CAUSEBOX | Ethical Subscription Box for Women
What is CAUSEBOX?
A seasonal delivery of 6-8 hand-curated products for women. Every product has a story and makes the world better.
Disclaimer: I have not received any payment or free product for this review and I will always give my honest opinion.
If you love subscription boxes I definitely think this one is worth a shot! Some popular ones I have considered are ipsy, Fab Fit Fun, and BarkBox. However, when I started Project Rise Up I decided to commit myself to supporting Give Back businesses! I think businesses that help change the lives of others in BIG ways should always be given a chance, but does their product stack up against other companies? Because if it doesn't I don't want to be wasting my money.
In short, my answer is YES! CAUSEBOX products have been high quality and useful in my daily life. For reference, I have now received four seasonal boxes (Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, and Summer 2018) and these are the boxes my review is based on.
My main "issue" with subscription boxes is sometimes we receive items we'll never use or that aren't our style, I believe this is a valid concern. Luckily, the cost of these boxes compared to the value received (cost: $49.95, value: $150+) usually offsets this problem for me.
Another aspect of this box I've really enjoyed (similar to FabFitFun) is the variation of items. I know if I got a makeup subscription box I wouldn't be able to use it all and it would simply start stockpiling in my cabinets. Because the items picked out by the CAUSEBOX team vary so widely I've never received an item I couldn't put into use fairly immediately or that wasn't the perfect gift for a friend. PS one of the Christmas gifts I gave this year maaayyyy have been from my Winter CAUSEBOX #sorrynotsorry. My least favorite item was actually the necklace from the Summer Box, but the earrings from my Spring Box I'm so obsessed with I forgive them.
A new perk for annual members is that you get to pick the style of the items in your box! Meaning, the item you receive usually comes in several versions (ex: the water bottle from the Summer Box came in teal or pink and the bag from the Summer Box came in blue, pink, or white). I currently pay by-the-box, but for the cheaper rate and ability to pick out the color and style of items I receive in future boxes I'll be subscribing annually.
Okay enough chat, now for what you really want! A Summer Box reveal so you can rate it for yourself. Here are some of my FAVORITE items:
Item 1: Tribe Alive Foldover Clutch
Reversible fold-over clutch in one of three styles — handmade by artisans in Jaipur, India and finished with a gorgeous gold chain and tassel. Exclusively designed for CAUSEBOX. Again, annual members get to choose their style!
When I first opened my box I was disappointed to see I hadn't got the black and white (exactly why I'll be subscribing annually), BUT since actually utilizing this clutch I've become obsessed. Not only do I know an amazing company partnered with an amazing woman to make this, but also the chain and fabric quality is above expectation. I think the pink pop of color is great for summer, especially when folded to be a clutch.
I included the Tribe Alive mission below so you can see why I feel so great supporting CAUSEBOX.
Item 2: Zoya Nail Polish (set of three)
A set of three summer-ready nail polishes, from the company that is pioneering the elimination of toxic ingredients from nail products.
When was the last time you bought nail polish? When the heck did it get so expensive? No clue! But I love painting my own toes (I get shellac on my fingernails done at a salon), so a few new colors for my small collection always excites me.
*Pictured in the bottom right image is the Kevia Wear It Six Ways Tassel Necklace which was also included in this box, BUT was just not my style. It was described as a gorgeous and endlessly versatile tassel necklace that can be worn six different ways. Proudly and ethically made in an environmentally sustainable way in China.
Item 3: D.Stil Resuseable Water Bottle
A stylish reusable water bottle that reduces plastic waste and contributes to Water.org to help provide global access to clean water. Annual members get to choose their style!
I'm a sucker for a good metal water bottle and it is blush pink, all the heart eyes! This is the item I have already used the most.
Item 4: L'occitane Almond Shower Oil
Almond Shower Oil that cleanses softly while helping to hydrate and nourish the skin — one of the best selling products from an iconic body care brand that is empowering women in West Africa, and harvesting almonds responsibly.
Not going to lie, when I got this one out of the box I was like WHAT IN THE WORLD thinking it was meant for pleasure more than cleansing. But (as you can see from how much I've already used) I LOVE THIS PRODUCT. Never in a thousand years would I have bought shower oil but now I like it 1000x better than my normal soap and even my Lush bath bar. It smells amazing, feels so silky, and keeps my skin soft as a baby's bottom.
The last item I am going to gush about is something every woman needs in their bathroom, but for a heads up: there was also an organic turkish towel and Coco Davez art print included in the box, which you can spot in some of the images closer to the end of this post.
Item 5: Karuna Natural Fiber Sheet Masks (set of four)
Four antioxidant enriched + natural fiber sheet masks for spa-like facials from home, made by the first sheet mask brand to launch in the U.S. Karuna also works with Beauty Bus to provide beauty treatments for hospital patients!
I love that CAUSEBOX is supporting local AND international brands, which I wasn't fully aware of until I received these spa-night must haves.
For me, self-care usually includes one night a week where I take a bath and pamper myself so I used my first mask already and it felt rejuvenating. I'm not a fan of the masks that spread onto your face and tighten (although I've been meaning to try out a pink clay one) so this was more up my alley.
Here is some pictures of the full box from my own Instagram and CAUSEBOX's Instagram. See anything you could use? I'd love to add that mint water bottle to my collection too.
Something I addressed a bit at the beginning, but wanted to say again is this-
The quality of these products is surprisingly great which makes me 100% confident to recommend CAUSEBOX as a personal or gift purchase. The past few months I've been working my way into a more minimalistic lifestyle (having items I need and use that are of higher quality, rather than a huge collection of items that sit in drawers and provide no purpose in my life). I do not feel like CAUSEBOX is just adding to the trash pile or junk drawer like I have felt with other subscription boxes.
So to end, here are a few of my favorite items from past boxes that I use all the time!
Badala wooden serving spoons, probably the nicest thing in my kitchen. Plus this company sells products to end poverty and sex trafficking.
An Amber & Moss reed diffuser I added to my bathroom.
A Tribe Alive table runner/wall hanging that was created in partnership with an empowering woman artist. I LOVE the pattern and have had it featured in my room since. I hope I have a nice, long dining room table to display it on some day.
Rosehip beauty oil that I use on my face LITERALLY every night. It was in an Instagram post a few weeks back where I detailed a few of my favorite things.
And finally, (not pictured) a set of tea towels made in India that are utilized in my tiny apartment kitchen.
Do you have any subscription boxes you think I should give a try? Have you tried CAUSEBOX? I'd love to hear from you in the comments!