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GlobeIn Artisan Box “Freshen” Review + Coupon – September 2017

The GlobeIn Artisan 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.

There are two levels of subscription: Essential and Premium. The Essential subscription comes with one hand picked artisan item each month, and the Premium comes with a full curated collection. Each month (with the Premium subscription) you have a choice of two new themes, as well as any theme from the previous month that may not have sold out. They also have a shopping club they call the Starter in which you can choose one of three levels of monthly membership, which is applied as credit to shop in their online store at a discounted rate. 

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

This is a review of the Premium “Freshen”, $40 per month, box.

The Subscription Box: The GlobeIn Artisan Box

The Cost: The Premium box is $40 per month + free shipping for the first month ($10 shipping for future months). The Essential box includes one item for $10 per month+ free shipping for the first month ($3 shipping for future months). There is also a Starter level where your monthly membership fee gets put towards credit to use in their online shop. 

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Now through 9/8, use code MSALABORDAY17 to save $10 off your first month of any length GlobeIn Artisan Box subscription! ($40 a month + free shipping for the first month – $10 shipping for future months)

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

Ships to: U.S.

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GlobeIn always comes with a lovely booklet that goes through each item and highlights the makers and origin.

The first item is a beautiful stoneware soap dish, hand painted by Hichem Ounifil at Le Souk Ceramique in Tunisia.

Malika Soap Dish from La Souk Ceramique – Value $18

The Mediterranean design features dark grey lines, surrounded by light blue swoops, dark blue and forest green dots, and pale violet diamonds.

The top of the dish has a shallow indent with ridges to cradle your soap so it doesn’t leave a mess behind but doesn’t fuse with the dish either.

You will find a stamp at the bottom to recall where and by whom this piece was made.

This will really bring a fun look to my otherwise plain bathroom. I love the colors!

The next item hails from the same Tunisian ceramic studio as the soap dish and was hand painted by artist Abir. This design happens to be her favorite to paint!

Malika Toothbrush Cup from La Souk Ceramique – Value $18

They call this piece a toothbrush cup, but of course, you can also use it to rinse after brushing or to store makeup brushes or any other bathroom item you desire.

The Malika design from the soap dish carries over to this cup, but with more depth because of the larger surface area.

In addition to the diamonds, there are now pale violet flower-like designs and green leaves.

The rim is a dark blue and the glaze makes this smooth to put up to your mouth when using as a rinse cup. It also has a really nice weight to it and doesn’t feel as delicate as the soap dish. I really like that they’ve included this matching set this month.

Again, you’ll see the maker’s stamp on bottom.  

The next item they’ve included to help you freshen up in your bathroom is this woven hand towel crafted by women in Karur, located in India.

Woven Hand Towel – Listed Value $15

I love natural neutral tones of this towel and am pleased to hang it in my bathroom. The tassels make it feel a little more special than the super fluffy hand towels I’m used to.

The towel measures 24 inches by 16.5 inches and is made using a power loom, which is semi-machine operated.

If you look closely, you can see the expert care that was taken in making this. Creating woven items like these using the power loom allows the women who make them produce larger orders which in turn creates more employment opportunities.

The last item this month is perhaps the most eye catching of the bunch with its bright colors. It was woven in Oaxaca, Mexico. The booklet features one of the young weavers, Leticia who works for GlobeIn, making beautiful items like this tissue box cover.

Tissue Box Cover – Value $12

The bright blue, maroon, and deep green colors really pop against the natural palm leaf color of the rest.

At 6 inches square, this fits the basic cube-style tissue boxes that you can buy anywhere in the US and makes any of them instantly a statement piece.

They’ve left a rectangular slot to feed the tissues through.

Here you can see the inside of the cover. When I first pulled it out of the box, I thought it was a basket before seeing the hole. If you don’t have any tissue boxes to cover, you could always use this to store extra hand towels by turning upside down!

The zig-zag weaving that makes up the geometric is visually stunning to me.

Verdict:  I always find myself eager to open the GlobeIn Artisan Box as soon as it arrives. It’s made me appreciate a lot of designs from around the world that I normally wouldn’t incorporate into my home or wardrobe, and for that I am thankful! This box has a monthly cost of $40 (plus $10 shipping if this isn’t your first delivery) and I got a retail value of $63 this time.  The collection was well curated, and I learned about how artisans in other countries can make a sustainable living by creating beautiful goods by hand.

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Written by Marne Orenich

Marne Orenich

Marne is a lipstick connoisseur, record collector, and twice over cat mom. She loves discovering new clean beauty brands and has quite the collection of beautifully packaged serums and moisturizers.

Posted in Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: globein | 9 comments

Comments (9)

  1. I love this tissue box cover featured for the basket. Everything’s cute, but totally overpriced. Towels like that, in India, do not cost more than $1-2.

    • I saw this towels in Venice, Italy for 9 euro, but I guess we are paying for convenience and ability to buy it here in US.

  2. I would love to have the soap dish and toothbrush cup if anyone is interested in selling or swapping. I just painted my bathroom that pale blue color that’s in them. Thanks!

  3. Lovely. I’m currently not subscribing and need nothing, But I think this would make an excellent housewarming gift especially for my globally conscientious friends. Something to consider for later since you can often buy the themes another month.

  4. I’m so excited to get this. I love every item! It’s beautifully put together. Every piece will be used.

  5. I would love to trade someone for this hand towel.

    • I think it’s really pretty too! For those who got this box, does it seem like the tassels will withstand machine washing and normal wear without shedding too much?

      • FYI – boxes don’t usually ship out to subscribers until around the 20th of the month (last day to sign up for this month’s choices are the 15th). So everyone except Marne won’t have the towel for another 2 weeks plus shipping. I can’t wait to get mine, though! LOL.

      • I received a similar towel in an earlier box – it was green and had tassels. It washes well with no shedding that I’ve noticed.

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