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GlobeIn Artisan “Al Fresco” Box Review + Coupon – June 2017

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The GlobeIn Artisan Gift Box is a monthly subscription that sends you original crafts by global artisans. Each box contains handcrafted items from around the world and the stories of the artists who made the pieces. This month, subscribers could choose one of two themes—”Refresh” or “Al Fresco”. 

This is a review of the Al Fresco Artisan Gift Box ($40.00). Here’s what GlobeIn had to say about this theme:

In the art of the good life, you’re no amateur. Therefore, in the spirit of keeping you on the cutting edge of joie de vivre, we offer this upgrade to your open air accoutrement.

Because being outside is great, and eating outside even better, we’ve made sure your new blanket is extra roomy, your enamel plate durable and lightweight, your snack delicious and nutritious, and your utensil holder just plain helpful.

And because an outdoor affair is a sumptuous one at heart, the items in this rainbow-colored collection are anything but plain, chosen as much for function as for sheer delight. Enjoy!

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This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

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The Subscription Box: The GlobeIn Artisan Gift Box

The Cost: $55 a month + free shipping

COUPON: Use code MSAWELCOME to save $10 on a 3, 6, or 12-month subscription.

The Products: Handcrafted items from around the world curated around a monthly theme.

Ships to: U.S.

Good to Know: June Artisan Box options are available for all active subscribers in their subscription settings June 1st through June 5th!

Check out all of our GlobeIn reviews and the Artisan Subscription Box Directory for similar boxes!

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Each box comes with a detailed booklet that introduces the items in the box, as well as the artisans behind them!

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Looks like the “Al Fresco” theme will be all about picnicking and delighting in the outdoors. It’s getting sunnier and sunnier here in the midwest, and this box is giving me a good excuse to get outside and enjoy the great weather.

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Each page of the booklet is dedicated to a different item.

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I love that they include photos of the people from the companies that make these products.

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Seeing the stories and the human element behind these items makes them feel even more valuable to me.

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Okay, on to the items themselves! Though GlobeIn doesn’t list any values for the products in the box itself, they did release the retail values of the products in their spoiler for the box. I’ll be referencing those prices since these aren’t products I could easily find elsewhere online (except for the plantain chips, which I found on Amazon). I’ll note that the prices do skew a little higher than I may have expected, but I do most of my home decor shopping at big retailers, who probably aren’t getting their products from fair-trade sources or fairly paid artisans!

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Artisan Tropic Plantain Strips with Sea Salt, 1.75 oz. – Value $1.87 (Buy a 16 pack for $29.99 on Amazon)

Oooh, I love plantain chips!

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This snack is a tasty (and healthier? I’m not sure…) alternative to potato chips and is perfect for munching on during a picnic or on the go. I did notice that the spoilers listed these chips at $5.00, which is quite a bit higher than the price they go for on Amazon. I wonder if that’s due to how GlobeIn sourced these chips?

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If you’ve never had plantain chips before, no, they don’t taste like banana at all. They’re actually really potato-y and have a thick, satisfying crunch to them. The salt on these chips is pretty light, too—just enough to satisfy my salty snack cravings.

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Utensil Holder – Listed Value $10.00

I love the jewel tones in this woven, unlined pouch! The material is somewhat flexible but solid like a shell for whatever is inside.

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I love the idea of this little woven pouch! The suggested use is to pop your picnic utensils inside when you’re on the go (the fork and knife are my own—they didn’t come in the box), but I could see using this for pens and pencils, too. If I was a kid, I bet I’d find a million uses for this little capsule—kiddos could use it to hold treasures, or rolled-up art, maps, or secret notes!

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Enamel Plate – Listed Value $20.00

This plate is so cute! I love simple geometric shapes like the ones painted onto this plate. This plate is 12″ in diameter, so it’s sizable, and it’s much heavier than I thought it’d be. That’s thanks to the fact that this is a metal dish that’s been coated in enamel paint (don’t microwave it!!!). I think my favorite part is that you can see the texture of the brushstrokes in the painted shapes. It really emphasizes the handmade nature of this design. I could see some people not being too thrilled by those inconsistencies and “imperfections”, and I totally get that. I’d be pickier about it myself in other boxes of more mass-produced products, but since this box is all about handmade products and the people behind them, I see the brushstrokes as a little indicator that this design was at one point, in the hands of a real artisan (rather than a machine or a mere assembly line).

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Serape Blanket – Listed Value $40

Wow, do I ever love this blanket! It’s so much softer than I expected it to be—I could see myself cuddling up with it on the couch. It’s also as big as I’d expect a throw to be (60″ x 44″), so it’s plenty spacious.

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That’s good news for picnickers out there! This hearty, thicker weave is just what I’d want between me and a patch of dewy earth. And the colors are adorable! I’m a huge fan of fringe, too—it adds a nice, carefree touch to the design.

Verdict: This box was great! I’m so eager to get outside in the sunshine and put these products to work. I loved the pretty, perky color palette of these items (all the purples, pinks, and teals), and I appreciated that everything was practical as well as beautiful. The value I calculated for these items, using the prices GlobeIn gave in their spoilers and the Amazon price for the chips was about $72.00. I’m going to say that’s more than fair since I could see spending $55.00 (the actual cost of the box) in a fair-trade gifts shop on that serape alone!

What do you think of the June 2017 GlobeIn “Al Fresco” Artisan box? Which box did you pick this month?

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Written by Anna Reilly

Anna Reilly

Anna loves collecting little treasures, be they pop-culture finds, handmade mementos, or new potions to put in her makeup bag. Beauty boxes got her interested in the subscription world, but now she’s swooning for all things kawaii!

Posted in GlobeIn Artisan Gift Box Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: globein | 17 comments

Comments (17)

  1. I’ve put myself on the waitlist for the Epicure box since I want two more of those stemless wine glasses. I don’t see them in the store and none up for swap :(. If I don’t get off the waitlist before the 7th will they send me a mystery box or is there a way I can skip?

    • You can select the box that you want to receive instead of the mystery box–selecting an available box does not take you off the waitlist for the Epicure box. If the Epicure box does not come available, you will receive whatever box you had selected in your account. I don’t know of a way to skip the month if your waitlisted box doesn’t come available. If you definitely don’t want any of the other boxes, you should give them a call/email to discuss.

  2. This box provides unique handmade, quality items made by individuals in developing economies, and curated into themes, while paying a fair wage to them and supporting sustainable practices. From what I have read, its purpose is not to provide subscribers with the absolute lowest cost items. I think that’s good for a large number of reasons, not to mention that Amazon (and Walmart) already seem to have that angle covered.

    And Anna, Bulk purchases are almost always significantly cheaper. That’s the large benefit of buying bulk! I don’t think it is fair to divide the RV of a bulk purchase by the number of units and indicate that would be the cost to a consumer buying just one of them! As far as I can tell, Amazon does not sell a single bag of those chips. Therefore, one of the benefits of this box – introducing subscribers to a new item like this, so they can try it without having to buy 12 bags – has been totally overlooked.

    • I’ve gotten those chips in food sub boxes before. And it looks like a bigger version of the bag (not mini bags) can be bought for $5.19 https://www.onestoppaleoshop.com/products/artisan-tropic-plantain-strips-4-5-oz

      Convenient and nice to try? Yeah, sure. But I don’t see it as something that is unique or as an added benefit to the box … especially when the price increase goes into affect. That’s just my view though. Just like Anna gave hers, and you gave yours.

  3. I’m skipping the month yet again. At this rate, I’ll never get through my year subscription (it auto renewed)….

    Haven’t really likes anything since they went to multiple themes a month

  4. What are the dimensions of the utensil holder? Thanks!

  5. Price on Mexican blanket is inflated. In downtown Los Angeles they sell it for $13-$15, by the border in San Diego for $10. I realize that not all people have Mexican community nearby, then you can get these blankets for $20 on Amazon. I personally love these blankets, they are great for picnic, at the beach and I use them in my yoga class. I bought mine (like 7 of them) on Amazon and they have a lot of variety of very pretty colors. Also, e-bay is full of these blankets for much much much less then $40

  6. Really wish they would’ve included 2 plates instead of the utensil holder

  7. That blanket is so pretty!

    That utensil holder would be great for corralling straws. I’m weird and don’t like putting my lips on cans so if we were picnicking and had canned beverages I would use it for straws. My kidlets? They would use it for marbles, tiny cars, and other random stuff.

    Does that woven pouch remind anyone else of those little woven boxes worry dolls would come in…?

  8. Surely the plate isn’t 20 inches in diameter… 12″ maybe?

    • Whoops! Typo for sure! Thank you for catching that, Sarah! I’ll update that now 🙂 I don’t know what happened with this one that I had all of these typos – I’m very grateful for you all for catching that slip!

  9. Also, typo on the utensil holder value? Otherwise, this value adds up to $105, not $72.

    • Yup, typo. Here’s a copy and paste of what was listed in the spoiler piece:

      “Each Box will come with:
      1) Serape Blanket, Mexico, 60in x 44in (Retail $40)
      2) Enamel Plate, India, 12in diameter (Retail $20)
      3) Utensil Holder, Mexico, (Retail $10)
      4) Plantain Chips, Colombia (Retail $5)”

  10. I think you need to update some of your pricing information on your template (at least I assume you use a template for these things anyways). Thanks for the review!

  11. I’m sorry $40 for the utensil holder??? Am I missing something? The throw is beautiful. I was tempted to resub to Globein, but not for $55.

    • That’s definitely a typo. Same for the box cost she has listed. It is now $55 for monthly sub but she has it as $40…..

      • You guys are on top of it! I appreciate you catching that – the cost of the box just jumped, and we didn’t catch the change in the verdict. I’ll update that now! Thanks for always keeping an eye out, everyone!

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