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Rosie
March 14, 2012
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I received the May 2012 Out of the Box sampler a few days ago. This was the first time I saw they only had 2 sizes…a $25 one and a $50+. Since the $50 one was sold out, I decided to get the $25 one…what enticed me originally was they claimed the box was just stuffed full of amazing samples and weighed like 3+ lbs. I do appreciate hand-made quality and was excited. However, upon opening the box, I became disappointed. A lot of the samples just confused me or were unusable such as things that looked like candles but had no wick in them (I think they might have just been there for scent purposes). Also, I received a sample twice that wasn’t really even anything besides a knitted circle. Yeah, that’s really usable for something — not. I mean, what would I do with it…hang it on the wall?? There were just tons of the same thing, mainly candles, soap, and bath salts. I don’t have a tub I can comfortably lay down in, so the bath salts are just pointless to me. They sent some edibles – 2 cookies and a sucker. The cookies tasted bland and stale. I received a salted caramel sucker which had WAY too much salt on it! For $25, I was pretty furious to receive a ton of crappy samples. Also, there wasn’t much information on the sample products that were given. For example: I received a jar that I didn’t even know what it was, but upon opening it, I guess it was a lotion?? It didn’t really state what it was though or what was special about it. It stunk to high heaven is all I can say. I just wish there was more quality control on the samples that were given because I feel like most of them were just kind of on the junky end. I know that might sound offensive but I love sample boxes and am usually happy with what I get so when I’m upset at what I’m receiving – you know a box is doing it all wrong. I don’t think I could recommend this box for the price. I mean, if you absolutely love candles, bath salts, and soap you might like this – but otherwise it just seemed like a total waste of money.

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Gina
May 15, 2012
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Over the past two months Ive received both sizes of their boxes. In May, I bought the large box, which was rather expensive at around $60, but was well worth it. It was a huge box with a reusable shopping bag crammed full and more packed around the bag. There were tons of soaps, candles, and beauty products, as well as a couple types of eco detergent (green was the monthly theme). This month I couldnt afford the big box so I got the smaller one for $25 and a men’s only one for my boyfriend. We were both pleased. Lots of soaps, lotions, candles, etc. I will definitely be a repeat customer.

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Megan
June 12, 2012
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I bought the $25 box, and I have to say I have mixed feelings… I was pretty excited to get a large box packed FULL of little samples, all hand-made! My box contained a lot of little soap samples, and “tarts”, which I think are inteded for those flameless wax melting devices (much like scentsy)… I don’t have one, but I may just pick one up so I can use the little tarts. When I am used to paying $10 for a sample box with around 4 samples in it… this box had probably around 25 different items! There was a seperate box packed with some cookies and candy, which I haven’t tried yet. There were also some hand-made cards, a cute felt keychain, bath salts, lotion, etc. Most of them were cutely packaged in cellophane or something along those lines. I was hoping for some actual candles, which is what the website said I may recieve, but for the most part I was pretty happy with the contents of this box.

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Nicoley
June 14, 2012
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This sampler box is amazing!! It was one of the first of it’s kind and continues to bring great samples to your door every month. I love getting this box in the mail. And, what is great is if I don’t care for a sample I save it and use it as a gift. Perfect! This is the only craft sampler box I will ever buy.

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Sheila
July 8, 2012
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AWESOME box! I received a box of full of deluxe samples and full sized items. I received handmade tarts, makeup, lotion, bath products and crafts. A great way to get acquainted with Etsy sellers as well as other crafters. The customer service was superb.

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Sophie
August 29, 2012
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Great sample box! Check out my full review at littlemommak.blogspot.com

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Katie
September 27, 2012
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First of all, I want to address Gina, and her comment about the May box 2012. I also received the May box, so I do know what you are talking about, but let me explain A couple things to you. First of all, the candles with no wick are called wax tarts. You need a wax warmer, which can either be electric or used with a (unscented) tea-light candle. The do not have a wick because they should be melted with a wax warmer. (You can research wax tarts on Google if you don’t believe me).The knitted circle is actually an eco-friendly make-up remover that is washable & reusable. It places the existing use one cotton make-up remover clothes. – You can check that out on the website for the sample. Also, if you have any questions about the samples, you can go to the websites for the product and look up more information on it there. In addition, if there is no information or you need a better understanding, the owners and artisans of the products can inform you either e-mail or phone (this can also be obtained from either their website or card).

Here is my personal review: I have received the box multiple times. May 2012, July 2012, August 2012, September 2012, and October 2012. I love the boxes. The best part is that the samples are truly a surprise. Yes, they are all handmade, which is great! Also, you will never truly know what will be in your box. I love that fact! If you are not one that can handle surprises, do not get the box, because it may not “stand to your level”. Also, handcrafted items are much more different then commercial-factory made products. I honestly rather support local artisans then giant corporations producing mass amounts of products that have an unbelievable amount of [chemical] preservatives in it. I love out of the box sampler, and I am a proud supporter of it and its philosophy. However, I would recommend this box to the people that love surprises and love hand-made products. The price point is perfect (seeing how some of the samples are full size products that are worth $20.00+). The box does average over its price, plus shipping is included for those in the USA. So to include shipping in the price defiantly makes the box much more reasonable! Oh, and the way the products are presented in the box just make it that more amazing! :)

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Caitlin
December 3, 2012
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I purchased the June bodaciously bigger box and was IN LOVE! If you love etsy and handmade products this is the box for you. Unlike most subscription boxes you don’t get automatically charged every month instead at 8pm on a certain day you have to race to the site to purchase on before they sell out. And June’s sold out very fast! Well worth the money!!

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Sam M.
July 6, 2013
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I am a repeat customer! I am addicted to these sample/subscription boxes. They’re a lot of fun and a nice way to try new and unique items. I love the surprise factor and Michelle gives amazingly awesome customer service. She is patient and answers my questions. She also gives out quite a few boxes to reviewers, contests, etc. Shipping is quick.

Samples may include candles, tart melts, jewelry, snacks, etc. Usually the boxes contain quite a few soap and/or candle/melts. I prefer other items than these, which is why I rated presentation and overall a 4 stars. However, If you tell Michelle a specific dislike or request, she will try to accommodate you..

Samples and sampler sizes vary monthly. To get an idea of what the month’s box may contain, check out the Out of the Box Sampler Facebook page, where Michelle posts photos of contributor samples.

I think the past 2 months have had more samples than in previous months, which is great! I was lucky to win the July box.

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Libbie Marie
July 6, 2013
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I did something a little different for Christmas this year. I gifted everyone on my list a subscription box. I ordered my mom the December Out Of The Box sampler and it was awesome. Such an amazing assortment of items. And the fact that they are all handmade items and I am supporting small businesses made it that much greater. Definitely recommend this to anyone who has a love of the handmade & etsy, this is the perfect box for you. And shipping is super quick and packaging is so sweet. LOVE!!

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Jennifer Lopez
July 6, 2013
3:21 pm
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I just received my July sampler box yesterday and it was even better than the previous month’s box. I have 2 daughters age 7 and 13 who could not wait for this months box to arrive. My 7 year old was thrilled with the chocolate lip balm and my 13 year old loves the earrings and rock candy. My husband even got in on the act and enjoyed the red white and blue covered pretzels. I have already used some of the wax tarts and they make my house smell awesome. I have to make sure I am able to get the big box next month. Also, thanks for providing the tracking information as it adds to the suspense for my kids!

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Lorene
July 6, 2013
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I have ordered several Out of the box samplers and I love them. They are my favorite sampler box. They include a great variety of awesome samples from handmade shops. I love to be able to try all the great products and goodies before making the commitment to purchase full size. It is such a great goody box, its like Christmas in the mailbox!! I love it and would definitely recommend Out of the box sampler !

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Stephanie Campbell
July 6, 2013
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About 2 years ago, I found “Out of the box Sampler” from a contest site. I entered to win the box but after reading some of the things in the box, I decided to purchase one. I am very glad I did.
These boxes are full of a wonderful assortment of bath & body, candles & waxes, jewelry, paper products (invitations, cards, etc), and various other interesting and fun products.
A few months ago, (or maybe longer) the boxes started to have yummy food products. Really have enjoyed them! They are also packaged separately from the other products so they don’t get the smell or taste from non-food products
The samples are NOT crappy little ones like you get in the mail from big companies. You know, the shampoo ‘sample’ that is great if you are bald. lol. Every time I’ve gotten the boxes, the samples have been a nice size. For example, most of the soap samples I’ve gotten have lasted at least a week for me. Really love that!
And there are coupons that are specifically for those who buy the box. They also list all of the box participants Etsy addresses. I love the fact that when I find someone I really like in the box, I can then go to their site and order with a coupon. :)
In the last two years, the boxes have gotten better and better. Out of the box’ now offers 3 sizes of boxes and you can even tell them if you have a dog. A few months ago, I got the large box and was amazed at the value for the price. Every participant that month is in the big box.
The box is very pretty in presentation, so if you buy one for someone else, you can be confident that it will look lovely. Yes, even your picky mother in law will love the way it looks and what’s inside! lol
If you have a teen girl or even teen nieces, these boxes are really nice stocking stuffers.
But honestly, I have always bought the boxes for me :D It’s a nice present to myself.
It’s really great if you want to ‘try it before you buy it’ with Etsy sellers. I can tell you if you search “homemade soap” there has to be over 40,000. This way, you get a few samples and may find someone you want to buy from. I actually have two people that I know buy from, one for tea and one for bath products.
The boxes have gotten better and better each year. I have bought from other sample boxes and weren’t half as happy as what I get from “out of the box”
I highly recommend you try them.

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Rikki Connelly
July 7, 2013
1:39 am
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I love, love, love this box. This is the one box that I look forward to every month. This is one that cant be missed. I have received anything between handmade jewelry to wax tarts to yummy treats. What makes it great is that I have learned of new handmade companies that I otherwise would have never known existed. I have never received a bad box from this company. They have great customer service and i have received all my boxes very fast. I highly recommend giving this box a try. You will not be disappointed.

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Shanna Rankin
July 9, 2013
12:29 am
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I liked my box a lot. As promised, it was filled with all handmade goodies. It is well worth the money. The shipping is included. I use every single sample in my box. It’s a great way to try items from some of the best on Etsy

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Nelly
July 13, 2013
8:40 pm
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I really liked my Out of the Box Sampler! It was a really fun box filled with 21 great samples and I will absolutely order one again. I’m thinking February or December boxes could be amazing! It took almost 2 weeks shipping time to Canada. My only cons would be the shipping cost which was an additional $15 to Canada (but US shipping is free!) and it was highly scented which I liked but it was almost overpowering
You can look at the full review for January 2014 box at: http://imnotsoho.com/?page_id=36

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imnotsoho.com
February 13, 2014
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This box is awful! I opened it and immediately got a horrible headache from the strong, overpowering smells. I bagged the box and isolated it until I was able to go through it outside. It still reeked! The worst part was that after going through all of that I got very little of value. I got the large box, which was almost 60 dollars. It did have the huge number of samples they promised, but most of it was unusable. There were soap samples the size of a quarter- what are you supposed to do with that? Is it really justifiable to count a sample that small? I am incredibly disappointed in the smelly, useless box I wasted so much money on.

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Rachel
July 15, 2014
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