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Popsugar Must Have Mini Subscription Box Review

Popsugar Must Have Mini Subscription Box Review

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I have been a loyal and obsessive subscriber of the Popsugar Must Have Subscription Box for a few years now. I adore it- honestly, my favorite day of the month is when that pink package hits my front door. Popsugar recently released a Mini version of the Must Have Box, and I thought, “If the full size is great, why shouldn’t the mini be just as amazing? Good things come in small packages, right?”


Here are the details:

  • Monthly curated box of full size products including fashion, beauty and home
  • Different products from the full size Must Have Box
  • Cost is $18.95, shipping included; auto-renews every month

I excitedly placed my order for their inaugural April box, dreaming of cool gadgets, funky yet functional jewelry and stuff that I never knew I needed, but suddenly couldn’t live without. The box came and while I enjoyed what was inside, I was a little bummed.

The contents included:



Greenmarket Purveying Co. White: Melon Pantry Candle– hand-poured in small batches, this soy-blend candle has notes of fresh melon, sweet peach, zesty citrus and comforting vanilla. Suggested Retail: $16


Farmacy Lip Bloom: lip balm contains echinacea and natural seed oils to form a protective barrier; scent is a blend of lavender and mint. Suggested Retail: $16.50

Since I am such a frugal gal, I always have to add up the cost of the box and see how much I more it was worth than what I paid- Retail value of box was $32.50; Cost of box was $18.95. Difference: $13.55 + shipping.

Now, I loved the candle. The scent is gorgeous, perfect for spring. Here’s the thing: I have a collection of one million candles. If I burned one every day for the rest of my life, I don’t think I would run out. This is a pretty common housewarming gift, hostess gift, etc… and this candle didn’t have any truly unique qualities. So, would I have paid $16 for it? Probably not.

As for the lip balm, again- this is a pretty basic item. I think the herb scent is cool, but it has been done before. I was bummed that this wasn’t my  new “lip balm to end all lip balms”…I am not about toss out my others in favor of this. It just didn’t work for me. On the other hand, the full size box in April contained a face balm by the same company and I ADORE it.


Overall: I think I was spoiled by the full size Popsugar Must Have boxes. If I hadn’t already been a subscriber, I think I would have been relatively happy with the mini. Also, I received a survey from Popsugar recently that asked the question: “Would you be more likely to purchase the Mini if there was a discount for full size subscribers?” Ummmm…yep!

The full size Popsugar Must Have Box costs $39.95/month and includes free shipping. You can pre-purchase months and save money as well. This is my favorite subscription box hands down, and yes- I have tried a lot! I say give the Mini a shot if you are on the fence- it is VERY easy to cancel if you aren’t wow-ed.

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