A week ago I received my CAUSEBOX Fall Welcome Box. I have seen ads for CAUSEBOX for years and I was super excited to finally order one. Unfortunately, I chose the worst time to do it and it took the box weeks to get to me because I had moved and was unable to forward it. After a lot of emails with the CAUSEBOX support team, they were willing to send me a new box. They didn’t end up needing too though, because the original one finally got to me. It had changed hands several times, was held at a FedEx facility and it looked like it had been opened and re-taped. But I finally received it!
CAUSEBOX Fall Welcome Box – First Impressions
There was a lot of hype around the CAUSEBOX, especially once I ordered it and was close to receiving it and then kept watching it get postponed. Once it finally got here and I opened it, I couldn’t help being just a tad disappointed. This is not the company’s fault; it’s just how I felt after fighting to get this box. Keep in mind that I got it while between homes, working 12+ hours a day and living in a hotel. So the only product that I could enjoy right away was the bath robe, which is amazing. It was already a little cold for the thin material though, and it didn’t quite live up to the $90 bathrobe promotion.
Call me a negative Nancy all you want. I still enjoyed the box and have no regrets, but the timing was all off and it made me appreciate the box less. But there are other factors that made me feel a little meh about the box. Keep in mind that I am being incredibly tough on them, since it is such a popular and pricey subscription. And despite all my criticisms, I am satisfied and don’t regret making the purchase.
I ordered the CAUSEBOX Fall Welcome Box after seeing one of the ads on Facebook. This ad showed the products that came with the box and as an annual member I got to pick and chose. So there was no surprise as to what I was going to receive. Before I customized, I copy-pasted a bunch of information from the CAUSEBOX website because I was hoping to do a review on my YouTube channel once I received it. I forgot about the contents of the script until my husband began reading it while I was recording. Some of the items that the websites claimed would be in the box were not there at all. These advertised items weren’t better than the ones I received, but I don’t understand why the website has different information than the social media ads or the products sent.
What the Website Shows
What the Ads Showed
I can’t seem to find the ad that I saw on Facebook, but this blog post shows exactly the products that I saw advertised. So my question is, why weren’t they on the website? The blogger goes through all the selections that I made for the box. Seeing her post of the lantern makes me wish I had gotten it instead of the more practical but less fun reusable water bottle/tea infuser.
What I Received
My CAUSEBOX Fall Welcome Box came with these items, as expected. I got to select them and they came (almost) as expected. I wore the robe for an entire week and I am excited to use the rest of the products once my life isn’t all work, no play. Since I already had my entire Etsy store in the hotel, I wasn’t about to start growing basil, cooking meals or pampering myself with fancy self-care products in the dingy bathroom.
CAUSEBOX Cost & Cause
So just a quick recap, in case you missed this article where I discuss the pricing and compare this box to FabFitFun… let me remind you that CAUSEBOX is an annual or quarterly subscription. The quarterly costs $54.95 per box and doesn’t allow for customization – the company picks what you receive at random. The annual is $49.95 per box, a total of $199.8 per year and this allows you to customize and add discounted items from their store. Each box: Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer is said to have items worth $250+.
There are many subscription boxes that offer similar items, but CAUSEBOX is special because it claims that all items come with an ethical perk – they are either eco-friendly, vegan, from women-owned companies, or they are from companies that give back to the community/planet. So buying the CAUSEBOX isn’t just a fun way to get new stuff; there is a good cause aspect to it as well. This is what originally made me pick CAUSEBOX over FabFitFun although I ended up subscribing to both.
The Products I Received for $49
Let’s talk about the products I received. I can honestly tell you that they are for sure worth the $49 I paid. Even though some of them aren’t necessarily products I needed, I will definitely find use for them. One thing that I noticed as soon as I got the box and started researching the products is that people all over the world seem to be obsessed with re-selling these items. Someone living in my neighborhood was reselling the bamboo set for $10 the day I got the box.
Clearly there is a market for these items if you ever receive something you don’t like. Alternatively, you can buy the items you see advertised in CAUSEBOX ads for a lot less once the boxes ship. The bathrobe that I wanted so much is now being resold all over the internet for around $35-40. This makes the box seem a little less valuable, but once again this is not the company’s fault.
1. Bathen Intimates & Sleepwear | Waffle Bathrobe – $90
The Bathen Intimates bathrobe is all cotton, super comfy and even has pockets! As someone who works from home even when there isn’t a global pandemic, I love bathrobes and tend to wear them regularly. I had a lot of trouble researching this product. All information I found was either from people re-selling it or its association with CAUSEBOX. It took me a while to finally find the company that makes them. Bathen is an Indian company that creates ethically made clothing.
I went to Bathen’s website to see how much this bathrobe costs when you buy it from there directly. Unfortunately, I did not find this particular robe, which is a little confusing. The robes they do have for sale look nothing like this one and they are not made in a waffle pattern (which makes drying really fast – you can’t put these in a dryer.) The robes they do offer are colorful, striped and also 100% cotton. They happen to cots $130-$145 which is way more than the wardrobe that came in the CAUSEBOX Fall Welcome Box.
I double checked my archived emails and I did find an email from CAUSEBOX specifically about this bathrobe. They outlined how to care for it and mentioned that it’s sustainably made. I am guessing that Bathen created these just for CAUSEBOX so they are a fun, exclusive product. It was also cool that they sent out this info about it via email. The other products did not get any special introduction.
2. CORE BAMBOO – Bamboo Serve Set – $35
I was really excited to get this Bamboo set. I need a new cutting board and I love anything eco-friendly. So imagine my surprise to receive this set wrapped in plastic… Why on earth would anyone do that for an eco-friendly product? If you look at the photo of the ad that CAUSEBOX used, they do not show it wrapped in plastic and there was no other plastic in the box.
Other than the plastic, I was really happy with it. I also browsed Core Bamboo’s website and once again, I couldn’t find this exact product, but they have so many cute things. My only question is, do they wrap all their eco-friendly products in plastic? Because if they do, I’m really not interested in buying them. You can now buy these sets online for as little as $12 thanks to the people who are obsessed with reselling CAUSBOX products.
3. Tease Tea: 3 in 1 Sustainable Glass and Bamboo Tea Tumbler – $39
Finally, a product that exists in an online store and isn’t just made for CAUSEBOX! It is exactly as expected and definitely worth the price. It came in a cardboard box with some bubble wrap – yes, plastic, but it’s forgivable since the tumbler is made out of glass and can, of course, be reused. You can read more about it here. Basically, it’s a glass bottle with a steel insert for tea that comes with an insulated sleeve and box. It can be used for water, smoothies and to brew tea!
4. VOLIM: Love Scrub – $56 value
Volim’s Love Scrub is, in fact, worth $56 when you buy it from their website, as you can see here. It is a 3-IN-1 HYALURONIC ACID, RED TEA & SEAWEED MICRODERM EXFOLIATOR. Sorry for the caps lock, but it is an exciting product that I am eager to use. It is a cruelty-free product in a glass container that will make your skin feel rejuvenated. Volim was founded on three basic principles; Quality, Fairness & Results. Of course, the re-sellers are at it once again, selling this amazing product for as little as $25 on websites such as eBay and Poshmark.
5. WAY OF WILL – Brightening Face Serum – $37.50
This tiny little bottle is full of eco-friendly, miraculous ingredients that will make your face glow. This serum is made by Way of Will, an amazing company that uses a natural essential oil body care system for active lifestyles. The company is based in Canada and they have really great products. Of course, re-sellers are selling this serum for as low as $7.90 on eBay.
6. Buzzy Seeds Chef Grow Kit – Guaranteed to Grow – Organic Basil – $10
I have to admit that I was least excited about this basil kit. Not because I hate basil, but because we grew several pounds of it in our yard. So I haven’t planted this and won’t until we run out. But I preferred this to the alternative make-up wipes, since I’m not big on makeup. Buzzy Seeds is a great company that bring fresh foods to your kitchen and makes them easy to grow. Here is their mission statement:
“It’s simple really. We believe that gardening should be a fun, stress-free & rewarding activity enjoyed by everyone. Our grow kits are easy-to-use, and they include everything you need to grow fresh flowers, herbs and vegetables.
We’re committed to providing you with the best quality products available. Our seeds are 100% natural and non-GMO. Our growing medium pellets are composed of dehydrated coconut husks; they are safe and non-toxic. There’s nothing quite like growing your own food and feeling confident that it’s non-GMO and pesticide free.
We stand by our products with our Guaranteed to Grow promise.”
And yes… you can buy them from for as little as $7.
The BOX Itself – Cynthia Kittler
Finally, I have to mention that the box is a work of art of it’s own. Which is why I was so upset that the box had gone through so much moving and was banged up as well as re-taped. This was not CAUSEBOX’s fault and I’m sure the next one will be in much better condition. I will still be keeping it because it’s too pretty to throw away. Check out the artist’s Instagram account.
“The Fall Box art was designed by German illustrator Cynthia Kittler, who boldly and beautifully celebrates the diversity, connection, and empowerment of women — and the power we have when we come together and lift each other up.
PS. Every box comes with a 5″ x 7″ Art Print designed exclusively for the CAUSEBOX community!”
CAUSEBOX Fall Welcome Box: Worth It?
Yes. I think that the CAUSEBOX Fall Welcome Box was worth it. Even if I had waited for people to get their boxes and re-sell the items, it would still have cost me over $49 to buy them. Even though I didn’t necessarily want all these products, I can re-sell or gift them if I don’t want to use them myself. But trust me, I plan on using them and writing reviews for each one. Also, it’s interesting that two of them were made uniquely for CAUSEBOX and can’t be bought from the companies that created them.
What I Loved
I was worried that since CAUSEBOX is so big now, they might half-ass finding good ethical products. They do not. I also expected them to fib a little about the prices. So many products always claim to be on sale and they never go for their full value. I expected at least one of these to be priced higher than they actually sell for, but my research shows that they are, in fact, worth more than $250.
What I Didn’t Love
Since this box is all about the cause behind the items, I wish that I’d gotten an email or could have found information on each product on their website. It was great to get the email about the robe, but I would have loved to see something similar for the items too. It took a lot of time and research for me to check on each item. I feel like providing this information would help more people make the decision to subscribe!
Another thing I didn’t love was the plastic on the bamboo set. I know, I’m a broken record, but using plastic on it was unnecessary and against what the company and CAUSEBOX stand for. CAUSEBOX could and should have have spoken to the company and gotten them to send it without the plastic. I hope to see minimal or zero plastic in my future boxes.
Finally, I hated how hard it was for me to contact CAUSEBOX when I found out that I was moving. They do not have a chat or phone number. They don’t respond for days on Facebook and have a 72 hour waiting time when you email them. In my case, they took longer than 72 hours to respond. In 2020 that is borderline unacceptable. However, once I got the initial response, they got back to me really quickly. So it turned out okay, but I wish they had a better, faster system in case someone has an emergency.
Summary: CAUSEBOX Fall Welcome Box
Overall, I am pleased with my CAUSEBOX Fall Welcome Box! I am really excited to use all the products, get the next box and compare it to FabFitFun. Despite all the stress of getting this box, it was worth it and I love that everything did have a good cause behind it as promised. Plus, it was more than worth the money I spent. Stay tuned for more product reviews and the unboxing video that will ne published on my YouTube channel in the upcoming weeks.
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