Coastal Co. is a seasonal box of beach-inspired apparel and accessories delivered 4x per year. $180+ retail value inside each box.
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About Coastal Co.
The Subscription Box: Coastal Co.
The Cost: $99.00/season
The Products: 6-8 pieces of premium, beach-inspired apparel, accessories & lifestyle products. Total retail value of $180+
Ships to: U.S. for $4.95
Good to know: "Boxes are catered to your style preferences, as well as your climate. For example, if you live in a tropical climate, such as Hawaii, you won’t receive cold weather clothes such as heavy-duty outerwear or a beanie in your winter box".
Coastal Co. Winter 2018 Review
When you first go to sign up for Coastal Co., you'll be met with a short survey to let them know your sizing and physical features so they can send the perfect items for you. They also take your location/climate into account when selecting items.
Complexion, face shape, top size, bra (cup) size, waist size, ring size, and shoe size will all go into your profile.
When you receive your box you'll see an info card right on top that has a Christmas beachy photo on one side and a short intro with the items and their prices on the other side.
Alternative Apparel Sea La Vie Eco-Fleece Sweatshirt, size medium - Listed Retail Value $60.00
Alternative Apparel makes the softest sweatshirts in the game, so I was pleased to find this exclusive design made just for Coastal Co in the box. It's unbelievably cozy and perfect for layering winter wear while still nodding towards the beach. The heather blue cotton/poly/rayon blend has crisp white lettering across the chest that says "Sea La Vie" with three small squiggly lines to depict some waves underneath. I'll definitely be sporting this with my warm sweats in the house or when running out to grab some coffee in the chilly mornings.
Krochet Kids Intl. Knit Beanie - Listed Retail Value $26.00
I go a little beanie-crazy every winter and end up buying way more than one person needs. It's hard to find the perfect one sometimes, and this one really hits the spot. I like the black with white stripes design and it just so happens that this company pays its crafters a good living wage in their facilities in Peru, Uganda, and India which helps them personally as well as communally. The inside of each hat is signed by the person who made it for an extra touch. The hat itself is incredibly soft and made with 80% acrylic and 20% alpaca! It's nice to see that Coastal Co. provides products that are ethically produced by brands that care.
Here I am wearing both cozy items!
Pirette Dry Body Oil, 3.4 oz. - Retail Value $36.00
I can't say I've heard of "dry body oil" before but I'm really impressed with this. The pump allows really easy application to a large surface of skin which makes it perfect to use right out of the shower. It's made with "fractionated coconut oil macadamia seed oil, and vitamin E, infused with our flagship scent". The scent itself is really light and sweet, reminding me of a delicious tanning oil. It's incredibly moisturizing and I can't get over how soft my skin feels after spritzing and massaging into my skin. This is perfect for chapped winter skin.
Aloha Aina Hawaiian Naturals Soy Wax Candle in Hibiscus Passion - Retail Value $12.99
This is the opposite of the scent I use in the winter but oh my gosh is it wonderful. What better way to chase the blues than with a really sweet and tropical scent? I am very tempted to eat this but know that I shouldn't. It's made in Maui and 10% of net profits go towards protecting wildlife in Hawaii. The tin and lid make it great as a travel candle, but you could also use this as a stocking stuffer if you're willing to let go of it. I am not.
Salty Cali Tiny Shiva Shell Necklace - Retail Value $28.00
Naturally, because this necklace is made with an actual Shiva shell, it will vary from piece to piece. Based on the listed price, I think the delicate chain this is on is silver plated, but it looks to be a great quality. Their website explains that "Shiva Shell sometimes called Pacific Cat's Eye have been believed to open the Third Eye Chakra which helps you connect with your intuition". I am always down with getting help with my chakras so this lil baby should come in handy. The teeny shell is white, tan, and a little grey with its own unique markings.
One can always use another pair of socks. I enjoy the different varied green palms scattered around these crews socks. They're made with 86% combed cotton, 16% polyester, 13% nylon, and 3% spandex for stretch. You can tell immediately that they're of a high quality and feel quite soft and warm even though they aren't super thick.
Corduroy California Vitamin Sea Mug - Listed Retail Value $20.00
The sea-green color of this classic diner-style mug is really quite pleasing. It has a great weight to it and soft curves with nice thick walls that are sure to keep your tea nice n hot. This is, however, a bit larger than the average diner cup though, so it yields more before taking another trip to the tea kettle for more hot water. There's a palm tree on the left with the words "Daily Dose of Vitamin Sea" to the right of it that should bring a small glimmer of sunshine to Pittsburgh.
Republic of Tea, 3 assorted teas - Listed Retail Value $5.00
They've also included a small selection of three teas including Hibiscus, Pineapple Lychee, and Coconut Cocoa. I drink more tea in the evenings and try to keep it caffeine free, so these will be a nice treat.
Verdict: Even though Coastal Co. is a beach-centric box, they do a fine job making sure those of us in cold climates get items we can use that still remind us of warmer climates. Everything in this season's box will help me stay cozy and warm in the east and comes from many USA-based companies that keep ethical practices in mind. This time I received 8 items that have a retail value of $202.00 which is a great deal for a $103.95 box.
To Wrap Up:
Value Breakdown: At $103.95 ($99.00 + $4.95) for this box, here's what you're paying for each item:
- Sweatshirt: $30.88
- Beanie: $12.87
- Body Oil: $18.53
- Candle: $7.20
- Necklace: $14.41
- Socks: $7.20
- Mug: $10.29
- Tea: $2.57
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