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Our Subscription Box Favorites for July 2020!

Welcome to our monthly post highlighting our favorite discoveries from a variety of books, beauty, Black-owned subscriptions, and more. Here are our favorite items from the past month:

Megan’s Favorite:


The Item: Retrieve the Gold Toy

The Cost: $10.00

From: BarkBox 

COUPON: Get a free extra month when you sign up for a 6 or 12 month subscription. No coupon needed - just use this link.

Why I love it: Who wouldn’t want an “I participated” medal for their favorite pug? I was giggling so hard when I pulled this out of my BarkBox. Charlie looks so cute and silly in this and the giant squeaker disc inside keeps him entertained. 

Read more reviews by Megan!


Naomi’s Favorite:


The Item: LĒNUS No. 10 Day Face Moisturizer With Natural Sunscreen

The Cost: $34.00

From: Nourish Beauty Box

COUPON: Use code NOURISHADDICT15 to get 15% off your purchase!

Why I love it: I hate the smell and feel of sunscreen. I know you need it, but I hate it. It always makes me feel greasy and clogs my pores. But this face moisturizer with natural sunscreen is fab! I have been using it every day all month and haven’t had a single breakout. It’s very lightly scented and absorbs into the skin, leaving no icky residue behind. I apply after toner and serum and let the moisturizer go to work, nourishing my skin while protecting me from harmful sun rays. This product is definitely the badass multitasker of skincare.

Read more reviews by Naomi!


Becca’s Favorite: 


The Item: Easy Origami Book

The Cost: $4.99

From: Together Unplugged

COUPON: Use code MSA5OFF to save $5 off your first box!

Why I love it: I had this book as a child, and through time it was lost, so receiving this updated version was really exciting for me. We received the book along with a variety of origami paper to try out these folds, and had a really great time! I loved that we were able to take this craft outside onto our patio and work on boats, frogs, and boxes all while enjoying the sunshine!

Read more reviews by Becca!


Brandi’s Favorite:

The Item: Head Over Heels by Hannah Orenstein 

The Cost: Retail Value $16.99 (found here in paperback for $13.58)

From: Book of the Month

COUPON: Limited Time Only! Use code SPRINGFUN to get your first book for $9.99!

Why I love it: I love a good romance novel during the summer and this one was just perfect! The concept was exciting and the author did a great job at explaining the high stakes world of Olympic gymnasts with just enough romance thrown in. It was an easy read that I devoured quickly and I’d recommend it if you like romances, gymnastics, or enjoy a good story about a woman putting her life back together!

Read more reviews by Brandi!


Jessica’s Favorite:


The Item: Softer Than a Baby’s Bottom Face Mask

The Cost: Listed Value $16.50 – this is an exclusive item for Box of Sugar subscribers

From: AU Sugar Sugar Box of Sugar

Why I love it: I have tried masks sold at Sephora and Ulta for more than double the cost of this mask without nearly the same results. This mask was calming to my sensitive skin while the clay base made sure my pores were clear and the other ingredients worked to leave my skin much softer. I am a big fan, and can already tell you I will be very sad when this is gone.

Read more reviews by Jessica!


Christen’s Favorite:


The Item: Humangear GoBites Quattro 

The Cost: $14.99 (currently on sale for $13.49)

From: Cairn

COUPON: Limited Time Only! Use code MSA20 to save 20% off your first box when you sign up for a 6 or 12-month subscription! .

Why I Love It: This is technically a camping cutlery set, but I already have a camp spork I love, so I decided to keep this set the glove box of my car. Oh my gosh, do this, immediately! It’s so amazing to have lightweight, nicely contained utensils to grab in those unexpected car lunch moments.

Read more reviews by Christen!


Ragan’s Favorite:

The Item: Feliway Classic Travel Spray 

The Cost: Buy 20 mL for $19.99

From: VetPet Box

COUPON: Use code VetPet15MSA to save $15 off your first box!

Why I love it: This is something I like to keep on hand and if you have cats and have never tried it, it is worth picking up some to see if it will work for you (a lot of vets carry it, or you can get it online). It reduces stress for cats, especially when they are in pet carriers, like for trips to the vet (extra stressful for my crew since my hyperactive Rottweiler puppy, Pumpkin, is usually in the car with us). This company also makes some plug-in diffusers that are helpful if you have multiple cats who get into little spats every now and then, but this spray is best for smaller areas or temporary situations.

Read more reviews by Ragan!


Abby’s Favorite:

The Item: Rapping Paper

The Cost: $6 (the rapping paper is not for individual sale, but the July box is still available to purchase!)

From: Quirky Crate

Why I love it: I love this gift wrap! The little cartoon celebrities (Snoop Dogg, Nicki Minaj, Kanye, Eminem, and Tupac) are so cute, and I know my gift will definitely stand out from the crowd and get some laughs.

Read more reviews by Abby!


What do you think of our favorites for July? And what were your favorite discoveries?

Written by Christen Russo

Christen Russo

Christen is a smile collector, outdoors enthusiast, and appreciator of soggy French fries. Her favorite subscriptions involve eco-friendly products and clothes, nature supplies, stationery, and coffee. She can be easily won over with a good sheet of stickers.

Posted in Monthly Favorites, Subscription Box News| 8 comments

Comments (8)

  1. Ragan, I’ve used the Dog version of that spray, the diffusers & the calming collars for many years. They really do help & I highly recommend them! Glad you like it too!

  2. I love the Lenus moisturizer/sunscreen, too!

  3. Is it wrong that my favorite item was from a box nor reviewed on MSA. I ordered both Out of Print Book Bento boxes and the best item was the Cook in the Blank Book. Madlibs for dinner. Since both boxes were shipped together I cannot tell you which box it was from.

    • We love hearing about all subscription boxes, even the ones we haven’t reviewed! Thanks for sharing your favorite, Kathy, those dinner madlibs sound like so much fun!!

    • I LOVE Out of Print products! I just bought some more t-shirts last week! How did I not know about their Bento box?? I’ll keep an eye out in the future. Thanks, Kathy!

  4. My pup LOVES his gold medal! Always love Barkbox. And totally dig the rapping paper!

  5. That utensil set looks nice. I need something like that to toss into my work bag.

    • It’s really lightweight, it would be perfect for that!

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