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CAUSEBOX Fall 2018 Welcome Box Review


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causebox welcome box artist designed package

CAUSEBOX is a quarterly subscription box that features brands and items dedicated to doing good all over the world. Many featured brands donate a portion of proceeds to charities and/or may employ local artisans, use ethically-sourced goods, etc. 

causebox welcome box illustrations

One thing I love about CAUSEBOX is that their boxes are designed by talented artists. Take a peek at the chic, painterly designs of this box, which were created by Yali Ziv!

causebox welcome box unboxing

This will be the first box that new subscribers receive, so long as you subscribe soon! If you subscribe at the annual level, you’ll be eligible for CAUSEBOX Custom, letting you personalize certain items in your box. Here’s how CAUSEBOX explains it:

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.)

causebox welcome box all items unboxed

About CAUSEBOX , A Charitable Women’s Lifestyle Subscription Box

The Subscription Box: CAUSEBOX

The Cost: $54.95 on a quarterly basis, or $49.95 per box with an annual subscription

COUPONUse coupon code WELCOME10 to save $10 off your first box or use coupon code WELCOME15 to save $15 off your annual subscription!

SPECIAL OFFER: Use code SWELL to get a free 17 oz. S’well Water Bottle! (Note that this coupon can’t be combined with any other offers or promotions!)

The Products: At least $150 worth of products for women from CAUSEBOX’s favorite socially-conscious brands.

Good to Know: Sign up for an annual subscription to qualify for CAUSEBOX Custom, which lets you hand-pick certain items in your boxes!

Ships to: US

CAUSEBOX Fall Welcome Box + CAUSEBOX Custom Picks

causebox welcome box card

causebox welcome box what's inside card

The box comes with an info card that features a welcome message and a product list. The color palette is super pretty, isn’t it?

causebox welcome box good news booklet

causebox welcome box clutches and editors note

CAUSEBOX also includes a booklet that’s filled with details about some of the brands featured in the box.

causebox welcome box soko feature in booklet

causebox welcome box page in causebox booklet

causebox welcome box information on vendors in causebox booklet

In addition to the brand features, they give lots of information that new subscribers might find interesting, such as details about B Corporations, sustainability, and clean beauty. (The copy editor in me is cringing at the missing “e” on the pink “Clean Beauty” page, hehe! But I’m grateful for the information nonetheless!)

causebox welcome box artisan made feature in booklet

causebox welcome box clean beauty and b corporation

causebox welcome box brand information

causebox welcome box back of booklet

I like getting this level of information from a subscription box—personally, when I have all of this context, I appreciate the items more than if I was just taking them at face value.

causebox welcome box illustration art card

causebox welcome box postcard

As mentioned earlier, this month’s box design was created by artist Yali Ziv. Ziv’s work is also represented on this postcard, which can double as an art print. I really like Ziv’s aesthetic. I could see framing these stylish ladies and hanging them on the wall of my home office (the denim-blue hues will complement the blue and navy throw pillows accenting the couch in that room), or just tacking it to the corkboard I have beside my desk at work.

causebox welcome box realher eyeshadow box

causebox welcome box realher packaging

causebox welcome box realher palette

causebox welcome box eyeshadow palette open

causebox welcome box eyeshadow names in palette

causebox welcome box palette swatches

RealHer Play Book Shadow Palette in Be Your Own Kind of Beauty, 9 x 0.04 oz. – Retail Value $28.00

This RealHer palette is vegan, paraben-free, and cruelty-free. I really like the tone of these hues. Golds and eggplants are my favorite colors to wear, as I feel like they have a warmth to them without being too reddish. The powder shadows are easy to work with and have a nice pigment to them—even the lighter colors. They’re not terribly creamy, but have a velvety quality that makes them easy enough to blend. The names of the colors are encouraging, too! Here’s what you see in the swatches above, going in order from the wrist down:

  • Fine
  • Fabulous
  • Fun
  • Strong
  • Proud
  • Courageous
  • Smart
  • Creative
  • Unique

Here’s the best part about this palette—it helps support the American Association of University Women!

Awesome!

causebox welcome box eyeshadow brush with black handles

causebox welcome box eyeshadow brush

causebox welcome box makeup brush tip

RealHer Cream Shadow Brush – Retail Value $10.00

The palette comes with this brush, which is technically for cream shadows. It still works well enough to apply the powder shadows—the shape of the brush tip is great for patting colors onto my lids.

The brush is made of synthetic, vegan fibers. According to the description of the brush on the website, this can also be used with concealer.

causebox welcome box zoya white box

causebox welcome box zoya polishes

Set of 2 Zoya Nail Polishes – Retail Value $20.00

Individual Zoya polishes are $10.00 each, so I assume the pricing is right on the money for this set. I wouldn’t have picked out these colors for myself (I tend to lean to brighter, bolder colors when I’m shopping for polish), but I am SO smitten with them!

causebox welcome box zoya beige polish

causebox welcome box beige polish and brush

causebox welcome box zoya mauve polish

causebox welcome box mauve zoya polish and brush

The mauve color, in particular, is just gorgeous. It’s autumnal, classy, and feels very modern. I love the idea of pairing it with my favorite olive jacket or heather gray sweater. It’s just enough of a pop of color while still being kind of moody and casual.

causebox welcome box nail polish colors swatched

Here’s how the colors look on. My nails need a manicure, stat! But I love the colors together.

causebox welcome box pf candle jar

causebox welcome box pf candle company open candle

P.F. Candle Company Sandalwood Rose, 7.2 oz. – Retail Value $18.00

To me, this candle has kind of a beachy vibe. Sandalwood always feels kind of cool and West Coast-y to me, and the rose elements make the fragrance even more romantic and pretty. I appreciate that this candle features soy wax and phthalate-free fragrance. And the amber color of the jar looks beautifully autumnal sitting on my bookshelf.

causebox welcome box cream tube

causebox welcome box lotion bottle

Scentuals Grapefruit Turmeric Hand Repair Cream, 100 ml – Retail Value $7.76, Listed Value $7.89

I love the fresh, rich fragrance of this hand cream. Plus, I just love that I got some nice hand cream! Cold air always zaps my skin of its moisture, so I’m happy to stock up on new handy bottles of lotion to tote around in my bag. This formula is gluten-free, vegan, and cruelty-free, too!

causebox welcome box gold arc earrings

causebox welcome box silver arc earrings

Soko Bow Earrings in Gold or Silver – Retail Value $42.00

If you qualify for CAUSEBOX Custom (which happens when you sign up for an annual subscription), you’ll be able to pick whether you’d like these earrings in gold or silver! Other subscribers will just receive one or the other.

causebox welcome box arc shaped earrings

causebox welcome box earrings on model

causebox welcome box silver soko earrings

causebox welcome box metal earrings on model

The gold earrings are SO my style. The silver ones are also pretty, though. The shape of these earrings is so unique, easy to wear, and versatile. They can add some shine to a simple t-shirt and jeans or complete a sophisticated party/dinner date outfit. Soko, the brand behind these earrings, supports marginalized artisans in the developing world, so this pair isn’t just a statement piece—they’re conversation pieces, too!

causebox welcome box black foldover clutch shut

causebox welcome box open black clutch

causebox welcome box black foldover clutch

causebox welcome box inside pocket of black clutch

causebox welcome box shut beige clutch

causebox welcome box open beige clutch

causebox welcome box foldover beige clutch

causebox welcome box beige clutch inner pocket

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causebox welcome box tag

October Jaipur Vegan Leather Envelope Clutch – Listed Value $54.00

The next item that CAUSEBOX Custom customers can choose is this artisan-made vegan leather clutch, which is rather simple, design-wise, but timeless, too. You’ll either choose or receive a beige or black clutch—both have handy inner pockets, a magnetic snap closure on the front, and even a wallet-like set of card slots. I do kind of wish it had a detachable chain or wrist strap on it, but it’ll be great for special occasions nonetheless.

causebox welcome box beige clutch held by model

causebox welcome box clutch in black held by model

Which one do you like better? I think I’m leaning towards the beige one!

causebox welcome box beige striped scarf

causebox welcome box beige scarf in a loop

causebox welcome box beige scarf light fabric

causebox welcome box gray striped scarf folded

causebox welcome box striped scarf in a loop

causebox welcome box striped gray blue scarf fabric

Bloom & Give Malabar Cotton Scarf – Retail Value $60.00

The last customizable item is this cotton scarf. CAUSEBOX Custom folks will be able to choose between the beige or the gray-blue color. This scarf is made from hand-loomed cotton in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The fabric is breezy and lightweight, which makes it seem a bit summery to me, but it’s big enough that it can wrap up into a warm, voluminous bundle that’ll keep me cozy when it’s tucked into the collar of my jacket.

causebox welcome box scarf in grey held by model

causebox welcome box gray scarf on model

causebox welcome box beige scarf held by model

causebox welcome box beige scarf on model

I think I’m feeling the beige color in this one, too! Which one do you like best?

causebox welcome box swell bottle packaging

causebox welcome box swell bottle back of packaging

causebox welcome box marbled swell bottle

causebox welcome box marbled steel swell bottle

causebox welcome box open swell bottle

SPECIAL OFFER: S’well Water Bottle, 17 oz. – Retail Value $35.00 (Found on sale here for $29.00)

If you sign up with code SWELL, you’ll also receive an awesome S’well stainless steel water bottle! I love the pattern on this bottle—I got the “Lily Wood” style—with its blue tones and marbled design. The bottle is triple-walled and vacuum insulated so it helps keep water cooler longer. It does clang around a bit more than a plastic bottle, but it’s better for the environment and looks gorgeous sitting on my desk!

Verdict: CAUSEBOX is one of my favorite subscription boxes. Their items are reliably high-quality, and I LOVE that they feature brands with great stories and missions behind them. This box is a great way to get to know the subscription in general. I love how the assortment covers self-care and wellness, home decor, and style, too! 

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes! But hurry—they go fast!

Coupon – Use coupon code WELCOME10 to save $10!

SPECIAL OFFER: Use code SWELL to get a free 17 oz. S’well Water Bottle! (Note that this coupon can’t be combined with any other offers or promotions!)

Value Breakdown: This box cost $54.95. The items have a total retail value of $239.76, not including the water bottle (or $274.76 with it). That means that, via the box, the cost of each item is:

  • Eyeshadow palette – $6.42
  • Makeup brush – $2.29
  • Nail polish set – $4.58
  • Candle – $4.13
  • Lotion – $1.78
  • Earrings – $9.63
  • Clutch – $12.38
  • Scarf – $13.75

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What do you think of the Fall 2018 Welcome Box from CAUSEBOX? What’s your favorite item?

Written by Anna Reilly

Anna Reilly

Anna loves collecting little treasures, be they pop-culture finds, handmade mementos, or new potions to put in her makeup bag. Beauty boxes got her interested in the subscription world, but now she’s swooning for all things kawaii!

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. If you buy something, MSA may earn an affiliate commission. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

54 Comments

  1. The box looks great, if I ever get it. I ordered on 9/26 and nothing has shipped yet for me. Ugh.

    • I ordered the Fall Welcome Box on September 25, and received a confirmation that it would be sent out by October 15. That date came and went, no email update, so I logged into my account. It showed the latest ship date would now be October 31. That date came and went too. Current update says the latest ship date is now November 23, a full 2 months after the order. Not sure how CauseBox thinks it will get returning customers with their horrible shipping times.

    • Same- I ordered mine about a month ago and STILL haven’t had it ship. The ship date has come and gone and now the website is talking about the Winter box? WTF….

    • I am in the same boat, and of course they won’t let you cancel and get a refund. And of course they are already selling winter boxes. Causebox is the worst and I won’t use them again

  2. I placed my order on 9/20. After several updated shipping dates passed with no box I finally emailed CS today. The last update I had was that it should ship by 10/31. This is the response to my inquiry today:
    “Good news, though! It looks like your Fall Welcome box is ready for packing and will ship soon. You should receive a tracking link by next week, once the box is picked up by our shipping partner. Our goal is to have all the Welcome boxes out by the first two weeks of November.”

  3. Thinking of getting the Fall welcome box for my GF but still have a few questions…what are the nail polish names (so i can check if she already has them)? Also, if I use your code will I also be able to use the swell code?

    • You can only use one code at a time, sorry. Just be warned, the boxes are delayed again. I ordered mine more than a month ago and it has yet to ship. Boxes ordered between 9/14-9/20 should ship between 10/17-10/23. Boxes ordered between 9/21-10/17 should ship between 10/24-10/30. This is provided that there aren’t any additional delays, which I consider likely with this company. According to their website they are again, waiting for some of the products to arrive and are shipping in batches as these shipments are received. If you order today, I wouldn’t expect to get this box until mid-November.

  4. And so it begins…
    The last email I received said that my box would ship 10/17, so I eagerly logged in today to see if there were any updates. It used to say that boxes ordered when I ordered mine (between 9/14-9/20) would ship between 10/17-10/19. When I checked on my lunch break it said 10/19-10/23. Now I just checked again and it is saying 10/17-10/23. I have no faith in this company’s ability to stick to their ship dates.

    • I just checked for the same timeframe and they extended it to 10/17-10/29 without any email update. So frustrating…this is my first box with them and it has been over a month (ordered Sept. 15th)!

      • I saw that last night. I was beyond irritated to be experiencing this nonsense again. I emailed CS asking to cancel and get a refund. Shockingly, which everyone else waits weeks to hear back from them, I got a response within an hour. I was quickly told that my request cannot be honored and that my box actually did ship on the 18th. They included a link to track my box, but according to that, my box hasn’t shipped. But apparently they have been having issues with their shipping partner. The whole thing just feels shady. But we shall see.

        • I didnt get any tracking email, I just got an email saying my box had arrived. Luckily it had, but I was getting nervous when I wasn’t getting an email saying it had shipped.

  5. Hi Anna, can I just ask what the nail polish names are? They’re both so pretty!

  6. Really like those nail polish colors! Can you specify the names of the colors, in case I want to purchase those individually? Thanks!

  7. I am not ok with the customer service so far. I am an annual member and will not renew when the time comes. I have had issues with my last two boxes and this one is crazy late. I still was ok with it until something looked different on my account and I emailed to make sure I truly was down for the fall box. The answer that came days later from Causebox was “to please be patient” and did not even address the discrepancy I originally emailed about! I honestly feel they did not even check my account but rather sent a blanket statement. I don’t mind if you make a mistake or are late (even though by the looks of it my Fall box will not get to me until Nov if Im lucky enough to get what I paid for almost a year ago) but a company that is rude/dismissive I have no time for. Just needed to vent.

    • Thanks to all the comments I am NOT going to purchase this box, was ready to after seeing fall box on YT, but this is a different box than they received and honestly do not need another box with issues.

    • I was going get a year subscription for this box for my Birthday in November but after reading this comment i would go nuts. I already have the luxor box with the Gilt.com deal and that’s enough for me to worry about. Sad because this could a really really great box but CS is part of the thing and it’s important.

  8. Received an email from Causebox yesterday or Sunday that the Welcome Boxes will be delayed and not start shipping until the 25th of this month.

    • The last 3 boxes were all significantly delayed. I get that they are experiencing growing pains, but after the summer 2 fiasco, you’d think they’d re-evaluate things a little. They even used the same excuse for the Welcome Box delay that they used for Summer 2 “the ______ box sold out so fast, that this box went for sale earlier than we anticipated….” Let’s learn from past mistakes and wait until fully prepared to sell the new box. Even better, maybe just return to having one box per season. You could manage that.

      • I agree, one box per quarter and when it runs out its over for that season. But I would have to say that it is the almighty dollar they are after now. They are pissing people off by delaying the boxes and then not even responding to emails. I sent one and did not get a reply until my box was delivered. And now I have a bone to pick with them about the items in my box, they left out a swell bottle, and the hair mask was cracked and the tote looks stained. Fabulous, I can’t wait.

        • I had an annual subscription from Summer 2016 to Spring 2017, which I really enjoyed. In fact, the mud cup and the print from the Spring 2017 box have followed me through 4 different offices now. I wasn’t always a huge fan of the items in the box, but I never had issues with them arriving late or being in anything other than great condition when they arrived. They reeled me back in with the amazing looking Summer 2 box, and my experience was a disaster with CS being dishonest with me several times. I ended up canceling that box in September, but hoped it was a fluke with just that box. I considered going annual with the fall box, but I’m so glad I didn’t. I’m scared it’s going to arrive in awful condition. Then I was a total fool and also ordered the fall welcome box that maybe, just maybe, I’ll get before December, when initially they said they’d ship it the first week of October. Ugh!

  9. Do they have a toll free number? I dont see anything but an email.

  10. omg …FFF and CAUSEbox looks the same to me now. And their colors, box and the products looks very similar. Like th same person taste…

  11. According to their Instagram, fall boxes will continue to ship out next week and welcome boxes will start shipping mid-October.

  12. You look GORGEOUS! Seriously, you look so nice 🙂

  13. What mascara and jeans are you wearing in this review?! They both look awesome on you!! 😍😍

  14. No box here either and also no response to my message four days ago. Not too sure what’s going on with Causebox.

    • I got the summer causebox, and had no problems, but I heard several others did, and more this month. It’s the inconsistency that worries me. I feel bad for anyone having problems 🙁

    • I just got mine so I wouldn’t be too worried just yet! Hope you all get it very soon!!!

    • FYI I was having issues with email (sent inquiry on 9/19) and also messaged them on Facebook. No response. I then tried to send my questions via message on Instagram and they were kind enough to reply with a few hours and they put me at ease about all of my concerns. For those of you still waiting on customer service replies, maybe that would be a good option for you. 😊

  15. Gosh this reminds me of FFF so much. Same price and if you get a yeat you get to pick items. I hope they have a amazing BLACK FRIDAY DEAL! Hate waiting every 3 months to get a box and all boxes are doing that and seem to all ship in the same month ….maybe not? Totally hope they have a good deal. Ohh and I really hope Popsugar has a mystery box for the holidays and a great deal because I really really miss them. I just can’t bring myself to spend 75 on a box. I know there is a deal right now though but I’m gonna hold off.

  16. I just got my regular fall box yesterday. I ended up really liking the scarf once I saw it in person, and it turned out to be perfect as I’d bought a gray dress from Gwynnie Bee and had no scarf to style it with.

    I got the October Jaiper tote since it was the regular box – the fabric came wrinkly and the vegan leather distorted but I think it’s because they didn’t put any packing in it to keep it fluffed out. I’m surprised they are giving the vegan leather and fabric the same RV as the comparable design bags with genuine leather and canvas bags on the website, though – the quality of the materials isn’t there with this bag. However, the design itself is great and the bag has lots of interesting details that I like.

    I got one of the really big S’Well bottles – same pattern (very pretty, the wood grain looks almost dark purple in some light!) but it’s rather cumbersome to use as a water bottle. It insulates great though – I filled it with hot tea yesterday around 5pm and this morning at 8am the tea was still warm enough to drink. I think I will use it more as an insulating carafe than a water bottle for holding hot tea or coffee to pour into a cup as I want.

    • Such a great review!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts, Jennifer!!! Great observations about the clutch bag, too 🙂

  17. Has anyone received their regular fall box yet? I got a shipping notice 10 days ago but it still hasn’t been accepted or moved at all.

    • I got my regular fall box a couple days ago. I think it probably took about 10 days to get here, though. Hope you get yours soon! 🙂

    • I received tracking info on Sept 28 and my box arrived today. Sometimes the tracking method they use won’t update until it arrives at your local post office, but I would definitely contact them if you’ve been waiting that long. Hope your box arrives soon!

    • I got mine. It’s really nice but everyone is getting the same thing…white bag, gray scarf, hair mask-may be only seasonals. The box is way better in person than the photos

      • I got the camel colored bag and the hairmask. I did like the gray scarf way more in person than from photos! It’s nice quality and the gray isn’t a color I have among my many scarves. I also liked the stationary a lot better in person – a nice salmon color scheme and the paper was nice quality.

        The bag I like a bit less in person. It was claimed RV $80 and the comparable design on the October Jaiper website is genuine leather and canvas – so I assumed these bags would be made of the same materials at the same RV. But this bag is vegan leather and the outer fabric is some form of thinner fabric, not what I would generally term canvas. The fabric on the bag came really wrinkled for me and the vegan leather pushed out of shape from the packing. I tossed all the box packaging into the tote in hopes it will fluff out better for now. I really liked the design of the bag (especially the little clip inside by the zipper pocket to hold keys or something – very nice touch! but the quality doesn’t look up to par with their website bags. I wish they’d advertised it as vegan leather since the website bags all seem to use genuine leather and that’s a large part of why I bought the box – and it would have felt a bit less like a bait and switch. It’s kind of a pet peeve of mine when sub boxes advertise an item from a designer but the materials used for it are different/cheaper – while still claiming the same RV.

        Overall though, I liked the box and was very impressed with it. I look forward to spoilers for the winter box.

    • I received my box today. I chose the gray scarf…..it’s gorgeous. Great box.

    • Getting a little testy with all the delays with Causebox. Mine supposedly shipped on 9/28, but continued to say that USPS was still waiting for the box up until yesterday. It’s at the regional USPS distribution center now, so hopefully I’ll receive it tomorrow, maybe monday? Kind of a bummer though, since I’ve had the last 3 weeks off work for surgery, and before I left they were saying “they ship out this week!” I thought for sure I’d have my new tote and water bottle for work before my return. The awesome items and great selections for annual members make me want to spring for an annual subscription, but their lack of organization makes me too nervous for that kind of investment.

      • I despise USPS. They don’t follow the same regular tracking guidelines as FedX or UPS. Once delivered to your neighborhood post office they stop tracking. You may know it got to your post office but it doesn’t tell u if out for delivery or what happens afterwards. I avoid using them at all costs. Had a number of packages never make it to me because of this. And they don’t lift a finger to help investigate. I wish CauseBox wild not use USPS, there would be much better delivery service with another mailing service. Just my 2 cents 🙂

  18. I’ve been a CauseBox subscriber for a while and they always have incredible items. There’s been very few items I’ve not used. It wasn’t due to quality but rather just not my preference. I can’t recommend them enough!!! On their web page are sotes to buy items and more. Some sites even have subscriptions!!!

  19. You can get earrings identical to those at Target for $7.

    • Even if the earrings at Target look identical, they definitely don’t support artisans in the developing world, as the Soko brand does. You can find similar, cheaper variants for most items found in Causebox–a huge draw in buying the box is supporting the missions behind the brands.

      • Exactly! Also I’m sure that these will last a lot longer than target earrings….

    • Using Anna’s price breakdown, you really are not paying all that much more at $9.63. Plus her price breakdown didn’t include the Swell bottle. If you add that I’m sure you’d be very close to $7 for the Soko earrings.

  20. Can’t wait for the review of the fall box! This looks great!

  21. GREAT box! I like it better than the original Fall box…

  22. I just ordered mine. I had to. This box looks fantastic!! Thank you for the review!

  23. Ugh why did I read this. Makes me want to buy it so bad.

    • Saaame.

  24. Anna, I love your outfit! That top (bodysuit?) looks fantastic on you!

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