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POPSUGAR Must Have Box January 2015 Review + Coupon

Liz Cadman
ByLiz CadmanJan 13, 2015 | 97 comments

POPSUGAR Must Have January 2015 Review + Coupon Box

POPSUGAR Must Have is a monthly lifestyle subscription box for women. Each month they send a mix of items from categories like beauty, fashion, food, fitness, home, etc.

This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes). I also have a POPSUGAR Must Have subscription that I pay for, but my box hasn’t shipped yet. (Since POPSUGAR sent me this box for review, I’m giving away my January box to one lucky My Subscription Addiction reader – giveaway at the end of the post!)

POPSUGAR Must Have January 2015 Review + Coupon Items

The Subscription Box: POPSUGAR Must Have

The Cost: 39.95 a month

The Products: “Must Have” items for women selected by POPSUGAR editors. (Fitness, Home, Beauty, Food, and more)

Check out all of my POPSUGAR Must Have reviews and the Women’s Subscription Box Directory!

POPSUGAR Must Have January 2015 Review + Coupon Info

Each box comes with a fold out card detailing the items included.

POPSUGAR Must Have January 2015 Review + Coupon Beanie

Jack + Lucy Pom Pom Hat – Value $32

I love the look of a slouchy beanie, but for me the faux fur topper on this one seemed to not look quite right with the extra fabric at the top. I tried it with just rolling up the band once, and now it’s perfect – I love it!

POPSUGAR Must Have January 2015 Review + Coupon Cup

KeepCup Brew 12-Ounce Reusable Coffee Cup – Value $26

This reusable coffee cup is made with tempered glass, and it is dishwasher safe and BPA free! The pink band is removable/adjustable, so you can position it to where it works best for you. (I haven’t tried it with a hot beverage yet, but I’m hoping that band is wide enough to prevent touching the glass!)

POPSUGAR Must Have January 2015 Review + Coupon Eyes

ToGoSpa Eyes – Value $12.50

These are paraben-free and scented with lavender oil – one of my favorite scents. I haven’t been super impressed with eye masks I’ve tried in the past, but I’m going to give these a try. (They recommend chilling them in the refrigerator before application for a more refreshing experience).

POPSUGAR Must Have January 2015 Review + Coupon Towel

Manduka eQua Hand Towel – Value $16

This is one of those microfiber towels that always stays a little grippy for workouts (or I guess household chores too). I like that they included a fitness item in this box (seems appropriate for January), and I think this is a versatile pick in the fitness category that could work well even for someone who isn’t interested in fitness items.

POPSUGAR Must Have January 2015 Review + Coupon Fab

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream – Value $28

This cream is wonderful! It’s paraben, sulfate and phthalate free, and great for sensitive skin. It’s designed for both face and body, but so far I’ve only tried it as a body cream. I love how quickly it absorbs, so I may try it as a face cream too!

POPSUGAR Must Have January 2015 Review + Coupon Tattoos

Skin Jewel Tattoos – Value $18 (Sponsored by Empire)

I know jewelry tattoos are the new on-trend item, but I just don’t feel like I can pull them off. Maybe I’ll try one of the more subtler gold bracelets though. (I received similar tattoos in another box before, and gave them to my friend heading to Vegas – apparently they were the perfect poolside accessory!)

Also – has anyone seen the show Empire? And recommend it? From what I’ve seen it gets good reviews, and I’m in need of a few new shows while I wait for Game of Thrones, House of Cards and Walking Dead to return!

POPSUGAR Must Have January 2015 Review + Coupon Granola

General Mills Nature Valley Protein Granola – Value $3.49

I couldn’t eat this because of food intolerances, but my husband is always happy to help with reviewing the food portion of POPSUGAR Must Have boxes! He loved this granola!

Verdict: I think this is one of POPSUGAR’s best January boxes. There are quite a few practical yet special items which makes it a very usable and exciting box for me. So far my favorite item is the beanie (I have been wearing it the whole time while writing this review).

What do you think of the January POPSUGAR Must Have box? Which item is your favorite so far?

(Make sure to enter the giveaway below for your chance to win one from me! If the giveaway isn’t appearing, you can enter here too).

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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!

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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I just want to say, wow. This blog is honestly the best thing that has every happened to me. Your writing keeps the reviews straight to the point, but in an elegant way. This has really helped me choose which subscriptions I would like the best! Keep up the awesome work!

Liz Cadman

What a compliment! Thank you! 🙂


Empire is a MUST-WATCH show! It’s soooo good!!


Thanks for posting your review and coupon. I had canceled my PopSugar box last summer but when I saw the cute hat, convenient coffee (tea, for me) mug, skin cream and eye masks, I regretted it. But I used your link and was able to get January’s box for half off and got all the goodies you showed here. You’re awesome!


Was really excited about last month’s December box but was a little disappointed about January’s. I really only think I will use the cream and hat, maybe the mug. I am allergic to peanuts so unfortunately the granola was a bust.


I was hoping for more of a workout themed box with DVDs or a fitness item that wasn’t a towel or water bottle.

Seems like they are getting away from the “one pricey item” and a bunch of lesser things to more moderately priced items also.


Love it!! Its not often you can say, you love every item, so happy with Jan! PSMH has really been stepping up their game, with curating as well as in their Customer Service department! I’m soooo glad I signed up for 6months, they seem to be selling out much more quickly!


Email I recieved from popsugar must have regarding there shipping times!

Happy New Year!

Thank you for being a Must Have subscriber. We are so excited for what is in store for 2015! We are constantly working on ways to improve the overall Must Have experience. One of the changes you’ve requested is improved delivery time.

In order to provide you with faster shipping, we are now requiring that all changes to accounts be completed prior to the 23rd of the month before your next box is shipped.
This includes logging in to your account to make any updates to the following:
Billing information
Shipping addresses
Subscription cancellations
Starting with next month’s box, billing will now take place the last week of every month, starting the 25th of each month (i.e., billing for the February box will begin on the 25th of January, and so forth).

Additionally, all February boxes will be shipped via FedEx Ground to facilitate a quicker delivery time. We will ship out all February orders as soon as possible, but we cannot guarantee delivery by Feb. 14. Please note that FedEx Ground does not deliver to PO boxes or APO addresses, so these orders will ship via FedEx SmartPost. Starting with the March box, all boxes will ship via Fedex SmartPost.

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

Thank you,
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Sent by POPSUGAR INC., 111 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94104.
©2014 POPSUGAR. All rights reserved.

This was an email I recieved from popsugar must have, just wanted to let you know about some (great!) changes.


Thank you for the review. As for Empire – love it!!! Definitely recommend it.


So disappointed I cancelled my membership. I love the October, November, & December boxes but this one falls so short of expectations I’m not going to be “surprised” by this company any more. Seriously $32 for an acrylic hat that needs to be dry cleaned, $26 for a glass mug, & $16 for a microfiber towel and Nature Valley granola!!!! I could have bought similar stuff in a local discount store. The eye gels and the cream are fab. Hopefully I can just purchase these boxes after I know what is in them.


If you want, I will buy this from you!


Hey everyone! Do you guys know how to start the popsugarbox subscription in feb and not get the January one? On the site it says you will start with January’s if you sign up now. Thanks!

PA Anna

You’ll have to wait for the box to sell out or until they roll it over to the next month’s box which I think happens on the first. Once that happens make sure waitlist is uncheck so you don’t receive a Jan box.


Thank you! 🙂


I seem to have forgotten to cancel my subscription after December’s box so it looks like I’m getting January’s box! Ideally, I wouldn’t have paid $40 for this box, but I do like everything, so I don’t mind much. 🙂


Once again, I’m getting my box late, after most people have already gotten theirs. Based on the contents I think I’m one of the only ones that is not thrilled with this box. I’ve read the comments that some of the hats smell icky. If they are moldy mold is extremely tough to get out. I dont want to spend the $12 on dry cleaning for a hat I don’t like, in hopes that the smell will come out. If the hat in my box smells like mold there is no way I’ll touch it. The cup everyone likes, I have way to many similar ones of. I could go on and nitpick. I can’t see myself keeping this subscription to get my box late continously, and lack of good customer service. I think I’ll be sticking with Wantable. Values might be less, and the boxes might be different, yet they can be customized, + they have wonderful customer service.


This box is amazing. I always feel like PopSugar boxes were made for me because I always use everything haha. I think the towel is such a beautiful color, although I don’t do yoga this seems like a good use for the gym which I do go to every week. I’m excited to try the coffee cup, it’s the perfect size! I’ve heard amazing things about the cream, I tried it yesterday and it makes my skin so soft. My favorite item in the box is the beanie! I wear beanies every week, not kidding. This beanie is so soft, the color is perfect, I love the slouch, and the pom pom is adorable. The granola is so delicious! The eye pads will definitely be used. I’ve been seeing the tattoos everywhere lately so I’m interested in trying them. Popsugar definitely made a great box this month and such great customer service.


for me this is a hit and a miss. i like the yoga towel. i’ve never used the cream but everyone raves about it so i will try it. the coffee cup was a miss for me as i wont use it i already have one i love. i will gift it. the granola was a miss. i have food allergies and man this item hit almost EVERY ONE of them! i just wish they would skip the food items. im on the fence on the beenie. i dont like that its slouchy i just dont knwo what to do with the slouch. i might try liz’s suggestion of rolling it and see if that helps !


I am interested in buying the coffee cup if you want to sell!


I love every item in this box! (yes even the tats) Popsugar is usually a homerun for me though 🙂 I love this subscription!


Honestly, I was planning to cancel my sub to PSMH, even though I did love December, due to shipping difficulties, multiple re-sent boxes for ones I never received, poor customer service etc. Then this box arrived, yesterday!!, with all kinds of things I will use – wow factor, maybe not, a box full of things I will use, TOTALLY!!! I do avoid spoilers completely, where is the fun in getting a subscription when you know everything inside already? So I didn’t know how much I personally would love this box and I am very pleased I didn’t cancel!! I am going to continue to hang in there and hope for more great things to come in 2015!


Does anyone know if this box is still available? Or if I sign up will I start with the feb box?


I just got an email today inviting me back with a discount for the Jan box. So yeah, it’s available.


I liked the box (my first one!), but I think I would have liked it more if I lived somewhere else. This box was definitely curated for a cooler climate in mind. Living in South Florida, I won’t get any use out of the hat until like, next November (and even then, it’ll only be as an accessory). The intense cream isn’t so necessary because we have humid, warm weather, so no one is really battling dry skin due to that. Still, I’m sure I can use for any little ailments that come up. I don’t know if there’s anything in this box I would have definitely purchased on my own, but having said that, I like everything and will try to use it all!


I got my PSMH box yesterday and I love it! When I first saw the spoilers I wasn’t that excited, and even thought about cancelling. But now that I have it in my hands, I remember why I love this subscription so much! I wore the beanie to work today, and can’t wait to use the cup for tea. The only thing I’m kind of “meh” about is the temp tattoos, but even those I’m sure I can find a use for.


Does anyone’s hat smell moldy/mildewy? I love the style but there’s no way I’m putting it on my head – the smell is horrible! I thought it might be because of the plastic bag, but airing it out for a couple of days hasn’t helped a bit.


I don’t know the material, but anytime any of my washables (towels, etc) have a smell (including moldy smell), I was it in vinegar. I don’t know if the hat would stand up to washing it or not.


I emailed PSMH CS about the smelly hat. Within three hours I had a response – they’re sending me a new hat!

Kristen E.

I’m glad you mentioned this. I did this when I got home from work and they are sending me a new one as well. Thanks!


Too funny. When I opened the hat bag I literally said out loud what is that smell?!?! It smelled like body odor to me. Yucky

Kristen E.

Yes! I thought it was just mine. I wore it around for a day without noticing it before my husband pointed it out. The tag says ddry clean only, but I am going to try to handwash it and see if that helps.


I was staring at the hat thinking saying I wish I would have subscribed. Then I see that it smells and is dry clean only. Without the hat, the box is still nice.


Maybe put some baking soda in the water and let it sit a bit. I always add this to the washer when I am washing gym clothes etc. Works great for removing odors.


Overall, I think this is a great box. However, I do have one complaint, and that is that I am very allergic to peanuts and I wish there was a way I could note that on the website for future snacks. But I am very happy with the other items in this box!


i think it would be very hard for them to replace food items based on food allergies/intolerances. people can always give it to a friend. ps markets to the majority.


I have received the last 5 boxes and this is the best one so far in my opinion. I will use everything!


Just signed up for this the box looks great cant wait to get mine!


Best PSMH box EVER. Seriously. I wore the hat today in NYC and got a ton of compliments. From random strangers. From co-workers at the office. And the hat is not itchy and is warm. I also love the granola, which taste to me like crumbles from no-bake cookies. Delicious. The cup is my new office mug/cup. Eye masks – who knew I liked eye masks? The cream is PERFECT for the winter. I will buy this when it runs out for sure. The towel went directly into my gym bag. The tattoos went right to my kids, but those were obviously just a promo for a tv show and not part of the real box. Seriously, best box ever. Thank you PopSugar! This NYC lawyer mom is HAPPY. Do it again in Feb!!! I will buy all these products again!


Anyone want to swap the beenie for something?

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