What Is PopSugar Must Have?
PopSugar Must Have is a monthly subscription box that markets itself as “[t]he best in fashion, beauty, home, fitness, food, and more delivered straight to your door.” Unlike services such as BirchBox, PopSugar Must Have does not limit itself to beauty products and instead includes lifestyle products from a range of categories. This makes it a good option for someone like me who enjoys beauty products, but already has her favorites.
PopSugar guarantees that each box contains “surprises valued over $100.” It has featured brands such as Loeffler Randall (love this brand’s shoes!), M Missoni, deborah lippman, and Jonathan Adler, among others.
How Do I Get It?
Subscription plans start at $39.95/month, although you can save money if you have a promo code or get a longer (3 month or 6 month) plan. It’s a more high-end than other subscription boxes, which is why the price is higher.
Once you sign up, you usually have to wait a month or so for your next box. (There’s often a “waiting list”) If you are interested, you can sign up here. (Full Disclosure: Although I do not receive compensation from PopSugar to review their products (and am not an affiliate), I will receive free months when people sign up through this link.)
This is my second month receiving PopSugar Must Have and my first time reviewing it. I’m excited to share what I’ve received, so let’s get to it:
It’s always fun getting the box and opening it. The box is shipped with the PopSugar Must Have logo on it, so it’s obvious what it is!
Everything is packaged nicely with a monthly booklet on top:
After lifting the tissue paper, here’s what I saw:
At first, I had no idea what the yellow & white striped item was. But I liked the fact that there were two boxes in there and was excited to see what they contained. So, without further ado, here is everything:
And here’s the booklet that PopSugar sent:
Retail Value of Item
The box includes:
- Kitsch Tri’d & True Y-Shaped Necklace (PopSugar says: $32; Actual Retail Price: $32)
- Sisters of Los Angeles Surf Sand Love Beach Towel (PopSugar says $40: Actual Retail Price: identical item not available, but similar products are $40)
- Middle Kingdom Mini Plum Vase in Coral Red (PopSugar says: $20; Actual Retail Price: ?? The prices don’t seem to be available online.)
- Batiste Dry Shampoo (PopSugar says: $4 for 1.6 fl oz; Actual Retail Price: 6.73 fl ounces retails for $7.99. This means that PopSugar is overestimating the value of this product)
- Sage & Row Bare Shaving Cream (PopSugar says: $17; Actual Retail Price: $17)
- Hammond’s Candy McGraw’s Flat Taffy (PopSugar says: $1; Actual Retail Price: $12.95 for 22-26 pieces. The piece in the box is fairly large, but this still seems like an overestimate)
Total Retail Value of Box: $114
This may be a slight overestimate, based on the above, but not by much. I still think the towel is overpriced though.
Kitsch Tri’d & True Y-Shaped Necklace
I’m not really a long necklace type of person, but I like this one. I’ve seen some people complain that this is silver plated, but it’s still pretty.
Sisters of Los Angeles Surf Sand Love Beach Towel
This isn’t a great picture of the towel, but you get the gist of it. I have to say: I don’t love it. It feels thin and cheap. I also don’t like the design. It’s definitely not worth $40 to me. If you’re going to buy nice beach towels, these ones by Pottery Barn are better (and cheaper – $29.50). I’ll probably give this one to my mother-in-law. They live on the water and are constantly in need of beach towels. Even though I don’t like the towel, I do like a few things on Sisters of Los Angeles’ site. These D.C. rock glasses are cute.
Middle Kingdom Mini Plum Vase in Coral Red
I love vases, but when I first saw this one, I didn’t think I would be able to use it. While I love red, it doesn’t exactly fit in with my home decor. But then I remembered that my office theme includes red. (I have these trays by Poppin in my office in the red, white, gray, and aqua.) I’m hoping that the vase will look good there. If not, I may put it in my kids’ room. (Perhaps a terrible idea, but I’ll put it up high!). It’s also a bud vase, so is fairly small. FYI – Although the products are made in “our kiln in Jingdezhen, China,” Middle Kingdom is apparently based in the DC Metro area. I’m always glad to support local businesses!
Batiste Dry Shampoo
I’ve heard good things about this dry shampoo, so was excited to try it out. I’m not really in the market for a dry shampoo, as I just purchased this dry texturing spray. (It actually came in a special edition PopSugar box, but I didn’t get it from there.) I don’t wash my hair every day (at the advice of my hair stylist), however, and dry shampoo is always useful. I also like that it’s a spray, and not a powder. I always manage to get the powder everywhere, so the spray is much easier for me to use.
Sage & Row Bare Shaving Cream
Confession time: I’m a soap and razor girl. I know you are supposed to use shaving cream, but I never have. This product may turn out to be like last month’s One Love Organics Gardenia + Tea Antioxidant Body Serum: A product I didn’t know I needed until I tried it.
Hammond’s Candy McGraw’s Flat Taffy
Any Maryland girl knows that the only taffy is Candy Kitchen’s saltwater taffy. So I was predisposed to dislike this. But I was also a bit like WHY WAS THIS INCLUDED IN THE BOX?
Overall, this was not my favorite box, but there was enough I liked about it to make keeping my subscription worthwhile.