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FabFitFun Winter 2016 Subscription Box Review + Coupon

Liz Cadman
ByLiz CadmanNov 25, 2016 | 203 comments


3.6 overall rating
1067 Ratings | 208 Reviews

The FabFitFun Box is a quarterly subscription from Each season they send you a box of $100+ worth items in categories like beauty, fashion, and fitness.


Each season, FabFitFun features a different design for their 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: FabFitFun Box

The Cost: $49.99 a box sent every quarter



The Products: The hottest seasonal items (worth at least $100) selected by the FabFitFun team

Ships to: US and Canada

Check out all of my FabFitFun VIP Box reviews and the Women’s Subscription Box Directory!


FabFitFun sends out a mini mag in each box. It details the items included and also provides background on some of the featured makers and designers.







Now, time for the items!


D.L. & Co Candle in Bergamot Woods – Value $44


Subscribers will either receive the Bergamot Woods scent in Silver or the Blackberry Nectar scent in Gold.


This candle comes packaged in a black box with embossed silver foil text – it’s perfect for gifting!


The metallic design on the exterior of the candle has gaps so it casts a really pretty glow went lit:


And here it is in hand to give you a better sense of scale:


The Bergamot Woods scent is subtle, lovely, and perfect for winter!


Gorjana Taner Toggle Lariat Necklace in Gold – Value $75


(Subscribers will either receive this necklace or the silver Kiernan Double Pendant Necklace.)


I love delicate gold jewelry, so this piece is great for me.


(You can also loop it through a second time if you want to make sure it doesn’t move around at all.)


I love how it drapes without any looping around, though!

This necklace also came with a coupon for $20 off any full-price purchase from Gorjana. (Expires 5.15.17)


Here it is on:




Marie Mae Thank You Card Set – Value $24


This thank you note set is an exclusive for FabFitFun subscribers. Here is more about the Marie Mae company:

Each item purchased equals one hour of training at the Marie Mae Business School.

The Marie Mae Business School includes classes and training for entrepreneurs each year in an emerging market – such as Rwanda, where we hosted the inaugural Marie Mae Business School in 2015.

Armed with practical business skills – like public speaking, business planning, market research and contract negotiation – these individuals improve not only the quality of life for themselves and their families but that of their communities.

I love that FabFitFun works with companies that give back!


This set includes 10 cards and matching envelopes.


The back of the card is blank with a blue edge, and the front is a goregous Cheers:


The design is a navy blue dot with a gold foil embossed Cheers.


These are made on quality cardstock, and seem perfect for so many occasions!


Moleskine Weekly Notebook Diary/Planner – Value $20.95


I love that FabFitFun included a planner in the winter box!


(Subscribers will either receive this purple version or a teal version.)


There are calendar view pages:


And pages for each individual week:


And don’t forget to check the folder in the back for stickers:


This is another item in the box that would be a lovely gift if you are willing to part with it!


Now, onto the beauty items!


Butter London Iconoclast Mega Volume Lacquer Mascara – Value $20


This mascara has an applicator ball at the end to help catching all lashes:


This formula is a bold black, and it adds signicant length and doesn’t clump. I wish the volume and lash-defining was a little better, but I still give this mascara a B+.


O.R.G. Skincare Mineral Peel Face – Value $44


I first discovered this product in the Summer 2015 Rachel Zoe Box of Style!


This product is designed to exfoliate your skin in less than a minute. You spray it on, let it sit for 3-5 seconds, then use a washcloth to gently exfoliate, and then rinse off.


I love that this is a super-quick use skincare product! The natural scent is fabulous too! And the best part? You get instant results! My skin felt smoother instantly! (And no irritation – this is a perfect peel for anyone with sensitive skin.)


Anderson Lilley Winter in Manhattan Beach Body Cream – Value $24

(Subscribers will receive either Winter in Manhattan Beach or Sicilian Tangerine.)


This body cream is made in the USA, and free of parabens, petroleum and artificial colors! It’s also a rich and hydrating cream without being greasy – perfect for winter weather! (And the white jasmine scent is nice, too.)


And with every box, FabFitFun partners with a charity to raise awareness. For the Winter Box, they’ve partnered with the Starlight Children’s Foundation. Instructions from FabFitFun on raising awareness:

  1. Take a photo with your pin
  2. Post it on Instagram and tag @fabfitfun and @starlightchildrensfoundation
  3. In the caption, share your holiday wish with hashtag #wishuponastar, #fabfitfun, and #starlightchildrensfoundation


More on this foundation:

Starlight brings happiness to critically, chronically and terminally ill children. We believe that every child deserves to experience the excitement, wonder and joy of childhood – because a sick kid is still a kid at heart. Starlight offers programs that provide entertainment, education and innovative technology to hospitalized children and their families. Founded in 1982, Starlight is an award-winning 501(c)3 nonprofit that supports children and families in the US, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom.

Verdict: This box has a value of $253! This is one of those boxes that always has me asking “How do they do it?” This value is incredible, and the brand selection is fabulous too. I think the mix of 3 lifestyle items, 3 beauty items, and 1 fashion item is a great balance. (I was surprised to see no fitness-related items in this box, though.) Plus almost everything is giftable on its own, or the entire box would make an amazing gift! (For december boxes, I’m always giving them an extra criteria of “Can I gift this?)

What do you think of the FabFitFun Winter 2016 Box? What is your favorite item?

FabFitFun is a seasonal lifestyle subscription that sends subscribers 8-10 items every season worth over $200. Boxes include amazing products that are trend-savvy ranging from full-size skincare and beauty products, to wellness products, to accessories, to decor and more every season. While some ite... read more.
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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Rebecca Canestrini

I absolutely LOVED the 2016 Fall Box, which was my first one. I was disappointed in the Winter Box. The necklace would appeal to only a few people. The star pin, I’ll never wear. The planner was small and overpriced according to the retail value in the breakdown. I did like the candle and the face peel. Other than that……..I was not impressed with what I received. I’m going to continue with my subscription through Spring and Summer 2017. Hopefully, those boxes will impress me as much as the Fall 2016 box. If not, I’ll be cancelling my subscription!!!

FFF supporter

I am confused by the complaint that the necklace was “not worth $75.” If you wanted to purchase the necklace, which you could do, it was priced at $75 on the Gorjana website at the time the box shipped. Obviously, the materials were not worth $75…I don’t think that’s how FFF arrives at the “box value”. Not sure what the complaint is…the retail price of $75 is accurate.


I actually liked everything in this box EXCEPT the fact that I did not receive the gorjana necklace, coupon, or star pin. What gives?! That reduces the vale of my box by like a $100 bucks. Not pleased. I’m hoping customer services fixes for me, but how can I prove I didn’t get the items? Ugh.


I received my box a few days ago. There was hair oil that had spilled all over the ALL of the other products. I called the phone number and was told that they would be sending me more oil. But i would not be receiving replacements for the other products in the box. I even sent pictures. I was told that the other products could simply be “washed off”. Not only that but I was going to give the products to my sister as gifts and the packaging on the products was destroyed. On top of this, i went to go “wash off” the oil from the bottle of nail polish, it was so slippery which caused it to slip out of my hands and broke all over the floor. Now i have nail polish stains all over my floor. Overall, my money went to waste and it was a nuisance and only caused me stress. And I am being compensated by being sent MORE OIL. ??? This is poor customer service and this was my very first box. I was really excited to be receiving it. But now, I will not be recommending this box due to poor customer service.


I just got my shipment Wednesday from the warehouse sale and it was a s$!#show. Missing item, 2 incorrect items and damaged tins of hair product. I’ve spent a ridiculous amount of my time trying to get it fixed, and I still don’t know if when prow they are going to remedy the situation……


I ordered a two toned scarf as an add on. It was not circled on the packing slip and I didn’t receive it. So I contacted customer service through their online chat and explained it to them. She told me their records showed I should have gotten it, but I told her I didn’t and she sent another right out. Contact them through their chat on their website and explain what you are missing. They are wonderful!! Good luck!!


I love the box. The body body is amazing. It is not a hand cream or lotion. It’s butter!!! Much thicker and has been amazing for my hands. I use it like 5 times a day. Smells and feels and works amazing.

I loved the cute cards. I used them to gift gifts to my kids teachers in school and to add a note.

The necklace I re- gifted to a friend who would Apprceiate it more.

Mascara is pretty good. I was weirded when I saw the shape of the brush but then used it a few times and it’s great. You should replace your mascara anyway every 2 months for health reasons. So an extra mascara in black is always good.

The candle is amazing. It’s a soy candle. Not a cheap candle people say they can but in a drug store. This is much more natural which means if you have allergies or sensitivities it’s better and it won’t have that burn yucky smell when you blow it out.

The journal is very cute. I use a digital plannned but I decided to use the journal not to plan my appointments or what’s going on etc but rather to record my wins and successes throughout the year. Bad at the end of the week I will record too highlights. And at the end of the year I will read all about my amazing year in one place.

The face scrub I did not love. And that’s ok. I did not expect to live or use every item.

I loved the box. And can’t wait for the next one.


Not at all impressed with this box. Which is a shame, as this is my first FFF box, and sadly, probably my last. I mean, some of the items are nice but definitely not things I would buy for myself. I feel a little let down that I could have bought myself some nicer things for $50. And I also feel a little jipped, because that necklace is definitely not worth $75, and that candle is not a $50 value either. I was mostly excited about the mascara, how sad.


Oooops! I thought I cancelled, but I didn’t, and this box arrived on my doorstep today. Happy! 🙂


Got my box last night (FedEx had it come a very strange path to Philly). Overall, I think the box was nice, though I may not have purchased these items separately, it seems like a good value all together. Ok, I definitely would buy a candle like this… I got bergamot woods and it smells lovely and the holder is gorgeous… I plan on using it as a succulent planter when it’s done. I just got a similar looking candle at West Elm for 25$ on black Friday, so they make a lovely pair. I already used the ORG face peel and it’s great, my skin definitely feels softer this AM. Other than a few things (micellar water, L’Occitaine face wash), FFF has been my skin care dealer for the year. I was worried about the necklace (I got silver), but I think it’s cute and delicate. It’s on par with things I’v seen sold at Christmas fairs. It’s not luxe, but not chintzy, but I think it’s asking to be layered with a higher end piece. The only things I’m gifting are the moleskin planner to my MIL, as it is something she will use (and I’m digital for my planner) and the mascara to my mom (I alway give one high end make-up item in her stocking). I didn’t know butter made anything other than nail polish.
My only complaint is that there was no fitness item, especially with New Years on the horizon. I could use another workout headband, especially one that covers the ears for winter workouts


the fit item was added on later. I believe it’s a 2-month online membership to barre3. Check a previous post for instructions on how to redeem it. I haven’t redeemed mine yet, but I’m curious to try it out!

Jessica Benjamin

This was my first box and I was really happy with it. I have a hard time wearing mascara because it can bother my contacts and the Butter London Iconoclast Mega Volume Lacquer Mascara is awesome. The ball helps me put a little less on and control it better. Love. I also LOVED the blackberry candle. One of my favorite scents. O.R.G. Skincare Mineral Peel Face is great, and not something I would have bought myself. I got the silver necklace and think it’s cute.

I’m running in an online world here, so maybe I can gift the journal.

But, I was suspicious whether I thought the boxes would be worth it, and very happy with mine.


I’m happy with mine too but I have a teenage son and I’d kill for a haul like this if I sent him loose in the mall with $40 😉
I have an erin condren planner I’ve spent a fortune on stickers for (I like to scratch out what I’ve done- deleting isn’t as fun) but I’m using mine as a fun list to track one new thing I can do a day- take the stairs, park in last space, no spend day, wait outside until I see 4 birds,take scenic route home- just random things but fun because I want to not be in such a rut next year


Is the $20 code unique? Could it be swapped?


I was not excited for the box after seeing the spoilers and after receiving the box, I am super disappointed. Does not feel wintery/holiday/cozy at all. I will use less then half of the box and don’t have anyone to gift the rest to as they aren’t exciting items! I have been so pleased until this winter box so I am holding on to hope for spring!!!


I too am deeply disappointed with this box. This is my second box. I wonder why there is no fab item or fit item. How about a ruana, poncho, or wrap vest that all sizes can wear? What about a fitness item? They are inexpensive. Seriouly thinking of cancelling. Will see how the spring box looks.


I too am deeply disappointed with this box and I haven’t received it. Will get it tomorrow. I can’t believe how cheap it is. What happened to putting a nice ruana or poncho in the box! I was hoping also for a workout apparatus. They are very inexpensive. Come on, FatFitFun, you could have done so much better! This is my second box. I will give it one more chance. If not improved will cancel.

Debbie Limon

I just received this box and honestly, it is their worst one yet. The photographs make this box look a thousand times nicer than it is. The necklace is a joke. It’s a cheap metal necklace worth no more than a dollar. The planner is fine, if you don’t already have one. It was a huge complaint on the FFF forum. Everyone bought their planners months ago. The candle is so so…definitely not worth the $50 the manufacturer wants you to believe. It’s more like $5. The mascara is okay…I prefer waterproof, but that’s just me. The lotion varies with each box. The peel is good, but it doesn’t make the box. All in all, this box is a super letdown. All the previous boxes included one or two wow items. This one doesn’t. I canceled my subscription this morning. Too much junk in this box.


Mine arrived before i even left for work this morning, and I love this box. I didn’t get too far into it, but what I actually got to examine, I loved. The blackberry nectar candle smells amazing, and the gold container it’s in is gorgeous and goes well with my decor. I got the tangerine body creme and was pleased with that. I love citrus scents, and floral scents tend to trigger my allergies. I cannot wait to try out the peel tonight. My obsessive list making self will find use for that planner. I keep my schedule on my phone, but my to-do lists are written out in a small notebook in my purse. The mascara will certainly be used, and I plan to give the necklace (silver) to my mother. The only thing I won’t be using is the note cards. So I really don’t understand the negativity here.

As a side note, I got the kitten makeup bags for my little sister for christmas, and they are just too cute in person. I almost want to keep them for myself. lol. I also got another bottle of the lavender body oil for myself, which was my favorite item from the fall box.


No box yet for me either- tracking went from delivery estimated yesterday to pending/ no delivery date scheduled.😡
Last scan was in Los Angeles 11/29. I’m in North Carolina and no movement- I emailed FFF and waiting on a response. Not a good start for my first box with lots of add ins for Christmas gifts 🎄


I’m in NC also (Charlotte). My shipment notification came on 11/30, and the box arrived yesterday. It was crushed – like….DESTROYED on one corner, to the point where my add-ons are totally ungiftable. It had to have happened at the FFF warehouse or with FedEx, bc my USPS driver is perfection and 2 other boxes arrived from USPS yesterday looking like the cardboard just came off the factory line. Does anyone have experience with FFF customer service? Because I’m pretty irritated at the money I spent on items that look like they came out the bottom of a dumpster…. The FFF box inside was fine, though.

You might want to contact FedEx about how your package has disappeared with no estimate… I don’t know how much FFF can do until FedEx decides to say it’s officially missing, and I think you’d have to wait a bit longer until they’ll admit to that.


FEDEX is known for the bad tracking issues. I wrote them about my personalized coca cola bottles being so long at one location I wasn’t sure if I wanted them anymore because I hated to uproot them, after all they probably started families and were settled in a new town. Within 12 hrs, those bottles (listed as being 900 miles away) were at my door and FEDEX never responded to me. I like my UPS guy too (he wear spurs or something that jangles and drives my cat crazy for him) but even he will tell you that the boxes get to him damaged or fine, he has very little say before they get into the truck. FFF cust service has been great for me so fingers crossed for you 🙂


I had an issue with the summer box where both candles (add-ons) had shattered and the glass shards had damaged other items as well. I sent customer service an email, they responded promptly asking for pictures, and everything was replaced with little hassle.


I’m having problems with shipping too… at first I emailed them and didn’t hear back. Then I’ve started using their online chat tool and got immediate response. and they email your conversation to you. Just go to the FFF website and in the lower right there should be a chat window.


Anyone else’s box tracking info still shown as ‘pending’?


I got my box today, which is surprising. I live in Hawaii and pay extra for shipping, but I normally get the box way after everyone else. Overall the box was disappointing compared to the last two, but I still feel it’s worth the price. Most of the box is just meh. I’m sure 1990 me would have LOVED the planner. I don’t use candles or know anyone who does. I don’t see me using those note cards because they aren’t quite Thank You cards. I have plenty of appropriate Thank You cards. The necklace is okay, but I’m not sure I will wear it. It is in no way worth $75. I was really hoping for the tangerine lotion, but I got the Winter in Manhattan Beach scent. I know I won’t be able to tolerate that with my sinus issues. I’m excited to try the mineral peel and I can always use mascara. I’m also loving the Barre3 trial. Luckily the Barre3 trial, mineral peel, and mascara are worth it for me. Now I’m stuck with items that I want to like that seem nice, but I really don’t know anyone who would use them.


You should try to swap for the tangerine lotion. I considered swapping for the other scent, but I was too impatient so I broke this one open. I don’t usually care for super citrusy scents, but this one has enough other notes (the peach is super obvious, up there with the tangerine, but it also has some others) to calm it down a bit, and it feels really nice on. It’s definitely worth having, but I don’t know that I’d pay the $24 RV. Maybe $10-15 though.


I just got my box, I do love most everything inside it but boy does it seem like a very lite version of their former self.


Is anyone else having issues with their tracking number? My box shipped out a week ago, was supposed to be delivered yesterday, but never was. I went to check on my shipment today, and the FedEx page won’t even load anymore now. Ugh I’m worried something has gone wrong. This is my first FFF box.


I’m having problems too but not sure if its Fedex or FFF. I’ve been in contact with FFF 3 days in a row. They first told me they were shipping a new box expedited, then yesterday it was ‘in the queue ready to ship!’, and today they first told me it was delivered yesterday morning to NY (I live in MA). Finally they sent me the tracking showing that it was shipped out on Nov 22nd (the shipping notice still says ‘label created’ and if I don’t get it tomorrow(?!?!?) they’ll send out a new one.

I’m so annoyed.


Same for me. Shipped on 11/30, and was due to arrive yesterday, but didn’t. Now when I check the tracking number. It just says pending, and appears to have no movement from California. Also containing Christmas gifts 😢


Well now I’m just angry with FedEx. Like I said, I called this morning and was assured that it was on its way to my post office and would be deliver today. Got home and it wasn’t here. Checked the tracking again and it now says it’s in PA at least, but won’t be here until Thursday.


Yeah, I am having issues too. Mine shipped out of the Fed Ex facility in CA on 11/30, and is supposed to be delivered today. I have attempted tracking this package many times, and the tracking info hasn’t been updated since 11/30. It still says that the package is in CA. It had me nervous because some of those add-ons are meant to be christmas gifts, so I’d like them soon. I called Fed Ex and was assured that according to their records, the package was enroute to my local post office this morning and is set to be delivered today. However, as I type this, it dawns on me that the mail normally comes around 1pm (it’s 3:30 now) and I did not receive any notification that this package was delivered.


Mine shipped out the 27th & has been in transit in IL since Saturday. But hey, as long as it arrives before Christmas, I’ll be happy! I’m just hoping it’s sooner because I’m so impatient lol.


OMG, got my box today without looking at the spoilers, ABSOLUTELY love this box!!!! So glad I had priority choices too, WOOHOOO go FFF


My shipping status says est delivery of December 12th…really? 12 days to get here FedEx?


I feel the same way. Mine shipped on the 30th, and was supposed to be delivered by the end of day today, and never showed. I really hate FedEx, and try to deter from companies that ship through them. Julep ships from mid-Ohio, which is a 2-hour drive from me (also in Ohio) and it takes SEVERAL days to get to me, because it goes from Ohio to Pennsylvania, back to Ohio. Smartpost my fanny lol


Super, duper, love this box!! Cards were the only semi-miss for me, but what an awesome box overall. That candle is literally so beautiful and elegant, and it smells amazing. Necklace is gorgeous, can’t wait to try the peel, just thought it was really well done as usual. I keep wondering how they pack so much value in every time, it’s awesome!


Any possibility of getting this box separately from the subscription?


Hey everyone – there is a fit item that has now been added to our dashboard. FFF is giving us 2 months of online barre classes from Barre3. I was just on the website to check my shipping and went into the Forum where the co-founder Katie had made an announcement. They were waiting till everyone’s boxes shipped to make a formal announcement via email (I’m guessing) but this went up this morning. So now there’s a fit component that works for both people wanting one and then people who didn’t want one cuz it didn’t take up any space in the box 🙂


Wow, NICE! Thanks!!


I got this box because I wanted the gold necklace shown and find now that I’m getting the Kiernan Double Pendant Necklace. Really disappointed in sub boxes right about now.


I opened my box this morning – I love it! There are fewer items than the Fall box so it didn’t have that same feeling of “wait, there’s more?” but everything is really nice and it felt like opening a special present. I don’t know if I would have liked it as much if I hadn’t gotten to choose the planner, candle, and necklace and I’m really happy I got the Manhattan Beach scent (which happens to be where I’ll be spending Christmas this year!).


Ok, so I need help! My box was out for delivery today ( I wasn’t home, just as usual) and I came home to no box and no slip or anything ! I looked at the tracking again and now it says delivery exception… Smart post delivers almost all my boxes then they always get sent to usps which has always just put my boxes outside bc I’m never there in the daytime anyway so this makes me nervous! It says to call my local post office and get more info on the tracking now but it’s Sunday now! I wonder if the post lady didn’t leave it out bc it was raining… But then you’d think I’d get a note or something! What do you all think? Will it be redelivered automatically you think? I just don’t know😞Was really looking forward to that tonight dang it!

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