Washi Buff Box Subscription Box Review – May 2016
Silent Poetry Arts is a crafting accessory shop on Etsy. At the end of every month, they offer a mystery box filled with 6-9 full sized rolls of washi tape called the Washi Buff Box. Decorative washi tape can be used in DIY arts and crafts. You can find inspiration on Silent Poetry Arts’ Pinterest board here.
My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription Box: Washi Buff Box
The Cost: $13.00 + shipping (my shipping cost was $2.60) or less with 3, 6 and 12 month subscriptions
The Products: $20 worth of coordinating new and classic washi tape from the Silent Poetry Arts Etsy shop.
Ships To: Worldwide
Good to Know: Washi Buff Box is mailed at the very end of the month and is intended for the next month of planning and crafting. Like many other planner subscriptions, this box is labeled as the shipping month, but it’s really for the following month.
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
Included with every purchase is the Silent Poetry Arts business card. I’m hoping one day there’s an insert with a description of a theme or information on where the washi tapes originated.
Here’s a quick look at all the tapes together out of packaging. They all came individually wrapped with shrink tape.
Gold Foil with Green Washi Tape – $3.50
This patterned tape is really nice. I haven’t worked with a ton of foiled tapes, I found that this one didn’t tear as cleanly as traditional washi tapes.
I love black and white washi tape. They are very useful when it comes to creating additional borders in my planner. What nice about transparent tape, you can create a variety of colored tiles by first applying color to the page beneath the washi tape.
This washi tape is pretty on film, but I didn’t care for the texture at all. The exterior feels very waxy and the color was much softer than I expected. I’m also noticing now that the adhesive on all of the washi are not as sticky as washi tapes I’ve received through this subscription.
This washi tape was also very beautiful, but again, I didn’t care for the waxy texture. They feel and perform much differently than what I’m accustomed to receiving in this subscription.
Green Vine on White Washi Tape – $2.75
I enjoy the simplicity of the design on this washi tape. I don’t have anything like it in my collection. I also did not care for the same waxy texture in the washi tape.
Purple Foil Floral Washi Tape – $3.50
This washi tape is so cute. It’s definitely the same pattern of the washi sheet I received recently from Pipsticks Pro Club Classic. I’m glad to have it, even though the texture is also very different than what I’ve seen in this subscription.
Verdict: This May, Washi Buff Box had an estimated retail value over $18.00. This is a great value over the cost of the subscription and shipping. This wasn’t my favorite box from Washi Buff Box, and that’s only because this is the first time I’ve ever been disappointed with the quality of the washi tape itself. Even big named subscriptions have their moments, I hope next month, we have the familiar quality washi tape back again. I pulled out a few rolls from past months to compare, and I’m definitely not crazy. The washi tapes this month are nowhere close to the same stickiness or paper quality as previous months. Like I always say, it would be great to know what the name and brands are for the washi tapes so that subscribers can understand why they love or dislike one roll of washi tape over another.
What are your thoughts on Washi Buff Box? Could you tell a difference in the tapes from prior months? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.