Monday, October 12, 2015

My First Umba Box

What is Umba?

I've been following the company, Umba, since they started a few years ago.  I get their newsletters and I have always wanted to subscribe, but never had the financial means to.  Well they recently sent me a code to receive my first box for 50% off*.  I thought now would be a good time to try it out and see how I like it.

I tried out Umba's "Discover Box," which is usually $25 plus $5 shipping, but I got it for half off.  Here is what they have to say about the Discover Box:

Umba's Discover Box
     Our team of stylists curates 1-3 full size products with a total retail value of over $25 that will introduce you to the handmade movement, then we deliver them to your door each month including the stories behind the products.
     Products include a variety of home goods, women's accessories, jewelry, stationery, and bath products lovingly handcrafted by our artist partners.

Here is my first box

My Thoughts

I think it is a great thing that Umba is doing - partnering with artists and small business owners to get their goods circulating.

However, I would not pay full price for either of these items.  The earrings sell for $18 but they are very small and flimsy.  I know that it takes a lot of time and effort to make handmade items, so I appreciate the artistry, but I think these are poor quality for $18.  Also the earrings were packaged sloppily and, if you can tell from the pictures, the stud was bent and the back was put on crooked.  I was able to bend the stud back in to shape but I'm worried that might have loosened it and made it liable to break.  I do think the design of the earrings is very cute.

The body butter is small but I think it will go a long way.  I intend to use it mostly on my hands and cuticles.  It has a neutral smell, no added fragrance.  I think it is a bit pricey at $16 and wouldn't pay full price for it.  I used to buy similar creams from a farmer's market for about $10.  Also the outside of the jar looked very dirty and scuffed up.

Will I Keep My Subscription?

Overall I only spent about $15 for this box, so in that regard, it was worth it.  I think I will keep my subscription for one more month at full price.  Even if I don't like the items I am sent, I can always use them for Christmas gifts.  

What about you?

What is your favorite subscription company?  Have you tried Birchbox or Nature Box or anything else?  Do you think you will give Umba box a try?

(By the way I have tried Nature Box but haven't decided yet if I will write about it.  I have not tried Birchbox yet.  I have "Try the World" on the way and will review it as soon as it comes.)


This post is not sponsored.  The discount code was sent to all Umba newsletter subscribers.  Umba does not know me or my blog and I am under no obligation to write or review any of their products.

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