The Soap District is a monthly subscription box service with a focus on natural, handmade bath & body care. The service is relatively new, shipping their first boxes out in June. Monthly subscribers can "Spoil yourself with monthly awesomeness and get a thoughtfully crafted set of new blends each month". Each box contains a full 5 oz bar of handmade soap, a 2 oz body lotion and a 2 oz scrub. Monthly subscriptions are $15.00 and shipping is included.
Personally, I like what I like and I don't like what I don't like. While I feel that subscription services are great for discovering new brands and products, I can't help but feel just a little irritated when I receive something I don't like. Now this is not the subscription's fault, I know the hard work it takes to curate these services month after month and have first hand knowledge that you can't please all of the people all of the time.
I received boxes for the last three months at a special price in exchange for my feedback and review of this service.
- You're Golden, Ginger Soap 5oz
- Peppermint Punch Dead Sea Salt Scrub 1 oz
- Orange Blossom Body Lotion 1 oz
- Special gift: loofah
- Meet Me Under the Mistletoe Soap 5 oz
- All That Jazz Body Lotion 2 oz
- The Grapest Ever Scrub 2 oz
|How I received my July scrub|
- Orange You Lucky Soap 5 oz
- Whipped Body Cream 2 oz
- Matcha Green Tea Sugar Scrub 2 oz
Overall, I feel this is an exciting concept and with some tweaking can be a great little gift to yourself. From the distinct look of the soap, I can see it is from a popular wholesaler. Which is fine, they are known for making high quality, handmade soap. Most importantly, when it comes to natural products, ingredients matter! Natural product consumers each have unique criteria for what is natural and make their product buying decisions based on what a product contains. I think this is the biggest issue with this box, a full ingredients list should be included for each item.
I will say that Faraz, the owner, is extremely friendly and responsive to my feedback. Whenever I reach out to him, he responds in an acceptable amount of time (or makes apologies for being busy) and never comes off as hostile or belittling. I hope to make it out to Northern Virginia soon to have a sit down with him regarding his company for my YouTube channel.
On anther note, Faraz made mention that the new seasonal boxes will be $39.99. When compared to the current subscription, 3 months would be $45 so there is cost savings in those terms, but a higher up front investment. The seasonal boxes will include 9 full sized products including 3 bars of soap, solid lotion, face mask, lip balm and more.
I'm keeping my eye on this one. I will wait to reserve final judgment until the seasonal boxes come out.
Do you like subscription boxes? Tell me about your favs and those we should avoid.
Later Love Buds,
Peace, Love & Lots of Lather!
*Edited 8/26/15 @ 8:52am. Correction regarding soap ingredients lists and seasonal box info.