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Dottie Box Mini Subscription Box Review – September 2015

Dottie Box Mini 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 mini 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 Mini 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 Mini Subscription Box Review September 2015 - info

Every Dottie Box Mini comes with a little card listing the items featured for the month.

Dottie Box Mini Subscription Box Review September 2015 - items 1

Plum Deluxe Cuddletime Herbal Tea – 1 oz, value: $7

I’m excited to get back into tea now that it’s officially Fall again. This tea contains chamomile, peppermint leaves, and vanilla essence with a rooibos tea base. Sounds pretty good to me!

Starlooks “Perfect Size” Lip Gloss in “Cuddle” – value: $9

I have to begin my spiel about this gloss by saying that I can’t believe this gloss sells for $9. It’s called “perfect size” like they’re trying to use that word instead of saying “mini.” I was just really surprised that this is a size Starlooks actually sells retail because it’s what I would expect a sample size to be from any cosmetic company. I can’t find a weight measurement on either the gloss or their website, but I included a picture to help show the size below.

Also, many of you did point out on this month’s Full-Sized Dottie Box review (which also included a Starlooks item) that Dottie Box is supposed to be about supporting small and independent businesses and artists and such, but Starlooks is does not fall under that category, so choosing to feature them in one of their boxes is a really odd choice.

Dottie Box Mini Subscription Box Review September 2015 - items 2

As you can see, this gloss is only about two or three inches long, and the cap takes up half of that. Sorry for the dim lighting – I took this photo after the others because I felt it was important to help you see the size since I couldn’t find a weight listed.

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Here’s a swatch of the gloss. It is a pretty color with some nice shimmer!

Dottie Box Mini Subscription Box Review September 2015 - items 4

Broken Record Howlite Necklace – value: $18.50

I love this necklace! I love how simple it is, that the metal is silver, and it’s really cool without being too girly!

Dottie Box Mini Subscription Box Review September 2015 - items 5

Kern + Flourish Gift Certificate – value: $10

I love that this is a gift certificate with a straight-up dollar amount vs just a coupon. Kern + Flourish has some beautiful prints.

The Sudsy Soapery Coupon

The info card lists a coupon for Dermadeli, but one isn’t included in my box. Instead, I have a coupon for the Sudsy Soapery. That’s not too big of a deal to me since coupons are just extras in boxes to me anyway, but I wanted to mention it.

The Verdict: The value of this month’s mini Dottie Box comes out to $44.50 ($34.50 if you exclude the gift certificate, but since it’s a flat dollar amount I think it’s fine for it to count towards the total value of the box). I’m pretty happy with that value. I do think it’s odd that they included a product from Starlooks since they’re not a small or independent business, but I just hope next month it’s back to normal.

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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.

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Comments (6)

  1. I received that same lip gloss in an Ipsy bag. I liked it fine until I drank a glass of water with it–it left the top of water in my glass slicked with a layer and straight up sparkles. I didn’t like the idea of what I was ingesting on my lips so I tossed it. :-\

  2. Yay, for silver jewelry in a subscription box!

    I do not understand what’s up with that lipgloss either. I wonder if the companies are somehow related because it doesn’t seem to fit the theme and now they’ve sent an item from them twice in a row…

  3. Dottiebox was the “replacement” for Indie Gift Box who, for some reason, also included Starlooks brand in one of their last boxes. (All Indie Gift Box customers were automatically transferred to a Dottiebox subscription) Indie Gift Box also featured small and independent businesses and they had a Starlooks eye pencil in a particular box. Not sure if it’s related, like a business connection was developed back then, but it is curious!

  4. The gloss may be small but unless you use it 24/7, I don’t think people should see that as a problem. Glosses expire so I would rather finish my gloss than have leftover when thinking of value. If anything, I think that ugly necklace is a rip-off lol. Silver isn’t that expensive and since it’s only the chain that’s silver, $18+ is way more than I’d pay for that.

    • Also, you don’t have to hide the promo code unless it’s a “one time only” code. If it’s a generic code or a “one per purchase code” you should share it. Discount codes encourage buying which is a good thing if you want people to support brands you like (or own). Just saying.

      • It’s a gift certificate, so it’s not a shareable code.

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