September FairyLoot: All That Sass
I was so pleasantly surprised to find a September FairyLoot box delivered to my door, in record time! I received my box just hours after I received an official shipping email from them. FairyLoot ships from the United Kingdom, so in addition to much higher shipping costs, I also expected a drastic delay as well. This speed just increased my customer satisfaction by a hundred levels! The theme of the September box was All That Sass, promising items inspired by our favorite sassy characters. Read on for a full unboxing!
Hot Chocolate, Brontie & Co, $8.42
This huge pouch of hot chocolate was a pleasant surprise! I usually receive coffee or tea samplers, so this is great to try. It also checks off a ton of marks: it's vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and 100% natural.
Exclusive High Warlock Candle, In the Wick of Time, est $4
Whoo! This candle has a very strong and masculine smell. With notes of sandalwood incense and lavender, it's a distinctive cologne smell that I can totally imagine Magnus Bane wearing. Because this is an exclusive candle, FairyLoot subscribers can email the company with a copy of their subscription receipt if they want to purchase a full-sized candle in this scent.
Exclusive Bad Ideas Notepad, Alexis Lampley, est $8
Featuring a quote from Nikolai in The Grisha Trilogy, this notepad is one of my favorite items in this box (and trust me, it's really hard to just choose a couple of favorites!). It reads, "Anything worth doing starts with a bad idea." Also, how cool to own something exclusive designed by the creator of Nerdypost!
Carswell Throne and Lila Bard Prints, Taratjah, est $8 each
Gorgeous prints! They seem to be printed on similar cardstock to the FairyLoot spoiler card, which is surprisingly high quality. I appreciate that they treat those as works of art as well. Anyway. I love Taratjah's work! I'm not as attached to Thorne (from The Lunar Chronicles) as some people are, but I adore Lila Bard (from A Darker Shade of Magic), so that one is for sure going up on my wall right away.
Exclusive Magnet, Ink and Wonder Designs, est $4
Anything from Ink and Wonder Designs brightens up my day with their whimsical designs. This magnet would be best for decorative purposes, as it seems pretty thin. I don't think it will be holding up any documents anytime soon.
Exclusive Beanie, Reverie and Ink, est $10
A hat! I've never received one of these in a subscription box, and I know clothing items can be tricky. The quote is from the Throne of Glass series and reads, "Rattle the Stars." Even without knowledge of the books, it's a lovely quote so I won't feel awkward wearing this when the weather gets chillier.
Exclusive Tote Bag, Miss Phi, est $15
This incredible tote bag is huge! And the design is wonderfully detailed. I may try to turn it into a pillowcase, since I already have plenty of tote bags, and I think the design will be better displayed that way. The quote is from The Infernal Devices and reads, "There's plenty of sense in nonsense sometimes if you wish to look for it."
Even the Darkest Stars, Heather Fawcett, $12.32
The book this month was Even the Darkest Stars, by Heather Fawcett. The signed bookplate is beautiful (it's a mini version of the cover), and also came with an author letter. I appreciate that FairyLoot sends their books in little pouches for added protection. The pouch can easily be reused, either for the same purpose, or to hold some of my crafting supplies.
Kamzin has always dreamed of becoming one of the Emperor’s royal explorers, the elite climbers tasked with mapping the wintry, mountainous Empire and spying on its enemies. She knows she could be the best in the world, if only someone would give her a chance.
But everything changes when the mysterious and eccentric River Shara, the greatest explorer ever known, arrives in her village and demands to hire Kamzin—not her older sister Lusha, as everyone had expected—for his next expedition. This is Kamzin’s chance to prove herself—even though River’s mission to retrieve a rare talisman for the emperor means climbing Raksha, the tallest and deadliest mountain in the Aryas. Then Lusha sets off on her own mission to Raksha with a rival explorer who is determined to best River, and Kamzin must decide what’s most important to her: protecting her sister from the countless perils of the climb or beating her to the summit.
The challenges of climbing Raksha are unlike anything Kamzin expected—or prepared for—with avalanches, ice chasms, ghosts, and even worse at every turn. And as dark secrets are revealed, Kamzin must unravel the truth of their mission and of her companions—while surviving the deadliest climb she has ever faced.
Box Value: $77.42 USD
I paid: $35 + $19 shipping = $54
Verdict: WOW. Even with the extra shipping cost, this box far exceeded the value I paid (so I bet local customers are going to be even more thrilled than me). It's hard to choose a favorite item from this box with so many high-valued items. I love the full bag of hot chocolate, the notepad, the beanie, and the Lila print the most. Oops, that's already most of the box, isn't it? I can't wait to see what's in the October box!
Next month's box promises to be tremendous as well! The theme is "Villainous," and unfortunately they're all sold out for now. But you can sign up to join their November waiting list here.