STRONG self(ie) BLOOM Review + Coupon – Summer 2018


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closed Strong Selfie box

STRONG self(ie) is a quarterly subscription box for teen girls aimed to empower and inspire.

open Strong Selfie box

Each box contains all sort of fun, positive products for teens, plus helpful information for parents, too. Choose from the BLOOM box, for 8-12-year-olds, or the BURST box for 13-17-year-olds. Both boxes cost $59.95 per quarter.

This is a review of the BLOOM box, which is $59.95 per quarter.

product inside Strong Selfie 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.)

Strong Selfie Summer 2018 review

About the STRONG self(ie) BLOOM Subscription Box for Tween Girls

The Subscription Box: STRONG self(ie)

The Cost: $59.95 per quarter + free US shipping

The Products: Aspirational, positive products for tween girls (8-12), focused on health, beauty, fun, and more. Each box comes with info for parents, too!

Ships to: US for free. International shipping varies.

STRONG selfi(ie) Summer 2018 Review

Note that I’m reviewing this as an adult, not a tween! If you have, know, or are a tween-ager, take a peek and leave a comment about what you think!


Inside the box, there’s a little pocket of information for both the tween and the parent. Each pocket contains the same information but communicated in different ways.


The tween version has a fun text-inspired conversation talking about the box.

While the parents get a letter.

Both packets contain an info sheet with the products included.

In each pouch, there are compliment cards. The ones up above are the tween ones.

And these are the ones in the parents’ pack. Each card has a little “To” and “From” section on the back to fill out.

Continuing the #beyondthebox campaign we learned about last quarter, Naomi and Sofia were featured this month.

Jetsetter Maps Scratch Your Travels United States Map, 12’ x 18’

Jetsetter Maps Scratch Your Travels United States Map, 12’ x 18’ – Retail Value $27.99

When I saw what this is the first thought to cross my mind was “oh hell yeah!” I know this box is geared towards a younger crowd, but this scratch-off map is something anyone who loves to travel can get behind. This is a great inclusion for a summer box because that is when most families will take family vacations. Plus, the rainbow watercolor you uncover as you scratch is really pretty and something that tweens will definitely like.

Here it is with some of the states I’ve visited scratched off! I still have more scratching to do, but I love having this as a reminder of the fun I’ve had in past memories as well as a way to think of where I want to go next. STRONG self(ie) also suggests scratching a heart into States you want to visit but haven’t yet— that’s a great way to still use this if your tween isn’t a traveler yet. 

Frooze Balls Salted Maple,

Frooze Balls Salted Maple – Estimated Value $4 (buy a pack of 8 for $24)

I think almost every kid snacks more in the summer because they’re not on as strict of a schedule as they are during the school year. STRONG self(ie) including a healthy snack like these frooze balls is a great way to help promote smart snacking choices in your growing girl! The salted maple flavor reminds me a bit of salted caramel, however the real Canadian maple syrup and pink Himalayan salt are a great pairing with a bit of a twist. These snack balls are also gluten-free, vegan, and Non-GMO. As long as your tween doesn’t have a nut allergy, these should be a nice snack.

The Turnip Seed Co Baseball Hat

The Turnip Seed Co Baseball Hat – Estimated Value $12

This millennial pink hat is right on trend and sure to be a hit, even if your tween is a member of Generation Z. When I worked at summer camps I saw young girls wearing hats just like these to keep the sun and their hair out of their faces, so I think this is another great summer box inclusion. The back of this hat is adjustable, however, the hat itself is rather shallow so it doesn’t comfortably fit my big adult head. That shouldn’t be a problem for the tween in your life!

Strong Self(ie) Summer Stripes Towel

When I was younger I would have been happy to have such a stylish towel— the colors and the fringe will really help your teen have a unique towel when she’s at the pool or beach. This is definitely smaller than a standard adult towel, but it should be perfect for the targeted age group. 

Strong Self(ie) Heart Necklace

Strong Self(ie) Heart Necklace

True beauty starts with loving yourself(ie), and that’s what STRONG self(ie) wants you to remember when you’re wearing this necklace. Right off the bat, I appreciated that this was wrapped in tissue paper because it felt like opening a small present (and I loved that just as much when I was a tween as I do now). This is another item that is definitely tween- sized, and the heart is dainty while still being polished. This would be cute on its own or layered— however, your tween wants to style it! I do wish there was more information of the composition of this necklace—is it nickel free? Stainless steel?

BYOU 3-Month Magazine Subscription – Estimated Value $5 (buy a year’s subscription for $19.99)

BYOU magazine is a magazine that focuses on positive media for girls ages 8-16. It focuses on building the self-esteem of its readers with positive role models, advice on a range of topics from friendship, bullies, and body image, and features on inspiring girls who are making a difference in the world. This 3-month membership gives you access to the digital publications of the magazine (delivered one a quarter) plus full digital access to back issues and weekly empowerment tips. I was a voracious reader as a child, so having access to back issues to read would have been very valuable to me (and my mom, who I drove crazy). I don’t believe you need to enter your credit card information to get your subscription, which is a key thing of importance for parents.

The Verdict: I think STRONG self(ie) thoughtfully created a great summer box! While I am not the targeted audience, I spent several summers working with this age group, and I think all of these choices were good ones. Figuring out a value for this was a bit tricky, as two of the items were box branded and STRONG self(ie) doesn’t have an online store. That being said, the values I could find totaled about $49, and the towel and necklace certainly are worth more than the remaining $10 to meet the cost of the box. Plus, I think that map was a really awesome subscription box inclusion!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes, as of publication, this box was still available!

Value Breakdown: This quarterly box cost $59.95 with free US shipping and I received 6 items. That works out to $9.99 per item.

Check out all of our STRONG self(ie) reviews and more boxes for teens and tweens and our Kids Subscription Box List!

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Written by Jessica Hapak

Jessica Hapak

I am a staunch believer that pineapple doesn’t go on pizza and when I’m not studying for law school I’m relaxing at home with my cat. I’m a sucker for anything labeled a mystery box and I’ve never met a bath bomb I didn’t like!

Posted in STRONG Self(ie) Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Kids, Subscription Boxes for Teens, Subscription Boxes for Tweens| Tags: strong selfie | 5 comments

5 Comments

  1. Great review, but is really that difficult to find people in the target age ranges/ demographic who can give more of an age-appropriate review? Not a slam against you at all, Jessica! I really enjoy your reviews!!

    But, what a great opportunity MSA has to reach out to a local (to them) high school newspaper or interested home schooled students & see if you can establish an internship or even a partnership with them in that provides them the teen-oriented boxes in exchange for honest reviews. The paper could run the column/ reviews & MSA could publish them online. I know when I was on the staff, and later editor of my high school paper, I would have loved the opportunity to write sub box reviews for both my high school & a larger audience.
    Just a thought!!

    • That’s a good idea. They could even take writing submissions from the bunch of us for reviews like this. There are a few boxes on here being reviewed for age ranges that don’t fit my daughter even though they do offer boxes in her age range. I wouldn’t mind submitting a piece on a box I already get. I don’t need to get paid or anything though I wouldn’t complain about getting paid lolol. I’m just saying freelancing is a good idea and there are plenty of options available.

    • That’s such an awesome idea!!!

    • That’s a great idea! Jessica does a great job reviewing, but there are several boxes that are geared towards different age ranges that adults review and I always find it weird (the college box, sock subs, etc.).

      Having a parent with a teen, or even having a teen themselves do these reviews would be great!

  2. My daughter is 11. She would say there were 5 things in this box bc an online magazine isn’t a thing she can touch. Beside a she can read all the articles she wants to online for free just by knowing which sites to visit. She would like the hat, necklace & snack for sure. She would probably like the towel depending on the size of it. She may be 11, but her body is fully adultified. She’s as tall and curvy as I am. She would take one look at that map and say how lame it is unless I’m planning on taking her on an around the country vacay, which I’m not, so that wouldn’t work. I think a lot of kids will feel the same abt that map. It’s like going back to school in the fall and having to talk about what you did over summer vacation, but if your family was too poor or your parents had to work or someone was too sick to travel so you just said nothing or made up a story and felt bad the whole time… yeah that map is bringing back bad memories. For the price the items really should be better imo. I can grab the 4 items I know she would enjoy from target for far less than $60.

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