Bubbles & Books Subscription Review + Coupon – August 2018


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Bubbles & Books box

Bubbles & Books is a monthly subscription box that offers “one romance novel in the genre of your choice, one all-natural artisan-crafted soap, and other book and bath-related goodies (think candles, bath bombs, teas, etc.)!”

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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 Bad Boy Box, $27.99 a month + shipping, box.

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About Bubbles & Books

The Subscription: Bubbles & Books

The Cost: $27.99 + $3.00 US shipping

The Products: “Every box contains at least one romance novel, one artisan-crafted soap, and one other book- or bath-related goody. However, the majority of our boxes contain more than this!” You can choose from 3 different genres: Bad Boy, Luxe, and Swept Away.

Ships to: U.S. and Worldwide

Bubbles & Books August 2018 Review

Bubbles & Books info sheet

This month’s box came with a little information card! The August theme is “Rustic.”

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Texas Fierce by Janet Dailey – Retail Value $7.99 (found on sale here for $6.47)

Since the theme this month was rustic, it made sense that the book is set in Texas in the 1970’s! This book has everything—lust, drama, mystery, and at least three different kinds of felonies. I started reading this on a lazy Sunday morning and didn’t climb out of bed until I had finished it in one sitting! Texas Fierce is the 4th book in the Tylers of Texas series, but in time the setting is set before the books that came before it (if that makes sense—this book is set in the 1970’s, books 1-3 are set in present day). I have already read two of the other books in the series, and tomorrow the fifth book comes out and I will be ordering it ASAP!

From Amazon: He came home to sell his family’s failing ranch, but once twenty-year-old Bull Tyler sets foot on the Rimrock, he’s determined to tame the rugged land and make it his own. First, he’ll have to take on the powerful Prescott clan, who’ll do anything to get their hands on the Tylers’ holding—even murder. Then Bull sets eyes on the breathtaking woman earmarked to be Ferg Prescott’s bride. Now nothing will stop Bull from taking the land—or the lady who stirs his blood like no other—and building a dynasty worthy of both . . .

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Bubbles & Books Premium Handmade Soap in Kashmir

This soap is a Bubbles & Book exclusive, handmade with olive oil, coconut oil, soybean oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, shea butter, water, and lye. This has a really light earthy scent that definitely gives me rustic vibes, and I think the colors of the soap are absolutely beautiful! My mom has a western themed décor and I think this soap would fit right in displayed on a nice soap dish.

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Bubbles & Books Premium Bath Bomb in Sandalwood

I love that this box always includes a bath bomb—slipping into a bath that’s been fragranced with a bath bomb with a good read is one of my favorite ways to relax!  The sandalwood scent here wasn’t too strong, but the sunflower oil did provide a nice bit of moisture to my skin while the light fragrance set the perfect mood for the book while I read.

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Metal Book Corners

These metal book corners definitely have the rustic feel to them, and they are designed to keep the corners of a paperback book from becoming bent or damaged. The only thing is that I could not for the life of me figure out how these were supposed to stay onto the bottom corners—gravity was getting in the way! I have never used these nifty things, so it is completely possible that is just user-error.

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Rustic Burlap Flower

Some of the petals of my rustic burlap flower got a little bent in transit, however, I can still appreciate how cute this flower is! I don’t really have a place in my apartment to put this but it would go great in my mom’s house, perhaps on the tray in the powder room!

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Rustic Slice of Wood

Bubbles & Books says that this “rustic slice of wood” is to set a hot cup of tea on, but I this is definitely too narrow to provide any kind of support to a hot beverage. I am not sure what cups they had in mind when they cut these wood, but it doesn’t work for any of my mugs.

Bubbles & Books tea

Stash Chamomile Tea, 1 bag – Buy a box of 10 for $2.50

I love chamomile tea! I am very sensitive to caffeine, but a warm mug of caffeine-free chamomile can go a long way to settling my soul after a rough day.

Verdict: Bubbles & Books combines two of my favorite things—reading and baths! I am not going to lie though—the value felt very light this month. I can appreciate the cuteness of the burlap flower, but the wood is a complete miss and I wish that more than one tea bag was included. I still stand by the fact that I can easily see myself paying $30.99 (the cost of the box plus shipping) for a new book, an artisan bar of soap, and a bath bomb, so I love the convenience factor this box adds. Based on this month, however, I think Bubbles & Books should be a bit more thoughtful in their curation so that it doesn’t feel like there is so much filler in the box like it felt this month.

To Wrap Up:

Can I still get this box if I sign up today? No, you will start receiving the September box. From Bubbles & Books:

We ship between the 10th and the 15th of every month. Orders received the 15th-20th will ship the next business day.

Coupon – Use code ROMANCEME to save 10% off your first box!

Value Breakdown: This box costs $27.99 + $3.00 shipping, which means that each of the 6 items in the box has an average cost of $5.17.

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Do you subscribe to Bubbles & Books? What do you think?


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!

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8 Comments

  1. Y’all are right- they don’t curate their own soap or bath bombs ( or make any of the other products either).

    I was so ticked off, I asked for a refund listing the reasons I thought the box was a dismal failure, and did get a refund. I also sent my complaint on to the management at Cratejoy because they need to know when one of their boxes is underperforming like mine did. The knot of wood is about the size of a tablespoon, and someone could try to use it as a coaster and get burned. I mean, if you were really wrapped up in the Victorian bodice ripper paperback while using your new tea server from FFF….

    LOL. Sometimes, it takes an eye-opening box to show us what really NICE box other companies send regularly. I’m a lot more appreciative of several sub. box companies and small box owners now.

    I hope this box gets some help from Cratejoy or a really nice Etsy shop… otherwise, I truly don’t think the review belongs on MSA as it is a WASTE of money and effort to get the money back.

    *My original comments are below about the box and this is a follow- up.*

  2. If you bought this box, be careful. Owner is trying to put through new charges and I just got this one a day ago.

    Does Cratejoy help when a box is this cheap and tacky? ( Merchandise significantly different than expected, in other words).

  3. VERY disappointing box. I got some kind of Victorian bodice ripper on top of all the problems you mentioned. I’d have liked the Texas book.
    Also, the pH of the soap is way too high at 7.5.

    • The soap and bath bomb both look like items from Bulk Apothecary to me.

      • But how?!? There’s a sticker that says it’s a premium bath bomb!!

        • ROFLOL!! 😉

        • I should start selling premium bath bombs, I have a printer and a label maker.

          • You’re killing me here. ROFLOL for reals. 😉 😉

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