Yay for Summer… or at least the FabFitFun Summer 2023 box anyway!
What is FabFitFun?
FabFitFun (or fff box as it is shortened too) is a lifestyle subscription box which is issued seasonally featuring beauty, fashion, fitness, and lifestyle products (full-size, no testers here!) with a FabFitFun Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter box each year. The boxes are themed with products to fit the ‘season’ although there is an overlap sometimes of previous boxes products available as add ons while stocks last.
Each box also comes with
An add on sale – where you can add on items without incurring any additional postage charges as it will arrive with your box
Category Add ons – here you have the option to add on a 2nd choice to a category for a small charge (usually $7-15)
Refills – If you really LOVE a product you can add it to your seasonal refills and save money on just buying it in the add on sale with choices from toiletries to candles.
You can also access the fabfitfun members online community but I only really use it to check out spoilers from the fabfitfun team and don’t spend too much time on there.
How much does FabFitFun cost?
The cost of FabFitFun depends on whether you are an annual (or select member as it is also called) or seasonal. Annual subscribers pay up front for 4 boxes at a time which is slighty cheaper and seasonal pay box by box.
I am on an annual membership and it costs me $240 / £191 per year ($199.99 + $40 UK Shipping for 4 boxes) this is a one off up front cost and you can’t cancel for a refund once you have paid. This works out to just under $20 / £17.50 a month which sounds much more reasonable.
If you don’t want to commit to a year on an annual subscription you can become one of the seasonal members for $54.99 / £44 per box ($64.99 with shipping / Approx £52)
One of the main advantages of being an annual subscriber is you have early access to all the options. It’s quite common for some options to be sold out and swapped for something else by the time the seasonal customisation window opens. You also only get to choose 4 of your options instead of all 6, although I do like surprises I have also really liked being able to really customise my box to what I like.
How does FabFitFun work?
Once you have chosen your subscription, you’ll see a countdown to when customisation opens for your next box. Around 24 hours before this the add on sale will open up to shop.
My biggest tip for this is set an alarm for when this will open and add EVERYTHING you like to your basket as you scroll. You can then go back and remove stuff because by the time you get to the end and scroll back up, chances are the most popular things will be sold out.
I would suggest the same for your customisation, if you can’t choose between 2 options, add them both and make your mind up later. You usually have around 4 days to make changes and add / remove items so don’t worry about needing to build the perfect box first time.
Just make sure you DO log in and double check before customisation closes as you will then be billed for everything in your basket. Again I set an alarm for a few hours before the closing time to remind me to log in. This also gives you a chance to grab anything that you may have missed out on that was showing out of stock but someone else has now dropped from their basket.
FabFitFun Summer Box Contents
Category 1 – Kate Spade New York Lemon Pitcher & Set of 2 Cups ($38.95 value)
I really wanted the underwater camera until I saw how expensive the film was to put it in! So I went for the Pitcher and cups as I thought it would be good for the kids (It is by the way!)
Category 2 – Z Gallerie Multi-Use Storage Duo ($45 value)
I have 2 of these from a previous box and I love them! They are the perfect size for storing hair bands and small bits of jewellery.
They weren’t on the original choices so guess they were an add on as the Laneige Hydro UV Defense Sunscreen and the Kensie Radiant Shaver were both unavailable to UK subscribers.
Category 3 – Nine West Hanging Travel Organizer
I think the value on this is quite a strecth, it is a nice enough bag but it isn’t particulary well made and I certainly wouldn’t have paid almost £45 for it!
It will be useful for travelling though as I’m always worried about things leaking in the suitcase.
Category 3 Add on – $12.00 – POPSUGAR Motivational 32 oz. Water Bottle ($40 Value)
I added this on as I liked the look of it, I probably could have got one cheaper elsewhere but it had these cute sayings on the side that drew me in.
Category 4 – Stone Candles Hanging Scented Oval Diffuser in Bamboo ($42 value)
There wasn’t anything I really wanted from this apart from the luggage scale, but of course they weren’t available to UK subscribers because of the battery in them.
So I ended up with the scented stone diffuser, I thought it is something I can leave at the caravan to keep the bathroom smelling nice.
Category 5 – Lilly Pulitzer ID Case in Shade Seekers ($19.95 value)
Again nothing I really wanted from the category so I thought this little travel purse would probably be the most useful.
Category 6 – Rae Dunn Savor and Enjoy Bowls ($40 value)
Nothing really stood out in this category so I grabbed these little bowls as I knew Holly and Oscar would love them.
FabFitFun Summer Box Summary
My choices for this box came with an RRP of $199.90 (£158) if you went with all the most expensive products you could have a box with an RRP of $346 (£273).
It was a disappointing box and I’m hoping the Fall / Autumn one will be better as it is the last one in my current annual subscription.
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