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This review is of the Mini Package, $15 a month, box.
The Subscription Box: The PMS Package
The Cost: $15/month for the mini package, $25/month for the original package, and $30/month for the premium package. Shipping is an additional charge.
The Products: Snacks, beauty items, and hygiene products.
Ships to: US ($7), UK and Canada (for an additional charge)
Good to know: You can choose to add individual packets of Midol (5 or 10) and 8 count boxes of Playtex tampons (choose your absorbency) for an additional charge. You can also choose what day of the month you’d like your package. (Mine arrived a few days early.)
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This box didn’t come with an information card.
Sheila G’s Brownie Brittle in Chocolate Chip (1 oz) – Value $1 (buy a 42-pack for $41.99)
I’ve had Brownie Brittle before but not this particular flavor. This was gone the first night. This stuff is actually a really good way to get a chocolate fix without a ton of calories.
Koppers Chocolate Covered Gummi Bears (2 oz) – Value $1.25 (buy a 1 lb. bag for $9.99. Additional size options available)
Sanders Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels (1.5 oz) – Value $3 (buy a 3.5 oz. box for $6.99. Additional size options available)
This is a good time to mention that the box was not insulated. I am off work this week and this box sat in my (black metal) mailbox for less than 20 minutes but that was enough to melt the coating on the gummy bears and liquefy the caramels. I contacted customer service about this issue. I received a response in a little over a day. They offered $5 off my next box, which I took, and said they would be working on this issue in the future. Overall, I am satisfied with the interaction.
The gummy bears have since solidified, but they are not vegetarian (this box does not promise to cater to dietary restrictions at this time) so I wasn’t able to try them.
The caramels did solidify, too. They didn’t look super pretty afterward but sort of resembled a candy bar and I ate them. I think the salt sort of dissolved into the chocolate as I couldn’t taste it much, but the chocolate/caramel combination was delicious.
Dashing Diva DesignFX Nail Art (58 appliques) – Value $6.49
I think these designs are pretty but I am avoiding nail polish and nail wraps right now because my nails are peeling and splitting. So I will save these until my nails are in better shape. They do serve as a nice little reminder to take a moment and pamper yourself, though. And this brand is new to me. (These seem more common in Canada but I could only find them from a third party seller on Amazon.)
Crystal Light with Caffeine (citrus, 1 packet) – Value $0.25 (buy 10 packets for $2.48)
Crystal Light with Caffeine (wild strawberry, 1 packet) – Value $0.37 (buy 60 packets for $21.99)
I did not even know they made Crystal Light with caffeine. I liked both flavors well enough (I am off work this week and am doing some house cleaning; I definitely needed the energy from a bit of extra caffeine). FYI, the different pricing is because I found these on Amazon.
Miniature Makeup Applicator Sponge – Value $2?
This is a somewhat smaller size than a regular Beautyblender and looks like it probably came in bulk packaging, so I’m not sure if it is the “real thing” or not, though I have gotten some pretty good results from knockoff products of this type, as well. I just had to throw out a bunch of similar items (they were old and gross) so this replacement came at a good time.
Small Makeup Bag containing 2 maxi pads, 1 dose of Advil, 2 tampons, and 1 (melted) Hershey’s Kiss – Value $5?
I am not sure the brands of all of these things (I recognize Always packaging on the pads) so the value is just an estimate. I think this is very handy for throwing in your purse (and hiding things you’d rather not be seen, say, on the way to the ladies’ room at the office). It saves you from having to buy emergency supplies from the vending machine (if one is even available), too.
Verdict: I calculated a value of $19.36 for the May The PMS Package. I did have to estimate a lot of values, though, and some of the prices were sale prices and/or third party seller prices on Amazon, so the value could be a little higher. Plus if the mini makeup applicator sponge is a name brand (I assumed it wasn’t), that would increase the value. The value I calculated exceeds the cost of the subscription, itself, by a few dollars, but not the cost of the subscription plus shipping. I was happy with my interaction with customer service, as well.
I did generally like the contents but was, of course, bummed about the melted chocolate. I feel like maybe one more larger-ticket item (in the $5 range) or a few more samples would round out the box a little better, though. I also think the shipping costs could be cut if the items were sent in a padded envelope instead of a box, which would result in savings for the customer (although it wouldn’t solve the melted chocolate problem).
As the last word, I know if you are relying on this sort of box to deliver you much-needed supplies so you don’t have to make an emergency run to the store, this one did deliver on-time (early, even). And it is possible to change your monthly delivery date by contacting customer service (this is good since not everyone’s cycle is the same length of time).
What did you think of the May The PMS Package?