Kiko & Sven Subscription Box Review + Coupon – August 2017
Kiko & Sven is a monthly box curated by the Kiko & Sven shop in San Diego, California. They feature gift items inspired by Japanese and Swedish design. They include items that are “often handmade, always unique”, “from candles & soaps, to letterpress cards & ceramics.”
Kiko & Sven offers two subscription sizes: Small Box for $36 a month and Full-Size Box for $48 a month.
This review is of the Small, $36 a month, box.
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: Kiko & Sven
The Cost: $48 for the Full-Size box; $36 for the Small Box. Shipping for the Small Box was $10.17.
COUPON: Use coupon code YESSANDIEGO for free shipping!
The Products: The Full-Size box contains 5–7 items, and the Small Box contains 3–4 items
Ships to: USA
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This month’s box takes its inspiration from the garden!
Cultivate & Eat Hank Claw (Chili Pepper) – Value $9
Cultivate & Eat Shiso (Japenese Basil) – Value $9
Plants, of course, are perfect for a garden-themed box. The packaging is charming – I loved the way the ties were knotted at the top. Detailed instructions were included for each type of plant. I had a lot of fun planting the seeds and I look forward to watching them grow. I’m especially excited about the pepper, as I’ve never tried growing pepper before.
Small Metal Tray, 7.5″ x 4″ – Value $8?
I couldn’t find a tray with these exact dimensions online, so the value is just a guess based on the price of larger trays. The quality is solid; I think it might be steel because a magnet sticks to it. I really like how the tray keeps the plants neatly together.
Kikkerland Reusable Shopping Bag, Trassel – Value $9
Kiko & Sven say they chose this bag because it’s by their favorite Swedish designer, Lotta Jansdotter. This pattern in blue reminds me of rain falling into a pond or puddle. The bag is a useful size, and it’s easy to collapse it back into it’s attached pouch.
LuLuLun Plus Lemon Grass Face Sheet – Value $3 (buy a box of 5 for $15)
LuLuLun Plus Lavender Face Sheet – Value $3 (buy a box of 5 for $15)
I haven’t tried the lavender mask, but the lemongrass one is the best-smelling face mask I’ve ever used – and I’ve tried lots. The scent was fresh and summery, perfect for August. I liked this mask better than some others that cost several times as much.
Creative Co-op Stoneware 3″ Cactus Dish – Value $4.99
This tiny dish was my favorite thing in the box! It’s printed with a cactus design from Lori Seibert, and is safe for the microwave, dishwasher, and oven. I’ve been using it to hold little findings for craft projects.
Verdict: The $45.99 retail value of this box hovers right around the box cost of $46.17 ($36 + $10.17 shipping). Although not high, the retail values are not as inflated as in some boxes. I think they did a great job of choosing items that fit the garden theme while also reflecting the Japanese/Scandinavian influence of their shop. These are items I might choose on my own, but most aren’t locally available to me. The charming curation won me over this month!
What do you think of August’s Kiko & Sven box? Have you ever grown peppers before? Any tips to help them grow?