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Smartass & Sass November 2022 Review

Kate Kemp
ByKate KempDec 12, 2022 | 1 comment

Smartass & Sass
4.2 overall rating
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Smartass & Sass is a monthly subscription for sassy ladies. There are 3 plans available:

Shirt Only for $19.95, Box Only for $39.95 or the Big Box Subscription which includes the shirt and box for $54.95. Shipping is $3.95 for the Shirt subscription and $7.95 for the Box or Big Box subscription. Smartass & Sass also now has a “Small Box” subscription for $21.95/month + $7.95 shipping.

Each box contains 8-9 full size beauty and lifestyle items from Smartass & Sass and various other sassy businesses. The shirts are comfy unisex T's available in sizes XS-3X.

Writer's Note: Due to supply chain issues, Smartass & Sass is behind on sending out their boxes.

This box was paid for by Smartass & Sass. (Check out our editorial guidelines to learn more about how we review boxes.)

First Impressions


Warning: This review is not for the faint of heart! If you're offended by bad language, this probably isn't the review or box for you! If you're like me and thrive on poor language and bad ideas, this is definitely a subscription box you need in your life.

With that said, November's theme was "Wintroverted,” which I love because I find it difficult to be social when it’s freezing cold! Besides the cold, winter brings big holidays, which are so full of…people.  Best to stay home!

Due to some supply chain issues, Smartass and Sass is behind on sending out their boxes; this is the November box. The past two boxes have been late; so to make up for it, Smartass & Sass sent every subscriber a free code for any shirt of their choice that was currently available in the Smartass store. I think that that’s an excellent way to keep your subscribers happy!

Bring On The Sass!

Find Your Fire Beanie - Retail Value $15.95


Tis the season to be freezin’! The start of winter calls for a new beanie. Unfortunately, this one, while warm and soft, is not the right color for me. However, it’s perfect for my teenage niece, Elizabeth. She’s absolutely ecstatic to receive a bright, feisty colored hat that encourages one to “find your fire!” Aside from the color, which, like most of the items in this box, isn’t very in keeping with the winter theme, it is nicely made and very giftable.

Sassy Pants Puzzle by Lasting Smiles - Retail Value $39.95


The largest (and most highly priced) item in this box is a puzzle. With the theme being “Wintroverted,” I can’t think of a more appropriate item than a puzzle! Outside is cold, and full of people; stay inside and do a puzzle!

But while a puzzle seems just right for winter, the design (called “Sassy Pants'') doesn’t quite fit the theme. However, it’s a cute puzzle that features females in sassy colored pants, created by a female artist. That’s the nice thing about Smartass & Sass; it’s a female subscription box that features other female companies.

Do Not Disturb Mug - Retail Value $18.95


Before even opening, I adore the box; it says it all! Want some company? “Nah, I’m Good.” The design of the mug itself seems a bit modern, and the colors aren’t ones aren’t commonly associated with winter. But the words on the front, “I’m in here, you’re out there. Let’s keep it that way for a little while longer” are very appropriate for a wintrovert! “Do not disturb” is printed on the handle, for a snarky touch that any smartass can appreciate.

Namaste Motherf*cker Tea Sample by Snarky Tea - Retail Value $1.50


This tea is the perfect way to test drive your new mug! We’ve received this same tea sample in the past. But the tea has a lovely flavor so I welcome it back! It has a nice fruitiness that smells as yummy as it tastes. I love the snark on the label, and the fact that the makers listed the caffeine contents is a nice touch.

F*ck This Book Sleeve - Retail Value $17.95


This snarky, 11”x9” padded fabric case is described as a book protector. It’s larger than the average book, and padding isn’t really necessary for most books, but I think it’s great for keeping a tablet in. It perfectly fits my Kindle Fire and the padding is a nice way to add a little extra protection.

It proclaims, “My favorite winter activity is saying, “F*ck This” and going back inside to read a good book.” I couldn’t have said it better, myself! It’s spot on, considering that the theme of the box is “Wintroverted.” My only real complaint is the color; it’s not very wintery. I’d expect these colors in a fall-themed box. But that's really nitpicking, overall, it’s a useful item.

Hilarious Holiday Gift Labels - Retail Value $13.95


Last year, Smartass included smartass-y labels, and I loved them. So, I’m super excited to receive two more (different) sheets of snarky gift tags! I know they’re just gift labels, but the sayings are so funny and creative that they’re definitely my most loved items in the box! My favorites? “This took f*ckin’ forever, so pretend to like it” - perfect for the beaded tapestry that took a month to make for my friend Maybritt. And, “This is for you, but I wish it was for me.” Who can honestly say that never happens to them when gifting?

(A quick note on the retail value. The insert for the box lists the retail value of this set of two label sheets as $13.95 but they’re listed separately on the website for $9.95 each.)

I’m So Freaking Cold Unisex T-Shirt - Retail Value $24.95

November’s shirt is perfect for the season! It says, “I’m So Freakin Cold” and features a snowy ice scene, which fits the winter box theme nicely.

Though I’m not a T-shirt person, my bestie is, so this shirt goes to her. She now has a collection of over a dozen Smartass & Sass shirts which means she literally wears them daily. Thank you Jenni, for posing for this photo!  According to Jenni, the shirts are true to size, long enough to wear with yoga pants and ridiculously soft! She tells me that every morning she flips through them in her closet and chooses which to wear, based on her sass level that day!

The Verdict

I’ve been a subscriber for over a year, and November’s box, while not my favorite, has some very giftable items.

The total retail value is $114.25 (counting the T-shirt, that I paid for) which is not as high as last month’s box ($148), and there are only six items (not counting the shirt) while most months contain 8-9. Though the colors and designs aren’t always in keeping with the theme, the items themselves seem to. All in all, it’s not the best box I’ve received from them, but the items are usable (or giftable) and that’s the gamble we take when we subscribe to a subscription box. Not every box will be to our taste.

I will say that I’m super excited for December’s box! The theme is: “Smells like drama and a headache.” I’ve only seen the two spoilers so far, but I’m totally sold! I won’t ruin it for those who don’t like spoilers, but if you want to be spoiled, you can find them here!

It's worth noting that Smartass & Sass has a great shop with items found, and not found, in the box. They also have a monthly "Secret Shop" for subscribers who automatically receive 20% off their order.

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To Wrap Up

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, your first box will be the December box. However, extra previous boxes are oftentimes available for sale in the Smartass & Sass store.

Value Breakdown: The box plus T-shirt costs $54.95 + $7.95 shipping which means each of the 7 items (counting the T-shirt) cost an average of about $8.98. What do you think of Smartass & Sass?

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To be clear, they offered a free shirt, but you still needed to pay for shipping. Not sure if that’s irony or not.

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