Be Kind by Ellen Subscription Box Review – Winter 2019
Ellen Degeneres has launched a subscription box full of her favorite things.
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
About this Box
The Subscription Box: Be Kind by Ellen
The Cost: $54.99 quarterly
The Products: Each quarterly box is thoughtfully curated and filled with hand-picked products from Ellen. And, the best part, each box and each product within the box does something to make the world kinder and better.
Ships to: The US for free, or Canada (additional $16.00 shipping)
Be Kind by Ellen Winter 2019 Review
This box comes with a large fold-out card and a note from Ellen. It also gives details of all of the items included this month.
Now, on to the items!
Tribe Alive Handwoven Scarf – Retail Value $118.00 (currently on sale for $79.99)
Is it a $120 scarf? For me, no. I am not bougie enough to ever spend that much on a scarf. I would legit wrap up my neck in a newspaper for warmth before that happened. But it is a really, really nice scarf. And I love that it is 100% cotton. Because it is on the lighter side, but still long, you could wear this over different seasons and I appreciate that it is a solid cream color because it lets the weave texture and pattern take center stage.
When mixed with a black top and glasses, I do feel more chic than usual.
BE KIND Wrapping Paper – Listed Value $14.99
I am one of those types that are overly picky and selective when it comes to wrapping paper, so these sheets 100% weren’t for me. This box also arrived a little too close to Christmas for me to use, even if I did like these papers. The good thing is that they are thick and oversized, so if these are your cup of tea, they should be wonderful for wrapping.
BE KIND 52 Week Planner by the Marie Mae Company – Listed Value $30.00
This is a really nice planner, though I wish it wasn’t branded. It has a few really cool features in addition to the normal planner fare, such as a list of 52 acts of kindness you can try throughout the year. In addition to being a really well-done planner in terms of structure, it is also made in collaboration with a company that provides business training to survivors of human trafficking. I do like that they included a planner like this in a box that arrives right as we enter 2020.
Skinny Dipped Almonds Dark Chocolate Cocoa, 3.5 oz – Retail Value $4.49
Oh boy. These almonds are my new snacking obsession. I was pretty “meh” about them at first glance because I prefer milk chocolate but after trying a few, WOW. They are SO good! The chocolate coating is thinner than most chocolate covered nuts I have tried, but this provides a much nicer balance between the chocolate and the almond. They are finished off with a dusting of cocoa powder, which gives them a really unique and crave-able texture. These have been sitting in my Amazon shopping cart because I want more so badly but I am worried I would just eat nothing but almonds for the rest of my life.
ABLE #shesworthmore Cuff Bracelet – Retail Value $38.00
I have been following ABLE since one of my friends was carrying around a truly awesome leather purse from this Nashville-based line. I didn’t know they also designed jewelry. This bracelet is from their ‘She’s Worth More’ collection, a line dedicated to reminding the wearer that she is worth more. This collection is totally in-line with this brand’s overall mission: to empower and employ women to break out of poverty, while also changing the fashion industry and how our clothing, jewelry, and accessories are manufactured. They are also radically transparent, publishing their employees’ wages online for anyone to see. This cuff feels even more special with a little of this background. It is a thicker solid brass construction, but you can shape it to fit comfortably. The “She’s Worth More” message is tucked on the inside, leaving the outside of the cuff delightfully minimal.
You know I like a simple cuff!
Cocofloss 4 Pack – Retail Value $32.00
I didn’t know that floss could ever be cool until now. This 4-pack has 4 different flavors: mint, orange, strawberry, and coconut. I, admittedly, do not floss often enough. This floss feels more gentle than traditional floss, and it is coated in coconut oil which is great for gum health. Hopefully, these fun flavors can help me make that more of a habit in 2020. I especially love the orange!
Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. Paper & Slippers Medium Roast Blend – Buy 12 oz for $13.99
I don’t drink coffee, but Will does. He recently decided he didn’t love his normal blend and has been on some sort of a self-imposed journey to try out loads of different coffee in hopes of finding his new favorite morning boost. This coffee has notes of brownies, walnuts, and berries, though Will didn’t notice the berries. He thought the medium roast was great and that it was a smooth cup. He was really excited that this brand donates 20% of its profits to shelters and rescue organizations because he is such a dog lover. He tends to prefer dark roasts, so this probably isn’t going to replace his older favorite, but I might surprise him with a bag of this brand’s Good Boy dark roast since I feel like this is a brand he would really feel great about supporting.
Zoë Ayla Mini Hair Straightener – Retail Value $39.99
Finally, our last item is a mini hair straightener. I don’t straighten my hair, but my mom does and she has been wanting one of these mini straighteners since her hair is shorter. This will make a nice little present for her. The quality seems good, and it did straighten a test section of my thicker wild hair, which is pretty impressive for a smaller straightener.
Verdict: I ended up liking this box more than I thought I would. In fact, the only real miss for me was the wrapping paper. Though I won’t personally use the planner or straightener, they will make very nice gifts. I really liked the scarf, cuff, ALMONDS, and the floss. I never thought I would be happy about floss.. Is this maturity? Who am I? I am also happy about possibly discovering a coffee brand Will might love if we can find the right beans for him from their huge selection. I feel like this box always leaves me a little confused on how I truly feel and wanting just a little more. There was enough in here for me to love, and it was nice that there wasn’t a bunch of coupon codes or a self-help book. I think for the spring box I would hope to see more of a truly high-value hero item, because if you aren’t into scarves you might not have been super thrilled this quarter. All together, it didn’t quite feel like a $55 box to me. At the very least, this box was filled with brands that are doing good through their products, which is 100% on-brand for Ellen.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Unfortunately, this box is sold out.
Value Breakdown: This box costs $54.99, meaning each of the 7 items has an average cost of $7.86.
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