If you’ve never heard of Causebox, it’s very similar to other quarterly subscription boxes out there (like FabFitFun, for example) with the added caveat that the products within the Causebox have an ethical touch. Each box comes at an extreme value in comparison to the combination of the products inside (assuming you want/use everything in the box) and allows you to become exposed to groups and causes you may have never heard of.
I was excited to try this box when my friend Courtney reached out and asked if I wanted to use her referral link (thanks, Courtney!). I had always wanted to try out a box like this – and have received many targeted ads for it over the years – but never took the plunge. If you’re feeling the same way, you’ve come to the right place!
In this post I will be detailing my own experience with Causebox, but if you want to learn more about the organization and their initiatives, I’d recommend checking out http://causebox.com/ because they’ve got great resources already detailed out for you. If you have any questions, leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to answer.
Here are a few things you should know before we dive in to what I received in my Fall 2020 Box:
As an annual member (which means that you pay a year at a time and thus have a reduced rate per box of ~$6), you’re able to customize your box. This customization includes not only color of items, but also allows you to choose between a few different items.
If you’re a quarterly member (which means you pay box to box) your box comes as is. No customizing at all. You do, however, get to see all of the options for what your box could contain, their value, and the designation of the items (vegan, artisan made, etc.).
Either way you’ll get a total of six items. I chose the quarterly membership to try the box out for the first time. When looking at the options available to me, there weren’t any I would be heartbroken if I didn’t receive so I didn’t think that the extra commitment up front was necessary for me to get a taste of the box.
Are you interested in getting a Causebox for yourself (or a friend)? Check out this link here. Full disclosure, I get a free item with your purchase and so do you. This doesn’t affect my opinions of the information below or your price.
Here are all of the items you could have received:
PMD Clean from PMD Beauty
Annual Members get to choose between three colors
17 oz Water Bottle from S’well
No choice in color for anyone.
Annual Members get to choose between the two items.
Ali Tote from Pixie Mood
This tote is fairly small, but would reasonably hold your day to day items. It also comes with a small pouch.
If the Annual Member chooses this option, they also get to choose between three colors – tan, black, and green.
Nesting Bowls from Pepper + Vetiver
There are three blue, green, and white bowls in this set.
Annual Members get to choose between the two items.
Stainless Steel Nesting Containers from Mira
This set comes with three nesting steel containers with flexible plastic lids. I actually already own a set of these nesting containers and they’re great! They fit snacks or leftovers, but also are small and light enough to take around in your bag.
Bamboo Serve Set from Core Bamboo
This set comes with a bamboo cutting and serving board, tongs, and spatula.
Set of 10 Reusable Facial Rounds by The Green Co.
Silicone Food Cover Set by AltCooking Hub
Criss Cross Cuff by Tribe Alive
Love Scrub by Volim
Brightening Face Serum by Way of Will
Now that we’ve chatted about what is in the box, let’s talk about shipping and overall experience.
Now that I’ve gone through this process once, I have a pretty good grasp on what I need to do and what I can expect. I won’t say that the website and user experience are the easiest to navigate, but I did my best above to explain the things I had some questions with to help you avoid them. The first – and largest – question was regarding customization. The reason why I was a little confused regarding customization is because the website it only says “annual members get to customize” but doesn’t explicitly (that I could find) state that quarterly members cannot. On the website, once you’re logged in, gives you options for looking at customization (if that’s an option for you), a status on your referral codes, and status of your next box. If you’re a quarterly member, the tab just gives you the opportunity to upgrade to the annual membership, which mostly answered my question.
The second question I had was regarding the shipping timeline. These boxes seem to be sold and shipped on a rolling basis. No updates were emailed out, but I kept checking back on my account on the website and they posted an update every few days with general updates for everyone (not targeted toward me). Once my box shipped, my tracking information loaded on the website and was emailed to me. My box took about three weeks to arrive at my house and came through FedEx (two and a half before shipping). It definitely wasn’t the quickest shipping situation I’ve seen, but my guess is that much of that timeline is due to COVID restrictions. It also seems likely (all conjecture) that the quarterly members get the “leftovers” that the annual members don’t choose, which may push back the timeline.
It came shipped in this beautiful box you see below that was designed by an artist – each season’s box is different – and I was happy to see that there was minimal packaging.
In addition to the items above, each box comes with a post-card, pamphlet, and reminder about the referral program.
Will I continue to purchase boxes through Causebox? It’s not a no from me, but I’ll continue to monitor the items in future boxes and see if they’ve got anything I have to have.
I definitely plan on looking more into the companies I received products from to learn about their ethics and causes they support (why they’re part of Causebox), but even if you don’t care about that the products are well made (based on my first impressions) and I don’t think you’d be upset. The booklet I mentioned above that is included in the box details each of the brands and products, as well as more information about Causebox overall (and some discount codes!).
Have you tried Causebox? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear your experience.
*This post contains affiliate links: the Causebox Referral Program. This doesn’t affect my opinions or increase the price for you, but does provide a small kickback to me with product.