The Bouqs Subscription Review – September 2017
The Bouqs subscription is a flower delivery service from The Bouqs.com. They send fresh cut flowers to you or a friend as often as you’d like.
You can set your deliveries every week, every 2 weeks, every month, every 2 months, or every 4 months. Plus, you’ll choose your Bouqs aesthetic (“The Farmer’s Market”, “C’mon Get Happy”, “War of Roses”, or “Bouq-tastic Voyage”) and the size of bouquet you prefer (Original, Deluxe, or Grand).
This is a review of the monthly “Bouq-tastic Voyage” subscription in the Original (classic) size ($40 per month).
As soon as I opened the box, I saw instructions on how to prep and care for my fresh-cut flowers. They recommend cutting your stems at an angle at the right height for your vase and changing the water every 2 days to make your blooms last longer.
The flower arrived wrapped in corrugated cardboard for protection. The entire bunch of flowers was secured to the bottom of the box with a heavy-duty plastic tie, so they didn’t bounce around in the box during shipping.
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The Box: The Bouqs Co. Subscription (“Bouq-tastic Voyage” style, Original size)
The Cost: Choose from 3 different sizes of bouquets—Original for $40 per bouquet (what’s featured in this review), Double for $55 per bouquet, or Grand for $70 per bouquet.
The Products: Fresh flowers from sustainable, eco-friendly farms that are cut-to-order (which means no flowers go to waste). When you sign up, you can choose the style that fits your needs, and pick a frequency for receiving your bouquets (weekly, every two weeks, monthly, every two months, or every four months). You can always pause or change your subscription settings, and even include a note (if for instance, you’re sending your subscription flowers to a friend or loved one).
Good to Know: There are discounts that come from subscribing! According to the site, “1-2 Bouq Deliveries gives you a 10% discount, 3-5 qualifies for 15%, 6-12 orders is 20%, and 13+ per year is 25% off. To qualify for these discounts, you will have to pay upfront. Pay as you go is an option, but the discount is not as great.”
Ships to: US only via UPS
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
Everything looks so lovely! But it’s important to note that The Bouqs sends cut flowers that you need to prep and arrange by yourself. This is not the standard ready-to-admire flower delivery you get from your local florist. Don’t worry though, prepping your flowers isn’t hard and just takes a little time and love to get right. I’ll walk you through how I got my flowers out of the box and turned them into the pretty arrangement above!
Here are my blooms out of the box and wrapped in branded paper and clear plastic.
The flowers came with a nice kraft card that lets me know some additional care tips and tells me the name of the bouquet I received. The design is called “Good Karma”.
The lilies shipped in bud form and just need some time to open up.
16 Pink & White Oriental Lily Blooms
Here are the white lilies in bud form with their stems trimmed and popped into a vase to open. I had yet to fully arrange them or remove leaves, but I wanted to show you where I started with this bouquet. The Good Karma bouquet is made up of pink and white Oriental lilies from Ecuador.
The Bouqs website explained to me more about these flowers and specifically, about Farmer Gino, who grew these lilies.
Founded by her father 15 years ago, Johanna now helps her Dad grow some of the world’s most amazing lilies. These sustainably grown Volcano lilies are true miracles! Their farm grows so many kinds of colors and varieties, that it’s hard to pick our favorites. We are just grateful to have this family-owned farm in our network, and happier to be bringing their beautiful Lilies to the USA.
Chrysal Clear Universal Plant Care Packet
This shipment also included plant food to be mixed into the vase water to help this bouquet last longer.
Here are the lilies 3 days later. About half of the blooms have opened to reveal a light dash of pink color. They’re subtle and so pretty! Some of the closed buds are looking a little brown at the ends. I have never been someone who loves the smell of flowers, but I really enjoy the sweet smell of lilies. It’s so different from the floral, pollen smell of most flowers – lilies are the only flowers that I’ll actually sniff intentionally!
The pink shade in these flowers is much lighter than the picture on the product page for the Good Karma bouquet, which shows petals with vibrant pink middles fading out to white.
Verdict: My second The Bouqs delivery was a nice change up from the last one where I received roses and a filler flower. I like the classic approach of a single style flower in a bouquet. This month, I think the $40 subscription fee is high for the lilies I received. I know that I would pay more than $40 for this arrangement from a florist, but I could certainly scoop up a very similar lily bouquet at the grocery store for less. The flowers did not have the vibrant pink color pictured on the website, and if I had selected this bouquet for that reason, I would be disappointed. A week after delivery, all of the blooms have opened but some are looking a little brown on the edges. There is value in the convenience of having these flowers delivered, and I don’t mind arranging them myself, plus I appreciate knowing more about the farm they came from. If the delight of a surprise bouquet and convenience of home delivery are pluses for you, I’d recommend trying this service. If you like to select your own cut flowers at your local store, you may not find value in this subscription.
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