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POPSUGAR Must Have Box April 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 – If you sign up now, your first box will be the April 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.


Cravings: Recipes For All the Food You Want to Eat by Chrissy Teigen – Retail Value $29.99

I was so excited when this book was announced as a spoiler for this box because I was planning on buying it. It’s full of delicious looking recipes:


Plenty of pictures of Chrissy feeding John:


Noodles and Carbs:


Party food, etc:


The food pictures in this book are great – exactly what you would expect if you follow Chrissy’s love of food on Instagram!


Field Poppy Conservatories Hand Creme by Royal Apothic – Value $24

The packaging on this hand cream is amazing! Linen-wrapped with gold foil embossed detail:



And, of course, the actual hand cream lotion is beautiful, too!

FYI – there is a tool in the box for getting every ounce of the lotion out of the tube:



This hand cream absorbs quickly and has a floral fragrance – I think it is great for spring.


Noon Design Shop Lemons Flour Sack Tea Towel – Value $18

I think this is the “fresh” themed item for the box this month? Here it is in full:


This is handmade in the US with 100% cotton, and is designed to get better with every wash!


Farmacy Sleep Tight Firming Night Balm – Value $48

I think this is my favorite item in the box! It’s all natural and smells so good! And the packaging is amazing too:



Here is the balm:


The scent is really light and natural and the balm feels great. I can’t wait to wear it tonight!


Canvas Home Tinware Salt & Pepper Shakers – Value $12

These have a vintage enamelware look to them:


And they came in their own box, too:


This style doesn’t fit with my kitchen, but I think this set will make a good gift!


Next by Nature Dark Chocolate Espresso Beans – Value $4

These dark-chocolate espresso beans are my husband’s new favorite treat! (He always loves POPSUGAR food items, so I’m not surprised.) Here is a look at the beans in the window in the back of the package:


He said he normally doesn’t like dark chocolate, but these were perfect!


Bloom That – $20 Gift Card

This card expires 6/30/16 and has no minimum purchase requirements. For my zip code, prices started at $48 plus shipping, so this card won’t equal free flowers, but it is a significant discount – especially if you are already planning to buy flowers for Mother’s Day!

Verdict: This box has a retail value of about $136 – less if you use Amazon pricing for the book. (And that’s not counting the Bloom That gift card). At first I wasn’t sure what I thought of the box because I was expecting a big ticket item, but after going through all the items I decided that this is a great cooking/kitchen box, and I think it would make a great Mother’s Day gift, too.

What do you think of the April 2016 POPSUGAR Must Have box? What item are you most excited for?

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. Does anyone know if the flower gift cards are stackable? Or can only one be used per order ?

    • Just learned that the flower gift cards are NOT stackable. I thought about trading for another one, but there is no point if i cannot not combine them. I have a feeling like there is going to be a ton of these gift cards up for swap, or being given up for free, instead of being used.

    • So I tried using the “Gift Card” to day on the smallest order of flowers that I could find on the site a dozen yellow tulips for 30.00 plus tax. So I thought, I will get them since I can get a dozen tulips at Trader Joes for the same price and can get them delivered. Mind you, no vase or anything. So…I go to check out, and it costs 19.99 for shipping!!!
      I burst out laughing, ripped up the “Gift Card” and went on Pro for a good deal that I use all the time, buy one get one free flowers for Mothers day.

      Now don’t get me wrong, I ebay for some of the Pop Sugar “Gift Cards” if they actually ARE a Gift card and not just a discount taken off and put back on for shipping. I got a gorgeous necklace from 31 Bits for 6.00, And earrings from Forever Sterling that are lovely for 4.00 after the Gift cards, so I am thrilled with those. I also gave the Victoria’s secret to my daughter for her birthday with some money for a new bra set, and Gave the Shoptiques to my best freind for her birthday and she bought three things on sale! What a value…so there you have it…just my experience with the cards, and they have been just great!

      • I tried using the flower GC and the $20 S&H is absurd and makes it worthless. Why not use TheBouqs? Great flowers, less expensive, and delivery included.

  2. I think this box is perfect for April! I think I will use everything!!! Way better than last month’s box FOR SURE! My box is still processing though, I hope I get a tracking number soon!

  3. I hated my Popsugar LE (it was my first one and likely my last) and I think the mini was unexpectedly chintzy, but this box I LOVE!!! I’m dying to try the Farmacy balm and I keep hand cream by my bed, in every purse, and in my classroom. The salt & pepper shakers are too cute, they’re going in my houseware box for when I move later this year. I think everything in there is from subs and swaps 🙂

  4. Wow there is only a difference of 20 dollars and the amount of goodies you get is crazy compared to the Mini I get got. I loved to 2 items but it just seemed so lonely of a box. I would of loved the box but not the book sadly.

  5. So excited for this box!

  6. Not really excited for this box. The past couple boxes haven’t been amazing, so it will be an easy decision to break up with Popsugar when my prepaid 6 month sub runs out next month. I think I would like this box more if I could use the Farmacy stuff. Unfortunately anything with oil in it makes me break out like crazy! Glad this box is a win for others though!

  7. If you expand the delivery window there’s a tiny bouquet of flowers for $30. With shipping you’re still looking at at least $20 for the flowers.

  8. The flowers could be the fresh item? I didn’t know they have categories and that they send an for each category!

    • I had guessed a bouquet of flowers when the theme was revealed, I still think this counts in that category.

  9. this looks great but mine is still processing 🙁

    • Same here… Looks like we are the unfortunate “delayed shipment” batch… Mines always shipped on the last shipping day anyway… Sigh 🙁

      • Same here. I usually get my boxes early, but not this month. The past few months I would receive my box and then a week later get tracking info. I just hope it doesn’t come on a Saturday because my husband is home and he will be pissed. I hide all my boxes. Some even get sent to my job. I’m so bad.

        • Feel you! Some go to my mom’s. Had to sell hubby on Play today, so I can only have ipsy,play,target and Walmart to home.

        • Lol your like me. My kids say we are not spanning daddy right. I say yes quite lol a girl has to shop. Right? ??

  10. This looks like a cute box. Still didn’t get any tracking info. When I go into my account it says processing. Looking forward to the night balm. I got the lip balm in my mini box and I love it.

  11. All I know is ….. If the use of that cookbook – cooking together with my special man, makes us half as sexy as Chrissy & her husband, John Legend ….. Then BEST BOX EVER!!!!

    Just sayin’. LOL

    • hahaha love it! 🙂

  12. This is another winner for me!! I’ve loved Canvas Home since we got the small bowl in one of the boxes awhile back. Since then, I’ve gotten more of their items. So, I’m happy to get these S&P shakers!
    Actually after seeing this, I think I’m going to cancel the mini and stick with this. There’s more ‘fun’ in the big box.

  13. I needed night cream and was waiting to see if it came in this box… So for me this is a WIN! I took advange of the friends & family in December so DOUBLE WIN! The rest of the contents will be used or gifted. Much more happy than with the one received last month… I know it will be hard to top February’s. Still I’m super happy with PSMH. Its the only sub I have active right now! I’m looking at you Spsarks Joy!

  14. I’d be willing to give my bloom it card for a tea towel. If anyone is interested.

    • Would love to trade. Haven’t received my box yet, but I’d love to give you the towel for the gift card, as long as it’s stackable.

  15. I will enjoy this box!

  16. So glad this is a great box because I was disappointed in the mini box (I cancelled after the first box). I was just watching Farmacy on QVC the other night. Glad I waited to order the cream. Liz, does the balm melt onto your skin? I’m hoping I won’t be pulling and tugging on my skin while applying the balm.

  17. I like almost everything here. Not sure about the cookbook since I keep kosher, so I’ll have to see how many of the recipes I can actually use, but if there’s not enough to make it worthwhile I’ll send it to my son. I like the tea towel and the salt-and-pepper shakers. Always up for a new face treatment. Both hubby and I will enjoy the beans, I’m sure. I periodically send flowers to my daughters, so I’m sure the gc will come in handy.

    • Copy any recipies you can use and gift the book to your son.

  18. Looks like this one is worth the wait! I’ve already swapped the cookbook, but everything else looks really fun! I LOVE the towel, excited for the balm, the shakers are adorable and I’m going to have to fight with myself whether I want to keep the hand cream or use it as part of a Mother’s Day gift. Count me in the column of people who are happy PS mixed it up this month. Oh–and Liz, I’m a sucker for good packaging, too. Maybe because I’ve worked in creative departments my whole career and know how much thought and care go into making those visions a reality.

    • Love that you love good packaging too! Both beauty products are amazing in terms of packaging this month! 🙂

  19. This box is perfect for me. Mine will be here tomorrow! I can’t wait ☺

  20. I absolutely love this box! Can’t wait to get my hands on it 🙂

  21. I am only interested in the Farmacy product; I wouldn’t end up using the other items. I hope I can swap for it. I’ve always wanted to try that brand.

  22. Best box for me yet! Only item I’m not in positive lust with are the shakers, and I can use them at the office. LOVE! Great job!

    • That is a great weekend idea to use the shakers at work! Thank you!! I am SO excited about thus box! ?

  23. I think this box is so awesome. Enamel wear, like the salt and pepper shaker isn’t for the kitchen it is for using outside like picnics camping patio ect. So I think that is so cute for this box. I think they will be so cute on a picnic. Can’t wait.

    • It depends on your style! My kitchen has a vintage theme to it and we have a lot of enamelware (or ceramic made to look like it) and it looks perfectly with our style. We get tons of compliments. Go on Pinterest and you will see how it can look elegant in the right setting.

  24. I like this box but will be putting the salt/pepper shakers and flower gc up for swap. Im excited to try firming cream

  25. Hmmm. I neither love nor hate this box. If the flowers gift card were enough for a free bouquet, it would have been the star item for me since I love fresh flowers in the house.

    The balm looks like a pretty awesome product by an intriguing brand, but I have crazy oily skin and live in Florida so dryness isn’t an issue for me.

    But the whole box will be worth it if we find a new favorite recipe or two in the book. 🙂

    • I agree, free or at least better discounted flowers would really have made the box. I checked out the flower site and i just cant imagine paying $28 for some tulips, which would be the cheapest option with the gc, plus shipping. There are just so many options for inexpensive local flowers, i just bought a big bunch of tulips and greenery for $6.

      • I’d be willing to give my bloom it card for a tea towel. If anyone is interested.
        I swap for your tea towel?

      • I would use the gift card to send flowers to someone. Certainly not myself, I buy those locally. So, while using the card might be a bit pricy it would be a real treat for the recipient

  26. I wish I had the will power not to look at the spoilers and just be surprised but that will never happen, lol. I love this box! Looks fun to me!

    • I also peeked at these spoilers, when the FedEx Delivery Manager said my box would arrive by Thursday. I told my husband I wouldn’t! Oh well! I am happier with this box than the last one.

      I am like another person who said it won’t be hard to give up my 6 month sub when this is over. When I think of how little I actually spent on each box, it’s ok in the end. I’ve started to think about giving more as gifts…like to my daughter’s kindergarten teacher. I don’t NEED to like everything in a box.

  27. This isn’t a good box for me. I’m still glad I canceled and only buy the box when I see the spoilers, but I’m glad those who received it love it. Enjoy!

  28. At first glance, the tea towel is my favorite item! I hope this isn’t an item that varies by box; I really like it as pictured. I use salt and pepper grinders, so I have no use for the shakers unfortunately. I am still very skeptical of the cook book. While I enjoy receiving books, I think there are so many free cook book alternatives online. Also, I’m a vegetarian so I imagine I won’t ever use a lot of these recipes. I do enjoy the opportunity to try expensive skin care products like the Farmacy balm, because there’s no way I’d spend that much money on a product without already knowing it works on my skin. Honestly though – and no offense Liz – I couldn’t care less about the packaging. It looks like the balm comes in a box within a box, all wrapped in an exterior sleeve. What a waste! I would expect a company like Farmacy to be more environmentally conscious. Overall, this isn’t the most exciting PSMH box, but it’s not the most boring either (November 2015).

    • Just double checked the info card – everyone will be getting the same Lemon design 🙂

    • I’ll be putting the towel up for swap – maybe you can get a whole set! I live for sleeping masks so I am excited about the Farmacy balm. I think this is a great variety for the box. I don’t love all of the items but they did a great job on curation!

      • Il give my GC for the towel?

    • I think Liz mentions packaging because 1) it makes items more giftable and 2) opening multiple boxes prolongs the experience, which is great for sub box addicts! I have a hard time seeing how individually shipping boxes of stuff that most people won’t even use everything from could be environmentally friendly, whether or not there is extra packaging.

  29. Ladies, if you have not received an email with your shipping information and tracking number, log into the site and check. I should have my box come Monday, and I have not received an email. The tracking # is on the website, they just haven’t emailed it to me..

    • Thanks for the heads up! Mine is coming Tuesday and I had no idea.

  30. I love this box! I am in love with the salt and pepper shakers. They remind me of the farm house I grew up as a child…
    The rest of the box is nice too! I am looking forward to getting the whole box!!
    I think they are trying to mix it up because of all the complaints around November – December when they over sold their subscriptions…
    (Just a thought, I know that they treated me so poorly at that time, I had not planned on renewing as a matter of principal, but the last few boxes have been great!)

  31. I was planning on getting the cookbook anyway, so that would be $15 (I browsed through some of the recipes at a bookstore last week, and there are so fabulous sounding recipes in there – and not crazy difficult, either!). To get all the other items (even if I’m not IN LOVE with all of them) for less than an additional $30 is a great value. The salt and pepper shakers will be great for outdoor dining this summer (my outdoor dinnerware is blue) so I don’t care that it doesn’t match my indoor décor! Will gift the lotion to my mom for Mother’s Day (and apparently I’ll be getting her flowers, as well!) and I’m probably going to have a few sleepless nights after I scarf down those espresso beans!! But, at least my skin will look great, thanks to the balm!

  32. This is kind of a ‘meh’ box for me, but usually over time some items from ‘meh’ boxes become some of my favorite things.

    As a vegan, I’ll be swapping the cookbook, though I do think CT is adorable.

    • Make sure you at least copy any vegan recipes that are in the book – there have to be at least a few!

      • Good idea!

  33. Ugh I was so looking forward to this box, they could’ve knocked it out of the park. I was really hoping for a nice pitcher or serveware. I like a kitchen towel; but don’t like tea towels, they’re so thin. But that one is cute. The salt and pepper shakers, I’ve seen a billion cuter ones. I might only keep the cookbook and the lotion and swap everything else. I haven’t even gotten a shipping email yet though. This is my 2nd to last box, next month is my last box and I’m not going to resub. PopSugar is too hit and miss for me.

  34. The box seems OK, but sort of blah. Not one item that I’m excited at getting. My six month subscription expires after next box, and this one is not encouraging me to renew – specially at full price.

  35. Love, love,love this box! We all complain about too many candles, lip glosses, etc- it is great to get a box with a different theme! Of course, it probably depends upon whether you cook, which I do, but there are many boxes with an activity theme that doesn’t match some part of our population. Thank you, Popsugar, for an original and very spring themed box! And the value is certainly there! Can’t wait to get it.

  36. I’m really excited to receive this box…mainly because it’s a departure from the usual beauty and jewelry products we get. Nice month!! I like that they took a slight risk and mixed it up a bit.

  37. I like all of it except the cookbook (CT is annoying) and S&P shakers. The towel is super cute.

  38. I LOVE this box. The only thing that won’t be used is the hand cream. Other than that, I am loving all the new things for the kitchen!! I can understand why some people are disappointed in this box though, especially if they’re not someone who spends a lot of time in the kitchen like I do. My only concern is the tea towel- I like it, but my experience with similar fabrics/colors is that they stain really easily. Chocolate covered espresso beans are to die for, too!!

  39. This is fantastic! The cookbook being a brand new release is really exciting for me and I have wanted to try Farmacy for a while. Tea towels and chocolate espresso beans are always a win. I don’t care for the salt and pepper shakers but my mother in law will love them, so it is a complete win for me.

  40. I wish they’d stop sending face-related skin products 🙁 I have sensitive skin, so they always just get tossed into the guest bathroom. Tried the Feb box cleansing balm and broke out like crazy after 2 uses.
    Not particularly excited for anything in the box, but at least most of it is useful. Wish the salt and pepper shakers didn’t have that odd black “design” on them.

  41. I’m thrilled! Like others I have no need for the salt and pepper shakers but I’m very happy about the rest (and my label just got created – progress!). I wasn’t that excited about the cookbook at first but one of my favorite bloggers has been raving about it so now I’m anxious to get my hands on it.

  42. I think this is my favorite box yet! I love and will use it all!! Popsugar just gets me 🙂

    • Agree. Everything is perfect for me.

  43. Very Excited to get this box! I love that cookbook! I knew I would, and the kitchen items are just adorable and fun, I love getting things I would not buy for myself, I serve supper on a tray to my husband a few nights a week for a treat so he can watch tv and those salt and peppers are great size! the beauty items are amazing, great brands…not crap!!! And what can I say coffee beans enrobed in chocolate? Really! So excited!!!! Common ladies, this is a fun box, POP SUGAR this is a fun one! Thanks!!!!

  44. I wasn’t impressed at first glance, but the night balm makes the box for me, and I like the towel. Not my favourite box, but the value’s still there and I’m happy I got it.

  45. This keen cook says, “Love, love, love!”
    Well, maybe not the dodgy looking salt and pepper shakers. But they are very taste specific and I’m sure lots of people will want them.
    I wonder whether the tea towel will come in various shades? Only time will tell. lol
    Popsugar is like that reliable boyfriend who never lets you down but still keeps things interesting.

  46. Out of all of my subscriptions, this is my first disappointment, it really seems like a joke. This will be my first Popsugar regular box. I’m not going to cancel just yet, but hopefully it gets better.

  47. seems like there are always a million people unhappy with popsugar’s boxes, but I am excited to get this one! I wish I had been stronger and resisted the spoilers, but I just can’t help myself. looking forward to the farmacy balm especially, l have been eyeing this brand for a while.

  48. I love it! But I also need to add items to my kitchen. and the tea towel matches my place (restoration hardware linen coloring!). The salt/pepper shakers are adorable. And the beauty products are great. overall, psyched. Now if only they would ship!

  49. I hate this entire box. Canceled my subscription immediately

  50. Love it! Love it! Love it! I can’t wait to get it 🙂

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