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CAUSEBOX Subscription Box Review – Spring 2016

Ragan Buckley
ByRagan BuckleyMar 14, 2016 | 14 comments

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Alltrue (CAUSEBOX)
2.9 overall rating
307 Ratings | 145 Reviews

CAUSEBOX by Sevenly is a quarterly subscription box that features brands and items dedicated to doing good all over the world.  Many featured brands donate a portion of proceeds to charities and/or may employ local artisans, use ethically-sourced goods, etc.  They also donate $7 per box sold to charity.

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

The Subscription Box: CAUSEBOX by Sevenly

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The Cost: $54.95 on a quarterly basis, or $49.95 per box with an annual subscription

COUPON: Save $5 off your first box when you sign-up for their emails!

The Products: At least $150 worth of products for women from Sevenly’s favorite socially-conscious brands.

Ships to: US

Check out all our CAUSEBOX reviews other great lifestyle boxes in the Lifestyle Subscription Box Directory!

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The box came with this full-color foldout card featuring more information about the items and brands included in the box.  The theme for this spring box is “words.”

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The Giving Keys Classic “Hope” Necklace – Value $39

I think a lot of MSA readers are familiar with the Giving Keys necklaces from causebox-march-2016-magazine

Conscious Magazine Issue 04 – Value $14

Conscious Magazine uses design and in-depth storytelling in its pages to tell stories of people making impacts around the globe.  Expect pieces on the environment, refugees, entrepreneurs, and more.  This is not really the kind of magazine you idly skim; it’s better to really devote some time to it.

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The Created Co. Exclusive “Bloom” Mug – Value $17.95

Sadly, this arrived with the handle broken.  (Since it was sent for review, I did not request a replacement.)  There were enough small pieces (not pictured) that I can’t glue it back together.  That’s too bad – I really like the simplicity of the mug.  But it could’ve definitely used better packaging.  This is a Causebox exclusive so I based the pricing on other items in their shop.

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OSEA Atmosphere Protection Cream (2 oz) – Value $44

Between this box and April’s Pearlesque Box, I will be all set with this product for a long time.  It’s meant to be used as a facial moisturizer but I think I am going to experiment with using it on my forearms since they are going to be getting more sun exposure now as opposed to the last few months.  (I also wear SPF of course.)  This has algae and plant extracts that are good sources of vitamins and antioxidants.

Causebox Reclaimed Wood Frame – Value $20 (?)

The value here is a huge guess since this is another exclusive item.  I’ve seen reclaimed wood frames online for under $10 and for over $40 so I tried to split the difference.  Causebox is launching a series of prints that are the perfect size to put in this frame (and which can be easily switched out based on the season or your mood).

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Christopher Craig + Causebox “Hope” 5 x 7 Print – Value $10 (?)

This is the first in the series of prints mentioned above.  (I didn’t realize this was meant to go with the frame until after I took photos…)  As an exclusive item, the value is again a guess.  Sadly, mine arrived a little dirty.  It probably should’ve been in a wax paper envelope or something for protection.

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Shashi India Spice Blend – Value $19.50

I am stocked up on this for awhile thanks to Escape Monthly.  We do make a lot of Indian food in my house since I am a vegetarian.  This is nice in chana masala for sure.

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Speak Your Silence Stitch Kit – Value $5

Speak Your Silence is an organization dedicated to ending the stigma of childhood sexual abuse.  This is definitely an important cause, of course, but I am not sure that I would sew orange zigzags onto my clothes, which is what you are supposed to do with this.  Although most or all of the items in Causebox are associated with good causes or social/environmental consciousness in general, this is one of those items that probably has more meaning to the people closely involved with the cause.  On the other hand, it’s one of the lowest value items in the box.

Verdict: I calculated a value of about $170 (give or take) for the Spring 2016 CAUSEBOX.   This is definitely above the promised value for the subscription and it contains a good mix of items.  However, it may not be for everyone (based on the comments on the spoiler post) – personally I was a bigger fan of the December box, although that may just be my own personal taste.  (It also might be because I’m already familiar with a lot of the items from other boxes, so the novelty isn’t there for some of them.)

What do you think of the Spring 2016 CAUSEBOX?

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Ragan Buckley
Ragan Buckley
Ragan stumbled across My Subscription Addiction in late 2013 and immediately subscribed to way too many beauty boxes. She's now focused on boxes for her cats and dog, vegan/vegetarian food boxes, and craft subscriptions (and she didn't give up beauty boxes entirely).

Ragan Buckley
Ragan Buckley
Ragan stumbled across My Subscription Addiction in late 2013 and immediately subscribed to way too many beauty boxes. She's now focused on boxes for her cats and dog, vegan/vegetarian food boxes, and craft subscriptions (and she didn't give up beauty boxes entirely).
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14 comments

Melissa

Not my favorite Causebox but at least everything arrived in good condition. I think I’m most excited about the spice blend. I love Indian food and can’t wait to try the recipes from the site. Hello chana masala!

Laurie

Not my favorite Causebox, but I love the mug, and the frame and print actually look really nice in my front hallway. I’m giving the spices to my bff, who actually cooks, and I’ve got the giving key hanging from my car’s rear view mirror. It’s always nice to have a reminder to hope!

mimi

This was one of my least favorite Causeboxes. I do really like the matte finish on the mug, though. I am the mother of a childhood sexual assault victim, and even with that close tie, I still can’t imagine sewing an orange zigzag on my clothing. The key is meh — although certainly better than the cartridge they sent a few boxes ago! The frame is nice (and I need all the frames I can get as I’m going to be a first-time grandma at the end of August) but i’m kind of neutral on the print. I can take or leave the magazine. We got that same spice mix within the last month or so in another box.

Donna

Most of the values seem inflated. How is in old key on a cheap chain worth $39? One needle with a little bit of thread for $5? I have a drawer full of old keys. I can’t remember what most of them are for, but I’m afraid to throw them out. ? I also have a lot of costume jewelry with chains available and plenty of sewing supplies. The print looks cheap and so does the frame. Who, among us would pay over $17 for a magazine? I see this in many of the boxes. Sometimes it’s worth it for a nicely curated box but I just don’t see it here.

Christina

Not sure about other items inflated. That giving key is actually a lower cost necklace they sell. You do understand the cost is completely justified as they employ the homeless transitioning in LA into homes. You do know your not supposed to keep it right? It is so amazing that the word is spreading more and more with the giving key. Caitlyn Crosby started such a great business. You can also submit to donate your keys. Please look into this and I’m hoping you will change your view as they are not just any key. Have a great week ?
http://www.thegivingkeys.com/pages/our-story

Jen

Did anyone else get a frame that feels like it’s falling apart? Mine is really wobbly and chipped, idk if that’s the style or if mine is broken.

Whitney

Mine has a chip – or two – out of it, but is sturdy. It is reclaimed wood, so I’m thinking the chunk is on purpose. Thinking it is supposed to be sturdy, though.

Ragan

The overall wood on mine looks a little more worn around the outside than the part that shows in the photo but it does not appear to be broken and it stands up OK.

lily

My giving key almost looked like the one you got. So much different then the giving keys in the FFF box a few years ago. Those I liked better. I’m reluctant to even try it on, due to a nickle allergy. My mug was fine (never had an issue with broken items and I’ve subbed to every box since they created the sub) yet I can not figure out if its dishwasher or microwave safe. I also liked the Dec box better. The only thing I’ll be using from this box is the frame.

Jen

Use the broken mug as a pencil holder or a makeup brush holder.

Angela

I had been seriously considering ordering this box, but seeing the broken mug and the dirty print made me very glad that I passed!
I’ll spend my money elsewhere

Jen

Just an fyi, I’ve been ordering this box from the beginning and none of my items have ever been damaged or dirty in any way. My mug and print from this box, along with all the other items, are in perfect condition! My guess is the reviewed box is an unfortunate anomaly and they’d fix it if she contacted them.

Ragan

Was your print protected in any way? Mine was loose in the box. Although even so, I agree it’s probably an anomaly. Most of the (unprotected) information cards I get in other boxes don’t get dirty.

I do want to point out that their customer service might indeed be responsive, but I don’t want to say one way or another since I didn’t contact them. I usually have pretty good luck getting replacement items from most, if not all, subscription boxes. (Even Glossybox…)

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