Miroja Small Home Goods Surprise Gift Box Review – July 2017

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Miroja is a subscription box that focuses on minimalist design and plants! Each box includes one plant and one home item.

This box contains a plant and a breakable item, so I’m glad it is well packaged. Because this subscription includes a live plant, always open it as soon as it arrives!

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The Subscription Box: Miroja Small Home Goods Surprise Gift Box

The Cost: $24.00 a month + shipping

The Products: Each surprise box contains 1-2 home items.

Ships to: U.S. only

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The box includes a card that tells you where you are in your subscription and gives you information on how to care for your new plant. It also describes the included planter and home item.

Now, onto the items!

Uh oh. This poor lady is so covered in dirt! The plants I’ve received so far from Miroja have usually had some dirt on them from shipping, but never quite like this. I tried brushing the dirt off the cactus with my hand, but that didn’t help much. To remove all the soil stuck in the needles, I ran the cactus under the faucet to wash it away.

Cactus – Value $5.33?

That’s better! This month’s box included a smallish, round cactus. The needles are soft, more like hairs than typical cactus needles. I was able to remove the excess dirt without pricking myself even once.

Again, this month, I can’t be sure of the sure of the specific source of this cactus, but I linked to a similar product to give an idea of value. In my experience, small cacti like this one are usually between $3-$6, depending on where you’re plant shopping.

Small Ceramic Plant Pot – Value $12?

I was very happy to see a ceramic pot in this month’s shipment after last month’s metal pot. The glaze on this piece is so pretty! It is dark on the outside, but when you look closely, you can see some really pretty red, green, and gold tones shining through. The inside has a clear glaze, so you can see the natural color of the clay. Small pads were placed on the bottom to protect surfaces from the rough bottom of this planter. This is a very petite pot, standing at only about 2 1/2″ inches tall. Keep reading to see if it paired well with the cactus!

Potting Soil – Value $3?

It’s great that Miroja sends just the right amount of potting soil to pot the included plant. I have a few house plants at home but never want to bring home one of the huge bags of soil they sell at garden centers. The bag was well-sealed, and I used all of it to pot my new cactus. The bag is unmarked, so it’s hard to estimate value (I’m not sure the brand, source, or exact amount inside). Big bags of soil are usually around $5-$10, so I assume this smaller bag is around $3.

Here’s that plump cactus potted in her tiny planter. They are both pleasantly rotund, but I must say the pot feels a touch too small for the cactus.

We’ve got a bit of a Goldilocks situation here (last month’s shipment vs. this month’s), I think. Maybe next month will be juuuuuust right.

Moon Rivers Naturals Activated Charcoal + Himalayan Salt – Value $7

This 4.5oz bar of soap came in such lovely packaging. The branding is spot on and the carton is a nice touch. The soap itself has an earthy, mineral appearance with its raw edge with little salt crystals poking out. The charcoal is meant to detox the skin while the salt replenishes it with magnesium. The ingredient list is short and simple: Saponified oils of coconut, olive, safflower (non-gmo), activated charcoal, and Himalayan pink salt. I am so into the lack of added fragrance! The soap lathered nicely on a loofa and left my skin feeling refreshed and squeaky clean. Straight from the bar, the salt crystals are too large and scratchy. I like how purifying this bar felt compared to my regular body wash!

Verdict: This box cost $30.00 with an estimated value of around $27.33. I’ve found that this box is more about getting a surprise gift for you and your home each month than it is about getting a good deal. Miroja always includes the soil, rocks, or sand that you need to plant your new treasure along with a vessel. I really like the earth-tone glazed ceramic planter. It reminds me of vintage 70s pieces. I’m not usually much for special or handmade soaps, but I really liked the bar from Moon Rivers Naturals. It feels very purifying and is a nice gift to give to myself. Overall, this box continues to be a hit for me!

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Written by Emily Cosnotti

Emily Cosnotti

Emily is a design enthusiast who loves beautiful objects. She’s really into vegan snacks, corgis, home goods, and minimalist makeup. She is currently fostering a healthy subscription addiction.

Posted in Miroja Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews| Tags: miroja | 8 comments


  1. Love the review, it almost looks like the cacti are talking to each other in this picture.

  2. My sister and I love this box. It’s just fun to see what you get month to month. You can always get cheap plants at various stores and nurseries, but Miroja puts together such cute designs and they’re so fun to open and put together

  3. Lololol…..Thanks for the laugh….the goldilocks comment and the picture. Clever.

    • Yes! This is the first time that a subscription box review made me actually chuckle out loud.

  4. This sub seems outrageously overpriced to me:

    – 6 similar pots, shipped: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B06XRCY1SY/ref=twister_B01GMY5J2G?_encoding=UTF8&th=1 $2.82 each

    – 8 succulents, shipped: https://smile.amazon.com/Instant-Cactus-Succulent-Collection-Plants/dp/B000PXTTT0/ref=sr_1_2?s=lawn-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1498950951&sr=1-2&keywords=cactus $3.62 each. I’ve purchased succulents from this vendor before and they are wonderful

    – Succulent Mix, shipped: https://smile.amazon.com/Hoffman-10404-Organic-Cactus-Succulent/dp/B006MY5KJO/ref=sr_1_3?s=lawn-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1498951160&sr=1-3&keywords=cactus%2Bsoil&th=1 $6.97 for the entire bag

    So you could spend $52.89 and get 6 pots, 8 cacti and a big old bag of soil, or $30 for one plant. Oh, and a random soap.

    • I was thinking the same thing. They sell these already potted at Home Depot for around $6. I guess if you have the extra $ it’s a fun box, but that’s not me.

  5. Maybe swap pots? It looks like that might work pretty well.

    • That’s what I was thinking. Cacti don’t mind being somewhat root bound, but aesthetically it would look better

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