Dot Boxx Review – September 2017
Dot Boxx is a monthly (or bi-monthly, if you prefer) period subscription box designed to keep you well stocked with supplies, like tampons and pads, and goodies, like treats and pampering products, to help your time of the month be as comfortable and stress-free as possible.
Dot Boxx offers three different subscriptions for different age ranges and needs. Choose from the First Period and Teen box (playful products to help celebrate this special moment in a gal’s life) for $29.99 per month, the College Care Package (period essentials, supplies for class, and dorm room decor) for $59.99 per month, or the classic Dot Boxx (period supplies and self-care finds for adults) for $34.99 per month. Most boxes give you the option to receive period supplies or skip them and just get the self-care items. They also offer fun combination and themed boxes you should check out!
This is a review of the classic Dot Boxx subscription, which is $34.99 per month.
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The Subscription Box: Dot Boxx
The Cost: $39.99 per box + shipping ($5.00 in the U.S., $19.95 to Canada). Choose to receive your box monthly or every other month!
The Products: Period supplies like tampons and pads, plus pampering items, pain relief products, and other surprises. Or, if you’d like to skip the supplies, you can choose to just receive the self-care items instead! (You’ll note your preference when you sign up.)
Ships to: US Shipping rates is $5.00 per box. Rates to US territories and APOs is $14.95. Shipping to Canada starts at $19.95 per box. Worldwide the cost is $29.95 per box.
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This month’s theme is “Time Out!” The card has a photo of a relaxing bath scene on the front of it, so I’m hoping for a lot of spa-inspired items!
I decided to try the pack that includes the period essentials. They all come bundled in their own little plastic bag. According to the FAQ page of the Dot Boxx site, they offer “Tampax, Playtex, Kotex, Always, and Stayfree” brands in their boxes. These tampons and pantiliners aren’t labeled, nor noted on the info card at all, so I’m not 100% sure what brands they are. Do you recognize the packaging?
4 Pantiliners – Value $1.00?
I’m just guessing at the value here, based on the prices I’ve seen for pantiliners online. Prices differ a lot by brand, and you can definitely save by buying them in bulk. But I’ll assume these four are worth at least $1.00. They’re just standard pantiliners (at the time of writing this review, Dot Boxx doesn’t offer pads), but they’re handy to have around for those in-between days when you’re not totally sure if your period has decided to call it quits or not!
15 Tampons – Value $4.00?
I’m taking a guess with these, too, as I’m not sure on the brand. Do they look familiar to you? I think these are all the same “style” if you will, and my sense is that they’re for lighter days. I like that they have smooth plastic applicators!
I love tea, especially during that time of the month. (I also love resting my warm mug against my womb zone for a little heat therapy…) I tend to keep a pantry that’s pretty well-stocked with the stuff, but if that’s not your habit, then it’s nice to be sent some bags to sample. These ones are thoughtfully tuned-in to a body’s needs during period time, too. Yogi Teas tend to be a bit more herbal rather than overwhelmingly flavorful. The citrus kick of the Sweet Tangerine is probably my favorite. It’s definitely the most indulgent of the four bags.
I’ve never had a well-stocked medicine cabinet, firstly, because I live by myself, and secondly, because I don’t use pain medication, etc. all that often. That’s not to say sometimes I find myself needing it in a pinch! These two-packs are helpful in to have on hand for that reason. Each one includes two doses of Advil, so you can take it through the day. (Or if you’re the type that needs to take a larger than average dose, they’ll be handy for you in that way, too.) They’re great to take on the go, as well.
On to the pampering products! I’m not sure what the gold here did for my skin, but I did feel like a very fancy football player with these silicone-esque golden pads shimmering beneath my eyes. When they come out of the package, each flat, slightly squishy, bean-shaped pad is just a bit damp, but nowhere near as wet as a face mask might be. The bit of moisture does help them cling to the spaces between your eyes and your cheekbones. After 15 minutes, you flop the pads back off, toss ’em, and enjoy the cool, refreshed feeling they’ve established on your face. Did I notice any revolutionary brightness? Not with just one use, no. But they did give me that fresh vibe that sitting with cucumber slices on your eyes creates.
Seagoat Candles in Calm and Collected Lavender Blossom, 7.5 oz – Value $15.00?
I found an 8 oz candle on the Seagoat Candles site, but this one is 7.5 oz. I adjusted the price above to reflect the slightly smaller size, but they look like they’re in very similar packages… Regardless, this soy candle is really lovely. It’s beyond a merely herbal scent, and it doesn’t have the dessert-like, sugary notes that so often come with lavender aromas to make them less earthy. This has a powdery fragrance, almost like someone blended lavender into baby powder. It’s soft and floral and very peaceful. Love!
SunBasilGarden Happy Body Butter, 2 oz – Value $5.00
Remember those cucumber melon scents you’d pick up at the mall in middle school? This body butter brought me right back to that time with its fresh, cucumber scent! It has a whipped consistency to it that fades into the skin beautifully. I found this lotion to be surprisingly luxurious—it left my skin feeling satiny smooth and smelling like a pool party.
Heat is my absolute favorite way to get through menstrual cramp-iness and discomfort. Thus far, my heat sources have been pretty DIY—my aforementioned warm mug of tea, the warm bottom of my laptop while I’m typing away, or (the best one) the heated seats of my car. Unlike those tools, this wrap is air activated and designed to fit right over that crampy area. It’s also got an adhesive back to it, so that you can stick it in your undies and wear it as you go about your business. Or just lay around like a blob on the couch…
Malie System Pearl Essence and Aloe Ultra Hydrating Essence Masks – Value $4.00?
It was tricky to find these masks from a reliable online vendor, so I just took a guess at what I’d expect to pay for the two of these masks. I was surprisingly impressed by these, and I’ve tried about a zillion different kinds of sheet masks. They’re relatively simple fabric sheet masks soaked in different essences, but they both left my face feeling silky smooth, soft, and a little bit plumper and happier than when I started. Did they do anything revolutionary? No, but they definitely did their job of making my face feel moist and fresh. I have to guess that these would make a big difference in your skin if you used them with some regularity.
Wine Down Glass – Value $5.00?
This stemless wine glass is super cute! Wine for me, is usually an end-of-the-day treat, so the punny sentiment is a perfect match. I love anything with gold metallic accents, too, so this glass was an easy win for me. It’s probably best that this doesn’t go in the microwave and stays out of the dishwasher, but I’ll deal with it to keep the design looking bright and scratch-free. I couldn’t find this exact glass online, so I linked to a similar product from the same vendor.
Benedict Cumber-Bath, 8 fl oz – Value $8.00
First thing’s first. This name… so good!
This bubble bath echoes the cucumbery scent of the body butter from earlier. I really like how fresh these aromas are. I’ll say that getting these very summery scents in a September box does feel a little off-key, just because every store, restaurant, and Starbucks is pushing fall right now. But that doesn’t undermine how lovely it smells. I like the extremely subtle shimmer it has, too!
I’ve yet to find a chocolate cookie I don’t like, and these cookies did not disappoint! They kind of taste like a chunkier version of the cookie part of an Oreo—crunchy, dark-chocolatey, and more rich than sweet. I love the chocolate chips inside mixed into the cookies, too.
The Verdict: The period supplies in this box are relatively standard (compared to the organic or more out-of-the-ordinary period products offered by other subscriptions), but I was all in all really pleased with this box! The pampering items were a lot of fun, and I love that a few smaller brands and makers were featured (rather than all commercial brands). The box cost $44.99 after US shipping, but I got $52.21 worth of products (based on my estimation). Not bad!
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, but sign up now to receive the next month’s box!
Value Breakdown: With shipping, the box cost $44.99, but I estimated that I got $52.21 of value inside. That’s about 86.17% of the value. (86.171231564834% to be exact…) So, proportionally, that means I paid about the following for each item (plus or minus a cent or two):
- Pantiliners – $0.86
- Tampons – $3.45
- Teas – $0.86
- Eye Mask – $0.69
- Candle – $12.93
- Body Butter – $4.31
- Heat Wrap – $1.71
- Sheet Masks – $3.45
- Wine Glass – $4.31
- Bubble Bath – $6.89
- Cookies – $5.16
What do you think of Dot Boxx?