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POPSUGAR Must Have Box Summer 2018 Review + Coupon

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

(POPSUGAR recently switched from monthly to quarterly, and this is their first ever quarterly box!)

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: $75 a box

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 booklet detailing the items included, and a letter from Lisa Sugar:

This box is centered around the theme of self-care and a spa day at home.

And POPSUGAR also included a card with coupons for the brands featured in the box:

Now, on to the items!

Eberjey Wrap Robe – Retail Value $88

This robe was available in S/M (up to size 8) and L/XL (Size 10-18) and XXL (Size 20 and up). The fabric is 100% Rayon, and so very soft. Here is the S/M on:

I love the navy piping accent with the pale pink color. The robe has an inner tie to keep it in place, too:

As you can tell from the pictures, this fabric is somewhat sheer. Perfect for a summer weather robe!

Sunday Riley C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum – Value $85

This serum is designed to “fight the look of dullness, dark spots, and discolorations, while instantly increasing brightness, radiance, and luminosity.” The cream formula has a light citrus scent (which I love), and it instantly helped give my skin a boost of hydration.

I’ve sampled this before thanks to a few other subscription boxes, and after using it for months I’ve definitely noticed a difference in my skin – I’m happy to have more!

Mela Artisans Concha Round Box – Retail Value $60

This wooden round box features a stunning mother of pearl lid:

I was hoping POPSUGAR would send a home item in this spa/self-care themed box, and they delivered! I love that this would work in the bathroom or really any other room in the house!

The bowl measures about 5 inches in diameter. Here is a picture to give you a better sense of scale:

This is a quality piece – definitely one of my favorites in the box.

Lele Sadoughi Circle Garland Earrings – Retail Value $98

These earrings measure about 1/2″ diameter and 3″ long.

These earrings are inspired by confetti (so pretty) and they are made from natural stone and resin, connected by 14K gold plated rings.

Here is Marne modeling them for us!

(One thing to call out – I believe everyone is getting these earrings, there is no non-pierced ear version of the box.)

Beauty by POPSUGAR Be the Boss Lip Gloss – Retail Value $18

POPSUGAR recently launched a new beauty line, so I was expecting to see something from their brand in a future box!

This lip gloss formula is free of parabens, mineral oils, phthalates, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate, and gluten. Plus it is vegan and cruelty-free!

The formula is pretty much everything I want in a gloss. A sheer color, a natural looking shine, and not too sticky. (And bonus points for having a Crème Brulee flavor!)

Here it is swatched:

Also, I always appreciate getting lippies in summer boxes that are OK for hot weather in my purse – no melting lipstick issues here.

(The box also included an info card about the new Beauty by POPSUGAR line.)

Sphynx 3 in 1 Portable Razor – Retail Value $14.99

This is a portable razor designed to go in your car, purse, gym bag, etc. – whenever you might need to shave and not have a shower + your regular razor and shaving cream ready!

Here’s how to use it. First, spray the area you need to shave with water:

(You’ll need to fill this with water when you first get it.)

Next, rotate the center dial to the moisturizing shave bar and apply it to the area you’ve sprayed with water:

Lastly, click to the razor side, and you’re good to shave:

And there’s an additional backup razor blade, too:

FYI – this isn’t designed to replace your regular razor blade, instead, it’s intended for quick touch ups and on the go shaving. I think it’s such a smart idea, and I love the design, too. Plus I’ve started the process of laser hair removal, so I no longer have to shave every day (life changing!) and this is perfect for touchups when needed!

Ahmad Tea Fruit & Herb Selection – Retail Value $4.50

As a several-cups-a-day tea drinker, I’m always happy to see in a subscription box. (Not sure if I’m in the minority on that, though!)

These are all-natural caffeine-free blends.

Peppermint & Lemon
Peppermint leaf, Lemon peel, Natural lemon flavor

Chamomile & Lemongrass
Chamomile leaf, Lemongrass

Lemon & Ginger
Lemon peels, Ginger, Apple, Lemongrass, Quinces, Hibiscus

Detox
Dandelion, Fennel, Birch leaves, Ginger, Rosemary, Peppermint, Nettle, Sweet blackberry leaves

As a lover of lemongrass and peppermint flavor teas, all these worked for me. I think the Peppermint & Lemon is my favorite, though.

Mrs. Meyer’s Lemon Verbena Bar Soap – Retail Value $3.99

I use Mrs. Meyer’s Multi-Surface Cleaners daily, so it was about time I tried their soap.

This gives you a creamy lather and works for hands and body. Just like their cleaning products, the scent is pretty strong with this soap.

Mrs. Meyer’s Lavender Hand Sanitizer – Retail Value $3.49

This item is a Special Extra from POPSUGAR and Mrs. Meyer’s. (It is not counted toward the total retail value of the box.)

I always have a hand sanitizer in my purse, and I may switch to this brand after sampling it. The spray goes on light and absorbs almost immediately. (And I love the lavender scent.)

Propel Watermelon Beverage Mix – 10 packets Retail Value $1.98

This item is a Special Extra from POPSUGAR and Propel. (It is not counted toward the total retail value of the box.)

This mix is sugar-free (it’s made with sucralose), zero-calorie, and designed to add electrolytes and vitamins to your water. I liked the flavor (think Watermelon Jolly Ranchers), and I typically buy electrolyte water for heavy-sweating workouts, so I’ll add these to the mix as an alternative.

Verdict: This box has a retail value of about $372.48 (not counting the special extras). I think the value here is great, and what I would hope for in a $75 box from POPSUGAR. To be honest, when I first saw everything in the box, I wasn’t sure how all the items all fit the self-care/spa theme of the box. (The Lipgloss and earrings both seem like Girls Night Out theme to me). But I actually love everything, so I’m OK with the theme not connecting to every item perfectly. (Plus the robe, serum, and earrings are from high-end brands and each worth more than the cost of the entire box!)

I wasn’t sure what exactly to expect from the first $75 POPSUGAR Box, and it seems like a good balance between the past monthly boxes, and the Limited Edition boxes. A mix of some lower price point brands that would have been at home in the monthly box, and some pricey luxe brands that we’d only see in the Limited Edition boxes.

I’m still sad that we don’t get POPSUGAR every month, but I’m loving this box, and I’m already excited to see what will be in the fall box!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today?  No, right now it looks like the Fall box will be your first box when you sign up. When you click “Subscribe Now” on the POPSUGAR site, the box your subscription will start with will be highlighted.

Coupon – Use coupon code MUSTHAVE5 to save $5

Value Breakdown: At $75 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:

  • Robe: $17.71
  • Serum: $17.11
  • Earrings: $19.73
  • Bowl with Lid: $12.08
  • Lip Gloss: $3.62
  • Tea: $.90
  • Soap: $.80
  • Razor: $3.02

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

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Written by 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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Comments (284)

  1. That box comes with amazing products.

  2. I know the comments on Instagram were forthright and honest. Makes me wonder if they are scared to release any spoilers for theFall Bix. I’m gonna need one fantastic spoiler to stay …,

    • Fall box

      • What did it say on instagram/what are you referring to? I don’t have Instagram so I was just curious. Tia

      • A few folks were upset with the curation of the box because the price went up. That kind of stuff. It seems strange there is zero information on the Fall Box.. but maybe not… I thought we were billed August 1 but I can’t find that on the website now.

  3. Billing is August 1? Correct? I am going to need a spoiler to keep this box going… I hope soon I keep stalking their Instagram because other than here I don’t know where else to look.

    • It’s so odd that there are no spoilers yet!

  4. I stuck with PopSugar for about a year before cancelling. Periodically I come back here and read reviews on current boxes and I’m always glad that I did. Really thrilled with the three different beauty boxes I subscribe to, but the PopSugar was ALWAYS a disappointment. Mostly the items screamed “didn’t sell – so we’re dumping ’em on you!” There are a few household items that I still use, but they are nothing distinctive or anything I would have bought.

    • That helps.. with my decision making. Reading yours and other comments.

  5. I’m so glad I canceled. The only big item I liked was the Mela Artisans Concha Round Box. And I’m still miffed that the company decided to tell us they were switching over on the last box instead of a little more notice.

  6. Even though I’m down 20lbs on weight watchers so glad I ordered the xxl robe since 14/16 and this is perfect . I feel short because it comes below my knees .. . Was looking for FFF summer but this came today instead,

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