Subscription Box news – 7 Nov 2013

Subscription Box news – 7 Nov 2013

Umba Box

Umba Box have done a bit of a spring clean, jazzed up their website and renamed their boxes.

The original $25 box is now called ‘Umba’s Discover Box’ and the limited edition $49 box is now called the ‘Umba’s Delight Box’. I like these new titles and the website looks great. I will definitely be ordering an Umba Box subscription again in the future.

Read my previous Umba Box reviews.

Birchbox

Tomorrow Birchbox are announcing what is in their ‘Limited Edition Home Box: Snow Day!’ I wonder what will be in it?

Harvest Box

There is only three days left to get your first two boxes for half price! Use this code 81337Y5K3IO. The deal runs out on the 10 November.

Umba Box review – July 2013

Umba Box review – July 2013

This is the last box of my three month Umba Box subscription.

This month the box was tiny compared to the previous two boxes!

The box…

First look… ooohhhh cute hair ties 🙂

 

The Products

Knotted hair ties by Poppy and Elle (value $4.65 Aussie dollars). I received three cute hair ties – floral, pink and orange. These have been handmade by Caroline from Poppy and Elle. You could also wear these as wrists bands. I’m wearing the orange one on my wrist now actually! After checking out the Poppy and Elle etsy store I am totes hearting the chevron and glitter hair ties.

Cute Poppy and Elle chevron and glitter hair ties.

 

Insect Magnets by Kate Grenier Designs (value $18 US). These magnets are made from recycled bottle caps. I like the idea but I’m not to keen on bugs and insects. I have popped these up on the fridge though. So they are useful.

Buzz Off Citronella Soy Candle by Green Daffodil (value $13.31 Aussie dollars). I’m really glad to get a Citronella Candle. It’s one of those things you often need but I always forget to buy. The candle smells nice, looks gorgeous and I can’t wait to try it!

How much does it cost?

Including shipping to Australia and currency conversion the box costs me just under $38 a month. I signed up for a three month subscription, this is the last box of my subscription.

How long did it take to get to Australia?

It took about two weeks to get to me. You get an email to let you know when the box has been shipped.

Was it worth it?

The Umba Box is pretty much on value. I spent $38 Aussie dollars and received $37.38 Aussie dollars worth of goods. To buy these items myself I would have also incurred separate shipping costs for each store. So if you look at it that way, you save money.

I have enjoyed my Umba Box subscription. Having a box full of hand made items arriving each month has been really exciting. You get a bit of a warm and fuzzy using the products as well – knowing that they have all been crafted with love.

Another plus for Umba Box is that it has also been a really easy experience. The box ships to Australia so there is no messing around with getting things shipped twice (which is what happens when I get my Birchbox).

I’ll definitely get another subscription to Umba Box, I’d love to splash out and try the $49 Limited Edition Umba Box. The Limited Edition box contains more high end (expensive) items.

July 2013 – Best Subscription Box Awards

July 2013 – Best Subscription Box Awards

In the running:

  • Birchbox Box June 2013 (read my review)
  • Harvest Box July 2013 (read my review)
  • Umba Box July 2013 (read my review).
  • Violet Box July 2013 (read my review).

And the winners are…

Umba Box review – June 2013

Umba Box review – June 2013

This is my second Umba Box. I loved my first one so much, I was super excited to see what was inside this one!

The box…

First look…

There was lots of packaging! I had to dig for the items.

 The Products

The June Umba Box included a cute soap and a boho style necklace made in India.

Bouquet Necklace by Mata Traders (value $28US). This necklace is handmade in India. I really like it and I have been wearing it on weekends with my Pop Basic Sherwood Collection top and skirt. The necklace is well made and also looks pretty just hanging up from a hook on my wardrobe door.

Handmade Shea Butter Soap in Close by The Soap and Paper Factory (value $8US). The paper packaging is very pretty and I didn’t want to ruin it but I had to get into the soap! This handmade soap smells of Sandalwood. It has a gentle scent and feels nice to use.

How much does it cost?

Including shipping to Australia and currency conversion the box costs me just under $38 a month. I signed up for a three month subscription, this box is month two of my subscription.

How long did it take to get to Australia?

It took about two weeks to get to me. You get an email to let you know when the box has been shipped.

Was it worth it?

The Umba Box is pretty much on value. It cost me $38 Aussie dollars and the value of the products in Aussie dollars comes to $39. The products have grown on me during the month. At first I was a little disappointed as I loved last month’s box so much. But I have been wearing the necklace and using the soap, so everything has been useful. The necklace is more unique than just buying something from Diva or Lovisa and it gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling to be purchasing a Fair Trade item.

May 2013 – Best Subscription Box Awards

May 2013 – Best Subscription Box Awards

In the running:

  • Birchbox Box April 2013 (read my review)
  • Umba Box April 2013 (read my review).

And the winners are…

  • Best subscription box: Birchbox
  • Runner up: Umba Box
  • Favourite beauty item: Caudalie Divine Oil from my Birchbox. I have been using this on the backs of my hands and it is made them much softer. The product also smells wonderful.
  • Favourite handmade item: Geometric fold over clutch purse from etsy store This Loves That that was included in my Umba Box.  I’ve been using this as my weekend clutch and it makes me feel ‘oh-so-chic’.
  • Most used item: Simple Revitalizing Eye Roll-On  from my Birchbox. I have used this product every morning since I got it, it is so cooling and refreshing. A great way to wake myself up in the mornings!
  • Tastiest item: Gluten free dark chocolate sea salt brownie by Sinfully Delicious from my Umba Box. I wish I had more of these. It was good 🙂