Dottiebox Review: Handmade Subscription Box

Posted on Jul 25 2013 - 7:31pm by Susan Bewley

Are you one of those people who love to visit craft fairs and farmers' markets? I have always loved going to these events with my family, seeing all the craft and natural items made by small businesses. Actually, some of my favorite jewelry was made by little mom and pop retailers. Lately, however, I have had a hard time finding these types of craft fairs, never mind having the time to go. A lot of my friends have been recommending I look on Etsy, but in all honesty, I get frustrated looking at their site. I become overwhelmed or just have problems finding what I want. Recently, however, I found the perfect answer – Dottiebox!
 

 

Dottiebox: What is it?

Never heard of the Dottiebox? Until recently, I hadn't either, and I know quite a few of the subscription boxes! What makes this subscription services different from many others out there is the fact that it is designed to help women find high quality, handmade items and unique items made by small businesses. Everything in their boxes is handpicked and packed with care, giving you a box made especially for people like you and me. Since each box is different, it is always a surprise what you will find inside. Usually you will find home items, buy products, bath items, candles, nail products, jewelry, and more!

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Dottiebox: Bright Pop Chain Link Bracelet

Ever seen a chain link bracelet? When I first saw this bracelet in the box, I will be honest, I had no clue what to think. My husband also gave it a bit of a crazy look, not really clear on its purpose. I have to say though that it has grown on me. This little bracelet is great for casual outfits, and it is a cute accessory to liven up boring jeans and a t-shirt. Since it retails for only $5, it really is an inexpensive, fun piece of jewelry!

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Dottiebox: Handmaden Soap Co Goat's Milk Lotion

Oh my, does this milk lotion smell heavenly! I have tried goat's milk lotion in the past and have found that it does a great job at moisturizing. What really makes this lotion, however, is the scent. My bottle of lotion smelled like chocolate raspberry. While wearing this lotion, I also found that the puppy was my best friend. She didn't want to leave my side since she too thought it smelled pretty awesome! Since it has a great scent and moisturizes, I think it's a great choice for handmade lotion!

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Dottiebox: Honeyrun Farm Summer Honey

If you have never had honey straight from the farm, you have no clue what you are missing. In my opinion, store bought honey tastes so gross, especially compared to honey straight from the farm. I am a big fan of locally sourced honey, as well as raw honey. This honey has a nice, sweet taste that is perfect for baking or in tea. Since I didn't know we had a local bee farm so close to home, I am very excited about this product! I can't wait to order more honey when I finish this bottle!

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Dottiebox: Overall Beauty Natural Eyeshadow

While I am usually not a big makeup person, I refuse to wear anything but natural makeup when I need it. Synthetic stuff usually causes me to break out with my sensitive skin, and sometimes the stuff that is found in normal cosmetics really is disgusting. This mineral eye shadow is a nice, neutral colors that can be worn through most of the year and is very easy to put on. Personally, I think it is very pretty!

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Dottiebox: Willow Tree From Nail Polish

This product really surprised me. This has to be the best nail polish I have ever used. It was easy to apply, dried quickly, and looks amazing with just one coat. Best of all, Dottiebox sent me my favorite color! What I like even more is that this nail polish is non-toxic, hypoallergenic, and odorless.

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Dottiebox: Abe & Ash Mini Tree of Life Earrings

Out of the box, this has to be my favorite item. These items are just so beautiful! These trees definetly make a statement. My only regret is that I lost one of my earrings the first week wearing them. To say the least, I am going to be buying another pair of earrings! Dottiebox really outdid themselves picking this jewelry crafter! I am just terrified of how much I am going to spend on jewelry after trying out these earrings…

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Dottiebox: Woven Joy Handmade Friendship Bracelets

I'll be honest, it has been years since I wore a friendship bracelet. While I haven't worn one in quite some time, I can still appreciate the craftsmanship. This bracelet is absolutely beautiful! The colors match well and the design is just amazing. Personally, I am planning on using this friendship bracelet not as a bracelet, but as a unique bookmark.

Oh, before I forget, this is one product that features something about Dottiebox that I think is very cool – a Cause. In the boxes, there is one item where proceeds go to a special cause. All proceeds for selling these bracelets go to the Livelihood Project, a non-profit that helps urban poor women in the Philippines. In other words, this goes to food, shelter, clothing, education, and even medicine for helping women in need. I don't know about you but I consider this an amazing cause!

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Dottiebox: Whispering Willow Grapefruit Soap

Okay, I will be the first to admit that I love handmade soap. Looking at the ingredients, I already knew this was cold processed soap. You really don't get anymore handmade than this, folks! This soap contained a lot of amazing ingredients, including pink kaolin clay, shea butter, and other natural oils. All of these ingredients came together to create a wonderful bar of soap that did a great job moisturizing the skin will still leaving you feeling clean. I also love that they chose a grapefruit fragrance, making it the perfect soap for the entire family!

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Dottiebox: Overall

So, what was my overall opinion of the Dottiebox? Well, as you could guess from the reviews, I think it is my favorite subscription box. All of the items are well made, unique, and seemed to be made for green minded people like me. After seeing all of these items, I am also likely going to be making some purchases. While $20 a month may seem expensive at first glance, it's really not with all the wonderful items in this box. I know I have paid this for earrings alone that were handmade. Based on my own experience with the Dottiebox, I gave it an A+ rating and don't think I could recommend it enough!

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Disclosure: Budget Earth did not receive compensation for this review but did receive free products for review purposes via Dottiebox. All opinions on this product are my own and may differ from our readers' opinions.

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About 

Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

21 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. April Wray July 26, 2013 at 8:50 am - Reply

    I love this! Thank You for sharing!

  2. Richard Hicks July 26, 2013 at 9:17 am - Reply

    I like homemade crafts and this would make a nice gift for someone too.

  3. md kennedy July 26, 2013 at 2:48 pm - Reply

    Actually, the $20 seems like a steal for all the goodies you got in this box!  Some would pay $20 or more alone just for nail polish. I may just give it a try…

    • Susan Bewley July 26, 2013 at 3:16 pm - Reply

      That’s what I thought too! I really loved all the items in it. Heck. I”m going to be buying another box 😉
       

  4. Judy Bradley July 26, 2013 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    This would be like Christmas every month! I love getting stuff in the mail, or UPS, or Fed Ex!  I just love nice surprises! I rarely get them, so it really nice when I do! I may have to check into this! Thanks for the review!

    • Susan Bewley July 27, 2013 at 10:33 am - Reply

      It realy did feel like Xmas when I got this box. It was just so neat!

  5. krystal wethington July 26, 2013 at 11:46 pm - Reply

    This is a neat idea.I love homemade things.

  6. Deb Anderson July 27, 2013 at 12:51 am - Reply

    This is so perfect! Love it!

  7. Marissa July 27, 2013 at 11:27 am - Reply

    This is really neat! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Christian Alejandro July 27, 2013 at 3:06 pm - Reply

    This is a neat gift idea! I know my girlfriend would love it!.

  9. AmeliaB July 27, 2013 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    Wow, what a great subscription box option!  I LOVE handmade things, I make them myself.  This is a great way to get unique things without the hours of internet searching.  

  10. Julie July 27, 2013 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    I really like the dottiebox handmade items and how purchasing them helps to promote owners of small businesses

  11. bianca roman July 27, 2013 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    i'm going to have to look into this dottiebox! i love finding new things i never thought i'd try or even buy! the goatsmilk lotion sounds awesome!

  12. Rosey July 27, 2013 at 9:24 pm - Reply

    I like that it helps support small business!  I used to go to craft fairs and Farmer's Markets quite a bit when I lived in FL., I haven't been though in years. I like the chain link bracelet here.

  13. Wil Hagen July 27, 2013 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    This is awesome

     

  14. Deborah Hogue July 27, 2013 at 10:32 pm - Reply

    I would love to be lucky enough to win something like this. it

  15. Sherry Compton July 30, 2013 at 7:35 am - Reply

    Love this idea.  There are so many subscription boxes out there, and they are all useful.  This would be a great way to try those farmer's market items if you don't have one close.  Homemade honey is amazing!  

  16. Nathalie's Talons July 30, 2013 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    I like some of the items like the eye shadow and nail polish,but $20 is too much to pay for not getting use out of the remaining items.

  17. Allie Wiley July 31, 2013 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    Alright, so admitedly I have never thought these monthly sub. boxes were very cool. This one however, I could get into. I love handmade and natural things and $20 really isnt bad for all of that.

  18. carla bonesteel August 1, 2013 at 7:33 am - Reply

    I had a Conscious Box subscription, and I loved it!  This is such a great idea, because it really helps talented people get their products out there to the public.  Very nice!

  19. Aurora Hall August 15, 2013 at 12:22 am - Reply

    I love love love handmade/homemade stuff and I would def like to try that soap!  Soap and candles are my absolute fav!

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