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Fortune Cookie Soap Subscription Box Review – March 2020

The Fortune Cookie Soap Box is a monthly subscription that offers bath and body products centered on a new theme each month. FCS will create new products to fit that theme, and then will offer up the extended collection for sale later in the month.

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

About Fortune Cookie Soap Of The Month

The Subscription Box: Fortune Cookie Soap

The Cost: $16.95 a month with free US shipping

The Products: FCS exclusive products that include one full-size product and 3 deluxe-sized products most months. Once a quarter you will receive the seasonal box, which features the original fortune cookie soap and 4-5 deluxe size samples. You have the option to sign up quarterly or monthly depending on what your subscription needs.

Ships to: The US for free, worldwide for $8

Fortune Cookie Soap “The Birds & The Bees” March 2020 Review

Here is the info sheet for this month’s box.

 

For The Birds Whipped Cream 

I love the whipped creams from FCS, and I am looking forward to the return of the Aloe Me Whipped Cream in the warmer months! This body lotion formula is made with nourishing ingredients like grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, and shea butter, and it always leaves my skin feeling silky smooth without being too heavy. The “For The Birds” scent is a fruity floral blend of apple blossoms, peonies, and pineapple mimosas garnished with violet leaves. 

Ray of Sunshine Leave-In Conditioner 

This leave-in conditioner has a beachy scent inspiration with notes of aloe, sea kelp, sunbeams, and pink skies. This has both dehydrated milk protein and argan oil to strengthen and smooth hair, and it doesn’t leave a residue on my strands, either. 

Garden Party Petal Perfume Oil

I don’t love perfume oils, but this one certainly kills it in the beautiful packaging game. The scent is a blend of bamboo water, white orchids, seagrass, melons, and crushed pears, and the visible flower petals inside are incredibly aesthetically pleasing. 

Queen Bee Microdermabrasion Scrub 

This is a scrub that contains super fine grit to exfoliate your skin, and it’s scented with whipped buttercream, spun sugar, honeycomb, bergamot, and caramel apples. The overall scent profile reminds me of a specific Lush bath bomb (whose name escapes me), and it smells really nice. If you don’t use chemical exfoliation (I do) this could be a nice weekly treat for your face, but since my skin responds well to more mild exfoliation I’ve been using this on my hands to try and keep them smooth. So far so good!

The Verdict: This box definitely felt like spring! I really enjoyed all of the scents this month, and while I can’t enjoy spring the way I usually do this year, I can definitely smell nice and treat myself to some extra body care. This is also one of the only bath and body subscriptions that I know of that costs less than $20, so if you’re wanting to try a wide variety of products in unique scents, this box is worth checking out.

To Wrap Up:

Can you get this box if you still sign up today? No, the FCS subscription is currently full. You can join the waitlist here. For future deliveries:

The next month’s category will be revealed on the 10th of each month. If you don’t fancy it, simply log into your FCS account and skip it. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

Value Breakdown: This box costs $16.95 + free shipping, which means you are paying about. $4.24 per item.

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Written by Jessica Hapak

Jessica Hapak

I am a staunch believer that pineapple doesn’t belong on pizza and when I’m not working as a family law attorney I enjoy hiking the Louisiana trails (alligator sightings are a favorite!) or relaxing with Duchess, my cat. I’m a sucker for anything labeled a mystery box and I’ve never met a bath bomb I didn’t like.

Posted in Fortune Cookie Soap Box Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews| Tags: fortune cookie soap box | 18 comments

Comments (18)

  1. Hey Annie, you might want to double check the deal math because the ORLY deal gets you TWICE as much handsanitizer for the same amount of money spent at FCS for sanitizer. just sayin’. (and btw its $24 at ORLY for 8oz of product -or should I say “about $20” if you round correctly).

    Also, almost every company on earth right now is dealing with the same set of issues. These aren’t FCS-only problems lol

  2. I’m new to FCS, having purchased the advent calendar last year and have recently got off the waitlist and received two monthly sub boxes. I’ve enjoyed nearly every product and every single scent from them and feel I have gotten great value for my money. I missed out on the first hand sanitizer restock, but managed to purchase one four ounce and two mini size. Considering that it’s impossible to find any hand sanitizer locally and my homemade aloe/rubbing alcohol sanitizer cracks my hands, I was happy to get it for those times when I leave the house to shop. I did not consider the price to be gouging at all. I also like the discount codes from the sub box. Those FCS bath bombs are incredible and affordable for me with the 10.00 off.

  3. It is now almost 20 dollars for a single 4 ounce bottle of FCS handsanitizer, including the most basic shipping option (and no, its not international shipping- this is for domestic shipping!!!!). Four ounces is only HALF the size of a normal-size pump bottle of sanitizer from a “leading brand” (like Purell, for example).

    SO they effectively charge more for 1 bottle of handsanitizer than for their whole subscription box. 🙁

    It makes me so sad, because I was originally one of FCS biggest fans. But I miss the OLD FCS (not just because of lack of ethics going on now), but also because I do not at all have any interest in their themes anymore. What happened to super unique boxes that were based on cult classic movies and TV shows? The creativity was outstanding. The FCS at present is just another blah bath & body company that blends in with the herd.

    • If you’re looking for hand sanitizers, I believe Orly is still selling four 2oz bottles for $24. Still a bit steep, but they donated 10,000 bottles to Los Angeles.

      • Thank you so much for the tip!!! That is almost double the product for around the cost.

        To me, its much more understandable for Orly to charge what they are because they reconverted their whole factory to be able to produce handsanitizer. It’s not a company that was selling handsanitizer just fine prior to the pandemic and decided to raise the product price. Also, I saw that Orly is giving away one 4-pack for every 4-pack that gets sold.

        Long story short, its nice to see SOME companies going above and beyond to reconvert entire operations to help those in need. Price-gouging/price hikes for self-serving reasons is not going to get my business (when the option to buy elsewhere is out there).

    • So… there’s a lot of things that I take issue with in your comment. The first thing is that you’re including the cost of shipping in the cost of the product. That’s not really up to FCS at all. Shipping is calculated based on what they have to pay. There’s no reason they should have to pay to ship your product to you.

      The second thing is the comparison you make between an FCS product to a commercial product that is made in bulk with bulk materials. FCS products are made by hand, and include different materials than what you would get from a manufacturer that pushes out one type of product 100% of the time.

      Third, if you bothered to look into FCS AT ALL before making your accusations of a “lack of ethics” you can see that within the most recent posts on their Facebook, they talk about donating units of their sanitizer product to local businesses, as well as purchasing food from local restaurants for their workers to show support for other small businesses.

      I don’t know if FCS has raised the price of their hand sanitizer or not, since that’s not what I typically shop for, but obviously hand sanitizer is their #1 seller right now, & I imagine they’re seeing a dip in sales of other types of product. Since they are remaining open because they’re classified as an essential business, I wouldn’t be surprised if they did have to raise their prices in order to make sure they can meet operating costs (specifically, paying their employees).

      It sucks for you that you don’t like their themes any more, but I just got their Rainbow Brite Easter box, & absolutely loved it (and, yes, it included a 1-oz hand sanitizer).

      • Yes to all of this! Shannon has mentioned several times on facebook that the costs of the sanitizer ingredients and packaging keep going up and they are forced to pass that cost onto the customers. And the customers are still asking them to make it. I think they are really trying their hardest to help during this crises. (And yes, the Rainbow Brite Easter box was awesome!)

      • To build off of what Marion said above, FCS has been incredibly transparent about the supply chain issues and ingredient cost increases. Shannon agonized over the price increase, and held the price steady as long as she could (for example, I ordered from the first 2 restocks, which sold out in minutes. Both were at pre-COVID prices). FCS is currently shifting all production to soap and hand sanitizer for the good of their customers, who continue to ask them for more, and for their community, where they’re donating as much as they can. They have a long history of doing right by their customers (shoutout to Becca in Customer Service) and other people in general. They regularly donate to groups and causes that need their support (Australia Relief, the OCD Foundation, Tree of Life, etc.). They’re doing their best to do good at a time when that’s urgently needed. Don’t hate on them because they’re not immune to supply chain issues right now.

      • I agree, they’ve donated soap and sanitizer. They’ve been transparent about the increases in prices for OCD. They’ve had to change packaging due to the supply chain grinding to a halt. I’ve ordered from two restocks. I’m very glad they’ve made sanitizer available to their customers and I’ll continue to order from them.

      • Oh please. I really sure that they are crying all the way to the bank right now.

        People are desperate for handsanitizer right now, since their lives theoretically could depend upon it- so yes people will pay insane prices if they can (and still want a company they are familiar with to continue making the product versus taking a gamble on a product they have no experience with).

        Amazing how some other companies- big and small- are able to convert entire factories to manufacture a product they have never made before and just donate or keep it at a price that is not quite so ridiculous. Not sure how other companies are able to magically do this while FCS has to raise the price so dramatically. I would assume other companies would be dealing with the exact same issues, unless there is now gold being added to the FCS recipe now that I didn’t know about….. :-/

    • Hi. I have loved FCS stuff for several years and every time I start to think the products are too expensive or remember I don’t like to pay shipping, I realize that I truly love some of their products. With regards to them raising prices on hand sanitizer, they posted several times about the costs of their raw ingredients going up and not being able to source enough of the bottles that they were using. They kept the prices steady as they used up their stock of ingredients (well into the current shortage situation) and only passed the increased costs on to their customers (with apologies on their FB page and their website) when they had to order more ingredients and bottles at increased prices. They are also active in donating hand sanitizer to their local community and have stopped all other new releases to focus on hand sanitizer and necessities.

      I, too, miss the structure of the box from past years with the bigger products and cute themes every month, but they do four or so cute pop culture themes for the sub box per year (in addition to the seasonal themes and other random pop culture themes for their website).

      No one is saying you have to buy their product especially if you don’t like it, think it costs too much for what it is, prefer Purell, or don’t want to pay shipping, but it doesn’t seem quite fair to accuse them of a lapse in ethics either when the prices (which have always been more expensive than Purell or Dove or Jergens or other drug store brands) have not gone up that much from previous prices and were raised with an explanation given to their community of shoppers.

      • Not to mention that they have had to change the bottles since their go to bottle source is not available at the moment.

        If you feel that a company is price gouging, you don’t have to buy from them. I haven’t seen that large of a price increase. Materials used to both make the product and to house the product have gone up everywhere so companies will eventually have to pass price increases onto the customer. If you already own a factory that mass produces one item, it’s not that hard to switch over to mass producing another item (they did not build a entire new factory). Mass produced items tend to be cheaper to make than products made by hand. I took a look at the Orly company and it would cost me almost $30 to get 4 small bottles.

        People need to do their own research and decide what they are willing to pay for. If you think that the price is too high at one company, by all means shop around until you feel that you have gotten the best bargain.

  4. Just tried to sign up but there’s a wait list.
    Does anyone know how long this typically lasts?
    Apparently I’m number 231 on the list

    • The last update I read said they’d be waiting and probably reopening the list in May. They’ve been working on restocking sanitizers and filling any orders. If you’re on Facebook they have a group they post updates in.

    • I just signed up and I am number 243.
      I signed up once months ago but never received an email with a number. So apparently the waitlist signup didn’t work the first time. Sigh.

      • The waitlist has opened today. You have 24 hours to signup with link in email.

  5. I also enjoyed this months box, especially the exfoliating scrub. The fragrance was delicious. I wish it was available in a lotion.

  6. I liked this months box, I enjoyed all the scents. That sugar scrub is for the body, IMO. It’s so highly fragranced, I wouldn’t put it on my face.

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