06.08.13 – I was super surprised when I found the PawBox on my doorstep Friday. For one thing, I didn’t receive any shipping information or notification that the box was on its way. Also, according to their website, boxes usually don’t go out until the end of the month. So, I’m not really sure if I got June’s box or May’s? Either way, it was a welcomed surprise for all involved! I actually waited for my dear hubby to get home so he could enjoy our dog Edgar’s reaction to everything inside.
As always, Edgar seemed pleased with my raised voice as I told him I had a surprise for him. I of course gave him the opportunity to examine the box before opening it as well.
This month’s PawBox was all about summer fun and contained products to help you and your pup enjoy your time outdoors.
In this month’s PawBox, I received:
- Jones Natural Chews | “Wooferman”
- Jones Natural Chews | “Woofers”
- MetroPaws | Poopy Packs™
- Kanberra | Tea Tree & Essential Oil
- M&J Dog Essentials | Nutrient Fusion
When I saw there were dog treats inside the box, I knew right away that they were what had immediately perked Edgar’s interest.
The treats seemed pretty standard, and Edgar gobbled them right up. At first, I didn’t realize that they were two of the five items included in the box. After I gave him the second, I realized we had already gone through almost half the box.
The treats are made from 100% ground beef and are the shape of beef patties and gingerbread men. My “Wooferman” looked more like a claw than a gingerbread man, so I made a “rawr” noise while I giving it to Edgar.
What I didn’t like about the treats was that they came in a normal zip lock bag, which… okay, I understand freshness is important, but it made it seem less special to me.
What I really didn’t like about these treats is what I found out after doing some research online. Turns out, some of the “Woofers” had been recalled due to salmonella in March. Great. Edgar had already eaten them. While I assume the treats I got are not among those recalled (no one got sick from handling them), it’s still not the first thing you want to learn when looking up the products inside your subscription box.
MetroPaws | Poopy Packs™
Sample Value: $2.83 (20 bags)
Full-Size Purchase Price: $16.99 (120 bags)
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When you own a dog, you’ll always have the need for plastic bags like these. Especially when you’re outside and going on long walks. So, I’m bound to use them! What’s supposed to make the Poopy Packs™ different is that they’re earth friendly and very colorful. But, from what I can tell… they seem like every other similar product out there.
I mean, they’re bags for picking up dog poop. What more can you say?
Kanberra Tea Tree & Essential Oil | Gel Natural Air Purifier
Sample Value: $1.55
Full-Size Purchase Price: $14.65
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The Kanberra Gel Air Purifier can be used in small areas to purify and deodorize air by eliminating mold, bacteria and viruses.
I’ve seen these things before, and usually there is some kind of film to peel off and release the deodorizing properties. But since you have to open this one completely, I’m not sure where I can put it to tackle dog odors without worrying about my Edgar eating it.
The product itself is impactful and smells nice. So, I guess I could open it and leave it in a closet? But, what does that have to do with my dear Edgar?
On a side note, the sample included a coupon code that I can use on PawBox.com. But I can’t find where on their site you can actually order the products included. So, I have a coupon code but nowhere to use it.
Also… the included information card had a typo on it. They misspelled the company’s name. And as a copy writer, it hurt my soul.
M&J Dog Essentials | Nutrient Fusion Pre-Bath
Sample Value: $0.80
Full-Size Purchase Price: $20.00
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The M&J Dog Essentials Nutrient Fusion is supposed to moisturize and protect dogs’ skin with soothing aromatherapy.
Sounds good right? And, I think for the right dog, it could be a great surprise. Here’s the problem. Edgar has sensitive skin that easily gets irritated. So, I’m afraid this is a product we won’t be trying. Not because there’s anything wrong with it, but because I’m scared to try something on his skin that might upset it.
The packaging says it contains all-natural ingredients and fragrances, so it might be okay. But, I might wait until the winter to try it out, when Edgar’s skin is notoriously less sensitive. There’s a coupon code MJTRIAL20 to save 20% off your order at M&J Dog Essentials online store, if anyone is interested in checking them out.
Overall, I’m not happy with PawBox. I had seen other reviews online and had thought they looked pretty good. I am disappointed with both the value and the products inside. Not only was one of the products previously recalled, but some of them seemed off point.
Needless to say… I won’t be continuing this subscription box. Have any of you tried PawBox? Is this a one-off, or is this a regular thing with them? Would love to know if anyone has had similar experiences.
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