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POPSUGAR Must Have Box February 2016 Review + $5 Coupon

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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 – February boxes have sold out. If you sign up now, your first box will be the March box.


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


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)

Ships to: US via USPS

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


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


Tilo Heart Print Scarf  – Retail Value $125

This is an exclusive design for POPSUGAR Must Have subscribers! The material is super soft, lightweight, and sheer – it looks fabulous draped!

The edges are a raw fringe:


And in the middle of the print there are fewer hearts:


I love the grey color of this scarf, I think it makes the heart print much more wearable in all seasons – not just for Valentine’s Day!


This scarf is 100% Modal, Dry Clean Only.


Beauty Counter Nourishing Cleansing Balm – Retail Value $50

Yay! A Beauty Counter item! This brand is focused on ingredient-conscious beauty products. I’ve sampled a few of their products thanks to subscription boxes and I’ve been impressed. Plus they are a goop beauty brand – which always makes me excited (probably more than it should!).

The packaging on this is lovely too:



This cleansing balm comes with a 100% cotton muslin cloth and a little spatula:


To use, you put an almond sized amount onto skin and massage in circular motions, then use hot water to dampen the cloth and wipe off the balm. Then rinse with cold water.

I just tried it and I like how my skin felt immediately after – very soft! Plus, it is always nice to add a luxe product to your beauty routine!


Fringe Studio Hello Beautiful Square Tray – Value $14

(I’m loving the grey and white packing and products this month!


The words on this tray are metallic gold and so is the entire backside:


Here it is with the ring from this box to better show scale:


I really love the gold accents on this tray – and I love that POPSUGAR got their signature cobalt blue on this piece!


Victoria’s Secret Coconut Milk Hydrating Body Lotion – Value $18

I haven’t tried Victoria’s Secret beauty products in a while, but I was happy to see that this lotion is paraben-free! The scent is light and sweet, and the formula is lightweight and absorbs quickly!


Victoria’s Secret $20 Reward Card

Anyone else have a flashback to the Samudra Pink Pina Zip Pouch from the March 2015 POPSUGAR Box when you see this?


Details on this card: It is valid for $20 off a purchase (no minimum) until March 31st 2016. It works in both stores and online. It has a pin number and works just like a gift card.

I LOVE that this is included – and it is even listed as a bonus item! Time to start online shopping!


Sport Socks – Value $5

These are another bonus item. They have a cushioned sole and arch support – a very useful bonus item in my opinion!


Foodstirs Heart Cookie Mix – Value $12

This is a mix for Valentine’s Day sugar cookies! Here is everything you get with the kit:


I love that they include a heart shaped cookie cutter too! (Foodstirs also has a Baker’s Club subscription, and they included a 50% off coupon code for you first month).

And here is the recipe card:



Foodstirs recipes are free of artificial ingredients, GMOs, and perservatives too!


JewelryStorm Endless Arrow Ring – Value $29


On the flip side of this Sparkle With Us card is a coupon code for 30% off your next JewelryStorm order.


I’m a size 6.5-7 in on my ring finger, and this was a little tight, so I’m thinking it is a size 6. Fortunately ,since it is open on the front, you can adjust the size which I did. Here it is on:


Looking at the photo now, I’m realizing I need to open the ring up a little bit more – I’m having a bit of a finger muffin-top situation in this picture!

Verdict: This box has a retail value of about $273!!! Not only is the retail value great, but I’m so impressed with all the items. This box feels special and useful, and I love the inclusion of the Victoria’s Secret gift card! Also – I’m loving the grey and white color story with the items this month – something about the cohesion in the look of the products together always makes me even more excited about a box!

I would call this one of my favorite POPSUGAR boxes of all time! I bought a few POPSUGAR subscriptions as gifts for family members for the holidays, and I already can’t wait for them to get their boxes this month! This box is such a great gift!

What do you think of the February 2016 POPSUGAR Must Have box? Are you as impressed as I am? What is your favorite item?

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. If you buy something, MSA may earn an affiliate commission. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. Mine was missing the VS card. 🙁

    But other than that, this box is fabulous. Loving the scarf, so soft and pretty.

  2. Just got confirmation I’m getting the feb box! It’s so gorgeous I can’t wait for it to arrive.

  3. My ring already broke. This is my favorite box in a long time except for that. The scarf is beautiful!

    • Me too! Right out of the box 🙁 I wrote them to see about a replacement.

      • Mine broke too!

    • my ring broke too!

  4. They won’t charge your card until the next month’s box ships right? When does the March box ship?

  5. Best ever!!! So happy with dish I saw it in the Paper Source and wanted it so this was a great surprise.ove that the balm is natural and nontoxic. Love the ring and the socks too. Not as jazzed about the VS lotion because it’s not natural but it seems to have more natural ingredients than previous VS lotions contained. Still won’t put products with synthetic chemicals listed as the primary ingredients on my skin.

  6. I ordered my box yesterday. My account says:

    First Box: February 2016 Must Have
    Credits Remaining: 1

    I hope I get a February box. I don’t know why it would say I’m getting one, and then not send it:-) Hopefully, I got lucky and bought one before it sold out. It looks like a great box!

  7. I canceled my subscription after January but had already been billed for February – what a great box to end with! I think the ring is a little tacky but everything else is an A+ from me. LOVE the delicate scarf, which is what I’ve been waiting for since I signed up last April. The tray is perfect, the body products are practical and light and lovely, $20 to spend at VS is a real treat, and the cookie kit is adorable. Its value may be inflated but it will make baking VDay sweets very easy! I may actually start reading these previews early now and consider future boxes on an individual basis. IMO this is the best box I got in 11 months as a subscriber.

  8. I ordered a box yesterday and my account states:

    First Box: February 2016 Must Have
    Credits Remaining:1

    I thought this meant I’d be getting the February box. So, even though it says I’m getting my first box in February, I could be getting the March box? :-/

    • stacey tons of us who have been subscribers for a long time still havent gotten the box. it should show up for you too.

    • look at your subscription list. if it lists February as processing and there is a trscking number next to it, you are getting february

  9. I asked my hubby for this for Valentine’s Day! I really hope I get it!

  10. Anyone else still waiting for a tracking email? 🙁

    • I am. It has been in processing status since January 25th. I emailed them and said that they are working on putting it together. What makes me upset is my friend who lives next door order hers on February 1st (which was a week after they charged me) and got her box yesterday. Very disappointed at this point. I feel like they are delaying telling me I won’t get the box at this point.

    • I got a tracking email 2 days ago so hopefully it will be here before the 14 th

    • Got my tracking email yesterday and my estimated delivery date was the 13th. I checked on it today and it’s suddenly the 16th. Super disappointed with PSMH right now; I was planning on using this box for Valentine’s Day with my boyfriend. 🙁

  11. Sooooo upset with this sub right now. I love this box so I tried to pay for a new sub or restart my old one yesterday right after this review was posted (I love and can use everything! This never happens!) however, every browser I tried (3 and a cell phone) would not let me check out. I even tried different cards. I emailed them my problem but I’m not going to hold my breath. Especially when it is “sold out” now. I’m still waiting on the replacement Missoni candle I was promised from CHRISTMAS when they sent mine to me with no wick! Seriously unfair :'(

  12. This box was a meh. I liked half the items. BUT I do feel like this was a very well put together box! It was a very nice valentine.

    My thoughts:
    The ring feels cheap
    The scarf value seems way over inflated [as usual with this box]
    The lotion is a meh bc I already have too much.
    Womens ankle socks don’t stay up on me
    But, I will use the balm, the tray is really pretty, I’ll buy some pantaloons with the giftcard, and while I like the inclusion of the cookie mix I balk at $11 for sprinkles, powder, and a small cookie cutter. You can’t even claim curation on that subscription because they’re sending boring prepackaged items. I could go to Whole Foods and get better stuff for less.

    Btw I had troubles with the referral link page last month after the blush / bronzer thing. Did anyone get their extra inclusion? I’m quite curious after all the Today Show blusher issues.

    • Pantaloons? 🙂

  13. So cool you got the ring to fit your ring finger, I tried to open it more but it won’t go and I’m scare to break it. I’m sz 7. If I can’t it looks great as a pinky ring 🙂

    • The ring is SO small! I had to stretch it out just to fit my pinky and even then it digs in really bad. Granted I do have chubby fingers but they aren’t sausage fingers my any means, so disappointed.

  14. ore the ring for a day cause it is super cute but it turned my finger green by the end of the day 🙁

    • *wore

    • Not that this makes the ring seem better quality, but if you paint the inside of it with clear nail polish, it won’t turn you green. Happy wearing as long as it stays cute!

  15. Looking forward to getting mine.

  16. I like this box. Last February was a total miss for me. While this box is a little symbol heavy (arrows, hearts) There are still some enjoyable items.

  17. anyone know if the cleansing balm is good at removing makeup like a cleansing oil?

    • Yes it is! It’s my favorite Makeup remover/cleanser!

  18. I wasn’t as excited about the box before, but I’ll actually end up with nothing to swap from it (provided the ring fits my 11 yo, it won’t fit me). That’s not bad.

    I’m particularly excited about the Victoria Secret’s gift card, as my daughter has been wanting a Pink t-shirt for a while. Does anyone know if you can use two cards for one purchase (assuming I can swap for one?).


    • VS doesn’t usually allow stacking except for those including free shipping promos so I doubt they’ll allow using 2 of the same card for a single purchase. If you break it up the bad news is you pay shipping x2. It’s a big part of why we stopped shopping their online store. The shipping was ridiculous since it’s purchase price-based.

    • Victoria Secret actually lets you use up to three promo codes per order – so I am sure you can stack this one as well!

  19. My favorite box of theirs BY FAR! I was so excited to open it today! The only thing I’m swapping is the ring because I just don’t wear gold. But I don’t even care I’m so happy with everything else!

  20. I LOVE this box – what a great treat! I noticed that my cotton is missing from my beauty balm too, odd. And I totally love the pineapple bag – I swapped for another one – I use them for sunscreen when I travel and for cold syrups, meds, etc. as well. In fact, I’m looking for another if anyone wants to trade : ) Seriously impressed with PopSugar!

    • Pineapple bag?

      • She means the pineapple bag from a previous PSMH box that Liz mentioned in her review. (:

    • Mine was missing too :'(

  21. All I can say is favorite box!!!! I’ve had Popsugar for less than a year and this is my absolute favorite so far! Good job Popsugar. Now about my missing item from December….

  22. Heads up, at 9pm EST, the website says the next box to be delivered is MARCH. Feb must have sold out.

  23. This will be my very first PSMH box and I am beyond excited!! 🙂 My favorite color in the world is grey!! Totally my comfort color! I’ve never had a scarf before so I’m not sure how to wear it but I’m sure I will love it! P.s. super excited for the socks & gift card too. It will be my first time shopping at Victoria’s Secret!! 🙂

  24. Awesome, The very best of Popsugar. I am so overjoy and happy with this box.

  25. I am so excited to get this box. I like everything in it based on the review and preview. This is a box made for my tastes.

  26. I am in LOVE with this box, even though the scarf is a little young for me. The only real issue is my tray has a big air bubble in the glass, so I’ll shoot an email and try to get that resolved. This year’s box doesn’t tug at my heart the way the February 2015 box did, but it’s still pretty dang close. Free money at Victoria’s Secret and sugar cookie mix that comes in a muslin sack. Swoon.
    (But man, that box last year. I didn’t even know about Popsugar back then, so I missed out and STILL feel the lingering post traumatic stress of boxy envy.)

    • I had Popsugar last year and I was thinking that, while this box is great, it isn’t quite as awesome as that February one last year! I do think that was my all time favorite! My tray has a small imperfection also.

  27. I’ll have my box next week, can’t wait. And I still have the pinneapple pouch lol!

    • Haha! Now you have a giftcard holder to match 🙂

  28. Looks like a great box, and PSMH did FINALLY address the issues with my LE box from December, but I’m going to wait awhile and see if their issues decrease and their customer service improves before I risk ordering from them again. Thanks all who share their good and bad experiences here so we have s better idea of what to expect from these boxes.

    • I’m glad to hear CS addressed your issues. My Feb box arrived without the Tilo Scarf so I am beyond disappointed (of course my box in missing the highest value item). I contacted their CS and got a canned response about how they’d get back to me quickly and also sent an IM on FB and was told the same thing. I have a sinking feeling that I won’t get the scarf and will end up having to dispute the charge on my credit card. The box weight was 2.2 lbs. What was the box weight for everyone else who got the scarf? I understand mistakes happen…will just have to wait and see if they make it right. This is my first issue with PS so fingers crossed.

      • mine was 3.3 lbs
        this is the shipping info
        110 AIRPORT DR
        WAPPINGERS FALLS, NY US 125906185
        1 415 926-9783

        • Thank you!

  29. That scarf is sooo beautiful! I hoped that it would be mostly white, or silver, or blue/grey. Unfortunately that dark grey washes me out so I’ll have to grit my teeth and put it up for swap.
    Altogether a super box – well done Popsugar!

  30. One of the best PS boxes since I started getting them almost two years ago. Covers all the bases in the best possible way. The ring is tiny but works as a midi ring on me so no complaints. All in all, just fantastic!

  31. If the VS card has a pin like a gift card and no minimum purchase (like a coupon would) I wonder if you can stack them….hmmmmmm

  32. LOVE this box! Makes me feel a little better about the CS runaround haha. That scarf is so soft and cute, I’m a huge fan of the rub-in-and-cloth-off cleansing method for my dry skin, the ring actually fits my ring finger, I had already ordered the VS coconut milk body oil from their flash sale so the lotion will be perfect, I ordered the VS getaway halter bikini top as soon as I got the box last night with the gift card, I always need more athletic socks, and cookies always fill my heart with joy. Love love love.

  33. I’m happy with this months box but wish they’d try some OTHER COLORS for the home accessories. Red, yellow or pink would be great instead of always blue or aqua.

  34. I love everything in this box! So happy with it.

  35. Just cancelled my sub, customer service was not good at all… I kept getting the run around with the Target box and it turns out I’m not getting it smh

  36. I have a bad feeling this is going to be another disappointing month since mine hasn’t even been shipped yet. Kinda makes sense since I haven’t even gotten my January box yet.

  37. This box was amazing!! I don’t even wear scarves but this one was so soft and versatile I wore it to work and got a ton of compliments.

  38. Can you buy single PopSugar Must Have boxes or am I just imagining things? Maybe I’m thinking of another box.

    • Yes! When you go to buy the box just be sure to select that it is a one-time gift purchase before you checkout. It will not automatically renew for the next month. This is what I usually do so I know it works! ?

      • Thank you!! <3

  39. I think I’m the only person not loving this box. I don’t wear scarves, the ring is way too small for me, I don’t need any more moisturizers. I like the tray, but not enough to to keep the whole box. Will try to sell on EBay.

    • I’m with you. I’m going to gift most of this box to my teenage babysitter. She’ll love it because most of this stuff is age appropriate for her, not me.

    • aaaah double comment oops!!

    • I’m with you, too. I just wish I could time travel and get last year’s box, which is what I really wanted this to be. Such a miss for me.

    • Connie I want everything except the tray. What are you going to sell the box for?

    • Can I buy the box from you?

    • Just out of curiosity, what’s your idea of a good Popsugar Must Have box?

  40. Best box in eons! can’t wait to get mine!

  41. I think Popsugar did an awesome job this month on the theme and curation of the box. Everything was a win for me. Looking forward to the next one!

  42. I thought i was not going to like Feb… scarf with hearts? VS?
    This is looking good. I just always get bummed about rings. I wear a 4.5-4.75. This is another ring my friends can scramble for

    • I wear a 4.75 and the ring fit me perfectly out of the box.

  43. My box came yesterday and I love all of it! Bought one for my sister too!

    • Yay! It is such a great gift! 🙂

  44. I am so, so, so excited to get this box tomorrow. They knocked everything out of the park! It seems like a majority of their February boxes are on point. I hope this type of curation keeps up. I really didn’t like January (the month in general in life and the box) so I’m hoping the rest of the year coincides with this one more. Really nice array of items, and nothing screams Valentine’s.

  45. I love this sub and absolutely adore this month! I got tracking info, but my box decided to take an extra long time to get here lol…I think they’re walking it over!

  46. Bakers Club is also a sub?! How genius of them to send a free item in another sub. They will probably quadruple their customer base by partnering with PSMH

    • Read a review of food stir on another site. The ratio of product to cost is very low. Like $25 for a pan of brownies or pan of cookies. One time the cookie cutter she received was rusted. I would do a little more research or you might be disappointed. On a plus side the desserts looked great and the poster looked like she had a great time with her kids.

  47. I loved this box too! The heart tissue paper was a nice touch in this box. My beauty balm was missing the cleansing cloth so I sent their customer support a note. The dish is beautiful and I can’t wait to make the cookies with my son!

    • My cloth was also missing…CS said they will send a replacement whenever they get more product in stock, so we shall see.

    • My cleansing cloth was also missing. I thought the packaging was too loose for a glass jar, now I understand why. The top piece of packaging was missing. I sent an email today and will see what happens. I loved the items in this box.

    • Add me to the growing list of people missing the muslin cloth from the Beautycounter Cleansing Balm……contacted PSMH, but don’t have a great feeling about getting it sent to me.

      • Yep – missing my muslin cloth as well!

      • Me too! Might not even be worth going through the back & forth with their cs?I really did love this box though!!! So much better than last months but I gotta say last feb box was my all time fav( I didn’t even know about ps back then!) very happy though!

      • I was missing my cloth, and was sent an entirely new jar of cream yesterday. I am very happy with that result! 😉

    • I didn’t get mine either, in fact the box the cleansing balm was in was wide open. It’s not even something that should have been able to fall out because in the pictures here it is tied with a ribbon. So either they didn’t add it at all or someone took it out.

  48. This is by far one of the best Popsugar Boxes ever. I have been a subscriber since this box first was offered. If you haven’t purchased this box yet, do so immediately! I’m beyond thrilled with this month’s items and it definitely makes up for some of the not so great boxes we have received in the past! <3

  49. This will be my 2nd Popsugar Box and I am super excited to receive it. Mine will not arrive until next Friday. I can not wait. Tahnk you for the review.

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