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Starling Box | Spring 2019 | Unboxing & Honest Review

Starling Box is a quarterly subscription service featuring artisan and handmade items from ethical companies. Amazingly, 100% of the profits are donated to organizations that fight human trafficking. This is a review and unboxing of the Spring 2019 Starling Box.

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The Haul

I was so excited to open the Spring 2019 Starling Box, one of the most charitable and innovative subscription boxes on the market. It contained 7 items, delivering on its promise of 7-8 items per box.

Starling Box Spring 2019 Open Box

As usual, the box contained a 10-page glossy color informational pamphlet with information about the products included in the box. The brochure featured details about each of the companies who made these products, as well as their efforts to fight or overcome the effects of human trafficking.

Starling Box Spring 2019 Brochure

Without further ado, here are the items that I received in my Spring 2019 Starling Box:

  • Piranda, Original Shoulder Bag in Vibrant Yellow
  • Made For More NV, Stay Gold Necklace in Rose Gold
  • Sparrow House Botanicals, Handmade Soap in Lavender (3.8 oz)
  • Badala International, Kisu Knife
  • Sewing New Futures, Up-Cycled Scrunchies (2-pack)
  • WAR Chest Boutique, Snail Tea Bag Holder
  • Level Ground Trading, Dried Organic Mango (100 g)

Starling Box Spring 2019 Haul Stacked

Piranda, Original Shoulder Bag in Vibrant Yellow

The first item in the Spring 2019 Starling Box is an Original Shoulder Bag in Vibrant Yellow from Piranda.

Piranda Original Shoulder Bag in Vibrant Yellow Flat

About

This handmade purse has a drawstring closure and a long, adjustable shoulder strap.

Piranda Original Shoulder Bag in Vibrant Yellow On Table

Inside, it is lined with a floral print and contains two open pockets and a zippered pocket.

Piranda Original Shoulder Bag in Vibrant Yellow Lining

It is accented with a handmade jacquard trim that is meant to reflect traditional Romanian embroidery techniques.

Piranda Original Shoulder Bag in Vibrant Yellow Accent Close-Up

Piranda is a Christian missionary organization that works among the Roma “gypsy” women of Romania, who are traditionally marginalized and are sometimes forced into prostitution and begging to survive. As a consequence, mothers may struggle to care for their children and may resort to handing them over to the state. Opportunities for empowerment are few and far between. Piranda offers these women dignity and a road to financial well-being by teaching them a trade and providing sales channels for their work.

My Thoughts

Handbags can be a difficult item to include in a subscription box, because personal styles and preferences vary so widely. But this purse is great and could work for anyone! I love the banana-tan yellow color, and the interior is roomy enough to hold all of my type 1 diabetes supplies with room to spare. It has a solid and flat bottom, providing shape and preventing the items inside from piling on top of one another in a crazy jumble (as they might in a simple sack).

Retail Value

Starling Box does not provide retail values for the items in the boxes, because the focus is on charity rather than retail savings. According to our research, the value of this purse is approximately $28.

Stock Up

If you missed the Spring 2019 Starling Box or you want to get another of these purses for yourself, you can order them directly from Piranda in either Vibrant Yellow or Rich Navy Blue. And for every bag that you purchase, Piranda will donate a book bag to a needy Romanian child.

Made For More NV, Stay Gold Necklace in Rose Gold

The next item in the Spring 2019 Starling Box is a Stay Gold Necklace in Rose Gold from Made For More NV.

About

This necklace has a simple rose gold chain, and it has a rectangular plate charm that is hand-stamped with the words, “stay gold.”

Made For More NV was founded by a human trafficking survivor who escaped and taught herself how to make jewelry. She donates 100% of her proceeds to support other survivors like herself, and her goal is to grow large enough that she can empower her fellow survivors by providing employment and education.

My Thoughts

I love rose gold, and I think this necklace is very pretty. It’s simple, and the message is lovely. This would make a great everyday piece.

Retail Value

Starling Box does not provide retail values for the items in the boxes, because the focus is on charity rather than retail savings. According to our research, the value of this necklace is approximately $30.

Stock Up

If you missed the Spring 2019 Starling Box or you want to get another of these necklaces for yourself, you may be able to order one from Made For More NV’s Etsy shop.

Sparrow House Botanicals, Handmade Soap in Lavender (3.8 oz): $8

The next item in the Spring 2019 Starling Box is a 3.8 oz bar of Handmade Soap in Lavender from Sparrow House Botanicals.

Sparrow House Botanicals Lavender Handmade Soap

Sparrow House Botanicals Lavender Handmade Soap Back

About

This soap is made from goat’s milk to soften your skin, and the lavender buds provide gentle exfoliation. All ingredients are organic, fair trade and ethically sourced.

Sparrow House Botanicals provides a living wage and job opportunities to survivors of human trafficking, and all of its profits are donated to Redeemed Ministries.

My Thoughts

This soap smells very fragrant, and I am excited to add it to my soap bar stash. I am actually secretly obsessed with bar soap, and I especially love that this one is so simple and clean.

Sparrow House Botanicals employs human trafficking survivors to help them overcome the stigma and other barriers created by their histories. 100% of their profits are donated to the Christian anti-human trafficking charity Redeemed Ministries.

Ingredients

This soap contains goat’s milk suspension soap, lavender buds, and lavender oil. If you have allergies or sensitivities, you should make sure that you find out exactly what is in the goat’s milk suspension soap before using.

Retail Value

Starling Box does not provide retail values for the items in the boxes, because the focus is on charity rather than retail savings. According to our research, the value of this soap is approximately $8.

Stock Up

If you missed the Spring 2019 Starling Box or you want to get more of this soap for yourself, you can order it directly from Sparrow House Botanicals.

Badala International, Kisu Knife

The next item in the Spring 2019 Starling Box is a Kisu Knife from Badala International.

Badala International Kisu Knife

About

This knife was carved from Kenyan olive wood and handprinted in Nairobi, Kenya. It is perfect for spreading and cutting cheese, and it is a great complement for a cheeseboard.

Badala employs women and trafficking survivors across Africa, providing training and work opportunities that will restore their dignity and guide them toward a financial future that is not dependent on the sex trade.

My Thoughts

I am excited about this knife. It is rustic elegant, and I don’t have anything like it in my kitchen.

Starling Box even included a little guide to cheeseboard making in the brochure, which was a sweet gesture and makes me even more excited to use this knife.

Ingredients

The list above is not comprehensive. If you have allergies or sensitivities, you should check the full ingredient list before using.

Retail Value

Starling Box does not provide retail values for the items in the boxes, because the focus is on charity rather than retail savings. According to our research, the value of this knife is approximately $14.

Stock Up

If you missed the Spring 2019 Starling Box or you want to get another of these knives for yourself, you can order it directly from Badala International.

Sewing New Futures, Up-Cycled Scrunchies (2-pack): $6

The next item in the Spring 2019 Starling Box is a 2-pack of Up-Cycled Scrunchies from Sewing New Futures.

Sewing New Futures Up-Cycled Scrunchies

About

These vintage scrunchies are made from recycled fabrics from India: silk, velvet or cotton. Each pair is unique and made from ethically sourced fabric, including industry scraps and used clothing, so the items are good for the planet as well as for the women who make them.

Sewing New Futures sells items that are hand-sewn by women in India who are either at risk or survivors of human trafficking.

My Thoughts

I actually don’t own any scrunchies, but I keep telling myself that I should revive my late 80s love affair with them. They are actually quite popular in Japan, and they can lend a pop of color to an otherwise boring bun. I am glad to have gotten two separate colors, for maximal styling options. A very great idea, and a lovely finished product!

Sewing New Futures Up-Cycled Scrunchies Side by Side

Ingredients

The list above is not comprehensive. If you have allergies or sensitivities, you should check the full ingredient list before using.

Retail Value

Starling Box does not provide retail values for the items in the boxes, because the focus is on charity rather than retail savings. According to our research, the value of these scrunchies is approximately $6.

Stock Up

If you missed the Spring 2019 Starling Box or you want to get more of these scrunchies for yourself, you can order them directly from Sewing New Futures.

WAR Chest Boutique, Snail Tea Bag Holder: $1

The next item in the Spring 2019 Starling Box is a Snail Tea Bag Holder from the WAR Chest Boutique.

WAR Chest Boutique Snail Tea Bag Holder Blue Zoomed Out

WAR Chest Boutique Snail Tea Bag Holder Blue

About

This sky blue tea bag holder is made from silicone and shaped like a snail, and it does double duty by helping you to identify your own teacup and holding your tea bag in place.

The WAR Chest Boutique was also featured in the Winter 2019 Starling Box. “WAR” stands for “Women At Risk.” As the name suggests, the company provides opportunities to girls and women fleeing sex trafficking. They offer dignified employment in the United States so that women can gain skills and training, obtain medical care, and ultimately achieve economic independence. The WAR Chest Boutique has also built safe houses and workspaces for trafficking survivors around the world.

My Thoughts

I love the WAR Chest Boutique’s mission, and this tea bag holder is totally adorable. It is the perfect little pop of joy to make tea time just a little more exciting, and I will use it even if I’m the only one around to see.

Retail Value

Starling Box does not provide retail values for the items in the boxes, because the focus is on charity rather than retail savings. According to our research, the value of this teabag holder is approximately $1.

Stock Up

If you missed the Spring 2019 Starling Box or you want to get more of these teabag holders for yourself, you can order them directly from the WAR Chest Boutique.

Level Ground Trading, Dried Organic Mango (100 g): $5.25

The next item in the Spring 2019 Starling Box is a 100 g packet of Dried Organic Mango from Level Ground Training.

About

This mango is free from sulfites and preservatives, and it is certified organic in both the United States and Canada. It is sourced from Colombia via direct fair trade from mangoes that are farmed using sustainable methods.

My Thoughts

I am not the world’s biggest mango fan, but I actually really love this mango! It tastes extremely fresh and it is much softer than other dried mango products that I have tried. And I love having healthy snacks around the house so that I can nibble without turning to my low blood sugar treatment sugar-bombs like gummy bears and Smarties.

Ingredients

The list above is not comprehensive. If you have allergies or sensitivities, you should check the full ingredient list before using.

Retail Value

Starling Box does not provide retail values for the items in the boxes, because the focus is on charity rather than retail savings. According to our research, the value of this dried mango is approximately $5.25.

Stock Up

If you missed the Spring 2019 Starling Box or you want to get more of this dried mango for yourself, you can order it from Amazon.

Delivery Time

My Spring 2019 Starling Box shipped on March 4, 2019, and it was delivered to me in Tokyo, Japan, on March 13, 2019.

  • Delivery Time: 9 days
  • Average delivery time (as of Spring 2019): 9 days

Value & Verdict

My total monthly cost for this subscription is ~$64.95.

The total retail value of the items that I received in the Spring 2019 Starling Box was as follows:

  • Piranda, Original Shoulder Bag in Vibrant Yellow: $28
  • Made For More NV, Stay Gold Necklace in Rose Gold: $30
  • Sparrow House Botanicals, Handmade Soap in Lavender (3.8 oz): $8
  • Badala International, Kisu Knife: $14
  • Sewing New Futures, Up-Cycled Scrunchies (2-pack): $6
  • WAR Chest Boutique, Snail Tea Bag Holder: $1
  • Level Ground Trading, Dried Organic Mango (100 g): $5.25

Starling Box Spring 2019 Haul Flatlay

In sum, here’s how the Spring 2019 Starling Box measures up:

  • Total retail value: $92.25
  • Total savings over retail ($): $27.30
  • Total savings over retail (%): 29.6%
  • Average price per item: $9.28

Verdict: The $$$

As I was opening this spring box, I got the sense that it was more valuable than the winter box. And once I added up the numbers, it was confirmed: over $20 more in goodies in this box!

I have said before that the value is not the selling point for this box, because the Starling Box donates all profits to charity. And the specific charitable cause is critical: the fight against human trafficking and modern slavery. But the box this month surprised me, as it checked both boxes. Not only did I feel like I was contributing to this fight, but I got some great deals on a bunch of great products.

Verdict: The ★★★

The Spring 2019 Starling Box had a great mix of household and personal care items, and I felt truly pampered when I unboxed it. The big-ticket items were fantastic, and I didn’t feel like there were any duds in the box. Starling Box really upped their game this month, and I am so excited to see what future months will bring!

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Starling Box Spring 2019 Haul Stacked No Brochure

General Information

For general information about Starling Box, including subscription options, cost, shipping, tracking, packaging, charitable giving, and customer experience, see the Starling Box Overview post.

Also, don’t forget to check out the rest of our quarterly Starling Box reviews.

And if you are in the market for a fabulous subscription or gift box for women that offers global shipping, check out our round-up of the top 10 subscriptions for women who live abroad!

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