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POPSUGAR Must Have Box December 2017 Review + Coupon

Liz Cadman
ByLiz CadmanMar 24, 2018 | 179 comments

POPSUGAR Must Have
3.9 overall rating
530 Ratings | 71 Reviews

POPSUGAR Must Have is a monthly lifestyle subscription box for women. Each month they send a mix of items from categories like beauty, fashion, food, fitness, and home.

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

The Subscription Box: POPSUGAR Must Have

The Cost: 39.95 a month

COUPON: Use code MSA20 to get $20 off your first box!

The Products: “Must Have” items for women selected by POPSUGAR editors. (Fitness, Home, Beauty, Food, and more)

Check out all of my POPSUGAR Must Have reviews and the Women’s Subscription Box Directory!

Each box comes with a fold out card detailing the items included, and what themes inspired the box.

The themes this month are cozy, giving, sparkling, traditions, warmth, celebrate.

Now, on to the items!

Chloe + Isabel Pavé Bar Long Pendant Necklace – Value $42

This is the first time ever that POPSUGAR gave subscribers the opportunity to pick the color variant of an item! (You could pick between this silver version or the antique gold version.)

And I also love that this necklace arrives boxed and ready to gift in case you don’t want to keep it for yourself!

This necklace is hypoallergenic and nickel-free, and measures about 30 inches long with a 2-inch extender.

I really love the clean lines and subtle sparkle of this necklace – plus the length should work for just about everyone!

Here is Marne modeling the necklace for us:

Tilo Twilight Scarf – Value $98

This scarf is stunning! It’s a lightweight sheer weave with delicate eyelash fringe on the edges.

And it has a grid sequin pattern throughout:

Here it is on:

It’s the perfect amount of sparkle in my opinion! (The gray color may vary a bit from scarf to scarf due to the hand dyeing and washing technique.)

Bauble Bar Sugar and Spice Coaster Set – Value $38

Yay for sparkly home items!

These coasters are made with glitter embedded in the acrylic, so you get all the sparkle without any glitter fallout.

They are lightweight and semi-translucent when you hold them up to the light:

I love that these are festive for the holidays, but also great for all year round, too! Here they are with the tray from the August box:

(It’s a perfect setting for New Year’s Eve!)

Lalicious Sugar Kiss Extraordinary Whipped Sugar Scrub – Value $35

I am so excited about this sugar scrub for a number of reasons:

  1. It’s 16 ounces! (Most body scrubs are usually half the size.)
  2. It’s ingredient conscious! (Paraben, phthalate, and sulfate free.)
  3. It smells like sugar cookies! (If you loved the Lalicious Body Oil from the October 2016 Box, you will love this, too.)
  4. It’s moisturizing without leaving your skin oily. (I think this is the perfect scrub formula: exfoliation with just a touch of hydration from the Coconut and Sweet Almond Oils!)

And this scrub also comes with a coupon for 20% off any order at Lalicious!

Wild Ophelia Sugar Cookie Milk Chocolate Bar – Value $3.50

WOW! I was expecting a sweet treat in the December box, and POPSUGAR did not disappoint!

This is a milk chocolate bar made with bits of buttery toffee, gluten-free sugar cookie crumbles, and sea salt! (Plus it is fair-trade and Non-GMO!)

ASHKAHN Gift Tags – Value $12

This set includes 10 tags that say “FOR YOU” – pretty simple and should go with just about any wrapping paper.

(And again, I like that these are great for the holidays, but not holiday-specific.)

They look good with the wrapping paper from the November box, too!

Pier 1 Imports Vanilla Bourbon Scented Candle – Retail Value $14.95

(This item is a Special Extra in the box!)

(You’ll receive one of several different cocktail-inspired candles. The candle has a burn time of 42 hours.)

I wasn’t sure if the Bourbon would be overwhelming for me, but I found it to be subtle and sophisticated. (Plus the glass vessel and hammered copper-style lid didn’t hurt!)

And this candle comes with a coupon for $10 off any purchase at Pier 1!

Minimum purchase of $10.01 required. Expires January 31st, 2018.

Verdict: This box has a retail value of about $243!!! (Not including the value of the Pier 1 coupon.) WOW! This might just be my favorite POPSUGAR Must Have Box of all time! I love all the items, the brands, and everything is useful and feels special, too. (Plus I love that this box is perfect for the holidays, but everything works post-December, too.) And you could break this box into multiple gifts if you are willing to part with it!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? As of today, 12/8, yes! When you click “Subscribe Now” on the POPSUGAR site, the box your subscription will start with will be highlighted. But make sure to sign up soon if you want this box!

Coupon – Use coupon code MUSTHAVE5 to save $5

Value Breakdown: At $39.95 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:

  • Scarf: $16.11
  • Necklace: $6.90
  • Body Scrub: $5.75
  • Chocolate Bar: $.49
  • Bauble Bar Coasters: $6.25
  • Gift Tags: $1.97
  • Pier 1 Candle: $2.47

What do you think of the December POPSUGAR Must Have Box? What’s your favorite item in the box?

POPSUGAR Must Have is a quartely lifestyle subscription box curated by the editors at POPSUGAR. Each box features their "must have" products for beauty, fashion, home, food, fitness and more. Every box has a value of $250 +!
Liz Cadman
Liz Cadman
Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She's been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!

Liz Cadman
Liz Cadman
Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She's been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!
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179 comments

Tanya

I thought this box would be okay, but it was my favorite box once I got it. Every single item will be used and enjoyed. Yay!! The scarf and necklace are so much better quality than it looks, the candle is amazing, the coasters are gorgeous on my table right now, the scrub is nice enough, I’ll use the tags with a little rafia through the year, and my hubby liked the chocolate (I didn’t).

pb

i did not like the chocolate either and I usually love it and my kids didn’t either which is REALLY unusual! the box was fantastic!

Jess

Still havent received my box. Huge disappointment…

Mary Kay

I received a December box on December 27th, although I ordered it on December 1!!! On the website in the FAQs there was a question about when holiday/December boxes would arrive. PS replied that all orders placed by December 14 would arrive by 12/24. Too bad this was to be a gift!!! I had already ordered one for myself on 11/24 and it arrived o 12/14. Epic fail!!!! Plus I had to go out and buy a gift at the last minute when it didn’t arrive on time. They have a “no return no refund” policy, but I’m hoping they will make an exception.

Beth

Just got my box-8am Christmas Eve for those of you who may be giving up hope of getting it on time! (UPS) The contents are freaking amazing, I’ve never liked a PS box so much! The scarf-omg-gorgeous.

Meghan

I just got my box, it is missing both the candle and tags….My first box, disappointed. I am curious how this will be handled.

Amanda

I loved my box. I received the Moscow Mule instead of the Vanilla Bourbon. Can’t wait to try the scrub. That was the selling point for me.

Amanda

Okay guys, I’m actually crying. I don’t have funds to purchase monthly boxes. I actually got a prepaid card and put $ on it just to get this box. I ordered the December box on 12/15, started a new subscription. The button on the website said December and the rep on FB also confirmed I would get December as my first box through FB messenger. My account now says January. When contacting them thru email, I was told that they would look into it, and again confirmed all new orders were supposed to start with December. Then, just a few hours later I have an email from “the team” saying January would be my first. I am heartbroken. I want to be able to call someone, but I can’t find a number. I just want the December box, and I did everything in my power to confirm I would indeed get it. And I don’t care at all if it shows up after Christmas. I would not have went to all this trouble with getting a card just to purchase this. And I would not have spent almost $40 on a box I have no clue what is in it.

Mary Kay

I received a December box on December 27th, although I ordered it on December 1!!! On the website in the FAQs there was a question about when holiday/December boxes would arrive. PS replied that all orders placed by December 14 would arrive by 12/24. Too bad this was to be a gift!!! I had already ordered one for myself on 11/24 and it arrived o 12/14. Epic fail!!!! Plus I had to go out and buy a gift at the last minute when it didn’t arrive on time. They have a “no return no refund” policy, but I’m hoping they will make an exception.

AH

If I can’t get Popsugar to correct my account to December being the first box, will any one sell one of their boxes? Currently, eBay has one for buy it now at the total RV of the box. Smh. I just want the December box and I’m willing to pay what every other person paid.

And since I have proof that it was supposed to be December (screenshot showing December is my first box and my silver necklace selection) is there anything I can do?

MKC

AH, did you ever get the December box? I just received mine – actually the third one I ordered. I ordered two on 11/24 and they arrived 12/15. I ordered a third on 12/1 and just got it 12/27. Of course it was a gift, so that was super disappointing. I kept waiting, and then I had to run and get something else. I will send you this one for the price I paid for it plus the shipping.

Sarah

Just got my box today! It’s great! Did anyone else get extra items that they didn’t order? I got the star glitter tape, star toothpicks and texturizing spray? Not complaining at all, but was wondering if it was a mistake or purposeful??

Jacki

Those things are bonus items for a Black Friday purchase of a December box! I think there was a code or link on MSA. They went quickly, so you’re one of the lucky ones. Enjoy!

Amber P

I got my box today, I am a new subscriber who signed up on the 8th because of this review. I’ve gotten many PSMH mystery boxes and have read every review for the past 2….3 years?

Anyway, this box is so amazing! Easily the best box I’ve ever gotten from any subscription box service. The one thing I’m not terribly thrilled with is the necklace but it is very pretty and perfectly boxed to gift.

I am actually going to stay subscribed and hope whatever they did for this box carries over to January

Jennifer

I just received my box an hour ago. It was like christmas morning. Despite reading so many comments about how huge the sugar scrub was, it was still a surprise to find such a huge container. Aside from the coasters (don’t hate then either, they just aren’t my style), I love everything, and the chocolate bar already has a huge dent in it. I got the Moscow Mule candle, which smells amazing. Just need to wait patiently for my LE box, which shipped out several days before this one did…

On an unrelated note, all the boxes this winter seemed too good and I couldn’t limit myself to just one. My Happy Rebel Box is arriving on Monday. Here’s to hoping that I can make it until then without breaking down and seeking out spoilers.

KerryD

I received this today–my first Popsugar box–and dammit, I love it!!
I’m supposed to be winnowing down from the TWELVE boxes I get now, but these items were so awesome, now I’m gonna have to keep this one!

Lia

Oh my, we’re on the same boat. I’m trying to cut down my 12 bixes and then i get this beautiful December box which looks like a Limited Edition. I am running out of space for my boxes and my husband is complaining endlessly from the daily packages showing at our door. This is the best box that I’ve received from Popsugar! I should have gotten two instead of spending it on the HR Mystery Box which will be the last time I will spend money on a mystery box.

Nancy

This Box is amazing. I wore the scarf yesterday and it is so soft you would not believe it. It’s perfect for office days when it’s freezing out. I love love love it. It is not itchy at all. The sequins don’t scratch anything. The scarf alone would make this Box worth it.
I put the coasters out and they look great. Ate the chocolate bar within one day.

Sheila

Will someone please educate me about Popsugar? I found out they seem to be the only company that has NO human contact with its customers. I ordered the Winter box in November and have yet to receive any shipping info. I sent them the form email but any other ideas? Thanks.

Angie

I think the winter box was preorder until early December and their shipping always takes forever. They only have email for customer service. If they don’t answer your email in a day or 2, write again to follow up. That’s my usual strategy. Good luck!

Sheila

Thank you both so much for responding to my question. I really am looking forward to trying Popsugar and just wanted to see how they have been to deal with. Looks like late Christmas for my sister. Oh well, it’s the thought right?

Jacki

Hi Sheila! I have contacted customer service a few times and they have always gotten back to me. It can take a full 2 days during busy times. Once you get a response you can reply to the email with follow up questions, which is very helpful. The good news is that my issues have always been resolved. I’ve found the order status online updates ahead of email notifications, so check your account. You should have received a confirmation email shortly after opening a ticket. If you haven’t, your form may not have gone through. I hope you enjoy your box!

Lea

I just received my box. The coasters have an overwhelming chemical smell. All of the items in the box now smell terrible. Anyone else experiencing this problem?

Jacki

My coasters have glue all over them. The stench is mostly contained by the plastic bag the coasters are in.

lea

Thanks! I put them outside. Here’s hoping the smell will go away! They’re really pretty. They may replace your pair- I had some defective gloves once and they replaced them right away.

Olivia V

My box still hasn’t shipped. Got the pillow case as an add on for my mom…wondering if that’s what’s holding it up. Anyone else having the same issue?

Adele

I didn’t get any add-ons but my box seems to be stuck on label created and my sister hasn’t received shipping notification yet for her box, also no add-ons.

Mary Beth

Ladies, I just got my box and all I can say is WOW! Seriously, If these items were given to me separately for Christmas, and that was all I got, I would think it was a very merry Christmas. Not a single miss for me. Not even the token makeup item that I always give away. I got the champagne candle and it smells sublime. I am so pleased with this box. My favorite item is the coasters, those will be out year round and used daily.

Jacki

I got the bourbon candle, which I will gift. But I’m going to take the Pier 1 $10 coupon and get myself the champagne candle!

Alex

I love this box so much too!

Peggy

I NEVER peek at the contents. I really love the element of surprise. But after the disappointing November box and ALL of the positive comments, I couldn’t stand it and read the review. Wow!! Now THIS is what I am talking about!! Thanks for sharing your comments. I ordered a 2nd box & it let me choose the necklace color. It did NOT let me use the $5 promo code. Happy Holidays!!

Angie

For those of you who’ve already gotten the box, which shipper delivered it?

I just got tracking but there’s no shipper listed and the tracking number seems weird – can’t tell the company by that either.

Adele

I noticed that when they sent the black Friday box I ordered. It turned out to be the post office. Once it started moving it directed me to their site with the full tracking number.

Angie

Thanks!

Drea

Has anyone else been having issues today using the WINTER17 promo for the LE Box plus a December box for $10?? They are still advertising it as a promo on their site but every time I try to use it, it tells me it is invalid 😭

pb

just read post that the deal expired Dec 7th, sorry!! might want to wait and see if another deal pops up as it seems like they always have a ton of Dec boxes…..

pb

did you put both boxes in your cart first then try to use code?

Amy

I’m in! Just ordered. Do you think I’ll get this before Christmas?

pb

I believe I read if you order by Dec 11th it will come by Christmas! I think they answer faster on FB if you want to make 100% sure!

BostKim

For those in colder climates… I got my box yesterday and when I opened the sugar scrub it was pretty solid (even after I let it sit inside for hours)

I checked the lalicious website and they said that is to be expected and to just warm up the container under warm water or just let it sit in the shower steam and it should soften up.

Just thought I’d pass it along 🙂

magoosmom

Wow! This box is the first PopSugar box where I love everything. Sparkly stuff for the win! I am not subbed, but I’m going to see if I can follow these items and maybe swap for them. 🙂

Juliya

Great box! Everything looks really good.
I also got the October box during Cyber Monday, I think it was one of my favorite between the last 4. By the way, if anybody is interested, I have unused discount codes that came with October box, I know I won’t use them, but maybe someone else here might. They will expire by the end of this month though.
1) $10 off Lollia purchase of $50+ WISHLISTW4RQ7
2) 50% off any Keurig Home coffee maker PSMHB-OGNABBWNT
3) $30 off at Framebridge POP73264

Kc

I’m looking forward to the necklace, candle, coasters, and chocolate. It looks like there are variations on the candle scent, really hoping for one I like! Love this curation since my other winter boxes didn’t have a candle and I’ve really been hoping for them.

Sarah

Omg mine says delivered. I hope no one steals it. I’m still at work and no one is at home!!! But I am sooo excited!!!!!

Deborah

This is such a Great box perfect for the Holidays will use every thing in this box. Love this box!

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