I love Quarterly. It’s pretty much risk free – you have so many curators and boxes to choose from that there is something for everyone. If you don’t like what you get, send them an email and they will send you a preprinted return label and refund the box. No risk. So I just picked a bunch of boxes and subbed to them for fun. The only one I have had to return so far was the one who’s name I can’t even remember – that’s how boring it was.
I picked this Huffington box because she seems like a very smart, talented and self sufficient woman. So I though a box from her might reflect that. I have mixed emotions about the box, especially with the cost of the thing – but am overall satisfied.
The box: Arianna Huffington
Cost: $100! plus shipping, but coupon codes help
Customer Service = Awesome
What did I get?
So the theme was to remind you to slow down, unplug and recharge.
All of the items are supposed to be to help you relax and unwind – so I guess a book by the curator of the box was important? I don’t know, it seems kind of self serving and conceited to me. I bought the box because it was supposed to be items picked by Arianna to make me happy, not items picked by Arianna to make her (and her wallet) happy.
1. Book by Arianna. This actually sounds like it might be a pretty interesting book, and I am interested enough in it to give it a shot. The coolest part is that someone (can’t be Arianna herself right?) put little post it note annotations all through the book that look to be handwritten.
That one is my favorite.
2. Mother’s Little Helper Tea – 2 bags. NOOOOOO not tea! Someone must not have told Arianna that we sub box addicts get more tea than we ever care to think about. I will give it a try for the price I paid for it and it better be damn good!
3. Aveda Stress-Fix Concentrate x 2
This smells really good – very lavender scented, though lavender is not an ingredient?! You are supposed to put it on your pulse points and it is supposed to relieve stress. Again, the scent is beautiful but it doesn’t last long at all.
4. Sleep mask –
I will never wear this. Not even in a 50 shades type way….
5. Braun Alarm Clock
Arianna explained that this was an alarm clock not to wake you up, but to time when you shut down and go to sleep. I like it because it’s German, but I won’t ever use it. Maybe I can sneak it into the Teenager’s room and mess with him with it. Maybe he will actually start to use it and I won’t have to get up and drag his butt out of bed every day…..maybe.
6. One free month subscription to website Headspace.
This is supposed to be a website that gives you ten minute guided meditations. Please let this be true and please let me love this. Call me Hippy Chic, but I do like to do guided meditations and they really help, but some of the free ones from Google can get ultra corny and destroy the whole thing. I will probably like this best if it really works.
I didn’t do a cost breakdown – I’m not putting the effort in. This is one of those boxes that you either buy into the whole idea of it and love, or you tape it back up and send it back. I’m going to have an open mind and buy into it – because I definitely do not feel like I got my monies worth on this box. Not even close. The theme is interesting though – so I will give Arianna one more chance and sub this box one more time. If someone doesn’t cue her in though that for $100 we expect Nina Garciaesq awesomeness, or she isn’t gonna be around long….
Ok, so I did just get super curious and decide to do a cost breakdown:
1. Book = 14.20 on Amazon
2. Stress Relief = 24 each at Nordstrom – $24?! Who pays that for this?
3. Tea = 7.50 per bag I think. I couldn’t find the exact version here, just a bigger one. So this is a Canadian price.
4. Alarm clock -= $31 wow that seems really high for a tiny, battery powered, plastic clock, but it’s German so it’s durable enough to nag you the rest of your life.
5. One month at Head Space = 12.95
6. Finally, The sexy sleep mask – no lie, these are $69 each at the website (perpetualshade.com). Is it a hint of some kind that it’s $69? Why is it that expensive? Who buys these when you can get one at the drugstore and bedazzle it yourself? (Mega rich women like Arianna I suppose) The website is a little intimidating too = go look; it’s all these headshots of an icy blonde wearing all these different fabric sleep masks. I couldn’t find the exact match to the one, but they were ALL $69, so I assume this one would be too.
Alright then, that leaves the box at a grand total of $219.35. So the value is there, it’s just that I really can’t wrap my head around the idea of a anyone real and normal going out and buying any of these items for themselves and spending this kind of money. So I guess what I got in the ultimate end is a chance to see how ultra rich folks “unplug and recharge”. I will just stick to my Cranberry Red Bull (which I still gripe is too expensive).