Now that I'm back in the blogging saddle, I am looking forward to doing some more reviews of various curated subscription programs. As you may remember from last fall, I am fascinated with this business model, and wrote a big comprehensive list of the ones I've found (and I have been updating that list periodically when new ones pop up on my radar). What better time, then, to give a try to some of the parenting-and-kid-focused boxes?
The first one I decided to try is Citrus Lane. I went with this company first based on good reviews I'd read elsewhere, and because they specifically tailor their boxes to the age of your child, including infants. I was also impressed with the quality of the sample items they listed on their website (companies including Tea Collection, Aden & Anais, Plan Toys, etc.) Finally, I liked that Citrus Lane organizes each month's box around a theme, like "Bath Time" or "Play and Learn," and sends products related to that theme.
Logistically, Citrus Lane works in much the same way as most other curated subscription services. For $25/month, they send you 4-5 products. You can do a month-by-month subscription, or get a 3, 6, or 12 month package. I decided to go with month-to-month, since I want to sample as many of these programs as I can and not make any big commitments. That said, I will tell you right off that it's highly unlikely, based on my first box, that I'll be giving up this subscription!
Customer service and shipping from Citrus Lane was great--they told me my box would be sent out on/around the 15th of the month, and it arrived at my house on the 19th. When I opened it, this is what I saw:
Nothing special as far as packaging goes, but completely adequate, given that none of the items included in my box were spillable/breakable.
When I extracted the included pamphlet, I learned that the theme for this month's box is "Dining Out" (note that if you don't want to be surprised, you can look on the website to see box themes a month or so in advance). The pamphlet gave a little overview of each product included in the box, as well as some age-specific dining out with kids tips (mine were about teething and drooling).
Now, the products included in my box!
1. Natursutten Butterfly Ortho S pacifier, $7.95
2. Itzy Ritzy Bitzy Bib, Burp, & Bath Cloth in Licorice Swirl & Baby Bamboo, $12.95
3. Mommy's Bliss Gripe Water, 4 oz, $11.99
4. ZoLi Munch Teether, $5
6. Weleda Almond Soothing Facial Lotion & Weleda Almond Soothing Cleansing Lotion, deluxe sample sizes
The box also included coupon codes--10% or 20% off most of the included items, and $10 off a $30 purchase at Abe's Market.
All in all, I was very happy with the products I received and with how they tied into the theme. Though I'm puzzled by the inclusion of the Weleda stuff, I love that line, so I'm not complaining! Each product was a high quality example of its kind (pacifier, bib/burp cloth, teether), which was nice, and they're all things I expect we'll use, with the possible exception of the gripe water. I can definitely see how getting this box monthly would be not only a really fun surprise, but also a useful way to get to know new products and receive things that will be handy for day-to-day baby-rearing. Big thumbs up to this one!
Also, I noticed on the website that Citrus Lane has recently introduced the Pampered Pregnancy Box, intended as a gift for expectant moms. It's $65 and includes a pregnancy style guide, Foot Petals, Josie Maran lip gloss, Mama Mio Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Butter, Psi Bands, a Vosges chocolate bar, Zoe Organics Face & Body Wash, and a bunch of coupons. I think this would make a stellar gift if there is anybody newly pregnant in your life, and I'll be keeping it in mind for future pregnant friends myself.
This is not a sponsored review. I have not been provided with free product or asked to review by Citrus Lane.