Welcome to my review of a new quarterly subscription box, CAUSEBOX. This service is still quite new with this being their third quarter, starting with Fall 2018. I found CAUSEBOX through a Facebook ad for one of the items that would be featured in the box, a vegan leather tech portfolio. Yep, they got me just like that.
The logistics of this box are the same as FabFitFun. There are quarterly or annual memberships, it’s $54.95 or $199.80. By choosing the annual membership you save $20 and get customization options. However, if you’re willing to pay the annual upfront just to customize, I should point out that what I’ve seen in my Instagram searches is that the customization option is limited to colors and styles versus actual product changes. I’m sure this is because they’re new and they haven’t yet expanded their offerings yet.
CAUSEBOX aims to partner with companies that give back and make a difference, while they also give back. They also seem to look for companies that are women led and/or cruelty free and sustainable. I guess I’m still a little confused about their actual mission just because it’s not completely clear but that’s ok. Yeah, you may be thinking, “Well FabFitFun and all these other companies don’t really have a great mission.” and you may be right. But to me, if a company is all about doing good, then I want to know how they’re doing that.
I won’t blab on and get too in depth on who they are since you’re probably here for what’s in the box, so let’s just get to that.
Like FabFitFun (sorry, you can’t help but compare them), the box is beautifully presented. You also get a booklet that goes into details about the products, the company they come from, and the women who lead the companies (if they’re women led). I actually read through this entire booklet while I’ve never actually read the FFF from front to back.
- Megan Portfolio Clutch in Blush Pink $120 – THIS IS IT. This is what got me! I’d been looking for something like this for work so I could hold my laptop, notepad, pen, phone, and coffee without having to feel like I’m doing a balancing act but also look chic at the same time. The portfolio is vegan leather, quite heavy but soft, feels good. I’m really looking forward to using this. I’ll be posting some photos of it in use on my Instagram.
- Cleobella Silky Scarf $52 – This scarf is beautiful. I got the yellow (mustard) one and I love it. The scarf is not real silk but as the name states, it is “silky” feeling. This company is founded by Angela O’Brien and her husband and chose to start the company and have the designs made by locals in Bali. Additionally, Cleobella gives a percentage of every sale to empower women in South East Asia through CARE.org
- Ettitude Bamboo Lyocell Sleep Mask in Black $15 – Using. This. Tonight. I put this on when I first got it and knew I’d love it. It’s soft, it feels silky on the eyes, and the best part of all is it doesn’t squish my face/eyes. I’ll let you know how it goes. The company is female led and the mask is made from 100% organic bamboo lyocell.
- Wyld French Pink Clay Konjac Sponge $16.90 – Hm, I don’t know. The actual packaging says this is for your face and all I can imagine is taking a burnt cookie to the face to wash it. I think I’ll have to do an IG video of myself trying this out because I feel like it may be comical. The story on how this company was founded by Joy Yap is actually pretty interesting. The shortened version is she was out of the country and didn’t realize her visa expired, which caused some issues and meant she couldn’t come back until it was taken care of, so she made use of her time.
- Marina De Buchi Moon & Stars Luxe Bracelet $37 – This is a petite and dainty bracelet that is gold plated. It’s cute but I’m not sure it’s me or that I’ll actually wear it. This is another female led company. They also give back 10% of every online sale to help fight human trafficking through The A21 Campaign.
- Kalos Elixer Toning Mist $22 – Would I have bought this on my own? No. Will I try this? Yes. I’ll let you know on this one too. I also appreciate a good name and this one is actually called “Mist Congeniality”, great movie reference. Kalos’ founder is a female who believes in supporting young females. Five percent of every Kalos purchase goes back to “some remarkable organizations” that work with girls (vague, but okay).
- Cosmedix Glow Bamboo Brightening Mask $30 – Unless I’m completely delusional, their website has no real about/story section. The only thing they really state is that they’re cruelty free (donning the well known bunny ear badge) and that celebrity aestheticians, beauty editors, and skincare gurus are obsessed with Cosmedix (their words, not mine). Since I feel so letdown at the moment, maybe I won’t try this mask.
- Altru Macrame Plant Hanger $15 – Altru is CAUSEBOX’s in house brand. They created this product in partnership with One Tree Planted to help bring nature into the home, especially after seeing how recent wildfires in California can really impact the world. Good cause but I can almost guarantee I will never use this, so it’s going in my gifting bin.
Paid $40 – Value $308
Okay, so, was this the best quarterly subscription box I’ve ever gotten? No, not even close. Were there things I really liked? Yes. Do I regret buying it? No.
I will give this box another shot. I think what they’re intending for is great, I love to support women and good causes. I also want to give them another shot since they are new. If this company had been a few years old, I probably wouldn’t try again, but since this is only their third box, I will. I’m also hoping their website game steps up. It’s really basic but it works, for now.
If you’ve already gotten this box, comment below and let me know your thoughts! If you were thinking about getting this box, I’d love to know what you think after reading this post.
Until next time.