California Found Subscription Box Review + Coupon – May 2019

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California Found May 2019 - Box

California Found is a monthly subscription box which features products from California makers that can typically only be found in California!  Subscribers receive several items per month that could be beauty, gourmet, style, or home goods.

California Found May 2019 - Box Inside

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California Found May 2019 - Review

About California Found

The Subscription: California Found

The Cost: $49 per month with discounts available for longer subscription commitments

The Products:  A minimum of $90 worth of California lifestyle goods, made by California based artisans

Ships to:  US for $7.95

California Found May 2019 Review

California Found May 2019 - Booklet

Instead of a booklet or pamphlet, California Found sends these really cool info cards for each product. They are very nice quality and informative. It also points out that they donate 10% of their profit every month to a charitable cause, and this month they are donating to No Kid Hungry:  California. Also, they have added a Golden Ticket contest – so if you find one in your sizzle, you get a free box for yourself or a friend!

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Three Greeting Card Set by Darling Daydream – Listed Value $15

California Found almost always sends greeting cards in their boxes, and I am just fine with that, particularly when they are so clever! I actually cannot wait to send my Dad this Fathers’ Day Card! I also have a niece who is graduating from high school, and there’s a great one here for her, too!  The artisan behind these cute cards is Toneylynn Papa who works from her West Covina, California studio. Her shop includes other items, too, such as the “cozy af” mug that I currently have my eye on…

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4 oz. Bottle of Chili Sauce by Nam Prik – Buy a 9 oz. bottle for $6.99

“Hurts So Good” is right! It’s funny to me how hot sauces can taste so different even when they are all causing my eyes to water, haha. This one definitely has the signature flavor of Thai food with definite citrus undertones. It’s delicious, and I love the heat, so it’s a win for me! Nam Prik is based in Torrance, California.

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8 oz. Candle in Orange Coast by Cali Vibes Retail Value $18

I love a good scented candle, and this one is fantastic!  It has a light citrus scent that smells so good, and perfect for summer.  Cali Vibes is located in Orange County, California. Owners/artisans Anthony and Mariah hand pour each candle using all natural, pure soy wax and phthalate free fragrance and essential oils.

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Eye Serum With Vitamin C by Pistache Skincare – Retail Value $38 

I am always a little wary when I get skincare products in a subscription box because I have super sensitive skin. I was excited about this eye serum though, for a number of reasons. It is really luxe, valuable, and sold at high-end retailers such as Neiman Marcus!  Second, I feel like it is always better to get vitamins through natural sources, and Pistache Skincare is fundamentally based on pistachio oil, which is rich in Vitamin E and other nutrients. I am also a big fan of Vitamin C! I tried it for several days, and it passed the first test and did not cause me to break out at all. It actually made the skin around my eyes feel a little smoother and look a bit brighter, so I think it will work well with continued use. Pistache Skincare is based out of Santa Monica, CA, but the owner, Sima Mostafavi, is actually a fourth-generation pistachio grower! How neat!

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Sterling Silver Leaf Studs by Silver Willow Studios – Retail Value $35 

These tiny earrings are so dainty and gorgeous! I couldn’t believe they are sterling silver! That’s awesome but also odd as they seem to have a gold cast to them. I wonder how that happened? In any case, the craftsmanship on these is outstanding. They are so delicate! Silver Willow Studio is based in Los Angeles and owned by metalsmith Erin Choi. She has so many beautiful pieces on her Etsy site!

The Verdict: California Found is one of my favorite subscription boxes, and I look forward to it every month! This month was another fabulous one! I really love the greeting cards and the earrings. They seem to send cards and jewelry every month, and that is so awesome! They also have a promised value of $90, which is outstanding, but this month’s total value comes to $106, not including the Nam Prik sauce! And the box only cost $49! That’s amazing!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, you will receive the June box. From California Found:

If you subscribe on or before the 30th of the month, you will receive that month’s box. If you subscribe after the 30th, your subscription will begin with the next month’s shipment. If we are sold out of boxes the month you subscribe, you will be notified and your subscription will begin the following month.

Value Breakdown: This box costs $49 + $7.95 shipping, which means that each of the 5 items in the box (counting the cards as one) has an average cost of $11.39.

Check out all of our California Found reviews and the best women’s subscription boxes of 2019!

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Written by Anna Rodriguez

Anna Rodriguez

Anna has been a fan of subscription boxes since joining Birchbox in 2013, but didn’t become a true addict until discovering subscriptions she could share with her children. Her favorites include Kiwi Crate and Fab Kids.

Posted in California Found Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews| Tags: california found | 7 comments


  1. I swapped for the leaf earrings and love them. Mine had a gold tint too, but I’m pretty sure it was tarnish because it came right off with a polishing cloth.

    • Glad you wound up with the style you wanted and so happy that you love them, Suzanne!!

      June boxes ship next week and they are SO GOOD!!! Did you see the spoilers?? Only 9 boxes left!!

  2. Great review! I love this box! I received the same earrings. 😍 The candle smells really good. Love the eye cream. Sent my dad this fathers day card. Didn’t try the chili sauce yet but will soon. Thai is a favorite in our house so I’m sure we’ll like it. Always look forward to receiving this box!

    • Thanks Val! We love this collection so much! I love the Nam Prik sauce on eggs (and chips…)! It’s totally different from any other sauce we’ve tried. Let me know what you think!

  3. I loved this box! I was hoping for the lead version of the earrings but got the U instead. I love them in person and think I actually prefer the U now. They’re very minimalist!

    I haven’t tried to chili sauce yet. I’m saving it for the right meal – and I haven’t decided what that is yet!

    The candle smells so good! It doesn’t give off a lot of scent but is perfect for a small room like a bathroom. I very well might end up ordering another one.

    The spoiler for next month looks great!

    • Hahaha! I came back to check out the comments and just saw that typo. I was hoping for the leaf earrings. I do not want any lead earrings! 😂

      • Ha! Both styles are so pretty, you really couldn’t go wrong last month. Both are on the Silver Willow Etsy site and there’s a discount code on for Silver Willow so you can get a few dollars off the leaf style! Try the chili sauce on eggs! Yum!

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