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HopeBox Review – October 2018

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Hopebox is a monthly care package subscription filled with full-sized, handmade pick-me-up and lift-me-up items to make your heart soar (with hope!). All items included in this box are vegan and cruelty-free and made with lots of love.

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There are three subscription options available: Hopebox Light ($29 for 6 full-size handmade treasures with a retail value of $65+), Hopebox ($49 for 10 full-size handmade treasures with a retail value $115+, and Hopechest ($79 for 15 full-size handmade treasures with a retail value $165+).

This is a review of Hopebox ($49 subscription).

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).

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About Hopebox

The Subscription Box: Hopebox

The Cost: $49.99 a month + $5.75 to PA/month, $43.17/month with a 6 month subscription, $41.58/month with a 12 month subscription

COUPON: Use code MSA10 to get 10% off your first box!

The Products: Each month, you’ll be treated to a box overflowing with 10+ handmade treasures that are both vegan and cruelty-free and a personalized note right as you open the box.

Ships to: Worldwide

Hopebox October 2018 Review

hopebox card

This info card automatically won me over. They have a personalized note tied to the rest of the package with a ribbon welcoming you to the Hopebox family.

hopebox product list

Hopebox also provides an itemized list of products featured in the box, including a comprehensive list of retail values. According to the card, this month’s box has a retail value of $131!

hopebox card

hopebox art

Clear Creek Elementary School Owl Masterpiece

This adorable owl by Adriana from Charlotte, NC is headed straight for the fridge! I love that this item is in the box. I don’t have kids of my own yet, but I cherish every work of art by all the kiddo artists in my life. This owl with a bow is no different!

hopebox pumpkin

hopebox knit pumpkin

Gwen’s Homemade Gifts Fluffy Hope Pumpkin – Retail Price $8.50

This handcrafted cutie stands 3 inches tall and is crocheted with acrylic yarn, stuffed, and topped with a cinnamon stick stem and a green felt leaf. The cinnamon stick still smells like cinnamon, and the detail of the pumpkin is killing me with cuteness. I think Hopebox includes a crocheted item in each box, and I can’t wait to start a little collection to display!

hopebox candle

Modern Forestry Sweater Weather Soy Candle, 4 oz. – Retail Price $10

All the smells of fall baking without the mess! This soy candle is scented with cinnamon leaf, ginger, and amyris essential oils, giving it a spicy, autumnal scent that was potent enough to waft through the first floor of my house. This candle can also function as a lotion candle, so if you feel like you want to join in the Sweater Weather ambiance and smell like a fall candle, you can dip your fingers into the melted wax and go to town!

hopebox egg

hopebox painted egg

Sparetime Creations Hand Painted Pumpkin Stone – Listed Value $20

I didn’t really understand this item at first until I read the description… mostly because my stone is shaped like an egg! Now that I understand that it is not just a heavy painted egg, I think this weighty stone is a cute, yet odd-shaped pumpkin. Would I pay $20 for a painted stone? Definitely not. But it will make a nice seasonal paperweight! I couldn’t find this shop on the web, so I linked the Hopebox site product list.

hopebox mask

hopebox detox mask

All Heart Cosmetics Rose Clay Detox Mask, 2.65 oz. – Retail Value $22.99

This powder-to-clay mask contains pink clay, kaolin, rose petals, rosehip, and beetroot. All of these ingredients are supposed to come together to help aid in reducing oils, removing impurities, and nourishing your skin with antioxidants and vitamins. The instructions say to mix a tablespoon of mask with a few drops of water to form a paste. The mask made my face feel a little tight after rinsing it off, but it didn’t irritate my skin. My moisturizer went on very smoothly after the mask, and it seemed like I didn’t have to use as much, so that is also a plus!

hopebox fall jar

hopebox happy fall shapes

Coconut Spice Mini Leaf Soaps – Estimated Value $6.50

I linked similar-looking soap, but it isn’t by Coconut Spice Skincare. These little soaps have a somewhat sticky texture with a nice subtle cinnamon fragrance. I love the bright colors and shapes of these soaps, but I don’t really have a use for decorative soap.

hopebox green tea mints

hopebox mints tin

Sen Cha Naturals Green Tea Mints, Mango – Retail Price $3.69

I know I’ve tried these mints before (I think from Birchbox once upon a time), and they’re great! They have a nice pop of mango and peppermint, and they are easy to chew, so no broken teeth here. (I am guilty of biting into/chewing all the mints/lollipops.)

hopebox take comfort

hopebox lellow lolly

Lellow Lolly Watercolor Encouragement Card – Retail Value $4.50

Prints are so much fun to receive in subscription boxes! I am so drawn to the colors of this print, and the subtle sparkle really adds interest to the feather designs and font. I don’t know why, but the feathers and font are actually giving me Harry Potter vibes, and maybe that is why I like it so much. I am usually not one to like inspirational quotes, but I really think Hopebox has accomplished its message in a non-cheesy way.

hopebox mug

hopebox fall mug

Keri Christine Fall Ceramic Mug – Retail Value $20

When I think of a camping mug for autumn, this is the first thing that comes to mind. It is HEFTY! I was actually shocked to feel the weight of this mug, and I love it! I live for seasonal decor and accessories, and the rusty terracotta color with the white and black specks could not be more fall.

hopebox necklace

hopebox pendant

Amy Catherine Designs Hope Necklace – Listed Value $20

Like I said before, I am not really one for inspirational quotes, but this charm is very cute. It is two-sided, and you can tie a bow in the black cord to choose whatever length you’d like to wear this charm. The silver frame and pink flowers make this charm very feminine. My friend’s daughter is making her first holy communion soon, so this will be the perfect little gift for her.

hopebox book

hopebox open book

hopebox happy book

Bonus: Happy Thoughts Book – Retail Value $9.95 (Found here for $5.97)

Hmm… This book wasn’t listed as an item in the box, so I guess it is just a thoughtful extra. The bright yellow pages are so cheerful, and the way the book is constructed is very unique. The recycled pages are in between two pieces of stiff cardboard; the back of the book describes it perfectly as “just a little sunshine sandwich!” Each page has a little inspirational quote or compliment, which makes this quite the page-turner

The Verdict: This month’s Hopebox is so endearing and genuinely touching. I fall head over heels for handmade items, and all of the hard work put into each item gives me the feels. (If I received this as a gift, I would honestly just cry all over it, haha!)  I would not hesitate to gift a Hopebox to anyone going through a rough time, or it could also make the perfect thinking-of-you gift. All in all, I love the non-cheesy, inspirational message that Hopebox sends, and I think this fall collection of unique items is definitely worth the cost of the box!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Your first Hopebox ships immediately; prepaid Hopeboxes ship the first week of each month.

COUPON: Use code MSA10 to get 10% off your first box!

Value Breakdown: The retail value of this box adds up to $116.18 (not including the extra book item or owl drawing), which isn’t quite the $131 value they have listed, but still a great value for a $49.99 box. The subscription box cost $49.99 +$5.75 to ship to PA, which means the average cost of each featured item in the box (not counting the bonus item) breaks down to approximately $5.57.

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Written by Abby Holsinger

Abby Holsinger

Abby has been a box enthusiast since July 2011, finding her calling with Birchbox. That was the start of a new era for Abby, because she is now hooked on the subscription box life; she loves the idea of receiving (several) thoughtful treats from genius curators such as Lisa Sugar and Rachel Zoe. A few other loves of hers would be her dog named Bill Murray, Bill Murray and chocolate babka.

Posted in Hopebox Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews| Tags: hopebox | 6 comments

Comments (6)

  1. I like the concept, but these quaint items just mean more clutter to me. Plus, I’m not big into the religious overtones on a couple things. Actually, the graphic design on the box it comes in is my favorite part. It would make a cute little storage box for craft supplies.

  2. The owl picture is adorable. But how are they getting the drawing by kids? I hope they’re not making kids draw pictures in class just for these boxes. Does the school get money for it? I’m guessing the other artisans get paid for their work.

    • I’m just picturing these elementary school kids chained to desks making crayon art for sub boxes…lol. 🤣

    • Hi Megan, great question! We donate a portion of the proceeds from each box to Jesse Armstrong’s art class at Clear Creek Elementary. Check out this link where Jesse often posts about how she’s turned her class’s partnership with Hopebox into an inspirational fund-raising project for her art program!

  3. I saw a you tube review of this box. The concept is sweet but all the items were so small and nothing exciting at all. There is nothing in this box worth parting with my money.

    • My sentiments exactly. Cute but more unnecessary clutter.

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