This is the Fall 2019 FabFitFun Starter Box review for box 15. There have been a lot of variations this year, and this is the fifth someone I sent a box to sent me photos to share. Because I own all four products in this box, I will give my own thoughts. That way I inconvenience the person I sent it to as little as possible. I do not have any starter boxes, 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.
Available Offers for Joining FabFitFun
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?
All four items in this box are different from the last box, and all four items are different from the current box. They seem to be changing closer to once a month now. We’ll see if that trend continues.
The Fall 2019 Starter Box 15 Review
It comes with a magazine, as the main boxes do. The magazine has not changed since the last 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.
There is a note from FabFitFun on the back of the card. This is from a past box, but I am guessing the gist or even wording is the same.
I’m having a hard time deciding if this box, last box, or the one before that is the best I’ve seen. This one has a $167 value where the others had a $175, and $218 value. All three have an anchor with a product I love that has a huge value. The recipients are in for treats.
Again, I own all products she received, so these are my reviews. Hers may vary once she tries everything.
The first item she received is the Mark & Graham Colorblock Throw ($49) in Gray/Ivory. I own this in both colors thanks to the winter 2018 box, and I think she is lucky to get the gray. You can see a picture of mine below. It really is lovely and lightweight enough to double as an oversized scarf. This gets a lot of use in our home, even though it is a little thin for winter (the box I received it in). We love it to keep our feet warm throughout the year. Ours are in pretty good shape, but I can imagine my friend (who has a cat might not fare as well). So far, the cat has not attacked it though.
The WAY OF WILL Strengthening Nail & Cuticle Serum ($24) is something I should use all the time. Despite applying lotion or hand cream after every hand wash, my cuticles peel at times. Every time I purchase one of these, it goes bad before I finish it. I never remember to apply it. When I remember to apply this, it helps. My cuticles feel softer and peel back less. Now, I just need to do it more often. The smell is not my favorite, so I usually apply it right before bed, when I remember. Thanks to the spring 2019 Editor’s Box, I have two of these.
The Kate Somerville ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment ($75) is something I declared a FabuFind long before I joined FabFitFun. It exfoliates and leaves my skin so soft without feeling overly abrasive. I am always turned off by the price even though it works extremely well so I appreciate any opportunity to get it cheaper. Anyone who gets this in a box is so lucky (and select members who spend at least $100 in the Edit Sale get a shot at a free one). FabFitFun is reserving an unspecified amount for the people who reserve over $100 first. Looks like I am going to be on time to the sale opening later today.
The Lavido Aromatic Body Lotion in Mandarin, Orange & Bergamot ($19) is a really nice body lotion. On my body (as intended), I have no complaints. Everyone in my house loves the fragrance, which is very citrus. It completely absorbs, so I cannot use it on my hands. Because the inside of my hands are so dry, I need something that stays slightly tacky to prevent me from focusing of them. My husband loves lotions that completely absorb, so he loves this even more than I do. He can use this on his hands or body. Lucky guy!
Is the FabFitFun Starter Box Worth It?
The person who ordered it has only mentioned loving the blanket so far. I’m unsure how she feels about the other products or which ones she plans on keeping. She knows how I feel all all of them, so I hope she gives all of them a shot. If she does, her personal value could reach the full $167. Even if she tries nothing else, the blanket already gave her $49 in value. Like so many others, she did not like the preview for the fall box. Thus, she is waiting to see what winter brings. I ordered three fall boxes, because I think it is great. To each her own.
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I'm Kimberly. Shopping is always more fun when I've found the best deal available, so I am always on the hunt. My father instilled that in me, and I love that I carry a piece of him. Sometimes, my husband and sons (12 and 7) let me shop for them, too. They do not use as many beauty products as I do. We can all benefit from nice products, even though their routine ends with moisturizer. That is when I can convince my 12-year-old to apply it.