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Saltwater & Sand Subscription Box Review – Summer 2020

Saltwater & Sand is a quarterly subscription box for women delivering a little saltwater and sand to you, wherever you may live. Coastal collections are shipped every 3 months in a signature collectible basket and include high-end home decor, fine jewelry, luxury bath, body, and beauty products and gourmet food and drink from beach boutiques around the world.

Reviewed by popular demand!

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

About this Ocean-Inspired Lifestyle Box

The Subscription Box: Saltwater & Sand

The Cost: $129.00/season + $5.00 shipping. Save with an annual subscription.

The Products: A handpicked, coastal-inspired collection from high-end beach boutiques around the world. This assortment can include home and lifestyle items, foods and snacks, as well as jewelry and skincare.

Ships to: The contiguous U.S. for $5.00

Saltwater & Sand Summer 2020 Review


Their info card has a list of our items on the back and loads of info.


Beach Cottage Tray

This sub always comes with a basket of some sort and this month it is the basketweave tray! The weaving inside isn’t just painted on, it’s actually woven and brushed with a white chalk sort of paint. I don’t really have many trays in my house because I never think to buy them, even though they add a nice look to a guest bedroom or table. The handles are wrapped in twine and this piece manages to be both coastal and cottage in terms of vibes.

Here is a quick shot of how I am using it on my living room coffee table. I certainly don’t have a beachy house by any means, but I love the texture this piece adds to my vintage marble top and how it still manages to complement my rather eclectic home.


Sand Dollar Necklace

This is a super dainty gold-filled chain with the tiniest little sand dollar and pearl attached. I really enjoy more delicate pieces like this and I appreciate that it is gold filled since my skin tends to turn on anything that isn’t of pretty decent quality. This is the sort of piece that feels like a little token collected from a special vacation even though I will admit I haven’t seen the sea in a long time. It’s nice to wear a little piece of it even here in landlocked PA. Each of these necklaces is made in California by hand.

Perfect for pairing with your fave oversized sweatshirt OR a sundress.


Whale Serving Board

This was the item that got the biggest grin from me in the entire delivery! This is because years ago, Anthropologie had a marble and wood whale-shaped cheeseboard that I will always wish I had bought when I saw it on sale. Literally, it’s one of those things I will always remember and regret not buying! Well, now I finally have one! This charmer arrives with a tiny little whale eye and a rope loop for hanging when not in use. As a cheeseboard enthusiast, I can’t wait to arrange my next charcuterie masterpiece on this adorable surface. He is a pretty generous size too, around 17 inches from tip to tail and 6 inches wide.


TWINE Glass Handled Cheese Knives – Retail Value $30.99

Inspired by sea glass, this trio of gold-plated cheese knives feels both luxe and beachy! Again, I am a total cheeseboard nut and I love that these are such a beautiful complement to my new whale board. They are heavy and feel like they are great quality. They also arrived super sharp right out of the box, so be careful!


Virginia Diner Old Bay Seasoned Peanuts, 10 oz – Buy 18 oz for $13.95

Our final item is another element that would fit right in for a coastal cheeseboard: Old Bay Seasoned Peanuts! Old Bay is that classic seafood seasoning that we have always had in our kitchen. Truly, I love it! Its actually hard to describe, but it enhances fish and lobster so beautifully and really feels so coastal. These peanuts are coated in it and its a very powerful and spiced (but not hot) flavor that makes it hard to stop snacking once you have started.

Verdict: Saltwater & Sand certainly delivered on coastal charm this month. This is a box that always seems to have the most unique things inside and they always feel high quality. Sure, it’s also one of the most expensive boxes I review! Is this box worth $129? I honestly don’t know how to answer that for everyone. It feels like a very luxe experience sort of box filled with unique things that are well-curated and nicely made. And you could certainly spend more or less than that collecting these sorts of items yourself depending on where you shop. I personally think this box is best suited to gifting or a treat yourself sort of subscription for an ocean and seaside enthusiast. Although I think this box is very specific, I have to admit I was smiling the entire time opening it and reviewing it, which says a lot!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today?  No, this box is sold out. Your first box will be the Fall 2020 box.

Value Breakdown: At $134.00 ($129.00 + $5 shipping) for this box, each of the 5 items have an average cost of $26.80.

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Written by Megan Kirkland

Megan Kirkland

I love natural/vegan beauty products, Korean skincare, unique jewelry, and weird candies from far away places. When I am not waiting for my next exciting box you can find me painting or taking photographs of interesting people. I never leave home without pug hair somewhere on my shirt and a bold lipstick on my smile.

Posted in Saltwater & Sand Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: saltwater and sand | 23 comments

Comments (23)

  1. Megan, I’m landlocked not far from you (Wheeling) and I’ve had those peanuts before. They’re great if you like Old Bay (which is more of a love-hate thing). When I was a kid we’d frequently have shrimp boiled in Old Bay and I loved it. Years ago in college, I spent a few summers in OCMD (met a lot of Pittsburgh-area kids there, a lot from UPJ actually). Is there currently an Anthropologie in the burgh? If more than one, is there one on the southwestern side (aka closer to me?)

    I agree with you on this sub…the products are quality, but isn’t cheap, and something I’d be more inclined to give as a gift than keep for myself.

    I love your reviews, and I’ve subbed some boxes from them. Thank you and curse you at the same time (lol). Getting ready to use a few of my new Margot Elena body care items in a few minutes.

  2. The curation looks lovely but that price is 😬

  3. The tray is available @ Wayfair for $37.99 on sale.

  4. Thanks for the review; this is a nice curation, and the items look like they’re high quality, but it’s a bit beyond my budget. I’m missing my family in Ft. Lauderdale, though, so seeing these beachy items put a smile on my face! 😃

    Also, I own the Atlas of Rare & Familiar Colour book too — what a fun coffee table volume!

    • Yessss! Such an amazing book. (I have a book problem).

  5. Wow, just go to T.J. Maxx..

  6. I wish they’d list who the creator is for items like the necklace and whale board.

    • I agree, I would like that information as well. I think it’s important and nice to credit the artist or whoever put their time and skills into the items. I’m actually surprised, given the luxe feel and price of the box that they don’t because it really does add such a nice touch. I am not a super suspicious person by nature, but I have to admit, when I see a box like this not include info about who made the “handmade” item, i really wonder if it really is handmade. 🤷🏻‍♀️

      • Well, the tray has a “MADE IN CHINA” sticker on the back so perhaps you are right to be suspicious.

  7. hahaha no way is this worth that price PLUS shipping?! Get outta here. (Not directed to Megan, this is for the people sending it out)

    When I first saw the photo, with all the items, I thought…$50-60. Its double that. Nope.
    I lived in So. Cali for many many years, so I can understand the cuteness factor to most of these items, but absolutely not at that cost.

    • This is why I had such a hard time with my verdict! Like, it’s a great box. And I would totally gift this to someone for that price but maybe be less likely to treat myself. I really love gift giving though.. hmm.

  8. First, that necklace is the best! I wish there was a link to just purchase the necklace because I would definitely buy one. Second, I couldn’t justify paying so much for that box. I would maybe pay $50 if shipping was included but $134 is insane! Third, you’re comment about the Anthropology whale has reminded me to just say yes and buy whatever the next thing I’m debating on is. I hate having that regret so I’m just gonna say yes next time and treat myself!

    • I tried to track the necklace down! I knew lots of people would like it. And ditto on regret. Life is short, buy the whale!

  9. I subscribed to Adrift Gifts before they went out of business and I loved it! For $40, they’d send a small bag of sand from a different FL beach, home goods and beachy items each month. That was my all time favorite box. I believe they only lasted 3 years though. Putting together subscription boxes is harder than you’d think.

  10. In looking at past boxes they all seem a little on the ‘light’ side for the price.

  11. I’d be on board at $50, but this is overpriced to me.

  12. This was a beautiful box, but for that price, I think I will hold off. Why is it that it seems all these “beachy” subscription boxes are high priced? I would love to find one that is moderately priced and have the products reflect that.

  13. Also, I am a Baltimore native (still live in Maryland) who hates Old Bay…

  14. Whoa, yeah, that’s a steep price for this. And there doesn’t appear to be a listed value for the necklace (which I love!) or whale board.

  15. I love beach themed boxes, but this seems as if it can use a few more items at this price point. Cute items though.

  16. This was such a fun review to read as I live on the gulf side of FL. My house is very much beach themed and I own a wooden whale that hangs in my living room. 😂

    I agree that, due to value, it would work well as a gift. It seems quite niche at that price point though.

    • Oooohhh!!! I have family in Destin and those white sand beaches and the amazing light blue and turquoise water are SO GORGEOUS! I just came here to say that. ; )

      My family is talking about a family reunion-type thing once the pandemic is over, and I’m pushing for Destin since it’s kind of in the middle of where almost everyone is located (east coast and west coast). SO beautiful.

      • This comment brought back a ton of great childhood memories. We used to spend a week each summer in Destin. 🙂

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