Go Love Yourself Box Review + Coupon – May 2018
Go Love Yourself is a relatively new subscription box featuring items that promote self-care and personal growth. Each box includes a self-help book, resources to implement those practices into your everyday life, and self-care items. Subscribing to this box also opens up access to a Facebook community to help you along your journey.
When you open your box, you are immediately greeted with a handwritten note.
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.)
About Go Love Yourself
The Subscription Box: Go Love Yourself
The Cost: $49.95 + shipping ($10.55 to Baton Rouge, LA). Save with a longer subscription.
COUPON: Use code MSA2018 to save 10% off your first box!
The Products: Books, digital resources, and self-care items, all aimed at enhancing the journey to loving yourself.
Ships to: Worldwide
Go Love Yourself “Perfectly Imperfect” May 2018 Review
The box includes a brochure detailing everything in the box, along with this months theme: Perfectly Imperfect.
Also included is a list of the GYL featured coaches of the month. Simply go to the website listed under each card to schedule yourself a free 30-minute coaching session — no code needed! Each month features different coaches who have expertise in that month’s theme.
Each month in this subscription you will get a self-help book that revolves around the monthly theme. This months book is by Dr. Brene Brown, a research professor at the University of Houston. This book is packed with qualitative research, which I think really helps to support the key points the author says we can improve our lives to be more authentic and, ultimately, happier. However, some of the key concepts were a little vague. I felt that, though the book is about embracing imperfections, there was still a perfectionist undertone in the search for being as authentic as possible, compared to just being. From Amazon:
Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we’d no longer feel inadequate. So most of us perform, please, and perfect, all the while thinking, “What if I can’t keep all of these balls in the air? Why isn’t everyone else working harder and living up to my expectations? What will people think if I fail or give up? When can I stop proving myself?
In her ten guideposts, Brown engages our minds, hearts, and spirits as she explores how we can cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, “No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough,” and to go to bed at night thinking, “Yes, I am sometimes afraid, but I am also brave. And, yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am worthy of love and belonging.”
The Gifts of Imperfection Workbook – Listed Value $14.99
Go Love Yourself always includes an unofficial workbook, and I really like this spiral bound version. The workbook takes what is preached in The Gifts of Imperfection and helps you analyze how it is applicable to your own life.
Mini Buddha Board – Retail Value $13.95
Alright, before I even get into talking about the Buddha Board, you need to go to their website and play with the cool water interface. That aside, a Buddha Board is a type of canvas that you paint on with water, and as the water drys and evaporates so does what you painted. The idea is to use it to let go of the stress and worries you are facing by painting them and watching them literally fade away. I think this is a nifty little thing, and I will be using it for when I try to be more mindful.
ColoursPrints Let Go Print, 11.7 x 8.3 – Listed Value $11.22
I normally view prints in subscription boxes as filler, but this print was really lovely! It was printed on high-quality glossy paper, and I love the whimsical watercolor design. I need to scrounge up a frame, but this is a print I actually would be happy to have on display. There is a few cents difference between the retail value and the listed value, but that is because the brand is based in the UK and the pound to dollar conversion rate is always in motion.
Renae Conscious Pop Music Digital Album – Listed Value $15.00
Rose Gold Go Love Yourself USB Drive – Listed Value $7.50
I will be honest. Going into listening to this, I was skeptical I would like it. However, Renae has a beautiful voice that pairs well with the pop-style beat of the music. The messages of the lyrics are uplifting, and I found myself really enjoying the songs. The album came on a GLY branded rose gold USB drive, I definitely prefer over getting a CD (the only CD player I own is the one in my truck!). This was my surprise favorite of the box.
Soul Writing Workshop – Listed Value $23.99
This was my least favorite item in the box, as it isn’t usable to me. This workshop is a group workshop with a pre-determined date of May 10th at 8 pm EST, and I have a law school final both on the 10th and two days later on the 12th. I can’t really justify taking time out of my studying to learn “what it means to be unconditional with ourselves” and “how can writing be a daily tool and practice for us to experience this.” I wish this workshop was a voucher that we could use on our own schedule, especially since this is one of the higher valued items in the box— I imagine that this scheduled time would also conflict for subscribers who are parents or work late during the week.
Naked Zen Rose Exfoliating Soap – Retail Value $10
The weight of this soap wasn’t listed and I couldn’t figure it out online, however, the size is generous and sturdy— this isn’t a flimsy and small bar of soap. I love the rose scent and the gorgeous pink color, plus the fact that the ingredient list is so simple! The shea butter made for a hydrating lather that didn’t dry out my skin, and the oatmeal helped to provide a gentle exfoliation.
Petahlooo Imperfect Pearl Bracelets, 2 bracelets
This was interesting— these pearl bracelets weren’t listed on the info sheet, and checking out the Petahlooo website doesn’t show bracelets anything like these. The idea behind these is that no two pearls are alike, and yet we consider all of them to be beautiful. I like that we received two bracelets-one to keep and one to give to a friend-however, the quality leaves something to be desired. The string the pearl is threaded on is very flimsy, and I don’t see this bracelet holding up to consistent wear. I loved the idea of these, especially with how they fit with the theme, but I wish these were on sturdier threads.
The Verdict: I thought last month was the best Go Love Yourself box I had received, so maybe it is only natural to feel a bit of a let down this month. However, this box just felt like it was missing something. So many of the items this month were paper goods or digital (the print, the soul writing workshop), that looking at all of the items collectively was a bit underwhelming. I calculated a value of just over $100, not including the bracelets, and that is also the lowest value I have seen yet from this box, however, there is definitely added value in the Facebook community and monthly coaches that isn’t included in the value, so that is something to consider. I think this is a box where the more work you are willing to put in, the more you will get out of it and value it as a whole.
The Wrap Up:
Coupon – Save 10% off your first box with code MSA2018
Value Breakdown: This box cost me $49.95 + $10.55 shipping, which means that each of the 8 items in the box (counting the bracelets as one) has an average cost of $7.56.
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