February Cravebox Review

february craveboxIf you’re familiar with my original website then you may have seen my (very candid) review of the December Cravebox. It was the very first in a new series by SheSpeaks. It’s in the same style as Birchbox and others; you pay a monthly subscription fee and once every 30 days they will send you a box of 4 – 6 goodies. The goodies range anywhere from food to cosmetics. The only thing they promise is that they will be something new on the market and the total value of the box will be equal to or greater than your subscription fee.

The December box wasn’t all too shabby, but I instantly saw some areas that needed improvement. My major complaint? I don’t want food. Especially food items that you can get at your local grocery store. I want unique and hard to find items – that should be what makes these programs attractive.

First I just have to mention that I didn’t receive my January Cravebox (hence the lapse in review dates). Somehow the shipping information was wrong and it shipped to an old address all the way on the West coast. Someone in Northridge, CA is enjoying a goodie box compliments of one Kenda Smith. You’re welcome, Sir or Madame. Just to clarify: The shipping error was not due to a mistake by Cravebox/SheSpeaks; I can thank Google Wallet for that. But you can catch a great review of January’s box on See, Shop, Love! with Danielle. She wasn’t too crazy about the inventory and, after seeing the list, I wouldn’t have been either.

So what’s in the new Cravebox? Is it better than January? I wish I could say that it is. I can’t. February’s shipment is, in my opinion, just as lacking. So let’s take a look at it, shall we?

February is, of course, the month of love. So the note included stressed that the goodies were all about a great Valentine’s night out (*even though I didn’t get the box until after Valentine’s Day). I have to say I’m a little confused about the love connection.

1. thinkThin Crunch Bars and EBoost Vitamin Drink Packs

february craveboxI haven’t tasted these items yet. I have to say I’m a little offended. Not in that ‘fire off a stern letter’ way – it’s not that bad. More like the ‘oh no you did not just do that’ way. I’m sure the one thing every woman wants for the month of love is to be reminded that she’s tired and needs to drop a few pounds. This is the kind of thing I’d expect to get if I were subscribing to a box service put together by Women’s Health. That’s not what I signed up for.

While these items may do exactly what they promise, it’s still not something I want in my Cravebox. I want treats – not guilt trips.

thinkThin Crunch Bars (x2) @ $2.00 ea
EBoost Vitamin Drink Packs (x3) @ $1.40 ea
Total Retail Value: $8.50
Appeal Grade: F 

2. BiC Mark-it Permanent Markers 

february craveboxI didn’t mind having these included. Then again, I’m hopelessly addicted to anything that comes under the heading of Office Supplies. I constantly buy cool pens, markers, sticky notes, etc. So these were a good addition to my collection. I have a feeling, however, that most people were not thrilled. I remember some of the feedback when the December box contained BiC pens – people were extremely disappointed.

According to the note from Cravebox, you are suppose to use these to write your sweetheart a note instead of the usual email or text message. I wrote one to my husband. It said, “Please buy me a cheeseburger. All I had today was a thinkThin bar and I’m starving. Love you!

BiC Mark-it Permanent Markers (x6) @ $1.60 ea
Total Retail Value: $9.60
Appeal Grade: C

And finally – the main attraction. The surprise that should shock and amaze you! The ‘big ticket item’ for February…

(drum roll please)

Treatment Cleansing Foam and Moisture Bound Hydration System from Amore Pacific

february cravebox amore pacific

I knew Amore Pacific was a brand carried by Sephora – cha ching! I thought they’d really surprised me with a nice, upscale item. And while it is from the brand that sells $100 cream….these are not $100 items. Full sized they run $35 – $50. Since these are only 1 oz samples they are worth $8.75 (Foam Cleanser) and $10.00 (Hydration Liquid). I’m sure they work well; the brand has a reputation for quality skincare products. But, it’s a far cry from the full size bottle of Mèreadesso Body Balm that came in December’s box ($50 value).  I can say this much – Amore Pacific skin care products smell good. Then again, so does $3 Suave lotion.

Amore Pacific Moisture Bound Skin Energy Hydration Delivery System (1 oz) @ $10.00
Amore Pacific Treatment Cleansing Foam (1 oz) @ $8.75
Total Retail Value: $18.75
Appeal Grade: B


(Compared to their December ‘Opening Day’ Box : $80.00 – not even half the value.)

Overall Appeal Grade : D +

Three months in and I’m seriously disappointed. I think Cravebox is off the mark when it comes to knowing what most people would like to receive. It’s called CRAVEbox. They haven’t sent me anything yet that I even come close to craving.

Compare it to the February Birchbox (same subscription price):

  • Jouer’s Luminizing Moisture Tint (deluxe sample)
  • BENTA BERRY G-1 Moisturizing Face Cream (deluxe sample)
  • Violent Lips Lip Tattoos (full size pack – $15 Value)
  • Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant (full size bottle – $50 value)
  • Supersmile Powdered Mouth Rinse (sample packs)
With just 2 of the Birchbox’s 5 items – the value is almost double that of Cravebox. I’ll give them one more month. If March’s box doesn’t wow me – I’m done.

Did you get a February Cravebox? What did you think of the selection?

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  1. February 18, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    I’d be pissed if I received those items. I am so glad that I didn’t sign up for that subscription!

  2. February 18, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Sounds like Birchbox is the way to go then

  3. February 18, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Yeah I wouldn’t have been too happy with that one either.

  4. February 18, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Thanks for the honest review! I love the Amore Pacific. I haven’t seen that brand around for awhile, though.

  5. February 18, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Yah, I wouldn’t CRAVE that box, either!

  6. February 18, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Thanks for the link to my January review! I felt like I was the only person in the world who didn’t enjoy the items in the box.

    What a bummer that you got charged for your January box but didn’t receive it. I was really curious to see what came in February’s box, because I did end up cancelling my subscription. Looks like I’m not really missing out on anything. I think Cravebox has the potential to be good, but I think they need to invest in more upscale brands. More BiC pens? No thanks.

  7. SKM
    February 18, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    The CraveBox looks very appealing compared the BirchBox I received this month. This is what was in my BirchBox: four pieces of double stick tape, the smallest lip gloss I have ever seen in a teenybopper bubblegum pink color, some stick on eyeliner that I will never use, and a perfume sample I previously received free from a department store. I would not have paid $5 for the items in my BirchBox. CraveBox wins hands down for me this month. I am excited to try the Pacific Amore items, love the Bic pens, and I’ve been wanting to try the vitamin drink packs. BirchBox has been a huge disappointment for me – the samples are tiny – oftentimes the skincare products are less than a week of product which is not enough to really determine if they will work for you.

  8. February 19, 2012 at 11:57 am

    I was so disappointed after the first month that I cancelled right away. It looks like I made the right decision. The reason I love this whole box subscription thing is because they introduce me to products I wouldn’t have known about otherwise, while Cravebox seems to be all about brands you see everywhere.

  9. February 19, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Thanks for the honest review, I was curious about this program.

  10. Jules
    February 19, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Great review!

  11. February 19, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    really…? markers?! lol.

  12. February 20, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Thank you for the honest review! I was thinking of signing up and now I can say I don’t think I will bother :-)

  13. February 21, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Um, yah, I wouldn’t have been to happy with that either.

  14. February 21, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    I’d been debating on whether to do the cravebox or not. Thanks so much for the look at it!

  15. February 21, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    I don’t think I’d do it regardless of the value, unless the value was guaranteed to be a certain amount or higher.

  16. February 21, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Oh goodness. That is horrible. I don’t think I’ll bother with signing up.

  17. February 22, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    I’ve heard about them, and have considered joining. I’ll continue to just consider.

  18. February 23, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    I am glad I did not sign up for it.

  19. February 23, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Hmm, interesting. I’ve never heard of this before. Sounds *kinda* fun, but then again it doesn’t sound like you get much of a “surprise.” I’m not sure if I’d want to spend a lot of money on it, Thanks for the review! :)

  20. February 24, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Thank you for your wonderful honesty! From all I’ve read around different blogs, I wouldn’t sign up for any of these.

  21. February 25, 2012 at 12:28 am

    interesting items. The pens I could always use

  22. February 26, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Thanks for the honest review. I do not think I would crave pens.

  23. February 27, 2012 at 2:05 am

    Yeah, the only thing I would want at all from that are the pens! Totally not bummed anymore that I was put on the “waiting list” for these.

  24. Elena
    July 15, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    I never heard about them and now for sure not interested in this program