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POPSUGAR Must Have Box January 2017 Box SPOILER

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The January POPSUGAR Must Have box is on sale now! (If you sign up for a subscription, this should be your first box.)

And we have the theme for the January POPSUGAR Must Have Box is A Fresh Start.

Here is the first spoiler:


GOLDFADEN MD Fresh A Peel – Value $85

What do you think of the spoiler?

If you haven’t signed up yet, use coupon code MUSTHAVE5 to save $5 off your first box! (Or coupon code CHEERS to save $20 off a 3 or 6-month subscription.)

(Regularly $39.95. Check out our POPSUGAR Must Have reviews to see what has been in past boxes!)

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!

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  1. Spoiler alert. I did not get a shipping notification or anything. I thought this was a box of those discounted items we purchase quite a while back. Has anybody gotten them?

    So, in the Box:
    The goldfaden peel that we already knew about.
    May designs desk calendar and note card
    Daily Concepts Hair wrap towel
    Manage eQua mat towel in playa (I do hot yoga so yay)
    Source book Inc instant happy notes
    Dean & DeLuca loose peppermint tea
    And a Glade Candle

    • Thanks for posting the spoilers, looks like a pretty good box to me 🙂

    • Manduka if you hadn’t guessed

    • Thanks for sharing spoilers! I had a feeling we would get something minty since the theme is “A Fresh Start” and the photo showed mint leaves in a jar. I’d rather have a desk calendar than a planner any day, so that works. I’ll use the hair towel, but it’s not exciting. I should start doing yoga again so I can appreciate the mat towel. The happy notes and glade candle aren’t that exciting, and I’m swapping the peel because I have rosacea. All in all, not that exciting of a box for me, but I bought the 3-month BTBF deal and liked most of the December box, so I don’t feel like my money was wasted.

    • Thanks for posting! The paper products don’t excite me, but I may use some of them. Or give them to my kiddos. So happy to get loose tea! And the flavor sounds yummy! Yoga towel, nice! Candle, bonus! Hair towel, may add to my gift stash. Peel, I’ll give it a try. Overall, definitely looking forward to getting my box!

    • Terrific, thanks for sharing!

    • I still haven’t gotten even a shipping notification for the discounted items box. Anyone else??

  2. I just received my Jan box. Spoliers?

    • You have to ask??? Yes, please!!!!

      • yes, spoilers please!!

  3. My January box has shipped! I don’t have an arrival date yet. Anyone else already have their box in transit?

    • Mine started moving yesterday … from 30 minutes away to 100 miles south in another state. ETA now says next Friday, but I really, really hope I get it sooner. Maybe I should have offered to pick it up myself.

  4. I got the Liquid face lift by the same company in a Beauty DNA box and it was a horrible product. So really not to interested in this at all!

    • i actually got it in Beauty DNA and it worked beautifully. We all have different skin and therefore may not work for some and work wonders for other. I love this skin care line personally.

  5. Bummer. Not too thrilled with this spoiler. I never see a difference after using a face peel or mask. Hoping the other goodies in the box make up for it. 🙂

  6. Sold out until March??? Geez

    • Oh wow, I see what you mean. It must be because so many of us signed up on Black Friday for 3 months.

    • Oh wow, thanks for posting this. I was holding off on redeeming my Rue la la voucher until my three month subscription expired (last month is February). I just redeemed it so I can get March! 🙂

  7. Well done, PopSugar. Very excited for natural ingredient focused skincare.

    • Me, too! And cruelty-free. <3

  8. Love it! Can’t wait for the full box spoilers!

  9. I just signed up for my very first ever PSMH box and this spoiler kind of spooks me. I have sensitive acne-prone skin so does anyone know if this would be safe for me to use? I have zero idea what any of these higher end brands are like so I’m hoping someone can let me know if this will be a bust for me already :\

    • Peels are great for acne

  10. I am excited to try this. PSMH gets bonus points if they avoid throwing in a paper planner. 🙂

    • AGREED!!!!

  11. I’m really happy with the spoiler, a peel is a great way to start 2017 off with….and it actually goes with the theme!

  12. I’m excited to try a new peel. Looks like I’ll be able to swap for more if I like it, and I get off the waitlist for swaps.
    I feel bad for those that can’t use peels as this is a big value item. Hopefully you can trade for something you want.

    • Hi Jackie, I am one of those unfortunate souls with rosacea that shouldn’t be using peels and I already listed this item on my swap site (click my name), if you or anyone else is interested. I could ship it whenever my PopSugar box arrives.

  13. Is it weird that I’m kind of afraid of peels? D:

    • Not at all! I was reading reviews on this product and someone had mentioned a chemical burn!! I will still most likely try it :#

      • NO! It has the word “acid” in the title!!! I prob will not use this 🙁

        • Acids in products like this are actually amazing and have really helped my skin! Your skin naturally has a low ph, so slightly acidic, using products that are higher ph (basic or alkaline) stresses your skin out and disrupts your acid mantle. Read up on it a bit before writing it off, like I said I love acids and use them almost daily in my skin care routine.

          • I’m also one of the unfortunate ones that has rosacea DeNeige 🙁 So I think I will write this one off. Anyone that wants this, give me a holler.

  14. I’m very unexcited about this spoiler, like most of the time when I’m subbed to PS. It’s when I unsub that I love the boxes. I have so many peels, masks, etc, to last years, I don’t really need another one. I’d totally forgotten I’d signed up for another 6 month sub lol.

  15. I’m disappointed. I have such a love/hate relationship with PSMH.

    Cant live with them can’t live without them.

  16. Nice! I hope everything else will also be useful.

  17. I use Retin A and I don’t think my doctor would advise combining the two. Retin A for me is $10 which would be far cheaper to continue than this peel mask would be! I will be swapping this for sure. I do hope they have some items that make this box worth it for me.

  18. Im so so about the spoiler. Do you think they will offering the psmh +target box this year?

    • Hi there! I was wondering the same thing – so I emailed customer service. Andy D replied that they will NOT be doing a Target/Fitness collaboration this year 🙁 He said “However, our January box will include some great items to help get you started and feeling fit an fresh for the New Year.” I was happy to receive such a quick answer.

      I was about to buy a new fitness tracker, but didn’t want to just yet if there was going to be a Target collab. Guess I can just go right to Target tonight 🙂

      • Thanks for let us now, I was wondering the same, and also looking for a fitness tracker too and I had the same though! Sad that they will no do the collaboration this year 🙁

        • I am so sad!

          • I’m actually happy since my husband and I set up a budget last night and there is no room for a limited edition box!

        • I know! It’s kind of a bummer, but I am glad they actually gave me a quick and direct answer because my jawbone from last year’s box just broke (the strap, not the actual device) so at least now I know I can go buy a new one without having to wait around.

          • It’s great that you received a quick replay. I’m so bummed though – I passed the last 2 times because I already had more than enough trackers/fitness but was absolutely going to purchase one this year. Sorry I may cursed the collaboration 🙁

      • Thanks tessa b! I was hopeful they would but i guess it saves me money for later:0)

  19. Im excited to be getting my first sugarpop box soon. I saw so many great comments here on my subscription addiction and finally bit the bullet and joined. I love that there are NO negative comments here at all! Im sure it says somewhere on the site but about when do the boxes ship each month?

  20. Ok! I’m interested! Does anyone know how this product compares to Sunday Riley Good Genes? Both are lactic acid based and Good Genes is my newest HG.

    • I’m not sure if it’s similiar but I love Sunday Riley Good Gene’s and just ran out last night. I’m willing to give it a try!

  21. Mine will be up for swap. This is a great product but I cannot use it. I’m hoping the rest of the box is just as nice.

  22. Bah! And just like that, my resolution to cut down on subscription boxes has ended. Oh well, I made it 3 days!

  23. I have roseacea and this will not be for me. Anyone trade for silver necklace in fff box ?

    • I would love to swap the silver necklace for the peel!!

  24. Oooh, nice! I’m pretty picky with my beauty products so I’m not usually psyched with PSMH’s beauty items. But I’m definitely down for a GOLDFADEN MD peel! 😀

  25. I have roseacea and this will not be for me. Swap anyone?

    • I also have rosacea so should probably swap mine too. Sad, cause I always want to use these products, but I should probably stop! Sometimes I still use the Skin Inc peel in targeted areas that are peeling or the AmorePacific peel, which feels pretty gentle and makes my skin feel smooth. I bought so many skincare products before learning I have rosacea, so I hate for them to go to waste! I should probably give them away, but that makes me so sad. 🙁

  26. As someone who cant use most preservatives this makes me so happy! Sounds like a nice light peel for more frequent use/ peel beginners. I got the 9 months added during black friday and paid like $20 a box so whatever this comes with is just a bonus!
    Purified Water (Aqua), Lactic Acid, Vaccinium Myrtillus Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharinum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Extract

  27. Does anyone know if you can use this sort of peel if you’re using retinol nightly and a Clarisonic twice daily? Would it be too aggravating?

    • Good question – I am also using a retinol cream and was wondering the same thing…

    • yes, it can be used when using Retinol….but as with all peels use as directed. People overusing strong acids can actually thin their skin

    • AHAs are fined used in combination with retinol since they work through two different mechanisms- retinol promotes cell turnover and acids help get rid of the top layer of dead cells. However, there’s some debate about whether or not you should use them consecutively due to acids deactivating retinoids. General consensus seems to be that if you really wanted to use one after another it should be fine but might be extremely irritating to the skin.

      I generally use my retinoid at night and my AHAs in the morning under a really good sunscreen. However, what concerns me is that there seems to be a lot of citrus extracts in this formula–is this citrus oil that could cause photosensitivity or just fruit juice? Also, I’m not sure if this product is at the optimal pH level that AHAs function at. The citrus extracts make me believe that it might be more acidic than necessary, which can cause skin irritation.

      • Thought about getting this box and saw the citrus, which is a big no no for long term optimal skincare.

      • Thanks so much for the info Lena! 🙂 I may be swapping this then. I definitely don’t want any skin irritation!

    • Great info – thanks a lot! I try to use my retinol cream every other night so maybe I will try to use this on the “other” nights, or in the morning.

  28. Looking good so far

  29. I am so excited for this!!!

  30. Nice! Those ingredients look great. It seems like everything else we’ve been getting lately (including that umeric mask fromPSMH) has dimethicone, which breaks me out faster than you can say clogged pores.

    I’m excited to have a high-quality peel that I can actually use and not have to give away

  31. Another item for my “peels, masks and serums” drawer that I have built up over the past two years of being a sub box addict. I’m excited for the fresh start theme, but face peels in general don’t excite me. I’d rather have something I could use every day like face wash…or a body scrub. I’m also hoping one of the items isn’t a calendar/agenda, because if you actually use one, you’ve probably already got 2017 covered. But I’m excited for another year of PopSugar! And with that awesome Black Friday deal I can’t really complain.

  32. Yay!!!!!

  33. $85 for a peel? i’m concerned the rest of the products won’t be as good because this is the “big” item. i’d rather have gotten a higher price item elsewhere in the box.

    • I agree. I’m not a fan of boxes where the hero item is a beauty item, like the hair product in their July box that is still sitting in my swap box.

    • I’m excited for the product, but yeah, I had the same thought. Does that mean we’re getting a bunch of other crappy items? 🙁 Especially since most of us will have just gotten the Black Friday deal, so how much value will they really be including at $20 each?

    • Good point. I’m not excited about this peel so I hope the other items will be good, even if the RV isn’t super high.

  34. Love it and couldn’t get that at a better time. My skin thanks you, PSMH!

  35. I came here looking for a PSMH spoiler and I could not be more pleased for my winter skin. I’ve never tried the brand but I checked it out and it is retailed at Bloomingdale’s and SpaceNK!

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