally, my October box arrived! I love everything in it, and was pleased to see full sized bottles of the shampoo/conditioner, along with a handwritten note saying they were sorry the first box didn’t make it, and they hoped I would enjoy it.

    This was only my second month, and I’m so happy with their customer service and the content of the boxes. I ordered the luxury box for December, and am seriously debating on the men’s for my fiance.

  2. Thank you for posting! I just signed up with the $5 coupon code listed on your blog, and I am SO excited. December can’t come fast enough!

  3. Oh, one more thing– Write to Pop Sugar about the differing size of shampoo and conditioner sent and they may send you a larger size of each. It takes more than what’s in the bottle of shampoo I received to clean my waist length very thick straight hair. SOME people got full sizes of both products.
    So I asked for the same size.

  4. I love the box again this month!! Can you hardly wait until DEC’s BOX??
    I know it will be extra special. 🙂

    My candle was pink, which I like.. Didn’t know what to do with the petals everywhere so threw them away. My socks are stupid blue- not navy, but royal blue. Yeah, like I will wear those with my yoga wear, LOL.
    I hope the J.K. Rowlings book isn’t too ” racy”. Am taking it to the doctor’s office with me tomorrow. I LOVED the ” Wallflower” book from last month!!!

    The gummy bears were OK.. I had rather have caramels or chocolates.
    Why does NO box put chocolate barss in our boxes now? It’s cool enough everywhere.
    I want chocolate!!

    Didn’t care too much for the white cheddar puffs but then, I don’t like white cheddar or puffs.

    I’m wearing the OPI sparkle polish now. It fits my personality perfectly. Bling without being a weird color. I will varnish my toenails with the creme from now until it runs out. OPI is a great brand for pedis.

    Over all, a very good box. NOT a great box like October, and I want clothing accessories more than I realized, and makeup products second on the list, and books. 🙂 AND CHOCOLATE, REAL CHOCOLATE, not chips, or drinks, realy chocolate!! Are you listening Pop Sugar, Hammock Pack and Yuzen? Chocolate, decadant good chocolate please!!

  5. Darn. I just bought this book last week. Oh well, it’s still an awesome box.

  6. I’m dieing waiting for my November one I signed up almost 2 weeks ago and this box is making me so anxious !!

  7. You always get your box so much earlier than me and I can’t help but look! Great box and review!

    • I was thinking the exact same thing! Mine won’t arrive for at least another day.

  8. OMG, I want this this box but darn it’s expensive. But sooo worth it. Perhaps I’ll try the $5 first month box. Thanks for the review.

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