Wonderful Objects “Library” Subscription Review + Coupon


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Wonderful Objects Serenity and Clarity February 2019

Wonderful Objects by Wonder and Company is a quarterly subscription service that brings imaginary adventures to life. This box is always full of unexpected, playful surprises. They offer mystery boxes for both Adults and Kids.

This review is of the Whimsical Adult, $54 a quarter, box.

Wonderful Objects Serenity and Clarity February 2019 open

This box was sent to us at no cost to review. (Check out our review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

Wonderful Objects Serenity and Clarity February 2019 all contents

About Wonderful Objects Immersive Subscription Box

The Subscription Box: Wonderful Objects

The Cost: $54 per quarter with discounts available for longer subscription commitments

The Products: Hand-picked items and custom-designed ephemera that bring an imaginary scenario, place, or story to life. You’ll also get a teaser a few weeks before each box!

Ships to: United States is $9 per quarter and includes both teaser(s) and full mystery box. International shipping is $25 per quarter.

Wonderful Objects “Library” Subscription Box Unboxing and Review

Wonderful Objects Serenity and Clarity February 2019 Teaser

Before you receive the main box, you’ll get a “teaser” package in the mail. I am already into the moody black envelope.

Wonderful Objects Serenity and Clarity February 2019 open teaser

Inside is a vellum envelope sealed with a black wax skull. Also inside is a green velvet pouch.

Wonderful Objects Serenity and Clarity February 2019 teaser letter

Inside the envelope is a mysterious letter from a woman named Rebecca. She explains that this letter may seem crazy, but she is reaching out because her uncle has passed away and the amethyst was found in his belongings. She explains that though he was magically gifted, he was full of darkness and that we are to take the crystal to our upcoming meeting with a man named Edwin Farrow and give it to him when we are inside his library. We must safely deliver the crystal to Edwin, for inside it lies a soul. No pressure, right?

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Raw Amethyst Cluster – Listed Value $5-10.00 (depending on size)

This cluster is absolutely gorgeous. If you read any of my reviews you know I am more than a little bit crystal obsessed. This specimen would make a gorgeous addition to my collection, but it looks like I need to get it to Edwin as the inside is a soul of someone he knows.

Wonderful Objects Serenity and Clarity February 2019 open

Now let’s dive into the main box that arrives later!

Wonderful Objects Serenity and Clarity February 2019 open me first letter

Right on top is an envelope labeled “Open me first” which is normal fare for Wonderful Objects.

Wonderful Objects Serenity and Clarity February 2019 open me first letter sealed

It’s sealed with wax with a bird (a crow maybe?) stamped into it.

Wonderful Objects Serenity and Clarity February 2019 what if card

Here, they reveal the adventure I’ll be going on through the items included in the box. The question of “What if a library could hold a soul?” is an interesting one. You could argue that each book holds a piece of its author’s soul, but I don’t think that is the implication here. The card alludes to a journey between worlds where something horrible has happened. At the center of this mystery is the amethyst incased soul, and a library.

Wonderful Objects Serenity and Clarity February 2019 product list card

On the back, they list all of those items included.

Wonderful Objects Serenity and Clarity February 2019 envelope Wonderful Objects Serenity and Clarity February 2019 envelope full of paper

Let’s begin with the envelope filled with letters and other ephemera. I can’t wait to open it!

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This letter is quite long and utterly fascinating. It appears that Edwin is no longer with the living, though his soul is still in his library. He has left us this long letter to explain what is going on. Rebecca’s uncle was once his friend and peer, and the two dabbled in magic, with Edwin wishing to take care of himself and his orphaned sister Lizzie, and do good for the world. Tenor, on the other hand, craved power. A falling out between the two men led to Lizzie’s soul being trapped.

Wonderful Objects Serenity and Clarity February 2019 creepy engraving Wonderful Objects Serenity and Clarity February 2019 hand written note

There is an illustration included of a soul departing a body with hesitation. Does this hint to our story? How?

Wonderful Objects Serenity and Clarity February 2019 amethyst note Wonderful Objects Serenity and Clarity February 2019 back of amethyst card

Also included is a beautiful amethyst illustration with beautiful script on the back. It explains that amethyst is useful for transforming energy into love and recommends I place it close to me when I sleep to promote astral travel. Now that I know a soul is within, this is certainly not likely for me. Pointedly, the final note on this card mentions that amethyst can be used to open different realities. Is this what happened to Lizzie? It is nice to get a little more info on our gorgeous crystal teaser gift.

Wonderful Objects Serenity and Clarity February 2019 crystal ball

Leaded Crystal Gazing Ball – Listed Value $27.00

I am a little disappointed because my gazing ball was meant to come with a custom velvet resting cushion, but it appears this didn’t quite make it into the box. I will have to just be extra careful storing it. This ball was mentioned in our letter above and is one in a pair shared between Edwin and Tenor. It is so heavy and lovely and casts a perfect verticle flip of reality when I gaze through it. Can it show me the way through our mystery? I am not sure.

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Cedar & Floral Smudge Set – Listed Value $14.00

Wow, this is beautiful. Truly gorgeous. This thick smudge stick is made of cedar, lavender, rose petals, and rosemary. Bound together with a raw crystal, the effect is truly stunning. To make this smudging kit even more special is the included abalone shell rest. It shimmers with so many colors. Smudging is a practice that is useful for clearing negative energy.

Wonderful Objects Serenity and Clarity February 2019 lollipop pair Wonderful Objects Serenity and Clarity February 2019 lollipop pair detail shot

Gourmet Lollipop Set – Listed  Value $5.00

These lollipops were truly a treat, especially the honey and lavender one. Though I generally dislike pumpkin spice flavored items, this one was unique because it had delicious chewy ginger pieces. Apparently, Lizzie loved these lollipops and would leave them all over the manor house, which drove the maids crazy!

Wonderful Objects Serenity and Clarity February 2019 print Wonderful Objects Serenity and Clarity February 2019 print detail

Art Print – Listed Value $12.00

This thick art print is highly detailed and on lovely heavy paper with a great texture. It is a diagram of moon phases, knowledge that is especially helpful with magic and alchemy, two practices of Edwin and Tenor. Was this used as a visual aid in their experimentation? What does all of this mean?

Wonderful Objects Serenity and Clarity February 2019 bookplates Wonderful Objects Serenity and Clarity February 2019 bookplate variations Wonderful Objects Serenity and Clarity February 2019 complete set of book plates

Ex Libris Bookplates Set – Listed Value $16.00

I am a compulsive book buyer. I have enjoyed reading ever since I first learned how, and escaping into a good book was often a source of comfort and deep enjoyment for me. This is probably why a storytelling experience box like this brings me so much happiness! These bookplates are self-adhesive, meaning they are super easy to place inside your books right away, so if you lend them out they are that much likelier to find their way back home to your own magical library. The illustrations are beautiful but also a little sad and creepy, meaning they are perfect for this box’s theme. With a curation this thoughtful, I have to wonder if these specific illustrations tie into our story.

The Verdict: Did we manage to unite Edwin and Lizzie again on a different plane? What became of Tenor’s troubled soul? This month’s Wonderful Objects left these questions open-ended, but that is the fun part of a box like this. Each item included is part of an overall story that takes on a new life for each person who opens the box. I would like to think that Lizzie and Edwin are now reunited again, released from the beautiful amethyst prison and enjoying their afterlife together in their beloved library. Each item sent this month enhanced this tale and created such a vivid landscape for laying back and just imagining the ending. This was my first Wonderful Objects box and I am totally hooked. If you have a big imagination and enjoy great storytelling, this is a box you will love. The items are each beautiful and thoughtfully curated. My amethyst now lives on my fireplace mantle with my other crystals and the lead crystal ball. The lollipops didn’t last long because they were so delicious! The smudge set is easily one of the most gorgeous I have ever seen. The art print actually works really well in my quirkier home decor and is already framed. I thought the bookplates were just so thoughtful when considered with this month’s theme, and I have never gotten anything that unique in any subscription. I can’t wait until next quarter! The total listed value of this box comes to around $80, which isn’t much higher than the box’s price, but this total does not in any way take into account the value of all the cool ephemera, storytelling, curation, and overall experience.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, you will receive the Winter/Spring box, which ships in April!

Coupon – Use code WONDERADDICT10 to save $10 off any subscription!

Value Breakdown: For $63.00 ($54.00 + $9.00 shipping), I received six items with a retail value of around $80.00. Each item costs on average around $6.30.

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Written by Megan Kirkland

Megan Kirkland

I love natural/vegan beauty products, Korean skincare, unique jewelry, and weird candies from far away places. When I am not waiting for my next exciting box you can find me painting or taking photographs of interesting people. I never leave home without pug hair somewhere on my shirt and a bold lipstick on my smile.

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13 Comments

  1. They were a lot nicer when I reminded them about the promised refund. Apparently, the refund initially did not go through. They did respond back politely this morning and the refund came through PayPal.

  2. I received an extremely rude and condescending email from this company as I decided to cancel the day after reading these reviews. They promised a refund February 22nd. Nothing has transpired. I have a ver funny feeling this sub box will not last much longer. Their rudeness was astounding!

  3. I subscribed a few years ago and some months were amazing yet others were a complete box of junk. shipping was sporadic and things were missing from boxes. I will just watch from afar as I would never sub with them again

  4. Looks lovely and I would be interested but I hear nothing but bad reviews about their customer service and shipping–so sadly I will not sub.

  5. Wow! I was all set to subscribe but then I saw the comments. ouch. What a shame. Thanks for the warnings.

  6. I love this box and had subscribed to it for about a year or two. But this past year the delivery has been incredibly slow and terrible with little explanation. I luckily subscribed month to month and after this box, I decided I had enough. I would have stayed if they were timely, but this is a bad sign. I cancelled. But I will enjoy reading reviews of this box.

  7. There was another teaser too – it was a page ripped out of copy of Dorian Gray, soaked in some kind of lavender scented wax, plus a calling card asking for a meeting with what’s-his-name all sent in an envelope full of lavender bits.

    I had some issues with this company in the beginning – they’ve had difficulties actually delivering a quarterly box on a quarterly timetable. I had subscribed for myself for a year, and given a gift to my sister for 2 quarters. I subscribed in February and the first boxes didn’t arrive until July. At one point I had emailed the company asking for an ETA (because of the gift) and the response I got back was…not polite.

    However. They have since that first box gotten their act together customer service-wise. The second box was *also* late, but this time there were updates, plus the second teaser (the one with the crystal). When I emailed their customer service person, the response I got back was quick, friendly, and helpful. Yes, this box is more bi-annual than quarterly, but I think they are getting there. It’s a neat box and I don’t regret my subscription despite the issues I’ve had.

  8. I loved this box! I thought this was beautifully curated and the story line was a lot of fun to follow. The previous box was the worst I’ve seen and had my expectations very low. so I was happy that they up-ed their game for this (and hopefully the rest of the year.)

    Note: Buyer beware! I have been subscribed since Jan 2017 and this is my second box. My profile was set to re-subscribe in January 2019 (I had to manually postpone it) without my remaining two boxes. I don’t think this subscription is worth the unreliability that comes with it.

  9. There are so many problems with thus company! From arrogant and condescending customer service ti an 8 month wait for my box.

  10. This was kind of amazing. The print of the soul leaving the body is nice and creepy. I would like to see one more envelope to reveal the ending.

  11. This is a terrible company. Do not buy. Don’t not waste your money. I waited 9 months for my box. The co owner called my children and i stupid. Make sure you watch other videos on you tube before you buy. Google wonder and company.

  12. So disappointed in this sub box. I paid for a year in March 2018 and have only received 2 boxes! 1 last year and one this february. But they want to charge me for another year even though I haven’t received my 4 boxes yet and they won’t refund me for my remaining boxes and let me cancel! This sub is not worth the money at all!

  13. Interesting box!

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