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Cosmo Box Subscription Review – June 2018

There’s a new subscription box from Cosmopolitan – CosmoBox! Each month you’ll receive items selected by Cosmopolitan editors.

FYI – This box arrived in July.

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

The Subscription Box: CosmoBox by Cosmopolitan

The Cost: $29.99 a box + $6 shipping

The Products: “Curated by the editors of Cosmopolitan magazine, this unique monthly subscription box brings you full-size quality goodies that compliment and empower your multidimensional lifestyle.”

Ships to: US

Check out all of our CosmoBox reviews!

Keep track of your subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wish list!

Each box comes with a card detailing the items included:

Now, on to the items!

Jewelry Love Shoppe Custom Wrap Ring in “Be Fearless” – Value Listed $18

There is no material listed on the info card, but the April box also included a bracelet from the same company, so I’m guessing it’s also made from Aluminum.

The wrap ring style isn’t that adjustable, I’d say this is a little larger than a size 7.

Here it is on:

Sugarfina Hot Lips – Retail Value $7.50

I LOVE Sugarfina gummies, so I was excited to see these in the box!

“Too hot to handle, these kisses start out sweet and end with a fiery twist of chili, ginger, and spice.” Yep, that’s exactly what happened – they were way too spicy for me! 🙁

Skyn Natural Feel Personal Lubricant – Value Listed $18 (On Amazon and Walgreens for $12.99)

This is a water-based lubricant gel that is fragrance-free and made with aloe vera. Unfortunately, it’s also made with 4 different parabens, which is a no-go for me.

Cosmo’s Wildest Sex Games – Value Listed $9.95

From fun, fearless fantasies to XXX-rated dares to seductively spicy sexts, Cosmo’s new card deck turns the heat up in your bedroom. Enjoy the “Hottest. Week. Ever.” with increasingly erotic positions, or move your lovemaking to whatever lusty location a card sends you. Dares, dirty decisions, Tantric touches . . . let the smokin’, sexy games begin!

This is the second time Cosmo has included an item from their own line. (In February, they included a book.) This card game features 10 different card games: never have I ever, truth or dare, etc.

Kristin Ess Temporary Tint in Rose Gold – Retail Value $12

This only works on blonde hair, so I couldn’t try it, but I did spray some out just to look at the formula. The spray is hot pink (be careful – it can make a mess), and you apply it in the shower to damp hair then rinse out. (They less wet the hair, the more the temporary color will take.)

The results can be gorgeous, though, if you have light hair. (Example here.) Also, I just recommend checking out Kristin Ess’s Instagram account – it makes me want to dye my hair new colors!

Unbound 30% off Coupon

This box also included a coupon code for 30% off any purchase of $75 or more from (No expiration date or terms listed.)

Verdict: This box has a retail value of $60.44. (I’m using the retail value of $12.99 for the SKYN product, as I believe Cosmo listed an incorrect MSRP). This is the lowest value box Cosmo has sent out to date, and it’s pretty disappointing considering they recently increased the price to $35.99 a box. Personally, these items weren’t a good fit for me either. I’m still trying to figure out exactly what subscribers should expect from Cosmo Box. Last month’s box was incredible, so it was going to be hard to follow no matter what, but it’s still a letdown.

I think CosmoBox needs to work on the curation – I want this box to feel like the items would be at home in the pages of Cosmo magazine.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? I believe so, but I recommend contacting their customer care to be sure.

What do you think of the June CosmoBox

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!

Posted in CosmoBox Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: cosmo box | 42 comments

Comments (42)

  1. Does anyone know what’s going on with this subscription, are they still doing boxes? I subscribed over three weeks ago, and heard nothing from them, nor have they answered my email (and they are impossible to reach by phone).

  2. This has got to be the worst subscription box I have ever seen! And the price after S&H of $35.99 only makes it even WORSE!!! And then people can’t cancel, they skip months and now July & August have been combined, but they didn’t skip billing anyone!! What a joke. Everyone should cancel all together at once!

  3. I belong to a lot of beauty boxes, but this has to be the WORST box I have ever received. I honestly will not use one thing in this box and the price is outrageous!! I cancelled this subscription box the day I signed up and was notified that I was cancelled. They charged my account anyway and would not honor their term. Make sure you cancel payment through paypal since they might charge your account even though your account says cancelled. Terrible service and buyer beware!!

  4. Well, I received this load of crap in the mail today, which was real interesting considering I cancelled on 06/02. I double checked my credit card statement and they charged me on 06/04. This didn’t even appear under my account on the cosmobox website (it shows cancelled only one charge for the May box). So on their very own website they won’t show June being charged, how shady. Guess it is time to contact the credit card company.

  5. I received my box yesterday. It was still a joke. The ring is not worth that price. I literally threw it in the trash. I have red hair with darker red and blonde highlights and I am going to try that tint on my blonde highlights and red hair (in a hidden spot, lol) and see what happens. My husband will eat the candy. I think they may have just thrown this box together. I wonder what item was the cause of the delay. Maybe they couldn’t get another stuff to put a box together.

    Has anyone been charged for July? They usually do this early in the month (I think).

  6. Can someone PLEASE tell me how to cancel with them! I did not use PayPal just regular CC and we definitely got screwed this month! And to send something only blondes can use!

    • You can cancel via their website in the membership section. Do it soon. I assume you were likely already charged for July’s. Definitely follow up with them and take a snapshot of your account where it says cancelled.

    • Maybe contact your bank and remove their authorization to charge?

  7. Am I the only one that thinks they would’ve been better off including a pack of condoms than a paraben-filled lube? So disappointed in this box.

  8. Anyone else think of Sheldon and Amy Farrah Fowler playing Never have I Ever??

  9. Did anyone else notice the irony on the info card stating “ this month’s Cosmobox is packed with goodies” and then the box is clearly not packed with items 😂 I would say last month was… but 5 items and a noticeable gap in packaging this month.. meh.

  10. This box is a huge disappointment. The price is way too high and the items are mostly terrible IMO. They aren’t competing at all with other boxes.

  11. They sent me this box and never charged me for it and good thing they didn’t. I might have paid to ship it back. So there’s a ring that likely won’t fit anyone over a ring size of 7 (me). A hair tint that’s meant only for blondes, though I am going to try it in my red hair and see what it does. And the lubricant has horrible reviews, read those before you put it around your sensitive areas. Wow! Thank goodness I was not charged. For anyone using Paypal and want to cancel don’t just cancel on Cosmos site but go into Paypal and remove the charge permissions.
    I was hoping with the increase and price and the great May box that they were on an upswing, but more like bait and switch.

  12. I’m confused. For a second, I thought I was reading review for the Slutbox. On the other hand, the Slutbox spoilers are probably more suitable for here? Just a weird thought stuck in my head as I went through the page.

    • Ha!

  13. My ring was adjustable I was able to move it very slowly. The box is on par with Cosmo in my opinion it has their sexy card games, lube, hot and spicy candy and hair tint to dress up your hair which I can’t use, but the other items I will use. I liked the box but I’m in the minority. Hopefully those who cancelled can find another box to their liking. Hugs~

  14. It’s pretty obvious to me that they roped in a bunch of new subscribers with that Sunday Riley from the previous box, and threw together a high margin box for this month to make the most out of it. Definition of ‘Bait and Switch’.

    • Yes yes YEEEEEESSSS! And I am one of the suckers who fell for it.

  15. They did send out an email about the people who rushed in for the May box will not be getting the June box. Instead they will be billed for the July box which is shipping in ~2 weeks.
    Nonetheless, I’m cancelling…… If that is possible.
    I don’t see anything under “My subscriptions” section in My account……
    Am I really subscribed?

    • Make sure you turn off auto payment in Paypal, just in case!

    • I need help canceling also, I emailed them and I cannot figure out how to cancel.

  16. Wow they sure can’t figure out what they want to be. Got a nice beauty box last month and a bunch of junk to throw away this month. Terrible! I don’t usually comment when something just isn’t my favorite but after they wouldn’t take my cancellation as valid and then they send this. ugh

    • If you went through Paypal and cancelled in May, try contesting it. I put in a claim as I got a confirmation email as my cancellation on May 31st and there is no record of a new order or invoice for second box in my account, but they still charged me for June.

      • Same exact thing with me. Maybe I will try that. Thanks!

      • Paypal ended up accepting my claim/evidence of cancellation email and website screenshots of no new order and refunding me.

      • Paypal refunded me too after submitting proof I cancelled. Thanks for the suggestion.

  17. I am so shocked at how horrible these boxes are. I keep checking them out and everytime I’m so disappointed. Come on COSMO get it together you can do much better then this and should be doing much better then this! I hope they can for their sake.

  18. Honestly? The only thing I might be using from this box is the ring. And I was so unlucky that the “e” in mine is faded, so my ring reads “be f arless” lol
    I feel that this particular box is missing a “hero” item. Nothing stands out.

  19. This box is very low value for the price and *very* niche. Not everyone is going to like, or even be able to use, the items. (E.G. hair tint that only works for light hair, aluminum jewelry that some may be allergic to and isn’t that adjustable, sex games only some will be interested in, etc.)

    It’s a weird box to follow up after May’s which was far more practical and high value. It’s like a) they just have no idea what they want their box to be or b) they went way over budget on May, then tons of people signing up in June wanted the May box so they had to buy more, so they just scraped random cheap stuff off Amazon to make a quick June box or c) they initially planned to bait new subscribers with a spoiled awesome May box while planning to send out a cheap June box they knew would be far less well liked.

    Most importantly, though, a lot of people like me were charged for this June box *after* we cancelled and received confirmation emails in May of our cancellation. According to my conversations with C.S., it was literally supposed to be impossible for anyone to cancel and not end up getting the June box – i.e. it was supposed to be a two month + commitment though they did not advertise it as such. I’m having to contest through Paypal since they didn’t honor the cancellation email and in fact were insisting that I still am not really cancelled somehow (but they are willing to cancel me? Lol.) At least now I know to deactivate authorization in Paypal when I cancel I box I went through Paypal to sign up with.

    Anyway, not a company I am interested in anymore (such a shame after their nice May box) and is now on my avoid list. Not only do the boxes range from awesome to basically junk I will have a hard time listing or donating, but the CS is terrible and they don’t consistently honor cancellations.

    • Aluminum jewelry is unlikely to cause an allergic reaction. (I am actually starting to explore working with it as an inexpensive alternative to silver, the only drawback is you can’t really solder it.) But, a size 7 ring that is not adjustable would do me no good at all (I wear 5.5, a 7 would slide off) and I see your point, in general.

      • True it’s not a common allergy (compared to nickel or even copper,) I just know a few people who can’t wear aluminum jewelry so it sticks out for me as more of a problem then it probably is. The sizing is definitely the bigger issue as it will be too big or too small for many people (including me)

        Style wise it’s going to be hit and miss as well in terms of what people like.

  20. I’ve never seen your nails that long, Liz. Looks fabulous!

    • Thanks! That’s my new nail polish from Ipsy 🙂

  21. If the theme were Cosmo just kissed and screwed you they nailed it!

    So glad I canceled.

    • LOL! You win!

    • At least they included some lube….😂😂😂

  22. I still am not really sure what parabans are but I know I don’t want four of them inside my nether regions.

    • ^^^^ That!!!! Exactly!

    • Parabens are a synthetic preservative that many consider endocrine disruptors. They can potentially mess with your hormones and are believed to increase the risk of breast cancer. The FDA says there is no conclusive evidence either way, but they are actively investigating the effects.

      Personally, that is not a risk I am willing to take! And I find it sad that a magazine designed for and targeted to women wouldn’t do more due diligence. There are a ton of lubes out there that are free of all potentially harmful ingredients.

      I am a sex educator and am very passionate about keeping your body healthy, safe, and happy. So, a magazine that women trust for recommendation and advice should really try harder.

      • Thank you, Trish! Very well said!

      • They are like 100,000 times less active than estrogen, though. There is probably a greater risk from BPA in can linings and other plasticizers. (The primary breast cancer study that is typically cited was seriously flawed, in that it did not examine women without cancer as a control group. You are right that research is ongoing.)

        I don’t avoid parabens; they show up in a lot of Korean sheet masks and such. (I have a PhD in biochemistry.)

      • Parabens actually preserve a products shelf life. Things without parabens tend to go bad or loose potency within a six month period. Housekeeping inspector and skincare addict here.

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