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The following review is for the August 2018 starter box, which is a mini version of the full-size box. My sister received her starter box in September, and a reader received hers in October. All of the starter boxes from August through October have been the same. If you purchased the full-size box in August or September, you will start with the 2018 Fall Box (click that link to read my review) until inventory runs out. Then, you will start with the Fall 2018 Editor’s Box, (click that link to read my review). The Editor’s Box includes all of the items below plus four more, so anyone who loves these items and does not have an invite for a starter box can order an Editor’s Box.
I kept getting a pop-up on my FabFitFun account saying that I could send three starter boxes to anyone I wanted. These boxes usually retail for $19.99, but FabFitFun would send them to my lucky recipients for free as long as each one paid the $5 shipping charge. There really is no catch to these boxes, because people who are not happy with them can cancel within 21 days and pay nothing else. Anyone who does not cancel will automatically move to a seasonal subscription on the 21st day after the $5 gets charged. Either a Seasonal box (if there are any left) or an Editor’s box would start the official subscription. As I was only able to send three, and I have a nice network of friends and family, I had a hard time deciding who to send them to. The ability to send 3 starter boxes is not granted to everyone, because the seasonal account I opened to receive a duplicate fall box (I am still waiting on my original and my duplicate) does not have this option.
Two of the three people I offered the boxes to have already ordered them. My third person has not accepted or declined. Once I send her the invite, I cannot send it to anyone else. Thus, I am waiting until she is 100% sure she does not want it before I move onto the next person on my list. After she sees this article, I doubt she will decline. One of the two who ordered a starter box with my link sent me pictures today showing me what came in the box. This person gave me permission to use the photos to blog about the box contents. I wonder how one would go about ordering a $19.99 starter box, because I could not even find a link for it on the website. My only guess is that it is a limited time deal or it is only available to select affiliates. In case you have a link for the $19.99 box or have a link for a free box with $5 shipping from someone in your social circle and want to see what the contents were, I wanted to show what my friend received.
I have Googled photos of past starter boxes and can assure you that the box contents change over time. It is highly unlikely there are items that are unique to these boxes, so items will usually be things we saw in past boxes. This is after all an introduction to FabFitFun. Anyone who happens upon this article far in the future will likely receive different items. These starter boxes have at least a $100 value and almost always have 4 full-size items. A seasonal box or editor’s box usually has 8-9 items, but this is less than half the cost (for those who pay for it). All of the items in this starter box were from past FabFitFun Boxes. Because of that, I can actually review every product I am about to share. Links to when I received the products are below.
It comes with a magazine, as the main boxes do. This magazine said it was for an Editor’s Box. I ordered the Summer and Spring Editor’s Boxes (and will consider ordering Fall if it interests me once it releases). The magazine in this box is the one that came in my Spring Box. Though I’ve already recycled this magazine, I attached a couple of pictures in my Spring Editor’s Box article. As such, I am not going to add mine here. Sending a Editor’s Box magazine with these starter boxes makes perfect sense. Those magazines never list products, so they can throw any extras into the Starter Boxes without confusing anyone. Seasonal boxes always list the products in the magazine.
Here is a picture you have never seen with my boxes and will probably never see. This is how the boxes come wrapped. They always look cute in FabFitFun tissue paper with a sticker holding them together. My mailman delivers late. By the time it arrives, it is too dark to take photos. I try to take as many pictures as possible in natural light, because the flash distorts the way some products look. It does makes pictures crisper, so I will use this for a shot of a large haul (when it is too blurry with natural light). Waiting until the next day to peek inside my box is never happening, so it always looks messy by the time I photograph it.
Like an Editor’s Box, there is a card that comes with the box. A note from the Editor is on one side.
A list of the box contents is on the other side of the card. My theory was that FabFitFun used unused products from past boxes to make these boxes. This could still be correct, because that is what FabFitFun admits to doing for Editor’s Boxes. Those have a product card as well, so FabFitFun could order extras of items it believes went over well with subscribers. It is proof that a lot of starter boxes are the same. Anyone who orders around the same time as someone else will likely get the same box or else FabFitFun would not waste time creating a layout and printing these cards. A mystery bundle, which retails for $29, never has a product card. Those are random items thrown together (curated) to get rid of excess inventory. Yes, Mystery Bundles are a bit of a gamble, but I will get them if I have extra money in my budget after buying the things I like during an Edit Sale or Add-ons for the boxes.
The Spongelle in Freesia Pear is a Body Wash Infused Buffer that retails for $16. My friend does not use body exfoliants, so this was a miss. After using the incredible smelling one from my Summer Editor’s Box the first time, I found it a little rough. A reader suggested that they soften with use. While I found that true now that I’ve used it three times, it is still a little rough. I wonder if they are all rough or if I just got an unusually rough one. While trying one more will not tell me if they are all rough, it is a lot more likely when it happens with more than one.
Since my friend is not interested in this, we already negotiated a trade. It will give me a chance to see if the Spongelle buffers are as great as most in the FabFitFun Community claim or if they are not for me. Granted, if I end up loving this one, I will buy more when they appear in future FabFitFun sales. It will be about three weeks before my friend comes to town for this trade, so my experiment/review will have to wait. For those interested, I will try to get it up (separate article) before the end of September.
The 5.1oz AHAVA Mineral Hand Cream for $33. FabFitFun has given this to me three times, in the Winter 2017 Box, the Spring 2018 Edit Sale, and the Summer Editor’s Box. I am not complaining at all, because I’ve loved this product (and had some on hand) long before FabFitFun sent it to me. My friend has never tried it, but I have faith this will go over well. It is creamy and deeply moisturizing. A lot of people complain about this scent, but it has grown on me over the years. While it is not my favorite, I can say I like it. If you like a hand cream that is not greasy but does not completely absorb leaving you wondering if you applied anything, you might like this.
I got this Summer & Rose Brittany Striped Tote, which retails for $54, in my Spring Editor’s Box. View that article to see how beautiful this bag is. Granted, this blue one looks even nicer in this photo than the black one I own. Until I see it in person, I will try to convince myself that I chose correctly when I picked black. Blue stripes seem more classic, but black stripes seemed like they would go with more outfits.
Whether blue or black, the pictures do not do this bag justice. The black one is bigger and more beautiful in person (as I assume this blue one is). The rope strap is adorable, and it has two small pockets inside for a small wallet and keys. Since I got mine, I have already taken it to the water park multiple times and on four weekend getaways. It looks great and holds up nicely. Hopefully, my friend ends up loving this as much as I do.
I LOVE that my friend got the gray Free People x Understated Leather Starry Eyed Travel Eye Mask that retails for $40. After having my younger son steal the one I received in my Spring Editor’s Box and my older son steal the one I got in my Spring Box, I finally selected one of my own in the Summer Editor’s Box. We all four got the same color, which I think is really lucky. Hopefully, I can get a picture of all four of us rocking our matching masks at some point.
This was made using Vegan Leather, so it is not the most comfortable sleep mask I’ve ever owned. It does not adjust to the contours of my face as well as a silk or even cotton one does. The metallic patchwork is beautiful, which makes this my prettiest sleep mask. There is a removable, non-toxic cooling insert. I have yet to place the insert in the fridge, but the mask feels slightly cooler even when the insert is room temperature (as long as it is inside). The elastic strap is adjustable, which my small head and my son’s small head appreciates. My friend will love that it’s adjustable, too, because there not be complaints I usually here about things being too tight.
This starter box has a $143 value, which my friend paid $5 for. My friend’s personal value is $127, because body exfoliation is not for everyone. I do not exfoliate my body as much as I’d like and prefer gentle exfoliants myself. Even at $19.99, this seems worth it. Granted, I reviewed everything from my perspective. Had I received this, my personal value would have been $49. Extra AHAVA hand cream is always welcome even if I end up with 10. Someone who uses lotion or hand cream after every wash goes through a lot. A chance to try another Spongelle without paying full price is also great. Thanks to my friend, that will happen anyway. Don’t get me wrong on the two items I would gift. This is a great box. I just do not need another bag or sleep mask. They are nice items to have though, so anyone who does not already have them would probably appreciate both.
Ready to subscribe? If you subscribe from this article, you will either start with a Seasonal or Editor’s Box. I cannot find a link for a Starter Box nor could I find them in the shop from my subscription. I will come back and edit it in if I ever find a link. If you have a friend with a FabFitFun subscription, ask your friend if s/he has any starter boxes to send. For those sending starting boxes, you will not get referral credit or any other benefit if a friend who receives a box ultimately signs up. You will have the satisfaction of knowing someone you love is getting nice things for a great price. As a deal lover, that is all we can ask for. Visit my FabFitFun Page for more information about this subscription and shop purchases for subscribers. All available offers get posted there as well as everything I know about the retailer and links to helpful sections of the site. See all FabFitFun articles. View my main page for the guide map to the site and deeper deal exploration.
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