PopSugar Must Have, $39.95 per month (US only)
Emmett loves PopSugar so much he has to chin the box so that the other bunnies know it is his! Bunnies rub their chins on things to mark them. Emmett wouldn't stop chinning the PopSugar box.
PopSugar Must Have is a monthly lifestyle box. While PopSugar always has at least one beauty product per month, they also have home goods, accessories, jewelry, snacks, and sometimes even books. PopSugar is one of the more expensive boxes, but its value is always over $100. All subscribers receive the same products in the monthly box.
Here's what was in the June PopSugar Must Have box:
- Aloha Collection Mid-Size Coco Palms Pouch in Ocean Print (worth $36)
- The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (worth $26; currently on sale for $17.10)
- Captain Blankenship Mermaid Sea Salt Hair Spray (full size, worth $24)
- Billabong Aloha Trucker Hat (worth $19.95)
- NCLA So Rich Vitamin E-infused Cuticle Oil in Mermaid Tears (full size, worth $18)
- Meri Meri Blue and White Party Straws (worth $5.95)
- Belgian Boys Mini Cookie Stash Cookie Butter Cookies (one pack, worth $1.20; 5-pack costs $5.99
- Starbucks Bottle Caramel Frappuccino (full size, worth ~$3)
My June PopSugar box was worth about $134.10. I had to estimate the value of the Starbucks Frappuccino as it is difficult to find online. We got two beauty items, two accessories, a book, a home item, a drink, and a snack. The Starbucks drink was a sponsored extra; flavors subscribers received varied. For the second month in a row and the third time this year, my PopSugar box has been missing the little card that has all the information about the products in the box and why they were selected. It's really annoying that they've been forgetting to include it. I sent them a note and they said they would send me the cards, but it doesn't do me much good now. The box also came extremely late in the month -- I got it 6/27 and it usually comes much earlier in the month. They did e-mail subscribers to tell us they were waiting on a product and that boxes would be late.
The Aloha Collection Mid-Size Coco Palms Pouch is made of Tyvek, a thin, lightweight fabric that is waterproof. The bags themselves are water-resistant, but not waterproof as water could get in around the zipper if the bag were to be submerged. The bag is roomy and would be great for keeping a wet bikini in or for keeping your book and phone dry at at the beach.
PopSugar includes a beach read in each year's June box. This year's was The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I haven't had a chance to read it yet as I just got the box a couple of days ago, but I'm looking forward to it. It's about an old Hollywood starlet's rise to fame. Has anyone else read it? If so, what did you think?
More sea salt spray! I've gotten a few bottles of sea salt spray recently. Captain Blankenship's Mermaid Sea Salt Hair Spray texturizes and moisturizes hair. I love the scent of this, but sea salt spray is just not something that works for my short hair.
I guess trucker hats are back in style? I don't know, but they certainly aren't my style. I'm not really sure what PopSugar was thinking with this Billabong Aloha trucker hat. It looks like it might have been made especially for PopSugar as I don't see this particular hat for sale on the Billabong site. I think I look very silly in this hat and can't imagine ever wearing it. It does appear to be well-made, so there's that. Emily likes it, so it's all hers.
NCLA's So Rich Cuticle Oil in Mermaid Tears has a honeysuckle and ocean breeze scent. You're supposed to apply it to your cuticles and nails twice daily and it's supposed to make cuticle removal easier. It's moisturizing and made my skin feel soft. Cuticle removal was slightly easier, but I don't have too difficult a time with cuticle removal normally. The scent was okay, but it was a little stronger than I would have liked. I would have preferred the Dark Almond scent.
The Meri Meri Blue and White Party Straws are cute. They are made of paper, so they are one-time-use. It takes them a while to get soggy, so they will make it through a full drink. It's a bit boring for PopSugar, but I'll use them the next time I have a party.
The Belgian Boys Mini Cookie Stash Cookie Butter Cookies are little speculoos cookies shaped like mustaches. I have had speculoos before and didn't like them much, so I wasn't expecting to like these. These were actually really good! They're crunchy and have a great flavor. I might have to get more of these.
Finally, there was a sponsored extra, the Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino. I don't like coffee at all, so I'll just be passing this along to a friend. It's not something I would expect to see in a PopSugar box, but it's a sponsored extra, so I'll let it slide.
This definitely wasn't my favorite PopSugar box. PopSugar has had some off months recently. The book is what I am most excited about. The Aloha Collection pouch was really cute and will get some use on beach days. The cuticle oil was okay, but a little too strongly scented. The cookies were tasty and the straws were pretty, though boring. The sea salt spray and Starbucks drinks were misses and the Billabong trucker hat was a total miss. I was surprised to see the hat and frappuccino in a PopSugar box. I was excited for the June box, but it was a bit of a letdown. I am hoping July will be amazing because June just didn't do it for me.
What did you think of the June PopSugar box? Did you like it more than I did?