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Happy Rebel Box Winter 2018 Subscription Review

Happy Rebel Box is an edgy lifestyle quarterly subscription box for women! Each box has a different theme. This season the theme is all about items for the home

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: Happy Rebel Box

The Cost: $100 a quarter

The Products: Each box will contain 4-6 items that will vary box to box, so you will never receive the same types of items repeatedly. Each box could contain jewelry, fashion accessories, home decor, beauty products, as well as other various lifestyle items that fit the collection of the box as well as the Happy Rebel modern and edgy style.

Ships to: US

Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription box list or wish list!

Check out my Happy Rebel Box reviews to learn more about this subscription box.

Each box comes with a fold-out card detailing the items included.

And with each box, Happy Rebel Box donates a portion of the proceeds to charity. For this box, they selected the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors.

Now, on to the items!

D.L. & Co. Mountain Cedar & Birchwood Candle – Retail Value $60

(Subscribers could pick one of five candle scents.)

This candle scent is described as a blend of “smoky birch, vetiver and oak blend with pure cedar, white elm, balsamic amber, and earthy moss.” It’s subtle and has a bit of a man’s cologne vibe – I love it.

And the vessel! It’s like a work of art! The glass jar and lid will be a decorative piece in my living room long after the candle is gone!

akrDesignStudio Warm Wishes Card – Retail Value $5

(Subscribers could pick one of four card designs.)

This adorable card features pale pink text over the black and white illustration. And the envelope has a quartz metallic finish with a sticker seal.

GALLIVANT Eau de Parfum in Tel Aviv – Retail Value $95

(Subscribers could pick one of seven scents.)

GALLIVANT is a new vegan and cruelty-free indie perfume brand. They have seven unisex scents inspired by different cities.

I’m not much of a perfume wearer, so this was the one item I was struggling with the selection. But I ended up happy with my choice! This scent is described as:

It’s sexy, it’s a party. It’s life in the bubble. | Clementine, bergamot, blackcurrant bud. Jasmine sambac absolute, comoros’ ylang ylang, rose oil, freesia. Sandalwood, musks.

It’s subtle but lasted all day – I was impressed!

Kiko Fold Over Crossbody Bag – Retail Value $125

(Subscribers could pick one of three styles.)

I have a few Kiko purses in my collection now thanks to Luxor box, and I really love this brand! The quality is great, and the styles are classic.

I’m a sucker for gold hardware, black leather, and a crossbody, so I picked this one immediately!

The flap that goes over the purse has a zipper pocket that goes all the way to the base of the purse. The flap secures in place via a magnetic snap closure. And inside there is a velcro pocket as well.

And the straps are removable so you can use this as a clutch if you prefer. Here it is in hand to give you a better sense of scale:

This is a perfect size for an everyday purse for me, too. It’s large enough to hold my wallet, phone, hand sanitizer, lip balm, keys, etc.

Verdict: This box has a retail listed value of about $285. I think that’s great! I love that this box went for quality over quantity and let subscribers customize every single item. Such a fab winter box in my opinion! And a good mix of home, fashion, and beauty!

What do you think of the Winter Happy Rebel Box? What is your favorite item?

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Written by 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!

Posted in Happy Rebel Box Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: Happy Rebel Box | 59 comments

Comments (59)

  1. Any news on when the spring spoiler(s) will be released? @HappyRebelBox

  2. This is possibly my favorite subscription box I’ve ever recieved…everything was just perfect! I got the foldover bag in brown and I LOVE it! It’s bigger than I thought, perfect size to fit everything! I got the black candle and I’m obsessed with the scent and the vessel it’s in. Love it so much. It’s also bigger than I thought it would be! I picked the tel aviv scent to give to my boyfriend’s mom as she just got back from a trip to Israel and she loved the gift. (Oh and btw Johanna from Happy rebel was so nice and let me change my selection after the deadline! They have great customer service ) And the card was a great addition to round out the box. Cute print and I love cards that have no writing inside as it lets you personalize it more. Such a great box. Oh and btw Happy rebel has a 60% off sale right now…thinking of buying another variation of the purse and another variation of the necklace from the fall box bc I love them both sooo much!

  3. I received the black fold-over bag and pink/grapefruit candle. Very impressive items. The bag is a bit too big for me, but I found that it does hold an iPad, so will be a good travel bag rather than daily purse.

    I opened the perfume today. Not a fan of the fragrance I selected: Brooklyn. Smells much like some 80s perfume ‘loves baby soft’ or baby powder. Not the sophisticated scent that was described on the site. Disappointed. I was looking forward to this item the most. I find fragrance to be one of more lux items in my collection and wish I had tried the Tele Aviv as it sounds less stuffy. I keep smelling the swatch on me hoping it’ll change to something wonderful, but it’s turning to moth ball scent now and not going the direction I was thinking. Drat!

    The box feels like a substantial value. Was really hoping I’d get some new items I used daily. Maybe next time.

  4. A big FYI… I received an email from Happy Rebel today with a coupon code for 60% off of store items. Use code “2019”. Unfortunately, they didn’t have any of the fragrances, but I was able to get the foldover bag and the boxy bag, along with a few other items. It is a great deal!! I love this subscription 🙂

  5. I can’t find my booklet that came with my box. Is the Kiko Leather discount code the same for everyone? If so can someone tell me what it is? Or can happy rebel reach out to me? My reference number was 1852320266. I gave my bag to my daughter for Christmas and I’d like to buy a bigger bag for myself.

    • I have the booklet, but cannot find a discount code. I also wanted to buy a larger tote.

      • Hi Jenn K & minnowoy! Liz provided photos of the booklet in her review. There was not a Kiko discount code included. We suggest signing up for email alerts with Kiko so that you can stay in the loop on any sales and discount opportunities they might have available. Thanks!

  6. Hi MSA readers! We wanted to let everyone know that we have updated our website to reflect that this box is now sold out and we have started a wait list. Please contact us directly with any further questions at gethappy [at] happyrebelbox [dot] com

    Happy New Year!

    • Yay @HappyRebelBox!! This was an awesome box! Thanks again! Putting my request in now for a Kiko tote in a future box!! 🙂

  7. Are there ever any discounts on this one?

    • No.

  8. Any Coupons expected by chance?


  9. I love this box so much. I picked the brown fold over, the London perfume, the grey candle, and the Happy Holidays card. I am hoping to purchase another one for my teen daughter. I am 5’9 and my fold over is the perfect length and closes well.

  10. Hi MSA Readers! Here is an update of the selections still available:

    The Simplistic – Black
    The Loveable – Black
    The Loveable – Blue

    All available

    Tokyo – our personal favorite!

    Holiday Items
    Gift Box
    Merry + Bright

    Check current availability by going to the item in our shop to confirm if it has sold out or is still available at the time of your order.


  11. Best Box ever. I got the London perfume and get compliments all the time. I wore it on Christmas and everyone who hugged me said, what’s that smell? Lol It’s so inviting and I feel so elegant when I wear it. The scent lasts all day. And can I just take a second to mention the box it came in. Wow. At the bottom of the box is a little opening inside and I thought it would be awesome if someone thinks about proposing they can give the perfume as a gift with a engagement ring also hidden inside the box in the secret opening.
    My purse is also the fold over and I love it. I did order the big zipper bag from Kikos website for 35 percent off. The leather smells up my whole room.
    And my candle is so yummy. It’s a beautiful display on my vanity.

  12. Just prefer my second box and had my choices confirmed within a few hours. Really impressed And excited! I’ll use everything in it and will have a backup purse for when my first one gets worn out. So worth it! I think the more that customers get to customize the happier they’ll be. I had never gotten a seasonal box from them before and this time I ordered two. So happy and I’m curious what spring will look like 🙂

  13. UPDATE: Brooklyn fragrance is sold out!

  14. @happyrebalbox – I emailed you to buy another box on my current subscription. Thank you!!

  15. UPDATE: London fragrance is sold out!

  16. UPDATE: The Fold Over in Brown is sold out!

    • Bummer, I was just going to order another one for the brown. 🙁 Well that made my decision a bit easier! But I’m sad. Thanks for keeping us updated!!

  17. UPDATE: Berlin fragrance is sold out!

  18. Loved my box, got the brown foldover bag and it is really cute, works as a good basic purse. The Istanbul perfume smells GORGEOUS, a very warm and complex scent. And then there is the candle, I actually wanted the box just to get another dl&co candle, the one last winter smelled so good and lasted forever. The black candle smells just as good and has such a beautiful container. As others said the card was kinda a meh, it was a nice card but not really my thing. Totally worth the price for this box, great job!

    • Agreed on the Istanbul perfume – it is heavenly! So pleasantly surprised!

      • I just got a second box and the Istanbul perfume is nice and spicy, what I was hoping the Amsterdam one would be! I like Istanbul much better and want to try London! Great box.

  19. While I did not keep everything in this box, I LOVED having such a custom box and that it felt like there were 3 hero items of the 4 total. Seriously an A+ offering!

  20. omg, I can purchase a second one?!! nooooooooooo…I’m going to sit on my hands for the moment. I have never spent so much on a sub, but this box was too good to pass up. I’m crazy about every item and definitely appreciate the quality over quantity. Looking forward to what they do for Spring!

  21. This truly felt like such a luxe box, reminded me of the old Luxor.

  22. Literally obsessed with this box! I got the same black fold-over bag. I don’t really find it overly difficult to fasten though like other comments mentioned. Maybe because it’s so full between my wallet, sunglasses case and all the other junk I have in there. the bag was the reason I subscribed this season, really happy to see real leather too over “vegan” leather.

    I went with the green candle, and it smells amazing! So impressed with everything about it. Agreed that the candle jar will stick around for a long time as a decorative piece in my living room. The card was meh, I do my own custom Christmas cards, so didn’t really have a use for it but still cute. I also went with the Tel Aviv fragrance and really like it!

    This box is a 10/10 for me!

  23. I chose the Istanbul perfume and it’s amazing. It lasts for a really long time, and is a nice and complex scent. I’m glad for the price point of the perfume that it didn’t feel cheap, as nice perfumes sometimes don’t linger.

    I got the same purse design in brown and I LOVE it. Like others have said, it’s difficult to close, but I think it’s such a good size and the compartments are so wonderful.

    The card is definitely meh, but with such an outstanding rest of the box – I don’t even care.

  24. I got the boxy black purse with the little handles and the optional long strap. Loved the style, quality, and size but unfortunately even on the longest setting it’s not a true crossbody bag as far as my experience. It doesn’t really go past my waste which is awkward. I’m not an especially large person but maybe on quite thin and petite women it would work better. I may try to swap it, which is a real bummer because it’s the exact kind of bag I’ve been looking for.
    I loved the Tel Aviv perfume but unlike Liz, I didn’t find it to last long at all. A perfume that expensive should really have more staying power. Perhaps it’s just my personal body chemistry. But I was very pleased that it didn’t strike me as even slightly unisex as I normally don’t like those scents. I picked Tel Aviv because it seemed much more feminine than any other scent option and it was.
    I too was pleased with the beautiful candle. I wanted the black one for looks but knew the scent would probably make me sneeze, so I got the grapefruit one.
    I knew the card would be a waste as none of the designs were my style or the style of anyone I know.
    Overall I was mostly pleased with the box in general but definitely wish the purse strap was longer since that was the main reason I purchased this box.

    • I got the Loveable in one of my boxes, and feel the same way about the strap. I immediately changed it to the longest setting and it doesn’t come down long enough for me to consider it a true crossbody either. I like them to hit more at my hip and this is right at/a smidge below my waist (I’m 5’7″ with average torso). Since the bag is small, I think it looks okay and I’m adjusting to it…but I still may have my hubby punch another hole in the strap to make it a bit longer. Still love the size, style, and fact that it’s real leather!

    • DG, I was going to mention as Bethany did also. Can you poke a few more holes for the proper length for you? I actually was shocked at how short the strap was on this purse. I got the same as you and I really like it. However, I’m 4’11” and wondered if responses such as this would pop up. It suits ME just fine, so I thought about taller people and how it wouldn’t be long enough. Oddly short strap.
      I got the green candle and it smells great, waiting until at least spring to light it though. The other two items were a miss for me, but I still liked the box.

      • Hey ladies!! I’m almost 5’10” and have to get all “crossbody” purses adjusted if there is room for more holes on the strap. I got both the Foldover and Loveable and think you could add a few more holes to make it longer which is awesome!! Take it to a shoe repair man. They have the tool. I got the Cambridge satchel from ? box long ago done and it looked totally normal after. Good luck!!

      • And it takes like two seconds. I don’t think he even charged me. 😉

      • Great suggestion, Ashley! That sounds like a much better choice than my husband’s grab-a-knife-and poke-a-hole method 🙂

      • Okay, well I don’t have a husband.

      • Thanks so much for the suggestion, ladies! I’ll definitely try this because I really do love everything else about the purse. Glad I wasn’t the only one with the issue. I’m only 5’3” so this was the first time I’ve ever had this problem.

  25. I’m considering a second box. @HappyRebel – can you purchase another box through an active account? I can reach out directly as well.

    • Hi, MissJ! Yes, we can take care of it on our end and renew your active subscription for an additional box. Just shoot us an email with the request and your selections for the second box – gethappy [at] happyrebelbox [dot] com. Cheers!

  26. Great review! I ended up ordering two so I could get both purses I wanted and two candles. So glad I got both!

  27. I loved this box and am using the purse as we speak. I agree it’s hard to close but it’s a great basic purse. The candle is to die for and I see the card. Not a fan of my perfume but the rest of the box makes up for it.

  28. Is this box still available?

    • Hi, Bee! Yes, this box is still available. And you can reply to your order confirmation email with your choices for each item. Thanks!

      • Hi, I just want to confirm that choices can still be made for items. Thank you!

      • Excellent! I just emailed with my requests for a second box. Crossing my fingers 🙂

  29. I freakin’ LOVED my box! I got the other black bag, not the boxy one that zips, the other one and it’s awesome and smells so good. 🙂 I also chose the same perfume but haven’t opened it yet since I don’t really wear perfume, maybe I’ll swap it. The candle smells so yummy, it’s the pink one, I believe it was grapefruit and sage. ♥ This is definitely my favorite box that I’ve gotten so far, I started right after the Winter box that had the gorgeous blanket unfortunately.

  30. Was anyone else hit by the irony of vegan/cruelty-free perfume alongside a leather bag?

    • Not I. I strongly prefer leather bags and shoes as well as appreciate cruelty free fragrance.

    • No.

    • Yes!

    • No. I do not care. It does not bother me.

      • As long as amyr doesn’t care that’s all that matters. 🙄

  31. The candle (black) was wonderful! The fold-over purse was do difficult to fasten and had such an fold zippered compartment on the fold-over part that I had to give it away. I chose the Tel-Aviv fragrance which was so light , it was non-descript scent which dissapated quickly and did not retain its scent. The cars was just a black and white card devoid of Christmas colors and cheer.

    • FYI not everyone celebrates Christmas. The card in this review is a winter greeting card

  32. Happy Holidays, MSA readers 😀

    We wanted to let everyone know that new subscribers signing up now can still choose each of the items in their box. Simply reply to your order confirmation email with your selections. As of right now, all variations are still available except for the Warm Wishes greeting card, which is the only item sold out.


  33. I got the black foldover and Tel Aviv as well. I got the orange candle and the Vogue card.

    This was a great box. Best sub of the holiday season!

    I am so happy I got the box! And so are the people who I referred to this box.

    • Amyr you are a troll and who freaking cares what you think.

  34. I got this exact box! I was shocked how heavy that candle is. I love the perfume. So glad I picked that one. I’m also glad the purse is real leather. The fold over design is really cute! This was my first Happy Rebel box!

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