FabFitFun sent out another round of starter box invitations for me to send. One of the people I sent the 2019 FabFitFun starter boxes to texted me photos, so I can share them with you. I’ve already used most of these products, so I can also review the box. As of today, I do not have any starter boxes to send, but I will update this if that changes. Keep reading to see what you might get or to get some questions answered if you’ve received an invitation elsewhere. Whenever I get these invites, the person I send the box to gets it for free if s/he pays the $5 shipping charge. 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.
How Can You Get a FabFitFun Starter Box?
FabFitFun occasionally sells these for $19.99 each, but the option to purchase the FabFitFun Starter Box is not available (at this publication date). To receive a starter box, you must get an invite via email from a FabFitFun subscriber. The problem is FabFitFun members only get a limited number of invites, and we never know when they will pop up. I’ve been subscribed for over a year, and I’ve only seen the option to send boxes twice on my account so far. Offers appear at different times on accounts, and blanket offers on most accounts are only readily available before the holidays.
What is the Guaranteed Value of a FabFitFun Starter Box?
Each box will have at least 3-4 full-size items with a minimum retail value of $75. Most of these are items FabFitFun has placed in past subscription boxes, Editor’s Boxes, Add-ons, and Edit Sales, but it is possible items we’ve never seen before could appear in these boxes.
Do I Get Any Benefit for Sending a Starter Box?
Current Subscribers will not get a referral credit for anyone who signs up after receiving one of their starter boxes. FabFitFun gets the chance to pick up the new subscriber, but it also takes a huge risk giving away so much value for the cost of shipping. To offset what it loses from customers who keep the gifts without signing up, it refrains from offering an incentive for those who refer the customers. Those who refer the customers get the benefit of knowing they helped someone score an amazing deal. After all, the Walmart Beauty Box sends me free products when I pay the $5 shipping charge and it never has products this nice.
What is the Catch?
There is no catch, per se. This is basically a trial box to entice trial members who enjoy it to stay subscribed for future boxes. You will automatically get moved to a seasonal subscription and charged $49.99 for that subscription 21-days after you pay the $5 for your starter box. In busier times, it is not unheard of for the 21 days to pass before your starter box arrives. Most people want to see what is in the starter box before they decide whether to keep or cancel the subscription. You can cancel the subscription even before your starter box arrives though, and FabFitFun will still send it to you. Those who cancel before the 21st day get to keep the starter box without getting moved to a subscription. That means they get 4 full-size items for $1.25 each just for trying out FabFitFun.
How Often Do the Items in the Starter Box Change?
There is only one major change and one minor change from the first round of 2018 FabFitFun starter boxes I sent. Considering the boxes before had major changes, there is a good chance we will see a shift in the items in the next round. Here’s hoping I get more boxes to send, because someone who missed the deadline on my last batch of offers already offered to text me photos of what she gets in the next starter box (if I can send her one). Odds are the box will stay the same for a while though, because people who received my Starter boxes in August got the same thing as people who received my starter boxes in December last year.
The January 2019 Starter Box
It comes with a magazine, as the main boxes do. This magazine says it is for a Starter Box. That is all I can see on the picture, but I will ask him to bring it next time I see him. That way, I can take a closer look to see how this varies from the magazines in other boxes. The magazine in the last Starter Box said it was a magazine for an Editor’s Box.
A card with the box contents comes with the box. Since FabFitFun took the time to print product cards, it is clear a great number of boxes will have the same items. 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.
The Blaq Hydrogel Eye Masks ($29) are items I purchased as an add-on for $9 in the Summer 2018 Box. I also received 2 more sets in the Winter 2018 Box and have one more set on its way in the Winter 2018 Editor’s Box. Despite owning that many, I have not tried these yet. I only use eye masks when I have bags or really dark circles with somewhere really important to go. If at least two of those three are not present, I will not use an eye mask. If I dislike these once I finally try them, I can break the boxes up and give them away in pairs. Odds are I will use them, because I have yet to find an eye mask I hate. Eye masks are a product that I use so rarely that I really consider them a treat when I do get to them. Giving away even a mediocre treat is unlikely unless I have a lot of amazing treats to take its place. When it comes to eye masks, I just don’t buy a lot of them.
The Spongelle in Beach Grass is a Body Wash Infused Buffer that retails for $16. This is a limited edition fragrance created in collaboration with FabFitFun. It has spicy, fruity jasmine, rose, powdery aquatic, woody, musk scents. I am about to get this in the Winter 2018 FabFitFun Editor’s Box I ordered, which is en route to my house now. I’ve only tried one Spongelle so far and while I loved the fragrance, I found the sponge itself a little rough. After I use up some other washes in my stash, I will try more Spongelles to see if they are all that rough. A lot of people love these, so I am guessing the rough scrub does not bother those people.
The 5.1oz AHAVA Mineral Hand Cream for $33. FabFitFun has given this to me four times, in the Winter 2017 Box, the Spring 2018 Edit Sale, and the Summer Editor’s Box, the Fall 2018 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 this, but I think he’ll love it. 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 in black which retails for $54, in my Spring 2018 Editor’s Box and got it again in blue in my Fall 2018 Editor’s Box. View those articles to see how beautiful this bag is. It took me a while to talk myself into selecting black in the spring, but I am glad I did. We did not get a color option in the fall and got blue. It turns out, I like the blue one better, but I am keeping my black one, too. I’ve already taken the black one on many weekend trips and trips to the water park.
This bag is even more beautiful in person than it photographs. The rope strap is adorable, and it has two small pockets inside for a small wallet and keys. It has held up really well, but my black one is a little dirty from all the times I’ve used it. I am afraid to wash it. My friend claims it is too girly and would rather trade me for something else than gift this to anyone. His photographs make this look blue, which is the better looking one.
Value and Worth
This starter box has a $132 value, which my friend paid $5 for. My friend’s personal value is $78, because he does not want the tote. I agreed to trade him something for it, so I may put it in a future giveaway. Even at $19.99, he says he would have been happy with this. He is most looking forward to trying the eye gels, because he has never used any before. Had I received this, my personal value would have been the same as his, $78. I love the tote, but I do not need another one. Even though I have multiples of the eye gels, and the AHAVA hand cream, I can always use more of those. That hand cream in particular is one I really love. Someone who uses lotion or hand cream after every wash goes through a lot. It may take me a while before I get to this fragrance of Spongelle (which is not even here yet), but I will upload his review of it soon.
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