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Be Kind by Ellen Subscription Box Review

Liz Cadman
ByLiz CadmanOct 19, 2018 | 190 comments

Be Kind by Ellen
2.3 overall rating
87 Ratings | 33 Reviews

Ellen Degeneres has launched a new limited edition box full of her favorite things. And each box gives back, too. This first box has sold out. But you can get on the waiting list here for the next one.

FYI MSA Insiders helped give feedback on the product curation during the initial market research of this box. You can learn more about the MSA Insider program here.

Inside the box is a message from Ellen about the Ellen Degeneres Wildlife Fund.

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: Be Kind by Ellen (Sold out)

The Cost: $54.99 (This is a one-time purchase box, but they may be launching a subscription in the near future)

The Products: “You’ll get a box full of fun, unique, amazing products that I love and want to share with you. I also wanted to focus on brands and products that do social good. And, to top it off, LottoLove has made a donation to The Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund because it believes in this cause.”

Ships to: US only

This box comes with a large fold-out card and a note from Ellen:

And photos and details of each item:

Now, on to the items!

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 – 2.2 g Value $12.28

(This is a little over half the size of the full-size version)

I love this lip balm! It has a subtle sweet citrus scent, it’s super moisturizing, and it provide a nice sheen, too. (And since I always lose my lipbalms before I finish them anyway, half size is basically the same thing as full size to me.)

Helen Ficalora – Sterling Silver “LOVE” Disk Charm Necklace – Retail Value $120

First, how lovely is this packaging? Jewelry in subscription boxes often comes in bags, so getting this kind of presentation is a treat! And if you don’t plan on keeping this, it would make an amazing gift, too.

This necklace features a Sterling Silver charm with “Love” stamped on the metal:

And thanks to MSA reader Adele, I learned that this is the necklace Liz Lemon wore on 30 Rock! Who’s got two thumbs, speaks limited French, and is even more excited about this necklace now? This moi!

The chain measures 18 inches and is sterling silver as well. Here it is on:

I normally go for gold jewelry, but this piece is delicate (which I love) and the high-quality sterling silver doesn’t hurt either! 🙂 I’m digging it!

Vitruvi – Black Stone Diffuser – Retail Value $119

If you aren’t familiar with this brand, it’s high-end diffuser that is sold at Sephora, Anthropologie, Goop, Nordstrom, Madewell, etc. (It’s one of those products I’ve seen in magazines and have had on my wishlist!)

This stone diffuser is made with a hand-milled, ceramic cover and contains an easy-to-clean water basin made of BPA-free, high-grade plastic.

To use it, you mix a few drops of the essential oil of your choice with water and fill the basin. Then put the plastic cap back on, and the stone black cover over it.

It has two settings:

  • 3-hour non-stop (green light)
  • 7-hour 30 second interval

And it even has a nightlight option:

Here it is in action:

I absolutely love the simple, matte black design. It looks great in our home, and I think it will work well with most styles.

And Vitruvi also included an essential oil to go with the diffuser:

Vitruvi Lavender Essential Oil – Retail Value $18

This oil is 100% pure essential oil and certified organic.

Lavender is one of my favorite scents, so this was a perfect addition for me.

I love the scent on its own, but if you have any suggestions for which essential oils blend well with lavender, please let me know!

Ellen Show Exclusive Stripe Socks – Retail Value $15

These socks are 68% Cotton, 28% Nylon, 2% Elastane, 2% Polyester, and made in the USA! The fun colors feel very appropriate for an Ellen box, and I’m always happy to see socks in a subscription box!

This Bar Saves Lives – Madagascar Vanilla Almond & Honey – Retail Value $4.99

These are gluten-free, non-GMO, and only 180 calories a bar! (I try to always keep a 200-calorie-or-under snack in my bag, so these are perfect.

And if you aren’t familiar with this company, their mission is amazing:

We make ridiculously delicious snack bars, but we’re not really a snack bar company.

Our mission is to end childhood malnutrition worldwide. To do that, we developed a simple giving model – we sell the best snacks, so we can give the best life-saving nutrition. We work with experts in the field who deliver that nutrition where it’s needed most, both domestically and abroad. Every time you buy a bar, we give food aid to a child in need. One for one.

And these bars are delicious, too. They’re nice and crunchy (without being so crunchy you worry about your teeth), and not too sweet, either.

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day – Lavender Dish Soap – Retail Value $3.99

Again, I love lavender scents, and Mrs. Meyers cleaning products, so I was happy for this inclusion, too. (Also, even if you aren’t a lavender fan I recommend giving this one a sniff – the scent is more of a floral blend.)

And this dish soap came with a Compassion Flower Postcard with Seed Packet – a giving back program that feels right at home in this box. In addition to sharing over 250,000 seeds, Mrs. Meyers is also donating to schools:

During the month of September, for every Compassion Flower Hand Soap sold, we’re giving a Growing Compassion Gardening Kit to a classroom —up to 1,000 across the country —giving hardworking teachers a hand. Each kit contains a lesson plan for teachers and the tools to complete a garden-based activity, so students can plant their very own Compassion Flower and watch it grow.

LottoLove – Social Good Scratch Off Card

This brand is new to me. If like me, you aren’t familiar, LottoLove is a unique concent – the recipient plays and someone in need receives something charitable. FYI – each card is already a winner, you don’t have to turn them in for the donation to happen. The point of the scratch-off is to see which good cause is the winner:

And with this card I’m giving back to the Mountain Gorillas!

You’ve helped save a mountain gorilla’s life by building their permanent home in Rwanda. There are about 1,000 mountain gorillas alive today whose lives are threatened by loss of habitat, disease, and getting trapped in snares set for other animals in the forest.

Verdict: This box has a retail value of over $300. I think that’s great for a $54.99 box, especially one that includes a pricey home item, and a sterling silver jewelry piece. (Of course, if those two items aren’t for you, this box may be a miss.) I think the curation focused on quality, and I hope to see that continue with future boxes. And I love the giving back piece of this box – it’s awesome and it feels so authentically Ellen.

What do you think of the first Be Kind Box?

(P.S. If you didn’t get a chance to grab this box before it sold out, check back on MSA tomorrow for your chance to win one!)

For 17 years, Ellen DeGeneres talk show guests, viewers, and audience members have all felt the same unifying experience when they watch The Ellen DeGeneres Show one that lightens their moods, lifts their spirits, and makes their hearts smile. To share this experience with people everywhere, Ellen h... read more.
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!

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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Ca we expect to find a cherrio box in each new be kind box ?


Ca we expect to find a cherrio box in each new be kind box ? Are was that just for the 1st one?

joanne bourque

hy ellen love you very mush like to order your box


Does anybody know if there will be another box? I really loved this one and feel that I got a great value for my money and would LOVE to have this as a sub. 🙂


I just got an email that it’s now an ongoing sub! I signed up (I think, no confirmation yet)!


Yes! I got the notice and invite as well. I signed up!


Yes. Ellen is starting her own sub box sometime in the future but when isn’t known yet.


I am wondering the same thing. Any update on if this is going to be a regular box?????

Debbie B.

I just was checking my credit card and saw the November 20th charge. At the time I tried to order the box, I never received a confirmation that the order went thru. A pending transaction showed for a few days (I know that is normal) but then that disappeared. So that and the info from here that it sold out made me think I just missed out on it. No biggie, just a little extra for college granddaughter. Now the charge appears, I contacted gd to see if she got it. NOPE. And I send her alot of boxes and she always let’s me know when they get there. I contacted customer service-after having to search for email address. All they reply is I was only charged once. Yeah I knew that. But I sent back another email stating I was charged for a box I DID NOT RECEIVE! The amount if the box is not a small amount to just say oh well, no problem. For and organization the size of Ellen DeGeneres, this is totally unexceptional! For myself, I will go as far as posting on her Twitter, Instagram, whatever to get this resolved. Their customer service is poor, no confirmation or tracking to show me it was even sent. I would never ever subscribe to anything by her ever. Please let me know if others are having the same problem of no box but being charge and how you are handling it. Thanks!


I got a charge in November, too, but I did order a box prior to seeing the contents. Has there been a resolution for people, so that they can share how people can contact, whom to call, etc?


Did anyone else notice a charge from Ellen Be Kind on their credit card statement this month?


I just noticed the charge on my cc from BEKINDBOX dated 11/20 but when I went back to find the original charge from mid October I couldn’t find it on my past statements so I’m guessing they were having a billing issue and are only just now charging for the box. It’s definitely strange but as long as I’m only charged once it’s fine. Such an awesome box by the way!! Everything was used/useful which pretty much never happens with a subbox


Yep and I have talked to them more than once and nothing has been done about it I am pissed!


I wonder if anyone else has had this issue. I paid for and received my box back in October. I noticed that I was charged again (same amount) a few days ago. Really strange. Their customer service hasn’t come up with an answer yet, so I’m going to get frustrated soon 🙁


I know that noone is probably reading this right now, but I am totally upset. I have been charged AGAIN on November 20,2018 for another box that does not exist. This is supposed to be a one time thing, right? Ridiculous. They need to fix this.


I know I saw the charges for my two boxes I ordered charged on my credit card back in October. Now they are not there on my statement. They are saying these charges I am seeing are from the October boxes and they are just now being charged. If this is going to be a regular subscription, they better fix that.


I have not been personally affected by this mess but I am sure @shakingmyhead that staff in My Subscription Addiction are reading all the messages in this thread and they will help members to get a refund.
Such a bad organization from this subscription box with Ellen’s name!


I was charged yesterday as well but I’m trying to go back through my records and I’m not seeing a charge from them back in October…

Does anyone see their charge from October and if it’s labeled differently than this one? This charge was labeled the “BEKINDBOX” for me.

Thanks! 🙂

Julie Shannon

I bought 2 boxes when they first came out and now I have been charged again! I thought this was a one time box? Anyone else have this happen?


I was charged today as well. I emailed them through the website. If I don’t hear back by Monday, I’ll call.


Does anybody have a number to call? I should have been more on top of it but I had two damaged items, and now they are not answering emails, I’m just getting a generated reply. SO frustrating!


I had finally got a reply saying they were working on this issue and would be done in a few hours. Well that was hours ago and have not heard anything since.


I just noticed the additional charge on my account this morning. Have emailed CS. Hopefully it’s resolved quickly. I’m running a little tight at the moment. UGH


Has anyone gotten a response/resolution about getting charged for another box in error?


No I have not heard back yet. I wrote as soon as I saw the charge. Hopefully we all get this fixed

Liz L

Did anybody else get a second charge for this box on Nov 19 (yesterday)


Oh my gosh. I got charged as well. I know I had a charge back in October. Now I went back and don’t see it on my statement. Very strange indeed. I am concerned though.


I was charged this morning too. I’m glad I saw these comments, I don’t normally monitor charges as closely as I should. Please post if you contact customer service or hear anything.

Liz L

I emailed right after the charge appeared, but haven’t heard anything back. I also tried to manage my subscription from the site, but that doesn’t seem to be an option. Which makes sense, as this was not a sub, or so I thought. Will post back if I hear anything.


Thank you for the heads up and contacting customer service!


Yes I just got charged this morning too! I’m so confused and a little disappointed 😔 I hope they fix this!


I just saw a new charge from them as well but no notification of a new box.

I guess we need to contact customer service.

I’d love to get another box from her.


I’m interested in purchasing a box from anyone who no longer wants there’s and could not cancel.

Cindy Brady

I also would buy someone’s box that didn’t want it.
OR at least the diffuser for a reasonable price.
I really hate I missed this one.


Where are all these people that were sooooo unhappy and wanting to get rid of the boxes they ordered???? Haven’t been contacted by a single one 🤔
savanahgibson @ hotmail


I just got my Ellen box. I came SUPER FAST. The diffuser is AAAAAAAHHHHHHmazing. I don’t like the smell of lavender but tried it anyhow. The necklace is ok. Why they didn’t put “Be Kind” inst ad of “Love” is odd. It’s quite heavy too considering the size. And hose snack bars are SO GOOD! I’m ordering a box from Target. This was a really awesome box. Can’t waitnto subscribe. Oh, and the soap? FULL SIZE!
Off topic here….I wish they’d change this format so you didn’t have to scroll all the way to the bottom of the comments just to post.


I am totally with you on your last comment!

Cindy Keen

Would love to buy the whole box from someone!

Cindy.weitung at gmail


Hello @lizcadman, is there a way to sign up for notifications regarding the Ellen box (if and when it happens)? I can’t seem to find that option. Thank you, S.


I just got my box, what a treat to open! It is very well packaged, and so nicely curated. I love the diffuser and the necklace, they are totally with the cost of the box for me. I’m glad they included a great and socks, as well. I’m really happy with my blind purchase before the spoilers were out. The whole box is amazing!

Liza's mom

I got my box today too! Absolutely love it! The necklace is small but the silver disc is solid and the diffuser design is lovely. Plan on using everything but maybe the socks. I am getting on the list for the next box.


I loved the box…all the items felt high quality on I appreciate the undercurrent of giving back. It felt very on brand for Ellen.

I am wondering if this was the first subscription box purchase for some people. They do work differently than retail, so maybe some people weren’t used to it.


If anyone would like to swap the diffuser for the necklace, click on my name to get to my swap page and send a request. Thanks!


Not all essential oils are good for diffusing with pets in the home. Double check to make sure your scents are ok before you do.


This was an AMAAZZING box! I am so happy about the quality of the items! The diffuser alone makes it worth it! My lotto card went to the gorillas! I hope this becomes a seasonal subscription!!


Totally agree – I’d pay $55 just for the diffuser and the oil, so everything else is a bonus! (plus, supporting charities always feels great!)


I will buy anyone’s box that wants to sell it.

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