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Nosejoy Monthly Subscription Box Review + Coupon – January 2018

Christen Russo
ByChristen RussoJan 31, 2018 | 30 comments

nosejoy subscription box

4.1 overall rating
7 Ratings | 2 Reviews

Nosejoy is a monthly subscription for home and body fragrances of all sorts.

nosejoy box unpacking

Each month, you’ll get 4-5 scented products, such as candles, lotions, and more.

unpacking the nosejoy sub box

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

unboxing of nosejoy january 2018

About Nosejoy

The Subscription Box: Nosejoy

The Cost: $34.95 per month + free shipping

COUPON: Use code MSA5 to save $5 off your first box!

The Products: 4-5 scented home and body items with a fun theme.

Ships to: The US only

Nosejoy January 2018 Review

welcome card for nosejoy

product info in nosejoy january 2018

nosejoy product info

Nosejoy always includes a welcome card with a few subscriber discounts and an info slip that gives a little info about each item in your box. I love that they offer the price of each lovely-smelling product and the website for the company from which it was sourced. Nosejoy is really good about introducing subscribers to small businesses, and in some ways, I think of this box as being just as much about that effort as it is about receiving the awesome treats themselves!

This month’s theme is New Year’s resolutions, and the info card includes a little resolution to go along with each product. So cute!

floral hand lotion in nosejoy

fancy lotion for your hands

high-quality hand lotion

Lollia Wander Petite Treat Handcreme, 0.33 oz. — Retail Value $7.50

Oh my gosh. When I spotted this lotion in this month’s Nosejoy box, my eyes grew wide. A line of Lollia lotions is carried in my favorite local flower shop, and I always visit that corner of the shop, test out a sampler, and dream about justifying spending $7.50 on less than a half-ounce worth of lotion—so you can imagine how excited I am to receive one of my own! Lollia’s lotions have the most heavenly floral scents—they’re so French-seeming—and the most beautiful packaging. Even the copywriting on the box is lovely! This is a relatively thin lotion, which is nice for everyday use. I will covet this tube dearly!

fresh carrot soap square

french soap from nosejoy

all-natural soap

carrot soap nosejoy

The Cottage Greenhouse Fresh Carrot French Soap, 3.5 oz. — Retail Value $6.50

You can always rely on Nosejoy to add a high-quality soap into the mix. I currently have a few soaps lined up, waiting to be used. I think nice soaps are good to have on hand because they make for great unisex gifts, either as an add-on to a larger gift or as a small token to let a friend know you’re thinking of them without making him or her feel too bashful of a gift-receiver. This French block of shea butter soap claims itself as carrot-scented, but to me, it has a mild, traditional aroma to it that would leave anyone feeling fresh and clean!

beeswax candle in a travel tin

travel tin candle from nosejoy

The Big Dipper Wax Works Purse Beeswax Tin Candle, 1.7 oz.  — Retail Value $5

As far as candles go, Nosejoy has really hooked it up! In the summertime, when my fireplace isn’t being used for actual fires to keep warm, I fill it with an eclectic mix of candles so that when a small group of friends is gathered for drinks and music and late-night existential pondering, we can have that beautiful glow to make the evening feel all the more magical. But, since subscribing to Nosejoy, I’ve spread my candle collection all throughout my house, and I just love it. Sometimes I light one at a time and let their distinct scents waft through the house, or sometimes I light multiples and let their aromas intermix. This all-natural, 100% beeswax candle is the perfect addition. Its scent is faint and classic, and its tin is simple. Beautiful!

coffee lip scrub for nosejoy

coffee scrub from nosejoy subscription

coffee lip scrub

coffee scrub for your lips

Pretty Little Bath Co. Coffee Lip Scrub, 0.5 oz.  — Retail Value $6

How cute is this coffee lip scrub? It was handmade in the USA, and let me tell you, it smells amazing. Like a coffee shop! I love that the maker added three little coffee beans inside—such a thoughtful little touch. All you do is rub a little bit of this scrub onto your lips. You’ll immediately taste the sweetness of the sugar and a mild coffee flavor. You can either wipe it off or just lick it off! I started to lick it, but it ended up being a little overwhelmingly sweet for me (I mean, it’s basically pure sugar), so I wiped it off the rest of the way. My lips have been crazy chapped all winter, and this scrub made them feel soft for the first time in months. I might pop this little jar in the shower so I can exfoliate in a more luxurious setting!

bath salts nosejoy

sam wish bath salts nosejoy

natural bath salts

lavender bath salts in nosejoy

Sam Wish Organic Hippy Detox Bath Soak, 4 oz. — Retail Value $10

For the longest time, I wasn’t a bath person. I just felt like it was a waste of water. But, recently, I’ve totally changed my tune. It started when I received a bath bomb in a subscription box and decided to give it a try (I understand the hype now!). I’m eager to try bath salts next. This soak is made from salts of both the Epsom and Mediterranean sea varieties. Fancy! It’s scented with a blend of patchouli, geranium, grapefruit, and lemon essential oils, all of which are organic. I swear I could detect every single one of those scents as I poured a little bit of this mix into my hand. So refreshing! These salts are meant to be used for a detox bath, and I recommend reading what the maker wrote on her site as far as making sure you hydrate, etc.

nosejoy gift wrap

nosejoy subscription box giftwrap
Nosejoy Gift Bag

Finally, for the first time in the 5 months that I’ve been reviewing Nosejoy, they included some branded gift packaging in case you want to pass any of the items in this box along to a friend. The idea behind it is the resolution, “Be a better friend.” I love the concept, and I will definitely take advantage.

Verdict: As always, my Nosejoy box was a highlight of my month! I received a wonderful variety of products, from new scents of old favorites (like a candle and a soap) to a sought-after surprise (the hand lotion) to two awesome new ways of delivering delightful smells into my life (the lip scrub and the bath salts). Overall, great box this month.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, your subscription will start with the February box. Sign up by the 15th to get that month’s box. 

Coupon – Use code MSA5 to save $5 off your first box!

Value Breakdown: This box costs $34.95 for this box, and the items added up to a total of $35 on the dot. That means you’re paying approximately $7 per item, not including the sweet little gift bag and extra tissue paper. I think that’s a great value for this wonderful handmade items!

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"NOSEJOY is a monthly box of scented products for home and body. Enjoy 4 to 5 scented products delivered to you each month. Product sizes are full size or travel size. (Example: travel tin candle with 25 hour burn time, 100g soap, single use bath salts, 1.5 ounce hand creme, etc.) Find brands you lo... read more.
Christen Russo
Christen Russo
Christen is a smile collector, outdoors enthusiast, and appreciator of soggy French fries. Her favorite subscriptions involve eco-friendly products and clothes, nature supplies, stationery, and coffee. She can be easily won over with a good sheet of stickers.

Christen Russo
Christen Russo
Christen is a smile collector, outdoors enthusiast, and appreciator of soggy French fries. Her favorite subscriptions involve eco-friendly products and clothes, nature supplies, stationery, and coffee. She can be easily won over with a good sheet of stickers.
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Nosejoy is one of my favorite boxes. I love their themes and the stories on their inserts pull it all together. To me value isn’t as important as curation and the good feeling I get when I open it. I also like that all of the items are sizes that won’t last too long but are bigger than samples so I can try different things. The items are very giftable too! I’d be disappointed if the started including items like jewelry, since after all, it’s a box about scebts!


Good point. Smaller sizes for 34.99!. .. with shelf wear.

If someone is going to charge 34.99 for a box there should be no shelf wear on any of the items in the box. People give boxes like this as gifts and regift items in boxes. Shelf wear is unacceptable!


That would eliminate 80% of the item. Almost everything has shel f wear!!


I didn’t have any shelf wear on my items, never have.


The Cottage Greenhouse is from the same parent company as Lollia. Maybe you’ll see some TokyoMilk & Library of Flowers items next!

Christen Russo

Little known fact! Oh, I do hope to see products from those awesome brands soon!


I wish I could afford this box.

Christen Russo

I know the feeling, Ash! There are so many awesome boxes out there and some are just too expensive to justify. I was just saying to Emilia below that I’ve asked family members for a month or two’s worth of a sub box I wanted to try for past birthdays and holidays, and they’ve loved the idea. Maybe you’d have some luck with that approach!


This is a prime example of taking $40 or so to T.J. Maxx or a similar store and buying name brand soap, a gift bag, lip product, and scented bath product on one’s own initiative. And of course, scented soy candles can be found for very little cost.
The carrot mini- soap box looks like it’s been on the clearance sale rack at T. J. Maxx.
Random curation of small items might have worked in 2012 but now? I don’t see any value at all in this sub vs. the retail prices.


I understand what you’re saying about finding like items in discount stores, and I feel it’s true because if you really think about it pretty much all (if not all) sub boxes include similar items you could get at a discount store like TJ Maxx, the Dollar Tree, Target, or whatever other low cost stores people like to name to indicate how overly priced a box feels to them. In my case, I shop at some of those stores, but I know in most cases I could never get those exact same items that are in boxes at those stores, and at times the quality of what I could find cheaper at those stores is not as good as what’s included in my sub boxes. So in a way I like to think of my sub boxes as my “TJ Maxx”, “Target”, etc. to get high quality items at a discounted price!

Also, I know it’s a matter of taste, but I love it when a box doesn’t always have a theme. Randomness is what makes boxes fun for me. 🙂


Maybe some people don’t want to hop in their car to go shopping. Perhaps they have young kids and it a big hassle to go shopping with them. I really don’t care for stores like TJ Maxx as most of those kinds of store in my area are messy. Don’t care to shop that way. Possibly some people don’t live near that type of store. Believe it or not some people just don’t like shopping. I currently can’t afford this subscription at this time but it is one I’m going to keep an eye on. I like bath salts. Like candles. Maybe if I had a subscription I would actually burn my candles.


I only burn candles I buy at a thrift store. I haven’t reached a level where I’d feel comfortable burning any candle over $3. One day.


It’s not 2012. Why do people keep comparing fresh, small batch, artisan goods made in the US which are often organic/cruelty free/vegan/fair wage etc to items that are mass produced goods in factories sold as leftovers in discount stores? The point of this box is not to get you a super cheap price on overpriced things.

Christen Russo

Thanks for reading and offering your input, Mandy! I would argue that half the thrill of subscribing to sub boxes is that they do the shopping for you! I also love that Nosejoy takes care to support independent makers and small businesses—something that can add cost to products you might find elsewhere. I’m sure not everyone places a high value on that aspect, though, in which case your suggestion is very useful. 🙂


A wonderful box. I’d get it for half price, a bit too steep for me, unfortunately.

Christen Russo

It’s lovely, isn’t it? I do hope you get to experience it sometime! I’ve asked for subscription boxes as gifts from family members in the past, maybe a 1-month trial or 2 months if they’re feeling generous. Something to consider! 🙂


I live in Canada, so most boxes are out of my reach. Even with a US address most companies won’t accept a foreign credit card or even PayPal. I find that very backwards. It’s a global world, isn’t it?


This was my first box from Nosejoy, and I absolutely loved it! I only did a 3-month subscription, but I definitely plan on subscribing for longer later this year (hopefully they’ll have a holiday deal!). I also really liked the concept of the gift bag. This being my first month, I assumed it was a recurring thing they did. My mom loved the bath salts, and thought they were so pretty & smelled so good she now has them displayed in the bathroom just to look at (and eventually use too). haha. I can’t wait to see what the next two boxes bring!

Christen Russo

I’m so happy you had a wonderful experience with your first Nosejoy box, Luna! The gift packaging concept is great and I do hope they stick with it. Glad to hear you put yours to use right away. Cheers!


Great review.

This box has a lot of potential. Yet so far boring. Whats with the candles every month? That and the boring bath salts. Some people prefer showers and not everyone uses candles

The current curation seems like random products put in a box.

Gonna skip getting this box till it gets more interesting.

This box could easily improve by focusing on a theme and going from there. Include one household item to put the theme together, Even though this box is focused scents it would be more appealing if they also focussed on curation.

Some ideas ….
Feb: Strawberries / Chocolates / A heart jar / A heart vase with a chocolate rose
Mar: Spring Flower scents with a floral item, could even be a floral bracelet, flower jelly would be great to see in a box
April: A wicker basket that could be used throughout the year,

Christen Russo

Thanks for reading my review, Lily! I’ve found that some months seems more thematic than others, and I agree that this one isn’t very specific. But, I am always so taken by how incredible all the different scents are each month that it makes me not mind it when they’re random!

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and ideas!!


On an added note…
Scents are a huge risk due to allergies and likes and dislikes people might have.

I get the idea of a scented box. Yet focus around curation verses random scents and adding at least one non scented item that is around the curation will probably go over much better

Plus attention to detail needs to be given. The soap is nothing I would gift since the box looks like it has shelfwear


Every one is different. I do think that if this box gets better it will last longer. So many boxes are going out of business and changing to every other month or quarterly. I sub to an average of 12 boxes a month for 4 years and seeing the items in this box it will have to make some changes.

Scents are great yet curation need a to be a bit more flowing and organized.

Box companies need to realize boxes are a luxury and a want for people not a need. So boxes are normally the first to go when people are budgeting. There for value comes into play. If a box is 35 and someone won’t use 2 items in the box it’s $ s wasted. There are only so many gifts people can give


Am I the only one that sniffed the inside of the gift bag? In my defense, I read the info card explaining what it was intended for AFTER going through the box.

Christen Russo

Too funny! It probably smelled good just from being in the same shipping box with the amazing scents of all the other products!! I love that my house always starts to smell blissful BEFORE even opening this box each month.


Haha. Well I didn’t smell the inside of the bag, but I was thinking, “Wow, I’ve never seen a box package their insert cards before.” I usually don’t read the inserts until days later, so when I saw it was intended to be a gift bag I thought, “Awww, how sweet.” 🙂

Noelle L

I got this box and loved it. I don’t have a bathtub so gifted that the salts in the lovely bag.

Christen Russo

That was the perfect solution for the item you couldn’t use, Noelle! Glad you loved this box as much as I did. 🙂

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