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The Modern Love Welcome Box Review + Coupon – October 2017

Anna Reilly
ByAnna ReillyDec 7, 2017 | 13 comments

Modern Love Box for October 2017 - the "Creative Expression" box!

The Modern Love Box
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Modern Love Box is a subscription box curated for couples. Each box aims to help long-term relationships nix boredom and keep that intimate, romantic spark alive.

They describe their expert-curated boxes as "monthly boxes of luxury items and activities meant to enhance meaningful experiences and promote overall relationship success." The activities and items are all purposefully gender non-specific—same-sex couples and heterosexual couples can enjoy this inclusive box all the same!

This month's box is being reviewed thanks to an MSA reader request!

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

All of the items in the "Creative Expression" edition of the Modern Love Box for October 2017

The Subscription Box: The Modern Love Box

The Cost: $47.78 per month + shipping (Information on the site says the cost is about $54.00 per month, but my total charge for the box + shipping—which was $7.48 for me in Pennsylvania—was $55.26)

The Products: Luxury items and activities for adult, long-term couples meant to inspire intimacy and excitement. The items are curated by relationship experts and appropriate for all kinds of couples (heterosexual, same sex, etc.).

Good to Know: According to the Modern Love Box site, "Couples will receive their box every month between the 18th-22nd. (Please keep in mind that such events out of our control, e.g holidays and weather may affect this!)" Also, they offer some single boxes (rather than a recurring subscription) that would make great gifts!

Ships to: Continental US only.

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The front of the Modern Love Box welcome note, which lets you know how to use your journals. The welcome note from Modern Love Box lets you know how to use your intro materials.

Signing up for The Modern Love Box was easy—they have just one subscription level to choose from, and you can cancel it at any time. During the sign-up process, they ask you for details about your partner, such as name, age, gender, and length of the relationship. They also ask an open-ended question about what you're most excited about in regards to the subscription, though I don't know if that impacts the kinds of things you get in the box or just gives the company a better idea of what brings customers to it...

Since this was our first box, we got some welcome items in addition to the normal contents of the box. First was the card you see above. It explains how the contents of each monthly box are just part of the process. To get even more benefits from the activities inside, you should take time to reflect on each experience and the feelings that come along with them.

Two notebooks with patterned covers, standing on their edges. Two slim notebooks with lots of circular patterns. Inside the two notebooks, which are lined.

Two Journals

To help you reflect, the box includes two slightly-larger-than-pocket-sized journals. They're not hardbound, but the paper covers have a coating on them that seems like it could stand up to being stuffed in a back pocket or tossed in a tote bag. There are two designs, both of which feel a little more traditionally feminine to me, but Alistair's not the type to worry how "manly" something looks, so it was no problem for us. I'm bad at journaling, so I appreciated that the welcome card gave us some jumping-off points to get going. We'll have to keep these in a safe spot so we can continue the exercise over the months.

Here's how to get your "creative expression" date started. Modern Love Box explains all of the different steps in your date. Here are the instructions for the creative expression "date" from Modern Love Box!

Okay, let's backtrack a bit now and talk about the info booklet for the box. I was really impressed by how fresh and youthful the branding for this box felt. I just turned 30, and Alistair, 31, so the more mature, somewhat serious presentation of the couples "gifts" you see around Valentine's Day feels a little ill-fitted to our more playful, quirky personalities. This on the other hand, seemed approachable and fun.

In addition to looking great, the booklet was also helpful in explaining the three steps of our "date". This month's activity is... drumroll, please... bodypainting! When we opened the box, I remember Alistair and I sharing the same "Hmm... Ooookayyyy" look. I love art, drawing, painting, the whole shebang. Alistair loves experiencing art (and is beautifully supportive of my endeavors) but making it isn't his forte, and he gets intimidated by it pretty easily. And I think both of us were hesitant about the whole bodypainting idea. We're no prudes, and as I mentioned before, we love being playful and silly with each other. But bodypainting first struck me as... I dunno... new-agey?... Weirdly bohemian?... It's definitely romance-movie material.

These primary-colored face paints are non-toxic and vegan! There's more information about the face paints on the back of their box. The face paints in this kit include white, red, green, yellow, blue, and black. There are small brushes, too! The facepaints are thick, like this bright blue one, and cling to the brush dipped inside really well.

Natural Earth Face Paint Kit - Retail Value $18.95

I thought it was neat (and went along with the contemporary, in-touch vibe of this box) that the paints chosen for the task are natural, vegan, and come with bamboo applicator tools! I've been trying to use more organic, natural body care and makeup products. It only makes sense that my bodypaint should be natural, too, right? Haha. The formula is creamy and easy to apply. You can dilute it with a bit of water, too. It washes off with just water really easily.

There are two paint brushes inside the Modern Love Box creative expression kit. There are two thicknesses of brushes to choose from when doing your bodypainting.

Two Paintbrushes

Since the applicators in the paint kit are basically fancy eyeshadow sponges, I liked that they included two (really nice) paintbrushes, too. I don't know how detailed you can get with bodypaint, but they do have really nice pointed tips, so if I used them on a painting project, I could play around with details (almost like with brush pens).

This is a sheet of questions you'll ask your partner during the creative expression exercise.

With our tools in place, we got started on the activity. The basic gist is that one person strips down to their skivvies and acts as a canvas for the second person. WooOOooo!!! The booklet suggests putting a towel down or something to prevent paint from dripping onto the floor. We didn't get too wild with it, so that wasn't a huge concern for Alistair and I. But I could see people going totally Jackson Pollack on this project. (Who knows—now that we've loosened up with this go, maybe we'll get a little looser on round two!)

There are questions to inspire the painting, too. Basically, the person painting is answering each question with a painting, rather than words. The human canvas then tries to interpret what they painted in a fun guessing game/conversation starter. More than the paint, we both really liked the excuse to talk through subjects we hadn't stumbled upon before. We have a mutual childhood fear of the dark, for example. Both of us answered the "What's one of the most beautiful things you've ever seen?" question with landscapes from trips we'd taken. Meanwhile, the painting process forces you to be a bit more vulnerable with your body. (It will teach your partner just how ticklish you really are, haha!)

A green puffy loofah A green loofah puff.


With our art done, it was time to get cleaned up. I won't go into details, but I can say that I liked being provided with some fun body care items to make tidying up a bit more special. For one, they included a fresh new loofah...

Use this matcha mint bodywash to clean off after your bodypainting session.This matcha mint bodywash has a fresh, unisex aroma.

Pulse Skincare Matcha Mint Wash, 4 fl. oz. - Buy an 8 oz bottle for $12.95

... and this refreshing bodywash. Alistair noted that it smelled a lot like the tea tree products he loves—there is a bit of tea tree essential oil in there amidst the peppermint and green tea infusions. As a matcha lover, I was bummed that didn't get more matcha aromas from this soap, but I liked its refreshing minty zip.

The Verdict: This ended up being a really cute date box. I think they came through on their "modern" mission—both the products and the packaging felt geared towards a new generation of young couples. And as much as I initially balked at the idea of bodypainting, it was a clever choice of activities that inspired communication, physical touch, and a sense of vulnerability. And at the very least, it was a nice excuse to schedule time for one another into our (really) busy schedules. I'm especially curious to see how the journaling element of the process impacts how we communicate or at least how aware we are of our feelings over time.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes! Though boxes are usually all sent out by the 22nd of the month, this particular box is still available as a one-time purchase here! If you sign up today for the monthly subscription, your first box will be January.

Value Breakdown: This box cost me $55.26 and contained 5 items (I'm counting the paintbrushes and the notebooks as sets here). That means that the average price of each item is $11.05. Note that there's also an intangible value here—the curation and planning behind the date activity.

Do you think you and your partner would enjoy this The Modern Love Box activity?

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Anna Reilly
Anna Reilly
Anna loves collecting little treasures, be they pop-culture finds, handmade mementos, or new potions to put in her makeup bag. Beauty boxes got her interested in the subscription world, but now she's swooning for all things kawaii!

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I can totally understand why people would say this box is a rip off– I realized that this subscription box is different than most traditional “subscription boxes” in the fact that it isn’t about the product, but rather the expert curated experience. What I liked about these boxes were the communication activities. They inspired a lot of good conversations and real intimacy between me and my husband and that is something that no product could really produce. Anyway– my point is, this box is expensive, yes. The value of the products isn’t all there. But you are paying for the curated activity that was created by a relationship therapist. We subscribed for 4 months and seriously felt closer every time. The boxes are clever and really gave us the opportunity to enjoy each other on a deeper level. Being married for 5 years, I’d say that is worth the $50 bucks.

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Wish I had a partner to do this with 😢 well even if I did i wouldn’t spend that much on this sub even though I like the body painting idea, I’ve always wanted to do that with someone!

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Theyre charging triple the value. What a rip-off.

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I have an opinion about this, but my comments keep getting sent into an error vortex for being spam. 🙁

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For me personally, this box is way overpriced. For only a few bucks more u can buy a whole Love Is Art kit, which is a similar activity, but way cooler.

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Honestly, if I had paid for this box, I would be very disappointed. The only unique thing for a date night would be the body paint. The other items are things everyone most likely already have that can be used for the date and don’t really add to the main activity. The loofah, paint brushes, and journals are generic enough to find cheaply in a craft store. They just seem like extra padding. In order to not meet the box’s value, the experience should blow it out of the park and I feel this would fall short.

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This is, at most, a $20 box. If the journals were leather bound, included beautiful pens, a nice candle, the body wash more luxe and full size, maybe.

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Umm, no.

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If someone wants me to body paint them or viscera I am breaking up with them…

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I know (or I hope) “viscera” is an autocomplete error but it is so much funnier than “vice versa” in this sentence.

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HA. yes, it was a auto-correct. but you get the idea 🙂

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