Baby subscription box review: Bluum versus Citrus Lane

This month with the help of a coupon and a Groupon and a Living Social deal, I ended up ordering a Bluum box and a Citrus Lane box for the kiddies.  I was curious to see what kind of products each of them shipped and, honest, to stack them up against one another to see which I liked best.

One of the mistakes I made is that I ordered one for each of the girls instead of ordering both for the same age…so take that into consideration.

I ordered Bluum Box for Taylor, 10 months old.  And here is what I received.

  • Ella’s Kitchen – Stage 1 – Carrots,Apples,Parsnips:  Taylor is 10 months old……Stage 1 is like 4 months old.  Regardless, she loves it and gobbled it up.
  • Blum Naturals – Towelettes – Cucumber: never going to use it.  Gave it to my SIL.
  • Weleda – Calendula Weather Protection Creams: probably won’t use it. We use AquaFore.  But, cute attempt.
  • Haba – Clutching Tricorn – Orange: this one actually annoyed me.  A lot.  She’s 10 month old – do I really need a newborn toy????
  • Deep Steep – Hand Scrub – Tangerine Melon: Will never use it.  But ya know, cute.

bluum box review

I also ordered a Citrus Lane box for Addison, 3 years old. Here’s what we got:

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  • A “make your own book”: actually cute, can’t wait to do this with Addi-pie
  • Puzzles: adorable. Love them.
  • Play doh: Okay, most kids have this.  But my kids are into arts and crafts and we always welcome play doh.
  • Nail stuff for kids: cute. Great idea. Was so excited!  Then I opened the nail polish and it was chunky.  Big fail.  The stickers were fun though.

Citrus lane

 

My opinion overall?

I really do wish I ordered them for the same age group side by side for a true comparison, but, from what I did get, I’d prefer Citrus lane.  The products were better geared toward the age group I specified, they concentrated on my kids, and they were things I was actually excited to try!

Which is your favorite subscription box?

Note: none of these were sent to me free.  I ordered both with a Groupon/LS deal I saw.  These opinions are my own based on one shipment.  The links are referral links.

 


Comments

  1. Thanks for these reviews. I’ve seen them both pop up as ads in my Facebook news feed and was curious. I just feel like we’re already bursting at the seams with stuff so it’s hard to justify getting even more every month. Surprises in Stitch Fix rock but at least with an 8 month old, I know what I need and I need it usually within two days,

  2. Little P’Nuts! My friend Melissa started the business- it is a great little subscription box. :) Check them out! :)

  3. I was JUST going to try a Bluum box, but now I think I’ll try Citrus Lane! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Hmmm I haven’t heard of either but I’ll be staying away from them if the opportunity comes up. Interesting to say the least. Good thing you got it on groupon for not a lot! :)

  5. I love citrus lane! This month and last month they have a customize tool, where they give you an option of the same toy. For instance, last month was a hape pull toy. They lye you choose between giraffe, elephant, zebra, and some others. I really like that option! This month for me the options were between barefoot books with CDs.

  6. Great review! Even if they aren’t practical… It’s so fun to get surprises in the mail!!

  7. I like citrus lane. Good products. But, I don’t like having to pay for 3 months worth. I started using Fun Box. It’s the same only cheaper. http://mkt.com/fun-box

  8. I ended last year with a newborn and two subscriptions: Stork Stack and Citrus Lane. A few months later, Bluum bought Stork Stack, and I was relieved. Then I read that they lowered the price point of the boxes, and I was a bit miffed…. I’d already paid for a full year of Stork Stack, and they STILL haven’t responded to my inquiry regarding the price differential. I think I’m at least entitled to a 13th box, honestly. Then again, I also agree with your review of Bluum, in that their selections are closer to random instead of thoughtfully addressing the age/gender of my child. I’m definitely going to cancel Bluum in November. I’m undecided about whether to continue Citrus Lane — it is fun to be surprised each month.

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