Saturday, March 7, 2015

Little Lace Box Review, February 2015 + $10 Discount Code!

This is my first review of Little Lace Box. This company has received a lot of social media attention so I thought I'd check them out.  Normally, I do a lot of site research for an initial review so I can include all the background and relevant subscription details. However, their website is down for maintenance as I write this so I'll save all the introductory stuff for my next review.  

Little Lace Box is a lifestyle subscription box for women curated by three sisters.  The concept is similar to PopSugar or FabFitFun, although I think the items are less trendy and more likely to be handcrafted and/or represent the work of up and coming designers.  Because of this limited production, you generally have to put your name on a waiting list before being able to subscribe.  For me, the wait was short...less than a month.

The flyer enclosed with the February box says they had problems this month due to the dockworkers' strike in CA which prevented some materials from reaching LLB's artisans in time to craft their products for this box.  From reading reviews by long time subscribers, it seems that this box does not contain the usual "Wow" factor for which LLB is known.  So, let's see what's in it.......

Little Lace Box arrived in a medium sized red box that was a little worse for wear due to its travels.  Everything inside was fine though.  The contents were wrapped in hot pink tissue paper and packed in white crinkle shreds.

The enclosed letter told about their supply issues for the February box and introduced the theme for March's box ("Here Comes the Sun").  On the back of this flyer is a list of the enclosed products with plenty of information about each item, its designer and its retail price.

Here's a quick look at the five items inside:

The first item is a jar of Original Fudge Sauce from Beekman 1802.  This is made with goat milk which is slightly off-putting to me (because I associate goat milk with soap) but I understand this sauce is delicious! Retail $12.99

Another goat inspired product is this small bottle of Hula Bliss Hand & Body Lotion from Dancin' Goat.  This luxurious lotion is made with goat milk; it delivers intense hydration and leaves your skin with a healthy glow.  It has a light clean scent to it. This was a bonus item in the box so there is no retail price given.

From P. Press Papers, there is a set of 8 note cards and matching envelopes.  The cards have a pink arrow on the front; simple, but elegant.  I am glad to see the return of civility (in the form of note cards) in so many subscription boxes!  Retail $12.99

This very delicate pair of heart shaped stud earrings from Whitley Designs is my favorite item in this box!  These are so wearable and versatile enough to  go with any outfit.  They are handmade by sisters Whitney and Hayley Stevens..."Whitley", get it?  If you're tired of the gaudy statement jewelry trend (like I am), their site is full of delicate ladylike jewelry.  Retail $54.99.

The last item is this cute little box that looks like it contains four delectable chocolates.  But you better not eat these because they are actually "Tub Truffles" by CeeCee&Bee which has a website full of beautiful bath and body items.  These truffles are intended to be crumbled under running bath water for a lovely lavender bath experience.  Retail $18.99

That's all for February's Little Lace Box.  The total retail value is $99.96 (not counting the Dancin' Goat lotion) which is not bad, especially if you purchased a multi-month subscription.  Like other reviewers, I felt this box was a little lackluster.  I do understand the reason and appreciate that the owners communicated openly with their customers about the supply issues.

One incident has colored my initial experience with this company.  I signed up for an annual subscription at the end of January and my credit card was charged immediately.  A full month later, when there had been no communication and no box received, I sent a polite e-mail inquiring as to when I could expect the first box. Considering the lengthy delay between payment and receipt of the first box, I was surprised at the slightly snarky reply I received.  As a business owner myself, I can't imagine responding to a customer in that manner...especially a new one who has just invested a substantial amount of money in your product.    

Little Lace Box is a fairly new subscription box, having been around just about a year now.  I signed up largely on the strength of their November box which was, by all accounts, outstanding.  I hope they can re-gain that momentum since buyers (rightfully) expect a lot from a $40 box.  The somewhat uninspired nature of my first box plus the customer service problem I encountered leave me a little nervous.  It looks like weather delays will cause the March box to go out late too; hopefully, the contents will justify the wait.

If you're interested in signing up for Little Lace Box, use code LLB10 for $10 off your first box. (Since their site is down for maintenance right now, I'm unable to test this discount; let me know if you encounter problems.)  The February newsletter says they will not be accepting new subscribers for the month of March so you may need to just get your name on the waiting list for now. 

Let's hope there's reason for a much more excited LLB review next month!


Disclosure:  Views and opinions expressed in this blog are strictly my own.  Product discussed in this post was purchased by Lone Star Shopper. Post does not contain referral or affiliate links.

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