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Dottie Box Subscription Box Review – September 2015

Dottie Box Subscription Box Review September 2015 - BOX

Dottie Box is a box curated every month for women. They feature high quality handmade items, small businesses, and indie brands. They offer a regular and a mini box; this is a review of the regular box.

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

Dottie Box Subscription Box Review September 2015 - all items

The Subscription: Dottie Box

The Cost: Full Size Box: $20/month + $6 shipping, Mini Box: $10/month + $3 shipping

The Products: Quality hand-made items for women selected from indie brands and small businesses.

Ships to: US

Dottie Box Subscription Box Review September 2015 - info

Each box comes with an informational card detailing the featured items.

Dottie Box Subscription Box Review September 2015 - items 1

Kern + Flourish “Fly Me to the Moon Print” – value: $15

Fancy Paperie Dark Floral Stationery Sample – value: $.83

I love both of these items! This print is really sweet and the design will fit easily into just about any décor.

Dottie Box Subscription Box Review September 2015 - items 2

Plum Deluxe ‘Vista Blend’ Herbal Tea – 1 oz, value: $7

I’m actually drinking this tea as I write this and I have to say that I’m a fan. It’s really calming and I like the lavender in it.

Silver Key Pendant Necklace – value: $17.50

Silver and simple – my style of jewelry! I definitely like this necklace a lot.

Dottie Box Subscription Box Review September 2015 - items 3

Starlooks Pro Luxe Longwear Eye Liner Pen – full-size, value: $19

I love when new products are included in subscription boxes! This eyeliner pen has a felt tip to make it easy to control your liquid liner application. You can see a swatch below. (FYI for swaps – this item comes with a plastic seal)

The Sudsy Soapery Oatmeal, Milk and Honey Guest Bar Soap – 2 oz?, value: $3

This soap smells really great and has a nice and simple ingredient list. I’m looking forward to using this!

Dottie Box Subscription Box Review September 2015 - items 4

Here’s the swatch of the eyeliner. Personally, I’m not thrilled with the performance. I found the formula bled and, despite supposedly being “waterproof,” it too little effort to wipe off under just warm water.

Dottie Box Subscription Box Review September 2015 - items 5


Dottie Box always includes coupons, promo codes, and business cards for some of that month’s featured brands.

The Verdict: Dottie Box sends such a wide variety of items, so I never really know what I’m going to get. Fortunately, this month was a really great month for me! Except for the eyeliner, I’m pretty excited about everything. As far as value goes, everything adds up to $62.33, which is a great value! I’m definitely happy with my box this month.
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Written by Haley Faye

Haley Faye

Haley Faye first discovered the wonderful world of subscription boxes in 2012 and began writing for MSA in 2014. Over the years, she has found many subscriptions to love. Now a mom of three, her favorite boxes are ones that dress her kids, help her get organized, feed her family, send her snacks, and offer educational fun for her children.

Posted in Dottie Box Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: Dottie Box | 14 comments

Comments (14)

  1. I also thought the eyeliner was just weird and not what I signed up for.. but there were plenty of other nice things. The necklace seems way overpriced on their card. The tea smells wonderful and the soap has that genuinely handmade vibe that I was looking for from Dottiebox. The paper goods were both nice items, too.

  2. Did you have your baby yet? It looks like a relaxing box.

    • Anna – Yes, I did! On 9/2. =]

      • Congrats, Haley! 🙂

      • Thank you, Chris!

      • Congrats, and enjoy!

      • Thanks so much!

      • Congrats! I’ve been wondering about him (and you!).

      • That’s so sweet, Mieke – thank you!

  3. I find it incredibly odd that Dottiebox chose to include a mass produced cheap Chinese eyeliner in the box. It really goes against the “high quality handmade items, small businesses, and indie brands” branding they have.

    MSA regular commenter nana has posted a few times on this brand/item, under August’s Beauty Box 5 and ipsy reviews: “I researched it, and it’s basically a generic Chinese eyeliner branded for different small retailers. It last appeared on Ipsy last year under the brand Skone Cosmetics. In my blog review of the Ipsy bag (click on my name to read it), I listed some of the companies that sell it under their own brands.”

    • I was thinking the same thing!

    • Katie, I got that eyeliner in my last Ipsy bag and I got the Skone eyeliner last year. How funny that they’re the same! I felt the same way about both, so it makes sense. At first I was excited to try a new type of eyeliner applicator, but it streaks and I had to wait for it to dry then go back and fill it in again. It never completely fills in. I have to agree that this eyeliner was an odd inclusion for a box like this.

    • Katie, that’s a very good point! Interesting.

  4. I really like the necklace. Haven’t tried the eyeliner yet, as I have lots of black eyeliners. Like everything else, too.

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