Arianna Huffington Quarterly Box Review – #ARI01
As soon as I saw Arianna Huffington was a Quarterly curator I signed up for her box. Her book, Thrive, was on my must-read list, and I was hoping for a box that followed the themes presented in the book. Judging from some of the comments about this box on another Quarterly box review, I know this box isn’t for everyone, but it is exactly what I wanted/needed!
My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes). (FYI – I signed up for this box Day 1, and the box was incorrectly listed at the price of $50 instead of $100. Quarterly updated the price the next day I believe, but let every subscriber who signed up keep the original $50 price for the first box. Moving forward, boxes will be $100 for everyone).
A little more about Arianna from Quarterly:
Arianna Huffington is the editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group and author of fourteen books. She sends items that help her take her mother’s advice: “Don’t Miss the Moment.”
The Subscription Box: Arianna Huffington Quarterly Box
The Cost: $100
The Products: Items that follow Arianna’s mother’s advice, “Don’t miss the moment.”
Ships to: US and Worldwide (additional shipping costs for Canada and International orders).
Delivered via: USPS
Each Quarterly box comes with a letter from the curator detailing the items included and why they were selected. Her letter is all about taking time to “push the world away, unplug and recharge.”
Thrive by Arianna Huffington – Retail Price $26, on Amazon for $14.20
I was hoping this book would be in the box! The value is definitely more than the list price on Amazon though, since the book includes photo copied post its from Arianna throughout:
This book is all about redefining what success means, and looking beyond the traditional success metrics of money and power. The third metric Arianna outlines is about well-being, wonder, wisdom, and giving back. In previous jobs I’ve definitely felt the negative impact of being overworked and overstressed, so the message of this book really hits home for me. (And I’ve only read the first chapter!)
Perpetual Shade Custom Sleep Mask – Value $69
A big part of the theme of this box is taking time to recharge and get enough sleep. I’ve never slept with a sleep mask before, but this one is so nice I have to give it a try!
The band on the back is really wide and doesn’t slip, and the trip along mask also has non-slip material built in.
One Month Access Pass to Headspace – Value $12.99
Braun Alarm Clock in Grey – Value $35
Good news – this one-month access to headspace does not require credit card info. I’m really excited to try it since I’ve never tried meditation before but always seem to be reading about the important link between meditation and happiness.
Arianna included this alarm clock in the box not for a morning wakeup, but instead as a way to set a reminder alarm for yourself when it is time to go to bed. She pointed out in her letter how important it is to get a quality rest each night, but often it’s the last thing we focus on – meaning we sleep when everything else gets done. Arianna encourages her subscribers to think of sleep time like they think of a flight time. You can’t miss it, and you need to craft your day around it to make sure everything important gets done and you still arrive to sleep on time! This is another lesson that really rings true for me, and while I don’t need an alarm clock to do it, I really appreciate the thought behind including this item.
Aveda Stress-Fix Concentrate (2) – Value $48 total
These stress-fix roll-ons are made with organic ingredients and smell amazing!
David’s Tea Mother’s Little Helper Tea (2) – Value $15 total
I’m a big tea-drinker, so getting organic peppermint tea is a treat for me!
Verdict: I absolutely love this box and will use everything in it. I know this isn’t a box for everyone, but it was exactly what I wanted in the box, and it is very apparent that Arianna put a lot of thought and curation into her first collection. The value is excellent too – about $200!
What did you think of #ARI01?