A Little Touch Of Magick Box Review + Coupon – September 2018
A Little Touch of Magick is a new subscription box containing a short story and various accessory items to help bring the story to life. (Accessories can include small home décor items, bath/body items, jewelry, etc.)
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 A Little Touch of Magick
The Subscription Box: A Little Touch of Magick
The Cost: $45.99/month + shipping. Save with longer subscriptions.
COUPON: Use code MSA5OFF to save $5 off your first box!
The Products: A new short story each month and accessories, home décor, bath and body items, jewelry, tea, etc. to help bring the story to life.
Ships to: US for $7 and Canada for $17
A Little Touch of Magick September 2018 Review
I am still fairly new to reviewing this subscription and was excited to see what they had in store:
The box came with this information card listing the items and retail values. Since the items were unbranded, I used these values when writing the review.
Usually, you will get a booklet with a short story in it. This month the story had a different format. There were several papers folded up inside. Each was formatted as a letter and many were attached to items in the box. I read them in date order and there was a continuing narrative throughout them. I thought this was clever and it actually did a great job of integrating the box contents with the story.
Carnelian and Onyx Bracelet – Listed Value $30
This month’s story involves time travel and a journey around East and South Asia. The connection to this item is the Buddha charm. This is a stretch bracelet so it will fit a variety of wrist sizes. The beads have the feel of real, quality gemstones and I have seen similar pieces selling on Etsy for at least this much, so the value is believable, too. Sometimes I like to stack a few bracelets like this and these colors definitely go with a lot in my wardrobe.
Pirate Ship Brooch – Listed Value $16
I have a rather large jewelry collection but almost no brooches. I should really change that. So here is the start of my collection. This also relates pretty clearly to one of the letters making up the story. (The items are not presented in any particular order in this review, however.) I have a lot of sweaters in solid colors that would be suitable for wearing this with.
Buddha Card – Listed Value $4
You’ll often receive one or two stationery items in this subscription and usually at least one of them is a blank card. I don’t care for sappy, sentimental messages and card poetry, so blank cards are really my thing and I am always happy to get more. (Plus, blank cards can be used for any occasion.)
Brass Buddha Chimes – Listed Value $18
I have a lot of Asian-inspired knickknacks and wall-hangings and such in my basement exercise/yoga room, so this will fit right in down there. (I prefer to keep these indoors. Brass will oxidize and take on patinas if exposed to the weather!)
Chopsticks – Listed Value $3
These fit into the story nicely, as well. I cannot master eating with chopsticks. But, these would work as hair sticks. (Alternatively, I once saw a cat video where someone was feeding a cat treats with chopsticks. Since Sneaky regularly bites the heck out of my hand when I give her treats, I should try the chopstick strategy with her!)
Handmade Carnelian Elephant Earrings – Listed Value $18
These go with the bracelet pictured above without being too “matchy.” I think they work well together, anyway. And, although I now have a massive collection of earrings, I don’t have anything quite like these. (Plus, after looking at these I have some new ideas on how to use gemstone chips in my own work.) I am not sure what metal the hooks are made of although I think this subscription usually uses nickel-free earring findings. They didn’t bother me, anyway, and my ears are pretty sensitive.
Lucky Buddha Temple Incense – Listed Value $5
This made the whole box smell lovely when I opened it. I am holding off on burning it for now because Sneaky has been having asthma attacks. But when she is all better, this will totally get burned in my basement exercise room (it is a bit damp and musty down there and a little incense is a great way to help out with that).
Green Leaf Journal – Listed Value $22
The letters making up the story are a bit like a travel journal, so you get your own journal. The pages are blank/unlined. I am not sure how I will use this yet although probably for something practical and completely unrelated, like tracking reps and weights for strength training. (I am not much for *actual* journaling. Not enough time in the day.)
You see a key in the first picture. This appears to have been decorative (it was not listed on the information card) but I’ve put it in my jewelry-making stash for future use because why not?
Fused Compass Necklace – Listed Value $35
This is also a key element in the story. I have a couple of solid-colored dresses and sweaters this will go with. It is adjustable (it has an extender chain) but it is clearly intended to be a longer necklace. It seems high quality, with a nice metal finish and shiny surface. You could also layer it with some other necklaces of different lengths if you wanted since it is pretty simple in design.
Skeleton Key Scarf – Listed Value $16
This is actually an infinity scarf. I was able to wrap it around twice, as you can see. I’m not very good at styling scarves so I am kind of glad it was an infinity scarf, as that makes it a lot easier as far as I am concerned. It is still pretty warm here although this is lightweight and would work for fall.
Stationery Set – Listed Value $12
There is one more stationery item this month, these decorative lined papers and matching envelopes. This reminds me of a treasure hunt game our neighbor/babysitter made for us as kids (we opened the envelopes for new clues), and these would certainly be great for an activity like that. They’d also be fun to include with gifts where you wanted to write a bit longer note than just the typical “To/From.”
Verdict: I calculated a total value of about $179 for the September 2018 A Little Touch of Magick. Granted, I did have to use all values from the information card, but that is more than triple the cost of the subscription plus shipping on a month-to-month basis, and that includes mostly unique handcrafted items. Even if you think one or two values from the card are a little high, you are still getting (easily) $100+ in merchandise.
I also think there is something to be said for curation here. Opening this box isn’t just about the items (which were all lovely), but there is also an element of experience here, helped along by the story. Although this is a relatively new subscription, I can tell that a great deal of thought has been put into it, from sourcing the items on down to the careful packaging. For what it’s worth, I thought the presentation of this month’s story was really creative, too.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, you will receive October’s. From A Little Touch of Magick:
We will begin shipping on the 14th of each month and we will continue to ship that month’s box until the last day of the month or until we run out.
Coupon – Use code MSA5OFF to save $5 off your first box!
Value Breakdown: At $52.99 for this subscription ($45.99 plus $7 shipping), you’re paying approximately the following per item:
- Bracelet $8.88
- Brooch $4.74
- Card $1.18
- Chimes $5.33
- Chopsticks $0.89
- Earrings $5.33
- Incense $1.48
- Journal $6.51
- Necklace $10.36
- Scarf $4.74
- Stationery set $3.55
- Bonus items: short story
Alternatively, for $52.99, each of the 11 items in the box has an average cost of $4.82.
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What did you think of the September 2018 A Little Touch of Magick?