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FabFitFun Summer 2017 Subscription Box Review + Coupon

Liz Cadman
ByLiz CadmanJun 8, 2017 | 435 comments

FabFitFun
3.6 overall rating
1082 Ratings | 223 Reviews

The FabFitFun Box is a quarterly subscription from FabFitFun.com. Each season they send you a box of $200+ worth items in categories like beauty, fashion, and fitness.

As of today (6/8), this box is still available if you sign up now! Use coupon code MSA10 to save $10 off your first box!

Each season, FabFitFun features a different design for their box. For the summer box, the designer is Libby Vanderploeg.

This might be my favorite one yet – I love the vintage vacation postcard vibe!

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

COUPON: Use code MSA to $10 off your first box.

The Products: The hottest seasonal items (worth at least $200) 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. This time, it’s more of a newspaper style! It details the items included and also provides background on some of the featured makers and designers.

Every quarter, FabFitFun partners with a different charity, and for this box, the charity is Joyful Heart.

Now, time for the items!

Michael Stars Ruana – Value $54

This Ruana is a multi-use product that can work as a scarf, sarong, or wrap! It measures 41″ x 72″and it is 100% Viscose.

The fabric is super soft, lightweight, and a touch sheer – it’s a perfect warm weather material.

Here it is on as a wrap:

If you are an annual subscriber, you were able to select your Ruana print. If you’re a quarterly subscriber, you’ll be surprised by which print you receive. Here are the two other fabrics you may receive:

The Ruana takes up very little space, so it is great for summer travel packing!

Here is this one worn as a scarf:

And here is the blue print:

Here, I styled it as a sarong (ignore the over-jeans part!):

You know how some multi-use products can be complicated to use and get the look exactly right? This Ruana isn’t like that at all – I didn’t even need to look in a mirror for any of these looks.

Kris Nations Mystic Bar Necklace – Value $58

First, I love this glass bottle packaging! So cute!

This necklace has an adjustable length 16-18 inches:

The gemstone bar measures about 0.75″

This necklace is gold-filled, and it’s one of three options you may receive. Here are the other two colors:

This peach gemstone version:

And this sterling silver chain version:

Again, if you are an annual subscriber, you were able to select your necklace. If you’re a quarterly subscriber, you’ll be surprised by which necklace you receive.

On to the last color choice option!

BKR Bottle in Rosie – Value $35

(Subscribers will receive this bottle in this Rosie Pink shade or the Romeo Blue Shade.)

I have a few of these BKR bottles, and I love them! They are dishwasher safe, and the silicone is BPA and phthalate free, too.

These bright colors are so fun for summer, too!

And if you are an annual subscriber, you were able to select your bottle color. If you’re a quarterly subscriber, you’ll be surprised by which color you receive.

Here is the other color:

Juice Beauty Smoothing Eye Concentrate – Value $29

If you’ve read my reviews before, you might already know that I love the Juice Beauty brand! Their formulas are super ingredient conscious (organic + natural ingredients only), and most of the product have this subtle green apple scent!

This eye concentrate serum is one of my favorite Juice Beauty products I’ve sampled yet! It’s so gentle and creamy! The formula is very hydrating and it absorbed quickly into my skin, too.

Avene Eau Thermale Ultra-Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion – Value $24

Wow! Even though I saw that this product is described as “fast absorbing” with a “matte finish,” I couldn’t believe how quickly this formula transitioned into a matte finish as I rubbed it in!

The formula is fragrance, paraben, and oil free, too! It has a completely sheer finish, and it works great under makeup!

Cargo HD Picture Perfect Highlighter in Bronze – Value $30

The first thing I noticed when trying this highlighter out is just how silky the formula feels! The pigment concentration is excellent, and the shimmer is super fine – no worries about getting a glitter look!

It is super blendable, too. Here it is swatched:

Next up, all subscribers got the option to pick a mystery fitness item or a beauty item. Here is the fitness item:

Way of Will Post Training Massage Oil – Value $29.50

This brand is new to me, but as soon as I saw 100% natural ingredients, I had a feeling I would be a fan!

It’s meant to be used as a post-workout massage oil. The scent is a blend of Peppermint Essential Oil, German Chamomile Essential Oil, and Lemongrass Essential Oil.

I love the idea of using this as a post-workout treat. It smells so good! I’ll probably use it after showers, too.

And here is the alternative mystery beauty product. (You’ll receive one or the other):

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk – Value $20

This dry shampoo is formulated without parabens or sulfates, and it is great for both absorbing oil and also adding texture and volume.

I used to only use dry shampoo on days when my hair was looking a little greasy. But now I use it every day for extra volume and texture. (And thanks to subscription boxes, I have plenty of dry shampoo to support this daily habit!)

And we have one more choice item! All subscribers were able to pick between a traveler, artist or chef item!

Here is the chef item:

Salted Himalayan Pink Salt Kit – Value $26

How beautiful is this set? It’s one of those items I’ll gladly display on my kitchen counter.

You use the grater to produce salt flakes that are great for finishing a dish. Giada De Laurentiis even included 3 recipes to try this with in the info booklet:

  • Pan Roasted Asparagus with Crispy Fried Egg
  • Bruschetta
  • S’Mores Popcorn

Here is the traveler mystery item (again, you’ll only receive one of these in your box):

Understated Leather Travel Set – Value $28

This set includes a luggage tag and passport holder in vegan leather.

Both pieces are well made, and the on-trend rose gold is gorgeous.

And here is the artist mystery item:

Amy Tangerine Art Kit – Value $22

This set includes a canvas (8X10 inches), stencil, acrylic paints, paint brush, and foam stamper:

I think this is such a fun DIY item to include, but if you are a serious artist, you might be disappointed in the quality of the paints/brushes.

(Amy Tangerine also includes tips for beginners on using this kit. And an idea for throwing an art party!)

Vital Proteins Marine Collagen Sample – Value $2.50

(This collagen sample is an extra in the box that doesn’t count toward the total value of the box for subscribers.)

I’ve been taking collagen powder daily for months now, and I’ve got some of my extended family hooked on it, too! (I’ve personally noticed an improvement in my skin and nails. My husband Eric noticed and improvement in his joints, and nail growth, too.)

Eric uses collagen in his coffee. (This will absorb in either hot or cold liquid.) Most people say they can’t taste the collagen when added to liquid, but I can! So I blend this into a smoothie that masks the flavor.

Verdict: Depending on the variations you receive, this box has a value of $272 to $287.50 (And that’s not counting any value for the FabFitFun TV channel access, or the bonus collagen.) As always, I find myself saying, “I don’t know how they do it!”

I’m so impressed with the high-end beauty brands FabFitFun is including lately. The Avene sunscreen, Cargo Highlighter, and Juice Beauty eye serum are all great quality items that are perfect for summer. And both the massage oil and dry shampoo options are fab, too.

I love all the Ruana prints, and the item is super versatile. (And delicate gold jewelry is always a win for me!) Oh! And the BKR bottle is great for summer, too! If you are going on a summer vacation, I hope you get this box before you leave!

What do you think of the Summer 2017 FabFitFun box? How do you feel about the mystery choice options this season?

Use coupon code MSA10 to get this box for only $40!

"FabFitFun is a seasonal lifestyle subscription that sends subscribers 6-8 items every season, worth up to $300 in value. 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. Whi... 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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435 comments

RJ

Does anyone know what shoes she is wearing in those pictures???

Lyn

I am a preferred customer: I paid for a full year in advance for the privilege of selecting some of the items in my box. My first two boxes were great! But the Summer 2017 box was a disaster!

Their system crashed on opening day of selections. Took two days to get it right. Made my choices. The box did not ship for more than a month after it was supposed to ship. Also, my selections were not honored.

To be fair, they have offered a credit, which I appreciate. But in all cases, it was my reaching out to them that brought me answers. When they could not ship on time or ship the items I preferred, they should have reached out to me. There was no notice of late shipment. There was no acknowledgement of not filling my order as requested. What’s the point of being a preferred customer if you don’t get what you prefer? I will not renew.

carol

I had an ad today, to my phone, which said 40% off the summer box with code SUMMER40. That would bring it down to $30.
They must have overproduced this one!

Jayne

I guess this box is still available (Lisa Rinna hawking it on my FB page…lol). I’m always torn with this sub…I want it, but there’s enough there than I don’t want, but enough that I do…igh.

Has anyone ordered recently? If so, did you get the art kit, travel set, or salt set? I really don’t want the art kit but have a feeling that’s the ones they have left.

Jacki

Art kit. Boo!

Jennifer

I just ordered one yesterday, and got the shipping notification this morning, showing it’s already on the move. I’ll let you know which variations I got when it arrives. I’m really hoping for the massage oil and the chef kit, but I’ll be just as happy with the luggage tag/passport holder, or the dry shampoo. I’m not that picky. I’ll also be happy with any pattern for the ruana (hoping for the beige though), necklace color (would prefer peach, but like both of the others), or water bottle. The only thing I don’t want is the art kit, but I have enough friends with small children that I’ll make use of it. I’m really looking forward to the nice sunscreen though. It should arrive just in time for my beach trip.

Gosh, compared to the other comments here, it seems I’m easy to please. lol

jennifer

Receive mine today. I got the black and white ruana, the peach necklace, pink water bottle, the dry shampoo, and the chef kit! Aside from the dry shampoo (which I will still totally use and appreciate), I was quite happy. The chef kit totally made up for that though.

Marina

I ordered mine about 2 weeks ago, got it yesterday(it shipped exactly 10 business days after my order), and it had the art kit D:
Was hoping for ANYTHING other than that so…dang it.
I also got the dry shampoo and the pink necklace. All of them are going up for swap! Even my highlighter/bronzer thing lol.

At least I liked the water bottle! And I am currently swapping my ruana and dry shampoo so I think i’ll be happy w/ the box after that 🙂
(although, if anyone wants to swap the necklace, or bronzer I am game)
Still wish I got that “fitness” oil and the salt thing though! But hey, still a great deal for me 😀

Kara

What is the difference between the avene sunscreen in the orange bottle (included in this box) and the white Avene bottle that is specifically labeled mineral?

Has anyone experienced any burning in their eyes from this sunscreen?

Nicole

Yes! I have worn the avene that came in the summer box twice, and it has burned my eyes both times I wore it. Kinda bummed, was hoping it would work out.

Kara

Such a bummer! My eyes are sensitive and they water like crazy when they get irritated. But I don’t notice the same reaction with the white Avene bottle.

Nancy T

I have 2 questions for all you FFF pros!
1. Is the highlighter supposed to be solid or a powder? Mine is all broken up and got powder everywhere when I pulled it out of the box.
2. How do I get a copy of the Hello Summer flyer? Mine didn’t include one.

Itsjustme

Hey Nancy. I’m not going to say I’m a pro but I hang out in the forum sometimes. ☺️ The highlighter from Cargo is supposed to be solid. It seems like a lot of ppl had a broken one arrive to them but they contacted customer service and customer service made it right. I’d contact them and tell them about that and the missing flyer. They might ask for a pic or something so don’t throw it out. If I’m wrong someone correct me but I hope that helps.😉

Marina

Itsjustme is right, save the package or just take a couple of good photos of it as proof to send them. That is what I did and my replacement arrived friday 🙂 (took about 2 wks from initial contact to delivery)

One question, what is the hello flyer? I’ve seen it and gift cards mentioned here but didn’t get either.

trisha

This is my 2nd box and I’m probably canceling, I got the art kit and it sucks I would have actually used the travel option/ and the salt set is cute.

Art kit will go to my niece for her bday.

if anyone has a travel kit they won’t use I could use.

Nicole

Did anyone else get a discolored or expired Juice Beauty eye cream? Mine looks almost beige in color, and not white like I’d expect. There’s no manufactured or expiration date on the container. I noticed in some reviews that it was causing bad reactions, and it might be because the product is old. I have sent an email to Juice Beauty to find out when my product was manufactured.

Gloria

I did and had a horrible reaction. Burning red rash around my eyes. Had to wash it off immediately. Many on their community forum insist it’s an allergic reaction. Um no. I have never had an allergic reaction to this cream in the past. It’s either expired or went bad before shipping as it had a funky smell and color. Customer service gave me a $20 credit for it but I have seen posts where others only received a $10 credit.

Jodi

If you’ve ever cut apples for a pie and didn’t get the lemon juice mixed in right away, the apples start to turn brown. It looks just like Juice Beauty and other products that don’t add a ton of preservatives to their products. I now have ultra, and I mean severely sensitive skin, and the discoloration from any of the ‘natural’ brands has never caused any reaction. If anything, logically, the product may be weaker, less effective.

Skin changes all the time. What I could use five years ago, now causes severe reactions. Hormone changes, dehydration, and stress can wreak havoc.

I’m not saying there’s no way the cream is solely to blame, anything is possible, just that you may want to treat your skin gently for awhile, in case something is going on physically. Take care!

Jodi

I’ve received off color products from Juice Beauty and other skin care with similar ingredients every so often for years. As long as product doesn’t smell rancid, I use them, and they’ve been effective. (I have ultra sensitive skin.) But if you don’t feel confident, make a call or send an email. For the Summer box I ordered two JB moisturizer add ons, and received the eye cream as well, all in good condition.

Nicole

Did anyone else get the wrong add-on and picks? I paid for an add-on necklace and was sent a different one. And I picked fitness option and received the beauty one. 🙁

Kristin

Has anyone else’s box still not shipped? This is getting ridiculous. I’m a renewed annual subscriber who purchased a lot of add on items & all the choice items so I check all the boxes for priority shipping. Strangely I received the travel/beauty/kitchen stuff separately over a week ago but the rest is still awaiting shipment.

Gigi

I received my box a day before I’m set for a very long plane ride. I got the black Ruana and decided at the last minute to take it in my hand carry. What a lifesaver! I didn’t want to take a sweater on the flight because I had so much stuff as it is so I used that and it was light but still so cozy! To think I was going to cancel my subscription after seeing that spoiler and I’m glad I stuck with it. Great travel accessory! Thanks FFF!

rayjohn1412

First time getting the box, must be honest kind of dissapointed. Some of the items were nice like the water bottle and the wrap, other than that I felt like it just is not what I expected. I thought they would customize the box more towards your profile for the products that have alternative options such as the salt grinder, travel tag, or paint set but I suppose they don’t. For example, my profile said I loved to cook, like to travel, and dislike home decorations and diy things; but somehow I got the paint set. To top it all off the paint set came in damaged, so I ended up throwing it away. Very on the edge about ordering another box.

Beth

My box is so underwhelming. Art kit, beige sarong, dry shampoo, just a bore. Good thing their other boxes have been so amazing

Debe

This was my first box. I appreciate all the reviews here as they helped me decide which box I to subscribe to among all the choices out there. I got my box today and I love everything! I have already replaced my worn out work drinking cup with my snazzy new blue water bottle.

Lucy

Wow, this box was a big disappointment. If next box is not better I will probably cancel subscription. How many wraps, scarfs do all of us need-enough. The jewelry is for a 12 yr old, travel tags very cheap, and the salt rock must be for my easy bake oven.

Carolyn

Just to let my fellow vegetarians know. The sample protein packet is NOT vegetarian. It is a derivative of bovine(cow). I’m glad I went to the product’s website first before trying it.

Michelle

Is anyone interested in trading their Ruana? I got the beige one and likely will never wear it…would love the black or blue one though! Not sure how this whole trading thing works? I’m in Vancouver Canada.

Margaret

I have the beige one also. I’ll trade your beige one for my beige one :p

Marina

The beige is actually the one I am looking for!
I don’t know when mine is coming, or what color it is yet though.
I will let you and the other person(who also doesn’t know what color they are getting) what my color is. Maybe we can figure out then who is closest to cut down on shipping costs too! (I’m in WA state)

Michelle

Sounds good to me Marina! Where in WA state are you? The nice thing about these is that they can be mailed fairly cheap I’m thinking!
email me if you’d like mgregorowich at gmail dot com

JacLyn

I just received my Summer box. I ordered the Summer 2017 Add-On: PARTY LIKE IT’S THE 4TH OF JULY BUNDLE, but I just received the Karma Kreations Watermelon Ring Pool Float. The bundle was supposed to include the watermelon float, a pineapple float, a palm tree drink holder, and a donut drink holder. I just messaged customer support. I’ve heard a lot of people are having trouble with their addons.

JacLyn

Also, I received an extra bloom necklace. I hope that’s not because they sold out of the pool float bundle? It’s an okay necklace, but I do not need two of them. You’d think if they were going to sub something in, they’d give you a choice and especially not give you something you already ordered?

Jodi

This was hidden under new members on the Billing/Shipping page, but for anyone wondering where their box is, or why it shipped later than expected here’s the Summer shipping schedule link: http://support.fabfitfun.com/hc/en-us/articles/201839848-When-can-I-expect-my-shipment-?mobile_site=true

Eileen

Thanks so much! That link is very helpful!

dmg

Received my box yesterday. Selected the blue ruana, but got one called ‘Indigo’ which is darker than the blue pictured. I actually like it better because it borders on black. I didn’t select the black because I just didn’t like the alligator pattern. Only problem is it’s ‘dry clean’.
The necklace retail value is more than the ruana. I agree with many others. It is cheap looking and I am sure I can find a nicer piece of jewelry elsewheres.
I like the Himalayan salt set very much, but will be gifting it. I just bought a Costco jug size of it the other day. The set makes a nice tabletop addition to meals.
Now, as for missing items: I ordered an extra post Spring Editor’s box and I did not receive it. My enclosed invoice lists it. But what I did find in the box was something I didn’t order: a Dr. Brandt microdermabrasion exfoliator. I really hope that that was not a consolation prize to their running out of the Editor’s box. I don’t understand these mistakes, especially when they include the invoice in the box.
My add-ons were two Gypsy roundies which I will use either for myself or for gifts. I really like mine from the Spring box.
So, my feelings are mixed altogether.

Amanda Lund

I’m a select member, my box just arrived, it is 100% wrong, none of my choices I selected are in this box and I’m missing items. I am so upset with them

Wisteria

I’m sad that my comment will get lost in this large list, but I have to try to spread this message.

Went to check out the Joyful Heart website after opening the Michael Stars Ruana I received in my FabFitFun box to find out more about their project. Michael Stars is generously donating 25%
to Joyful Heart for every Ruana purchased in the three lovely colors Liz presented. I kept reading, and was thrilled to see this issue is being seriously addressed to benefit both men and women.

My hubby and I met in 1982, married in 1984 – still married, and while I knew something was terribly wrong, my husband blamed the distancing between us over the years on his difficult childhood. Last fall, after losing long term employment due to intense PTSD, and no support from one of the largest US employers, he finally opened up to me and spent a month in a recovery center learning coping skills. If you take a look at Joyful Heart’s website you’ll understand what I’m referring to, and I hope that you will support this cause, not only for women, as I was also a victim, but for the men who are afraid to speak out due to the stigma. At the time of hubby’s incident, he could bench press 300 lbs. But sound asleep in a ‘safe’ dorm, and surprised with a weapon, it doesn’t matter. I have never felt so helpless finding out a secret this big is what has been tearing at our relationship of 35 years. Talk about a silent killer. Please consider checking out the website and supporting an important cause. Thank you

Alex

What an amazing organization. There’s so much stigma around that and it’s also something that’s very hard for men to open up and talk about because of the shame associated with it. And it is nothing to be ashamed of. I’ve also been with a partner who shared his story with me and just talking about it is such an important step in recovering. Unfortunately, we’re far more used to hearing these stories from women. We forget that men are also survivors and that many people repress this kind of trauma and that it presents as PTSD or depression.

I also really respect and admire Mariska Hargitay so much for being so outspoken and such an advocate for survivors. I read about the organization on the newspaper that came with the box but it’s worth everyone’s time to go to the website. It’s really inspiring and amazing to see the help that’s available and the recovery and joy that survivors find again.

Jodi

You are so right, Mariska Hargitay deserves a great deal of respect, along with all the men and women who advocate, counsel and provide support every day. Thank you so much for sharing your story, it means so much to me. Best wishes!

Loba

I haven’t had a chance to read anything connected with the box. And, truthfully, with how busy life is I might not have even read about Joyful Heart. But, I did. Because you took the time to share this. Thank you.

I am so sorry about your husband and that his pain affected your marriage. I am so sorry that so many of us: moms and dads, daughters and sons, sisters and brothers have been hurt…

Jodi

Thank you for taking the time to check out Joyful Heart and post. Your reply was profound. Best wishes to you!

Aaron

I finally finally got my box and it’s missing the juice beauty eye cream, the necklace, and the sunscreen. Ugh. Is customer service responsive? I’m waiting to hear back after my chat got disconnected. Anyone else have missing item problems? So anticlimactic after I held out from viewing the spoilers.

Sarah

I had add ons and was sent a wrong item so I took a picture of the packing slip and item and they are sending me the correct item. Response was less than 24 hours.

Chrystal

I finally got my box today! I’m seasonal with add ons and all five add ons made it with my shipment. I received the pink BKR bottle, the black & white ruana, and the silver necklace. I chose the traveler and beauty options. I’m happy to say that the passport holder and luggage tag look better in person, I’ll be gifting them to a recent grad. My item # is 1702-DO-3M for anyone waiting to see which variations they received. Not thrilled about the silver necklace, but the pink BKR and black & white ruana make up for it! Very happy with this box overall 💕

Jess

I got my box today! Did anyone else not get the items they requested? I requested the Art kit and the fitness option… I received the travel kit (yuck) and the dry shampoo. Bummer!

Denise Elrod

I wanted the dry shampoo and got the massage oil. I got the art kit, but would prefer the pink salt kit.

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