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POPSUGAR Must Have Box May 2015 Review + Coupon

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POPSUGAR Must Have Box May 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.

FYI – the May box is currently sold out, but you can sign up for the June box.

This box was sent to us early for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

POPSUGAR Must Have Box May 2015 Review + Coupon Items

The Subscription Box: POPSUGAR Must Have

The Cost: 39.95 a month

COUPON: Use coupon code MUSTHAVE5 to save $5 off your first box.

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 Box May 2015 Review + Coupon Info

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

POPSUGAR Must Have Box May 2015 Review + Coupon Towel

Sisters of Los Angeles Surf Sand Love Beach Towel – Value $40

The info card describes this towel as “POPSUGAR-designed” so I’m guessing that means it is an exclusive for POPSUGAR subscribers. I’m excited to see a beach towel in a subscription box! The colors are fun, and I love the yellow stripes too.

POPSUGAR Must Have Box May 2015 Review + Coupon Folded

Here is the full towel design:

POPSUGAR Must Have Box May 2015 Review + Coupon Sand Surf

POPSUGAR Must Have Box May 2015 Review + Coupon MK

Middle Kingdom Mini Plum Vase in Coral Red – Value $20

POPSUGAR Must Have Box May 2015 Review + Coupon Box open

I love that this value comes packaged ready to gift!

POPSUGAR Must Have Box May 2015 Review + Coupon Vase

It’s a gorgeous little bud vase, and I love the color. I think this would be great to keep or to gift with some flowers.

POPSUGAR Must Have Box May 2015 Review + Coupon Kitsch

Kitsch Tri’d & True Y-Shaped Necklace – Value $32

Another item ready to gift! I love that this necklace came in a jewelry box. And the inside of the box has a pretty postcard vibe too:

POPSUGAR Must Have Box May 2015 Review + Coupon Necklace

Here is the necklace on the dress form to give a better sense of length:

POPSUGAR Must Have Box May 2015 Review + Coupon Necklace Shown

POPSUGAR Must Have Box May 2015 Review + Coupon Detail

I love the delicate chain detail. I normally stick to gold jewelry, but I think I’ll wear this one!

POPSUGAR Must Have Box May 2015 Review + Coupon Batiste

Batiste Dry Shampoo – Travel Size Value $4

This is one of those cult-classic drugstore beauty items. I’ve used Batiste before and I like their dry shampoo a lot. I’m just a little over getting dry shampoo in subscription boxes, so this wasn’t a particularly exciting item for me.

Sage & Row Bare Shave Cream – Value $17

This is a new-to-me brand, and I like that the formula is paraben and sulfate free! The scent is pleasant and not too strong – and it turns out Sage & Row has their own shaving subscription!

POPSUGAR Must Have Box May 2015 Review + Coupon Taffy

Hammond’s Candies McCraw’s Flat Taffy – Value $1

Just an FYI on this candy – the info card states that it is free of artificial colors and flavors, but the ingredients list out several artificial colors. (I’m allergic to Red Dye 40, so I wanted to make sure I pointed that out in case anyone else is allergic).

My husband has no problem being the official POPSUGAR snack taste tester though – and he said this taffy was “amazing!”

Verdict: This box has a value of about $114. I think the value is good, and I’ll use everything in the box, so I’m happy with the contents as well. I also like that two of the items are boxed and ready to gift if they aren’t for you! This box doesn’t seem as cohesive as some of the other boxes have been when it comes to theme, but I think that’s probably bound to happen every few months.

What do you think of the May 2015 POPSUGAR Must Have box?

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.


  1. I don’t love everything in the box, but I would use or gift everything. Kinda bummed I didn’t sign up for this one… that necklace is so my style!

    • I am happy to swap/sell the necklace, vase or shave gel if you would like one or all of those items.

      • Hi
        I’m Emanon
        Do you still have the Y necklace and red vase? If so I’m interested in buying it.
        I Look forward to your response

    • If my daughter doesn’t want the necklace you can have It. I’m way too busty for it. Maybe I’ll list it, I have not swapped yet but I’m approved now.

      • Swapping is so much fun. We’re growing into a very lovely community.

        • I’d like to heartily second that. There are some really lovely people on the swap site, so friendly and generous!

        • How does a person get involved in the swapping of items?

  2. Ehh, not excited about this. I tried PSMH for the past two months but it’s just not right for me. I did like stuff from the last box because of the usefulness of it all, just not enough to justify the cost. I think I’ll probably sell the whole box. I canceled my sub and got the Kloverbox/MSA instead because I trust Liz. Her two boxes were awesome and I didn’t get them and wished I had!!

  3. Wow! I really wish I had subscribed earlier to PopSugar. I am a little (a lot) jealous as I love this box. Unfortunately, I have to wait until June for my first box. It’s been very interesting reading everyone’s opinions on these boxes and how they differ.

  4. See, this is why I love PS! What other box gives you a beach towel AND a cute bud vase?! I swear, I will never quit this sub!

  5. I’m excited to get this box! I think I’ll use everything except the taffy…my teeth won’t handle it. But everything else looks amazing!

  6. I’m liking what I see so far. I think I’ve said this before, but sometimes the PS boxes without the WOW factor are the ones I end up getting the most use out of. This box seems to err on the fun side of practical and is quite giftable, too. I’m getting ready to start a voluntary paid leave from work, so need to cut way back on boxes, just to be safe. PopSugar will probably be the last box standing.

  7. My person subscription addiction started in January and I’m surprised at how quickly it’s waning. I’ve enjoyed Popsugar, Birchbox, Ipsy, OuiPlease, Glossybox, etc but after only a few months I have way too much stuff that I’m not using. This box is perfectly fine and lovely, but I’m gonna sell it on ebay.

  8. I wasn’t going to look at the spoilers for once, but I’m glad I did. There’s nothing I want out of this box.. literally nothing. I think I’ll save my $40 a month and save it for special editions. I’m now only subbed to Rachel Zoe, which I’m excited about the spoiler. I think there are so many subs out there but nothing is exciting me now and it seems wasteful. Of course, I’ll still be stalking this site several times a day in case another box similar to this one come around.

    • I cancelled my monthly PS last week for this reason. Decided as much as I like the monthly I LOVE the quarterly limited editions and rather not have to waver on whether to get those. I am still subbed to Rachel Zoe as well and I just plan to get the PS LE’s and also the big Allure boxes when I can.

  9. I have been eyeing popsugar reviews and after almost a year, i think I’m ready to subscribe for a month. I have notice that over the months the number of items went down & the big brand names have gone away. But Yet pop sugar sends out items I love and would use 24/7.
    The June theme sooooo isn’t me thereforw I’m going to wait for the July theme and then hopefully I love it and subscribe for a month!

  10. I like this box! I really liked April, too, but didn’t like February or March. I signed up for the June box mainly because of the Sorial wallet GWP but I’m pretty sure I’m on the wait list for May. I hope I get the May box, but the June theme seems great since I’m a yoga fan! I was going to cancel my subscription after this one box and only got it because I figured the extra wallet would make it worth it, since I don’t have the money for a $40/mo box. But if I get off the wait list for May, I’ll probably stick around through June since I like the theme. I love reading reviews for the more expensive boxes, since I can only afford Birchbox for now. I’ve enjoyed being able to pick up some of the more expensive boxes when they went on sale, like the January Popsugar and the Winter FabFitFun. I wish I had money to throw at Popsugar without feeling seriously upset if I don’t like an item. Right now, $40 is too much to risk getting blush, nail polish, or even chocolate with marshmallows (I don’t eat gelatin) in a box, which were all featured in February’s box. I can’t even be active in Swaps since all I get is Birchbox! /end rant.

    • Why can’t you be active on swaps? Some people are willing to sell things if you don’t have any items they’re interested in. Maybe someone would take multiple birchbox items for one higher priced popsugar item. I’ve traded all sorts of things so far. The Rachel Zoe white bag is getting swapped… It’s not me. I signed up for the next one because I saw how neat the Miansai bracelet was. I almost canceled when I got the spoiler of the white bag but then I figure there may be other things I’ll like in the box. Swap or sell the bag and i’m good.

  11. The curation of this box does seem to be a bit hodge-podge. I don’t like it as much as the April box but I’ll probably gift or use everything (except the dry shampoo) because it probably wouldn’t be worth the effort and cost to swap it all. I like keeping fresh flowers around but I think I would like the vase better if it was a more interesting shape/design and a more neutral color. If the towel was a simple yellow and white striped designed, I think I would like it more too. I’m looking forward to seeing the May box!

    • I meant June box! 🙂

  12. I think this is a pretty good box even if the curation is a little odd. The value seems good, too. I’m not tempted to resubscribe because I don’t need or want any of these things, and the spoiler for June didn’t pique my interest, but the items look nice and would make good gifts or swaps.

  13. I never thought I would say that, but I’m officially over PopSugar. The only thing that I’m even moderately excited about is the necklace and I don’t even know if I would have picked that out for myself in the store. Needless to say, I’ll be swapping most everything in this box and cancelling once my subscription is up.

  14. Blah. I don’t know why but I honestly hate this box and I always LOVE Popsugar 🙁 the beach towel is neat but I’m not in love with the colors or pattern, the vase looks cheap to me, the necklace will for sure drown between my chest, I don’t use shaving cream, the dry shampoo is nice but boring and the $1 taffy is almost laughable. It’s my birthday month too so I am kind of disappointed but oh well! I’ve listed it on the swap site!

  15. I am SUPER EXCITED about this box!! The vase and necklace will be gifted to friends, the towel, shave cream, and dry shampoo will be used by me, and the only swap will be the taffy.

    It’s always a good box when you only have 1 item to swap and it’s food!!

    • I think that with a $1 piece of candy I would just give it to someone rather than pay postage to send it!! LOL

  16. I was not expecting to see a full box spoiler already and I am so excited!!! I am vacationing in Florida in June, and I absolutely love a good beach towel. You seriously cannot go wrong there! It’s so cute, too 🙂 I already knew about the necklace and love it, I’m also a big fan of Batiste dry shampoo so I’m really looking forward to that also. The vase is so cute, and I think it will look adorable on my desk at work with a single flower in it. Overall this box is perfect to me! I will keep and use every single item woohoo

  17. The box is a nice little surprise as always. It’s nice to get a gift in the mail. The only thing I don’t like is the dry shampoo, I have a gazillion bottles of dry shampoo that I do not use. The vase is gorgeous, I could gift it to our secretary next year with a little rose bud. I have plenty of vases….so not bad!! Now bring on the Popsugar CFDA SPOILER PPLLLLEEEAAASSEEE.

    • “Now bring on the Popsugar CFDA SPOILER PPLLLLEEEAAASSEEE.”

      What she said! 😀

    • Hallelujah sister!

  18. Boy, do I ever wish they shipped to Canada! This is one box that I’d love to get my hands on.

  19. I didn’t think I would ever get to this point, but I think when my sub is up in July I’m going to cancel Popsugar. Maybe I just have too much stuff. Nothing in this box excites me. I think I might sell or trade the whole thing.

  20. I. Love. This. Box. 😀

    I love it when I have a real use for the products! I can totally use the beach towel, I love that mini vase (how mini is it? Will it just be a bud vase, perhaps?), I’m almost out of my usual shave gel so that will be handy (hope it works better for me than the Whish shave gel), and I even love taffy.

    I’m about 99% sure the necklace will not work on me (I do not have a dainty frame. Wearing dainty accessories just makes me look even less daintily framed.) so I’ll put it up for swap. And yeah, okay, dry shampoo. I have way too much of it already. But it’s such a small part of the box, I don’t mind.

    This all feels so summery! I was a little worried since I didn’t like last summer’s boxes at all, but this one is a hit for me! WOO! (Now if I could just get that tracking code…)

  21. If anyone is interested in swapping their towel, I would love to have a second one. I have a 4 & 7 year old that tend to brawl over one item like this cool towel…if i had two matching towels, no fight = MOM WINS LOL

    • I’d be interested in selling/swapping the towel with you! I haven’t gotten my box yet but if it’s the same design in all the boxes, I’m not super crazy about it.

  22. Not a fan of this box at all. Most likely will be selling it.

    • where will u sell this box? i think i want to sell mine too

      • Ebay

  23. While I love the neckalce, and the towel is cute – I’m still confused about the theme spoiler. What part of this box is “glowing skin”? I see “bright colors”, “fresh flowers” and “California sun” in the towel and vase. Am I missing something?

    • Ummmmm… Hm. … Shaved legs? (I got nuthin.)

    • Yeah – I was confused by that too. Maybe having unshaved skin makes it hard for your skin to be glowing? Or maybe they made last-minute decisions and/or couldn’t stay consistent with the themes they originally proposed.

      I’m happy to be getting a new beach towel, going to Costa Rica soon. The vase might inspire me to keep flowers on my desk. Will have to wait to see how the necklace looks on me. Love the dry shampoo and the fact that the shave cream is all natural. Not a fan of taffy. I think overall I’ll like this box.

  24. Ah, I’m so weak with the looking at the spoilers!

    I like it. Though I have many beach towels and vases, those are 2 items I can’t have too many of, so yay!

    The dry shampoo and shave cream will go directly to my son’s GF….i use neither. The necklace? Cute but it may be too young / delicate / inter-boobular for me. We’ll see.

    Wait, is the sixth item taffy?

    • “inter-boobular” Love it 😀

      • Interboobular wins the internet today! I too am interboobular valley-challenged. I so love delicate pieces like this but they end up looking like dental floss that got stuck between my hooters.

        • You guys are too funny. I too am valley challenged. I was literally laughing out loud reading hour comments lol

  25. Oh darn it! I peeked and I was trying to be good and wait until I got the box in the mail. Well, at least I can scope out what I want before my girls get a hold of the box and take everything! LOL

  26. Love that beach towel, will use the rest so win for me!

  27. Hammond’s, who makes that taffy, does have some candy without artificial colors….but that’s not one of them! LOL

    I totally agree on the dry shampoo in boxes too.

  28. Last month I bought an umbrella and then the following day spoilers showed up and there was an umbrella in the box. This month we are planning a trip to the beach and I mentioned that we need to get a second beach towel since we only have one real one, and luckily before I had a chance to purchase one this review shows up. I think I will use all the items in this, and am especially happy for a towel (as long as it arrives before the 29th).
    This is my last month from the Black Friday deal, and I am now trying to figure out how to move forward. I have been getting my moneys worth, but am also not really feeling June’s theme. I think I might skip June and wait until July’s theme spoiler to renew.

    • What is June’s theme? I thought the inspirations they released were for the May box.

      • The themes for June are: Yoga Warrior, Sun-Kissed, Outdoor Fun, and Coconut

  29. BTW if anyone want to swap or sell their towel let me know. I would love 2 of them

    • I’ll be swapping mine when it arrives if you want it. I’m on beach towel overload and really don’t need another, however cute.

      • Sorry, didn’t mean to repost my comment. Oops!

    • I would be happy to sell you my towel once my box arrives. If you want to contact me about it my email is [email protected].

      • Would love to get it from you, Ill email you.

  30. Wow, Popsugar has just been hitting it out of the park for me. I personally love practical items like a beach towel (but I live on Maui so I can use it everyday and it is so stickin cute!!!). I cant wait for the vase because I have red accents in my kitchen and the vase is something I would never buy myself but will love having it. the necklace seems fun and I needed new shave gel! I cant wait but I will have too because it usually takes 3 weeks for me to get my box!

    • I hear you about the time it takes to get the box. Mine gets to go on a tour of California. The box ships out of CentralCal, goes up to NorCal, comes down past me into SoCal, then makes it’s way back up the part of SoCal I live in.

  31. I’m so glad I resubscribe, love every thing and can’t wait to get it 🙂

  32. I love the towel, but the vase isn’t cute at all, least not to me. I’m tired of that dry shampoo too, I love Suave’s dry shampoo and it smells fantastic lol. I like the necklace, but it might be lost on me as I’m plus size with a large chest. I’m definitely not disappointed, I will use almost everything in the box again, but not wow-ed by it.

    • Check out Joan from Mad Men to see how plus size/large busted gals can rock delicate jewelry. 🙂

  33. I really don’t like that a $1 food item counts as one of the featured items. However, this box is still a great value and I’m looking forward to it. I wonder if the vase color varies? Did anyone get a color other than red?

  34. I guess I’m in the minority here, but I’m a little disappointed by this month’s box. Luckily, I didn’t subscribe, but I’ve been on the fence about it for awhile now and have really been wanting to love it.

    I have too many vases to count and I don’t want/need a beach towel (especially one that takes up so much value of the box), The necklace is cute but something I’d probably never wear.

    I like dry shampoo and shaving cream just fine, but obviously the value of the box isn’t with these items.

    I’m glad so many people seem to love this subscription, but I guess it’s just not for me.

    • I’m with you completely!!

    • I’m with you too. I like the vase and my daughter will like the towel, but this is not an exciting box at all. The curators seem tired and uninspired. I’ve been subscribing to various boxes since last July. I’m starting to see a trend and have the sense that subscription boxes have an inevitably limited lifespan.

  35. This is a cute box! I really like everything in it. I needed a new beach towel, so this is awesome! Popsugar knocked it out of the park again.

  36. I impulse-purchased this when I saw the necklace spoiler, and I started to regret it later, so I had to look at spoilers! And I’m happy! I can use everything in this box… the towel isn’t my favorite colors, but hey, we’ll just use it in the backyard with the kiddie pool, the vase looks cute, I love getting dry shampoo and shave cream – great summer items! Popsugar might be reeling me in to become a regular subscriber!

  37. I am so bummed I missed this!!! I absolutely love everything here.

    • Hi I am willing to swap/sell the vase, necklace and shave Gel. Please email me at [email protected].

  38. I was hoping for a beach towel! I love this one. The necklace and taffy look interesting too. The rest seems like of blah to me. Too bad I can’t swap the vase, it’ll be too heavy.

    • On heavy stuff I’ve found if I swap within the same state or next state over shipping is not that unreasonable. Any further then that I wont ship heavy or breakable items.

      • I’ve found that heavier items are often cheaper sent priority.

        • Thanks…maybe I’ll try swapping it after all.

  39. Does anyone know what the dimensions are for the towel? And does the material feel thick/fluffy or thin?

    • I was wondering about the towel’s dimensions too.

    • 30 inches by 60 inches. Hope that helps!

  40. Wow! Awesome box. Totally forgot about the necklace spoiler. Hope they’re all silver (well, at least mine!). 😀

  41. Can’t wait to get my box. Everything looks great. I really love the beach towel colors.

  42. All I can say about this box is I absolutely LOVE it!!!

  43. I’m excited about this box, April was my first and I only really liked the body serum. I’ll decide about the vase when I see it in person, I may keep it because I don’t have one. The dry shampoo is the only thing I know I won’t keep – dry shampoo does not like my kinky/curly hair and I end up wetting it almost everyday anyways – that goes to my sister. But I love that towel and the necklace and shave cream is always needed. Not so sure about the theme, but at least the value is there!

    • I agree with everything you said! 🙂

  44. This box looks great! Batiste is one of the few dry shampoos that works on my hair and is my favorite! So excited to get the little version to take on vacation with me. I have a drawer full of it thanks to Marshalls! I love beach towels. The vase is cute. I don’t use shaving cream but I could always try it out. I love that necklace and hope it looks good on me. *if anyone watches Two Broke Girls, I think Caroline was wearing this necklace or a similar one on Monday’s episode!!*

  45. I think Im neutral about this months BUT there has been very little in these boxes that I haven’t liked, used or gifted out and I have a feeling this will be one of those boxes I warm up to 🙂

  46. Looks likea great box! Can’t wait to get mine. I will use everything except the necklace and it looks ready to gift. Popsugar has become my favorite sub. I wish we’d get spoilers for the cfda box.

  47. Well I am pathetic lol. I tried to make myself promise to receive one box – no spoilers. I log in and see you did a review and BAMMMM my fingers clicked before my brain yelled stop. Then stopped yelling while i hummed, niiicccceeee, I like it all! I am so excited. Love it. Mad at myself for not going spoiler free, but love the box!!

  48. I’m on the wait list for May. I really hope that I am able to get this. I love every item!!

    • anne – if you don’t get it… I’ll sell you my whole box for what I paid for. [email protected]

  49. What a fun box!!!! I love everything, the dry shampoo in cherry! I so hope that is standard scent. I am pleased, this pushed me over to want to try to get the summer LE,I was going to skip bcs Im special box spent out. But now, I shall try!!!

    • Just checked the card – they mention the cherry scent so all subscribers should be getting cherry!

  50. Another great popsugar box – Looking forward to getting mine, I’m sure it will be late like usual, as long as I get it before August I’m happy. I looked at the ingredients on the Sage & Row Bare Shave Cream – very natural and for a change I’m not allergic to any of the ingredients in a product. Batiste is my favorite dry shampoo and I like the scent of this one. – I know I wont use the vase, but vases make great gifts along with fresh flowers – I’m tempted to getting another popsugar box. The past few boxes I’ve liked more then other box I sub to

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