Hello everyone and welcome back to our end of Summer fun edition from SoKawaii. This month we took an in depth look at what was included in Augusts’ box, which featured six items across Sanrio, Studio Ghibli and Kirby. Some were useful everyday items, others were decorative, whilst the rest were more from a beauty category. So let’s get started with the usual, and all important info!
For those of you that don’t know – SoKawaii is a company based in Japan, home of practically everything kawaii (the Japanese word for cute). They create monthly subscription boxes, jam packed with 100% licensed products from brands such as Hello Kitty, Pokémon, Sanrio, Studio Ghibli and more. The items range from plushies to Gachapon, little figures, stationary, lifestyle, kitchenware and more. The staff at SoKawaii handpicks 5 to 7 cute & useful items exclusive to Japan, pack them up in a very decorative box and send it straight to your doorstep each month. You can also check out their Instagram for even more info and insights into what is currently trending in Japanese arcades and stores. As well as sneak peeks into what they could be including in next month’s box. They also listen to what you would like to be included in future boxes, by asking across their social media accounts. So make sure to have your opinions heard over on their social media posts, particularly their Instagram one – https://www.instagram.com/sokawaii/
Our first two items this month come from Sanrio and are of the plush variety. We have a small Pompompurin plush mascot on a keychain that is super soft and squishy. This little dough ball can simply be used as a normal bag charm, decoration or can even be placed in this very secure and dust free pouch – featuring Cinnamoroll. What would look like a normal plastic pouch, similar looking to a drinks holder, but features a Cinnamoroll plush head on top as a lid. The overall design reminds me of a vanilla milkshake, as there is a red & white straw sticking out of Cinnamoroll’s head. The clear plastic pouch makes it ideal as a small fashion accessory, if you want to carry another plush with you inside of it. However this could be aimed more at younger girls, but it only features a keychain attachment. Which if they wanted this to be worn as part of an outfit, it really should have been designed with a shoulder strap in mind. This item in my mind, is more aimed as a decorative item at home, rather than a fashion accessory.
Moving on, we have our Kirby item! Of which we all received a fairly hefty sized tin of peach scented moisturizing cream, featuring our favorite pink skinned, competitive eater! This item was available in four tin designs, all limited edition and taken inspiration from a number of famous places in Japan. The one I received is a very tropical one, as it has the Okinawa design – the Hawaii of Japan.
Our fourth item this month comes from Sanrio once again, but instead we get a mini spray bottle featuring Kiki & Lala from Little Twin Stars. This 30ml reusable spray bottle is perfect for those weekend aways, where you just intend on bringing a small amount of perfume, without any of the worry of thinking ‘what if the glass bottle breaks in the bag?’. This travel ready bottle is also ideal for other liquids, including toners. Pretty handy to have lying around in the house, as it’s not very often you can just pick one of these up in the shop without being forced to buy a multi pack or set.
Moving on, we have a rather ‘unusual’ item. One that mightn’t be of much use to everyone, but will certainly be a huge hit with some individuals. Here we have a My Melody pill box, which is in fact two four compartment made medicine boxes which will be ideal to store your daily meds. However it is rather small, and also I do not see the point of it being made into two separate eight compartments, when most pill boxes either cover seven or fourteen days. I assume this might also be ideal for those that have piercings or contact lenses, as it’s simple to pop into your bag and there is nothing to say on it that it is essentially for medicine.
And our final item this month comes from My Neighbour Totoro by Studio Ghibli. This award winning film that has captured many generations of viewers, ever since it was first viewed by audiences back in 1988, returns once more to a SoKawaii box with this reusable water bottle. Not only that but it also includes a tea infuser as well just under the lid. An interesting sight and a first for me, as I have never seen this in a simple water bottle design over here in Ireland before. I would assume that this is more for cold tea drinkers, as I doubt this bottle is meant to store hot liquids for long. This design is also the exact same as the one that was included on the My Neighbour Totoro tumbler that wa included in Nihon Boxes June crate this year.
So that is everything that was included in Augusts’ box from SoKawaii. Let me know what you thought about it in the comments below, or tag us across our social media. For me, this was kind of just an okay box as the only items of interest to me were the Kirby cream and Totoro bottle. The rest felt more like fillers. Either way, let’s continue on with how YOU can order your very own subscription to SoKawaii!
So here is the price breakdown of the box each month and the savings you can get. SoKawaii are back to shipping their boxes via Japan Post, so delivery may take a number of weeks. Whether you subscribe month to month, or for their 3, 6 or even 12 month package options – there are savings to be had.
1 Month – $35.00 (€29.00mo roughly)
3 Months – $33.50 (€28.00mo roughly)
6 Months – $32.00 (€26.50mo roughly)
12 Months – $31.50 (€26.00mo roughly)
Better yet, here is a $3 discount code that you can use on your first box by clicking this link!
Now if you enjoyed August’s box, then just wait for September’s! It’s theme is “After School Party”, which will feature a number of items from Sanrio, Cardcaptor Sakura and Umaru-chan. That box is already sold out and on the way to me and will include a Pompompurin Sakura plushie bag. Stay tuned to SoKawaiis’ social media, as they announced their themes, sneak peaks and opinion polls on what fans want to see next in their boxes. They are very active on their Instagram and really listen to what their customers are looking for – so go have your say now! Also make sure and use that special discount code I left you all above!