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POPSUGAR Must Have Box May 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 May 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.


Spongelle Spongology Body Buffer – Value $20

This buffer is a little on the rough side (but it is called a buffer, so I’m not sure why that surprised me). The sponge is infused with body wash to last for 20 washes, and after using it only once I could tell a major difference in the softness of my skin! I think I may try their cellulite glove next!


Kocostar Foot Therapy – Value $10

These are natural, paraben-free, and a perfect inclusion for sandal season in my opinion! Here are the booties out of the package:


I’m a big fan of Baby Foot, so I was already familiar with the slightly weird feeling of putting these booties on at first! You have to wear them for 1.5 hours, so I think they are perfect for a little Netflix binge watching! (They are not easy to move around in, so plan ahead!)


Bluma Project Capri Bracelets (Set of 2) – Value $44

Here is a better look at the bracelets:


They are super delicate, and I love the colors. POPSUGAR has declared this the year of the tassel, so I guess I better get on board! Here they are on:



Happy Spritz Breathe Deeply Spray – Value $25

This spray is made with all natural essential oils and it has a super minty and eucalyptus scent. You can use it as a face or body mist, and I like it as a room freshener, too.

POPSUGAR also recommends spritzing it on your yoga mat:


Gaiam Foldable Yoga Mat – Value $24.95

This yoga mat is designed for travel, so it’s not as thick as a standard yoga mat (only 2 mm). You’ll still want to use your regular yoga mat at home, but this is great for packing in a carry-on suitcase, tote bag, etc. Here it is out of the packaging:


And in case what you are wondering what this mat looks like unfolded with Cairn Terrier/Poodle Mix on it:



Hint Caffeine Kick Water – Value $1.69

My husband and I were both intrigued by this – we’re always looking for new non-sweetened beverages to try. The cayenne definitely gives it a little kick (even though I think the Kick name is about the 60 mg of caffeine per bottle).

I’m glad we got this variation in the box because it’s a flavor I never would have thought to try otherwise!


Revlon Volume Length Magnified Mascara – Value $9

I give this mascara a B+! I was happy with the length and volume, and I had no issues with clumping despite applying MANY layers!


JimmyBar! Peanut Butter Clutter Bar – Value $2.49

I love a bar with a simple ingredient list: dates, peanut butter, crisp brown rice, peanuts, almonds and honey.


It was pretty good. Not good enough to order more, but good enough to finish!


Half Hitch Goods $10 Gift Code

Not valid on previous purchases or shipping. Valid through 6/30/2016. There isn’t anything on the site that is $10 or less, but they do have some nice items. Pretty pricey, though!


Verdict: This box has a retail value of about $137. I wasn’t sure about this box when I first saw the spoilers, but it has grown on me considerably! I like the spa/health vibe of the box, and I’ll use everything. And I appreciate that POPSUGAR still can mix it up after years of sending boxes!

What do you think of the May 2016 POPSUGAR Must Have box? 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. The only item I like in this box is the mascara and that’s not worth $40. What happened to PopSugar?

  2. Just got this in my email!

    Use promotion code SPRING10 for $10 off a 1 month Must Have subscription. Use promotion code SPRING20 for $20 off a 3 month Must Have subscription. Use promotion code SPRING50 for $50 off a 6 month subscription. Promotion codes listed above (“Codes”) are valid from Monday, May 23, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. PST until Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. PST or while supplies last.

    This box isn’t worth $40 for me … but maybe $30! 🙂

    • As of right now, the first box you’ll receive with that deal is May. Just a heads up.

      • You are right Danielle. I paid the end of May thinking I’d get June but got an email with my “May” box. I contacted Popsugar that I didn’t want May an was expecting June. They replied that the Promotion started with the May box and that could not offer a refund. This is the second time this happened with a coupon. I think the do this when they have extra boxes to get rid of. They should state this when they send a promotion. Unfortunately, it’s always a box I do not want. This one, to me, is just plain awful.

  3. Not super excited with this box. Caffeine water? Meh!
    Foldable yoga made…great for travel…if I was into yoga. Should be item for FabFitFun box.
    The bracelets, while very pretty are made for a small wrist. I wore them in the hope of stretching them out, but without success. Gave them to my neice.
    Breath deeply spray is awesome! I keep it at work for a quick pick me up.
    All in all, not worth my $40 this month.
    Come on PopSugar! Let’s get back to your creative boxes!

  4. I might be in the minority here,but this is my favorite box from Popsugar in a long time! I was so excited about everything but the snack bar! I’m on WW so I gave the bar to my boyfriend, it had too many points.

    I got the lemon cayenne water, and I didn’t like the flavor, but I loved trying something new.

    I’m glad I didn’t peek at the spoilers this month. It was such a pleasant surprise. It’s funny because I was just thinking about canceling after this month, but now I think I’ll hold off. 😉

    • I loved it too actually! It’s one of my favorites to date! I think I’v already used every item in the box!

      That said – I do think there should have been a warning (or a bigger warning) that the foot mask was going to cause all of the skin on my feet to peel off in strips for 2 weeks. I thought i was dying for about an hour when it started happening. AND this probably didn’t belong in a May box – no one wants molting feet during sandal season.

  5. I know some people will wonder what’s with my head, but.. I love the yoga mat! I cut it up and put it under all the throw rugs on my hardwood floors that are always moving! It’s thin and way better than the stuff I bought that was supposed to keep my rugs from moving! Sometimes you’ve just gotta think outside the box!

    • Smart!!!

  6. I’m happy I didn’t peek at spoilers before I got my box – I opened it today and this is actually one my favorites from PSMH.
    I have been thinking about getting a travel yoga mat and this is perfect. I love that is folds flat but have yet to try it in person.
    Love the bracelets as well – they are very delicate in person and perfect for my taste. I don’t mind the tassels either.
    I have only tried one other foot wrap (I think from FFF) so am excited to try this longer lasting one and just in time for summer & sandals /perfect!
    Not sure about the body buffer but interested to try it – a product I wouldn’t buy on my own but happy to try now that I have it.
    Snack bar was ok and energy drink was interesting – I would not have found the product on my own and happy I received the Apple Pear flavor – pretty good.
    I wish the little sample pack on Half Hitch was still available – hopefully they will restock as I love the concept of their shop & was happy to be introduced to them.
    Mascara – always good to have extras on hand

    Also so happy there is no face products (Cleansing or makeup) in this box – I have enough from all of my other boxes to last for months.

    Every month from PSMH is not a hit for me – last month’s cooking one was a bit of a miss but I still enjoy being exposed to new brands and products I would not have picked on my own. My 6-month deal also expired but I will probably re-new.

    • Also Liz your review is great – thanks so much for opening everything up and showing us the mat unfolded, booties out of the pack – snack bar, mascara.
      It really helps to see more of the product than just the outside packaging – especially for boxes that I am considering subbing to so thank you for making it easy!

  7. Start every review with a Buckles photobomb please! I laughed for about 30 seconds! His tail!!!!! Adorable!

  8. I got my box out of the blue…no shipping notice. I haven’t opened it yet and am not that excited to….lol. I still have all the stuff from the last box in a pile on my desk.

    This is the last month of my December deal and I just hit cancel. I may get a box here or there, but not really interested in another 6 months at this point.

  9. This is the last box of the six month deal. Does it automatically renew? Do I have to cancel?

  10. This box just isn’t meant for me…I don’t do yoga…I rarely use face sprays…

    I am considering canceling…mostly because I have a feeling the next couple of months are going to be very fitness oriented and that’s not what I am looking for.

  11. I LOVE this box! I personally have loved the last 5 months of boxes! I have noticed that I feel really iffy about the box when I see spoilers, but when I get the items in hand, I love them! Also, I have noticed that they really are on-trend lately. For example, pom-poms and tassels are ALL over the runways, and all the top models are wearing reflective, colored sunglasses like in the CFDA box. The whole point of the box (in my opinion, maybe not for everyone) is on-trend, cool, new things that I wouldn’t think to buy! I’m very aware, however, that I’m probably their exact targeted demo, so maybe I’m just a chump for eating up everything they send! Lol

  12. I cancelled my sub after the debacle of their winter LE box and so far I’ve not been sad. What is with tassels…ugh. and those bracelets would never fit my fat wrists

    • I performed a tasselectomy!!!!! Made mine look much better!!! My clothes have enough tassels! Bracelets looked much better afterwards!!

      • OMG tasselectomy is my favorite new word! too funny!

      • I did a tasselectomy on the necklace with all the tassels – removed all but the middle one. I’m much more likely to wear it now. I also cut the pom poms of the bracelet from the Resort box (?).

  13. My 6 month deal is up at this box. I don’t even care at this point. I’ve worked so hard to try to swap some of things I don’t like. The amount of things I didn’t like over the last couple months is much higher than what I did like…

    I guess I’ll look at spoilers/themes and decide each month. If I get another awesome deal, I’d totally do that. The cost was so low per box!!

    I don’t need the yoga mat (it’s super flat!). Even my 5 year old was like “this isn’t a yoga mat!!!” The bracelets I’ve already traded away. I’ve had the water, and it was ok. The bar was only ok. The mascara will be fine. The “$10” to that website is a joke. That place is totally overpriced, just like Bloom last month!

    The best things of this box are the spray (lovely), the scrub sponge (super-moisturizing!) and the foot wrap (I don’t know how to sit still for 1.5 hours, though!!!!).

    • My sentiments EXACTLY!!

  14. Yay for Buckles practicing doga! 😉

    I can’t wait to get my box. It’s my first from PSMH as part of a sub (got a Gilt City deal last November) and I haven’t gotten a shipping notification yet. Do they usually email tracking numbers?

    • Yes, you should have received tracking by now. If you don’t see it under your account when you log into Popsugar, it’s definitely worth contacting them about it.

  15. FWIW, that foot peel is AMAZING. If you haven’t used it, you put it on for 90 minutes, then wash it off. In a few days, the skin on your feet starts shedding like a reptile! What’s left is baby soft! If you haven’t used it, I highly recommend it (as for the rest of the box, it’ll be a good fire starter for your summer fire pit. 🙂 )

    • Your last line made me LOL!

    • Good line, agree the foot therapy is the only item I am happy about. Will use the mascara and sponge. If the tassells were the same color I could use it for my curtains. I guess I’m all tasselled out.
      I canceled and will try the mini. I have liked everything in the mini and very little from the psmh over the last couple months. In My opinion is only there if you actually want the items

      will see nothing in the

    • Best comment ever

  16. Not a fan of this month’s box except for the yoga mat and body buffer. It’s shocking that anyone would have the nerve to charge $22 A PIECE for those bracelets. They look like an elementary school arts and crafts project.

    • …and the mascara is crappy. I threw it away.

  17. This box is pretty meh for me. I’ll use the body buffer and the foot exfoliator/treatment, but the other items are disappointing. The yoga mat is really thin and I already have a nicer one (which I bought at Wal-Mart – not where I typically buy higher quality items), the bracelets don’t seem to be worth their suggested RV at all, the spray just seems boring, and the mascara doesn’t get good reviews.

    I’m hoping for another great box like February’s soon.

  18. I love the bracelets! Following on swaps so I can possibly get two more! Pleasant surprise – super excited about wrapping my feet!

  19. I cancelled my subscription as soon as I got the box. I’ve been getting the box for almost a year now, and the items that initially prompted me to subscribe were substantially better than anything I’ve received during this time.
    I’m unlikely to ever wear the bracelets, I’m not likely to use the foot peel, as I don’t often spend an hour and a half just sitting on the couch at home, I hate Revlon mascara, and really? A bottle of water? That’s the best they could do?

    I thought the bar was tasty but it’s overpriced. I do enjoy having the body buff and think it smells good, and I figure I can use the yoga mat if I ever go to a concert where I’m sitting in grass, but that just doesn’t justify the cost.

    I’ll be purchasing the boxes only after seeing spoilers and making sure I REALLY like at least 2-3 of the items, rather than just being able to find a use for them.

  20. The Hint Caffeine Kick Water was missing from my box. 🙁

    • The bracelets were missing from my box. I emailed them more than a week ago but got no response. Did you have any luck getting your missing item or reimbursed?

      • Yes, always. Even broken items. Sometimes if you tell them something you liked from the past as a reasonable substitution, they’ll even send that if they have it.

  21. I loved this box! The tassels were really easy to cut from the bracelets, and I like them a lot better without 🙂
    I’ve been using the spray on a cold towel at the end of a yoga session, it’s a lovely, refreshing way to end a workout!
    Foot peels are so lovely, so I’m excited to try this one, and I’m with you that the buffer leaves me feeling so soft and smooth! Win!

    • Oh yay! That’s so funny you commented about cutting off the tassels, as that thought didn’t even cross my mind until I saw Liz’s photo of the bracelets up close. I had wondered if that would work and how it would look. Thanks for letting us know it looks cute! 🙂

  22. Does anyone think they will be offering any deals on boxes now that the December deal is up?

    • It’s highly unlikely, as I’m pretty sure they didn’t last year.

    • I just got an email that has a 3-day deal, but it has to start with the May box:

      1 month – $10 off – SPRING 10
      3 months – $20 off – SPRING 20
      6 months – $50 off – SPRING 50

      • I can’t believe they’re pulling that trick AGAIN. I was ready to do it until I saw that it’ll start with the May box. I don’t want 2 of the same box, so I’ll just go with only buying boxes I like the spoilers for.
        Thanks for posting the codes and info though!

  23. This is sadly, my least favorite box. The only thing I really like is the bracelets…

  24. This is my least favorite popsugar box over the last 9 months I have gotten them. Just nothing fit for me. I am not at all upset though because every other month has been really good!

  25. I was happier with this box in person than when I saw it in the review, but still not excited enough to keep it.

    My girls are happy to have the yoga mat, but I’m sure they won’t actually use it as neither does yoga nor do i see them starting up. They’ve already just left it unfolded on a chair. But I’ll fold it again and keep it and if they ever want to do yoga, it’ll be there.

    I like the facial spritz, though I have several so I don’t really need it. Still, it does feel refreshing and hotter days are coming. I’m happy with the body buffer as well. It’s not something that I’d ever buy, but I’m happy to try it. Maybe it’ll help with the bumps I get on my arms in summer. And I’m happy to get the footies. Again, not something I’d ever buy for myself. My husband ate the bar and thought it was good but not great.

    The only thing is a miss are the bracelets, but they should be easy to swap.

    So all in all, I’m pretty happy.

  26. I loved this box – except for the food! The water tasted medicinal and I hate peanut butter.

    Loved everything else though, especially the face spray and the bracelets. The yoga mat is nicer than I was expecting. I’ve come close to buying a foot peel before, and now I can try it. I’ll definitely use the mascara (I was out) and body buffer. I even used the gift card towards a kite.

  27. Has anyone else had an issue with the “Breathe Deeply” spray?? Mine smells like slightly minty water. Barely. Is this something I should contact Popsugar about??

  28. “I wasn’t sure about this box when I first saw the spoilers, but it has grown on me considerably! I like the spa/health vibe of the box, and I’ll use everything.” Same here! I haven’t tried the drink yet but I think I will like it. I got a blackberry flavor – I don’t think I would have been too pleased to get Cayenne! I hope I like the Revlon mascara! I did cancel when I saw the spoilers for this box, but I mistakenly thought this was a seasonal box like FabFitFun so I probably would have cancelled regardless of how good the box was. Not looking to spend this much on a monthly subscription box. Not quite as addicted as you I suppose 😉 For a long time I have only received Birchbox but recently signed up for Sephora Play. I do order one-time boxes like Target Beauty Box and Allure’s big beauty box they do once a year.

  29. Buckles! So cute, tail wagging. :). I love this box. I am thrilled to have gotten the sephora play subscription. As soon as I have enough fun money for this, it will be the next box I have. It just always looks great.

  30. I just got my box today, it’s the last in my 6 month deal and I’m not renewing. The boxes are generally not for me and the last couple I’ve been trying to swap nearly everything from them. I think the yoga mat smells really weird and plastic-y. The bracelets are cute, but apparently to small for my giant wrists. I’m most excited about the foot mask lol and the Spongelle body buffer. I heard most people didn’t like the one from the last Boxycharm box though, they said it smelled really weird. This box just felt pretty random to me. I hate the smell of the “facial mist”, I’m not a fan of eucalyptus. I’ve gotten a sample Jimmybar in a Love With Food box before, it was ok, tons of sugar for a small bar. The Hint Kick flavor I got was Lemon and Cayenne, sounds awful, giving it to my bf to drink lol.

  31. I loved the bracelets! Although they were a little tight on my average sized wrists. When I first saw them, I worried they were child sized. I also like the Breathe Deeply spray. It’s fun just to spray myself on the face and inhale! The water and snack bar were both big hits with me. I’d buy both again.
    And I agree with above, a Cairn anything makes a pic better. Quite frankly I’m not sure how you manage to take pics of anything without him managing to get in the pic somehow. That’s how my Westie is, a little photo hog ;). We have a Cairn too, so feeling the love for your photo bomber!!

  32. I’m swapping this box, not a fan of it. I might’ve used one or two things and eaten the food but it’s not really a match for me this month. Bracelets look better than the spoiler photo, but still not into tassels, lol.

    My box has had no shipping updates since a label was created on 5/6, so i’m disappointed in the lack of tracking info. I contacted customer service via the website and they just told me that there should be info soon, REAL HELPFUL. Not like, um, check on the actual order or anything. 🙁 If I don’t see anything new by Wednesday, I’m calling.

    • phew, FINALLY got a shipping update. Apparently when they create a shipping label is NOT when they ship it. It shipped today (label was created 11 days ago) and will get here on the 23rd.

  33. I was deeply bored by this box when I first saw the spoilers. But it’s been seriously growing on me. Can’t wait to use the booties and the body scrub! (Although I continue to be slightly weirded out by a re-usable sponge that you don’t rinse out. Eh. We’ll see.)

    The bracelets stretch to fit my 7.5″ wrists – but you can kinda tell that they’re stretching if you look at them too closely. Most people won’t spend several minutes peering at my bracelets, so I’ll probably be okay. 🙂

    The yoga mat is already pending in a swap. (::knock wood::)

    The face mist, in which I initially had zero interest, may be my favorite item in the box. It works SO well as a room spray! So… I had a poor critter (mouse probably) apparently die beneath my house/inside my walls. The smell is seriously vile. And the Febreze wasn’t doing enough to get rid of it. Well this friggin’ face mist did the trick! Added bonus: it doesn’t sting my eyes like Febreze does. 🙂

  34. I really like the bracelets but cut the tassels off. A couple tastes of that cayenne water, though, and I had a massive case of heartburn. Great idea but sadly not for me 🙁

  35. This box was just ok to me. I haven’t been blown away by the boxes. So I’m canceling my subscription.

  36. This is my last box of my six months, and I’ll be happy if I can get something good by swapping. I might keep the yoga mat, but that would be it.

  37. I absolutely love PopSugar and their special addition boxes. Except for the CFDA that’s coming. I think popsugar can put a box together with style and value. Well worth it.

  38. I love hint water

  39. Seeing/reading this review makes me realize there are a lot more items I want to see with a Cairn Terrier/Poodle Mix on it! Soft fluffy blankets, throw pillows, beach towels – could that puppy be any cuter!!??!! I especially love how happy he is, so that the tail is just a blur 🙂

    • Omg!! I know!! Too adorable!! Liz please take more photos!! What a joy to see!!

  40. It’s like you read my mind! I was just thinking hmm… I wonder what a Cairn Terrier/Poodle Mix would look like on the yoga mat and poof! What do ya know… Buckles appears!
    Love it! ?

    • Hahaha Thanks Randi 😉 ❤️

  41. I have thought the packaging was terrible the past two months, does anybody else notice a difference? My items look to just have been thrown in the box, last month every single item was damaged, this month, about half. I was happier with the products this time than I have been in a while though.

  42. I have the money for this sub and FFF burning a hole in my pocket…I am dying to sub but for the last three months I have seen nothing that even remotely excited me for the price. I would like the bracelets in this box if they are adjustable but other than that there isnt much. I really want to sub this! I’ve dropped like 4 boxes this past month and nothing is wowing me. 🙁

  43. Is the darker tassle black or navy blue ? Mine was in navy.

    • Navy blue

  44. I’m going to wear my tassels AND my pom poms! together!

    • I am wearing them together today…lol! I have a skirt that’s navy blue and turquoise and this is the perfect jewelry to go with it!

  45. They had a $10 best of little trial box on the half hitched webside and i was goinh to buy it, but shipping was 7 and i didnt think the little items were worth that ( i think it had an alpaca pin, wood incense, lip chap and a card). Kinda disappointed with the gift cards last 2 months i have to admit.

  46. When I do foot peels/masks/wraps/etc., I put a big pair of socks on over the plastic booties. Then I can walk around without too much trouble.

    • Ooh, good idea!! 😀

    • So glad I read this before using them! Great tip! Thanks!!

    • Brilliant- thanks!

    • Thanks for the tip!! I will do that!! ?

  47. I can’t wait to have this in my hands! Liz, I was looking through the half hitch goods site and they have some nice soaps and candles. Granted they’re like 24 buck but with a $10 off, $14 isn’t bad.

  48. I cancelled my subscription after this box. There’s nothing really horrible, but nothing outstanding either. I figure if there’s a spoiler I really like, I can buy that month’s box as a gift to myself, or swap for an item here and there.

  49. I didn’t like this box for myself. I probably SHOULD use and like the items, but I don’t. LOL I hate it up for swap if anyone is interested in swapping for it.

  50. There is no wow item in the box so it can feel ho hum, but I like it. I liked last month better with the nigh cream. Overall I think Popsugar does a good job and their customer service has been great. This is the last of my 6 month deal.

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