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POPSUGAR Must Have Special Edition Summer 2016 Box Review

Liz Cadman
ByLiz CadmanJun 28, 2016 | 60 comments


3.9 overall rating
530 Ratings | 71 Reviews

Each summer, POPSUGAR releases a $100 POPSUGAR Must Have Special Edition Summer Box filled with summer inspired favorites. (This box has since sold out).


This box comes wrapped ready to gift!

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).


The Box: POPSUGAR Must Have Special Edition Summer Box (SOLD OUT)

The Cost: $100

The Products: Summer-inspired favorites!

Check out my review of the 2015 POPSUGAR Summer Box, and my review of the 2014 POPSUGAR Summer Box to see what has been in past boxes!


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


Hat Attack Twisted Stripe Tote Value $95

This is my kind of beach bag! I think the style is timeless, and I like the thin leather strap handle detail. Here is a look at the (unlined) inside:


It’s a pretty roomy bag! Here it is with our dog Buckles to give you a better sense of scale:


(I’ll be back in review pictures soon – unfortunately, I’m a little under the weather this week 🙁 )


The Chesterman circle towel by Tofino Towel Co – Value $74.99

This towel is 100% cotton and just as fluffy and soft as I was expecting from a name-brand circle towel! I like that it comes individually wrapped for gifting, too. Here it is unfolded (with a little puppy shown for scale):



Corkcicle Canteen – Value $27.95  (16 oz version)

I get a lot of water bottles thanks to subscription boxes, but I can’t resist a beautifully designed bottle, so when I saw this in the spoilers, I was in love!

It has a stainless steel lining and three layers of insulation so it keeps cool things cool for 25 hours, and hot things hot for 12 hours.

It also has flat sides to keep it from rolling, and a wide cap to make it easy to put in ice:


My only issue with this canteen is that Corkcicle recommends handwashing all their products. I think I’ll give it a try in the dishwasher top rack, though.


Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Hydrating Face Mist – Value $32

I’ve sampled the Herbivore brand thanks to other natural subscription boxes, so I was excited to see it in a POPSUGAR box! This mist is fine, light, and refreshing, and while I don’t always like rose scents, I don’t mind this one.

I had been using it on a makeup-free face at the beginning of the day, but I read Sephora reviews that say it’s great for a mid-day makeup setting mist that should give you a dewy complexion!


Londontown Lakur Royal Wedding – Value $16

While nail polish isn’t the most exciting thing for me to get in a subscription box, this coral creme color does seem perfect for summer. Here it is on:


I only needed two coats for full coverage, too.


Sugarfina Ice Cream Cones – Value $7.50

My husband Eric always gets excited about when POPSUGAR boxes show up because they pick the best snacks and sweets, and he was eyeing this candy cube from the minute I opened the box!

We shared the cube, and these gummies were delicious! Not too chewy, and the strawberry, raspberry, and vanilla flavors were great, too.


Verdict: This box has a value of about $253. I think that’s a good value for this box, especially considering there aren’t any exclusively made items for the box. (Sometimes I think the value of exclusive items in subscription boxes can be debated, but in this case, these are all regular retail prices). Personally, I love the style and colors of this box, so it’s a hit with me!

What do you think of the POPSUGAR Must Have Special Edition Summer Box?

POPSUGAR Must Have is a quartely lifestyle subscription box curated by the editors at POPSUGAR. Each box features their "must have" products for beauty, fashion, home, food, fitness and more. Every box has a value of $250 +!
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!

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!
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Loved the gummies, probably BECAUSE they didn’t taste like average ones. The bag– huge, good looking, and smells so awful I want to get it lab tested before using. Just opened it after reading the reviews; now it’s outside for a few days to air.
The towel is fab, much nicer than I was expecting from the pics. Face Spray was gifted, but it was a nice gift :). Nail polish is a gorgeous color and the corksickle bottle fantastic.
Doubt I would have bought these things for the price of the box. But it’s a good box.


i just used my straw bag to travel on a plane and New York trip. It held up and was strong! I may sew a snap inside do it keeps shut. The face mist was nice even for my sensitive skin. I thought it would be irritating it smell too strong but it was lovely. The nail polish is pretty and a color I would never have selected. It was a hit with my younger nieces . Candy I gave to friend because it contained wheat …. Ahhhhh!
Towel will be swapped. It looks big and high quality cotton! Nice design. Anyone need this? Respond if you want to trade . Will swap for something like purse or jewerly! And yes I was hoping for some quality bling! No I didn’t get glasses ….. Still happy!


Wow! I finally got my box and I have used everything. The towel and bag are terrific, I am keeping them packed with our swim gear for whenever we go swimming. The corkcicle canteen has become my new go to accessory, I take it everywhere. I hate drinking warm water or tea, this bottle kept ice in it for over 24 hours. I went on the corkcicle website and bought 2 more. I am really happy with the contents of this box. I am always happy with the popsugar boxes.


I got my box a few days ago and the glasses at the same time. I didn’t even realize they were late. It was a nice surprise to receive the glasses. I liked everything in the box and I gave the towel to my seven-year-old niece. She insisted we take a picture with as many people as possible piled onto the towel. We got five people onto it. It’s so nice and heavy and really large. This box is a win for me. Of course like I always say I haven’t gotten a pop sugar box yet that wasn’t pretty good. As long as they keep making them I will keep buying them.


Buckles is so cute!!!!


Somehow I received both boxes (Summer LE & extra gift) today finally! I was shocked. They might have even been here yesterday but the post office didn’t put a key or note in my PO Box that I had any packages. I just happened to check with them bc I was looking for some shorts I had ordered for my son.

Haven’t opened all of it since I’m at work, but I did try the gummies… they were different, but pretty good. I’ll eat them, but not sure if I’d buy them.

Just happy to have my boxes 🙂


Got my Govino glasses today. I had the crafe and one glass from another sub box (Popsugar maybe? ) and now I have a set! I love using these by our pool and now I can share. I thought it was nice they sent a bonus item for the box delay.


They do have the best boxes. I just could never dish out 100.00 when I not sure I will love everything. I also love the surprise so if I bought I wouldn’t even want to see the spoiler. The surprise is very big for me. If I could afford though PopSugar is the way to go. I am so crazy about a mix of lifestyle items, beauty, fashion and a few tasty treats. In Love. Great box ladies


Tell me more about the Govino glasses you guys are getting? I just got my box today so I think it was pretty late too but didn’t get an email about anything extra for it…


This box suits me much more than the resort box did this year, and I think they included great items – but I think a jewelry piece would have made it absolute perfection. The RV seems a little low, too.

I love the facial mist and the nail polish color is gorgeous. The Corkcicle canteen is also great, and the gummies are adorable. The towel and beach tote were great items to include, but I will probably swap them because I’m not sure how much use I will get out of the beach towel and the tote is a little too big for me.


This was my first Summer Edition box, and I like it but like other commenters, I was really disappointed to not get a piece of jewelry. I got the Christmas box, and I loved that box. I felt like it was the perfect Christmas present to myself, because it was one of the few surprises I got, and it was things I wouldn’t usually buy myself.

This time around, I didn’t have that same feeling. Maybe it’s hard to compare the two. I love the towel, and can’t wait to use it. Everything else seems fun, and I will enjoy, I’m sure. But I do feel it needed something more.


I love the box but, I am REALLY disappointed that there was no summer jewelry piece this year! They heave always had one. Very disappointing.


I love everything in my box, will be getting a pedicure Friday with the nail color! The bag did smell funny, but its natural straw, so I’ll just let it air out. I didn’t like the gummies at first, but they grow on you, they’re just different. I’m loving all natural face mists, I keep mine in the frig. Can hardly wait to try out the cork ice, first bottle like that I’ve liked. Awesome box for me!


I love this box! The summer theme was played out very nicely, and everything is useful and beautiful. The ice cream gummies are interesting. Not as gummy as others, and the flavor tastes a bit like cheesecake to me — yum!

LOVE the towel AND the bag! Both seem well made and durable.

I’ve learned that when you are dealing with Popsugar, 2 things are important:

1) Patience
2) Follow up

Amanda B

I finally got my box today and I’m not too thrilled with pop sugar right now. Super delayed and the hat attack bag I received has a cut in the handle which I seen immediately when I opened the bag. It should have been noticed by the warehouse !! For such a high priced bag… It’s should be a little better quality in my opinion!! Pop sugar did tell me that due to the delay they were shipping out an extra item which will be shipped separate from the rest of the box !
I absolutely love the towel and the canteen bottle ! I can’t wait to try out the canteen! I had to wrestle it from my daughter ! Overall it’s a good box but would be better if the bag wasn’t defective !!


As far as comparing the box to the other SE boxes, they should give all of us an extra gift!!


What is this “extra item” (the govino glasses) everyone keeps mentioning? I received my box on Saturday. Was that considered late? Should I be looking out for some extra item too?


I got my box yesterday and am really happy with it. The only thing that I was not happy about was the box didn’t include any extra item that was promised by Popsugar.

I got my box last week. I wish I got the extra! I thought it was a pretty good box, but I also felt it was missing something. I thought a piece of jewelry would have been a nice addition to top it off. I was disappointed that my bag had some frays. I’m a little worried about the strength, but I love the size. As long as it can hold the weight, I don’t need to worry about it fitting enough. I planned on swapping until I got it. It’s ginormous. The face mist was a bust for me. I live in AZ so I have a natural face mist called “sweat” anytime I walk out of the house. To be fair, I’m sure something rose scented smells way better than what I have naturally. The towel was a HUGE surprise! I don’t know what I was expecting. I saw some spoilers of the fabfitfun ones and I assumed it would be more of a sheet since it looked like you could see through it. This was a legitimate towel. I loved the quality and will happily swap for more. I loved the corksicle bottle. I am really hoping it lives up to the claims. This is another thing I want more of since I think it will come in handy for the rest of my fam. I was not happy with the gummi addition since I recently went on a diet and can’t eat them. They’re super cute and tempting. Must…not…give…in….


the extra item will be shipped separate


Overall I think this box is nice and I love the towel! BUT I’m glad I didn’t spend the $100 to get it. I don’t have box envy and nothing really WOW’d me.

Nicole M

This box is sitting in a pile unopened along with the April and May PS Boxes (and a bunch of other subscription boxes) – I think I’m subscription boxed-out.

But after reading the comments, I need to check the box to make sure every item is in there ASAP. I hope you all get your missing items replenished soon!


My beach bag smells bad! Anyone else have this issue?


Mine also did. I kept sniffing it! I’m glad I’m not the only one. I think it just needs to air out.


I loved this box! I have already used everything but the nail polish!

Jennifer brown

Mine still hasn’t shipped label has been in creation mode since 6-16…beyond disappointed as I leave on vacation and I specifically ordered this for my beach vacation. Been in contact multiple times with PS customer service. Not happy…


Mine still says label created, but I got an email from PS yesterday that its been shipped but has a different tracking # now, and they’ll send me the new tracking # as soon as they have it….

Laura White

Mine was delivered today. It still shows only that the label has been created on the tracking info, so hopefully yours will show up soon.


I can’t really pinpoint why exactly but this didn’t WOW me like the past two summer boxes. I received an email saying I was getting something extra but haven’t received anything. I’m not holding out . My box is up for sale/swap


Hi Kim. I’m interested in buying!


Absolutely love my box!!! I’ve used everything in it already!

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