Be Kind by Ellen Subscription Box Review – Spring 2020
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 Spring 2020 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!
DIFF ‘Cruz’ Aviator Sunglasses – Retail Value $85.00
I don’t usually reach for aviators because the bottom of the dropped lenses always sit right on my full cheeks and create a line. Will, on the other hand, LOVES them. These are super lightweight in a way that makes me uncomfortable because I tend to break and destroy sunglasses accidentally all the time. Luckily he is much more responsible (he even has a little clip on the visor of his truck) and these might stand a chance of survival with him instead of me.
I have to say it. I feel like a sassy cop in these.
VAHDAM Teas Sampler – Listed Value $24.99
I really like tea and I have been trying my hand at golden lattes recently (and failing spectacularly!). Latte or no, these bright yellow turmeric teas are as delicious with milk as without. This trio contains Turmeric Ginger, Turmeric Ashwagandha, and a Turmeric Spiced variety.
Quartet Dry Erase Board Computer Pad – Retail Value $26.95
I didn’t even realize a whiteboard this small was a thing until I opened this box, and, admittedly, I was confused by it. I did a little research and it is meant to be tucked under your computer screen and take the place of scratch paper or sticky notes. Ok, I am in! There is also a little hidden drawer compartment for your markers and eraser.
While I have loads of produce bags, I still like items like this, mainly for traveling. These mesh bags are perfect for smaller intimates or separating your dirty clothes from your clean. Two of these are also even big enough for shoes! So even if you don’t need produce bags, this trio is still very useful. They are also awesome for stashing art supplies, makeup, etc. and the drawstring toggle keeps everything secure.
Be Kind Umbrella – Listed Value $35.00
I don’t love the Be Kind branded items as a general rule. I worry about it reading as preachy, especially on something as large as an umbrella and I greatly would have preferred the message to be inside only, with the black and white print. Aside from these design-related qualms, this is a very nice and sturdy umbrella.
Endangered Species ‘Gorilla’ Chocolate – Listed Value $6.38
I am always thrilled when chocolate arrives in a box and this was an oak milk sort of deal, which made me even happier! This pair of matching bars was semi-sweet and filled with crunchy crisped rice pieces that were totally delicious. 10% of the profits from these bars support the Dian Fossy Gorilla Fund.
Kind Lips Lip Balm Variety Pack – Retail Value $15.00
Our next item is a trio of lip balms in the following flavors: Georgia Peach, Vanilla Lemon, and Sweet Mint. All have a super nourishing blend of coconut oil, beeswax, olive oil, shea butter, and jojoba oil. The flavors are each very nice, though I think that lemon one might be my fave!
Little Renegades Mindful Kids – Retail Value $19.99
I don’t have kids, but I do have friends with little ones and these cards are quite precious. Each has a beautifully illustrated animal or nature object and a short prompt for a mindfulness exercise that is easy and approachable for a child. An example:
Pony Explorer: Pretend you are a pony exploring a nearby forest. Walk around and check it out. What all do you see?
These exercises are simple, but in a world of quickly moving technology that is more and more impossible to turn off, little steps like this to keep kids connected to their own bodies and the space around them are increasingly important.
Verdict: I never know what is going to show up in an Ellen box, and it always feels a little like a mixed bag. My favorite items would easily be the chocolate, tea, produce bags, and lip balms. I don’t think the whiteboard or the mindful kids cards are going to be of much use to me personally, but they have already found homes with people who really like them. The lip balms were nice and I loved the flavors, and Will is a fan of his new sunglasses. I continue to just not be a fan of the ‘Be Kind’ branded items, but to be fair I just don’t like words all over my accessories. All in all, how subscribers feel about this box is going to vary from person to person since the items themselves are so varied. This wasn’t my favorite Ellen box, but it did still feel very on-brand with her and her show.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes! This box is currently available!
Value Breakdown: This box costs $54.99, meaning each of the 8 items has an average cost of $6.87.
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