Handmade Soap Delivered to your door each month
* This review is not sponsored by Artisan Soap Box. I received no compensation for this review and the opinions expressed herein are strictly my own.
Artisan Soap Box seems to be a relatively new addition to the trending subscription box service arena. Very specifically, they offer monthly boxes of handmade soap to their subscribers. Monthly boxes typically include 3 to 5 bars of soap (a combination of "regular" and "guest" sized bars) and on occasion another bath & body item like bath fizzes or bath salts.
Artisan Soap Box claims on their website that the soap included in the box is made from all natural ingredients and is produced proudly in the USA. Monthly boxes cost $14.99 plus $4.99 shipping and handling, with recurring deductions from your credit/debit card. Available also are pre-paid 6 month and 12 month subscriptions that discount the monthly box price a bit, but includes the $4.99 per month shipping and handling fee. Each box is said to contain about $30 worth of products.
The box I received was made of very sturdy cardboard which negated the need for additional shipping packaging. Inside the soap was presented beautifully wrapped in plain white tissue, consistent with the brand.
Inside the white tissue, were kraft colored, crinkled shreds to cushion the soap and provide an overall very simple, yet thoughtful presentation.
Included in the April Box were 2 full sized bars (3.6 oz) and
3 guest sized bars (1 oz). Also in the box was a postcard describing each of the included scents with the retail value of each bar.
The bars smelled amazing. The scents selected for this box seemed to all marry well give the box an intoxicating aroma when you first open it.
My personal pleasure of this box ended here, however. In my opinion, there were several things lacking from this box.
No where in the box, on the soap or on the website were the ingredients for these soaps listed, nor is there any information regarding who made the soap. I am not an ingredient snob, but I like to at least be aware of what is going into the products I use, especially if it claims to be all natural. I'm sure for others with certain allergies or lifestyle restrictions such as vegans, they would like to have a list of ingredients.
Also, the bars are on the smaller side for handmade soap. Most regular sized bars I have experienced were around 4 to 5 ounces and guest sized bars are in the 1.5 to 2.5 oz range. The size would not be of particular concern for me if it weren't for the advertised retail value of the bars. Listed on the card with the scent descriptions, the full sized bars have a retail value of $9.00 each and guest sized bars retail for $4.00 each. There aren't too many soaps with a weight of less than 6 ounces that I have encountered for as much as $9. $4.00 for one ounce of soap to me, is just a bit too costly. Now, some soaps may contain some expensive ingredients and with that I would expect to pay higher prices, but without any knowledge of the ingredients, I would not pay this much for a bar of soap this small.
I do think this is a great idea, but it could be better executed. Because they are seemingly a new endeavor, it is very likely that things will improve with time. I will not be purchasing another box just yet, but will keep my eye on this company. It would be awesome if they could feature different soapmakers each month in their box.
If you would like to give this subscription a try for yourself, Use promo code soap20 for 20% off your first box. They are also giving away a free box to 5 lucky winners. You can enter HERE.
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