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Apollo Surprise Box Review + Coupon – April 2018

Marne Orenich
ByMarne OrenichApr 26, 2018 | 7 comments

Apollo Surprise Box

Apollo Surprise Box
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Apollo Surprise Box is a subscription box that gives you products based on your lifestyle and taste. Each box is guaranteed to be one-of-a-kind and contain full-size items.

open Apollo Surprise Box

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

This is a review of the $30.00 (up to a $50 value) per month box. 

contents of Apollo Surprise Box

About Apollo Surprise Box

The Subscription Box: Apollo Surprise Box

The Cost: $30 per month (up to a $50 item value) or $50 (up to a $80 item value) + shipping. There are also quarterly options for both.

LIMITED TIME DEAL: Get a free $10 Apollo Box Gift Card when you sign up for Apollo Surprise Box using the code MOMSURPRISE. Valid until 5/12 for both $30 and $50 subscriptions.

COUPON: Use code MSAAPOLLO to save 15% off a 3-month subscription!

The Products: A surprise of unique products from around the world tailored to your lifestyle and taste.

Ships to: U.S. for $4.99 for the $30 box, and $7.99 for the $50 box.

Good to know: They recently started charging for shipping. Costs are listed above.

Apollo Surprise Box April 2018 Review

When you sign up for Apollo Surprise Box, they will have you answer some questions to get a feel for your tastes!


You first begin with your gender. Too bad you can't skip this or have an "either" option. Who's to say what items are more "male" or "female" when it comes to personal preference?

You'll then choose which categories you're interested in (I chose Home Decor, Kitchen, Fancy Food, Outdoor, Beauty & Accessories, and Terrarium & Garden).

Then the styles you are attracted to (I chose Cute, Minimalist, Punk, Vintage, and Modern).

You will then choose which plan you want, and when you want it delivered before adding your shipping and payment info.

invoice for Apollo Surprise Box

Here's the packing list that shows the cost of each item on their website and how much you saved by subscribing. The total retail value came to $55.83. It looks like their math is wrong though and I actually saved $25.83 (not $15.83) since my subscription was $30.00. Shipping also isn't included on this sheet though, so you can subtract $4.99 from that savings.

wrapped items

Each item came packaged in its own box or bubble wrap.

info card for Marimo Aqua Terrarium

Marimo Aqua Terrarium Kit - Retail Value $32.99 (found here for $29.99)

Each item also has an accompanying info card that has a short description. I've never heard of Marimo balls before, but the card says they are green algae (or moss) balls that are found in only a few lakes in the world and quite popular in Japan.

parts for Marimo Aqua Terrarium

Here are all of the parts in the kit.

accessroies for Marimo Aqua Terrarium

I was pleased to see some Studio Ghibli characters I am familiar with along with this sea fan, all of which will serve as decoration and keep my Marimo company.

shells for Marimo Aqua Terrarium

There are also shells for more decoration.

purple gravel for Marimo Aqua Terrarium

And of course some colored gravel.

Marimo Green Algae Balls

Here are my two new friends! We've named them Neil and Gary here at the office after our beloved mail carriers.

description and included items in Marimo Aqua Terrarium kit

Another sheet comes with it detailing all of the included pieces.

how to build and maintain teh Marimo Aqua Terrarium

Then how to assemble and take care of them on the other side.

Marimo Aqua Terrarium

Here they are in their new happy home! I put all of the items in the globe, filled with cool tap water, then hung it on the metal stand.

close up of Marimo Aqua Terrarium

There is a hole near the top of the glass globe so you can reach in to place everything and of course to fill with water.

another close up of Marimo Aqua Terrarium

A close up of the Marimo with friends. Cute!

info card for sheep coasters

Sheep Coasters in Grey - Retail Value $16.87

The next item is a sheep that is actually made of felt coasters.

box for sheep coasters

It comes in this sleekly designed box.

parts for sheep coasters

Here are all of the pieces to assemble.

directions for sheep coasters

I checked it against the key on the front which also gave me a vague description of how to assemble it. How very Ikea of them.

Assembled sheep coasters with ears

Tadaa! Pretty cute, right?

side view of Assembled sheep coasters with ears

Each felt circle (in various sizes) can be slipped off to use as a coaster.

back of Assembled sheep coasters

The only flaw is that there isn't anything securing the back ones on so they can easily slip off of the wooden body.

Assembled sheep coasters

There's an alternate wooden rod to put in the head if you aren't feeling the felt ears.

sheep coasters in use

Here it is in use!

info card for Metal clover bookmark

Metal Clover Bookmark - Listed Retail Value $6.98

Next, there's a metal bookmark that has a dangling clover charm.

Metal clover bookmark in box

It comes in a nice gift box, which is great since I think I may pass this on to my sister-in-law who is Irish and loves clovers.

Metal clover bookmark

In between the heart-shaped piece that has the green clover stamped in it and the part that slides into the book, there's a blank piece that looks like it could be engraved if so desired.

Metal clover bookmark in book

Here is it in a book so you can see how it looks.

Magic Mothers Day Card

Mother's Day Card - Retail Value $1.99

Finally, there is a Mother's Day Card. Since this box ships close to mid-month, it makes sense that they sent it with April just in case the May box would be too close to Mother's Day. It has a dark background with bright red flowers and a white border around the "Happy Mother's Day!" greeting in white script lettering.

back of Magic Mothers Day Card

The card doesn't open, it just has a white space on the back to write a message, like a postcard. It comes with a cream colored envelope as well.

how to use Magic Mothers Day Card where to find icon in app

The "magic" thing about this card though is when you use the Apollo App to unlock a special message using augmented reality. I'm not confident that my Mom would be able to download the app and use it properly on her own, but if I were there I could take a picture of her as suggested.

Since my Mom is in another state, I had Andy take a photo of me holding the card within the app so you could see the end result. The bouquet of flowers pop up as soon as you point your phone's camera at the card and the message "Happy Mother's Day" is animated letter by letter. Very fun!

Verdict: Apollo Surprise Box surprised me again this month with four gifts that perhaps many Mothers would love. Two of them required assembly which I actually thought was kind of fun, and one encouraged me to download the Apollo App to get the full experience. This month's total value is $58.83, which exceeds the $34.99 box cost ($30.00 a month + $4.99 shipping).

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? The items you will receive are based on your preferences, so you aren't likely to get the same things I did. When you sign up, you can choose your delivery date window as well. However, anyone who signs up by April 30 and selects 1st -10th for delivery will receive a themed box in time for Mother's Day

Coupon - Get a free $10 Apollo Box Gift Card when you sign up for Apollo Surprise Box using the code MOMSURPRISE. Valid until 5/12 for both $30 and $50 subscriptions.

Or, use code MSAAPOLLO to save 15% off a 3-month subscription!

Value Breakdown: At $34.99 ($30.00 + $4.99 shipping) for this box, here is what you are paying approximately per item:

  • Marimo Aquarium Kit: $18.80
  • Sheep Coasters: $10.57
  • Bookmark: $4.37
  • Mother's Day Card: $1.25

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Marne Orenich
Marne Orenich
Marne is a lipstick connoisseur, record collector, and twice over cat mom. She loves discovering new clean beauty brands and has quite the collection of beautifully packaged serums and moisturizers.

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Beth L

Wow this box looks amazing. New exciting unique items that I have seen. I have a glass turtle that has 5 smaller Marimo inside. Easy to care for and interesting guys. I may have to sign up for this box. Great review and lots of details too. You sold it girlfriend . I wish shipping was included…oh well…

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Great review! Cute items and some of them are even functional. I do love those little Marimo balls!

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This is actually really cute!

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Love all the items you got! Can you share what preferences you chose? Would definitely sign up if I can get the same box!

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Marne Orenich

Hi Ellen! At the beginning of the review where I go over the questions they ask, the preferences I chose are in parenthesis! I also chose “female” as gender. 🙂

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Deb B.

Ooooooo LOVE the terrarium kit! I also adore that you got a soot ball as one of the decorations!!

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Marne Orenich

I knoooow, right?! So cute and unexpected!

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