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Ivory Clasp Handbag Subscription Review + Coupon – May 2017

Check out my review of the May 2017 Ivory Clasp subscription!

Ivory Clasp is a monthly women’s accessories subscription that focuses on one of my favorite accouterments… purses!

Check out my review of the May 2017 Ivory Clasp subscription!

When you sign up, you’ll fill out the Ivory Clasp questionnaire, letting their stylists know what patterns, colors, materials, and shapes you prefer in the bags you buy. Shortly thereafter, you’ll get a designer bag picked to match your preferences—and a new bag to add to your collection each subsequent month!

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The Subscription Box: Ivory Clasp

The Cost: $45.00 per month (or every other month, if you prefer) with free shipping and 100% refunds and returns.

COUPON: Use code MSA25 to save 25% off your first month!

The Products: On-trend, brand name (though not high-end brand name) purses, including handbags, satchels, crossbody bags, boho bags, tote bags, fashion backpacks, and more.

Shipping: Free standard shipping to the U.S. International shipping varies by destination.

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Ivory Clasp comes packaged in a big, but still cleanly designed box. Inside, the bag is tissue-wrapped and topped with a few informational cards from the company. There’s a signed thank you from the Ivory Clasp stylist…

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…some information on the subscription…

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…and a coupon for Hanalei, the Hawaiian beauty brand behind this month’s bonus item.

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Bonus Item: Hanalei Sugar Lip Scrub, 0.17 oz. Sample Size – Value $4.36 (Buy a full-size, 0.78 oz. version for $20.00)

Speaking of which, here’s the scrub! It’s tiny pot, but I’m always up to try new beauty products.

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As the directions suggest, I massaged the formula in for a minute or so, then wiped it off. I used a terry-cloth towel, though, just to get a little extra exfoliation.

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The scrub has a great, sweet citrus scent to it. It’s not too strong, and it smells natural, rather than chemical-ish and overpowering. My lips felt soft after using this product, but I didn’t get the scrubbiness I wanted from it. There are sugar crystals in here that create the slightest bit of abrasion. The formula is smoother than I expected—I tend to like coarser exfoliating products, though, so that could just be me. But I’d say this is a good product for someone who has a regular exfoliation routine, rather than someone like me who doesn’t exfoliate her lips often and wants something a little more impactful.

And now, let’s meet the bag I got this month…

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Betsey Johnson Glam Garden Satchel – Value $75.99 on Zappos (Retail Value $108.00)

I was a huge fan of Betsey Johnson when I was in high school and college (my prom dress was a glittery Betsey design!), but nowadays, I feel like her designs are a little too busy for me. This bag is a good example of that—between the stripes, the roses, the scalloped edges, and the gems, there’s just a whole lot going on.

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I do like that the bag has handles and a shoulder strap. The strap is really pretty, too—I like that the gold chain gives the look a bit of shine, but the faux leather in the center of the strap keeps it feeling comfy on your shoulder.

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What’s funny is I don’t dislike any one of these embellishments—I just think that they overwhelm one another when they’re all placed together. If this was just a black bag with gemstone details, or just a striped bag, or just a rose-patterned bag, I think it could be pretty cool. As it is, I don’t know what detail to look at first, so the design feels a little confusing to me. There have definitely been times in my life when that more-is-more aesthetic was right up my alley, so I can see how this would be super appealing to someone else. But right now, eh. It’s not quite me.

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All of that said, this is a really well-made bag. The faux leather is thick, smooth, and feels sturdy. The bag is lined and has a few inner compartments for stashing makeup or change. Most importantly, it’s got one of these handy clasps for hooking keys onto! I’m forever losing my keys deep inside my bag, so having a designated place for them is awesome!

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The little metallic details are great, too. I like how shiny the gold zipper and heart accent are. It feels more fancy and fun than antiqued or more matte metal details I’ve seen.

Verdict: This month’s curated pick from Ivory Clasp was a miss for me, but I can see where they thought it might be a fit. I like adventurous styles, and I tend to stick with black and other neutral palettes when I shop for accessories. So, an A for effort, but this purse will likely be a gift for someone who could really rock this look. The subscription costs $45.00 (and free standard U.S. shipping), which is fair, considering that even on sale, the bag alone cost just under twice that amount. The bonus gift was nice, though I didn’t fall head over heels for it. I had such an awesome experience with my first Ivory Clasp bag (which I LOVE and use every day) that I’m not ready to give up on the subscription just because of this month’s miss. Fingers crossed next month blows both the bags I’ve received so far out of the water!

What did you get from Ivory Clasp this month? Did they capture your style?

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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 Ivory Clasp Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: ivory clasp | 18 comments

Comments (18)

  1. I love this bag! Would definitely be thrilled to get this one!

  2. Oh I hope I get this bag!

  3. That bag rocks!! Hope it shows up at TJ Maxx

  4. You can have them ‘re-style’ you for free! You can send that back and they’ll send a new bag or a refund

    • That’s good to know. I wouldn’t have loved this bag but I might want to sub when I move and having that option would be great.

  5. I’m not a sub, but I love this bag.

  6. LOVE that bag!!!!!! Hope I get it!

  7. Yay, mine shipped today! Can’t wait to see what I get. I asked for a blush tote (can’t hurt to ask). Will be interesting to see what I get.

  8. Do they still guarantee a minimum value to their bags? Seems like they used to, and I thought it was greater than the Zappos value you posted…

    • I think it’s minimum retail value. Zappos seems to be a discount site? That bag is at Nordstrom for $108. I believe they promise that the bag will be $100+. This bag is probably at TJ Maxx or Marshalls (or will be) for under $100.

      • The removed that sometime in the last 2 weeks and are now trying to apply a lower RV to pre-paid subscriptions.

  9. I actually got this same bag too. It is incredibly well made (:

    • I got this bag too, and thought it was well made, but I popped one of the gems off already when I was loading my shopping cart up with cases of water 🙁

  10. I love Betsey Johnson!!

    • So nice to see a known brand in this sub.

      • That’s my thought! A brand I recognize that isn’t owned or backed by an owner of Ivory Clasp, stop the presses!

  11. Betsey Johnson is my queen and I would have DIED if I had gotten this bag! Waaaaaaaant so badly! But yeah, she’s an acquired taste. I’m very eccentric myself, soooo… 😉

    • Heathery, it IS so you. <3

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